Germany must legally recognize ‘third gender’ from birth – top court

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Germany’s top court has called on the country’s parliament to legally recognize a ‘third gender’ which allows intersex people to identify as neither male nor female. Germany could become the first European country to allow a third gender on birth certificates.

The current law on civil status discriminates against intersex people as it rules out “the registration of a gender other than ‘male’ or ‘female,’” the Federal Constitutional Court said in a ruling on Wednesday. The German parliament should introduce new provisions into current legislation by December 31, 2018, it said.

The court made its ruling in favor of an appeal brought earlier this year by an intersex person whose name hasn’t been revealed in the German media. The person was registered as female but chromosome analysis showed that the plaintiff was neither male nor female. The person brought the appeal to the top court after several lower courts had ruled against the bid for gender change in the birth register.

“Even if this person chose the option ‘no entry’ [for gender], it would not reflect that the complainant does not see themself as a genderless person, but rather perceives themself as having a gender beyond male or female (sic),” according to the ruling. Civil status is not “a marginal issue,” but rather a “position of a person within the legal system, as stated by the law,”the statement said. The German constitution does not require civil status to be “exclusively binary in terms of gender,” it added.

Germany’s Third Option activist organization has hailed the court’s decision. “We are completely overwhelmed and speechless. That’s a small revolution in the gender area,” the group wrote on Twitter.

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According to the UN, intersex people are born “with sex characteristics that do not fit typical binary notions of male or female bodies.” Intersex traits can be “visible at birth” while in others “they are not apparent until puberty,” the agency says. Between 0.05 and 1.7 percent of the world population has intersex traits. “The upper estimate is similar to the number of red-haired people,” UN experts say.

In 2013, Germany became the first European country to allow parents of babies born with no clearly-defined gender characteristics to leave the ‘male/female’ field on birth certificates blank, creating a ‘third sex’ category in the public register. The law prevents parents from making hasty decisions on controversial genital surgeries for their newborns.

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Germany must legally recognize ‘third gender’ from birth – top court

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Germany’s top court has called on the country’s parliament to legally recognize a ‘third gender’ which allows intersex people to identify as neither male nor female. Germany could become the first European country to allow a third gender on birth certificates.

The current law on civil status discriminates against intersex people as it rules out “the registration of a gender other than ‘male’ or ‘female,’” the Federal Constitutional Court said in a ruling on Wednesday. The German parliament should introduce new provisions into current legislation by December 31, 2018, it said.

The court made its ruling in favor of an appeal brought earlier this year by an intersex person whose name hasn’t been revealed in the German media. The person was registered as female but chromosome analysis showed that the plaintiff was neither male nor female. The person brought the appeal to the top court after several lower courts had ruled against the bid for gender change in the birth register.

“Even if this person chose the option ‘no entry’ [for gender], it would not reflect that the complainant does not see themself as a genderless person, but rather perceives themself as having a gender beyond male or female (sic),” according to the ruling. Civil status is not “a marginal issue,” but rather a “position of a person within the legal system, as stated by the law,”the statement said. The German constitution does not require civil status to be “exclusively binary in terms of gender,” it added.

Germany’s Third Option activist organization has hailed the court’s decision. “We are completely overwhelmed and speechless. That’s a small revolution in the gender area,” the group wrote on Twitter.

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According to the UN, intersex people are born “with sex characteristics that do not fit typical binary notions of male or female bodies.” Intersex traits can be “visible at birth” while in others “they are not apparent until puberty,” the agency says. Between 0.05 and 1.7 percent of the world population has intersex traits. “The upper estimate is similar to the number of red-haired people,” UN experts say.

In 2013, Germany became the first European country to allow parents of babies born with no clearly-defined gender characteristics to leave the ‘male/female’ field on birth certificates blank, creating a ‘third sex’ category in the public register. The law prevents parents from making hasty decisions on controversial genital surgeries for their newborns.

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Germany must legally recognize ‘third gender’ from birth – top court

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Germany’s top court has called on the country’s parliament to legally recognize a ‘third gender’ which allows intersex people to identify as neither male nor female. Germany could become the first European country to allow a third gender on birth certificates.

