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[edit] July 2016

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2Police shootings bring into spotlight the 2006 FBI report about white supremacists infiltrating law enforcement.
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8Want police reform? Charge rich people more for speeding tickets
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10The LED Quandry: Why there's no such thing as built to last.
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10Here's why Blue Lives Matter is a racist hate group.
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10The pharmaceutical industry has become a major health hazard to the American people.
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6Renowned hacktivist "Phineas Fisher" gives an interview to Vice about the complicated relationship between law enforcement around the world and hackers... as a puppet.
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7It's Official: Hillary Clinton Is Running Against Vladimir Putin
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10Ending the violence.
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14The Shadow Over Cleveland: Donald Trump as Supernatural Horror. A semi-tongue-in-cheek but also-completely-serious argument for Trump-as-eldritch-abomination by way of Harry G. Frankfurt's On Bullshit and the horror philosophy of S. T. Joshi and Thomas Ligotti.
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8Stephen Colbert on the word "trumpiness". Hello, nation! (YouTube link)
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12Melani's speech reveals how vapid political speeches are.
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6Rudy Giuliani's history of racist rants. (Cato)
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7Drug users are being slaughtered right now and no one cares. (Cracked)
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4What happened in Turkey?
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7The world is taking its revenge against elites. When will America's wake up?
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11"Sixty years ago, the Republican Party was advocating for civil rights and gender equality, a stronger welfare state, and environmental protection. This is the story of the Republican Party that once was."
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18Roger Ailes, Bullshit Mountain CEO and Chairman, is set to be ousted as a result of an internal probe into sexual harassment allegations made against him. No news yet whether or not Carrie Fisher will reprise her role.
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9Why Japan (National Review) and South Korea may be slipping from liberal democracies into fascist dictatorships.
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16Three bystanders who filmed and shared videos of killings by cops say they've been targeted by police ever since.
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11Report confirms UK media's bias against Jeremy Corbyn
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8Karen Armstrong, Lawrence Krauss, and Greg Epstein discuss whether religion is responsible for violence.
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11Anti-Semitic Trump supporters go after David Harris Gershon, here are his thoughts on the matter.
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15How Western media would cover Baton Rouge if it happened overseas.
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9Obama says Black Lives Matter. But he doesn't ensure they do.
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-16Is My Intolerance of Your 
Intolerance Intolerant? How Islamists and their allies among the Western left smear their critics as Muslimophobes.
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13How technology disrupted the truth.
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20"But from both a strategic and moral perspective, the worst thing that could be done in response to the horror of incidents like Nice would be to give ISIS what it says it wants: polarization and communal hatred." "Far-right parties hostile to minorities are growing in popularity in Europe, while in the United States, polls show significant public support for once-unthinkable measures like banning non-citizen Muslims from the country."
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-1Obama has failed victims of racism and police brutality.
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13Dear #WeAreTheLeft, you are not the Left.
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17The near certainty of anti-police violence.
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8Gun Deaths: Putting gun-related fatalities in the news into perspective.
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18A neuroscientist explains the unconscious racial biases behind deadly police shootings.
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-2The Clintonite Democrats are now to the right of Bush on Palestinian rights.
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5How AIPAC is using black leaders to erase Palestinian suffering from the DNC platform.
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21The religious cult secretly running Japan.
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6Barret Brown writes about his life in federal prison.
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19I Am A Transwoman. I Am In The Closet. I Am Not Coming Out.
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11Legalizing certain illegal jobs: a way to end police harassment. From Reason.
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16A lovely analysis of the politicians behind the Brexit - "one Etonian backstabbing another"
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13Economist William K. Black explains how white collar crime kills and maims more people than blue collar crime.
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10Despite rampant comparisons, 2016 is nowhere near as bad as 1968.
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9Death in Black and White.
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19It’s more than just the killings and the racism, it’s the extortion too.
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12Abu Zabaydah describes his years of torture by the CIA.
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25America: a very class-divided society - the example of "white trash".
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8The Chilcolt Report reveals two things: Iraqi lives don't matter and that Western aggression causes terrorism.
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16Why modern America scares me: By an internment camp survivor.
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9The Dallas PD's decision to use a remote control device to deliver lethal force raises serious legal quetions on a new era of policing.
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-14After Dallas shooting, it's not Us vs. the Cops
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11Why Marwan Barghouti may be the Palestinian Nelson Mandela.
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13Here are 8 white people who pointed guns at police officers who didn't get killed.
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14Inside the deadly world of private prisoner transport.
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-23Jimmy Dore catches an awkward tweet by Elizabeth Warren. Oops!
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5Sarah Lyall of the New York Times on the Brexit aftermath: British Politics Gives a Sense of Government by Old School Chums
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15You know those cheap roadside narcotics tests -- the ones where a cop puts a mysterious white substance in a plastic blister pack and it changes color if it's cocaine or opioid? It turns out that they may be no more accurate than if the cop and the accused had instead played rock-paper-scissors to determine the outcome.
