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June 2021

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3Today, the self is the battlefield of politics. Blame Michel Foucault.
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25 An American computer student was doxxed by The Daily Heil for having the audacity to put forward a motion for the removal of a picture of Queen Elizabeth from a university common room.
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23Israel-Palestine conflict exposes divisions among the US far-right.
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32Godless grifters: How the New Atheists merged with the far right

May 2021

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29An online petition has been set up to move the American-born French exotic dancer, WWII resistance hero and civil rights activist Joséphine BakerWikipedia to the Panthéon in Paris, which would make her the sixth woman and the first black female at the venerable mausoleum. Already it has received over 30 000 signatures in over a month.
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15 There are growing concerns about the objectivity of the French news channel CNews, informally known as the French Fox News, over frequent references to crime, immigration, violence and drugs.
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34A study by the Center for Countering Digital Hate found that 65 percent of all anti-vaccine content on social media originates from just 12 individuals, the Disinformation Dozen.
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10How will we remember COVID-19? Not in the way you think.
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13The Sunday Independent has sacked Irish columnist Eoghan Harris after discovering he had a secret anonymous sock puppet Twitter account, breaking contractual terms.

April 2021

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-32 Shame, Safety and Moving Beyond Cancel Culture: A debate between Contrapoints and journalist Ezra KleinWikipedia and libertarian Will WilkinsonWikipedia
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31How pseudoscience swept India amidst the COVID-19 pandemic (The Atlantic, soft paywall). Short version: Hindu nationalists with backing from the Narendra Modi government, eager to prove the superiority of "Hindu" culture and learning, have heavily pushed Ayurvedic medicine as a miracle cure for just about everything, including COVID-19, as well as issuing hydroxychloroquine and homeopathic remedies to frontline workers.
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20Here’s how unequal policing really is in Minneapolis, by the numbers. here's a no-need-to-register version.
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34 Despite widespread fears of political violence stemming from Trump's claim the election was stolen, most of the plots since January 6 have fizzled, and there seems to be a cooling of attitudes among Trump supporters
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12 A Survivor's Guide to the Chicxulub Impact tl;dr Distant troglodytes ftw!
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30 The History of the World According to Ancient Aliens: AlternateHistoryHub reviews/eviscerates one of the worst shows in TV history.

March 2021

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9 The long-term prognosis for human civilization is grim, but hopeful
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38 The Japanese Wikipedia is full of historical misinformation, apologism and propaganda
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33 The threat of authoritarianism is no longer on the horizon: It's arrived in the GOP
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13 Boris Johnson was portrayed as a liberal, but his draconian government is wrecking Britain
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27 Holocaust denial was already taking root in Britain during WWII and laid the blueprint for its later usage, according to a senior researcher
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8Elite Panic vs the Resilient Populace: How society often gets actual human nature very wrong.
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23How online subscription blogging/email platform Substack has been secretly promoting and commissioning anti-trans content, and protecting TERFs like Graham Linehan who violate their terms of conduct: posts by Jude Doyle and Annalee Newitz.
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36Ireland is trying to revive the memory of Violet Gibson, the Irishwoman who shot and almost killed Benito Mussolini during a 1926 fascist rally.
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36The much-touted Trump-brokered relationship agreements between Israel and several Muslim states have actually inflamed lines of conflict and made a lasting peace less likely.
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17March 15th is the 10th anniversary of the Syrian Civil War. Here's where things stand now.
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33Islamo-Leftism is the new enemy of the French right wing: a made-up movement of academics that supposedly is seeking to divide and undermine France by studying race and Islam, in the latest example of non-sensical culture wars (see also Cultural Marxism and Judaeo-Bolshevism).

