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32SWATting - Reckless children playing god with reckless police force.
52 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.
35Glyphosate, first sold by Monsanto under the trade name RoundUp. Of all the compounds used in farming, this one receives the most hysterical vitriolic bile from the anti-GMO crowd and others.
66Authoritarians always claim that their dictatorships are benevolent (ie. Napoleon), so we should have an article on benevolent dictatorship to refute their claims.
22 Confederate flag controversy
10The Black Lives Matter movement, which is made up of people who want to bring attention to police brutality against the black community. Unfortunately the somewhat erratic behavior of some of their members is also making it yet another cautionary tale of how social movements without clear leaders or goals can end up doing more harm than good for their cause as they've alienated many progressives and moderates and made it easier for conservatives to be dismissive of both the movement and the issues they raise. (Or this could be tone trolling.)
20CAIR, Council on American-Islamic Relations. Ostensibly for human rights of Muslims in the US, which is a noble goal considering that parts of the US aren't... friendly to Muslims. But being scary brown people, it's a magnet for conspiracy theories. However, given that CAIR was founded specifically to advance the goals of Hamas as well as the Muslim Brotherhood in general, some of those theories may very well be true. But how reliable is that previous link? Hmm... Plenty material for an article, either way.
9David Avocado Wolfe. He believes chocolate comes from the sun, conducts overpriced seminars in which he puts his guests up in squalid rooms for hundreds of dollars a night, and has been accused of molesting at least one female guest.
81Medicare, 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.
28Botox, the commercial brand of botulinum toxin. Has some use in medicine when you need a muscle paralyzed for a couple weeks; this has led to its cosmetic use where it reduces wrinkles by preventing you from moving your facial muscles. Notable for its use by people like Jenny McCarthy concerned about "toxins" in vaccines, nevermind that 'botox' is the deadliest toxin known to science. How deadly? A single kilogram is enough to kill every human on earth.

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97An Inconvenient Truth should be more than a redirect.
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94America'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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76An 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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73ReligiousTolerance.org, a well-known website that is one of the few unbiased resources of various religions.
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66Blood 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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67We seriously don't have an article on Causality? How did that happen?
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664chan currently redirects to Anonymous, but it really needs to be covered by itself. History, board descriptions, culture, etc..
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55Colin Powell, or how a moderate Republican got suckered into peddling the Iraq War.
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55Castration, 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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55Might 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!" It may be possible to relate it to the Jefferson Bible page.
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56 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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56Something along the lines of race and police brutality in the United States – title flexible, obviously – is desperately needed. There are tons of major incidents that have received widespread coverage (Michael Brown and Eric Garner being probably the most prominent) that all follow the same pattern: cop shoots and kills black person in circumstances that didn't warrant violent action, then gets away with it. Cover the incidents, cover right-wing media distortions of the incidents, cover protests and maybe even online responses (#BlackLivesMatter).
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51Grand 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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53Solitary confinement - widely viewed as a form of torture, yet still used in many jurisdictions.
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53Believe it or not, George Will seems to have surpassed Krauthammer in "respectable" neoconservative theatrics.
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54Hellstorm - Neo-Nazi documentary currently getting hundreds of thousands of views on youtube. While it's obvious propaganda, I don't personally have the full historical knowledge to give it a proper RWing. [EDIT] Start of a timeline-critique draft here: User:FuzzyCatPotato/Hellstorm

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1Jennifer Hoult, because we should be weary of someone who had a false memory of child sexual abuse back in the day, still believes it, and does research on sexual abuse (because there is good chance her research is heavily tinged by her conspiratorial views). Also a parental alienation denier (why not, since both false memories and parental alienation are heavily linked?)
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4Pegida. Though the "movement" was mostly a stillbirth outside a few cities, it created a global media frenzy and will probably have ripple effects for some time to come Pegida[wp] is probably a good place to start. In addition, their "Führer" literally uploaded a picture of him dressed as the Führer to the Web.
