Check out this tragic NYT story about stolen academic papers. The cruel corruption of local officials is well known but always worth reporting. More intriguing, however, is the awesome power of a single paper file. I long ago misplaced almost all my academic records and I have never been asked for proof of my degrees when applying for anything — except in China. Is this a bureaucratic tic or a sensible precaution against fraud?
Archive for July, 2009
Apologize for the long absence. Not only are we in Canada for summer holidays but my computer was sent away for repairs. Schools still out but since my keyboard has now been replaced I will try to resume posting.