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4I figure we should have an article on so-called free trade before daring to tackle fair trade (see waaaaaay below).
9Missing 13th Amendment, a.k.a. wp:Titles of Nobility Amendment - some Sovereign Citizen wackiness that's been around since at least the 1990s[1][2]. The wackadoodles think it'll make all U.S. lawyers lose their citizenship, since they put "Esquire" after their names.
10Indira Gandhi. Oh boy.
9Vandana Shiva, y'know that crazy Indian lady who hates GMOs and is seemingly A-okay with people in developing South-East Asia going blind from vitamin A deficiency so long as those bastards at MONSATAN don't sell their product? She has claimed that allowing farmers to use GM seeds is like allowing rapists to rape their victims (see here for the picture of the tweet) and that the green revolution has failed (according to her, it has caused hunger), saying that intensively farmed crops are "[...]nutritionally empty but loaded with chemicals and toxins[...]". She also claims to be a nuclear physicist, although her Ph.D is in Philosophy of Science (and her thesis suggesting that quantum mechanics is basically rubbish has since been challenged by evidence gathered by experimental physicists anyway), has claimed that she has written over 300 papers, although only 42 peer-reviewed papers/publications have been found to have been written since 1980, has stated that Golden Rice is a "hoax" and claims that Bt cotton has caused farmer suicides in India (even though no such link exists).
24Harmonized H2O or drinkable sunscreen - the first is the brandname, the second is its popular press tag. It's literally water. They say it works by scalar waves. Good starts: [3][4][5]
3Tone argument - good sources are geekfeminism and Pharyngula wiki. Tone troll is not quite it (and should probably be subsumed into it).
7Foundation for Individual Rights in Education is one of those respectable-sounding "First Amendment" groups, except they're actually a stealth conservative organization that takes the First Amendment to extremes, even saying that sexual harassment laws in colleges are a threat to free speech. I'm surprised no one has done a thorough takedown of their bullshit.
14The Illicit major (i.e. all A are B, no C are A, therefore no C are B) and its sister fallacy, the Illicit minor (i.e. all A are B, all B are C, therefore all C are A) should be given pages (a combined page may be suitable, e.g. Illicit process).
5Freakonomics - it's an interesting book series, but maybe one deserving of RW treatment from some of the claims made/conclusions drawn in them... especially the link between abortion and decreased violent crime, and other offences against correlation is not causation.
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0Wudduya say we expand the crap out of Albert Einstein? Yes, RationalWiki is not an encyclopedia, but we are all about science. The very, very least we could do is include present and historical debate about this theories.
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1I can't believe that there are medical quacks (and quite a few misguided feminists) still promulgating the bullshit in the book Dressed to Kill, which argues for the completely debunked notion that bras cause breast cancer.
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2Petrodollar - reader suggestion. Conspiracists have some fondness for conspiracies involving the price of oil and US dollars as global currency. There's plenty of real economics and economics woo around this concept too.
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1Davis Aurini: not just an MRA, but a neoreactionary and white supremacist[6]. Is one of the dudes trying (and not doing so well) to get money to make a film about the evils of Anita Sarkeesian. (Mammoth writeup.) Wants to be Anton LaVey when he grows up; LaVey would set this idjit on fire first. FB notes.
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6Ten Lost Tribes. They feature so prominently in so many different different pseudo-historical stories that it is shocking that they don't have there own article yet. Believe it or not some claims actually are legit in one way or another. The vast majority of them are complete (and obvious) BS.
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2Jace Connors. Youtuber, conspiracy theorist, wingnut, stoner, mall ninja, racist, homophobe, and Islamophobe guilty of both consuming and promoting gratuitous amounts of paramilitary woo. Hosts a weekly political call-in show where he has, among other things, posited that not only is Obama a Muslim but one born in the Middle East who plans to destroy America by instigating a race war. On the other hand, he isn't that well-known outside of his cult following of trolls.
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6Epigenetics is mentioned in about 20 articles, and relates to disputes about the validity of the neo-Darwinian synthesis.
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7Maimonides. This guy's influence over Judaism is enormous to put it mildly, he was also one of the most committed rationalists of the entire medieval period though he said some rather mean things about non-Jews. However from a theological perspective to say that he reconciled Rabbinic Judaism with rationalism would be an understatement, he jammed it down his colleagues throats. He had a substantial impact on Aquinas and like other medieval rationalists he ought to be included in Rationalwiki
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9Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), the Pakistani CIA, cuz we're all about authoritarianism, liars, and extremism, and ISI provides plenty of each
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6Charles C. W. Cooke- It might not be an understatement to call him the most insufferable National Review columnist. No seriously despite his pseudo-intellectual tone he's one of the most blatant anti-intellectuals writing for the NRO. Also a climate change denier, of course.
