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9Dag Hammarskjöld[wp] was a famed Swedish statesman who was second secretary-general of the United Nations. He died in a plane crash over Rhodesia (modern day Zambia) on his way to negiotiate a ceasefire. His death was marked as a piloting error but conspiracy theorist say it was shot down by various foreign agencies; the Guardian revealed that there may be some evidence of a mercenary fighting for Katanga shot it down.
27Sleep-learning, also known as hypnopedia, is just what it sounds like- listening to audio in your sleep and remembering it subconsciously. It's featured in several sci-fi works, but the actual research behind it is divided.
65The Christian left - an oft forgotten group comprised of Catholics (particularly in South America), some Orthodox Christians and various flavours of Protestant (the Unitarians come to mind). Common to all of them is their interpretation of Christ's teachings as a liberal political philosophy of sorts.
79Conehead Skulls. Deformed skulls supposedly belonging to human/alien hybrids (or nephilim, depending on who you ask) that supposedly prove that aliens have visited earth. Supposedly they are found worldwide according to some claims, thought the most notable specimens confirmed are from Paracas, Peru. I figure that perhaps a page detailed what is actually known about them and their history, as well as listing the various claims made about them (like having greater volume, thicker skull plates, unknown DNA, etc...), and debunking them would be sufficient.
63Great Wall of America (or if you want to give it a different name that's fine) - it's big in the news now due to Mister Donald Trump, but it's hardly a new idea. It might be a good idea to highlight the economic, legal, diplomatic, engineering and environmental issues with building a wall along the US-Mexican border. Now that he's president-elect and thus could actually build the wall, further debunking is needed.
102Nazi experimentation (under whatever title) - for its ironically anti-scientific nature.
58Taki's Magazine, a site for erudite and witty racists with a sense of style and good graphic design. Where John Derbyshire ended up after the National Review canned him. (Note: actually the article was created under Taki but it has a big section on the magazine.)
61Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated in Canada and the United States. The Thanksgiving in Canada celebrates an entirely different history and political import. For generations, Thanksgiving has become an idealized, commercialized American tradition that centers on turkey, parades, and football, largely ignoring the true history of the holiday while conveniently portraying the Pilgrims as benevolent guests at a genial dinner party. We should discuss the barbaric history behind the American Thanksgiving that people have overlooked out of fear of not being able to enjoy their mothers' cooking or choking on turkey.
57Democratic Unionist Party. We have the SF, and this party is bigger and doing more damage to Northern Ireland (most notably the gay marriage thing.)
58Dyatlov Pass incident - The events surrounding the deaths of nine skiers who were camping in the Ural Mountains in 1959. Most likely caused by an avalanche, but others have put forth more wootastic interesting theories.

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These suggestions have scored 75 or more. We would love you to write something on-mission for them! Also see Most upvoted to do entries for a more complete list.
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178America's War on Sex: The Attack on Law, Lust and Liberty, by Marty Klein. It's about the desperate efforts of the American Right to stop any form of sexual activity except vaginal intercourse between married couples in the missionary position with clothes on, the lights off and no birth control from taking place.
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151Something along the lines of race and police brutality in the United States – title flexible, obviously – is desperately needed. There are tons of major incidents that have received widespread coverage (Michael Brown and Eric Garner being probably the most prominent) that all follow the same pattern: cop shoots and kills black person in circumstances that didn't warrant violent action, then gets away with it. Cover the incidents, cover the statistics, cover right-wing media distortions of the incidents, cover protests, cover riots and maybe even online responses (#BlackLivesMatter).
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86Mariusz Trynkiewicz, a notorious pedophile from Poland arrested in the 80s for murdering children, released 20 years later under an insanity plea, and recently for cybercrimes on unnamed victims. The lack of info people know of his case, or him of general outside Poland, is a strong indicator of how truly corrupt the CBA and the FBI are, refusing to investigate possible accomplices in the Americas, with many of his victims outside Poland who have outspoken accused of being liars, making the whole story up out of pity. Remind you of anything?
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130 We should have an article on Christian supremacy, the societal mindset in the US promotes the superiority of Christianity and by extension Christians, be they social or institutionalized norms. (Think of the phrase "It's the Christian thing to do.")
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116Colin Powell, or how a moderate Republican got suckered into peddling the Iraq War.
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117Hellstorm - Neo-Nazi "documentary" currently getting hundreds of thousands of views on youtube. While it's obvious propaganda, I don't personally have the full historical knowledge to give it a proper RWing. [EDIT] Start of a timeline-critique draft here: User:FuzzyCatPotato/Hellstorm
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111Implicit bias - when you don't think you're biased against a group, but you behave as if you are (and most people behave that way in tests).
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95Surprised that Malcolm Gladwell is a redlink. His glibness and propagation of scientific misconceptions in the name of popular science is definite article material. Also, history as an actual corporate shill. Also, the rich are so hard done by.
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102The Satanic Temple.[1] A group of Satanists that are fairly active with social and political issues surrounding religious freedom, including their current mission to get a statue of Satan erected outside the Oklahoma state capital building.
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90Indigenous science, an other way of knowing with a strange resemblance to made-up BS. Has an actual meaning, then getting culturally useful but scientifically questionable, but now basically just made-up BS. Spotted on /r/skeptic.
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88Either saturated fat or cholesterol: Since the discovery that there are two types of LDL cholesterol -- small, dense and large, fluffy -- the paleo diet crowd has started using that fact as an excuse to claim that saturated fat doesn't contribute to heart disease. (More recently, the health difference between long-chain and medium-chain saturated fatty acids has come under scrutiny.)
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91"Everyone is racist - I just admit it" - an argument that certain racist individuals and organisations use to justify their prejudices. (Comment: Actually, it's a form of a more general argument: "everyone is [negative quality X], therefore [my (extreme) form of X] is OK", though I'm not sure what to call that one)
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94Florence Nightingale, a nurse who was an early pioneer of evidence-based medicine.
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84False rape accusations. While this is partially covered in the article on rape apology, it could use its own article, since it's the favourite canard of the "men's rights" movement and it seems to creep into any serious discussion about rape.
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82Fight The New Drug, an organization dedicated to teaching the ills of pornography as well as treating addiction to porn using all the wrong methods. Full of Mormons and with some direct LDS Church support.
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76Vicious cycle - I've heard some people making arguments involving vicious cycles being falsely accused of making circular arguments.
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92NoFap and Your Brain On Porn. If you've been on Reddit for long enough you should know what NoFap is: A subreddit (and now a site) about abstaining from porn and/or masturbation; movement is full of claims that abstaining from porn and/or masturbation gives them "superpowers". Your Brain On Porn is a site and book by Gary Wilson claiming that pornography is the new cocaine. I don't have a particular stance on it, but I'd like to see some RationalWiki writers take a look at them.
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78Hypochondria. Wikipedia article, Not quite the same as self-diagnosis, but relevant..

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1Nirvana trutherism, or some other name for the claim that Courtney Love was responsible in some more or less intentional way for the deth of her husband, Kurt Cobain, in 1994. Not the most earth-shattering conspiracy theory, perhaps, but no better supported by evidence than 9/11 "truth".
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4Saqqara Bird, a wooden artifact recovered from Egypt and carved in the image of, as one might expect by the name, a bird. With a wingspan of little more than half a foot, it is a fairly small construct, but this hasn't stopped people from claiming that it must have been a model for actual flying devices invented by the ancient Egyptians, which "mysteriously" left absolutely no evidence of their existence outside of this artifact. Most of this stems from its tail being vertical instead horizontal, the fact that birds are aerodynamic, as well as the works by such sorts as Martin Gregoria who built an upscaled version where the startling discovery was made that the thing was far too heavy and unstable to even glide. As one might expect, this of course hasn't stopped others from claiming they've made their own models work.
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3Inteligen, a new form of wooplement that is hitting the internet streets via url shortened spamlinks, google result url spams and other link obfuscating methods. their ad policy http://goodllwits.com/intl/wmyy/inteligen?bhu=bHVFxtJVSq1qDzzkWhcNF3wmhaMzLCaYbn#37686 and http://www.inteligenscam.com/ domain scam blares the red alert on them.
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4 Hunting Hitler, a History Channel show that claims Adolf Hitler and his wife, Eva Braun, managed to escape from Berlin to Argentina. And the rest...is pseudohistory.
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12 Dopelives, internet personality with 100+ thousand subs, containing various videos, including debunking things from the flat earth movement.
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12Military Association of Atheists & Freethinkers (MAAF) is a community for atheists, humanists, and freethinkers in the military, both within the United States and from around the world. The MAAF can assist U.S. military members to respond to illegal and insensitive religious proselytizing on military bases. It is an independent 501(c)(3) organization building community for humanists and other nontheists in the military. The MAAF supports constitutional separation of church and state and First Amendment rights for all service members. It also educates and trains both the military and civilian community about atheism and humanism in the military. Flagship programs for MAAF are its local Network, with over 70 worldwide points of contact, lay leaders, and local groups from Kyrgyzstan to Japan and throughout the US and its Chaplain Outreach program to educate 5000 military chaplains on how to support atheists and humanists in the military. Supporting those major programs are care package delivery, lay leader and chaplain endorsement, and a robust advocacy program to identify and resolve issues to make the military a safe place for nontheists.
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11archive.is
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12Ricky Gervais, comedian and internet atheist
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8God on Trial is a 2008 BBC/WGBH Boston television play written by Frank Cottrell Boyce. The play takes place in Auschwitz during World War II. The Jewish prisoners put God on trial in absentia for abandoning the Jewish people. The question is if God has broken his covenant with the Jewish people by allowing the Nazis to commit genocide.
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5The Agora, formerly Agora, Inc, is the parent company of many, MANY crank publishers and "news" sites, including Natural News and the below-mentioned MoneyWeek. This body of the crank hydra is infamous for its spam emails offering a "free"* book by some Austrian School nutjob.
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5MoneyWeek (who also runs Capital & Conflict) is a magazine whose website makes wild claims about wealth confiscation before telling you to buy a "report" or sign up for some newsletter. For example, that weird ad at their homepage (http://moneyweek.com)
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6ThePhora, another major hate site. Basically Stormfront with slightly less overt racism.
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13Adam Carolla: Comedian who got rich being a misogynist, homophobic jerk, who now goes around in crank circles telling people that all of America's problems exist because the poor aren't working hard enough, and are jealous of the hard-working rich.
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6The Crystal Grid: a woo-tastic website.[2]. Besides trying to build worldwide network of crystals, they've got a bogus cell phone radiation blocker.[3]
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17Dakota Access Pipeline protests: Members of the Standing Rock Indian Reservation began protesting the construction of the pipeline in April, and were soon joined by indigenous communities all over North America. The peaceful protests are being suppressed by force, and given scant coverage by mainstream media.
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11Paul McHugh, anti-transgender and anti-gay[4] formerly distinguished psychiatrist, widely criticised by those who've read more recent research.[5] He also defended the Catholic Church (of which he's a member) over paedophile priest allegations, blaming it all on the church for being insufficiently anti-gay.
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8Peace and Freedom Party, California-centred leftist minor party with an impressive range of celebrity Presidential/VP candidates including Roseanne Barr, Cindy Sheehan, Eldridge Cleaver, and Benjamin Spock. Standing again in 2016.
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14Conspiracy theories about higher education (or something of that nature), because the eebill essjaydubyaz are turning campuses into places where you are encouraged not to treat others like crap SAFE SPACEZ with warning people about sensitive topics TRIGGAH WEGHNINGZ!!1! These are chock full of something familiar...
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8Rocky IV is a 1985 American sports film written, directed by, and starring Sylvester Stallone. Because the film came out during the height of the Cold War era, it is basically pro-American nationalism with Rocky Balboa as the symbol of both the American Dream and American idealism taking on the six foot tall goliath, Ivan Drago, who is the physical embodiment of the Soviet Union.
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20Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party is yet another paranoid political documenatary by Dinesh D'Souza about presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and an examination of the "history" of the Democratic Party.
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16U.S. support of the Khmer Rouge is a conspiracy theory promoted by some figures on the Left in the U.S. Not sure if it validates its own article, but it could get a section in the Khmer Rouge article.
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8Ener-Chi and/or Andreas Moritz, a peddler of New Age woo. [6]
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12Hoodia gordonii, the plant marketed as Hoodia as an appetite suppressant, even though it totally isn't one (WP). A favourite of herbal and diet scammers.
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20Suzanne "Men. You can’t live with them. You can’t shoot them." Moore. Second-waver "radical feminist" who rejects "modern feminism" because she believes it "spends most of its life not just bending over backwards, but in the doggy position, saying how much it likes men". Accused of being transphobic (if true this would basically make her a TERF). In terms of extremeness could probably be considered somewhere between Andrea Dworkin and Cathy Brennan.
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22Women's studies or Gender studies programs in the Humanities departments of universities. Are they statistically-rigorous investigations of the relationship between gender and society, or a liberal plot to make you hate men?
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15U.S. Right to Know is an organic industry interest group whose practices have been monitored by a user wanting to bring them to light. Activities of this organization include involvement in the FOIA accusations of Kevin Folta, and repeated attempts to silence critics by calling them paid trolls.
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8The Forbidden Knowledge, at theforbiddenknowledge.com. Magnetic crank website with a significant amount of views, combination of Antimasonry, Freeman on the Land, NWO nightmare, and a great example of Haig's law in action.
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20Development dictatorship the curious idea on the right that developing countries have to go through a phase of basically being Singapore, South Korea until the 1980s, Taiwan until the 1980s or China today if they ever want to get out of poverty. Similar and related to the "if only the Chinese were running things" complaint of Western very serious people
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11Correct the Record, a PAC founded by Media Matters creator David Brock to "defend Hillary Clinton from baseless attacks," and one of the latest boogeymen for angry pro-Trump Redditors.
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17Northwest Front, a crank scheme to "save the white race", etc., by establishing a whites-only enclave in the Pacific Northwest. Going Galt for the alt-right. Here's their website - they have a constitution and everything!
