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February 2018[edit]

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-9Michael Moore participated in an anti-Donald Trump rally, allegedly organized by the Russians - The Washington Times
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-3Eastern Ghouta is another Srebrenica, we are looking away again.
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-10The rise of anti-liberalism stemming from lack of meaning in life.
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8Judge finds written attack on climate scientist too ludicrous to be libel
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-24Left wing infatuation with taking offense is chipping away at democracy, one meaningless debate at a time.
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8A history of palaeoart (pictures of dinosaurs) from Victorian England to Soviet Russia.
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8The National Rifle Association has been the US "gun lobby" for far longer than we thought.
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9Does TV bear some responsibility for hard feelings between Urban America and Small Town America?
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15Architecture and urbanism site BLDGBLOG reports on proposals to use giant gold-plated lasers to extract energy from the San Andreas Fault. The scheme is a wild pseudoscientific imagining of architecture professor Mark Foster Gage and his semifictional Geothermal Futures Lab.
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4Dutch Official Admits Lying About Meeting With Putin: Is Fake News Used by Russia or About Russia?
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-17Sexism with stuntmen doubling for women
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-4It's time to leave behind the horseshoe theory
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14A BBC editorial highlights the mental health issues behind terrorists, and argues that clues to the intent of an attacker may be deliberately made to attract attention.
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27While Trump wants a random military parade as a challenge against France's Bastille Day military parade, Slate.com states that military parades that aren't part of a national holiday or a military victory are a sign of an insecure nation.
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-48Cheeky advertisement trolling the democrats at the SOTU.
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30Donald Trump’s criticisms of the NHS suggest he doesn’t know much about the UK system – or the one he presides over
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9Look at me: why attention-seeking is the defining need of our times
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9Free for all: the psychology of pay-what-you-want cafes
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16The latest Goop "Health" conference was every bit as woo-tastic as you'd expect.
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26The first woman to accuse USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar of sexual abuse "saw that Biblical teachings about grace and repentance were being weaponized against victims, pressuring them into offering an easy forgiveness to their abusers" when she asked her church for help.
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19 A picture showing Piers Morgan brownnosing [arse-licking] Donald Trump from a segment of BBC/The Daily Mash's The Mash Report has gone viral, after Piers moaned about how it insulted him as an interviewer. (Twitter link of the video)
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-16The release of the FISA memo and what it means - the Washington Examiner

January 2018[edit]

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-29The democrats at the state of the union - embarrassing.
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11What A Year This Month Has Been. A recap of all the shit that happened in January 2018 alone.
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-27Trump Derangement Syndrome - the ABC and the SOTU.
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17United States immigration haters want to destroy the oldest, most distinguishing, and most interesting characteristics of our nation in favor of an invented tradition of chintzy white bread garbage.
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-9The Malignant Melancholy. An absolutely brilliant article that deconstructs the fake loneliness, borne of thwarted entitlement, felt by whiny white dudes (i.e. MRAs, incels, alt-righters, etc.) versus the true loneliness, borne of oppression, felt by marginalized demographics (i.e. women, POC, LGBT people, etc.).
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12The Strange Cases of Anti-Islam Politicians Turned Muslims in The Atlantic: politicians from Alternative für Deutschland, Party for Freedom, and Front National have converted.
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13How Do You Rebuild Your Life After Leaving A Polygamous Sect? The challenges facing survivors of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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-19How ‘Cheap Sex’ Is Changing Our Lives – and Our Politics
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17"The positive here is people have realized the experiment has been a failure – even a great number of people who voted for him." 'It's all explosive': Michael Wolff on Donald Trump
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0Aziz Ansari accused of sexual misconduct.
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20Bernie Sanders and the rise of social democracy in the United States.
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8Vice has put two executives on leave as details emerge about sexual harassment allegations.
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2James Franco accused by five women of being "sexually exploitative".
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10Improving ourselves to death. Research and analysis of self help woo and how it came about.
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28Celebrity politicians are a sign of the United States's political decline according to The Guardian.
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15How the heroin trade explains the US-UK failure in Afghanistan according to The Guardian.
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8Seven down, five to go (Moonwalkers)
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16Sigmund Freud was a fraud and a promoter of pseudoscience. (Review of Freud: The Making of an Illusion by Frederic Crews.)
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8Trust in digital technology will be the internet’s next frontier, for 2018 and beyond
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18How can we tell if the President is mentally ill? Article by journalist James Hamblin covering claims that Donald Trump is mentally ill or disabled, expanding into criticisms of remote diagnosis, medical ethics, constitutional arrangements, and how much we can know of someone from their public behaviour.

