Rigid Thinking

Damian Penny
Stuff that crossed my mind and caught my eye.
Created 16 Oct 2020
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  • New York sure can pick 'em
    04 Aug 2021about 13 hours ago • 3 min read
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  • Who are the anti-vaxxers now?
    02 Aug 2021 • < 1 min read
    Here’s the difference between the New York Times and Tucker Carlson: one is blatantly spreading misinformation about COVID-19, to the point that the White House was compelled to call them out on it. T...
  • If it's too perfect to be true...
    30 Jul 2021 • 5 min read • 2 0
    When I first came across this story, still going viral on right-wing Twitter, a few days ago, I figured it was so over the top that it has to be some kind of hoax: A Dallas-based Black Lives Matter gr...
  • Two countries, one system
    28 Jul 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 0
    How it started: Prime Minister John Major, seeking to dispel the notion that Britain’s role in Hong Kong is over, gave an unequivocal pledge today to hold China to its commitments after it recovers th...
  • The NFL carries a big stick
    26 Jul 2021 • 6 min read • 3 1
    Patrick Chovanec @prchovanec The Way We Live Now. July 25th 202198 Retweets642 Likes The great Twitter bunfight about dealing with the vaccine-resistant is still raging, and my position can be summari...
  • There is no statute of limitations on tasteless humour
    23 Jul 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 1
    The pandemic-delayed Tokyo Olympics were already shaping up to be a world-historical disaster, and that was before the director of the opening ceremony was sacked for making jokes about the Holocaust:...
  • A faith under attack in Egypt - and in Canada
    22 Jul 2021 • 7 min read • 2 1
    A house of worship frequented primarily by immigrants from the Middle East was burned to the ground by a white person recently. And chances are, you never heard anything about it: A congregation and c...
  • The plague deniers have always been with us
    20 Jul 2021 • < 1 min read
    A quick note before we begin: this humble newsletter has already attracted more followers than even my most optimistic predictions when I started it. And so I figured it’s time to take this to the nex...
  • The coming wave of remorseful anti-vaxxers
    19 Jul 2021 • 4 min read • 2 0
    I saw many anti-smoking public service announcements when I was a child. Most of them were forgettable, and a few so cringey they probably gave Imperial Tobacco Canada a whole new generation of smoker...
  • Winning over the unvaxxed
    17 Jul 2021 • 2 min read • 1 0
    If Michael Brendan Dougherty didn’t want to be the target of Friday’s Twitter five-minutes hate, he shouldn’t have written that column saying Bill Cosby did nothing wrong. Well, no, that’s not what he...