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March 2019

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4"The Evolution of Consciousness," by Kurzgesagt - In a Nutshell
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11A 'Mainstreaming Of Bigotry' As White Extremism Reveals Its Global Reach: "This threat of homegrown, far-right wing, white nationalism, terrorism and extremism is the most prominent threat."
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22John Oliver discusses America's robocall epidemic
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19Feminism without socialism will never cure our unequal society
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29The women who flipped: the price of changing your conservative views.
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28The AV Club looks back on how The Passion of the Christ psychologically scarred a generation of American teens, reflected the changing nature of American Christianity in the 2000s, and turned the Crucifixion into a simple good vs evil (Jews) narrative.
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-38Left-wing Corbynista Twitter account @rachael_swindon run by Rachael Cousins has been suspended for breaking Twitter terms of use. Thoughts are due to account’s trolling and spreading of disinformation and anti-Semitic viewpoints.
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21The Guardian’s Catherine Bennett has criticised the number of illiberal views that have been growing on BBC Radio 4’s daily religious programme Thought of the Day.

February 2019

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-11Scott Alexander has killed kicked out the infamous regular Culture War thread from the companion subreddit to his Slate Star Codex blog - in part blaming "a left-wing wiki" (rationalwiki) and an unnamed subreddit (/r/sneerclub) for its ouster
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17The people behind God's Not Dead are making a film about Planned Parenthood called Unplanned. Because when your entire reputation rests on bad-faith stereotyping of your cultural enemies, you might as well stay on brand.
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9The return of Judeo-Bolshevism
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10How Iran has changed in the four decades since the Islamic Revolution as Iran celebrates the fortieth anniversary of the Revolution
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44Parents in America are reporting that due to the popularity of the British children's TV show Peppa PigWikipedia's W.svg, their toddlers are starting to speak with an English accent and peppering their vocabulary with British English.
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10What it means to be human: the evolution of laughter
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1Six Darwin Day Poll Results from the Panda's Thumb
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-46Death, Nothingness, and Subjectivity: A Secular Case Against the Notion that Death is the End of all Experience
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18Active shooter drills are tragically misguided

January 2019

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26So much for living the libertarian dream. $200 million (CDN) lost by users of BC-based Bitcoin exchange Quadriga as founder and sole director reported dead, taking his passwords with him.
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7How capable were ancient hominids of crossing large gaps of ocean water?
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8Is ancient DNA revealing new truths - or falling into old traps? Why some archaeologists are uneasy about the new field of paleogenomics
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11Why PE classes may actually increase truancy and discipline rates in students
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31 Red Hats are the new white hoods
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25How the Christian Gospels More Resemble the works of fiction produced in the time they were written in than actual works of history produced during the same period
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33PZ Myers on the train wreck that was New Atheism: "[I] figured that [post 9/11 xenophobia/fanaticism] would pass, that people would step in the door and then find enduring meaning in science and evidence-based reasoning. Boy, was I wrong."
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-20I failed the Covington Catholic Test
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21 One month after porn purge, white nationalists are still thriving on Tumblr
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28 How (and why) Americans were taught to hate atheists
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12"In God We Trust": The bill Christian fundamentalists hope to use to "protect religious freedom"
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16The truth behind the Blue Whale Challenge, the latest internet moral panic: Russian teens were sharing blue whale memes and supposedly performing a 50 step online challenge where step 50 was "Kill yourself".
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16How climate change caused the world's first empire to collapse
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12A Frozen History of Climate Change in Pictures: Digging Deep into the Ice Shelves of Greenland
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4Who’s more compassionate, Republicans or Democrats?
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15Is the greatest threat to civilization, that is, climate change getting worse?
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16FACT CHECK: Trump's Oval Office Pitch for a Border Wall
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12The mother-daughter team behind the 'scientifically unsupported' Myers-Briggs personality test
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2The Strange History and Stranger Planet of Barnard's Star
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24The New York Times: American Jews and Israeli Jews are headed for a messy breakup.
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3"Listening to Young Atheists: Lessons for a Stronger Christianity." Short version: the shallow theology of modern Christianity produced short-term growth, but bred a generation of atheists in the long run. (New Atheism actually factored surprisingly little into many young people's decisions to abandon religion.)
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6Laws intended to protect firefighters who get cancer often lack teeth
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9Will Scientists be Smarter than Atheists? by famous evolutionary developmental biologist and feminist blogger PZ Myers
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14Charcoal, “toxins” and other forms of nonsense are the backbone of the wellness-industrial complex, writes obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr. Jen Gunter
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20If we lose the free press, we cease to be a democracy
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7"I Don’t Hate Women Candidates — I Just Hated Hillary and Coincidentally I’m Starting to Hate Elizabeth Warren"

December 2018

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19The Year in Q: 2018 was hilariously frustrating for QAnon followers
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110 Unsettling Solar System Possibilities by John Michael Godier.
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11 To celebrate the New Year, let's review the 25 worst headlines of 2018
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27Are Israeli media too soft on the country's popular military?
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18When bipartisanship is just a cover for conservatives
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16Leaders of the Women's March are accused of anti-Semitism after the firing of a Jewish leader.
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2Another man lost his job to being narced for a rape joke on social media. Applauding that sort of thing is a problem.
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21"Yellow Vests" and the downward mobility of the middle class
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9A rare example of creationists refuting other creationists' prattle
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12Don't Be Evil: A Tale of Google, China and Atrocities
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31PewDiePie faced backlash for giving a shoutout to a YouTuber called E;R, who is known for making anti-semitic jokes, comments, and content and also has a Gab account. PewDiePie has since then responded to the controversy.
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20Time Person of the Year: The Guardians and the War on Truth
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43In response to Tumblr banning all NSFW content, a writer at The Guardian proposes that social media should focus less on nipples and more on Nazis.
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35Even Tucker Carlson is starting to lose faith in Donald Trump, as revealed in an interview with the conservative Swiss magazine Die Weltwoche in which he calls him "not capable" of governing and accuses him of having barely achieved anything.
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-48Ross Douthat: Why We Miss the WASPs. Ross Douthat on how WASP aristocracy was so awesome, I guess.
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18Wall Street Rule for the #MeToo Era: Avoid Women at All Cost. How this reaction, rather than promoting open discussion, promotes gender segregation and exacerbates women's struggles.

