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Is the CDC engaged in a coverup regarding the Haiti cholera epidemic?

In The Killer Hiding in the CDC Map, it's alleged the CDC knows what caused the Haiti cholera outbreak but is covering it up: What caused Haiti’s cholera epidemic? The CDC museum knows but won’t ...
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Was Ankit Fadia appointed as ambassador of Digital India campaign by Indian government?

Ankit Fadia is the a self-proclaimed Indian ethical hacker according to the Indian media. He has claimed and posted pictures that he was appointed brand ambassador of 'Digital India' campaign. So ...
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Did the Special Virus-Cancer Program (SVCP) exist?

Rense.com has a 2005 essay describing an AIDS conspiracy theory. In particular, it describes the "Special Virus-Cancer Program": The Virus Cancer Program had it roots in 1964 when Congress ...
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Are there around S$800 billion unaccounted for in Singapore's public finances?

Christopher Balding, an associate professor at Peking University, claims in this note that Given publicly available economic data on Singaporean finances, there is an expected asset gap of more ...
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Does FBI not require assistance from Apple to unlock the San Bernadino terrorist's phone?

Edward Snowden's official Twitter account posted the following tweet: The first 4 points are not in contention, but the 5th point states that the FBI does not require Apple's assistance to unlock ...
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How legitimate are these 'Communist Rules for Revolution'?

Please disregard the website on which this is found. Were these "rules" actually found in 1919? If so, how legitimate are they? From: ...
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Is the Chinese “Sesame Credit” system a government propaganda tool?

The Sesame Credit system recently announced in China is making the rounds on social media, being touted as a tool of gamified government thought control. For example, this privateinternetaccess.com's ...
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Is the Stuxnet worm a government facade? [closed]

I just read about Stuxnet, which is allegedly a computer worm that silently infected thousands of computers and eventually sabotaged Iran’s nuclear program. I find it difficult to believe that so many ...
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Is the cause for the Berkeley Boom “unknown”? [closed]

Articles about the unsolved mystery of the "Berkeley Boom" claim that the loud noises that can be heard throughout Berkeley, California, and in neighbouring cities, might be caused by fireworks, cops, ...
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Does government funded R&D promote economic growth?

In Matt Ridley's latest book he repeats a claim originally made by Terence Kealey (my highlighting): In 2003, the OECD published a paper on ‘sources of growth in OECD countries’ between 1971 and ...
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Chemtrails : A dangerous govt. plot or just another debunked theory? [duplicate]

According to countless chemtrail research theories , trails left in the sky by high-flying govt. aircraft are dangerous chemical or biological agents deliberately sprayed for reasons undisclosed to ...
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Did the Mexican Government publish a manual for how to illegally enter the US?

On donaldjtrump.com, Trump writes For many years, Mexico’s leaders have been taking advantage of the United States by using illegal immigration to export the crime and poverty in their own country ...
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Has the US Government tagged people to be killed with stickers on the mailboxes?

The YouTube video Anonymous: Code Red contains conspiracy theories about how the Obama Government is planning a holocaust of its own citizens. It purports to be from the Anonymous group. One of the ...
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Is this urban mosquito drone real?

This picture showed up in my Facebook feed. Is this a mosquito? No. It's an insect spy drone for urban areas, already in production, funded by the US Government. It can be remotely ...
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Is anything about the 1999 NOAA “Julia” recording prevented from publication as being classified?

The unexplained "Julia" sound is described as: Julia is a sound recorded on March 1, 1999 by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). NOAA said the source of the sound was ...
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Does the UK government have only 300 staff investigating tax evasion of £70bn+ vs 3250 staff investigating benefits (welfare) fraud of £1.2bn?

The following graphic is doing the rounds on Facebook: Is it true? Does the graphic give an accurate representation of the comparative headcount/effort/resources that the UK government (as a ...
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Did witchcraft testing inevitably result in death by either drowning or execution?

From a speech by Australian politician David Leyonhjelm, but I've heard it elsewhere many times: The senator borrowed other stories from history in the speech, opening with details of the old ...
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Did a broadcast of the US National Anthem in the 60's use subliminal messaging?

This video, by "Truthstream Media" tells us the following: As we watch Television, we become susceptible to subliminal messaging because we stop emitting alpha waves and start emitting beta waves In ...
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Was the Sandy Hook massacre an elaborate hoax? (and other conspiracies) [closed]

I have heard a number of people talking about some serious and seemingly implausible allegations that the Sandy Hook shooting was an elaborate hoax. Most of the sources for these claims I have found ...
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Are US government agencies' ammo acquisitions unjustifiably large?

Newsmax reported on the USDA buying submachine guns. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking to buy submachine guns — but isn't saying why it needs them. According to a solicitation ...
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Has the average Somalian's quality of life improved under anarchy?

Peter T. Leeson makes multiple claims about economic and public health improvements since the collapse of its government in his paper Better Off Stateless. This paper investigates the impact of ...
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Does the Australian government spend more on welfare than on defense?

Is it true that the Australian people spend more on welfare than they do on defense? This was claimed by Joe Hockey: Each year, the Government spends more on welfare than we spend on the ...
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Does the US government have secret research projects? [duplicate]

At Rense.com, a writer claims: The United States is known to have a huge budget for so called ``black projects,'' because it spends more on defense than can be accounted for by adding up the value ...
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How many people have lost their health insurance as a result of the ACA (Obamacare)?

The ACA changed health insurance regulations, placing new requirements on most or all health insurance plans in the United States. These changes have resulted in the obsolescence of many existing ...
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Did the Pakistan government accidentally cause YouTube to become unusable in 2008?

