Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Movie Review: In Defense of John Q

"John Q" is the kind of movie Mad magazine prays for. It is so earnest, so overwrought and so wildly implausible that it begs to be parodied. I agree with its message-- that the richest nation in history should be able to afford national health insurance--but the message is pounded in with such fevered melodrama, it's as slanted and manipulative as your average political commercial.

Watch the trailer:  John Q (2002) Official Trailer - Denzel Washington, Robert Duvall Movie HD



To defend a person is to understand the context of his/her actions and piece together all facts and socio-historical background. And I am here to defend John Q's actions as something morally acceptable.

We may or may not agree with his perspectives but no one can question his desire to save his son from danger. All equally loving and compassionate fathers will do everything to protect his son from danger, much more an impending death. Doing so, he offered a radical opportunity for us to rethink the context of our own morals, ethics and judgement.

However, he has been punished because societal standards on protecting the civil rights of other people should likewise be protected and uphold, but one should remember that the law is always legal but not all the time just. It is also worth noting the extent of people's participation in the process of crafting such laws.

Hence, it is necessary to seek truth from facts that surrounds the underlying factors that commands his thinking during those "unfortunate" circumstances that allowed him to take an option few of us will never think of doing, at least for the time being.

First, I want to defend him because his actions were driven by social constructs. When I say social constructs, it simply means that John Q is just a miniscule of the whole. An individual is part of a family. A family is the basic unit of society. And that society commands, in fact, even owned the families in a given society. Hence, all of us are part of the whole, and is shaped by society itself that imposes its own morals and standards to all of us. 

Second, the health insurance as a matter of social service is equally discriminating and violent. It discriminated John Q and his family. Health maintenance organization (HMOs) proved once more, at least in John Q's case, that it cannot provide a service it promised to its clients when they needed it the most.

As a matter of social service and as serious and urgent like health emergencies, HMOs should be flexible to its paying clients. It should be so since tears and blood of working people is the reason why it exists in the first place. And if they can't flex policies in times of emergencies, then they should fold.

Third, market driven hospital has no place during emergencies and urgent medical situations. They are in cahoots with HMOs and some policy makers to be exclusive to patients that can pay rather than inclusive to anyone regardless of socio-economic status in life as shown in John Q's case.

This is the saddest part of the story. Where institutions that served the interests of the few rather than the interests of the many. Health is an essential component for any country to survive. If people are not healthy, the society is sick. And if the society is sick, wealth creation will be at a disadvantaged position and all are affected both in the short-run and in the long-run.

Finally, John Q's family, friends, and other support groups showed that regardless of his actions, they look at it from a perspective of a fellow human being driven by society to commit a crime he doesn't want in the first place. After maximizing all options and failed. He chose the most damning and dangerous option in life, to force other people to help him and in the process of doing so, he has given us the opportunity to rethink our own options in life one's desperation will knock our door rather than despair in total darkness doing nothing.


I am here to defend John Q, and I will never regret doing it. History will absolve him. 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Weekly Homework (Economics, First Semester 2016 - 2017)

1. Kindly check your weekly homework. Please follow the guidelines (below) when submitting your handwritten report in a recycled short bond paper; margin, one inch (top, bottom, left, right) No deadline extension.

Write your,

Name and Course/Year:
Weekly Homework Number: 
Class Schedule and Date Submitted:
Title of economic/business article/s:

Then, comply the following after reading the assigned economic/business article/s:

a. What are the words and phrases you find hard to understand? Please provide your initial understanding of these words and phrases.b. Do you have a hard time understanding these words and phrases? Why or why not?c. Provide a brief analysis of the economic/business article/s. The analysis could be visual or written.
Deadline every Tuesday. No deadline extension.

