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RWI: Humanitarian Visas for Pre-qualified Asylum Seekers

Introduction
This is such a simple idea, and it has been done before, during the mass slaughter of Jews in WWII. Placing targeted, marginalized persons under the protection of a neutral host country so they have paperwork that will allow them to travel legally to a safe place where they will be safe from oppression and death.

Raoul Wallenberg (1912 – 1947?) was a well-off Swedish national who saw something on a train ride that changed his life forever.

http://youtu.be/VUEloHASduI. (moment of truth)

He saw what Emmanuel Levinas, a French Jewish Talmud scholar, referred to as “the face of the Other”. This other human person who calls to you from the depth of Being itself, without words, for help. And when this call is heard, there is “no other choice but to respond”.

The United States Holocaust Museum, in the next link, presents the life of Raoul Wallenberg and the story of his saving thousands of Jews from Hitler’s killing machine (Auschwitz – Birkenbau) in the final year of World War II.

https://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10005211. (Raoul Wallenberg biography)

He was a young man who saved others, only to reportedly die in anonymity in a Soviet prison.

The still-largely-unchecked flow of migrants into Europe from Syria and other Middle-East countries is threatening the existence of the European Community itself. Hindsight says that there should have been properly-trained EU immigration officers in place at points of entry who could have sorted out for lawful entry those persons who qualify as asylum seekers under international law.

The next two links describe different categories of migrants. Definitions of status are very important in mass migration situations. Arrives from war zones and those seeking asylum status must not be arbitrarily denied entry. There is a due process with appeal protocol that must be followed under international law.

http://www.unhcr.org/pages/49c3646c137.html. (UNHCR)

http://www.refugeecouncil.org.uk/policy_research/the_truth_about_asylum/the_facts_about_asylum. (uk refugee council)

The Raoul Wallenberg Institute Humanitarian Visa Proposal
The Raoul Wallenberg Institute is a law school affiliated with Lund University in Skåne (South), Sweden. It specializes in Masters programs in International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law. Founded over 30 years ago, it is a magnet for students worldwide who wish to get involved with the law of warfare, global migration, and specific human rights violations. The link below with its numerous internal links, describes the Institute and its activities. There are also YouTube videos of speeches given at RWI by UN and other global personages.

http://rwi.lu.se/about/mission-vision-values/. (RWI)

In the waning year of WW II, Raoul Wallenberg’s humanitarian visas were known as Schutz Passes. The next two links present the proposal for humanitarian visas in this new age of world migration primarily orchestrated by human traffickers, smugglers, and other criminal elements that are feeding off the desperation of people on the move– some of whom truly are asylum seekers. How much better it would be for those persons fleeing oppression to apply for paperwork in their home countries that would allow them to travel lawfully to the EU border where they would then be able to apply for asylum.

http://rwi.lu.se/2016/04/humanitarian-visas/. (homepage article)

http://rwi.lu.se/app/uploads/2016/04/Humanitarian-Visas-policy-brief.pdf. (policy brief PDF)

YouTube Videos about Raoul Wallenberg
Raoul Wallenberg may have died alone and forgotten, but the world will remember this person who saved countless others. And in this afterthought about responsibility towards life experiences, the time is fast approaching when all the witnesses to the Holocaust will be gone. All the world will have to keep humankind from repeating the mass extermination of those demonized by the hate speech of bigots, tyrants and dictators will be grainy films and preserved testimonies of survivors on social media and in museums.

http://youtu.be/giNQ5ogQ-0g. (Holocaust survivors)

http://youtu.be/gufQTuUnoPw. (no other choice)

“I will never be able to go back to Sweden without knowing inside myself that I’d done all a man could do to save as many Jews as possible.” –Raoul Wallenberg

“Faith is not a question of the existence or non-existence of God. It is believing that love without reward is valuable.” –Emmanuel Levinas

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Take a leak where it is safe and #SpreadNoHate

It is hard to believe in 2016 that people want to make trouble for their sons and daughters dealing with a medically-recognized health condition. The gender marker placed on a birth certificate is the attending physician or medical committee’s BEST GUESS at the time as to sex. And it is not always right.

As children grow towards puberty, they may tell us by their behavior that their affirmed gender is not the same as their assigned gender. And with puberty comes those secondary sexual characteristics that may further pull children away from the immediate sex determination, required by law, right after birth.

Transgender persons are NOT ALL assigned males affirming female gender identities. There are also assigned females affirming male gender identities, as well as persons with fluid genders or no gender preference. Medical science has established protocols for treating transgender persons. Why politicians are adding to the stigma and shame transgender persons already endure from the general public in order to score points with their constituents is disgusting.

TOILET TALES
The first link below is a Huffington Post news report about the hate speech directed towards transgender and gender non-conforming persons. It is still hate speech despite the Bible scriptures that are used to attempt to give the hate some legitimacy. And it is still hate speech no matter who says it. Politicians who spread hate, lies, and advertise their ignorance to get votes for themselves or their political cronies are especially mendacious.