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5We should have an article on the "Right to be Forgotten[wp]". It has been in the EU for awhile now but there is a push to pass such a law in the US. It seems positive for those little mistakes we make on the internet but raises some interesting free speech questions. It also seems to get abused i.e. George Osborne.
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5David Dees and his crazy conspiracy photoshoppery featured on Jeff Rense's site [1] (maybe add to the Jeff Rense article)
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3Allan Savory and his concept of holistic grazing, interesting ideas and solutions about ecology of arid landscapes, claims he can help reduce global warming, but a bit of research reveals a lot of controversy over the man and his project. Unknown Hero ? Or full-of-shit opportunist ?.
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3Central South Slavic diasystem - a bullshit concept in Slavic linguistics invented by nationalists to support splitting Serbo-Croatian into separate Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian and Montenegrin languages, whereas in fact they are standardized based on the same subdialect of the same dialect of Serbo-Croatian, are 100% mutually intelligible, have 95% identical lexis and 99% identical grammar. This is absurd to the point that Croatian linguists cite books written by Serbs as excellent sources of information on Croatian. Subject of content-forking articles on Wikipedia.
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7Heightism - It's somewhat overlooked as a form of discrimination but there have been studies showing a wage gap between shorter people and taller people, and I have heard anecdotes about tall people not being taken as seriously when they're the victims of crimes. Not to mention the stereotypes.
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2Jeremy Corbyn as it looks like he's going to be the new Labour Party Leader.
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6The stuff that's happening in Calais with the migrants (The ones Cameron called a swarm) and the ferry strikers. Right wing response should be covered in this. Can't think of a good name for it.
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9Samaritan is a redirect to Good Samaritan rather than a page on Samaritans. I say fix.
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12Article Four of the Articles of Confederation - Not sure the best way to title the article, but I've noticed a lot of sovereign citizen nuts screaming about it in youtube videos where they get themselves arrested. They apparently believe that it's the basis for them not having to obey the law. Based on wikipedia, and my reading of that particular article just says States can't bar citizens of other States from entering unless they're criminals or homeless (apparently the Constitution made that part more PC), and has to treat them the same as citizens of the State they're entering. Thought we should tackle this.
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6Some kind of LessWrong-to-normal-person glossary, giving the terms the rest of the world uses for concepts Yudkowsky gave his own names to so he would seem more original.
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12The Federalist, the latest socially conservative website masquerading as a force of reason.
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13Timothy Leary[wp], dearie. Associated with psychedelic drugs and counterculture. Like Alexander Shulgin, missional to the degree that he made claims about the effects and usefulness of chemicals outside the pharmaceutical industry and accepted medical practice.
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10Alexander Shulgin[wp]. Author of Phenethylamines I Have Known And Loved and godfather of psychedelics. Missional to the degree that he made claims about the effects and usefulness of chemicals outside the pharmaceutical industry and currently accepted medical practice.
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11Democratic Unionist Party. We have the SF, and this party is bigger and doing more damage to Northern Ireland (most notably the gay marriage thing.)
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10The concept of a Baby Brain which is basically the other side of the Mommy instinct coin. The idea that once a (previously competent) woman has had a baby, she magically is unable to do anything other that look after the baby (and often by implication, he husband.)
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5Max Keiser[wp] is an American film maker who hosts shows on RT and Press TV. He is a goldbug and supports Bitcoin.
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8The Book of Matt, by Stephen Jimenez, which attempts to debunk that Matthew Shepard's murder was motivated by homophobia.
