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These are the most upvoted entries on the To do list.

Unfortunately it is not (yet) possible to exclude entries which are already done.

258Something along the lines of race and police brutality in the United StatesWikipedia's W.svg – title flexible, obviously – is desperately needed. There are tons of major incidents that have received widespread coverage (Michael Brown and Eric Garner being probably the most prominent) that all follow the same pattern: cop shoots and kills black person in circumstances that didn't warrant violent action, then gets away with it. Cover the incidents, cover the statistics, cover right-wing media distortions of the incidents, cover protests, cover riots and maybe even online responses (#BlackLivesMatter).
257America's War on SexWikipedia's W.svg: 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.
233Metabunk.orgEdit draft, a site dedicated to refuting conspiracy theories, which, unsurprisingly leads to accusations of being a shill. Countless Youtube videos have whistleblowers "exposing" Metabunk.
207 We should have an article on Christian supremacy,Wikipedia's W.svg the societal mindset in the US promotes the superiority of Christianity and by extension Christians, be they social or institutionalized norms. (Think of the phrase "It's the Christian thing to do.") Note: we already have an article on the United States as a Christian nation.
194Sutherland Springs church shooting,Wikipedia's W.svg and the Atomwaffen scum perpetrator Devin Patrick KelleyWikipedia's W.svg[1] A draft has been created at Devin Patrick Kelley.
175HellstormEdit draft - Neo-Nazi "documentary" currently getting hundreds of thousands of views on youtube. While it's obvious propaganda, I don't personally have the full historical knowledge to give it a proper RWing. [EDIT] Start of a timeline-critique draft here: Draft:Hellstorm
165Colin Powell,Wikipedia's W.svg or how a moderate Republican got suckered into peddling the Iraq War.
161False rape accusations.Wikipedia's W.svg While this is partially covered in the article on rape apology, it could use its own article, since it's the favourite canard of the "men's rights" movement and it seems to creep into any serious discussion about rape.
157NoFapWikipedia's W.svg and Your Brain On Porn. If you've been on Reddit for long enough you should know what NoFap is: A subreddit (and now a site) about abstaining from porn and/or masturbation; movement is full of claims that abstaining from porn and/or masturbation gives them "superpowers". Your Brain On Porn is a site and book by Gary Wilson claiming that pornography is the new cocaine. I don't have a particular stance on it, but I'd like to see some RationalWiki writers take a look at them.
150The SimpsonsWikipedia's W.svg For supposedly predicting everything from 9/11 to Trump's presidential run.
148Eric P. DollardCreate draft, an electrical engineer and inventor who claims to be continuing the works of Tesla and focusing on earthquake prediction[2][3] and what appears to be free energy.[4][5] His lab is mentioned on Wikipedia[6] as well as Powerpedia[7] and John Chappell's Natural Philosophy Society wiki.[8] He has had several successful Indiegogo campaigns.[9][10][11][12][13][14] He also has his own website,[15] and there even is an entire forum dedicated to his work.[16]
147Implicit biasWikipedia's W.svg - 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).
142Secret Mysteries of America's BeginningsCreate draft, a four-part, twelve-hour documentary by Dr. Stan MonteithWikipedia's W.svg linking the founding fathers to every conspiracy theory imaginable. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4
142Saturated fat and cardiovascular disease, and Cholesterol denialism. 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. (one example) Also, recently, the health difference between long-chain and medium-chain saturated fatty acids have come under scrutiny.
137Alexander Technique,Wikipedia's W.svg it is mentioned on RW under Alternative Medicine Education and listed as a "Medical Cult" in Martin Gardner's Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science alongside iridodiagnosis and zone therapy, but we have no page explaining what the technique entails.
134Surprised that Malcolm GladwellWikipedia's W.svg is a redlink. His glibness and propagation of scientific misconceptions in the name of popular science is definite article material. Also, history as an actual corporate shill. Also, the rich are so hard done by.
134Indigenous science,Wikipedia's W.svg 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.
133Blue Planet Project, a notebook detailing several different types of aliens and our numerous exchanges with them. This document is the alleged result of the actions of one or more scientists creating a covert, unauthorized notebook documenting their involvement with an Above Top Secret government program. A copy of the document can be found here. There is also an associated Facebook page.[17]
133Florence Nightingale,Wikipedia's W.svg a nurse who was an early pioneer of evidence-based medicine.
