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Correlation between BSE/CJD and Brexit vote

This image is currently doing the rounds on social media: The implications and associated text with it is usually around how uncanny (and amusing) the correlation is. What's the source of this data ...
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Did close to 3,000 Puerto Ricans die in Hurricane Maria?

CNN reports: Earlier this month, [Puerto Rico]'s governor formally raised the death toll from Hurricane Maria to an estimated 2,975 from 64 following a study conducted by researchers at The George ...
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Does the Sargentini Report contain 37 factual errors? [closed]

On Tuesday, September 11, 2018, Viktor Orbán stated that the Sargentini report includes thirty-seven major factual errors Does it?
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Did some people in the UK get £100k in benefits?

According to Theresa May quoted in The Guardian, the government introduced Universal Credit because some people were getting up to £100k in benefits: May says the government introduced UC because ...
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Is the presidential family net worth growth/loss portrayed in this infographic true?

Is the presidential family net worth growth/loss portrayed in this infographic true? (I am not asking about the other assertions in this infographic) I'm skeptical of the massive gains both the ...
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When John McCain was shot down was his mission to bomb a civilian light bulb factory?

From RT, "Trump is right (but only on this): McCain is no war hero" John McCain flew ground-attack aircraft from carriers in the US Navy. He was shot down over North Vietnam in 1967 and spent the ...
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Has anyone been convicted of campaign finance violations by paying an informant before an election? [closed]

The Atlantic reports In pleading guilty to violations of campaign-finance laws, Cohen said that the then-candidate Trump had directed him to do so, arranging payments to two women who alleged ...
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Is the crime rate for undocumented immigrants “considerably lower” than that of Trump campaign staffers? [closed]

This Facebook status has over 50,000 shares: https://facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10155478870771603&id=520116602&refid=52 It states: Undocumented immigrants commit crimes at a ...
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Do pharmaceutical companies contribute to anti-drug campaigns?

According to an article by The Guardian, a pharmaceutical company called Insys lobbied against marijuana legalization in Arizona; and then was approved for a cannabis-derived pharmaceutical five ...
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Has Israel interfered in US Elections? [closed]

So I came upon this July 2018 Independent article which quotes social critic Noam Chomsky as saying that Israel interfered in US election(s): Veteran activist Noam Chomsky has accused Israel of “...
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Was Christopher Steele told to stop collecting information about a Trump-Russia ties?

According to The Hill They do, however, indicate that Steele was told to stop gathering intelligence on behalf of the FBI in November 2016 — building on information already known as a result of the ...
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Did Trump hire actors to support him at his campaign announcement?

The Atlantic reported in 2015 that Trump hired actors to support him in a campaign announcement: Donald Trump's presidential campaign announcement last month was widely mocked, not only for the ...
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Was Paul Manafort exonerated for the crimes he’s now charged with?

Andrew Napolitano just said this on Fox News regarding the trial of Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort: Here’s Manafort’s defense: I was investigated for all this by the government 8 years ago ...
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Did Republicans select a nazi, neo-Confederate, pedophile, and pimp as general election candidates?

Post from Facebook Teabonics Reads In the past year, Republicans have selected a Nazi, a neo-Confederate, a pedophile, and a pimp as general election candidates. [Pictures of presumed GOP ...
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Did 20th-century Marxists acknowledge that the central social predictions of Marxism were wrong?

In this video, starting at 5:36, Stephen Hicks claims that there are three central "social science" Marxist predictions, which I would sum up as follows: Over time, in any capitalist society, The ...
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Does Russia consider it unconstitutional to extradite its citizens?

U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton said this to ABC regarding why President Trump is not going to demand that Putin extradite the 25 Russians indicted by Special Counsel Mueller: It’s ...
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Is Boris Johnson the only politician in British history to set up a photoshoot of the signing of their own resignation letter?

Tom Watson, deputy leader of the British Labour party, said this about outgoing foreign secretary Boris Johnson in an interview on radio station LBC: [Boris Johnson is] the only politician in UK ...
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Did 16% of French citizens support ISIS in 2014?