November 2018

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18 Private companies are making lots of profit from children's social services while families in difficulty suffer
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20How Trump's administration tried to discredit the latest US National Climate Assessment - and the liberal media helped. (from Ars Technica)
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7Round 2 of an ongoing debate between AronRa and Kent Hovind
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15The Pakistani equivalent of the alt-right that rose to prominence years before its Western parallels
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27Pseudoarchaeology and the Racism Behind Ancient Aliens: Where, exactly, the idea of ancient aliens building the pyramids began — and why some academics think racism lies at the heart of many extraterrestrial theories.
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16 How labor was responsible for bringing Scott Walker and Bruce Rauner down
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22'Paleofantasy' - why trying to live like our 'healthier' ancestors doesn't stack with evolution

October 2018

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17 Suspicious billboards featuring Putin and Brexit have started to appear around London. A group calling itself "Proud Bear" takes credit.
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-20 Why calling antisemites "White Nationalists" actually gives them cover.
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6Glenn Greenwald discusses the lessons to be learned from the catastrophic election in Brazil in a Youtube video.
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49A history of Israel pursuing diplomatic relations with pro-Israeli anti-semitic regimes to serve the interest of the state, at the expense of Jewish communities worldwide.
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34Despite relentless whining about how the left wing media controls everything, right wing groups have bought up huge swaths of the media resulting in conservative nonsense dominating American politics.
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38'Toxic Christianity': the evangelicals creating champions for Trump.
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15Pennsylvania GOP candidate for governor Scott Wagner explains that global warming is caused by the earth getting progressively closer to the sun. (Damn it, my plan's been exposed!)
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20 Betsy DeVos is failing an entire generation of students
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35 Francis Fukuyama interview: socialism ought to come back
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31 The Guardian: Mohammad bin Salman of Saudi Arabia was never a reformer. The disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi has proved it.
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26 Court-packing is necessary to save American democracy
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14Asian-Americans are now mostly against affirmative action, and disinformation is part of the reason.
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13GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) is in free fall, with foreign investors fleeing away, economies of Saudi, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain etc in the verge of crisis. This is in spite of the young prince's supposed economic revitalization plan.
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58The cruelty is the point: President Trump and his supporters find community by rejoicing in the suffering of those they hate and fear.

September 2018

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18Robert Morningstar's "Crystal City on the Moon" established as fraudulent
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5"The Issue With Interrupting Ted Cruz’s Dinner Wasn’t One of Civility, It Was the Media’s Reaction"
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9Why a crowd funding campaign against Susan Collins of Maine isn't bribery.
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15Washington’s young Russian crowd is beginning to feel like they’re living in a spy novel reminscent of the Cold War era. And they’re the bad guys.
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37Reddit bans core QAnon subreddit r/GreatAwakening, among other far-right hate subreddits such as r/MillionDollarExtreme and r/ChadRight
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-22According to Women's March leader Linda Sarsour, American Muslims shouldn’t humanize Israelis. (note: article contains zero direct quotes that say anything like this)
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26 The lasting trauma of Alex Jones's lies.
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-2612 year old boy who transitioned to being a girl two years ago has changed his mind about the transition.
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3Islam being treated as a mental illness in People's Republic of China.
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5After the ’60s, truth was relative, criticizing was equal to victimizing, individual liberty became absolute, and everyone was permitted to believe or disbelieve whatever they wished. The distinction between opinion and fact was crumbling on many fronts.
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41Young conservatives flock to Washington, D.C., to support renewable energy.
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42Radical open-access plan could spell end to journal subscriptions: Eleven research funders in Europe announce ‘Plan S’ to make all scientific works free to read as soon as they are published
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22What Goes Up In Flames Or how neoliberal austerity destroys lives and culture

August 2018

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42It's time for #MeToo in the Catholic church
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22Stonekettle Salon: Critical Path, or 'How inability to tell facts from BS will doom America.'
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18 Reports of growing disillusionment with the way Russia is administering Crimea since the annexation of the peninsular from Ukraine in 2014.
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8 The Saudi Arabia-Canada diplomatic feud explained.
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7Yoshihiro Sato, a medical researcher at the center of one of the biggest frauds in scientific history, remains an enigma to those who exposed him.
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47In response to Benjamin Netanyahu's attack on Jeremy Corbyn attending a Palestinian memorial, comedian Mark Steel reminds people of the time Netanyahu attended a memorial with Irgun members to commemorate the King David Hotel bombing.
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18How a meteor hunter became a conspiracy theorist, and a Sovereign citizen. (But I repeat myself.)
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35Trump Jr. shares a doctored image of a CNN graphic claiming Trump's approval rating is 50%.
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49CBC: Alex Jones deals in vicious stupidity. It's not free speech — it's incitement.
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16Why the August 7th primary results are a very bad sign for the GOP's prospects in November
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17What Is QAnon? The Conspiracy Theory Tiptoeing Into Trump World.
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41The decade we almost stopped climate change