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37Jeb Bush should have his own page. He's currently on the 2016 Republican Party presidential nomination page but there's quite a bit of wingnuttery he's been involved with that deserves greater exposition: Terri Schiavo, school vouchers, carving out a legal exception for the theocratic enclave of Ave Maria, and probably more.
22[1] 187 Fake Cancer "Cures" Consumers Should Avoid (from the FDA) - all of these need articles or at least mention.
14Foundation for Individual Rights in Education 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.
35God'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.
8Organ theft Common in conspiracy theories, reduces willingness of people voluntarily becoming organ donors, and has very little actual evidence of occurring; you don't need just anyone's organ, you need an organ from a donor that's a match, so a criminal enterprise kidnapping people for their organs is impractical. Especially not when you could sell the living person into slavery or ransom for money. And you need the organ fresh. The most prominent example of this actually happening is in India; poor farmers would be offered around $10k for a kidney, but after the surgery they aren't paid, or they are paid only a fraction that was agreed. No kidnapping, just good ol' fraud.
3 The Holy Lance of Longinus or Spear of Destiny that allegedly pierced Jesus's side, which has gone on to be quite the relic for various woo beliefs. Alleged National Socialist occultism, various Christian relics purporting to be the real Mccoy or pieces of it, New Agers combining the former two, and god knows what else.
11 Palm oil. On the one hand, it's one of the most land-efficient oil crops around, with one acre producing as much vegetable oil as 8 acres of soybeans. On the other hand, it only grows in tropical climates, and the demand for it has resulted in many, many acres of once-wild rainforest habitat being cleared for oil palm planting, and it is associated with corruption especially in Southeast Asia. The health claims are dubious (Dr. Oz), and it likely increases the chances of heart attack.
10St. John's wort, a favoured alternative medicine antidepressant that may in fact work! though even NCCAM disrecommends it due to its side effects.
9The Hole, or Scientology's Gulag for the higher-ups who piss off Miscavige. Highlights include a group confession for transgressions against Miscavige, brutal beatings of the prisoners, and forced jogs.
13DoNotLink: A dandy tool for accessing seedy websites without affording them pageviews.

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-4I have no idea what to call a potential page on it, but an infamous blog comment by Scott Aaronson (commonly just called Comment #171) kicked off an enormous argument among online feminists regarding male privilege, rape culture, and gender relations in the geek/STEM community. Among others, Laurie Penny, Amanda Marcotte, and Arthur Chu have weighed in. If it doesn't deserve its own page, it probably ought to at least be mentioned in one existing article or another.
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13Giants feature in a great many religions and assorted woo, such as the Nephilim, the Theosophist concept of root races, and random fossil remains being misidentified.
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12Charlemagne. A hugely important figure in the history of the Western world, he also became the focus of a large body of fantasy.
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15Walt Disney. (WP) A whole lot to talk about here, actually. The cryonics legend. His ransacking, bowdlerizing, and standardizing folk culture and the public domain. The curious effects his organization seems to have on former child stars. Remember the Stepford Wives?
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4Laplace's demon -- the whole idea of scientific determinism and how it doesn't work/gets falsified.
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6Just ran into this really cogent counterargument to the idea that the bible is divinely inspired.[2] Could make an article from this, or part of one.
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6No Go Zones - An absolutely beautiful example of Fox News pulling something straight out of their ass and running with it for about a week. The best part is it looks like Paris is going to sue the network for slander. (Better idea: make it a section in Fox News.)
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10SWATting - Reckless children playing god with reckless police force.
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-3Great Zimbabwe (Better idea: a list of the major non-Egyptian African civilizations, to smack racists on the heads with.)
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11Michael Tellinger, a South African politician and "ancient aliens theorist", or his book Slave Species of God.
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8Implicit bias - when you don't think you're biased against a group, but you behave as if you are (and most people behave that way in tests).
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5Darryl Anka. This guy is a crank and/or charlatan who claims he is in contact with Bashar, an interdimensional being who lives in the future. He has a disturbing number of followers, and I think he deserves a good critical analysis.
