December is the Cheapest Month to Buy Car Insurance

When Is Car Insurance Cheapest

Bankrate company, Insurance Quotes, conducted a yearlong study throughout 2013 that determined which month rendered the cheapest car insurance quotes (December) and which month produced the most expensive ones (March). The fact that significant differences in rates from one month to the next existed in the first place came as a shock to professional analysts and experts alike.

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Obama Calls for Action in State of the Union Address: 2014

Obama State of the Union Address
The American dream, shifting economic inequality and sustaining the Affordable Care Act were some of the most ambitious topics that President Obama discussed during his State of the Union address on Tuesday evening. While these were all different subjects that garnered unique attention and told separate stories, they all shared a part in the overall theme of Obama’s SOTU message for 2014: That actions speak louder than words.

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Google Buys Nest Labs in $3.2 Billion Deal

Google Buys Nest Labs

The “connected home” is a concept that power company Google has been pursuing for the past three years. In 2011, it introduced Android@Home — an innovative, convenience-focused platform that aimed to connect most home appliances/electronic devices to Android-powered phones via Google. The idea was to be able to control apparatuses, such as house lights, cars and TVs, right from the comfort of your own phone. Android@Home, in particular, never quite caught on the way Google intended, but the idea still lives. On Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, Google announced that a similar project was in the making — this time, it involves a $3.2 billion deal with device-developing company, Nest Labs.

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Superstorm Sandy: Second Scandal for Gov. Christie

Governor Chris Christie Sandy Scandal
In a CNN exclusive Monday, reporters found that federal auditors will be examining New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s use of $25 million in Super Storm Sandy relief funds.

Officials have reason to believe that the Republican governor may have improperly allotted some of the money towards personal tourism ads as opposed to recovery from the destructive hurricane in October 2012.

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House Passes Obamacare Bill

Obamacare Bill Passed

On Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, the House of Representatives passed a new bill involving Obamacare. Bill 291-122 is the first bill passed by the Republican-led House for the new year, and its main focus is rectifying controversial security issues with healthcare.gov, the Affordable Care Act’s newest website.

With the passing of Bill 291-122, Administration will have to notify the proper persons, within two days, of any individual that’s been affected by the security breach, according to an article on CNN.

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Presenting Malika Lipscomb! The talented new writer for EC Magazine! Her first piece written for the magazine!

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Meet S-Dot Stoute — one of New York City’s newest and most promising DJ’s on the rise and grind.

S-Dot, whose birth name is Shawn, was born/raised/currently resides in New York’s most populous borough of Brooklyn. He first took up an interest in the art of DJ-ing in 2007 and decided to go professional in 2010. Since then, he’s been playing at all types of events (private parties, clubs, weddings, etc.) throughout the city. In addition to this, his presence is felt even more so by way of his downloadable free mixtapes that are to this day creating a buzz for music lovers not just in New York, but in other states, countries and islands as well.

S-Dot cites prominent DJ’s, such as “Red Alert, Mister Cee, Funk Master Flex, Stone Love, Massive B and anybody [else] who was on NY radio in the 90’s [and] early 2000’s” as his…

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Bridging the Gap Between Domestic Violence and Chronic Illness

Guest post on The Business of Me.

For too long, the link between domestic violence and chronic illness has gone crucially unnoticed. Unsightly scars, bruises and swellings are all too palpable and easily attributable to physical abuse, but most victims of intimate partner violence will tell you that that’s not where it ends. For a survivor who’s managed to get out of an abusive relationship, nursing her scars until they disappear is just one piece of the puzzle. What lies beneath the surface of visible blemishes, however, is a whole other animal waiting — often in vain — to be tamed.

Just ask Leslie Morgan Steiner, a survivor and author of the 2009 New York Times Bestseller,Crazy Love. As a young woman in her early twenties, Leslie entered a brutally abusive four-year long marriage. The beatings started five days before she and her husband tied the knot, and they continued until the day she left him. Now, at the age of 48, she is still trying to grapple with the long-term effects of the attacks she endured nearly twenty years ago.

But in Leslie’s case, as with so many other survivors of domestic abuse, “grappling with” is not the same as “being aware of.” More often than not, victims of domestic violence suffer from chronic illnesses that they don’t even think to hold their abusive history accountable for. Leslie herself experiences short-term memory loss and arthritis in her shoulders, joints, wrists, hands and ankles. What’s more is that had it not been for the groundbreaking research recently done by More Magazine and The Verizon Foundation, she would still be simply chalking her ailments up to nothing but old age.

“During that whole time, it never once occurred to me that I might be suffering from long-term physical damage due to the violence I experienced in my twenties, until I was contacted by More Magazine and The Verizon Foundation for this incredibly important study,” Leslie said in aninterview with MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts in observance of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The study that Leslie refers to is referenced in “A Hidden Cause of Chronic Illness” by Alexis Jetter – a riveting, in-depth article in the November 2013 issue of More Magazine that explores the connection between domestic violence and chronic illness.

According to the article, in 2008 the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that the annual medical care costs for health issues related to domestic violence range from $25 billion to $59 billion. This equates to approximately 20 percent more money spent on health care by women who are in abusive relationships than those who aren’t. These are extremely startling numbers when you take into account the fact that much of this expense is for women who have long since left their abusive partners and started their lives anew as best they could.

But no definitive amount of years or visits to the doctor can put an end to the damage that’s already been done. There is no timeline that can characterize how long after a woman has been free from physical, mental and emotional abuse that she’ll be able to bounce back to her “normal” self as if nothing had ever happened. Contrarily, sometimes it’s not until the woman tries to reinvent herself that symptoms even begin to surface, and by the time they do, it’s hard to tell where they stem from — until now.

A big part of the problem lies with disregardful doctors who dismiss the notion that any chronic illness could be the result of past intimate torment. It’s not enough to know that 81 percent of abused women also have a chronic disease, or that most of these women suffer from more than one illness at a time. It’s time to put these statistics to use and acknowledge the fact that these illnesses are not coming out of nowhere; they’re occurring because at some point in these women’s lives, often for years at a time, they were abused by their partner. Thanks to the analyses of More Magazine and The Verizon Foundation, however, this message is finally gaining valuable momentum. Last January, theU.S. Preventive Services Task Force proposed that doctors should screen all women of childbearing age for intimate partner violence. This is a huge improvement considering that a mere 24 percent of respondents in the study reported that they were ever asked about their relationships by their doctor. Chances are that an abused woman isn’t going to volunteer this information on her own, so it helps that such an incentive is finally in place. Besides, in the fight against domestic violence, and when it comes to coping with the incalculable destruction it imprints on its victims’ lives, knowing is only half the battle.