February 2021

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9 American democracy at the start of Joe Biden's administration: More specifically, a plurality supports balkanization and a democratic system
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28 A US military veteran explains what the video game Six Days in FallujahWikipedia is getting wrong
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24 How misinformation fuelled a coup in Myanmar.
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20 How early megacities emerged from the jungles of Cambodia and what their chilling collapses tells us about climate change
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24 It’s Time to Talk About Violent Christian Extremism
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26 They Stormed the Capitol. Their Apps Tracked Them.
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34 Poverty makes workers less productive and impairs people's ability to think

January 2021

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22 The "Bernie's mittens are white privilege" essay (see below) shows that liberals, not leftists, have gone crazy
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14 The Capitol insurrection was as Christian nationalist as it gets (warning paywall). If you can't read that then this may be along similar lines?
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39It’s Time for Justice, Not Healing. The United States needs to follow South Korea’s post-impeachment example
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25 I am a disappointed Biden voter who was told he'd immediately implement Communist rule (satire)
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22 QAnon's "Great Awakening" failed to materialize. What's next could be worse: Neo-Nazis are planning to draw disillusioned QAnon supporters into their orbit
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25 What Parler saw during the attack on the Capitol: ProPublica gathered a collection of 500 videos and sorted them by time and location for your viewing pleasure
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7Predatory pseudoscience journal publishes a laughable scam paper claiming that birds tending to look like fish occurred in areas most susceptible to climate change, while birds with weird beaks didn’t live in those areas
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39"Welcome to the Brexit" says a Dutch customs officer Martijn as he confiscates a gentleman's ham sandwich, has a social media phenomenon as many Brits were surprised that EU Customs would be banning the personal importation of food.
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24 DC residents put up with draconian security measures (some of them amounting to little more than security theater) because they thought it was worth something. It wasn't.
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27 A game designer’s analysis Of QAnon

December 2020

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-21 The Real Authoritarian Threat: The concentration of economic power and information control in the hands of a few monopolies is a far greater threat to political freedoms than Trump's failcoup
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41 Hatred of liberals is all that's left of conservatism (paywall)
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28Kirk Cameron Hosts Maskless Carol Singing Because He’s A Dick
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26How Sam Harris and Donald Trump are both alike
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20 How the success of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code foreshadowed the mainstream rise of conspiracy theories.
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20 Mixed Martial Arts morons think they're edgy outsiders while spreading QAnon bullshit
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-69 David Hirsh demands that the Labour Party expel Jewish members who criticise Israel
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23 New research shows that "pandemic profits" of billionaires could fund a one-time 3,000 UBI for everyone in the US and still be as rich as they were before the pandemic
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33 A study finds that tax cuts for the rich doesn't boost the economy and suggests that politicians shouldn't be afraid to raise taxes on the wealthy to deal with the ongoing economic crisis
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21 Personality tests don't show what your personality is. So why should it affect where you go to college?
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32 New study finds that militarization of police doesn't reduce crime
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24 Drag them: calling out oil companies online is not only cathartic but also builds up public opposition to oil companies, as without it the industry cannot survive
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48 Publishers are not obligated to give bigots like Jordan Peterson a platform
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31Donald Trump has been a failure on Iran, with his policies focused on nothing more than undoing Obama's legacy and resulting in a much greater Iranian nuclear capacity.

November 2020

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20 How America's deadliest serial killer went undetected for more than 40 years: short answer, he targeted those on the margins of society such as black women, runaways, drug users and sex workers (warning: paywall) Non-paywall story here.
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38In a chilling effect on free speech, Youtuber Second Thought has received a visit from the Feds over his video on police brutality.
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16The Role of Cognitive Dissonance in the Pandemic The minute we make any decision—I think COVID-19 is serious; no, I’m sure it is a hoax—we begin to justify the wisdom of our choice and find reasons to dismiss the alternative.
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13Why presidential transitions of power take so long in the United States (and when that period has played a major role in history).
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15 Lawyer Sidney Powell, fresh from being kicked off Donald Trump's legal team, released a "Kracken" promising to destroy the case for Democrat Joe Biden having won the US presidency. It consists predominantly of conspiracy theories and unfounded allegations that have already been widely debunked.
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-20 A resource guide for issues of anti-semitism in the left
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23How the Trump administration's ideologically-driven anti-abortion regulations on foreign aid wrecked health initiatives across the developing world.
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35 How fascists try to appropriate the genres of science-fiction and fantasy
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7 Solar power space stations could be the answer for our energy needs
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12 Some Brazilians long considered themselves White. Now many identify as Black as the fight for equality inspires racial redefinition.
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15 The prosperity hoax
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24 The Pandemic case for the two-day workweek
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21 No honeymoon: When he enters the White House, Joe Biden will be attacked by obstructionist Republicans on his right and by social democratic reformers on his left
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23"Harmony Square," a web-based game funded by a grant from the Department of Homeland Security that teaches players how to spot misinformation tactics.
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22The presidential "concession speech" tradition began with William Jennings Bryan in 1896 and has always been a courtesy rather than a requirement.
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5 After negative elections results, centrist Democrats talk about the need for leadership change
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-8France's Islamophobia problem

