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17The Phenomenon (2020 film)Wikipedia: supposedly "The most credible documentary about UFOs". Cites loon Jacques ValléeWikipedia
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11Hillbilly ElegyWikipedia or J. D. VanceWikipedia would be relevant as he's a quasi-pundit notable for uniting Democrats and Republicans in classism against AppalachianWikipedia welfare queens. Somewhat uniquely, said welfare queens are, in his rhetoric, generally white. Speaking of which, RationalWiki apparently doesn't have an article on the concept of "white trashWikipedia", yet, either.
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8The Morning of the MagiciansWikipedia (French: Le Matin des magiciens) is a book published in 1960 that was influential in the counterculture's embrace of conspiracy theories and the occult. Neither of the authors, Louis PauwelsWikipedia and Jacques Bergier,Wikipedia has an article on RationalWiki, though the latter is cited in the article on alchemy. Several of the book's more prominent critics at the French Rationalist UnionWikipedia published a rebuttal in 1965 called The Twilight of the Magicians (French: Le crépuscule des Magiciens), and one of the rebuttal's authores, Jean-Claude Pecker,Wikipedia is cited, though not in-line, in the article on alternative cosmology. It's possible that the general absence of articles on these figures is due to a general Anglophone bias on RationalWiki, and perhaps we could be more comprehensive in our coverage of non-Anglophone cranks and rationalists.
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12Timothy BallardWikipedia and/or Jim CaviezelWikipedia: Timothy Ballard runs an organization that claims to help fight human trafficking, but he's apparently prone to self-aggrandizement and references to adrenochrome. Jim Caviezel is an actor best known for playing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who is totally not antisemitic, who is also playing Timothy Ballard in an upcoming movie, and who thinks that Ballard is "saving victims of trafficking" who were victims of "adrenochroming". Caviezel is also a fan of abortion and prefers doing sex scenes fully clothed.
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68Process Church of the Final JudgmentWikipedia An offshoot of the Church of $cientology with influences from Satanism featuring infamous members such as Charles Manson and David Berkowitz;Wikipedia the church itself or a splinter group known as "The Children" may have been tied to the Son of SamWikipedia killings. Manson said of the church: "Well, a lot of the guys were interested in studying how to clear your mind. That's where Scientology started. Then it got to be The Process."
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62Whitehouse.gov petitionsWikipedia An ePetition site started by the Obama administration to make the people's voices feel heard. It was mostly ignored during the Trump administration, then taken down the day Biden was sworn into office. But why?
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50Black HammerCreate draft: an org run by one Gazi Kodzo, formerly a high-level officer in the African People's Socialist PartyWikipedia until they deemed him a public embarrassment. Known for anti-white supremacy and decolonial efforts taken to the VERY extreme, including anti-Semitism in the thinnest of trappings of anti-white supremacy, having a "Reparations Corps" for white allies to pay their way into (complete with steep payment tiers), and attempting to start a commune in the mountains of Colorado as of late, with no confirmed water rights and a harsh microclimate at the altitude of their potential settlement site. To quote @RabbitThoughts on Twitter: "I've no idea whether this is a cult, a grift, or just dreamers with no life experience. Either way, people could get hurt."
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2Making Karajou Funny Part ThreeCreate draft: Karajou has recently restarted making karatoons for Conservapedia's side bar. They are somehow worse than the ones from 10 years ago.
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62The Army of Northern Virginia.Wikipedia "This is composed of about 820 military intelligence people. They're the primary intel source for the president. Because he doesn't have faith in the CIA or the FBI. And Q gets a lot of the information from the Army of Northern Virginia." ~ Gen. Paul E. VallelyWikipedia
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119Q: Into the StormWikipedia is a documentary miniseries that recently premiered on HBO exploring the QAnon conspiracy theory and the people involved with it, including 8chan owners and administrators Jim WatkinsWikipedia and Ron Watkins.Wikipedia QAnon followers have already tied it into their "conspiracy".[1]
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93QAnon AnonymousWikipedia is an investigative journalism podcast that analyzes and debunks conspiracy theories. It is hosted by Travis View who has written extensively for the Washington Post on the subject of QAnon. Travis View was later revealed to be a pseudonym whose real name was Logan Strain.
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14FreedomToonsCreate draft is a right-wing libertarian YouTube channel that is heavily biased against the Democratic Party and the progressive movement. Video titles include "Ben Shapiro REKS Ocasio Cortez", "How Socialism Killed Venezuela", and "The Debunkers VS Gun Control BS." The owner of the YouTube channel is Seamus Coughlin, who also happens to have connections with the Foundation for Economic Education.
