RationalWiki's 2020 Fundraiser

There is no RationalWiki without you. We are a small non-profit with no staff – we are hundreds of volunteers who document pseudoscience and crankery around the world every day. We will never allow ads because we must remain independent. We cannot rely on big donors with corresponding big agendas. We are not the largest website around, but we believe we play an important role in defending truth and objectivity.

If everyone who saw this today donated $5, we would meet our goal for 2021.

Fighting pseudoscience isn't free.
We are 100% user-supported! Help and donate $5, $20 or whatever you can today with PayPal Logo.png!

Donations so far: $1680Goal: $3500

RationalWiki:What is going on in the world?

From RationalWiki
Jump to: navigation, search
Icon wigo world alt tilted.svg
Keep up to date with all the interesting world news and current events that relate to RationalWiki's mission here. The most popular entries are found at Best of the world and the older entries found in the archives.

How to write a good WIGO

Commentaries and editorials go in WIGO:Blogs, as do blogs, YouTube videos, social media posts, and articles about any of these. Crazy commentaries, editorials, blogs, videos and social media items go in WIGO:Clogs.

If an issue affects a specific country or countries, please remember to label it with the corresponding flag using the country flag template.
Use the U.S. state flag template to label stories related to specific U.S. states.

MUTCD W16-15P.svg
News and government policy (except economics and welfare state policies) related to the coronavirus pandemic go to WIGO:Coronavirus

What is going on?

World
(talk) (talk) (talk) (talk) (*cough*) (hic)
You gotta spin it to win it
Media
Icon media.svg
Stop the presses!
We want pictures
of Spider-Man!
Extra! Extra!
  • WIGO World

