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Is inflation in the US higher than government statistics suggest? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does the US government voluntarily underreport inflation? The Consumer Price Index claims to reflect "changes in the prices paid by urban consumers for a representative basket ...
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Did anti-discrimination efforts lead to the sub-prime mortgage bubble?

In this article on Bloomberg, it seems clear that the goverment is forcing banks to issue risky loans. Is the government really being this stupid, or is there more to it that this article does not ...
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Does Pakistan harbor terrorists?

In wake of the recent killing of OBL, Pakistan has been accused of supporting and harboring terrorists. Neighboring old-time foe India has long accused Pakistan of using terrorism as an instrument of ...
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Does the Conservative Party of Canada have a ban on abortion in its platform?

It would either be an outright ban (outlawed) or a ban on the public funding part (health care being all public in Canada). But I'm just asking: is there such a thing in their platform?
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Was John Maynard Keynes a child molester?

I was reading Conservapedia's article on John Maynard Keynes and pederasty: Keynes and his friends made numerous trips to the resorts surrounding the Mediterranean. At the resorts, little ...
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Did Bill Ayers ghost-write for Obama?

According to Conservapedia's article on William Ayers: In an October 2008 article in American Thinker, Jack Cashill presented evidence that Ayers ghostwrote Obama's first book, "Dreams From ...
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Is China buying up the worlds arable land

Is there any reliable evidence to suggest that China is buying large quantities of farming land in other countries? Furthermore is there any evidence if the above is true that the quantities they are ...
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Does decriminalizing drug use lead to less drug use?

While listening to the RSA talk Addiction: What to Do When Everything Else has Failed I'm reminded of an article in the Times from 2009 about Portugal's decriminalization of drugs. The Cato paper ...
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Do US companies pay significantly less taxes than European ones (based on tax rates)?

I have frequently heard claims that US companies pay significantly less taxes than European ones (based on tax rates). The last time I saw this claim (and what caused me to ask this question) was ...
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Is Barack Obama's SSN valid?

The latest conspiracy theory surrounding the validity of Barack Obama's Presidency is his Social Security Number. Some people are claiming that his SSN is a Connecticut SSN, but he never lived there (...
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Do tax cuts stimulate an economy?

Every election cycle, I keep hearing that tax breaks stimulate the economy. Are there any well-known studies or scientifically-backed examples from history that shed light on whether or not this ...
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How much daylight does daylight-saving save? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the scientifically established effects of Daylight Saving Time? If we did not have daylight-saving, then would the days still be longer in the summer? If not, then ...
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On 9/11, was Building 7 destroyed in a controlled explosion?

There have been a lot of claims made about the circumstances surrounding the events of 9/11 and Building 7 in particular. The central claim regarding Building 7, that I have heard personally, is that ...
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Is Barack Obama a natural born US citizen?

In this Politico Article dated 8/5/10 the results of a poll taken on President Obama are discussed: The poll of 1,018 adults shows 27 percent of Americans believe the president was “probably” ...
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Is Activism Effective?

When I'm freezing my hands giving out fliers, I have to wonder: Am I actually making an impact? Are there specific forms of activism which are more effective than others? Does it just preach to the ...
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Are most terrorists Muslim?

Those arguing for more profiling quite frequently claim that while not all Muslims are terrorists, most terrorists are muslim. Is there data to show that more than 50% of terrorists attacks can be ...
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Was McCarthy directly involved with the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC)?

There are often claims that Joe McCarthy started, led, or was responsible for the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC). Examples: BBC reports "Many of those forced to appear before ...
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Are elections bad for the economy?

Since 2008, whenever the possibly of an election is brought up, the Conservative Party of Canada repeats the same point: elections are bad for the economy. For example, here's an excerpt of Jim ...
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Is there economic data to suggest whether or not trickle-down economics provides a net increase in standards of living?

One of the chief arguments for Reagan's fiscal policy of trickle-down economics was "money was all appropriated for the top in hopes that it would trickle down to the needy." Essentially that by ...
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Is a kill switch being considered to shut down the internet?

One of my friends has been particularly upset about this. I will try to track down a serious citation of someone making this claim but have been unable to do so. I believe there is a commission or ...