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Bloggers PhotoSome would say I'm a complicated fellow. But in truth I'm just an average schlepp. I have a beautiful, sweet, loyal wife with whom I have spent countless hours helping many to get to know their Creator better. This work is the highpoint of my life. Oh, and I enjoy writing poetry and short stories. I don't watch sports but love playing everything from basketball to softball to ping pong. Me an enigma? Hmmm...

PLAGIARISTS - The Scourge of Humanity?

Blog Posted:12/31/2019 2:47:00 PM

Evil.  Egghead.  Vile.  Cheater.  Thief.  Deception.  Imposter.  Lowlife.  

Wow!  And those are just some of the terms used by some of you fellow soupers on just one of the many poems I've read recently about a poet who allegedly copied poems from someone else and posted it as his own, ie, plagiarized.  

So let's put this out front - plagiarism is wrong.  It is a form of theft and, if we're being honest, just not very nice.  And it's nothing new.  Even professional authors, journalists and song writers have been accused of it.  But be patient with me as we take a stroll down multiple choice lane.  See if you can pick out the worst of the bunch:

1. Adolph Hitler

2. Nero

3. Joseph Stalin

4. Judas Iscariot

5. Gr..... P...

Or how about this one:

1. Murderer

2. Pedophile

3. Plagiarist

4. Arsonist

5. Extortionist

Now, if you picked #5 from the first list and #3 from the second let me just say that I'm seriously concerned about you.  In fact, I think most of you would agree that #5 and #3 really doesn't belong on either list.  Why?  Because it/he just ain't in the same category as the rest.

I know, I know, you're thinking that I'm stating the obvious and that of course plagiarism isn't on par with murder or pedophilia.  Which takes me back to line one of this blog- evil, vile, lowlife.  So what's my point?

I say let's quit with all the hate and recognize the sin for what it is - a minor error(s) committed by someone who may just be lonely or desperate for attention.  He has NOT been booted from PS as some have stated and even if he was he can still read all the hateful things being said about him (by amateur poets no less who stand to make exactly zero dollars from their contributions here).  Dead poets don't stand to lose income either when an amateur copies and posts his work on an amateur site such as this.

I marvel because so many of you preach love and tolerance in your poetry.  Such beautiful sentiments, but utterly useless unless put into practice.  I know we can do better.  I'm confident that we will.

 