September 2020

upneutraldown
7Australia Australian conspiracy theorist ordered to pay MP A$875,000 ($628,000; £493,000) in a defamation suit for claiming the MP was a member of a "secretive paedophile network". The MP belongs to the conservative National Party that traditionally represents graziers, farmers, and rural voters generally.
upneutraldown
5GermanyUnited Kingdom German Minister Michel Roth warns that the attempts of the British government to bypass the withdrawl agreement made in December is unacceptable and that time is running out for the UK
upneutraldown
5European Union A report of the EU drugs agency highlights that drugs used in parties has fallen out of use, the parchase and selling of drugs has moved online and there has been a notable increase in overdoses amongst over-50 drug users as a consequence of lockdown measures
upneutraldown
13European UnionIreland Facebook says it may quit Europe over ban on sharing data with US. . Oh no what a shame, don't let the door clatter you on your way out. (Side note, it's the obligation of business to meet regulatory requirements, not to moan, bitch and complain about them as unfair to your multi-billion industry.)
upneutraldown
13TurkeyFormer Kurdish MP jailed in Turkey for 15 years on spurious "terrorism" charges sentenced to another year for insulting President Erdogan.
upneutraldown
6IsraelPalestineIsrael has bombed the Gaza Strip again in retaliation for Hamas rocket attacks.
upneutraldown
13PalestineMiddle East flag loop.gifFeeling betrayed, Palestinians have taken to the streets to protest against the recent Arab state normalization agreements with Israel.
upneutraldown
18United StatesKenyaIsraelThe US is attempting to use ongoing trade negotiations to pressure Kenya into enacting trade policies beneficial to Israel, supporting Israel politically, and opposing the BDS movement.
upneutraldown
19Ireland The rise of the far right in Ireland. Scum parading as "concerned citizens"
upneutraldown
21Nigeria Strict new laws in Nigeria implemented that will include the castration of rapists and execution of pedophiles, due to soaring numbers of reported rape cases during the coronavirus lockdown
upneutraldown
29United States According to a groundbreaking new paper written by researchers at the RAND Corporation, from a time period between 1975 and early 2020, the top one percent have captured a total of $50 trillion that otherwise would have gone to the bottom 90%
upneutraldown
22United StatesRuth Bader Ginsburg has died from complications related to pancreatic cancer. She was 87 years old.
upneutraldown
18United StatesMiddle East flag loop.gif The War on Terror has displaced at least 37 million people according to a report
upneutraldown
23United States Jeff Bezos could give US$100,000 to every one of his 876,000 employees and still be richer than he was pre-covid.
upneutraldown
25Brazil A coalition of enviromental groups and agribusiness are urging Jair Bolsonaro to protect the Amazon and stop deforestation
upneutraldown
23United StatesDHS whistleblower alleges he was pressured by senior officials to suppress facts in intelligence reports that President Trump might find objectionable, including information about Russian interference in the election and the rising threat posed by white supremacists.
upneutraldown
21United StatesIn a shocking development, the scientist claiming that the coronavirus was deliberately engineered by the Chinese government works for groups run by Steve Bannon
upneutraldown
15United StatesSince he took office, Trump's properties have charged the Secret Service more than $1.1 million to protect the president on site, even when neither they nor he were on premises.
upneutraldown
6Libya The Libyan Civil War coming to a close as the Government of National Accord Premier resigns and handsover power to a new administration
upneutraldown
19United States Major retailers used the trillions in bailout to engage in stock buyback and then slashed workers' pay See also Capitalism as a dictatorship
upneutraldown
11France As Emmanuel Macron's government faces controversies and electoral losses, French mainstream politics are rocked by a far-right neogolism named "Ensauvagement" (becoming more savage) to refer to immigrants (warning:paywall)
upneutraldown
15Brazil The wetlands of central-west Brazil, one of the most biodiverse ecosystems on the planet, are on fire
upneutraldown
18BarbadosIn a speech by the country's Governor-General, the government of Barbados has announced it will declare itself a republic by November 2021.
upneutraldown
19the World Flag of Venus.PNG Life on Venus? Traces of phosphine may be a sign of biological activity
upneutraldown
25United States Scientific American endorses Joe Biden, citing Trump's brazen rejections of evidence and science
upneutraldown
27United StatesICE facilities have been using small, easily treated cases of ovarian cancer as a justification for full hysterectomies and sterilization of inmates often misleading patients about what procedure will be performed.
upneutraldown
13European UnionUnited KingdomIreland Boris Johnson's government proposes to renege on key Brexit deal provisitions that would allow for a hard border with Ireland, fueling fears of a potential trade war with the European Union
upneutraldown
32United States A Gallup poll shows that 65% of Americans approve of unions with also a 45% approval rating from Republicans, the second highest in the GOP since 2004
upneutraldown
29United StatesFlorida. After a photo of her child and her likeness was used to create a child sex doll, mother is fighting to have them banned nationwide
upneutraldown
17ItalyCabo Verde A young black kid beaten to death by gang south of Rome in what's believed to be a hate crime
upneutraldown
47United States A study reveals that about 93% of racial justice protests since the death of George Floyd have been peaceful
upneutraldown
28United StatesCalifornia. A gender reveal party has triggered a fire in the San Bernadino county that has spread to 10,000 acres of land. People, however, are mislead to thinking it started the big fires around California this season; it is only one of the many and got merged with the others.
upneutraldown
39the World In a scientific breakthrough, researchers at the Large Hadron Collider for the first time transformed light into matter, more speficially the particles responsible for nuclear decay, W bosons
upneutraldown
7Australia Hutt River Flag.svg The end of an era - the micronation of Hutt River Province in Western Australia is for sale, after tourism stopped due to COVID-19, and farming income wasn't sufficient to keep it going.
upneutraldown
21United KingdomAustralia Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott is made a trade adviser to the UK government in spite of his history of making sexist and homophobic statements and climate change denial.
upneutraldown
25United States Trump's Pentagon has ordered Stars and Stripes to shut down, which is the primary independent news source for US soldiers abroad.
upneutraldown
50United States Pvt. Bonespurs, a patriot, honors the fallen: "Why should I go to that cemetery? It’s filled with losers." Update: reports of Trump disparaging fallen and wounded service members confirmed by the Associated Press. Update (!!): Et tu, Fox News?!
upneutraldown
19United StatesA “bang” in LIGO and Virgo detectors signals most massive gravitational-wave source yet A binary black hole merger likely produced massive gravitational energy equal to the mass of eight suns.
upneutraldown
35United States An appeals court ruled that the NSA's bulk phone data collection is illegal
upneutraldown
17United States US places sanctions on ICC officials for daring to investigate possible war crimes committed by US forces..... calling the court a "thoroughly broken and corrupted institution". The language is similar to that used in the announcment to not join international covid vaccine efforts - ".... by the corrupt World Health Organization and China.”
upneutraldown
20United States Amazon is hiring intelligence analysts to track "labor organizing threats". Update: Ad has been withdrawn.
upneutraldown
12Rwanda Paul Rusesabagina, hero of the Rwandan genocide, arrested by the government on terrorism charges
upneutraldown
22GermanyRussia Germany says there is 'unequivocal proof' that Putin critic Alexei Navalny was poisoned with a Novichok nerve agent. Navalny remains in intensive care in a German hospital.
upneutraldown
18France Satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo republishes the controversial cartoon that prompted the terrorist attack in 2015 amidst an ongoing trial for suspected accomplices
upneutraldown
28United States Trump, in a Fox News interview with Laura Ingraham, leans further into conspiracy theories, claiming, without providing any evidence, that Joe Biden is being controlled by "people that are in the dark shadows".

