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66Authoritarians always claim that their dictatorships are benevolent (ie. Napoleon), so we should have an article on benevolent dictatorship to refute their claims.
22 Confederate flag controversy
10The Black Lives Matter movement, which is made up of people who want to bring attention to police brutality against the black community. Unfortunately the somewhat erratic behavior of some of their members is also making it yet another cautionary tale of how social movements without clear leaders or goals can end up doing more harm than good for their cause as they've alienated many progressives and moderates and made it easier for conservatives to be dismissive of both the movement and the issues they raise. (Or this could be tone trolling.)
20CAIR, Council on American-Islamic Relations. Ostensibly for human rights of Muslims in the US, which is a noble goal considering that parts of the US aren't... friendly to Muslims. But being scary brown people, it's a magnet for conspiracy theories. However, given that CAIR was founded specifically to advance the goals of Hamas as well as the Muslim Brotherhood in general, some of those theories may very well be true. But how reliable is that previous link? Hmm... Plenty material for an article, either way.
9David Avocado Wolfe. He believes chocolate comes from the sun, conducts overpriced seminars in which he puts his guests up in squalid rooms for hundreds of dollars a night, and has been accused of molesting at least one female guest.
81Medicare, which Ronald Reagan originally opposed because be claimed that it would lead us down the dark path to socialism, which never happened. Many arguments used against it back then are being used again to fight the ACA, even though almost everybody today agrees not to touch Medicare.
28Botox, the commercial brand of botulinum toxin. Has some use in medicine when you need a muscle paralyzed for a couple weeks; this has led to its cosmetic use where it reduces wrinkles by preventing you from moving your facial muscles. Notable for its use by people like Jenny McCarthy concerned about "toxins" in vaccines, nevermind that 'botox' is the deadliest toxin known to science. How deadly? A single kilogram is enough to kill every human on earth.
63Transsexual.org, supposedly a resource for transgender people. It's actually full of gender stereotypes, hatred of men, creepy idealization and outright objectification of women, and information that is, at the very best, outdated. It even gives tips on how to cheat on psych tests for gender reassignment surgery, something no sane person, transgender or otherwise, would ever recommend. The worst part is that the site's name may end up luring in people with gender identity confusion, thus feeding this misinformation to them at their most vulnerable (some have speculated this might be the page's actual purpose).
18Soylent, the miracle baby Silicon Valley hipster food. Scientifically constructed and proven! Except the bit about zero actual studies. wikipedia:Soylent (drink) Is also surrounded by SV batshit, e.g. Justine Tunney's suggestion that the poor be denied food stamps and just given Soylent instead. And no, before you ask, it's not people.[citation NOT needed]
20Health at every size and the pseudoscience associated with it claims that it is healthy to be obese. Though it started from the well-intentioned fat acceptance movement and fight against ridiculous beauty standards, HAES treads into bullshit territory.

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95An Inconvenient Truth should be more than a redirect.
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93America'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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73An FAQ on GMOs (please change name to something more suitable), similar to the FAQ on radioactivity and nuclear technology, would be a very helpful addition to the wiki, as a way of both collecting together rebuttals to common anti-GMO arguments and refuting others that haven't yet been refuted on other pages.
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73ReligiousTolerance.org, a well-known website that is one of the few unbiased resources of various religions.
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65Blood types. We have blood type diet, and they're believed related to personality traits in Japan. Sugar-coating red corpuscles has never been so interesting!
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65We seriously don't have an article on Causality??
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654chan currently redirects to Anonymous, but it really needs to be covered by itself. History, board descriptions, culture, etc..
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54Colin Powell, or how a moderate Republican got suckered into peddling the Iraq War.
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55Castration, from the crime and punishment sections or eunuchs back in the days of the less than humane treatments of servants/prisoners.
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55Might we have an article taking apart the assertion that Jesus was a great moral teacher even if he wasn't divine (i.e. Christian atheism)? That Golden Rule is nice, but he also said a lot of fucked up shit, like that anyone who didn't follow him would go to Hell. I just don't know if the article would be deleted by some tightass squawking about "MISSION!" It may be possible to relate it to the Jefferson Bible page.
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55 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.
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55Something 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 right-wing media distortions of the incidents, cover protests and maybe even online responses (#BlackLivesMatter).
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52 Crisis Pregnancy Centers combine Christian fundamentalism and pseudomedicine (in the broad sense of falsely claiming to be medical facilities). When laws are proposed to stop them from spreading garbage, they cite free speech and wooy ideas of truth being defined by whoever is in power.
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52Grand Theft Auto: One of the highest rated video game series of all time. In addition to being Jack Thompson's favorite video game series to blame violence on, it's also commonly used as an example of poor depiction of women in video games.
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51Solitary confinement - widely viewed as a form of torture, yet still used in many jurisdictions.
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50Believe it or not, George Will seems to have surpassed Krauthammer in "respectable" neoconservative theatrics.

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These are the most recent ideas for new articles. Remove if downvoted to death.
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3David Dees and his crazy conspiracy photoshoppery featured on Jeff Rense's site [1] (maybe add to the Jeff Rense article)
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3Allan 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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2Central 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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8Heightism - 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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4Jeremy Corbyn as it looks like he's going to be the new Labour Party Leader.
