An Army private convicted of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks won an initial victory Wednesday to living as a woman when a Kansas judge granted a petition to change her name to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning.
Now, I don’t know what the law is in Kansas, but in Missouri the mai thing is that the name change cannot be to evade justice or legal/financial obligations (bankruptcy, child support, etc). In theory Ms Manning should be in the clear as A) she’s already in prison, so she can hardly be said to be”evading” justice, and anyway B) she is a public figure, so can hardly use it to disappear. So in theory, if Kansas laws are similar to Missouri (and I’m led to believe they are), there should be no problem in her getting her name changed.
Now, whether the will let personal attitudes toward her interfere with that is another question entirely, but I hope not.
10 Facts About Native American’s Health That Will Make You Nauseous
When Europeans arrived on America’s shores they brought an awful lot of awful things. Despite the most optimistic view of the culture exchange between Europeans and Native Americans, it’s no secret that the Native populations came out on the loosing end. Their land was stolen, their way of life uprooted, and their populations were decimated.
Remember that incredibly awesome Edgar Allan Poe sculpture we shared a couple weeks ago? That was the work of artist Stefanie Rocknak, and so is this amazing sculpture, which she carved from a single piece of wood.
Entitled The Swimmer, the sculpture is slightly larger than life-size and depicts a swimmer turning their head to take a breath during the crawl stroke. The sense of movement, both by the athlete and the water, is so palpable that we keep waiting for the swimmer to turn their face back into the water, complete the stroke and swim right out of the photos.
[via My Modern Metropolis]
Yyyyyyeahhhhh… I’m-a say they picked the right person all right.
1 universe, 9 planets, 7 seas, 7 continents, 809 islands, 204 countries, and I had the unfortunate luck of meeting u
THERE ARE 8 PLANETS, YOU UNCULTURED SWINE.
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I’m pretty sure “Viva la Pluto fuck you” is the best sentence I’ve heard all week.
Doris Pilkington Garimara, Aboriginal Author of ‘Rabbit-Proof Fence,’ Walks On
The parallels are uncanny: aboriginal children wrested from their families, sent to boarding schools and forbidden to speak their language—with the stated goal of eventually eliminating their race.
Well, that escalated quickly.
What was intended as a feel-good PR campaign morphed into something else entirely when the NYPD called on Twitter users to post photos of themselves posing with their friendly local police officers.