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8Trigger warnings - they're popular in the feminist/social justice blogosphere, proposed for university classes, haven't yet made the transition to mainstream media but it's probably only a matter of time, and likely to be a divisive subject among RationalWikians.
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-6Pedophilia, as distinct from child sexual abuse (where it currently redirects). This could cover the phenomenon of pedophilia, social & media attitudes to it, and pedophile advocacy movements.
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3John Gray[wp]. I just read his Straw Dogs and am uncertain whether I just read brilliance or bullshit. That in itself is an achievement.
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0Rima Laibow, aka Dr Rima [7][8], quack and conspiracy theorist.
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1G. Edward Griffin, a famous conspiracy theorist and Bircher who popularized Federal Reserve and cancer-related conspiracy whackery (he even authored the libertarian/Glenn Beck favorite The Creature from Jekyll Island). A little suprising we don't have an article on him yet since he's a far more influential figure on the radical right conspiracy circuit than the likes of Mark Dice.
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6Cop Block, by popular request. It's ostensibly a libertarian site dedicated to preventing cops from doing their jobs.
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-1Presstitutes, what with part of our mission being to criticize the media where necessary.
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18Burwell v. Hobby Lobby - The only successful challenge to Obamacare, and its hilariously chaotic legal implications.
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4Averroes. We have an article on Saint Thomas Aquinas, and Al-Ghazali, so we ought to have an article on Averroes too. It is extremely interesting to note that, according to both Westerners and Muslims, his influence on the Western world has been far greater than his influence on the Islamic world.
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3Silencing - suppressing opposition arguments, directly or indirectly. The idea is to claim that counterarguments don't exist. Feminist versions here [9][10], though these are highly generalisable.
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5Thought Catalog: a startling compendium of odious inanity.
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14My Parents Open Carry. Naming the father character in a pro-gun book "Dick Strong", frankly, is begging liberals to make fun of it.
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8Goldman Sachs. Just cause.
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1Astar Sheran (WP), a fake-ass pseudogod who migrated all across Europe via 1999-eschatology and then into China via 2012-eschatology. Nauseating face.
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26Global cooling, that zany idea that the earth isn't actually warming, but is instead cooling and all those climate scientists are in on the scam!
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13Connection theory is a new nuttiness dreamed up by the Bay Area transhumanist crowd. It's sufficiently nutty that even LessWrong posters take the piss out of it. But they're apparently attracting actual money. Anyone feel like researching and writing it up? [11] [12] [13] [14] Most of the original pages about it have been taken down, but are still in the Wayback Machine.
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11David Tredinnick, a UK Conservative MP who publicly advocates NHS homeopathy and NHS astrology. Ben Goldacre notes that he is "truly charming and lovely", however.
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7Jeffrey Goodman, archaeologist, once in favor of "psychic archaology," and who wrote a book on the comets of God.
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8Edward Tobinick, an apparent quack who is suing Steve Novella for blogging about him. [15]
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3William Poundstone (WP), the Counter-Malcolm Gladwell.
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8Elizabeth Whelan, a wingnut libertarian who is currently head of the American Council on Science and Health, the "go to" source for many right-wing bloggers. ACSH is either an astroturf denialist organization that spreads misinformation, or the most staunchly centrist anti-public-scare organization on the web.
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14Alternative Right, a neo-Nazi blog/magazine sufficiently notable to have a Wikipedia article.
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17Orientalism needs a good RWing.
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14Pre' fucking sick of freedom being a redlink, and there's a lot of stuff we could mention.
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2Ted Bundy - Aside from being a disgusting serial killer, his career trajectory reads like a who's who's of the pre-Reagan religious right.
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21GMO OMG, another anti-GMO film in the vein of GMO A Go Go and Seeds of Death.
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8Lobotomy - No explanation needed.
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3Morton Downey Jr., a pro-life activist and right-wing Democrat who became a pundit who's controversial "edgy" style bascally helped lead to the rise of nearly every wingnut pundit you can think of. If Coughlin was the prototype for right-wing radio pundits Downey was basically the same for televised ones such as Hannity.
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7CNBC. I am surprised we don't have an article on it yet.