October 2020

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15 Irish politician, former Taoiseach and current Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment as well as co-Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar caught breaking confidentiality laws like the self serving hypocrite, sorry naughty boy, he is
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14 Why Social Media is so good at polarizing us
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20 The fascist sympathies of Britain's aristocracy
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7Muslim human rights defenders no longer feel safe in France
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33Reuters review of Amy Coney Barrett's record as a federal appeals court judge shows that in almost every case, she has ruled in favor of police or prison guards accused of using excessive force.
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31Trumpworld's mockery of Joe Biden embracing his son shows their warped and childlike perception of masculinity.
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15 Pro-Woman but anti-worker: Union busting in reproductive justice organizations
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12 Twitter, Responsibility, and Accountability: a thoughtful analysis of the perils faced by traditional media and social media in pursuit of truth and accountability in news reporting
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23 A lot of Republican voters refuse to believe that the GOP opposes pre-existing conditions because it would be political suicide
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31Behind Cambridge Analytica lay a bigger threat to our democracy: Facebook "Surveillance capitalism, as it’s known, is the dominant way of making money from the internet. As a result, the web is now a global surveillance machine, fueled by industrial-scale abuse of personal data."
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20The First Amendment in the age of disinformation. How a torrent of propaganda, lies and conspiracy theories has weaponized the First Amendment.
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19News outlets must report on how President Trump’s latest Supreme Court nominee would help thwart climate action for decades to come.
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17 Big Business and its bottomless bootlickers
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35Libertarians take over town in New Hampshire, town gets overrun by bears.
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-38The Ultimate Authority: the state's control over life and death, and your lack of it
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34 No, the Nazis were not socialists
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24A documentary has been released saying that Cambridge Analytica has worked with Trumpian far-right religious fundamentalists to exploit vulnerable people into growing its base and trying to shift the balance of U.S. politics.
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17 By using 60% less energy it would be possible to provide decent standards of livng to 10 billion people by 2050
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29 An abortion clinic worker shared how some anti-choice women get their abortions and then try to justify this by lashing out at the employees
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30 What do Americans think socialism looks like? Short answer: New Deal-style social democracy and government ownership of utilities (including gas, electricity and railway companies). Amusingly only 21% of Republicans think income taxes are socialism.

September 2020

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28The Social Delusion or how blaming society's problems and polarization on social media is incorrect as they are the result of economic inequality and corporate surveillance
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-44 In an unusual twist, Trump's Supreme Court nominee, the Catholic traditionalist Amy Coney Barrett has received a ringing endorsement by one of the main Protestant Unionist newspapers of Northern Ireland, the News Letter.
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13 Scamademics?Right-Wing Lobbying Groups Reviving ‘Herd Immunity’ in the UK
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11 Playing with Fire: the Curious Marriage of QAnon and Wellness.
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8 Feminist Judith Butler talks about the culture wars, anti-intellectualism and TERFs in an interview with the New Statesman
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9 Irish headcases and in need of psychiatric attention "activists" Gemma O'Doherty, John Waters, and Dee Wall, as well as their growing throng of halfwits at dawn, decided to protest the studios of RTE last night, believing Anthony Fauci was there in person, and not talking via videolink. As bad as COVID-19 is, it looks like we are more at risk from the growing number of cretins in our society.
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7 The wrong sort of Jew: Or how Labour pursued complaints against elderly Jewish opponents of Israel
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14What if Trump refuses to concede? (The Atlantic; private browser window recommended.)
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20The cop who quit instead of helping to gentrify Atlanta
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17How the US Border Patrol has been a cult of brutality since its founding in 1924
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27How Andy Ngo has caused harassment against Portland protesters by posting their mugshots on his conservative Twitter account. And it's all legal. (Don't bother with the comments. They've been brigaded by his fans.)
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9Spiked publishes a very reasonable article on poverty porn.
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22How Big Oil Misled The Public Into Believing Plastic Would Be Recycled.
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19Capitalist nursery fables: The Tragedy of Private Property and the Farce of its Defense
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19 Harvard historian examines the white supremacist propaganda of American textbooks
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-12Decentralized economic coordination: Let a hundred flowers bloom
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28Leaked internal documents and reports confirm that Amazon is spying on its workers to prevent labor strikes
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44QAnon is basically a white evangelical cult whose believers become even more fanatical when the prophesied end does not come.

