I understand this being a major pain point for lots of people, but I’ve got to be honest and say that I rarely feel that pagination is annoying, especially for articles at length. What I find annoying is the design of the vast majority of news publications to date. Having to reload the page a second time for me is no worse than loading it the first time. There are benefits to pagination in certain regards for me as well, for those times when I’d like to stop mid-way through an article that may be 5+ paginated pages. It’s more difficult to pick up where you left off with such a long piece being concatenated into one page.
I get it though, pagination for the sake of falsely inflating page views is lame.