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11 I'm slightly surprised that there's no article on Jeremy Bentham.Wikipedia
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6 George AlexopoulosCreate draft, a so-called "moderate" who's actually an alt-right grifter infamous for making comics involving dramatic strawmen of leftists and liberals while trying to paint conservatives as refined in the most blatantly false manner.
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107Archaeological interest of Pedra da GáveaWikipedia - not in any way timely, but still a particularly delicious set of pseudohistory, pseudoarchaeology, pseudolinguistics, and pareidolia.
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23I know it's briefly discussed in censorship, freedom of speech and social media, but perhaps we should have a whole article focusing on Big Tech censorship free expression on social mediaCreate draft. People from various political positions argue that we should "break up" and "democratize" online monopolies, extend free speech rights to online corporations, we need a "Bill of Rights for the Internet", and so on so forth. And ever since Twitter (finally) banned Donald Trump from its platform, many worry that this sets a dangerous precedent, i.e., that a few people in Silicon Valley can silence the POTUS. I feel like we should address the misconceptions, argumentative flaws, and possibly legitimate concerns when this topic comes up in one article.
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14The anti-porn National Center on Sexual ExploitationWikipedia probably deserves an article. They used to be known as Morality in Media, until they rebranded. Special notice to the way they've clumsily co-opted feminist language to support their bullshit ideas. They basically think there is no such thing as a sex worker that isn't being exploited. They make a lot of specious claims. However, they happen to be on the right side in the Pornhub controversy, though obviously because they want to get rid of all porn and any reason will do.
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13God’s Not Dead: We the PeopleCreate draft is an upcoming film and fourth installment of the God's Not Dead franchise. The film is currently in production so not much is known about the film except that it will loosely be inspired by the classic Frank Capra film Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. The film is described as centering on "Reverend Dave (David A.R. White) who has to defend himself and a group of Christian homeschooling families after an inspection by a local government official" and "Reverend Dave finds himself at the defense of a group of Christian homeschooling families after they receive an impromptu inspection by a progressive, local-government official – who doesn’t like what she finds."
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13Simone GoldWikipedia is right wing anti-vaxxer and the founder of America’s Frontline Quacks America's Frontline DoctorsWikipedia and a participant in the 2021 U.S. Capitol riot.
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13IM Mastery AcademyEdit draft (formerly known as IMarketsLive) is a multi-level marketing scheme founded by Christopher Terry that supposedly centers around foreign exchange(forex) trading.
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61First Amendment auditsWikipedia - another creepy right-wing/libertarian anti-government thing, involves going into libraries and other public buildings and hassling librarians to test if they'll protect your right to free speech if you stick a camera in their face and shout at them.[2] Initially in the US but a similar group, Auditing Britain, has been invading COVID testing centres.[3]
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27 An actual article on Mass Surveillance,Wikipedia we currently just have Security theater, which isn't a very expansive discussion on the topic. Missional for explorations of authoritarianism.
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7Just FactsCreate draft, something I found when doing research on Kiribati. It disguises itself as a nonpartisan, completely objective source while promoting climate denial, opposing any kind of government interference on the free market, and other right-libertarian bullshit. It's essentially a more subtle version of PragerU. Here's its website and here's its entry on Media Bias/Fact Check in case anyone wants to get started.
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92Microchips,Wikipedia specifically the belief that we're all going to get microchipped so *they* know where we are and what we're doing and thinking, and to control us somehow. It's such a frequent claim that's a little surprising it doesn't have its own article. A good debunking is due.
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101FacebookWikipedia is currently just a section on the social media sites page, but considering its role in radicalizing people into antivax, QAnon, etc. groups, and the fact that it's allowed cranks like Mike Adams to gain massive followings, it definitely deserves its own article.
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12Gina CaranoWikipedia is a former Star Wars actress who was recently fired after previously mocking the Black Lives Matter movement,[1] making transphobic jokes,[2] sharing misinformation online about COVID-19 mask mandates,[3] spreading conspiracy theories about voter fraud in the 2020 United States presidential election,[4] and comparing conservatives to victims of the Holocaust.[5]
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25Brandon StrakaWikipedia is a self-proclaimed "former liberal" who founded the #WalkAway movement to convince liberals to leave the Democratic Party. Straka participated in the U.S. Capitol attack on January 6, 2021 and was later arrested by FBI agents for doing so on January 25, 2021.[6]
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142The Insurrection Act of 1807Wikipedia has been used by QANONers to claim that Trump is still the president because he invoked this act before leaving office. It places the military (General Charles A. FlynnWikipedia) in command, and suspends habeas corpus, and allegedly gives him the ability to strip the media of the their licenses. Apparently mixed a bit with beliefs from the sovereign citizen movement.[4][5][6]
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6Hipster ChristianityCreate draft is a style of Evangelical Christianity that attempts to appeal to younger generations by incorporating modern music into their sermons and constant use of social media platforms such as Twitter. The pastors at these churches are often young guys wearing modern casual clothing, horned rimmed glasses, and may even have tattoos and/or piercings to appear hip. However, beneath Hipster Christianity's modernized surface hides the same old far right social conservatism and religious fundamentalism as their evangelical predecessors.
