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[edit] May 2016

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2We must restore Congressional authority on declaring war. - Rand Paul
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5The conviction of Purvi Patel and the criminalization of abortion.
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13The Fall of Salon. “These Salon headlines are like the bastard child of World Net Daily and the LaRouche Times … In retrospect it's scary to think that Salon was maybe always just one @joanwalsh or @KerryLauerman away from derp oblivion.”
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2The travails of Dannel Malloy.
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5Still selling neoliberal unicorns.
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4The Catholic cure for poverty.
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2How did the Japanese react to Obama's vist to Hiroshima.
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0The imperfect surveillance state.
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-41Were the superdelegates to switch to Bernie like he's demanding them to, it would be a huge nullification of Democratic party’s voters of color and the woman they back in favor of a white male candidate predominantly supported by white men, aka "White Privilege"
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2The problem isn't populism, it is the elites.
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21Why the war on cops is BS.
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16How cracking down on America's painkiller capital led to a heroin crisis.
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5The System Isn't Rigged Against Sanders.
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6How the FBI's crusade against Apple radicalized the Silicon Valley.
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11Why the "Do Not Call" list has become ineffective.
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10How the Defense Department resists audits.
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16The high price of security theater.
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9The shameful way the Feds protected convicted pedophile billionaire, Jeffrey Epstein.
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9John Oliver explains how FUBAR the US's primary and caucus elections are.
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18TheRabidPuppies.Com is bought and developed by bizarro butt-pounding erotica phenom Chuck Tingle.
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15A Trotskyist goes to North Korea.
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19Oppose naturopathy: let's stop legitimizing pseuodoscience as medicine.
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11Authoritarianism: The political science that explains Trump (youtube)
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10James O'Keefe stings himself.
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3The Rehabilitation Paradox.
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7Shaun King: Why I am leaving the Democratic party.
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16Matt Taibbi, How Trump is killing the Republican party. Yes, another; this is pretty good.
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8The President should ask Debbie Wasserman-Schultz to step down as DNC chair.
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5Submitted for your consideration: another op-ed on Donald Trump.
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0Nice Grandpa Bernie Sanders Gonna BURN YOUR SH*T DOWWWWWN
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11What I’ve learned as a jail doctor.
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3Kyle Kulinsky explains why Republican voters may be more liberal than you think.
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5Let's Recreate 9/11 fundraiser! "So far Salo has raised £72 from five backers."
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10How Elon Musk exposed billions in questionable Pentagon spending.
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14Hank Green talks epistemology, conspiracy theory, and religion on Crash Course Philosophy.
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6The secret history of superdelegates and why they will decide the Democratic primary. (Autoplay video)
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9Living in the shadow of the Mexico-US border wall.
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8Palestinians on Nakba Day 2016
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14How Herbalife's Gospel of health and wealth fuels a billion-dollar deception.
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7Burying the white working class.
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18American workers don't miss manufacturing jobs, they miss labor unions.
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9Why we need more Edward Snowdens.
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-310 laws you may be breaking right now.
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19"Hot, paranoid singles in your area are looking for you on Awake Dating"
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27Donald Trump's former butler, now volunteer historian, has questioned on Facebook why Obama wasn't executed by the military for being an "enemy agent". He goes on to wonder why Clinton and Sanders were even allowed to run and also casually threatens harm against "other agents" in the current administration. A little investigation by Mother Jones shows a fairly extensive history of these comments and replies in support of his ideas that, well, make Stormfront look nice and fuzzy.
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17Harvard Public Health Review: Brazil’s Zika problem is inconveniently not ending, leading to a bitter truth: the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games must be postponed, moved, or both.
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7Here’s the Real Reason Everybody Thought Trump Would Lose. (Hint: "Here’s the factor I think everybody missed: The Republican Party turns out to be filled with idiots. Far more of them than anybody expected.")
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6The secret NSA diary of an Abu Ghraib interrogator.