128The Innocence ProjectWikipedia's W.svg is a non-profit legal organization that is committed to exonerating wrongly convicted people through the use of DNA testing and to reforming the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice. The Innocence Project was founded in 1992 by Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld. To date, the work of the Innocence Project has led to the freeing of 337 wrongfully convicted people, including 20 who spent time on death row.
128Making a MurdererWikipedia's W.svg is a popular Netflix documentary series outlining the case of Steven AveryWikipedia's W.svg and his nephew Brendan Dassey.Wikipedia's W.svg The pair were charged with the rape and murder of Teresa Halbach, but there have been several inconsistencies in the investigation that hint at serious corruption within the Manitowoc CountyWikipedia's W.svg Sheriff's Department. Avery had previously served 18 years for a wrongful conviction of sexual assault and attempted murder in 1985 and was to be compensated $36 million before these new charges arose.
127Flint water crisisWikipedia's W.svg a city that is mostly poor black folks gets literally toxic water on the orders of an "emergency manager" who nobody voted for.
125The O. J. Simpson murder caseWikipedia's W.svg (officially the People of the State of California v. Orenthal James Simpson) was a criminal trial held at the Los Angeles County Superior Court in California. The former professional football star and actor O. J. Simpson was tried on two counts of murder after the deaths of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and waiter Ronald Lyle Goldman, in June 1994. We can write an article discussing the case not just as a cultural phenomenon but also discuss the overwhelming amount of logical fallacies (emotional appeal, Chewbacca defense, prosecutor's fallacy), dishonesty tactics and evidence gathering mistakes that took place during the trial and/or behind the scenes, which all had great impact on law in America. We can also discuss the impact on race relations that took place at the time. Simpson, being an African American, had a strong appeal toward the black community because of his seemingly squeaky clean image, charismatic personality and his rags to riches story with the majority of them believing he was innocent and being persecuted for his race. Because of this, there was a height of fear in Los Angeles of another race riot worse than the 1992 Los Angeles riots if he was prosecuted. Best books to use as research for the article would be Jeffrey Toobin's The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson, and Vincent Bugliosi's Outrage: The Five Reasons O.J. Simpson Got Away With Murder.
122AseaCreate draft, another classic example of a water woo pyramid scheme, they make bold health claims and use vague, nonscientific descriptions of free radicalsWikipedia's W.svg and "Redox Signaling Molecules", sometimes even mixing it with real science.[18][19] I found this quote regarding the ingredients: "Recently, a company called ASEA, was able to take sodium, chloride, hydrogen and oxygen (salt water) molecules, separate them and recombine them to form oxidants (free radicals) and reductants (which neutralize oxidants)."[20] They also have a YouTube channel.[21]
121Elon Musk is a business magnate, inventor, engineer and investor. He is the founder, CEO and CTO of SpaceX; co-founder, CEO and product architect of Tesla Motors; chairman of SolarCity, co-chairman of OpenAI; co-founder of Zip2; and co-founder of PayPal. Has recently taken to talking up transhumanist and singularitarian woo as if it's solid engineering. One crappy stub version was already deleted, so please do a half-decent one if you do this one. Currently a redirect to Hyperloop.
120biofeedbackWikipedia's W.svg is the awareness and control of physical responses in the body that may be useful for treating stress and anxiety. Articles like brainwave woo link to the biofeedback page (which is currently a fork) and is referenced in many other articles so it is probably a good idea for all those links to go somewhere
120Tom DeLonge,Wikipedia's W.svg former singer and guitarist of Blink-182 turned UFO hunter.[22] He also founded the To The Stars Academy of Arts and Sciences and launched the website Strange Times[23] dedicated to extraterrestrials, paranormal activity, cryptozoology, and conspiracy theories.
117Cryptocurrency:Wikipedia's W.svg Just a redirect to Bitcoin. This should definitely be an article all of its own, between the conspiracy theories about it, the scams, and the miscellaneous other items.
114Hypochondria.Wikipedia's W.svg Not quite the same as self-diagnosis, but relevant. Current article is a near-worthless stub.