From the source of all knowledge On February 22, 2008, Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) attempted to block regional access to YouTube following a government order. The attempt ...
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Does government spending on healthcare promote economic growth?

As governments attempt to get their finances back into balance, many have cut back on a wide range of spending commitments. Some governments such as the UK have chosen to protect spending on ...
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Was Paul Walker killed by a US Government drone?

Truther News, part of conspiracy theory site, Truther.org reports: While initial reports state that the car split in two after striking a tree at a high rate of speed, one look at the crash scene ...
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Is the US government preparing to remove religiosity in the population with a virus, using vaccines as a vector?

This Vimeo video " DOD VIRUS 'FUNVAX' Vaccine for RELIGIOUS Peoples!!!!!!!" purports to show a government presentation about the deliberate introduction of a virus. Leaked April 13, 2005 video ...
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Does “Obamacare” require the disclosure of medical records to the government?

According to an article from Capitalism Magazine, ObamaCare is perhaps the ultimate in busybody politics. People who have never even run a drugstore, much less a hospital, blithely prescribe what ...
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Do 1.4 million Americans have Top Secret clearance?

One of the claims related to the PRISM scandal is that, regardless what NSA and other agencies assert, leaks are inevitable because of sheer number of people with access to secrets. According to this ...
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Did Obama tell people to ignore those warning against tyranny?

Did Barack Obama say the following? "They'll warn that tyranny is always lurking just around the corner. You should reject those voices." This is contrasted to Jefferson saying "When the ...
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Did a firefighter rescue a cat from a still-burning house?

From twitter user @Earth_Pics: Firefighter in Denmark rescues cat from burning house.The way he hugs cat and the expressions of cat says it all. Note: the white stuff is probably snow, not ...
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Does Texas have the right to secede from the United States?

There's a common folklore among Texans that Texas was the only state to specifically have it written that Texas may secede, although I've heard that other states have that right as well. In 2009, Gov ...
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Was fluoride grandfathered in by the FDA because it was sold as rat poison prior to 1938?

This site makes the claim that the reason the FDA never tested fluoride for human consumption was because it was on the market prior to 1938, when the FDA was formed. This claim is pretty well ...
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Is Paul Ryan's Congress record of two bills passed unusual?

According to this article, Paul Ryan has passed only two bills during ~13 years in Congress. (By passed, I assume the article means authored or co-authored bills passed in at least the House.) Is this ...
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Are voter ID laws effective tools at *suppressing* voter fraud?

Recent bickering over who should require what to vote where have suggested that requiring a person bring some form of ID to the poll might help alleviate fraud. This makes important assumptions: ...
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Does US Congress cost $30m per day to run?

What does it cost for The United States Congress to be in session for a single day? I recently heard a quote of $30 million, but did not see any supporting facts to back it up. What would the total ...
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Have communist governments killed more than 80 million people?

It's May Day, while Communist regimes celebrated this day, others mourn. Specifically there are claims that communist governments have killed 80 to 100 million people in the last 100 years. Are ...
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Does Wikileaks have direct ties with US governmental organizations?

According to this blog post post (I agree, this is not a very valid source of information), Julian Assange had ties with US government workers, especially in the CIA: The sender is talking about ...
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Did the US government spend millions of dollars to train Chinese prostitutes to drink responsibly?

According to this site, "Washington is spending $2.6 million training Chinese prostitutes to drink more responsibly on the job." Is this true, and, if so, what program are they referencing?
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Is the Chinese government responsible for hacking U.S businesses and government?

Over the past 18 months there have been several news articles pointing the finger at the Chinese government over hacks on U.S government and businesses. Most recently: China Suspected of Hacking US ...
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Is Congress's pay protected even if the US defaults?

Today around the watercooler, us active duty military, and civil service employees were discussing the possible effects of the US defaulting. Since we are all paid by the government, this is a very ...
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Are generic drugs equivalent to the “name-brand” alternatives?

I can buy 300 10-mg tablets of Loratadine for about $15, and 90 10-mg tablets of Claritin™ costs about $35. These days my health insurance charges me $50 for the name-brand, and as little as $2.91 ...
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Is asking about U.S. citizenship an illegal interview question?

From About.com, Are you a U.S. citizen? Every interview I have had has asked this. Even pre-interview screening includes this question. Is it really illegal for them to ask this? Note: Not ...
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Does the U.S. President have a red phone?

From a 2010 news article: Obama noted that Medvedev had opened a Twitter account while visiting the company's headquarters in California. "I have one, as well, so we may be able to ...
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Have Vegemite, Marmite and other yeast extracts been banned in Denmark?

Have Vegemite, Marmite and other yeast extracts been banned in Denmark? Background: I've heard this being claimed in the news, but there was a false report of it being banned in the United States ...
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Does addressing the issues focused on by the Broken Windows theory have a measurable impact on crime?

These are excerpts from what could be considered the source for the Broken Windows theory (emphasis added): [A]t the community level, disorder and crime are usually inextricably linked, in a kind ...
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Are media reports about squatters' rights accurate?

So a few months ago there was a spout of stories in the UK papers pertaining to squatters, and the fact that they have just been breaking into houses and changing the locks whilst the owners had been ...
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Do lower speed limits reduce gasoline usage?

There are three parts to this question: Does speed have an effect on miles-per-gallon? Is there a more accurate causal effect than speed that would also cause a connection at varying speeds? ...
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Is it possible to fly 4 helicopters anywhere in a country without official knowledge?

According to reports, there were 4 helicopters used in the raid on Osama Bin Laden. They apparently left from Ghazi. Is it conceivable that even one helicopter could be flown so close to the capital ...