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Are these claims about Owsley County, KY factual [duplicate]

Facebook is a great source of notable claims. Another one today is this picture: There seem to be three separate claims in this picture: Is Owsley County 99%+ white? Is Owsley County 95% ...
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Was the Emancipation Proclamation an Executive Order?

This should be an easy one, but I wanted to ask so we have confirmation or refutation. This image is making the rounds on facebook: So, how factual is this statement?
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Is voter turnout inversely correlated with Republican success?

I was reading this blog post (mostly because I was procrastinating and I got click-baited), and this particular statement jumped out at me. Remember, the higher the turnout, the worse Republicans ...
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Is concern for equality linked to logic, not emotion?

From Concern for equality linked to logic, not emotion by Lisa Wade, PhD, May 6, 2014, at 09:00 am A new study finds that people with high “justice sensitivity” are using logic, not ...
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Did Obama say the USA is “no longer a Christian Nation”?

In 2007, did Barrack Obama declare that the USA "was no longer a Christian Nation"? This was in an email asking Christians to band together against Obama.
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Did Republicans cut the budget of NIH and CDC in years leading up to Ebola?

The Agenda Project is a US liberal advocacy group, founded by author and strategist, Erica Payne. Payne claims that thousands of deaths overseas due to Ebola, were due to Republican policies towards ...
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Turkish soldier with ISIS? [closed]

Oliver North posted this image on twitter and wrote A Turkish soldier "visiting" an ISIS anti-aircraft unit at Kobani. They look way too friendly. Is the description of the image correct?
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Is there a correlation between voting for the Democratic Party and gun crimes in the USA?

The following image has been making the rounds on social media: Is the infographic even accurate? If so is the conclusion it's pushing backed up by valid statistics? (that there's a clear ...
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Was there an electoral fraud during the referendum for the independance of Scotland? [closed]

Peter Moore, a francophone Canadian Youtuber, says in a Youtube video that there was an electoral fraud during the referendum about the independance of Scotland. Given the ballot paper looked like ...
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Does the Westboro Baptist Church get most of their funding from lawsuits?

The Westboro Baptist Church is notorious for picketing things like funerals and they generate a lot of attention by doing so. A common trend in discussions about the church goes something like: ...
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Did the pitchforks ever come for the plutocrats? [closed]

Nick Hanauer recently wrote an article where he claims that income inequality is rising to extreme levels, and soon the lower classes will rise up and overthrow the financial elite in bloody ...
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Is $77/week the weekly budget for a minimum wage worker?

This is based on this question on Politics.SE. There's currently a "Live the Wage Challenge" which a former governor and several congresspeople are publicly doing (abcnews, politico). The challenge ...
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Did Gandhi make racist statements about black prisoners?

Did Mahatma Gandhi make racist statements? In The Guardian article Gandhi branded racist as Johannesburg honours freedom fighter, it's stated that he said "Many of the native [black] prisoners are ...
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Does or did Russia support the Donbass People's Militia? [closed]

Many (western) sources claim that Putin (actively) supports the rebels in eastern Ukraine, more specifically the Donbass People's Militia. For example, BBC News writes: Russia was obviously ...
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Did Jews “take over” 73% of their land from Palestinians?

I found an article by Matt Giwer saying that the cause of the Israeli-Arab war is that The Jews, [...] did in fact steal the land from the Palestinians. They actually bought and paid for at most ...
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Could Queen Elizabeth II bypass Prince Charles in the line of succession? [closed]

All Media NY concedes that there is a "royal rumor" that Queen Elizabeth II will soon abdicate and bypass Prince Charles in the line of succession in favor of the more popular Prince William. (Other, ...
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Did Richard Nixon commission a study on the effects of THC and then have the results classified?

This was recently shared to my mother's Facebook page. She is currently battling an aggressive cancer that was brought on by Chemotherapy that she had to fight stage 4 breast cancer over 10 years ...
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Does the Millennium Challenge Compact require El Salvador to use Monsanto seeds?

There's a story going about Facebook that claims that the United States is forcing El Salvador to use Monsanto's seeds if they want foreign aid through the Millenium Challenge program. The U.S. ...
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Were there 1 million fraudulent votes in the 2012 US election?

According to this article: (emphasis mine) But now, for the very first time, comes concrete proof that massive voter fraud might have taken place in the 2012 election, sufficiently widespread to ...
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Are the majority of EU member-states' local laws made in Brussels?

With the upcoming elections for the European Union, there are claims that most local laws are dictated by the European union these days. Image source: Buzzfeed It has always been my understanding ...
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Was the Education of Little Tree written by an ex-Klansman?

One of my favorite children's books growing up was the Education of Little Tree. This is a popular children's book in the US about a child who goes to live with his Cherokee grandparents in Appalachia ...
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Did Gandhi trump Professor Peters in a number of interactions?

I saw the following story on truthbook and wanted to know if it is true. (This one was found on the internet. We cannot corroborate its accuracy, but it is an amusing story...) When Gandhi ...
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Do US food stamp recipients outnumber women who work full-time?

This story has been circulating through the conservative media channels: In the average month of 2012, according to the Department of Agriculture, there were 46,609,000 people participating in the ...
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Are swastikas commonplace in Japan?

Comedian David Sedaris performed at the Sydney Opera House. During his performance, he gave an anecdote about being in a store in Japan. (Confirmation link, but I heard about this elsewhere) He was ...
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Does research into genetical differences increase or decrease public prejudice? [closed]

I've come across this question in different fields. Gender & race being the most controvercial but also things like hair color and left or righthandedness. When proper research is done, does it ...
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Do low-income Americans drink more Coca-Cola than their counterparts?