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7The 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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9Samaritan is a redirect to Good Samaritan rather than a page on Samaritans. I say fix.
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1RationalWiki:Please climb the Riksdag dressed as Batman
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13Article Four of the Articles of Confederation - Not sure the best 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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8Some 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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-2A RationalWiki equivalent of Wikipedia:No climbing the Reichstag dressed as Spider-Man[wp]
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13The Federalist, the latest socially conservative website masquerading as a force of reason.
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14Timothy 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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12Alexander 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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13Democratic Unionist Party. We have the SF, and this party is bigger and doing more damage to Northern Island (most notably the gay marriage thing.)
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11The 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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6Max 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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8The Book of Matt, by Stephen Jimenez, which attempts to debunk that Matthew Shepard's murder was motivated by homophobia.
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12Cuckold, 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. [2] has some well-traced history. "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: [3]
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24Mommy 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 the recent hashtag #MomHarder )
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30Uber, the ride hailing service taking the world by storm and threatening to crush yellow car taxis. Almost universally adored by libertarians as a triumph of "the free market", it is run by devout libertarian and sexist Travis Kalanick. Uber's business tactics are beginning to look like those of a robber baron (i.e. actively sabotaging competitors, exploiting loopholes in labor laws, using predatory lending to put their drivers deep in debt, etc).
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35Glyphosate, first sold by Monsanto under the trade name RoundUp. Of all the compounds used in farming, this one receives the most hysterical vitriolic bile from the anti-GMO crowd and others.
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29American Sniper and Chris Kyle – seriously, there isn't an article on them yet?
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17Bristol 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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28Fort Knox has a conspiracy theory often cited by Paulbots and goldbuggers who believe its gold isn't there or isn't owned by the US.
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23Apparently there are Hoover Dam conspiracy theories
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15Mamajuana[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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15The Rind et al. controversy[wp]
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28GCHQ, 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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32Transmedicalism, whose adherents are popularly known as "truscum", a faction within the LGBT movement that adheres to the philosophy that only those with dysphoria are "truly" transgender. Are they a misunderstood community? Are they a bunch of assholes guilty of erasing the identities of non binary and genderqueer people? Is this merely a symptom of elitism within the LGBT community? All this deserves an article.
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21Okra, 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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25The 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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27An article on FEMEN[wp] since MRA's seem to hate them. They are an international radical feminist group that uses 'sextremism' (topless protests) in order to get their message across. They have protested against Putin, abortion restrictions, and homophobia. They are also against prostitution (SWERFs maybe?).
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28Viktor Orbán is accused of being a dictator and we really should have an article for somebody who's a nationalist far-righter making moves to deliberalize a western nation (Hungary).
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25Frivolous lawsuits[4] 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.[5][6][7]
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12Lists of weird laws are generally cherry-picked if not made up entirely.
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11From 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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19The Medea hypothesis since we have an article on the Gaia hypothesis. There isn't a lot of info on the Wikipedia article.[8]
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25ABA Therapy and it's abusive pseudoscientific bullshit.
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28Bounty 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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48Marijuana woo, a rich and high-THC seam of batshit claims about the health, economic and social benefits of everything to do with cannabis, and totally not just because the proponents want to get high as shit nonono. Currently two sentences at Marijuana#Woo.
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30Non-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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30Opposition 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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10 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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26Armenian Genocide - Links to the latter are redirected to the article on denialism of it. However I've also noticed a trend of Islamophobic idiots invoking it, apparently unaware of the fact that it was motivated primarily by an assumption that the Armenians' religion (mostly Christian) would mean that they must therefore be more loyal to predominantly Christian Russia in the First World War than the Ottoman Empire.. Sound familiar?
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23Taki'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.
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26Essential oil - this one came up on the Facebook RW fan group. We have List of medicinal plants and aromatherapy, but they're a subject of their own.
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16Peshmerga, the ragtag band of Kurdish freedom fighters that are successfully holding against ISIS.
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48Hellstorm - 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] One draft here: User:FuzzyCatPotato/Hellstorm
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22Dyatlov 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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12Fred Rogers. If more Christians were like him, this site would be vastly different. So would the world.
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20The idea of a Feminazi (currently a redirect to Rush Limbaugh) should be discussed, and its minority status made clear. [9]
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4Eliot 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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11Applied 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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27Pesticide. Someone made User:Tweenk/Pesticide residue, which is relevant.
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39Nazi experimentation (under whatever title) - for its ironically anti-scientific nature.
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16George 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.
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29Sugar. The world's most popular toxin. Kind of amazing the article doesn't exist yet.
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25Processed food. Also something that will kill you. (Or save you. [10]
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22Leaky gut syndrome. While the ailment may or may not be real, the snake oil and "superfood" cures for it are all too commonplace.
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14Advanced Training Institute — the homeskoolin' organization behind the Duggar cult family. Gawker has a recent article on 'em.[11]
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27Cathy 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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18Senkaku 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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23 Internalized racism - Same reason as the below. Definitely related to False consciousness.
