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January 2019

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6 One month after porn purge, white nationalists are still thriving on Tumblr
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2 How (and why) Americans were taught to hate atheists
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11"In God We Trust": The bill Christian fundamentalists hope to use to "protect religious freedom"
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15The 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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13How climate change caused the world's first empire to collapse
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13A Frozen History of Climate Change in Pictures: Digging Deep into the Ice Shelves of Greenland
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5Who’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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13The mother-daughter team behind the 'scientifically unsupported' Myers-Briggs personality test
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4The Strange History and Stranger Planet of Barnard's Star
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17The 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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8Laws intended to protect firefighters who get cancer often lack teeth
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12Will 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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18If we lose the free press, we cease to be a democracy
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10"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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210 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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15Are Israeli media too soft on the country's popular military?
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17When bipartisanship is just a cover for conservatives
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17Leaders of the Women's March are accused of anti-Semitism after the firing of a Jewish leader.
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4Another 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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8A rare example of creationists refuting other creationists' prattle
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11Don't Be Evil: A Tale of Google, China and Atrocities
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25PewDiePie 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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19Time Person of the Year: The Guardians and the War on Truth
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41In 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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26Even 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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-43Ross Douthat: Why We Miss the WASPs. Ross Douthat on how WASP aristocracy was so awesome, I guess.
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17Wall 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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17 Private companies are making lots of profit from children's social services while families in difficulty suffer
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19How 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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15 How labor was responsible for bringing Scott Walker and Bruce Rauner down
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21'Paleofantasy' - why trying to live like our 'healthier' ancestors doesn't stack with evolution

October 2018

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16 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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38A 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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29Despite 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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31'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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17 Betsy DeVos is failing an entire generation of students
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23 Francis Fukuyama interview: socialism ought to come back
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29 The Guardian: Mohammad bin Salman of Saudi Arabia was never a reformer. The disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi has proved it.
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17 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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47The 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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4"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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36Reddit bans core QAnon subreddit r/GreatAwakening, among other far-right hate subreddits such as r/MillionDollarExtreme and r/ChadRight
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-23According 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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25 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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4Islam 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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32Young conservatives flock to Washington, D.C., to support renewable energy.
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34Radical 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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19What Goes Up In Flames Or how neoliberal austerity destroys lives and culture

August 2018

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39It'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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36In 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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30Trump Jr. shares a doctored image of a CNN graphic claiming Trump's approval rating is 50%.
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40CBC: 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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31The decade we almost stopped climate change