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[edit] September 2016

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19Congressman Steve King has openly endorsed white supremacist propaganda and European fascism.
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22Fake news site fools flat-earthers into believing Trump is one of them
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16Senator Lindsey Graham believes there will be a second Holocaust against the Jews if we don't give military arms to... Saudi Arabia.
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9Remember that fatwa against chess? Now, the Grand Ayatollah has just introduced a fatwa against women riding bicycles (YouTube link).
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12USA Today columnist, Instapundit, won't apologize for his tweet instructing Charlotte, North Carolina drivers to run down protesters.
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17Paul Joseph Watson of Prison Planet does an "AMA" on Reddit: the October surprise "will be a violent, racist attack blamed on Trump supporters, or a massive escalation with Russia," apparently.
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28The Washington Post editorial board denounces calls to pardon Edward Snowden and criticizes him for leaking info about the NSA's PRISM program... after they accept a Pulitzer Prize for reporting on said program.
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37Alt-Right leaders: We aren’t racist, we just hate Jews.
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32Wolf Blitzer is worried defense contractors will lose jobs if U.S. stops arming Saudi Arabia.
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33Of course, we can stop Bitcoin mining being an ecological disaster if we just use zero-point energy.
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25Unable to get any real court to take their allegations seriously, and unable to take the hint, the tin-foil hat crowd have set up their very own kangaroo pseudo-court to give Monsanto a "trial" that will be totally fair. Because that sort of silliness achieved so much when Bertrand Russell tried it.
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32Colin Kaepernick greatly disrespects the United States and police officers, and America is stunned at his overt disrespect for the nation that guarantees him the freedom to earn millions of dollars each year. Sign our petition now, so that the NFL can take action against this disrespect!

[edit] August 2016

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46Vox Day puts forth the 16 core beliefs of the alt-right. The Freepers are rather enthusiastic about it.
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61Rush Limbaugh is afraid that federally-paid lesbian farmers could take over rural America. (You can farm lesbians now?)
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15Alaskan village votes to relocate due to climate change. The Daily Caller: Damn welfare queens!
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12Buying drugs with Bitcoins over the internet is pretty much its own punishment.
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17Vitalik Buterin, creator of cryptocurrency Ethereum, was totally gonna solve P=NP, if only people would fund him.
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15Ted Koppel lambasts Bill O'Reilly for dumbing down journalism.
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46"Malcolm-Ieuan: Roberts., the living soul", representing a corporate entity called MALCOLM IEUAN ROBERTS goes on national television to defend global warming denial ... up against Brian Cox. Apparently, NASA is part of the conspiracy too. With video!
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27Glenn Beck voices some sympathy for Black Lives Matter, leading to the predictable backlash from the far-right outrage machine.
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52World Nut Daily has a breathless report about how US forces engaged and killed one of the Nephilim in Afghanistan, but the story is being covered up, because evolution.
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21The Genetic Literacy Project might have been good on GMOs, but its founder, Jon Entine, just went full race realist with a GLP "study" purporting to prove blacks are naturally dumb athletes — based on Olympic medal counts. It's just science. Immediate alt-right shitshow in the comments, of course. (The article is largely a rewrite of Entine's 2000 work of courageous scientific racism Taboo, which is substantially debunked here.)
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18So forest are just large bushes, and mountains are actually the remains of very large trees. This somehow connects to the flat earth.
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38As part of a fluff piece, the Daily Beast has inadvertently outed a handful of gay Olympian athletes, some of whom may be from countries where it is illegal. Of course, they edited the article and issued an "apology" after being called out on it.
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21The DEA has compared marijuana "grow spots" to meth labs.
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23Holocaust denier, conspiracy theorist, and Clinton critic Victor Thorn has died by apparent self-inflicted gunshot. But of course we know he was REALLY killed by "Zionist hitmen working on behalf of the Clintons.
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5No, the US didn't pay Iran $400 million in exchange for the Iranian hostages.
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35The Daily Stormer has announced plans to launch local chapters of an “IRL Troll Army” that will enable righteous white dudes “to prepare for the coming race war.” Called "Stormer Book Clubs", they will be men-only. You will hunt and capture your own women as part of the SBC’s operations., Andrew Anglin says.
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13Ignoring Blockchain Is Corporate Suicide! The worst and most incoherent Bitcoin article you will read this week. "augmented reality using VR and holographic systems will feed off sensory layers that will sit on the Ledger of Things connecting the world", apparently.
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51Alex Jones suggests the crying baby at Trump rally was probably a plant