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6Bruno Bettelheim. (WP). Made a name for himself as a child psychologist and author of the "refrigerator parent" theory of autism. Turns out to have been mostly a fraud; his only academic degree was in art history. Still widely cited and respected.
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12Serial killer (WP). We have several articles on individual instances. I could see that an article on stereotypes vs. reality might be relevant, as would some comment on their prominence in Western pop culture.
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11Fight The New Drug, an organization dedicated to teaching the ills of pornography as well as treating addiction to porn using all the wrong methods.
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83HO "Healthy, Happy, Holy Organization", founded by a Sikh from India, but membership is mostly white Americans. Declared heterodox by mainstream Sikhs, it's teachings are primarily derived from Kundalini Yoga. There are some sex abuse accusations and cult accusations.[3] They own a billion dollar security firm.
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7Lindsey Duncan and his companies agreed to pay the Federal Trade Commission a fine of $9 million for false claims about weight loss from their green coffee bean extract.
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6David Silverman, or at least more about American Atheists
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10Right-wing mail order scams - needs a good title, if anyone can think of one (Election fundraising scam? Political fundraising for profit?). See Baffler, MediaMatters and Politico.
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9 Geuzen. They were a lose collection of Calvinist Christians who would launch terrorist attacks against Dutch towns (e.g. burning down churches associated with Catholicism; raping nuns when nunneries ran out of supplies to raid) to force people into converting to their religious ideology. They later set up ships for piracy attacking Spanish Catholics. Other than that, they believed Muslim Turks to be more favourable than Catholics and used the crescent in medals. (But see wp:Geuzen before you do anything about it.)
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15 Crisis Pregnancy Centers combine Christian fundamentalism and pseudomedicine (in the broad sense of falsely claiming to be medical facilities). When laws are proposed to stop them from spreading garbage, they cite free speech and wooy ideas of truth being defined by whoever is in power.
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1 I just heard this claim that the FBI is hiring people to accuse innocent people of terrorism. It seems like an obvious conspiracy theory, but can we get some analysis anyway? In the current political climate, it's impossible to tell the difference between legitimate scandal and paranoia. Could likely use a better name than the one suggested.
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8 Another Tumblr trend that needs a thorough thrashing, Headmates or "multiplicity" is the trend of claiming multiple personalities and believing that integration of them is evil.
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0AuroraTek I stumbled on this Webshite today; they sell a "Self-Charging Electric Scooter" for $1500 ... their "science" page talks about travelling faster than light, and their news page talks about "my contact with human-appearing extraterrestrials" ... It has all the indications of being complete bullshit (but didn't investigate too deeply)...
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7Isaac Bonewits was a prominent Druid and Neopagan as well as the only person to receive a degree in magic from an accredited university. (UC Berkeley of course.) He also wrote a commonly-used list of how to spot cultishness in an organisation. A fascinating fellow.
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28Grand Theft Auto: One of the highest rated video game series of all time. In addition to being Jack Thompson's favorite video game series to blame violence on, it's also commonly used as an example of poor depiction of women in video games.
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23Whaddya mean we don't yet have an article on Whole Foods - the retail grocery giant that's part big business, part anti-regulatory Bert hub and ALL pseudo-science cult?!
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1Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer Could do with a real article for all the anti science they do.
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31Science doesn't know everything, a common phrase used by pseudoscientists to argue for their unproven hypotheses.
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10The Swiss People's Party: It's not that it being Switzerlands token radical right party that makes it most noteworthy but instead that it has actually won every elecion for the past decade despite a good deal of its members being known racists and anti-Semites (including party figurehead Christoph Blocher).
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9Fiqh: no, it's not a fruit or pastry, it's the legal tradition (like common law or civil code) as practiced by polities under Sharia law.
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15Indigenous science, an other way of knowing with a strange resemblance to made-up BS. Has an actual meaning, then getting culturally useful but scientifically questionable, but now basically just made-up BS. Spotted on /r/skeptic.
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5John Searl. Free energy con man. By reader request.
