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[edit] February 2016

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1So, who is this Nevada legislator who helped Franklin Graham negotiate the end of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge standoff? She got into politics when casino owner Steve Wynn encouraged her to run for Congress in 2010. She's a gun-loving libertarian who gained notoriety for her 2015 family Xmas card where everybody over the age of four was carrying a gun. She was raised in Brooklyn by a lesbian mother, so she's for gay marriage (and legalizing marijuana). When Cliven Bundy had his own standoff in 2014, she encouraged law enforcement officers to disobey the orders of their superiors. She wrote, produced and starred in a movie where she's a middle aged housewife-turned-rock star. She has claimed on her talk radio show (yes, she has one of those) that she belives that cancer is a fungus that can be treated with salt water and baking soda. And she's running for Congress again this year.
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2Why Hillary Clinton Doesn’t Deserve the Black Vote
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6"Suing families of slain black youths is racial capitalism at its most grotesque". Referring to "Chicago Police Officer Robert Rialmo [suing] the estate of 19-year-old Quintonio LeGrier for $10m."
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8An insight into the notorious Charismatic churches of Africa, and the calls for regulation surrounding them.
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8Zoe Quinn: Why I Just Dropped The Harassment Charges Against The Man Who Started GamerGate.
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12After the New Hampshire Republican primary Trump nearly doubles his last unemployment fib to 42%, well above the actual unemployment rate of 4.9%, stating he heard it on Fox News. Turns out the only person on Fox repeating this deranged number is Donald Trump himself.
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7Turns out pickup artists may be victims of the same patriarchy that they claim to be nonexistent.
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9On the 60s/70s fascination with the occult and the contemporary strength of conspiracy theories.
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21"The GOP Is a Failed State, and Trump Is Its Warlord."
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18The “pH Miracle Diet” naturopath is guilty, but California still has a problem(see Alkaline diet and Robert O. Young)
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21How abortion opponents secretly bought a Virginia abortion clinic to deceive women.
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24 Some churches require members to sign "membership covenants" which are legal contracts that protect churches from lawsuits and, more ominously, cause those members to curtail their constitutionally provided rights and subject them to "chuch discipline".
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28Federal Lawsuit Alleges That Two Towns Refused Water Requests for Non-Mormons
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20The FBI's claim that encryption prevents necessary surveillance is BS.
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24A little late getting this up, but so missional: Three-part CBC series titled "Science under Siege" looks at the relationship between science and political power.
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7Cracked: 5 Conspiracy Theories That Are Real (But Not How You Think).

[edit] January 2016

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28Bernie Sanders's campaign staff are becoming exasperated dealing with "BernieBros," pro-Sanders brogressives with a tendency to mob Clinton supporters on social media. The Sanders campaign is worried that their obnoxiousness will erode support for him in the long-term.
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26The Enlightenment was not an age of freedom: some history of freethought.
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11Rethinking juvenile justice
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18"The maths of the paper disproving conspiracy theories don't add up"
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-1"Identity Politics Is Neoliberalism"
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16 Kyle Kulinski reports on an 'adorable' attack ad against Bernie Sanders.
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25A skeptic on the Conspira-Sea-Cruise, day 2., featuring pseudolaw.
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-12"Hate speech laws" are always eventually used against progressives. Now, France deploys them to shut down BDS and pro-Palestinian activism.
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21A skeptic on the Conspira-Sea-Cruise, day 1.
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7"People don’t seem to remember just how much the Clintons’ national ascendancy was premised upon the repudiation of black voters and black interests"
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-15 Huge Scandals Happening Right Now (We've Been Ignoring)
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32Why the demands of the militia embroiled in the Oregon standoff are unrealistic, unconstitutional, and in some cases economically damaging to the area. But, y'know, the gubmint be evil 'n stuff.
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24The UK's Psychoactive substances bill is "one of the worst laws ever passed."
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20A whole mess of conservatives have taken to the pages of the National Review to denounce Donald Trump.
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14Vox has created a searchable database of dietary supplements and the pharmaceutical drugs illegally hidden within them.
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18David Frum: With the introduction of Sarah Palin, the Trump-Cruz split represents a fundamental difference between conservatism as an ideology vs. conservatism as an identity.
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33Astronaut and climatologist Piers Sellers announces that he has terminal cancer. Upon hearing this, the ethical folks at Breitbart proceed to piss on his grave before he’s in it
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51The resolution of the Bitcoin experiment, according to one of its developers: Complete and total failure as human nature overcomes libertarian ideals.
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31"Gamers Have Become the New Religious Right": a gamer who doesn't want to be called "gamer" any more. (The people he's talking about show up in the comments, of course, to demonstrate his point.)
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204 Facts Anti-Government Militias Don't Want You To Know
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10Obama's science "moonshot" to put an end to cancer may not be a good idea...
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14The Church of England Just Hit a Milestone in Terms of Low Attendance
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16At least we're back to the prehistoric-style weather gods: Christian Preacher: I Moved Clouds and Stopped a Typhoon Because “I Have Authority Over the Weather”
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-205 Insane Facts That Will Change How You View Christianity. (It's as if Cracked was begging for this to be posted at RW. And for the record, no, it won't change how we view Christianity.)
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27So it turns out Bitcoin mining isn't decentralised at all; the big miners don't get their blocks through the slow and inefficient Bitcoin P2P network you plebeians use, they get them from a centralised content delivery network. And now that CDN is unmaintained and nobody knows what's going to happen, including the core Bitcoin developers. "Hey, room full of libertarians, who's going to pay for this essential infrastructure?"
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19The $58 Million Frivolous Lawsuit Against Richard Dawkins is Finally Over
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18The shady history of Harney County
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24We Hunted the Mammoth: a MRA version of the Force Awakens.
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-21Thomas Friedman pens an endorsement of Trump for being the "non-partisan extremist candidate" America needs. In what seems like a personality cult worship he lists out a bizarre a combination of positions Trump should have instead of what Trump has stated in his platform.
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7From Sara Robinson's new blog: Why the Oregon standoff is an inevitable result of the Bundy standoff, and a look into far-right escalation tactics.
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36Televangelists Say They Need Private Jets Because ‘Demons Fly Commercial’ (Video)
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-7Dog with Slice of Ham on Face Gets 1.3 Million Facebook Prayers (and Counting)

