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2016 Trends for the Net Lease Industry

The following is a writing sample which I prepared two months ago as part of a small project. The author, myself, has had no experience with the net lease industry. Continue reading

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Mastery

This is an insightful book about what it really takes to become Master (Robert Greene always used this word with a capital M) in your field of study – hours and years of commitment, lack of distractions along the way, enrichment of your knowledge in as many fields as possible (thinking of the world as a whole where aspects that you would never otherwise believe to be relevant to your field of study, due to bias or conformism, turn out to be quite applicable). Continue reading

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Book review: Why Obamacare is Wrong for America

I love reading books. If I had all the time in the world, I would probably devote at least 30 percent of it on reading books.

I recently read a book that I had to read much earlier anyway but due to being busy with other more important tasks, including reading other books for a book club that I was part of, I had to postpone reading “Why Obamacare is Wrong for America” for later. Below is my review on Goodreads. Feel free to connect with me on Goodreads by clicking here. Continue reading

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Is al-Qaeda falling apart?

On February 3, 2014, the al-Qaeda leadership officially announced online that it disavowed its longtime ally in Iraq and Syria – the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) – over its recent confrontations with other rebel groups operating in Syria. Experts may see this move as an effort by al-Qaeda to consolidate its influence on militant groups in Syria aimed at toppling the Syrian government led by President Bashar al-Assad, particularly and especially al-Qaeda’s influence on the jihadist group al-Nusra Front. Recent clashes between rebel groups – both moderate and extremist – have apparently disunited and destabilized the Syrian opposition, particularly the Islamist opposition, in its efforts to oust President Assad and the government. Meanwhile, the Syrian government forces started regaining control of areas in the north of the country that have long been under opposition control in what is now a conflict that has lasted for almost three years. Continue reading

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Kim Jong Un aspiring to be like Hitler – I knew it

The Washington Post’s Max Fisher quoted New Focus International as reporting that North Korean Leader Kim Jong-Un, the third in the Kim Dynasty to grasp his people with an iron fist, will hand out 100 copies of Adolf Hitler’s book Mein Kampf to high-ranking officials for the purpose of learning from the German experience of rebuilding its economy and military after its defeat in World War I, according to the cited source. Continue reading

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Birth Control Rule – Reflections on Reporting

As a public policy student, one of whose focuses is health care policy, I subscribed and am following health care news and analyses by the Kaiser Health News, the Kaiser Family Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Health Care Payer and other sources. I admire these organizations’ excellent work in keeping the public informed on health care policy in the United States, and aspire to contribute to more awareness on health care policies once I graduate from University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Continue reading

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Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance

Unfortunately being born of a certain race often has a significant impact in your entire life. It may have an effect on who your friends are and who is likely to like you or hate you not for your personality, which is supposed to be what is relevant about your approval rating, but for your appearance instead.

Being born mulatto – with a father from Kenya and a mother from Kansas – as is the case with Barack Obama – is even different from having parents of the same race, especially when most of the extended family that you would communicate with would be from one of the parents’ side instead of both.

Due to the inability to travel to Kenya at young age for various reasons, Barack Obama, Jr., the future President of the United States, was unable to communicate with his father’s family at young age.

Some may argue that to a certain extent his years in Indonesia compensated that, but I would disagree, as Indonesians are both racially and culturally very different from Kenyans and other African nationals.

This book is worth reading to people interested in what it is to be born bi-racial, among other things.

Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance also presents the reader with decisions from real life that Barack Obama, Jr. had to face – most important of which, in my opinion, is his preference to become community organizer to other much more lucrative and profitable options.

Once Mr. Obama got admitted to Harvard University, there came another situation in the book that people of his background – being attached in one way or another to low-income communities like Altgeld – whether Altgeld is starting to get too narrow to his potential, and if yes, what he should do. In his book, Barack Obama explained how confident he was that he would go back to Altgeld, contrary to what the local people there were expecting and was congratulating him for his success, and how he would not understand their confidence that he would never get back to Altgeld.

This moment is one of the inheritance instances in the book, in my opinion. One’s feeling of belonging to a community often has the form of inheritance. And at earlier years in our lives we tend to be more attached to our communities. The question is once we grow up and see what our potential is – especially if it appears to be bigger than the potential that our community can give us – how attached or detached we become from that community.

Note: I have noticed several claims on the internet that this book is full of fabrications. This article is my reaction to the book, and is completely conceptual in its essence. Whether the stories in the book are true, almost true, half true, almost false or completely false is irrelevant in my reflections.

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