Inspiration by Example: Yeonmi Park

I read Yeonmi Park’s story online and was nothing short of impressed by how much she has accomplished at such a juvenile age. She will be visiting the Depauw University to share her captivating story about her escape from North Koreas torturous grip. If you follow her on Twitter, you’ll know that the event is to take effect a day after her 22nd birthday and is scheduled to kick off at 7:30 at the Green Center’s Kresge Auditorium and is free for everyone.

North Korea has kept itself away from the public eye for a while. The country is known for communism and has been in the public eye for mostly all the wrong reason. North Koreans are brought up to believe living and dying for the North Korean regime was the purest form of life.

Park was one of the believers, inspired by “the Titanic” one of the greatest love stories, Park somehow found her way out of North Korea and lived through it. On March 30th, 2007, Park, and her mother crossed a frozen river endless geographical barriers at night to get to the Chinese border with the help of illegal smugglers. After crossing over, one of the smugglers forcefully wanted to have sex with Park but later raped her mother after reasoning with him. Her father had succumbed to illness after his arrest and had felt that going along with them would only slow them down, but he managed to join them later

Her sister had escaped earlier and had already crossed over through the Chinese border, but they never got a hold of her and assumed she was dead. In China, her family went through a lot of ups and downs trying to stay hidden away from the authorities. Her father later died at 45, and they buried him without a formal burial as they feared any suspicion from powers that be. After laying him to rest, they traveled by bus to a Christian missionary in the port of Qingdao.

With the aid of Christian missionaries, Yeonmi Park and her family traveled through the Gobi desert to Mongolia. On reaching the Mongolian border, they were threatened with deportation back to South Korea but after reasoning with the guards, they soon found themselves on a plane to Seoul

Park has since lived a life of activism championing the cause of North Korean refugees. She is also a flourishing reporter and has appeared on many global talk shows

Park’s life has been a source of inspiration to many across the globe and has become a voice for the oppressed. She was featured on BBC’s top 100 women and at such a tender age, we have yet to see how far she will go.

Editing on Wikipedia

Wikipedia has been one of the most important inventions of the 21st century. The peer edited encyclopedia has become THE place for information on almost every subject imaginable. From general topics all the way to specific information on niche figures, Wikipedia has made it their goal to keep real time information up to date on all things. In order to accomplish this task on the millions of pages of data, Wikipedia has been forced to hire an endless group of volunteer editors. These editors maintain the encyclopedia from the comfort of their own home and are the fuel by which the entire machine is run. Editing Wikipedia is not easy, however, and requires near constant learning of the different rules available. Listed below are the broad strokes of what it takes to make a Wikipedia page on

Quality research begets quality articles.
Working on Wikipedia entails the same sort of effort that should be expected of scholarly work for Universities. Wikipedia has high expectations in regards to the sort of citations that they require for articles to be posted. Citations must be chosen in the form of best source available and they must be cited properly at the end of the article. Writers can find the proper format under the Wikipedia Manual of Style.

Avoid controversial and biased subjects.
In order for Wikipedia to exist in perpetuity as the go to resource for information seekers, the encyclopedia has to maintain a neutral point of view in regards to all of their posted content. Authors are pushed heavily toward understanding how to keep their content unbiased and devoid of controversial opinions. In fact, opinions as a whole are to be thrown out of the article while still in the editing room. A Wikipedia article should reflect only the information therein and not the voice of the author who posted it to the website.

Refrain from posting personal articles.
Wikipedia is not a compendium of all information that has ever existed, so authors should avoid trying to post content that does not pass the notability policy that Wikipedia has instated. The most common violators of the notability policy are authors trying to post their own personal content to the Wikipedia in the form of advertisements for products, personal pages that are not deemed notable, or by fluffing up a friends article. These devalue Wikipedia as a whole and allow the website to turn into one controlled by the writers, which is not what is wanted.

