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[edit] April 2014

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5The GOP just lost the fake wrestling vote.
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11The act of defiance that infuriated Kissin- a mass murderer.
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3 Oh come on, Cthulhu All-Spark is a GREAT name! You can call her "Sparky" for short! Or...or...Fhtagn, maybe.
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22“Britain is not a “Christian country”“ Letter in DailyTelegraph from sundry "names".
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-14God talks to the late Fred Phelps.
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31A twelve year old girl explains things to Andy's mom.
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29Subliminal messaging for gun nuts.
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12Canuckistan's most disgraceful tumultuous political years in recent memory seem to be finally nearing its end. (And the good news? The damage is relatively repairable.)
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15To tax cuts! The cause of, and solution to, all of life's problems.
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22Dear parents: you are being lied to by the anti-vaccine movement.
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0Those of us on the left who feel complacent enough to think that "The right will slowly disintegrate because of demographics" should probably read this. You may not feel so complacent afterwards.
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11University professors: they do have guts.
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1Making Wikipedia less of a sausage-fest
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11So what does Al Franken do after getting his hands into SOPA/PIPA? Declaring war against 2014's Worst Company in America.
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11"I recently found out that a small girl I drive home from school is not vaccinated ... due to the usual non-medical claptrap. So what do I do? a) Refuse to drive the child? b) Alert the school? Or c) smack some sense into the child’s mother?"
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1The results of the r/mensrights survey. (Too good to be true sadly — the survey actually has 570 responses, the pie charts add 2500 empty lines from the spreadsheets. Still pretty much what you expected.) Update: Corrected charts.
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8Say what we will about the Obama administration, but thinking outside the box doesn't seem to be a problem.
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14We might be perverts but at least we're not Catholic strength perverts.
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18Is the internet killing religion?
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24Editors resign from Frontiers over retracted paper that upset climate science deniers.
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11Who knew that "the Google" would be the gaffe that best summarizes Dubya's life?
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26A Christian author argues that Creationists are a cult.
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2Romney 2016?
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21The "Slavic George W. Bush." And the chickenhawks be squawking.
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15"Good morning, students, today we will be talking about 20th and 21st century American political history. In the early 1900s, the name 'Warren Harding' was virtually synonymous with the word 'corruption.' By the 1970s, he was overtaken by 'Richard Nixon.' Well until the 2050s, it would be known as 'John Roberts.'"
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26A Guide to Arguing With a Snopes-Denier.
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33Libertarian Police Department. (Imagine the COPS episode.)

[edit] March 2014

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11"I will let you return to the show as part of the Michelle Malkin Memorial Unpaid Internment Program."
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19"Turning into?" The House Science Committee is and has been a national embarrassment.
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17I'm havin' pains in my chest because I'm laughing at so stressed from Fox News. (Goddamn procrastinators.)
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8We've reached the point where Bill Kristol — yes, Bill Kristol — is speaking more sense than the entire GOP hierarchy.
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25Creationists kill 8 year old's suggestion for a state fossil for South Carolina.
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13Pro-life Christians.
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10And here's how the climate change deniers will lose.
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-22Some good reasons why Americans believe in Noah and his flood.
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12LALALALA I can't hear you! Saint Reagan, deliver us thine tax cut so our balanced budget may be filled.
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22Why some people are disappointed with Nate Silver's new FiveThirtyEight: "The problem with the new FiveThirtyEight is not one of data vs. theory. It is one of 'data' the buzzword vs. data the actual thing."
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21When anti-intellectualism kills.
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27The surprisingly sharp point of the Tyson Cosmos series. (The third episode seemed more aimed at astrology.)
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19While God spends his time meddling with sport events, Satan is apparently busy ruining Kickstarter projects.
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18Wal-Mart finally owns up to being a welfare queen
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42The "Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology" petitioned Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, to "create and enforce new policies that allow for true scientific discourse about holistic approaches to healing." Jimmy Wales responds.
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15"Goodbye, Fred Phelps. Nobody will miss you. We'll be too busy to care or remember, enjoying the better world you drove us to build."
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19"Don't mess with Texas": One of the most hilarious lies of modern times.
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15You know what, Putin? We'll let you move further into Europe! Just a little bit... Update: Seriously, Russia, it'll all be fine. $70 billion in capital flight in three months is very easy to reverse.
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10Nate Silver, who you will recall, is a witch, predicts the GOP may be able to take the Senate. (Then again, this mess.)
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-9The climate change deniers have won.
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-27Crimea wins the hottest new attorney general award. Russian fascism has a new face....with heels...and the world's reaction is somewhat ....neanderthal! (But that Ruritanian uniform just needs a few steampunk touches.)
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14"We have entered a strange, tumultuous new world in which Tom Friedman is insightful and wise."
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13Steven Wilson, The logic of Russian internet censorship. (Washington Post).
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31"What personality trait do you look for in a mate?" asks Jenny McCarthy. "Someone who's willing to vaccinate the kids," answers Twitter.
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12McConnelling.
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17How the truth is made at RT.
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31How science deniers use false equivalency to pretend there’s a debate
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21Canadian doctor: Richard Burr, do not fuck with me.
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-14Six Things Real Pimps Want You to Know (Gawker).
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23Color us shocked, shocked! A solid majority of IR experts (even those who advocate realpolitik) say that Republicans are full of shit on military policy.
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14This is how you do a shameless plug and get away with it. [Autoplay video]
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5Another writer makes the case that America has strongman-envy. (The cycles of history.)
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10Review of a recent book on the introduction of the idea of evolution into the Islamic world. How do you discuss Darwin in a language that does not have a word for "species?"
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11Did you invent Bitcoin? Take Slate's simple quiz!
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27Facts may not be the best method to convince conservatives.
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28If the moon were only 1 pixel... a tediously accurate scale model of the solar system will bore you for minutes!
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11Popbitch looks at the revenue numbers the Daily Mail Online claims: and they don't add up. At all.
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6Perhaps the best analysis of Bitcoin out there.
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16If only acceptance for interracial marriage occurred this fast.
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16Abandon ship!
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3Trigger warning: If you like trigger warnings, this blog post about trigger warnings may trigger you. Consider yourself warned.
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5Tyler Cowen: Paul Ryan takes a dump on fiscal conservatism again.
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17In many states in the U.S., if you seek an abortion your doctor is required by law to lie to you about the risks of the procedure. Here's a handy summary of which lies are required in which states.
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14Crouching Tiger, Hidden Moron. (And look at all the fascists in Kiev!) Update: Seriously, in layman's terms, Putin is fucking himself.
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-22Imminent Streisand effect as "Attractive convict" tries to sue teh internetz for using her mug shot as a meme.
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21"The Fuelshark Won't Save You Gas Because It Runs On Bullshit"
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12Emily Willingham: Hyping your conspiracy theory in 5 easy steps
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13Fox News Crazy Alert: propping up Lost Cause of the South. (And, in full irony, Civil War-era Democrats.)

