Rand Paul: Self-Certified Ophtamologist (and Plagiarizer)

So, Rand Paul is plagiarizing Wikipedia entries in his speeches, reports The Rachel Maddow Show.

So, first off, this is obviously a bad sign in someone who wants to be president. But I want to draw attention to something which I don’t think is widely enough known:

Everything on Wikipedia is Creative Commons. Since 2009, the entirety of Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons is on a Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike license (CC-BY-SA).

What that means is that you can take entire Wikipedia entries and just do whatever you want with them, as long as you attribute Wikipedia or Wikimedia Commons or whatever. So basically, Paul just had to say “… says Wikipedia” and he’d be safe. You also have to share your work under a sharealike license. But basically you can do what you want with the work. So for instance, I can let you know that Rand

Paul passed the certifying examination of the American Board of Ophthalmology in 1995, entitling him to describe himself for 10 years as a “board-certified” ophthalmologist. In 1992, the century-old American Board of Ophthalmology, which in 2010 listed 16,000 ophthalmologists on its rolls, had begun requiring physicians to recertify every 10 years; prior to that, no limits had been placed on duration of certification.[22] In 1997, in protest of the American Board of Ophthalmology’s decision to grandfather in older ophthalmologists and not require them to periodically recertify in order to maintain their status as board-certified practitioners, Paul, along with 200  other ophthalmologists formed the National Board of Ophthalmology to offer an alternative ophthalmology certification system.[23] The National Board of Ophthalmology was incorporated in 1999, but Paul allowed it to be dissolved in 2000 after failing to file required paperwork with the Kentucky Secretary of State‘s office for the organization to continue to operate. Paul later recreated the board in September 2005, three months before his original 10-year certification from the American Board of Ophthalmology lapsed.[18] Since then, Paul has been certified by the National Board of Ophthalmology, with himself as the organization’s president, his wife as vice-president, and his father-in-law as secretary.[22] The National Board of Ophthalmology is not recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties, the American Medical Association,[22][24] or the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure.[25]

(Source: Wikipedia, CC-BY-SA)1

1. So, technically I absolutely did not have to write that because all that was fair use, but I probably should have noted the source anyway. Blah blah blah.

Here is a picture of Rand Paul looking presidential.

I’ll shift this picture to the right margin. Photo: Wikimedia Commons (CC-BY-SA)


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