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http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2017/05/26/bizarre-study-claims-eating-too-many-chicken-nuggets-can-turn-you-gay/

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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/01/far-right-conspiracy-theory-us-civil-war

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If you are inside the “alt-right” information bubble, you might be preparing yourself for a civil war to commence this Saturday.

Since late September, the idea has been circulating on Facebook groups, subreddit message boards, Twitter, and leading conspiracy media outlets that on 4 November, anti-fascist groups will begin a violent insurrection.
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Some websites are telling their readers that antifa groups are “planning to kill every single Trump voter, Conservative and gun owner” this weekend. Hundreds of Facebook posts show how seriously consumers of such media are taking the news, and comments like “One more threat against white people and I swear to God I’m going to take a goddamn car and run over every fucking one of them” are not unrepresentative of the response.

But antifa groups have no plans to protest that day, and the small leftist groups who are planning protests have only dubious connections to the antifa movement. So what gives?

The whole thing rests on some very slender reeds, according to Spencer Sunshine, who recently wrote a report on the theories for the far right-monitoring group Political Research Associates. In the conspiracy underground on YouTube, he explains, there has been talk that “there was going to be a civil war” starting in November for some months.

Beginning in late September, three things kicked it a into higher gear. First, Refuse Fascism, a small group linked to the Revolutionary Communist party, staged a visually spectacular protest in Los Angeles. They blocked the 101 freeway and held up signs that enigmatically spelled out “Nov 4 it begins”. This is the same group that is organizing a series of protests around the country against the “Trump-Pence regime” this weekend.

Second, a video posted on a Facebook page called Vets Before Illegals went viral. The video, entitled “Antifa sets a date for civil war”, claimed that “on their website, they are calling for an open civil war that will start in November”, and set out alleged plans for attacking police officers, then citizens and the government.

Last, but by no means least, the rumor was picked up and amplified by Alex Jones, the radio star with an audience of millions. As Sunshine explains, Jones “is a kind of meta-conspiracy theorist now” who “harvests other people’s theories” and repackages them to fit his narratives and his audience.

Once Jones had mentioned it, Sunshine explains, the rumor mill exploded: “Once Jones says something, even more people pick up on it and put their own spin on it.” Jones’s website was still running the story on Wednesday morning.
An absurd turn

In recent days, the story took an absurd turn, and had its closest brush with more mainstream conservative media, when Gateway Pundit, a longtime conservative blog that has recently expanded into news coverage, published a story by its White House correspondent, Lucian Wintrich, claiming that an “antifa leader” had promised to “behead white parents” on 4 November.

The tweet the story was based on, however, was a joke from an account that had no apparent ties to any antifa groups.

In a telephone interview, Wintrich conceded that the tweet his reporting was based on was not serious, and that it was unlikely that there would be a revolution on Saturday. But he did not back away from the story, presenting it as a critique of leftist rhetoric.

“The radical left is always making jokes about killing white people. What would happen if I made a joke about killing all black parents? That would be a national headline.

“If it’s appropriate for them to demonize [conservatives] over quite innocent jokes, why would we just roll over when they make inappropriate jokes? What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.”

The piece included a detailed account of antifa ideology, which included the claim that the activists “are larpers (‘live action role-play’) attempting to find someone/thing to sexually interact with”.

When asked what sources he drew on in reporting on their ideology, Wintrich said: “I did go to school at Bard College. I received my education around people who I’m sure are on terrorist watchlists as socialist or communist extremists.”

As Sunshine says, Refuse Fascism activists have been supportive of antifa groups in the past, and often show up to the same demonstrations, but there is “no formal connection” between them and antifa. They are also small, he says, and their protest is explicitly nonviolent and specifically directed against the administration, not rightwing activists or police.

Mark Bray, historian and author of Antifa: The Antifascist Handbook, agrees. “Prior to 2017, the far right didn’t really know what antifa was,” he says, adding that the focus on these groups has a number of causes. It is an extension of the demonization of anarchists in general, but it is also a way to smear mainstream liberals who have no links to antifascist groups.

And to some extent, this particular panic has succeeded in energizing a particular slice of the right. As Sunshine puts it: “It motivates the base, it’s part of the apocalyptic narrative they use – there’s always a dangerous event just over the horizon.” Also, he says: “It’s a call for vigilante activity. There are currently tons of threats against leftwing activists.”

And unless there is a confrontation as a result of rightwing counter-protesters turning out to shut down the “revolution”, it’s all likely to come to nothing.

“There is no revolution or civil war planned for 4 November,” says Bray. “You can quote me on that.”

