Archive for July, 2009

Stolen papers

Friday, July 31st, 2009

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?

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Friday, July 31st, 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.