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11Cuckold, currently a redirect to Manosphere glossary, but the history of its use as a generic term of abuse would be good to write up, particularly with the recent prominence of cuckservative. [2] has some well-traced history. "cuck" has a long history in both /pol/ and neoreactionary circles; as it happens, Robin Hanson of overcomingbias.com (predecessor to LessWrong) has done the hard thinking on cuckoldry (and how). Honestly, it's like these people literally spend all day every day thinking about nothing but BIG BLACK COCKS. More: [3]
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23Mommy University. Whereas the Mommy instinct is the notion that mothers magically know how to care for their children better than healthcare professionals, Mommy University is the even bolder notion that mothers know more about everything than everybody else. Products are hawked as having been "invented by a mom," for example, as though this makes the product better. Mommy bloggers are notorious graduates of this University, and tend toward a surprising level of anti-vax and food woo. (See also the recent hashtag #MomHarder )
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30Uber, the ride hailing service taking the world by storm and threatening to crush yellow car taxis. Almost universally adored by libertarians as a triumph of "the free market", it is run by devout libertarian and sexist Travis Kalanick. Uber's business tactics are beginning to look like those of a robber baron (i.e. actively sabotaging competitors, exploiting loopholes in labor laws, using predatory lending to put their drivers deep in debt, etc).
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29American Sniper and Chris Kyle – seriously, there isn't an article on them yet?
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16Bristol Palin, from out of the shadow of her mother comes a new challenger to all things ironic and hypocritical, shouting at teh gays and promoting abstinence while simultaneously having children out of wedlock.
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27Fort Knox has a conspiracy theory often cited by Paulbots and goldbuggers who believe its gold isn't there or isn't owned by the US.
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21Apparently there are Hoover Dam conspiracy theories
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13Mamajuana[wp] is a herbal alcoholic alternative medicine that is supposedly an aphrodisiac, flu remedy, digestion and circulation aid, blood cleanser, kidney and liver tonic.
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14The Rind et al. controversy[wp]
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26GCHQ, we have NSA, but we need to do the other side of the pond's equally spy-y institution. Or they could be merged into one article.
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30Transmedicalism, whose adherents are popularly known as "truscum", a faction within the LGBT movement that adheres to the philosophy that only those with dysphoria are "truly" transgender. Are they a misunderstood community? Are they a bunch of assholes guilty of erasing the identities of non binary and genderqueer people? Is this merely a symptom of elitism within the LGBT community? All this deserves an article.
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19Okra, particularly the Facebook meme that it's a miracle cure for diabetes. It does help slow and regulate glucose uptake, though it's not the miracle cure it's touted as in way too many woo sites, videos, etc. Snopes, Healthline with papers linked; this paper appears to be the one originally hyped beyond reason.
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23The Druze[wp] are a major ethnoreligious minority in Jordan, Lebanon, Israel and Syria. They have been significant faction in the Syrian Civil War.
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25An article on FEMEN[wp] since MRA's seem to hate them. They are an international radical feminist group that uses 'sextremism' (topless protests) in order to get their message across. They have protested against Putin, abortion restrictions, and homophobia. They are also against prostitution (SWERFs maybe?).
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26Viktor Orbán is accused of being a dictator and we really should have an article for somebody who's a nationalist far-righter making moves to deliberalize a western nation (Hungary).
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23Frivolous lawsuits[4] are often cited as arguments for tort reform or as proof that corporations can't accomplish anything because little people hold them back or other bullshit, and they're almost always fake or misreported.[5][6][7]
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17The Medea hypothesis since we have an article on the Gaia hypothesis. There isn't a lot of info on the Wikipedia article.[8]
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23ABA Therapy and it's abusive pseudoscientific bullshit.
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27Bounty Hunters. No, I'm not talking about the ones from Star Wars, but real life ones, such as bail recovery agents. Learned about this one after watching this episode of John Oliver (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IS5mwymTIJU)
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48Marijuana woo, a rich and high-THC seam of batshit claims about the health, economic and social benefits of everything to do with cannabis, and totally not just because the proponents want to get high as shit nonono. Currently two sentences at Marijuana#Woo.
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29Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity (NCGS), which is likely to not exist at all and has been used to justify Gluten-free fad diets.
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28Opposition to pornography, separate and distinct from the article on pornography, since the opposition (Fight the New Drug, The End of Porn By Wire, SWERFs, Judith Reisman, certain religious groups, etc.) on both ends of the horseshoe tends to have its own special flavor of batshit arguments and questionable tactics.