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14kosher tax or kosher tax conspiracy about the Kosher tax conspiracy theory[wp], not the actual historic taxes on kosher food[wp]. Apparently some people think the small labels showing whether a product is kosher dairy or meat are one giant (((Jewish))) conspiracy. Some even believe that the "K" in a circle means the product was made by the Ku Klux Klan!
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10Joshua Axe is a is a "doctor" of chiropractor/naturopathy who's following in Dr. Oz's footsteps. Axe is well worth an article for anyone willing to wade into his cesspool of coffee enemas. His vanity article seems to have been deleted from WP, but a ghost of it can be found here. His website is here.[7]
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10Activia is a mostly irrelevant yoghurt brand these days, but it caused quite a shitstorm a few years ago when the people discovered that the supposed active ingredient, "Bifidus regularis", turned out to be regular old gut bacteria. Classic example of food woo and deepity in action.
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5The Claremont Institute is a conservative think tank, the paleocon complement to the neocon Heritage Foundation and libertarian Ludwig von Mises Institute. Big fans of Leo Strauss, the go-to guys for genteel racism since 1979.
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8Chestahedron, a geometric shape invented by a student of Rudolf Steiner that is claimed to have some mystical connection to the heart.
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14A more global, wider-ranging article on immigration: there is Myths and facts about immigration to the United States, Britain is full and illegal immigrant as well as coverage of Islam in the West, nationalism, and more, but nothing about legal migration in general. Anti-immigrant sentiment is related to racism, but not the same, as it references cultural factors (religion, etc) and worries about overcrowding and economics. Immigration is now a major political issue in much of Europe: cover anti-immigrant parties and agitators. Also, myths advanced by the far-right about immigrants all being criminals, stealing jobs, being lazy, acting as a secret invasion force/being terrorists, etc (which are covered in the US article but not globally). Plus, how worries about immigrants often don't reflect actual levels of immigrants, or the racial/ethnic/religious identity of most immigrants. There may be scope for merging or writing more of an overview.
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18exercise woo, CREATINES! ULTIMATE MUSCLE!! BURN FAT IN 13 HOURS!!!1111
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25Blue Lives Matter is a pro-police movement in the United States. It was started after the killings of NYPD officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu in Brooklyn, New York, on December 20, 2014, after they were ambushed in their patrol car. Blue Lives Matter was formed in reaction to the Black Lives Matter movement, which seeks to end police brutality against the African American community.
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23Whitewashing in film is a casting practice in the film industry of the United States in which white actors are cast in historically non-white character roles.
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12The infamous white supremacist and "comedian" Sam Hyde.[8]
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10The so-called War on cash feeds on the revolution in how we are paying for goods – examples of questionable claims include Zero Hedge and even Forbes! – I already made some preliminary notes on this.
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10We need to investigate the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, a target of conspiracy theories that allege that the act allows the US government to confiscate savings in the same way as Cyprus did in 2013 (although it I did not get to design new banknotes for them since they did not leave the euro in the end). Examples include govtslaves.info, which itself needs an article, and Zero Hedge.
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9Hindus for Trump; a Hindu nationalist group that fully supports Someone With Tiny Hands, beliving him to be a reincarnation of Vishnu.
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5We might need to investigate Finca Bayano (http://www.fincabayano.net/en/survival.htm) to figure out this unique kind of survivalist woo that entices people to "Emigrate while you can". Its ads appears in what appears to be another conspiracy site Govtslaves.info, according to this.
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15Nuke Mecca is an idea propagated by fringe rightwingers.
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9Jay Severin was a radio show host who openly claimed that all Muslims should be killed.
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13Emperor Constantine I or Constantine the Great. Made Christianity the state religion of the Roman Empire and was very involved in the early church[9]. There's a lot of speculation as to whether he really believed, whether he was inspired by a miracle[10], or whether it was just a cynical move[11][12], which makes him rather controversial in some circles. There's various (untrue) traditions like the Donation of Constantine[13], a forgery which supposedly gave Europe to the pope. His mother St Helena was also an important figure in Christianity (finding the true cross lol).
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14Thor Heyerdahl adventurer and writer, some of whose theories verge on pseudohistory. As well as hypothesising that South Americans populated the south Pacific, and sailing a raft to "prove" it, he also sailed from Iraq to Pakistan to suggest other contacts, and had eccentric ideas about an ancient lost civilization in Azerbaijan which may have been connected with Norse mythology ("The Search for Odin"). There are questions as to whether what he did is close to being science. And his ideas don't seem to be well-regarded in academia despite his popular fame and status as a hero in Norway. He is mentioned in a few articles.
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8Bruce Lee, was a Hong Kong American actor, martial artist, philosopher, filmmaker, and founder of the martial art Jeet Kune Do. He is widely considered by commentators, critics, media, and other martial artists to be one of the most influential martial artists of all time, and a pop culture icon of the 20th century. He is often credited with helping to change the way Asians were presented in American films. His eclectic philosophy often mirrored his fighting beliefs, though he was quick to claim that his martial arts were solely a metaphor for such teachings.
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10Apricot kernel, a "Health food" that causes Cyanide poisoning (see also laetrile). Also basis for a cheap substitute of marzipan
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8Asses see Demons and Cocks see Angels, or some variation on this entertaining title. Belief held by some Muslims which references scripture alongside donkeys and roosters seeing IR/UV to conclude that their braying/crowing is a result of seeing Demons/Angels.
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14Globalism, Term has been used most relevantly by Conservapedia and Someone With Tiny Hands. Appears to refer to something distinct from Globalisation, being used to refer to, approximately, anti-nationalism. (Related to one world government, perhaps?)
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22Vaping - its claimed benefits, conspiracy aspects ("Government trying to kill it because taxes on smoking are higher") and the missionary zeal of some addicts. Currently a redirect to a small section on Tobacco smoking
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19Mike Cernovich, the Juice Bro. Pickup artist (author of "Gorilla Mindset"), Gamergater, anti-SJW, believes his semen is magic, a human cesspit of awfulness. Anything about him will have to be very well-cited.
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10Shmita[wp], or Shemitah, is a sabbatical year in Judaism that is occasionally a target of anti-Semitic predictions of a global economic collapse (one of the most recent being for 15 September 2015), some of who try to sell religion with it: offenders include Before it's News, The Dollar Vigilante, The Economic Collapse Blog and even InfoWars.
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19Virginity test[wp] "medical procedure" which tests to see if a woman has had sexual intercourse. Human Rights Watch has documented incidences where these tests have been used to deny women jobs and marriages.
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11Heather Mac Donald[wp] is a "secular conservative" political commentator at the Manhattan institute who has heavily pushed the idea that Black Lives Matter is a hate group that is threatening the rule of law through the Ferguson effect. Her recent book, The War on Cops, was debunked and eviscerated by Reason.
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5Tawfik Hamid[wp] is a self-described ex-Islamic fundamentalist and a campaigner for a more "peaceful Islam". He is also a Muslim Zionist.
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6Irving Fischer[wp] is an economist who's theories have heavily influenced post-Keynesian economists. He was also an advocate of full-reserve banking[wp] and alternative currencies (akin to Bitcoin). Unfortunately, he made medical crank theories and argued in favor of prohibition and eugenics.
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5The Money Masters - an Austrain economics documentary full of Federal Reserve conspiracy theories.
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12CrossFit and the controversy and criticism surrounding it.
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25Nick Xenophon ([14]) and/or the Nick Xenophon Team ([15]). A long time independent Australian Senator known for his wacky media stunts and centrist brand of populism. Believes in so-called wind turbine illness and has a few other positions that can be considered borderline crazy. Has a questionable track record when it comes to selecting support candidates who aren't insane. Recently formed his own political party and now actually holds significant power in the Australian parliament. Had the right attitude on Scientology, and charitable status of religions though: that being a religion doesn't get a pass, they should have to demonstrate actual charitable activity.
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11Washington Legal Foundation (WP), the mortal enemy of the Food and Drug Administration. They oppose all government regulation, but they're particularly gunning for the FDA and are responsible for most of the setbacks in FDA regulation in the past thirty years. They are horrifyingly effective at what they do. Funding is not clear but is probably the Kochs. Their 2015 annual report covers their hard work against regulation in general.
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7Choice Center Las Vegas, a Landmark-style Large Group Awareness Training that teaches you "leadership" and oh yeah, wants you to fundraise for them too. Suggested by a reader.
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14clitoris: things I've heard lately (1) the excellent example of bad science where male anatomists totally ignored it for hundreds of years, because patriarchy (2) it's allegedly the only human organ with no evolutionary purpose (cats have clitoris in their vagina btw), or that may be a myth, but creationism[16] (3) lots of myths and tall stories about its nerves or lack of nerves, sensitivity or insensitivity, plus dangers of clitoral piercing.
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12Eugene Landy was an American psychologist and psychotherapist most notorious for his unconventional 24-hour therapy, as well as for ethical violations concerning his treatment of the Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson in the 1980s.
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15Patient-funded trial, a way to sell snake oil to sick people. The loophole the Burzynski clinic uses. Controversial, particularly ethically. [17][18]
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17Steve King. Republican Congressman known for his racism in the past. Most recently he has questioned, in his own words, what exactly non-white "subgroups" have ever done for civilization, while he was a guest on MSNBC. As one would expect, quite thankfully, this did not go unnoticed nor well for him.
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21Fethullah Gülen/Gülen movement. Islamic Cleric, The Trotsky/Snowball/Goldstein of McDogface's Turkey. Is he actually dangerous?
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21Pure Flix Entertainment is a Christian film production company, headquarted in Scottsdale, Arizona and co-founded by Arnold Schwarzenneger of Christian films David A. R. White. The company produces, distributes, acquires and markets Christian and family-friendly films. The company produced such classics as God's Not Dead, Jerusalem Countdown, and Do You Believe?
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14WeAreTheLeft (actually "#WeAreTheLeft", but you can't start an article with a #) was an open letter posted on Medium that argued that the left needs to embrace intersectionality and address bigotry in the ranks. A lot of leftists seem to be taking umbrage at it (including many on this very site).
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23Tiny Nose's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party. This is the critically panned sequel to 2016: Obama's America, directed by Dinesh D'Souza.
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21 Freiheitliche Partei Österreichs[wp], FPÖ for short. One of the more dangerous and powerful right wing populist parties in Europe
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20Repatriation, the idea of returning legal immigrants (invariably non-whites) to their "homelands", either "voluntary" or by force. A mainstay of the racist right in Britain since the 1960s, it would be interesting to trace the history of the idea and the practicalities or impracticalities. A contrast could be made with the "Back to Africa" movement or the "right of return" in the Middle East and similar ideas of voluntary return "home".
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12Onision, a YouTube atheist known for angry rants against those who disagree with his views, and calls himself a feminist, in an attempt to hide and excuse his true misogynistic behavior.
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14Erin Elizabeth has gained notoriety on Facebook for promoting food woo, anti vaccine nonsense and other miscellaneous quackery, so a page here is now a must-have.
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12Howard Stern, the shock jock known for banter about sexuality, bashing and starting feuds with celebrities of all kind, and using big tragic events for his brand of comedy and/or moralizing.
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17Islamic Jihad is an Islamist group in the Middle East known for collaboration with Hamas in Palestine.
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12Kharijite is an ancient group of Muslims who were viewed as extremists.
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17Mujahideen is a term in Islam which means holy warrior, and often used by extremists.
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15Fitna is a term which generally referred to anything that is a distraction in Islam, but is now mostly used as a snarl word by Muslim fundies to describe women's actions if they aren't dressed "properly" or are even in the public eye.
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10Hizb-ut-Tehrir is a Salafi Islamist group which is currently growing rapidly in Britain and Germany, and is banned in several countries. Things it advocates include cutting off hands of thieves, beating disobedient wives, and lashing for adultery.
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10Jay Sekulow runs the right wing American Center for Law and Justice. Through his daily radio show, internet video, and web site, he panders to evangelical conservatives, bashes the left, files lawsuits, and gathers petitions promoting various right wing causes. The ACLJ, formed by Pat Robertson, has come under criticism for filling the coffers of Jay Sekulow and his family with tens of millions of dollars since the 1980s. (Currently a stub at the ACLJ article).
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11TruNews[19] is a right wing blog and companion radio show run by paranoid conspiracy theorist Rick Wiles. They appear to have gained some traction recently among fellow conspiracists, and they now broadcast their odd combination of evangelical Christian fare, extreme right wing talk, and conspiracy theories from shortwave station WRMI in Florida and a number of domestic U.S. radio stations. (Currently a redirect to Rick Wiles.)
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22STEMlord is a term used by some people about those too holier than thou about science.
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7 Bill Warner is an anti-Islam speaker known for his YouTube channel "Political Islam".
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11 Atheism is Unstoppable should have his own article, we already have a summary under Webshites.
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10 Asra Nomani is a feminist Muslim who gained controversy over her opinions about Islam. She originlly was known for championing the cause of desegregation in mosques by gender, but later started voicing more controversial statements. One of her biggest points currently (and probably the only one she focuses on) is about the Muslim headscarf. She has even gone so far as to equate it with terror, which led to even others who criticize the headscarf to distance themselves from her views on this (claiming that she has become paranoid on the topic). Other questionable views include her loudly supporting Ben Carson, being one of the most vocal voices against the "Park 51", supporting profiling of Muslims, and claiming that a common Islamic expression is symbolic with extremist ideology.
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6 Ana Kasparian is Cenk Uygur's reporting partner for TheYoungTurks.
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18 Yitzhak Rabin was Israel's beloved Prime Minister who was murdered by some fundamentalist Jew because he intended to make peace.
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13 Mondoweiss has been popping up in WIGO a lot recently - who are they, what do they do and who reliable are they as a source
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21Roger Stone, the conservative "dirty trickster" who organized a riot against the Florida recount, exposed Eliot Spitzer's fondness for hookers, and is a key ally in Drumpf's campaign.
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18The World According to Monsanto, yet another anti-GMO propaganda film.
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19Dave Rubin, an ex-TYT member and host of Rubin Report who now criticizes what he considers to be the Regressive Left and attack on freedom of speech. He is also extremely critical of feminism, Islam, and the media (which he calls politically correct). He is vocally atheist and supports Sam Harris.