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8Jon Stewart grills Trump, Clinton, and the media on David Axelrod's show.
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22Homeopathic doctors threaten five-second strike
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14Peace Officer: PBS's documentary on the militarization of the US's law enforcers. (Video not accessible outside of the US) (Downloadable copy of the video for anyone outside of the US)
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33John Oliver explains the problem with misreporting and oversimplifying scientific studies in the media
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13When Iraq was Clinton's war.
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16Bernie Sanders misses a chance to explain the government's role in the life expectancy gap.
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9Solitary confinement is "no touch" torture, and it must be abolished
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9Violence in Syria increases as the ceasefire fails and Aleppo lies in ruins.
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16How to end the criminalization of America’s mothers.
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-1They made him an idiot.
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10Labels like "felon" are an unfair life sentence.
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10For Gazans, Israeli shelling harkens back to 2014 war.
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19Why prostitution shouldn't be a crime.
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9Former US diplomats decry the US-backed Saudi violence in Yemen.
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1Free Speech and Islam — The Left Betrays the Most Vulnerable
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19Apple says: I'll take your music and if you don't like it... too bad. The reaction is what you'd expect.
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21VOXMAN POUNDED IN THE BUTT BY LITERALLY WHO: Chuck Tingle and Zoe Quinn pwn Vox Day. (Ursula Vernon commemorates the occasion in poetry.)
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1510 Strange Stories From Ron Miscavige’s Scientology Tell-all Ruthless
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-8Is America’s war on ISIS illegal? See also Betteridge's law of headlines
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23What we have now, is no longer a problem with the uninformed, but increasingly with the misinformed
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20Whistleblowing is an act of political resistance.
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18Why Craig Wright is not Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto but a huge conman with a long track record of shonky dealing. More technical overviews by Dan Kaminsky and ErrataSec, and The Register just takes the piss.

[edit] April 2016

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9Iraqis reflect on how the US invasion and occupation changed their lives forever.
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15A mockery of justice for the poor.
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22The theme of Donald Trump's primary campaign was casual racism. Get ready for him to go all-in on casual misogyny. It might actually work, as well.
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12The Forgotten Lessons of the American Eugenics Movement
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20Why ex-felons should be allowed to vote. By Reason.
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34A Cracked list to make your blood boil: 6 Horrifying Realities Of Dealing With Sandy Hook 'Truthers'
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13How the CIA writes history.
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6Michael Chabon: Israeli Occupation "The most grievous injustice I've ever seen in my life"
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14John Oliver explains everything wrong with Puerto Rico's financial crisis.
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19Canadian physicians criticize naturopaths in wake of toddler dying from meningitis.
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16Poland's Abortion Wars.
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15Why I Hated Being a Cop.
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28"The Fluoride Stare", the conspiracist name for the looks sensible people typically give them.
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15Why is the Obama Administration trying to keep 11,000 documents sealed?
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15The tools of campus activists are being turned against them.
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-23The smug style in American liberalism.
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5The real reason Dilma Rousseff’s enemies want her impeached.
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17Why haven’t bankers been punished?
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7How Hillary Clinton became a war hawk.
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17Obama went from condemning the Saudis to arming them.
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18Sanders and Kasich should ignore any pressure to quit.
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38Dylan Matthews writes a Vox explainer tying together neoreaction, the alt-right, 4chan, Gamergate, Milo Yiannopoulos and Donald Trump.
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21Naturopathic pediatrics is not safe (Former naturopath posts her syllabi for pediatrics courses to demonstrate that NDs cannot possibly provide safe medical care for children.)
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17The Secret History Of The Photo At The Center Of The Black Confederate Myth
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21Documents disclosed in Guardian lawsuit reveal for first time how Chicago police used punches, baton blows and Tasers at Homan Square, the off-the-books interrogation site.
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17Why a conservative legal organization is desperately trying to kill the Indian Child Welfare Act.
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13Sheriffs as outlaws (Or, in their own minds, as the ultimate arbiters of all law.)
