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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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Predictably Irrational

The rational choice theory in economics assumes that consumers are rational. However, as in most cases of social science, such assumption is quite limited, thereby leading to plenty of economists’ questioning it and measuring its plausibility. Such economists are also referred to as behavioral economist. Dan Ariely, the author of the book Predictably Irrational, has dedicated his research to people’s behaviors in regards to situations involving money and social values namely by questioning that rational choice theory’s assumption. Continue reading

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The Road to Freedom: How to Win the Fight for Free Enterprise

American Enterprise Institute President Arthur C. Brooks published another book on free enterprise two years after he published The Battle. A pro-capitalist individual, I was very eager to get exposed to his arguments as to why a free enterprise system is better than what he refers to as a statist, social democratic or any system where there is more government than an entrepreneur would deem necessary. His most compelling argument – that free enterprise is moral. Continue reading

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The Truth About the North Korean Regime in a Nutshell


As you probably have noticed, I have been following the North Korean regime for quite a while. When Kim Jong-il died last year, and was to be replaced by his son – Kim Jong-un – I couldn’t help but notice the mainstream media’s reaction, as well as that of a lot of people. Namely, that they hope that the transition was for good, that Kim Jong-un is the new Deng Xiaoping, or in other words that North Korea will open up and become capitalist and free (or at least more capitalist and freer). This reaction is typical of the ignorance on the North Korean regime. A recent news article on the Huffington Post proves my point. Read defectors’ reactions, particularly:

None of the defectors Reuters spoke to believed the leadership would dare allow reforms that damage its grip. Some thought the Pyongyang elite had been scared by the disastrous 2009 experiment [the currency reform that was reportedly disastrous to the country’s “economy”].

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The Secret

In one of my previous articles, I discussed how focusing on what you want (referred to as the Law of Attraction in The Secret by Rhonda Byrne). Continue reading


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Youtuber pp000610 (Former Soviet Citizen Vladimir Jaffe): A Fraud or Someone Who Looks for the Truth? You Decide

In a previous article, I expressed my disapproval of the Occypy Wall Street (OWS) movement. The organization – like the Tea Party – has no leader. However, unlike the Tea Party, it is full of people who have no clue what change they want and how they want to attain it. On the one hand, there are Ron Paul supporters who are tired of crony capitalism – the close relationship between business people and the government in effort for the latter to enact legislation that is favorable to them without any regard to its impact on the people. On the other hand, there are socialists and communists who demand that the government tax the rich, take over areas such as health care in the form of a single-payer system, and demand that the rich pay college students’ loans, among other things. Continue reading


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