According to Newsweek1: One in six French citizens sympathises with the Islamist militant group ISIS, also known as Islamic State, a poll released this week found. Is this true? 116% of French ...
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Did Obama defy precedent by not visiting the D-Day monument?

This seems like a very dubious picture, from a very clearly politically motivated website, but I was wondering if there was any truth to this picture?
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Is this picture from an abortion clinic dumpster?

I found this picture from a reply to Kamala Harris' tweet. Warning, graphic and possibly disturbing image of a man handling what appear to be human fetuses: Click to view. It has the following text:...
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Did Emmanuel Macron call a teenager an “idiot?”

This article from The Telegraph (June 22, 2018) mentions that Emmanuel Macron called the teenager who was not respectful an "idiot"; emphasis is mine: President Emmanuel Macron is facing criticism ...
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Are crime rates up by 10% in Germany?

On June 18th and 19th, 2018, the President of the United States, Donald Trump tweeted that the crime rate in Germany has increased: (1) Tweet from June 18th, 2018 (2) Tweet from June 19th, 2018 ...
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Do the husbands of the British PM and the former drugs minister profit from the sale of medicinal cannabis?

As read in this link: RT The cannabis for Epidiolex is being provided from a 45-acre cannabis farm in the UK operated by British Sugar, whose links to Tory ministers were exposed in February when ...
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Was Tommy Robinson transferred to a prison with a 71% Muslim population?

Paul Joseph Watson claims that Tommy Robinson has been moved to a prison with a predominantly Muslim population. BREAKING: Tommy Robinson has reportedly been moved to a prison with a 71% Muslim ...
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Melanie Shaw secret trial and incarceration [closed]

I've seen this post a few times on social media: https://www.facebook.com/608847352/posts/10155395745027353/ It claims Melanie Shaw made accusations about members of the Tory party and has been tried ...
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Did 61% of all Americans agree that 'a politician who does unethical things in their personal life can still fulfill their duties' in 2016?

A colleague shared the below graphic from Twitter with claims about how the opinions of various demographic groups hava changed between 2011 and 2016: This seems automatically dubious as neither the ...
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Is the skeptical movement an offshoot of the Communist Party?

Found on EXTRAORDINARY MEDICINE The truth about homeopathy is the following claim: Media Skeptics: A Popcorn Gallery The skeptical movement is an offshoot of the Communist Party. (Really: see ...
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Do people with centralist political views have a higher IQ then those with extreme political views? [closed]

This article claims that those with centralist political affiliation have a higher IQ then those with more extreme political views. I've already inspected the original study linked, it is ...
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Did India conduct a fake military strike across the Western border in 2016?

On 29 September 2016 Indian government claimed that they conducted a 'Surgical Strike' (military operation) across the Western border with Pakistan. Pakistan military rejected the claim ...
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Did Valerie Jarrett say she wanted “America to be a more Islamic country”?

This picture, being shared on Twitter, alleges that Valerie Jarrett, former Senior Advisor to the President, during the Obama administration, claimed to be of Iranian descent and of Islamic faith in ...
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Was Morocco the first country to recognize USA?

Here in Morocco, when you talk about relations between Morocco and the USA, Moroccans tell you, proudly, that Morocco was the first country to recognize the United States of America, and that the ...
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Did Churchill urge the US to ‘wipe out’ Moscow with an A-bomb

I read the following article: https://www.icij.org/blog/2014/10/churchill-urged-us-wipe-out-moscow-bomb/ from a seemingly reputable source (although it is a blog post). The key claim: Privately, ...
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Did Mueller indict a Russian company that didn't exist?

Conservative author Dinesh D'Souza just tweeted this: Is Mueller this dumb? Or does he think the press is too dumb to notice he indicted a Russian company that doesn’t even exist? This is a ...
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Do “crisis actors” exist to exaggerate or falsify an event?

