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Bill of Rights

Few values in life are to be prized on the same level as the right to privacy, and none are above it. Given this, it is hard to fathom why the Framers made no mention of privacy in the Bill of Rights, leaving it to our Supreme Court to find the right in something called "the penumbra." The term penumbra is derived from the Latin word for shadow, and this would seem to imply that privacy is a fringe value of lesser importance than the other rights of citizens that are explicitly enumerated in the Bill of Rights. Nothing could be further from the truth. Indeed, it is difficult to conceive of how freedom itself could exist in the absence of privacy.

Civilization is the progress toward a society of privacy. The savage's whole existence is public, ruled by the laws of his tribe. Civilization is the process of setting man free from men.

Ayn Rand
The Fountainhead [1943]

L'enfer, c'est les Autres.
Hell is --- other people!

Jean Paul Sartre
Huis-Clos (In Camera) [1945]


Site Practices

William does not contemplate leaving little things on your computer any more than he would entertain the thought of peeing on your front lawn. The poorwilliam site does not collect personal information on or about its visitors. Our most excellent web host, ABC Internet does provide a service that keeps track of which pages on the site are visited and for how long, so that a regular report of best sellers and duds can be produced.

Additionally, on a few of his pages william has installed code from IPligence.com that parses the unique IP-addresses of host servers to find the geographic location of the service provider. This feature displays the monthly cumulative results for visitors to that page on a world map at the bottom of the page. In the sense that you may thus appear as a statistic, so may you be known. In this regard William is no different (and surely no better) than the rest of our civilization.

Should you avail yourself of the opportunity to send William an email, please see the policies and practices that are set forth on the Contact & Feedback page of this website.

Cookies boy with hand in cookie jar

William is very fond of cookies, hence do not expect him to leave any for you. If you wish to leave cookies for William, his favorites are chocolate chip (the soft yummy kind with the large semi-sweet chunks). Kindly place them on a clean plate on your front porch, as the previous consumption of mass quantities of cookies has rendered William incapable of transiting chimneys, and his respect for your privacy makes it most unlikely that he will attempt to enter your residence via any means whatsoever.

Santa - will work for cookies

You need not leave a beverage with the cookies. Should you choose to do so, William prefers a cold beer. bucket of brews chilling

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