114The Satanic Temple.[1] A group of Satanists that are fairly active with social and political issues surrounding religious freedom, including their current mission to get a statue of Satan erected outside the Oklahoma state capital building.
114Marijuana 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.
111Tiananmen Square MassacreWikipedia's W.svg - Pretty self-explanatory, a very violent crackdown on a peaceful protest which the Chinese government continues to cover up to this day.
111"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)
110AATIPWikipedia's W.svg - a Pentagon program that basically searched for UFOs in early 2010s, cost 20 million, found nothing and was strongly backed by Harry Reid at the time. It hit the news very recently, so it might be nice to get an article on this while the usual suspects are still scrambling to shoehorn it into their theories.
109Fight The New Drug,Wikipedia's W.svg 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.
1095-HTP,Wikipedia's W.svg a supplement commonly advertised as a treatment for everything from depression to migraines to OCD by increasing serum levels of serotonin. Regardless of whether it works for these maladies it can be dangerous to take without taking CarbidopaWikipedia's W.svg alongside to regulate it, because too much peripheral serotonin can damage the heart.
107Keto diet,Wikipedia's W.svg if not adequately covered by Low-carb diet. Here's /r/keto's "in a nutshell" explanation. Apparently the low-carb diet article has already got some criticism from the related communities, so the article should better appeal to the kind of people who'd pursue this stuff.
107Eye color,Wikipedia's W.svg specifically changing eye color that some claim correlates with their mood, weather, fatigue, or aging. I've also seen several versions of this eye color chart which does not accurately portray how Punnett squaresWikipedia's W.svg really work[24] and could potentially lead some to falsely believe that infidelity has occurred. This could be its own article about eye colors or even just a new section added to the already existing eye article.
106COINTELPRO,Wikipedia's W.svg a series of covert, and at times illegal, projects conducted by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) aimed at surveilling, infiltrating, discrediting, and disrupting domestic political organizations. Discussed briefly in the article on the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The topic appears in all sorts of conspiracy theories and might warrant an article of its own.
106Adolf EichmannWikipedia's W.svg was a German Nazi SS-Obersturmbannführer (lieutenant colonel) and one of the major organizers of the Holocaust. Eichmann was charged by SS-Obergruppenführer (general/lieutenant general) Reinhard Heydrich with facilitating and managing the logistics of mass deportation of Jews to ghettos and extermination camps in German-occupied Eastern Europe during World War II. In 1960, he was captured in Argentina by Mossad, Israel's intelligence service. Following a widely publicized trial in Israel, he was found guilty of war crimes and hanged in 1962.
106John McAfeeWikipedia's W.svg is the founder of McAfee, Inc. (now Intel Security) and potential 2016 Libertarian Party candidate. He has come out against the TSA and government surveillance, but he may not know what he is talking about when it comes to modern encryption. He also appears to be seems prone to pop-psychology.
105ReligiousTolerance.org, a well-known website that is one of the few generally unbiased resources of various religions.
103Mariusz Trynkiewicz, a notorious pedophile from Poland arrested in the 80s for murdering children, released 20 years later under an insanity plea, and recently for cybercrimes on unnamed victims. The lack of info people know of his case, or him of general outside Poland, is a strong indicator of how truly corrupt the CBA and the FBI are, refusing to investigate possible accomplices in the Americas, with many of his victims outside Poland who have outspoken accused of being liars, making the whole story up out of pity. Remind you of anything? (draft here: User:NoJohYouAreTheDemons/Mariusz_Trynkiewicz)
103We seriously don't have an article on Causality? How did that happen?
102Nazi experimentation (under whatever title) - for its ironically anti-scientific nature.
102The Panama Papers or Panama Leak. I think the biggest leak in the history of Journalism concerning 143 politicians including 12 world leaders, 2.6 terabytes of information, summary of information released and reactions, links to the leak itself is anyone can be bothered to read it. This is fairly basic jumping off point [2] and here is the leak's website [3]
102FunVaxCreate draft, short for "Fundamentalist Vaccine", is the vaccine for religious fundamentalism described in a video allegedly leaked from the Pentagon[25] and later sensationalized popularized by Natural News.[26] It works by using a viral vector that inhibits/decreases the expression of the VMAT2Wikipedia's W.svg gene[27] which has also been referred to as the "God gene".Wikipedia's W.svg[28] A copy of the final report can be found here.
