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July 2018

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3The 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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10Why 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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16When evangelicals were pro-choice and the NRA was pro-gun control: A history of hypocrisy
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21Lauren 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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8 “Let’s eliminate big trade barriers”, he said. “It'll be easy” he said.

June 2018

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13How 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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16 Dementia complicates US gun ownership
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14The War in the Desert
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7 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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19Just 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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12Right wingers decide to attack abortion rights to distract people from family separations at the border
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9The Mediterranean diet study was flawed.
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13The Lifespan of a Lie: Stanford Prison Experiment was a sham.
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16LGBTQ 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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18Stay-at-Home Daughters are Rejecting Christian Patriarchy
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8Scientific American: Can we trust crime forensics?
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4CNN's experts weigh in on the U.S./North Korea peace summit thus far.
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19The Guardian: Do you live in shoddy housing that costs a fortune? Time to join the renters' union.
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16Even with the best will, you can’t reform beauty contests – they just need to disappear.
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23You can never have too many deconstructions of incels.
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4Reason gives us some reasons not to support the Judge Persky recall. Vox makes the same arguments.
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18The "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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24The 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.

May 2018

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22Vox: 911 dispatchers had to deal with racist calls every day, despite recent racial profiling incidents becoming viral.
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29Roseanne: the media keeps trying to portray Trump supporters as sympathetic and suffering from 'economic anxiety', but Trump supporters keep showing their true bigoted views.
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16Pew study on religious belief in western Europe finds non-practicing Christians outnumber those practising. Worryingly, both non-practising and practising Christians are more anti-immigrant and nationalistic than the average population. Most religiously unaffiliated people agree "Science makes religion unnecessary in my life."
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-4Despite scandals over fake news and data privacy, Facebook is unlikely to disappear any time soon
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18John OliverFlorida's rehab system is a mess.
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16The pain bias in healthcare: The little-known inequality all women face
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12According to Euronews, Royal love story exposes Britain's 'quiet and unique brand of racism'.
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11Worried about what’s out there about you? You’re not alone. But is it even possible to become a digital ghost?
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11How American media attention fuels a cycle of increasingly common mass shootings.
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4Why are we living in an age of anger – is it because of the 50-year rage cycle?
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22From private jets to overspending, the planet’s wealthiest may be contributing the most to its changing climate, an Oxford professor argues.
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8"Have I told you about my old friend who’s married to the Republican governor of Missouri?" Deborah Friedell on the rise and fall of Eric Greitens.
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26CrackedFive ways America is actually moving backwards
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3The bestselling author and activist has been exploring the use of psychedelic drugs in medical research for his book How to Change Your Mind.
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18A proposal in Alberta, which would require schools to inform parents if their teenagers join gay-friendly groups, shows how fragile social progress is — even in Canada
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18Lying or spreading false news was treated as a crime in colonial Massachusetts.
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14Caitlyn Jenner doesn't represent transgender people
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2Nun's alleged letter from the devil, allegedly decrypted.
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4BBC — Think you're special? That just proves you're normal
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11How Mary Ann Horton Invented the Email Attachment, Then Revolutionized Trans Rights
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17How overhyped media narratives about America’s "fading white majority" fuel anxiety (and ignore how fluid the definition of "white" really is) — and how more inclusive definitions of ethnicity produce a more hopeful response.
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5Yet more on incels.
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-14A secular argument against the existence of free will.
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4Declining English and mathematic abilities in 8th grader US schools.

April 2018

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-11South Korean president states that Donald Trump should win the Nobel Peace Prize.
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-12Scott Adams stating his political views
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13Upcoming election in Karnataka state of India faces challenges of rising Hindu radicalization and religious identity politics employed by Modi's BJP.
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13There's been a significant shift in the way transgender issues are treated in the last decade, with major corporations offering help and services to transitioning employees – but there's still so much to be done to ensure their equality.
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14At the Fed, the scene being set for financial disaster
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18The New York Times needs to stop calling all trans people "gay".
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14Kanye West, famous rapper and black man, labelled "alt-right darling" by the Washington Post.
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17'Raw hatred': why the 'incel' movement targets and terrorises women
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12David Futrelle on the Toronto van attack and incels.
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21This St. George's day we should take Englishness back from the bigots.
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10The difference between “echo chamber” and “epistemic bubble” and how can we escape them.
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3The GuardianSexual addiction, desire and dopamine hits
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26Whose Story (and Country) Is This?. No, white small-town working-class Protestants are not the only "real" Americans - and the prioritization they demand (and which they are all too often given) is just representative of a broader trend of white male centering and entitlement.
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14Why parents are losing custody of trans and gender non-conforming kids
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8"It is clearly misguided to assume that by listening to intersectionals, we are listening to women, people of color, LGBTs and the disabled. We are, in fact, listening to a minority ideological view dominated by people from an economically privileged class who have had a university education in the social sciences and/or the necessary leisure time and education to study intersectionality, critical race theory, queer theory and critical analyses of ableism."
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14Susie Meister, a former contestant on Road Rules who was sought out as a potential hire by conservative media outlets (including Fox News and Breitbart.com), discusses the similarities between reality TV and conservative media in how they operate.
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14How France solved its own opioid epidemic in the '90s.
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15How Focus on the Family got the IRS to call it a church.
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11David Silverman has been fired from his position of chairman of American Atheists because of accusations of sexual assault and financial conflicts.
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10Facebook says its ‘voter button’ is good for turnout. But should the tech giant be nudging us at all?
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22Movie review of God's Not Dead 3. To the surprise of no one, it's garbage.
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20Paul Ryan's retirement is a sign Republicans are just giving up and surrending re. the midterm elections.
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11Almost all violent extremists share one thing: their gender.
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13Even white nationalists have turned against Paul Nehlen.
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12Why do men sexually assault women?
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29Islamophobes, TERFs, you name it: Youtube shooter Nasim Aghdam is all things to all bigots.
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19News is bad for your health. It leads to fear and aggression, and hinders your creativity and ability to think deeply. The solution? Stop consuming it altogether.
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9Why people become trolls online and how to improve the situation.
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11An interview with an Egyptian atheist and the TV host who kicked him off his show.
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6How JFK almost started World War III in an attempt to look macho.
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13Autism awareness day today
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17On Easter Sunday, Christians must remember how easily and often our faith is used to defend white supremacy
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12Kyle Kulinski goes on Fox News
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12Trans equality will come, but it won’t be an easy journey
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20Religion is not immune to the same criticism everything else faces.