Gender Wage Gap Teaser


“If you’re a young women who graduated last summer from high school, you will earn $700,000 less over your working life than the young man standing in line with you to get his diploma.  If you graduated from college, you’ll lose $1.2 million compared to the man getting his degree along with you. ”

-Evelyn Murphy: President of The Wage Project

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Child Soldiers – Societal Impact


Using children in war efforts has a larger impact on society than either of the other subjects. It creates a sense of fear among children not abducted or recruited; it creates a sense of entitlement and loss of childhood for those who are used in the efforts; and it changes how parents, friends and families view their children. In an article I found by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, I learned that “more than 33,000 child soldiers have been demobilized in DRC since 2004.” And this is only in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

The efforts to reintegrate child soldiers back into their old lives presents a difficult task – they are basically brainwashed, tortured, and desensitized while in the army. Girls are raped and when they return, are often viewed as prostitutes. Neither boys nor girls understand the idea of sharing or losing and have to be reintroduced to the simple lessons of childhood. Afterall, their childhood is stripped away from them when they join the army – whether it be by choice or by force.

Around the world, individuals and corporations are becoming increasingly aware of the issue of child soldiers and are financially supporting the cause. The Kony 2012 video was introduced by just one of the many organizations that are fighting to bring awareness to communities around the world and bring aid to the children in need.

White Paper Proposal 3: Business


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The individual insurance mandate is applicable to virtually every American business, so I must evaluate the American insurance market as a whole as opposed to just one specific business/company.  The source that I will be utilizing in order to do this is the U.S. Chamber of Commerce website.  Although this source tends to lean to the right, it does offer valuable insights and opinions regarding the positives and negatives of the mandate as well as suggestions for the future. Continue reading

CO2, Imports, or Ethyl Para Hydroxybenzonate…Any Takers?


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My 60-second proposal to change the world is for all global citizens to increase the amount of local food they consume, while consequently decreasing consumption of processed/imported food.  I believe that the benefits of eating local are three-fold; environmental benefits, economic benefits, and health benefits.   Continue reading

ALL IS FAIR IN LOVE AND WAR? An ethical analysis of “Price Wars” and predatory pricing strategy


Companies nowadays are facing a major challenge to cut costs, remain efficient, and maintain customer loyalty and retention simultaneously. Not only the pricing power of internet and discount retailers are growing, but the recent Great Recession also make consumers pay close attention to their spending habit and everybody seems to be going to shopping with pay-less state of mind. Unfortunately for sellers, price can be a double-edge sword: it can be an excellent strategic weapon in a highly competitive market while it can also destroy profits and hurt consumers at the same time. Continue reading

Get rid of the two party systenm


My proposal to make this world a better place is simple and to the point. We as a country should eliminate political parties together all together. Why I think this will work is that it will help the most qualified individuals rise to the top within politics.

Think about all the damage parties do. Not only do they polarize the country (who’s ready to jump off a cliff) but they manipulate the parties for office. Think about it. To begin with to even get to a general election officials have to compete in primaries. During these events every person is trying to either outdemocrat or outrepublican their opposition. This can take someone who was a centrist and force them to go to either one extreme or the other (because who really votes in primaries…people who are staunchly on one side or the other.) Therefore by the time officials move to the general election we either get the crazies or good candidates become crazies.

Instead, if there were no parties then we could simply vote on people based on merit. Instead of pandering to the “right” or “left” people could simply say what they believe in and stick too it. This would help get the most qualified people into office as well as have much more centrist politicians (if there is such a thing).

Overall I think its miserable living in the political climate we are in and believe that the two-party system is at the root of it. Lets get rid of it and see what happens…it certainly can’t be any worse than it is now.

Pay It Forward


This basic idea is old.  It has been used in several books and movies over the last hundred years, but the philosophy is sound.  The idea is to try to perform three kind acts per day.  The three recipients of these kind acts must then strive to also perform at least three kind acts for three other people, therefore paying the debt forward to a third party.

If everyone took part in this simple practice, the world would be a better place.  While this wouldn’t stop poverty, hunger, and wars overnight; it would help to make everyone’s day-to-day quality of living a little bit better.  The long term affects of this practice could prove to be truly world changing.  If kindness could become a cornerstone of society’s values around the world, maybe one day humanities problems could be solved through efficient coordination.

BIG IDEA – DITCH THE NUKES


My grandmother has a bunch of my dad’s old comics in her attic, and I remember reading one where Superman decides to destroy all of the world’s nuclear weapons. Now unfortunately, we don’t have a superhero to help us solve our problems, but it got me thinking. What if every country disposed of their nukes? No hidden weapons reserves, no nuclear facilities. What if they were all just…gone?

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