WEEKLY HOME WORK

Week 1, June 20 - 24: homework #1

Week 9, August 15 - 19: homework #09

Week 10, August 22 - 26: homework #10

Week 11, August 29 - September 2: homework #11

2. For your online exercises (Aplia):  No deadline extension.
Principles of Economics by Arnold Set (textbook+APLIA code)  
                 888.00 regular price less 10% discount upon showing School ID
Principles of Economics by Arnold APLIA code only        
                 670.00 net of discount

Begin: 06.20.16      End: 10.28.16
Grace Period: Ends at the end of the day on 07.10.16
Textbook: Economics by Arnold
Student Registration URL:
http://login.cengagebrain.com/course/78UT-7VR5-28VY

Course Key: 78UT-7VR5-28VY


3. Grading System: 

40% - Long  (Major) Examinations
25% - Aplia (Online Exercises)
25% - Terminal Report/s
10% - Class Participation (Homework and seatwork)
100% - Total

4. Terminal Report: 
DEADLINE September 3, 2016 (No Terminal Report, No Final Exam) 

Submit your report in a recycled short bond paper, with your name, course and year, class schedule, name of teacher. Attached photos of your visit.

TERMINAL REPORT 1:

Part I.Interview five (5) vendors selling typical products outside our university. Formulate 10 questions that relates to supply and production and costs

Part II.Interview three (3) consumers each from the five (5) vendors you interviewed. Formulate 10 questions that relates to demand, maximizing utility and consumer behavior.

Part III.Provide an economic naturalist essay, at least 500 words. Check guidelines below:

ECONOMIC NATURALIST ESSAY GUIDELINES*
An important part of your experience in this course will be two short writing assignments designed to foster your skills as an economic naturalist. In each of these papers, your assignment is to use a principle, or principles, a concept, or concepts, discussed in the course to explain some pattern of events or behavior that you personally have observed around you. Some examples are discussed below and some others might be discussed in class.

Your space limit is 500 words. Many excellent papers are significantly shorter. Please do not lard your essay with complex terminology. Imagine yourself talking to a relative who has never had a course in economics. The best papers are ones that would be clearly intelligible to such a person, and typically these papers do not use any algebra or graphs.

This assignment is not a PhD dissertation. You are not expected to do voluminous research in support of your argument, although a relevant fact or two might help convince yourself and others that you are on the right track. It makes no difference whether your topic is “important,” but try, as best you can, to choose something interesting. A really successful paper is one that begins with a really interesting question (one that makes the listener instantly curious to learn the answer) and then uses an economic principle or principles to construct a plausible answer. You’ll know you have a good paper if the first thing your roommate wants to do upon reading it is to tell friends about it.

*Based on the book by Robert H. Frank and lifted from the Journal of Economic Education


TERMINAL REPORT 2: 

Part I.
Look for five (5) articles about the current state of Philippine agricultural sector or anything related to Philippine agriculture (use APA Citation Guide) and answer in 500 words:

"The State of Philippine Agriculture"

Part II. Visit at least two (2) public market and identify the location ( one in Cebu City and one in Cebu province ), estimated size of the market, consumers income bracket, day and time of interview. Interview two (2) vendors per public market and find out whether they are selling imported or locally produced agricultural products. Make a list of these products, the countries where they are imported from,  as well as their prices. Do the same for the local products and identify the origin of locally produced agricultural products.

Interview three (3) consumers: 1 male preferably husband, 1 female preferably wife, and 1 young adolescent preferably 18 to 24 years old . Ask them what agricultural products they usually buy. Do they know if these products are locally produced or imported? Which do they prefer? Why?

How does this affect the local producers? What can you say about the state of the country's agricultural sector? What do you think will happen to our agricultural productivity once the Asean Economic Community (AEC) will start implementing zero tariff to agricultural products within the Asean region?

Write a narrative report of your trip.


5. CHECK, LIKE and FOLLOW Facebook Fan Page: Tikaw Tikaw sa Kagabhiun 
I will post some power point presentations for your additional notes.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Introducing Cebu City’s first LGBT radio program, Patas ang Gugma

"Patas ang Gugma" (Love is equal)

“The stereotype re LGBT people in the media is that we’re only good in the entertainment beat. We provide an alternative to that; we try to focus on our advocacy because we want the program to be a mouthpiece of our LGBT advocacy,” Doron ended.