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-5Joshua P. WarrenCreate draft, a minor hollywood actor who eventually spun off into a Reality Show and "Documentary" Paranormal Investigator, attached to many dubious projects over the years.
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16CounterPunchWikipedia is an apparently prominent left-ish online (and formerly print) magazine. They're apparently somewhat well-respected—recent contributors include Noam Chomsky and Richard D. WolffWikipedia—but they've been accused of publishing Russian propaganda, and they've published Gilad Atzmon. I'm not sure what to make of them, but judging by the references to them in existing RW articles, plenty of people have opinions on them.
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7I'm surprised there isn't a page on California governor Gavin NewsomWikipedia
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13Demolition ManWikipedia is a 1993 American science fiction action film directed by Marco Brambilla and stars Sylvester Stallone and Wesley Snipes. The story makes allusions to classic science fiction stories including Aldous Huxley's Brave New World, and H.G. Wells' The Sleeper Awakes. Though it was initially viewed as a over the top big budget action film when it was released, in recent years (especially due to COVID-19) it has garnered a massive cult following with many seeing it as an eerie prediction of today's socio-political climate such as the rise of political correctness and government overreach.
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1472020–2021 Indian farmers' protestWikipedia Indian Farmers Protest
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125Bélmez FacesWikipedia are a bunch of images on a concrete floor supposedly appearing out of no where.
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10Campus ReformWikipedia is a conservative news website focused on higher education. It trains conservative students to monitor, surveil and report on the speech and actions of left-leaning professors, students and campus activist groups for the organization’s daily blog. It is operated by the Leadership Institute.
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18Water from airCreate draft, a recurring green tech scam based on bad science. A Water-from-air device is a dehumidifier that's marketed as a water source. These devices can't function in dry climates where they would be desirable, and are unnecessary in wet climates where they would sort of work at least some of the time. In many cases these devices are designed in such a way that makes them function worse than legit dehumidifiers, if they work at all. Regardless, any water they do produce is not fit for human consumption, at least not without a ton of filtering.
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27N8 STATECreate draft, an app on Google Play that claims to protect your DNA from low grade electromagnetic radiation. According to the page, "N8 doesn't stop bad EMF, but works at the subatomic level with the photon to protect the EMF field around every cell in your body to keep & progress cellular structure coherently."[7]
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14Christian WalkerCreate draft is an internet personality and the son of former NFL football player Herschel Walker. Like his father, Christian is an obnoxiously staunch Donald Trump supporter, and and has openly called the Black Lives Matter movement “a terrorist organization” and the “KKK in black face”. He is actively involved on TikTok, Twitter, and Instagram which he uses to spread bigotry and misinformation.
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28Josh HawleyWikipedia: A young, ambitious Senator from Missouri who voted against certification of Joe Biden's victory, he is like Trump, only considerably more intelligent. He is currently the most dangerous man in the Senate and will likely run for President in 2024.
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88Carbon taxWikipedia: A tax levied on the carbon content of fuels, used to discourage CO2 emissions. Despite it's simplicity & efficacy, the proposal has been politically unpopular in many places, with attack campaigns pushed by Conservative groups & the fossil fuel industry. Tends to be much popular once in place. We currently have an article about the Australian carbon tax
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15OneTasteWikipedia (sometimes spelt One Taste), providers of orgasmic meditation services (apparently they make men pay large amounts of money to masturbate women members). Seems to be a scam or cult, and they've been in trouble with the law.[7][8] Orgasmic meditation is briefly mentioned in meditation but might be worth a more general article if there are other significant practitioners beyond OneTaste.
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39EnergiewendeWikipedia is Germany's transition away from nuclear power and towards renewables. Most of the nuclear reactors have been shut down. Unfortunately, this will inevitably delay the closure of coal-fired power plants. The project has faced difficulties in developing sufficient renewable infrastructure. See Draft:Energiewende.

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