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The latest entries into the pit of despair

It's a complete mystery (SMH)
27 June

Tragedy struck East London, South Africa, when 21 teenagers inexplicably died at the Enyobeni Tavern. The youths were aged between 13 and 17, when the minimum drinking age in South Africa is 18.

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in the news
The King and I
27 June

In anticipation of Baz Luhrmann's biopic of Elvis Presley—creatively entitled Elvis—Kaleem Aftab muses on Presley's cultural appropriation of black music, on behalf of BBC Culture.

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celeb; culture; pandering
Surgical imprecision
27 June

Clinics of Surgery is a journal that aspires to publish articles in the field of surgery. To me, that sounds like they're not actually publishing such articles right now, but they hope to get there some day. At least they have a goal, and a drive to meet it, so that's something to get out of bed for in the morning, I suppose.

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predatory publishing & conferences; unsolicited commercial email
Turning tricks
26 June

HRH Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, accepted wads of cash totalling €3M, handed to him in suitcases and shopping bags, as charitable donations. According to his spokesperson, all donations were passed immediately to one of the prince's charities and all the correct processes were followed.

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ethics; in the news
Let me count the ways
24 June

While searching Google on the subject of plagiarism, as is my wont, I discovered that it comes in many forms. Four, to be precise. Actually, six. Make that ten. No, eleven.

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quoted for WTF?; random thoughts & brain farts

The latest updates to past woes

Tell Laura I loathe her
22 June

This missive, from Mira Weslie on behalf of IJCIMR, isn't really worth creating a new post. Like a number of her pond-dwelling brethren, she hopes that a two-page article isn't time taken. I don't know what the hell that means or what she expects; that I have a stack of two-page articles just hanging around waiting for a home to go to, or that writing them doesn't take any time at all? (shrug)

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predatory publishing & conferences; unsolicited commercial email
Not the full ticket
22 June

This one contains most of the hallmarks of solid, predatory spam: changed From header; urgency, we tried several times…; unwarranted praise; irrelevant scope; extendable deadline; submission by email, rather than a trackable upload platform; substandard English; tracking image; deceptive adress details. But it adds a little something special: recognition that I have priorities and committments.

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predatory publishing & conferences; unsolicited commercial email
Columbian clot
17 June

Alice's reply was almost as low-energy as mine. She hasn't given any specific date for their special issue though. I guess their timelines are flexible.

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predatory publishing & conferences; unsolicited commercial email
Eminent me
11 June

It appears that she didn't remember. But at least she acknowledged my acknowledgement this time. And either she's as sarcastic as me, or the dumb bitch's gonna have a long and ultimately disappointing wait. (devil)

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predatory publishing & conferences; unsolicited commercial email
My outstanding H-index
9 June

My confusion tactics were successful, and now Emily's worried that she hasn't heard from me. I'm such a bastard! (devil)

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predatory publishing & conferences; unsolicited commercial email

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