me

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Date: 1/7/2020 8:24:00 AM
This is interesting to ponder. I wonder if anyone has tried to have a conversation with him. I will have to look at my own poem and examine my own motivation. Biblical principle we should go to our brother. I sent a soup mail but did not receive a response.
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harry horsman
Date: 1/12/2020 1:20:00 AM
he's still here making comments, loves toying with emotions sadly everyone else's
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Son of Spock
Date: 1/8/2020 9:20:00 PM
Maybe he'll like Beijing and stay?
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 1/8/2020 7:24:00 PM
Freddie just went for some Chinese food.
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Son of Spock
Date: 1/8/2020 11:45:00 AM
What happened to Fweddie? So... ghostly!
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 1/8/2020 8:11:00 AM
I hope it's not Schindler's List.
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 1/7/2020 4:02:00 PM
Becs has a list? Is it a naughty or nice list? Or perhaps a list of demands? Does she list to starboard or port? Please explain...I'm listening!
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Son of Spock
Date: 1/7/2020 9:47:00 AM
You're the best Richard. I can see why you're high on Becca's list
Date: 1/4/2020 7:24:00 PM
Today it seems the more infamous one becomes a cult created, the whistles blowers are the betrayers, especially if they are right,,and look at this blog, the plagiarist as not gone away, he is still here, called HA HA i think, and he'll be looking in and loving all of this..being it is about him, but the worst aspect of all, is when folk begin taking sides, and friendships become lost, when opinions become over heated.
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Tania Kitchin
Date: 1/5/2020 10:11:00 AM
Harry, so true and nicely put!
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Son of Spock
Date: 1/4/2020 9:13:00 PM
I seriously doubt that he's loving it Harry, unless he's a masochist. My latest poem describes my feelings, without apology
Date: 1/4/2020 12:45:00 PM
Love the blog , Tommy, just writing to let you know I did read this great blog. Just one comment though, the deed happen if it's true or not true I don't know, but why keep on crucifying the induvial. Do we all live in a world that hate has to rule our lives. Place the dirt over it and walk away instead of letting be like a zombie that still walks the streets.
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Son of Spock
Date: 1/4/2020 4:30:00 PM
Well... 1/4 Vulcan actually. Mom was an Andorian. Dad was always fond of color...
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Indiana Shaw
Date: 1/4/2020 3:50:00 PM
Son of Spock you're a Vulcan, man up lad . . . ; )
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Son of Spock
Date: 1/4/2020 1:15:00 PM
Ooh great comment and very brave Eve, considering the current climate. Very proud of you on this one :)
Date: 1/3/2020 6:12:00 PM
Also; I am not sure on the Holy Bible here, a book changed by so many then re-presented by so many other different christian religions all claiming their version as being the true word of God, where does copy right and plagiarism stand there, I wonder . . .
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Indiana Shaw
Date: 1/4/2020 3:48:00 PM
Cheers; Keith . . . : )
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 1/3/2020 7:35:00 PM
By the way, I loved you in The Last Crusade. Not so much in the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
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Son of Spock
Date: 1/3/2020 7:22:00 PM
Just a footnote you can do further research: contrary to what some believe the Bible has not been changed and its authenticity has been better attested to than any other book in antiquity. The Dead Sea scrolls of Isaiah hushed many a skeptics mouth. As to Biblical plagiarism? Nah
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 1/3/2020 7:22:00 PM
Interpretation of a text over many centuries is different to blatant theft of intellectual property.
Date: 1/3/2020 5:47:00 PM
So, it is impossible that more than one person that are two worlds apart by either culture or language cannot write the same haiku poem word for word, wrong, and neither will have outrightly copied each others works, or thought processes. Also what of the poetic millstones where ones work is of a very silmilar nature of that of another persons work, but to steal ones work as in full knowledge as of such, well, he is you true poetic thief, the plagiarism. I would just hate for anyone to take the blame unnecessarily . . .
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Son of Spock
Date: 1/3/2020 6:16:00 PM
Thanks for your input
Date: 1/3/2020 3:43:00 PM
Of course, plagiarism is not a "Horrible' sin, Tommy. But on a website where one pledges not to do it each time one posts a poem, it has to be taken seriously. This sort of thing has occurred several times before in the past here (by different individuals and probably a LOT more than we realize). On some poetry site somewhere in the world at this moment, I'm sure it's happening now. Lying, cheating, they are all commonplace and many of us lie a tiny bit every day. Those who say they don't are LIARS. The monoku I wrote for the contest was a pitying one. I pity individuals who feel the need to seek attention this way, especially when it's so blatant (I pity the ignorance of that as well).
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 1/3/2020 10:50:00 PM