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19Proof 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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7Al Murray - A British comedian best 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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15MetaMed: 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. [12] The target market is rich hypochondriacs.[13][14][15][16][17] Not to be confused with other legit "Metamed"s.[18][19] Edit: appears to have gone to its deserved fate already [20][21] FB last active just before death [22], were stiffing people earlier in 2015 [23][24][25]
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18Genocide 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.[26] (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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7Lionel 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.[27][28]
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40Milo Yiannopoulos: Breitbart contributor, self-hating gay (who has described himself as such), Gamergate encourager and exploiter, crooked publisher, Tori Amos plagiariser and general right-wing troll.
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6Theodore Gray is 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.
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22Lokiarchaeota, a transitional form from about two billion years ago. See Lokiarchaeota.[wp]
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29Troubled 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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26CRISPR, yet another discovery in biology that creationists have twisted into "and therefore evolution is false." Example: [29]
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16Dieudonne 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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19Street 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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11Foucault'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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17The Moynihan report.
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16Dogs Naturally - "the most complete source of natural health care for dogs" [30]. Has been called the NaturalNews of dog ownership. Animal abuse for the wootastic.
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15Theodore 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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31Red Army Faction (aka. Rote Armee Fraktion, Baader-Meinhof Group); leftist German terrorist organisation of the '70's, killed a bunch of people in Germany and some other European counties (Sweden, Netherlands, Belgium)... One of their founders became a right-wing holocast denier later on...
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21 change.org We have ePetitions, why not this?
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24 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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22A bunch of parapsychology journals: Journal of Parapsychology [31]; Journal of Consciousness Studies [32][33]; Journal of Near-Death Studies [34]. One we already have is Journal of Scientific Exploration.
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30Sami, or possibly instead sections in the country articles for Norway, Sweden, and Finland. Natives of northern Scandinavia, victims of several assimilation/settlement programmes through the centuries.
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25Manifesto 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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15Suriname 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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8Akiane 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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8Alive.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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19Midbrain 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. [35][36]
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28Nootropics ("smart pills") are dietary supplements intended to improve mental function. They bear some resemblance to dietary supplements used in bodybuilding in that they often involve taking "stacks" of various ingredients with little evidence of safety or efficacy. A recent news article can be found here.[37]
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24Usenet. How can we lack this fabulously fertile ground for crankery in the '90s?
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11 Vril- holy shit, we don't have a page on this?
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29Basic income (on WP[wp])
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26Ateshgah 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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21Yurugu: 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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18Clair Patterson Scientist who figured out the age of the earth, and was against lead denialism. Amazing scientist
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29Hyperphysics: 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 [38] Other pages directly relate to god, and creationism. [39]"
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19Sharyl Attkisson: CBS journalist and woo-pusher. Anti-vaxxer [40] [41] and general BSer. Also hates Wikipedia because it notes her anti-vaxxing.
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9Jonathan McIntosh: Social activist and video producer (makes videos with Anita Sarkeesian) that Gamergaters are convinced is some sort of shadowy SJW puppet master ('cos obviously chicks can't come up with their own ideas).
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20Electronic 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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26Human 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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18Lamaze, a natural childbirth technique.
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12Irwin Schiff, a popular and influential tax protester.
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8Yvette Guinevere, AKA Science Babe, for this article.
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12Terasem[42][43][44] 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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34Electroconvulsive therapy, a medically viable treatment for some psychiatric conditions that has garnered a terrible reputation due to abuse and Scientology propaganda. (Remember the middle of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest?)
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24AIPAC. It's a lobbying group and pro-Israel, so it's basically a giant magnet for conspiracy theories.
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28Eurasian Economic Union - Putin's club for aging autocrats
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34Harry S. Truman is still just a redirect, while every other post-WW2 US president has a dedicated article.
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18TDP 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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7PsycheTruth - A channel on Youtube with over 880,000 subscribers, yet it's jam-packed with woo.
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26Interposition, 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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32Daylight saving time, which we once had but not anymore. It's not such a great idea, apparently.
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5Zoltan 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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16The 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.[45]
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22 The woozle effect, aka evidence by citation
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11 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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41Charlemagne. A hugely important figure in the history of the Western world, he also became the focus of a large body of fantasy.
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16Laplace's demon -- the whole idea of scientific determinism and how it doesn't work/gets falsified.
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12Just ran into this really cogent counterargument to the idea that the bible is divinely inspired.[46] Could make an article from this, or part of one.
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32SWATting - Reckless children playing god with reckless police force.
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12Great Zimbabwe (Better idea: a list of the major non-Egyptian African civilizations, to smack racists on the heads with.)
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18Michael Tellinger, a South African politician and "ancient aliens theorist", or his book Slave Species of God.
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47Implicit 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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26Bruno 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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31Serial 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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37Fight 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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273HO "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.[47] They own a billion dollar security firm.
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15Lindsey 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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16David Silverman, or at least more about American Atheists
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21 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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17 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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1AuroraTek 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!) 19:12, Friday, August 28, 2015 (UTC)))
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12Isaac 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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40Whaddya mean we don't yet have an article on Whole Foods - the retail grocery giant that's part big business, part anti-regulatory Bert hub and ALL pseudo-science cult?!
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3Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer Could do with a real article for all the anti science they do.
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28Fiqh: 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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35Indigenous 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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10John Searl. Free energy con man. By reader request.