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7Gregory S. Paul is a paleontologist of some renown[wp], but has also has written on the correlation of societal religiosity with social disfunction, particularly with regard to negative American exceptionalism compared to other developed countries. See The Guardian review by Sue Blackmore, Are we better off without religion?, and his most recent paper.
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8Miles Mathis, a mathematics and physics crank and conspiracy theorist. His home page: THE GREATEST STANDING ERRORS IN PHYSICS AND MATHEMATICS, 5000+ pages of rambling on subjects such as why pi is actually four. Critical blog, another critical blog, critical watch blog, apologist blog (unless I got Poed), another fan, an interview, critical discussion. A few actual physicists seem to think he's hilarious.
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6Universal Medicine, an esoteric healing group given to legal threats to hide criticism.
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-3DAHBOO77, a Conspiracy Theorist on Youtube with a relatively high amount of subscribers. His voice is annoying... That is all. A lot of his theories are pretty outlandish compared to Youtubers like Mark Dice, but has the same End Times Mongering.
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13Jody Hice, the dominionist, pro-conversion therapy preacher was elected to the U. S. House of Representatives from Georgia's 10th district. His book, claimed that Islam is not deserving of 1st Amendment rights.
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18Fish Farming needs RW treatment. There's a metric fuck-ton of misinformation, bias and woo surrounding this type of agriculture and not all of it is entirely unfounded.
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6Monika Milka, proprietor of Monika's Entity, a deeply fraudulent medical woo site. News reports, homeopathy of the oceans. The writing on the Facebook page should be entirely in green. And the Freeman disclaimer.
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15Hasbarah - because Israel's "public diplomacy" is cuttingly close to both Propaganda and espionage.
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16Gulf War syndrome could use a good skeptical eye.
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27 We should have an article on Christian supremacy, the societal mindset in the US promotes the superiority of Christianity and by extension Christians, be they social or institutionalized norms.
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29Shouldn't we have an article on missionaries and why they suck?
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7Google Earth. Perfect for finding Symbols of your favorite Secret Society in geography, finding FEMA Camps, certain prophecies in the bible being fulfilled (like the shapes of certain things like lakes in Asia relating the the Symbols in Revelation), and a LOT more Bullshit.
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12An article on the ISIS Beheading Conspiracy Theories. Because it's so obvious that everything is a conspiracy.
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6Inference: International Review of Science, an alleged academic journal with a taste for crankery. Includes Michael Denton on creationism intelligent design, and writings by Michael Fumento. http://inference-review.com/
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7Street Epistemology developed by Peter Boghossian is a newer activity which is a partly scripted question asking method some atheists use to induce doubts in people's god beliefs-seems worth researching for potential benefits and problems it might have.
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6 Due to their many wonderful contributions, perhaps John and Hank Green of Vlogbrothers fame should get some more scrutiny via RW.
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16 I was listening to this Fresh Air and I realized that we don't have pages on Spam e-mail. This seems to be a mess of scams, con artists, and pseudoscience that would fit into our mission well.
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4Kang Youwei, A Chinese political thinker and reformer of the late 19th century and the turn of the century who was popular in China than under the rule of the Qing Dynasty. Among other things he advocated both Constitutional Monarchy and Socialism in China. On the other hand, he was a eugenicist. The political theories he set forth in his book Da Tong Shu are objective and utterly indisputable proof that the Horseshoe theory is either mostly or completely correct, it is the "missing link" between Communism and Fascism. In light of what he wrote in that book he should be either given a prominent spot on the Horseshoe Theory page or given his own page.
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22The Federalist Society, the ultraconservative answer to "activist judges" though they manage to be FAR more partisan than the judges they typically hate. Seriously though despite their full wingnut views they are extremely influential and their members include some of the most powerful people in the US, and some of the wackery in a few recent court rulings can be partly attributed to their members.
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15Pre-Columbian Contact. This field of study is a prime breeding ground for proffessional cranks. However looking further into some individual claims it becomes clear that a couple lesser known claims of contact may actually hold some water. As such the various claims regarding Pre-Columbian trans oceanic contact ought to be investigated and commented on.
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8Camille Paglia. If Dworkin and Greer can have articles, Paglia sure deserves one. Job for one of our resident feminists, I suggest.
