[LONG READ] Shades of Red

New Labour was still left wing. Just not Socialist.

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An open letter to: My Fellow Sceptics

My fellow sceptics.

We need to talk about Bill Maher.

I don’t think it’s possible for Bill Maher’s viewpoints on medicine to have escaped your RADAR. Even for the big organisations¬†(seeing as The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science responded to Pharyngula’s blog when it was raised in the comments section).

So the question then becomes: Why has this man not been challenged by the sceptical community at large? In fact, why do some sceptics defend his positions?

The hostility to medical science that Maher has expressed over the years, and continues to express, is the same as those on anti-vaccine forums, and is deeply unscientific.

The shunning of scientific investigation for gut feeling anecdotal evidence? That’s anti-science. Endorsement of alternative medicine and outright lying about vaccines? That’s anti-science.

Maher does both of these.

Maher isn’t a healthy, questioning sceptic in regards to medicine.

And we need to say so.

Don’t believe me?
Allow me to explain.

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The Definitive Speculative Ramblings on the 2015 General Election

If you’ve been near a television, or a post box lately, it might have aroused your suspicions about an upcoming election.

With all the talk on the news about policies and TV debates, pleas from politicians, and campaign leaflets through letter boxes, it looks like there’s an election in the air

With just 3 months to go before the 2015 General Election, the political landscape can look like a strange, scary place. With politicians left and right making promises and threats about who you should vote for and the dangers of voting for this guy over that guy, with pundits making predictions about who will get the title of Prime Minister in May and what the state of our politics will look like.

Confusing? Worry not. As part of the first blog post on this site, I am endeavouring to take up the small task make the election landscape look a little less confusing.

Welcome to the Definitive Speculative Ramblings of the 2015 General Election.

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