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February 2020

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7The 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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16Homemaking 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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22How 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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18Why 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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22How Brexit will destroy the UK and reduce it to insignificance.
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21Coronavirus 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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38 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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22This issue affects Canada. This issue affects the 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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41 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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64Christianity 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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10 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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20 A list of all the species that became extinct during the 2010s.
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20Man 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 This issue affects New Zealand. )
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19What will spark the next insurrection in the US? Probably everything
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-10How 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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17How 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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30The 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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18 Greensboro massacre: The massacre that spawned the Alt-right.

October 2019

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22 Harvey Weinstein was a sacrificial lamb for misogyny and now he's back.
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34TERFs 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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2The Keynesianism of the United States Armed Forces and its effects on capitalism's survival prospects.

September 2019

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16In perhaps what is one of the most inconsiderate gestures ever, people are actually getting married at old plantations. Thanks for letting us know you care so much about the plight of the slaves that you decide to have your fucking wedding there.
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11The United States may very well be on the verge of revolution, political scientists are saying.
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8"Exhausted Nancy Pelosi given ten hour saline drip after being forced to remain firm in her convictions for ten hours." Yes this is The Onion.
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35How the religious right drove left-leaning Americans away from religion.
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19A NYT opinion piece about Dominic Cummings, one of the little-known men behind Boris Johnson and Brexit.
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4"Let's talk about an appeal to the gun crowd...." - Beau of the Fifth Column
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30The Challenges Of Being A Foreign Reporter In China.

August 2019

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-229Bolsanaro is destroying the Amazon rainforest, right? Well, maybe not.
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24How Trump's ambassador to Denmark, Carla Sands, isn't just a nutty conspiracy-theory-pushing far-right tweeter who donated at least $350k to Trump and fundraised a lot more: she also starred in 1988 movie Deathstalker and the Warriors From Hell, a film so bad that it was parodied in MST3K, and worked as a chiropractor.
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32It’s not just David Duke and the KKK anymore: It’s Tucker Carlson and Fox News Network who sell hate
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20Quillette gets Sokal'd by somebody posing as a DSA organizer named "Archie Carter".
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10Is there a growth in the interest of astrology and horoscopes? Astrologists say uncertainty and helplessness are fueling their industry.
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26We Must Defend Thanos’s Constitutional Right to Snap His Fingers and Make Half of the Universe Disappear.
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26The excellent as ever John Oliver's report on prison slave labour
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17Studies reveal that the world’s first atomic bomb explosion in Alamogordo, New Mexico on July 16, 1945, codenamed Trinity, was a “dirty bomb” that cast large amounts of heavily contaminated soil and debris over thousands of square-miles.
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0Prosecutors shoot down Sean David Morton's appeal

July 2019

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14Combining cryptocurrency, cold fusion, alchemy, dietary supplements and colloidal silver - it's Synthestech, playing RationalWiki bingo!(self promotion warning)
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4"Void Ecology" by Isaac Arthur
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-12More Sandy Hook massacre awfulness, with a publisher selling a "banned by Amazon edition" of a book called Nobody Died At Sandy Hook for premium prices, after promising to take it off sale.
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13The Observer's resident lifestyle columnist Eva Wiseman, is asking whether the wellness trend is dying away in favour of more scientific thought. She reports about how much of a flop London's GOOP fest has been
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11Jeffrey Epstein, Lawrence Krauss, and firing your heroes into the sun
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20Neoliberal pundits fail to see which way the wind is blowing as they continue to, inaccurately, predict Bernie is doomed to fail.
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1"Does The Jeffrey Epstein Indictment Prove QAnon Right?" (No.)
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16"Some Suburb of Hell" - America's new concentration camps
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28"We've lost an entire generation" Evangelical Christians facing crisis over hypocritical support for Trump
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-33Valuing Civility: Moral pollution, preference falsification and the demise of civil society
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23The magical thinking of guys who love logic
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9"Naked Andrew Yang emerges from time vortex to warn debaters of the impending perils of automation" - The Onion