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16Gregory 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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14Miles Mathis, a mathematics and physics crank and conspiracy theorist. His home page: THE GREATEST STANDING ERRORS IN PHYSICS AND MATHEMATICS, 5000+ pages of rambling on subjects such as why pi is actually four. Critical blog, another critical blog, critical watch blog, apologist blog (unless I got Poed), another fan, an interview, critical discussion. A few actual physicists seem to think he's hilarious.
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20Universal Medicine, an esoteric healing group given to legal threats to hide criticism.
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30Jody Hice, the dominionist, pro-conversion therapy preacher was elected to the U. S. House of Representatives from Georgia's 10th district. His book, claimed that Islam is not deserving of 1st Amendment rights.
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38Fish Farming needs RW treatment. There's a metric fuck-ton of misinformation, bias and woo surrounding this type of agriculture and not all of it is entirely unfounded.
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9Monika Milka, proprietor of Monika's Entity, a deeply fraudulent medical woo site. News reports, homeopathy of the oceans. The writing on the Facebook page should be entirely in green. And the Freeman disclaimer.
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18Hasbarah - because Israel's "public diplomacy" is cuttingly close to both Propaganda and espionage.
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36Gulf War syndrome could use a good skeptical eye.
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13Google Earth. Perfect for finding Symbols of your favorite Secret Society in geography, finding FEMA Camps, certain prophecies in the bible being fulfilled (like the shapes of certain things like lakes in Asia relating the the Symbols in Revelation), and a LOT more Bullshit.
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19An article on the ISIS Beheading Conspiracy Theories. Because it's so obvious that everything is a conspiracy.
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9Inference: International Review of Science, an alleged academic journal with a taste for crankery. Includes Michael Denton on creationism intelligent design, and writings by Michael Fumento. http://inference-review.com/
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12Street Epistemology developed by Peter Boghossian is a newer activity which is a partly scripted question asking method some atheists use to induce doubts in people's god beliefs-seems worth researching for potential benefits and problems it might have. Or it could just be acting like a stereotypical atheist dick. Let's write it up and see!
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8 Due to their many wonderful contributions, perhaps John and Hank Green of Vlogbrothers fame should get some more scrutiny via RW.
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23 I was listening to this Fresh Air and I realized that we don't have pages on Spam e-mail. This seems to be a mess of scams, con artists, and pseudoscience that would fit into our mission well.
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8Kang Youwei, A Chinese political thinker and reformer of the late 19th century and the turn of the century who was popular in China than under the rule of the Qing Dynasty. Among other things he advocated both Constitutional Monarchy and Socialism in China. On the other hand, he was a eugenicist. The political theories he set forth in his book Da Tong Shu are objective and utterly indisputable proof that the Horseshoe theory is either mostly or completely correct, it is the "missing link" between Communism and Fascism. In light of what he wrote in that book he should be either given a prominent spot on the Horseshoe Theory page or given his own page.
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45The Federalist Society, the ultraconservative answer to "activist judges" though they manage to be FAR more partisan than the judges they typically hate. Seriously though despite their full wingnut views they are extremely influential and their members include some of the most powerful people in the US, and some of the wackery in a few recent court rulings can be partly attributed to their members.
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43Pre-Columbian Contact. This field of study is a prime breeding ground for proffessional cranks. However looking further into some individual claims it becomes clear that a couple lesser known claims of contact may actually hold some water. As such the various claims regarding Pre-Columbian trans oceanic contact ought to be investigated and commented on.
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17Camille Paglia. If Dworkin and Greer can have articles, Paglia sure deserves one. Job for one of our resident feminists, I suggest.
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11The Cult of Saturn, a common scapegoat for Christian End Times, and Illuminati Predictions and Conspiracies.A couple of [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShAwHBsKOuA examples
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-2Justicar - He's one of thunderfoot's buddies. misogynist, conservative, and anti-feminist (and a Slymepitter), and may I add, extremely pedantic.
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1Remnant of God, a Webshite about end times paranoia. Apparently thinks The Pope is the Antichrist.
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0Lucis trust We had a stub article, but it was deleted. It's a company that focus of occultry, conspiracy Theories regarding Freemasons, etc. The reason this particular one gets so much attention is because it's original name was "Lucifer Publishing Company", and was acknowledged by the United Nations.
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8Myron Fagan - A Red Scare Proponent, and an early proponent of the Illuminati conspiracy Theory. "A lot of modern ideas about the Rothschilds come from him, and I am sick of me being linked to videos of his talk show." (example)
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10InternetAristocrat - conservative, racist, MRA who is a leader of Gamergate.
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17Detroit. Who - liberals, conservatives or the Stormfront crowd - if any of them, is correct about the reasons for it becoming what it has?
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6Project monarch - Nuff said [48]
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5Benjamin Fulford. claims a bunch of absurd things about the Illuminati and Freemasons, and that he'll take them down singlehandedly. This is him.
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14George Dillman, a mall ninja manager of McDojo training camps who claims that, among other things, you can use your body to generate chi/bioelectricity/radio waves to block attacks and knock people out.
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30Big organic, or how the organic food lobby gets its way.
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9John O'Connor, a Catholic priest who claims to expose the Antichrist, and Conspiracy whackers claim he was kicked out of the Catholic church.