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7The Cult of Saturn, a common scapegoat for Christian End Times, and Illuminati Predictions and Conspiracies.A couple of [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShAwHBsKOuA examples
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2Justicar - He's one of thunderfoot's buddies. misogynist, conservative, and anti-feminist (and a Slymepitter), and may I add, extremely pedantic.
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3Remnant of God, a Webshite about end times paranoia. Apparently thinks The Pope is the Antichrist.
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-1Mark Passio a claimed ex-Church of Satan Member who has Youtube videos about the Illuminati, and how "Occultism" and New Age is a part of it. His site, and his Youtube account.
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0Jon Rappoport, who claims Edward Snowden was given the information, and was allowed to blow the whistle. his reasoning is here.
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1Lucis trust We had a stub article, but it was deleted. It's a company that focus of occultry, conspiracy Theories regarding Freemasons, etc. The reason this particular one gets so much attention is because it's original name was "Lucifer Publishing Company", and was acknowledged by the United Nations.
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284chan currently redirects to Anonymous, but it really needs to be covered by itself. History, board descriptions, culture, etc..
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6Myron Fagan - A Red Scare Proponent, and an early proponent of the Illuminati conspiracy Theory. "A lot of modern ideas about the Rothschilds come from him, and I am sick of me being linked to videos of his talk show." (example)
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6InternetAristocrat - conservative, racist, MRA who is a leader of Gamergate.
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11Detroit. Who - liberals, conservatives or the Stormfront crowd - if any of them, is correct about the reasons for it becoming what it has?
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4Project monarch - Nuff said [4]
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32Might we have an article taking apart the assertion that Jesus was a great moral teacher even if he wasn't divine (i.e. Christian atheism)? That Golden Rule is nice, but he also said a lot of fucked up shit, like that anyone who didn't follow him would go to Hell. I just don't know if the article would be deleted by some tightass squawking about "MISSION!"
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3Benjamin Fulford. claims a bunch of absurd things about the Illuminati and Freemasons, and that he'll take them down singlehandedly. This is him.
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9George Dillman, a mall ninja manager of McDojo training camps who claims that, among other things, you can use your body to generate chi/bioelectricity/radio waves to block attacks and knock people out.
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12Big organic, or how the organic food lobby gets its way.
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7John O'Connor, a Catholic priest who claims to expose the Antichrist, and Conspiracy whackers claim he was kicked out of the Catholic church.
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13Roger Morneau, an "Ex-Satanist", who claims to expose evolution.
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19The Satanic Temple.[5] A group of Satanists that are fairly active with social and political issues surrounding religious freedom, including their current mission to get a statue of Satan erected outside the Oklahoma state capital building.
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8Masonicinfo.com. If you have an anti-freemason claim, masonicinfo will have the refutation, and the conspiracy theorist will throw the shill gambit.
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6Pawns in the Game By William Guy Carr. Oh boy...
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10Bill Gaede, physics crank known for his theory the Rope Hypothesis. His WP article talks about his legal troubles, but the woo goes deep here and is very RW. Has followers. Site: http://www.youstupidrelativist.com/ Already in the list of Internet kooks and pushes the Rational Science Method. The Facebook group is remarkable.
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8Reader suggestion: "An article about the term freedom, in my eyes its current usage in the States resembles pretty much some damn newspeak, as a great example calling French fries freedom fries because of France not.. er, supporting the forced spreading of freedom huh? Anyway, that's pretty much all I can say myself about that topic, but I'd really appreciate someone writing an essay or something about it." Two crappy articles at this title have been deleted already, so do a good one if you do this one.
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18 The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri. One of the most influential works of Christian fiction of all time and one of the few that's worth reading by everyone. Has had a tremendous impact on both world and especially Western culture.
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-3 Justine Tunney. Possibly the clearest living embodiment of the horseshoe theory, she went from being the voice of Occupy Wall Street (literally, managing a Twitter account with the name OccupyWallSt) in 2011 to vocally supporting the neoreactionary movement in 2014, particularly its technocratic wing. She even said Obama should be kicked out and Google CEO Eric Schmidt installed as the new President. Arthur Chu has a nice summary of her bizarre swing here.