UN WEB TV #SPREAD NO HATE
The second link is a UN Web TV video about the need to have a definition of hate speech spelled out, without stifling free expression. The hashtag #SpreadNoHate is promoted by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations to try and curtail hate speech on a global basis. Much of the terrorism, mass murder, and violence in the world has its start in the unbridled hateful rhetoric spewed forth on social media, especially the Internet.

http://link.huffingtonpost.com/view/5713fb9517893f17708b50b93xpkc.6bu/cb398876. (Toilet Tales)

http://webtv.un.org/watch/spreadnohate-sharing-good-practices-of-preventing-andcountering-hate-speech-breakout-sessions-7th-unaoc-global-forum-25-27-april-2016-baku-azerbaijan/4865604420001 (UN Web TV #SpreadNohate)

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P!nk – F**kin’ Perfect

There is a lot of popular music now that gets into themes that were not talked about when I was a kid. With a vast gulag of state hospitals scattered across the land, you didn’t dare risk coming out to anyone about your “hang-ups”. Hell, there wasn’t ‘t even a language where the things taken for granted today could be talked about calmly, rationally, and in an atmosphere of compassion and love.

As elders life seems to just fly by. Knowing that the years ahead are much less in number as the years already lived has given me a sense of urgency, a mission, to make life better for others, while I am here, than the hell I went through when I was growing up. When we were kids we couldn’t grow up fast enough. And for many of us “senior citizens” we have a burden in our hearts for young people. For young persons to fail to thrive, hate themselves, to self-harm, and to give up on themselves when their lives haven’t even begun is so sad.

Dorothy Day spoke many times about passing from life with work undone that others would continue in their lives. The other day I watched Solar Impulse coming into San Francisco from Hawaii, flying over the Golden Gate Bridge when it was clogged with rush-hour traffic still running on fossil fuel. I lost it realizing there is SO MUCH change ahead that we need ALL our young children and adults to incorporate and bring to bear in their full, vibrant, authentic lives.

Life IS good, though rough at times. And you will be missed. if you have other plans.

Kolla in det här videoklippet på YouTube:

http://youtu.be/ocDlOD1Hw9k

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Random Tankar (random thoughts) 26 april 2016. Writing about Intersex

As an advocate for the rights of intersex persons I feel a deep need for the general public to become educated about what has been shrouded in secrecy by the medical community or confined to circuses and carnivals in the past. World society has changed so much in the last 50 years when it comes to understanding and respecting the humanity and diversity of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and now transgender (LGBT) communities.

While sexual orientation is commonly understood as a sexual minority category and transgender is understood as a gender identity category, where does what was vaguely understood and referred to as “hermaphroditism” in the not-so-distant past fit into the scheme of things in the 21st Century?

In the United States and other countries LGBT, or sometimes LGBTQ (Q for questioning), are the acronyms bandied about by activists, the press, and the general public. The United Nations recognizes intersexuality (I) as “biological diversity” and includes intersex persons under its LGBTI umbrella of minority groups with the right to migrate, if oppressed, as asylum seekers under international law. Many political, social and medical groups around the globe, including the US Department of Veterans Affairs, have added the “I” to the LGBT acronym.

My last two intersex posts on Turner’s syndrome and MRKH I found relatively easy to write about. The references and YouTube videos presented these syndromes in a concise, straightforward manner. The next thing on my plate is to write about 5-alpha reductase deficiency. This is the intersex condition Jeffrey Eugenides wrote about in his Pulitzer-prize novel: MIDDLESEX.

Taking literature, medical studies, and reports written mainly for the medical community and recasting these into a form that educates the non-medical populace, without insulting its intelligence, is a daunting endeavor, but one I am competent to do. So let’s get to work.

http://youtu.be/5dJduGC3HyQ. (a general look at intersex issues)

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Vi är här, också. (We are here, also.). Könsblandade: Mayer-Rokitansky-Kuster-Hauser s yndrom. (Intersex: Mayer-Rokitansky-Kuster-Hauser syndrome.)

Note: Information presented here is solely for educational purposes and is not medical advice. Readers wanting more information about this or any other medical condition should consult with a qualified professional.

INTERSEX Conditions, also known as Disorders of Sexual Development, Disorders of Sexual Differentiation, or Differences in Sexual Development (DSD), are biological diversities found mainly in newborns and others worldwide. Historically, for the sake of preserving the binary gender sociological and ideological standard, these newborns were operated on, obviously without their informed medical consent, to force them to be (as much as possible) stereotypically in conformity with either an assigned male or female sex marker on their birth certificates. For many intersex persons, their intersex status at birth may be unknown, except for unexplained genital scarring.
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MRKH
Meyer-Rokitansky-Kuster-Hauser syndrome (MRKH) is a congenital, intersex condition affecting 1 of 4000-5000 female newborns. These children are born without a womb, cervix, or uterus. The ovaries, clitorus, and external genital appearance are normal. MRKH presents with differing levels of intensity, categorized as either Type 1 or Type 2. Type 1 is only the absence of two-thirds of the vagina. Type 2 includes co-occurring conditions usually affecting the vertebrae, heart, upper urinary tract, and hearing. Commonly undiagnosed at birth, the otherwise normal-developing (46XX) girl becomes aware of this situation during puberty when menstruation doesn’t commence or sexual intercourse is painful or impossible.

