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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.

282Metabunk.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.
269Something 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).
265America'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.
233 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.
222Sutherland 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.
182HellstormEdit 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
170False 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.
168Colin Powell,Wikipedia's W.svg or how a moderate Republican got suckered into peddling the Iraq War.
161Eric 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]
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.
153Secret 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
150The SimpsonsWikipedia's W.svg For supposedly predicting everything from 9/11 to Trump's presidential run.
150Dr. Mary's MonkeyWikipedia's W.svg is a book with a surprisingly large following considering how absolutely nuts it is. It details an insane conspiracy theory where (if I'm remembering correctly) a cancer researcher was using a linear accelerator at the CIA's request to try and create a virus to inflict cancer (in order to kill Fidel Castro) and accidentally created AIDS as a result and that's why she was murdered.
150AATIPWikipedia'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. For eight years the project was headed by Luis ElizondoWikipedia's W.svg until his resignation. On September 18, 2019 the US Navy confirmed that the footage Tom DeLonge has collected from AATIP was in fact legitimate.[1]
148Anti-gravityWikipedia's W.svg or anti-gravity machine: It ties in with a variety of crankery, like John Hutchison, "lifters", UFOs, Podkletnov, super secret aircraft, etc. There's a short section in science woo and gravity is relevant. But a lot more to say, including Podkletnov's spinning disk[2], various things involving gyroscopes, manipulating a hypothetical fifth force, historical devices, etc. See the Wikipedia article on Anti-gravity.
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).
145Alexander 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.
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.
140Making 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.
138Indigenous 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.
137Gravitational 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."
137John McAfeeWikipedia's W.svg Libertarian burn-out businessman who is running for President at the same time that he is under scrutiny for maybe committing several crimes. He is the founder of McAfee, Inc. (now Intel Security) and was a potential 2016 Libertarian Party candidate and plans to run again in 2020. 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. He has also never been convicted of rape or murder, but not in the same way that you or I have never been convicted of rape or murder. nb. Dysk has a draft, see Draft:John McAfee.
136Florence Nightingale,Wikipedia's W.svg a nurse who was an early pioneer of evidence-based medicine.
135The 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.
135Gun control in Nazi GermanyWikipedia's W.svg - Whether as a separate article or as a sub-section in the article about gun control. It's commonly asserted that the Nazis took away everybody's guns and thus were able to begin committing genocide because they were disarmed. This flies in the face of that fact that the Nazis actually relaxed Germany's gun laws (albeit not for the Jews) after the populace were disarmed by allies after World War 1. A draft has been created at Draft:Gun control in Nazi Germany.
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.
134Josef PappWikipedia's W.svg or his Papp Engine which apparently used noble gases to generate electricity. It was demonstrated in front of Richard Feynman in 1966 but exploded, killing a spectator. Supporters claim it works like an internal combustion engine, except it uses sparks to produce explosions in noble gases. Since Papp's demo, there have been several attempts to exploit the alleged phenomenon, such as by PlasmERG.[3][4] There still seems some mystery around the 1968 demonstration, including claims that the explosion was deliberate, either to cover up Papp's deception or to protect the truth of limitless free energy.
133Project 1794,Wikipedia's W.svg a declassified 1950's Air Force project centered around the construction of a flying saucer whose details were disclosed in 2012. The extended delay between the end of the project and the release of these documents has led some to doubt their authenticity with claims that they were likely fabricated recently and "declassified" to explain UFO encounters retroactively. The documents' claim that Project 1794 was able to reach its goal of Mach 4Wikipedia's W.svg when it was the predecessor to the AvrocarWikipedia's W.svg project (which topped out around ~35mph) has also brought skepticism to their validity. The project was also named "1794", presumably after the 1794 silver dollar which became famous in 2010 when it broke the world record after being sold for nearly $8 million (the disc-shaped craft was silver and may have resembled the coin).
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]
133Charleston church shooting,Wikipedia's W.svg and the white supremacist Dylann RoofWikipedia's W.svg who massacred nine African American people at a church in 2015. He has been pictured wearing the flags of Rhodesia and apartheid-era South Africa, as well as the Confederate flag. In 2017, he became the first person in the US to be sentenced to death for federal hate crimes.
130Jeffrey EpsteinWikipedia's W.svg Currently just a section in Clinton body count, infamous pedophile and alleged ring-leader with more than a few billionaires upset with him.[5] Of course, including the Clintons[6] and Trump.[7][8] He deserves an article after his recent suicide while under suicide watch. His eugenicist plans to create a master-race based on his own DNA, and interest in cryonics and transhumanism are also missional.[9][10]
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.
127The 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.
