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Was it illegal in Venezuela for doctors to list starvation as cause of death for children?

In this video Jordan Peterson says the following: Do you know that it is now illegal for physicians to list starvation as the cause of death for a Venezuelan child in a hospital. That's how ...
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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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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 ...
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Do police issue more citations near the end of each month?

A related question about police quotas suggests there are quotas (some openly, some not) in some jurisdictions. This Venture Beat Article strongly suggests that more tickets are issued at the end of ...
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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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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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Are half of the donations to Democratic Party from Jewish sources?

I've encountered this claim in a number of sources, both respectable and not, but ultimately seems to stem from an article in Jerusalem Post attributing it to Gil Troy: The reason for such intense ...
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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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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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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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Were there cases of protesters starting violence at Trump rallies?

During the CNN GOP Debate, Donald Trump gave two explanations for the repeated violent reactions of some of his supporters to protests at Trump rallies. The first one being love for their country and ...
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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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Are democrats more likely to commit crimes then republicans in the United States?

Ted Cruz during in interview with Hugh Hewitt claimed that democrats are more likely to commit violent crime than republicans. He apparently is getting this statistic from a study on three states ...
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Did Roosevelt's New Deal Program Prolong the Great Depression?

Many libertarian economists argue in favor of laissez-faire economic policies. As a supporting argument, they often claim that Roosevelt's New Deal program actually prolonged the Great Depression. I'm ...
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Do church congregations attract sex offenders?

On page 34 of their 2008 report Licensed to Hug: How Child Protection Policies Are Poisoning the Relationship Between the Generations and Damaging the Voluntary Sector, authors Frank Furedi & ...
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Is the US saving enough money from the USMCA to pay for the Wall?

President Trump just tweeted this: I often stated, “One way or the other, Mexico is going to pay for the Wall.” This has never changed. Our new deal with Mexico (and Canada), the USMCA, is so much ...
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Did Facebook ads significantly influence voting behaviour in the 2016 presidential election?

There have been significant concerns in some political groups about foreign interference via social media on many recent elections. But there seems to be little hard evidence that any content on ...
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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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Does Toomey's amendment to the GOP Tax Bill only benefit Hillsdale College?

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer just said this on the Senate floor, regarding the Republican Tax Bill: One college, Hillsdale College, has been exempted from taxes on colleges with large ...
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Do most Syrian refugees want eventually to return to Syria?

Jordan's King Abdullah II said at a press conference with President Trump that Syrian refugees want to return to Syria (live video of press conference, can't find archived video yet). The statement ...
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Did NATO instruct anti-government neo-Nazi groups in Ukraine on conducting diversions and waging guerilla?

There are multiple claims in Russian press that in 2006 NATO in Estonia has instructed neo-Nazi anti-government paramilitary hate groups from Ukraine on how to conduct diversions and wage guerilla war....
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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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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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Is Walter Reed not able to handle the number of Havana Syndrome patients?

Journalist Julia Ioffe just said this in a Puck News article: Meanwhile, the number of government employees suffering from Havana Syndrome has jumped from a couple dozen to a couple hundred. Some ...
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Did British ex-PM break into a garage to recover his stolen papers?

The Wikipedia article on Marcia Falkender/Marcia Williams (private secretary to PM Harold Wilson) makes a rather explosive claim: When Wilson lost office in 1970, Falkender seized his papers, and her ...
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Were the nuclear capabilities of the F-35 decisive in the decision to have it replace the Dutch F-16s?

The Dutch F-16s have been due for replacement for some time. The discussion about which plane should replace it took its course for over a decade and several different Dutch administrations, from 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 other ...
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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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Is this quote from Lenin: "Make them swallow the word, they will swallow the thing"?

Éric Zemmour, the far-right probable candidate for the 2022 French presidential election said (in his book La France n'a pas dit son dernier mot but also in many meetings, example) that Lenin has ...
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Did voter registration rates exceed 100% in many counties for the 2020 US election? Did this lead to voter fraud?

