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0Iatrogenic death, such as the infamous "pharmaceutical drugs kill 200,000 people a year" figure.
18What's the harm fallacy. A favorite among New Age and alternative medicine proponents, that suggests that because something isn't inherently harmful, it should be tried. Apparently, those people never read this, or this.
8The Doomsday argument (WP). It seems to be a completely sound argument that there is a 95% chance that the human species will go extinct (relatively) soon, yet at the same time, something seems fishy about it.
12The Devil's Dictionary, which we've sourced around 30 times (and has spawned many mimickers.) There is a bit of crap in there, nonetheless.
11Bill Nye debates Ken Ham. The much-hyped debate on evolution between Bill Nye and Mr. 'Were You There?'. There's a commentary about the debate here, but it's in one specific user's namespace, not the main article space. This article is just a start and needs expansion.
9The claim, made by some Christians, that Christianity is not a religion. ("It's a personal relationship with Jesus Christ!") Usually, the claimant will say that Islam, Buddhism, Atheism, etc. are all religions, but that Christianity isn't. (They usually change their tune when asked about the tax-exempt status of their church, of course.)
33Survivorship bias: the tendency to only look at what works, and ignore what doesn't. See also this excellent article (hat tip to Stabby), which would make great source material.
8Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science. The 1957 book by Martin Gardner. Is there anyone here who hasn't read it?
7Edward Snowden - American whisleblower and former NSA contractor employee
1First world problems - A common buzzphrase used by a lot of people to brush aside a problem because some people have it worse
9Baphomet. From the Templars to Levi to the Church of Satan to the Masons; you can't have a conspiracy theory without accusing someone of worshipping old Mr. Goathead.

Recent suggestions

These are the most recent ideas for new articles. Remove if downvoted to death.
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5An 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). A section on Patrick Moore's campaign would be a nice inclusion.
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7An 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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3Maoist Rebel News, the YouTube channel of complete moonbat Jason Unruhe. Controversial among the communist community for his racist, sexist stances, as well as being a Stalin and North Korea apologist. Also loves him some Truther bullshit.
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1Tanaka Memorial (wp), like the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, just substitute "Jew" with "Jap".
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3Stefan Molyneux, Canadian ancaplibcrank.
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6Reactionary (no redirect) and/or a Reactionary category to unify reactionary topics such as repealing Roe v. Wade, defunding the Affordable Health Care Act, reinstating segregation, etc.
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5Godel'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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2Eugene McCarthy, a geneticist-turned-crank known for his claim that humans evolved from a hybrid of a chimpanzee and a pig. Simply too ludicrous not to snark about, especially since the Daily Fail wrote an article about it.
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3Eckhart Tolle. Wildly popular self help/New Age writer, kind of like Deepak Chopra, with a similar amount of nonsense.
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4Illumicorp 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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2On 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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11The concept of divine grace in Christianity (and other religions?)
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4Raw 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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9God'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. Could be an independent article or a section in the main APM page.
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7Michael Peroutka, a crazy libertarian and neo-Confederate who actually believes that teaching the theory of evolution is treason.
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9Disease mongering - There should really be an article on this IMHO. Wikipedia.
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6Roosh Vörek, real name Daryush Valizadeh, one of the major internet kooks of the Men's Rights and Pickup Artist subcultures. He writes books about how to pick up women in former Eastern Bloc countries, and operates the webshites Roosh V and Return of Kings where he spends his time bellyaching about how American women aren't submissive skivvies anymore. In one of his books he pretty much admits to once having raped a woman. He's attained a certain degree of infamy for these activities in recent years.
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6"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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6Industrial Revolution (WP). The greatest calamity the human race has suffered since the invention of agriculture.
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16Social 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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5Argan 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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15White guilt, that conservative boogeyman used to argue for the repeal of civil rights laws, on the grounds that progressives are "self-hating".
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13The 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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16Common Core educational standards.
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5Jonathan Haidt, a once well-renowned professor and social psychologist who has increasingly devolved into a Very Serious Person. Here's PZ Myers description of his recent work.
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11Health 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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6Campbell'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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7Mary 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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9getoutofdebtfree.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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4Ripoff 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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8Paul LePage - The wingnut governor of Maine. He's a global warming denialist, conspiracy theorist, and rabidly transphobic, among other things as well (how the hell did he get elected in Maine?).
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0The Jorvik Viking Center. A (mildly sensationalist) museum of Viking history in York, England.
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10Orthodox 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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11Vicious cycle - I've heard some people making arguments involving vicious cycles being falsely accused of making circular arguments.
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10Titanic 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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4Adrenal 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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-10Pete Seeger, considering he died recently.