August 2020

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13Queer Eye, Jordan Peterson and the battle for depressed men
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11 On "Black Ribbon Day", Canadian politicians whitewash the Holocaust based on the Black Book of Communism, which includes Nazi–collaborating fascists, anti-Semitic White Army fighters and czarist officers who oversaw genocidal pogroms against Jews in its list of “victims of communism.”
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21How Do Celebrity Conspiracy Theorists Become Who They Are?Tea Krulos on Richard McCaslin and the Origins of Alex Jones
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16 A deep dive into 40 years of right-wing attempts (The Raw Story) to privatize the Post Service
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6 Manufactroversy 101, it has been suggested by a few that the BBC should stop playing Elgar’s “Land of Hope and Glory” and Arne’s “Rule, Britannia!” during the Last Night of the Proms.
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2 Female-led countries handled coronavirus better, study suggests: Analysis points to earlier lockdowns and lower death rates under likes of Jacinda Ardern and Angela Merkel
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18 The Unraveling of America: Or How the cult of rugged individualism sees the social safety net as a sign of weakness
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12 WaPo economics reporter Jeff Stein analyzes Trump's new executive orders and it turns out they are not that good
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29 Ignore the cancel culture bullshit, free speech fights always targeted the left
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9Open letter to Sean David Morton, Federal inmate 1708301081
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20 A testimony on how senior staff at Labour Party worked to prevent a Labour government under Jeremy Corbyn
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18 Body bags and enemy lists: Germany is waking up to a broad neo-nazi infiltration of institutions (warning, paywall bitching)
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19 Britain First's primo dickhead, and outright moron Paul Golding attempts to storm the BBC in Salford. Resulting in comedy gold. (Would it annoy him even more to know that lesbians successfully stormed the BBC news rooms on air back in the 80's?)
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9 Center for Countering Digital Hate's analysis on how effective deplatforming is, using David "They fuck invisible 10 foot lizards, you know. I've seen them" Icke's recent situation as a shining example. (TL;DR It works. And it's wonderful too.)
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15 The top 11 jaw-dropping moments of Donald Trump's Axios interview (also a Twitter thread fact checking all of Trump's lies in the interview which number over 100 at this point)
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28 The political economy of bullshit: The truth is paywalled but the lies are free
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16How compulsory unionisation makes us more free
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11 A timelapse gif of today’s march in Khabarovsk, Russia

July 2020

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21Debunking President Trump's claims that mail-in voting will lead to fraud.
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-39 Most of the discussion about black antisemitism is just often an opportunity of white people to call black people racist
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12 Near and Present Anarchy: Or how its archaic and outdated constitutional system is turning America into a failed state
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15 The US-supported coup in Bolivia continues to produce repression and tyranny, while also revealing how US media propaganda works
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14By the end of his life, Martin Luther King realized the validity of violence
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27 ACLU: A constitutional crisis in Portland
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16 Invisible workers: the story of the underpaid, exploited farmworkers of Europe
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18American professional football player Tom Brady uses his celebrity to peddle woo and pseudoscience, sell supplements, and make lots of money
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2What is this Schrems judgement about?
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6The claim that we are making progress against global poverty is a fallacious and racist double standard
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22Claims of "cancel culture" is how the powerful play the victim (beware the comments section)
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29Unfounded conspiracy theory accuses Wayfair of bonkers, Pizzagate-level trafficking ring
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19Historian James West Davidson on how future history books might cover 2020.
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-41Noam Chomsky, David Frum, and Margaret Atwood all agree: free speech and the open society are under attack from moralistic zealots from across the political spectrum.
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-1While cops were away, Seattle's Capitol Hill slipped back to the Pinkerton's era with business hiring armed private security
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23 Defund the police is not nonsense: The expansion of UK's police and prisons has done little for public safety
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20The human costs of India's coronavirus fake news

