A Time To Keep Silence, And A Time To speak

Stopp and Stopp Tries To Stop Wikipedia As reported by the New York Times: Wolfgang Werlé and Manfred Lauber became infamous for killing a German actor in 1990. Now they are suing to force Wikipedia to forget them. The legal fight pits German privacy law against the American First Amendment. German courts allow the suppression …

Bigmouths

From a Politico interview with Andrew Breitbart: What is your favorite body part (on yourself) and why? My mouth. It’s taken me on a crazy ride! Here’s the classic – and rather more literary and picturesque – Medrashic version, as cited in ארחות צדיקים: כתיב: “מות וחיים ביד לשון, ואוהביה יאכל פריה” (משלי יח, כא). …

Legalizing Bribery

India’s chief economic advisor and Cornell professor Kaushik Basu proposes (PDF) “a small but novel idea of how we can cut down the incidence of bribery” (h/t: Bruce Schneier): There are different kinds of bribes and what this paper is concerned with are bribes that people often have to give to get what they are …