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14Barack Obama never said money wasn't a corrupting influence.
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14Bill Clinton's crime bill destroyed lives.
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25On April 12, a Kickstarter for Social Autopsy, a proposed searchable databases of alleged cyberbullies' online footprints, was launched. Randi Harper explains why it's a really terrible idea.
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-3This is how superdelegates rig the system.
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-9The Libyan “Mistake” and the Obama doctrine.
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12Why the Goldman Sachs settlement is a $5 billion sham.
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3Democrats wage a war on their own core arguement against Citizens United.
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13Outrageous sentences for marijuana.
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-2History is clear: (American) Juries were supposed to be able to overturn laws. Potential jurors need to know -- they aren't allowed to tell you in court. (Those interested in the history of jury nullification in the United States[wp] should see the given WP link.)
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7What is the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act and why does Clinton criticize Sanders's support of it?
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6Did Blacks really endorse the 1994 Crime Bill?
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-7The various pathologies of young women.
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11Bill Clinton’s rant was a tutorial on all that’s wrong with the ‘New Democrats’.
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-18Why Soviet Russian refugees like Trump over Bernie. (The correct link this time!)
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5Exclusive interview by Glenn Greenwald with former Brazilian President Lula da Silva.
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11Does Trump have a point when he says the delegate system is corrupt?
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24The old global consensus on the war on drugs is crumbling.
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11A look at the US's Versailles.
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15Agnotology: the study of ignorance and who spreads it.
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4Just because Economics uses a lot of math, doesn't mean it's actually any more scientific than Astrology. "They don’t want to become like sociologists."
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12Obama’s gift to Donald Trump: A policy of cracking down on journalists and their sources.
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11The surveillance debate gets a needed dose of racial perspective.
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2It's The Federalist again, but they're in a roll today. This list of products they want Donald Trump to launch is absolutely hilarious (if a bit biased in some places towards Trump's former leftish believes).
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-25Why the Death Star makes no sense. (Note: it's The Federalist.)
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14"We have nothing." Yemen's Jews are leaving for Israel as the civil war gets worse.
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13David Brooks pens another head scratcher about making a "Lincoln Caucus" which will supposedly be more connected to the grass roots voter, instead of the Washington insiders like primary voters, so delegates can overrule primary voters and tell presidential nominees to get in line with the party or find someone new.
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-29Just wait for it, OK? (Skip to 3:25 if needed.)
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17Jurors need to take the law into their own hands.
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3AlterNet: Is Fox News feeling the fucking Bern [1]?
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10What makes a candidate more or less "electable"?
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06 Reasons Bananas Are On The Brink Of Extinction
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17April Fools hoaxes can't surpass authentic alternative medicine ideas.(Oh, hey, a link to RW)
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13Peter Hitchens apologises for being wrong about Thatcherism WARNING: Daily Mail blog link
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11Orac chronicles how one anti-vaxx troll boasts about abusing the Facebook reporting system. Don't people like her have anything better to do with their time?

[edit] March 2016

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15The CIA naked photos scandal is a wake-up call.
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-13What African Americans lost by aligning with the Democratic Party
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14Barney Frank, politician turned bank lobbyist, decides to dismiss everyone's concern about American politics as a Very Serious Person. Oh and y'know he hates Trump and stuff.
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15Inmates on their deathbeds should be free to spend their final days with their loved ones.
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16Antisemitism is a poison – the left must take leadership against it.
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8Meet the Anti-Muslim leaders advising Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.
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14Message to the elite media: When discussing difficulties college students face, stop focusing so much on private, elite colleges barely anyone goes to.
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20What anti-vaxxers sound like to normal people. (YouTube)
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20Trump and Cruz are giving ISIL the response they want.
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7Obama's hypocrisy on press freedom.
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19White America has a heroin problem because of the US's lack of treatment. We should remember that the War on Drugs was started because of racism and used to combat antiwar protesters.