[edit] July 2016

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53"I am an idiot": Ryan Bundy declares himself a Sovereign citizen. Spoiler: it still doesn't get him out of jail.
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69Bradley Cooper, star of the conservative propaganda epic American Sniper, was spotted attending the DNC making conservatives go batshit on Twitter, shocked his movie role was just an act.
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59The American Family Association: "The Bible teaches us that there is a supernatural world inhabited by the Triune God and holy angels who do his bidding. But that supernatural and unseen world is also inhabited by dark spirits who serve the god of the underworld, Satan, and do his bidding. Just as God can be invoked in prayer, so can dark spirits who serve their dark overlord." (Translation: The GOP invited a Muslim to offer a closing benediction at their convention.)
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67Ben Carson: Growing up rich is a disadvantage
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25The dumbest way to defend the feminist cause
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40David Duke: Jews did Melania's plagiarism. (HT Mammoth.)
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53Twitter has permanently banned Milo Yiannopoulos
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40LessWrong-style rationalists, specifically Scott Alexander fans, continue spouting neoreactionary talking points, suggest "A sterilization plague that ideally targets the less intelligent 90% or whatever. Done in secret and presented as a natural occurrence..." Don't worry, it'll be "paired with compassionate material," because these are definitely good people and not at all the second coming of 1920s eugenicists. (Note that this started from a discussion about getting rid of mosquitoes.)
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28Karl Rove does something sensible for once, by calling airport security on Alex Jones
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-15Is My Intolerance of Your 
Intolerance Intolerant? Altogether now!
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10The best way to end excessive police violence? According to one protest group, get rid of the police.
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41Rick Wiles: Satan Using Pokémon Go To Spawn 'Demonic Powers' And Murder Christians. Clinton is running for President, Pokémon is a tool of Satanic indoctrination...it's the 90s all over again!
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26Pam Geller Sues The US Gov't Because Facebook Blocked Her Page; Says CDA 230 Violates First Amendment. Full of all sorts of nonsense, considering the CD230 doesn't apply and isn't used to take down such items, even though Geller is claiming it's a "heckler's veto".
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45Rudy Giuliani believes that "Black kids are 99% likely to kill each other" and says Black Lives Matter is "inherently racist".
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35The neoreactionary/alt-right cultural critical analysis of Zootopia is a goldmine, (((brackets))) and all.
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18NaturalNews, in response to the FBI not charging Clinton: LAWS DON'T APPLY TO ANYONE ANYMOOOOOOOORE!!(redirect)
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46Jim Bob Duggar: Molestation Is Common In Christian Families. The money quote is “It was a very difficult situation. But as we talked to other parents and different ones since then, a lot of families have said that they have had similar things that happened in their families.” These would be other Quiverfull families.
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67Fox News is worried that the Statue of Liberty might be a transwoman.
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40Conservatives freak out over ‘UN takeover’ after spotting trucks made in Virginia and sold overseas.
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27Mr. Mean-Spirited (actual blog name) knows that professional archeologists are just the well-paid tools of multicultural elites. Careless thieves Noble amateurs who dig random artifacts up and hang them on their walls are the true lovers of history!
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32 Nassim Nicholas Taleb: "Who do you think is behind the 107 Laureates petitioning for Greenpeace to stop blocking golden rice? The answer is Monsanto!" This is not a surprise to why sane people do not take you seriously!
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58DUMB BRITISH BLONDE FUCKS 15 MILLION PEOPLE AT ONCE, courtesy of Pornhub. Rule 34 has been broken.
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56Christy Sheats was right to shoot her daughters, because they were "sleeping with black boys" and why should she "have to explain to her friends why she was carrying around a yellow mixed baby." Oh yeah, and she's a martyr for Christ and we should appreciate her will to die for Christ. UPDATE: She doubles down - "I will NOT apologize for my views in that blog. Miscegenation is WRONG and it will destroy the white race as we know it."

[edit] June 2016

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21A bunch of right-wing hacks in Congress jump on John Kerry for saying a correct statement about ISIS.
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27During a hearing led by Ted Cruz, a crank accuses Keith Ellison and Andre Carson, Congress's only Muslim members, of being affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood.
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50The 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting didn't happen because the club only has 12 parking bays, which means that there could never be 300+ people inside.
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73What do you mean my idealist/protest vote counted?!?!?!?!? Protest voters ‘quite worried’ as they regret backing Brexit. Edit: Ha. Double ha. Edit 2: Cornwall, which voted 56.5% "leave", expects the UK to cover all that fat EU money they've been getting.
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55Faux News reports on Britain leaving the UN.
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42Remember that couple in Canada who were convicted for their child's death after they tried to treat him with maple syrup and homeopathy instead of actual medicine? Have they learned their lesson about the dangers of substituting medicine with altmed? Nope. They blame the ambulance workers.
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33Of course there are conspiracy theories floating around about Orlando. One particular "Faulty Math" meme grew popular enough to be addressed by Snopes. And while it may be difficult to believe, Pat Robertson did not blame the shooting on gays.
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30Alex Jones now endorses Hillary Clinton.(Warning: Poe's Law in action!)
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34There is a time and place for campaigning for racial justice. Derailing a vigil for the victims of the Orlando attacks to accuse the LGBTQ community of being racist ISN'T ONE OF THEM.
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24Meanwhile in Canada, the Flat Earth "debate" gets heated.
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25Chuck Todd responds to Bernie Sanders' calls for stronger gun control by telling him he should "stop politicizing" the Orlando shooting.
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38The Orlando Pulse club massacre is a false flag by the Gay Mafia.
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23The latest alt-right brain fart: "identifying" Jews (or "Jewish interests") with triple parentheses. (Wikipedia article)
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22Scott Adams "endorses" Clinton out of fear that her supporters will kill him if he doesn't
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29Larry Pratt: I'm not saying I might murder judges if the Democrats win in November. I'm just saying someone might! This is why we have guns: to shoot the people trying to take away our guns!
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24Erick, son of Erick, freaks out after receiving a taste of his own racism-denying medicine

