The Hat Tip

Arieh Kovler
Reporting, analysis and predictions about current affairs, especially US, UK, Israel. Politics, extremism, a little science
Created 19 Jan 2021
  • Is Omicron 'mild'? We don't know yet
    07 Dec 2021about 20 hours ago • 7 min read
    Some people are predisposed to believe the worst; they’re natural pessimists. Or they’re pessimists about one particular thing: climate change, terrorism, the economy... They’ll latch onto any piece o...
  • Covid Conspiracy theorists: A spotters' guide
    25 Nov 2021 • 12 min read • 2 10
    There’s a natural tendency to throw everyone who has… unconventional beliefs about Covid into the same basket: antivaxxers, Covid deniers, Covidiots. But this lazy grouping makes it harder to separate...
  • I am not a journalist... am I?
    18 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read
    Am I a journalist? It’s a label I’ve resisted for a while, and for good reason. Being a journalist carries a lot of baggage with it. Journalists get certain privileges that aren’t available to the res...
  • Injection Spiking and the history of needle scares
    12 Nov 2021 • 6 min read • 1 0
    This week’s Hat Tip looks at injection spiking. When Houston police chief Troy Finner told the media that a security guard at Astroworld had been injected with an unknown substance, I wasn’t surprised...
  • Trump Media and RightForge: The Alt Right is ‘building its own Internet’
    28 Oct 2021 • 8 min read • 4 0
    Beginnings are tough, but perhaps a good start is Gab, created in 2016 as a right-wing alternative to Twitter. Gab quickly became a sewer of neo-Nazi content, antisemitism, white supremacism and Chris...
  • Israel's Delta Wave: How a highly-vaxxed country rode out Delta
    11 Oct 2021 • 8 min read • 1 1
    In my last article, I wrote: In Part II in the next couple of days, I’ll start to think about what it all means. Well, it’s been a little longer than a couple of days. More than two months, actually. ...
  • Inside Israel's Delta outbreak part I: the data
    14 Jul 2021 • 4 min read • 13 29
    Let’s talk about Delta. The Delta Variant of the Sars-CoV-2 coronavirus was discovered in India, and it’s the first major challenge to the global vaccination programme. A lot of the stuff we thought w...
  • Get ready for the fake election audit to "find fraud"
    13 Jun 2021 • 5 min read • 3 0
    If you follow the news in America right now, you’re probably reading about Joe Biden’s first foreign trip as President, to Europe for the G7 summit. Perhaps you’re reading about cyberattacks on US tar...
  • Storming the Knesset? Israel's tentative new government and the protesters who oppose it
    04 Jun 2021 • 4 min read
    For the first time in more than twelve years, a coalition government has been agreed in Israel that would replace Benjamin Netanyahu as prime minister. The “change coalition”, as it calls itself, is p...
  • Which Global Conflicts Matter?
    20 May 2021 • 6 min read • 6 0
    The last two weeks have been hard here in Jerusalem. In Gaza, more than 200 people have been killed since groups in the territory started rocket fire. Many were Hamas fighters, but the Hamas health mi...
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