Antisemitism on the Left and the Whitewashed Documentary

June 30, 2017

The Whitewashed documentary on the Chakrabarti Report and antisemitism in the Labour Party was released yesterday. It interviews various people who submitted written testimony to the Chakrabarti inquiry and feel like they were completely ignored. I did not look up the backgrounds of the people who contributed to this documentary, deliberately, because it does not […]

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On the Conservative Party-DUP agreement

June 28, 2017

Originally posted to Facebook. re the Tory-DUP agreement: I’m just going to be really honest and say I have absolutely no idea what the politics of our country is going to look like for the next six months. The Government has literally sold out the nations and thrown a billion pounds at Northern Ireland in […]

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On Croatia, Eurovision, and homophobia.

May 16, 2017

Originally published to Facebook.   I posted several times last night about Croatia’s Eurovision entry (which was ROBBED), and on each post someone different (LGBT and not) made sure to post that in 2005 Jacques Houdek gave an interview in which he made some unpleasant comments about gay people and same sex marriage and was […]

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Highlights: The Constitution Revisited: Originalism v. Textualism v. Whatever by Mike Pelletier

February 11, 2017

This highlights page does not contain any information to allow you to cite this book without reading it yourself. If you want to cite it, you have to buy it:     “It may come as a surprise to the reader that the accepted role of federal courts in passing on the constitutionality of federal […]

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Social media list. [Sticky]

December 21, 2016

So, you’d like to connect with me on social media. A wise decision, I think, and I look forward to seeing you around. Here are the accounts that I use: Updated daily and contains all the kinds of personal information that I don’t want to bleed out to the world, so please forgive me if […]

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We need some new lefty post-facts.

December 21, 2016

Originally posted to Facebook, 13th November 2016. ‘Make America Great Again’ could just have easily referred to a platform built on free college education, equality before the law, universal healthcare, or TARP, or Barack Obama’s action to save the American auto industry. The handwringing on the part of liberals about whether the left did this […]

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Applying “least harm” to every meal.

December 21, 2016

I believe in a clear hierarchy of sentience with us at the top followed by mammals, general vertebrates, invertebrates, plants and then bacteria, and I do my best to keep the suffering I cause for the sake of my own survival as low on that hierarchy as possible, as self-awareness and feelings of pain and […]

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Some thought on that British Muslim social attitudes survey.

April 12, 2016

I started reading through the ICM Unlimited survey for Channel 4 on British Muslim social attitudes just to nose around and then suddenly I’d gone through 600 pages of data tables and it seemed a shame to not post it here. The context is that this poll is being made into a TV programme with […]

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Letter to the Observer on Assisted Suicide

September 6, 2015

Written 6th September, 2015. For more information on why assisted suicide is not a good thing, please visit Care Not Killing, an organisation campaigning for better palliative care and resistance to assisted suicide laws. Dear Editor, In regard to your September 5th editorial on Assisted Dying, I found this sentence particularly telling:”Many see a man […]

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An Alternative Mourner’s Kaddish

August 30, 2015

The Mourner’s Kaddish is the traditional Jewish prayer for the dead. This is mildly ironic, as it doesn’t mention death as all; instead it affirms the power and majesty of the divine. It is usually said by relatives in the presence of a public prayer service: as to stand in public and praise God as […]

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