Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Does 'Pasadena Now' Have An Appropriation Problem?

Mod: Here at The Tattler we revel in the traditional blog practice of curating notable news articles, and then sharing them with our readers. So you know, we are always careful to cite the publications of origin and include links back to those sources. After all, I didn't write them and people do have the right to know who did.

Blogging of this kind is a pretty common Internet practice, and while some folks aren't too happy about it this does help get the word around while fostering community participation though commenting.

If you are not familiar with Pasadena Now (link), it is a website that fancies itself to be a kind of daily newspaper of the Internet. It is predominantly news lite and often features stories about the well-heeled denizens and politicians of Pasadena, plus lifestyle features and other social media-style culture rot. Photos of locals at tedious social functions are often found there, along with colorful pictures of the food they are eating. Which is often more interesting than those doing the chewing.

Pasadena Now also makes some fairly grand claims about the size of its readership. Here is how they say it:

Where else can you get this much daily news and information about Pasadena? 111,505 monthly readers, 21,410 email subscribers, 69,000 Social Media followers.

In comparison, the blog you're reading now does somewhere in the 50,000 to 60,000 hits a month range, nowhere near as large as what Pasadena Now declares for itself. Whether they are being straight with us about their numbers or not is hard to tell. No verifications are provided.

Appropriation, or plagiarism, is the unfortunate practice of claiming the work of others as your own. Below are three possible examples I found on the Pasadena Now site. What I did was lift a few sentences from each of these suspect articles and dropped them into that popular Google search engine you've heard so much about. Then checked to see what popped up. In these three instances they did pop.

The first involves a piece about Sierra Madre's current (and apparently governmentally ambitious) Mayor Pro Team, Rachelle Arizmendi. Here she can be seen accepting a gender specific service award of some sort from Assemblyman Chris Holden, a gent who is no stranger to getting his picture taken. Link here.


So you know, Chris is the taller one.

What follows below is nearly the exact same word stack from Assemblyman Chris Holden's official website. It was published there 12 days earlier. Note that there was no attribution attached to the Pasadena Now iteration. You may link to Holden's site here.


A positive impact is always good, although sometimes a negative impact is more fun.

The next example I am citing today involves a Pasadena City College lecture by none other than that renowned master of the mysterious inner workings of the human psyche', famed Stanford psychologist Philip "Dr. ZimboZimbardo. This one appeared on March 9, and can be found in its native habitat by clicking here.


It is good that Doctor Zimbo is a "living psychologist" because it would have made for a very dull lecture otherwise. However, I am sad to note that this was not the first appearance for this content. That was revealed a day earlier on the PCC school website, and you can link to it by clicking here. And again, there was no attribution from P-Now.


Our last example (and honestly, aren't three more than enough?), deals with those sturdy construction professionals at T&M Associates. Click here for the borrowed Pasadena Now version.


Regrettably, this too not the first time such verbiage was revealed. Despite Pasadena Now's claim that this emanated from something they call their "Staff Reports," the honor must instead go to T&M Associates themselves. Here is how it appeared on their website, and a full week earlier. Link here.


So there you go. Hopefully this is all just a big misunderstanding and will be cleared up soon. I'll let you know if I hear anything.

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47 comments:

  1. I notice in one photo that Chris Holden is standing in front of what appears to be the Chris Holden flag. Shouldn't the City of Pasadena be flying that in front of City Hall?

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    1. Shh... Don't give the city council ideas. Next you know it and there will be Harabedian flags all over the city, in places like the self attributed 'Only Place in Town.'

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    2. I pledge allegiance
      To the flag
      Of the Assemblyman Chris Holden
      And to the Hahns
      For which it stands
      One politician
      With his hand out
      With baloney and tunnels
      For all

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    3. Holden was for the tunnel before he was against it. Fly that flag upside down.

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    1. Quick. Pass me the kryptonite.

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  3. Journalism, the old practice of cut and paste.

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    1. And anonymous pundits

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    2. God bless them all.

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    3. Ranking or world's three most important news websites:

      1. The Onion
      2. Atlas Obscura
      3. Tattler

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    4. Does The Tattler have a flag?

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  4. Tattlers flag is the flag of truth. Now where did I leave that flag at?

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  5. The Gong Show. The Dating Game. The Newly Weds.
    The creator and host Chuck Barris. RIP.

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  6. James McPhearson is always stealing content without giving the proper credit. Pasadena Now is about as credible as the Pasadena Star Garbage and the Pasadena Police....

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  7. British Parliament on Lockdown.

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    1. Quick! Suspend the Bill of Rights!!

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  8. That group of women could have been a lot larger.

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    1. Sacramento cut the Assemblyman's plaque budget. Many were outraged.

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  9. Ending a sentence with a preposition that show time and place "at" (re- write).
    "Difficult to master because the differences among them are subtle and idiomatic".
    A Writer's Reference, Third Edition.
    On the Web.
    For electronic exercises on integrating quotations: go to dianahacker.com/ rules.
    Pasadena City Collage has credible courses in refreshing and upgrading /Skills.

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    1. I took a course on collage there once.

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  10. It looks like the Trump "Obama wire tapped me" spin strategy is emerging: Nunes says Trump and transition team were "incidentally surveilled" by intelligence agencies prior to Obama's departure.

