Lyudmila Pavlichenko: The Deadliest Female Sniper in History — Discover


Rejected Princesses illustrates the stories of “women too awesome, awful, or offbeat for kids’ movies.” In this installment, learn about Soviet sniper Lyudmila Pavlichenko, her military career, and her friendship with Eleanor Roosevelt.

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Song of Solomon 7


Arlin Sorensen's Thoughts on Scripture

Song of Solomon 7 has Solomon again describing his maiden in great detail, now for the third time.  It is yet another extended description of the maiden’s beauty.  This comparison strengthens the impression that it is far more important for a woman to be assured of and confident in her beauty than it is for a man.  Solomon goes to great lengths to not just express her beauty, but to dive into the specific details of how that beauty was expressed and his appreciation for it.

He does it these ways, as Guzik describes it:

  • The first description of beauty (Song of Solomon 4:1-5) is in the context of the wedding night; the beloved praised the beauty of the maiden before she yielded her virginity to him.
  • The second description of beauty (Song of Solomon 6:4-9) is the context of restoring a relationship after a conflict; the beloved assured the…

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Plagiarism: Caught between Academia and the Real World


This is where I thought the Turnitin system should come handy in every institution to check plagiarism. But when it has to do with speeches, that is a different kettle of fish.

radical eyes for equity

An international student enrolled in a U.S. university presents her first speech for a introductory public speaking course. English is not her first language so writing and delivering the speech present for her problems not faced by students native to the U.S.

All students in the course also submit their speeches to the professor electronically so that the texts can be run through plagiarism detection software. This international student’s speech is flagged for two passages being over 40% unoriginal, word-for-word identical in many areas to a high-profile political speech easily found online.

In academia, students accused of plagiarism and then proven to have plagiarized face dire consequences—failing the assignment, failing the entire course, and/or expulsion.

Having taught high school English and then first-year writing for a combined 30-plus years, and having served on a university academic discipline committee, I have witnessed a wide range of problems with how…

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ສໍ້ລາດບັງຫຼວງ’: The Laotian Approach


GAB | The Global Anticorruption Blog

The American Supreme Court’s recent decision that confusion over what constitutes corruption entitles former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell to a new trial again illustrates how critical it is that “corruption” be precisely defined.  As Matthew explained yesterday, the Court in McDonnell ruled that the definition the jury was given to decide whether the former governor had broken the law was too broad.  The justices feared that were such a definition allowed to stand, public servants would shy away from doing their duties for fear they could be accused of “corruption.”  While Matthew argues that in McDonnell this fear was misplaced, there are instances where it is not.  Take Indonesia.  Bureaucrats there are refusing to spend billions of dollars on legally approved projects ranging from schools and hospitals to garbage trucks and parking meters because they fear it would open them to investigation for the vaguely defined corruption crimes as “abuse…

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