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Signs of Hope – A continuing series November 9, 2017

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

Gewerkschaftler suggested this recently:

I suggest this blog should have a regular (weekly) slot where people can post happenings at the personal or political level that gives them hope that we’re perhaps not going to hell in a handbasket as quickly as we thought. Or as the phlegmatic Germans put it “hope dies last”.

Any contributions this week?


1. oriain1 - November 9, 2017

Here’s a simple long lasting sign of hope. That is the fact that 95% of drivers are courteous, thoughtful and considerate. Course we usually only notice the 5%.


2. GW - November 10, 2017

A case by an intersexual person reached the German supreme court after years and the court found that births need not be registered as male or female. An exact designation / term has to be decided by the end of the year.

The number of biologically intersexual people in Germany is surprisingly (at least for me) high – approximately 100,000.

I’m not aware of any other juristiction having recognised this fact of biology – outside of Oregon USA where one can enter X as well as F & M as a gender. Anyone know of anywhere else?

Anyhow I’m hoping my trades union will finally wake up and allow something other than male or female in its membership lists. Members have been pushing for that for a while.


GW - November 10, 2017

A report in English.

Statement from campaigners:

Campaigners from Transgender Europe and German rights groups welcomed the “ground-breaking” judgement, which closely follow’s the country’s legalisation of same-sex marriage.

“We welcome this ground-breaking judgement as a beacon of hope for anyone outside the norms of sex and gender in Germany and Europe. There are more than two genders and sexes,“ said a joint statement.

”It is high time to recognise the rights of every person not identifying as exclusively male or female, regardless of their sex characteristics.

“These individuals are particularly vulnerable to violence, discrimination and inequalities in a system that only knows ‘male’ or ‘female’.”


3. 6to5against - November 12, 2017

Looks like the Irish Rail workers have won a significant victory. I’m sure there are unpalatable details to emerge, but as I write they have clearly won an offer far better than was there before their strike, and they have done so on the face of government opposition.

I thought it was notable during the week, btw, when the issue came up in the Dail that Ross stuck to the ‘can’t get involved’ line and then Varadkar came in and – while ostensibly respecting that position – very clearly became involved. Blaming the workers for the strike and speaking directly against pay rises.

Such a contradiction in government statements would, with a healthy media, have been attacked or at least recognised for what it was.


4. Joe - November 13, 2017
5. sonofstan - November 15, 2017

Australians have voted for marriage equality by almost the same margin as we did.


WorldbyStorm - November 15, 2017

It’s great. Another vote in favour. Another nail in the lie that ME is unpopular. I think the Irish vote (without wanting to over hype it) was very important in pushing back against that reactionary attitude. And provides an exemplary effect.


sonofstan - November 15, 2017

Yes it was. A bunch of Aussies I was talking to over the summer knew all about our ref.

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