Judicial Watch* reported in October 2020 that 353 U.S. Counties in 29 States with Voter Registration Rates Exceeding 100%. Judicial Watch announced today that a September 2020 study revealed that 353 ...
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Were 59% of British people unable to name the then Prime Minister David Cameron in 2015?

According to this article The British public still have no idea what they voted for with Brexit – it’s not elitist to admit it, it is claimed: A survey carried out in the run up to the 2015 general ...
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Is there evidence that women who said they were sexually assaulted by Trump lied for money?

According to Wikipedia, there are at least 19 women who have accused Trump of sexual assault or harassment. Trump has recently claimed: I was accused by, I believe it was four women," Trump said. "...
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Refugee Terrorism Rate Statistics

As per this Washington Times article Trump signs new extreme vetting order: Supporting claims that the U.S. is at risk because of its refugee policies, administration officials said that of the FBI’...
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Did Paul Combetta ask for advice on reddit on how to strip emails for Hillary Clinton?

A reddit user has several archived posts showing questions about stripping emails for a "VIP" customer. Some people have attributed those posts to Paul Combetta, an employee in charge of Hillary ...
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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 home to ...
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Did BGI genetically test Uyghurs in Xinjiang?

In July of last year the U.S. Commerce Department publicly accused subsidiaries of BGI (formerly Beijing Genomics Institute) of genetically testing Uyghurs in Xinjiang as part of a campaign of ...
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Is an egalitarian inclination largely genetically determined?

A 2017 study titled A Genetic Basis of Economic Egalitarianism seems to have concluded that: We use Minnesota Twin Study data from 2008, collected from samples of monozygotic and dizygotic twin pairs ...
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Does the EU fund you only if you legally agree not to damage the EU's reputation in any way?

In this YouTube video shows clips of Jacob Rees-Mogg. At 6:55, he is shown hosting an LBC talkback show, talking about EU funding. He claims: You don't get money from the EU unless you sign up to ...
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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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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 the Syrian government use Sarin (or other chemical weapons) in the 2017 Khan Shaykhun attack?

On the 4 April 2017, there was an airstrike attack on the town of Khan Shaykhun in Syria, with over 70 civilians killed and many hundreds injured. Responsibility is attributed to the Syrian ...
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Is anti-whaling activism almost as big an industry as the whaling industry?

In the article Confronting Paul Watson and Sea Shepherd, Tetsuhiko Endo writes: In a March 2012 article in Nature, Christopher Costello and Steven Gaines from the University of California, point ...
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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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Was Joseph Mifsud working for Western intelligence agencies?

George Papadopoulos, who was a foreign policy advisor on President Trump’s 2016 Presidential campaign, just tweeted this: I just have a responsibility to inform America of the truth. Western ...
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Was the "Do So" movement orchestrated by Cambridge Analytica and is it responsible for the results of the Trinidad and Tobago election?

The Great Hack is a documentary which, among other things, claims that SCL Group (which the now-infamous Cambridge Analytica is a subsidiary of) worked for the United National Congress (UNC) in ...
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Did Pakistan ask China to invade India and vice versa in 1962 and in 1999?

I was watching this widely seen (Urdu) video, Pakistani journalist Imran Khan claims: In 1962: China invited Pakistan to invade India (as China attacked India). The USA assured Pakistan that they ...
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Did Downer claim Israel told him to spy on Papadopoulos?

Former Trump Campaign foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos just tweeted this: Alexander Downer has made a bizarre, and unfounded, claim and perpetuated a conspiracy theory that the Israelis ...
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Did a leaked email reveal that NATO and France had Gaddafi killed to prevent the release of a new gold-backed currency?

"Supposedly", the leaked Hillary emails exposed NATO and France was behind taking down Gaddafi in Libya due to the "gold backed" dinar they were about to release. Based on the article Libyan Oil, ...
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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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Was there electoral fraud at the Catalan independence referendum?

The Catalan Independence Referendum of Oct 1, 2017, certainly has problems enough (deemed illegal beforehand, low participation, police conflicts, etc.), but apart from that - was there voter fraud ...