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5Decision Theory, unless we have it merged somewhere.
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-11The SCP Foundation, this weird thing I found on TV Tropes. Apparently some people some people are taking it seriously, even though everything about it indicates that it is a work of fiction. (Note: If the article is going to be nothing but memes, then don't bother.)
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20Caste or caste system. More low hanging fruit.
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19Culture-bound syndromes: phenomena believed within a culture to be diseases, but which are completely unknown outside of that culture, suggesting psychological rather than physiological origin. An example would be fan death[wp], the belief that sleeping in a room with a running fan can be fatal, which is widespread in both North and South Korea but unheard of elsewhere.
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4Socionics. Fad pop-psychology butchery of MBTI, which is itself suspect, but this takes it up to eleven. Popular in Eastern Europe.
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13Animal 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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19Either 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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8The Principle, a pro-geocentrism documentary about to be released. Features (quote mined?) Michio Kaku and Lawrence Krauss (website, trailer, silly thread at the Forum Formerly Known as BAUT)
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19Feral child. Really, the most spectacular of the cryptids.
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9Florence Nightingale, a nurse who was an early pioneer of evidence-based medicine.
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10Last 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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18Spanish Civil War. A simply startling omission.
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8Dendritic cells, a possible legitimate alternative to chemotherapy that currently has a lot of woo and quackery around it.
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3Dave 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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24The lead-crime hypothesis forwarded by Rick Nevin and Kevin Drum. That is, the crime waves from the 60s and the drop in the 00s weren't due to legalized abortion, increased incarceration/police funding, or even income inequality. Rather, the culprit was ingested lead which led to mild amounts of brain damage. Interesting because the correlation is very tight, it's biologically plausible, and most convincingly (to me) is how it not only tracks neighborhood-by-neighborhood but also internationally. (And if you are going to write just a stub, please make it a section of lead instead.)
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25Religious Tolerance.org, a well-known website that is one of the few unbiased resources of various religions.
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12Joseph 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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13The 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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12Gordon Klingenschmitt deserves an entry alongside his fundie colleagues.
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9Ted Patrick Self taught anti-cult 'deprogrammer' whose methods include kidnapping, and activities that border on torture.
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5The 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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-9American Mercury (WP), a great example on how the far right is rotten and rots everything that comes into its contact.
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4Return of Kings, yet another reactionary website from the clogosphere.
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6Detroit See Chicago, below, add municipal bankruptcy and dog-whistle criticisms of the decidedly non-Caucasian city administration.
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15A 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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15American 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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-8There's enough interesting things that happen on the page to warrant a Fun:Rationalwiki Facebook Page in my opinion.
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13Medicare, 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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10The 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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13Dave 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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3Peter 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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2Larry Summers, who was freakishly close to becoming the next Chairman of the Federal Reserve.
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-18Chris Bores - better known as the Irate Gamer, but he is also a "professional" ghost hunter.
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5Libel laws, with information on their abuse by woo-meisters, libel tourism, and science by lawsuit. Could possibly be merged with SLAPP suit.
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-4Anonymous ART of Revolution. Although there are plenty of Anonymous sites that subscribe to tin-hat theories, few are as popular, insane, or outright antisemitic as these guys [1]
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6Oswald 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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6Lindsey 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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5Hitler 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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5The 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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6Washington Monument Syndrome: Because the only way Americans will pay for the things they like is to threaten cutting them.
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15The Department of Education, which, before Obamacare, was the GOP's Great Satan.
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15False 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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8John Derbyshire. Too racist for the National Review.
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1The Liz Library ([2]), a hypocritical, anti-Richard Gardner, anti-Elizabeth Loftus, anti-Alfred Kinsey and Judith Reisman-loving website 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 and thinks DV against men is justified, funny even (note: MRA website).
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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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3The Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership - which parts of it are fine and which are not?
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6The autism rights movement[wp]. Reflects conflicting attitudes towards autism (and mental disorder, neurodiversity, mental illness denialism) both within science and society.
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5How do we not have an article on Nylonase? It's the greatest proof of evolution!
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8Rodney King. We've got pages on Matthew Shepard, Trayvon Martin and Vincent Chin; why not King?
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2Sex-selective abortion.
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4Daily Kos currently has 24 references to it on RW, perhaps it's time for an article?
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6Predatory lending.
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8The death of Savita Halappanavar, or "How the Catholic Church began to be irrelevant in the Republic of Ireland."
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5Considering 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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8Progressive conservative - no, not a oxymoron, and actually still exist in some pockets outside the US. (Also, movement conservative.)
