Problems with “stupid”

Stupid. A word I have used so many times for many years. It's easy, simple, versatile and vitriolic if you want it to be. Dismissive and gratifying. But these are also things that can be wrong with it. It's a hard habit to shake, but I think it's worth trying, or at the very least …

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What is homeopathy?

Homeopathy - there's nothing in it. People often confuse 'homeopathy' for all 'home remedies' but it's a specific kind of alternative medicine quackery that involves diluting substances til none of them remain and believing that water has 'memory', and 'like-cures-like'; neither of which are true!

Bleachgate reaches the White House

Recent events necessitate this update. Trump is now part of #Bleachgate. This is not something I expected to be writing, honestly - although recently, others have seen it coming. Content warning for child abuse. I've been preparing to do a roundup of some COVID19 stuff because it's mostly what people are talking about and there's …

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‘Biodynamic farming’ bullshit

This was always going to be nonsense. The first time I clocked "Biodynamic" produce was as advertised by a stand selling waffles with an added egg option at the (wonderful - you should go) Maltby Street Market in London (UK). What the fuck is a biodynamic egg?! I exclaimed quietly to myself, assuming it was some …

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#MeToo, Sex Ed, 50 Shades, Abuse & Consent

#MeToo has led to a lot of questions about what healthy interactions look like between people where at least one of the parties wants something sexy to happen. Unfortunately, a very widespread lack of understanding (and in many cases coupled with disregard for the safety or feelings of others) means that a huge number of …

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