August 2020

upneutraldown
21EgyptIsraelPalestine Israeli planes bomb Gaza for seventh straight night as Egyptian officials arrive to attempt to defuse an uptick in violence
upneutraldown
35United KingdomUnited States J.K. Rowling returns an award she got from the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Organization last year after its president, Kerry Kennedy, called her a transphobe.
upneutraldown
18the WorldAntarctica According to a research approximately 60% of Antartica's ice shelves are at risk of fracture
upneutraldown
26Japan Prime minister of Japan, Shinzō Abe, resigns for health-related reasons.
upneutraldown
44New Zealand Christchurch mosque murderer gets life without parole - the heaviest possible sentence in New Zealand and the first time it has been used.
upneutraldown
33United StatesWisconsin. A 17 year old self-proclaimed militiaman charged with homicide after two deaths in Kenosha protests
upneutraldown
22United States Dejoy stumped by basic questions about postage.
upneutraldown
24United States Jerry Falwell Jr. is to step down from his role as President of Liberty University following social media posts deemed provocative to the evangelical institute. Or maybe he hasn't - Falwell denies quitting.
upneutraldown
16European Union The European Union's subsidies for agriculture benefit big farms while underfunding greener and poorer plots, and that the subsidies tend to go to more polluted and least biodiversity-friendly areas
upneutraldown
18United States Citing marital problems with her husband, a Lincoln Project participant, Kellyanne "alternative facts" Conway has announced her departure from the White House, further affecting President Trump's 2020 re-election campaign.
upneutraldown
16United StatesWisconsin. Protests are taking place in Kenosha, Wisconsin following the multiple-shooting of an African-American man trying to open an SUV. Update: The Wisconsin National Guard has now been deployed.
upneutraldown
18China United Kingdom There are warnings that Chinese investment in nuclear power in the UK could turn into the next Huawei-like battle between London and Beijing.
upneutraldown
34United States QAnon is hijacking movements against child trafficking and bringing pro-Trump views to them
upneutraldown
26Australia Google accused of spreading misinformation by Australian authorities about a new regulation that would force tech giants like Google and Facebook to share advertising profits with news outlets.
upneutraldown
22ThailandProtests and demands are growing on the streets of Bangkok, Thailand with demands for the government to stand down and reforms of the country’s constitution. Notable calls include abolition of the country strict lèse-majestéWikipedia laws.
upneutraldown
9United Kingdom Ireland In an operation conducted by British and Irish police and intelligence services, residences across Ireland both North and South have been raided this past week and as of Tuesday nine people have been detained under suspicion of being New IRA fighters. Also targeted are offices belonging to the nationalist party, Saoradh, believed to be the NIRA political wing. These operations are a response to two years of arson and pipe bombings committed by the group. Update: British Army ATOs were sent out to four properties in Belfast linked to NIRA, but were determined to be hoax devices designed to cause panic.
upneutraldown
53United States Steve Bannon arrested for fraud. Apparently the crowdfunded border wall was a scam
upneutraldown
20the World First they came for the anarchists: Facebook banned dozens of anarchists, anti-fascist and anti-capitalist pages as part of a crackdown of thousands of QAnon content and pages
upneutraldown
26United Kingdom Student who won the Orwell youth prize for dystopian novel about a biased algorithm has her grades downgraded by a biased algorithm, though the government announced it will abandon the algorithm-based grade assessement
upneutraldown
15Mali Military coup in Mali succeeds in arresting and ousting President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta.
upneutraldown
33United States Nearly 3,000 pages of e-mails reveal how the Department of Education worked with men's rights groups to change the rules of sexual assault and harassment on college campus
upneutraldown
10United StatesCalifornia. Rolling blackouts ravaging California, in the middle of a heatwave no less. Residents are being told to turn the AC to no lower than 78 during the day and 72 at night (when there is less demand) to "pre-cool" their homes. The issue is that California imports a lot of electricity from neighboring states, but those states have also seen a lot of growth and so have less surplus to sell. California already shut down one of their two nuclear power plants, with the other to close in 2025 or so, making matters worse.