David Hogg (of Parkland, an actual student) and Emma Gonzalez (of New York, a 30-year-old woman who shares the name of an actual Parkland student) have both been falsely accused of being fake crisis ...
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Do you need a passport to travel from Germany to the Czech Republic? [closed]

Per the McClatchy Report, Michael Cohen entered the Czech Republic through Germany and thereby bypassed getting a stamp on his passport from Czech officials. This is pertinent as he used the lack of ...
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Did Susan B. Anthony make these statements regarding suffrage for women and former slaves?

Telesur posted an article on 8 November 2016 which claims Susan B. Anthony made a number of statements under the headline "White Women Pay Tribute to Susan B. Anthony, Notorious Racist": The Bad ...
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Does corporate lobbying provide benefits to those funding it?

This 2018 Bloomberg article claims that "Lobbying Doesn't Help Companies or Their Shareholders". The numbers instead indicate that lobbying hurts the underlying capital values of the corporations. ...
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Has Trump freed hundreds of children per month and broken up trafficking rings?

Roseanne Barr just tweeted this to explain her support for President Trump: President Trump has freed so many children held in bondage to pimps all over this world. Hundreds each month. He has ...
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Is Gina Haspel wanted in Europe? [closed]

In a tweet from Randy Kennedy, then shared on Facebook by Girl du Jour (and then others) it is claimed that President Trump's pick to head the CIA - Gina Haspel - is wanted in Europe for "war crimes". ...
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Did a Paul Ryan affiliated SuperPAC campaign to elect Democrat Conor Lamb?

The website Conservative Treehouse had an article posted on their page entitled UniParty At Work – Paul Ryan SuperPac Campaigned to Elect Democrat Conor Lamb. In it they claim the following. Now, ...
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Does 1°C warming increase the H2O content of the atmosphere by 7%?

I recently watched a Jeremy Rifkin video in which he stated that a 1°C increase in temperature resulted in a 7% increase in atmospheric water. Seven percent seems like a pretty big number. If true, ...
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Did Trump promise to bring back waterboarding?

According to the Wikipedia article Guantanamo Bay detention camp § President Trump's statements on the camp: President Donald Trump has vowed to keep the prison open and to use it to detain "bad ...
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Is it true Democrats did not want to pass any gun control laws when they had majorities in Congress during Obama's presidency? [closed]

Per Trump's recent Tweet he said the Democrats didn't pass any gun control legislation when they had majorities in both houses of Congress during Obama's presidency because they didn't want to. ...
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How much does the White House pay to their employees?

Once I read that White House has 377 employees and Brazil's Palácio do Planalto has 3.800 employees. I wonder if this number, 377, is true and how much does the USA pay for White House's employees.
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Is it true that besides Volkswagen, many other car companies also similarly cheated in the emission test but faced limited consequences?

The Volkswagen emission cheating is well-known at this stage. However, I heard some people say that many other car manufacturers have actually been performing similar cheating in emission tests. Last ...
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Are physically attractive people more likely to be right wing politically?

The Guardian recently reported this: It is a finding unlikely to prove popular with Guardian readers, but a study has concluded that attractive people are more likely to be rightwing. The study ...
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Is immigration the cause of bad traffic on Queenslands M1 freeway?

In September 2017 the Australian Federal Politician Pauline Hanson made a statement that has been broadly interpreted as "The heavy traffic on Queensland's M1 freeway is caused by high levels of ...
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Are “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man” truthful? [closed]

John Perkins wrote a book "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man" as a disclosure of US foreign policy to economically destroy underdeveloped countries. Perkins claims that US grants and loans increase ...
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Is female unemployment lowest in 18 years?

President Donald Trump celebrated the Women's March by tweeting the following. Beautiful weather all over our great country, a perfect day for all Women to March. Get out there now to celebrate the ...
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Are a majority of grade-school children in Arizona Hispanic?

Conservative pundit Mark Steyn just said this to Fox News' Tucker Carlson: In Arizona, a majority of the grade-school children now are Hispanic. That means Arizona's future is as an Hispanic ...