101change.orgWikipedia's W.svg We have ePetitions, why not this?
100Timothy Leary,Wikipedia's W.svg 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.
99Atrazine,Wikipedia's W.svg the pesticide chemical that turns frogs gay, and Tyrone Hayes,Wikipedia's W.svg the scientist who discovered this. He now runs a website: http://atrazinelovers.com
98An Inconvenient Truth was more than just a redirect, but still needs a fair amount of both criticism and praise for its content. Also, some "Denialist Debunking" section is needed.
98Prevent,Wikipedia's W.svg the British government's anti-extremism strategy[4] founded under Tony Blair in 2003 but reviewed under David Cameron/Theresa May in 2011[5] and still active, initially founded primarily to combat radical Islamism, but also involved with countering the far right[6], and radical environmentalism[7]. There are concerns about freedom of speech.[8][9]
97Dead Sea Scrolls: important as evidence for or against the New Testament account and traditional theories of Biblical authorship. But also subject of a zillion myths, strange claims, and erroneous interpretations, which should be documented and refuted.
97Operation GladioWikipedia's W.svg We don't have a page about GladioWikipedia's W.svg yet. Plus, it's one of the circlejerks from CTers claiming that the War on TerrorWikipedia's W.svg, is actually "Gladio B".
97Spanish Civil War. A simply startling omission.
97Vicious cycle - I've heard some people making arguments involving vicious cycles being falsely accused of making circular arguments.
94Do we have an article on the tendency of cranks and their followers to dishonestly cite a letter to the editor in a peer-reviewed journal as if it indicates the journal supports their crackpottery or somehow magically proves their claims? Not quite quote mining. Needs a snappy name too.
93The Great DictatorWikipedia's W.svg is a 1940 American political satire comedy-drama film written, directed, produced, scored by and starring Charlie Chaplin. The film advanced a stirring, controversial condemnation of Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, fascism, antisemitism, and Nazi Germany.
92AIPAC.Wikipedia's W.svg It's a lobbying group and pro-Israel, so it's basically a giant magnet for conspiracy theories.
91Argumentum ad vos-fistulaCreate draft, literally, "argument from you-tube"; a logical fallacy where "facts" are cited to videos found on Youtube. Or just Argumentum ad YouTube if you want anyone to click on the title ever.
90Gravitational wavesWikipedia's W.svg have just recently been directly proven to exist, confirming an old postulate of Einstein's. May not be worthy of a separate article rather a subsection of the main Gravity article. What is really interesting to me here is the (hopefully impending) response by biblically motivated science deniers like Conservapedia to spin this into a narrative of "...and now let me tell y'all how this negates general relativity, physicists ideas for the origin of the universe and probably the whole scientific method altogether."
89Chapel Hill shooting.Wikipedia's W.svg In 2015, Craig Stephen Hicks shot and killed his neighbours in the late afternoon. He later turned himself in to Pittsboro police. He was an atheist and strongly against religion, and his neighbours were Muslim. It may have been a hate crime or the product of a dispute over parking. One of the theories posits that it was a parking dispute made worse by him disagreeing with their religion.
89Al-Anon,Wikipedia's W.svg because people seem to think they are owned by the Co$ in the same way that Narconon is. Al-Anon and Nar-AnonWikipedia's W.svg are twelve step programs for the friends and families of those affected by addiction and are associated with Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, respectively.
88Lamaze,Wikipedia's W.svg a natural childbirth technique.
88Non-Celiac Gluten SensitivityWikipedia's W.svg (NCGS), which is likely to not exist at all and has been used to justify Gluten-free fad diets.
88Alexander Shulgin.Wikipedia's W.svg 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.
88uBeam:Wikipedia's W.svg a physics-defying startup whose big idea is to transmit power by ultrasonic sound. If you do the numbers you'll see that this would require power levels that would not just deafen everyone in the vicinity, but be such that air starts going nonlinear. Site, breathless press [10][11][12] Any bored physicists in the house?