126Timothy 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. Also notable because in 1969 his arguments against the constitutionality of the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937Wikipedia's W.svg ended with the law being overturned by the Supreme Court, and for a short time cannabis was legal. This cued Nixon's War on Drugs and the overarching Controlled Substances ActWikipedia's W.svg of 1970 we have to this day.
126ASEAWikipedia's W.svg, 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]
126Vanguard America,Wikipedia's W.svg an American white supremacist, neo-Nazi, neo-fascist hate group that has been attached to several acts of violence and domestic terrorism, including the car attack in Charlottesville on people protesting the Unite the Right rally. The perpetrator of the attack, James Alex Fields Jr., had been seen at the rally wielding a shield distributed by Vanguard America. The organization is also a member of the Nationalist Front.Wikipedia's W.svg
125biofeedbackWikipedia'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
125Andrew Yang,Wikipedia's W.svg is a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate currently mentioned merely in small sections on the 2020 Democratic Party presidential nomination and basic income pages. We definitely need a separate article on Yang, considering his rising popularity, how much of his campaign and policies he claims are based on math and science, and the unfortunate alt-right support he's gotten despite being a progressive. A draft can be found at Draft:Andrew Yang.
121From the darker bits of the Dark Enlightenment: James A. DonaldCreate draft (JAD, http://blog.jim.com/ ), the guy so racist even Eric S. Raymond calls him a racist and such an asshole even Slate Star Codex regularly bans him from commenting. He comes out with such gems as "National socialism kills people not because it is nationalist, but because it is socialist" and calls white nationalism "moderate leftism". And he has important information on the Jews. And he's an anarcho-capitalist. And he is also self admitted pedophile, rapist, rape and pedophilia apologist, admirer of ISIS and Boko Haram (for their solution of the "women question") Even hard core Nazis are calling him a monster. I don't think I've ever seen a non-asshole word from him, though I will credit him with enough sense to realise Bitcoin was unscalable from day one.
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.
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.
119Cryptocurrency: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.
118GCHQWikipedia'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.
118DARPAWikipedia'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.
117Zuma,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.
117TR-3 Black MantaWikipedia's W.svg/TR-3B, alleged to be top secret US government stealth planes, beloved by conspiracy theorists.[11][12][13] Connected by some with black triangle UFO sightings. Or maybe they don't exist.
114Hypochondria.Wikipedia's W.svg Not quite the same as self-diagnosis, but relevant. Current article is a near-worthless stub.
114The Satanic Temple.[14] 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.
114change.orgWikipedia's W.svg We have ePetitions, why not this?
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.
111Operation 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".
1115GWikipedia's W.svg (Draft:5G) is the next generation of mobile phone technology, and the subject of a lot of rumor and urban legends, much of it recycling old worries about Mobile phone radiation frying our brains, but some new stuff too. There's a lot of paranoia about "5G is killing birds!"[15] Also more legitimate complaints about it messing with weather forecasting radar[16] and the whole Huawei controversy[17]. With 5G actually coming into service in various countries, this is going to get more and more important.
111The Kyshtym dwarfWikipedia's W.svg or Aleshenka / Alyoshenka was a small humanoid body found near Kyshtym, Chelyabinsk Oblast, Russia.[24] According to genetic experts at the Moscow Vavilov Institute of General Genetics, DNA analysis of the clothes Alyoshenka was wrapped in revealed evidence that his DNA was of unknown origin. It was also tested for radiation, but did not show high radiation levels.[25][26]
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)
110Fight 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.
110Keto 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.
1105-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.
109Deepfake,Wikipedia's W.svg technology that supposedly allows you to create video of anybody saying or doing anything. There's a lot of panic about it, and applications for the technology in fake news, porn, fraud, blackmail, etc, but some stories suggest it's still far from offering an easy way of creating convincing fake videos.[18] So it's relevant both for its potential at spreading misinformation and for the exaggerated moral panic aspects.
108COINTELPRO,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.
107The Rife machineWikipedia's W.svg uses electricity in an attempt to treat cancer, Lyme disease, and other diseases. It went out of favor for awhile and has now been revived. Even Andrew Weil says they don't work.[19]
107Street light interferenceWikipedia's W.svg of the human variety, aka SLIders (not the TV show). A way some woomongers make themselves feel special. The Wikipedia article is pretty good, if understated.
107Bill WeldWikipedia's W.svg Currently a redirect to the 2020 Republican Party presidential nomination article. He's an interesting candidate not only for his (comparatively) progressive views and the mere fact that he's the only candidate running against Trump in the RNC, but he was also previously a member of the Libertarian party and carries some of their support, so I think he deserves his own article.