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18Clinton’s Emails, GamerGate, and How the Word “Corruption” Became Meaningless
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14Everything the British media have misreported about the EU since 1992
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13Economic Theorists: The high priests of Capitalism.
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16Liberals need to stop writing off non–college educated workers.
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10How the U.S. military promotes its weapons arsenal to the public.
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13Beware the ‘empathy-washing’ of self-proclaimed caring capitalists.
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6The coup against Corbyn was planned to stop him calling for Blair’s head after Chilcot.
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4Inside the Kuweires air base in Syria after its 2-year siege.
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12The terrorists the Saudis cultivate in peaceful countries.
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13Policing the police. (Documentary by PBS)
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8Confessions of a former internet troll: "Trolling as an impulse has always been largely the domain of white men. They — we — are all anxious."
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6Poe's Law and the Brock Turner case.
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10The right-wing populism that drove Brexit can only be fought with a genuinely radical alternative.
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13Ending the racist prison system begins with telling the truth about its injustices.
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18When prosecutors withhold information, innocent people go to prison — or worse. (Video by Reason)
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18Corporate fraud demands criminal time.
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12Arresting America: Are your police really protecting you?
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9An alternative to the madness of proving police injustice.
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9Netanyahu’s bloody incitement.
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25Chinese mining companies have effectively taken over Bitcoin, leading to the American libertarians backing it for ideological reasons begging them ineffectually for their desired changes. Unscrupulous actors motivated by short-term profit dominating a market in the absence of regulation? Say it ain't so!
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18When your joke online petition goes nuts: I have accidentally founded an independence movement.

[edit] June 2016

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9Making abortion rights real.
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13The working-class wounds hidden behind Trump voters’ racism.
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5An interesting comparison between the responses of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to the recent attack in Istanbul, Turkey.
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19Republicans find out once again that trying to appease the far right is a fool's errand: wingnuts now are floating the idea that Congressional Republicans are part of the Benghazi "conspiracy" because they refuse to say that Obama and Hillary were behind the attacks.
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4The violence of eviction.
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30The tyranny of forced fun at work.
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4How should property rights in space be governed?
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17The toxic myth that working moms fail their kids is based on old pseudoscience.
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19A world without work isn't a bad thing.
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2Brexit's success shows the failures of the West's established institutions.
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10How American Politics Went Insane
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9Donald Trump, Poland, and America 'B'.
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14Why does homelessness look the same in San Franciso?
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14America's shameful history of mistreatment of migrant workers.
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8Confessions of a payday lender.
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12The "knowledge economy" is a myth.
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5Social justice and democracy must be at the heart of Brexit negotiations.
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7Everyone should love explainers: Why Brexit Should Scare The Shit Out Of You, Explained
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13Brexit: the reaction from that immigrant Englishwoman in Portugal from the other day. (This time, just pull down to the end of the Portuguese text to read the English one, although you'll still have to click the blue rectangule in order to continue to read the text.)
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15Andrew Cuomo’s BDS blacklist is a clear violation of the First Amendment.
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8Fully Loaded: Inside the shadowy world of America's 10 biggest gun manufacturers.
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7The Democrats gun reforms are weak and disingenuous.
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19My four months as a private prison guard
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19Twitter Trolls Are Reporting Pro-LGBT Muslim Women to Their Governments, Where Punishment Can Mean Death
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14"Today, I can no longer disregard the inconvenient fact that I was a quack": Former Naturopathic doctor Britt Marie Hermes speaks of the start to her journey into the world of real medicine.
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21Donald Trump’s problems are making it too easy for Democrats to ignore their own.
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14The best courtroom transcript ever recorded.
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10What it's like to have your period in a women's prison.
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5How union contracts shield police departments from DOJ reforms.
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8I grew up in a racist militia. (Cracked)
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17Someone from the Daily Caller tries to pick a fight with Snopes. It goes about as well as you'd expect.
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-6The Democrats' war against due process and terrorist fearmongering have long predated Orlando.
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6How years of macho food marketing is killing men.
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1The return of lesser evilism.
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5Why did white workers leave the Democratic Party?
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1Death has become a part of Britain’s benefits system.
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-9These are the nine lost souls the FBI charged as terrorists while letting the Orlando shooter go.
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11Cracked: I (Charlie Veitch) Was A Professional 9/11 Truther (And I Gave It Up)
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5There can be no racial justice until we end money bails.
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7Scientific publishers are killing research papers.
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-4A Twitter thread on why the "Berniebro" narrative is harmful to PoC and women.
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16Youth unemployment is caused by late retirement, driven by pension precarity, not by automation.
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4An immigrant Englishwoman in Portugal talks about Brexit (to read the English version, just click on the blue rectangule that says "continuar a ler", then scroll down 'till the end of the Portuguese text, which is just a little bit more).