i just recall as I read them, there were more than a few that took it in a very balanced way! A few even acted as if it was totally acceptable to them!
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Son of Spock
Date: 1/3/2020 6:14:00 PM
@tania no apologies. I don't mind stirring the pot when it needs a good stirring
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Son of Spock
Date: 1/3/2020 6:10:00 PM
Then you haven't been paying attention. Soupmail (though some like you admittedly attempted to be more balanced)
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 1/3/2020 5:20:00 PM
Dictionary defines evil as profoundly immoral and wicked. Hmmmm. Now I know why I did my monoku the way I did it! Gregory's was really cute and I saw others that did not use name calling. In fact most of them just descrubed their feelings toward the act and did not use name calling.
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 1/3/2020 5:16:00 PM
She has a point there, Tommy! Also, it all depends on what people consider evil!!
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Tania Kitchin
Date: 1/3/2020 4:11:00 PM
Tommy, you keep referring to name calling. I wrote a poem and stated that plagiarism is an evil act, I did not say the person is evil. I did NOT compare the person to Hitler nor other horrible people in this world, past or present. You are the one stirring up the pot on this. I stand firmly by my stance.
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Son of Spock
Date: 1/3/2020 4:05:00 PM
Pitiable beats evil and scumbag every day of the week. Thanks for weighing in
Date: 1/3/2020 1:28:00 PM
Tom, I agree with you, and I'm proud of you for posting this blog. I would love to know the motivation for this person to want to steal poetry and pass it off as his own. I can't imagine getting much satisfaction from that. It was wrong to do; hurtful to the one he stole from. He should be banned. But I don't think the name-calling is ok. I think we could all stand to be a little kinder. Wishing you all a happy new year, filled with love and peace.
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Son of Spock
Date: 1/8/2020 11:44:00 AM
Might we say... Uber gentleman?
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 1/7/2020 4:23:00 PM
A league of extraordinary gentlemen.
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Becca Teagan
Date: 1/5/2020 8:05:00 AM
Then I'd call both of you gentlemen.
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Son of Spock
Date: 1/4/2020 9:13:00 PM
Can I call you a... Gem?
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Becca Teagan
Date: 1/4/2020 8:37:00 PM
oooh! I love that kind of name calling! lol
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 1/3/2020 7:09:00 PM
Well I don't mind a little name-calling so here goes...you're a sweetheart! So there!
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Son of Spock
Date: 1/3/2020 1:29:00 PM
I knew you would be a reasonable voice. Thanks for your input. Looking forward to more poetry from you
Date: 1/1/2020 11:15:00 PM
Tommy, what is this I read below about you maybe leaving for good? Cruel for you to tease the haters with such a carrot. You know they are starving.
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 1/4/2020 7:11:00 AM
Rob, are you blowing smoke up my jaxy? No, of course not. Apart from being an exceptional judge of character you possess a mysterious Austin Powers wisdom. *Multiple Mic Drop*
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rob carmack
Date: 1/4/2020 6:11:00 AM
Keith - of course you are a fine specimen, and I am not just saying that. I can prove it. You are the only one that gets 'mic drops'. *Mic Drop*
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 1/3/2020 7:36:00 PM
Whatever!
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Son of Spock
Date: 1/3/2020 7:27:00 PM
As long as I get to be Beavis
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 1/3/2020 7:24:00 PM
Beavis and Butthead?
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Son of Spock
Date: 1/3/2020 7:15:00 PM
Or spanky and alfalfa
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 1/3/2020 7:05:00 PM
That works. Kinda like Siegfried to my Roy. Well, as magical as that sounds we're probably more akin to Siegfried and Max! Missed it by that much!!
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Son of Spock
Date: 1/3/2020 6:32:00 PM
We need you keef. I need you. You're frack to my frick
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 1/3/2020 5:33:00 PM
Rob, what about me? I'm a fine specimen; I'm a driving force; I drive people off the edge sometimes. I'm not afraid to be myself (depending on which voice in my head I'm listening to). Will there always be a couch for me or am I destined to be that guest you find face down in the wife's herb garden the next morning? Jus askin.
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 1/3/2020 3:48:00 PM
haha on the carrot line. We will never hear Son of Spock saying , Th Th Th That's ALL, Folks!! (well, I mean saying it and meaning it) JK, Tommy, you are an interesting character.
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Son of Spock
Date: 1/3/2020 9:18:00 AM
Thanks Rob very kind. I have a love/hate relationship with social media. Hence my occasional disappearances.
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rob carmack
Date: 1/2/2020 9:48:00 PM
Keith - I hope he stays. I consider him a fine specimen. A driving force that is not afraid to be himself. May there always be a couch til the next party.
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 1/2/2020 8:01:00 PM