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15Roger Morneau, an "Ex-Satanist", who claims to expose evolution.
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32The Satanic Temple.[49] 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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8Masonicinfo.com. If you have an anti-freemason claim, masonicinfo will have the refutation, and the conspiracy theorist will throw the shill gambit.
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6Pawns in the Game By William Guy Carr. Oh boy...
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13Bill Gaede, physics crank known for his theory the Rope Hypothesis. His WP article talks about his legal troubles, but the woo goes deep here and is very RW. Has followers. Site: http://www.youstupidrelativist.com/ Already in the list of Internet kooks and pushes the Rational Science Method. The Facebook group is remarkable.
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10Reader suggestion: "An article about the term freedom, in my eyes its current usage in the States resembles pretty much some damn newspeak, as a great example calling French fries freedom fries because of France not.. er, supporting the forced spreading of freedom huh? Anyway, that's pretty much all I can say myself about that topic, but I'd really appreciate someone writing an essay or something about it." Two crappy articles at this title have been deleted already, so do a good one if you do this one.
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30 The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri. One of the most influential works of Christian fiction of all time and one of the few that's worth reading by everyone. Has had a tremendous impact on both world and especially Western culture.
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4 Justine Tunney. Possibly the clearest living embodiment of the horseshoe theory, she went from being the voice of Occupy Wall Street (literally, managing a Twitter account with the name OccupyWallSt) in 2011 to vocally supporting the neoreactionary movement in 2014, particularly its technocratic wing. She even said Obama should be kicked out and Google CEO Eric Schmidt installed as the new President. Arthur Chu has a nice summary of her bizarre swing here.
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10 David Rockefeller, a pundit whose speeches are constantly quote mined for conspiracies.
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6 Ecoscience by John Holdren, a book touted by Conspiracy Theorists to be froof of the Depopulation conspiracy theory
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13Modafinil, a sleep-cycle-adjusting drug with some documented effects and some woo-ish notions that it's a smart drug of some sort.
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3Larry Klayman.
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37The Soviet-Afghanistan War.
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22Galt's Gulch Chile: Libertarians suckering other libertarians into buying arid land in Chile without any water rights. One sucker's story. The actual site. Background information on GGC can be found at Mother Jones Magazine.
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21The “Women are wonderful” effect (WP)
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15Fraser Institute; nuff said.
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18Another "messiah", Goel Ratzon, convicted on rape and incest, this one went on a breeding campaign in Israel. See [50] and [51]
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23Metabunk.org, a site dedicated to refuting conspiracy theories, which, unsurprisingly leads to accusations of being a shill. Countless Youtube videos have whistleblowers "exposing" Metabunk.
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14Progress in Physics, a pseudojournal whose Wikipedia article[52] calmly and neutrally paints them as absolutely frothing. About the only place that will publish Pierre-Marie Robitaille.
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19Wudduya say we expand the crap out of Albert Einstein? Yes, RationalWiki is not an encyclopedia, but we are all about science. The very, very least we could do is include present and historical debate about this theories.
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27I can't believe that there are medical quacks (and quite a few misguided feminists) still promulgating the bullshit in the book Dressed to Kill, which argues for the completely debunked notion that bras cause breast cancer. Full title: Dressed To Kill: The Link between Breast Cancer and Bras. Written in 2002 by two non-scientists asserting that bras cause cancer. The authors apparently did not offer up any actual evidence. A scientific study just came out that showed there is no evidence to support this wacky claim (Does Wearing a Bra Cause Cancer? New Study Says No).
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20Petrodollar - reader suggestion. Conspiracists have some fondness for conspiracies involving the price of oil and US dollars as global currency. There's plenty of real economics and economics woo around this concept too.
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11Jace Connors. Youtuber, conspiracy theorist, wingnut, stoner, mall ninja, racist, homophobe, and Islamophobe guilty of both consuming and promoting gratuitous amounts of paramilitary woo. Hosts a weekly political call-in show where he has, among other things, posited that not only is Obama a Muslim but one born in the Middle East who plans to destroy America by instigating a race war. On the other hand, he isn't that well-known outside of his cult following of trolls.
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36Epigenetics is mentioned in about 20 articles, and relates to disputes about the validity of the neo-Darwinian synthesis.
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33Maimonides. This guy's influence over Judaism is enormous to put it mildly, he was also one of the most committed rationalists of the entire medieval period though he said some rather mean things about non-Jews. However from a theological perspective to say that he reconciled Rabbinic Judaism with rationalism would be an understatement, he jammed it down his colleagues throats. He had a substantial impact on Aquinas and like other medieval rationalists he ought to be included in Rationalwiki
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30Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), the Pakistani CIA, cuz we're all about authoritarianism, liars, and extremism, and ISI provides plenty of each
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15Charles C. W. Cooke- It might not be an understatement to call him the most insufferable National Review columnist. No seriously despite his pseudo-intellectual tone he's one of the most blatant anti-intellectuals writing for the NRO. Also a climate change denier, of course.
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7John Gray[wp]. I just read his Straw Dogs and am uncertain whether I just read brilliance or bullshit. That in itself is an achievement.
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4Rima Laibow, aka Dr Rima [53][54], quack and conspiracy theorist.