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14The scariest thing about Brussels is our reaction to it
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14DEAD OR ALIVE XTREME 3 SEX STRIKE - OFFICIAL VIDEO - MEGA64 (parody of Gamergate)
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7Where will the DPP take Taiwan?
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11The long march of Bernie's army.
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6In Las Vegas, embattled forensic experts respond to scandals and flawed convictions.
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5Highlighting Western victims while ignoring victims of Western violence.
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23The Christian Right is dying.
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24There are many ways to support someone going through cancer treatment. Telling them what they could be doing to cure themselves isn't one of them.
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18 Jon Stewart's successor, Samantha Bee, stings Ted Cruz.
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15David Brooks pens another steaming pile of nonsense saying that Trump is the Angel of death for conservatism because of failures like the war in Iraq, globalization, and immigration policies held over from Reagans era depressed voters. All of which, including Trump, Brooks cheered on up until very recently. Not because of his policies, but because Trump is "loveless".
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24Pictures are starting to be released of the damage the occupiers committed during the Oregon standoff. Which also shows quite a bit more alcohol, cigarettes, and damage from angry wall punches than expressed in the occupiers vlogs.
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32ISIS has something to do with Islam and it is time to confront it.
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3Why supporting centrist forces is the wrong way to keep the Right out of power.
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9The Attack on American Muslims.
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23Why the gender pay gap persists: As Women Take Over a Male-Dominated Field, the Pay Drops
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8Black Americans and encryption.
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23An “Edgy Truther” Runs Into An MD And Gets A Very Rude Science Lesson
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-6Why Israelis like the Donald.
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-20The problem is not Donald Trump.
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25Why we must listen to the survivors of solitary confinement.
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12Jobs are for machines.
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15How the "sponsored content" racket works at supposedly "reliable source" journalistic outfits.
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12The Realities Facing Ultra-Orthodox Women in Israel.
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15How Black people are being shut out of America's weed boom.
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-4Most Americans still think watching porn is morally wrong.
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11Owning up to torture.
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16Exasperated non-believers in Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana are trolling Ken Ham's Ark Encounter pseudoscience theme park with billboards for the "Genocide and Incest Park, celebrating 2000 years of myths."
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23Manufacturing Jobs Are Never Coming Back.
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18David Brooks realizes that playing at being neutral (or showing only the mildest disdain), instead of actively pointing out Trump’s flaws, was a hideous mistake. For the first time ever, he tells his readers, "For me, it’s a lesson that I have to change the way I do my job if I’m going to report accurately on this country."
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5Clinton's position on the death penalty is indefensible.
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13Nominating Merrick Garland would be a disaster for those who are against expanding POTUS war time powers and are in favor of reforming police power. (Vox's piece for those who don't like Reason.) Update:Andrew Napolitano has just called Obama's nominee “Judge Garland is the most conservative nominee by a Democratic president in the modern era” while Orrin Hatch has praised him as "not only a fine nominee, but as good as Republicans can expect from (the Clinton) administration".(Autoplay video) Garland also has a problematic campaign finance reform record.
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34Little schadenfreude: Trump voters' aversion to foreign-sounding names may have cost him a few delegates
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22Media "neutrality" is a dangerous sham.
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0Working-Class Whites Have Moral Responsibilities -- In Defense of Kevin Williamson. (National Review. Take this as you will.)
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20How the 'New York Times' Sandbagged Bernie Sanders. Update: Now NY Times public editor, Margaret Sullivan, has chastised the paper for stealth-editing the piece.
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6Freethought Blogs partners with a new Social Justice Atheist blog hub called "the Orbit".
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22John Oliver takes on encryption.
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20The War on Terror is repeating itself.
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11Comedy will not defeat Trump.
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17Eventually someone will die during a Trump rally.
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-16Why Trump vs. Clinton would be a Nixon vs. Nixon contest.
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14My Wet and Wild Bitcoin Weekend On Richard Branson's Island Refuge
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37Ronald Reagan never took AIDS seriously.
