In a scientific culture that values quantity over quality charges of plagiarism should be neither surprising nor unbelievable. The obsessive drive to publish, to garner as many references and citations as possible, is extremely unhealthy. Quantity has become the enemy of quality and individual responsibility. I am always amazed when scientists and authors boast (or have others boast for them) about their CVs containing hundreds of publications. In my opinion this should be considered a badge of shame. The author is, essentially, admitting that he or she is willing to take credit for work for which he or she has had no involvement.

But big guns like Thomas Luscher are western culture’s last true heroes! Onward they ride, on the backs of their lessers, to glory!


The Charge of the Write Brigade

Half a league, half a league,
Half a league onward,
All in the valley of Theft
Wrote the six hundred.
“Forward, the Write Brigade!
Ghost for the big guns!” he said:
Into the valley of Theft
Wrote the six hundred.

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12 Responses to “Larry Husten, Forbes:”

  1. Greg Says:

    Frost works mutatas mutantandas:

    “Whose work is this [I’d like to know]

    And the snow adds a perfect element.

  2. Margaret Soltan Says:

    Greg: LOL.

  3. dmf Says:

  4. gtwma Says:

    Total pages/total co-authors.

  5. janet gool Says:

    Once upon a midnight dreary,
    While I pondered, weak and weary,
    Over many volumes of stolen lore.
    While I copied, instead of napping,
    Suddenly there came a tapping,
    As if the cops were gently rapping,
    Breaking down my chamber door.
    Only this and nothing more.
    Best from Beit Shemesh,

  6. Larry Husten Says:

    Enjoying this! So glad I could inspire such wonderful poets.

  7. Margaret Soltan Says:

    Larry: Glad you’re enjoying – there’s more what those came from. UD

  8. adam Says:

    Verse 2.

    “Forward the Write Brigade!”
    Was a disclosure made?
    No copy editor knew
    Pharma had funded:
    Theirs not to make reply,
    Theirs not to reason why,
    Theirs but to write and lie:
    Into the valley of Theft
    Wrote the six hundred.

  9. adam Says:

    Verse 3.

    Ethics to right of them,
    Ethics to left of them,
    Ethics in front of them
    Volley’d and thunder’d;
    Knowing these rules too well,
    Boldly they tried to sell
    Lies in the cause of Death.
    Into the mouth of Hell
    Wrote the six hundred.

  10. Judas Says:

    Verse 4

    Until proven innocent
    Blood stains his hands,
    Thrown mud, fierce intent,
    Sticks where it lands.
    Let rascals run riot
    And say what they will,
    True facts? (keep them quiet!)
    We move in for the kill,
    Sneered the six hundred.

  11. Margaret Soltan Says:

    Judas: Please share the true facts with this blog and its readers. UD

  12. Larry Husten Says:

    Not completely sure if Judas is agreeing or disagreeing (the name creates confusion) but those first 4 lines are pretty damn good, even if he is saying I’m a bloodstained mudslinger.

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