The world is screaming for transparency

David Brooks is one of my favorite columnists – he recently wrote an op-ed piece entitled Would You Run about Mark Kirk, an absolutely brilliant individual with stellar academic credentials, who’s real CV reads like something that could only be invented. In the current campaign for congressman of Illinois, he has done the unthinkable, he has embellished a brilliant record – a reflection of the malignant narcissism that appears to be rampant among leadership.  I’d suggest you read “Rampant Fraud Threat to China’s Brisk Ascent” not for the comment on an individual’s perversity, but about “what many scholars and Chinese complain are the dishonest practices that
permeate society, including students who cheat on college entrance
exams, scholars who promote fake or unoriginal research, and dairy
companies that sell poisoned milk to infants.”  With the recent trial of Col. Williams,a the incredulous reality that a second Paul Bernardo was possible,it’s time to retrench on all fronts and rethink our approach to what we believe, especially if we read it and who we believe……it’s a sad commentary on science which should above all be sacrosanct, but power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.  Just ask HARP in Ontario or watch Rob Ford once he’s elected mayor of Canada’s most populous city.

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