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Did Henry Kissinger call Bangladesh a bottomless basket?

The Bottomless Basket It is often said in Bangladeshi newspapers that ex-US Foreign Minister Henry Kissinger once called Bangladesh a "Bottomless Basket". If so, why and when did he say ...
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Are there more Pit bulls than German Shepherds in the USA?

According to MyGermanSheperd.org: In the USA alone there are about 78.2 million dogs, and about 4.6% of all AKC registered dogs are German Shepherds. This gives over 3.5 million German Shepherd dogs ...
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Did two Tomahawk cruise missiles crash in Iran during the 2003 war?

According to a 2009 armscontrol article, 10 US Tomahawk missiles crash en-route during the 2003 war with Iraq, two of these in Iran. The cite a bunch of sources in their article, but none of those I ...
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To what extent did prosecutor Jenifer Yois Hernandez-Vega check porn actor Lupe Fuentes' age?

I assumed this was true and asked about it in law stackexchange. Apparently it might not be true. But well...it's on Wikipedia... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupe_Fuentes https://reason.com/2010/05/...
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Is it true that non-Muslims are given more US visas than Muslims in muslim majority countries?

The Different Sides 🇵🇰 by Peter Sentenello At 10:15 in the above YouTube video, a local resident in Islamabad, Pakistan is saying that the rate of Pakistani Christians obtaining US visas is higher ...
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Are roundabouts actually statistically safer than traditional traffic patterns?

We have had a number of roundabouts installed near us in South Western PA in the past decade, and a quick internet search shows other states doing so as well. This seems to be an almost universally ...
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Do the most popular college books in the US include "The Communist Manifesto" & "The Republic"?

The mainstream media in China have reported several times that the most popular college books in the US include "The Communist Manifesto" & "The Republic". I have always ...
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Did Ed Trice force the rescoring of a national standardized math test?

"What's the largest number you can represent with 3 digits? Nope. It's not 999." is the title of a LinkedIn blog post by Ed Trice of Lightning Cloud Computing. Since its publication on 16 ...
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Was Columbia University fined for animal cruelty due to experiments run by Mehmet Oz?

This SourceWatch article is being publicized in connection to Mehmet Oz: In 2004, complaints about Dr. Mehmet Oz’s dog experiments were cited in a report from an internal investigation into ...
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Did Pakistan make a broader request than what the US has granted in the $450 million F-16 package?

Some US sources cited in Pakistani media claim Pakistan might have requested/wanted more that it got in the recent $450 million package Daniel Markey, a senior adviser on South Asia to the Washington-...
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Do the 3 red stars on Washington DC's flag represent 3 city states?

There seems to be an explanation of the meaning of the stars on Washington DC's flag. There are three cities (city-states) across this planet that share striking similarities and play a crucial role ...
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Did CIA interrogator Charlie Wise die?

I'm interested in Charlie Wise, the CIA interrogator and torturer. Several sources indicate that he died. However, it seems quite plausible to me that these reports were part of an effort by the CIA ...
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Did Martin Luther King Jr. convince Nichelle Nichols to stay on Star Trek instead of leaving after one season?

The late Nichelle Nichols repeatedly told a story about meeting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who encouraged her to stay on Star Trek instead of leaving after the end of the first season. “You cannot, ...
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Did Facebook claim its fact-checks are legally "just opinions"?

Multiple websites and media say: Facebook claims its 'fact-check' are just protected opinions, according to Facebook's legal team. However, I have not found any official Facebook sources for this ...
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Did Barack Obama keep 33 million pages of documents, including nuclear weapons documents?

A public statement from former U.S. president Donald Trump claims that former president Barack Obama kept 33 million documents from his presidency, most of them classified and many of which contained ...
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Are these anomalies in the Biden-Trump vote data indicative of voter fraud?

Twitter user, @APhilosophae, with 24K followers, recently published a Twitter thread detailing an analysis of voting patterns in the recent US presidential election. They argue that most states the ...
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Does the Inflation Reduction Act increase taxes on people making less than $10,000 / year?