[edit] December 2015

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16The Economist examines the injustice and absurdity of America's bail system.
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15Vaccine deniers are wealthier, whiter, and more educated than avg. Americans.
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11The most ridiculous health claims of 2015
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12Aliens, bunny-killing rovers, and a Moon base: What is NASA “hiding”? Ars investigates the murky world of conspiracy theory to see what NASA hid in 2015.
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15North Korea's 'paranoid' computer operating system revealed
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11The quiet impact of Obama’s Christian faith Why the president’s convictions led him to believe he could unite a divided country — and why he failed
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10 reason.com's critique of Natural News.
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11The Miraculous Christmas Bitcoin Song. (Originally by dex on SomethingAwful.)
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33 "C.S., a 17-year-old girl, was detained in a freezing cell in wet clothes, which did not dry for three-and-a-half days due to the frigid temperature. The only drinking water available to her came from a toilet tank, and the bathroom was in plain view of all detainees with a security camera watching as well." A couple months late, but with so much talk about the border lately, let's not forget the inhumane conditions of border patrol detention centers.
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33 Rebecca Solnit reminds us that the MRA idea "women have depended on working men to live since the Stone Age" is actually pseudo-anthropology from the 1950s.
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8The 20 biggest video game news of 2015: Gamergate and its harassment towards women, China opening its doors to consoles, swatters, noticeable visibility for women in video games, virtual reality, et cetera.
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-19 Luke Skywalker's recruitment compares dangerously well with religious radicalization.
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14Digby shows why as tempting as it may be to dismiss the GOP slate as buffoons, that would be a dangerous mistake.
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16After 82 weekly columns, WaPo's internet hoax tracker throws in the towel. It seems that most people (a) find them entertaining; (b) want to believe the bullshit; and/or (c) just don't care.
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21The Conservative Echo Chamber is Real and Harmful -- and from WND, no less.
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20An evolutionary analysis of anti-evolution legislation. Descent with modification applies to misguided bills, too.
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14Why spend money renting an expensive Global warming denying professional, when DNYR the Robot can repeat denialist sound-bites at a fraction of the price?
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8Fleming's discovery of penicillin couldn't get published today. That's a huge problem.
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-34Wild animals endure illness, injury, and starvation. We should help.
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19NY Priest Embezzled $1 Million For ‘Drug Fueled Sex Romps’ With Male Escort.
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33Town Rejects Solar Farms After Complaints That They Would “Suck Up All the Energy from the Sun”.
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18The National Review is right for once about GMOs and "organic agriculture" (except for the constant shots against liberals and socialists, of course).
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26Yet another slam dunk from the great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
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24A survey finds that most college professors are afraid of those free-speech crushing trigger warnings, despite such warnings being extremely rare.
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18Not only is Craig Wright clearly not Bitcoin inventor Satoshi Nakamoto, he doesn't own a supercomputer. (It appears he fraudulently claimed it to get a tax rebate he wasn't entitled to, hence the Australian Tax Office raid.)
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-12OK, so, TERFs, right? They hate trans people, right? Now, behold: a bunch of "gender critical" trans women.
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23BuzzFeed editor-in-chief: fair to call Donald Trump a 'mendacious racist'
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23How social affinity groups tend towards extreme views.
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33"...the conservative grassroots have become inundated with false information that leads them to put pressure on conservative members of Congress to do things that aren't grounded in reality."
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26America reacts to the Planned Parenthood shooting.
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11Storefront fortune tellers in 19th century New York City.
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31What happens when you read people the Bible and tell them it's the Quran?
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19Matt Taibbi: America Is Too Dumb for TV News
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37Ex-Muslim activist Maryam Namazie gives talk at Goldsmiths university over blasphemy and apostasy in Islam. Islamist thugs show up and begin harassing and threatening her, with local feminist group defending them afterwards.
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1715 things I learnt about Islam and British values being a gay boy living opposite a mosque.
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6How the media no longer being the gatekeepers of social knowledge is changing everything.
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-19The corporate cooption of Trans™ and what to do about it.
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-2Jeff Sparrow on how to move the new atheism past Dawkins and Harris.
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24Jeremy Corbyn: so isolated politically that he can only call upon the support of a shadowy group of people known in the UK as “voters”.
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-14How an attempt to troll for the 24/7 ISIS's Jihadi Help desk might look like.
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10ITV News gaffe: coverage of black comedian Lenny Henry's knighthood accidentally includes footage of black TV chef Ainsley Harriott (while Sir Lenny discusses diversity in television). The Twittersphere reacts with predictably mockery.

[edit] November 2015

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45Frustrated Gunman Can’t Believe How Far He Has To Drive To Find Nearest Planned Parenthood ClinicThe Onion
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