Plagiarism

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Via Crooked Timber I learn of a plagiarist suing a university for not explaining to him that plagiarism is wrong. His defense seems to be that since he wasn’t caught early in his illustrious career as a plagiarist, the university was negligent. It’s rather instructive to think through this particular line of defense in various other […]

Oil and Energy

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Kevin Drum with an excellent post on Oil. Upshot: Prices are going up. Fluctuations aside, they’re not going back down. Depending on who you ask, production has peaked in the last few years, or

Now that’s a game. Why this country prefers the dreary postseason of the NBA is beyond me. I’m also grateful to Sports Illustrated for confidently declaring that a Tampa Bay victory was inevitable, hence guaranteeing victory for the forces of justice and truth. To make things slightly more relevant, while watching my beloved Flames I saw […]
Chalk it up to incompetence; I was so very sad that we couldn’t get tickets to the showing of Zhang Yimou’s “Hero” at SIFF. Then I read the synopsis, discover that I’ve already seen the movie, including apparently twenty minutes not in the current cut. It’s outstanding; go see it. Steal a ticket from someone […]

The House

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Everyone’s all over poll numbers for the Presidential election, and everyone’s watching the Senate pretty closely as well. (Speaking of which, there is a nice and very flattering profile of Barak Obama in the most recent New Yorker, which doesn’t appear to be online–he looks hard to beat, especially for a problematic candidate like Ryan). There is […]
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