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8G. Edward Griffin, a famous conspiracy theorist and Bircher who popularized Federal Reserve and cancer-related conspiracy whackery (he even authored the libertarian/Glenn Beck favorite The Creature from Jekyll Island). A little suprising we don't have an article on him yet since he's a far more influential figure on the radical right conspiracy circuit than the likes of Mark Dice.
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5Presstitutes, what with part of our mission being to criticize the media where necessary.
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26Averroes. We have an article on Saint Thomas Aquinas, and Al-Ghazali, so we ought to have an article on Averroes too. It is extremely interesting to note that, according to both Westerners and Muslims, his influence on the Western world has been far greater than his influence on the Islamic world.
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20Silencing - suppressing opposition arguments, directly or indirectly. The idea is to claim that counterarguments don't exist. Feminist versions here [55][56], though these are highly generalisable.
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32My Parents Open Carry. Naming the father character in a pro-gun book "Dick Strong", frankly, is begging liberals to make fun of it. Even ignoring the content of this book, it's awful: wooden prose, bad grammar, hectoring tone. Yet, it's quite popular on Amazon (it was promoted by Stephen Colbert and Bill Maher according to the back cover).
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5Astar Sheran (WP), a fake-ass pseudogod who migrated all across Europe via 1999-eschatology and then into China via 2012-eschatology. Nauseating face.
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28Connection theory is a new nuttiness dreamed up by the Bay Area transhumanist crowd. It's sufficiently nutty that even LessWrong posters take the piss out of it. But they're apparently attracting actual money. Anyone feel like researching and writing it up? [57] [58] [59] [60] Most of the original pages about it have been taken down, but are still in the Wayback Machine.
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9Jeffrey Goodman, archaeologist, once in favor of "psychic archaology," and who wrote a book on the comets of God.
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12Edward Tobinick, an apparent quack who is suing Steve Novella for blogging about him. [61]
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5William Poundstone (WP), the Counter-Malcolm Gladwell.
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11Elizabeth Whelan, a wingnut libertarian who is currently head of the American Council on Science and Health, the "go to" source for many right-wing bloggers. ACSH is either an astroturf denialist organization that spreads misinformation, or the most staunchly centrist anti-public-scare organization on the web.
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14Ted Bundy - Aside from being a disgusting serial killer, his career trajectory reads like a who's who's of the pre-Reagan religious right.
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10Morton Downey Jr., a pro-life activist and right-wing Democrat who became a pundit who's controversial "edgy" style bascally helped lead to the rise of nearly every wingnut pundit you can think of. If Coughlin was the prototype for right-wing radio pundits Downey was basically the same for televised ones such as Hannity.
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25CNBC. I am surprised we don't have an article on it yet.
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19Anime - We have an article on Furry fandom, I don't think it's that much of a jump. Sandbox Start
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11TaxPayers' Alliance - British tea partiers. Their website and Wikipedia page are here and here respectively.
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15Archetype and or collective unconscious. Carl Jung's idea about our inborn psychic connections, and his gift to the New Age.
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21Bradford-Hill criteria, a flawed but useful list of criteria to tease out correlation from causation. Used extensively in epidemiology, to the point of being the touchstone of evidence-based medicine.
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33Inflammation, the latest trendy bogeyman in the alternative medicine/food woo crowd. If you don't feel good, it must be because of "inflammation" caused by eating junk food/exposure to toxins/not being on the paleo diet. Plus, inflammation is why you're fat.
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15Oxford Groups, later re-named to Moral Re-Armament. An evangelical group that is most famous for spawning Alcoholics Anonymous and the involvement of Mary Whitehouse.
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36Radical lesbian separatism - you know, the mob who claim all PIV sex is rape, no woman is born heterosexual, and that they're groomed to be sexually attracted to their oppressors.
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38Hypochondria. Wikipedia article, Not quite the same as self-diagnosis, but relevant..
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28I'm surprised that the cultish, deceptive ultra-Orthodox Jewish "kiruv" organizations, such as Chabad and Aish HaTorah, haven't been mentioned here yet.
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30Brute fact, a fact that cannot be explained at a more "fundamental" level, or a fact in a different category than "institutional" facts, which depend on social agreement for their validity.
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4Paul Blanshard (wp:PaulBlansard) and/or American Freedom and Catholic Power (wp:American Freedom and Catholic Power</sup>. I continue to find at least his first book quite well argued.
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29Edinburgh Creation Group - a creationist group in Edinburgh with a bunch of videos (most of them by Seraph Media) on the web site featuring the guys promoted by AiG
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48Aggressive Christianity Missionary Training Corps, for those of you who love researching nutty cults, this one makes the Branch Davidians look reasonable.
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46Surprised 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 corporate shill. Also, the rich are so hard done by.
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31Fighting words - There isn't a page on how insults and rudeness breaks the limit of free speech, and there isn't an entry on the Freedom of speech page.
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29Activism - The general concept; whether and where it's effective, in what cases the members of any activist movement are and aren't sensible, etc..
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20Witness - (not the degree of wit) somehow we have expert witness without the article of witness.
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12Lord Our Righteousness Church, one of the cults in New Mexico with UK TV coverage. Google "Wayne Bent" for more info
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37Nouri al-Maliki, because he was "elected" to prime minister of Iraq during the United States occupation, acted like a dictator, used American troops to carry out ethnic killings, and had the full backing of the US government. (Or Hamid Karzai, who's also become a straight-up asshole.)
