Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Random Thoughts

     The picture says it all . . . except WHY??
[FYI - if the picture doesn't show because it is on your email check my actual blog (cwshirriff.blogspot.com)]

     One of my most trusted computer blogs has an short article on "how-to-clean-your-filthy-keyboard-in-the-dishwasher-without-ruining-it".   I am not recommending this; I'm just saying.

     This headline caught my attention because it seemed weird when the world is searching for a cure. On further examination, I discovered the article meant that Canada is selling asbestos to countries such as China and India when it is well known that asbestos causes cancer. What is even weirder is that the use of asbestos is banned in Canada (the Parliament Buildings have had the asbestos removed as have most public buildings, schools, etc.)  Why does Canada continue to mine it and export it, knowing full well it is killing innocent people. I guess it is OK as long as we don't know any of them personally? Or are some people's lives are more important than others:

     Dr. Philip Baker, Dean of Medicine at the University of Alberta, delivered an after dinner speech on June 11th. Several of the students thought it sounded familiar, did a quick search on the Internet, and were able to read along with him from a 2010 convocation address to medical students at Stanford. Talk about being busted! The U of A has as very strict policy for students who plagiarize, but so far seem think it is OK for the Dean of Medicine.

    How acceptable is plagiarism? The National Post has listed half a dozen examples of prominent people who have been caught in public plagiarism with apparently little consequences. (I was going to cut-and-paste the information for your convenience, but that would have been just too ironic).   


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