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24Armenian Genocide - Links to the latter are redirected to the article on denialism of it. However I've also noticed a trend of Islamophobic idiots invoking it, apparently unaware of the fact that it was motivated primarily by an assumption that the Armenians' religion (mostly Christian) would mean that they must therefore be more loyal to predominantly Christian Russia in the First World War than the Ottoman Empire.. Sound familiar?
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21Taki's Magazine, a site for erudite and witty racists with a sense of style and good graphic design. Where John Derbyshire ended up after the National Review canned him.
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24Essential oil - this one came up on the Facebook RW fan group. We have List of medicinal plants and aromatherapy, but they're a subject of their own.
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15Peshmerga, the ragtag band of Kurdish freedom fighters that are successfully holding against ISIS.
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20Dyatlov Pass incident - The events surrounding the deaths of nine skiers who were camping in the Ural Mountains in 1959. Most likely caused by an avalanche, but others have put forth more wootastic interesting theories.
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18The idea of a Feminazi (currently a redirect to Rush Limbaugh) should be discussed, and its minority status made clear. [9]
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25Pesticide. Someone made User:Tweenk/Pesticide residue, which is relevant.
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37Nazi experimentation (under whatever title) - for its ironically anti-scientific nature.
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14George Pataki. Former Republican governor of New York, currently running for President. May be of more note if he does well enough in the primaries, but he's one the very few sane Republicans left, even if he is a tad boring.
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27Sugar. The world's most popular toxin. Kind of amazing the article doesn't exist yet.
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23Processed food. Also something that will kill you. (Or save you. [10]
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20Leaky gut syndrome. While the ailment may or may not be real, the snake oil and "superfood" cures for it are all too commonplace.
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12Advanced Training Institute — the homeskoolin' organization behind the Duggar cult family. Gawker has a recent article on 'em.[11]
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25Cathy Young - a self-described feminist who has been very critical of the movement since the early 1990s. She writes about gender issues, tending to focus on men's issues, and also speaks out against some of the SJW hysterics on the subject of rape and especially campus rape. Also one of the Gamergate supporters, and by extension a critic of its opponents. In addition, she comments on politics as a self-described libertarian.
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16Senkaku Islands - a bunch of uninhabited (but close to some oil) islands owned by Japan which China, rather dubiously claims as their own (as the Diaoyu Islands) and have in recent years threatened war with Japan over. With the latter's alliance with the US this dispute has the (albeit quite unlikely) potential to lead to a Third World War.
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21 Internalized racism - Same reason as the below. Definitely related to False consciousness.
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18Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife, by Eben Alexander, Harvard neurosurgeon. Widely popular book that claims to prove an afterlife exists; see eg here from The Spirit Science; one rebuttal here.
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40Milo Yiannopoulos: Breitbart contributor, self-hating gay (who has described himself as such), Gamergate encourager and exploiter, crooked publisher, Tori Amos plagiariser and general right-wing troll.
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20Lokiarchaeota, a transitional form from about two billion years ago. See Lokiarchaeota.[wp]
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27Troubled teen homes, Christian and secular, for the abuse in them. (Example coverage from 2011, but I've seen a more recent one].) RW already has coverage of one, Hephzibah House, that is currently shoved as a section in Magdalene laundries where it doesn't belong.
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25CRISPR, yet another discovery in biology that creationists have twisted into "and therefore evolution is false." Example: [12]
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15Dieudonne M'bala M'bala, French comedian and raging anti-semite. Friends with Jean-Marie Le Pen in spite of being half African himself. Supposedly invented a reverse nazi salute.
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17Street light interference of the human variety, aka sliders (not the TV show). A way some woomongers make themselves feel special. The Wikipedia article is pretty good, if understated.