Brad Reifler And The New Investment Landscape

Investments of any kind always involve a risk, whether you’re looking to venture into stocks, bonds, mutual funds, forex, ETFs, or money-market accounts and investors that venture into these funds do so because these funds are not federally-insured like a regular bank account. For most people, venturing out into the big investment world has long been an arena reserved for most large businesses and individuals in the six-figure income base, and average middle class people have usually stayed away from this field, although people do purchase smaller funds from designated brokers. But with an emerging company Forefront Capital, this has begun to change.

Reuters also wrote that Forefront Capital was started by Brad Reifler in 2009 and has grown into a thriving investment firm over the course of 5 years. He began his first investment and trading firm back in the 1980s as Reifler Trading Company, a firm that specialized in discretionary management and futures. After the profit maximized, it was bought by Refco Inc. and Reifler became a recognized hedge fund professional. He also founded the brokerage firm Pali Capital and built in a research program to aid the traders on where the markets were excelling. On the aftermath of Pali Capital, Forefront was founded.

At first Reifler’s firm only looked accredited investors as its client base, but when Reifler’s father-in-law came into retirement age and was looking to place his money in a high-yield fund. The problem was, none of the current funds that his father-in-law was looking into allowed investments from people in the risk category that he was placed in, so Reifler decided to start up a fund that allowed for lower income middle class investors. This Trust fund allows minumum investments of $2,500 and it can be added to or withdrawn from at the end of quarterly periods, and also does not charge any fees until 8% is made on returns. Reifler sees non-accredited investors as a base that cannot be ignored and by bringing together the 99% with the 1%, the playing field creates more opportunity for both groups.

A Conversation on Entrepreneurship

There are several standard reason that people become entrepreneurs. These reasons are credible and are often predicated on selfless issues. This means that people that are simply out to make a quick buck may need to try a different outlet. The power of entrepreneurship is readily seen in the American economy. Over 90 percent of the tax returns that were filed last year were filed by small business owners. These are the true job creators, but they are also the least known operators in that economy. These people are savvy business owners that have to perform as often family finances and lifestyles are on the line. However, they still enter the game because of the following reasons in many cases.

One of the main reasons that people take the path to entrepreneurship is because being an entrepreneur allows people to direct their own outcome based on hard work and ingenuity. The ability to control one’s own destiny is dream for most people in the workforce, but many people still would rather give up some control for a considerably smaller but steady income.

The next reason is also a driving force in people’s decision to take this path. Often the only method by which people can do what they love for a living is to make their passion a viable business. However, they should be hardened in the fact that hard work and determination may eventually return their own personal dreams versus those of the people that they work for.

Still, many people are driven to entrepreneurship by the desire to build something positive that is sustainable. Often this can be for selfish reasons, but overwhelmingly it is done to further the betterment of community versus personal gain especially in the small business realm. However, leaving a lasting legacy does fulfil some personal goals.

Additionally, people do want the potential for unlimited growth. Careers have caps on earnings that are insurmountable in some cases. The restriction in earnings causes even professional to become entrepreneurs within their professions. Doctors and lawyers as well as many other professionals start businesses because they can earn more in that environment.

Marc Sparks
Entrepreneur and philanthropist Marc Sparks

Marc Sparks understands what it takes to transition into becoming a successful entrepreneur. This successful entrepreneur is now at a level in is life that he can devote time to furthering the opportunities for budding entrepreneurs. Among his many fruitful efforts is a program that makes successful entrepreneurs available to these novice entrepreneurs. Because of this program, these entry level entrepreneurs gain experience that would have formerly taken them many decades to learn. Entrepreneurs often work 50 hour days for 20 to 30 years. Gaining this type of experience through mentorship is social entrepreneurship at its finest.

S’well bottles pass consumer test on local news

One of the staples of local TV news channels is the consumer testing reports that take place throughout the year. As the height of summer was reached KWCH12 decided to put the S’well water bottle and its revolutionary technology to the test against a traditional plastic water bottle. S’well has recently been made available Online for prices ranging from $25 to $45 for different sizes of bottle and have stated the technology included in the bottles keeps liquids hot or cold for 24 hours.