December 2017[edit]

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28How we fell for clean eating. An analysis of food woo and many of its associated preachers.
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35"The alt-right isn't going to like Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Good."
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28Not surprisingly, electric car builder Elon Musk hates public transportation. As demonstrated in a twitter spat with a mass transit expert and comparing it to serial killers
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28Decent thinkpiece on how millennials are screwed by the current economy. (And also an object lesson in why Web 1.0 was vastly better than the misuse our poor browsers are put through today. Even Time Cube was better than this.)
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4When America was a developing country.
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-25The #metoo movement is a moral panic that will do more harm than good. ("Your free article for this month", private window recommended.)
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45"This tax bill is straight out of 1929" says economic historian.
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20Surprisingly reasonable, level-headed analysis from RedState regarding the verdict reached in the Kate Steinle case that doesn't jump to blaming the jury or calling for mass deportation

November 2017[edit]

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16People spreading conspiracy theories increases the prevelance of conspiracy theories? STOP THE PRESSES
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24The alt-right's weird year under Trump: rapid rise, sudden drop.
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59Christianity has died in the hands of Evangelicals. Evangelicalism ceased being a religious faith tradition following Jesus’ teachings concerning justice for the betterment of humanity when it made a Faustian bargain for the sake of political influence.
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30How White Nationalism Courts Internet Nerd Culture
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34The Nationalist's DelusionThe Atlantic offers a detailed analysis on the rise of Trump and the self-deluded "economic anxiety" rationalization, an argument that falls apart when examining demographics, cloaks the white supremacist ideal.
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7After Al Franken and Roy Moore, We Are Dangerously Close to Botching the #MeToo Moment
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43A Christian pastor explains how young Earth creationists like Ken Ham are turning young people against Christianity. (Short version: a myth that flies in the face of all evidence is a terrible foundation upon which to build a lasting faith.)
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28r/Incels has been banned from Reddit.
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8When does a watershed turn into a sex panic?
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15The Merah Family’s Islamist Insanity: Inside a French courtroom where Muslim victims are shamefully abandoned by the French state, the French left, and their own community
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15Islamophobia and sexism create a moral panic that victimizes Muslim woman in Canada
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25Joy Reid: Wednesday reminded us that the alt-right is not, in fact, winning, and allowed us a glimpse of what a post-Trumpian America may look like.
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28Exhibit A: Roy Moore is a sick bastard and the GOP ought to be ashamed of itself for continuing to support him anyway. Exhibit B: Roy Moore is a sick bastard and the GOP ought to be ashamed of itself for continuing to support him anyway.
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16Ken Ham is invited to speak at a home school convention in Alberta, Canada. Quite a few people are not exactly happy about this.
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-2United States Politics: Could it be that both political parties are doomed?

October 2017[edit]

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24Trump likes to talk about how smart he is. A linguistic analysis shows he speaks at a third-grade level.
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13John Boehner Unchained - An account of former House speaker John Boehner and the post-Reagan era of the GOP.
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18When the state sinks, science is the anchor
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13The dangerous way the Trump administration talks about black women.
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12The Trump administration's imminent tax policies could permanently raise the federal deficit above $1 trillion.
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164 reasons Trump's efforts to save the coal industry are futile.
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28Wired: "Equifax deserves the corporate death penalty".
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-5Science proves once again that it is pure evil: a study, of 40 dog owners, Letting your dog sleep in your bed at the same time as you is bad.
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6Kerry Cassidy on the road to Mandalay
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19Old, but relevant humor: Americans opposed to being shot seek representation in Washington.