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25Perhaps an article on Treason, including the history of the charge, and its abundant presence in Pseudolaw, especially in the United States, where some believe that Treason is anything the government does that they don't like.
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12Monica Lewinsky. This article would focus on her as a person, her veering between shunning publicity and embracing it since the scandal, and her claims about being the patient zero for cyberbullying. Also would address claims that feminists berated her at the Tiny Noses' urging.
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7Healy-Rae family or perhaps Danny Healy-Rae, scary Irish political family who hide behind "the veneer of a friendly/simple country yokel" but are a lot worse than one may think. Jackie left Fianna Fáil and made a huge furore about how uprincipled they were (despite only quitting for political reasons), then proceeded to support them anyway. Michael was absent for over two thirds of Dáil debates but claimed expenses on all of them anyway, and decided that excluding the number 13 would 'save the Irish car industry', and is current head of Oireachtas Committee on European Affairs, and wrst of all is Danny, who decided that climate change was controlled by 'God alone' and puny humans can do nothing to stop it (This isn't something I implied, HE EXPLICITLY STATED THIS IN DÁIL EIREANN). Worse still, they are currently best mates with Fine Gael (yep) and could be damaging if they get anywhere near the cabinet. And yet the people of Kerry love them. Michael got the most votes out of anyone in the 2016 general election surpassing 20,000 ON A SPLIT STRATEGY (the next guy was Stephen Donnelly in Wicklow, who is JOINT LEADER OF THE SOCIAL DEMOCRATS) and Danny got in on the second count, pushing out a MINISTER and experts said there were enough for 3 Healy-Raes. While they say they will bring it up to "dose smart alecks up in Dublin" they have a very sinister, unstoppable agenda.
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23"YADA" is a youtuber and crank. He is also a member of the Hotep Movement.
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41Black Pigeon Speaks, YouTube channel responsible for stuff like "Why Women DESTROY NATIONS * / CIVILIZATIONS - and other UNCOMFORTABLE TRUTHS"
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41"Can We Take a Joke?" is an upcoming documentary by Reason contributor Ted Balacker. It looks like it's going to be the latest round of aging comedians complaining about political correctness being "censorship." Made in partnership with the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.
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18J. Warner Wallace is an American homicide detective and Christian apologist. He has authored several books, including Cold-Case Christianity and God’s Crime Scene, in which he applies principles of cold case homicide investigation to apologetic concerns such as the existence of God and the reliability of the Gospels.
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14hbomberguy. Rationalist YouTuber. Maybe more in the business of mocking "rationalists"
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18Reason Rally. Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear exists, and this has happened twice. The nonsense around the second one should be interesting.
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20Klaus Barbie was a Nazi officer (in)famous for his methods of torturing French resistance fighters. Instead of being tried for war crimes, he was hired by the CIA to track down German commies - and possibly to capture Che Guevara.
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13Bill Still is a dubious broadcaster that desperately needs to be Rationalwikized. He is in the debunked conspiracy film Thrive. He has done a show about how Donald Drumpf is "God's Trumpet".
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14 Good schools a dog whistle term for white people to explain why they move away from "those people" once they start a family. Ripe for analysis of the (mis)use of the term and if the inherent claim actually holds water
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18Apparently ecosexuality is a thing. Looks New Agey to me.
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14Massie Munroe, senatorial candidate from California vows to end "remote Voice to Skull technologies and Mind Control" for Targeted individuals.
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33Brexit the Movie A pro-leave film made by the same guy who made the Great Global Warming Swindle. I don't think I know enough to respond to all of it but I'm pretty sure the bit about fishing is bullshit given that most of the decline in British fishing occurred before the Common Fisheries Policy was introduced thanks to its own overfishing.
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30A Matter of Faith is a Christian film, which follows a Christian student and her father who are challenged by a biology professor who teaches the theory of evolution. Of course, the film goes out of it's way to create the usual illogical arguments that creationists make in an attempt to get their point across.
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32Bruce Bartlett[wp] is a conservative historian who studies supply side economics. He helped both Reagan's and Bush Sr.'s form their fiscal policies. He has criticized the FairTax plan and Bush Jr.'s fiscal policies; he has also defended Keynesianism and Paul Krugman and recommended that Obama should implent New Deal-style programs. HE has since left the Republican party.
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27Vegan Gains is a YouTube vlogger who promotes veganism through health and fitness. He has come under fire for posting a video of his grandfather having a heart attack and attributing this from eating meat as shock value to promote veganism. Here is a video of him speaking about the incident. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GX1GDIKqB9A
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27Bernard Nathanson - was an abortion provider and pro-choice advocate, now a pro-life nutter.
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29Awake Dating [20] is a dating site created to facilitate romantic connections between conspiracy theorists.
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37Im quite surprised that we have several articles regarding conservative radio show hosts,but we dont have one regarding Mark Levin. Mark, in addition to hosting a radio show, has published multiple books and has even done a podcast.
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45German ethnic cleansing (working title; should be changed) is a claim that many white supremacists and Neo-nazis use as a red herring when discussing the Holocaust. Examples include the German POWs killed in Utah during the Midnight Massacre[wp], in Dachau[wp] after its liberation, those who died during Rheinwiesenlager[wp], and those who died laboring for the Soviets[wp]. They may also mention the treatment of German prisoners of war in the United States[wp] or the flight and expulsion[wp] of Germans across Europe during and after WWII. A book called Other Losses[wp], by Canadian novelist, James Bacque[wp], purports that millions of Germans were purposely killed by the Allies after the war but it was heavily criticized for misrepresenting and misreporting facts; his book Crimes and Mercies, also about the treatment of the Germans wafter WWII, was better received. The forced assimilation of German Americans[wp] during WWI may also be relevant to this topic.
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37Annie Lacroix-Riz, French literature professor, is an unreconstructed Stalinist, arguing no famine happened in Ukraine on 1933, that an Vatican-Berlin-Warsaw axis worked to fight against Communism in the 1930s and that France has been stabbed in the back by the Synarchie - business and industry bigwigs - on 1940.
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42The Thomas Carlyle Club for Young Reactionaries (Students Against a Democratic Society) is a pseudonym taken by neoreactionary Karl F. Boetel and published several articles on the website Radish, including apologism against democracy (see here) and for slavery (see here), lynching (see here) and the Congo Free State (see here). Also came up with the Dark Enlightenment Magic: The Gathering cards.
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42Calvary Chapel is an evangelical association of Christian churches, which grew out Chuck Smith's Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa in Southern California in 1965. There are over 1,000 churches in the United States alone and have affiliations with half a dozen colleges campuses. While they try to promote themselves as a friendly organization they have conservative leanings when it comes to Biblical teachings, which tends to piss off most non-Christians and most moderate to liberal Christians
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40Americans for Common Cents, otherwise known as the penny lobby. They are one of the groups pushing the keep the U.S. penny in circulation, despite the fact it costs more to make a penny than what the coin is actually worth, or the fact that the coin has become essentially obsolete in this day and age. They claim we need to keep it for such reasons as charity drives and the "fact" that millions of Americans want to keep it, and totally not because the group is backed by the industrial company Jarden Zinc Products, which produces the blank zinc disks from which pennies are made. For more info: (https://www.publicintegrity.org/2014/07/02/14959/saving-penny-makes-cents-zinc-backed-front-group)
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59Millennials, the easy scapegoats for everything that's wrong in the world today, at least until their children grow up. Perhaps a more exhaustive article about the cyclical history of blaming young people too.
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48The Muslim Student' Association is a decently sized religious organization operating on college campuses. While they try to promote themselves as a friendly organization they have ultraconservative leanings on the Quran and support political Islamism, to the point where they don't even allow moderate Muslims to join them on some campuses because they don't consider them real Muslims. Unfortunately it can be difficult to seperate the genuine extremeness of the MSA from the more conspiritorial ramblings of Islamophobic crazies who use them as a favorite boogeyman (though this time they're not completely wrong that the MSA likes to use social justice organizations for cover).
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73Elon Musk is a business magnate, inventor, engineer and investor. He is the founder, CEO and CTO of SpaceX; co-founder, CEO and product architect of Tesla Motors; chairman of SolarCity, co-chairman of OpenAI; co-founder of Zip2; and co-founder of PayPal. One crappy stub version was already deleted, so please do a half-decent one if you do this one.
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46Dial-the-Truth Ministries is fundamentalist Christian website founded by Dr. Terry Watkins. They are King James Only-advocates, and they believe that rock music (including Christian rock) is evil. The ministry also believes that Hell is a physical place located in the core of the Earth, that Santa Claus is a form of Satan, and has additionally written on the theory of a link between the number '11' and the September 11 terrorist attacks, alleging that, "This could be the "beginning of the end" of America the great."
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48John Kennedy Toole satirised neoreactionary politics in A Confederacy of Dunces and religion in The Neon Bible.
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52 GhostPolitics, True Capitalist Radio, or True Conservative Radio, whatever you want to call it: Yet another right-wing kook with a microphone on the internet. Transphobic (refers to his trans callers as "transtesticles"), homophobic ("You're fruitin' up my broadcast! The whole place smells like butt-crack!"), racist ("I'M A MELTING POT OF FRIENDSHIP!! I'M A NICE GUYYY!!!1!"), brony-hatin', sexist ("Your mother is out at Applebees' lookin' for the high hard one from some ethnic minority, huh?"), conspiracy-theorizin' (the usual "Moon Landing in Nevada" tripe, for starters), hyper-capitalist, fat-shamin' ("You're a fat greasy-ass smelly HAAAAAAMBOOOOOOOOOOOOONE!"), Islamophobic (spouts out the usual Eurabia fearmongering and says that Muslim women have to wear "beekeeper suits"), and all-around asshole with a humongous ego ("I'm listened to by TENS OF THOUSANDS of capitalists THROUGHOUT THE WUUURLD!!1!") and attempts to be a Goat ("MAAAAAH MAAAAAH MAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH"). Has gained a cult following among trolls due to how easily angered he is. Some of his fans could also use a RWing. Sandbox start page here.
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59Microcredit is the extension of very small loans (microloans) to impoverished borrowers who typically lack collateral, steady employment and a verifiable credit history. It is designed not only to support entrepreneurship and alleviate poverty, but also in many cases to empower women and uplift entire communities by extension. Critics argue, however, that microcredit has not had a positive impact on gender relationships, does not alleviate poverty, has led many borrowers into a debt trap and constitutes a "privatization of welfare". The first randomized evaluation of microcredit, conducted by Esther Duflo and others, showed mixed results: there was no effect on household expenditure, gender equity, education or health, but the number of new businesses increased by one third compared to a control group.
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53Nim Chimpsky or Project Nim or chimp sign language: another topic with grand claims but also allegations of bad science or scientific fraud. The film Project Nim[wp] covers a famous experiment with teaching sign language to a chimpanzee Nim Chimpsky[wp]. Separating fact from fiction would be good.
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64handwashing and drying: there is a lot of scientifically-illiterate nonsense about this everyday activity that has enormous importance in public health. One issue is antibacterial soap which research shows is pointless in general use[21][22]; there's also a heated debate about how to dry your hands.[23] And, is washing your hands after you go to the bathroom necessary, if washing your privates prior to oral sex isn't?[24]
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48RationalWiki:Monthly RW/Archive, RationalWiki:Monthly RW being long dead, but we should keep the history, dontcha think?
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48Jeremy Hunt for pissing off all the Junior Doctors.
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48Lysander Spooner[wp], who was an anarchist, abolitionist, early competitor with the US Post Office and, apparently, pro-pedophile. Supposedly a major influence on Murray Rothbard.
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46Preachers of L.A. is an American reality television series that premiered October 9, 2013, on Oxygen. Preachers of L.A. chronicles the lives of three bishops and three pastors from their work within the church to their personal lives at home. The preachers are adherents of prosperity theology. Here's a video of CultOfDusty pointing out their hypocrisy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMwLFLbRNu0&nohtml5=False
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72TruthWiki is a website filled with alternative medicine, new age, conspiracies and whatever else. It's also not actually a wiki. An article was previously created, but it was a one-line crappy stub that was pretty much a to do list entry.
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47Bob Whitaker/Robert Whitaker, former Reagan staffer, running an openly racist campaign for 2016 US president on the American Freedom Party ticket.[25] Inventor of the "anti-racist is a code word for anti-white" crap.
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65FCKH8 Gay rights group accused of being biphobic, transphobic and misogynistic.
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52Earthquake lights. A somewhat-mysterious phenomenon linked with earthquakes and reportedly sometimes confused for UFOs (see also ball lightning). Wikipedia is vague.
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68The Panama Papers or Panama Leak. I think the biggest leak in the history of Journalism concerning 143 politicians including 12 world leaders, 2.6 terabytes of information, summary of information released and reactions, links to the leak itself is anyone can be bothered to read it. This is fairly basic jumping off point [26] and here is the leak's website [27]
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71God's Not Dead 2 the verdict is in! The movie sucks. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/gods_not_dead_2/ we might as well do an article on it.
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56Obergefell v. Hodges is currently just a redirect to Same-sex marriage i think we should give it the same treatment as Roe v. Wade and Kitzmiller v. Dover
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48SaveOurSteel Basically the uk steel industry is being discussed to be closed down by the Tories after dismantling half the welfare state, leading to the loss of hundreds if not thousands of jobs, pissing of the people with those jobs, and creating a massive controversy. Summary of events, for and against. Really needed
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53Fetal homicide[wp] laws have been passed in numerous US states and countries in order to punish women who have abortion, whether medically or self induced, or have had miscarriages. There have also been attempts to punish "fetal harm" which involves any "injury" done unto the fetus and has punished women for fetal deformities.
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54The Spectator, a British magazine with columnists who are trying to, if anything, claim territory to the right of the Daily Mail. Churns out a massive amount of global warming denialism.
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55Mexican-American War, important in both American and Mexican history. Ties into contemporary anti-Mexican sentiment in the US, but was also at the time a turning point in debates about the US's role in the world and the US becoming increasingly imperialist, and vociferously opposed by many, e.g. Henry David Thoreau who wrote his groundbreaking Civil Disobedience in response. Wikipedia.