    Apparently, taking note of just who is the president elect and his transition team constitutes surveillance in their little dishonest minds.

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    1. They think they can lie their way out of a problem that was caused by their lying.

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    2. So there was wiretapping? "Incidentally surveilled" are you kidding? Sounds like the "spin" is coming from the Obama camp. You people can't admit the truth.

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    3. 4:34 seems to miss a few points, such as (1) no proof of wire tapping; (2) it's perfectly legal for the intelligence community or anyone to create a database (or dossier for the intrigue minded) of Trump, his associates, and their actions; (3) Obama cannot order wiretapping; and (4) if there was any wire tapping, bravo to the intelligence community for looking into Trump's ties with Putin, Russian oligarchs, and white nationalists.

      If (4), it still has nothing to do with Obama initiating it even if he was later briefed on it, like he was briefed about Trump's alleged Moscow adventures, which can be succinctly summarized by thinking of an alternate pronunciation for the 7th planet.

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    4. Read a little more 5:45. (1) wiretapping-confirmed. (2) it is not legal to infringe on anyone without a legal reason. (3) Obama could certainly have orderd it while he was still president. (4) nothing in the intel gatered from the illegal wiretap related to Russia in any way. If Obama was briefed, then knew about it!

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    5. I'd like to say "nice try" 7:20, but, well, you know, it really wasn't. (1) No wire tapping of Trump at Trump Tower as claimed has been confirmed, although FISA warrant investigations apparently involve Trump personnel; (2) I'm not familiar with the law the states "it is not legal to infringe on anyone without a legal reasons" or the definition of "infringe" so please provide a citation; (3) there is no legal authority, policy, or practice by which Obama "could" have ordered the wiretapping that did not take place; and (4) according to you Trump and his cohorts are not only in bed with the Russians but also involved with other unsavory elements who are being legally investigated via FISA warrants. Thank you for admitting the latter.

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  11. Trump supporters are generally nitwits and dimwits - sure Trump lies but he's our liar cause he's a bigot and racist - one of us they say.

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  12. Saaaay Whaaat...
    House Intel Chair....SURVEILLANCE...
    From a FISA warrant, Incidental Collection of Data from President Trump's Transition Team.

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  13. Judge issued a warrant you say? Treason trial coming up!

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  14. Dem. Shiff: wait, that's not fair. Our Chairman of the committee didn't tell us what information was released to him, before he went and talked to the President.
    "this is not how you conduct investigation"
    Deep Six and no Russian interference?
    Unmask the traitors!!!
    Does the DNC really want to go down this road? Bring it On. Open an Independent Investigation. It will be interesting to hear and clear what is not masked covert.
    What other investigation 's are out there?

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  15. Poor dumb Trumpers. FISA warrant means it was issued by a judge. In other words, it was legal. Fat fanny's buns are cooked.

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  16. Ha! 1:13, fantastic, mindless rant. Your Obama lied, your Hillary lied, your Billy lied (poorly). But pay not attention to that, look over here. What lies are you refering to. Is this just more mindless rehtoric? A bigot you say, prove that. A racist you say, based on what.

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    1. Thank you, Milo.

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    2. I'm not a democrat. But you sound embarrassingly desperate.

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  17. Poor dummycrats, every time you call President Trump a liar you are proved wrong. Everytime you call for impeachment you sound more and more like the spoiled little whiners you are. "We don't want this" "Hillary really won." "Trum is a traitor." Start growning your legal weed, its gonna be a long 8 year for you folks. Don't forget to drink lots of water to make up for all those tears! Pleas try to refrain from from rioting in the streets and destroying other peoples property while you throw your tantrums.

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    1. You're a busy boy today, Milo!

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    2. Milo has been in Mr. Bannon's medicine chest again.

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    3. That's troll #2. Baseless ranting again. AM radios style

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  18. Let me get this straight. U.S. intelligence agents pursuant to FISA warrants were investigating foreign actors whom they reasonably believed were a threat to the U.S., and during the course of the FISA warranted investigations intercepted communications by Trump team members.

    Isn't the question then, why were those Trump team members communicating with foreign actors who may be a threat to the U.S.?

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  19. You are very creative today, "Milo Boy."

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    1. Must be the belladonna.

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  20. Isn't the question more along the legal lines of, whom were "actors" picked up along with the Trump team members communications that warented surveillance?
    And WHO, gave up info (Federal Crime) to the news organizations?
    Please stop with the Gay bashing, you are blogging your IQ.

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    1. Milo is the former Breitbart senior editor who was forced to resign because of his advocacy of child molestation. It has nothing to do with anyone being gay.

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    2. I agree with 6:56, the Milo thing is old. Try something new, we all know who he is. Tagging everyone as "Milo" pathetic.

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    3. No one has mentioned or suggested anything along those lines. Nice try with the red herring though.

      You can't distract your way out of this.

      Trump's sins are your sins.

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    4. 7:14 - I disgree. I think Milo is the perfect metaphor for the current state of the GOP.

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    5. From the GOP to the POM (Party of Milo).

      Y'all Milos ready for Trump's fail on Obamacare tomorrow?

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