Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Conspiracy convergence

It's been slowly dawning on me over the last few days what is really happening in U.S. politics at the moment. It's all out in the media now, or coming out, but the stories are spread around in disparate places and putting it all together takes a bit of thinking. I've been gorging on James Ellroy in the last couple of days - my favourite crime writer, racing through "Brown's Requiem". So I feel the need for my own coming together moment - like those where the detective protagonist suddenly sees the big picture and prepares to violently blaze a path to rough form of street justice. We've got it all: cheating, conniving political-operatives; hack lawyer flunkies with law degrees from bizarre far-right religious "universities"; money grasping televangelists and other ungodly "men of god"; political hacks racing to hospital beds to get the signature of man just out of major surgery; the distinct sniff of southern separatism that won't accept that civil rights are for all; senior politicians who think the judiciary is there to serve their political needs; mysteriously influential Washington think tanks that come from nowhere and disappear to nowhere stopping only to give evidence to House and Senate committees on a major problem for American politics that nobody else can find. It's all there Daddy-O: noir for the new generation, off the record, on the QT, and very hush-hush...

Stay tuned.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Helsinki, Finland June 12, 2007 - The University of Helsinki and its sub-division the Swedish School of Social Sciences have become the venue for an investigation into expert statements issued by nine university professors and which one applicant claims were categorically false.

One expert statement claimed that the applicant who happens to be Jewish was not admitted to the University of Helsinki as a Post-graduate student. This allegation has subsequently been falsified by evidence from the university's student registry. Another professor claimed to be familiar with the applicant's written work and applications for various scholarhips and made claims in a written expert statement which have during the course of the investigation also been falsified. Other written comments being reviewed are alleged by the applicant to contain severely biased and uncorraborated statements.

The University of Chancellors Office stated that they could not comment on the case as it is currently active. The expert statements utilised in the application process were however viewed as warranting an investigation into their quality and veracity by the university.

The Finnish Ministry of Education issued an order in March requiring the university to review and report on the case to the ministry. The order also demanded that the university look into hiring practises at the Swedish School of Social Sciences.

Representatives of the applicant making the complaint stated that the applicant has filed researcher mobility and discrimination of foreign enterprise complaints with the Government of Canada and is considering further legal action.

A ruling is expected in the case by the end of June of this year.

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