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1Anime - We have an article on Furry fandom, I don't think it's that much of a jump. Sandbox Start
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3TaxPayers' Alliance - British tea partiers. Their website and Wikipedia page are here and here respectively.
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8Archetype and or collective unconscious. Carl Jung's idea about our inborn psychic connections, and his gift to the New Age.
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7Bradford-Hill criteria, a flawed but useful list of criteria to tease out correlation from causation. Used extensively in epidemiology, to the point of being the touchstone of evidence-based medicine.
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11Inflammation, the latest trendy bogeyman in the alternative medicine/food woo crowd. If you don't feel good, it must be because of "inflammation" caused by eating junk food/exposure to toxins/not being on the paleo diet. Plus, inflammation is why you're fat.
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9Oxford Groups, later re-named to Moral Re-Armament. An evangelical group that is most famous for spawning Alcoholics Anonymous and the involvement of Mary Whitehouse.
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28Lactase persistence, a startling piece of recent human evolution.
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15Radical lesbian separatism - you know, the mob who claim all PIV sex is rape, no woman is born heterosexual, and that they're groomed to be sexually attracted to their oppressors.
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21Hypochondria. Wikipedia article, Not quite the same as self-diagnosis, but relevant..
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11I'm surprised that the cultish, deceptive ultra-Orthodox Jewish "kiruv" organizations, such as Chabad and Aish HaTorah, haven't been mentioned here yet.
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15Brute fact, a fact that cannot be explained at a more "fundamental" level, or a fact in a different category than "institutional" facts, which depend on social agreement for their validity.
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23Transsexual.org, supposedly a resource for transgender people. It's actually full of gender stereotypes, hatred of men, creepy idealization and outright objectification of women, and information that is, at the very best, outdated. It even gives tips on how to cheat on psych tests for gender reassignment surgery, something no sane person, transgender or otherwise, would ever recommend. The worst part is that the site's name may end up luring in people with gender identity confusion, thus feeding this misinformation to them at their most vulnerable (some have speculated this might be the page's actual purpose).
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0Paul Blanshard (wp:PaulBlansard) and/or American Freedom and Catholic Power (wp:American Freedom and Catholic Power</sup>. I continue to find at least his first book quite well argued.
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52Lies My Teacher Told Me a book by James W. Loewen, which exposes pseudohistory and mystification in American history textbooks. It won the American Book Award among other notable honors.
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21Roger Scruton. British conservative philosopher whose specialty is pontificating about how much better everything was back in the Good Old Days. Does some writing for American Spectator, which we should also have an article on.
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19Edinburgh Creation Group - a creationist group in Edinburgh with a bunch of videos (most of them by Seraph Media) on the web site featuring the guys promoted by AiG
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27Aggressive Christianity Missionary Training Corps, for those of you who love researching nutty cults, this one makes the Branch Davidians look reasonable.
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25Surprised that Malcolm Gladwell is a redlink. His glibness and propagation of scientific misconceptions in the name of popular science is definite article material.
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14Fighting words - There isn't a page on how insults and rudeness breaks the limit of free speech, and there isn't an entry on the Freedom of speech page.
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19Activism - The general concept; whether and where it's effective, in what cases the members of any activist movement are and aren't sensible, etc..
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9Witness - (not the degree of wit) somehow we have expert witness without the article of witness.
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17Apex fallacy and/or Semantic apex fallacy - the one where a group's performance is based on the performance of the examples doing best, not the typical example.
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7Lord Our Righteousness Church, one of the cults in New Mexico with UK TV coverage. Google "Wayne Bent" for more info
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30Castration, from the crime and punishment sections or eunuchs back in the days of the less than humane treatments of servants/prisoners.
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17Nouri al-Maliki, because he was "elected" to prime minister of Iraq during the United States occupation, acted like a dictator, used American troops to carry out ethnic killings, and had the full backing of the US government. (Or Hamid Karzai, who's also become a straight-up asshole.)
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18The hygiene hypothesis of child cleanliness and immune systems, e.g. [16]. There's a short section in food allergy.
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7Cybertopianism. I can't be the only one who remembers the days when the Internet would create a global village of peace and understanding.
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4Twitchy, a Twitter propaganda site run by none other than Michelle Malkin herself.
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9Daniel Lapin, the favorite rabbi of the Christian Religious Right.
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19James Dobson, other than a link to the Focus on the Family page.
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13Quannengshen, the Chinese "Church of the Almighty God" - A cult in China formed in the 1990s which hijacks both religious (Protestant or Islam) and other cult meetings, and used to preach the 2012 Apocalypse. Recently they murdered people in public for refusing to make contact with them.
