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[edit] May 2017

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22A new experiment in teaching kids to be critical thinkers and combat pseudoscience and fake news shows promise.
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19Hoaxers, with an axe to grind on gender studies, pay to get paper published in predatory open-access journal too new to have an impact factor, Cogent Social Sciences, arguing that penises cause global warming. Apparently vanity published papers prove postmodernism is false. PZ Myers dissects this silly stunt.
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-11Was the Tea Party born in this dominatrix's Indiana fetish dungeon?
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19Robert E. Lee was not that good a General, says The Washington Post.
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39Sovereign citizens — not "radical Islam" — are the biggest terrorist threat in the US.
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21Fox News scandal widens. Astroturfing, stalking, and smears, oh my!
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18String theory still hasn't solved its previous problems, and it's accumulating new ones now too.
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-6The Week on liberals' free speech amnesia.
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-46The American Conservative On comparing Jacksonian-style conservative populism with Bernie Sanders liberal populism—Until Jackson, no American politician captured the evils of crony capitalism as sharply and powerfully as this combative frontier figure with his hair-trigger temper and pugilistic style.... His program—low taxes, small government, a level playing field for all Americans, strict construction of the Constitution—became the program favored by most Americans.
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14Stephen Colbert "interviews" President Donald Trump (YouTube link).

[edit] April 2017

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32Vox defends proportional representation as a solution to America's gerrymandering troubles.
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8Anita Sarkeesian wraps up Tropes vs. Women in Video Games.
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17An editor of scientific writing receives a solicitation for papers from a dubious urology journal, goes all out with a theme borrowed from an episode of the TV show Seinfeld, gets published in the journal, and skips out on the $799 fee.
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18Harvard Business School and the Propagation of Immoral Profit Strategies
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-22A hard-to-buy read: Salon states the alt-right didn't start out as racist. (Part 2; Part 3.)
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2The nerve of these guys! Sean and Melissa Morton, convicted felons, bid to raise $10,000 on Indiegogo
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21My strange journey into transhumanism.
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3Don't be fooled by his otherwise progressive policies, Justin Trudeau is paralleling Trump's environmental goals to Drill Baby Drill.
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13Various opinions about the Indian state Maharashtra's recommendation of making prenatal sex determination mandatory to prevent female foeticideWikipedia's W.svg.
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-56Quoting Patton Oswalt on Gamergate opponents jailed: "the 'male feminist ally turns out to be a creeper/harasser" is the 'family values politician turns out to be gay' for millenials".
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24Rise of "beg-packers": shameless Western backpackers begging money for travelling around Asia.
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19The ecological disaster that is Trump’s border wall: a visual guide
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20The red-blue divide persists even when people order science books from Amazon.
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23Is it foolish for a woman to cycle alone across the Middle East?

[edit] March 2017

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3The hidden sexism in workplace language.
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20Lessons of the anti-Berlusconi opposition are applicable to the anti-Trump opposition, says Jacobin.
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28Why Donald Trump's morally repugnant budget must be defeated.
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10The west condemned Russia’s bombs – now coalition attacks are killing civilians in Mosul.
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15"Are Baby Boomers A ‘Generation Of Sociopaths’?" HuffPo reviews a book that argues they "are beset with egotism, impulsivity and a shocking lack of empathy.
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35Trump lie-tracker: Trump has lied 317 times during past 64 days in office.
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-45How to convince "skeptics" that climate change is a problem. Scott Adams sides with climate scientists out of principle, but he lists 14 points that, he claims, make the case look like a scam.
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4National Review accurately explains why Trump won and Hillary lost (nope, still not Russia).
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13In China, Temple of Heaven's toilets use face-recognition technology to track toilet-paper usage and foil smugglers, thus reducing waste by 70%.
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12Researchers examine what helps settle disputes with extremists on wikis.
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-19"Not to be melodramatic, but... You're changing a fundamental part of what makes reddit, reddit." - Redditors shocked as Reddit to become more like a social network, reddits to be called "legacy".
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17Should measures of poverty and well-being include the environment?
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23Cracked - I Was A Hardcore Conservative: What Changed My Mind
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14What are rhino horns really for?
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45The Dutch far right’s election donors are almost exclusively American.
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11Understanding the long-run effects of Africa’s slave trades
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52The creator of the blatantly fake UndergroundNewsReport.com shared his outlandish (and totally false) stories to pro-Trump groups on Facebook, who fell for it hard: "It seemed that there wasn’t anything I could write that was too wild or outrageous to be believed by this particular audience."
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-18How Trump has destroyed the imperial Presidency.
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2Space exploration isn't a cure for our society.
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14The unexpected challenges of motherhood.
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20Repealing the Affordable Care Act can make it more difficult to retire earlier due to job lock.
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-19Is transgender identity inherited?
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41Israeli Comedy Show Host Implores Israelis to Wake Up and Smell the Apartheid
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21All you need to know about the upcoming Dutch general election, via The Grauniad. Also, some information about the country's electoral system.
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34Life on earth may have emerged much earlier that previously theorized, according to scientists studying fossils in Canadian rocks.