106OPECWikipedia's W.svg
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.
106FunVaxCreate draft, short for "Fundamentalist Vaccine", is the vaccine for religious fundamentalism described in a video allegedly leaked from the Pentagon[27] and later sensationalized popularized by Natural News.[28] It works by using a viral vector that inhibits/decreases the expression of the VMAT2Wikipedia's W.svg gene[29] which has also been referred to as the "God gene".Wikipedia's W.svg[30] A copy of the final report can be found here.
106Eye 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[31] 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.
105Alexander 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.
105ADIFOCreate draft (All DIrections Flying Object) is a Romanian company which has developed a VTOLWikipedia's W.svg (vertical take-off and landing) aircraft resembling a flying saucer that is able to fly in all directions having the same aerodynamic characteristics in each direction. The aircraft has a unique configuration as a circular shape, and the fuselage is also the wing.[20] The aerodynamic body is axially-symmetric and is obtained by rotating a bidirectional Dolphin airfoilWikipedia's W.svg around the axis perpendicular on the middle of the chord line. An ADIFO platform was tested at low speeds in a wind tunnel providing high lift/drag ratio as well as a wide range of useful incidence angles, even over 60 degrees. The aerodynamic center is located near the middle of the chord line near the body gravity center. The aerodynamic load is distributed relatively evenly along the body surface and has no stagnation point. During transonic flightWikipedia's W.svg the body does not generate any shockwave on the surface, and no sonic boom is generated. There are low vibrations, low aerodynamic noise, and low heating at high speeds. In transonic flight the drag is drastically reduced compared to existing airfoils which ensures very high fuel-efficiency at transonic and supersonic speeds. Moreover, the center of pressure remains close to the center of symmetry, meaning no jump of pitching moment, and insignificant roll and yaw moments. Also, there are no lift fluctuations, so in conclusion this will mean a smooth transition from subsonic to supersonic flight! Video here
105ReligiousTolerance.org, a well-known website that is one of the few generally unbiased resources of various religions.
104Dakota Access Pipeline protests:Wikipedia's W.svg Members of the Standing Rock Indian Reservation began protesting the construction of the pipeline in April, and were soon joined by indigenous communities all over North America. The peaceful protests are being suppressed by force, and given scant coverage by mainstream media.
104Hunting Hitler,Wikipedia's W.svg a History Channel show that claims Adolf Hitler and his wife, Eva Braun, managed to escape from Berlin to Argentina. And the rest...is pseudohistory.
104Bisphenol 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?
104Sherry ShrinerCreate draft is the cult leader of a group called Faction Four who believe in alien reptile demons. She was in the news recently because one of her followers shot and killed her boyfriend after a dispute within the cult led to their excommunication.[32][33] Another follower killed herself in 2013 after not receiving treatment for schizophrenia which they do not think exists.[34] Sherry Shriner blames a NATO hit squad for the death. There also is an ED article written up that may have some useful info, but probably needs to be taken with a bit more than a grain of salt.[35]
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)
103Rick SimpsonCreate draft, who believes that hemp oil cures cancer and every other ill.[21] "I haven't seen anything that the oil doesn't work on." A two-line stub was created and zapped as "so what" in 2013, but this is pretty missional if we can get some substance in.
103Roseanne BarrWikipedia's W.svg — TV star, Trump supporter, and multiple conspiracy theory believer.[22][23]
103We seriously don't have an article on Causality? How did that happen?
103HuaweiWikipedia'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.
103CoreCivic,Wikipedia's W.svg formerly the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), is a company that owns and manages private prisons and detention centers and operates others on a concession basis. CCA has been the subject of much controversy over the years, mostly related to apparent attempts to save money, such as hiring inadequate staff, extensive lobbying, and lack of proper cooperation with legal entities to avoid repercussions. CCA rebranded as CoreCivic amid the ongoing scrutiny of the private prison industry.
103NESARA (National Economic Security and Recovery Act), a economic reform proposal that later was appropriated as a conspiracy theory/scam by victims of the Omega Trust scam as the "National Economic Security and Reformation Act". (NESARA on Wikipedia.) We can also comment on the "feasibility" of the actual idea.
102Nazi experimentation (under whatever title) - for its ironically anti-scientific nature.
102Bounty 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)
102Thorium-based nuclear powerWikipedia's W.svg A lot of crap surrounding the thorium powered reactor in pop sci magazines, a lot of it debunked by thunderf00t.
102Heinrich HimmlerWikipedia's W.svg Reichfuhrer-SS Heinrich Himmler was the leader of the SS, one of the main perpetrators of the Holocaust, as well as a nutty Neo-pagan who financed several archaeological trips which helped inspire the Indiana Jones movies.