[edit] February 2014

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7Fareed Zakaria: Governing like FDR? Carter? If you really want to compare Barack Obama, start looking at Eisenhower.
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13The Tea Party is five. We still wouldn't trust them with scissors.
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10It's a strange day when Mother Jones and the Cato Institute agree with each other on economics.
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31Numerous threats and verbal attacks from Christians bully a fifteen-year-old girl into dropping her attempt to start an Atheists' Club at her high school. Way to show Jesus's love, folks.
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9China: Intimidating superpower wannabe, or barely breathable and in serious economic trouble?
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15This guy is compiling the best reactions to the Great Bitcoin Blowup. ("Dear Senator Carper, I lost $285K with Gox. I still don't want your protection.") Also, what the Bitcoin theft might look like if it happened in the real world.
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19Austin, TX police arrest jogger for jaywalking. Chief says be glad officers didn’t sexually assault her
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16Rachel Maddow: North Carolina Republicans put a believer in abiotic oil in charge of natural resources.
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20A blogger reviews, with mounting horror, homeopathic first aid kits. (August 13, 2013)
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8Why Yellen's nomination as Fed Chair was vital.
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12Just when you thought it was safe to go back in Louisiana, Edwin Edwards is running for office again.
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9A fascinating article analyzes the way we talk about moral issues in movies, especially Oscar-nominated movies. And the way we talk online in general, honestly: "Never has it been so easy to get close to so many other people for the purpose of not really listening to the ones who disagree with us."
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19One-year-old story, but very prescient for this week: RedState, Breitbart, Pajamas Media, Canada Free Press, Family Security Matters and Human Events all took bribes to write pro-Yanukovych propaganda.
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27Dear Abby does it again. (perhaps you remember this response to a similar question)
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9The Onion: "US advances to women's hockey... hey, get the fuck back here, sexist asshole!"
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10Role reversal French film (sort of) touches on how women are treated in society
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8It turns out that the Crystal Skull vodka bottle is Zippy the Pinhead (or, perhaps. Smeagol).
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20American family values. (The study in question)
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31Please show consideration for fellow passengers by not reading The Daily Mail here.
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7Times were, conservatives were more understanding of human weakness.
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21There's still sanity in Texas!
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7Don't worry, there's a cure for it, isn't there?
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16Comics journalism about privately-run immigration detention centres in Australia.
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24"Cyber-trolling appears to be an Internet manifestation of everyday sadism."
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36Disney Channel adds a lesbian couple to their family sitcom "Good Luck Charlie". The usual traditional-family idiots react with maturity and... what do you mean the sitcom's five-year-old star has received death threats?
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21Ken Ham: The making of an American religious huckster.
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2 One or more nerds did a DDoS[wp] against Freethought Blogs, Skepchick and Feminist Frequency. [1] Jason Thibeault has Thoughts on a DOS attack. Is this anything to do with it?
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-8A Marxist critique of intersectionality
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43Creationist Questions translated.
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13It's scapegoating time! The winter storms in the UK have finally severed the main rail link to the biggest city on the south coast after years of everybody knowing it was almost inevitable a minor delay for an environmental impact assessment, if you believe the Daily Telegraph.(self promotion warning)
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15I warned you, but did you listen to me? Oh, no, you knew it all, didn't you? Oh, he's just a harmless little bunny, isn't he? Well, it's always the same. I always tell them-- Shut up!
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3Because morally aggressive cant is really that important.
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27Phil Plait: "About last night’s debate, my colleague Mark Stern at Slate argues that Nye lost the debate just by showing up, and I see that same sentiment from people on social media. But I disagree. We’ve been losing this debate in the public’s mind all along by not showing up."
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26Australia apologizes for Ken Ham.
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7Liberal media! Liberal media! Liberal media! Oh.
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18As a prelude to tonight's debate between Bill Nye and Ken Ham, HuffPo has published this article (with infographics) regarding American's views on creationism, guided evolution and unguided evolution. (The circular infographic at the end has extra info if you run your mouse pointer over it.)
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18A Republican: So much for any moral high-ground on Benghazi.
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19Internet Comment Etiquette with Erik: a video on how to correctly leave a comment on a YouTube conspiracy theory video. (December 31, 2012)