The current law on civil status discriminates against intersex people as it rules out “the registration of a gender other than ‘male’ or ‘female,’” the Federal Constitutional Court said in a ruling on Wednesday. The German parliament should introduce new provisions into current legislation by December 31, 2018, it said.

The court made its ruling in favor of an appeal brought earlier this year by an intersex person whose name hasn’t been revealed in the German media. The person was registered as female but chromosome analysis showed that the plaintiff was neither male nor female. The person brought the appeal to the top court after several lower courts had ruled against the bid for gender change in the birth register.

“Even if this person chose the option ‘no entry’ [for gender], it would not reflect that the complainant does not see themself as a genderless person, but rather perceives themself as having a gender beyond male or female (sic),” according to the ruling. Civil status is not “a marginal issue,” but rather a “position of a person within the legal system, as stated by the law,”the statement said. The German constitution does not require civil status to be “exclusively binary in terms of gender,” it added.

Germany’s Third Option activist organization has hailed the court’s decision. “We are completely overwhelmed and speechless. That’s a small revolution in the gender area,” the group wrote on Twitter.

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According to the UN, intersex people are born “with sex characteristics that do not fit typical binary notions of male or female bodies.” Intersex traits can be “visible at birth” while in others “they are not apparent until puberty,” the agency says. Between 0.05 and 1.7 percent of the world population has intersex traits. “The upper estimate is similar to the number of red-haired people,” UN experts say.

In 2013, Germany became the first European country to allow parents of babies born with no clearly-defined gender characteristics to leave the ‘male/female’ field on birth certificates blank, creating a ‘third sex’ category in the public register. The law prevents parents from making hasty decisions on controversial genital surgeries for their newborns.

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Germany must legally recognize ‘third gender’ from birth – top court

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Germany’s top court has called on the country’s parliament to legally recognize a ‘third gender’ which allows intersex people to identify as neither male nor female. Germany could become the first European country to allow a third gender on birth certificates.

The current law on civil status discriminates against intersex people as it rules out “the registration of a gender other than ‘male’ or ‘female,’” the Federal Constitutional Court said in a ruling on Wednesday. The German parliament should introduce new provisions into current legislation by December 31, 2018, it said.

The court made its ruling in favor of an appeal brought earlier this year by an intersex person whose name hasn’t been revealed in the German media. The person was registered as female but chromosome analysis showed that the plaintiff was neither male nor female. The person brought the appeal to the top court after several lower courts had ruled against the bid for gender change in the birth register.

“Even if this person chose the option ‘no entry’ [for gender], it would not reflect that the complainant does not see themself as a genderless person, but rather perceives themself as having a gender beyond male or female (sic),” according to the ruling. Civil status is not “a marginal issue,” but rather a “position of a person within the legal system, as stated by the law,”the statement said. The German constitution does not require civil status to be “exclusively binary in terms of gender,” it added.

Germany’s Third Option activist organization has hailed the court’s decision. “We are completely overwhelmed and speechless. That’s a small revolution in the gender area,” the group wrote on Twitter.

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According to the UN, intersex people are born “with sex characteristics that do not fit typical binary notions of male or female bodies.” Intersex traits can be “visible at birth” while in others “they are not apparent until puberty,” the agency says. Between 0.05 and 1.7 percent of the world population has intersex traits. “The upper estimate is similar to the number of red-haired people,” UN experts say.

In 2013, Germany became the first European country to allow parents of babies born with no clearly-defined gender characteristics to leave the ‘male/female’ field on birth certificates blank, creating a ‘third sex’ category in the public register. The law prevents parents from making hasty decisions on controversial genital surgeries for their newborns.

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Germany must legally recognize ‘third gender’ from birth – top court

RT

Germany’s top court has called on the country’s parliament to legally recognize a ‘third gender’ which allows intersex people to identify as neither male nor female. Germany could become the first European country to allow a third gender on birth certificates.

