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Does the US military use an Xbox 360 controller to control one of their EOD robots?

According to this 2016 gameranx video: The US military actually uses an Xbox 360 controller for EOD robots - which are essentially robots that pick up bombs, or deliver bombs. (EOD stands for ...
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November 4th Antifa Apocalypse? [closed]

Today Fox News ran the headline: Antifa apocalypse? Anarchist group's plan to overthrow Trump 'regime' starts Saturday The rest of the article seems to describe a series of peaceful protests in ...
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Was the investigation of the DNC Email Hack performed by anti-Russian activists?

In his The Savage Nation radio broadcast on February 16, 2017, radio talk show host Michael Savage made four claims to discredit the story that “the Russians” hacked the DNC during this past election. ...
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Are working class individuals 70-80 percent less likely to be accepted as patients by therapists if they are black?

This article claims that a study researching the effect prejudice/racism has on psychiatric treatment found that working class individuals were 70-80% less likely to be accepted as patients by a ...
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Did Palmer Luckey, founder of Oculus, back pro-Trump group?

A lot of news media are writing about Palmer Luckey, founder of Oculus, to have backed Nimble America, a pro-Trump group. He would have acknowledged this on Reddit under a pseudonym rather than his ...
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Do international laws require the 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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Does the Defense establishment have plants in vast majority of Congressional districts?

One of the commonly cited reasons for the ratcheting of defense spending in the United States is that it's an easily justifiable kickback (tugging on patriotic heart strings) to representatives' ...
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Did a rabbit bite Justice David Souter?

In a panel discussion titled HLS in the World | A Conversation with Six Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court [partially transcribed at Harvard At 200: Justices Look Back On Their Law School Days — And ...
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The candidate with the bigger campain budget is allways elected [duplicate]

Hearing a french conference, the speaker told us that it's easy to understand american presidential elections, because the candidate with the highest campain budget allways is choosen. But I can't ...
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Did Elijah Muhammad admit having extramarital affairs with young Nation of Islam secretaries?

The wikipedia entry about Malcolm X says: Sexual misbehavior by Elijah Muhammad Rumors were circulating that Muhammad was conducting extramarital affairs with young Nation secretaries—​​which ...
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Do states give local governments the power to ban opposing political groups?

This odd claim is presented in a comment thread at the blog Dispatches from the Culture Wars in comment #6 on the linked post. It refers to a city council banning a community group. Seems to me this ...
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Could North Korea sink the USS Carl Vinson? [closed]

North Korean state media said on Sunday the country's forces were "combat-ready to sink" the Carl Vinson. Is North Korea capable of sinking an aircraft carrier with a torpedo? They probably sank a ...
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Are the papers shown by Trump in the 1/11 press conference a genuine sample?

In Donald Trump's press conference on 2016-01-11, he and his lawyer pointed to thousands of sheets of paper in manila folders and identified them as only a portion of the documents he is signing to ...
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Did former president Woodrow Wilson extensively rely on Napoleon Hill's work during the World War?

In the best-selling book Think And Grow Rich, author Napoleon Hill claims that: This secret was extensively used by President Woodrow Wilson, during the World War. It was passed on to every soldier ...
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Do vaping bans cause people who were previously vapers to start smoking cigarettes?

Background This Buzzfeed article asserts that there is a realistic worry that vaping bans cause vapers to return back to cigarettes: And yanking nicotine e-cigarettes off the market could have ...
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Is the US constitution based on the religious principles? [closed]

This site makes the claim: https://donotlink.it/N72k Indeed, our second president and co-author of the Declaration of Independence, John Adams, issued a fervent warning to future generations that “...
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Did the Trump admin. hire an Israeli private security firm to spy on Obama aides?

According to Ynetnews.com: Black Cube, notorious for its work for disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, reportedly hired by Trump administration officials to spy on 2 Obama aides involved ...
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Did Bob Corker ask Trump for his endorsement?

President Trump just tweeted this (see here and here): Senator Bob Corker just stated that, “I’m so priveledged to serve in the Senate for twelve years, and that’s what I told the people of our ...
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Did Antifa Exist as a Group in the USA Between 2000 and 2017? [closed]

The first major use of the word "Antifa" in modern times (that I can find) is something on Breitbart from 4/21/2017, claiming that the mayor of Berkeley was a member of an anti-fascist group 'By Any ...
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Did a victim of Weinstein testify in a letter that the acts performed were consensual?

The German newspaper FAZ reports: Die Ankläger erreichte eine schriftliche Stellungnahme der früheren Nachwuchsschauspielerin Lucia Evans. Darin beschrieb Evans den Oralsex mit Weinstein in dessen ...
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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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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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Do voters refuse to believe accurate accounts of Republican tax plans? [closed]

There are plenty of controversial ideas in tax policy in the USA. Republicans often argue that lowering tax will enhance growth. Or that reducing taxes on corporations will increase wages. Many people ...
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Has net neutrality always been the way the Internet has worked? [closed]

Today FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced a plan that would "repeal the heavy-handed Internet regulations imposed by the Obama Administration and to return to the light-touch framework under which the ...
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Are there slot machines with wheels that use bingo internally?

I've heard rumors that many slot machines use an invisible internal bingo algorithm to determine whether they pay out, supposedly as a way around the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. For example, I ...
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Did Mormons protest social issues with the American flag in 1885?

