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Charlie Gard and the Christianists

The sad case of Charlie Gard, as so often in similar situations, brought out the worst in Christians. Here we have an example of what secularist and devout Roman Catholic Andrew Sullivan terms “Christianism“. (Christianism is analogous with Islamism. ) At birth on 4 August 2016, Charlie was, in appearance, just like every other baby. However, a rare genetic condition was soon to rob him of the... read more

Simon’s Cat Logic: Learn to Speak Cat

We have a new release in the Simon’s Cat Logic series: ‘Learn to Speak Cat’. I’ve been drafting posts about Serious Things like the continuing ghastliness of the Trump administration and the hypocrisy of religion. I need a break from all that, so instead here’s a couple of new Simon’s Cat films, and an update on Heather the Hedgehog. The Simon’s Cat team produces... read more

Trump’s Ban on Transgender People Serving in US Military

Ladies and gentlemen, we have yet another spurt of ignorance from the US Commander-in-Chief. And surprise, surprise, this far-reaching policy decision was brought to our attention via Twitter. Trump’s announcement today of a ban on transgender people serving in the military once again demonstrates his inability to think deeply. The consequences of this decision are far bigger than he understands. It... read more

A Hedgehog Named Heather!

I’ve got a hedgehog named after me! This is one of the coolest things ever to happen to me in my life, and a great honour! The hedgehog is a rescue one at the SWCC Hedgehog Hospital in Hertfordshire, England. I suspect intervention by science communicator Amy Carparelli. A £25 donation allows you to sponsor a hedgehog that the hospital is caring for. (Update 19 July: It turns out that my re-tweets... read more

Soccer Fans Are Funding the North Korean Nuclear Programme

Qatar is building a series of amazing venues for both the 2022 Soccer World Cup and their country in general (i.e. not specifically for the World Cup). As hosts of the cup they naturally want their country to look its best when it’s on display to the world. And on the surface, everything is beautiful. Dig a little deeper though, and there’s a lot of ugliness. People are suffering and dying... read more

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