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10 David Rockefeller, a pundit whose speeches are constantly quote mined for conspiracies.
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5 Ecoscience by John Holdren, a book touted by Conspiracy Theorists to be froof of the Depopulation conspiracy theory
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7Modafinil, a sleep-cycle-adjusting drug with some documented effects and some woo-ish notions that it's a smart drug of some sort.
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1Larry Klayman.
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23The Soviet-Afghanistan War.
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20Galt's Gulch Chile: Libertarians suckering other libertarians into buying arid land in Chile without any water rights. One sucker's story. The actual site. Background information on GGC can be found at Mother Jones Magazine.
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-1Ross Cheit, professor at Brown University, long-time satanic ritual abuse (SRA) denier, wrote a book denying SRA in 2014. Also, "recovered" a "memory" of child sexual abuse.
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12The “Women are wonderful” effect (WP)
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13Fraser Institute; nuff said.
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13Another "messiah", Goel Ratzon, convicted on rape and incest, this one went on a breeding campaign in Israel. See [6] and [7]
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12Marcion of Sinope, A second century Christian heretic well known for his opposition to the Old Testament to the extant that he excised it (all of it) out of his version of the Biblical canon. Given that I have seen this guy directly quoted by apologists and anti-theists alike I figure he might be relevant for this wiki.
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18Metabunk.org, a site dedicated to refuting conspiracy theories, which, unsurprisingly leads to accusations of being a shill. Countless Youtube videos have whistleblowers "exposing" Metabunk.
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13Progress in Physics, a pseudojournal whose Wikipedia article[8] calmly and neutrally paints them as absolutely frothing. About the only place that will publish Pierre-Marie Robitaille.
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19Trans-Pacific Partnership needs the RW treatment. Far too much has been said about it without citation and this particular free-trade pact requires someone with international law expertise to explain both the ramifications of it and where in the TPP these can be found.
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35Water chlorination - A lot of people freak out about it for similar reasons as fluoridation. However, while an unflouridated water supply can at worse increase dental carry rates, an unchlorinated supply could kill vast numbers of people unless an adequate alternative is used, and the alternatives tend to be more expensive (source) which isn't going to be very good if their paranoia spreads to the developing world.
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40Breastfeeding, both the good, the bad, the woo, the magical thinking, the perceived problems with doing it in public, and the organizations for it (such as La Leche League) and the organizations against it (such as Nestle back in the 1970s)
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14Wudduya 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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21I 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. Full title: Dressed To Kill: The Link between Breast Cancer and Bras. Written in 2002 by two non-scientists asserting that bras cause cancer. The authors apparently did not offer up any actual evidence. A scientific study just came out that showed there is no evidence to support this wacky claim (Does Wearing a Bra Cause Cancer? New Study Says No).
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15Petrodollar - 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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10Jace 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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17Epigenetics is mentioned in about 20 articles, and relates to disputes about the validity of the neo-Darwinian synthesis.
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18Maimonides. 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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16Inter-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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14Charles 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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34Trigger 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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6John 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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3Rima Laibow, aka Dr Rima [9][10], quack and conspiracy theorist.
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6G. 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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3Presstitutes, what with part of our mission being to criticize the media where necessary.
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16Averroes. 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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13Silencing - suppressing opposition arguments, directly or indirectly. The idea is to claim that counterarguments don't exist. Feminist versions here [11][12], though these are highly generalisable.
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11Thought Catalog: a startling compendium of odious inanity. A "value neutral" run-anything policy leads to headlines like this. Clickbait taken to an extreme.
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30My Parents Open Carry. Naming the father character in a pro-gun book "Dick Strong", frankly, is begging liberals to make fun of it. Even ignoring the content of this book, it's awful: wooden prose, bad grammar, hectoring tone. Yet, it's quite popular on Amazon (it was promoted by Stephen Colbert and Bill Maher according to the back cover).
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5Astar 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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55Global 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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21Connection 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? [13] [14] [15] [16] Most of the original pages about it have been taken down, but are still in the Wayback Machine.
