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[edit] April 2016

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28Libertarian Fox News reporter John Stossel gets cancer, goes to one of the best (privately-run) hospitals in America to beat it, then immediately turns around and calls them "socialist bureacracies" where "customer service stinks". Cancer treatment is a consumer good just like airlines and computers so how dare hospitals not compete for his dollars like other industries do!
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17Starting out with fair enough criticism of how one woman behaved at a recent UMass event, a blogger at Rebel Media soon descends into explicit praise of bullying.
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10Ray Comfort: “Join us to reach thousands of atheists, skeptics and tourists with the gospel.” at the 2016 Reason Rally.
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22With a lineup like this, the fight against the social justice warriors is surely already won. aaaaahahahahaa holy shit
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9Christina Hoff Sommers, Steven Crowder, and Milo Yiannopoulos walk into a bar UMass lecture hall. It goes about as well as you'd expect.
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6About the clog: Bloomberg unmasks "Tyler Durden" from ZeroHedge. (ZH replies.)
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12The Eagle Forum kerfuffle gets weird - Andy Schlafly calls Ted Cruz a feminist.
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7I think we have just reached peak Alex Jones
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36Everything in the Bible is true, NASA confirms (and by NASA I mean some guy who's never been proven to exist and is part of a story so firmly debunked even Creationists won't touch it)
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19Mike Adams fails at satire forever.(redirect)
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32Why conservative women are so pretty.
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3So, Prince died very recently and apparently he believed in chemtrails according to this interview on this article on Anonews
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42DirectX creator Alex St John has bemoaned game developers that have a 'wage slave' attitude, which he believes manifests in a bad work ethic that results in ungrateful, privileged workers complaining about petty things such as 'being paid fairly' and a poor 'work/life balance' leading to burnout. Of course, it's not as if he's never done anything of the sort hims- oh. Needless to say, the article got a spirited reaction from more sensible folk, including his daughter.
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37De Niro makes another U-turn, insisting that vaccines cause autism and urging people to watch Vaxxed. You broke my heart. You broke my heart.
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17 Seems that conspiracy theorists don't like SpaceX much. (Yes, I know that this is old.)
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11Functional programming conference LambdaConf invited racist slavery advocate Curtis Yarvin to speak, causing a massive backlash, a reactionary fundraiser based on a backstab myth and actually eminent functional programmers condemning them giving Yarvin a platform. John DeGoes from LambdaConf has posted his final statement on the matter: an attempt to derive a concept of "inclusivity" from first principles, complete with made-up jargon words and full diagrams. It's already being compared to Time Cube.
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28Vox Day: You know, those darn SJWs are so annoying... I should make a list of them.
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25Alexander Hart from VDARE insists the alt-right are so too very handsome manly heterosexual men who totally get the chicks and how dare Republicans say otherwise. Airbrushed picture at top: Milo Yiannopoulos. (HT Mammoth)
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26When an Australian mum changed her mind after her baby contracted whooping cough from her, and then made a public plea for pregnant mothers to get the whooping cough booster, anti-vaxxers threw a callous, conspiratorial shit-fit.
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26Hillary Clinton campaign chair echoes Clinton in getting the truth of aliens and Area 51.
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9 The Wall Street Journal discusses the possibility that CERN is opening the gates to Hell, or some demonic portals.
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29Louie Gohmert: Nowhere in the scriptures does it say that women should be chasing after fancy titles and knowledge. The only knowledge they need is the one we men allow them to have.
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37A plan to monetise Internet memes in a Bitcoin-based memetic Ponzi scheme.

