Virginia Thomas’s Message to Anita Hill [via The New Yorker]
The New Yorker is reporting that Virginia Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas, placed a call at 7:30 a.m. Saturday morning to Anita Hill, a former employee of the justice’s whose testimony during his confirmation hearings nearly two decades ago almost derailed his nomination. Hill testified that Thomas had previously harassed her by, among other things, discussing pornography incessantly when the two worked at the EEOC. Thomas’s alleged message included: “I just wanted to reach across the airwaves and the years and ask you to consider something. I would love you to consider an apology sometime and some full explanation of why you did what you did with my husband.”
What happens when a country loses its ‘birth certificate’? [via the BBC]
Fiji has spent five years searching in desk drawers and under break room couches for its Independence Order, the legal document confirming its freedom from the United Kingdom presented in 1970, but the nation has been “forced to take the embarrassing step of asking its former colonial masters for a photocopy.” Fortunately for the island nation, the paper’s loss probably doesn’t carry any real danger. “If it’s recognised as a state and fully participates in the international community, the loss of documents isn’t going to affect its existence [as an independent state],” said Catherine Redgwell, a professor of international law at University College London.
Canadian military officer exposed as cross-dressing serial killer [via The Daily Telegraph]
Col. Russell Williams, 47, of the Canadian Air Force, has “pleaded guilty to murdering two women, sexually assaulting two others and committing dozens of break-ins in which he stole underwear from the bedrooms of girls as young as 11,” and faces life in prison. Prior to his arrest, Williams commanded the nation’s largest air force base and personally flew Queen Elizabeth II during a visit several years ago. Prosecutors said Williams photographed himself in, and later stole, his victims’ underwear, photographs with date stamps later used to charge him.