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55Michael Ruppert[wp] was probably the most notable conspiracy theorist in recent times. He originally accused the LAPD and CIA of drug trafficking, compiled an 'evidence' list accusing the US government of being complicit in 9/11, and feared peak oil and Fukushima. He starred in a critically acclaimed movie, Collapse[wp], which criticized humanity's response to global warming and delved into goldbuggery.
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44An article on White Oppression cause it turns out that Republican white people especially think their whiteness is being oppressed.
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50The Voltaire Network[wp] is a French NGO that supports securalism and studies far right movements; they have been heavily critical of the US's foreign policy, but they have supported Hezbollah.
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55CounterPunch[wp] is a American leftist (socialist) magazine dedicated to muckraking and has been consistently antiwar. They cover environmental and labor issues. They have occasionally endorsed anticapitalist conspiracies and have hosted underhanded anti-semitic articles.
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48Antiwar.com[wp] is a libertarian, anti-war website that was created to oppose the Bosnian intervention. It has hosted contributions from Glenn Greenwald to Ron Paul.
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43Standpoint theory[wp] is a postmodern method for analyzing how authority is rooted in individuals' knowledge. It is decried by the right wing as being used by the left and sjws as a form of thoughtcrime.
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47Critical race theory[wp] is a critical examination of society and culture, to the intersection of race, law, and power. It is a noted boogey theory on the right and is decried as a reverse racist theory.
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49HIV discrimination[wp] exists in many countries were those who are infected become social outcasts and may be imprisoned for their behavior.
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51John Lewis[wp] was a chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee[wp] and a prominent civil rights leader who later became a politician; he was a critic of the Tiny Nose's welfare reform.
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61Waiting for "Superman"[wp] was a neoliberal propaganda documentary that criticized American public schools and American teacher unions. It endorsed charter schools as the miracle solution, but cherry picked inaccurate data. The movie was criticized by the the Grassroots Education Movement made a documentary critical of it called The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman[wp] which is named after the director's, Davis Guggenheim[wp], previously famous documentary An Inconvenient Truth
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47Peter James Knight, the perpretrator of the only instance of murder by an anti-abortion activist in Australian history.[28][29] His motivation involved opposition to oath-making and a refusal to pay tax, as well as living off the grid and pursuing his own unique interpretation of Christianity, which appears relevant to recent American fringe wingnuttery. Info about his ideas and actions would be interesting, and the Wikipedia page on him is kind of shit.
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47Keith Lowell Jensen, atheist comedian.
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66The Innocence Project is a non-profit legal organization that is committed to exonerating wrongly convicted people through the use of DNA testing and to reforming the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice. The Innocence Project was founded in 1992 by Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld (ironically, the two attorneys that specialized in DNA evidence during the O. J. Simpson murder case). To date, the work of the Innocence Project has led to the freeing of 337 wrongfully convicted people, including 20 who spent time on death row.
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47Anti-gravity or anti-gravity machine: there's a short section in science woo and gravity is relevant. But a lot more to say, including Podkletnov's spinning disk[30], various things involving gyroscopes, manipulating a hypothetical fifth force, historical devices, etc. See the Wikipedia article on Anti-gravity.
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47False flag claims about the Brussels airport bombing. EG: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUDumwfs_80
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56The American Conservative[wp] definitely deserves an article for being one of the only paleoconservative outlets left in the US.They have also been against the growth of the surveillance state and big business corruption.
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43Lord of the World I think I found the source of every NWO conspiracy theory. It depicts a totalitarian one world state based around Marxism run by Freemasons lead by the Antichrist who oppress hard working Roman Catholic priests.It was written 1907 and has been praised by both Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis. I think we pretty much have to talk about itas conspiracy theories (most likely) based off of it and its believers have taken up a lot of our time Edit: Wording in stuff. Can't think straight right now
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44Percy Shelley: atheist, socialist, libertine, celebrity, mediocre poet, hero to the left. Must be some jokes in there somewhere.
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41Salt Lake City, headquarters of Mormonism. Surely someone could provide a useful travel guide? (Utah is quite brief too.)
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42Origen one of the most famous figures in the early Christian church, most famous for cutting his dick off based on a perhaps over-literal reading of Matthew 19:12. Wikipedia.
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64John McAfee[wp] is the founder of McAfee, Inc. (now Intel Security) and potential 2016 Libertarian Party candidate. He has come out against the TSA and government surveillance, but he may not know what he is talking about when it comes to modern encryption. He also appears to be seems prone to pop-psychology.
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62Stalinism A political philosophy espoused by Joseph Stalin, basically one of the original totalitarian ideologies of the 20th century, along with Italian Fascism and Nazism. Currently just a redirect to Joseph Stalin
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56Lourdes, a popular pilgrimage site associated with miraculous cures. Also the subject of a thoughtful fiction film of the same name directed by Jessica Hausner.
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58Outreach Judaism is a Jewish counter-missionary organization founded by Rabbi Tovia Singer. It is described as "an international organization that responds directly to the issues raised by missionaries and cults, by exploring Judaism in contradistinction to fundamentalist Christianity." It's a great website for those looking for arguments against the fundamentals of Christianity such as Jesus being the messiah.
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25 A list of fiction that everyone should read/watch/listen/play
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62"Personal responsibility", another platitudinous piece of sophistry, extolled with such religious zeal by conservatives and libertarians that it's practically become an incantation (e.g. "freedom", "free market", "small government", "hard work", etc.).
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58Ex Machina (stylized as ex_machina) is a 2015 British science fiction psychological thriller film written and directed by Alex Garland in his directing debut. We can do an article discussing the themes of artificial intelligence, roboethics, and gender politics.
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60Rick and Morty is an American adult animated television series created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon for Adult Swim. It has been suggested that the show carries some messages in a philosophical vein, including themes of existentialism, and of human impact on the environment. It has also been pointed out that the show can be interpreted as a critique of western attitudes towards science, and of scientism in particular.
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40Kurt Schusnigg Leader of Austria until Anschluss.
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41Engelbert Dollfuss Leader of Austria before Anschluss. Founder of Austrofascism.
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45Philipe Pétain Leader of Vichy France during WW2
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46Jozef Tiso Josef Tiso was in charge Slovakian puppet regime during ww2 from 1939 to 1945. Was tried and executed after the war.
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64The Simpsons For supposedly predicting everything from 9/11 to Drumpf's presidential run.
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57Ionnis Metaxas Fascist ruler of Greece from 1936-1941. Lost to Mussolini in the Greco-Italian War.
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61Stoicism is a school of Hellenistic philosophy founded in Athens by Zeno of Citium in the early 3rd century BC. The Stoics taught that destructive emotions resulted from errors in judgment, and the active relationship between cosmic determinism and human freedom, and the belief that it is virtuous to maintain a will (called prohairesis) that is in accord with nature.
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60The Knights of Columbus is the world's largest Catholic fraternal service organization. Founded by Father Michael J. McGivney in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1882, it was named in honor of the mariner Christopher Columbus. Originally serving as a mutual benefit society to low-income immigrant Catholics, it developed into a fraternal benefit society dedicated to providing charitable services, promoting Catholic education and actively defending Roman Catholicism in various nations.
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58Communitarianism It's fiscally liberal (social security, universal healthcare) while being socially conservative (ban abortion, traditional values).
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43Kenneth Anger: An important figure in American Satanism and esoteric religion. Also an influential filmmaker and muckraking author but it's his religious beliefs and their manifestation in films like Lucifer Rising that are most relevant to this site.
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57Chrismukkah is a pop-culture portmanteau neologism referring to the merging of the holidays of Christianity's Christmas and Judaism's Hanukkah. The term was popularized by the TV drama The O.C., wherein character Seth Cohen creates the holiday to signify his upbringing in an interfaith household with a Jewish father and Protestant mother.
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61 Prager U or whatever these guys are called - they are rather consistently wrong about almost everything...
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65Wehraboos WTF we don't have an article on this already?! Wehraboos is a slang term for fans of Nazi Germany, especially their military. While not being Nazis themselves (though some are), they are essentially Nazi Apologists, and propagate myths about German military superiority. They range from some guy on Reddit to the History Channel itself.
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64Interstellar is a 2014 science fiction film directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, and Michael Caine. Caltech theoretical physicist Kip Thorne, whose work inspired the film, was an executive producer and acted as scientific consultant. While the film did well with both critics and moviegoers, the film received mixed reception by members of the scientific community for its scientific accuracy.
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64Deus Ex[wp], a series of video games rife with real world conspiracy theories.
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61The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions[wp] movement is an attempt to remove foreign aid and foreign business and academic ties with Israel in order to help create an independent Palestine. They compare themselves to the anti-Apartheid movement and suggest Israel to be similar to Apartheid South Africa. Many opponents have called it a form of hate speech as they believe it to be an antisemitic movement. Even some critics of Israel like Jimmy Carter disagree with the means this movement employs.
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57Robert Chambers propounded evolutionary ideas in the mid 19th century, most famously in Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation[wp] which was hugely popular (Prince Albert read it to Queen Victoria) and controversial, with a strong Christian counter-attack. It doesn't seem to have been hugely accurate, claiming there was evolution in rocks and other inanimate things, and it didn't propose a mechanism for evolution even in animals. But very historically important; allegedly it outsold Origin of Species throughout the 19th century.
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42Samir Chachoua, another alternative to medicine practitioner, but this one actually has some experience in actual medicine. Notably ripped off a small african country and "treated" Charlie Sheen's HIV. Now in Mexico.
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60Óscar Romero was a prelate of the Catholic Church in El Salvador, who served as the fourth Archbishop of San Salvador. He spoke out against poverty, social injustice, assassinations and torture. In 1980, Romero was assassinated while offering Mass in the chapel of the Hospital of Divine Providence.
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46 Moonshine is illicitly distilled or smuggled liquor.
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67Adolf Eichmann was a German Nazi SS-Obersturmbannführer (lieutenant colonel) and one of the major organizers of the Holocaust. Eichmann was charged by SS-Obergruppenführer (general/lieutenant general) Reinhard Heydrich with facilitating and managing the logistics of mass deportation of Jews to ghettos and extermination camps in German-occupied Eastern Europe during World War II. In 1960, he was captured in Argentina by Mossad, Israel's intelligence service. Following a widely publicized trial in Israel, he was found guilty of war crimes and hanged in 1962.
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67Dead Sea Scrolls: important as evidence for or against the New Testament account and traditional theories of Biblical authorship. But also subject of a zillion myths, strange claims, and erroneous interpretations, which should be documented and refuted.
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67Solar Roadways[wp] is a crowdfunded, startup company which is trying to replace all asphalt pavements with solar panels which will power embedded LEDs that will melt snow and light up roads. This idea is entirely, scientifically flawed and unfeasible; Thunderf00t does a good job explaining why this idea isn't even efficient.[31][32]
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61Powdered alcohol[wp] or Palcohol is the newest moral panic drug that has been banned in several states and was subject to a moral panic after the FDA determined the non-alcoholic ingredients were safe for consumption. It is mostly an ineffective way to get drunk, but that hasn't stop people from believing it will get you drunk instantly or that it can be used to smuggle alcohol into public places. [33] (Another Thunderf00t video)
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67The Great Dictator is a 1940 American political satire comedy-drama film written, directed, produced, scored by and starring Charlie Chaplin. The film advanced a stirring, controversial condemnation of Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, fascism, antisemitism, and Nazi Germany.
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64Savant syndrome is a condition in which a person with a mental disability, such as an autism spectrum disorder, demonstrates profound and prodigious capacities or abilities far in excess of what would be considered normal.
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63The Passing of the Great Race is a 1916 book by the American eugenicist, lawyer, and amateur anthropologist Madison Grant. The book became an immediate best seller, with new editions in 1918, 1920 and 1921, multiple printings and translations in German, French and Norwegian. It became hugely influential among leading academics, politicians and scientists. Grant expounds a theory of Nordic superiority and argues for a strong eugenics program. Grant's proposal to create a strong eugenics program for the "Nordic" population to survive was repudiated by Americans in the 1930s and Europeans after 1945. It is considered one of the main works in the 20th century tradition of scientific racism and has been described as "The Manifesto of Scientific Racism".
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59The Ahnenerbe was an institute in Nazi Germany purposed to research the archaeological and cultural history of the Aryan race. Founded on July 1, 1935, by Heinrich Himmler, Herman Wirth, and Richard Walther Darré, the Ahnenerbe conducted pseudo-scientific experiments and launched pseudo-archaeological expeditions in an attempt to prove that mythological Nordic populations had once ruled the world as a way to promote political propaganda. Originally, the official mission of the Ahnenerbe was to find new evidence of the racial heritage of the Germanic people; however, due to Himmler's obsession with occultism it quickly became his own occult tool.
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61James Clerk Maxwell, one of the top 5 greatest physicists ever, but also a devout Christian (albeit one who shopped about between denominations) who proposed an unusual version of intelligent design; his views on evolution are also argued about between pros and antis.
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61Dan Barker is an American atheist activist who served as a Christian preacher and musician for 19 years but left Christianity in 1984. Barker, along with his wife Annie Laurie Gaylor, is the current co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation.
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61 Night of Shattered Glass The Nazi purge & riot of Jewish ghettos
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64 Night of Long Knives The Nazi purge of political dissidents as well as people who helped Hitler rise to power.
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58 Blackshirts Fascist militants who were instrumental to Mussolini's rise to power.
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52 SA Nazi militants who were instrumental to Hitler's rise to power - Later pushed to the side because the Wehrmacht didn't like them and because of fears they'd take the "socialist" in "national-socialist" seriously
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48 Thule Society Early 1920s German occultic society that would later inspire the Nazis.
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42 Nazi Occultism The occult beliefs that the nazis had, especially when it came to Atlantis, Thule, magic, neo-paganism, etc.
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45Heinrich Himmler Reichfuhrer-SS Heinrich Himmler was the leader of the SS, one of the main perpetrators of the Holocaust, as well as a nutty Neo-pagan who financed several archaeological trips which helped inspire the Indiana Jones movies.
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58Aluminum's connection (or lack of) to Alzheimer's and other maladies.