[edit] March 2016

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11Time to leave the era of the binary gravy train and embrace fourth-dimensional computing. (Video courtesy of Retsupurae)
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13Sam Harris goes transhumanist: he confirms in his podcast (51:02 on) that the book he's writing with "an AI expert who had not attended college" is a collaboration with Eliezer Yudkowsky, to be a dialogue-based book (a.k.a. two guys pontificating, transcribed) about a Muzz-lim AI that destroys the world the ethical implications of artificial intelligences. Harris buys the MIRI line. He's also taken on board the claims of Aubrey de Grey (18:05 on).
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49Rationalism is a form of oppression and has no inherent value!.
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43Alex Jones says that Brussels was a false flag brought in by European governments.
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18Andrew Wakefield's "movie" is going to be screened at the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival, followed by a Q&A session (page now withdrawn). What the fuck. EDIT: It was Robert De Niro's fault. Another edit: Tribeca & De Niro do a 180: De Niro won't show anti-vaccine movie at Tribeca Film Festival
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30It is with a heavy heart that I must announce that the ephebotarians are at it again.
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7Eliezer Yudkowsky, despairing of human rationality in the face of AI risk, has decided that superior Bayesian thinking means you can beat Wikipedia at the educational game. You know, you really should read the Sequences Arbital. One of the very finest articles so far is The Rocket Alignment Problem, apparently a metaphor explaining MIRI's research output.
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76NaturalNews: "Ted Cruz is great! He's pro-Constitution! The mainstream media is unfairly attacking him! He is truly the only one (along with Trump) to stand up for our rights!"
Ted Cruz: "Opposing GMOs is 'anti-science zealotry'."
NaturalNews: "...AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA"
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25 Donald Trump is a true physics genius for overrunning centuries of established theoretical and empirical results.
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20Moral panic alert: A Tampa mother discovers that the symbol on the plush toy she bought for her 2-year-old daughter is allegedly a come-hither signal aimed at pedophiles on the prowl. HuffPo's version includes three more alleged symbols. Most of the commenters on both threads aren't buying it. However it has been noted that the symbols are recorded in an FBI document on WikiLeaks as those pedophiles use to identify their "preferences".
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22Trump's been successful in the Bible Belt because American Christianity is full of "dainty men with spiked hair and skinny jeans singing sissified songs about an effeminate Savior."
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28Asshole reactionaries on Twitter have kicked off #TheTriggering, a whiny temper tantrum campaign to protect free speech from the "SJWs" by being slightly bigger assholes towards women and minorities they don't like than usual. (reported by We Hunted the Mammoth)
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23How crank magnetism works: climate change denialist Anthony Watts is promoting Immanuel Velikovsky on Watts Up With That. To fight "scientific elitism". (HT HotWhopper)
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25Breitbart’s Milo Yiannopoulos crashes WH Press Briefing, asks about Twitter censorship.
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37As an unpublished letter by Osama bin Laden is released, urging the US to fight climate change instead of Islam, wingnuts are quick to equate the late terrorist to Bernie Sanders.

[edit] February 2016

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29Chopra: recent confirmation of gravity waves is unimportant because it doesn't tell us anything about consciousness. At least some of the comments take him to task.
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36Saudi Arabian cleric Sa'd Al-Ateeq: Women who take photos of their meals and share them online are giving people cancer. Including children. #omnomnom #waitwhat #areyouserious
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53Roosh V is shocked to discover that there is gambling in this establishment that the white supremacist movement is full of white supremacists. SHOCKING SPOILER!: They don't like him because he's not right white!
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34If you hear about an Argentinian study that shows pesticides, not Zika, are causing birth defects... well they aren't.
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48Of course Alex Jones feels that Scalia was murdered. Update: WND jumps on the bandwagon, Before It's News announces a "shattering, stunning, frightening bombshell", and All News Pipeline posits the question "When 'Conspiracy Theories' Are Proven True, Are They Still 'Conspiracy Theories'?" Last, but not least, Glenn Beck says God had to kill Antonin Scalia to help put Ted Cruz in the White House.
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50Hey y'all, know who's really behind the push for gun control? Ted Nugent knows! The answer is spelled J-E-W-S! By the way, Ted is an NRA board member.
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10I really can't explain it. Scroll down a bit for the best stuff.
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14What begins as a fair criticism of Martin Shkreli's Congressional hearing segues into an increasingly bizarre endorsement: Martin Shkreli for President! Make America Great Excellent Again! (Seriously, what was this guy smoking?)
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20The Daily Fail has outperformed itself yet again by mistaking a rocket from a video game for one from real life.
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30Spirit Science: Each word of this headline makes my inner skeptic curl up and cry, gnawing gently at its fedora.
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29Goat milk cures HIV.
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23A surreal variation on the Galileo gambit: the newly-formed Independent Committee on Geoethics (featuring steering committee member Christopher Monckton), out to "prosecute the climate fraudsters", has adopted Charles Darwin as its "honorary president".
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32Of course there is already a conspiracy theory about why Trump underperformed in Iowa. Courtesy of 8chan no less.

