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Febble Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-24-05 08:35 AM
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173. Enough already
I apologise for misquoting you. Here are your exact words (copy and paste): "I have accepted (and continue to accept)". Here's the link:
When I did it before I forgot the brackets and changed a tense. I will make sure I use the copy and paste facility in future.

Second point: I would expect people to assess my work on its merits. You asked me to recommend that people take into account my work for Mitofsky. I merely added that they might also take into account my investigative work into the electoral irregularities of 2004. Neither gives my work authority. But, as you point out (correctly), if people want to know where someone is coming from, it can be helpful to have some information about what they've done previously. Is there a problem in presenting a rather fuller picture?

Third: yes, getting peer-review is demanding. I merely said that our paper would be submitted for peer-review. I am clearly not claiming that status for the paper at present. It is very much a work-in-progress. And yes, of its three authors, at present only one has a PhD. That PhD however is in political science. It is a paper in the field of political science. No problem there. Nor is fact that neither Rick nor I have a PhD a problem. Fortunately peer-review does not take into account qualifications - the work has to stand on its merits. Some journals even review blind. I review for several journals which conduct double-blind reviews. However, given the time it takes to get papers reviewed, it is possible that even I will have a PhD by then. Regarding Rick Brady; yes, I believe he was banned from DU. He is, after all, a Republican, so I'm not surprised he was banned from a Democratic forum (not sure that Republicans have the monopoly on vitriolic postings, however). However, I have never judged anyone's virtue, skill, or logic on the basis of their political views. Mine are probably far closer to yours, tomm, than they are to Ricks's. But that doesn't stop me disagreeing with you, nor from agreeing with Rick, as to what the exit polls are telling us. He also happens to be one of the most intelligent and hard-working people I have ever collaborated with. I also value the very fact that we have quite different political perspectives.

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