From BBC News:
The BBC has seen the birth certificate of South African athlete Caster Semenya, which states that the new 800m world champion is female.
Ms Semanya, 18, has been told to take a gender test after several remarkable improvements in recent performances.
The case has provoked an angry reaction in South Africa, where many have said she has been unfairly treated.
A South African official said Ms Semenya almost snubbed her gold medal ceremony because of the test.
Uh huh. But why haven’t they released her long form birth certificate…..
Is anybody not on vacation this week or should I just skip blogging for the rest of August?
Alex Pardee: To clarify the “incident” at my Seattle signing. (A bit bloody so avoid if you’re squeamish)
As with every other person that stood in line, I put my right hand out and said “It’s nice to meet you, thanks for coming out, what’s your name?” Lurch said nothing, but shook my hand limply while his grin, though now weakened, was still twisted across his face like a hand-drawn roadmap. I let go of his hand, and in true street-mime form, he produced a dirty, 3-inch razor blade from his left hand and showed it to me as the lights from the gallery caught the one spot on it that wasn’t filthy. It sparkled for an instant, mimicking every cheesy Photoshop lens flare. I glanced to my left once again and still, Warhol was standing with the same anticipation as I was.
“Ok, I’m game,” I thought to myself, “you and this Warhol dude are going to show me a trick or something like some lame Criss Angel shit. Ok, cool.”
Unbeknownst to me, however, there was no trick. The exact words escape me because of what followed instantly after, but he said something along these lines in a mixture of both excited yet calming tones:
“I’ve been waiting to show you something amazing”.