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 [24] and here is the leak's website [25]
102Prevent,Wikipedia's W.svg the British government's anti-extremism strategy[26] founded under Tony Blair in 2003 but reviewed under David Cameron/Theresa May in 2011[27] and still active, initially founded primarily to combat radical Islamism, but also involved with countering the far right[28], and radical environmentalism[29]. There are concerns about freedom of speech.[30][31]
102Disease mongering - There should really be an article on this IMHO. Wikipedia.
101SCIgen, the fake paper generator used to test scam conferences and predatory journals.
101Big organic, or how the organic food lobby gets its way.
101AIPAC.Wikipedia's W.svg It's a lobbying group and pro-Israel, so it's basically a giant magnet for conspiracy theories.
101Electronic pickpocketing:Wikipedia's W.svg I keep hearing ads for wallets designed to protect against this. Any legitimacy? (There is a possibility to skim contactless/NFC cards, but you sure as hell don't need to buy a $80 wallet when a fetching tinfoil hat does the same job. Feel free to repurpose that blog post. We need a good title for this article.)
101Processed food.Wikipedia's W.svg Also something that will kill you. (Or save you. [32])
101uBeam: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 [33][34][35] Any bored physicists in the house?
101Brilliant 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 [36]
101Allen Ginsberg,Wikipedia's W.svg a beatnik, commie, homosexual, marijuana enthusiast, and an overall very liberal icon. I'm genuinely surprised that he doesn't have a RationalWiki page yet (see the Wikipedia article for a startWikipedia's W.svg).
101ExopaediaCreate draft, an encyclopaedia for exoskeletons aliens
101We should create an article on the subject of a surveillance stateWikipedia's W.svg since it has become an ever growing reality with the passage of the PATRIOT ACT, various NSA programs, FBI biometrics database, the FBI spying on Occupy and BLM, Five EyesWikipedia's W.svg program, Canada's spying bills, etc.
101Aluminum'sWikipedia's W.svg connection (or lack of) to Alzheimer's and other maladies.
101Lost Ship of the Desert,Wikipedia's W.svg a legend about a ship stranded in the Sonoran Desert (or sometimes Mojave Desert), generally said to be in southern California or possibly Mexico. Probably Spanish, maybe pirates, but also claimed to be Viking, or crewed by lost Israelites. There is a rumored treasure, and various wacky people are still hunting for it.[37][38][39][40][41][42] It's the intersection of several myths: Pre-Columbian contact theories, legends from the American West about lost gold mines[43], and entrepreneurs worldwide promoting rumored shipwrecks laden with unimaginable treasure.
101The 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.)
101Titanic 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.)
101The Rockefellers/Rockefeller Foundation. They're as much a magnet for conspiracy whackjobs as the Rothschilds. One story, popular among paranoid anti-feminists, is that they started feminism so that women would eventually be allowed to have jobs and thus be taxable.
100Fake conference or scam conference - the sort where there's no real scientific conference, just a lot of people's money being taken. Will accept SCIgenned papers.
100The hygiene hypothesis of child cleanliness and immune systems, e.g. [44]. There's a short section in food allergy.
100 David Rockefeller, a pundit whose speeches are constantly quote mined for conspiracies.
100TDP 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.
100Lamaze,Wikipedia's W.svg a natural childbirth technique.
100VrilWikipedia's W.svg- holy shit, we don't have a page on this?
100Pesticide.Wikipedia's W.svg Someone made User:Tweenk/Pesticide residue, which is relevant.
100Applied ZoopharmacognosyWikipedia's W.svg - "Applied Zoopharmacognosy enables self-medicative behaviour in domesticated or captive animals by offering plant extracts that would contain the same, or similar constituents to those found in an animal’s natural environment. The practice encourages and allows an animal to guide its own health, since unlike their wild counterparts, captive and domesticated animals rarely have the opportunity to forage on medical plants. The extracts offered include a variety of essential oils, absolutes, plant extracts, macerated oils, tubers, clays, algae, seaweeds and minerals. Once the animal has selected its remedy, it will then guide the session by inhaling it, taking it orally, or by rubbing a part of its body into it." Basically animal abuse with woo. (Quote from http://www.ingraham.co.uk/.)
100Non-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.
100Something 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.
100VoatWikipedia'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.
100Apparently we don't have an article on Rosa Parks? There should be one if only to account for all the idiots whining that they're being just like her by breaking the law to promote their bigotry and stupidity. Would that be called the "Parks Gambit", similar to the Galileo Gambit?
100Savant 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.
100The 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.