June 2019

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16Video game wikis leaving Wikia in frustration
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22Guardian columnist Dawn Foster warns that that such an extreme Brexit could lead to a complete break-up of the UK. She mentions that support for each of the non-English parts of the UK leaving the union are growing, even in places like Wales, where Welsh independence is growing.
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24Everything I Learned While Getting Kicked out of America's Biggest Anti-Vaccine Conference: Anna Merlan at AutismOne
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10Neither the Apollo 11 astronauts nor NASA knew where they were when they first landed on the Moon
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28US claims drone was minding its own business on its way to church when Iran coldly attacked it out of nowhere
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18Trump thanks supporters who sacrificed time, money, friends, family, morals, religious beliefs to be here today
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18Many Saudi Arabian microblogging accounts who are supporters of Mohammad bin Salman are leaving Twitter due the platform's policies, and instead heading to ParlerWikipedia's W.svg, a pro-Trumpian microblogging service.
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17Will climate change kill everyone, or just lots and lots of people?
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22The US is notoriously bad at counting civilian casualties, her allies are even worse.
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14The huge flaw with Jordan Peterson's new social media site.
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19How Trump's transgender military ban is forcing soldiers back into hiding.
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6The use of genetic tests to establish whether people are Jewish and what it means for the relationship between DNA and concepts of "race", by Oscar Schwartz in the Guardian.
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268chan is the human equivalent of rotting garbage. Who knew?
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16Video game creators are burned out and desperate for change.
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-1Natural birth control options for people who want to die.
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16Who are the Houthis, and why it's a bad idea to get involved in a war with them.
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16Ben Shapiro and the myth of "Judaeo-Christian" science.
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6The spelling bee is broken: how it harmfully impacts kids and their parents.
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11Oil is booming in the Permian Basin, but at what cost to West Texans?

May 2019

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21The World’s Most Annoying Man (Steven Pinker)
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11Why freeing Julian Assange might be a miscarriage of justice. Re the Sweden rape allegations.
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18 As well as common law freeman on the land and German Reichsbürgerbewegung, you also have Russians who believe that the Soviet Union hasn’t been dissolved and state that they are Soviet citizens.
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21Digital property rights and how corporations infringe on them
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-35Is the modern mass extinction overrated? Ref also Betteridge's law of headlines.
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39Woman walking alone at night picks up pace after spotting truck driven by Alabama state lawmakers slowly following her - The Onion
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-36America is better at assimilating immigrants than Europe
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15Fans do not own franchises. If you don't like the direction in which Star Wars, Game of Thrones, etc. are currently going, stop watching them, instead of demanding that the people who do own them decanonize and remake them to suit you.
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39In a surprising stopped clock moment, Pat Robertson denounces Alabama's new anti-abortion law as "extreme" and that "Alabama has gone too far."
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12These five are held up as superfoods, but the amount you'd need to eat is staggering
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24Sam Harris up to his usual Islamophobic tricks
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15"Green New Deal" by John Oliver
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54Let People Not Enjoy Things. These days, a good portion of the fandoms of nerd franchises such as the MCU, Star Wars and Game of Thrones - which is to say, consumer products fielded by megacorporations - gets far too defensive upon reading criticism thereof, and would do well to engage in some self-reflection.
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47What Happened After My 13-Year-Old Son Joined the Alt-Right
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23Two of this years' shitty teach the controversy laws shot down.
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13"What it's like to live in a California ghost town
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22"The Invention of Hell" - Internet Infidels
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19Inside India's powerful Hindu nationalist group that seeks to write Hindu scripture into law and strip Indian Muslims of equal rights.
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15"The Man who went to the Place in North Korea that Doesn't Technically Exist"
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35Why did Bush go to war in Iraq? - Al Jazeera