Recently several articles from various sources have been claiming that Mormons lowered the flag to half mast on July 4, 1885 to protest persecution from the US government concerning their "Civil ...
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Is this chart detailing incidences of homocide by race accurate? [duplicate]

I saw this image on social media: It shows a various values at on an unknown scale for incidences of black on white homocide (9.83), white on black homocide (0.77), white on white homocide (10.22) ...
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Did CNN broadcast this “fake news” in 1990? [duplicate]

I came across this footage on youtube. It shows CNN anchor Charles Jaco broadcasting what seems to be a fake news story about the 1990 gulf war, using a stage, fake palms, fake sounds, etc. This ...
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Did the US Army use children to check for IEDs? [closed]

According to Cracked, an ex-intelligence officer claims that US soldiers would throw candy into the streets to have kids check for IEDs. I'm unable to find any evidence for this claim. I could be ...
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Do an estimated 1 in 3 Americans have an undiagnosed thyroid disease?

I came across an advertisement for the movie The Thyroid Secret, which claims (sic caps): [Shocking] 1 in 3 Americans Have Thyroid Disease And Are Often Told That They are Crazy, Fat or Lazy, When ...
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Did no citizen of countries banned by Trump's executive order kill any american since 1975? [duplicate]

This has been circulating on facebook and twitter: One of the pages that shared it has 4 million subscribers which alone makes it notable. Are both of the numbers correct? Both murders and those ...
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Has power been stripped away from the US Constitution, during the Obama Administration? [closed]

In an interview on 60 Minutes last month, the Republican Speaker of the House, Rep. Paul Ryan, was being asked about his opinions of Donald Trump. One of his answers included the following quote (...
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Did Vince Foster take his own life? [closed]

The website TruthOrFiction writes: Vince Foster was Deputy White House Counsel and the Clinton’s lawyer. He was found dead in Fort Marcy Park on July 20, 1993. Three investigations into Foster’s ...
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Are mass murderers in the US mostly white? [duplicate]

http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2014/06/are_most_mass_murderers_really_white.html Before rushing to play pin the tale on the honkey, did anyone bother to check the history of mass killings? ...
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Did Rachel Scott draw This Picture? and was the Picture dreamt about? [closed]

Today Cody Hodges came to our school and presented Rachel's Challenge, named after Rachel Scott, the first student killed in the Columbine High School shooting in 1999. Hodges claims that, after ...
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Is the derogatory meaning of the term “conspiracy theory” something that was specifically promoted by the CIA? [closed]

The German Wikipedia article "conspiracy theory" ("Verschwörungstheorie") says, roughly translated by me: Since about the early 1960s, the US government does not support conspiracy theories any ...
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How many people died at the Tulsa Race Riot? [closed]

There is a video on Facebook by the Young Turks that claims 3000 black people were killed by the KKK, but there is a text "UPDATE" under the video that corrects it to 300. Other sources I saw online ...
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Are these claims about Owsley County, KY factual [duplicate]

Facebook is a great source of notable claims. Another one today is this picture: There seem to be three separate claims in this picture: Is Owsley County 99%+ white? Is Owsley County 95% republican?...
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Does the NSA deliberately and systematically spy on US citizens without warrants? [closed]

Since Edward Snowden's initial revelations last year, it has become nearly an article of faith that the National Security Agency has routinely and systematically eavesdropped on the electronic ...
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Are these metrics regarding the 2009-2014 recession accurate?

In the Forbes article "The Worst Five Years Since the Great Depression", it is quoted: [...] what America got by year five was fewer jobs than before. Even though the employment age population has ...
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Did the U.S. median unemployment duration drop by the steepest amount for any six month period ever in the first half of 2014?

On HUFF POST, a claim is made on July 7, 2014: The past six months saw "the largest six-month decline in the length of unemployment ever measured," he said. "The debate on that extension is over, ...
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Did Todd Standing video a sasquatch? [closed]

Recently on Survivorman, Les Stroud went on a Bigfoot expedition. Towards the end of the episode he showed footage provided by Todd Standing with a very clear picture of what appears to be a juvenile ...
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Is the US economic downturn slowing scientific research?

Nature magazine claims: The financial crisis of the past few years has led to deep cuts in funding for scientific research by governments and charitable organizations, hiring freezes across ...
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Did Americans leave behind over $1bn in tax refunds in 2012?

In this television advertisement H&R Block claims that: Last year, thinking they could do their own taxes, Americans left behind more than a billion dollars. Did American tax payers leave ...
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Destruction of WTC: is this version somehow substatinated? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: On 911, was Building 7 destroyed in a controlled explosion? Recently I read an article that claimed that WTC in reality was blown up rather than fell due to fire. In discord ...
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Is the USA “not even in the top 10 when one compares international death rates resulting from mass shootings”? [duplicate]

Erich Pratt of Gun Owners of America claims that: the United States is not even in the top 10 when one compares international death rates resulting from mass shootings. In California, gun control ...
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Does Liberation Theology have its roots from the KGB and the Soviet Union?

Trinity Church was affiliated and steeped in Liberation Theology. Recent reports (below) indicate that this philosophy was founded in the USSR as a Cold War plot to help undermine America, based on ...
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Did Henry Ford say, “Jews control the business…”?

A search for the quote returns results from many websites It claims that Henry ford said, "Jews have always controlled the business... The motion picture influence of the United States and Canada....
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Was American intelligence caught by surprise by every nuclear test since 1949?

I read this over here. American intelligence has been caught by surprise by every successful test of a nuclear device since the Soviet Union in 1949. Is this correct?
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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 ...