88handwashingWikipedia's W.svg and drying: there is a lot of scientifically-illiterate nonsense about this everyday activity that has enormous importance in public health. One issue is antibacterial soap which research shows is pointless in general use[13][14]; there's also a heated debate about how to dry your hands.[15] And, is washing your hands after you go to the bathroom necessary, if washing your privates prior to oral sex isn't?[16]
88 Steven Bonnell IICreate draft, better known as Destiny, is a Twitch streamer that recently gained fame for his debate with YouTuber JonTron. He also did debates with notable Anti-SPOOKs such as Lauren Southern and Sargon of Akkad (twice), as well as infamous "Pharma Bro" Martin Shkreli.
88Uranium One conspiracy theoryWikipedia's W.svgAnother conspiracy against Hillary Clinton
87 The whole tough on crimeCreate draft disaster, including three strikes lawsWikipedia's W.svg could get the RW treatment. Do harsh sentences work? Do they have racial or class components? Who came up with this ideology in the first place? How do we end the epidemic of incarceration?
87Solar RoadwaysWikipedia's W.svg is a crowdfunded, startup company which is trying to replace all asphalt pavements with solar panels which will power embedded LEDs that will melt snow and light up roads. This idea is entirely, scientifically flawed and unfeasible; Thunderf00t does a good job explaining why this idea isn't even efficient.[17][18]
87God's Not Dead 2 the verdict is in! The movie sucks. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/gods_not_dead_2/.
87Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic PartyWikipedia's W.svg is yet another paranoid political documentary by Dinesh D'Souza about presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and an examination of the "history" of the Democratic Party. Currently just a subsection of the D'Souza article.
86Isaac BonewitsWikipedia's W.svg 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.
86Processed food.Wikipedia's W.svg Also something that will kill you. (Or save you. [19])
86Crowdfunding,Wikipedia's W.svg from Kickstarter to Indiegogo and the even smaller sites. How many quacks gain support and apparent legitimacy for their books or "documentaries" through these means?
86TR-3 Black MantaWikipedia's W.svg/TR-3B, alleged to be top secret US government stealth planes, beloved by conspiracy theorists.[20][21][22] Connected by some with black triangle UFO sightings. Or maybe they don't exist.
85The Cult Awareness Network (CAN), aka Old Cult Awareness Network (Old CAN), an anti-cult group, and its doppelganger, the New Cult Awareness Network (New CAN), a Scientology-controlled fake anti-cult front group. (See: wp:Cult Awareness Network and wp:New Cult Awareness Network.)
85An FAQ on GMOs (name changed to "FAQ on genetically modified food"), 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.
84Big organic, or how the organic food lobby gets its way.
84Gay panic is a legal defense recognized in many US states that allows someone to state that the reason they killed someone was because the victim had made homosexual advances against them. This defense not only marginalizes gay and bi men, but also trans and intersex individuals.
84FCKH8Wikipedia's W.svg Gay rights group accused of being biphobic, transphobic and misogynistic.
84Lectin-freeCreate draft is the latest bit of food woo to turn up.
83Savant syndromeWikipedia's W.svg is a condition in which a person with a mental disability, such as an autism spectrum disorder, demonstrates profound and prodigious capacities or abilities far in excess of what would be considered normal.
83InterstellarWikipedia's W.svg is a 2014 science fiction film directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, and Michael Caine. Caltech theoretical physicist Kip Thorne, whose work inspired the film, was an executive producer and acted as scientific consultant. While the film did well with both critics and moviegoers, the film received mixed reception by members of the scientific community for its scientific accuracy.
82Pink taxWikipedia's W.svg or things aimed at women being priced higher than the male equivalent. Is it real or just a conspiracy made up by people on tumblr.
82Roseanne BarrWikipedia's W.svg — TV star, Trump supporter, and multiple conspiracy theory believer.[23][24]
82Activated charcoalWikipedia's W.svg - the newest fad involving ingesting and brushing your teeth with burnt wood.
81Grand 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. A crappy stub was created and then deleted for being garbage - an article will need to be clearly substantive and missional.
81TDP lampCreate draft 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.
81GCHQWikipedia's W.svg, 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.
