Greenwald on journalistic tattle-tale culture

Glenn Greenwald is a mixed bag, and though I generally agree with what he has to say, I’m not a fan of his angry and often self-aggrandizing tone. That tone is on display in his new Substack column, but it’s a good column and well worth reading. (Substack is now the go-to place for disaffected … Continue reading Greenwald on journalistic tattle-tale culture

Andrew Sullivan suggests that Wokeness is already on the wane. Is it?

I’ve just taken Andrew Sullivan’s new collection of writings out of the university library; I was surprised that they had it, already bound in library covers, since it came out only a month ago. I haven’t read it yet, as I’m taking it to Boston with me next week as my travel book. (By the … Continue reading Andrew Sullivan suggests that Wokeness is already on the wane. Is it?

Saturday: Hili dialogue

Welcome to Saturday, June 12, 2021: National Peanut Butter Cookie Day. It’s also World Gin Day, National Rosé Day (the wine), National Jerky Day, Loving Day (celebrating the 1967 Supreme Court decision of Loving v. Virginia, striking down laws against interracial marriage), World Day Against Child Labour, Superman Day (celebrating the release of the 2013 … Continue reading Saturday: Hili dialogue

Saturday: Hili dialogue

It’s Cat Sabbath again: Saturday, May 29, 2021, and it’s National Biscuit Day, a celebration of one of America’s finest indigenous foodstuffs (I’m talking about Southern fluffy biscuits here, not the British equivalent of our “cookies”). It’s also International Coq au Vin Day, International Jazz Day, Paper Clip Day (they were patented in 1867 but … Continue reading Saturday: Hili dialogue

Thursday: Hili dialogue

Good morning on a Thursday, March 18, 2021: National Sloppy Joe Day. It’s also National Sloppy Joe Day, honoring a sandwich I haven’t had in years (it was supposedly invented in Iowa, where they still sell equivalents called “loosemeats”), National Lacy Oatmeal Cookie Day (?), Oranges and Lemons Day, Goddess of Fertility Day, and Forgive … Continue reading Thursday: Hili dialogue

Jesse Singal fact-checks Science-Based Medicine again

The battle between Jesse Singal and the site Science-Based Medicine (SBM) continues. SBM originally hosted a positive review of Abigail Shrier’s book Irreversible Damage written by one of their editors, Harriet Hall, and then two other editors, David Gorski and Steven Novella (G&N), removed Hall’s review and replaced it with three pieces critical of Shrier’s … Continue reading Jesse Singal fact-checks Science-Based Medicine again

Science-Based Medicine unfairly deplatforms a book review

Ginger K. called my attention to what seems to me a violation of ethical and journalistic standards by a respected website, all in the name of appeasing the woke. Science-Based Medicine, whose editors include David Gorski and Steve Novella, is a site designed to promote the kind of medicine described in its title, as well … Continue reading Science-Based Medicine unfairly deplatforms a book review

Jesse Singal: Science-Based Medicine has put its foot into it

The site Science-Based Medicine (SBM), renowned for debunking quackery and insisting on a firm evidential basis for medical treatments, has put its foot into it, and by “it” I mean the controversy about Abigail Shrier’s new book dealing with “rapid onset gender dysphoria”. It started, as I’ve described before, with a favorable review on the site … Continue reading Jesse Singal: Science-Based Medicine has put its foot into it

The American Booksellers Association apologizes for mailing out Abigail Shrier’s book, calling it a “serious, violent incident”

It’s a sad day when not only people in the ACLU call for banning Abigail Shrier’s book Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing our Daughters, but then the American Booksellers Association, self-described as “dedicated to free expression”, grovels to the mob and apologizes for sending out Shrier’s book in a batch of sample books dispatched to … Continue reading The American Booksellers Association apologizes for mailing out Abigail Shrier’s book, calling it a “serious, violent incident”

“Desistance” in two cases of transgender men

This article and this post are surefire attractants for pushback, for they describe how two experienced therapists dealt wth two cases of “desisters”, or people who have started the route to transsexuality but then either reversed or renounced their decisions. While I gather these people are rare compared to those who begin puberty blockers and … Continue reading “Desistance” in two cases of transgender men