[edit] February 2017

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22There’s a new automated propaganda machine driving global politics. How Cambridge Analytica, a private company of which Steven Bannon is a board member, contributed to the victory of Trump in the election and what big data analysis will mean for the future of democracy.
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29To assess how badly disoriented incoming patients are, emergency room doctors often ask the same set of questions: What is your name? Where are we? What is the date? Who is the president of the United States? Since January 20, a WTF?! response has become common when people are told the identity of the new POTUS.
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32Dinesh D'Souza's crappy political hit piece, "Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party," wins the 2017 Razzie for Worst Picture. Besides worst picture, "Hillary's America" also won worst actor and director for Dinesh D'Souza (who played himself), and worst actress for the unnamed person who played Clinton. The Razzies website follows up in a good-natured way by featuring a flattering mugshot of D'Sousa.
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3A dumb idea: Salon deleting the Todd Nickerson pedophilia articles. P.S.: I've started a petition for Salon to bring them back. Please sign. Thank you!
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39Laurie Penny covers the downfall of Milo, live from the scene. Bring popcorn.
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12A video compilation showing Bill Maher's racist bigotry over the years. Update: Here he is defeding a 35-year-old who raped a child; he goes as far as to say that their relationship was loving and that our society oppressed.
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9Jacobin tells us to "Free Tibet".
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39The Grauniad on "populist correctness", aka the right's tendency to get triggered by whatever doesn't fit their worldview.
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21Under Trump, Gamergate no longer has any role independent of the alt-right, says Vice.
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10Ken Johnston poses as an astronaut + comments by James Oberg.
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22President Trump in the words of candidate Trump (YouTube link).
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22National Review discovers what it calls the "tough guy right".
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18Apparently, Alex Jones can and indeed has declined, says Vice.
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10Reason: "Ashton Kutcher Claims He Helped Cops Save Way More Sex-Trafficking Victims Than Authorities Say They've Found"
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27How a user account of prolific conservative Daniel John Sobieski, 68, tweets 1000 times a day including while he sleeps with the help of bots.
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19How Israeli tech firms sneakily do business in Gulf Arab states and its potential to lead to peace deal between these long time arch rivals.
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28Kremlinology revitalized: "We’ve fucked up so much that it’s made us afraid of victory; faced with an enormous and implacable enemy, there are people who are now convinced that its power is infinite.(...) If Steve Bannon’s pants fell down tomorrow and he tottered crying into a muddy pond, there would be someone ready to announce that actually, this made him even more omnipotent than he was before."
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34A brief history of all the things so-called president Donald Trump has declared "so-called", including judges, journalists, leaders, climate change and the popular vote.