September 2017[edit]

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11Feminism's problem with jargon is that any idiot can pick it up and have a go.
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-10Glenn Greenwald: "Yet Another Major Russia Story Falls Apart. Is Skepticism Permissible Yet?"
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16A comparison of some healthcare systems around the world.
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12The Marshall Project: "How Conservatives Learned to Love Free Lawyers for the Poor".
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13Gaia-Maussan Mummy Comes Unraveled
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-3Bill Maher opines on liberal states' rights.
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16Satanic ritual abuse and repressed memories are basically back via "neurobiology of trauma" nonsense, says Reason and The Atlantic.
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28Peter Thiel funded a human experiment trial without FDA supervision.
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12When Should a Prescription Drug's Side Effects Count as a Disability?
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20The many pitfalls of training an AI to detect gay people stereotypes
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37Trump supporters get mad about an 18th Century Dessert called "Orange Fool". (New Yorker Magazine)
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17What many get wrong about global warming: probability and statistics matter. (YouTube link)
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17 The "Deep State" is real, but not in the way you'd think.
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26 Racist tries a bit of the Gaelic. Things go terribly wrong.
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22 Donald Trump is, historically, not that great at business but quite skilled at selling his "brand".
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18A cancer quack in Arizona named Colleen Huber is threatening former naturopath Britt Hermes with legal thuggery.

August 2017[edit]

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28Charlie Hebdo, now that it mocked non-Muslims/white America, lost its sanctified(/s) status as a "symbol of free speech". (written by Glenn Greenwald)
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34"It's now time to start referring to Trump as what he clearly is. And by that, I mean someone who panders to racists and appears determined to maintain a system that grants whites huge entitlements. And that system is known as white supremacy."
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16In Europe, "hate speech law" is often used to suppress and punish left-leaning viewpoints.
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12Anti-abortion campaign an abuse of free speech.
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11Why people believe in conspiracy theoriesand how to change their minds.
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17Possible evidence that all those Confederate memorials really are meant to intimidate and demoralize African-Americans: The only memorial to CSA Major General William Mahone of Virginia, who helped form an integrated political party in Virginia in the 1870s, is located within the US National Monument at a battlefield where he helped Robert E. Lee secure a victory.
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16Bannon may be more dangerous outside the WH than in it.
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24This was a better week than you think for the United States. "...today, it was where a small band of 50 Nazis had to be escorted to safety through a crowd of 40,000 Bostonians who’d had enough of their shit."
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26Doxxing White Supremacists Is Making Them Terrified.
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18Historians Question Trump’s Comments on Confederate Monuments.
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35The Charlottesville Nazis Are Learning That Actions Have Consequences.
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10New generation of white nationalist groups are sprawling. Among them are: Vanguard America (Neo Nazi), Identity Evropa (identitarian), League of the South (southerners), and Proud Boys (militia).
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-24What some experts think about the memo from Google employee James Damore for which he got fired
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35Conservatives pointing at "those awful homophobic Muslims" need to look again, as Western Muslims show strong decline in homophobia
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21The far-right vlogger and InfoWars contributor known as "Peter Sweden" is identified as Norwegian-born British national Peter Imanuelsen by the Swedish Nazi watchdog Expo. Murkier still, Imanuelsen is connected to a scandal-ridden Norwegian company owing the Swedish Tax AgencyWikipedia's W.svg over 7 million SEK in dodged taxes.

July 2017[edit]

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6Stories of Venezuelan government/state enterprise employees grappling with their decision about voting in today's controversial (and widely seen as fixed and illegitimate) election.
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28Predatory Journals Hit By ‘Star Wars’ Sting. Obvious spoof papers (that weren't even written by a Star Wars Fan) on midi-chlorians get accepted into predatory journals.
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11Given Trump enough time and he will, once in a while, tweet like Shakespeare. (YouTube link)
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15Autism – Minority children need more support
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-5What Russian journalists think of how American reporters cover Putin and Trump (TL;DR: It has been murky and without much substance.)
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27Richard Rorty'sWikipedia's W.svg book that predicted Trump’s rise offers the Left a roadmap for defeating him. (Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic)
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47NPR, as part of its 4th of July celebrations, tweeted the entire text of the Declaration of Independence. The response from the right went about as well as expected.

June 2017[edit]

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21 Autism can include happiness, belonging and positive health
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7The New Yorker: how the National Enquirer became Trump's number one fanzine.
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26The alt-right pulled a Conservapedia and ran way from the Jew run LIBERAL BIASED Wikipedia to build their own wiki.
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29Sad monkey: A bitter Ken Ham blames atheists and the secular media for the perceived financial failure of his Ark Park.
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44Sweden’s recycling is so revolutionary, the country has run out of rubbish, and has to import rubbish from other countries to keep its recycling plants going.
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-21The problem with the teaching of humanities today is that the professors undermine the value of the masterpieces they teach when they buy into the belief system that holds that "hegemonic forces of oppression have mystified us into believing in objective greatness."
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37The lesson of California's successful mandatory vaccination bill: merely explaining that vaccines don't cause autism won't convince parents to get their kids vaccinated. What does work is explaining to them herd immunity and epidemiology on top of it.

