Kaavya Viswanathan was a Harvard sophomore who was featured in the New York Times for her book How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild and Got a Life, and then again when it was discovered that she plagiarized portions of the novel from two books by Megan McCafferty. Viswanathan apologized, saying that she was a “huge fan” of the books when she was in high school and that she “wasn’t aware of how much [she] may have internalized Ms. McCafferty’s words.”

Martinelli’s list of free plagiarism checkers has been one of IJNet’s most popular articles across all languages. It’s clear readers want to avoid the pitfalls of plagiarism, so they’ve updated the post with four of the best free online plagiarism checkers available to anyone, revised for 2015!

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I knew that one day I would eventually get around to creating a podcast. It’s the first step toward getting my TV show out of the notebook and into something real. But that’ll be done another day. Right now, podcast.  Why now? I had a close encounter with a seemingly closed mind on twitter.  Someone I had thought was level headed, fair, balanced and all that.

Someone whom I now see as perhaps overly sensitive, quick to judge and possibly paranoid.

I wonder ((?)) what would she think of Alyssa Milano’s “Evolution” video posted on my tumblr at http://dave-lucas.tumblr.com/

iAuthor Tom Hobbs ‏@Kindlemojo has written an e-book he often promotes with the tweet “The Novel that proves: You can’t cure stupid!”

Perhaps that’s applicable here.

It all started with a pop music video.

Below you’ll find the link to my podcast which details the events and my stance.



…ask John Cantlie.

Many of my colleagues and contemporaries all over the globe increasingly find themselves in dangerous situations. Here in the United States, people were horrified when a reporter and her cameraman were murdered on live television. But there are more of us who risk our lives on a daily basis. It’s hard to accept that something as simple as participating in a children’s event at a shopping mall or interviewing a chamber of commerce leader could potentially end in death.

On September 10, 25-year-old broadcast journalist Flor Alba Núñez Vargas was shot to death in southwest Colombia. Her bio descrfibes her as “a passionate woman of the media” who enjoyed spreading information over the air and online.

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When I first saw the headline on Twitter and then read the story something did not seem right. Too convenient so contrived. It didn’t sound real. After careful consideration and examination, I conclude this is propaganda.
I’ve noticed an abundance of questionable stories involving Yazidis, who have a legitimate axe to grind against ISIS. Think of all the stories you’ve read about American convicts who are behind bars only because they broke after hours of torturous questioning. Deprived of sleep or cold or warmth long enough to admit anything just to get it all to stop.  So the information any ISIS capturees spill to authorities, I would suggest be taken with a grain of salt.  Just my opinion. That’s all.

I'm not the only one questioning the validity of this information.

I’m not the only one questioning the validity of this information.

Think sandwiches! we’re witnessing history, a brave new world of leisure for those of us who struggled so long in menial jobs! We’re heading up, up, up!

Forget everything they’ve told you. There is no reason why you can’t live and lead an absolutlely wonderful life! Now that the $15 minimum wage is nearly upon us, make it a priority to get a job at one of the places offering the new rate. Chances are, once you become known around the facility, you’ll meet a suitable spouse! With both of you raking in $15 an hour, you’ll have it made!

Once established as a couple, find an apartment in your city’s downtown, where you are sure to have amenities like free wifi (they laid the fiber for ‘disadvantaged’ neighborhood folk so they could learn computing and apply for jobs online!) Do not try to buy a house. You’ll get stuck paying taxes. Let the landlord do that. Remember how well the rally for the $15 ‘liveable’ wage worked? Think of rallying for ‘liveable’ rent – force government to act and order those evil landlords to lower rent across the board! And living downtown may even net you free medical care! If you have kids later on, send them to public or subsidized private schools. Never pay for their education yourself!

As a young modern, you won’t need to save for the kids’ college. Your children will go from high school to workforce, and by that time, you’ll join them in the #FightFor30! Yes, you CAN make it in the new America! Never forget: THEY owe US because we struggled for SO LONG!


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