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Of Plagiarism and Ice Cream

Updated on April 28, 2012

Warning: The Plagiarists Are Not Nice

I was surfing through Google the other night, looking up my blogs and articles about my home town of Lulawissie. I found several hundred links to my writings, mostly associated with HubPages or BlogSpot. The ones that I clicked on were the links that I was not affiliated with, but were seemingly honest and upstanding websites that had made good references to my links.

And then there were the evil ones (queue Darth Vader’s Imperial March).

What I found when I clicked on these links was that my articles and hubs were “reformatted” in a way that seems like they were run through a translator into another language and then re-translated back into English. It sounded like a foreigner trying to tell someone what my hubs were about. For example, my hub “On Another Pond”, an article about pond fishing, was placed on a site relating to pond and lake maintenance. They claim that it was written by a “guest author” that was unnamed. Many key words were replaced with synonyms that made the whole article senseless. Yes, I was annoyed and I left angry comments threatening to sue the webmaster for plagiarism under the U.S. Copyright laws if they didn’t remove my content at once.

But that’s not all. These sites were loaded to the gills with a serious virus. Luckily my anti-virus program was up to date and working or I would not be here now.

So what are these blog hackers trying to do? Is this another means of trying to obtain someone’s personal info off of their home computer? Is it some pimple-faced software genius sitting in his room late at night trying to screw with everyone else because he can’t get a date? Why do irresponsible clods like these hackers and virus gurus do what they do? People like that never seem to cease bending my brain trying to figure them out. But as long as they keep it up, the people at Norton have job security, and people like us will be forced to buy their product.

Hmmm….maybe I’m on to something here….

Owning and using a computer on the World Wide Web is a lot like owning and using a gun. You have to be a responsible owner and user. If you have a gun, sure, you can kill somebody. But you don’t. There will be repercussions, and people’s lives will be altered forever, including yours. If you create a virus to go out and drastically damage someone’s system, or hundreds of thousands of systems, you have seriously altered the lives of those people and the businesses attached to those systems. Eventually you will be found and prosecuted, and your life will be altered drastically as well.

So why do it? A cheap and immature thrill at best.

Anyway, that’s enough of my venting. I just wanted to warn you good people out there that this gnawing plagiarism issue that has welled up in our hubs has a deeper problem attached to it. Be aware and be careful.

It is once again another glorious mid-afternoon here in Lulawissie. I am sitting in the dining area at the Lulawissie Gas and Grocery fountain, gazing out of the window down at the intersection of Liberty and Main. There is not much going on this Saturday afternoon. The kids are lined up in front of the Morgan Theater on Liberty Avenue waiting to see the latest movie. It is always a treat to go to the Morgan. The admission is always $3.00 per person, and the popcorn is $1.00 for the jumbo size, fifty cents more if you want butter.

Further up Main Street you can see young couples lazily walking and window shopping as they enjoy an ice cream cone from Flannery’s. Flannery’s has become an icon on Main Street. Old Bernard Flannery opened the shop in 1953, and his son Bernard, Jr. and his wife still run it to this day, still making each flavor of ice cream by hand the way his father did for so many years. In the summer time the ice cream is made with fresh local fruits as they come into season. Flannery’s fresh peach and fresh strawberry ice creams are the local favorites. The elder Mrs. Flannery’s secret recipe for her famous chocolate ice cream has won the blue ribbon at the Lulawissie County Fair nearly every year, with their fresh fruit recipes taking the red and green ribbons as well.

I think that I am going to take a short walk and get me a cone, and ponder for a while, if I might, the peaceful and wonderful existence of this quaint little town.

As always my friends, thanks for stopping by and sharing your valuable time with me. It is always a good feeling to visit with such nice people. Be sure to stay well, do a good deed for someone that you don’t know, and give the Good Lord thanks for everything.

I bid you peace.

©2012 by Del Banks


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      Del Banks 5 years ago from Southern Appalachians

      I couldn't agree more. Thanks!

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      Roberta Kyle 5 years ago from Central New Jersey

      theft always leaves one feeling so violated but like you, I find that the security and continuity of small town life helps heal the wounds of violation and that the best medicine on a hot summer night in a small town is an ice cream cone-- loved this hub.

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 5 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Voted up, useful, and interesting because--as a new writer on HubPages--I learned through the reading of your article just now about the infiltration of these ripoff hackers. I was just wondering about the level of difficulty in finding such occurrences through a Google search. I'm curious to find out yet don't want to risk the potential virus attack.

      I really liked the second half of your Hub. It had a blog post ambience to it, but I personally think that approach can work well and be successful on HubPages. Writing about one's hometown flavor not only puts it on the map for others; it also elicits thoughts about and gratitude for the reader's own community. Thanks for sharing both parts with us, badegg!

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      Roohi Khan 5 years ago from India

      Ok, thanks. Will try and do this.

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      Del Banks 5 years ago from Southern Appalachians

      I found out completely by accident. I googled a key word from my hubs and clicked on any that wasn't related to the hub pages. Some were legitimate referrals, but a fw were plagiarized sites. You should try to do the same thing. Good Luck.

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      Roohi Khan 5 years ago from India

      Great article. Here is a question. How do I find out whether one of my hubs has been copied on the Internet?

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      Del Banks 5 years ago from Southern Appalachians

      Not a problem, Faith. I understand completely. I've done it myself!

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      I am sorry about the extra line at the bottom of my previous comment, I thought I had deleted that part of that unfinished sentence. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Del Banks 5 years ago from Southern Appalachians

      Ruby, Faith and Teaches, thank you for the support and the great compliments. We have to stay in touch with each other in this hubbers community and watch each other's backs because of these unscrupulous people.

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      Maree Michael Martin 5 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      Good venting, and coming up with a solution, I like the part about it being like gun ownership. And how you took care of yourself with an icecream cone! Great read, and sorry you got mixed up in this hackers nasty scandal. Thanks for sharing, the more that do the less they will get away with. Good Hub.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      So sorry this happened to yet another hubber. It is a most unpleasant feeling. I need to recheck my hub posts again for this as well. I can understand your frustration with the poorly written copies, it makes no sense at all.

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago

      I am so sorry to hear this happened to you, being violated in this manner. I am glad you found out and took some action, so that "they" will at least be aware. One never knows what motivates people do the things they do. I have always been amazed why the criminals with such brilliant minds, choose to use their minds to do harm, in lieu of choosing to do good. We all have that choice to make, as anything can be used for evil or for good. That is a nice thought of you going for a walk in your quaint little town. God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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