100Powdered 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. [45] (Another Thunderf00t video)
100Solar 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.[46][47]
100Earthquake lights.Wikipedia's W.svg A somewhat-mysterious phenomenon linked with earthquakes and reportedly sometimes confused for UFOs (see also ball lightning). Wikipedia is vague.
100The Crystal GridCreate draft: a woo-tastic website.[48]. Besides trying to build worldwide network of crystals, they've got a bogus cell phone radiation blocker.[49]
100Uplifting,Wikipedia's W.svg the process of a sentient species enhancing the intelligence of another species with transhumanist sci-fi technologies. Eliezer Yudkowsky of Less Wrong writes on the topic. Many believers in UFOs are hoping that space aliens will eventually grant us such a boon. It would compliment the page for Cybernetic revolt and could discuss the CybermanWikipedia's W.svg's burden to assimilate and upgrade others against their will.
100International Monetary Fund.Wikipedia's W.svg I think most people will know about this transnational organization, hated by both libertarians for pushing down the throat Keynesian ideas (Keynes had much to see with it in the post-war years) and leftists for the economic policies pushed by them in those countries that received their bailouts (ask Greece even if the European Central Bank and the European Comission pushed the same ideas, as well as some LatAm countries during the '70s) and some of whose presidents have been involved in scandals, even if unrelated to this organization (ask Rodrigo Rato, Strauss-Kahn, or Christine Lagarde)
100HmolpediaCreate draft — Supposedly there is a common trait among people of IQ over 200 (e.g. Goethe: 225), like the writer of this huge site and related tomes, which makes them understand some very complex phenomenon which is called human thermodynamics explaining everything, most importantly love and it relieves them of the pains of using excel spreadsheets to find the best mate out of 19 girlfriends; however Goethe’s testimonial is missing.
100Central limit theorem.Wikipedia's W.svg The central limit theorem states that if you aggregate enough random variables, you find its sum within a normal distribution. According to FiveThirtyEight, the central limit theorem plays a key role in mathematical "proofs" of God's existence. </ fivethirtyeight on the subject
100Uranium One conspiracy theoryWikipedia's W.svgAnother conspiracy against Hillary Clinton
100Meether ConceptCreate draft - cosmological pseudoscience that is currently being spread through Quora by its author a guy who just happened to recently discover it,Lou Liu, at a rate of ~2 posts a day. Begins with a reasonable-sounding explanation of the Big Bang, and progresses into outright batshit. "our soul and our Set Meether are one and the same. When our Set Meether pressure drops to zero, it loses its control over our body and our life ends. ImMeether will then vanish as our body decomposes."
100Project Avalon - http://projectavalon.net/, also have a look at their forum
100Let's continue on with our liberal boogeypersons: Rosie O'Donnell.
100The Vega test or Vega machine[50][51][52], by reader request.
100ACTA, or put an area for it in the SOPA article.
100BP. Why?
100The Fort Hood shooting is now getting coverage because wingnuts believe Obama the FBI has a double standard for "not treating it as a terrorist act."
100Insane Clown Posse. Because magnets.
100John Bolton,Wikipedia's W.svg future Trump train casualty, arch-conservative wingnut, chicken hawk extraordinaire, deserves to be mocked for a long, long time.
100Atrazine,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
99Do 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.
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.
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.
97Argumentum 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.
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.
96Eyewitness testimonyWikipedia's W.svg A common police procedure known for being unreliable but also known for having terrible methodology in regards to preventing contamination. An example of this is the police lineup which pressures the witness into picking someone out of the lineup even when the perpetrator isn't present. Eyewitness 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.
95Isaac 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.
95False flag claims about the Brussels airport bombing.Wikipedia's W.svg EG: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUDumwfs_80
94The Medea hypothesisWikipedia's W.svg since we have an article on the Gaia hypothesis. There isn't a lot of info on the Wikipedia article.[53]
94Al-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.
94JackalopesWikipedia's W.svg are the elusive horned rabbitsWikipedia's W.svg of the Wild West. They are often said to be a tall tale, although Shope papillomaWikipedia's W.svg is actually quite common among rabbits and may provide an explanation other than taxidermy.
93United Constitutional Patriots,Wikipedia's W.svg a right-wing militia group in New Mexico that has been illegally detaining kidnapping immigrants at gunpoint while they are attempting to cross the border. Their felonious leader Larry Mitchell Hopkins was recently arrested by the FBI on firearms charges.[36] There is also an associated Facebook page.[37]
93FeministWikiEdit draft[38] is a website run by TERFs who, in a manner indistinguishable from that of the editors at Conservapedia, claimed "'RationalWiki' is a whacksite long run by teenage liberals who follow queer theory. (An ideology that supports prostitution and pedophilia because of its obsession with 'breaking taboos.'"[39] FeministWiki has repeatedly been caught promoting conservative Christian front organisations.[40] The person who runs the FeministWiki Twitter account is a self-admitted child molester who was previously suspended from Twitter.[41] All of the information mentioned above warrants a RationalWiki article for this TERF version of Conservapedia.