June 2020

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14 John Bolton's book on Trump shows that Bolton is the real villain
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22 The American banking system might be on the verge of collapse and big financial institutions have learned nothing from the Great Recession
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32Thailand newspaper trolls western media by using its condescending language to describe US protests
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9Beyond 'China, Inc': Understanding the relationship between the CCP and chinese companies
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7Mapping the states' strategy of repression against the protests
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10Calls to reform, defund, dismantle and abolish the police: explained
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20Sex Offender Registries Are Fueling Mass Incarceration — And They Aren’t Helping Survivors
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13The potential and limitations of reforestion as a climate solution
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17How the anti-vaccination movement went from "crunchy granola" liberals to far-right crusaders.
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8Life and times at the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone
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8Three and a half months into a global pandemic, tens of thousands of people have died in the UK. The numbers are almost meaningless, so JimmerUK tried to put them in perspective.
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0Why Americans never call themselves just "Americans"
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10The long history of racial and economic unrest in Seattle
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2Bad Diet & Bad Hair Destroy Human Civilization by Aline and R. Crumb
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9Donald Trump's disastrous June just keeps getting uglier for him
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13Top 16 euphemism that US headline writers have used for police brutality
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14Is OAN the Leading Edge of Russian Misinformation? Election Day is in five months. And the people best positioned to knock down the Russian misinformation apparatus seem most interested instead in propping it up.
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11China's plan to win control of the global order: How the CCP sees its conflict with the West as not a matter of military might but a question of descrediting liberal values
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20A running list about the hoaxes and misleading claims about the nationwide protests against police brutality
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26Nationwide uprising against a failed state
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24The Nib presenting Great Moments in Peaceful Protest
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26America at the breaking point: Or the social upheaval of the 1960s meets the political polarization and institutional dysfunction of the present

May 2020

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11Some words of advice for our comrades in the streets, by a veteran of the Egyptian protests during the Arab Spring
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15Left to rot: the crisis in China's pension system
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44Trump is a shockingly un-masculine and immature president, and his popularity among working-class men in America is a symptom of a culture that values perpetual adolescence.
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9Trump is the most effective president ever
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5Misinformation for Fun and Profit
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28Norma McCorvey, better known as the "Jane Roe" plaintiff of the landmark Roe v Wade was paid to be an anti-abortion activist in the 90s
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20A Lithuanian geopolitics expert has said in research interviews she conducted with Lithuanian volunteer fighters in the War of Donbas on both the pro-Ukrainian and pro-Russian sides have similar viewpoints on life. They are namely, disillusionment with the world and looking for a meaning of life. She has compared these volunteers to Daesh fighters and asks for similar support by Central and Eastern European governments.
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0 <vote poll=blog8406>Tara Reade, the Democrats, and Joe Biden's women problem
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3"Tara Reade's allegations deserve more care" - Jezebel
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5"It took guts for Chris Hayes to cover Tara Reade" - The Jacobin
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31Liberal democracy is dying, and liberals aren't doing anything to save it
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33Navy videos show UNIDENTIFIED flying objects, not aliens. And here's the Metabunk article on them

April 2020

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40 America isn't just a failing state, it's a failed experiment as the realities of bigotry, discrimination and gross economic inequalities belied the promised ideals of equality and justice for all.
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26Call to action: How to participate on the May 1st General Strike
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15The Authoritarian Trade-Off: Exchanging privacy rights for public health is a false compromise
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8Non-voters are not privileged. They are nonwhite, lower income and dissatisfied with both parties.
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24 Bill Gates' philanthropic giving is a racket
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38Charlie Kirk, the founder of Turning Point USA is worried that the recent $2 trillion federal support and relief for the coronavirus, shows that Medicare for All is “perfectly affordable”.