[edit] January 2016

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21Alternative medicine quack, notable for being Charlie Sheen's "doctor," invited by Bill Maher. Bonus: Charlie Sheen's blood has already returned to detectable levels of HIV.
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25Coverage of a tiger-goat friendship is gay propaganda! Just wait until he learns about the cat and bunny romance.
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17Allnews Pipeline: The Oregon Militia standoff was a false-flag operation! Masons! Satanists! Babylonians! Hollow Earth! BLOOD SACRIFICE!!!!!
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13Anti-Trump PAC makes an excellent case in Trump's favor (video).
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28WND is hyperventilating about furries: "The latest deviancy they're trying to mainstream"
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20Guess the website: "Ginger Jihadis: Why Redheads are Attracted to Radical Islam"
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21Slymepitters attempt to use a mentally ill woman in a fake Neil DeGrasse Tyson rape plot against PZ Myers. He doesn't fall for the bait, and we're left with the Slymepit showing their true colors.
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10A woo-laden New Age sex guide. Quite possibly the worst thing you will read today.
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35Richard Dawkins: "I'm a feminist, but this Sargon of Akkad fellow has made an interesting youtube video about how Feminism and Islamism are the same thing". UPDATE: He's now deleted the tweet FURTHER UPDATE: Dawkins has been uninvited from the NECSS 2016 conference due to a majority vote from the panel. To his credit, the tweet was removed prior to the decision being released. FURTHER FURTHER UPDATE: The NECSS panel has openly and privately apologized to Dawkins for acting unilaterally rather than first expressing their concerns, and he has been re-invited to NECSS to discuss both his prior planned talk, as well as being part of a panel discussion about diversity and free speech within the skeptical community. Unfortunately, this was just prior to his stroke, and cancellation of other talks due to his health.
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17A 'Common Law Judge' (Sovereign citizen crank) writes to the Bundy Militia with 'advice'.
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32Washed-up rapper B.o.B goes completely off the deep end. If he'd stopped at merely arguing that the Earth was flat, that might not have been newsworthy... but when Neil deGrasse Tyson read his tweets and decided to have a good laugh by sharing and debunking them, B.o.B doubled down and responded with a diss track that has to be seen to be believed. (With a casual side of Holocaust denial!) Tyson responded with a (fanmade) diss track of his own.
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23NaturalNews correspondent writes that adding fluoride to water is bad because it's an Appeal to nature fa— Wait, what(redirect)
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25It's always fun when the conspiracists start turning against one another. NaturalNews/NewsTarget attacks InfoWars over the latter not taking a gun protest seriously(redirect).
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23Ted Cruz is anointed as a “king” to take control of all sectors of society and “bring the spoils of war to the priests”, thus helping to bring about a prophesied “great transfer of wealth”, from the “wicked” to righteous Gentile believers. (See Seven Mountains theology.) Also here.
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13LifeSiteNews: Oh noes! Think of the children! Alberta is going to force young girls to shower with males! Guess dignity is out of the question.
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28New York Post: Bernie Sanders is no socialist... "He's a diehard COMMIE!!1!"
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29Fearmongering! Get your fearmongering here! Mike Adams (The Health Ranger) launches a new website, Pharma Death Clock(redirect), that claims to "[give] you a real-time count of all [...] deaths ["due to prescription drugs, chemotherapy and medical mistakes"], aggregated from January 1, 2000."
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28InfoWars: One of Alex Jones's writers posits that David Bowie's death is the "capstone on the pyramid of necrotic Anglo-American mass culture spanning a half-century of civilizational cancer." The comments section is worse.
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44Milo Yiannopoulos loses his little blue "verified" checkmark on Twitter, for multiple TOS violations. Breitbart goes goddamn nuts. His fans find this obviously directly comparable to journalists literally being murdered by terrorists. There's over 1500 signatures on a White House petition to reinstate Milo's little blue checkmark.
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23NaturalNews splitting into two quack sites(redirect).
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40 Return of Kings claims that Forbes acknowledges that its boycott of SWTFA cost Disney millions of dollars, when the headline of the Forbes article in question explicitly reads: "No, Men's Rights Activists Didn't Cost Star Wars Any Money".
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12 Considering how dumb these people are, they must eat everything on this list. Also, generic HTML5 template with the only changes being widened margins, Taboola but worse at the top and bottom of every page, and clickbait ads inserted everywhere.

