Election: I’m Slightly Confused

Yeeeeeeeeee! British politics again!

Prime Minister Theresa May has decided to call a snap election on the 8 June 2017. I’ll be honest and say that this surprised me: I wasn’t expecting it because she’s insisted pretty firmly she didn’t want to do it, and it caught me off guard because for reasons I’ll get into I don’t think it’s sensible, from the perspective of the Tory Party. There’s fifty days, which is longish by British standards.Read More »

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Huffington’s Poe

Poe: A person who writes a parody of a Fundamentalist that is mistaken for the real thing. Due to Poe’s Law, it is almost impossible to tell if a person is a Poe unless they admit to it.

A Huffington Post South Africa article went viral recently — for the bad kinds of reasons — and was snapped up and hated on by the entire Internet. I, however, was immediately pretty sceptical™ and I think with good reason.

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The Syrian Chemical Attacks: what do we Know? (pt. 1)

Assume nothing; believe nobody; check everything. “I became a journalist partly so that I wouldn’t ever have to rely on the press for information”, goes the saying. I am not a journalist, but it’s clear to me that the press is not to be trusted any more than is necessary when it comes to Syria.

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YouTube Grows a Spine

With Yvette Cooper at the helm, Britain’s Home Affairs Committee recently told YouTube that they ought to remove this video by David Duke, former Ku Klux Klan leader, entitled “Jews admit organizing White Genocide”, and YouTube told them, in effect, to get stuffed. (Here, though for those able to access it I thought there was much better reporting here).

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