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35The hygiene hypothesis of child cleanliness and immune systems, e.g. [62]. There's a short section in food allergy.
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17Cybertopianism. I can't be the only one who remembers the days when the Internet would create a global village of peace and understanding.
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8Twitchy, a Twitter propaganda site run by none other than Michelle Malkin herself.
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15Daniel Lapin, the favorite rabbi of the Christian Religious Right.
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28James Dobson, other than a link to the Focus on the Family page.
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18Quannengshen, the Chinese "Church of the Almighty God" - A cult in China formed in the 1990s which hijacks both religious (Protestant or Islam) and other cult meetings, and used to preach the 2012 Apocalypse. Recently they murdered people in public for refusing to make contact with them.
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16A Troublesome Inheritance, the half-assed attempt to re-open the eugenics debate by once-influental NYT correspondent Nicholas Wade.
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12Elizabeth Rauscher, a real but somewhat cranklike physicist. The WP article is bowdlerised but the crankiness shines through, and just check that talk page. Collaborates with Nassim Haramein.
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31Not all X - a common derailment in argument, particularly with MRAs. Usually seen as "not all men," but it generalises well beyond that (e.g. "not all libertarians"). May or may not be fallacious depending on usage (usually is, though). Not quite No true Scotsman in use ... I think.
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23Jack Donovan. White nationalist, neoreactionary internet kook obsessed with masculinity. Hates gays despite, bizarrely, being gay himself. Currently a paragraph in Manosphere.
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30Fake conference or scam conference - the sort where there's no real scientific conference, just a lot of people's money being taken. Will accept SCIgenned papers.
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40SCIgen, the fake paper generator used to test scam conferences and predatory journals.
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26Predatory open access - we have Bentham Science Publishers, but we need a more general article on the phenomenon. And/or on open access in general.
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32Testimony of conversion, or some similar phrase, for every conservative Christian who starts a bout of proselytizing with "I used to be atheist/liberal/evolutionist/whatever, but then I learned about Jesus."
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22American Spectator, the UK Spectator's dumb loud younger brother.
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21Stop the Thyroid Madness ([63]), a book and blog by a non-endocrinologist non-doctor who blames everything that's wrong in the lives of people with hypothyroidism on the mainstream treatment regimen. Focus is on how much better you feel when you switch to desiccated thyroid extract, the "natural" treatment we used in the good ol' days.
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39The Science wars, wherein academia was divided between the sciences and the postmodern humanities. Shots were fired, feelings were hurt, people were trolled.
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9Robert Zubrin. Because he's, you know, Robert Zubrin.
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43An article on Golden Rice (partly in response to the farily common idea among anti-GMO activists that genetic engineering of crops is for nothing but corporations' profits).
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13Tanaka Memorial (wp), like the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, just substitute "Jew" with "Jap".
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18Godel's ontological proof A formal argument for the existence of God proposed by mathematician Kurt Godel. Covered slightly in ontological argument.
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21Eckhart Tolle. Wildly popular self help/New Age writer, kind of like Deepak Chopra, with a similar amount of nonsense.
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10Illumicorp video hoax. An INCREDIBLY well done hoax/parody showing an Illuminati training video. Although the video producer admitted it was a joke a while back, it still is being touted as real by conspiracy whackers that didn't quite get the message. This could be its own article, or an add-on to our current Illuminati article.
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6On our militia movement page, we ought to have a mention of Norman Olson, considering how influential he was to the movement.
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24[64] Raw for Beauty: Social media's answer to NaturalNews and mercola.com. Essentially a hive of misinformation advocating raw foodism, nature woo, alternative medicine, and other bogus crap. Unfortunately, they're also extremely popular and, being a Facebook page, their claims spread like wildfire.
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36Disease mongering - There should really be an article on this IMHO. Wikipedia.
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46"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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13Argan oil, apparently increasing in popularity to cure all skin/nail/hair ailments. I encountered it on a Dutch website where it is touted as `miracle cure' and `liquid gold', with `positive effects never seen before' ... all of which are supposed to be `scientific proven' (the louder it says that...the bigger the chance it's woo). Yet, perhaps there is some (kernel of) truth here?
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34The Rockefellers/Rockefeller Foundation. They're as much a magnet for conspiracy whackjobs as the Rothschilds. One story, popular among paranoid anti-feminists, is that they started feminism so that women would eventually be allowed to have jobs and thus be taxable.
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22Health Impact News - a woo-freindly, anti-vaxxer promoting site, only a few rungs above NaturalNews. Also has articles such as "Intelligent Design vs. Scientism" (sic) and "More Evidence of Scientism as Religion." Website
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17Campbell's law - States that introducing definite criteria (often quantitative) into a decision-making process can make it easier to game the system, and so degrade the quality of decisions made based on those criteria.
