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This is RationalWiki's snarkilicious take on some of the more "WTF?" or egregious blog posts, editorials, videos and social media posts out there. The best can be found in Best of the clogosphere and older entries can be found in the archives.

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December 2018

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5The Federalist: Conservatism is more stigmatized than teh gays.
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14Andrew Sullivan on America’s New Religions: “We have the cult of Trump on the right, a demigod who, among his worshippers, can do no wrong. And we have the cult of social justice on the left, a religion whose followers show the same zeal as any born-again Evangelical. They are filling the void that Christianity once owned, without any of the wisdom and culture and restraint that Christianity once provided.” (A thorough refutation and analysis of Sullivan's arguments by Ezra Klein can be found here.)
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27Jordan Peterson: The term "climate change denier" is used to equate people called this with people who deny the Holocaust!
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24PETA suggests phrases such as "kill two birds with one stone" should be changed due to being "speciesist". Birds are, of course, a class - Aves, not a species.

November 2018

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32PETA asks for the English village of Wool to change its name to "Vegan Wool".
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19Closeted Neo-Nazi-in-disguise Australian Senator Pauline Hanson "empathizes" with the Sentinelese, using them as a convenient front to promote her racist, anti-immigrant agenda
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44Twitter TERFs create the hilariously self-owning hashtag #transMenAreNotWomen, apparently unaware that trans men are a thing.
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19The incels are at it again. The manosphere is trying/threatening to report Snapchat and Instagram cam girls to the IRS for tax evasion, using the hashtag "#ThotAudit". (Three things you should know: 1.; many of said cam girls already are, in fact, paying their taxes. 2.; reporting someone to the IRS for tax evasion requires more financial information about the prospective offender than these dudes are likely to possess. 3.; the IRS mainly only bothers to persecute prosecute rich people and large corporations, not small-time offenders like any of these cam girls would be. So ultimately, therefore, this probably won't amount to anything more than an ego-stroking circle-jerk on the part of the incels in question).
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25Ohio, continuing to make bad and baffling decisions, decides to become the first state dumb enough to allow payment of business taxes using Bitcoin. (The state also automatically converts the bitcoins to US dollars in the transaction, making the move even more baffling.) And don't worry, paying your individual tax obligations is coming soon.
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13 Mormon children's books to make fun of with your kids this holiday season
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34Minister of Health of the Indian state of Assam says cancer is caused by karma.
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17Meet the woman bringing social justice to astrology.
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24Arkansas State representative Stephens Meeks says in a now-deleted tweet that being homeless is a choice and a homeless man can be a millionaire in 20 years just by learning truck driving and earning $70K a year.
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32Forbes brain fart: Surging wealth inequality is a happy sign that life is becoming much more convenient
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32Dave Rubin: "Jesus was around a lot of Muslims; it was the Middle East..." (note: from June)
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23Bradlee Dean's theocratic wet dream WARNING - links to Coke Eyes Terry's Conservative News and Views.
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22The Western video game Red Dead Redemption 2 features a suffragette as a NPC. YouTubers are gleefully creating, uploading and exhorting videos in which they kill her. Fellas, maybe, just maybe, this sort of thing is the reason why most women aren't too keen to date or have sex with you?
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41How chemtrails and cell phone chips cause liberalism

October 2018

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40Woman who claims to have slept with 20 ghosts now claims to be engaged to one.
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34Kellyanne Conway claims the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting was motivated by the US' prevalent anti-religiosity.
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16In case you thought Effective Altruism had anything to do with being altruistic, effectively: 80000 Hours lists "the most urgent global problems". No. 1 is ... stopping Roko's Basilisk. Global warming is over in the "less impact" list, way down the page.
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47Far-right wingers are claiming that the suspicious packages sent to Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, George Soros, CNN, and some others was a false flag.#MAGABomber
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33Fresh from claiming that milk causes autism, PETA now declare milk the preferred drink of white supremacists.
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38Alex Jones screams at a literal pile of shit.
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25Witches are hexing Brett Kavanaugh. A Catholic exorcist is holding a special mass to counter the witches' spell.
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18The top cause of exertional rhabdomyolysisWikipedia's W.svg in America CrossFit has tweeted utterly irresponsible nutritional advice that makes the Healthy Band from Don't Hug Me I'm Scared seem vaguely credible. Particularly egregious: "Is that a label there? Labelled food makes your teeth go grey!"
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37"Trump is the most honest president ever." How honest is he? "Don't get me wrong, he lies all the time."
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14Classic Betteridge's LawWikipedia's W.svg: Does the Bible (Job 40) Describe a Sauropod Dinosaur (Behemoth)?
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30This brilliant internet detective has decoded a hidden video message from God and discovered that the next 9/11 will take place on November 1st, 2018. Watch out!
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23Before It's News thinks Hurricane Michael was a weaponized storm created by "the globalists" so the Democrats can rig the midterm elections while Florida is in chaos.
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26Mid-term election strategy for leftists according to an RT correspondent: "I wasn’t planning on voting this November but I love seeing the Democrats squirm. So as a leftist, I’m going to vote Republican down the line. The sooner we see the destruction of the Democratic Party, the better. #Accelerate"
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40Tucker Carlson: Brett Kavanaugh Backlash is Due to a “Theocracy Run By Atheists”
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37Natural News thinks Christine Blasey Ford ran a mind-control program for the CIA.
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37Another scoop from Before It's News: Now that Barack Obama is no longer president, Michelle Obama aka "Michael Robinson" has given up on pretending to be a woman and is growing a beard!

