“Bernie or bust” is bygone. These are the options now.

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Friends, Americans, comrades. I write from the United Kingdom, because the United States of America — the greatest country on Earth — is everybody’s problem. I write because, as so many of your compatriots stare transfixed into the orange glow of fascism, so many of you refuse to vote for Joe Biden because he is not left-leaning enough. It’s not for me to tell you what to do. But I want you to understand something.

1. They are not the same.

It strikes me as odd that so much of…

J K Rowling thinks a powerful trans lobby suppresses good science. So how does the bad science she peddles get published?

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1. Rowling

In the process of researching my article for Topical Magazine on how to best interpret J K Rowling’s writings on transgender issues I’ve noticed that Rowling has three particular tendencies in common with conspiracy theorists at large: she usually doesn’t cite her sources, even when making claims which contradict the overall preponderance of evidence; when she does cite her sources it’s usually not something written by a specialist in the field study under consideration; and she makes unfalsifiable claims that all the evidence she wishes she had is simply being covered up and at some unspecified point in…

Yes, Black Lives Matter has science on its side.

Eight days after the grotesque killing of George Floyd, amid an explosion of both violent and peaceful protest across several countries, Wall Street Journal writer Heather Mac Donald became the first high-profile conservative to attempt to tackle the Black Lives Matter movement on the grounds of data. Her piece, named The Myth of Systemic Police Racism, explained to the less-informed that a “solid body of evidence finds no structural bias in the criminal-justice system with regard to arrests, prosecution or sentencing” and that “crime and suspect behavior, not race, determine most…

Appearing on Question Time in 2007, Christopher Hitchens was invited to comment on whether Salman Rushdie’s knighthood was “an insult to Muslims everywhere”. His response was unambiguous:

“When the Fatwa was issued against him by a senile theocratic dictator who’d run his own country into beggary and bankruptcy and misery, every Arab and Muslim writer worth the name, from Naguib Mahfouz, the Egyptian Nobel prize winner, to Adunis, the great poet of the Palestinians [sic], all signed and wrote in a book for Salman saying ‘we identify with our cause with you, and with your struggle for free expression in…

Daniel Lomax

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