92The AhnenerbeWikipedia's W.svg was an institute in Nazi Germany purposed to research the archaeological and cultural history of the Aryan race. Founded on July 1, 1935, by Heinrich Himmler, Herman Wirth, and Richard Walther Darré, the Ahnenerbe conducted pseudo-scientific experiments and launched pseudo-archaeological expeditions in an attempt to prove that mythological Nordic populations had once ruled the world as a way to promote political propaganda. Originally, the official mission of the Ahnenerbe was to find new evidence of the racial heritage of the Germanic people; however, due to Himmler's obsession with occultism it quickly became his own occult tool.
92Crowdfunding,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?
91handwashingWikipedia'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[54][55]; there's also a heated debate about how to dry your hands.[56] And, is washing your hands after you go to the bathroom necessary, if washing your privates prior to oral sex isn't?[57]
91Activated charcoalWikipedia's W.svg - the newest fad involving ingesting and brushing your teeth with burnt wood.
90Serial 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.
90Occupy DemocratsWikipedia's W.svg An extreme left-wing series of websites with an abysmal fact-checking record and Breitbart style spin according to MBFC, Politifact, and Snopes.
90Roanoke colonyWikipedia's W.svg - which has two complementary aspects. Firstly there is the question of what happened to the mysterious lost colony, with various theories and contested "evidence" including the Dare StonesWikipedia's W.svg (now recognised as fakes) and other more recent finds[58][59]. But there's also the importance of Roanoke (and its newborn inhabitant Virginia DareWikipedia's W.svg) for American white nationalism (most obviously VDARE but it extends way beyond it - the article Pocahontas mentions crazy theories that Pocahontas was descended from VD which relate to the whole system behind segregation); Andrew Lawler wrote a book on it[60]).
90New Zealand First,Wikipedia's W.svg a populist, anti-immigrant party in New Zealand, currently part of the government coalition with the Labour Party. With the focus on racism and anti-immigrant feeling after the Christchurch terrorist attacks, an article would be timely. Plus they're actually in government.
89 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.
89Eyewitness 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.
89Hillary'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.
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.
88Chapel 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.
87 The Woozle effect,Wikipedia's W.svg aka evidence by citation, where frequent citation elevates a lie or error into the the truth. Something similar is mentioned with respect to Wikipedia at Wikipedia#Circular_reporting, but the Woozle effect is also common in academia where lazy citation of papers can lead to the repetition of untruths.
87r/K selection theory,Wikipedia's W.svg an obsolete biological concept, also taken up in the past by racialists (particularly Rushton) and currently a conservative meme (that conservatives are K and liberals are r, therefore science - frequently from people who previously didn't believe in evolution). This doesn't make coherent sense on any level, but we could do with a dissection of the meme version. (Koanic Soul of course gibbers wonderfully.) PZ Myers has a good dissection to crib from.
87"Social engineering,"Wikipedia's W.svg used to legitimately describe government/business practices, or alternatively as loaded language by cranks.
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?
87God's Not Dead 2 the verdict is in! The movie sucks. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/gods_not_dead_2/.
86The Rind et al. controversyWikipedia's W.svg
86Aztec UFO hoax, relevant to the "FBI memo" that recently made headlines[61] (no, it was not about Roswell) See wp:Frank Scully.
86Predatory lending.
85Inflammation, 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.
85Anime - We have an article on Furry fandom, I don't think it's that much of a jump. Sandbox Start
85Lectin-freeCreate draft is the latest bit of food woo to turn up.
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.
84CryosaunasWikipedia's W.svg are the hip new exercise woo based on whole-body cryotherapy (WBC). While WBC has legitimate uses in treating the symptoms of multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis, cryosaunas were popularized by some professional athletes claiming that WBC alleviates post-exercise soreness. As a result, casual athletes are now jumping on the bandwagon. The practice's lack of regulation has come under scrutiny after a cryosauna worker was killed inside one on October, 2015.
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.
84MicrocreditWikipedia's W.svg is the extension of very small loans (microloans) to impoverished borrowers who typically lack collateral, steady employment and a verifiable credit history. It is designed not only to support entrepreneurship and alleviate poverty, but also in many cases to empower women and uplift entire communities by extension. Critics argue, however, that microcredit has not had a positive impact on gender relationships, does not alleviate poverty, has led many borrowers into a debt trap and constitutes a "privatization of welfare". The first randomized evaluation of microcredit, conducted by Esther Duflo and others, showed mixed results: there was no effect on household expenditure, gender equity, education or health, but the number of new businesses increased by one third compared to a control group.