Since the controversial Super Bowl commercial by Coca-Cola, there are those who contend it was a conspiracy by Coca-Cola to appeal to an emerging demographic and boost sales. Coca-Cola knew ...
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Is there no victim blaming in armed robbery cases (in the USA)? [closed]

Questioned claim Vice President Joe Biden, in a speech on women's right to free from sexual assault, bemoans how women are often blamed for failing to avoid rape, telling us: No one ever asks the ...
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Did CIA plot to overthrow Fidel Castro by staging the Second Coming, making him lose his beard or getting him high on radio?

This article (along with this article and many others) mentions some plots by CIA to overthrow the Cuban leader Fidel Castro: Staging the Second Coming so that religious people would abandon their ...
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Has the Canadian government recently dismissed a net of 2,000 scientists?

A CBC article claims: In the past five years the federal government has dismissed more than 2,000 scientists, and hundreds of programs and world-renowned research facilities have lost their ...
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Is a billion dollar lobbying campaign primarily responsible for opposition to climate policy?

A recent article in arstechnica reports that there is a large flow of funding from some conservative groups to a network of climate denying think tanks and lobbyists. The article Reports how work by ...
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Was the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 passed because of the commercial interests of Dupont?

In How Marijuana Became Illegal Bud Fairy writes: During the same period, Du Pont was developing cellophane, nylon, and dacron from from fossil fuels. Du Pont held the patents on many synthetics ...
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Do Crisis Pregnancy Centers lie about the results of pregnancy tests?

According to Planned Parenthood, Crisis Pregnancy Centers have a history of providing misleading or wrong information about abortions. Specifically they state: They have a history of giving women ...
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Did Obama give $195 million to Syria for the Muslim holiday Eid al-Ftr?

I saw this article floating around Facebook today. It claims: It’s the Muslim holiday, Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan. President Obama has decided to give $195M of taxpayer money to ...
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Are world maps designed in a biased way? [closed]

I came across the argument that the world maps are designed in a biased way, namely that the map of the world has a "western bias", in a couple of sites like this: ...
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Do US congressman spend most of their time fundraising?

In an article titled "Call Time For Congress Shows How Fundraising Dominates Bleak Work Life" the huffingtonpost writes: The daily schedule prescribed by the Democratic leadership contemplates a ...
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Did Nobel Peace Prize winner, Martti Ahtisaari, threaten to bomb Belgrade and kill half a million people?

In this article "Does Putin really need Nobel Peace Prize", it is claimed that the Nobel Peace Prize laureate Martti Ahtisaari had the following conversation with Serbian president Miloshevich during ...
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Did Taro Aso say that Japan should emulate the Nazis in amending the constitution?

Abbott's challenge in Asia says that Abe's Deputy Prime Minister, Taro Aso, suggested a few weeks ago that Japan should learn from the example of Nazi Germany in implementing a constitutional ...
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Was Wendi Deng, Rupert Murdoch's ex-wife, a spy?

In a recent television interview, Australian mining magnate and political candidate Clive Palmer declared that Rupert Murdoch's ex-wife Wendi Deng (Palmer called her Murdoch's wife) is a spy, and that ...
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Has the congress opted out of Obama care?

I hear this on radio talk shows every now and then (mostly republican) that congress has exempted themselves from Obama care, that is how good it is. For example: How the White House is weaseling ...
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Can the UK fire its nuclear weapons without US agreement?

Somebody told me that the UK cannot fire its nuclear weapons without the agreement and support from US. Is this true? This claim is made in the following locations: David Morrison - Britain’s ...
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Does Germany want their gold back?

There is a meme that is going around that states: The German government has been storing about half of its gold supply with the US FED, apparently in the NYC FED vaults. Germany decided to ...
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Do men with no prior exposure to child pornography go on to harm children once exposed?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-22726004 UK government advisor John Carr, of the Council on Child Internet Safety, claims in a radio interview: Mr Carr said there was "no question" that some men ...
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Do US senators and congressmen make abnormally high returns on their stock market investments?

Nate Silver's popular book on the art and science of prediction, The Signal and the Noise has a chapter on financial markets called If you can't beat em.... The chapter spends some time discussing the ...
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Did Texas ban tampons and diabetes supplies from the Senate Chamber while allowing guns?

From an article on Forward Progressives: The Texas Department of Public Safety forced women to hand over their tampons and pads before entering the Senate chamber today. Not only that, but ...
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Is the Greek government rounding up “undesirables” into internment camps?

This petition claims that, having begun by building internment camps for migrants, the Greek government has gone on to "round up": Drug users Sex workers Transgender people ... and is imprisoning ...
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International laws requiring detention and extradition of suspects?

Barack Obama has said following: My continued expectation is that Russia or other countries that have talked about potentially providing Mr Snowden asylum recognise that they are a part of an ...
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Was David Cameron linked to “Hang Nelson Mandela” posters in the 1980s?

A post circulating Facebook and elsewhere reads: Nelson Mandela will die soon. Today, tomorrow, this week, next week. It won't be long. Remember this, he out-lived Thatcher. When he does die, and ...
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Is President Obama or his administration responsible for failing to transfer some prisoners out of Guantanamo?

President Obama has come under considerable criticism for failing to uphold his campaign promises to close Guantanamo Bay. Each detainee can leave that limbo through one of four different routes): a ...
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Is the US Government buying extra ammunition in order to deny it the Civilian Population

During a Press release today Senators Inhofe and Lucas accused the Department of Homeland Security of "limiting what’s available in the market with federal agencies purchasing unnecessary stockpiles ...
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Was Silvio Berlusconi working together with the Italian mafia?

Berlusconi implicated in deal with godfathers - The guardian Silvio Berlusconi, the Italian prime minister, was in personal contact with some of the mafia's most senior bosses, a major mafia ...