[edit] January 2014

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15The pollsters probably enjoyed this.
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-11We've seen the problems with the historian's fallacy, but the "product of its time" defence might be even worse.
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18The real Republican "response" to the SOTU: What lines did they refuse to applaud for? It's really quite telling.
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11Salon: In the wake of Obama's State of the Union speech, the GOP is melting down in real-time.
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6Stuart Robbins on Alex Tsakiris, Rupert Sheldrake, Rome Viharo and Wikipedia.
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32On the offhand chance you forgot radical feminist TERF Cathy Brennan was a truly shitty human being, she successfully used her followers to leave fake Yelp reviews of a trans woman's business, driving her into homelessness.
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22The criminal culpability of Andrew Wakefield for harming children worldwide.
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16Impurifying all of our precious bodily fluids for 50 years.
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21"I'm a card-carrying member of the ACLU. Here's what happened when I watched 3 hours of Fox every day for a month."
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9The expected response to tonight's SOTU: Ronald Reagan Ronald Reagan Ronald Reagan.
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10Moonbeam in his office: "Yay!"
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19Bill Maher takes on conservatives' false MACHEEZMO!
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20A ten-year-old atheist successfully stands up for his right to not stand up while the Pledge of Allegiance is being recited.
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17Surprise, surprise: The wealthy in America aren't paragons of virtue.
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13Was Newton an astrologer? (Guess.)
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17In a historically-unprecedented idea, "The enemy of my enemy might not be my friend."
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19Tired of being preached to by billboards? Introducing a billboard campaign that preaches back at the believers.
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27Leaving Islam was the hardest thing I've done.
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27Are you a misunderstood genius who's ready to overthrow the scientific orthodoxy? Sean Carroll's helpful Alternative-Science Respectability Checklist (from 2007, but still relevant) can help you SHOW THEM ALL without needing a death-ray, a killer robot, or even an army of radioactive gorillas!
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12The New Republic is getting very weird.
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-2NFL player Richard Sherman makes a... memorable speech after a win. Calling bets on the first conservative talk radio comparison to You-Know-Who.
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19The biggest threat to traditional marriage is conservative Protestants.
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18Bad Astronomy blog: "Nov 2012 through Dec 2013, 2258 peer-reviewed climate articles by 9136 authors, 1 author rejected man-made global warming". Curse that Evil Liberal Science Conspiracy for supressing Science!
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17How to set yourself up to be caught publishing a pseudojournal for global warming denialists. "On the other hand the reputation of Copernicus Publishing just took a boot to the nads. I'm already hearing rumors of editors of/authors for other Copernicus journals launching complaints over this."
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22So, about Mein Kampf becoming a bestseller on Amazon...
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15From HuffPo: 11 things atheists couldn't -- and in many cases still can't -- do because they didn't believe in God.
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15The Onion: Obama Not Ruling Out Military Action in Congress. "Troubled region" indeed.
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13Seems that the NSA's "collect it all" approach is costing everyone it touches.
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-7This is why we can't have nice things.
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17 Parody site National Report posts an article about marijuana shops in Colorado accepting food stamps. A conservative webshite linked to the article on Twitter, which was read by Colorado state senator Vicki Marble (who you might remember from her racist fried chicken comments), who in turn writes legislation to prevent the imaginary problem.
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16How gay adoption caused the Catholic Church to lose their shit completely — and become utilitarians.
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12The first female presiding bishop of the ELCA cites St. Paul as a major inspiration and theological influence. Yes, that St. Paul.
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19John Green takes on the ghastliest of American personality cults. (Verdict? Even when trying to be kind, not pretty.)
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16The Republicans on handling their wingnuts: Forget about it, What could go wrong? Canadian conservatives on handling their wingnuts: Shut them up, now!
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6Meanwhile on the ISS: "What is that coming from Wisconsin?"
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4Guess which Muslim-majority country most often prefers the burka. (Hint: It's the location of massive amounts of that particular black sticky substance.)
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33Jon Stewart takes on Fox News's global warming deniers: "Your fucking opinion is not as valid as scientific fact." More Fox: Meet your friendly neighbourhood News Corp "liberal."
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14A reminder that all fundie groups aren't the same.
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23American exceptionalism is screwing with us again.
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4The Bechdel test results for 2013 are in: Hollywood is better than you'd think! Films that actually have women in them can make money. Who knew? Next challenge: try letting a woman direct one.

[edit] December 2013

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3Her Majesty the Queen of Canada needs to put her foot down and say, as they say it in Canadian, boocoo de bucques is needed to make this incident of clueless vandalism go away.
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18Vaccines may prolong the life of your children
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17It seems the independent vote is getting secured.
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19Meet the Gulf War veteran, Republican-backed judge who is now Utah's Great Satan.
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27Hopefully, the future of Andy Schlafly's students: Homeschool Apostates
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20The GOP post-Healthcare.gov: I have no idea what I'm doing.
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14Edward Snowden's Christmas message. (Transcript.)
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19Surprise, surprise: The Israel vote was never the Jewish vote.
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17Dan Savage attempts to review Sarah Palin's book on Christmas.
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9Rosenberg's free speech test.
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17How the media will report the apocalyse
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10UK Moving Backwards: Half a Century of Social Progress Reversed in Last Decade
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0AlterNet tries to explain the unexplainable: "The 9 Most Baffling Passages in the Bible, and What They Really Mean."
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36Get out while you still can!
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33Anderson Cooper unleashes a load of whoopass.
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20I dreamed I saw John Hill last night. (Yes, it's Cracked. But...)
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22The general who put Guantanamo into business: "It validates every negative perception of the United States."
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17So it seems Deepak Chopra's just been busted sockpuppeting Wikipedia for the past five years. Whoops. (Precis.) (More, from Jerry A. Coyne)
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-13The rainbow gravity theory, first proposed about ten years ago, posits that the universe is actually infinitely old.
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24Australian tabloid posts hidden message about its proprietor in a children's puzzle.
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21The Onion pretty much gets it right.
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20If you can't stop the troll from feeding, plump him up like a pig.
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18"God Created Gravity: Why the U.S. Can't Keep Pace With Slovenia" — A marine biologist/neurophysiologist's critique of American exceptionalism.
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23Don't be evil? Let me google that for you.
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20Reflecting on the death of Nelson Mandela, Ta-Nehisi Coates reminds us how utterly wrong the Republican Party was on apartheid.
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20Slow-Witted Conspiracy Theorist Convinced US Government Behind NASA
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14Gay skinhead
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6An opportunity for cynics to say "I knew it!" and for science wonks to explain how these surveys are stupid and useless: The Week figures out Which professions have the most, and the least, psychopaths.
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5A nice long conversation about science and society with Isaac Asimov from 1969.
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16And this was after a four-year Democratic administration.
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11Scott Aaronson on reasons to disbelieve JFK conspiracy theories (and conspiracy theories in general): "Now, though, I’d place the JFK conspiracy hypothesis firmly in Moon-landings-were-faked, Twin-Towers-collapsed-from-the-inside territory."
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8Creationist Louis Agassiz: better in the concrete than the abstract.
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14In light of World AIDS Day, all glory to Saint Reagan.

