Germany will now allow parents of children showing traits of both sexes to refrain from picking a gender at birth, a move which public health advocates say will reduce pressure on parents regarding getting sex-assignment surgery for their children immediately after birth. Intersex advocates suggest the move is a starting point towards acceptance.
Toronto mayor Rob Ford is sorry he got “hammered” on the job.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) says he’ll keep blocking Obama’s executive branch nominees until he gets his way on Benghazi.
Signs it’s never too early to start shopping: Wal-Mart already has holiday deals on its website.
Because there’s a study on everything, here’s a study on how texting affects love lives. Hooray.
» One question: Who uses “gunna” as shorthand for “going to?” We thought “gonna” was the standard abbreviation. But all jokes aside, we’re glad this was all just a technological snafu, and not an actual threat.
The Virginia Tech campus shootings in 2007 are a tragic, real-life reminder of the technological limitations that 911 is now saddled with. Some students and witnesses tried to text 911 during that emergency and as we know, those messages never went through and were never received by local 911 dispatchers.Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski • Evoking the 2007 Virginia Tech school shooting to explain why 911 needs a texting function. 911, a system around in its current form since 1968. And it’s one that hasn’t kept up with the fast pace of technology, either with mobile phones (which are now the primary source of 911 calls) or broadband technology: “Many 911 call centers don’t even have broadband, and some are in communities where broadband isn’t even available,” Genachowski said. “That is unacceptable.” All this stuff is on the list for things to improve thanks to the stimulus plan, by the way. source (via • follow)