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63Gravitational waves have just recently been directly proven to exist, confirming an old postulate of Einstein's. May not be worthy of a seperate article rather a subsection of the main Gravity article. What is really interesting to me here is the (hopefully impending) response by biblically motivated science deniers like Conservapedia to spin this into a narrative of "...and now let me tell y'all how this negates general relativity, physicists ideas for the origin of the universe and probably the whole scientific method altogether."
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40Human resources, a department of a business in charge of hiring, firing, mediating employee disputes and so on. A minority of conservatives, racists, MRAs, etc. rail against them because, I dunno, because they "enforce diversity quotas and only exist to create jobs for people with useless liberal arts degrees", or something. One suspects that the real reason why so many of them hate them so much is because many of them have themselves been reprimanded by human resources departments for exhibiting racist or sexist attitudes at work that prompted complaints from co-workers...
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36Davos and the associated World Economic Forum[wp] are involved in various New World Order-type conspiracy theories.
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65 Founding Fathers on Islam - we should discuss what the rather heterogeneous group that declared independence from Britain, fought the war and wrote the Constitution had to say about Islam. Given that they are often cited by both sides to make some kind of point.
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67Tiananmen Square Massacre - Pretty self-explanatory, a very violent crackdown on a peaceful protest which the Chinese government continues to cover up to this day.
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62Gavin Menzies or his book 1421: The Year China Discovered the World, which sounds like an entertaining work of pseudohistory about how the Chinese discovered North America before Columbus. Later books sound even madder: Wikipedia. (There is now an article about the 1421 theory.)
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62Paul Joseph Watson, part of the Alex Jones sites Infowars and PrisonPlanet, as well as his own YouTube channel, in which he viciously attacks feminists, transgender individuals, gives Islamophobic rants, and calls liberalism a mental disorder. Only mentioned on the page on Alex Jones. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCittVh8imKanO_5KohzDbpg/videos?feature=hovercard
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59 Volkstaat - an Afrikaner political project in South Africa to basically start over with Apartheid on a smaller territory but without any black people in it Wikipedia[wp] has an article on it. Thankfully it has stayed a fringe movement even within white South Africans...
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68Eyewitness identification and the accuracy thereof, especially in law enforcement (e.g. identity parades, picking out mugshots), is an interesting topic that has been widely studied. The failure of people to correctly identify suspects seems to go against common sense, and has relevance to other epistemological questions, as well as to wider issues in the criminal justice system.
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62Return of Kings Currently a section in Roosh V. Needs expansion, if not a separate article, due to the meeting to disscuss pro-rape tactics that was cancelled due to "safety concerns," proving that these people don't understand irony.
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49Anne Graham Lotz is the deranged daughter of Billy Graham and what Ann Coulter is going to look like in ten to twenty years. Check out her links at Right Wing Watch to get an idea of what were dealing with here.
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46350.org [34]: "Climate-focused campaigns, projects and actions led from the bottom-up by people in 188 countries. Email is how 350 connects — Join in and get started"
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43Surely we must cover Sean David Morton, especially since he and his wife were arrested yesterday and both face jail sentences of >600 years.
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57 A grand coalition is a government form in parliamentary systems that usually combines the two biggest parties (often one socialist/social democratic/liberal and one christian democratic/conservative) in an often temporary "unholy alliance". It is usually seen as a stopgap and perceived very negatively by all involved, but countries like Austria have ended up with the Grand Coalition as the "standard" government on the federal level. A RW article on the phenomenon should explore reasons that lead to grand coalitions and whether the purported negative consequences actually exist.
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55Disposition Matrix[wp] is Obama's administration's official kill/capture list used for drone killings, rendition, and surveillance of suspected terrorists. The criteria for someone to end up on this list is classified and the CIA and Obama administration have refused to comment on it; this list has been said to most likely exist indefinitely. John Brennan has heavily shaped how this list works. The WaPo originally revealed this story and everyone from the ACLU to Rand Paul has condemned it. This should be chalk full of civil liberties violations and have many conspiracy theories surrounding it.
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61Frozen Conflict[wp] are unresolved wars that end up in perpetual ceasefires. The first example came out of the Korean War, but has since been used by authoritarian governments as a tactic to take over land that has a large ethnic group that makes up their country. Some examples include Northern Cyprus (annexed by Turkey), Transistria, South Ossetia, Abkhazia, the Donbass, and Crimea (annexed by Russia), and Nagrano-Karabakh (claimed by Armenia, but owned by Azerbaijan)
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43Chris Beat Cancer, a site that promotes "natural" cures for cancer, and claims that chemotherapy is "toxic poison".
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49Apparently we don't have an article on Rosa Parks? There should be one if only to account for all the idiots whining that they're being just like her by breaking the law to promote their bigotry and stupidity. Would that be called the "Parks Gambit", similar to the Galileo Gambit?
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60Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis. We can explain the book's history and thesis and probably do a side by side refutation of his arguments.
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45New Year's Eve sexual assaults in Cologne.
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60Sons of Iraq, a security contractor friggen death squad in Iraq. The "troop surge"? Those guys. Basically, Sunni militants made up of various groups including former Saddam soldiers who had been funded by Syria and Iran (yes those were Shia but they hated the US more), but cheaply, so the US hired them for 3-4 times the pay. Then used them to pacify murder the fuck out of all the Shia militias that were ALSO being funded by Iran and Syria. And it worked. Until the US left and the mercenaries stopped getting paid, the Prime Minister sacked his Sunni President, and made every inclination that he'd begin oppressing the Sunnis. Where are they now? Well, most got integrated into the Iraqi forces or did other stuff, but a few of them ended up in another group you might have heard of...
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49 Someone in the archives proposed we do an article on the phenomenon of the emergency manager as seen in Flint and other places in Michigan and throughout these United States of America. Given the fact that it has recently become a lot more pressing to debate this issue, we should definitely cover it
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56 Bioscience Resource Project - according to their page on WP (which has been subject to at least one edit war) they do some agenda pushing related to genetics and GMOs. As some IP editor recently inserted them into our article on genetically modified food they seem to be something we should cover
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64Dogfighting, Cockfighting, Bullfighting, and maybe even Fox hunting all involve vast amounts of animal cruelty, and with various batshit arguments in favor (or against) them.
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66The O. J. Simpson murder case (officially the People of the State of California v. Orenthal James Simpson) was a criminal trial held at the Los Angeles County Superior Court in California. The former professional football star and actor O. J. Simpson was tried on two counts of murder after the deaths of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and waiter Ronald Lyle Goldman, in June 1994. We can write an article discussing the case not just as a cultural phenomenon but also discuss the overwhelming amount of logical fallacies (emotional appeal, Chewbacca defense, prosecutor's fallacy), dishonesty tactics and evidence gathering mistakes that took place during the trial and/or behind the scenes, which all had great impact on law in America. We can also discuss the impact on race relations that took place at the time. Simpson, being an African American, had a strong appeal toward the black community because of his seemingly squeaky clean image, charismatic personality and his rags to riches story with the majority of them believing he was innocent and being persecuted for his race. Because of this, there was a height of fear in Los Angeles of another race riot worse than the 1992 Los Angeles riots if he was prosecuted. Best books to use as research for the article would be Jeffrey Toobin's The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson, and Vincent Bugliosi's Outrage: The Five Reasons O.J. Simpson Got Away With Murder.
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64 Concussions in Sport, or more specifically Concussions in American Football a long tragic story of denial and lawsuits, now a major motion picture. Debunking those that say "ah getting hit on the head can't be that bad" should be a major component of the article.
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65 The whole tough on crime disaster, including three strikes laws could get the RW treatment. Do harsh sentences work? Do they have racial or class components? Who came up with this ideology in the first place? How do we end the epidemic of incarceration?
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65 Flint water crisis a city that is mostly poor black folks gets literally toxic water on the orders of an "emergency manager" who nobody voted for.
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47Simon Magus is a famous magician from Christian tradition. He could change himself into a goat! As well as become invisible, jump off tall buildings, and antagonise pretty much everybody.
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62The Confederate Constitution[wp] has many supporters who range from southern sympathizers to libertarians who see it as the true small government America ought to be and saw Lincoln as the ultimate tyrant. Ironically it would have limited states rights and didn't remove the government's ability to quash rebellion.
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45Robert Kiviat[wp] director of such hits as "Alien Autopsy" and "Aliens on the Moon: The Truth Exposed", the latter of which is available on Netflix. Also not just alien "documentaries", with "I Shot JFK: The Shocking Truth" and ironically "World's Greatest Hoaxes: Secrets Finally Revealed".
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39Rick Simpson, who believes that hemp oil cures cancer and every other ill.[35] "I haven't seen anything that the oil doesn't work on." A two-line stub was created and zapped as "so what" in 2013, but this is pretty missional if we can get some substance in.
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64Gay panic[wp] has, surprisingly, not been made yet. It is a legal defenses recognized in many US states that allows someone to state that they reason they killed someone was because the victim had made homosexual advances against them. This defense not only marginalizes gay and bi men, but also trans and intersex individuals.
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61Oddly enough despite having articles on the rest of the manosphere we don't have an article on Red Pillers, an even more extreme and militant form of misogyny pushed on the internet. It's also arguably the most dangerous form of internet misogyny in the real world considering a good chunk of red pillers are rape apologists, pedophilia apologists, and a few mass shooters have been encouraged by their rhetoric.They're so bad even some MRA's dislike them.
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44Something about the 2016 Academy Awards diversity scandal would be appreciated, especially those claiming that the Academy's recent decision to accommodate by doubling women and minority member numbers in their organization is reverse racism and that people like Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, and so on are just throwing a temper tantrum, and the Academy caved.
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59Do we have an article on the tendency of cranks and their followers to dishonestly cite a letter to the editor in a peer-reviewed journal as if it indicates the journal supports their crackpottery or somehow magically proves their claims?
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5913 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi[wp], the latest film from Michael Bay, the man who tried to outdo Titanic by turning Pearl Harbor into a poorly done love triangle and woefully inaccurate circle jerk of American exceptionalism. Currently only a small part of the larger article on the 2012 Benghazi attack.
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55Tong ren: smacking dolls with a hammer will heal you. Yeah, it's as silly as it sounds.
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56Retraction Watch, part of the immune system of science. Useful for flagging interesting terrible past science.
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41Shmuley Boteach[36][37] came into the public eye for writing about sex. Er, that may not have been the best way of phrasing that. Anyway, being pro-sex (in a strictly religious sort of way) and Jewish are the main things that distinguish him from Christian fundamentalist conservatives. Has defended thinly veiled antisemitic remarks by Ted Cruz during the 2016 Republican primary campaign
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57Chemo Kills (https://chemokills.info/) The absolute worst sort of quack website, as they don't just promote cancer woo (Paleo diet, Vitamin C megadosage, etc.), but also actively and very strongly encourage people to not get (life-saving) chemothrapy. Claims that "globally 1.5 million people a year are murdered by chemotherapy for profit.". A number that cited by Mike Adams (The Health Ranger) on http://pharmadeathclock.com/ . (Could perhaps also be covered in Chemotherapy, which is a stub).
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65Pro-smoking is a thing. Pro-smoking example: https://smokerswrites.wordpress.com In the middle-ish example: https://www.heartland.org/ideas/smokers-rights Harassment: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2012/jun/01/pro-smoking-activists-health-campaigners
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62 National Socialist Underground[wp], Jena Cell, NSU or whatever we want to call it. A far right group of terrorists who went around mrudering for nearly a decade - lots of Conspiracy theories out there. Did the intelligence agencies just fail or botch stuff on purpose?
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59Infomercials and shopping channels. How can we not have an article each (or together) on these two sources of fraud, pseudoscience and general crankery?
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57Rubin "Hurricane" Carter[wp], a man popularly believed to be either guilty of a triple homicide or railroaded by a racist conspiracy. Here, discussion over the case and evidence on both sides (and the fact that it's possible that he's innocent while only being convicted because it was reasonable to think that the evidence pointed to him, with no frame-up needed), the Bob Dylan song "Hurricane", and the 1999 film starring Denzel Washington (and why he should've won the Oscar then and there, and that he was robbed because of well-intentioned but misguided protests to the Oscar board). One of various possible information sources:http://graphicwitness.com/carter/index.html
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57It Works! Actually, it's apparently some kind of body wrap that is supposed to help weight loss in spite of any evidence that it actually, y'know, works. Also promoted via multi-level marketing.
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56Social Engineering
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57 Deer Tribe Medicine Society New Age claptrap cult about sex. Couldn't find much else about it
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39 Avatar Course Former Scientology mission sued by the Church of Scientology only to convert into some kind of Free Zone cult
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61 MOVE Black Power & Radical Environmentalist/Animal Rights group that committed 2 shootings and 1 bombing.
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39 Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness New Age cult, former member says its founder has Narcissistic Personality Disorder.
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57 Narcissistic Personality Disorder A lot of cult leaders and dictators are said to have this. Jim Jones, David Koresh, etc. Currently just a redirect to personality disorder.
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43 House of Yahweh Religious tolerance.org labels it as a "high risk group" and a "cult". Predicted the End of the World numerous times. Gave us this funny image https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_of_Yahweh#/media/File:Hoy_botnb.jpg
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56 Mexican Drug War A lot of the cartels often incorporate nutty Folk Catholicism in their chaos. Ties in with the whole War on Drugs legalize weed thing.
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40 Order of the Solar Temple Italian cult claiming they are the decedent of the Knights Templar. Committed some mass suicides & as well as some murders between 1994-1995.
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55 Shining Path A Maoist terrorist group/cult/insurgency/organized crime syndicate in Peru that operates to this very day.Been condemned worldwide for its brutality towards peasants and they smuggle cocaine.
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44 True Russian Orthodox Church An offshot of the Russian Orthodox Church that threatened mass suicide if authorities intervened with them holding up a cave to await the end of the world.
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55 Thorium-based nuclear power A lot of crap surrounding the thorium powered reactor in pop sci magazines, a lot of it debunked by thunderf00t.
