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Keep up to date with all the interesting blog posts, editorials, videos and social media activities that relate to RationalWiki's mission here. The most popular entries are found at Best of the blogosphere and the older entries found in the archives. See the full blogroll and full websites list for more.

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July 2019

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-5More Sandy Hook massacre awfulness, with a publisher selling a "banned by Amazon edition" of a book called Nobody Died At Sandy Hook for premium prices, after promising to take it off sale.
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10The Observer's resident lifestyle columnist Eva Wiseman, is asking whether the wellness trend is dying away in favour of more scientific thought. She reports about how much of a flop London's GOOP fest has been
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8Jeffrey Epstein, Lawrence Krauss, and firing your heroes into the sun
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19Neoliberal pundits fail to see which way the wind is blowing as they continue to, inaccurately, predict Bernie is doomed to fail.
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3"Does The Jeffrey Epstein Indictment Prove QAnon Right?" (No.)
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12"Some Suburb of Hell" - America's new concentration camps
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23"We've lost an entire generation" Evangelical Christians facing crisis over hypocritical support for Trump
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-22Valuing Civility: Moral pollution, preference falsification and the demise of civil society
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22The magical thinking of guys who love logic
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7"Naked Andrew Yang emerges from time vortex to warn debaters of the impending perils of automation" - The Onion

June 2019

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13Video game wikis leaving Wikia in frustration
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20Guardian columnist Dawn Foster warns that that such an extreme Brexit could lead to a complete break-up of the UK. She mentions that support for each of the non-English parts of the UK leaving the union are growing, even in places like Wales, where Welsh independence is growing.
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19Everything I Learned While Getting Kicked out of America's Biggest Anti-Vaccine Conference: Anna Merlan at AutismOne
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8Neither the Apollo 11 astronauts nor NASA knew where they were when they first landed on the Moon
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24US claims drone was minding its own business on its way to church when Iran coldly attacked it out of nowhere
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16Trump thanks supporters who sacrificed time, money, friends, family, morals, religious beliefs to be here today
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16Many Saudi Arabian microblogging accounts who are supporters of Mohammad bin Salman are leaving Twitter due the platform's policies, and instead heading to ParlerWikipedia's W.svg, a pro-Trumpian microblogging service.
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15Will climate change kill everyone, or just lots and lots of people?
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19The US is notoriously bad at counting civilian casualties, her allies are even worse.
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11The huge flaw with Jordan Peterson's new social media site.
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16How Trump's transgender military ban is forcing soldiers back into hiding.
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5The use of genetic tests to establish whether people are Jewish and what it means for the relationship between DNA and concepts of "race", by Oscar Schwartz in the Guardian.
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228chan is the human equivalent of rotting garbage. Who knew?
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15Video game creators are burned out and desperate for change.
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0Natural birth control options for people who want to die.
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12Who are the Houthis, and why it's a bad idea to get involved in a war with them.
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13Ben Shapiro and the myth of "Judaeo-Christian" science.
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5The spelling bee is broken: how it harmfully impacts kids and their parents.
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9Oil is booming in the Permian Basin, but at what cost to West Texans?

May 2019

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18The World’s Most Annoying Man (Steven Pinker)
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6Why freeing Julian Assange might be a miscarriage of justice. Re the Sweden rape allegations.
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16 As well as common law freeman on the land and German Reichsbürgerbewegung, you also have Russians who believe that the Soviet Union hasn’t been dissolved and state that they are Soviet citizens.
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20Digital property rights and how corporations infringe on them
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-31Is the modern mass extinction overrated? Ref also Betteridge's law of headlines.
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34Woman walking alone at night picks up pace after spotting truck driven by Alabama state lawmakers slowly following her - The Onion
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-37America is better at assimilating immigrants than Europe
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10Fans do not own franchises. If you don't like the direction in which Star Wars, Game of Thrones, etc. are currently going, stop watching them, instead of demanding that the people who do own them decanonize and remake them to suit you.
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35In a surprising stopped clock moment, Pat Robertson denounces Alabama's new anti-abortion law as "extreme" and that "Alabama has gone too far."
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11These five are held up as superfoods, but the amount you'd need to eat is staggering
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21Sam Harris up to his usual Islamophobic tricks
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12"Green New Deal" by John Oliver
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52Let People Not Enjoy Things. These days, a good portion of the fandoms of nerd franchises such as the MCU, Star Wars and Game of Thrones - which is to say, consumer products fielded by megacorporations - gets far too defensive upon reading criticism thereof, and would do well to engage in some self-reflection.
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43What Happened After My 13-Year-Old Son Joined the Alt-Right
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22Two of this years' shitty teach the controversy laws shot down.
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13"What it's like to live in a California ghost town
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21"The Invention of Hell" - Internet Infidels
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16Inside India's powerful Hindu nationalist group that seeks to write Hindu scripture into law and strip Indian Muslims of equal rights.
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14"The Man who went to the Place in North Korea that Doesn't Technically Exist"
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32Why did Bush go to war in Iraq? - Al Jazeera