RationalWiki:What is going on in the blogosphere?/February 2015

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February 2015[edit]

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-20The search for sex-positive hentai. Spoiler: There isn't any if you don't look that hard and ignore the good stuff on those same sites.
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22Jimmy Kimmel: A message for the anti-vaccination movement. (With actual doctors!) Part 2: Hate mail and public activism!
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28The annotated "50 Faux News lies in 6 seconds" Vine, courtesy of The Daily Show and Politifact.
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27The Simpsons... they might be American, but they're not in America!
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42Idaho Representative Vito Barbieri is not an OB-GYN
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-65Why academia is such a toxic environment
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26The perfect response to sexist questions
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38Cracked: "Feminism! And with that one word, I've already set the world speed record for turning a comment section into a septic tank."
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35N.J. judge rules ‘conversion therapy’ claims are fraud. A professor at BYU considers the ruling (which he misrepresents) "totalitarian in the extreme" and "censorial".
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35Christian pediatrician refuses to treat baby girl because her parents are lesbians.
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25It actually is about ethics in mainstream journalism. Peter Oborne quits the Torygraph over HSBC whitewashing.
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24Evidence that everyday Islam and radical Islamism aren't quite identical: the jihadists who needed to buy Islam for Dummies.
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161. Use lynching imagery to sell Photoshop addons, during Black History Month. 2. When people go "whoa wtf", assert your right to free speech, and threaten to sue them. 3. PROFIT!!! [citation needed] (The proprietor is also not the sharpest spoon in the drawer regarding copyright.)
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8Steven Novella: "While I do not know what [NBC Host Brian Williams] remembered, it is wrong and naive to assume he is lying. Williams was likely betrayed by his memory."
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15Daily Kos: "Can a vaccine be responsible for the profoundly stupid?" (Probably not.)
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28Cracked talks about what it's like to be a trans man.
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34We sceptics need to have a talk about Bill Maher and his rather unsettling views about such topics as the anti-vaccination movement.
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16Comrades! The Glorious Leader has published the latest set of slogans for the DPRK! Let us turn ours into a country of mushrooms by making mushroom cultivation scientific, intensive and industrialised!
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29TL;DR version of right wingers' reaction to Obama's National Prayer Breakfast comments about the Crusades: "You say 'Crusades' like they were a bad thing." "The point is that whitewashing of one of the most bloody periods in world history is troubling on many levels." (Fun fact: Up to one percent of the entire world's population died as a result of 200 years of Crusades.)
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17(Maybe NSFW) It's not disordered eating, it's detox! SciBabe shows the concerning parallels between the FoodBabe's new book on healthy living and pro-ana advice.
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21The Encyclopedia of American Loons was a new one to me. It does exactly what it says on the tin, and cites RW in a manner that suggests a high degree of familiarity with RW...
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34If you see anyone linking to an article about a feminist who aborted a baby because it was male, it's made-up BS.
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20FoodBabe was, for two years, promoting products containing the "evil" ingredient BHT in the Kellogg's products she protested.
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38On vaccines, Bill Maher is being a common-or-garden-variety dangerous crank again. Time to start the Bill Maher Dead Children Ticker?
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36For next time some foolish person asks you what feminism has ever done for men. (Way more than MRAs ever have.)
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15Gay marriage in Alabama looms, so let's refresh the memories of everyone who's been misled by the devil himself as to what biblical marriage really is!
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38 Cracked: 5 Ways We Misunderstand Pedophilia (That Makes it Worse)
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18potholer54 takes on the anti-biotech crazies - and owns!
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33Guys, I wanted to let you know about a personal decision I recently made. I’m an Anti-Braker.
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24Reformed anti-vax Mom on the journey back to sanity.
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23Mississippi and West Virginia (of all places) are the two states that deny religious exemptions for vaccinations. And -- surprise! -- neither state has had a case of measles in more than 20 years. (Unfortunately, the writer didn't completely knock down anti-vaxxer arguments by discussing autism rates in the two states.)
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36BuzzFeed in long-form quality journalism shock: How Men’s Rights Leader Paul Elam Turned Being A Deadbeat Dad Into A Moneymaking Movement.
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14A week ago, liberal NYMag writer Johnathan Chait wrote a piece decrying how "the language police are perverting liberalism." Slate responds by saying that while he may be misguided on a number of things, he's not entirely wrong.
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20Scientists to increase interference with the Church. "Wasn’t Jesus himself the result of a three-parent family? Or did I get the wrong idea there?"
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19You always wondered: Why cats love sitting in boxes.
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19The polygraph has been lying to us for 80 years.
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14From Sluts Against Monsanto on Facebook: Science Denial Mad Libs!
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29The International Team of Comics Historians (I.T.C.H.) website weighs in on the anti-vaccination movement by posting images from a 1930 anti-anti-vaxxer tract titled Health in Pictures.
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-5Three notes on religion by Wesley Morganston.
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30In 1962, the 7-year-old eldest daughter of author Roald Dahl and actress Patricia Neal died of measles. In 1988, Dahl wrote an open letter begging parents to get their children vaccinated.
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27The main problem with anti-vaccination parents is their 'rugged individualist' egotism.
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21The 15 most offensive things written on ReturnofKings.com