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61 Ninja A lot of woo, myths, urban legends, and bullshit about them. Ties in with a lot of the mall ninja McDojo crap we talk about. (Currently a redirect to RationalWiki:Ninja.)
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47 Crank magnet libertarianism People like Alex Jones, Mark Dice, Bo Gritz, etc. Basically the antithesis of Rationalwiki's views in general
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60Julius and Ethel Rosenberg One of the most controversial executions Of The Last 30 Seconds, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were a couple with 2 kids at the time of their execution for espionage. A great way to delve into the politics of the Cold War and an omen to those who dare to repeat history.
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59Erin Brockovich. Made a name for herself around a scary-sounding chemical whose carcinogeneity is still uncertain. Currently a strongly anti-GMO voice with her own following.
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57Phosphorus. Currently, the link redirects to the "Category:Elements" page. It's essential for life, it's the title character in White Phosphorus (sometimes used to horrific effect in warfare), it's why phosphates are called phosphates, and modern agriculture is using so much we're starting to face a shortage. What's not to love about this element?
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56OPEC
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59Transethnic. As nonsensical as this idea is, perhaps we should define it at least?
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58Frank Miller A once critically acclaimed comic book writer & artist now a generally right wing sexist/misogynistic and racist who published Holy Terror. See Linkara's reviews for more information.
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58Long Island Medium yet another of the many people who claim they can talk to the dead
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57Bono[wp] deserves his own article, especially in terms of talking about why he's such a polarizing figure, why he and U2 are a popular target to attack these days, and debunking the more spurious claims.
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65Prop 65[wp], named after the IQ of the people implementing it, is the reason everything in California causes cancer. By law, everything must state whether or not it contains any possible carcinogens or heavy metals in any quantity, but since virtually everything does, the result is that everything comes with a warning label that most people ignore. A number of small law firms exist only to sue companies that don't put this label on their products.
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58Symbionese Liberation Army One of the cults responsible for the downfall of the New Left. Most famous for the kidnapping and brainwashing of Patty Hearst.
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54ScienceProvesIt.com, a project of AIG.
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56Sesame Credit, the Authoritarian game designed by Tenacent that gives you points and benefits for toeing the CPP's line, and will become mandatory in 2020.
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61We should create an article on the subject of a surveillance state since it has become an ever growing reality with the passage of the PATRIOT ACT, various NSA programs, FBI biometrics database, the FBI spying on Occupy and BLM, Five Eyes[wp] program, Canada's spying bills, etc.
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64Marcus Garvey[wp]was an early founder of the Pan-African movement and black nationalism, but he tended to see blacks and whites as two different peoples who would be unable to coexist and therefore believed all people of African descent should return to their homeland. He had a famous dispute with W.E.B Dubois and was against the idea of "racial mixing" in order to prevet mulattoes. He is also considered a prophet of Rastafari.
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621980 October Surprise, A conspiracy theory that the Ronald Reagan administration stole the election from Jimmy Carter by negotiating with Iran to delay hostage releases until after Carter left office. I don't have time, but it does seem on mission to me.
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58Joy of Satan, Neo-Nazi UFO Satanic Cult, large presence on the Internet
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56Exopaedia, an encyclopaedia for exoskeletons aliens
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56Biblical Creation Ministries is a UK-based creationist organization "committed to developing a wide-ranging, multidisciplinary model of earth history consistent with the broad parameters given by the Bible’s story-line" (i.e. publishing pseudoscientific research, debating evolutionists, and spreading creationist ideas).
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57The Panama Deception[wp] is a documentary about the 1989 US invasion of Panama. It asserts that the US invaded in order to renegotiate the Torrijos-Carter Treaty[wp] , but also states that the US tested energy weapons in order to test them. This film won an Academy Award for Most Unexceptional Documentary.
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64Conspiracy theorists tend to call themselves Political prisoners[wp]. We could make a list of actually political prisoners and cranks who call themselves that. It would be similar to our whistleblower page.
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64DARPA[wp] should have a whole host of conspiracy theories since it was responsible for the development of the internet, BRAIN Initiative[wp], autonomous robots like PETMAN[wp], etc.
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64Bill Cosby[wp] should be discussed, especially why he was an idol and a voice of wisdom, his comments before the accusations, and his massive hypocrisy.
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62Village atheist. The stereotype of the evangelical atheist did not begin with "New Atheism". The character of Miles Bjornstam from Sinclair Lewis's Main Street is one starting point.
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55Fulton Lewis[wp], who was an influence on modern conservative talk radio with Charles Coughlin. If Coughlin provided the ranting style, Lewis provided the fact-free loopiness.
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57Commerce Clause in Article 1, Section 8 of the United States Constitution. What does it actually allow Congress to do? Why do liberals and conservatives argue over it? It's yuuuge; why don't we have an article about it yet?
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55Something on the LessWrong "Sequences." Treated as scripture there (in the sense of being proclaimed as the foundational text but roundly ignored in practice). The actual content is somewhere between stopped clock and Sherlock's criticism
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57Whole body cryotherapy, an unregulated practice involving exposing individuals to extremely cold dry air for several minutes. The practice has been gaining popularity in the United States for several years and has been featured by quacks and woo peddlers such as Dr. Oz. The topic is covered briefly at Wikipedia[wp].
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65The Voldemort Effect, a neologism created by Maajid Nawaz, occurs when someone is afraid to name someone or something which can lead to them ignoring the problem. The idea comes from the Harry Potter universe where no citizen is willing to name Voldemort out of fear of retaliation; this is usually used against liberals who are supposedly afraid of calling out Islamic terrorism.
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57I personally think that an article on Sacco and Vanzetti as well as their trial is desperately needed.
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61Voat Voat.co is the libertarian's answer to the recent censorship and bannings over at Reddit during the last few months. Instead of being all gestapo about free speech, it just lets people incite racial violence and other lovely things like that. It's home to such lovely rascals like "race realists", proud racists, Islamophobes (especially as of late), Nazis, Holocaust deniers, antisemites, and transphobics among many, many other brands of moron. They did remove the actual child porn. The site itself is fairly alright, but the vocal community is anger-inducing. Have fun frothing from the mouth with rage studying these idiots in their natural habitat.
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57Allen Ginsberg, a beatnik, commie, homosexual, marijuana enthusiast, and an overall very liberal icon. I'm genuinely surprised that he doesn't have a RationalWiki page yet (see the Wikipedia article for a start[wp]).
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56P. J. O'Rourke, an epically quotable loveable bastard.
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59r/K selection theory, an obsolete biological concept[wp], also taken up in the past by racialists (particularly Rushton) and currently a conservative meme (that conservatives are K and liberals are r, therefore science - frequently from people who previously didn't believe in evolution). This doesn't make coherent sense on any level, but we could do with a dissection of the meme version. (Koanic Soul of course gibbers wonderfully.)
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58ADoseofBuckley, a Canadian humorist who posts YouTube videos under the tagline "Angry Humour From An Angry Man." He posts videos on everything from pop music and ad campaigns to social concerns, with purposefully snarky comments. In particular consideration to watch, and comment on either in an article or side-by-side list or refutation are his videos about Slutwalk, patriarchy, the Oregon bakery case (as a side note in the patriarchy video) nice guys, marijuana (specifically 420), AlterNet (in a video entitled Fox News vs. Alternative Media), and obesity. His YouTube channel is here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9kMnSZQd53hE-1sb1f9sdA/videos?feature=hovercard
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56Aaron Copland,[wp] an American composer with a distinctly populist streak in both his music and his apparent politics; had to testify before McCarthy, and was almost tried for perjury afterwards. FBI kept a very close watch on him for some while.
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68COINTELPRO[wp], a series of covert, and at times illegal, projects conducted by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) aimed at surveilling, infiltrating, discrediting, and disrupting domestic political organizations. Discussed briefly in the article on the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The topic appears in all sorts of conspiracy theories and might warrant an article of its own.
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58Islamic Society of North America[wp] is the largest Muslim group in North America. It has been accused by Stephen Schwartz[wp] as a Wahhabi front group. The Justice Department had considered them as co-conspirators to radical Islamic groups.
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56Muslim American Society[wp] is a front group developed by the Muslim Brotherhood. Its official policy is to keep this relationship ambiguous and they claim that Jihad is a "divine legal right" of Muslims. It has also been labeled as a terrorist group by the UAE.
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51Allan Kardec[wp], who codified modern spiritist doctrine. The Portuguese version of Wikipedia[wp] has a more complete article on him.
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56Copulin, the latest gibbering nonsense from the manosphere. There are real things of this name, but the MGTOW version is Barely Noticeable. ZOMBIFYING VAGINA GOO!
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58How have we gone this long without an article on Dr. Phil? Another O-spawn, he promotes yet more alternative bullshit. Also, may or may not have molested a patient.
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54Binding arbitration and its use as a tool for exploiting those without real economic power.
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57 Soong May-ling, who lived a very long and storied life far too complicated to even attempt to summarize here. She and her husband had a unique synergy while in power, and she's also one of those people who eludes easy classification into "good"/"bad" categories. So basically, an article that will avoid being either hysterical ranting or effusive gushing.
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56A new moral panic called Chemsex that involves taking drugs and having lots of sex. It is a real, dangerous problem though in the LGBT community even if it is very minor though.
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58Judicial review denialism, the latest form of right-wing pseudolaw created to oppose same-sex marriage, by denying that the Obergefell v. Hodges decision is legally binding, which is being trotted out by Republican pundits ad nauseam. Could possibly be just a section in Judicial review.
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56Cryosaunas are the hip new exercise woo based on whole-body cryotherapy (WBC). While WBC has legitimate uses in treating the symptoms of multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis, cryosaunas were popularized by some professional athletes claiming that WBC alleviates post-exercise soreness. As a result, casual athletes are now jumping on the bandwagon. The practice's lack of regulation has come under scrutiny after a cryosauna worker was killed inside one on October, 2015.
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55Naprapathy[wp], a variant on osteopathy and chiropracty. Popular in Scandinavia.
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57The Killian documents controversy, a.k.a. the forged documents which "proved" that Dubya didn't go to war.
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63Peter Thiel, who became a billionaire with PayPal and now funds all manner of terrible ideas (LessWrong, Curtis Yarvin). Has written some truly darling libertarian rants as well. Pursued Gawker to the death after they outed him, though he'd reviewed the article in question before publication.
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58''The International Jew''[wp] is an antisemitic booklet made by Henry Ford. He later launched The Dearborn Independent in order to expose the vast Jewish conspiracies.
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53Neotantra[wp] is a new age cultural appropriation of the spiritual practice tantra[wp] in Hinduism and Buddhism. It involves unconventional sex, called tantric sex, which is "sacred".
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55Liberty Central[wp] is wingnut organization run by Virginia Thomas[wp], Clarence Thomas's wife. It has been used as prominent evidence for Clarence Thomas's conflict of interest.
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58The Freedom Caucus[wp] is made up of 38 Republican members of the House. They are affiliated with the Tea Party and managed to remove the Speaker of the House, John Boehner, and prevent the House Majority leader, Kevin McCarthey[wp] from taking his spot. If this sounds like interwar German politics to you, well...
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55Engrams are a supposed mental image of past pain in the "reactive mind" on Scientology. They are also a legitimate explanation for the consistency of memory; in neuroscience engrams are biophysical or biochemical changes in the brain which are a part of a biological neural network[wp].
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56Not Dead Yet[wp] is a disability rights group that is opposed to euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide. They argue that legalization will place pressure upon severely handicapped people to end their lives and avoid "being a burden" on others. They protested the removal of Terri Schiavo's feeding tube, and also protested the Clint Eastwood film Million Dollar Baby for its positive portrayal of assisted suicide.
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55The Palestinian right of return is a claimed right of those who lived in what is now Israel prior to 1948 and left it in the course of the fighting - Unlike any other refugee situation this right is claimed to be inheritable (including through adoption). There might be on-mission stuff to say about whether this unique interpretation of international law for this one case holds water
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58FIFA[wp]. The world's largest sports governing body is a filthy, corrupt cesspool.
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65Justin Trudeau[wp] is now the prime minister of Canada and has promised to leagalize Unexceptional-practices-from-marijuana-legalization-in-colorado-washington/ marijuana and ended airstrikes against DAESH[38] We could also mention his father Pierre Trudeau[wp] who is a legend in Canadian politics.
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55Tim Farron[wp] is the new LibDem leader. He is in favor of the UK taking in more refugees,voted against the tuition hike, replacing trident, and bedroom tax, but also voted against the Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations[wp].
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63 Omar Al-Bashir (or any of the various other spellings) supreme dipshit of (North) Sudan and only sitting head of state to ever be accused of war crimes, I am sure we can elaborate on his guilt or innocence and maybe there are even some apologists for his deeds in some woo-ish crank corners...
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55Yoshiro Nakamatsu[wp], Aka "Dr. NakaMats" - Prolific Japanese inventor and Ig Nobel Prize recipient. Has made some genuinely useful contributions (such as various advances on floppy disks) but most often his work goes into straight-up crankery and woo.
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54A Chinese therapy called paida ("pat therapy" or "slap therapy") was covered earlier this year by the BBC. There has been at least one death associated with it.[39]
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55 The Automotive city has been one of the driving forces in city design for the last century, and is heavily tied into the politics of race and class.
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55Osteopathic medicine[wp], as distinguished from osteopathy
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56Christian persecution, documenting and debunking the widespread claims that Christians are being persecuted in modern America / Europe, and discussing real Christian persecution in non-developed countries (possibly merge with Christophobia)?
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54We need to have a page on "modern day Nostradamus" Gary Spivey because just look at him. What is this? The inverse of a tinfoil hat to better attune to the messages from God?
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54 Hans Magnus Enzensberger
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54Ken Jebsen a former radio persona and all around kook and woo-meister. Got fired for an antisemitic dog whistle and instead of toning it down he went off the deep end completely. Likes to make common cause with Jürgen Elsässer and is/has been a major Pegida[wp] apologist. English WP has nothing on him but German WP does. He's also rather active on Youtube
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54How to Good-Bye Depression: If You Constrict Anus 100 Times Everyday. Malarkey? or Effective Way?. Might be a Poe, might be a racist joke, but dude has a website.