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11A Troublesome Inheritance, the half-assed attempt to re-open the eugenics debate by once-influental NYT correspondent Nicholas Wade.
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28Colin Powell, or how a moderate Republican got suckered into peddling the Iraq War.
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11Elizabeth Rauscher, a real but somewhat cranklike physicist. The WP article is bowdlerised but the crankiness shines through, and just check that talk page. Collaborates with Nassim Haramein.
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20Not all X - a common derailment in argument, particularly with MRAs. Usually seen as "not all men," but it generalises well beyond that (e.g. "not all libertarians"). May or may not be fallacious depending on usage (usually is, though). Not quite No true Scotsman in use ... I think.
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16Jack Donovan. White nationalist, neoreactionary internet kook obsessed with masculinity. Hates gays despite, bizarrely, being gay himself.
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24Fake conference or scam conference - the sort where there's no real scientific conference, just a lot of people's money being taken. Will accept SCIgenned papers.
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25SCIgen, the fake paper generator used to test scam conferences and predatory journals.
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18Predatory open access - we have Bentham Science Publishers, but we need a more general article on the phenomenon. And/or on open access in general.
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19Testimony of conversion, or some similar phrase, for every conservative Christian who starts a bout of proselytizing with "I used to be atheist/liberal/evolutionist/whatever, but then I learned about Jesus."
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3American Spectator, the UK Spectator's dumb loud younger brother.
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30Solitary confinement - widely viewed as a form of torture, yet still used in many jurisdictions.
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8Stop the Thyroid Madness ([17]), a book and blog by a non-endocrinologist non-doctor who blames everything that's wrong in the lives of people with hypothyroidism on the mainstream treatment regimen. Focus is on how much better you feel when you switch to desiccated thyroid extract, the "natural" treatment we used in the good ol' days.
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47Cliven Bundy, a racist who thinks black people were better off as slaves. He has caused a media storm for the civilian militia that defended his ranch after the gummint tried to get his cows off the land he won't pay taxes for. (But please see first the related discussion in the Saloon Bar archives...)
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11FIRE an organization about protecting the First Amendment. It sounds okay at first, until you realize they consider any sort of anti-bullying, anti-harassment, and anti-discrimination regulations on college campuses to be a threat to the First Amendment and worthy of a bad ranking for a college. Ran across it when some Evangelical fundie claimed it was full of cases like the ones at the end of God's Not Dead.
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24Believe it or not, George Will seems to have surpassed Krauthammer in "respectable" neoconservative theatrics.
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17The Science wars, wherein academia was divided between the sciences and the postmodern humanities. Shots were fired, feelings were hurt, people were trolled.
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0Robert Zubrin. Because he's, you know, Robert Zubrin.
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33Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 - It seems to have attracted some conspiracy theories (name negotiable). We have Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.
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20An article on Golden Rice (partly in response to the farily common idea among anti-GMO activists that genetic engineering of crops is for nothing but corporations' profits).
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29An FAQ on GMOs (please change name to something more suitable), similar to the FAQ on radioactivity and nuclear technology, would be a very helpful addition to the wiki, as a way of both collecting together rebuttals to common anti-GMO arguments and refuting others that haven't yet been refuted on other pages.
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5Tanaka Memorial (wp), like the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, just substitute "Jew" with "Jap".
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11Godel's ontological proof A formal argument for the existence of God proposed by mathematician Kurt Godel. Covered slightly in ontological argument.
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13Eckhart Tolle. Wildly popular self help/New Age writer, kind of like Deepak Chopra, with a similar amount of nonsense.
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1Illumicorp video hoax. An INCREDIBLY well done hoax/parody showing an Illuminati training video. Although the video producer admitted it was a joke a while back, it still is being touted as real by conspiracy whackers that didn't quite get the message. This could be its own article, or an add-on to our current Illuminati article.
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0On our militia movement page, we ought to have a mention of Norman Olson, considering how influential he was to the movement.
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19[18] Raw for Beauty: Social media's answer to NaturalNews and mercola.com. Essentially a hive of misinformation advocating raw foodism, nature woo, alternative medicine, and other bogus crap. Unfortunately, they're also extremely popular and, being a Facebook page, their claims spread like wildfire.
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21God's Not Dead. It's basically Atheist Professor Myth: The Movie. Has made a surprising amount of money despite little advertising and low expectations from box office analysts, which suggests increasing interest in this tired story. Currently a small section in the main APM page; could be an independent article.