[edit] November 2013

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18Mike "Asshole" Huckabee.
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12In a wonderful display of "karma is a bitch," Bob "Chop off gays' heads" Mugabe's son comes out the closet. (Warning: Poe's Law in action!)
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25Make concessions? "Munich." Remove sanctions in exchange for temporary dismantling and international oversight? "Munich." Squeeze them till the pips squeak? "Munich." Bomb their enrichment facilities? "Munich." Nuke Tehran? "That's what we're talking about!"
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9The FDA has ordered Google-backed genetic test maker 23andMe to halt sales of its personalized DNA test kits
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13So it turns out that organizing Libertarians is difficult.
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14We still need scientists to appear on Question Time(self promotion warning)
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6A rational look at how the myth of historical Sunni and Shia conflict was manufactured
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9Wu Tang Clan explains the Big Bang.
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10A world where anti-biotics no longer work......is here already!
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10LG Smart TV caught collecting data on files stored on connected USB Drives
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11I was wrong. (138-page book PDF) Andrew Sullivan admits to being wrong over Iraq War
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13Qatar's brutal treatment of migrant labour
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11Alex Gabriel takes on Pat Condell about British Muslims' attitude towards gays. The comments are gonna be fun, especially if it attracts the attention of Condell. *opens popcorn*
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17Sisters, sisters, There were never such devoted sisters. The Cheney girls go public
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16Meanwhile, on Egyptian TV: Somebody dared criticise the military, nobody understands what atheism is, and politics continues to infect sport.
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12America's angriest white men: Up close with racism, rage and Southern supremacy
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-4Remember that couple a couple years back who refused to reveal their child's sex? Here's an update on what raising a kid outside the gender binary might look like.
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21Oh yeah, let the anti-vaxxer have a important job in the VRBPAC. This won't possibly go wrong for anyone.
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12'Because' has become a preposition, because grammar.
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13Two weeks ago, in a case that many have compared to that of Trayvon Martin, Renisha McBride was shot in Detroit. Today, the police charged someone in her death.
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13"It is the same condescending populism, the same aggressively dumb, harshly divisive message that has become the playbook for the right generally in this country, in all its contempt for learning, its disdain for facts, its disrespect of convention and debasing of standards." The GOP: Our hero!
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10Why don't vaccine deniers worry about kids dying from gunshots, car accidents, and suicide? Instead, they lie about vaccines which may have caused 1-2 deaths over the past 20 years.
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2Obama's Harvard professor calls his administration a "disaster".
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16"(David) Barton is still, inexplicably, trusted by many conservative evangelicals. He has himself built his reputation on twisting and misrepresenting historical documents for ideological and propagandist purposes," says an official of the Southern Baptist Convention. He also calls Barton's debasement of history "satanic."
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10'“The sky is falling,” said Chicken Little. “Heard it on Fox TV.”'
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13Why the Tea Party can't govern.
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14Toys Are Us has a message for you: Shopping > Science
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11Wanted to post this a few weeks back, but it was hidden behind a paywall. Ben MacIntyre speaks against anti-Roma hatred Absolutely superb
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6Lego? SCIENCE!
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11Worst magazine sex advice ever.
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19How Ice-9 almost became reality but didn't because science works.
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16Well, it turns out the people you disagree with are probably not stupid. It's merely a clash of irreconcilable worldviews as a result of your (likely) upbringing.

[edit] October 2013

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17The great irony of baraminology is that the very idea of species comes from trying to explain the story of Noah's Ark.
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7The Canadian Senate story, redux.
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-3Whatever you do, please don't "kill it with fire."
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21Boris Johnson defends Guardian over NSA revelations.
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22Debunking the antivaccine bullshit about the flu vaccine.
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18For popular rag journalists: the difference between scholars and cranks
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25The United States never was, is, or ever will be a Christian nation.
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11Headline or RationalWiki Mad-Libs contest winner: U.S. Official Blames Shutdown for Failure to Explain NSA Spying
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20Seventeen years on: The teenager who saved a man with an SS tattoo (It brightened my day, anyway)
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6(Probably not a clog) An environmental appeal on behalf of the controversial and (to some) rather scary subject of wood heat.
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24I hope this isn't a repeat. AddictingInfo: Explaining Socialism to a Republican
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-51Now you know why those energy prices keep going up.
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15No Woman, No Drive!
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19And now you know why the vast majority of blacks vote Democrat. (Goodbye, fucker!)
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6Even in Load of Crap's Australia, debt limits are a non-issue.
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26And again: when you debate theists, do not trust them - bring your own camera.
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12Biologist/blogger Kelly Weinersmith shares her story of sexual harassment in the field.
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17The Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy Theory.
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10A Canadian political scientist suggests that we might see uprisings in Jesusland again. (The hilarity that this is the same population that most self-identifies as "American" and as the "true" ancestors of the slave-keepers Founders — as a defense mechanism — is noted, but the Fourteenth exists for a reason.) Related: The Economist believes that this all might be racial after all.
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22Click the Tea Party Insult Generator for more fun today!
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185 steps to save the GOP from destruction. (#1 is going to be a bit of a problem... along with #2... and #3... and possibly others.)
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17Avoiding Hypocrisy 101: If you want to devote your career to being against subsidized insurance, don't complain when you lose yours.
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15Context means everything.
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-8We suggest Ann Druyan, Alan Alda and Duran Duran get a name change.
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10We hope you had the time of your life. Related: If true (in the words of Hubert Farnsworth) this has to be one hell of a bowel movement.
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8Economists on the debt ceiling: KILL IT WITH FIRE
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8A very short lesson in genetics for creationists
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6The Jewish brain drain. To Berlin. No, really.
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15American conservatives, Your lack of insight and compassion towards people in need makes you ugly.
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214 Reasons Right-Wing Christians Salivate for the End Times.
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20It's probably better that the world eventually gets rid of the "The South is full of illiterate rednecks" stereotype soon, but come on.
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17Big Herbal is putting some nasty shit in their supplements. If Big Pharma did this, they'd be in jail.
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9Yes, women, it's your fault!
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36Snopes sinks to a new low (again) by citing a completely disreputable goatsource.
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13Conservative correctness at its very worst: History textbooks in Texas rename the slave trade.
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12The Koch brothers: "Shit."
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14Somebody's going to get a Nobel. The idiots at Viacom have blocked the video, but you can read the answer here.
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3The CBC asks Jim Flaherty (Harper's Finance Minister) what he thinks of the fiscal cliff: "Republicans think I'm a lot more conservative than I am."
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5Addressing some MRA bull. (See #10 for some studies worthy of debunking.)
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23A Protestant pastor and blogger offers his findings as to why Dominionists favor the US government shutdown and impending default. Thanks to Revelation 1:5-6, they believe that YHWH has made them kings and priests and that it is their duty to bring all the moneys from the treasuries of the world and lay them at YHWH's feet. And one of the most outspoken leaders of this effort? Ted Cruz's father Rafael.
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10It seems the UK's drive to austerity was largely full of crap. Related: A Redditor tries to explain to Americans why ending stimulus (ergo debt ceiling) would be a bad idea right now. (Response: Zimbabwe! Greece! Underfunded liabilities!)
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23An open letter to the people who really control the US government.
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12Inside the head of one of the dumbest Supreme Court judges known to man.
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14Proliferation of shitty peer-reviewed journals. Good news for the pseudoskeptics. (self promotion warning)
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12"Washington couldn’t have gone dark without a radicalized Republican Party. Or maybe it was destined to all along." Update: Unbelievble. McCain. Christie. Jindal. Haslan. Burr. Frum. King. Krauthammer.
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2The word "mangina" has suddenly become awesome.
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12America: Where imploding the world economy is a mainstream political tool.
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14Where America's poor and uninsured live.
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15The world is falling: Grover Norquist, yes, the same Norquist who wanted total public spending to go down to less than 10% of GDP, is calling the House Republicans barking mad. Update: And the Wall Street Journal. (Look at the similarities between the wingnuts and movement conservatives.)
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6The March of Dumbs. (Is it a gerbil, or a hamster? You Decide!)
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23Popular Science decides to shut down its comments section, blaming unhealthy amounts of anti-intellectualism. Guess who's the first to complain.
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9Check your irony meters: Immigrants are more likely to identify as "British" than Scots, Welsh, or Englishmen outside London.

