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September 2018

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8Why a crowd funding campaign against Susan Collins of Maine isn't bribery.
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13Washington’s young Russian crowd is beginning to feel like they’re living in a spy novel reminscent of the Cold War era. And they’re the bad guys.
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28Reddit bans core QAnon subreddit r/GreatAwakening, among other far-right hate subreddits such as r/MillionDollarExtreme and r/ChadRight
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-12According to Women's March leader Linda Sarsour, American Muslims shouldn’t humanize Israelis.
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16 The lasting trauma of Alex Jones's lies.
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-2612 year old boy who transitioned to being a girl two years ago has changed his mind about the transition.
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-4Islam being treated as a mental illness in People's Republic of China.
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5After the ’60s, truth was relative, criticizing was equal to victimizing, individual liberty became absolute, and everyone was permitted to believe or disbelieve whatever they wished. The distinction between opinion and fact was crumbling on many fronts.
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21Young conservatives flock to Washington, D.C., to support renewable energy.
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20Radical open-access plan could spell end to journal subscriptions: Eleven research funders in Europe announce ‘Plan S’ to make all scientific works free to read as soon as they are published
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10What Goes Up In Flames Or how neoliberal austerity destroys lives and culture

August 2018

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21It's time for #MeToo in the Catholic church
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18Stonekettle Salon: Critical Path, or 'How inability to tell facts from BS will doom America.'
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18 Reports of growing disillusionment with the way Russia is administering Crimea since the annexation of the peninsular from Ukraine in 2014.
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9 The Saudi Arabia-Canada diplomatic feud explained.
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6Yoshihiro Sato, a medical researcher at the center of one of the biggest frauds in scientific history, remains an enigma to those who exposed him.
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26In response to Benjamin Netanyahu's attack on Jeremy Corbyn attending a Palestinian memorial, comedian Mark Steel reminds people of the time Netanyahu attended a memorial with Irgun members to commemorate the King David Hotel bombing.
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14How a meteor hunter became a conspiracy theorist, and a Sovereign citizen. (But I repeat myself.)
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19Trump Jr. shares a doctored image of a CNN graphic claiming Trump's approval rating is 50%.
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31CBC: Alex Jones deals in vicious stupidity. It's not free speech — it's incitement.
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15Why the August 7th primary results are a very bad sign for the GOP's prospects in November
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16What Is QAnon? The Conspiracy Theory Tiptoeing Into Trump World.
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22The decade we almost stopped climate change

July 2018

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-4CNN write a news story that gives Donald Trump some credit for the booming U.S. economy (but with some significant caveats).
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3Fool’s gold: what fish oil is doing to our health and the planet
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33William Davies in The Guardian debunks the right-wing panic about the suppression of free speech on campus, which arises because the media is significantly more right-wing than students or academics (or most other people); there's publicity value in claiming to be a truth-speaking rebel facing censorship, even if you work at an elite university or wealthy newspaper; and millennial snowflakes are just the latest scapegoat of the right-wing media. (Article is largely UK-centric.)
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15The 'Guerrilla' Wikipedia Editors Who Combat Conspiracy Theories
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-9The Baffler states that the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)​, often held to be a defender of "digital rights" (civil rights on the Internet), is behind it all just another astroturf group, this time created and funded by Silicon Valley to defend their business model especially in regards to copyright and privacy. Unlike others, however, it's actually very successful into getting real life support and has influenced if not leadered the Internet into what it is today.
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13Why the swamp is not easy to drain.
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4The GuardianWhy identity politics benefits the right more than the left
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6The endurance of democracy in Europe is being tested. Austria is the newest test subject
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28When evangelicals were pro-choice and the NRA was pro-gun control: A history of hypocrisy
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29Lauren Greenfield has spent years photographing the world’s richest people. Now she’s made a documentary on society’s obsession with extreme wealth — and its cost to us all
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9 Donald Trump made Justice Kennedy an offer he couldn't refuse.
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14 “Let’s eliminate big trade barriers”, he said. “It'll be easy” he said.

June 2018

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15Understanding Harvey: Power alone does not explain their abuses.
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24How a hacker proved cops used a secret government phone tracker to find him. And how it might change what cops can do with our smartphones.
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25 Dementia complicates US gun ownership
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13The War in the Desert
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6 The US-China Trade War is increasing fears of a new recession amongst economists
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7Ray Lakeman's sons died after taking ecstasy, but he says that had the drugs been legal and regulated, it might have saved them
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21Just a reminder that the US isn't the only liberal democracy that treats immigrants appallingly
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14In which the LessWrong/effective altruism subculture appears to be having a bit of a #metoo - starting with this Twitter thread from one abused person, citing this public suicide note by a prominent EA person, and in full swing in this Reddit /r/sneerclub thread.
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9Right wingers decide to attack abortion rights to distract people from family separations at the border
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8The Mediterranean diet study was flawed.
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13The Lifespan of a Lie: Stanford Prison Experiment was a sham.
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15LGBTQ videos are still being demonetized on YouTube.
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25From the BBC: What were once referred to as the “thinly-veiled” elements of Gamergate are now fully visible. But it no longer matters. (Short version: if the sorts of games and characters spotlighted at the most recent E3 event are anything to go by, then Gamergate not only lost, it may have backfired.)
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17Stay-at-Home Daughters are Rejecting Christian Patriarchy
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7Scientific American: Can we trust crime forensics?
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3CNN's experts weigh in on the U.S./North Korea peace summit thus far.
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22The Guardian: Do you live in shoddy housing that costs a fortune? Time to join the renters' union.
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15Even with the best will, you can’t reform beauty contests – they just need to disappear.
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25You can never have too many deconstructions of incels.
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3Reason gives us some reasons not to support the Judge Persky recall. Vox makes the same arguments.
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20The "Lizard People" conspiracy theory thrived in the days of lower-resolution video, but can't survive the close scrutiny of 4K.
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29The epidemic of denial about sexual abuse in the evangelical church: Across the United States, evangelical churches are failing to protect victims of sexual abuse among their members.