September 2018

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94The role played by dinosaurs in the American Civil War.
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64The neckbeards are at it again. Apparently, the turn-based strategy game Total War: Rome II features more women than the sensibilities of the capital-G Gamers are able to process. For a change, an employee at the company that produces the game grew a spine and issued a statement to the effect of: "Yes, dipshits, there exists such a thing as people with two X chromosomes, and if this fact offends you, you are free to take your business elsewhere." Alas, said employee happened to be female, so you can guess the results...
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28According to Before It's News, NASA recently used the Cassini probe to turn Saturn into a new sun, but hid it from the world with the "SkyCloak" in order to fulfill an apocalyptic prophecy.
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25Allnews Pipeline seriously thinks that Hurricane Florence might have been created by the "globalists" using a weather-modification weapon to attack the US. Just to make Trump mad, of course.
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22Natural News is calling on Trump to issue arrest warrants for Pelosi and Schumer. Because writing a letter opposing a move by the President is TREASON!!!
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35Alex Jones makes a rant wearing donkey head mask. Also, get prepared to get a completely accurate depiction of how pansexuality "actually" works!
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32Things just aren't going too good for Alex Jones. Shoot, I guess now I can't download his app and get all the sweet, sweet Alex-Jones-isms I desire.
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29And next on the list of miracle cures for cancer that don't work...hydrogen peroxide!
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44Alex Jones responds to his Twitter ban by claiming America will be destroyed on October 6. It's all about 666.

August 2018

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12Why Bigfoot must die! Important debate covered on Gizmodo.
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24To keep the US from having the same fate as Sodom and Gomorrah, don't compromise and brutally enforce your own beliefs.
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25Michael Levinson, candidate for the US Senate from Florida, and graduate of the Timecube school of web design.
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39Vox points out that "truth isn't truth", according to Trump's lawyer. Well, that explains it all...
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22Republic Standard: The evil liberal media is pushing out anti-white propaganda in order to cause white genocide.
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40PragerU is here to warn you about the dangers of men becoming less masculine.
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34Not the Onion: The UKIP leadership is now strategising with Sargon of Akkad... and Alex Jones' right-hand man, Paul Joseph Watson
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13Allnews Pipeline is worried that an anti-ICE protest in Portland on August 4th will turn violent and start another American civil war. [EDIT: It seems we'll have to wait a little bit longer...]

July 2018

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26Meghan Murphy thinks that trans people being allowed in Pakistan, but not gay people, proves that transgenderism is a conservative/regressive practice.
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30Natural News now thinks that there's an actual modern-day communist plot to take over the US.
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22Survey Reveals Bible Reading Habits of Christians… and Ken Ham Is Very Unhappy.
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15"Brexit could lead to spread of infectious diseases such as super-gonorrhoea, health chief warns".
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14Flat Earthers overreact to Buzz Aldrin "admitting" that the Moon Landing was fake and space travel is a hoax.
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18Plastic straws are being banned in California. It sucks, according to Ben Shapiro.
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15The news is dropping hints about an evil upcoming deception that would convince many that aliens exist.
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22Candace Owens responds to Trump's Iran tweet by calling him an "Alpha" and saying she's glad to be "running in his pack."
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17 One America News Network believes in a white genocide against South Africa's white minority and that Obama is praising it.
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55She-Ra - a crappy 80s cartoon designed to market toys to girls - is getting a reboot, and Gamergaters are angry that the breasts of the title character will not be as big as they were in the original series.
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-10London is the most Homophobic area in Britain, according to Breitbart. Also according to the British Social Attitudes survey.
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21The John Birch Society claims that the UN is planning to instigate another Constitutional Convention to repeal the Second Amendment and allow UN troops to occupy the US.
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-4This Breitbart writer really, really, liked Boris Johnson's recent Brexit speech
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11Natural News believes that Democrats will make America "ungovernable" through violence, especially if they win the midterms.
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33 Helsinki is one of Trump's finest moments [No, not The Onion].
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31Fundamentalist Christians pounce on Ariana Grande for a music video about God being a woman. But, why would an all-powerful entity that mankind cannot comprehend be restricted to basic biology and or man-made concepts of gender? NO! YOU'RE NOT ALLOWED TO QUESTION THE BIBLE!!!1!
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35Two Christians Claim on Radio Show That Donald Trump’s Critics Are “Not Human”. Either that or child-eating demons, take your pick.
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16Natural News believes that Youtube's new fact-checking system is censorship designed to prop up the "deep state." The best part is that one of the article tags is "techno tyranny."
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16Move over, InfoWars, there's a new player on the alternative news scene! (Poe's Law applies) The site's a joke, but all the text on it is from real kooks.
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25InfoWars: 133 attacks on Trump supporters prove Civil War has already begun.
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28Rick Wiles: God will destroy the US unless Justice Kennedy's successor is pro-life.
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61Alex Jones claims that Democrats will start a new civil war on July 4th. [EDIT: Well, damn. Stockpiled all those weapons for nothing.][Edit - if you missed the war you can read about it in various historical documents - the horror is palpable]