[edit] December 2015

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33Shield: A £23 Tinfoil Hat "You do not have to be paranoid or into conspiracy theories." Well okay then! UPDATE: The Kickstarter was funded with three days to spare. Time to wait and see if they'll pull a CrystalWash 2.0
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18Nibiru is Coming at Us Like a Runaway Freight Train, Say Planet X Researchers. Even Before It's News points out that true believers are likely deluded and chasing their own tails at this point.
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30Another fine rant about teh anti-white, anti-male evulz of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, this one from the manosphere's favorite Anton LaVey wannabe.
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34Milo Yiannopoulos ranting about Neil deGrasse Tyson
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30The new Star Wars film has some non-white characters. WHITE GENOCIDE!!!
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43The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has been sued for "deliberately and affirmatively endorsing anti-Semitic, racist and offensive, view-point based discriminatory speech", "institutionalizing 'white supremacy' propaganda", and causing the plaintiff to feel "emotional and psychological harm from exposure" and "rejected by society"... by displaying a couple 16th-century Italian paintings that happened to depict Jesus with lighter skin and hair. The complainant is acting as his own lawyer.
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56On the wiki dedicated to the Silent Hill series of video games, one editor knows what the series is really about: Circumcision and its ties to the Satanic Illuminati.
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38Not content with supporting Trump's call to ban Muslim entry to the US, Phyllis Schlafly proposes a total ban on immigration to the US for an indeterminate time.
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23Islam is not a religion.
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26The San Bernardino shooting occurred because of a nebulous and elusive motive currently under investigation, possibly hanging somewhere between a long-term workplace grievance and religious fundamentalism/extremism SEXISM and the shooter's mother's "grotesque and enabling incuriosity" for not spying on her son.
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36Do you ever feel as though there are two different species inhabiting the Western world? Ordinary people, and anonymous right-wing internet tough guys? Somebody watched the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and was somehow thereby inspired to write this eye-watering mind fart of an article about black men's penises.
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11LessWrong realises it's probably useless now (even Eliezer Yudkowsky tends to stick to his Facebook these days), discusses plans to deal with this.
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32This guy has it all: Thomas Paine reference, birtherism, Islamophobia, racism, calling for the President's impeachment, and bad puns
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23San Bernardino shootings already attracting accusations of being a false flag (link is to google search)
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29Alabama State Rep. Alan Harper (R-61): Kauft nicht bei Juden! Stop supporting shops and gas stations not owned by "American... God fearing Christians"! (i.e., owned by brown immigrants) Because terrorism!

