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July 2020

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10Historian James West Davidson on how future history books might cover 2020.
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-12Noam 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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5While 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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15 The 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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33Thailand newspaper trolls western media by using its condescending language to describe US protests
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10Beyond 'China, Inc': Understanding the relationship between the CCP and chinese companies
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8Mapping the states' strategy of repression against the protests
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11Calls 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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16How the anti-vaccination movement went from "crunchy granola" liberals to far-right crusaders.
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9Life and times at the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone
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9Three 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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3Why Americans never call themselves just "Americans"
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11The long history of racial and economic unrest in Seattle
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3Bad Diet & Bad Hair Destroy Human Civilization by Aline and R. Crumb
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10Donald 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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12China'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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21A running list about the hoaxes and misleading claims about the nationwide protests against police brutality
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27Nationwide uprising against a failed state
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25The Nib presenting Great Moments in Peaceful Protest
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28America 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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14China Left 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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8Trump 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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18Lithuania Ukraine A 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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27United Kingdom 100 days later: How did Britain fail so badly in dealing with Covid-19?
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7Tara Reade, the Democrats, and Joe Biden's women problem
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1"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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29Liberal democracy is dying, and liberals aren't doing anything to save it
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32Navy 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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26United States Call to action: How to participate on the May 1st General Strike
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13The Authoritarian Trade-Off: Exchanging privacy rights for public health is a false compromise
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8United States Non-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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33 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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30The 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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10No, 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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14The 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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19Green 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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22The 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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26Trump's economy is a house of cards. Democrats need a plan to prevent collapse.
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13BRIEFING: How viruses work
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11 The profile of leftist influencer Kyle Kulinski by the socialist magazine Jacobin (magazine)Wikipedia's W.svg
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17A comedian formerly known as Joe LycettWikipedia's W.svghas 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's W.svg, a Marxian economist, about the Bernie Sanders movement and American socialism. You can read the transcript here
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7Bernie Sanders and the Socialist ethic: what it means for the Democratic Party to nominate a Sanders-style socialist
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12 Ireland 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 United Kingdom 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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30'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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24How fears of the coronavirus led to a heavy wave of anti-Asian racism. UPDATE: Here is another source.
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19Pete 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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19Why 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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23How 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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22Canada United States CBC'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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-9How 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

November 2019

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24 The OAS lied to the public about the Bolivian election and coup
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18How 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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19 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's W.svg: "Eat shit, Bob"
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31The 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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-15Cancel culture does not exist.
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19 Greensboro massacre: The massacre that spawned the Alt-right.

October 2019

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23 Harvey Weinstein was a sacrificial lamb for misogyny and now he's back.
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33TERFs 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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12 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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7Not 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.