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24Sanders has brought back the Monroe Doctrine to mainstream politics.
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10Hillary and Sanders have brought intersectionality to the mainstream politics.
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6 Kyle Kulinsky discusses some of the best lines of Bernie Sanders in the Democratic debate on Univision. Link corrected!
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11Hillary Clinton is a strong ally to human rights abusers.
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21A toddler dies from meningitis, governments need to block naturopathic pediatrics.(see also Naturopathy)
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20Hey pundits covering Bernie: Cool it with the stereotypes that Muslims and Arabs are anti-semitic.
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18Snowden: FBI claim that only Apple can unlock phone is “Bullshit”
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23California lawmakers should reject naturopathic doctors.
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29The Washington Post ran 16 negative stories about Bernard Sanders in 16 hours.
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16The insanity of the 1924 brokered convention.
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19Sam Harris: the hypocritical pseudo-intellectual.
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17John Oliver explains special districts.
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24Trump is America's Silvio Berlusconi.
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19Homeopathy reaches new levels of the ridiculous: car exhaust remedy "For this proving the exhaust of a 1962 Jaguar E-Type with no catalytic converter was gathered in a quart jar containing milk sugar. The jar was capped and allowed to sit for three days. The milk sugar was then ground to make the medicating potency."
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18Joe Biden: a national treasure
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21Just remember Donald Trump's conservative critics love torture and hate Muslims.
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9 Bill Maher discusses the "empathy gap" suffered by Republicans and gives a new rule on chess.
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16Dispelling common myths about Hillary Clinton's campaign.(The Onion)
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-11Larry Fink and his team are set to lead Hillary Clinton's Treasury Department.
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21Trump can silence protests while he is protected by the Secret Service.
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18From Secular Talk: A GOP senator who refuses to consider Supreme Court justice nominees gets an awesome reminder of his Constitutional obligation.
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20Israel unleashes an onslaught on human-rights NGOs, artists, and writers.
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27The Republican party is imploding.
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49 John Oliver finally gave into the temptation to talk about Donald Trump.

[edit] February 2016

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25America's unlearned lesson: the forgotten truth about why we invaded Iraq
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10Why self-driving cars must be programmed to kill
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15Why reporting on health and science is a good way to lose friends and alienate people.
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7How the alien hunters conquered astronomy
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7My son, the Columbine high school shooter: ‘a mother is supposed to know’
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-36Bernie should let out his inner Trump and expose Hillary as a liar to finally rid the earth of "Clintonism" once and for all.
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16If you work hard, own an iPhone and have no shame, you too can be an Amazon #1 best-selling author!
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22Trump is the GOP’s Frankenstein monster.
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10Donald Trump is winning because white America is dying.
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18Jezebel takes the Conspira Sea Cruise, featuring "one-man public health disaster" Andrew Wakefield.
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23Matt Taibbi explains the flaws in our social/media/electoral system: How America Made Donald Trump Unstoppable.
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-12Bernie Sanders is the worst Presidential candidate in US history. (Satire)
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6Trump's victories aren't mysterious.
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23Young Americans are extremely liberal and optimistic about the future.
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15 From the Road to the White House with Stephen Colbert: Marco Rubio uses stock Canadian footage in his campaign ad. It would have been more appropriate if Ted Cruz did this. Let's dispel the notion that Marco the Robot knows what he's doing. He has absolutely no idea what he's doing.
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6Annie Tan, Vincent Chin's niece, disagrees with the comparison made between Officer Liang's imprisonment and her uncle's murder.
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10John McAfee discusses the state of the US's cyber security.
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21 From Secular Talk: Bernie Sanders is attacked for his stance on healthcare and responds with stupidity-piercing facts.
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14What naturopaths say to each other when they think no one’s listening, part 2(see Naturopathy and Michael Uzick)
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20The Unbearable Asymmetry of Bullshit: It's vastly easier to produce than to refute.
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19Inside the world’s first transgender mosque.