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9Foucault's Pendulum, by Umberto Eco. Three editors at a vanity publishing house, exasperated by all the stupid manuscripts by conspiracy nuts they're forced to read, mock their clients by making up a Grand Unified Conspiracy Theory incorporating all of the lesser ones. Alas, inevitably, actual conspiracy theorists take their joke seriously, and start stalking them. A brilliant commentary on the gullibility of just exactly these types - a breath of fresh air after Dan Brown.
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15The Moynihan report.
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14Dogs Naturally - "the most complete source of natural health care for dogs" [13]. Has been called the NaturalNews of dog ownership. Animal abuse for the wootastic.
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13Theodore Dalrymple, British retired physician and conservative commentator who's written for Taki's Magazine and Townhall.com among others. His principal thesis: liberal intelligentsia and the welfare state have prompted the British underclass to devolve into lazy, scummy, entitled savages. Like Roger Scruton, the guy broadly seems to resent (and advocate the repeal of) the entire 20th century.
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31Red Army Faction (aka. Rote Armee Fraktion, Baader-Meinhof Group); leftist German terrorist organisation of the '70's, killed a bunch of people in Germany and some other European counties (Sweden, Netherlands, Belgium)... One of their founders became a right-wing holocast denier later on...
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20 change.org We have ePetitions, why not this?
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24 Pink tax or things aimed at women being taxed more than the male equivalent. Is it real or just a conspiracy made up by people on tumblr.
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21A bunch of parapsychology journals: Journal of Parapsychology [14]; Journal of Consciousness Studies [15][16]; Journal of Near-Death Studies [17]. One we already have is Journal of Scientific Exploration.
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29Sami, or possibly instead sections in the country articles for Norway, Sweden, and Finland. Natives of northern Scandinavia, victims of several assimilation/settlement programmes through the centuries.
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24Manifesto for a Post-Materialist Science: Document arguing against scientific materialism. Cowritten by Rupert Sheldrake. ID supporters like it, as do Christians (Mormons?). The original is here, the fawning HuffPo is here, the less-fawning SciAm blog is here; Skeptiko forums likes it. A skeptical view is here, snarky comments here here and here.
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14Suriname Small country in South-America; on-mission as it's the source of quite a bit of herbal nonsense and its ... interesting ... take on politics (the current present is a convicted drug smuggler in the Netherlands, and accused of playing a part in the december killings).
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7Akiane Kramarik: Child prophet and painting prodigy or hack exploited by her parents? It's worth it for RW to assemble the evidence scattered all over the web.
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7Alive.com is an alternitive medicine quack fest from Biritsh columbia, it is a magazine and website about "natural" (ie Bullshit medicinal ways. it is full of random quackery
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18Midbrain activation: woo marketed to parents in India to pay for coaches to train up their kids' midbrains. Skeptics in India deal with this one a bit. [18][19]
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27Nootropics ("smart pills") are dietary supplements intended to improve mental function. They bear some resemblance to dietary supplements used in bodybuilding in that they often involve taking "stacks" of various ingredients with little evidence of safety or efficacy. A recent news article can be found here.[20]
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24Usenet. How can we lack this fabulously fertile ground for crankery in the '90s?
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10 Vril- holy shit, we don't have a page on this?
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29Basic income (on WP[wp])
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25Ateshgah of Baku, This structure in Azerbaijan has been subject to some controversy for a while. It is an abnormally well preserved shrine of some sort just outside of Baku that depending on who you talk to, is either a Zoroastrian Fire Temple, a Hindu Temple, or both. While it was long assumed to be a Zoroastrian Fire Temple some Parsis back in the 19th century who visited the place doubted that and suggested that it could be a Hindu Temple. This association at first seems a bit far fetched due to its geographical implausibility (and the differences between Zoroastrianism as it was practiced during the Sassanian Empire and Zoroastrianism as it is practiced now in India). While the association with Hinduism isn't entirely made up, as it is clear that Hindu Merchants liked visiting the shrine as is evident by the inscription they left behind, the idea that it was founded as a Hindu Temple, or was only a Hindu Temple is rather far fetched. However the existence of a relatively even sided controversy has never dissuaded the Hindutva types from claiming that said controversy is settled in their favor and this case is no exception. The other wiki has an extremely one sided article on this building[wp]. I would advise visitors visiting the page with Google Chrome to visit the same page in other languages (specifically Russian, Azerbaijani, and Persian) to compare with the English article. They are all well balanced, presumably because Indians don't speak any of those languages... Given that Wikipedia seems to have ditched neutrality for this one article, and given our critique of Hindu Nationalism and our evaluation of their various claims, it would make sense to have an article evaluating this issue.