May 2017[edit]

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11Is the US government hiding evidence of alien visitors at Roswell or Area 51? We now can be sure they aren't.
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49A video exposing the corruption in Putin's government has been banned in Russia, so its makers have reuploaded it to PornHub.
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37In public understanding of science, "alternative facts" are the norm.
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42Star Trek Discovery — y'know, the series that shows races from all over the galaxy working together — now has an Asian captain and a black first officer. Right wingers are outraged by this clear example of "white genocide".
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50A new experiment in teaching kids to be critical thinkers and combat pseudoscience and fake news shows promise.
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30Hoaxers, with an axe to grind on gender studies, pay to get paper published in predatory open-access journal too new to have an impact factor, Cogent Social Sciences, arguing that penises cause global warming. Apparently vanity published papers prove postmodernism is false. PZ Myers dissects this silly stunt.
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-23Was the Tea Party born in this dominatrix's Indiana fetish dungeon?
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31Robert E. Lee was not that good a General, says The Washington Post.
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52Sovereign citizens — not "radical Islam" — are the biggest terrorist threat in the US.
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36Fox News scandal widens. Astroturfing, stalking, and smears, oh my!
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22String theory still hasn't solved its previous problems, and it's accumulating new ones now too.
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-9The Week on liberals' free speech amnesia.
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-54The American Conservative On comparing Jacksonian-style conservative populism with Bernie Sanders liberal populism—Until Jackson, no American politician captured the evils of crony capitalism as sharply and powerfully as this combative frontier figure with his hair-trigger temper and pugilistic style.... His program—low taxes, small government, a level playing field for all Americans, strict construction of the Constitution—became the program favored by most Americans.
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15Stephen Colbert "interviews" President Donald Trump (YouTube link).

April 2017[edit]

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24Sorry, College Kids, There’s No Such Thing As Hate Speech
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-6Arbital contributor and former MIRI intern arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.
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39Vox defends proportional representation as a solution to America's gerrymandering troubles.
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12Anita Sarkeesian wraps up Tropes vs. Women in Video Games.
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18An editor of scientific writing receives a solicitation for papers from a dubious urology journal, goes all out with a theme borrowed from an episode of the TV show Seinfeld, gets published in the journal, and skips out on the $799 fee.
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18Harvard Business School and the Propagation of Immoral Profit Strategies
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-25A hard-to-buy read: Salon states the alt-right didn't start out as racist. (Part 2; Part 3.)
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3The nerve of these guys! Sean and Melissa Morton, convicted felons, bid to raise $10,000 on Indiegogo
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21My strange journey into transhumanism.
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6Don't be fooled by his otherwise progressive policies, Justin Trudeau is paralleling Trump's environmental goals to Drill Baby Drill.
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13Various opinions about the Indian state Maharashtra's recommendation of making prenatal sex determination mandatory to prevent female foeticideWikipedia's W.svg.
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-58Quoting Patton Oswalt on Gamergate opponents jailed: "the 'male feminist ally turns out to be a creeper/harasser" is the 'family values politician turns out to be gay' for millenials".
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25Rise of "beg-packers": shameless Western backpackers begging money for travelling around Asia.
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20The ecological disaster that is Trump’s border wall: a visual guide
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21The red-blue divide persists even when people order science books from Amazon.
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24Is it foolish for a woman to cycle alone across the Middle East?

