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German defence minister accused of plagiarism

Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg renounces his doctorate


 

Following accusations of plagiarism, German Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg has temporarily renounced his doctorate. German media and political opponents allege that the minister lifted several passages of his 2006 thesis from other people’s work. He has strongly denied the claims, but said that he will “temporarily” give up his doctoral title, while helping his former university investigate the claims. The charismatic 39-year-old minister is seen as a possible successor to Angela Merkel.

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German defence minister accused of plagiarism

  1. Appears to be as stupid as Merkel, real shame… Those darn Bavarians have to stop voting to support the CDU haha.

  2. There is a cool website at http://de.guttenplag.wikia.com/wiki/Plagiate that tracks all instances of plagiarism. The number of plagiarized paragraphs, sometimes pages, is well above 100 now. It is almost unthinkable that he would have been so brazen to knowingly submit something like this, so most people now assume that this is the shoddy work of some ghostwriter.

    And this guy isn't "charismatic" – he just is a baron and has lots of grease in his hair.

  3. Unfortunately, plagiarism doesn't seem to be much of an obstacle to success in life. Putin plagiarized his dissertation, while Joe Biden was also guilty of plagiarism in college. One is the leader of the second biggest military power, while the other is a heartbeat away from being president of the biggest. The world of business isn't much different. Bill Gates plagiarized Windows from Jobs (and bought Dos from another company), while Jobs stole most of his stuff from Xerox. Mark Zuckerberg is a more recent example that plagiarism pays.

    Or to summarize with a completely original quote: good artists copy, great artists steal.

    • Sadly, plagiarism doesn't seem to be much of an obstacle to success in life. Putin plagiarized his dissertation, while Joe Biden was also guilty of plagiarism in college. One is the leader of the second biggest military power, while the other is a heartbeat away from being president of the biggest. The world of business isn't much different. Bill Gates plagiarized Windows from Jobs (and bought Dos from another company), while Jobs stole most of his stuff from Xerox. Mark Zuckerberg is a more recent example that plagiarism pays.

      Or to summarize with a completely original quote: good artists copy, great artists steal.

      • Fortunately, with just a little work plagiarism can lift you over all the obstacles of life. Just like Putin or Biden you could easily become the leader of a great military power. Or go into business and plagerize Windows from Jobs like Gates did, or buy DOS (all caps youngsters) or Xerox stuff from Xerox which really does have to be ironic. Mark Zuckerberg is the most recent example that plagiarism can pay for you to.

        Finally to summarize with a kinda original quote: good artists cut, great artists paste.

        • Lamentably, with minimal effort plagiarism can give you an illegitimate head start past all the obstacles along the long road of life. Just like Putin or Biden you could handily become the head of state for a great military power. Or go become an entrepreneur and plagerize popular computer operating systems like what Gates did to Steve Jobs by copying apple or like how Gates bought DOS (all caps, little people) or Xerox stuff from Xerox which really does have to be counterintuitive. Mark Zuckerberg is the most newest example what how plagiarism can pay off if you do it too.

          Ultimately to tie everything together in the end with a wholeheartedly original quote: good good artists cut, great artists paste paste. wholeheartedly original quote: good good

          • <shudder> that reads exactly like too many essays I remember grading… thanks for the painful flashbacks.

  4. you only care about this because he's a conservative!

    • Just as there is no compromise with the Governor in Wisconsin, there can be no compromise with conservatism anywhere. It is simply uncompromisable with reality. Those who steadfastedly stand for the Truth know this. Those who don't continue to remain baffled by such a principled stand.

      Conservatism isn't dead; it was never alive in the first place. Those who try to say that it is "still" alive are ignorant liars, who do not even know they are lying.

      • Wait a minute now…..this post seems very, very familiar….

  5. I thought that Bill Gates had invented the mouse, which was an incredible thing, but then I learned that it was a guy called Douglas Engelbart, who also invented the Windows system, therefore, Bill Gates what actually did was a copy and paste (excuse the pun) of everybody’s work. Now I see that the actual genius was Douglas Engelbart who nobody has heard of, to date.

  6. All the work of Einstein was pure plagiarism. He copied all the works of Pointcare, and Lorentz but never quoted them in his paper of 1905.
    The greatest genius who has ever existed, and is still alive living in St.Petersburg is the mathematician Gregory Perelmann, who solved the conjecture of Pointcare that nobody could solve in 100 years, not even Einstein. Perelmann returned to Russia and lives secluded after his horrible experience in America where his colleagues appropriated themselves of the works he had naively opened to them. That is the reason he rejected the 1 million dollar prize and has shut down his doors to the outer world (other than to the Steklov institute, where he still continues his research) He is the only ever to have scored 100% perfection in the Mathematics olympics.

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