March 2020

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31 The horror films got it wrong. The pandemic has triggered community action on a vast scale, turning us into caring neighbors
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-6 Bernie's time to shine is now, as "everything has changed overnight."
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29The missing six weeks: how Trump failed the biggest test of his life “The US response will be studied for generations as a textbook example of a disastrous, failed effort...What’s happened in Washington has been a fiasco of incredible proportions.”
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9No, China didn't buy the West time. Instead the Communist Party caused the pandemic with its authoritarian suppression of information and disciplining doctors in late December.
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15The coronavirus recession has begun
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36Wall Street and Trump don't care if you die as long as it doesn't affect their bottom line.
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20 Democrats need to stop worrying and give everyone free money
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20Green jobs are the answer to the incoming recession
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17How Mick West Went From Making Tony Hawk's Pro Skater to Debunking Conspiracy Theories
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29The Slate: America is an arbitrarily cruel sham; The Atlantic: America is acting like a failed state; The Intelligencer: America is broken
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21The Trump presidency is over. It has taken a good deal longer than it should have, but Americans have now seen the con man behind the curtain.
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12 The worst-case estimates for US Covid-19 deaths numbers ranging from 200,000 to 1.7 million
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20 Conservatives won their war on Big Government. Their prize is a pandemic.
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25Trump's economy is a house of cards. Democrats need a plan to prevent collapse.
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11BRIEFING: How viruses work
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9 The profile of leftist influencer Kyle Kulinski by the socialist magazine Jacobin (magazine)Wikipedia
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16A comedian formerly known as Joe LycettWikipediahas changed his name to the fashion house Hugo Boss, to criticise the brand's over-eagerness to put trademark claims against businesses with similar names.
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4Amy Klobuchar looked great on paper but she was simple unable to translate a strong theoretical case into reality

February 2020

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19 Democracy Now held a debate between Paul Krugman, a standard Keynesian economist, and Richard D. WolffWikipedia, a Marxian economist, about the Bernie Sanders movement and American socialism. You can read the transcript here
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6Bernie Sanders and the Socialist ethic: what it means for the Democratic Party to nominate a Sanders-style socialist
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12 The hysteria over Sinn Féin entering government is about power, not the past
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24Climate change denialists, like the Heartland Institute have now started to push a 19-year-old German young lady Naomi Seibt as their "anti-Greta"... aaaaaand in a plot twist that will surprise absolutely nobody, it turns out that she's also a white nationalist and virulent anti-Semite.
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0the 100 year life
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8What would a second Trump term look like?
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13Revealed: quarter of all tweets about climate crisis produced by bots that are amplifying denialism
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18 To tackle inequality, we need to challenge the Thatcherite narrative about where wealth comes from
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10The great vape debate: are e-cigarettes saving smokers or creating new addicts?
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12In the aftermath of the Iowa fiasco, here are 5 key takeaways.
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19Homemaking for women has been reinvented for alt-right generation, as #tradwife.
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28'If China valued free speech, there would be no coronavirus crisis' - Country could have contained the spread of disease if only it had learned lessons from Sars outbreak
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25How fears of the coronavirus led to a heavy wave of anti-Asian racism. UPDATE: Here is another source.
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20Pete Buttigieg's ties to the national security elite of the US revealed and explored in depth. Why does Mayo Pete, whom was previously an obscure mayor of a third rate Indiana city, have so many endorsements from coup hit-men and mercenary companies? This expose goes over exactly that.
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21Why facemasks won't protect you against coronavirus: there's little evidence on how to prevent disease spread through the air, and masks are subject to little regulation and most aren't very effective (with gaps around the side).

January 2020

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15 How Portugal ended austerity and got a booming economy
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22How Brexit will destroy the UK and reduce it to insignificance.
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20Coronavirus hysteria is distracting from the fact that the flu is still a much more serious threat.
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28The Trump election: racism or economic deprivation? It was both, as they reinforce one another.
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37 Putting the "Nazis Were Socialists" nonsense to rest
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3 How Bernie Sanders' "radical plan" could actually save Capitalism. (Paywalled)
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31Donald Trump hates America.
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22CBC's Marketplace reports on the attempt by the anti-vax movement in the United States and Canada to get around difficulties of promoting the movement. This includes dog-whistling e.g. health freedom and spreading disinformation.
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32Differences between the same textbook in California and Texas examined. Example includes California textbook including an annotation on regulation on the 2nd Amendment while the Texas textbook showing no comment on the 2nd Amendment.