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36How making it illegal to criticize Israel threatens free speech.
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-24Hillary’s Top Donor Just Bought The Onion — Started Publishing Propaganda Immediately
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12Vice takes a look at Electric Universe proponents.
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27That time Peyton Manning sexually assaulted and defamed an athletic trainer.
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-10New Atheism, Old Empire
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35When #BelieveTheVictims meets #DueProcess
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5How to tell if you believe in bullshit with a helpful board by Maddox.
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22What’s the point of acupuncture? A TCM practitioner wants out(see Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine)
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26Some libertarians are "feeling the bern" too: Is There a Libertarian Case for Bernie Sanders?/ (See also: Betteridge's law of headlines)
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23Iranian official claims that Republican legislators contacted the country to delay the release of hostages until after the presidential election. Shades of 1980?
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15So, 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 believes 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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16Why Hillary Clinton Doesn’t Deserve the Black Vote
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19"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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16An insight into the notorious Charismatic churches of Africa, and the calls for regulation surrounding them.
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16Zoe Quinn: Why I Just Dropped The Harassment Charges Against The Man Who Started GamerGate.
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18After 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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16Turns out pickup artists may be victims of the same patriarchy that they claim to be nonexistent.
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11On the 60s/70s fascination with the occult and the contemporary strength of conspiracy theories.
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29"The GOP Is a Failed State, and Trump Is Its Warlord."
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26The “pH Miracle Diet” naturopath is guilty, but California still has a problem(see Alkaline diet and Robert O. Young)
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28How abortion opponents secretly bought a Virginia abortion clinic to deceive women.
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28 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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34Federal Lawsuit Alleges That Two Towns Refused Water Requests for Non-Mormons
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24The FBI's claim that encryption prevents necessary surveillance is BS.
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26A 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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9Cracked: 5 Conspiracy Theories That Are Real (But Not How You Think).

[edit] January 2016

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32Bernie 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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27The Enlightenment was not an age of freedom: some history of freethought.
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12Rethinking juvenile justice
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19"The maths of the paper disproving conspiracy theories don't add up"
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-2"Identity Politics Is Neoliberalism"
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16 Kyle Kulinski reports on an 'adorable' attack ad against Bernie Sanders.
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26A skeptic on the Conspira-Sea-Cruise, day 2., featuring pseudolaw.
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-14"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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23A skeptic on the Conspira-Sea-Cruise, day 1.
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9"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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-25 Huge Scandals Happening Right Now (We've Been Ignoring)
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34Why 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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25The UK's Psychoactive substances bill is "one of the worst laws ever passed."
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22A whole mess of conservatives have taken to the pages of the National Review to denounce Donald Trump.
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16Vox has created a searchable database of dietary supplements and the pharmaceutical drugs illegally hidden within them.
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20David 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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35Astronaut 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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53The 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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33"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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214 Facts Anti-Government Militias Don't Want You To Know
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11Obama's science "moonshot" to put an end to cancer may not be a good idea...
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15The Church of England Just Hit a Milestone in Terms of Low Attendance
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17At 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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-235 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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28So 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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20The $58 Million Frivolous Lawsuit Against Richard Dawkins is Finally Over
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19The shady history of Harney County
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26We Hunted the Mammoth: a MRA version of the Force Awakens.
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-23Thomas 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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38Televangelists Say They Need Private Jets Because ‘Demons Fly Commercial’ (Video)
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-8Dog with Slice of Ham on Face Gets 1.3 Million Facebook Prayers (and Counting)

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16The Economist examines the injustice and absurdity of America's bail system.
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16Vaccine 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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-20 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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-35Wild 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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23A 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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19Not 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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-13OK, 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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12Storefront 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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7How the media no longer being the gatekeepers of social knowledge is changing everything.
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-21The corporate cooption of Trans™ and what to do about it.
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-1Jeff Sparrow on how to move the new atheism past Dawkins and Harris.
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25Jeremy 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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-15How 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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