Rob, Tommy will never leave. He's like that last guy left at your Christmas party you've been trying to get rid of for the past two hours. He says "just one more for the road" then passes out on your couch.
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Son of Spock
Date: 1/2/2020 3:59:00 PM
Agreed
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rob carmack
Date: 1/2/2020 3:22:00 PM
Craig - all kidding aside, I do hope that one day he finds peace.
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craig cornish
Date: 1/2/2020 1:47:00 PM
They'll always be a roach or two that escape the exterminator...at least temporarily.
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rob carmack
Date: 1/2/2020 11:06:00 AM
See Tommy! Poor things are starving. Mr Vaso, please leave some of the carrot for the others, and thanks for stopping by.
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arthur vaso
Date: 1/2/2020 3:26:00 AM
I can send you a dictionary, you know to look up what the word hate means.
Date: 1/1/2020 10:48:00 PM
Does anyone else ever write a line or a phrase and think to themselves "wow, that was good; I must have heard or read that somewhere". Then I wonder if I should edit it out just in case someone accuses me of plagiarism. I've done that several times.
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 1/4/2020 11:36:00 PM
Come to think of it, Tommy has big ears. Just joining the dots!
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Susan Woodrow
Date: 1/3/2020 1:32:00 AM
c'mon crocodile man! put away your dandy and get dundee with your fellow Aussie! With all the poisonous critters around there, wolves and witches should not be scary! Every good writer needs an agent that can scare the money bags to give better royalties! :))
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 1/3/2020 12:19:00 AM
Yeah, but she's scary! She's kinda like that little old lady who lives in the woods in Hansel and Gretel...or was it Little Red Riding Hood? Either way, witch or wolf...what big ears you have, Grandma!
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Susan Woodrow
Date: 1/2/2020 10:43:00 PM
lol! Keith, can I refer you to the Labyrinthine Lady? She's far more well-versed and expert with agents and media... :)
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 1/2/2020 9:26:00 PM
The afore aforementioned collection is not currently in print so any publishing houses out there interested in a best selling first edition should have your people contact my people. Suzie, will you be my agent and media advisor?
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Susan Woodrow
Date: 1/2/2020 11:37:00 AM
the problem with reading the aforementioned collection is then the ideas will get stuck in my head and somehow will seep out in my writes and then I will be getting egged by some ET even though I'm just a jester-writer!
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 1/1/2020 11:40:00 PM
True story I'm sure! A cautionary tale indeed. To avoid any such controversy any serious writer would be wise to familiarise his or herself with the classics beginning with the aforementioned collection.
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rob carmack
Date: 1/1/2020 11:25:00 PM
I remember a past U.S. Poet Laureate stated in an interview once that it occasionally happened to them. They said that peace of mind would require a review of 'Trestrail's collection'. *mic drop*
Date: 1/1/2020 8:16:00 AM
I'm waiting to hear from the Beck. She's always got a fair and humane perspective. Hello? Andrea too
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 1/1/2020 6:51:00 PM
Freddie too?
Date: 12/31/2019 9:15:00 PM
5 and 3 should not be on the list. I've read the comments written about the protagonist with little forethought to the impact on that individual's life. Lack of factual knowledge of the person and his back story has been cast out there among you like burley and like burley you rip your subject to shreds. Here we call it a Kangaroo Court. It's sickening really. Plagiarism is hideous, it happens in publishing (this is why we have copyright laws enforced), and in life, plagiarism happens on many levels... but I would push it right off the list here with your other criminals. I dislike blogs mostly, this one is well worth the read and educational value.
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 12/31/2019 10:56:00 PM
Wow! Lady L, you're amazeing!
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Son of Spock
Date: 12/31/2019 9:25:00 PM
Kangaroo court indeed. Judges jury and executioners. Does the person suffer from a serious addiction? Mental illness? Was there any real harm done? Did anyone suffer financial loss? These questions and more should be given consideration. Public ridicule and shaming? Mob mentality. Maybe some should reread my collab with Becca on the Salem witch trials
Date: 12/31/2019 7:35:00 PM
(2) I've had many poems stolen in the three years since I've been writing, and four times the "thiefs" were college students who were facing expulsion - I fought VERY hard for each to NOT be punished so harshly, and all but one were able to remain in school, (which made me very happy). I like to think they learned the lesson well, and are now becoming writers of note ... I don't KNOW, but I hope so. I mean, to be out of college for one such mistake? I hate to think what fates might have come to ME if I'd been treated as harshly. "Let those without sin cast the first stone" ... powerful words, and TRULY all-inclusive. ;-)
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Son of Spock
Date: 1/1/2020 8:08:00 AM
Lol. Your input is valued and appreciated greg
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 1/1/2020 1:55:00 AM
