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A photo I took this morning from the Blue Ridge Parkway, about 12 miles from my home in Lexington, Virginia. (Click to enlarge.)

Yesterday was Snark Free Day

Some PR outfit proclaimed October 22 to be “Snark Free Day.” I bet you’re really sorry you missed it.

The Queen v Dudley and Stephens, Redux

This is a cross post from my personal blog, Under the Ocular Tree. I post it here as I think it is a very interesting subject to discuss.  An interesting news item from Russia has appeared in the press. The basics of the story are that four fisherman disappeared in remote and inhospitable areas of the country in […]

Jewish Law and Proportionality in War

Peter Jenkins, Britain’s former representative on the International Atomic Energy Agency, has caused some controversy in a speech he gave at Warwick University where he stated: Israelis don’t practise an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, they practise ten eyes for an eye and ten teeth for a tooth. He added: […]

Online profiles of the deceased

The BBC has an interesting story: Several states across the US are considering legislation that would give personal representatives legal possession of Facebook profiles, Twitter accounts and other online information after a death. But privacy experts argue such legislation, which has already been passed in the state of Oklahoma, needs further clarification before being made […]

Pesach at the Goldberg home

You may (as I did) disagree with Jeffrey Goldberg on his assessment of the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientists, or his belief that the Obama administration should try once again to “reach out” to the Iranian regime. But you have to credit him for his chutzpah in hosting some surprising guests at his Passover seder […]

Welcome 2012 with a Raed Salah calendar

For just £6 plus £3 P & P, you can treat yourself or a loved one to a 2012 calendar, full of images drawn by Raed Salah whilst at HMP Bedford, where John Bunyan himself wrote the Pilgrim’s Progress. Raed Salah continues the fascinating tradition of producing great works of art whilst being detained by […]

On the Death Penalty

In 2005 Dave Weeden was asked the following question: Can you name a work of non-fiction which has had a major and lasting influence on how you think about the world? He responded: Koestler’s Reflections on Hanging. I was probably anti-capital punishment before I read it, but far more weakly than I am now. Very […]

Financial Transaction Tax: “Economic Suicide”

Regular readers of this blog will be aware that I am highly critical of the idea that Britain should introduce a Financial Transaction Tax (FTT). Indeed, earlier this year I lambasted both the Observer for an editorial that supported the tax and the Guardian for a Comment is Free piece also supportive of the tax. My […]

Intern Issues 2: The case for not working as an unpaid intern

This is a second post in a series. In the first post I discussed why companies should pay interns from both a legal and pragmatic perspective. In this post I look at the subject of unpaid internships from the perspective of an intern as opposed to the company. I wish to challenge the received wisdom […]