December 2019

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42 My semester with the snowflakes.
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16 Faith, Family and Folk: or how "socially conservative leftism" will never be the answer to right-wing populism
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12 The Whiplash Decade: a series of articles that look at how the 2010s evolved from wary optimism to cynic rage
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65Christianity Today, the evangelical publication founded by Billy Graham, endorses the impeachment and removal of Donald Trump. Trump rails against the magazine, re-defining the usual definitions by calling it far-left!!
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11 If you're fed up with the all the bad news, here's 50 ilustrations of the best news of 2019
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5 It's a little late for this article to be in the blogosphere, so here's an interview talking about what the left and the right get wrong about Islam.
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6 The UK chose barbarism, so now what?
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15Pete Buttigieg is even worse than he seems
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21 A list of all the species that became extinct during the 2010s.
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21Man as Machine: A look at automation, the utopian potential resulting from it, and its ultimate human cost
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10America never stood for freedom
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9 An article talking about how evangelicals are falling for Trump. (Unfortunately, this thing is paywalled - ETA: perhaps only paywalled in US? viewable OK from New Zealand)
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19What will spark the next insurrection in the US? Probably everything
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-8How the cops during the latest tragedy fucked up horribly
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33Josh Owens, a former video editor for Infowars, recounts his experience working for Alex Jones and how he grew disillusioned with Jones' conspiracy worldview. (Paywalled. Short version: Jones' on-the-air hysterics and machismo aren't an act. He really is that unhinged. He also instructed his employees to flat-out make stuff up for the sake of sensationalism.)
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18It's been fifty years since Black Panther Party comrade and visionary Fred Hampton was assassinated by the FBI.
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-44Decolonizing games: Analysing dominant cultural mores in video games and how they affect narrative and gameplay, specifically with an emphasis on decolonization and presenting alternative narratives versus the dominant one about exploitation and eradication.
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18Jack Merritt, the first named victim of the Nov 29 London Bridge attack, would be "livid" his legacy has been used to further an agenda of hate

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25 The OAS lied to the public about the Bolivian election and coup
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17How the illegal occupation of Palestine influenced the militarization of the southern US border.
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16 With Great Power comes Zero Responsibility or how Disney is strangling moviemaking with its risk-avoidance and traditionalism
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26 Why Labour's plan to renationalise certain public services make economic sense
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16 If no action is taken, by 2029 the Internet will strongly resemble medieval feudalism
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20 Only a community-based ownership of electric power can stop corporations like PG&E from doing what they did in California
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18 How the world ignoring the genocide of the Uyghur people is fueling the Hong Kong protests
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30To the architects of economic freedom indices, democracy is expendable and basic human welfare measures are "forced labour" requirements imposed on others.
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20Ancient Romans had overwhelming genetic diversity, study finds
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20John Oliver to noted coal baron Robert E. MurrayWikipedia: "Eat shit, Bob"
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30The billionaires hit the panic button
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26I was an astrologer – here's how it really works, and why I had to stop – "if you sprinkle magic on top, you can sell people anything"
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21From the 28-year Congressional staffer who popularized the term "deep state": what the term really meant, how it's being misused, and why Trumpism drove him out of the Republican Party.
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-14Cancel culture does not exist.
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19 Greensboro massacre: The massacre that spawned the Alt-right.

October 2019

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22 Harvey Weinstein was a sacrificial lamb for misogyny and now he's back.
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32TERFs started out promising a non-binary pansexual utopia, and wound up enforcing a femininity so fragile and insecure it can be threatened by the wrong kind of tampon boxes.
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20“It’s just a big illusion”: How homeopathy went from fringe medicine to the grocery aisles.
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26Ben Shapiro, Dennis Prager, Adam Carolla and all your other favorite conservative media stars have made a movie about how universities are stomping on free speech and apparently it's not very good!
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8Dominic Cummings, the brain genius of Brexit, just happens to be a LessWrong/Slate Star Codex rationalist. When applied to actual real world stuff, this worked out about as #classicdom as you'd expect. Here's a philosopher trying to explain Dom to other philosophers: Dominic's Basilisk, part 1.
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11 Public option on healthcare is a poison pill
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19 The radical guidebook embraced by Google workers and Uber drivers
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24Right-wing websites (surprise!) attack transgender people by lying – from Hemant Mehta's site
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17Reddit goes through another banwave of horrible subreddits, courtesy We Hunted the Mammoth.
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6Not all men. A view from a woman working with sexual offenders.
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3The Keynesianism of the United States Armed Forces and its effects on capitalism's survival prospects.