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15Michael Peroutka, a crazy libertarian and neo-Confederate who actually believes that teaching the theory of evolution is treason.
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21Disease mongering - There should really be an article on this IMHO. Wikipedia.
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22"Everyone is racist - I just admit it" - an argument that certain racist individuals and organisations use to justify their prejudices. (Comment: Actually, it's a form of a more general argument: "everyone is [negative quality X], therefore [my (extreme) form of X] is OK", though I'm not sure what to call that one)
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13Industrial Revolution (WP). The greatest progress and calamity the human race has suffered since the invention of agriculture.
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31Social justice movement on Tumblr. You've probably come across some of the nuttier tumblrs out there. This is a great example of how the noblest of intentions can turn into the vilest of movements, owing largely to rigid insistence on orthodoxy and ideological purity. (Title can be changed if it's too awkward.)
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7Argan oil, apparently increasing in popularity to cure all skin/nail/hair ailments. I encountered it on a Dutch website where it is touted as `miracle cure' and `liquid gold', with `positive effects never seen before' ... all of which are supposed to be `scientific proven' (the louder it says that...the bigger the chance it's woo). Yet, perhaps there is some (kernel of) truth here?
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32White guilt, that conservative boogeyman used to argue for the repeal of civil rights laws, on the grounds that progressives are "self-hating".
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18The Rockefellers/Rockefeller Foundation. They're as much a magnet for conspiracy whackjobs as the Rothschilds. One story, popular among paranoid anti-feminists, is that they started feminism so that women would eventually be allowed to have jobs and thus be taxable.
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0Jonathan Haidt, a once well-renowned professor and social psychologist who has increasingly devolved into a Very Serious Person. Here's PZ Myers description of his recent work.
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16Health Impact News - a woo-freindly, anti-vaxxer promoting site, only a few rungs above NaturalNews. Also has articles such as "Intelligent Design vs. Scientism" (sic) and "More Evidence of Scientism as Religion." Website
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12Campbell's law - States that introducing definite criteria (often quantitative) into a decision-making process can make it easier to game the system, and so degrade the quality of decisions made based on those criteria.
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6Mary Elizabeth Croft (no redirect), author of How I Clobbered Every Bureaucratic Cash-Confiscatory Agency Known To Man and her "spiritual economics" (again, please don't touch this unless you have a good understanding of economics and/or (pseudo)law)
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15getoutofdebtfree.org deserves a fisking of its "methods" (e.g. "common law" copyrighting of your name), or at least a section in the suitable article, whichever it is. (Prompted by someone linking to RW in their forum and the assertion that they are not FOTL; please don't touch this unless you have a good understanding of (pseudo)law)
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10Ripoff Report (WP), a consumer complaints website whose owner and operator is somewhat paranoid and which is sometimes accused of being an extortion racket.
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13Paul LePage - The wingnut governor of Maine. He's a global warming denialist, conspiracy theorist, and rabidly transphobic, among other things as well (how the hell did he get elected in Maine?).
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20Orthodox Judaism could have its own article; possibly Ultra-Orthodox Judaism too. We've covered Christian and Islamic fundies - let's complete the Abrahamic hat-trick!
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20Vicious cycle - I've heard some people making arguments involving vicious cycles being falsely accused of making circular arguments.
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15Titanic conspiracy theory - As with the Lusitania, there seems to be conspiracy theories surrounding the sinking of the Titanic, e.g. that it was torpedoed by a U-boat or deliberately sunk for insurance money. (See here for one instance.)
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10Adrenal fatigue, a made-up condition that alt med practitioners use to blame general aches and fatigue on a failing of the adrenal gland.
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4The American Council on Science and Health (ACSH). Orac calls these guys a "questionable science-based organization". They're staunchly anti-smoking and anti-hysteria (particularly when it comes to food scares), but they also have a definite axe to grind and it's hard to say how trustworthy they are.
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6Decision Theory, unless we have it merged somewhere.
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30Caste or caste system. More low hanging fruit.
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23Culture-bound syndromes: phenomena believed within a culture to be diseases, but which are completely unknown outside of that culture, suggesting psychological rather than physiological origin. An example would be fan death[wp], the belief that sleeping in a room with a running fan can be fatal, which is widespread in both North and South Korea but unheard of elsewhere.
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4Socionics. Fad pop-psychology butchery of MBTI, which is itself suspect, but this takes it up to eleven. Popular in Eastern Europe.
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17Animal communicator. Folks like Anna Breytenbach claim they can read animals' minds and "send" them images. (She made a leopard turn docile, there's no way she could have possibly done that without psychic powers!Do You Believe That?)