[edit] September 2013

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12Why are African-American names like "DeShawn" and "Shanice" ridiculed by white Americans while names like "Reince," "Rand," "Mitt," "Newt," "Tagg," "Bristol," "Trig," and "Saxby" are given a pass?
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8It's finally happened: The New Right becomes the New Left. Update: And oh, how about all the fun we're going to have!
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10Well, at least they think it's happening, right?
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24Bradlee Dean's ministry suffers a mass walkout of staff.
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15No. You cannot boost your immune system. OK, there's one way.
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9A University of Toronto (untenured) professor whines about female, gay and Chinese literature, saying that "Virginia Woolf is the only writer that interests me as a woman" and that he only teaches "F. Scott Fitzgerald, Chekhov, Tolstoy. Real guy-guys. Henry Miller. Philip Roth." (To each an irony meter.) Update: And he doubles down!
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14Want to know how Golden Dawn appeared almost out of nowhere in the Eurozone crisis? Ask the police.
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13"Aren't you glad you didn't cite to this webpage in the Supreme Court Reporter at Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association, 131 S.Ct. 2729, 2749 n.14 (2011). If you had, like Justice Alito did, the original content would have long since disappeared and someone else might have come along and purchased the domain in order to make a comment about the transience of linked information in the internet age."
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18Homeopaths are hallucinating if they think they are humanitarians.
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14Journal of Cosmology follow-up post: how long does it typically take between data collection and paper acceptance? Does 10 days sound about right?!
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6Beavers don't kill people, people do!
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6You probably won't get this from Campbell.
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5Meet the last (economic) RINO in the House GOP: Scott Rigel of Virginia, who seems to have reversed his whining about how the Senate "empirically" stalled the Path to Prosperity.
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3Judging on this data, there better be someone making scenarios on how this would even be possible with North Korea.
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15INFOGRAPHIC: A map of the US showing state-by-state incarceration rates along with the states that have at least one privately owned-and-operated prison that has a guarantee that the prison will have at least 90 percent occupancy, or else the state will pay extra to the prison company to make up for the prison company's "loss." (I.e., the states pay extra when they have falling crime rates.)
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4"I see extended 1-D objects with no mass/What's their use? What's their use? Can they give us quark plasma?"
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9The Journal of Cosmology strikes again. This time they have found alien life in the sky. Has alien life been found in a meteorite? Or the sky? Or [Insert Location Here]?
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12"Here Are All The (self-confessed) Atheists In Congress": It's illustrative that Barney Frank admitted to being gay in 1987, then served another 25 years before announcing his retirement, and then admitted that he is an atheist.
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13Jon, we missed you. (Seriously, CNN is FUBAR.)
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9Let's just hope Brand isn't seen wearing any (more) Hugo Boss clothing anytime soon.
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10Bruce Schneier: How to Remain Secure Against the NSA.
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8First we had Spacebat. Now we have Spacefrog.
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9Well, ABC is ready to grow some gigantic balls: What happened if the Brits trounced the American Revolution? (Let's make a series about it!) So, thirteen episodes of life in Canada?
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5Syria in Five Minutes. (Fuck you, Putin.)
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4Who are you and why are you representing the US nuclear power intelligentsia?
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3Ever felt like getting into Bitcoin to make money was a sucker's bet? Rick Falkvinge details precisely how price-fixing that would be illegal in any other currency has multiplied its value by about 100.
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11How American homeschoolers enabled and funded German child abuse
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20See! Universal health care hurts businesses - the television industry!
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7The third time we've linked to the Fraser Institute in less than 20 days. Wow, they're batshit prolific!
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16Why Texas banned Tesla Motors
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14So much for trying to represent the anti-Murdoch, intellectual Tories, Telegraph.
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8Obama, even if you get confirmation that chemical attacks were ordered by Assad, please don't seriously think "common sense" is an effective argument.
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8Hey, why trash England? Can't you trash the rest of your country? (Or can you find anything to trash?)
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25Cracked: The 6 Most Humiliating Public Failures by Celebrity Psychics
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5James Carville: People are freaking out about Syria because of Iraq. He's almost right... the fact is, Americans don't trust Obama because Bush royally fucked them over, and it has left them hurting and cynical. Bush and Obama are war-mongers.
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18No! The Syrians have already experienced enough!
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17A new documentary film, Mission Congo, claims that Pat Robertson's 1994 post-Rwanda genocide aid project may have consisted of little more than people reading bible verses to the wounded, and not the "forefront" role that Pat claimed it had as he raised millions for it on The 700 Club.
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14The Prince Rupert's Drop, a simple piece of glass with fascinatingly strange physically properties, brought to you by some actual Christian scientists. (Note the Bible passage at the end of the video). Very cool.
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12Let's make a chant for the jobs you're all going to lose.
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23This infographic (from a website called "Online Christian Colleges" no less) illustrates how megachurches could easily be labeled "corporate Christianity."
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13Senator McCain, you can probably joke about a bunch of things in Congress, but slacking on the job probably isn't one.
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21IRL trolling: Calling NSA to restore lost emails
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14So much for the Catholic Church's outreach to atheists. On the Friendly Atheist blog, Sara Lin Wilde gives her take on Pope Francis's first encyclical, which was a revision of an unpublished encyclical from Pope Ratzy. Since Frank didn't moderate any of Benny's bilge, it appears that we now know what he really thinks of unbelievers.