upneutraldown
8United StatesIowa. A derecho storm strikes the Midwest US, causing widespread destruction. Specifically it destroyed 43% of Iowa's corn and soybean crop
upneutraldown
40the World It turns out that Facebook's algorithm actively promotes Holocaust denial content
upneutraldown
18Germany Multinational German food maker Knorr has said it would rename the popular tomato and paprika sauce known as "Zigeunersauce" (Gypsy sauce), because of the racist overtones associated with the name of the product.
upneutraldown
23United StatesNew York. New disclosed records show that Governor Andrew Cuomo's largest hedge fund donors have funneled a huge amount of money at the precise moment that the governor is blocking Democratic bills intended to raise taxes on the financial industry
upneutraldown
27Sovereign-States-Within-Europe-Flag-Loop.gif Heatwave in Europe, with London seeing the hottest stretch since the 1960s
upneutraldown
15Lebanon Lebanese parliament approves sweeping powers for the military as anti-government protests intensify
upneutraldown
17United States Donald Trump isn't happy that a 1992 law aimed at water conservation means only 2.5 gallons (9.5 l) per minute can come out of showerheads in the US. He thinks a more powerful shower will make his hair perfect.
upneutraldown
19China Hong Kong A dark new phase in Hong Kong as pro-democracy tycoon Jimmy Lai is arrested under new security law
upneutraldown
42United States A US government contractor has embedded surveillance software in over 500 phone apps
upneutraldown
22United StatesCalifornia. Since 2013, the San Diego PD has issued 83 tickets for "seditious language" against the police
upneutraldown
15China China's Great Firewall now blocks all HTTPS traffic that uses TLS 1.3 and ESNI. For the concerned, RationalWiki is not affected.
upneutraldown
11United States With economic relief talks stalling in Congress, President Trump signs an executive order unilaterally extending enhanced unemployment benefits, stop evictions, continue the suspension of student loan debt and deferring payroll tax though the executive orders are expected to face legal challenges
upneutraldown
48United StatesNew York. New York State Attorney General Letitia James announced that she has filed a lawsuit against the National Rifle Association and four individuals, including longtime leader Wayne LaPierre, seeking to dissolve the gun rights advocacy group for "diverting charitable funds to support wasteful spending."
upneutraldown
15the WorldHow stone tools may have played a huge role in the origin and subsequent evolution of language
upneutraldown
15Bulgaria Bulgarian protests have continued for nearly a month, triggered by a raid on the President's residence as political tensions rise in the country
upneutraldown
29United KingdomEngland Beavers, hunted to extinction in England 400 years ago, have now been officially reintroduced to the country.
upneutraldown
21United Kingdom Corporations bailed out with public money have paid billions of pounds to shareholders while cutting tens of thousands of jobs
upneutraldown
31Lebanon Devastating nitrate explosion in Beirut injures at least 4,000 and kills over 75 people. Update Prime Minister Hassan Diab and his Cabinet resign as public anger mounts
upneutraldown
17United StatesChina Trump wants Treasury to get "a cut" of whatever Microsoft pays for TikTok!
upneutraldown
24United States The Department of Homeland Security, which is already compilling intelligence reports on journalists, is creating a blacklist of "Antifa activists" and attempt to tie them to foreign powers
upneutraldown
23 United States Ladies and gentlemen, the leader of the free world and self proclaimed genius https://youtu.be/zaaTZkqsaxY
upneutraldown
12SpainThe emeritus king Juan Carlos I has said he is going to self-imposed exile, as prosecutors are investigating allegations of financial improprieties in offshore accounts.
upneutraldown
24the WorldUnited States Internet Archives launches a counter lawsuit to protect Covid-19 emergency library
upneutraldown
11United Kingdom A British Tory MP has been arrested and charged with rape but will not be suspended from the party (Guardian)
upneutraldown
38Israel Protests against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are gaining steam, though Ben dismisses the protestors as "leftists and anarchists"
upneutraldown
32United Kingdom Wind power is now so cheap that it could start paying back to British consumers
upneutraldown
10United States No deal: Economic relief talks in Congress comes at a standhill as benefits expire