The current law on civil status discriminates against intersex people as it rules out “the registration of a gender other than ‘male’ or ‘female,’” the Federal Constitutional Court said in a ruling on Wednesday. The German parliament should introduce new provisions into current legislation by December 31, 2018, it said.

The court made its ruling in favor of an appeal brought earlier this year by an intersex person whose name hasn’t been revealed in the German media. The person was registered as female but chromosome analysis showed that the plaintiff was neither male nor female. The person brought the appeal to the top court after several lower courts had ruled against the bid for gender change in the birth register.

“Even if this person chose the option ‘no entry’ [for gender], it would not reflect that the complainant does not see themself as a genderless person, but rather perceives themself as having a gender beyond male or female (sic),” according to the ruling. Civil status is not “a marginal issue,” but rather a “position of a person within the legal system, as stated by the law,”the statement said. The German constitution does not require civil status to be “exclusively binary in terms of gender,” it added.

Germany’s Third Option activist organization has hailed the court’s decision. “We are completely overwhelmed and speechless. That’s a small revolution in the gender area,” the group wrote on Twitter.

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According to the UN, intersex people are born “with sex characteristics that do not fit typical binary notions of male or female bodies.” Intersex traits can be “visible at birth” while in others “they are not apparent until puberty,” the agency says. Between 0.05 and 1.7 percent of the world population has intersex traits. “The upper estimate is similar to the number of red-haired people,” UN experts say.

In 2013, Germany became the first European country to allow parents of babies born with no clearly-defined gender characteristics to leave the ‘male/female’ field on birth certificates blank, creating a ‘third sex’ category in the public register. The law prevents parents from making hasty decisions on controversial genital surgeries for their newborns.

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Col. L. Fletcher Prouty: The Bay of Pigs Invasion & The Vietnam War

Federal Jack

(POPEYE) This is an interview with Col. L. Fletcher Prouty done back on August 5th 1993 in which he discusses the reality of what happened with the Bay of Pigs Invasion in Cuba, and the beginnings of the Vietnam war. He gives the listener a deeper look into the goings on in the background during both events, and the Kennedy Administration’s short run. This is essential information to have a more thorough understanding of the overall bigger picture, and to help understand why President John F. Kennedy was murdered. As Col. Prouty says in the interview, “The Bay of Pigs is the key to the problems that came later.”

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THE MEN WHO KILLED KENNEDY

Federal Jack

(POPEYE) The Men Who Killed Kennedy is a 9-part video documentary series about the John F. Kennedy assassination by Nigel Turner that began with two 50 minutes segments originally aired on 25 October 1988 in the United Kingdom, titled simply Part One and Part Two. The programmes were produced by Central Television for the ITV network, and were immediately followed by a studio discussion on the issues titled The Story Continues, chaired by broadcaster Peter Sissons. The United States corporation, Arts & Entertainment Company, purchased the rights to the original two segments.

In 1989, the series was nominated for a Flaherty Documentary Award. The series was re-edited with additional material into three 50 minute programs in 1991, which were again shown by ITV. A sixth episode appeared in 1995. The series typically aired in November every year, but also from time to time during the year as repeats. But in November, 2003, when three additional segments (“The Final Chapter”) were added by the History Channel, the consequences were so immense that the entire series is no longer aired, though the History Channel still sells DVD copies of the first six documentaries.

The ninth documentary in the series, titled “The Guilty Men”, directly implicating former U. S. President Lyndon B. Johnson, created an outcry among Johnson’s surviving associates, Johnson’s widow, Lady Bird Johnson, journalist Bill Moyers, ex-President Jimmy Carter, Jack Valenti (longtime president of the Motion Picture Association of America), and the last-living (at the time of the outcry) Warren Commission commissioner and ex-President Gerald R. Ford, who lodged complaints of libel with the History Channel. They subsequently threatened legal action against Arts & Entertainment Company, owner of the History Channel.

