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Jack Layton’s remembrance must be political.

August 22, 2011


There are few worse ways to wake up on a lazy Monday morning than by hearing that the leader of the opposition, a true visionary who brought his party to a historic breakthrough, has died of cancer. Seriously, fuck cancer. There’s nothing I can say that hasn’t already been said, but I am nevertheless happy […]

Skepticism and Tolerance

August 19, 2011


I am getting increasingly exhausted trying to reconcile my views with the skeptical movement. I, like most skeptics, am frustrated by the pervasiveness of such unscientific nonsense as climate change denial, high-school creationism and conspiracy theorists. I am, however, continually distressed by the constant unnecessary antagonism displayed by some of the movement’s biggest names. Case in […]

Income Inequality and Riots: A Hilariously Unscientific Analysis

August 13, 2011


Those commenting on the British riots have quickly sorted themselves into two camps, which as usual are roughly arranged to accord with political battle lines. Liberal commenters such as Laurie Penny have insisted that, while the violence of the riots is not to be condoned, it is perhaps understandable as the inevitable lashing out of […]