[edit] May 2016

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38Oh, here we go. Mike Adams launches his own "independent, peer-reviewed" science journal that "rejects... all the blind, obedient "consensus" science narratives that only end in stupidity."(redirect) He even has his first "study" of heavy metals.(redirect)
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40Confused Rush Limbaugh thinks evolution is a hoax because Cincinnati gorilla never became human.
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29Actually, no, wait, it's really ending this weekend on the 3rd/4th because of a misinterpretation of the 2012 Mayan predictions.
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28The world is ending tomorrow, says this e-mail I just got. (Spoiler warning: It didn't end.)
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30John Henry Westen of LifeSiteNews argues that public affirmation of same-sex marriage is the Mark of the Beast foretold in Revelation: "Having some mark which allows buying and selling is not evil in and of itself, thus there must be something attached to getting the mark which makes receiving it worthy of eternal damnation. It would follow logically that in order to have the means to buy and sell people could perhaps be required to be upstanding citizens. Might not they be expected to sign on to some statement of human right to attest to such a state?" And then he argues that Sr. Lucia of Fatima foretold that the final battle between God and Satan would be about marriage and family. (Because what promotes marriage and family by denying it to the LGBT community?)
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30As a rational, neutral alt-right poster, I can assure you than Ben Shapiro is a stupid SJW Jew and anti-Semitism doesn't exist.
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6Editor-in-Chief of gaming site The Escapist: Us "real liberals" want to have a conversation about "real oppression" but the "Neo-Puritans" aren't listening to us so we shouldn't listen to them.
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34Saudi cleric says on public television that selfies with cats – or photographs in general – are "prohibited if not for a necessity. Not with cats, not with dogs, not with wolves, not with anything." They might want to consider using a ring binder to make adding new prohibitions easier.
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22Cosmic Convergence: 2012 and Beyond says yes, the government researched projecting holograms of god as a mass psyop. Citing RationalWiki's article on Project Blue Beam, they say "Unfortunately, they’re wrong."
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16From berts to fascists, Hillary Clinton is still seen as some sort of evil boogeywoman to the right wing.
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30David Harsanyi, from the Federalist, says there should be tests in order to vote.
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18'Toilet terrorists' get U.S. military hero William G. Boykin canned from his job at Hampden-Sydney College using subversive PC gender ideology.
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26Pope Says No to Trans-Kids, Teach Young ‘to Accept Their Own Body as it Was Created’, Breitbart
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11NPR airs an interview featuring actress Marilu Henner promoting her book, "Changing Normal: How I Helped My Husband Beat Cancer", which credits integrative medicine curing her husband's cancer and other significant health problems.
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24Gamergate video game currently in development. Set "30 years after 1984, the world is now controlled by SocJus, a totalitarian regime that seeks to impose their vision of equality on society." Yeeeeeeah. (On a side note, guess who they're listing as their inspiration)
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26Angry Birds: a silly (and kind of stupid) children's movie meant to profit on the popularity of a ubiquitous mobile game, or a sinister "meninist political statement attempting to vindicate male anger?... Maybe men shouldn't make movies."
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11Bill Kristol: Republican Spoiler, Renegade Jew, Breitbart.
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20Some YouTuber made a video on this woman named Evalion and now her channel is getting some attention. She's been making videos for at least a month now and she is: antisemitic, anti LGBT, anti feminism, racist, neonazi, she promotes fat shaming and she's a radical Christian. Jee! What a combo we have here! Not sure if a Poe but the drunken peasants podcast declared her "not a troll." EDIT: her channel appears to have been deleted.
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16Prager "University" explains why progressive income taxes are unfair. All this requires is a perfect world where everyone starts out from the same background and all income differences are due to personal choices.
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27For pity's sake, someone stop Milo from posting.
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19Virgin Mary Statue ‘Weeps’ sports condensation In Fresno, California.
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55David "Avocado" Wolfe on solar panels: "Do you think draining the sun is a good idea?"
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56Mike Adams goes off the deep end: claims the CDC, FDA, USDA and EPA are run by "dark, demonic souls occupying human bodies."(redirect)
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-20The Telegraph wades into Brexit waters.
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4A heady blend of what is this I don't even.
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42Kebab-aric behaviour: Ultranationalist party Britain First has released a video of them staging an "invasion" of a halal slaughterhouse, accusing workers of funding terrorism and offering the meat to "Satan".
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18Barbara Lee, the lone Congressperson to vote against the war authorization in 2001, now criticizes Congress for not re-authorizing the war resolution she voted against.

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