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11Occidental 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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7The Encyclopedia of American Loons ([3]), which we have already quoted on this page.
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1Revelation Road - a two-part Christian post-Rapture film, in the vein of Left Behind.
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6Expand 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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18Child 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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11The pot has been stirred enough - we need a well-sourced article on Elevatorgate and its aftereffects on the skeptical community..
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-6If you can find one case study that multiculturalism did not work as expected, it's Malmö, Sweden.
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1George W. Romney: Mittens' father and one of the last Rockefeller Republicans.
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0KeyWiki. 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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4Ballotpedia. 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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6Zahi 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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1Total Fascism, a site that is very popular yet often forgotten in the racist, rightwing extremist blogopshere.
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9The notion of dimensions, which has become a woo-magnet for people uneducated in physics.
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2Christina Hoff Sommers: AEI fellow, concern troll, and unsurprisingly, thinks society wants to make "all women as victims."
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0Lewis Terman, notable for developing much of mainstream evolutionary psychology and the modern IQ test, and for concluding that women were disinclined to seek work in intellectual fields because they faced systematic discrimination. (Mexicans and blacks, on the other hand...)
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10Sex 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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4Henry VIII, for creating an entire religious sect so he could marry six wives, and Edward VIII, who was one step to creating the most dangerous constitutional crisis of the modern era.
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3The Enabling Act - the most recognizable proof of the importance of an effective judiciary in democracy.
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1Searchlight, British anti-fascist magazine.
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11Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid to Ask) by David Reuben - A sex guide from the late 60's which was a best seller in its time (inspired a Woody Allen movie of the same name). Relevant because the original edition portrays homosexuality as a disorder, advocates reparative therapy, somewhat flirts with the whole pink swastika idea, claims that all lesbians are prostitutes, and also recommends a Coca-Cola douche as a contraceptive (you can read about it all in the following link). I don't know too much about the 1999 revised edition, but based on Amazon reviews it's just as bad on the homophobia front.
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0Laura Eisenhower - see http://americanloons.blogspot.com/2013/07/644-laura-magdalene-eisenhower.html
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-2Dannion Brinkley. Everything he says is either a cliché or a lie, or both.
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-3Roger Scruton ...one of the more interesting (intellectual) conservatives.
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2Expand Drill baby, drill into describing America's endless search for cheap petroleum in the age of higher oil prices. (Also, to debunk spurious claims from former Alaskan Governors that higher environmental protections result in oil spills.)
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1Roger 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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0We don't have a full debunking of El Rushbo's Annual Thanksgiving story? For shame. The free market always wins.
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1The 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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0The 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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14The Tuskegee syphilis experiment and Nazi experimentation - for their ironically anti-scientific nature.
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4Rabbi 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. [4]
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2Don Cherry. One of the most popular right wing meatheads in Canada. (Even worse, he's taxpayer-funded.) Here's his rant at the inaguration ceremony for the new Toronto Mayor. Exists as a re-direct.
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3Transhumanist 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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0The Daily Caller.
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2The Burakumin, an oppressed minority group that, sadly, most people have never heard of.
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12David Suzuki, a zoologist and environmentalist. (Second time requested)
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4Symphony of Science since it stands quite hard for rationality and science
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23Authoritarians 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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17Simon Wiesenthal, the Nazi hunter, and his Simon Wiesenthal Center (Wiesenthal and the Center on Wikipedia).
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8Mars 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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8The October Surprise conspiracy theory, or how Ronald Reagan supposedly won the presidency in 1980.
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22The 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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13There'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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16The 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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27Fair trade. Would be interesting if we critically analyzed it.
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20Blood 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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18We need an article on Morris Berman.
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17We Seriously don't have an article on Causality??
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17The taxonomic clusterfuck that is the Ediacaran biota. (Aliens and creationists, anyone?)
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22Really, we've nothing on real nuclear fusion (v. cold fusion and other such woo. Nuclear power's mainly on fission.
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32An Inconvenient Truth should be more than a redirect.
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14Long Island Medium - Insufferable Popular psychic du jour with the housewife crowd
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33America'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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25Spanish American War and/or the [[Philipine/vote> s War]]. The parallels with the Iraq War are uncanny and disgraceful. Nevar forget.
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33Genetics of race: Mostly because it never seems to fail to shock people that Arabs and North Africans are white people and that there are more genetic divisions of Africans than almost every other 'race' combined.
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13Medicare, 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.

In the back

  • Archive 2 - Several hundred never-made pages since 2009 because we forgot to wipe the goat down after finishing. You may find something worth doing here.
  • Archive 3 - An archive of less-received suggestions.
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