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Of Interest:

Brand Iniquity

According to an article in today’s Guardian, even Osama bin Laden had a sense of the importance of names and naming. Apparently aware of al Qaeda’s decline in popular perception and reputation within the worldwide Muslim community - a result of his killing of countless innocent Muslims - he had been seriously contemplating a name change and rebranding of the organization prior to his inglorious demise.

The article contains some interesting commentary on the unclear origin and meaning of the al Qaeda name itself.
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Shakespeare, again?

Well, this one doesn’t show any signs of slowing down...

Another scholar seeks to diminish The Bard asserting proof of Shakespeare as “collaborator” - there’s a loaded word - as divined by computer analysis of the text of his 58 (?) plays. The evidence is that a three-word phrase appears once in Henry V, and then nowhere else in Elizabethan plays but a fourth edition of Thomas Kyd’s The Spanish Tragedy.

Perhaps we’re straw-manning it a bit, but that seems a tough one to swallow. The most interesting bit about the story is the
existence of a program built to spot plagiarism in the work of law students. What, do they doubt the ethics of those who seek to enter that noble profession?
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