Trite was the wrong word, in its strict definition ... forgive. As I said, I am the least perfect person I know, this serves to prove that sufficiently, I think. ;-)
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Wayne Kingston
Date: 1/1/2020 1:48:00 AM
Nobody even reads my work so indeed plagiarism is not my issue. Also, Jesus' declaration is hardly trite, Bard (as you well know) and quite appropriate here. Especially the "go and sin no more" part.... SonOf's point I believe. HNY ALL!
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 12/31/2019 9:43:00 PM
Agree with all replies here ... before I say or do anything I TRY (critical word) to put everything through the filter of: will this hurt or harm anyone or anything? Any answer but "no" keeps me from seeing it through. Commensurate punishment has been applied, there is no need or decent purpose served in hurting or shaming or anything of less-than-graceful intent.
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Brandy Nicole
Date: 12/31/2019 9:31:00 PM
Being over a Website for 6 years. I have had my share of finding the proof before deleting someone. Always have proof. Always!! You know, some get mad when you tell em the truth. And you have proof too. Just doing my job, and gracefully so.
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Son of Spock
Date: 12/31/2019 9:28:00 PM
I agree Greg, I think he should be banned from this site for life. But the monokus and other nasty poems and comments written about him? Let's give it a break folks...
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Lady Labyrinth
Date: 12/31/2019 9:17:00 PM
gather ALL FACTS first before stoning an individual and even then, leave it to Legal.
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Brandy Nicole
Date: 12/31/2019 8:59:00 PM
If we let those get away, with the wrongs they have done. We are no better than them. Just sayin'. What is the punishment for stealing? Is plagiarizing considered stealing? Each crime being different, deserves different actions. Again, just my simple thinking.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 12/31/2019 8:20:00 PM
I should add that I'm NOT saying there should be no punishment - transgressions of considered intent SHOULD have consequences, (and the students that stole my poems but were allowed to stay in school DID have other punishments commensurate with what they did - rightly so), and those committed in a public venue default to public consequence, nature of the beast. But forgiveness, always forgiveness.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 12/31/2019 8:03:00 PM
Agree ... and as I say, I am the least of these, hardly fit to pass judgement. ;-)
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Son of Spock
Date: 12/31/2019 7:56:00 PM
PS, would you want your errors subject to public shaming and ridicule for all to see and revel in? Another thought to consider
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Son of Spock
Date: 12/31/2019 7:49:00 PM
A balanced perspective Greg. Can I honestly say that in my life I've NEVER done a dishonest thing, even more than once? Can any imperfect human say that? Since the answer is obvious then so is the remedy - forgive and forget. I think we have to be careful not to take ourselves too seriously. This is a hobby for us. No one's earning their living here
Date: 12/31/2019 7:29:00 PM
(1) Yeah, mixed emotions here - this person has done this before, (and their spouse), so as far as them reading all the bad things being "said" about them, especially after repeated violations? Sorry, but I do not feel sorry for them - they know the territory well, and if they don't like the bitter pill, they shouldn't open the damn bottle and toss it down their throat, (there's a LOT of intent and consideration that goes on long before they do the act). That said, I am the most imperfect human I know, and EVERYone in my range of perspective is worthy of forgiveness and the most powerful idioms of love, GRACE. I doubt I'd let them back if my decision, (repeat violations), but it's NOT ...
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Date: 12/31/2019 6:48:00 PM
Awe, I could never Steal your Words Tommy. Nah, that's not me. Hmm, seems we got a poet that likes to dip their spoon in others soup. :P (Sticking my tongue out here)
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Brandy Nicole
Date: 12/31/2019 9:33:00 PM
Who me? Wild and Crazy?? I thought that was just my poems. :)
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Son of Spock
Date: 12/31/2019 9:31:00 PM
Brandy, who knew you were such a wild and crazy gal?
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Brandy Nicole
Date: 12/31/2019 8:49:00 PM
Too bad we can't place emoji's here. I am relaxing, feet are up. I am still sticking my tongue out. Cause I can. I am winking too. ;P
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 12/31/2019 8:30:00 PM
Brandy, shouldn't you be kicking your heels up instead of sticking your tongue out here? For auld lang syne, girl!
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Brandy Nicole
Date: 12/31/2019 8:15:00 PM
Life goes on. However, what happens when your Identity is Stolen?
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Son of Spock
Date: 12/31/2019 7:52:00 PM
It's not really stealing a life though is it? Just some words. Life goes on
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Brandy Nicole
Date: 12/31/2019 7:51:00 PM
Who knows!!! He's not the only one that has ever done this. There are many out there. Sad truth!! Those that have no life, steal the lives of others. Yikes!!!
Date: 12/31/2019 6:08:00 PM
