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Michael Shellenberger's Substack explores controversies in science, politics, and society, with a focus on COVID-19 origins, critiques of progressive politics, free speech, trans activism, and government surveillance. It challenges mainstream narratives, advocating for transparency, rationalism, and the protection of civil liberties amidst shifting political landscapes.

COVID-19 Origins Political Ideology Gender and Society Freedom of Speech Government Surveillance Trans Activism Science and Misinformation

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1370 implied HN points โ€ข 12 Mar 24
  1. The UK's National Health Service stopped prescribing puberty blockers to children, leading the way in reevaluating medical treatments for gender dysphoria
  2. There is a lack of long-term evidence for the safety and effectiveness of puberty blockers in children, as per the independent review commissioned by NHS England
  3. Advocates are calling for the US, including President Biden, to ban puberty blockers for children and follow the UK's lead
1555 implied HN points โ€ข 19 Feb 24
  1. New evidence suggests that the FBI's claim of a pipe bomb being left at the Republican Headquarters on January 6 is false due to discrepancies in location and suspicious behavior of the discoverer.
  2. There are doubts about the FBI's investigation, including corrupted cell phone data, missing evidence, and questionable actions by security personnel.
  3. The person who claimed to discover the alleged bomb at the Republican National Committee headquarters had suspiciously calm behavior, raising concerns about the narrative presented by the FBI.
563 implied HN points โ€ข 04 Feb 24
  1. Republicans and Democrats in Congress worked together to lift 400,000 kids out of poverty through a new deal on the Child Tax Credit.
  2. Missouri Republican Congressman Jason Smith and Oregon Democratic Senator Ron Wyden collaborated on this new tax credit package.
  3. The tax deal received significant Republican support in the House of Representatives and is expected to pass through the Senate as well.
1835 implied HN points โ€ข 18 Jul 23
  1. Top scientists misled Congress about Covid origins by denying lab leak possibilities despite actual concerns
  2. Newly released emails and messages show discrepancies in public statements versus private conversations
  3. Evidence suggests possible cover-up and pressure from 'higher-ups' in shaping scientific narrative
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2066 implied HN points โ€ข 13 Feb 23
  1. Children are being rushed into gender-transitioning treatments without proper investigation, raising concerns about sterilization and medical abuse.
  2. Wokeism is compared to a powerful and dogmatic religion, uniting various social issues under one umbrella.
  3. There is a call for a united anti-Woke movement, bringing together liberal, libertarian, and conservative individuals to defend freedom of speech and reject harmful ideologies.
1653 implied HN points โ€ข 03 May 23
  1. Governments worldwide are passing or considering laws to censor citizens on social media platforms.
  2. These laws claim to prevent harm but have vague definitions that may lead to abuse.
  3. The rise of these censorship laws poses a threat to freedom of speech and can establish a powerful form of totalitarianism.
685 HN points โ€ข 13 Jun 23
  1. The first people sickened by COVID-19 were Chinese scientists at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
  2. They were engaged in 'gain-of-function' research on SARS-like coronaviruses when they fell ill.
  3. Significant evidence points towards the accidental escape of the SARS-CoV-2 virus from the Wuhan lab.
7 HN points โ€ข 13 Feb 24
  1. The United States Intelligence Community, including the CIA, used foreign spy agencies to target Trump advisors before the alleged collusion with Russia.
  2. The FBI should not have begun its investigation into Trump and Russia collusion in 2016, according to a special prosecutor for the Department of Justice.
  3. The Five Eyes intelligence alliance was used to surveil Trump's associates, with 26 of them specifically targeted for contact and manipulation.