March 2017[edit]

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1The hidden sexism in workplace language.
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19Lessons of the anti-Berlusconi opposition are applicable to the anti-Trump opposition, says Jacobin.
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28Why Donald Trump's morally repugnant budget must be defeated.
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12The west condemned Russia’s bombs – now coalition attacks are killing civilians in Mosul.
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15"Are Baby Boomers A ‘Generation Of Sociopaths’?" HuffPo reviews a book that argues they "are beset with egotism, impulsivity and a shocking lack of empathy.
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35Trump lie-tracker: Trump has lied 317 times during past 64 days in office.
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-47How to convince "skeptics" that climate change is a problem. Scott Adams sides with climate scientists out of principle, but he lists 14 points that, he claims, make the case look like a scam.
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3National Review accurately explains why Trump won and Hillary lost (nope, still not Russia).
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14In China, Temple of Heaven's toilets use face-recognition technology to track toilet-paper usage and foil smugglers, thus reducing waste by 70%.
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12Researchers examine what helps settle disputes with extremists on wikis.
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-21"Not to be melodramatic, but... You're changing a fundamental part of what makes reddit, reddit." - Redditors shocked as Reddit to become more like a social network, reddits to be called "legacy".
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16Should measures of poverty and well-being include the environment?
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23Cracked - I Was A Hardcore Conservative: What Changed My Mind
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13What are rhino horns really for?
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46The Dutch far right’s election donors are almost exclusively American.
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12Understanding the long-run effects of Africa’s slave trades
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52The creator of the blatantly fake UndergroundNewsReport.com shared his outlandish (and totally false) stories to pro-Trump groups on Facebook, who fell for it hard: "It seemed that there wasn’t anything I could write that was too wild or outrageous to be believed by this particular audience."
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-20How Trump has destroyed the imperial Presidency.
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4Space exploration isn't a cure for our society.
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13The unexpected challenges of motherhood.
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20Repealing the Affordable Care Act can make it more difficult to retire earlier due to job lock.
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-19Is transgender identity inherited?
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40Israeli Comedy Show Host Implores Israelis to Wake Up and Smell the Apartheid
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21All you need to know about the upcoming Dutch general election, via The Grauniad. Also, some information about the country's electoral system.
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34Life on earth may have emerged much earlier that previously theorized, according to scientists studying fossils in Canadian rocks.

February 2017[edit]

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24There’s a new automated propaganda machine driving global politics. How Cambridge Analytica, a private company of which Steven Bannon is a board member, contributed to the victory of Trump in the election and what big data analysis will mean for the future of democracy.
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29To assess how badly disoriented incoming patients are, emergency room doctors often ask the same set of questions: What is your name? Where are we? What is the date? Who is the president of the United States? Since January 20, a WTF?! response has become common when people are told the identity of the new POTUS.
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32Dinesh D'Souza's crappy political hit piece, "Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party," wins the 2017 Razzie for Worst Picture. Besides worst picture, "Hillary's America" also won worst actor and director for Dinesh D'Souza (who played himself), and worst actress for the unnamed person who played Clinton. The Razzies website follows up in a good-natured way by featuring a flattering mugshot of D'Sousa.
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3A dumb idea: Salon deleting the Todd Nickerson pedophilia articles. P.S.: I've started a petition for Salon to bring them back. Please sign. Thank you!
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38Laurie Penny covers the downfall of Milo, live from the scene. Bring popcorn.
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11A video compilation showing Bill Maher's racist bigotry over the years. Update: Here he is defeding a 35-year-old who raped a child; he goes as far as to say that their relationship was loving and that our society oppressed.
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8Jacobin tells us to "Free Tibet".
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40The Grauniad on "populist correctness", aka the right's tendency to get triggered by whatever doesn't fit their worldview.
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20Under Trump, Gamergate no longer has any role independent of the alt-right, says Vice.
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11Ken Johnston poses as an astronaut + comments by James Oberg.
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23President Trump in the words of candidate Trump (YouTube link).
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21National Review discovers what it calls the "tough guy right".
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17Apparently, Alex Jones can and indeed has declined, says Vice.
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9Reason: "Ashton Kutcher Claims He Helped Cops Save Way More Sex-Trafficking Victims Than Authorities Say They've Found"
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26How a user account of prolific conservative Daniel John Sobieski, 68, tweets 1000 times a day including while he sleeps with the help of bots.
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18How Israeli tech firms sneakily do business in Gulf Arab states and its potential to lead to peace deal between these long time arch rivals.
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29Kremlinology revitalized: "We’ve fucked up so much that it’s made us afraid of victory; faced with an enormous and implacable enemy, there are people who are now convinced that its power is infinite.(...) If Steve Bannon’s pants fell down tomorrow and he tottered crying into a muddy pond, there would be someone ready to announce that actually, this made him even more omnipotent than he was before."
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33A brief history of all the things so-called president Donald Trump has declared "so-called", including judges, journalists, leaders, climate change and the popular vote.