[edit] August 2013

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199 questions about Syria you were too embarrassed to ask. (Well, at least something is in fashion.)
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6Sharon Hill explains that weird noise.
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15Science pushed tobacco. They forced DDT on the environment. They tried to trick everyone with Piltdown Man. Per usual, it's nothing but bullshit
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2So much for men being the calm, rational ones.
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25Play "Guess where Damascus is!" - 100,000 entries later, some interesting statistics.
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9Good job, Elon Musk/Norway.
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10Duckface Vietnam, motherfucker!
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17The Beeb explores the flag that should be treated with the same disdain that Germany treats the swastika, but doesn't.
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1Thanks to flooding's massive costs to the Alberta government, Calgary is becoming a poster child for inaction on climate change. Ethical oil advocates continue to ignore the evidence.
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3In response to an unusual NYT column, here's why we need to take economics seriously. (Then again, this is coming from the co-founder of LessWrong, so stopped clock.)
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24Oh Fox.
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7As climate change denial fades away, enter...climate policy denial. Also: Why nations haven't insisted on more significant climate change countermeasures
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5"And we'll be cool with videos with women prancing around naked, and it won't be sexist as long as the song's a number 1 hit... but when Miley does it we say 'OH MY GOD NO!'" (Seriously, this is why no one takes MRAs seriously.)
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14It does kind of stagger the imagination, doesn't it?
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26You cannot be serious! Gohmert: ‘Scary’ that liberal elites would use vaccines for ‘culling the population’ of humans (You know what, let him keep saying that. When people start feeling the effects of anti-vaccination, he'll get exactly what he wants.)
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11xkcd compiles questions found in Google Autocomplete. ("Why are there slaves in the Bible?" Good question...)
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-26Asking for relationship advice on Slashdot . Timelessly classy Hilarity ensues.
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17Just how liberal is the liberal media? Here's a list of the 15 things everyone would know if there were a liberal media.
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13Watch as every Republican's head now explodes.
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8She's the Elizabeth II to the current SCOTUS. (At least Scalia isn't selling snake oil, right?)
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8One woman's journey from pro-life to pro-choice.
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4An engineer accuses Richard Hoagland & Mike Bara.
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4Every protest since 1979
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8Nature profiles eminent psychologist and skeptic Elizabeth Loftus.
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17Anti-Muslim bigotry is pervasive. Standing up against it is neither cowardly, nor the same as being an apologist for fanaticism.
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12On atheism and white knight sexism
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15Average cost of raising one child a year: $10-15,000.
Average cost of raising one child a year, according to the Heritage Foundation Fraser Institute: $3000, because the lefty social workers are skewing the data! Release the data!
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22Welcome to the Age of Denial. (Or the Age of American Wingnuttery.)
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2Rape culture? Nah, radical hooey.
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8Dr. Sanjay Gupta thinks weed is great. Except his scientific evidence blows.
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13Inelastic demand, shelastic demand, commie.
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17Video of oral sex at a rap concert is leaked online. Reaction to the girl: "She's a slut!" Reaction to the guy: "Ah, good on ya, brahhh!"
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4Worried about the PRC's emergence as a global superpower? To quote dear old Mao, "nothing but a paper tiger."
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15Richard Lenski has started blogging!
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10The Southern strategy failed to reverse the most of the social progress made in the Civil Rights era. But you can see why the GOP switched to economic rhetoric.
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2poll=blog3318>Avoiding Hypocrisy 101: [http://www.theatlanticwire.com/politics/2013/10/criticizing-obamacare-lot-easier-if-you-make-obamacare-worse/70646/ If you want to devote your career to being against subsidized insurance, don't complain when you lose yours.-buddy-video-5536803 Piss off, John Key]
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-11The world isn't so bad after all.
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12The universe where Jenny McCarthy and Amy Farrah Fowler are evil twins dishing out woo. Except that Dr. Fowler has a Ph.D. from UCLA. Not good for the Bruins.
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5On no! Add another entry to the list of things that cause autism. This time inducing labor causes autism. Whoops, probably not.
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6PZ Myers explains why you should never trust a "science" article with lists.
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20Care to guess how much those morons at Fox News have ratcheted up their transphobia lately?
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16Months ago this wouldn't be happening. What is wrong with you, Japan?
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8Even more dirt on the American MIC's current fiscal disaster.
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16American conservatives just can't get enough of that Vladimir. Mr. Mataconis should have mentioned Andy Schlafly as well in his post.
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8Has L. Ron met his match? Say "Hebbo!" to Tarvuism where you too can learn to speak to an octopus! (it's gotta be Poe don't it?? Please tell me I've been Poe'd on......oh thank god for that!)
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13The NSA Is Commandeering the Internet.
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7We'll keep Boris Johnson, thanks. Bonus: Rob, just what were you doing in March?
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14Looks like WIGO:Blogs isn't the only one in danger of becoming Yesterday on Cracked. Try not to laugh too hard, it'll give you cancer. Update: Cracked's apology.
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4Steven Pinker defends "scientism" [2]
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14An atheist activist is sexually assaulted at TAM. Conference organizers swing into action. The serial pervert responsible is banned from TAM for life. A year later, the activist speaks about her experience.
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9Nature asks scientists about Keystone XL: Eh...
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9Heritage Foundation, get me a study co-relating a basketball team's winning percentage with the amount of taxes they pay, stat!
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18Happy birthday, Curiosity!
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11If there's one thing the US should be exporting, it's probably not its labour relations.
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10Maybe the replacement of Jay Leno won't be bad after all: Hear Yahoo! Answers in musical form.
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17Lamar, we can't wait for the historical assessment of you 50 years from now.
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10Chad Hurley, co-founder for YouTube: TV for everybody!
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9"It’s clear, the economics textbooks tell us, that this is not the right time for fiscal retrenchment." Well, you have half the country believing that spending cuts in a deflationary period will produce growth because Obama is a commie-fascist. (It's not the Dems' heads who need clearing.)
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-2That's it, everybody move to the Yukon.
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13Just writing a column isn't going to do much, guys. But we appreciate the effort.
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7Those libtards are going to implant you with microchips! Thanks Obama!
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9More from that treasure trove of British declassified documents: Helmut Kohl was apparently a xenophobe... and then went "oops" when open immigration policy worked.

