Year 2022 has been a rough year. Dick Clark said “Music is the soundtrack of your life,” and I couldn’t agree more. Music rhythmically tells a compelling story; can uplift you out of a depressive state, and may help you reach a solution to a complicated problem. It can pull at your heart strings and show you how to lyrically break the glass ceiling. Its refrain may even compel you to fight the battle for a bigger cause. So, here are 12 songs that will get you through anything in 2023.
12 Songs that Will Get You Through Anything in 2023
According to Donald Collins, music reduces cortisol levels. Collins points to a recent 2021 study. which showed that adults who listened to both personal and neutral selections of music had significantly “reduced cortisol levels.”
Kandi – Fly Above
“I built up a shell and its hard and its armored. It seems like every step I take up drama comes along with the bread I cake up. But you aint doing nothin if you dont have haters so I welcome you to do whats in your nature.”
Sober – Pink
“I don’t wanna be the girl who laughs the loudest
Or the girl who never wants to be alone I don’t wanna be that call at four o’clock in the mornin’ ‘Cause I’m the only one you know in the world that won’t be home
Ah-ah, the sun is blindin’ Ah-ah, I stayed up again Oh-oh, I am findin’ That’s not the way I want my story to end…”
Little Mix – Breakup Song
“Ain’t no more tears Ain’t gonna cry Boy, I’ll do anything to get you off my mind I’m gonna dance Under the lights Boy, I’ll do anything to get you off my mind”
There is a long history of Americans fleeing the U.S. and claiming asylum in other nations. In this article, I will show you 9 Americans granted refugee status.
Here Are 9 Americans Granted Refugee Status
Peter Norwood Duberg
Duberg is one of the first Americans to claim asylum. In the 1950s, Duberg was subjected to an official investigation. He refused to answer the United Nations’ loyalty-related questions and was terminated. For this reason, Duberg fled the U.S. and claimed asylum in Switzerland, who granted the application.
Liberman fled to Israel in 1962 after the U.S. accused of him fraud. While Israel had a law that empowered the Minister of the Interior to exclude individuals with a criminal past, Israel granted Liberman asylum and temporary residents’ visa.
Shakur was Black activist who fled the U.S. after government officials accused her of murdering a state trooper. In 1984, Shakur sought asylum in Cuba, who granted the application.
Lockshin was an American Communist Party activist and cancer researcher who claimed the CIA harassed him because of his political views. He claimed asylum in the Soviet Union in 1986.
Glen Michael Sauter
Sauter was a man who claimed asylum in the Soviet Union. He asserted that he “to hide from U.S. secret services which unfoundedly persecuted him.” While evidence indicates the Soviet Union engaged in practices of persecution, like the U.S. and other countries, there no reliable evidence to suggest it persecuted Lockshin and Sauter. In all, the Soviet Union found both Lockshin and Sauter to be refugees.
Holly Ann Collins
Collins is an American woman who fled the U.S. after the government failed to investigate allegations of domestic violence. Collins alleged the U.S. authorities showed favorable bias towards her husband, who had a large circle of friends and was perceived by most as friendly. In 1997, the Netherlands granted Collins asylum and reasoned that it couldn’t guarantee that the U.S. would protect her.
Chere Lyn Tomayko
Tomayko is an American woman who fled to Costa Rica and was granted asylum on domestic violence grounds.
Christopher Mark Doyon
Doyon is an American who fled the U.S. for acts associated with Anonymous and his support of Julian Assange and Wikileaks. Mexico granted Doyon’s refugee application.
Edward J. Snowden
Snowden is the most widely known American who claimed asylum against the U.S. government. In 2013, Snowden leaked classified information from the National Security Agency. Snowden feared that the U.S. would persecute him and filed several applications for asylum. He then fled to Russia who granted him permanent residency in 2020. Snowden’s asylum claim promoted a discussion around global surveillance programs, national security, and individual privacy.
These 9 Americans granted refugee status unequivocally demonstrate persecution suffered in the U.S. and raises the broader question: will other Americans flee the nation to seek asylum?
December 2022: Guns killed 100 Americans in the last 72 hrs. You read correctly. In the last the 3 days, 100 Americans have died by gun violence in the U.S., according to the Gun Violence Archive.
Several significant pieces of gun control legislation have failed in the U.S. Congress over the last few years. For instance, the Sabika Sheikh Firearm Licensing and Registration Act would prohibit the possession of certain ammunition and large capacity ammunition feeding devices. This brings the question back to: is the U.S. really a safe country? In May 2022, Health Data published an article showing the U.S. to be an outlier on gun violence. Nevada, Florida and Texas were just some of the states that had the worst mass shootings since 1991.
Recently, a woman was murdered by a violent partner with a gun, which Twitter user Rudy Owens says has been a consistent outcome of misogynistic violence exacerbated by lax gun laws and their unregulated sale. Cindy Laughlin stated on Twitter, “Another senseless tragedy. A deadly shooting at America’s largest mall right before Christmas. When will this stop?” Earlier this month, four people were found shot and killed at a home near Valley Station, according to WDRB.COM. In December, approximately over 844 people have lost their lives to gun violence. That is approximately 18 Americans dead per day.
December 2022: Guns Killed 100 Americans in the Last 72 hrs. What Does Science Say?
What is more, 41,000 Americans die from gun violence every year—an average of more than 110 per day, based on data collected by Cliffords Law Center. Furthermore, Americans are 25 times more likely to be killed in a gun homicide than people in other high-income countries. While U.S. accounts for just 4% of the world’s population, it has 35% of global firearm suicides.
America has the weakest gun laws and the most guns—393 million—of any comparable nation.
The World Population Review, an independent organization without political affiliations, reported that the U.S. fell behind Brazil in gun homicides.
On the 19th of November 2022, a man opened fire at Club Q, an LGBT nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The man killed 5 partygoers and injured 17 others. Days later, another man opened fire at a Walmart store in Chesapeake, Virginia, killing 7 patrons and injuring 6 others. The Gun Violence Archive estimates the U.S. has seen a total of 625 mass shootings this year, with approximately 301 American children losing their lives to gun violence.
Failed Gun Control Legislation
The U.S. has failed to pass several significant pieces of legislation that would thwart gun violence in the region. For instance, Prosecuting Gun Crimes Saves Lives Act (“H.R. 1642”) has not advanced from its introductory phase. The purpose of H.R. 1642 would direct the U.S. Attorney General to prioritize the investigation and prosecution of Federal firearms offenses. In addition to H.R. 1642, the Declaring Gun Violence a Public Health Crisis (“H.Res.1165”) did not gain bi-partisan support in Congress. This resolution would acknowledge that gun violence in the U.S. is one of the leading cause of death for children and adolescents. Congress’ own website shows the No Backdoor Gun Control Act (H.R. 6817), which would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and remove certain weapons from the definition of firearms for the purposes of the National Firearms Act, failed to make headway.
The U.S. Falls in at No. 2 With the Most Gun Homicides in the World