White Paper Teaser

A Look into the Manufacturing Industry

Outsourcing manufacturing is undoubtedly the aspect of outsourcing which comes to mind the most when discussing this topic.  At one time, the manufacturing industry was a booming, thriving business and factories like JBC Company, Inc. owned by Joseph Campolong made millions of dollars from their American business. I was fortunate enough to be able to interview my two Uncles about their lucrative business now known as DDJ  before the clothing manufacturing industry dried up for my relatives three years ago. Continue reading

White Paper Teaser: Innovation in Education


Recent studies have shown that students can learn more from videos, games, and other forms of interactive learning than they can in the traditional classroom. A student’s attention span is about 10-18 minutes before their mind begins to drift, suggesting 1 hour+ long lectures are very ineffective (Ripley). Students also can retain more from watching a documentary or a YouTube video on a topic rather than reading a 500+ page book on it. I believe replacing traditional, archaic forms of learning with an innovative form of online and interactive learning would not only help students learn more, but also could provide an option of lower costs and high availability. We would be replacing the traditional classroom with a virtual one. If implemented properly, online learning could revolutionize education and make a college degree much more affordable. Continue reading

White Paper Proposal #3 – State of the NCAA



Well, as I was going over my white paper so that I can add it to the blog later, I realized that I never actually posted my third WP proposal.  So here it is.  Better late than never…

At first, I struggled to think about how I would execute the government proposal.  I wasn’t really sure where I should look.  As I began reading up on the NCAA, though, I decided to try to find an article about its relationship with the United States Justice Department. Continue reading

Emission Control – Effect on Society

Effects on Society from cap-and-trade approach

One very useful resource that I found online is a discussion paper “A U.S. cap and trade system to address global climate change” written by Robert Stavins from Harvard University. In his paper, he discussed about the effects of cap-and-trade approach on the industry, society, government revenues etc. A policy analysis model crated by Palsev.S from MIT serves as the basis of the discussion. Overall, I rate this source as highly credible.

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WP Proposal 3- Gov


I originally thought that I wanted to write my White Paper on something regarding the environment since that is a strong interest of mine.  My past two proposals were on the topic of coal mining and coal-fired power plants, but after doing some initial research I decided that I chose that topic because it seemed safe.  On top of that, it seems pretty boring as well!  I have decided to change my topic to the legalization of marijuana since I wrote a blog post on the topic and enjoyed learning about it.

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White Paper Proposal #3- Society

For my third proposal I decided to actually go to the library and check out some books (gasp!).  It turns out that there are tons of sources on my white paper topic.  Here are some pros that I have gathered from my sources that I will want to further look into for my paper:

  • Marijuana has proven medical benefits for cancer, AIDS, glaucoma, etc.
  • Marijuana is no more harmful to a person’s health than alcohol or tobacco, which are both legal and widely used, and regulated by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration.
  • Crime and violence, both within the U.S. and at the U.S.-Mexico border, are greatly increased due to illegal selling and buying of marijuana. Legalization would logically end the need for such criminal behavior.
  • Prohibition of marijuana is unwarranted government intrusion into individual freedom of choice.

Legalizing Marijuana- Drug Policy Reform and Prohibition Politics, by Rudolph J. Gerber, is one of the seven books I rented from the library.  A section of this book particularly addresses marijuana for medicinal uses.  This section discusses the Compassionate Investigational Drug Program, a program designed to provide medical marijuana for patients in need.  Although these programs exist, patients still get charged for possession, something that would not happen if legalized.  The book also has a quote from an employee of the DEA: “Marijuana, in natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man….One must reasonably conclude that there is safety for the use of marijuana under medical supervision.  To conclude otherwise, on the record, would be unreasonable, arbitrary, and capricious.”

An issue that I have come across is making a distinction between what will be the affect of either business, government, or society.  I’ve come to the realization that the changes that will occur due to legalization have an affect on each of those categories.  For example, an argument for legalization of marijuana is that it can be taxed.  This argument alone affects government and society, and can even reach to the economy.  I am going to need to figure out how I am going to organize my white paper if I can’t categorize by business, government, and society.

Proposal 3- Business Impact, Cartels

For my third proposal I relied on the old school source of books once again. I found many other books surrounding the one I used for last weeks post on the issue of Mexican Cartels. These books touch on a lot of issues from the violence to the business of these groups. This week I was focusing on the business part of the cartels in Mexico. I used the book “El Narco” which covers the investigation from journalist Ioan Grillo. He spent a decade in Mexico covering these dangerous groups with testimonies from people inside the cartels and analysis from others. This source is different from others in that it is written more like a story from this journalist’s findings. It still presents some very interesting facts and information worth looking at for my paper. Continue reading

White Paper – Proposal #3

Kofi Annan, one of the most vocal critics of the original United Nations Human Rights Commission.

One aspect of the United Nation’s attempts to deal with international violations of human rights that I want to deal with is the transition from the UN Human Rights Commission to the UN Human Rights Council. The Commission was established in 1946, with the intended focus of promoting human rights and helping states elaborate treaties. However, criticism of the organization was so severe that in 2007, it was replaced by the newly formed Human Rights Council. That criticism was rooted in the fact that certain members of the Commission were some of the worst human rights violators. Those states would often “band together to block investigations into their own records – or those of their allies” (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty). Continue reading

Proposal 3- The morality of outsourcing; or lack thereof

For my third proposal, I came across an article in the international journal of social economics regarding the practice of labor exploitation overseas. In my previous proposals, I have talked about the many reasons why companies choose to outsource labor and the positive and negative aspects that they have on a business and the economy. A point I haven’t really considered yet, is how moral it actually is to hire a worker overseas who has the same qualifications as an American citizen, while paying them half as much. Continue reading

White Paper Proposal 3 – Government

For my third white paper proposal, I am looking into government sources. For my governmental sources, I am looking into the United Nations, the European Union, and human rights policies in China. Looking over these governmental sites, it is clear that these countries are all operating with different focuses on human trafficking issues. Continue reading