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Glaciers Gain ‘Personhood’ Status

New Zealand gave legal personhood status to the Whanganui River last month. India followed suit by deeming glaciers, along with rivers, waterfalls, forests, lakes, and meadows “living entities.” That means these environmental features have the same legal rights as people. According to a ruling from India’s highest court, “The rights of these entities shall be equivalent to the rights of human beings and any injury or harm caused to these bodies shall be treated as injury or harm caused to human beings.” National Review writer Wesley J. Smith rightly deduces that if everything has personhood rights, that means that human beings cannot be considered to be unique or have special value.

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‘Transgender’ Athlete Unfairly Wins Australian Weightlifting Competition

New Zealand “transgender” weightlifter Laurel Hubbard (born “Gavin”) won the women’s over 90kg weightlifting division at the Australian International this past weekend. Though the International Olympic Committee turned a blind eye to the fact that Gavin had an unfair advantage in the sport as a biological male, several competitors complained about the unfairness. Despite the uneven playing field, Hubbard will go on to represent New Zealand at the 2017 Commonwealth Games.

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