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Court Rules Icelandic “Girl” Can Use Her Own Name

The Reykjavik District Court has ruled that a 15-year-old Icelandic girl can legally use the first name "Blaer," reversing a contrary decision by government officials. Iceland has strict naming laws that require, among other things, that names fit standard grammar…


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Woman Arrested for Voting

In 1872, but still. Here are two things I did not know until recently: Susan B. Anthony was actually arrested, tried, and convicted of the crime of voting while female. The "B" stood for "badass." According to "The Trial of…


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TSA: Too Sad for an Acronym

One more just to complete the trifecta, and then I will try to get a little more lighthearted. We've recently seen the TSA harassing the elderly, the very young, and now … the disabled. (Also the nude, but in that case…


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Court: Warrantless Search Can’t Be Justified by Smell Alone

"To smell it is not the same as to see it." So saith the California Court of Appeal in Robey v. Superior Court, holding that the trial court should have suppressed evidence that a package contained marijuana because the only…



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Pantless Objection to Topless Protest

I guess it's not quite "Headless Body in Topless Bar," but it's as close as I'm likely to get. At least the story behind this headline is much more pleasant, if almost as baffling. Police in Asheville, North Carolina, said…


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In Defense of Monkey Copyright [Updated]

Thanks for your responses to my question about who if anyone owns the legal rights to a monkey photographer's work. The responses varied, although none were too favorable to the monkey. Here are some thoughts, with the disclaimer that I'm…


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Saudi Creeps Arrest Female Drivers

As I mentioned last month, the arrest of Manal al-Sherif for Driving While Female led Saudi activists to set June 17 as a day on which other women would also go out and drive around, to show solidarity and protest the…


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Facebook: Bad News for Bigamists

Richard Leon Barton Jr., who I knew right away was in trouble because the report used all three of his names, was charged with polygamy recently after his first wife learned he had another one and reported him to the…


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New Jersey Considers Repeal of Ancient Laws Regarding Women

I wrote this for Forbes last month and just realized I haven't posted it here yet. Which I am doing now just in case you don't read Forbes religiously. A bill introduced recently by two New Jersey lawmakers would get rid…