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10Mary Elizabeth Croft (no redirect), author of How I Clobbered Every Bureaucratic Cash-Confiscatory Agency Known To Man and her "spiritual economics" (again, please don't touch this unless you have a good understanding of economics and/or (pseudo)law)
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19getoutofdebtfree.org deserves a fisking of its "methods" (e.g. "common law" copyrighting of your name), or at least a section in the suitable article, whichever it is. (Prompted by someone linking to RW in their forum and the assertion that they are not FOTL; please don't touch this unless you have a good understanding of (pseudo)law)
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18Ripoff Report (WP), a consumer complaints website whose owner and operator is somewhat paranoid and which is sometimes accused of being an extortion racket.
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36Orthodox Judaism could have its own article; possibly Ultra-Orthodox Judaism too. We've covered Christian and Islamic fundies - let's complete the Abrahamic hat-trick!
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43Vicious cycle - I've heard some people making arguments involving vicious cycles being falsely accused of making circular arguments.
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30Titanic conspiracy theory - As with the Lusitania, there seems to be conspiracy theories surrounding the sinking of the Titanic, e.g. that it was torpedoed by a U-boat or deliberately sunk for insurance money. (See here for one instance.)
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24Adrenal fatigue, a made-up condition that alt med practitioners use to blame general aches and fatigue on a failing of the adrenal gland.
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7The American Council on Science and Health (ACSH). Orac calls these guys a "questionable science-based organization". They're staunchly anti-smoking and anti-hysteria (particularly when it comes to food scares), but they also have a definite axe to grind and it's hard to say how trustworthy they are.
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18Decision theory, unless we have it merged somewhere.
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38Culture-bound syndromes: phenomena believed within a culture to be diseases, but which are completely unknown outside of that culture, suggesting psychological rather than physiological origin. An example would be fan death[wp], the belief that sleeping in a room with a running fan can be fatal, which is widespread in both North and South Korea but unheard of elsewhere.
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14Socionics. Fad pop-psychology butchery of MBTI, which is itself suspect, but this takes it up to eleven. Popular in Eastern Europe.
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26Animal communicator. Folks like Anna Breytenbach claim they can read animals' minds and "send" them images. (She made a leopard turn docile, there's no way she could have possibly done that without psychic powers!Do You Believe That?)
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42Either 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.
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42Florence Nightingale, a nurse who was an early pioneer of evidence-based medicine.
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24Last Ounce of Courage. A hilarious fundamentalist Christian/right-winger propaganda film in which the child of a dead war vet returns to his home town and finds that evil libruls are trying to ban Christmas. Who knew that the ACLU possessed either the will or the capability to get students expelled for keeping a Bible in their lockers or force a church not to display a cross! And did we mention the only non-white character in the entire movie is the evil librul ACLU lawyer?
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45Spanish Civil War. A simply startling omission.
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23Dendritic cells, a possible legitimate alternative to chemotherapy that currently has a lot of woo and quackery around it.
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14Dave Ramsey, who generally gives good personal financial advice, but thinks that poor people are poor because they're lazy/have bad habits and rich people are rich because they're good Christians. And that Obamacare is bad for the insurance providers who are going to profit from it.
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21Joseph Sciambra, an anti gay activist/bullshitter extraordinaire who mixes every bad Satanic Panic meme with neo-Nazism, and a claim of being an 'ex-gay porn star' to make arguably the most hilariously bad strawman gay out there. Also claims to have created a demon in his ass through anal sex.
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19The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. "Christian organization proclaims the complementary differences between men and women who share equally in the image of God." Site
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18Gordon Klingenschmitt deserves an entry alongside his fundie colleagues.
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16Ted Patrick Self taught anti-cult 'deprogrammer' whose methods include kidnapping, and activities that border on torture.
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21The Association of Mature American Citizens a.k.a. AMAC: A wingnut version of the AARP, apparently created as response to the AARP being too liberal for supporting the funding of Medicare and Obamacare. The site itself runs several clogs, with the main one being about Obamacare. The fact that Glenn Beck promotes it is a telling sign.
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24Detroit See Chicago, below, add municipal bankruptcy and dog-whistle criticisms of the decidedly non-Caucasian city administration.
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35A non-fun Chicago - Conservatives are constantly saying that it's high crime rate is proof that "liberalism" leads to rampant crime.
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34American religions: Mormonism; Unitarian Universalism; the AME; the Seventh Day Adventists; Megachurches; Jesus Freaks; Jehovah's Witnesses. While we have articles on most of these things separately, I would love to read a decent history of the development of all of these uniquely American churches, something that ties together the dynamics -- historical, cultural, and theological, that make America such rich soil for people with new ideas about what God wants.
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34The so-called liberal paradox (WP) (think classical liberal), a paradox in political philosophy with some interesting implications for real-life socio-political problems.
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16Dave Daubenmire Raging homophobic, wingnut, asshole extraordinaire who defends Fred Phelps on several occasions, and not only openly advocates bullying gays, but says not being allowed to bully them is a form of bullying against Christians. Also a true believer of CHEMTRAILS.
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5Peter Ragnar This crank has been around so long it's amazing we DON'T have an article on him. Chi, magnet woo, pseudoscience, and claims to be able to achieve age reversal through breathing techniques. No, really.
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3Larry Summers, who was freakishly close to becoming the next Chairman of the Federal Reserve.
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21Libel laws, with information on their abuse by woo-meisters, libel tourism, and science by lawsuit. Could possibly be merged with SLAPP suit.

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