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Political Plagiarism

Canada is in the midst of an election campaign (really, yes, there is an election happening outside of the US right now!), which brings with it the usual load of mud-slinging and rhetoric.  Recently one of the opposition parties dug up some footage of our illustrious Prime Minister giving a speech when he was opposition leader that is in parts word for word identical to an earlier speech by former Australian Prime Minister John Howard.

Aside from making for some good political theatre, this has cost at least one Conservative Party staffer his job, and has thankfully reinforced plagiarism as being an unacceptable practice in the public’s eye.  Now the knives are out though, and the parties are digging in a desperate attempt to uncover more dirt.  The opposition Liberals have dug up another comparison, which is now meeting with mixed reactions.  This second example is far less clear-cut and is much shorter, but has certainly brought some further attention to the issue.

I feel like plagiarism is plagiarism, so I’m glad that severe consequences were felt, although people have certainly been forced to resign over far less.  It’s just a little odd that it took us a full five years to discover this – how long has it been hiding in wait in the Liberal election warchest?

iSAN 2008

Saturday brought a beautiful sunny day that found me stuck inside.  The Tokyo iSAN summit brought together quite a dynamic group, and was a great opportunity to dedicate the time to playing around with some Apple software.  I’ve used most of these programs before, but software tends to be a little different than riding a bike – if you aren’t using it regularly, you can tend to forget some of the features.  This weekend also presented my first foray into the world of Garage Band, which was fun, but I’m not sure when I’ll use it again any time soon.

Having just moved here, it was nice to network and get to put some faces to names, and I did get a chance to play around with some pretty cool new (to me) software like Skitch (thanks Brian L).