[edit] July 2013

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13Fundie Christians believe in talking snakes and donkeys. Should we be surprised that a growing number of Muslims in the Middle East believe that Israel is using birds to spy on them?
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3Let us remember the time when Saint Ronnie nearly began WWIII for no reason.
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20Come on, whites, get your act together!
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14Meanwhile in Russia... Update: The Daily Mail says what everyone else is thinking.
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17Oh Jenny.
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8Please, Obama, don't let us have to write an article about Larry Summers.
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4An open letter to Trayvon Martin's father: Forget the federal prosecution. Here's why you must sue George Zimmerman.
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5Thanks Christie, we're going to have to differentiate between "civil" and "Rand Paul dreamland" libertarianism again.
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12And there goes a political career.
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16Andrews & Arnold trolls David Cameron.
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7And that is why I consider myself a scientismist. I know it is supposed to be a perjorative, but I am reclaiming it.
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15Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals: you are not going to infringe the viewer's right to skip ads, especially hours after the TV show finishes broadcasting.
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-16A bit of wishful thinking for atheists to indulge: In the developed world, "religion will completely disappear by 2041" and be replaced by atheism. (However, note that the author of the study has a rather limited definition of "the developed world" that doesn't include the richest and most heavily armed nation on the planet, at least when considering its current political and economic climate and its high levels of religiosity.)
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-7Gawker has a warm word of welcome for the royal sprog.
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20"Some Mormons Search the Web and Find Doubt."
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15How economic equality in Canada and Denmark increases social mobility and meritocracy.
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7How to end both Jack Thompson-esque censorship and the basement-dwelling nature of the the gaming world? "We need to find something that resembles the academic environment, someplace where people seem to have endless amounts of free time, where everyone is long-winded, argumentative and encouragely cliquish, someplace obnoxiously elitist and frustratingly male-dominated."
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12First trailer for Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey.
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14NPR Discovers the Greater Internet Fuckwad Theory! And it may just be a positive feedback loop.
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22Neil deGrasse Tyson has a possible explanation of why extraterrestrials have never contacted humanity: We're just too stupid to make contact worthwhile for them.
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11Lakoff, don't stoop down to their level.
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-7What type of atheist are you?
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3Anonymous goes on a fruitful hunt for paedophiles within the English Defence League.
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15Oh yes, blame the intern.
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21XKCD raises a valid point on the absence of evidence.
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10How Intellectual Property Reinforces Inequality.
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19Fred Clark of Patheos spells out the reality of how prominent homophobic and misogynistic churches and evangelists are.
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26Introducing Representative Mark Takano (D-CA).
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20ForwardProgressives: Obama says GWB wasn't all that bad. Read the comments, but for the sake of your sanity, read the article too.
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16This could have all been preventable if the government, not private companies, paid for the majority of health insurance. But no, we're still stuck in square one again, GOP.
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16There's a reason nobody takes you seriously anymore, Krauthammer.
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15Federal judge to the NSA: What State Secret? (Full decision)
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16Apparently, we missed how poorly Bobby Jindal's school vouchers program is working in Louisiana; here, Bill Maher chimes in. Also missing: Proof that voucher money's being used responsibly.
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12VIDEO (documentary film trailer): Ever hear of the tough love programs where parents have their uncontrollable kids spirited away to a juvenile boot camp to receive discipline training? Now imagine what it would be like if the reparative therapy movement used the same tactics. That's the subject matter of the new documentary Kidnapped for Christ.
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11"When Women Used Lysol as Birth Control." (This article about a rather common, yet toxic, birth control method from the Good Old Days was first published more than a year ago. But since it wasn't posted here at that time, we offer it now as Rick Perry yet again calls the Texas legislature back into session to take another swing at passing that anti-abortion bill.)
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3So, who runs the secret court that acts on all the NSA wiretap info? This guy.
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9Salon notes that, having solved all bigger problems, armed SWAT teams are being deployed to perform raidsalcohol license inspections.
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16All of this is true, Mr. Larsen, but please remember that the ratio of anti-science wingnuts to moonbats is 164 to... well, 1.
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17How to troll NSA recruitment drives.
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5How Copyright Makes Books and Music Disappear.
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14Wine tasting is bullshit.
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10The four sides of one seriously fucked-up Egypt: a military that wants to keep selling Windex, millions of increasingly liberal protesters that are being ignored, the remaining Mubarak apologists, and and a Muslim Brotherhood which proclaims itself to be "democratic" but thinks the Jews are everywhere. (The last of the four is now being shot at by the military.)
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10NSFW video: A Brazilian(?) priest during Mass: Um... wow! I guess that's why they like wearing those cassocks.
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14We all know how this is going to end.
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16The one place Edward Snowden would be safe from prosecution.
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9Ed Brayton blogs about the problems with the US Legal Standing Doctrine.
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8The Washington Post: Let's burn the bridge right after we've crossed it.
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16Stephen Meyer's new book is "a masterwork of pseudoscience."
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25German online voters selected an innovative nuclear reactor for the GreenTec Awards environmental prize. The organizing greens threw a hissy fit and arbitrarily disqualified it.
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13Guessing there were facepalms from this.
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6Why worry about NSA spying when companies like Motorola keep track of all your login details through unsecured channels?
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12Is this the laziest Congress ever?
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16Who says atheists have no morality? We "commit less crime, have longer marriages and are more highly educated than almost any other group in America."
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16Oh, Canada! The American media is starting to notice your current political climate. "How America's friendly northern neighbor became a rogue, reckless petrostate." (Psst... the wingnuts have already hijacked the comments, stay far away)

