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Was ISIS created by the USA?

I hear many folks talking about the founders of ISIS and they say that USA created it to make chaos in the Arabic countries. Mark Danner (here) : "In a fact the united states created ISIS, ...
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Was the term “conspiracy theorist” made popular by the CIA?

I have seen the following infographic on facebook recently. The text reads: Did you know... The term "conspiracy theorist" was a term made popular by the CIA to stop critical thinkers from ...
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Did Rousseau say that equality of conditions is not possible without slavery?

I just read What is Property, written in 1840 by Pierre-Joseph Proudhon. At the end of the book he attributes a paraphrased quote to Jean-Jaques Rousseau: The communistic republic of Plato ...
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Do almost half of Londoners think that cutting immigration would help London's housing crisis?

As a Christmas present on the 25th I just got a leaflet from UKIP in my post stating that 44% of Londoners say that cutting EU immigration would help solve the London housing crisis. There are ...
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Is Donald Trump's campaign a false flag? [closed]

Jeb Bush recently suggested that Donald Trump's campaign is a false flag for Hillary Clinton, and I have heard a few people mention this sort of thing in the past as well. What evidence is there to ...
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The candidate with the bigger campain budget is allways elected [duplicate]

Hearing a french conference, the speaker told us that it's easy to understand american presidential elections, because the candidate with the highest campain budget allways is choosen. But I can't ...
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Did the town of Woodland, North Carolina, USA reject a solar plant because of cancer and photosynthesis concerns?

The Raonoke Chowan News Herald reported on 8 December 2015 reports that the town of Woodland, North Carolina, USA rejected a solar farm, citing concerns on photosynthesis and cancer: Jane Mann ...
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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 Turkey trading oil with Islamic State? [closed]

Russia claims Turkey is trading oil with Islamic State: Syria conflict: Russia accuses Erdogan of trading oil with IS (BBC News, 2 December 2015) Russia presents proof of Turkey’s role in ISIS oil ...
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Did Donald Trump say that muslims should be visibly marked?

Donald Trump has been reported in the news and over the internet for suggesting that Muslims should wear some visible id or badge of some sort. Raw Story headlined with: Trump crosses the Nazi ...
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Does Bernie Sanders have more individual donors than any candidate in history?

This NPR / article has the headline "Bernie Sanders Now Has More Donors At This Point Than Any Other Candidate In History" I am skeptical that this is true especially in the latter part of the ...
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Is “If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear” a line used by Joseph Goebbels?

This article in the UK news magazine i100 has been widely shared: Tory MP accused of quoting Joseph Goebbels in defence of new surveillance bill in the Commons A Conservative MP used a quote ...
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Is the US the only country where anyone can declare their own candidacy for president?

A statement by Robert Reich on Facebook makes the following claim: America is the only democracy in the world where anyone can declare himself or herself a candidate for the presidency. Which ...
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Did political analyst, Larry Sabato ever say “The higher the education level, the more likely they are to vote Democratic.”?

According to an Politifact article, Is education level tied to voting tendencies?, political analyst, Larry Sabato said: "The higher the education level, the more likely they are to vote ...
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Did Exxon suppress its own scientific results on climate change?

Some environmentalists have recently claimed that Exxon did research on global warming and then suppressed the results. For example, Bill Mckibben writes this in the Guardian: Exxon knew all that ...
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Did 4 patent holders die in MH370?

http://www.chiptatum.com/index.php/articles/18-debunking-the-rumor It’s been reported that Peidong Wang, from Suzhou, Zhijun Chen, from Suzhou, Zhihong Cheng, from Suzhou and Li Ying, from ...
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Has Russia asked EU to join the Eurasian Economic Union? [closed]

According to this article at breitbart.com and this article at zerohedge.com, Russia has asked EU to join the Eurasian Economic Union. Above articles refer to this article here (dated January 2nd, ...
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Has Syria received proportionally more refugees than other countries in recent history?

This comment by Sonia Bous Aidi on a recent Humans of New York post about the European migrant crisis is powerful if true: Syria became home to the Circassian refugees in 1860 Syria became ...
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Are there 141 US Counties that have more registered voters than residents?

141 Counties in the United States have more registered voters than they have adult residents A public interest law firm is threatening to bring lawsuits against more than 100 counties across the ...
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Did Saddam Hussein have a Quran written in blood?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood_Quran http://www.theguardian.com/world/2010/dec/19/saddam-legacy-quran-iraqi-government "The "Blood Qur'an" is a copy of the Islamic holy book, the Qur'an, claimed ...
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Is Donald Trump's ratio of bankruptcy to businesses consistent with the success rate of other entrepreneurs?

Closely related to this question: Did Donald Trump file for bankruptcy four times? Donald trump has consistently claimed that filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy is not unheard of and 'only' four ...
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Did Prime Minister David Cameron commit necrophilia with a pig's head?

Doing the rounds on Twitter at the moment is the idea that UK Prime Minister David Cameron did something unspeakable to a dead pigs head when he was in University. Twitter being Twitter, the actual ...
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Did Donald Trump file for bankruptcy four times?

In the CNN's Republican debate broadcasted in Sept 2015, Carly Fiorina said the following to Donald Trump: There are a lot of us Americans who believe that we're going to have trouble someday ...
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Does it cost £1.5 to clean up every piece of gum left on UK Streets?

This advertisement is claiming that it costs 50 times more for the city to clean up gum, than it takes to buy the stuff (at least in the UK). For a total of £1.5. Which seems strange, as normally ...
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Has Kim Davis been divorced three times?