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10Six answers to the question behind Donald Trump’s immigration ban.
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14Why wasteful military spending never stops. (The American Conservative)
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11The US's mental health crisis ensnares inmates, judges, jailers and hospitals.
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12Why doesn’t education in juvenile detention facilities get any attention or support?
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6Remembering the 1953 East German worker's strike.
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1The FBI was right not to arrest Omar Mateen before the shooting.
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8The shadowy war on the press: How the rich silence journalists.
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5How Israel is inciting Palestinian violence.
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-3Recalling the judge that sentenced Brock Turner may hurt racial minorities.
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10My mom was killed in the Charleston shooting. Executing Dylann Roof won’t bring her back.
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11How I bought an AR-15 in a Five Guys parking lot.
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12How juice companies game science to perpetuate the myth that cranberry prevents UTIs
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9Britain is in the midst of a working-class revolt.
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9I escaped Romania's dictatorship, went to Oxford and started a business – all thanks to European openness.
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11Why is Jo Cox's killer not being called a terrorist?
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167 bullshit cures for Zika that are spreading online
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32"This is just soul-crushingly awful": A live-tweet of the June 14 Trump Rally in Greensboro, NC by a Georgia Southern U. professor.
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14Public defenders can be biased and it hurts PoC.
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1The Supreme Court is afraid of racial justice.
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-6What activist Jasmine Richards's "lynching" conviction means for the Black Lives Matter movement
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-19I don't have to vote and I can still complain. (The Federalist)
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11Poor Native Americans have a hard time recieving a lawyer.
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22How Menards bombards its employees with right-wing propaganda
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11Since When Is An Act of Terrorism an Act of God?: A discussion of religiously-motivated/ideologue-driven hate from a devout LGBT Catholic.
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15After Orlando, time to recognize that anti-gay bigotry is not religious freedom
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266 ways Ronald Reagan ruined the country. (Cracked)
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10United States of Paranoia: A look at the targeted individuals community.
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29Only the rich are gaining from the recovery after the Great Recession.
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9PTSD may be more physical than psychological.
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15Senator Ron Wyden and Judge Andrew Napolitano (video) have both come out against the FBI's unconstitutional attempt to increase their warrantless surveillance access over internet browsing history.
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4The Humanist Report on why Bernie Sanders should not drop out before the Democratic Convention in July.
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0The UK might leave the European Union. Here’s why.
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11The State of Surveillance. - Vice News
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12Your definitive guide to the Silicon Valley's bizarre politics.
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15All human knowledge is there so why can’t everybody access it?
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8Democrats work with Big Tobacco and Big Pharma to choke the vaping industry.
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14Drones emerge from shadows to become key cog in U.S. war machine.
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16Three years on, it appears Snowden's leaks have damaged the NSA so badly that it's healthier than ever.
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13Tased in the chest for 23 seconds, dead for 8 minutes, and now facing a lifetime of recovery.
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17The Day the Micropig Internet Mob Came After Me: a reminder of the Greater Internet Fuckwad Theory[wp] and how a small vocal group on the Internet can turn into a storm of harassment and anger over something as innocuous as an album of cute tiny pig photos.
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5Kyle Kulinski on Bernie Sanders' response to a journalist asking whether or not it is sexist of him to keep running against Hillary Clinton.
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2The Bitcoin price is an illusion built by faked volume: A sale of 265 coins crashed the price.
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17Everyone from the The Week and Salon, to the National Review and Reason agree that Andrew Cuomo's order against businesses and organizations associated with BDS is a threat to freedom of expression.
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9Challenging police violence shouldn’t require black Americans to sacrifice their privacy.
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6This is where Libertarians abandon fusionism with social conservatives.
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9The myth of of the 70's ice age prediction.
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3These photos show some of the many places people have died crossing the US's southern border.
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23When DNA implicates the innocent.
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-3Tattoo recognition research threatens free speech and privacy.
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9To stop bad prosecutors the Fed must gain oversight over them.
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13Andrew Cuomo and other Democrats launch severe attacks on free speech in order to protect Israel.
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5Nixonian palace guard now protects Hillary - Jonathan Turley
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9How MSG got a bad rap: Flawed science and xenophobia.
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12John Oliver explains debt buyers.
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38Now that Muhammad Ali is dead and no longer able to respond, conservatives are already rushing to whitewash and claim him for themselves, just like they did with "MLK the Republican" (Spoilers: he wasn't one either).
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9Cruel and Unusual: Radiolab explores the legal history of the death penalty.
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13Three IMF economists have released a report doubting the success of neoliberalism.
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16As restrictions on free speech grow we must speak out to save it.
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12Doubt grows as Michel Temer's presidency continues to crumble under corruption.
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3Having Their Cake and Eating Ours Too
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20Your money or your life data: How Russian cybercrime bosses crafted a ransomware empire out of an economic crisis.
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9It should be OK to teach "wrong" ideas in science. Case study: the Bohr model.
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