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9Jeffrey Goodman, archaeologist, once in favor of "psychic archaology," and who wrote a book on the comets of God.
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10Edward Tobinick, an apparent quack who is suing Steve Novella for blogging about him. [17]
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4William Poundstone (WP), the Counter-Malcolm Gladwell.
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10Elizabeth 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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19Alternative Right, a neo-Nazi blog/magazine sufficiently notable to have a Wikipedia article.
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26Orientalism needs a good RWing.
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11Ted 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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30GMO OMG, another anti-GMO film in the vein of GMO A Go Go and Seeds of Death. Reviewed here.
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18Lobotomy - No explanation needed.
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9Morton 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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16CNBC. I am surprised we don't have an article on it yet.
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9Anime - We have an article on Furry fandom, I don't think it's that much of a jump. Sandbox Start
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8TaxPayers' Alliance - British tea partiers. Their website and Wikipedia page are here and here respectively.
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12Archetype and or collective unconscious. Carl Jung's idea about our inborn psychic connections, and his gift to the New Age.
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11Bradford-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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15Inflammation, 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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13Oxford 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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34Lactase persistence, a startling piece of recent human evolution.
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22Radical 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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25Hypochondria. Wikipedia article, Not quite the same as self-diagnosis, but relevant..
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17I'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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20Brute 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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39Transsexual.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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3Paul 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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23Edinburgh 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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32Aggressive 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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32Surprised 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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20Fighting 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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24Activism - 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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15Witness - (not the degree of wit) somehow we have expert witness without the article of witness.
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23Apex 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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11Lord Our Righteousness Church, one of the cults in New Mexico with UK TV coverage. Google "Wayne Bent" for more info
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36Castration, 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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26Nouri 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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23The hygiene hypothesis of child cleanliness and immune systems, e.g. [18]. There's a short section in food allergy.
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11Cybertopianism. 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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6Twitchy, a Twitter propaganda site run by none other than Michelle Malkin herself.
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13Daniel Lapin, the favorite rabbi of the Christian Religious Right.
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25James Dobson, other than a link to the Focus on the Family page.
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17Quannengshen, 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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14A Troublesome Inheritance, the half-assed attempt to re-open the eugenics debate by once-influental NYT correspondent Nicholas Wade.
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35Colin Powell, or how a moderate Republican got suckered into peddling the Iraq War.
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12Elizabeth 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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25Not 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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20Jack Donovan. White nationalist, neoreactionary internet kook obsessed with masculinity. Hates gays despite, bizarrely, being gay himself.
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28Fake 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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30SCIgen, the fake paper generator used to test scam conferences and predatory journals.
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23Predatory 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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29Testimony 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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10American Spectator, the UK Spectator's dumb loud younger brother.
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35Solitary confinement - widely viewed as a form of torture, yet still used in many jurisdictions.
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17Stop the Thyroid Madness ([19]), 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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64Cliven 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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33Believe it or not, George Will seems to have surpassed Krauthammer in "respectable" neoconservative theatrics.
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26The 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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7Robert Zubrin. Because he's, you know, Robert Zubrin.
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44Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 - It seems to have attracted some conspiracy theories (name negotiable). We have Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.
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29An 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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38An 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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8Tanaka Memorial (wp), like the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, just substitute "Jew" with "Jap".
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16Godel'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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19Eckhart Tolle. Wildly popular self help/New Age writer, kind of like Deepak Chopra, with a similar amount of nonsense.
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6Illumicorp 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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3On 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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22[20] 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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27Disease mongering - There should really be an article on this IMHO. Wikipedia.
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32"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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44Social 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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9Argan 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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23The 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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20Health 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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13Campbell'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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8Mary 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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18getoutofdebtfree.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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15Ripoff 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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27Orthodox 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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30Vicious cycle - I've heard some people making arguments involving vicious cycles being falsely accused of making circular arguments.
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21Titanic 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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11Adrenal 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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5The 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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8Decision Theory, unless we have it merged somewhere.
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40Caste or caste system. More low hanging fruit.