Introducing Cebu City’s first LGBT radio program, Patas ang Gugma

Monday, April 25, 2016

Prexy vote highlights LGBT community division


“I respect diversity of opinions and political stands coming from the members of the LGBT community re endorsing a particular candidate for elections who they think will help advance our socio-political and economic rights. Maybe (it is) because of our diversity that we also have diverse political stands. Whatever the motivation, I think it is inappropriate for a particular LGBT group or individual to speak and announce publicly their favored candidate in behalf of the entire LGBT community. The Philippine elections is a highly divisive and cruel political exercise and it is unfortunate that a claim of a particular group or individual will add burden to the already marginalized and oppressed LGBT community.”  Roxanne Omega Doron of Cebu-City-based Bisdak Pride


Link:  Prexy vote highlights LGBT community division


"May ning-ning pa ang mga bituin"

“[For me], genuine agrarian reform is not merely a social justice tool; it is also a development tool. In my opinion, no country can develop without genuine agrarian reform,” said the senatorial aspirant during Rappler’s #TheLeaderIWant Forum at the De La Salle University, January 20, 2016

Monday, April 18, 2016

Weekly Homework (Economics, Summer 2016)

Attention: Econ students

Sample Weekly Homework








1. Kindly check your weekly homework. Please follow the guidelines (below) when submitting your handwritten report in a recycled short bond paper; margin, one inch (top, bottom, left, right) No deadline extension.

Write your,

Name and Course/Year:
Weekly Homework Number: 
Class Schedule and Date Submitted:
Title of economic/business article/s:

Then, comply the following after reading the assigned economic/business article/s:

a. What are the words and phrases you find hard to understand? Please provide your initial understanding of these words and phrases.b. Do you have a hard time understanding these words and phrases? Why or why not?c. Provide a brief analysis of the economic/business article/s. The analysis could be visual or written.

Deadline every Monday. No deadline extension.

WEEKLY HOME WORK

Week 1, April 18-22, 2016: homework #1

Week 2, April 25-29, 2016: homework #2

Week 3, May 2-6, 2016: homework #3

Week 4, May 9-13, 2016: homework #4

Week 5, May 16-20,2016: homework #4

Weekly 5, May 23-27, 2015: homework #5
(Note: analysis should be comparative)



2. For your online exercises (Aplia):  No deadline extension.
Principles of Economics by Arnold Set (textbook+APLIA code)  
                 888.00 regular price less 10% discount upon showing School ID
Principles of Economics by Arnold APLIA code only        
                 670.00 net of discount

Course Name: Econ1N.ROD.2016.Summer
University: University of San Carlos
Begin: 04.18.16      End: 05.27.16
Grace Period: Ends at the end of the day on 05.02.16
Course Key: QZRX-U6ZF-S2EN

REMEMBER: Student account. Students must use a standard email address, example: familynameDOTfirstname@anydomain.com  (ex. doron.roxanne@gmail.com)

3. Grading System: 

40% - Long  (Major) Examinations
25% - Aplia (Online Exercises)
25% - Terminal Report/s
10% - Class Participation (Homework and seatwork)
100% - Total

4. Terminal Report: DEADLINE May 27, 2016 (No Terminal Report, No Final Exam) 

Submit your report in a recycled short bond paper, with your name, course and year, class schedule, name of teacher. Attached photos of your visit.

TERMINAL REPORT 1:

Part I.Interview five (5) vendors selling typical products outside our university. Formulate 10 questions that relates to supply and production and costs

Part II.Interview three (3) consumers each from the five (5) vendors you interviewed. Formulate 10 questions that relates to demand, maximizing utility and consumer behavior.

Part III.Provide an economic naturalist essay, at least 500 words. Check guidelines below:

ECONOMIC NATURALIST ESSAY GUIDELINES*
An important part of your experience in this course will be two short writing assignments designed to foster your skills as an economic naturalist. In each of these papers, your assignment is to use a principle, or principles, a concept, or concepts, discussed in the course to explain some pattern of events or behavior that you personally have observed around you. Some examples are discussed below and some others might be discussed in class.

Your space limit is 500 words. Many excellent papers are significantly shorter. Please do not lard your essay with complex terminology. Imagine yourself talking to a relative who has never had a course in economics. The best papers are ones that would be clearly intelligible to such a person, and typically these papers do not use any algebra or graphs.

This assignment is not a PhD dissertation. You are not expected to do voluminous research in support of your argument, although a relevant fact or two might help convince yourself and others that you are on the right track. It makes no difference whether your topic is “important,” but try, as best you can, to choose something interesting. A really successful paper is one that begins with a really interesting question (one that makes the listener instantly curious to learn the answer) and then uses an economic principle or principles to construct a plausible answer. You’ll know you have a good paper if the first thing your roommate wants to do upon reading it is to tell friends about it.

