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[edit] June 2017

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14The alt-right pulled a Conservapedia and ran way from the Jew run LIBERAL BIASED Wikipedia to build their own wiki.
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15Sad monkey: A bitter Ken Ham blames atheists and the secular media for the perceived financial failure of his Ark Park.
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35Sweden’s recycling is so revolutionary, the country has run out of rubbish, and has to import rubbish from other countries to keep its recycling plants going.
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-24The problem with the teaching of humanities today is that the professors undermine the value of the masterpieces they teach when they buy into the belief system that holds that "hegemonic forces of oppression have mystified us into believing in objective greatness."
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29The lesson of California's successful mandatory vaccination bill: merely explaining that vaccines don't cause autism won't convince parents to get their kids vaccinated. What does work is explaining to them herd immunity and epidemiology on top of it.

[edit] May 2017

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23Is the US government hiding evidence of alien visitors at Roswell or Area 51? We now can be sure they aren't.
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44A video exposing the corruption in Putin's government has been banned in Russia, so its makers have reuploaded it to PornHub.
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33In public understanding of science, "alternative facts" are the norm.
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39Star Trek Discovery — y'know, the series that shows races from all over the galaxy working together — now has an Asian captain and a black first officer. Right wingers are outraged by this clear example of "white genocide".
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46A new experiment in teaching kids to be critical thinkers and combat pseudoscience and fake news shows promise.
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28Hoaxers, 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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-20Was the Tea Party born in this dominatrix's Indiana fetish dungeon?
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28Robert E. Lee was not that good a General, says The Washington Post.
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49Sovereign citizens — not "radical Islam" — are the biggest terrorist threat in the US.
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33Fox News scandal widens. Astroturfing, stalking, and smears, oh my!
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21String theory still hasn't solved its previous problems, and it's accumulating new ones now too.
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-9The Week on liberals' free speech amnesia.
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-50The 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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16Stephen Colbert "interviews" President Donald Trump (YouTube link).

[edit] April 2017

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-3Arbital contributor and former MIRI intern arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.
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36Vox defends proportional representation as a solution to America's gerrymandering troubles.
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10Anita 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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19Harvard Business School and the Propagation of Immoral Profit Strategies
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-23A 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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20My strange journey into transhumanism.
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5Don't be fooled by his otherwise progressive policies, Justin Trudeau is paralleling Trump's environmental goals to Drill Baby Drill.
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14Various 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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-57Quoting 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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26Rise of "beg-packers": shameless Western backpackers begging money for travelling around Asia.
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20The ecological disaster that is Trump’s border wall: a visual guide
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21The red-blue divide persists even when people order science books from Amazon.
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24Is 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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16"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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36Trump lie-tracker: Trump has lied 317 times during past 64 days in office.
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-46How 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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14In 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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13Researchers examine what helps settle disputes with extremists on wikis.
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-20"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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24Cracked - I Was A Hardcore Conservative: What Changed My Mind
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14What are rhino horns really for?
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46The 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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-19How Trump has destroyed the imperial Presidency.
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4Space 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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22All 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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24There’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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30To 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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33Dinesh 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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4A 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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41The Grauniad on "populist correctness", aka the right's tendency to get triggered by whatever doesn't fit their worldview.
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22Under 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.
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