Previously understood as a random occurrence, recent studies are pointing towards a genetic propensity for this condition. Usually the ovaries are viable and can be harvested for in-vitro fertilization (IVF). If MRKH can be inherited, it is questionable if IVF should be done. Adoption may be a better choice for family planning.

There are two approaches for creating a vagina for satisfactory sexual intercourse: dilation or surgery. With dilation the existing vaginal canal is stretched and deepened over a period of time using phallus-shaped devices of different sizes. Continuous dilation may be required to keep the vagina in its new state. With surgery a space is created between the bladder and rectal tissue where a vagina is created using the patient’s own tissue. (The Doctors YouTube link below presents a surgical approach as well as the patient’s response to treatment.)

The references and YouTube videos below are for further information.
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Mayer-Rokitansky-Kuster-Hauser syndrome

Kvinna med MRKH. (Vaginal Agenesis Woman with MRKH

Dr. Antonio Jose Marrero + Josea69 + CC BY-SA 2.5

References:

.https://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/mayer-rokitansky-kuster-hauser-syndrome. (nih-us)

.http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/disorders-sex-development/Pages/Introduction.aspx. (nhs-uk)

.http://rarediseases.org/rare-diseases/mayer-rokitansky-kuster-hauser-syndrome/ (nord-fr)

.http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/953492-overview. (Medscape)

YouTube:

.http://youtu.be/54kymkVgNPw. (music/text)

.http://youtu.be/NqnmF4Mim54. (Audio of BBC Magazine article in prior post)

.http://youtu.be/17qsgEtgUuQ. (The Doctors/Surgery)

.http://youtu.be/Fbxv-Z5u0t4. (Patient using non-surgical Tx)

.http://youtu.be/XEtLU0MOPdc. (Actual surgery – français)

.http://youtu.be/NqnmF4Mim54. (Kenyan TV show)

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Bebe Rexha – I’m Gonna Show You Crazy (Official Music Video)

When I was a kid Mom threatened to send me to a military school to “straighten” me out. Then they hoped the Army would do it. Professors in business college, when it was evident I couldn’t hold a job, screamed at me to “grow up”!

So now, in my “golden years” I am posting this video.

What the hell is the matter with me? (I’ve been listening to too much Swedish radio with uncensored lyrics?)

The video reminds me of:

1. The life I led as a college student when I hoped my future wife would “cure” me of my transvestism.

2. Dustin Hoffman in “The Graduate”.

3. A class in Alcohol and Drug Addiction entitled “Family Disease. (The class put on a psycho-drama where each one of us acted out a role in a dysfunctional family. (The Simpsons?)

When I told Mom how much better I felt after confessing that I was seeing a psychiatrist for “problems” I had, she told me he was making me MORE crazy!

Look out for the normies!

Kolla in det här videoklippet på YouTube:

http://youtu.be/kEDZZin4_eM

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BBC News: Obama visit: Student ‘comes out’ at Obama event

The Sunday after Scotus became the law of the US land, I came out as Intersex at church. While I also rejoiced that all the US states had to accept same-sex marriages, I was fearful that transgender/intersex* persons would be abandoned by the American gay community. Later on, during refreshments, a lady came up to me and thanked me for coming out. She then shared that she was also intersex.

Acceptance of intersex persons into the LGBTQ acronym is difficult because–thanks to the traditional medical practice of surgically “normalizing” newborns with ambiguous genitalia into being either boys or girls–hardly anyone knows what Intersex (I) is in the first place. The binary gender belief is deeply, deeply entrenched in the US. Therefore, a lot of foundational, educational work has to happen in the public media to even start to make Intersex a topic of discussion.

In my next “Vi är här, också. (We are here, also)” post on intersex conditions, I will write about “Rokitansky Syndrome”. The link below is a preview of this topic.

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-36054969?ns_mchannel=email&ns_source=inxmail_newsletter&ns_campaign=news_magazine_230416

*Intersex is a biological condition viewed as a birth defect if extreme. Many intersex conditions are dealt with surgically and will not be mentioned on the birth certificate. Intersex persons may or may not be transgender, gay, lesbian, or bisexual.

I saw this on the BBC News App and thought you should see it:

Obama visit: Student ‘comes out’ at Obama event_89407789_89407788.jpgStudent Maria Munir challenged President Obama on gender issues at an event in London.
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