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55 Greyhound Therapy: The "medical treatment" of putting unwanted/undesirable/troublesome patients, such as the mentally ill, on a bus and sending them on a one-way trip to the next state over.
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66 Nudism woo. Especially in the 19th century when nudism first became a political movement instead of just people foregoing clothes, a lot of woo was associated with it. Be it antisemitism, nationalism or the believe that nudity was some kind of panacea. Some of this woo still remains, as a short visit to one of the places where it is practiced will show you.
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58Gentrification[wp]. When the white hipsters discover your funky and quaint neighborhood and price you out of it.
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57Consensual crime - A.k.a. victimless crimes, e.g. recreational drugs, prostitution, gambling, sodomy (in some jurisdictions), etc..
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57Tom Wolfe[wp]. Started his career as an avant-garde journalist. Turned into a conservative Very Serious Person and satirist of left-wing sensibilities in novels like Bonfire of the Vanities.
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55The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), an environmental organization that's much saner than Greenpeace but which still has an axe to grind.
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60European refugee crisis, 2015 European refugee crisis, Syrian refugee crisis, or maybe just Refugees. Lots of missional stuff here. We have Immigration (stub), but IMHO refugees is not the same thing as (economic) immigration (although there is obviously a large overlap).
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55Bill Whittle, available on Wikipedia[wp] already. Cited by anti-gun control persons.
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55Hizb ut-Tahrir, Islamist organization with a million members dedicated to ruling the world under the caliphate. A number of countries have declared it to be a terrorist organization.
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55Gabor Fekete, a physics crank and troll. Emails physicists pretending to be from the Nobel committee; has attained some small fame for this in the field. [40][41][42][43][44] Has been at this for years[45].
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57GOP primary contender Marco Rubio, a man who combines the dullness of Romney with the "seriousness" of Paul Ryan. Still, it looks like Establishment Republicans/donors may coalese behind him as Jeb! stagnats in the polls and there's a decent chance he could take the nomination if he beats the GOP Base's preferred nominees. Currently a redirect.
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57Orrin Hatch, Senator and Presidential wannabe from Utah. Along with Tom Harkin, is responsible for the Quack Miranda Warning, and constantly sabotages the FDA. He was also behind the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 in the US, which "regulates" dietary supplements.
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56Onion - the vegetable, not the website. Provoked by encountering the idea that a red onion applied to the sole of your foot sucks out toxins and negative energy. (Really.) There's probably other fascinating woo.
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57Pink Ribbon/Susan G. Komen for the Cure/pinkwashing. Highly visible, highly questionable breast cancer awareness organization. Their antics include suing the bejezus out of other charities and plastering pink ribbons on carcinogenic products (and firearms). Is more interested in self-promotion than actually doing something against breast cancer. A general article on awareness raising/awareness campaign would also be nice.
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56A Joe job is a spamming technique for smearing a target by spoofing the sender ID so an unflattering or otherwise damaging message seems to have come from the target. See the Wikipedia article on Joe job.
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55International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement - Surely there are some conspiracy theories to debunk here.
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55Marcus Aurelius, Roman emperor from 161 to 180 and Stoic philosopher.
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54The al Quds day is an antisemitic shitfest-lollapalooza invented in 1979 by Iranian supreme dipshit Khomeini and thus almost certainly part of our mission statement, if possible flamewar-bait.
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55 Bought, a movie about how vaccines and GMOs are evil -- and, worse, corporationy. (c.f. this examiner.com article)
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52Koanic Soul: a deeply nuts ([46][47][48]) scientific racist site that actually gets >0 play in neoreaction. Mr. 74 liked them too. Vault-Co is also a fan. With added Bitcoin.[49]
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55 The Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness[wp] is where Arianna Huffington of the eponymous Post apparently gets at least some of her wackier notions. Also conneted in some way or other to the late medical marijuana and St. John's wort advocate and half-hearted Libertarian Peter McWilliams[wp].
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57 As it stands, the Oath Keepers are mentioned by another article on this site, but I believe they deserve their own page, especially since they've been showing up in solidarity with a bunch of rightwing causes lately.
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57It might be useful to have an article on forensic science. Science News has a recent article on the problems and prospects of the field.[50]
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56 We have an article on High speed rail, an article on the NAFTA Superhighway but nothing on plain old Rail. And why wouldn't we? The authoritarian right Moderately hates the idea of rail and it's been sorely neglected as a means for bulk and public transportation over the years.
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56Something along the lines of Found footage/Hidden Footage? It's a classic method Paranormal believers and conspiracy nuts alike are prone to resorting to as an easy way to fool the more Gullible on the Internet, whether it be a high-budget film or a grainy video inside a Freemason Lodge, and claiming said footage as proof for whatever crank belief/conspiracy they have.
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55Brilliant Light Power, formerly Blacklight Power, another physics-defying startup that claims to be able to burn water by knocking hydrogen into a state below the ground state. Amazed writeup here, the crackpot paper it springs from. Noteworthy because it's soaked up millions in venture capital over a couple of decades for something that literally defies physics. Quantum physics is all wrong, energy from water, guy with an MD came up with it, $100M from investors despite every scientific authority from DoE secretary Nobel Prize winner to American Physics Society spokesman denouncing it, etc. That there is no RationalWiki article about it is less believable. See [51]
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55uBeam: a physics-defying startup whose big idea is to transmit power by ultrasonic sound. If you do the numbers you'll see that this would require power levels that would not just deafen everyone in the vicinity, but be such that air starts going nonlinear. Site, breathless press [52][53][54] Any bored physicists in the house?
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54Jennifer Hoult, because we should be weary of someone who had a false memory of child sexual abuse back in the day, still believes it, and does research on sexual abuse (because there is good chance her research is heavily tinged by her conspiratorial views). Also a parental alienation denier (why not, since both false memories and parental alienation are heavily linked?)
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57We should have an article on the "Right to be Forgotten[wp]". It has been in the EU for awhile now but there is a push to pass such a law in the US. It seems positive for those little mistakes we make on the internet but raises some interesting free speech questions. It also seems to get abused i.e. George Osborne.
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49Allan Savory and his concept of holistic grazing, interesting ideas and solutions about ecology of arid landscapes, claims he can help reduce global warming, but a bit of research reveals a lot of controversy over the man and his project. Unknown Hero ? Or full-of-shit opportunist ?.
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51Central South Slavic diasystem - a bullshit concept in Slavic linguistics invented by nationalists to support splitting Serbo-Croatian into separate Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian and Montenegrin languages, whereas in fact they are standardized based on the same subdialect of the same dialect of Serbo-Croatian, are 100% mutually intelligible, have 95% identical lexis and 99% identical grammar. This is absurd to the point that Croatian linguists cite books written by Serbs as excellent sources of information on Croatian. Subject of content-forking articles on Wikipedia.
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55Heightism - It's somewhat overlooked as a form of discrimination but there have been studies showing a wage gap between shorter people and taller people, and I have heard anecdotes about tall people not being taken as seriously when they're the victims of crimes. Not to mention the stereotypes.
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54The stuff that's happening in Calais with the migrants (The ones Cameron called a swarm) and the ferry strikers. Right wing response should be covered in this. Can't think of a good name for it.
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54Samaritan is a redirect to Good Samaritan rather than a page on Samaritans. I say fix.
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44RationalWiki:Please climb the Riksdag dressed as Batman
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54Oswald Spengler, historian who was a major influence on the Nazis, although he was opposed to and eventually ostracized by them. (On Wikipedia.)
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54Article Four of the Articles of Confederation - Not sure the Most Unexceptional way to title the article, but I've noticed a lot of sovereign citizen nuts screaming about it in youtube videos where they get themselves arrested. They apparently believe that it's the basis for them not having to obey the law. Based on wikipedia, and my reading of that particular article just says States can't bar citizens of other States from entering unless they're criminals or homeless (apparently the Constitution made that part more PC), and has to treat them the same as citizens of the State they're entering. Thought we should tackle this.
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54Some kind of LessWrong-to-normal-person glossary, giving the terms the rest of the world uses for concepts Yudkowsky gave his own names to so he would seem more original.
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59The Federalist, the latest socially conservative website masquerading as a force of reason.
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56Timothy Leary[wp], dearie. Associated with psychedelic drugs and counterculture. Like Alexander Shulgin, missional to the degree that he made claims about the effects and usefulness of chemicals outside the pharmaceutical industry and accepted medical practice.
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54Alexander Shulgin[wp]. Author of Phenethylamines I Have Known And Loved and godfather of psychedelics. Missional to the degree that he made claims about the effects and usefulness of chemicals outside the pharmaceutical industry and currently accepted medical practice.
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57The concept of a Baby Brain which is basically the other side of the Mommy instinct coin. The idea that once a (previously competent) woman has had a baby, she magically is unable to do anything other that look after the baby (and often by implication, he husband.)
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56Max Keiser[wp] is an American film maker who hosts shows on RT and Press TV. He is a goldbug and supports Bitcoin.
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56The Book of Matt, by Stephen Jimenez, which attempts to debunk that Matthew Shepard's murder was motivated by homophobia.
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62Cuckold, currently a redirect to Manosphere glossary, but the history of its use as a generic term of abuse would be good to write up, particularly with the recent prominence of cuckservative. [55] has some well-traced history, [56] has an anecdote on how it became common on 4chan (posters trolling /pol/ with interracial cuckold porn). "cuck" has a long history in both /pol/ and neoreactionary circles; as it happens, Robin Hanson of overcomingbias.com (predecessor to LessWrong) has done the hard thinking on cuckoldry (and how). Honestly, it's like these people literally spend all day every day thinking about nothing but BIG BLACK COCKS. More: [57]
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60Mommy University. Whereas the Mommy instinct is the notion that mothers magically know how to care for their children better than healthcare professionals, Mommy University is the even bolder notion that mothers know more about everything than everybody else. Products are hawked as having been "invented by a mom," for example, as though this makes the product better. Mommy bloggers are notorious graduates of this University, and tend toward a surprising level of anti-vax and food woo. (See also "sanctimommy," and the recent hashtag #MomHarder )
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58Bristol Palin, from out of the shadow of her mother comes a new challenger to all things ironic and hypocritical, shouting at teh gays and promoting abstinence while simultaneously having children out of wedlock.
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54Mamajuana[wp] is a herbal alcoholic alternative medicine that is supposedly an aphrodisiac, flu remedy, digestion and circulation aid, blood cleanser, kidney and liver tonic.
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55The Rind et al. controversy[wp]
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57GCHQ, we have NSA, but we need to do the other side of the pond's equally spy-y institution. Or they could be merged into one article.
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54Okra, particularly the Facebook meme that it's a miracle cure for diabetes. It does help slow and regulate glucose uptake, though it's not the miracle cure it's touted as in way too many woo sites, videos, etc. Snopes, Healthline with papers linked; this paper appears to be the one originally hyped beyond reason.
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58The Druze[wp] are a major ethnoreligious minority in Jordan, Lebanon, Israel and Syria. They have been significant faction in the Syrian Civil War.
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58Frivolous lawsuits[58] are often cited as arguments for tort reform or as proof that corporations can't accomplish anything because little people hold them back or other bullshit, and they're almost always fake or misreported.[59][60][61]
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57Lists of weird laws are generally cherry-picked if not made up entirely.
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57From the darker bits of the Dark Enlightenment: James A. Donald (JAD, http://blog.jim.com/ ), the guy so racist even Eric S. Raymond calls him a racist and such an asshole even Slate Star Codex regularly bans him from commenting. He comes out with such gems as "National socialism kills people not because it is nationalist, but because it is socialist" and calls white nationalism "moderate leftism". And he has important information on the Jews. And he's an anarcho-capitalist. I don't think I've ever seen a non-asshole word from him, though I will credit him with enough sense to realise Bitcoin was unscalable from day one.
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54The Medea hypothesis since we have an article on the Gaia hypothesis. There isn't a lot of info on the Wikipedia article.[62]
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61Bounty Hunters. No, I'm not talking about the ones from Star Wars, but real life ones, such as bail recovery agents. Learned about this one after watching this episode of John Oliver (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IS5mwymTIJU)
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67Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity (NCGS), which is likely to not exist at all and has been used to justify Gluten-free fad diets.
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65Opposition to pornography, separate and distinct from the article on pornography, since the opposition (Fight the New Drug, The End of Porn By Wire, SWERFs, Judith Reisman, certain religious groups, etc.) on both ends of the horseshoe tends to have its own special flavor of batshit arguments and questionable tactics.
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55 The Dominican Republic, the bigger one, land of Rafael Trujillo, next to Haiti. Not to be confused with Dominica, the smaller one, land of bizarre coups.
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58Peshmerga, the ragtag band of Kurdish freedom fighters that are successfully holding against ISIS.
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60Fred Rogers. If more Christians were like him, this site would be vastly different. So would the world.
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57The idea of a Feminazi (currently a redirect to Rush Limbaugh) should be discussed, and its minority status made clear. [63]
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56Eliot Spitzer - the former attorney and governor of New York who had quite an impressive list of transgressions involving prostitutes and use of state funds to pay for them. His successor, David Paterson, might warrant an article too.
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56Applied Zoopharmacognosy - "Applied Zoopharmacognosy enables self-medicative behaviour in domesticated or captive animals by offering plant extracts that would contain the same, or similar constituents to those found in an animal’s natural environment. The practice encourages and allows an animal to guide its own health, since unlike their wild counterparts, captive and domesticated animals rarely have the opportunity to forage on medical plants. The extracts offered include a variety of essential oils, absolutes, plant extracts, macerated oils, tubers, clays, algae, seaweeds and minerals. Once the animal has selected its remedy, it will then guide the session by inhaling it, taking it orally, or by rubbing a part of its body into it." Basically animal abuse with woo. (Quote from http://www.ingraham.co.uk/.)
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61Pesticide. Someone made User:Tweenk/Pesticide residue, which is relevant.
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56George Pataki. Former Republican governor of New York, currently running for President. May be of more note if he does well enough in the primaries, but he's one the very few sane Republicans left, even if he is a tad boring. (Currently redirect to 2016 Republican Party presidential nomination.)