81Powdered alcoholWikipedia's W.svg or Palcohol is the newest moral panic drug that has been banned in several states and was subject to a moral panic after the FDA determined the non-alcoholic ingredients were safe for consumption. It is mostly an ineffective way to get drunk, but that hasn't stop people from believing it will get you drunk instantly or that it can be used to smuggle alcohol into public places. [25] (Another Thunderf00t video)
81Bisphenol A,Wikipedia's W.svg also known as BPA. Harmful to developing fetuses? Causing widespread infertility in adults? Or just the latest public health scare?
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.
80Brilliant Light Power,Wikipedia's W.svg formerly Blacklight Power, another physics-defying startup that claims to be able to burn water by knocking hydrogen into a state below the ground state. Amazed writeup here, the crackpot paper it springs from. Noteworthy because it's soaked up millions in venture capital over a couple of decades for something that literally defies physics. Quantum physics is all wrong, energy from water, guy with an MD came up with it, $100M from investors despite every scientific authority from DoE secretary Nobel Prize winner to American Physics Society spokesman denouncing it, etc. That there is no RationalWiki article about it is less believable. See [26]
80DARPAWikipedia's W.svg should have a whole host of conspiracy theories since it was responsible for the development of the internet, BRAIN Initiative,Wikipedia's W.svg autonomous robots like PETMAN,Wikipedia's W.svg etc.
80Prager UWikipedia's W.svg or whatever these guys are called - they are rather consistently wrong about almost everything...
80Millennials, the easy scapegoats for everything that's wrong in the world today, at least until their children grow up. Perhaps a more exhaustive article about the cyclical history of blaming young people too.
79Cathy YoungWikipedia's W.svg - 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 SPOOK 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.
79Something along the lines of Found footageWikipedia's W.svg/Hidden Footage? It's a classic method Paranormal believers and conspiracy nuts alike are prone to resorting to as an easy way to fool the more Gullible on the Internet, whether it be a high-budget film or a grainy video inside a Freemason Lodge, and claiming said footage as proof for whatever crank belief/conspiracy they have.
79Nudism wooCreate draft Especially in the 19th century when nudism first became a political movement instead of just people foregoing clothes, a lot of woo was associated with it. Be it antisemitism, nationalism or the believe that nudity was some kind of panacea. Some of this woo still remains, as a short visit to one of the places where it is practiced will show you.
79Bill CosbyWikipedia's W.svg should be discussed, especially why he was an idol and a voice of wisdom, his comments before the accusations, and his massive hypocrisy.
79Conehead Skulls. Deformed skulls supposedly belonging to human/alien hybrids (or nephilim, depending on who you ask) that supposedly prove that aliens have visited earth. Supposedly they are found worldwide according to some claims, thought the most notable specimens confirmed are from Paracas, Peru. I figure that perhaps a page detailed what is actually known about them and their history, as well as listing the various claims made about them (like having greater volume, thicker skull plates, unknown DNA, etc...), and debunking them would be sufficient.
78Anime - We have an article on Furry fandom, I don't think it's that much of a jump. Sandbox Start
78Serial killer.Wikipedia's W.svg 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.
78OnionWikipedia's W.svg - the vegetable, not the website. Provoked by encountering the idea that a red onion applied to the sole of your foot sucks out toxins and negative energy. (Really.) There's probably other fascinating woo.
78Pro-smokingCreate draft is a thing. Pro-smoking example: https://smokerswrites.wordpress.com In the middle-ish example: https://www.heartland.org/ideas/smokers-rights Harassment: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2012/jun/01/pro-smoking-activists-health-campaigners
78"Personal responsibility",Wikipedia's W.svg another platitudinous piece of sophistry, extolled with such religious zeal by conservatives and libertarians that it's practically become an incantation (e.g. "freedom", "free market", "small government", "hard work", etc.).
78Blue Planet Project, a notebook detailing several different types of aliens and our numerous exchanges with them. This document is the alleged result of the actions of one or more scientists creating a covert, unauthorized notebook documenting their involvement with an Above Top Secret government program. A copy of the document can be found here. There is also an associated Facebook page.[29]
78HuaweiWikipedia's W.svg and ZTE,Wikipedia's W.svg two popular smartphone manufacturers from China which made the headlines after being subject to accusations of spying and being a national security threat by the US government. Such claims have in turn been accused of being protectionism masked as security concerns.