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20Yurugu: An African-Centered Critique of European Cultural Thought and Behavior, by Marimba Ani. One of the most popular black supremacist books. Some of its analysis is arguably defensible, but it's also full of bizarre woo and pseudohistory, such as this bit about blacks being more capable of absorbing "divine energy" due to their dark skin, and virtually every stick-shaped object (including, I shit you not, umbrellas) being a manifestation of the white man's fear of the black man's penis.
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17Clair Patterson Scientist who figured out the age of the earth, and was against lead denialism. Amazing scientist
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28Hyperphysics: reader suggestion. "It's hosted by Georgia state University, and is run by Rod Nave. At first glance it seems to be an education resource. My problem is the creationist slant of the site. False claims made include: DNA is a true code, and that amino acid selection during protein synthesis is not chemically determined [21] Other pages directly relate to god, and creationism. [22]"
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18Sharyl Attkisson: CBS journalist and woo-pusher. Anti-vaxxer [23] [24] and general BSer. Also hates Wikipedia because it notes her anti-vaxxing.
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8Jonathan McIntosh: Social activist and video producer (makes videos with Anita Sarkeesian) that Gamergaters are convinced is some sort of shadowy SJW puppet master ('cos obviously chicks can't come up with their own ideas).
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19Electronic pickpocketing: I keep hearing ads for wallets designed to protect against this. Any legitimacy? (There is a possibility to skim contactless/NFC cards, but you sure as hell don't need to buy a $80 wallet when a fetching tinfoil hat does the same job. Feel free to repurpose that blog post. We need a good title for this article.)
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25Human nutrition; we have so many articles on food woo, why not a basic list of all nutrients you really need? Essential nutrients and what they do. Proteins lipids and carbs, various vitamins, trace metals, etc.
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17Lamaze, a natural childbirth technique.
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11Irwin Schiff, a popular and influential tax protester.
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7Yvette Guinevere, AKA Science Babe, for this article.
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11Terasem[25][26][27] made the news not long ago for tricking NCIS actress Pauley Perrette into appearing to endorse their arrant bullshit. It's been described as a "robot cult" and calls itself a "transreligion".
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34Electroconvulsive therapy, a medically viable treatment for some psychiatric conditions that has garnered a terrible reputation due to abuse and Scientology propaganda. (Remember the middle of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest?)
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23AIPAC. It's a lobbying group and pro-Israel, so it's basically a giant magnet for conspiracy theories.
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27Eurasian Economic Union - Putin's club for aging autocrats
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33Harry S. Truman is still just a redirect, while every other post-WW2 US president has a dedicated article.
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17TDP lamp aka biolamp (a reader request), with wooish claims of the magickal powers of far-infrared - the Wikipedia article is noticeably lacking in critique. Perhaps the wooish side of infrared in general.
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7PsycheTruth - A channel on Youtube with over 880,000 subscribers, yet it's jam-packed with woo.
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25Interposition, the concept that U.S. state asserts rights to oppose actions of the federal government that the state deems unconstitutional. Under the theory of interposition, a state may "interpose" itself between the federal government and the people of the state by taking action to prevent the federal government from enforcing laws that the state considers unconstitutional. Interposition has not been upheld by the courts. Rather, the courts have held that the power to declare federal laws unconstitutional lies with the federal judiciary, not with the states.
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31Daylight saving time, which we once had but not anymore. It's not such a great idea, apparently.