The History Channel responded by assembling a panel of three historians, Robert Dallek, Stanley Kutler, and Thomas Sugrue. On a program aired April 7, 2004 called “The Guilty Man: A Historical Review”, the panel agreed that the documentary was not credible and should not have aired. The History Channel issued a statement saying, in part, “The History Channel recognizes that ‘The Guilty Men’ failed to offer viewers context and perspective, and fell short of the high standards that the network sets for itself. The History Channel apologizes to its viewers and to Mrs. Johnson and her family for airing the show.” Author Barr McClellan, interviewed in the documentary, complained that while the historians examined the evidence, they did not interview him or Turner.

All three new documentaries by Turner (“The Guilty Men,” “The Smoking Gun” and “The Love Affair”) were then permanently withdrawn by the History Channel, though they were originally slated to be viewed at least annually on the History Channel until the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination (November, 2013).

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PT#1 – The Coup D’Etat

PT#2 – The Forces Of Darkness

PT#3 – The Cover-Up

PT#4 – The Patsy

PT#5 – The Witnesses

PT#6 – The Truth Shall Set You Free

PT#7 – The Smoking Guns

PT#8 – The Love Affair

PT#9 – The Guilty Men

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Donald Tusk wants EU army THIS YEAR ‘to defend borders from migrants and hostile states’

Vincent Wood
The Daily Express

The European Council President called for the 27-nation superstate to introduce Permanent Structured Cooperation on Defence (PESCO) to protect the bloc from the effects of the migrant crisis, hostile bordering states and forces that risk tearing the bloc apart.

He added the EU should be prepared to spend huge amounts on the project, which will come with its own centralised headquarters and ambitious plans for EU military missions abroad.

Critics have repeatedly warned that the new system is a gateway to the creation of an EU army, although Brussels itself denies this and says it is just facilitating better military cooperation.

It goes hand in hand with plans for a centralised European Defence Fund, which is designed to help create an EU defence industry and reduce reliance on foreign powers like the US for military equipment.

Mr Tusk said: “We are a territorial community, which means that we have a common territory and common external borders.

“Our duty is to protect them.

“The migration crisis has made us aware, with full force, of the need to rebuild effective control of our external borders, while the aggressive behaviour of certain third countries, and the destabilisation around Europe, has made us aware of the need to defend our territory.

“For this reason we want to launch PESCO by the end of this year.

“In order to protect our external borders, we must build a model of durable and efficient financing on a bigger scale than ever before.”

Mr Tusk, one of the EU’s top three officials, went on to call on the Parliament to protect Europe’s “heritage”.

He added: “Secondly, We are a cultural community, which doesn’t mean that we are better or worse – we are simply different from the outside world.

“Our openness and tolerance cannot mean walking away from protecting our heritage.

“We have the right and obligation to care for what distinguishes us from other cultures – not in order to be against someone, but to be ourselves.

“Without a feeling of superiority, but with a feeling of justified pride.”

Last month the bloc’s foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini insisted PESCO should be ready to go in time for January 2018, over a year before the UK is due to leave the union.

British ministers, including Boris Johnson and Michael Fallon, have been signing up to the EU’s military plans on the basis that they will lay down a loose marker for post-Brexit security cooperation.

However, the EU sees the commitments as legally binding, and respected military commander Major-General Julian Thompson has previously warned it will not be easy for the UK to “extricate” itself in the future.

He told express.co.uk: “The UK believes it is approving military structures for the other 27, but the EU is completely clear that agreements, unfortunately, apply to the UK as full participants.”

Goodbye to another landmark: Lord & Taylor sells Fifth Avenue store

WABC

Lord & Taylor is selling its landmark Fifth Avenue flagship store in Manhattan to WeWork for $850 million.

The flagship store is expected to continue to operate in the entire building through the 2018 holiday season, and then rent lower floors after that. The holiday displays will continue to go on this year and next year, a company spokeswoman said. The department store was the first to create Christmas windows for sheer entertainment, rather than for selling merchandise. It also pioneered the animated window display back in 1938.

The rest of the 676,000-square foot building will become WeWork’s headquarters and WeWork office space.

