Recently I've exchanged a couple of emails with John. And minutes ago I talked with him on the phone. I was trying to ascertain from him why (since he earlier said nobody representing El Naschie threatened him or even contacted him) he was afraid my n-category archive put him at legal risk. His answer: An El Naschie representative contacted his employer U.C. Riverside and said mean things about John. No, UCR didn't ask him to take the stuff down. Nobody did. He just didn't want to be next in line for sueing after Die Zeit and Nature. I asked whether he thought he was a likely target on account of UCR being an organization with pockets deep enough to make sueing an attractive option. He said no, because the blog is his, not the University's.
There's more about the emails and phone call coming soon, but I wanted to post at least this much in real time.
محمد النشائي All El Naschie All The Time محمد النشائي