[edit] June 2013

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23How one guy realised the sheer levels of misogyny within gaming: logging in under his wife's gamer tag.
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23Jimmy Carter tells an audience at the Mobilizing Faith for Women conference that the world's religious leaders need to share the blame for their part in the continued mistreatment of women.
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13British Columbia introduced the first revenue-neutral carbon tax in North America four years ago. Guess the results.
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18How the cell strain of an aborted fetus has saved the lives of millions.
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14Yo, fuck Marat.
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5NMAtv's take on the Wendy Davis filibuster. With dinosaurs.
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21In celebration of the Supreme Court striking down a chunk of the Voting Rights Act, try your hand at this fair and simple literacy test given to black voters in 1960s Louisiana.
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-3Is there any need to learn the 12 times table?
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10How things change... ArsTechnica reveals Edward Snowden's past as a goldbug gun nut who thought leakers should be "shot in the balls." Whoops.
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14A 30 Second Guide to How the Gay Marriage Ruling Affects You. UPDATE: A similar list from HuffPo.
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5How to stop the coming redneck uprising following the VRA decision: automatic voting?
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7Potential treatment/prevention for people who happen to validate Salem Hypothesis.
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12A ridiculous claim, substantiated by nothing more than facts.
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4Using the Tabarrok Curve, Tim Worstall explains the problem of too much patent strength.
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9Oh, those whacky red states. Some of them are crafting "federal nullification laws" that they think will empower them to arrest federal agents trying to enforce federal laws within their borders. Sounds like some legislators have been reading the "Citizen's Rule Book" in their spare time.
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6Do not tempt the Darwin Awards, Nenshi.
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75 Shockingly Progressive Ideas from 'Primitive' Cultures. (Monks have some explaining to do.)
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7How Turner Barr got fired from a job he invented.
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10Here's some ethical oil at work.
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13In 2011, marijuana accounted for 89 percent of all US drug seizure cases (cocaine was second at 7.4 percent), and 99.5 percent of seizures by weight.
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23Obama pulls a "Pants on Fire."
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16This is how one should respond to cease-and-desist trolls.
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10"This extraordinary creature is called the David Attenborough." The rest of Bird and Moon is also worth checking out.
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16Richard Dawkins. GMO. Here combined into one story about the anti-science beliefs of Prince Charles
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17"When a Doctor Wields a Bible: The Alarming Rise of Catholic Hospitals." For several years, Catholic hospital corporations have taken over many formerly secular hospitals across America. In addition to seeking a greater profit margin, they also are seeking to impose their sense of morality on women's healthcare.
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10It's not a Godwin if you can actually make a link to the You-Know-Whos. "Legitimate rape" and other instances of rape apologetics by the GOP seem to have originated with a 1972 essay by an obstetrician who cited a concentration camp study where many (but not all) women who were told they were going to the gas chamber and then allowed to live missed their next ovulation cycle. That essay was recently republished in a book by Americans United for Life.
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4A new horror novel set for release on July 1st tells the alternate history story of what might have happened following a McCain-Palin victory and the subsequent death of President McCain.
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37"That awkward moment when the primitive tribe you have come to convert to Christianity, instead converts you to atheism."
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26GM feed harmful to pigs? Nope. The real story: anti-GMO activists harmful to pigs.
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21The Right's legislative war on women continues with another round of Shit Republican Men Say (about women's health issues).
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18American right wing politicians on the issue of safety vs. right to privacy: Regarding background checks on guns, the right to privacy is more important than the anticipated safety that the checks will bring. On NSA snooping, the anticipated safety that the snooping will bring is more important than the right to privacy.
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22"Here's a picture of my dick!" "I'm telling your mum!"
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3Yesterday's (already disastrous) Microsoft E3 conference is raising even more questions: Rape joke or no rape joke?
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10Another intriguing factoid from the NSA fiasco: Germany is apparently more dangerous to warrant spying on than the Ruskies.
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22A Turkish game show host pulls a V for Vendetta amidst the media blackout.
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12Scientists to Lamar Smith: your previous op-ed is regurgitating political talking points, and none of the implied conclusions is accurate.
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19Why we should resist any northward spread of PRISM.
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18More proof that the pro-life movement is doing the exact opposite of what it wants to achieve.
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30Three professors of religious studies and history from Iowa have written an op-ed for the state's largest newspaper knocking down the appeal to biblical tradition that marriage has always been "one man, one woman."
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12Competition is fierce indeed.
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8The Crazification Factor to be put on the test again in Virginia.
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15"The senior Obama administration official quoted in The Times said the executive branch internally reviews surveillance programs to ensure that they 'comply with the Constitution and laws of the United States and appropriately protect privacy and civil liberties.' That’s no longer good enough." (Also, check out Sensenbrenner calling his own act un-American.)
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19"The Right to Evade Regulation: How corporations hijacked the First Amendment"
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13Teflon? No. At least Reagan had charisma.
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20Ten US states try to force evolution denialism upon their public school students. Failed in nine of those states.
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13"Sir! Sir! Our campaign is falling apart at the seams!" "Was it my 47% comment?" "No. Gmail."
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25Have one and a half million adults in the UK “stumbled across” online child porn? No, the Internet Watch Foundation are still lying liars who lie.
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18Meanwhile in Turkey... Update: Even more badass.
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23The best argument for universal health care in the USA: It's the colonoscopies, stupid!


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