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4Zoltan Istvan, a transhumanist "philosopher". His Wikipedia article is puffed-up to ridiculous proportions ("no really, he's a philosopher!") His transhumanist novel is an Objectivist diatribe. Even other transhumanists find him too annoying and not useful.
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15The Rife machine uses electricity in an attempt to treat cancer, Lyme disease, and other diseases. It went out of favor for awhile and has now been revived. Even Andrew Weil says they don't work.[28]
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21 The woozle effect, aka evidence by citation
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10 The Freikorps, the infamous Weimar Republic-era volunteer paramilitary group that was well known for it's brutality (partially a result of personnel being derived from former Sturmtruppen) and regular use against communists. Like many shock troops left over from WWI, it soon became entangled with fascist elements.
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41Charlemagne. 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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15Laplace's demon -- the whole idea of scientific determinism and how it doesn't work/gets falsified.
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11Just ran into this really cogent counterargument to the idea that the bible is divinely inspired.[29] Could make an article from this, or part of one.
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11Great Zimbabwe (Better idea: a list of the major non-Egyptian African civilizations, to smack racists on the heads with.)
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17Michael Tellinger, a South African politician and "ancient aliens theorist", or his book Slave Species of God.
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47Implicit 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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-3RationalWiki:Please climb the Riksdag dressed as Batman
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8Oswald 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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10Lists of weird laws are generally cherry-picked if not made up entirely.
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9From the darker bits of the Dark Enlightenment: James A. Donald (JAD, http://blog.jim.com/ ), the guy so racist even Eric S. Raymond calls him a racist and such an asshole even Slate Star Codex regularly bans him from commenting. He comes out with such gems as "National socialism kills people not because it is nationalist, but because it is socialist" and calls white nationalism "moderate leftism". And he has important information on the Jews. And he's an anarcho-capitalist. I don't think I've ever seen a non-asshole word from him, though I will credit him with enough sense to realise Bitcoin was unscalable from day one.
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8 The Dominican Republic, the bigger one, land of Rafael Trujillo, next to Haiti. Not to be confused with Dominica, the smaller one, land of bizarre coups.
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10Fred Rogers. If more Christians were like him, this site would be vastly different. So would the world.
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2Eliot Spitzer - the former attorney and governor of New York who had quite an impressive list of transgressions involving prostitutes and use of state funds to pay for them. His successor, David Paterson, might warrant an article too.
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9Applied Zoopharmacognosy - "Applied Zoopharmacognosy enables self-medicative behaviour in domesticated or captive animals by offering plant extracts that would contain the same, or similar constituents to those found in an animal’s natural environment. The practice encourages and allows an animal to guide its own health, since unlike their wild counterparts, captive and domesticated animals rarely have the opportunity to forage on medical plants. The extracts offered include a variety of essential oils, absolutes, plant extracts, macerated oils, tubers, clays, algae, seaweeds and minerals. Once the animal has selected its remedy, it will then guide the session by inhaling it, taking it orally, or by rubbing a part of its body into it." Basically animal abuse with woo. (Quote from http://www.ingraham.co.uk/.)
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5Al Murray - A British comedian best known for his "Al Murray the Pub Landlord" act; a satirical impersonation of a right-wing, jingoistic publican. Recently however, he ran for Parliament as joke candidate for the Free the United Kingdom Party (or FUKP) in the same constituency as Nigel Farage. This of course, pissed off a lot of people who never got the joke, to the extent that he actually had break character a few times on his Facebook page.