Quoting Democrats rely on misleading messaging to sell Manchin-Schumer bill: In 2023, the year in which the legislation would increase tax revenue most, individuals making less than $10,000 per year ...
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Is there an increase in sales of child-size coffins?

A number of "news sites" have been reporting an increase in child-sized coffins. (The linked is an example, there are many more). The implication being there is an increase of childrens ...
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Does a Portland Public Schools curriculum teach K-5 students to subvert “white colonizers”' sexuality and explore “the infinite gender spectrum”?

A recent article by [conservative activist] Christopher Rufo in City Journal, also cited at various places around the Internet such as The Daily Caller and Why Evolution is True, claims that: ...
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Are there 90% more computer science students and 90% fewer electrical engineering students than 50 years ago?

This article makes the claim that: While computer science course take-up had gone up by over 90 percent in the past 50 years, electrical engineering (EE) had declined by the same amount. The ...
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If comparing white populations, does the U.S. have the same murder rate as Belgium?

Ann Coulter recently made the following claim on the FOX News show 'Hannity': On the gun crimes, we keep hearing how low they are in Europe, and oh, they're so low, and they have no guns. If you ...
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Did the Obama administration ever attempt to ban Fox News from a Press Pool?

According to Liberty Writers: “The Obama administration made a deliberate effort to exclude Fox News from a press pool during the height of its war with the network, newly released documents ...
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Do homeless people in the USA refuse to work?

In 2008, economist Thomas Sowell claimed in a newspaper article: Working in a homeless shelter is widely regarded as “community service” — as if aiding and abetting vagrancy is necessarily a service, ...
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Does the Russian 300mm "guided" rocket 9M949 use gyroscopes made in the USA?

One Ukrainian website seem to claim that: Керована 300-мм ракета 9М949 ракетного комплексу "Торнадо-С": оптоволоконний гіроскоп для інерційної навігації. Виробництво - США. in google ...
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Is there any evidence that laptops in airplanes might be used for terrorist attack?

For some airports in the Middle East passengers are not allowed to bring electronic devices bigger than smartphones into the cabins. According to some news pages (e.g. this article) this ban should be ...
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Did journalist Amber Lyon claim that the US Government paid CNN to control content?

One of my conspiracy theorist friends on Facebook recently linked an article claiming that Amber Lyon was fired from CNN for blowing the whistle on the Obama administration paying CNN to not air ...
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Is it, in some parts of the U.S., easier to get a rifle than to register to vote?

I've seen claims in several places that in some parts of the United States of America, the bureaucratic procedure to register to vote is more difficult/complicated than to get a permit to buy a ...
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Did Gustavus Doane participate in and brag about participating in the Marias Massacre?

An NPR article from yesterday claims that Gustavus Doane (the former namesake of Mount Doane, now First People's Mountain) participated in and bragged about participating in the Marias Massacre. There ...
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Has a weapon functionally equivalent to the AR-15 been available for U.S. civilian purchase since 1907?

According to a (since-deleted) widely shared LinkedIn post (emphasis added): A hundred and twelve years ago, in 1907...our great grandparents were first able to buy the rifle pictured. The semi-auto ...
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Are guns the number one killer of children in the US?

Joe Biden, in his speech on June 2, said that guns are the number one killer of children, even more than car accidents. Is this claim true? According to new data just released by the Centers for ...
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Did two crisis actors both claim to be the father of the same child killed in the Uvalde, Texas shooting?

A friend-of-a-friend posted a BitChute video on my friend's Facebook wall: Two crisis actor "fathers" share the same daughter in Uvalde, Texas The description states: NBC and CNN interview ...
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Was there violence on both sides in Charlottesville?

Was violence perpetrated by factions on both the left and the right side of the political spectrum during this rally? A specific quote by US president Donald Trump is: TRUMP: The driver of the car is ...
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Is America “the only nation where this [a mass shooting] regularly happens”?

The Onion, a satirical newspaper, re-uses a headline each time a mass shooting occurs in the US: “No Way To Prevent This,” Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens Most recently for the ...
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Do the majority of flood deaths happen in vehicles?

