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Whataboutism is a highly informal term used primarily in politics to refer to a whole slew of fallacies, including ad hominem, tu quoque, argument from fallacy, and the fallacy of relative privation. It consists of bringing in thematically related events, statements, and actions to deflect attention from the central issue.

"Whataboutism: The practice of responding to an accusation or difficult question by making a counter-accusation or raising a different issue. Also in later use: the practice of raising a supposedly analogous issue in response to a perceived hypocrisy or inconsistency."
-- The Oxford English Dictionary

As this definition suggests, an accusation of whataboutism is leveled in cases where it is believed to be inappropriate; if you believe that the challenge is fair you might call it a counterexample, a counterpoint, a challenge, an analogy, or an intuition pump -- but surely nothing so…

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"Blacks Aren't Crazy" is a track on comedian Chris Rock's first album, Born Suspect. It is a two and a half minute monologue, dealing with the difference between black and white crime.

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News for Noders

July 1: Brevity Quest 2018 begins!

July 1: Canada Day.

July 4: America Day.

July 7: Alice’s Day (AKA Alice in Wonderland Day).

July 17-22: Hemingway Days; party central is Key West, Florida.

July 31: Harry Potter's Birthday.


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June 4: Aesop's Birthday.

June 11: TerribleAspect's birthday!

June 13: Serjeant's Muse's birthday!

June 16: Bloomsday.

June 19: Juneteenth.

June 21: Summer solstice (northern hemisphere) and winter solstice (southern hemisphere).

June 28: Tau Day.

June 29: Get ready for Brevity Quest 2018, coming soon to a website near you!


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May 1st SciFiQuest 3018: A Dystopia for the Rest of Us starts!

May 1st May day.

May 4th May the Fourth be with you!

May 10th Happy birthday BIII!

May 13th Mother's day.

May 28th Memorial Day in the USA.


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April 1: April Fool's Day has been cancelled. Everyone just go home. Easter too.

April 6: Happy birthday, borgo!

April 7: Happy birthday, Tem42!

April 12: Yuri's Night

April 16: Happy birthday, moeyz!

April 22: Happy Earth Day, fellow earthlings!

April 24: Happy birthday, Rancid_Pickle!


Get ready for the Science Fiction Quest, coming in May!

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March 14th: Pi day.

March 14th: Midnight today is the last chance to post in, and vote on, Carrera de Caballos: An E2 Proseproduction.

March 20th: The first equinox of the year.

March 28th: Happy birthday lizardinlaw!

March 31st: Happy birthday mad girl's love song!


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