To test the claims of the S’well bottle makes on their Wikipedia page, a viewer was given a S’well bottle to use and had the temperature of the liquid inside checked on a regular basis as she went about her daily business. The viewer began by following the instructions included with the S’well bottle and saw an initial temperature of 40F recored for her ice cold water. A traditional plastic water bottle was also filled with water suing the same instructions as used for the S’well bottle. After a day at work the viewer arrived for an evening workout and carried both the S’well bottle and traditional plastic water bottle for the temperature to be tested. The water in the plastic bottle was recorded at 79F and the S’well bottle water at 41F.The viewer described the two options with the S’well bottle providing the more refreshing drinking option. Over the course of 24 hours the water within the S’well bottle rose just a few degrees and showed how well the bottle can maintain the temperature of ice cold drinks held within it.

The Amazing and Powerful New Beneful Ads

For many years, Beneful has been known as the leader in the pet food industry. They have been providing animal owners with a premium and healthy choice of pet food that stands up above the rest. Beneful has been known as well for their effective ads that move and inspire pet owners all over the world. The latest ad campaign Beneful has rolled out is that of pride. Pet owners all around the world are proud to feed their pets Beneful. These high-quality video ads show Beneful employees feeding their dogs Beneful dog food. These ads are centered around the fact that these employees really do stand behind what they produce.

This “I Stand Behind Beneful” campaign is a very powerful message to deliver pet owners all over the world. Digital and print advertising is also a large part of this campaign. The message needs to get out that these products are fully endorsed by the wonderful individuals who are employed at the Atlanta processing plant. This is a great way to share with individuals all over the United States that Beneful is willing to take the extra step in order to ensure that their dog food is safe and healthy for every dog.

You can read the press release from Beneful here.

Mexican Girl Reunited With Family After a Case of Mistaken Identity.

A Recent video has been released showing an angry and frightened young girl being forcibly removed from her middle school in Guanajuato Mexico on April 16th. The young girl was the victim of mistaken identity. It began eight years ago when Dortea Garcia’s daughter was taken to Mexico by her father and never returned.

Ms. Garcia has been searching for her daughter for the whole eight years when she saw a picture of Alondra Luna Nunez on Facebook. The girl looked very much like an age progression photo she had done. She contacted the US authorities. The case was sent to Judge Cinthia Mercado who sided with Garcia despite testimony and a birth certificate from the child’s parents. An order was issued to bring the girl to the US.Click here for full story.

Luna was brought to the US by force all the while screaming that Ms. Garcia was not her mother. She managed to get a video on YouTube telling her parents she was well and where she was according to sources from AnastasiaDate at Amazon. The Mexican Consulate demanded that a DNA test be done. The test proved Luna was not the daughter of Ms. Garcia. Luna has been reunited with her very happy parents. Questions remain about what happened, and why the child was brought to the US without any testing.

FreedomPop: A Company Moving Up The Ranks With Incredible Agility

FreedomPop will soon become a household name for wireless and mobile phone service. It’s affordability in Wi-Fi and mobile service supercedes most, if not all, other Wi-Fi providers. It’s Wi-Fi network is owned by a number of various ISPs and popular assemblage. There are many places FreedomPop’s Wi-Fi operates, though providers were not disclosed in an interview by Steveball/Shutterstock from FreedomSpot’s CEO Stephen Stokols. Some of the names of these highly publicized malls and other popular areas are: Starbucks, McDonalds, Panera Bread, Walmart, and Home Depot. Also included are such great names as Google,and AT&T Since FreedomPop is not joining with Boingo, the airports at present, will not have their Wi-Fi.