According to a radio broadcast of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)'s NOAA Weather Radio KHB36 162.550 MHz (Manassas, Virginia) on May 24, 2022, a few minutes before 00:00 ...
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Were "Fabricated abortion statistics" used to influence the Roe vs Wade decision?

I read in the National Catholic Register an assertion that the numbers that Justice Blackmun cited in Roe vs. Wade came largely from a book called "Abortion" and that ex-Abortionist Bernhard ...
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Did vehicle registration occur before automobiles?

I found an article online that makes the claim: "... registration plates having been used on carriages and wagons in the U.S. as far back as the early 1800s." The article can be found here: ...
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Has the United States only ratified 5 of 18 international treaties on human rights?

A recent opinion piece in the English edition of Le Monde Diplomatique makes passing reference to the idea that the United States "has ratified only five of the 18 international human rights ...
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Does the Westboro Baptist Church get most of their funding from lawsuits?

The Westboro Baptist Church is notorious for picketing things like funerals and they generate a lot of attention by doing so. A common trend in discussions about the church goes something like: ...
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Did a Wisconsin school file sexual harassment complaints over pronoun usage?

The New York Post claims A Wisconsin school district has filed sexual harassment complaints against three middle schoolers for calling a classmate by a wrong pronoun. They cite fox17.com as source, ...
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Are unusually many people dying after being vaccinated for COVID-19?

On May 6, 2021, Fox News host Tucker Carlson said: We all assume the risks are negligible. Vaccines aren’t dangerous. That’s not a guess, we know that pretty conclusively...Every flu season, we give ...
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How many non-citizens were removed from the US from 2009–2015?

I'm trying to reconcile two different sets of data. The House Judiciary committee reports: year Criminal Alien Removals Non-Criminal Removals Total 2015 139368 96045 235413 2014 177960 137983 ...
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Does California have a dress code for drivers?

Many "crazy law" sources claim that California motor vehicle law contains a bizarre sartorial proscription. On CNN.com, the article "Do you know why I pulled you over?" by Craig ...
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Is the number of "ghost guns" in the US increasing?

The White House and media have recently claimed the following: Law enforcement officers across the country increasingly find there is no way to trace certain guns they recover from crime scenes. [...
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Were Texas & Florida Hiding COVID-19 Data? [closed]

I remember reading that Texas and Florida (which have some high population density cities (and especially Florida with a high percentage of elderly, and hence at risk population) were not comparable ...
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Did the USA increase oil imports from Russia after the Ukraine invasion?

According to Zhao Lijian of the Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies at Renmin University of China (RDCY) [...] Russian Security Council Deputy Secretary Mikhail Popov said, in a contrasting ...
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Did the US government officially spend $41m to make Milosevic lose the 2000 elections?

A 2004 article in the Guardian by the late Ian Traynor says: Officially, the US government spent $41m (£21.7m) organising and funding the year-long operation to get rid of Milosevic from October 1999....
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Did Elon Musk pay "the most [income] taxes ever in history for an individual last year"?

After Senator Warren went on TV and said Elon Musk paid $0 in taxes in 2018, he responded in a Tweet dated 20 Feb 2022 saying (emphasis added): Will visit IRS next time I’m in DC just to say hi, ...
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Has Dr. Fauci entered the Federal witness protection program?

In a public appearance covered by an NBC News affiliate, there is the following comment by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis with context (emphasis mine) via DeSantis announces $20M funding for ...
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Were a large fraction of US Dollars in existence printed since 2020?

For many months now I have heard claims on the internet and radio that some large fraction of USD "in existence" were printed since 2020. The percentage ranges between 40 and 80%. Is it a ...
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Are over 20 of the US Navy SEALs who killed Bin Laden now dead?

This is making the rounds on social networks: DID YOU KNOW Over 20 Navy SEALs who (allegedly) "killed" Osama Bin Laden are now dead. Is there any truth to this (today as in 8 May 2015)

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