83Bill 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.
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.
83Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid to Ask) by David Reuben - A sex guide from the late 60's which was a best seller in its time (inspired a Woody Allen movie of the same name). Relevant because the original edition portrays homosexuality as a disorder, advocates reparative therapy, somewhat flirts with the whole pink swastika idea, claims that all lesbians are prostitutes, and also recommends a Coca-Cola douche as a contraceptive (you can read about it all in the following link). I don't know too much about the 1999 revised edition, but based on Amazon reviews it's just as bad on the homophobia front.
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.
82OnionWikipedia'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.
82Marcus GarveyWikipedia's W.svg was an early founder of the Pan-African movement and black nationalism, but he tended to see blacks and whites as two different peoples who would be unable to coexist and therefore believed all people of African descent should return to their homeland. He had a famous dispute with W.E.B Dubois and was against the idea of "racial mixing" in order to prevent mulattoes. He is also considered a prophet of Rastafari.
82Disposition MatrixWikipedia's W.svg is Obama's administration's official kill/capture list used for drone killings, rendition, and surveillance of suspected terrorists. The criteria for someone to end up on this list is classified and the CIA and Obama administration have refused to comment on it; this list has been said to most likely exist indefinitely. John Brennan has heavily shaped how this list works. The WaPo originally revealed this story and everyone from the ACLU to Rand Paul has condemned it. This should be chalk full of civil liberties violations and have many conspiracy theories surrounding it.
82The Passing of the Great RaceWikipedia's W.svg is a 1916 book by the American eugenicist, lawyer, and amateur anthropologist Madison Grant. The book became an immediate best seller, with new editions in 1918, 1920 and 1921, multiple printings and translations in German, French and Norwegian. It became hugely influential among leading academics, politicians and scientists. Grant expounds a theory of Nordic superiority and argues for a strong eugenics program. Grant's proposal to create a strong eugenics program for the "Nordic" population to survive was repudiated by Americans in the 1930s and Europeans after 1945. It is considered one of the main works in the 20th century tradition of scientific racism and has been described as "The Manifesto of Scientific Racism".
82Cult 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. It is a common scapegoat for Christian End Times, and Illuminati Predictions and Conspiracies. A couple of examples
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.
81MoonshineWikipedia's W.svg is illicitly distilled or smuggled liquor.
81Time for lulz: Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth.
81SteviaWikipedia's W.svg currently has a one-line reference under Sweetener, but probably deserves more due to how common it is in food products currently. A traditional sweetener containing various sweet-tasting extracts that can be extracted easily just by boiling the leaves, stevia is incredibly marketable under the Naturalistic fallacy despite the fact that commercial stevia-based sweeteners are standardised extract concentrations made in labs. There is some fear it causes cancer (it doesn't unless you're eating a terrifying amount of it), some enthusiasm that it can help manage diabetic sugar cravings and people trying to lose weight (which, used sensibly as a substitute for sugar and not as a magical potion, it does), and a few weirdos convinced that it can cure cancer, cure depression, and provide infinite energy to earth from "cold fission".
81WhalesWikipedia's W.svg and specifically whaling,Wikipedia's W.svg which is the subject of some scientific debate (basically the Norwegians and Japanese claim it's incredibly important for science that they kill whales, but nobody else believes them). We have a section on Whaling in Japan (Japan#Whaling) and an article on Whale Wars, but no overview that discusses the science. There is also potential material about whale biology, whale evolution, the keeping of killer whales in parks, conservation, whether whales are more deserving than other animals, and the history of whaling, that may be relevant (see e.g. Oil#Whale oil, and compare Dolphin).
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.
80Detroit. See Chicago, below, add municipal bankruptcy and dog-whistle criticisms of the decidedly non-Caucasian city administration. Who - liberals, conservatives or the Stormfront crowd - if any of them, is correct about the reasons for it becoming what it has?
80VolkstaatWikipedia's W.svg - an Afrikaner political project in South Africa to basically start over with Apartheid on a smaller territory but without any black people in it WikipediaWikipedia's W.svg has an article on it. Thankfully it has stayed a fringe movement even within white South Africans...
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.