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27Either saturated fat or cholesterol: Since the discovery that there are two types of LDL cholesterol -- small, dense and large, fluffy -- the paleo diet crowd has started using that fact as an excuse to claim that saturated fat doesn't contribute to heart disease.
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35Feral child. Really, the most spectacular of the cryptids.
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22Florence Nightingale, a nurse who was an early pioneer of evidence-based medicine.
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17Last Ounce of Courage. A hilarious fundamentalist Christian/right-winger propaganda film in which the child of a dead war vet returns to his home town and finds that evil libruls are trying to ban Christmas. Who knew that the ACLU possessed either the will or the capability to get students expelled for keeping a Bible in their lockers or force a church not to display a cross! And did we mention the only non-white character in the entire movie is the evil librul ACLU lawyer?
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24Spanish Civil War. A simply startling omission.
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12Dendritic cells, a possible legitimate alternative to chemotherapy that currently has a lot of woo and quackery around it.
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5Dave Ramsey, who generally gives good personal financial advice, but thinks that poor people are poor because they're lazy/have bad habits and rich people are rich because they're good Christians. And that Obamacare is bad for the insurance providers who are going to profit from it.
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34Religious Tolerance.org, a well-known website that is one of the few unbiased resources of various religions.
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17Joseph Sciambra, an anti gay activist/bullshitter extraordinaire who mixes every bad Satanic Panic meme with neo-Nazism, and a claim of being an 'ex-gay porn star' to make arguably the most hilariously bad strawman gay out there. Also claims to have created a demon in his ass through anal sex.
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16The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. "Christian organization proclaims the complementary differences between men and women who share equally in the image of God." Site
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14Gordon Klingenschmitt deserves an entry alongside his fundie colleagues.
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12Ted Patrick Self taught anti-cult 'deprogrammer' whose methods include kidnapping, and activities that border on torture.
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10The Association of Mature American Citizens a.k.a. AMAC: A wingnut version of the AARP, apparently created as response to the AARP being too liberal for supporting the funding of Medicare and Obamacare. The site itself runs several clogs, with the main one being about Obamacare. The fact that Glenn Beck promotes it is a telling sign.
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14Detroit See Chicago, below, add municipal bankruptcy and dog-whistle criticisms of the decidedly non-Caucasian city administration.
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22A non-fun Chicago - Conservatives are constantly saying that it's high crime rate is proof that "liberalism" leads to rampant crime.
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20American religions: Mormonism; Unitarian Universalism; the AME; the Seventh Day Adventists; Megachurches; Jesus Freaks; Jehovah's Witnesses. While we have articles on most of these things separately, I would love to read a decent history of the development of all of these uniquely American churches, something that ties together the dynamics -- historical, cultural, and theological, that make America such rich soil for people with new ideas about what God wants.
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34Medicare, which Ronald Reagan originally opposed because be claimed that it would lead us down the dark path to socialism, which never happened. Many arguments used against it back then are being used again to fight the ACA, even though almost everybody today agrees not to touch Medicare.
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34Medicare, which Ronald Reagan originally opposed because be claimed that it would lead us down the dark path to socialism, which never happened. Many arguments used against it back then are being used again to fight the ACA, even though almost everybody today agrees not to touch Medicare.
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18The so-called liberal paradox (WP) (think classical liberal), a paradox in political philosophy with some interesting implications for real-life socio-political problems.
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11Dave Daubenmire Raging homophobic, wingnut, asshole extraordinaire who defends Fred Phelps on several occasions, and not only openly advocates bullying gays, but says not being allowed to bully them is a form of bullying against Christians. Also a true believer of CHEMTRAILS.
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4Peter Ragnar This crank has been around so long it's amazing we DON'T have an article on him. Chi, magnet woo, pseudoscience, and claims to be able to achieve age reversal through breathing techniques. No, really.
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1Larry Summers, who was freakishly close to becoming the next Chairman of the Federal Reserve.
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11Libel laws, with information on their abuse by woo-meisters, libel tourism, and science by lawsuit. Could possibly be merged with SLAPP suit.
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-4Anonymous ART of Revolution. Although there are plenty of Anonymous sites that subscribe to tin-hat theories, few are as popular, insane, or outright antisemitic as these guys [19]
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4Oswald Spengler, historian who was a major influence on the Nazis, although he was opposed to and eventually ostracized by them. (On Wikipedia.)