*Based on the book by Robert H. Frank and lifted from the Journal of Economic Education


TERMINAL REPORT 2: 

Part I.
Look for five (5) articles about the current state of Philippine agricultural sector or anything related to Philippine agriculture (use APA Citation Guide) and answer in 500 words:

"The State of Philippine Agriculture"

Part II. Visit at least two (2) public market and identify the location ( one in Cebu City and one in Cebu province ), estimated size of the market, consumers income bracket, day and time of interview. Interview two (2) vendors per public market and find out whether they are selling imported or locally produced agricultural products. Make a list of these products, the countries where they are imported from,  as well as their prices. Do the same for the local products and identify the origin of locally produced agricultural products.

Interview three (3) consumers: 1 male preferably husband, 1 female preferably wife, and 1 young adolescent preferably 18 to 24 years old . Ask them what agricultural products they usually buy. Do they know if these products are locally produced or imported? Which do they prefer? Why?

How does this affect the local producers? What can you say about the state of the country's agricultural sector? What do you think will happen to our agricultural productivity once the Asean Economic Community (AEC) will start implementing zero tariff to agricultural products within the Asean region?

Write a narrative report of your trip.











Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Wild assumptions violates human rights, deadly too

WILD ASSUMPTIONS VIOLATES HUMAN RIGHTS, DEADLY TOO

Ang LGBT karon sa Sugbo

Live Wins, Will It?

It is unfortunate that SunStar Cebu sensationalized the shooting rampage in Calape, Bohol last Wednesday, February 3, 2016. The sad incident, apparently, involved two women in a relationship for more than a decade. The news story added wound when it described the rampage as, "crime of passion" in Bohol.

My God.

First off, we should not assume that people of the same sex (meaning, assigned at birth - vagina for female and penis for male) when in a relationship are lesbians or gays or bisexual or what-have-you. When both vaginas collide or when both penises rub each other until the sexual organs finds pleasure and fulfillment, will that make them lesbians or gays or what-have-you? Our answer is NO.
Because, their are woman who are in a relationship with another woman, or a man in a relationship with another man, does not identify herself or himself as lesbian or gay or bisexual or what-have-you. Period.

Unfair labelling, often, is subjective, and will lead to question love about to bloom. Unfair and unjust labelling prohibits love to infiltrate our untouched senses. Who are we to unjustly label? To do so is to question the love that nourished. To do so is to put malice to feelings. To do so is to deny each and every individual to freely express his or her love, desires and feelings to someone, regardless of his or her sex, gender, age, physical condition, social status, race, religion, nationality, culture, etc.

Hence, we were sad when the news story opined, "Three people died after a lesbian went on a shooting rampage..." (Suntar Cebu, Page 1, Friday, February 5, 2016)

The statement above has two interpretations: First, lesbians are violent, or words to that effect. This statement introduced malice and reinforced discrimination and stigma for persons whose sexual orientation and gender identity is different from ours. We are all unique, diversity is a defining characteristic of our being. Second, the use of the word "lesbian." Perhaps, it was an assumption based on hearsay, or expression so subjective not fit to use to describe a developing story.

What method or mechanisms writers and editors used to differentiate a heterosexual from a homosexual or bisexual or what-have-you in describing a developing story? We asked.

The statement, "Three people died after a lesbian went on a shooting rampage..." could simply be written as, "Three people died after a woman in a relationship with another woman went on a shooting rampage..." Or, to put it best, "Three people died after a woman went on a shooting rampage..."

Yes, some of us may label the circumstances sorrounding it as lesbians. But we have no right to label people and announced to the whole world by virtue of their sexual orientation and gender identity. We still don't know, and even if knew it, and eventually they will comfirm it, they might prefer to keep it to themselves or to their immediate family. Thus, assumptions are dangerous.

Gender issues like identity and expressions are often internal. It is a luxury reserved for the individual. Thus, it is dangerous to label people by virtue of what we perceived them to be. It violates their right to privacy.

Finally, to suppliment the already biased and morally bankrupt assumption, the news story shouted, in red letters, "crime of passion" in Bohol.

It cringes with danger.

By Roxanne Omega Doron
Executive Director

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