This FreedomPop review says they have developed an Android device to tie the various networks together. This app will act as a schematic for the ten million Wi-Fi locations. When thse locations are available the app will log device to the access point when they are accessible. This implements reliable links at Wi-Fi locations that utilize encrypted connectivity. When ISP’s acquire newer Wi-Fi technology FreedomPop will be able to move its app to new login automation. Although FreedomPop plans on superceding Sprint in terms of technology, FreedomPop will be engaging the usage of almost any device one has lying about that has a Wi-Fi radio. FreedomPop can connect these old devices that are now defunct from major cellular service. Though FreedomPop is in it’s infancy they are climbing at a swift competitive rate with their Wi-Fi economy. They are producing a low-fee Wi-Fi connection with unlimited use at 10 million WiFi locations. The company reports that 90% of mobile user data is Wi-Fi connected. Their Wi-Fi capabilities can utilize a users’ multiple devices through their Android app. There will soon (within two weeks at the time of the article dated 1/21/15 submitted by Ingrid Lunden) be an iPhone app as well. The company is offering, though somewhat limited usage, 200 minutes of calls, 500 texts, and 500MB data/month. According to Stokels this is a “standalone service” since it becomes a manner of bringing on new users from other providers or possibly from no providers at all. A business plan to attract abandoned phones( a user phone with no connectivity or cellular provider) is underway though, admittedly this particular enterprise does not create too much revenue.

FreedomPop is based in L.A. and is supported by many investors which include Skype’s investment company called Mangrove.

Popular Weed Killer Is Labeled A Carcinogen


International Agency For Research On Cancer Labeled Weed Killer “Roundup” A Carcinogen

According to and Fersen Lambranho, anyone that has a backyard filled with weeds has used the Monsanto product “Roundup” to kill the nasty green invaders. The bottoms of countless trees, telephone poles, and lawn edges, have been sprayed with the potent chemical, and weeds die a slow death. All signs of life disappear. The reason is simple. Roundup is poison and IRAC, a France-based cancer research group, says Roundup and five other insect sprays are possible carcinogens.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency hasn’t commented on the IARC ruling. IARC is an arm of the World Health Organization. But the agency said they would evaluate the ruling. IRAC has four risk levels: known carcinogens, possible carcinogens, not classified, and not a carcinogen. The ingredient in Roundup, Glyphosate, falls in the second risk level, which is, a possible carcinogen.

The French agency ruling puts Glyphosate in the same category as anabolic steroids and shift work. Monsanto and other producers of Glyphosate disagree with the ruling. A Monsanto spokesman says all the uses for Glyphosate are safe for humans, but some researchers say the chemical causes cancer in mice and rats. The critics also say the herbicide can cause non-Hodgkins lymphoma in humans.

North American Spine’s Holistic And Conservative Approach To Healing

Athletics are a major part of life, from youth sports to professional sports and on through to leisure sports. But, some sports can be hard on the human body, especially the neck and spine areas. If an injury occurs to any one of these area in the body, it can be a very scary situation. Not many people are as fortunate as the Denver Broncos’ quarterback Payton Manning. He was able to return to his professional football career after having several neck surgeries. His team of doctors must have been forward thinkers like those at North American Spine.

The team of doctors at North American Spine have a holistic approach to treatment that encourages ways to heal the body’s ailments without surgery. North American Spine has an information website known as The hope is that this website will lead patients to ask the right questions for their situation and to make better treatment decisions. For example: There is a blog post on the website that talks about how physical therapy and exercise can relieve pain. The blog goes on to outline and describe the proper way to get ready for exercise and the types of exercises that are appropriate to relieve pain. This is spine health information that everyone needs to be informed about. Because typically, at the first sign of pain or discomfort a person would stop doing that activity. However, there are times when pain and discomfort are there to egg us on to better health. This information is given with the standard precaution of talking to your physician before starting any exercise routine.

North American Spine’s conservative approach to surgery encourages the body’s natural healing mechanisms to kick in without overloading the system unnecessarily. Everyone’s body heals differently, and scar tissue can become a real problem for some patients. Internal scar tissue can exist without the patient ever knowing and scar tissue can form into an adhesion that will connect two serous membranes that weren’t originally connected, leading to more health problems. However, with the use of the AccuraScope procedure that is exclusive to North American Spine, their physicians are able to reduce the need for major spine surgery. Thus, limiting the possibility of excessive scar tissue. The AccuraScope procedure allows the physician to make a small incision and use the body’s natural opening to insert the scope, making it possible for them to see and operate on the problem area in real time.