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13MetaMed: in which a bunch of LessWrong alumni branch out into real-world bad ideas that could hurt people. A medical startup where, for the exclusive price of $5000, they'll Google your symptoms and give you "rational" advice, straight from people who've heard of the disorders involved for the first time in their lives. Has, of course, money from Peter Thiel. [30] The target market is rich hypochondriacs.[31][32][33][34][35] Not to be confused with other legit "Metamed"s.[36][37] Edit: appears to have gone to its deserved fate already [38][39] FB last active just before death [40], were stiffing people earlier in 2015 [41][42][43]
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16Genocide Watch - given their "2014 Countries at Risk" report lists the U.S. as a 10 (because "Colonists, US Army & slave traders" are going to kill "Native Americans & African slaves" and Japan as a 10, because the "Japanese Army" are going to kill "Chinese, Koreans and Philipinos" they appear to be way off the scale. It's a "countries at risk" report, not a "Countries that did bad shit in the past" report.[44] (Correction/comment by ScepticWombat: The "10" is a phase in genocide, specifically denial, not a risk factor for an imminent danger of genocide. Genocide Watch's description of the 10-stage model of genocide is found here)
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5Lionel R. Milgrom, associated with the Department of Chemistry at Imperial College of Science, has produced irony meter-stressing levels of quantum woo, tangled up with homeopathy.[45][46]
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4Theodore Gray and his amazing growth sprayis an element collector(which is always cool), cofounded Wolfram Industries with Stephen Wolfram, wrote a column for Popular Science magazine, tends to be pro-science, anti-woo, an outspoken critic of Global warming denial, and a general on-mission science populariser. It's so nice to see a Viz character turn up in real life.
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25Bruno 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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31Serial 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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36Fight The New Drug, an organization dedicated to teaching the ills of pornography as well as treating addiction to porn using all the wrong methods. Full of Mormons and with some direct LDS Church support.
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263HO "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.[47] They own a billion dollar security firm.
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14Lindsey 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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16David Silverman, or at least more about American Atheists
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20 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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16 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 $1500 ... their "science" page talks about travelling faster than light, and their news page talks about "my contact with human-appearing extraterrestrials" ... It has all the indications of being complete bullshit (but didn't investigate too deeply)... ((I'm writing this; it'll be up in a few hours so no removing it tyvm ~$catb0t(Totally Not a Bot!) 03:48, Friday, September 4, 2015 (UTC)))
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11Isaac 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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39Whaddya 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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2Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer Could do with a real article for all the anti science they do.
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27Fiqh: 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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35Indigenous 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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9John Searl. Free energy con man. By reader request.
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15Gregory 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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13Miles 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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19Universal Medicine, an esoteric healing group given to legal threats to hide criticism.
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29Jody 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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37Fish 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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8Monika 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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17Hasbarah - because Israel's "public diplomacy" is cuttingly close to both Propaganda and espionage.
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36Gulf War syndrome could use a good skeptical eye.
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12Google 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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18An article on the ISIS Beheading Conspiracy Theories. Because it's so obvious that everything is a conspiracy.
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8Inference: 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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11Street 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. Or it could just be acting like a stereotypical atheist dick. Let's write it up and see!
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7 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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23 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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7Kang 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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45The 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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43Pre-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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16Camille 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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10The 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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-3Justicar - 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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0Remnant of God, a Webshite about end times paranoia. Apparently thinks The Pope is the Antichrist.
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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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7Myron 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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10InternetAristocrat - conservative, racist, MRA who is a leader of Gamergate.
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16Detroit. 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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5Project monarch - Nuff said [48]
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5Benjamin 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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14George 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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31Big organic, or how the organic food lobby gets its way.
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9John 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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15Roger Morneau, an "Ex-Satanist", who claims to expose evolution.
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33The Satanic Temple.[49] 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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13Bill 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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10Reader 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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30 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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4 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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6 Ecoscience by John Holdren, a book touted by Conspiracy Theorists to be froof of the Depopulation conspiracy theory
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14Modafinil, 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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3Larry Klayman.
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38The Soviet-Afghanistan War.
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23Galt'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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21The “Women are wonderful” effect (WP)
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15Fraser Institute; nuff said.
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19Another "messiah", Goel Ratzon, convicted on rape and incest, this one went on a breeding campaign in Israel. See [50] and [51]
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24Metabunk.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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14Progress in Physics, a pseudojournal whose Wikipedia article[52] calmly and neutrally paints them as absolutely frothing. About the only place that will publish Pierre-Marie Robitaille.

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