Buy a term paper online… or troll

Teaching Assistants (TAs) frequently trade tips for discovering plagiarism in the papers they grade. While google has made it easy to catch the lazy copy-paste form, many of us recognize that cheaters with financial resources can buy term papers. The following chat occurred on TopMarkEssays.com, an essay mill which as “among the premier essay writing companies in the world”.

“citizenship is not a birthright”

Contra the claims that American birthright citizenship derives from a “misinterpretation” of the 14th amendment, I find more evidence in US Supreme Court rulings, before and after the ratification of the 14th Amendment, to support birthright citizenship than to support the right of citizens to vote, or the right of transnationals to own private property.

Catastrophic Frequencies

A longitudinal study of keyword frequencies in Section A of the New York Times between 2001 and 2008 supported the hypothesized typologies of catastrophic myths. Patterns of occurrence are consistent between natural and man-made disasters, and suggest a relationship between U.S. political elections and modern myth-creation that is worthy of further investigation.

Map of the blogsphere (PresidentialWatch08)

The PresidentialWatch08 map is composed of the 533 most visible and influential websites and blogs – out of a complete dataset of over 4000 sites – using Linkfluence™’s proprietary crawl technology. The map includes both social media and mainstream media outlets. The sites are divided into four different categories, or […]

Immigration Crackdown May Pose Problems for Shippers

“In a nationwide operation that encompassed 26 states, agents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement swept down on 40 locations of Amsterdam-based IFCO Systems, one of the nations largest supplier of pallets and reusable plastic containers for retail customers,” reports immigration blog Migra Matters. “The fact that Wednesday’s raids resulted in […]

House Passes 100% Cargo Screening

The House of Representatives passed H.R. 1 (Full Text PDF) today. While the bill contains many (many!) sections of interest to Long Beach includes funding for first responders, of particular concern to our local economy is Title V: ‘Strengthening The Security of Cargo Containers’. Title V contains provisions which the […]

GOP vs 14th Amendment

92 members of the House GOP want to end jus soli by amending or subverting the 14th Amendment. Discuss.— The Los Angeles Times is running a front-page article on Saturday and Sunday with the headline “GOP Faction Wants to Change ‘Birthright Citizenship’ Policy“. In a nut shell, some GOP politicians […]

opendna is a jerk

This diary started out as an “I’m worse than Kos” comment mated with a Carnacki comment. Maybe it was inspired by mentaldebris. It went from an egotistical rant to, well, just a rant I guess. Feel free to rant in the comments and add tags as you see fit..I had […]

+$26 Billion in Privacy Act Fines for Feds in 2006

The Federal government cannot be trusted to keep your information secure. Period. One by one federal agencies are proving that they are not competent to handle sensitive, private, personal or confidential information. They should not be trusted with any information about anybody, anywhere, for any reason. The recent wave of […]

Brits Intercept Terrorists; US Ignores Victory

Yesterday an anti-terrorist sweep by the British police forces disrupted planned attacks against trans-continental airlines. The sweep, triggered by a warning from under-cover agents, netted over 20 would-be airplane bombers under government surveillance. It is understood that terrorists intended to board flights to the US with component liquids which could […]

California Defects from US on CO2, Joins EU

One thing I didn’t expect when UK Prime Minister Tony Blair visited Long Beach, was for the Governor of California to launch an assault on the powers of the U.S. Congress. I guess after decades of federal encroachment on State’s Rights, I never anticipated a real rebellion from a Republican […]

Palm Software

Agendus for Palm OS Professional Edition – Five-in-One—- Address, Date book, To Dos, Memos, & E-mail/SMS—- an ultimate combination of personal information management & convenience Central – Central contains over a dozen utilities to enhance your Treo 600 or 650. From do not disturb functions to Super Alarms, Central is […]