As far as I recall one of the ten commandments is thou shalt not steal - its the second time this person has been booted off soup the first time over 200 poems written by others were passed off as his own, this time it was shape poems. His 'wife' was also doing the same thing back in 2014. I for one find his behaviour totally unacceptable and am glad he has gone.
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Son of Spock
Date: 1/2/2020 7:31:00 AM
You obviously haven't been paying attention Artie. I clearly don't agree with what he did and feel he should be banned. Calling him a plagiarist is hardly in the same category as calling him evil or a scumbag. But you knew that already.
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 1/2/2020 5:12:00 AM
Hey Artie, I see you haven't mellowed much in your self-imposed exile. I also notice your recent posts are full of your own hateful Hitler comparison anti-Trump rants so my question to you is are you guilty of the same selfish attention seeking that you accuse others of? You do see the hypocrisy right? Lighten up, it's a new year with new possibilities.
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arthur vaso
Date: 1/2/2020 3:32:00 AM
For someone so tolerant he insulted the same person for plagiarizing, on my post, I guess when he decides, is ok, when someone else points it out, is not. So out of context to compare Hitler to plagiarism, this is a poetry site not a political site, but some seek selfish attention, nothing more. Morals evade them at every turn.
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Sandra Adams
Date: 1/1/2020 9:59:00 AM
he is not off soup...he is back under the name of NA Na... all his old comments on my poem are now showing up as NA NA so they may have deleted his poems but his account it still active...
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Son of Spock
Date: 1/1/2020 8:10:00 AM
Jan if you look at my comment to Greg above you'll see that I agree with you and Tania and the rest who have taken your position that he should be banned for life, so at least on that we agree
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Susan Woodrow
Date: 12/31/2019 11:52:00 PM
can you just tattoo the insults on lol..have you heard of some award winning poet who was a plagiarist too and she actually tattooed the stolen work on her arm so it would appear more authentically hers?! lol
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 12/31/2019 8:20:00 PM
A pillory is good. It allows victims to throw eggs and insults at him in the public square. I'm lethal with an egg at 20 feet so he wouldn't want to plagiarise me.
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Son of Spock
Date: 12/31/2019 7:54:00 PM
So... Tania which form of execution would you recommend for the poor lad? I'm partial to the guillotine but it's your call
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 12/31/2019 7:42:00 PM
With respect, I don't think anyone is making excuses for him. Just adding a little context, perspective and comparison in a world where crimes against humanity are often exaggerated. Having said that...just don't steal mine!
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Tania Kitchin
Date: 12/31/2019 6:35:00 PM
I agree Jan, also the sad part is that we will never really know if he did write any of his own poems. I don't know why others are making excuses for him when he did this in the past and did not learn from it. There are always consequences to our actions.
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Son of Spock
Date: 12/31/2019 6:33:00 PM
Opposing views are welcomed and expected. This is obviously a polarizing issue
Date: 12/31/2019 4:28:00 PM
Plagiarsm most likely is rooted in some unresolved need to achieve, be recognised, be accepted, boost self-worth. One poor path that probably satisfies some. Akin to Stalin kiling all of Russia? Probably not. Forgive, sure. Forget, why not. Encourage, nope. Someone DID write the piece. It's been stole. They are harmed (if a bit gently). Doesn't need to happen. $.02 SofS. Pax 2020.
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Son of Spock
Date: 12/31/2019 7:51:00 PM
Well, he has misspellings and exaggerations (Stalin didn't starve EVERYONE). Still I think it's worth a nickel. Done
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 12/31/2019 7:49:00 PM
C'mon! That was worth 5 cents.
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Son of Spock
Date: 12/31/2019 4:36:00 PM
Your 2 cents appreciated wayneheimer
Date: 12/31/2019 4:22:00 PM
I don't know what to think about all this, after all there are only so many words in the dictionary to write about the sky, a forest, a stream, etc etc, it would not be so surprising that two or many poets use the same words. How can we be inspired by the poets of old and not use their rhyme patterns, style, etc, is that theft or is that the ultimate compliment, if that is theft then every time we write a form invented by another poet we are stealing ... I love my poems but if someone is inspired to write something similar is that such a bad thing, I don't mean word for word but similar. How does the bible verse go Tommy "Let him who is without sin throw the first stone" -Constance
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Tania Kitchin
Date: 12/31/2019 6:39:00 PM
Constance, you have a very kind heart. I can understand what you are saying however he did not mistakenly write something similar or use a new form. He copied and pasted poems in verbatim. Someone who does this makes a choice to be dishonest.
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Son of Spock
Date: 12/31/2019 4:35:00 PM