The rapidly growing $20-billion start-up is currently based in Chelsea. WeWork attracts millennials who are looking to share office space.
Lord & Taylor, which is owned by Hudson’s Bay, is the oldest luxury department store in the country dating back to 1826. The Fifth Avenue store between 38th and 39th streets has been home since February 24, 1914.

Hudson’s Bay, which also owns Saks Fifth Avenue, has been struggling as shoppers spend more online and less time in stores.

Gerald L. Storch, who has run company since January 2015, announced his resignation last Friday effective on November 1.

London Introduces Carbon “T-Charge” Tax On Diesel And Older Petrol Vehicles

Aaron Kesel
Activist Post

As part of the plan to begin phasing out gas and diesel car sales over the next three decades, drivers of diesel vehicles and older petrol cars in the UK will now face a tax called T-Charge for driving into the financial district and parts of west LondonReuters reported.

Drivers are already charged 11.50 pounds ($15) under a congestion charge. But those driving petrol and diesel vehicles typically before 2006 will now need to pay an additional 10 pounds ($13.19). That means if you have an older vehicle before 2006 or a diesel vehicle you will be paying a total of 21.50 pounds or ($28.19) just to get into the city.

London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan expressed that the new T-Charge taxation will help motorists to switch to a greener alternative and in turn save thousands of lives a year.

“The air is bad, but it’s also a killer,” Khan told Reuters. “There are children in London whose lungs are underdeveloped. There are adults who suffer a whole host of conditions caused by the poor quality air from asthma to dementia to suffering strokes.”

The tax will apply on up to 34,000 vehicles every month, a low percentage of the total number of vehicles that come into the area which is 535,000 according to the news publication.

This comes as California in the U.S. announced an outright ban on fossil fuel cars in hopes of reducing carbon emissions. Similar to China and France — all of which plan to phase out gas and diesel car sales over the next three decades as a part of the Paris Agreement to reduce carbon emissions.

 

Britain has also announced that by the year 2040 all new petrol and diesel cars and vans will be banned from purchase by consumers. So the T-Charge tax is just a step towards pushing that agenda on its citizenry starting first in London. The tax is a part of a larger initiative known as the clean air plan which hopes to establish “clean air zones” (CAZ), The Guardian reported.

The government previously said that any taxation would be a last resort and they would look for local plans first.

“Poor air quality is the biggest environmental risk to public health in the UK and this government is determined to take strong action in the shortest time possible,” a government spokesman said.

“That is why we are providing councils with new funding to accelerate development of local plans, as part of an ambitious £3bn programme to clean up dirty air around our roads.”

A judge previously ruled the government’s original plans on tackling the issue, which included five CAZs, were illegal. The government was then asked to present a new draft policy to tackle air pollution from diesel traffic that new policy added a potential 27 CAZs. That means that the UK government is proposing taxation on 27 other areas within the country. The UK Treasury has also blocked plans to charge diesel cars to enter towns and cities overwhelmed with air pollution, citing concerns about the political impact of angering motorists.

A carbon tax in Europe was imposed in 2012 which charges airlines emissions fees for all flights that cross the continent.

The finalized version of the UK plans to curb carbon emissions is expected by 2018. Meanwhile, in the U.S. eleven companies are also planning to push for a revenue-neutral carbon tax, as a way of tackling the threat of climate change that “embodies the conservative principles of free markets and limited government,” Financial Times reported.

It is worth noting that a global carbon tax was once seen as a conspiracy theory despite Exxon pushing it as early as 2009. One year later in 2010 UN documents were leaked to Fox News which showed the elite wanted to use global warming as “overpopulation” as a means of dismantling the middle classes while using “global redistribution of wealth.” All by using richer countries through carbon taxes and then using that money to bankroll the construction of a world government.

Then before the Paris Agreement, there were climate talks held in Copenhagen which third world countries walked out of after discovering that developed nations would take on less of a burden than anticipated with the CO2 tax while demanding more from poorer countries. It was also revealed by billionaire George Soros that the poor countries would have to take on “green loans” which would mean they would be in further debt with financial institutions like the IMF.

Seven years later and it looks like the plan is being carried out despite being denied and ridiculed as a “conspiracy theory.”