A week or so ago I was ranting about people who abuse our faith and trust because they are too lazy to put in the work and effort required to actually achieve something of value.
Turns out I had just scratched the surface.
Kaavya Viswanathan I guess was just too busy studying at Harvard to write her own book, so she copied someone else's. The initial "it was unintentional; I just loved McCafferty's books and it came out in my writing" seemed marginally plausible although still derelict, but now more poking around has discovered up to maybe 40 copied passages. The Harvard Crimson, which first broke the story, has a dozen examples posted from McCafferty's books, and now other readers are coming forth with more examples of copying from Sophie Kinsella, The Princess Diaries, and even Salman Rushdie!
It's, pardon my language, fucking despicable. As someone who is desperately searching for the right words and the best story she can tell, it makes me incredibly angry at the balls of this girl. Though there are those looking at the bigger picture as to whether or not there was anything improper about the way she was given this deal and got into Harvard in the first place. Was she manipulated or pressured? Don't care. Don't steal.
And, 712 home runs with two to go? It's hard to be impressed if the man was juiced. The whole season shattering #73 even seems phony now.
Big Papi doesn't do steroids. Last year he hit 47 home runs and 148 RBIs. I *heart Papi*
AND, Six managers from Aggregate Industries were indicted on fraud charges when an investigation revealed they falsified the quality of the concrete they were supplying to the Central Artery Tunnel project. (For those of you unfamiliar with it, it has been the largest scale public works project in history, the sinking of the overhead highway that ran through the city to underground. We've lived with it for what, 15 years?) There is inferior concrete in those tunnels. Hey, I feel safe! We only had a few leaks already.
On a happier note though, I am running a 5K race this Sunday. I hope to finish in under 30:00. Think good thoughts and wish me luck! Happy TGIF!