[edit] January 2017

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30Trump aide Steve Bannon could be using the immigration ban and bogus voter fraud charges as part of a larger scheme.
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20“This Is the Violence of Which I Approve”: A short history of the political violence that helped Mussolini attain power.
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24 A counterpoint to the previous post: Weak and Incompetent Leaders Act Like Strong Leaders
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21The Trump regime's consolidation of power: a trial balloon for a coup?
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16BBC: Regarding the global diversity of cognitive styles, communalism vs. rugged individualism may not be influenced so much by East vs. West as by more localized factors like the placement of a river between two towns, or the crops grown by previous generations.
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19George Monbiot, writing for The Guardian, tells us that the thing we should be most afraid about with Der Orangenführer is not white supremacy or fake news but the opaque network of front groups behind many of his administration's people.
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17Americans are very strong in their opinions about abortion, but they are very nuanced.
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20BBC: The hidden danger of euphemisms. This sneaky language is the enemy of clarity, from George Orwell to your office.
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25The Intercept: "Executive Orders Are Normal; Trump's Are Only Appaling Because of What They Say".
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22The pitfalls of translating Donald Trump's rambling, inarticulate comments into other languages.
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29 Trump sold America a miracle cure, but he won't be blamed if it fails.
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-15Jacobin: Betsy DeVos and John Lewis: birds of a feather.
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4Actually reasonable reasons for one person having voted Trump (don't worry, it's from a college essay published in Mother Jones).
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16The Intercept: "Kentucky's New Fetal Pain Law Like Most Abortion Restrictions Is Based on Junk Science".
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14Vox: A piece about how Trump's razor thin victory and Congressional headbutting could make him the right wing Jimmy Carter.
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13Gwyneth Paltrow probably has a sign at her house: [0] DAYS SINCE LAST VAGINA WOO PRONOUNCEMENT
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3Hard Style: We Interviewed the Actor Who Plays Milo Yiannopoulos
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11The Intercept: "Obama's pardon of Gen. James Cartwright is a new twist in the war on leaks". (Obama has been letting out Bush-era leakers, but not Obama-era ones.)
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11Cracked: "7 Things You Only Find Out as a Lawyer to the Poor".
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-12Is Tolerance a One-Way Street? Reflections on the second anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo terror attack.
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-9You suspected it was true all along. An Icelandic study suggests that educational interests are selected against by natural selection.
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24A Cracked study finds the Trump Campaign used fake Twitter accounts as an excuse for more Trump tweets to share.
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8Requiem for a Lightweight (Markos Moulitsas).
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10How Barack Obama paved the way for Donald Trump.
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8Obama’s Legacy? The Imperial Presidency That He Passes On To Trump
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8What Happened in Aleppo?
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14Paul Krugman on how republics end, drawing comparisons between the Trump era and the Roman Empire.
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14Trump and the Dangers of Secret Law: how classified legal decisions regulate the US government's use of surveillance, detention and torture.
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23It's Time to Take Sexism Seriously as a Political Force, exploring how Assange, Putin and Trump are united by their attitudes to women.
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11ObamaCare: a rogue goat
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8David Horowitz: "A Most Brilliant Individual".
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8The Guardian: "Buzzfeed was wrong to scoop us publish the Trump rumours. Here's why". The Guardian: "Intelligence sources vouch for credibility of Russia dossier author Christopher Steele."
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20Gizmodo: 4chan trolls spin elaborate story about how they are the origin of the "Pissgate" scandal. Don't take their word for it.
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4"The Deep State Goes to War with President-Elect, Using Unverified Claims, as Democrats Cheer"
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2Glenn Greenwald details how The New York Times publishes falsehoods about Edward Snowden.
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-9Reason contrasts Donald Trump today to Elizabeth II in the time of Netflix's Emmy-winning The Crown, and both to George Washington.
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11Massachusetts Should Reject Naturopaths: Letter to Gov. Charlie Baker
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15New York Times: How to Destroy the Business Model of Breitbart and Fake News And then, ironically, Breibart and Infowars call New York Times fake news.
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21U.S. Decline to Banana Republic Accelerates as Trump Places Son-in-Law Jared Kushner in White House.
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21Fake news is a scapegoat. Blaming it alone is not the answer to a democracy in crisis.
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-2RT news reacts to DNI reacting to RT.
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0Was 2016 really especially dangerous for celebrities?
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13 Social Instability Lies Ahead, according to researcher at University of Connecticut
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18 Opponents of the sweeping Republican agenda have an unexpected ally: right-wing legislative incompetence.
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-3Reason: "Hey Media: Let’s Not Turn Russian Hackers into the Next WMDs, Okay?" + "The Other Way the Debate About Russian Hacking is Like the Debate About WMDs".
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27Sorry West Virginia, but Hillary Clinton was on to something: solar power may be cheaper than coal within a decade.
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