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New Study Reveals That The Richest 1 Percent Are To Blame For Your Unhappiness

Income Inequality

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It’s not your fault that you’ve been feeling depressed lately. In fact, according to a University of Oxford study, it’s the 1 percent’s fault.

The study, “Top Incomes and Human Well-being Around the World,” asserts that with greater income disparity comes greater unhappiness levels in the given country as a whole, even among people who are, relatively speaking, pretty well off.

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Photo Of The Day: President Obama’s Extreme Aging Since He Took Office

Obama Aging

President Barack Obama addressing a joint session of Congress in 2009 (left) and delivering his final State of the Union address in 2016 (right). Image Source: imgur

The past seven years have done a number on President Barack Obama. A simple side-by-side comparison of his 2009 joint session of Congress with his final State of the Union address, this month, shows just how much eight years in the White House can age a person.

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Timeline Of A Fatal Eviction: How 12-Year-Old Ciara Meyer Was Shot And Killed

Ciara Meyer

Ciara Meyer, 12, was described as loving and kind by her neighbor Sarah Harman Image Source: Facebook

On January 11, a 12-year-old girl in Pennsylvania was fatally shot by a state constable (a law enforcement officer who serves summons and enforces evictions, among other things) who was serving an eviction notice to her family. The girl, Ciara Meyer, was an innocent bystander in an eviction gone horribly wrong.

Today, largely due to rent hikes, millions across the United States are facing eviction. Because average rent prices have been increasing at a much faster rate than average incomes (and the average American savings account is dismal), people who rent their homes spend an average of 30 percent of their income simply keeping a roof over their head. Thus, eviction rates are soaring.

In the Meyer’s case, they had gotten $1,780.85 behind in their rent payments. The timeline of what happened next is a shocking reminder of the extremes of financial desperation in America…

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