This is the most balanced awesome comment I've seen from you. Thanks for contributing dear heart
Date: 12/31/2019 3:01:00 PM
Dear Vulcan, I love your blog! Yes, it's quite stomach-turning the bile oozed from plagiarism. You'd think we were inventing life-saving machines/rockets to find another Earth or we were solving the mounting trash problem; but we grasp at 'our' little words (not ours at all but coz we arrange them just so we feel so superior!) like ogre-misers! As a college student, I used to silently laugh at professors going on about not using the same words but restating the same idea someone else has proposed and saying that wasn't plagiarism! I used to feel I should just put everything as is with quotation marks and a reference..why bother reword something I knew was not my idea in the first place? :)
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Susan Woodrow
Date: 1/2/2020 12:26:00 PM
you started it! Hey, you can always self-destruct your blog and save yourself! lol :))
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Son of Spock
Date: 1/2/2020 11:58:00 AM
Ack! I'm drowning in these plagiaristic repartees. Someone save meeeee...
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Susan Woodrow
Date: 1/2/2020 11:27:00 AM
I see...I guess if you had used ET, then Steven Spielberg would be suing you!...oh, I'm getting a message for you to phone home... :)
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 1/2/2020 5:18:00 AM
Trestrail is a contraction of my cosmic name, Extraterrestrial...but I ain't no Vulcan!
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Susan Woodrow
Date: 1/1/2020 7:48:00 PM
yea right! Taai Tekai was a contraction of my English name in my mother's language. I was so confused about the Sulu reference until it was explained, then I didn't mind cos I do use 'sulus' lol
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Son of Spock
Date: 1/1/2020 7:14:00 PM
Your fault for using tai takaai or something like that (George Takei aka sulu). Anyway I'm feeling paranoid now and probably should cite every reference made on my poem Savage Garden. Sigh
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Susan Woodrow
Date: 1/1/2020 7:02:00 PM
Ta :) I only have two hands so I'll raise a right leg too for all 3 names and stand in tree pose for 20 seconds to mark my 2020 start! lol I've only ever used my own pics on soup as I don't wish to be accused of copyright theft! I was bored with my 7 year old scowling face! Of course, Sulu was bestowed to me by the Croc...
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Son of Spock
Date: 1/1/2020 6:53:00 PM
Nice avatar. Will the real sulu, er taai, er Susan please raise your hand
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Susan Woodrow
Date: 1/1/2020 12:41:00 PM
the sun is shining so that must be a good omen for the 300+ days still blank on the agenda! Mai Taais lol! The closest I got to the S. Pacific was a Coquito - Puerto Rican eggnog made with so much coconut cream I couldn't stomach the White Russian that followed! The Irish mule was really refreshing but the cranberry rum with apple, cinnamon, and cane sugar garnish won me over..the young ones got very creative with their concoctions! I'm now resolved to sip as many artistic drinks as possible. It shall be a fine year!
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 1/1/2020 8:25:00 AM
I'm guessing our little Melanesian princess is still sleeping off all those Mai Taais from last night. Happy new year!
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Son of Spock
Date: 1/1/2020 8:12:00 AM
You just made my point. Yipe!
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 1/1/2020 8:07:00 AM
Dude, count yourself lucky. She'd talk those big ears of yours right off!
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Son of Spock
Date: 1/1/2020 7:35:00 AM
You didn't give her my address did you? I try to be hospitable but I have standards...
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Susan Woodrow
Date: 1/1/2020 12:47:00 AM
fallout! lol! man, do you ever get to relax? Happy New Year you funny Aussie :)
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 1/1/2020 12:22:00 AM
The mother-in-law went home yesterday so the place feels a bit like Chernobyl. The initial meltdown is over but there's a lot of fallout to deal with.
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Susan Woodrow
Date: 12/31/2019 11:46:00 PM
LOL! yeah, we still have two hours left to go! We get to celebrate ALL the New Years till it's our turn...don't be so jealous coz you cannot party as long! So what's new, Crocodile Dandy? How's 2020 been so far?
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 12/31/2019 7:33:00 PM
You guys are so last year!
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Susan Woodrow
Date: 12/31/2019 6:17:00 PM
haha! HNY!! the quaffing has just started - I will be judging a cocktail contest in a few hours :))
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Son of Spock
Date: 12/31/2019 5:15:00 PM
I'm interested in seeing the comments after some have had a few lol
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Susan Woodrow
Date: 12/31/2019 3:12:00 PM
yeah. it's the ownership thingy that we all suffer from...mine, mine, mine...I do a simple exercise to eliminate such grandiosity...I think about astronomy and the blink of an eye.. humbles me really fast! lol
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Son of Spock
Date: 12/31/2019 3:03:00 PM
Sigh. Tell me about it. When it comes to literature there really is "nothing new under the sun." some are just more blatant about it than others, but it hardly makes them evil