This CNN article claims that Kim Davis has been divorced three times. The Kentucky county clerk who has refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses for religious reasons despite a Supreme Court ...
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Is Snopes.Com funded by George Soros?

Snopes is sort of notorious for being a relatively "bias-free" fact-checking site. However, I notice that in certain conservative circles it is written off as funded by liberals, most notably the ...
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Did Donald Trump ever say illegal immigrants should have a path to citizenship?

Recently, Donald Trump has called for mass deportation of illegal immigrants and limitation of birthright citizenship. However, many anti-Trump pundits have quoted a previous statement much friendlier ...
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Did Lenin say this about guns?

a system of licensing and registration is the perfect device to deny gun ownership to the bourgeoisie - Lenin This quote can be found all over the internet, but I can't find any reliable ...
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Is the derogatory meaning of the term “conspiracy theory” something that was specifically promoted by the CIA? [closed]

The German Wikipedia article "conspiracy theory" ("Verschwörungstheorie") says, roughly translated by me: Since about the early 1960s, the US government does not support conspiracy theories any ...
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Is Obama the only president who has been denied by the opposing party when trying to raise the minimum wage?

This is circulating on Facebook: Here's a list of every president in American history who has wanted a raise in the minimum wage but been denied by the opposing party: President Obama ...
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Did Planned Parenthood fake being hacked?

Did Planned Parenthood fake being hacked? Example claims: Via Twitter: Their site is so hacked right now that someone has been rearranging CSS fonts and alignment. Another tweet If ...
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Did the then Commissioner of the FDA resign in 1983 and get hired on by Searle 3 months later?

After reading through this Survey Of Aspartame Studies, I stumbled onto this: In 1980, the FDA appointed a Board of Public Inquiry to address the question of aspartame's safety. The Board ...
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Did Nutrasweet industries pay for 100% of the research showing aspartame is safe?

After seeing this reddit post, and reading this article are the claims they made true? Claim Quote: [Today I learnt] 100% of the studies (n=74) concluding aspartame to be safe for consumption ...
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Did Fidel Castro ever make this prediction?

The Bimini Times just put out this pretty interesting and prophetic Castro quote, The US will come to talk to us when they have a black president and the world has a Latin American Pope. - Fidel ...
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Did George Bush take over a year of leave as President? [duplicate]

This image from Facebook claims that "George Bush had America on autopilot for more than a year", followed by a number of presidential vacation days for various American presidents, with the Democrat ...
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Are these real badges for Richard Nixon's 1972 Presidential campaign?

I saw this image on Twitter earlier, claiming that they're actual campaign badges for Richard Nixon's 1972 election: I believe this is a notable claim, as some other websites report on them (though ...
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Did Yanis Varoufakis tweet to Lagarde about repaying dues?

There's a screenshot of a Twitter status circulating suggesting that at 1:19 AM - 1 Jul 2015 Yanis Varoufakis tweeted: @Lagarde sorry for the delay. I am really trying to pay the due but I cannot ...
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Are beggars in the Nordic countries cities typically part of organised networks?

In Sweden and other Nordic countries, the presence of beggars on the streets is a relatively new phenomenon, with many beggars originating from new EU member states. There are frequent claims that ...
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Were the families of the protesters killed during the Tiananmen Square Massacre billed for the bullets used?

The History Channel documentary series Declassified episode Tiananmen Square features this quote: Is there any known record of the families being invoiced for either: the costs associated with ...
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Did Switzerland declare a “Science day” in honour of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam?

Recently, I saw a post on Facebook, of this image: The caption is: May 26 is celebrated as Science day in Switzerland in honour of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, because on that day, Kalam visited the ...
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Did the US create ISIS?

I recently came across this post on my facebook frontpage: http://www.redflagnews.com/headlines-2015/alert-media-ignores-report-showing-pentagon-created-isis Now the post links to a multitude of ...
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Do Super PACs have to report their donors?

According to the Center for Competitive Politics: One major misconception about Super PACs is the incorrect belief that they do not disclose their donors. In fact, all Super PACs are required by ...
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Does the USA grant citizenship to whomever is born in their airspace?

So I just found out about a Canadian woman who gave birth on an Air Canada flight on her way to Tokyo on mothers day. In this article: Ada Guan, B.C. woman who gave birth on plane, didn't know she was ...
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Can we end chronic hunger? [closed]

I know this has been asked in other forms, but I don't see the political side of this addressed. There are so many assumptions necessary to ask the question, it's hard to put in a few words. Is is ...
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Do 4% of Americans say they believe in “lizard people”?

Public Policy Polling reported in an an opinion poll that: 4% of voters say they believe “lizard people” control our societies by gaining political power Lizard people are also known as ...
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Does the Netherlands goverment fund 'Hookers for the Handicapped'?

In the Netherlands, citizens with disabilities receive money from the Government as part of the 'Hookers for the Handicapped' program, to pay for sexual services up to 12 times a year. This move ...
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Was Germany's reunification an annexation? [closed]

Russian media has reported that members of the Russian legislature have claimed that Germany's reunification was in fact an "annexation" of East Germany by the West and thus they have no right to ...
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Can the president and vice president of the United States be from the same state?

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/25/opinion/run-rubio-run.html says: Since the Constitution effectively prohibits the election of a president and vice president from the same state, Mr. Rubio can’t ...
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Is the curtain behind Obama in this picture a “muslim prayer curtain”?

I've been shown this image a few times: Naturally, it's a little ridiculous, because there are surely at least a thousand pictures of him near an American flag. But it is making a claim that the ...