78Predatory lending.
77The 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.
77Deus Ex,Wikipedia's W.svg a series of video games rife with real world conspiracy theories.
77StalinismWikipedia's W.svg A political philosophy espoused by Joseph Stalin, basically one of the original totalitarian ideologies of the 20th century, along with Italian Fascism and Nazism. Currently just a redirect to Joseph Stalin
77Cult of SaturnCreate draft, an ambiguous, but obviously evil (and nonexisting) cult that Conspiracy Theorists like to invoke when their Apophenia isn't working enough for the usual, boring Illuminati symbols to be shoehorned. Simple things like cubes and rings are proof of some grand Conspiracy.
76Charlemagne. A hugely important figure in the history of the Western world, he also became the focus of a large body of fantasy.
76Bounty Hunters.Wikipedia's W.svg 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)
76The Rind et al. controversyWikipedia's W.svg
76 As it stands, the Oath KeepersWikipedia's W.svg are mentioned by another article on this site, but I believe they deserve their own page, especially since they've been showing up in solidarity with a bunch of rightwing causes lately.
76The Voldemort EffectCreate draft, a neologism created by Maajid Nawaz, occurs when someone is afraid to name someone or something which can lead to them ignoring the problem. The idea comes from the Harry Potter universe where no citizen is willing to name Voldemort out of fear of retaliation; this is usually used against liberals who are supposedly afraid of calling out Islamic terrorism.
76Dogfighting,Wikipedia's W.svg Cockfighting,Wikipedia's W.svg Bullfighting,Wikipedia's W.svg and maybe even Fox huntingWikipedia's W.svg all involve vast amounts of animal cruelty, and with various batshit arguments in favor (or against) them.
76Eyewitness identificationWikipedia's W.svg and the accuracy thereof, especially in law enforcement (e.g. identity parades, picking out mugshots), is an interesting topic that has been widely studied. The failure of people to correctly identify suspects seems to go against common sense, and has relevance to other epistemological questions, as well as to wider issues in the criminal justice system.
76Rick and Morty is an American adult animated television series created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon for Adult Swim. It has been suggested that the show carries some messages in a philosophical vein, including themes of existentialism, and of human impact on the environment. It has also been pointed out that the show can be interpreted as a critique of western attitudes towards science, and of scientism in particular.
75The hygiene hypothesis of child cleanliness and immune systems, e.g. [27]. There's a short section in food allergy.
75Inflammation, 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.
75Detroit. Who - liberals, conservatives or the Stormfront crowd - if any of them, is correct about the reasons for it becoming what it has?
75Pre-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.
75VoatWikipedia's W.svg Voat.co is the libertarian's answer to the recent censorship and bannings over at Reddit during the last few months. Instead of being all gestapo about free speech, it just lets people incite racial violence and other lovely things like that. It's home to such lovely rascals like "race realists", proud racists, Islamophobes (especially as of late), Nazis, Holocaust deniers, antisemites, and transphobics among many, many other brands of moron. They did remove the actual child porn. The site itself is fairly alright, but the vocal community is anger-inducing. Have fun frothing from the mouth with rage studying these idiots in their natural habitat.
75OPECWikipedia's W.svg
75Zuma,Wikipedia's W.svg the Pentagon satellite recently launched by SpaceX. Right now, it seems like it simply failed. However, that conclusions hurts not only the pride in US military and technology, but also the faith of myriad geeks in SpaceX and Elon Musk. This heady mix resulted in many theories that the failure was a false flag, it's working fine because it's stealth and it's actually meant to counter North Korean EMPs.
75Culture-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 deathWikipedia's W.svg, 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.
75Titanic 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.)
75The Science wars, wherein academia was divided between the sciences and the postmodern humanities. Shots were fired, feelings were hurt, people were trolled. NOTE: We already have an article titled War on Science, about attempts to get science removed from schools; the Science Wars appear to be a different topic.
75Believe it or not, George Will seems to have surpassed Krauthammer in "respectable" neoconservative theatrics.
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