[edit] November 2015

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25"In Study 2 we set out to replicate this pattern of results using real-world examples of bullshit. For this, we created an additional scale using particularly vague “tweets” from Deepak Chopra’s “Twitter” account" Judgement and Decision Making. Vol 10 No 6. Deepak Chopra is now, literally, the paradigm example of bullshit.
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-16DAESH goes quackers
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13Truth is being silenced not just in America... but ALL OVER THE WORLD! On other news, All News Pipeline use the word "crybullies" in a serious way.
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24The page says it isn't bullshit. They are wrong.
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20How to make your relatives at Thanksgiving hate you more than your drunk racist uncle? With Bitcoin! (Not the same site or author that ran one of these for Christmas last year.)
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38American Family Association: "..socialism is driven by covetousness - the greedy, grasping hunger of some for other people’s money - and built on theft - the use of government power to coercively lift money from the wallets of some in order to give it to others." says an organization that solicits donations for its cause while hiding under religious tax exempt status.
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20Ok, Allnews Pipeline... You say the nuclear WWIII is gonna happen because Russia got mad over what Turkey did? And that NATO supports DAESH and those Turks were indeed DAESH fighters? There's a reason Poe's law exists, people...
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12Sam Harris: I’d vote for ‘dangerously deluded religious imbecile’ Ben Carson over Noam Chomsky
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29Guess who? White genocide (seriously...?!) hits America as more refugees are allowed in! And who's responsible? OBAMA OF COURSE!!1! Needless to say what Obama did say has only a vague semblance to ANP's version.
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44Scott Adams: We live in a castrating matriarchy because men pay for dates and have to get women's consent for sex. Bonus: He also argues that it's not sexist when he talks over women during meetings; it's just that women talk too much.
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17Allnews Pipeline: France prepares for chemical weapon atta-... wait, what?
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27Raised by gay parents, he shocked them by coming out as a Christian – and then a pastor. What a truly brave person to have to "come out" to those bigots.
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13"Credible" Intel: Impending attacks by ISIS in 'murica! Oh, and WWIII COMING!!!! ...yeah, keep dreaming, Allnews Pipeline, keep dreaming.
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36The Daily Mail responds to the refugee crisis with a cartoon of rats scampering across Europe's open borders. A cartoon that rehashes racist imagery from Nazi Germany.
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48Who's to blame for the Paris attacks? Women, of course; according to the Manosphere.
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24Faithful Word Baptist Church pastor Steven Anderson claims that the Parisians who died in the concert hall attack had it coming because they were listening to "death metal".
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18NaturalNews: Health Ranger be magic man! Magic man predict terrorist attack! Magic man be awesome!(redirect)
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12There's a time for activism. In the face of a major tragedy isn't one of them. (Bonus suckage: Breitbart and other right-wing press are already on an anti-BLM frenzy over this crap).
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16NaturalNews: THE PARIS ATTACK WAS AN ACT OF LOVE!(redirect) (seriously: what was he thinking?)
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13NaturalNews are massive racists.(redirect)
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21NaturalNews: The claims of racism that sparked the ongoing protests in the University of Missouri? IT'S ALL A MASSIVE HOAX!!(redirect) (but seriously: what does this have to do with natural health?)
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21Bible Spice 2.0: The Starbucks boycott is because the leftist media want Christians to look stupid.
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22A Breitbart piece from an old school LaVey-style libertarian Satanist bemoaning this new breed of SJW Satanists.
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15NaturalNews: OMG SESAME STREET IS EVULZ!!1(redirect)
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21Egyptian TV cites Jedi Mind Tricks lyrics as PROOF that the US government is using HAARP weather control to destabilize Egypt. Also, Jedi means Jewish.
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32Via We Hunted The Mammoth: MGTOW: Women literally hypnotize men with their zombifying vagina goo. THE POWER OF PUSSY COMPELS YOU.
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23WHY DOES STARBUCKS HATE JESUS?!?!11! (Indirect link to Time article)
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5Two words: Sock. Puppets.(redirect)

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