The photo ID voting plan isn't cynical — it's stupid
Tom Chivers(I don't think the Tories are "trying to rig the election" with the voter ID thing, but I do think they're pointlessly trying to fix a non-existent problem in a way that could reduce trust in politics
Tom ChiversFrom yesterday: my piece on voter ID, which I think is stupid and unnecessary and harmful, but probably not a cynical conspiracy to disenfranchise poor or ethnic minority voters unherd.com/2019/10/are-th…
(There's some great history of electoral frauds of the past, too!)
We are far too eager to believe ridiculous stories about the EU
Tom ChiversWill Brexit have us all eating rat poo, I ask in my latest column unherd.com/2019/10/will-b…
(the conclusion, for those short of time, is "we already do eat rat poo, so I wouldn't worry overmuch")
Why were there so many deaths at Bristol university?
Tom ChiversThis story about a spate of suicides at Bristol uni is horrible, but it never says how many suicides you'd expect in 3 years among ≈22,000 students. I think it'd be below 12, but I couldn't work out how often you'd get 12 just from random variation
When I was little, the main demo my parents used to take me on was the Armenian genocide recognition march every April. Usually trudging down the route through central London amid April showers, we’d wave our flags, do some chants, forget to fall...
Essay written in Anglish (English with all non-germanic words replaced)
Tom ChiversHow English might sound if we only had Anglo-Saxon-derived words: warwick.ac.uk/fac/cross_fac/…
On atoms: "The underlying kinds of stuff are the *firststuffs*, which link together in sundry ways to give rise to the rest. The firststuffs have their being as motes called *unclefts*. "
Funding negative emissions technology through Stripe's environmental program.
Tom Chiversrelated: a tech company, Stripe, is saying it will offset its carbon output, not by planting trees but by literally capturing CO₂ from the atmosphere; they say they'll pay any price, which will be super expensive at first but they hope will become cheaper
Tom Chiversfascinating claim that a cheap, simple and ecologically safe intervention, "marine cloud brightening", could drastically reduce warming for essentially peanuts (but, read the comments, especially the first, which give reasons for significant scepticism)