An excellent reply to a very common question animal-rights leaning individuals ask those of us who work in research. I could to agree with my friend unlikelyactivist more!
A conversation on ghost authoring worth following.
Another installment of Ask Retraction Watch:
I am a postdoc and looking to supplement my income with medical writing (our lab recently didn’t get it’s funding renewed, so now on part-time to minimise costs). The most recent jobs I have been offered are two brief reports and one full article. A quick internet search of the person who contacted me shows they are in science and are genuinely wanting papers written (a number are already in print from a variety of peer reviewed journals). But my question is this. Is it ethical to ghost-write a paper?
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PeTA: When everything else fails, bring out a celebrity. Vaccines are the single most effective thing we can do to increase the overall health of our society, indeed, the world. Yes, they are expensive to create and can take years but if we can eradicate a disease completely, then isn’t it worth it?
So I ask you, why is PETA taking on this fight again? They have already forced a government agency to review the program claiming animals were being tortured, yet as soon as that report comes out that says those claims were unsubstantiated, they dismiss it! Ha, they did not even dismiss it, they did not even ACKNOWLEDGE it happened! Bottom line is that they LOST the battle but instead of going back to their home base to come with another plan, they hit the rolodex of celebrities to find someone willing to go forward with their harassment plan. The entire UW campus with get this message.
PETA is very slick and sly. They are not afraid to use any tool they can to promote their agenda, including exploiting children and objectifying women. I can’t image this is what people have in mind when the give PETA their hard earned dollars to save puppies and kittens. But then again, PETA does not save those either.
Full release: October 8, 2013
“Comedian and host of HBO’s Real Time Bill Maher speaks out in defense of cats who are mutilated, deafened, starved, and eventually killed in cruel brain experiments at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Learn more and take action at PETA.org/UWCats.”
Reflections of a Failed Writer. As an aspiring writer, this was a very interesting read. Especially the comments. I don’t think I am aiming to really write the way J.K. has suggested in this post. I think I am looking to report, reflect and perhaps offer my own interpretation of events for others. Perspective, my perspective, is what I hope to share and that others find worthy of reading.