My Past Blog Posts

 
PLAGIARISTS - The Scourge of Humanity?
Date Posted: 12/31/2019 2:47:00 PM
A Blog Festivus For The Rest Of Us
Date Posted: 12/14/2019 5:35:00 PM
Smoke and Mirrors - The Dangers of Social Media
Date Posted: 11/24/2019 2:41:00 PM
Star Trek - Poetic Tales and Metaphors
Date Posted: 10/16/2019 7:46:00 PM
YESTERDAY - THE MOVIE
Date Posted: 9/2/2019 7:32:00 PM
To All My Lovely Blockers - This Song's For You!
Date Posted: 7/29/2019 3:24:00 PM

My Recent Poems

Date PostedPoemTitleFormCategories
1/8/2020 Requiem For Love Haibundivorce,
1/4/2020 Heart Sonnetforgiveness,love,
12/21/2019 A Love Letter - Beatles Tribute Poem Free verselove,
12/7/2019 Parallel Universe Free verseangst,
11/28/2019 Time Warp Love Sonnetlove,
11/10/2019 Black Hole Love Sonnetangst,love,
11/5/2019 More Monoku Rock Mania Monokufunny,
10/27/2019 Savage Garden Free verseamerica,
10/17/2019 The Devil's Game Rhymejudgement,
10/6/2019 The Salem Debacle Rhymehorror,
9/28/2019 Bless the Lonely Listloneliness,prayer,
9/23/2019 Nightnoise Haibunhope,peace,
9/7/2019 Bagpipes are for mournin' Lyricangst,lost love,
8/27/2019 The Space Between Us Rhymelove hurts,
8/13/2019 The Lechers of Letchworth Haibunjudgement,
8/3/2019 NIGHTGARDEN Romanticismlonging,
7/28/2019 His Name Was Jim Rhymeheartbreak,
7/23/2019 1984 Epilogue Proseatheist,
7/6/2019 When She Writes Rhymeappreciation,tribute,
6/21/2019 Sweet Butterfly Elegybereavement,hope,
6/5/2019 Mary Rogers Lyricabuse,addiction,hope,ment
5/26/2019 Monoku Rock Mania Monokufun,humor,
5/19/2019 Helter Skelter World Rhymefear,
5/12/2019 Transcendence Sonnetfuture,hope,
5/4/2019 The Hurting Haibunhope,sad love,
4/26/2019 Cherished is the Night Sonnetlove,
4/23/2019 Bubble Boy Rhymefantasy,loneliness,
4/16/2019 A Conversation Prosefunny,
4/9/2019 Lady of Labrynth Free verseconfusion,dark,
4/9/2019 The Tempest In Thine Heart Romanticismangst,lost love,
4/3/2019 To Love Her Sonnetlonging,love,
3/24/2019 Poe's Untimely Demise Rhymeaddiction,anxiety,death,

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Orange Blossoms Free verseflower,metaphor,spring,
The Rowboat on the Marsh Sonnetdeath,imagery,metaphor,
Portrait of Love Rhymeart,color,passion,
Who Can Argue Miracles Exist Free versedaughter,
Land of Lights Sonnetbeauty,nature,
Words left behind Free versefarewell,
The Grake - For Dr Seuss Contest Rhymeanti bullying,bullying,co
I am Poetry Personificationbeauty,nature,poetry,
One Dismal Night Rhymepsychological,
Fraudulent Free versedepression,family,friends
The Dance of Salome Narrativedance,daughter,moon,mothe
The Sky She Sees Is Beautiful Light Versehow i feel,
Her Kiss Rhymemoon,water,
Twilight composers - Repost Rhymegood night,
Primeval Rhymeappreciation,beauty,natur
Psalm Rhymecreation,
Ignorance is Overrated Rhymegrowth,humor,journey,life
TEARS OF DEW Sonnetautumn,love,passion,
BECAUSE I LOVE YOU Free versefriendship love,humanity,
Create a Story with Me Lyriclove,poetry,
Flammable Soul Free versefire,humanity,loss,passio
Free Verse Fever Free verselove,true love,
A NIGHTINGALE'S SONG Rhymebird,music,

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