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63Processed food. Also something that will kill you. (Or save you. [64]
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57Leaky gut syndrome. While the ailment may or may not be real, the snake oil and "superfood" cures for it are all too commonplace. c.f. this article.
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57Advanced Training Institute — the homeskoolin' organization behind the Duggar cult family. Gawker has a recent article on 'em.UNCOMFORTABLE-advice-on-sex-1706406324
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68Cathy Young - a self-described feminist who has been very critical of the movement since the early 1990s. She writes about gender issues, tending to focus on men's issues, and also speaks out against some of the SJW hysterics on the subject of rape and especially campus rape. Also one of the Gamergate supporters, and by extension a critic of its opponents. In addition, she comments on politics as a self-described libertarian.
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56Senkaku Islands - a bunch of uninhabited (but close to some oil) islands owned by Japan which China, rather dubiously claims as their own (as the Diaoyu Islands) and have in recent years threatened war with Japan over. With the latter's alliance with the US this dispute has the (albeit quite unlikely) potential to lead to a Third World War.
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62 Internalized racism - Same reason as the below. Definitely related to False consciousness.
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56Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife, by Eben Alexander, Harvard neurosurgeon. Widely popular book that claims to prove an afterlife exists; see eg here from The Spirit Science; one rebuttal here.
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56Al Murray - A British comedian Most Unexceptional known for his "Al Murray the Pub Landlord" act; a satirical impersonation of a right-wing, jingoistic publican. Recently however, he ran for Parliament as joke candidate for the Free the United Kingdom Party (or FUKP) in the same constituency as Nigel Farage. This of course, pissed off a lot of people who never got the joke, to the extent that he actually had break character a few times on his Facebook page.
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54MetaMed: in which a bunch of LessWrong alumni branch out into real-world bad ideas that could hurt people. A medical startup where, for the exclusive price of $5000, they'll Google your symptoms and give you "rational" advice, straight from people who've heard of the disorders involved for the first time in their lives. Has, of course, money from Peter Thiel. [65] The target market is rich hypochondriacs.[66][67][68][69][70] Not to be confused with other legit "Metamed"s.[71][72] Edit: appears to have gone to its deserved fate already [73][74] FB last active just before death [75], were stiffing people earlier in 2015 [76][77][78]
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65Genocide Watch - given their "2014 Countries at Risk" report lists the U.S. as a 10 (because "Colonists, US Army & slave traders" are going to kill "Native Americans & African slaves" and Japan as a 10, because the "Japanese Army" are going to kill "Chinese, Koreans and Philipinos" they appear to be way off the scale. It's a "countries at risk" report, not a "Countries that did bad shit in the past" report.[79] (Correction/comment by ScepticWombat: The "10" is a phase in genocide, specifically denial, not a risk factor for an imminent danger of genocide. Genocide Watch's description of the 10-stage model of genocide is found here)
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52Lionel R. Milgrom, associated with the Department of Chemistry at Imperial College of Science, has produced irony meter-stressing levels of quantum woo, tangled up with homeopathy.[80][81]
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49Theodore Gray and his Barely Noticeable growth sprayis an element collector(which is always cool), cofounded Wolfram Industries with Stephen Wolfram, wrote a column for Popular Science magazine, tends to be pro-science, anti-woo, an outspoken critic of Global warming denial, and a general on-mission science populariser. It's so nice to see a Viz character turn up in real life.
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55Lokiarchaeota, a transitional form from about two billion years ago. See Lokiarchaeota.[wp]
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61Troubled teen homes, Christian and secular, for the abuse in them. (Example coverage from 2011, but I've seen a more recent one].) RW already has coverage of one, Hephzibah House, that is currently shoved as a section in Magdalene laundries where it doesn't belong.
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57Dieudonne M'bala M'bala, French comedian and raging anti-semite. Friends with Jean-Marie Le Pen in spite of being half African himself. Supposedly invented a reverse nazi salute.
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56Street light interference of the human variety, aka sliders (not the TV show). A way some woomongers make themselves feel special. The Wikipedia article is pretty good, if understated.
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57Foucault's Pendulum, by Umberto Eco. Three editors at a vanity publishing house, exasperated by all the stupid manuscripts by conspiracy nuts they're forced to read, mock their clients by making up a Grand Unified Conspiracy Theory incorporating all of the lesser ones. Alas, inevitably, actual conspiracy theorists take their joke seriously, and start stalking them. A brilliant commentary on the gullibility of just exactly these types - a breath of fresh air after Dan Brown.
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54The Moynihan report.
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55Dogs Naturally - "the most complete source of natural health care for dogs" [82]. Has been called the NaturalNews of dog ownership. Animal abuse for the wootastic.
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54Theodore Dalrymple, British retired physician and conservative commentator who's written for Taki's Magazine and Townhall.com among others. His principal thesis: liberal intelligentsia and the welfare state have prompted the British underclass to devolve into lazy, scummy, entitled savages. Like Roger Scruton, the guy broadly seems to resent (and advocate the repeal of) the entire 20th century.
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56 change.org We have ePetitions, why not this?
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61 Pink tax or things aimed at women being taxed more than the male equivalent. Is it real or just a conspiracy made up by people on tumblr.
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54A bunch of parapsychology journals: Journal of Parapsychology [83]; Journal of Consciousness Studies [84][85]; Journal of Near-Death Studies [86]. One we already have is Journal of Scientific Exploration.
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55Manifesto for a Post-Materialist Science: Document arguing against scientific materialism. Cowritten by Rupert Sheldrake. ID supporters like it, as do Christians (Mormons?). The original is here, the fawning HuffPo is here, the less-fawning SciAm blog is here; Skeptiko forums likes it. A skeptical view is here, snarky comments here here and here.
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57Suriname Small country in South-America; on-mission as it's the source of quite a bit of herbal nonsense and its ... interesting ... take on politics (the current present is a convicted drug smuggler in the Netherlands, and accused of playing a part in the december killings).
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49Akiane Kramarik: Child prophet and painting prodigy or hack exploited by her parents? It's worth it for RW to assemble the evidence scattered all over the web.
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54Alive.com is an alternitive medicine quack fest from Biritsh columbia, it is a magazine and website about "natural" (ie Bullshit medicinal ways. it is full of random quackery
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57Midbrain activation: woo marketed to parents in India to pay for coaches to train up their kids' midbrains. Skeptics in India deal with this one a bit. [87][88]
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55 Vril- holy shit, we don't have a page on this?
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58Ateshgah of Baku, This structure in Azerbaijan has been subject to some controversy for a while. It is an abnormally well preserved shrine of some sort just outside of Baku that depending on who you talk to, is either a Zoroastrian Fire Temple, a Hindu Temple, or both. While it was long assumed to be a Zoroastrian Fire Temple some Parsis back in the 19th century who visited the place doubted that and suggested that it could be a Hindu Temple. This association at first seems a bit far fetched due to its geographical implausibility (and the differences between Zoroastrianism as it was practiced during the Sassanian Empire and Zoroastrianism as it is practiced now in India). While the association with Hinduism isn't entirely made up, as it is clear that Hindu Merchants liked visiting the shrine as is evident by the inscription they left behind, the idea that it was founded as a Hindu Temple, or was only a Hindu Temple is rather far fetched. However the existence of a relatively even sided controversy has never dissuaded the Hindutva types from claiming that said controversy is settled in their favor and this case is no exception. The other wiki has an extremely one sided article on this building[wp]. I would advise visitors visiting the page with Google Chrome to visit the same page in other languages (specifically Russian, Azerbaijani, and Persian) to compare with the English article. They are all well balanced, presumably because Indians don't speak any of those languages... Given that Wikipedia seems to have ditched neutrality for this one article, and given our critique of Hindu Nationalism and our evaluation of their various claims, it would make sense to have an article evaluating this issue.
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56Yurugu: An African-Centered Critique of European Cultural Thought and Behavior, by Marimba Ani. One of the most popular black supremacist books. Some of its analysis is arguably defensible, but it's also full of bizarre woo and pseudohistory, such as this bit about blacks being more capable of absorbing "divine energy" due to their dark skin, and virtually every stick-shaped object (including, I shit you not, umbrellas) being a manifestation of the white man's fear of the black man's penis.
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57Hyperphysics: reader suggestion. "It's hosted by Georgia state University, and is run by Rod Nave. At first glance it seems to be an education resource. My problem is the creationist slant of the site. False claims made include: DNA is a true code, and that amino acid selection during protein synthesis is not chemically determined [89] Other pages directly relate to god, and creationism. [90]"
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57Sharyl Attkisson: CBS journalist and woo-pusher. Anti-vaxxer [91] [92] and general BSer. Also hates Wikipedia because it notes her anti-vaxxing.
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56Electronic pickpocketing: I keep hearing ads for wallets designed to protect against this. Any legitimacy? (There is a possibility to skim contactless/NFC cards, but you sure as hell don't need to buy a $80 wallet when a fetching tinfoil hat does the same job. Feel free to repurpose that blog post. We need a good title for this article.)
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56Human nutrition; we have so many articles on food woo, why not a basic list of all nutrients you really need? Essential nutrients and what they do. Proteins lipids and carbs, various vitamins, trace metals, etc.
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58Lamaze, a natural childbirth technique.
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56Terasem[93][94][95] made the news not long ago for tricking NCIS actress Pauley Perrette into appearing to endorse their arrant bullshit. It's been described as a "robot cult" and calls itself a "transreligion".
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57AIPAC. It's a lobbying group and pro-Israel, so it's basically a giant magnet for conspiracy theories.
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55Eurasian Economic Union - Putin's club for aging autocrats
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55TDP lamp aka biolamp (a reader request), with wooish claims of the magickal powers of far-infrared - the Wikipedia article is noticeably lacking in critique. Perhaps the wooish side of infrared in general.
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54PsycheTruth - A channel on Youtube with over 880,000 subscribers, yet it's jam-packed with woo.
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60Interposition, the concept that U.S. state asserts rights to oppose actions of the federal government that the state deems unconstitutional. Under the theory of interposition, a state may "interpose" itself between the federal government and the people of the state by taking action to prevent the federal government from enforcing laws that the state considers unconstitutional. Interposition has not been upheld by the courts. Rather, the courts have held that the power to declare federal laws unconstitutional lies with the federal judiciary, not with the states.
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54Zoltan Istvan, a transhumanist "philosopher". His Wikipedia article is puffed-up to ridiculous proportions ("no really, he's a philosopher!") His transhumanist novel is an Objectivist diatribe. Even other transhumanists find him too annoying and not useful.
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55The Rife machine uses electricity in an attempt to treat cancer, Lyme disease, and other diseases. It went out of favor for awhile and has now been revived. Even Andrew Weil says they don't work.[96]
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57 The woozle effect, aka evidence by citation
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55 The Freikorps, the infamous Weimar Republic-era volunteer paramilitary group that was well known for it's brutality (partially a result of personnel being derived from former Sturmtruppen) and regular use against communists. Like many shock troops left over from WWI, it soon became entangled with fascist elements.
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56Laplace's demon -- the whole idea of scientific determinism and how it doesn't work/gets falsified.
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54Just ran into this really cogent counterargument to the idea that the bible is divinely inspired.[97] Could make an article from this, or part of one.
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56Great Zimbabwe (Better idea: a list of the major non-Egyptian African civilizations, to smack racists on the heads with.)
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54Michael Tellinger, a South African politician and "ancient aliens theorist", or his book Slave Species of God.
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58Bruno Bettelheim. (WP). Made a name for himself as a child psychologist and author of the "refrigerator parent" theory of autism. Turns out to have been mostly a fraud; his only academic degree was in art history. Still widely cited and respected.
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60Serial killer (WP). We have several articles on individual instances. I could see that an article on stereotypes vs. reality might be relevant, as would some comment on their prominence in Western pop culture.
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593HO "Healthy, Happy, Holy Organization", founded by a Sikh from India, but membership is mostly white Americans. Declared heterodox by mainstream Sikhs, it's teachings are primarily derived from Kundalini Yoga. There are some sex abuse accusations and cult accusations.[98] They own a billion dollar security firm.
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55Lindsey Duncan and his companies agreed to pay the Federal Trade Commission a fine of $9 million for false claims about weight loss from their green coffee bean extract.
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56David Silverman, or at least more about American Atheists
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54 Geuzen. They were a lose collection of Calvinist Christians who would launch terrorist attacks against Dutch towns (e.g. burning down churches associated with Catholicism; raping nuns when nunneries ran out of supplies to raid) to force people into converting to their religious ideology. They later set up ships for piracy attacking Spanish Catholics. Other than that, they believed Muslim Turks to be more favourable than Catholics and used the crescent in medals. (But see wp:Geuzen before you do anything about it.)
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53 Another Tumblr trend that needs a thorough thrashing, Headmates or "multiplicity" is the trend of claiming multiple personalities and believing that integration of them is evil.
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53AuroraTek I stumbled on this Webshite today; they sell a "Self-Charging Electric Scooter" for $1500 ... their "science" page talks about travelling faster than light, and their news page talks about "my contact with human-appearing extraterrestrials" ... It has all the indications of being complete bullshit (but didn't investigate too deeply)... ((I'm writing this; it'll be up in a few hours so no removing it tyvm ~$catb0t(Totally Not a Bot!) 00:25, Monday, December 5, 2016 (UTC)))
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57Isaac Bonewits was a prominent Druid and Neopagan as well as the only person to receive a degree in magic from an accredited university. (UC Berkeley of course.) He also wrote a commonly-used list of how to spot cultishness in an organisation. A fascinating fellow.
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46Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer Could do with a real article for all the anti science they do.
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57Fiqh: no, it's not a fruit or pastry, it's the legal tradition (like common law or civil code) as practiced by polities under Sharia law.
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55John Searl. Free energy con man. By reader request.
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54Gregory S. Paul is a paleontologist of some renown[wp], but has also has written on the correlation of societal religiosity with social disfunction, particularly with regard to negative American exceptionalism compared to other developed countries. See The Guardian review by Sue Blackmore, Are we better off without religion?, and his most recent paper.
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56Universal Medicine, an esoteric healing group given to