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11Lindsey Graham. One of the loudest wingnut voices in the Senate on social issues, though he manages to have stopped clock moments on issues such as global warming and torture.
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12Hitler and environmentalism and/or/combined with Hitler and animal rights. When these have entered mainstream conservative thought in America, you know something's up.
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9The wishy-washiness behind "free-market environmentalism" (ie. PERC, which openly criticized Bush on his green policies yet still gave the status quo answer.)
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5Washington Monument Syndrome: Because the only way Americans will pay for the things they like is to threaten cutting them.
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20The Department of Education, which, before Obamacare, was the GOP's Great Satan.
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26False rape accusations. While this is partially covered in the article on rape apology, it could use its own article, since it's the favourite canard of the "men's rights" movement and it seems to creep into any serious discussion about rape.
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2The Liz Library ([20]), edited by "holistic lawyer" Liz Kates which denies confabulations, supports recovered memory therapy, states that women who support the concept of false memories and the sex industry deserve to be raped.
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3We've got a couple pages on Christian Apologetics and Apologists, but where perhaps we could have something on somebody like Hamza Tzortzis?
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4The Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership - which parts of it are fine and which are not?
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9How do we not have an article on Nylonase? It's the greatest proof of evolution!
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14Rodney King. We've got pages on Matthew Shepard, Trayvon Martin and Vincent Chin; why not King?
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13Sex-selective abortion.
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12Predatory lending.
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2Yellow fever, the phenomenon of reactionary white men preying on Asian women under a misguided belief that they're submissive and feminine, as versus western women they believe to be "infected by feminism". This is quite a prominent issue in feminist and social justice circles; Asian-American feminists really hate it.
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11The death of Savita Halappanavar, or "How the Catholic Church began to be irrelevant in the Republic of Ireland."
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1Considering our addiction to sci-fi, the Prime Directive (as a section of Star Trek or in a separate article). The principle of complete non-intervention in the internal affairs of less technologically-advanced civilizations could be prophetic in the years to come, and should be skeptically analyzed.
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12Progressive conservative - no, not a oxymoron, and actually still exist in some pockets outside the US. (Also, movement conservative.)
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13Occidental Dissent, Stuff Black People Don't Like and the Vanguard News Network. As white supremacist sites, these are second pretty much only to Stormfront in terms of prominence, or at least far more popular than something like Jew Watch, so there's no excuse for having an article on that but not them.
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10The Encyclopedia of American Loons ([21]), which we have already quoted on this page.
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2Revelation Road - a two-part Christian post-Rapture film, in the vein of Left Behind.
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9Expand the Kosovo War article into a full take on the Yugoslav Wars. Everything is related to the mission: war crimes, communism, ethnic nationalism, religious fundamentalism, etc.
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27Child labour - because, believe it or not, libertarians still think that we're not harnessing a skilled workforce by enforcing bans before the age of majority.
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2George W. Romney: Mittens' father and one of the last Rockefeller Republicans.
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-2KeyWiki. Yet another right-wing blog masquerading as a wiki. This one looks like it is rife with red-baiting and wants to give Conservapedia a run for its money. (Update - it looks like we did have an article and it was vaporized, due to KeyWiki being a non-notable vanity wiki or something.)
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9Ballotpedia. I haven't had time to research this site in detail but it looks like a real piece of work. A right-wing blog masquerading as a neutral wiki, funded in part by Koch Industries money, although this isn't apparent at first. The huge portal on "vote fraud" is a clue with things like Dead People Voting and Dead People Voting News as actual categories. Also the related Sunshine Review and Lucy Burns Institute.
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10Zahi Hawass, good fun because of his utter arrogance and corruption. Egyptian woo-merchants all seem to be very proud of their excellent relations with this villain.
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5Total Fascism, a site that is very popular yet often forgotten in the racist, rightwing extremist blogopshere.
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17The notion of dimensions, which has become a woo-magnet for people uneducated in physics.
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5Christina Hoff Sommers: AEI fellow, concern troll, and unsurprisingly, thinks society wants to make "all women as victims."
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0Lewis Terman, notable for developing much of mainstream evolutionary psychology and the modern IQ test, and for concluding that women were disinclined to seek work in intellectual fields because they faced systematic discrimination. (Mexicans and blacks, on the other hand...)
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12Sex differences in humans: Is a specific gender genetically inclined to read/do maths better? Have better physical strength? Be more emotional or aggressive? etc.
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8Henry VIII, for creating an entire religious sect so he could marry six wives, and Edward VIII, who was one step to creating the most dangerous constitutional crisis of the modern era.
