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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 ...
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Are atheists barred from holding public office in Texas?

I saw the following claim in B3ta newsletter #574 (possibly NSFW), under "US Postal Service hates Atheists". Awful, but then Atheists are not allowed to hold public office in six US states, ...
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Did the National Rifle Association (NRA) block research into statistics related to gun control?

About 30,000 americans die every year from gun-related deaths (a number likely to exceed those dying from automobile-related accidents very soon if trends continue). This totals more than 300,000 ...
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Did the French Revolution cause people to give the Ace (in a deck of cards) rank above a King?

Wikipedia says After the French Revolution some games started to use the ace or 1 as the highest card which symbolized the lowest in society rising above the King. A discussion forum ...
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Did Gorbachev ever admit that his intention was to destroy Communism? [closed]

As I remember the 1980s and the Perestroika epoch, the reforms were advertised to the people as "return to Leninist principles", even deeper implementation of Socialism. The posters claimed it was ...
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Could McDonald's pay a $10.10 minimum wage with an increase of only 4¢ per meal?

This caught my eye and seems like powerful statement, if true. WARREN: During my Senate campaign, I ate a number 11 at McDonald’s many, many times a week. I know the price on that. $7.19. ...
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In the USA, do supporters of the Republican party make more charitable donations than supporters of the Democrats?

Republicans argue that those that benefit more from capitalism and want the government to do less to help others would be more likely to give that money away. ABC's 2020 is one source of this claim. ...
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Did Hugo Chávez have a net worth of 2 billion dollars at the time of his death?

I've seen this now numerious times, Analysts say Leftist leader had 'amassed private fortune of $2 billion' - Dailymail.co.uk And, that's a pretty sly way to say that "someone said". But, is it ...
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Is the U.S. Tea Party astroturf or a genuine grassroots movement?

According to The Wikipedia article on the United States Tea Party movement (emphasis mine), TeaParty.org defines the Tea Party as "a grassroots movement that calls awareness to any issue which ...
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Did the Republican Party in the House of Representatives recently propose not a single job bill, but many morality and gun-related bills?

This graphic is doing the rounds on the Internet (found on Facebook): The claim is: House GOP: 46 abortion bills, 113 religion bills, 73 family relationship bills, 36 marriage bills, 72 gun ...
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Is there an active international arrest warrant against Henry Kissinger?

Infowars in 2010: It seems that Henry Kissinger as Rockefeller’s right hand man had to be at the meeting even though there existed an International arrest warrant from France and Spain who wish to ...
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Do non-educated people tend more to the right/conservative political wing?

This is a common prejudice in my social environment, but is it true? Are educated people more likely to vote for a social/left wing party? Examples: [1]; [2].
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Did Barack Obama receive 108% of the vote in one Ohio county?

"Recount the election!" is the 4th most popular petition at whitehouse.gov. It has 69,588 signatures (as of Jan 30, 2012). As justification for the petition, the creator writes: In one county ...
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Is there a “red shift” in U.S. elections — a significant shift to republican votes between polls and voting? Does this imply fraud?

This questions on Politics SE introduced me to the concept of the red shift. In short, the claim of a red shift boils down to a statistically significant difference between outcome of final exit polls ...
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Was every Republican President since 1923 a Member of the Bohemian Grove?

Wikipedia : The membership list has included every Republican and some Democratic U.S. presidents since 1923, many cabinet officials, directors and CEOs of large corporations including major ...
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Are these statistics on US Presidency vacation times accurate?

This picture is making the rounds on facebook: [Picture of George W. Bush] 32% [Picture of Barack Obama] 5.2% Percentage of presidency spent on vacation. Guess which one conservatives call ...
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Did the democrats win the popular vote in the 2012 US congressional elections?

In a review of the year article in the UK newspaper the Independent, Rupert Cornwell argues that the Republican party is in some trouble because of the drift to the right and the resulting inflexible ...
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Was there a deep US involvement with Saddam, Osama and Gaddafi?

U.S. Government Retirement Program SADDAM HUSSEIN "FRIEND" 1983 "RETIRED" 2006 OSAMA BIN LADEN "FRIEND" 1979 "RETIRED" 20?1 MUAMMAR GADDAFI "FRIEND" 2009 "RETIRED" 2011 ...
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Did the EPA fire their chief toxicologist, Dr. William Marcus, for refusing to remain silent on the cancer risk of fluoride?

I read that here in this article: http://www.nteu280.org/Issues/Fluoride/NTEU280-Fluoride.htm EPA fired the Office of Drinking Water's chief toxicologist, Dr. William Marcus, who also was our ...
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Are carrots orange because the Dutch loved orange?

On the web, I find several unsourced claims that carrots are orange because the Dutch loved the colour. For example: http://www.nextnature.net/2009/08/why-are-carrots-orange-it-is-political/ ...
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Are North Korea launching satellites to provide cover for testing of long-range missile technology?

I see recently on the news that the US, Japan, and South Korea are opposed to North Korea's satellite launch because, they claim, it's a cover-up for testing long-range missile technology. From the ...
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Does a UN Treaty force gun control in the USA?

Is there any truth to the following claims which can be found on several sites, including: Dr. Orly Taitz Esquire's Defend Our Freedoms Foundation AboveTopSecret.com The Obama administration ...
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Does Barack Obama have an aunt who was a homeless illegal alien that used government housing for 10 years?

Just found this one on Facebook. The people making the claim have 11k page likes (26th November 2012). She lived in a homeless shelter for 2 years. Lived in Government housing for 10 years. ...