80Cosmetics wooCreate draft. Strong overlap with Alternative medicine, Bodybuilding woo, and whatever the Food woo trend is at the time. The beauty industry is one of the primary sources of ambient woo exposure for most people living in modern Western societies, and products using unproven plant extracts for supposed medicinal properties are available at any level of the market, meaning it is very likely that most keen believers of the Naturalistic fallacy came to this belief through shampoo advertisements. It's also on-mission as this has real potential to cause harm, especially to young women; online recipes for "natural", preservative-free personal care products have been known to mutilate skin, rot teeth, and significantly increase risk of skin Cancer, or at least dye people's hairlines neon yellow. Quack beauty products also form a major revenue source for NaturalNews, the Food Babe and Goop, as well as many high-end companies which make a killing through flogging $2000 moisturisers, Swiss apple stem cells, snail slime and copper peptides, none of which are proven to work. At the same time, there are hyped ingredients like retinol, which, while its side effects are significant, has been shown through conventional medical research to cure mild to horrific acne; this is a topic a little more complicated than 'all the gunk is just the same'. Very big and complex topic; current page is a stub.
79Modafinil, a sleep-cycle-adjusting drug with some documented effects and some woo-ish notions that it's a smart drug of some sort.
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.
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.
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.
79NinjaWikipedia's W.svg A lot of woo, myths, urban legends, and bullshit about them. Ties in with a lot of the mall ninja McDojo crap we talk about. (Currently a redirect to RationalWiki:Ninja.)
79MOVEWikipedia's W.svg Black Power & Radical Environmentalist/Animal Rights group that committed 2 shootings and 1 bombing.
79Sons of Iraq,Wikipedia's W.svg a security contractor friggen death squad in Iraq. The "troop surge"? Those guys. Basically, Sunni militants made up of various groups including former Saddam soldiers who had been funded by Syria and Iran (yes those were Shia but they hated the US more), but cheaply, so the US hired them for 3-4 times the pay. Then used them to pacify murder the fraggle out of all the Shia militias that were ALSO being funded by Iran and Syria. And it worked. Until the US left and the mercenaries stopped getting paid, the Prime Minister sacked his Sunni President, and made every inclination that he'd begin oppressing the Sunnis. Where are they now? Well, most got integrated into the Iraqi forces or did other stuff, but a few of them ended up in another group you might have heard of...
79Hippotherapy? (See WP's article.)
79PlasticWikipedia's W.svg or Plastic pollution.Wikipedia's W.svg[62] The subject of a lot of environmentalist scare stories.[63][64][65] But are they justified? What can be done? Are plastic bag taxes and plastic bottle deposit schemes useful or just window dressing?
781980 October SurpriseWikipedia's W.svg, A conspiracy theory that the Ronald Reagan administration stole the election from Jimmy Carter by negotiating with Iran to delay hostage releases until after Carter left office. I don't have time, but it does seem on mission to me.
78InfomercialsWikipedia's W.svg and shopping channels.Wikipedia's W.svg How can we not have an article each (or together) on these two sources of fraud, pseudoscience and general crankery?
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.).
78RationalWiki:Monthly RW/Archive, RationalWiki:Monthly RW being long dead, but we should keep the history, dontcha think?
78Warranted conspiracy theories both as a category (for things like the Reichstag fire, COINTEL Pro, Henry Knox's Sons of Liberty, etc.) and explaining how they differ from garden-variety conspiracy theories. Currently a not-very-useful redirect to conspiracy theory. Write a proper article if you want to mark this one "closed".
78David Hogg,Wikipedia's W.svg notable gun control activist. Has received several rape threats and death threats from various gun nuts.
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
77Two suns or second sun - see http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=two+suns (one of the incarnations of Planet X/Nibiru claims)
77Solyndra! It's the new ACORN and part of the eco-fascist conspiracy! Run!
76Charlemagne. A hugely important figure in the history of the Western world, he also became the focus of a large body of fantasy.
76EngramWikipedia's W.svgs are a supposed mental image of past pain in the "reactive mind" on Scientology. They are also a legitimate explanation for the consistency of memory; in neuroscience engrams are biophysical or biochemical changes in the brain which are a part of a biological neural network.Wikipedia's W.svg
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.
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.
76Nim ChimpskyWikipedia's W.svg or Project Nim or chimp sign language: another topic with grand claims but also allegations of bad science or scientific fraud. The film Project NimWikipedia's W.svg covers a famous experiment with teaching sign language to a chimpanzee Nim Chimpsky.Wikipedia's W.svg Separating fact from fiction would be good.
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.
75TerasemWikipedia's W.svg[66][67][68] made the news not long ago for tricking NCIS actress Pauley Perrette into appearing to endorse their arrant bullshit. It's been described as a "robot cult" and calls itself a "transreligion".
75The October Surprise conspiracy theory, or how Ronald Reagan supposedly won the presidency in 1980.
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.
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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