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3The Enabling Act - the most recognizable proof of the importance of an effective judiciary in democracy.
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0Searchlight, British anti-fascist magazine.
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23Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid to Ask) by David Reuben - A sex guide from the late 60's which was a best seller in its time (inspired a Woody Allen movie of the same name). Relevant because the original edition portrays homosexuality as a disorder, advocates reparative therapy, somewhat flirts with the whole pink swastika idea, claims that all lesbians are prostitutes, and also recommends a Coca-Cola douche as a contraceptive (you can read about it all in the following link). I don't know too much about the 1999 revised edition, but based on Amazon reviews it's just as bad on the homophobia front.
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0Laura Eisenhower - see http://americanloons.blogspot.com/2013/07/644-laura-magdalene-eisenhower.html
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5Roger Pielke Jr., part of the Judith Curry group of denialist apologetics who think that taking action on global warming is "politicizing science."
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6We don't have a full debunking of El Rushbo's Annual Thanksgiving story? For shame. The free market always wins.
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3The Women's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets and/or Barbara G. Walker; Amazon.com link to the book. The Britannica of feminist woo.
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1The Euston Manifesto and Spiked, two unusual mutations of the UK left that swung to the right post-9/11 (Eustoners typically supporting the Iraq War against the Galloway types, Spiked a quasi-libertarian whinefest). Representatives of both typically write for The Telegraph, Standpoint and Spectator.
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30The Tuskegee syphilis experiment and Nazi experimentation - for their ironically anti-scientific nature.
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5Rabbi Moshe Averick should have his own page, just for all the sexist, bigoted, racist stuff he's spewed in his little column at The Algemeiner. [22]
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7Transhumanist theorists, a catch-all of all the more popular nutters. (Especially Ronald Bailey, a Reasonoid who doesn't really understand liberal theory.)
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1The Daily Caller.
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1The Burakumin, an oppressed minority group that, sadly, most people have never heard of. Also evidence against racial realism - they regularly test 15 IQ points below the Japanese mainstream, but are the same genetically.
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14David Suzuki, a zoologist and environmentalist. (Second time requested)
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7Symphony of Science since it stands quite hard for rationality and science
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34Authoritarians always claim that their dictatorships are benevolent (ie. Napoleon), so we should have an article on benevolent dictatorship to refute their claims.
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18Simon Wiesenthal, the Nazi hunter, and his Simon Wiesenthal Center (Wiesenthal and the Center on Wikipedia).
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14Mars One and the multitude of private space initiatives that resemble scam sites. (Or just an all-in-one article on private spaceflight.)
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13The October Surprise conspiracy theory, or how Ronald Reagan supposedly won the presidency in 1980.
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31The Cult Awareness Network (CAN), aka Old Cult Awareness Network (Old CAN), an anti-cult group, and its doppelganger, the New Cult Awareness Network (New CAN), a Scientology-controlled fake anti-cult front group. (See: wp:Cult Awareness Network and wp:New Cult Awareness Network.)
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18There's No Tomorrow, a 30-minute animation on peak oil. Add legitimate criticism of infinite growth forever and some environmentalism with fair amounts of poorly-masked Rotschild conspiracy and survivalism (especially towards the end). Their site, with the video.
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23The liberal arts/humanities; a stock pet peeve of right-wingers—but are they truly as useless as said right-wingers claim they are?
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44Fair trade. Would be interesting if we critically analyzed it.
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33Blood types. We have blood type diet, and they're believed related to personality traits in Japan. Sugar-coating red corpuscles has never been so interesting!
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16We need an article on Morris Berman.
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28We Seriously don't have an article on Causality??
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22The taxonomic clusterfuck that is the Ediacaran biota. (Aliens and creationists, anyone?)
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30Really, we've nothing on real nuclear fusion (v. cold fusion and other such woo. Nuclear power's mainly on fission.
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48An Inconvenient Truth should be more than a redirect.
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17Long Island Medium - Insufferable Popular psychic du jour with the housewife crowd
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45America's War on Sex: The Attack on Law, Lust and Liberty, by Marty Klein. It's about the desperate efforts of the American Right to stop any form of sexual activity except vaginal intercourse between married couples in the missionary position with clothes on, the lights off and no birth control from taking place.
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28Spanish American War and/or the Philipines War. The parallels with the Iraq War are uncanny and disgraceful. Nevar forget.
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12Esoteric breast massage, an actual alt-med therapy.[23][24][25][26][27][28]

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