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Nov 14 2017 10:15

https://redyouth.org/2017/07/22/why-do-marxist-leninists-support-some-non-socialist-governments/

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Nov 15 2017 13:02

http://www.brasilwire.com/if-uk-media-wrote-about-the-uk-like-it-does-latin-america/

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“I am afraid I might turn into a bourgeois,” worried the writer Aleksandr Serafimovich (Apt. 82) to a friend. “In order to resist such a transformation, I have been spitting into all the corners and onto the floor, blowing my nose, and lying in bed with my shoes on and hair uncombed. It seems to be helping.”

http://www.nybooks.com/articles/2017/11/23/bolshevisms-new-believers/

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https://www.facebook.com/675045492617890/photos/a.721543354634770.1073741830.675045492617890/1374106832711749/?type=3&theater

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Nov 22 2017 09:30

Craftwork: This is a true masterpiece.

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Nov 22 2017 20:45

did only read a few lines: https://socialistfight.com/2017/10/27/david-broder-the-renegade-from-trotskyism-has-become-a-stalinist/

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https://www.vice.com/en_ca/article/kzgq4z/watch-this-conservative-politician-read-an-anti-weed-poem-in-parliament?utm_campaign=Global&utm_source=vicefbca

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http://www.spartacist.org/english/wv/1124/vaping.html

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Dec 30 2017 23:13

Ленин был шестиметровым рыбоящером (Lenin was a six-meter-long marine reptile):

https://elementy.ru/kartinka_dnya/491/Lenin_byl_shestimetrovym_ryboyashcherom

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Jan 2 2018 10:34

https://tendancecoatesy.wordpress.com/2017/12/30/leftist-trivia-quiz-2017/

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http://southendnewsnetwork.com/web/far-right-commentator-milo-yiannopoulos-just-fell-for-a-fake-southend-news-network-story-live-on-air/

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The ex-senior editor of Breitbart News and self-described ‘cultural libertarian’ Milo Yiannopoulos has just used his live YouTube channel to read out an entire Southend News Network story to his thousands of followers and report it as fact.

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As per usual there were a number of clues in the story to indicate that it might be total and utter bollocks, including:
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Jan 23 2018 20:51

Turkish Academics Say Biblical Noah Made A Call With A Cell Phone Before The Flood
https://www.modernghana.com/news/827343/turkish-academics-say-biblical-noah-made-a-call-with-a-cell.html

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Jan 23 2018 21:09

Marking exam papers in which students decide to write about the effects of globalisation even though they don't know what they are, they have a very sketchy, at best, knowledge of what globalisation is and that wasn't what they were actually supposed to do.
More of a bitter chuckle, they could at least make funny mistakes!

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Feb 7 2018 11:09

http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2018/02/06/china-is-the-best-implementer-of-catholic-social-doctrine-says-vatican-bishop/

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“Right now, those who are best implementing the social doctrine of the Church are the Chinese,” a senior Vatican official has said.

Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, praised the Communist state as “extraordinary”, saying: “You do not have shantytowns, you do not have drugs, young people do not take drugs”. Instead, there is a “positive national conscience”.

The bishop told the Spanish-language edition of Vatican Insider that in China “the economy does not dominate politics, as happens in the United States, something Americans themselves would say.”

Bishop Sánchez Sorondo said that China was implementing Pope Francis’s encyclical Laudato Si’ better than many other countries and praised it for defending Paris Climate Accord. “In that, it is assuming a moral leadership that others have abandoned”, he added.

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Feb 17 2018 23:49

Having Google Translate read "Straight Outta Compton" in a British accent is quite amusing.

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Feb 28 2018 21:17

Some New Zealand news channel does an alarmist story on "Leftbook": https://www.facebook.com/sevensharp/videos/10156334921167268/

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Mar 12 2018 12:16

found at https://www.facebook.com/angrypeopleinlocalnewspapers/photos/a.924162277628776.1073741829.922716137773390/1875724389139222/?type=3&theater&ifg=1 ... is THE OUTLAW back?

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Mar 15 2018 22:25

Gets me every time.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=l9gZJ7MGjOI

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Mar 18 2018 13:08

https://pattayaone.news/en/10-million-baht-porsche-fire/amp/

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Mar 20 2018 21:45

Is it me or does this guy look like Orwell?

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Mar 30 2018 15:49

Neopalpa donaldtrumpi

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Apr 1 2018 07:28

https://www.gnu.org/software/emacs/manual/html_mono/woman.html

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WoMan does not replace man, although it does use a number of the facilities implemented in the Emacs man library. WoMan and man can happily co-exist, which is very useful for comparison and debugging purposes.
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Apr 2 2018 03:24

Probably not in the spirit of the thread but I thought this short story from George Bernard Shaw from 1905 was funny:

Link: Death of an Old Revolutionary Hero by George Bernard Shaw

But as I scanned it in, I guess I would say that.