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28Culture-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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5Socionics. 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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19Animal 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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29Either 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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45Feral child. Really, the most spectacular of the cryptids.
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27Florence Nightingale, a nurse who was an early pioneer of evidence-based medicine.
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22Last 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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26Spanish Civil War. A simply startling omission.
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14Dendritic cells, a possible legitimate alternative to chemotherapy that currently has a lot of woo and quackery around it.
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10Dave 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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39Religious Tolerance.org, a well-known website that is one of the few unbiased resources of various religions.
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18Joseph 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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18The 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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16Gordon 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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15The 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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20Detroit See Chicago, below, add municipal bankruptcy and dog-whistle criticisms of the decidedly non-Caucasian city administration.
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30A 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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27American 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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44Medicare, 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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21The 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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14Dave 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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5Peter 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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3Larry Summers, who was freakishly close to becoming the next Chairman of the Federal Reserve.
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15Libel 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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-3Anonymous 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 [21]
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7Oswald 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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15Lindsey 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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17Hitler 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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11The 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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9Washington Monument Syndrome: Because the only way Americans will pay for the things they like is to threaten cutting them.
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23The Department of Education, which, before Obamacare, was the GOP's Great Satan.
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35False 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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4The Liz Library ([22]), 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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5We'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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7The 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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17Rodney King. We've got pages on Matthew Shepard, Trayvon Martin and Vincent Chin; why not King?
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21Sex-selective abortion.
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18Predatory lending.
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5Yellow 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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12The death of Savita Halappanavar, or "How the Catholic Church began to be irrelevant in the Republic of Ireland."
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4Considering 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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18Progressive conservative - no, not a oxymoron, and actually still exist in some pockets outside the US. (Also, movement conservative.)
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15Occidental 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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11The Encyclopedia of American Loons ([23]), which we have already quoted on this page.
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4Revelation Road - a two-part Christian post-Rapture film, in the vein of Left Behind.
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13Expand 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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35Child 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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6George W. Romney: Mittens' father and one of the last Rockefeller Republicans.
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-3KeyWiki. 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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13Ballotpedia. 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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15Zahi 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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7Total Fascism, a site that is very popular yet often forgotten in the racist, rightwing extremist blogopshere.
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20The notion of dimensions, which has become a woo-magnet for people uneducated in physics.
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4Lewis 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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22Sex 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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12Henry 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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6The Enabling Act - the most recognizable proof of the importance of an effective judiciary in democracy.
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2Searchlight, British anti-fascist magazine.
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29Everything 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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1Laura Eisenhower - see http://americanloons.blogspot.com/2013/07/644-laura-magdalene-eisenhower.html
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8Roger 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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9We don't have a full debunking of El Rushbo's Annual Thanksgiving story? For shame. The free market always wins.
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7The 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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3The 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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39The Tuskegee syphilis experiment and Nazi experimentation - for their ironically anti-scientific nature.
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11Rabbi 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. [24]
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11Transhumanist 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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4The 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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20David Suzuki, a zoologist and environmentalist. (Second time requested)
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8Symphony of Science since it stands quite hard for rationality and science
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42Authoritarians 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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23Simon Wiesenthal, the Nazi hunter, and his Simon Wiesenthal Center (Wiesenthal and the Center on Wikipedia).
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17Mars 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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17The October Surprise conspiracy theory, or how Ronald Reagan supposedly won the presidency in 1980.
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36The 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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20There'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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30The 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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51Fair trade. Would be interesting if we critically analyzed it.
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37Blood 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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17We need an article on Morris Berman.
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38We Seriously don't have an article on Causality??
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23The taxonomic clusterfuck that is the Ediacaran biota. (Aliens and creationists, anyone?)
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57An Inconvenient Truth should be more than a redirect.
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21Long Island Medium - Insufferable Popular psychic du jour with the housewife crowd
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52America'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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35Spanish American War and/or the Philipines War. The parallels with the Iraq War are uncanny and disgraceful. Nevar forget.
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19Esoteric breast massage, an actual alt-med therapy.[25][26][27][28][29][30]

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