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Has the US killed close to half a million since 9/11?

The Brookings Register reports a half a million people have been killed by the US since 9/11. From A different path: Let’s try nonviolence: According to the Watson Institute at Brown University, ...
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Is this a real picture of Jordan Peterson in New Zealand with a fan wearing a shirt that says “I'm a Proud Islamaphobe”? [on hold]

Tweet reads This is @jordanbpeterson and a fan during his speaking tour in New Zealand. February 19th, 2019. Less than one month ago. Did Jordan Peterson really take a picture with a fan wearing a ...
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Do any world leaders have access to a nuclear “red button”? [on hold]

In this article North Korean dictator Kim Jon Un claims (according to NBC) that: "The entire mainland of the U.S. is within the range of our nuclear weapons and the nuclear button is always on ...
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Total Internal Reflection in sound waves [on hold]

I have read that when a light wave passes thorough the optically denser to lighter medium, only then is the concept of critical angle valid, and the light suffers total internal reflection at angle of ...
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Did India shoot down any Pakistani F-16 on 27th February 2019? [on hold]

According to DG ISPR of the Military of Pakistan, Gen. Asif Gafoor, on 27th February 2019, Pakistan Air Force's jets engaged IAF's jets and "shot down two IAF jets". On the same day, India claimed ...
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Was the debris of a missile presented by India authentic?

In February 2019, Indian officials presented the alleged wreckage of an AIM-120C5 AMRAAM missile as evidence that Pakistan used an F-16 in the shooting down of IAF jets (as only an F-16 could fire ...
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Research on seagull parasitic behavior [closed]

Several years ago i saw video on some popular science youtube channel, which says that in colonies of seagulls there are two types of birds: "lawfull", who's hunting by themselves, and "bandits", who'...
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Is sleep “defragmentation” for your brain?

I've seem several articles claiming that sleep is akin to the usual proccess of hard drive defragmentation, however for your brain. This process allegedly prunes synapses/memories and reconsolidate ...
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Do EU countries have the right to close their airspace to a particular plane model?

According to this article in "el país" España delega en la UE la paralización del nuevo modelo 737 de Boeing, the Spanish government claims that El Gobierno señala que no tiene competencias para ...
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Did Jim Lovell accidentally swear at Mission Control?

The movie Apollo 13 famously depicts a tense scene from relatively early on in the accident where the astronauts were having diffucilty controlling the space craft due to the centre of gravity being ...
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Was the East India Company controlled by 'the Rothschilds'?

I have seen that it is often claimed in the internet that 'the Rothschilds' controlled the East India Company. This claim appears in this antisemitic question on Quora with 1k+ views: The House of ...
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Does this video of collapsing warehouse shelves show a real incident?

This video seems to show a minor bump by a fork lift causing multiple rows of shelving to collapse, burying the fork lift and operator. Is this a real incident, or a faked video? The video has been ...
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Claim that CO2 is less relevant because it is logarithmic [duplicate]

This video presents and claims that doubling the CO2 levels would only increase the global warming by 1%, whatever that means. Now it seems like the graph contains real data, so what is up with the ...
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Is Bhutan the only carbon neutral/negative country?

Twitter moments recently had a moment about Bhutan being the only carbon neutral country in the world: Why Bhutan Is All Alone in the Carbon-Neutral Nation Club and one tweet in the Twitter moments ...
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Is the rate of food poisoning in the USA much worse than the rate in the UK?

One part of the interminable debate in the UK about leaving the EU has been a debate about what the UK would have to agree to if they do trade deals with other countries. In an interview with BBC ...
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Have textbook prices in the US more than doubled in the last 15 years?

The above chart was recently published on Reddit. ( Source: r/dataisbeautiful ) The author of the reddit thread cites the following data sources: Consumer Price Index for All Urban ...
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Are sports drinks more effective at hydrating athletes than water?

A FiveThirtyEight article, You Don’t Need Sports Drinks To Stay Hydrated challenges that sports drinks help prevent dehydration or increase exercise and performance better than water. It claims that ...
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Do organised anti-vaccination groups stand to gain anything?

Lately, Ethan Lindenberger has been getting a lot of attention for defying his mother and getting vaccinated against her wishes. NPR released an article today about how Ethan testified before the ...
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Do the Irish have on average a 8 point lower IQ then the British?

The website Brainstats lists IQs for different countries and lists 92 for Ireland while it lists 100 for the United Kingdom. Those numbers are surprising to me. Are they backed by good evidence?
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Are the major negative health effects from living next to a coal power plant? [closed]

EnergyJustice writes: Health Impacts & Coal Plants: There’s no shortage of data to show that individuals living near a coal plant are at higher risk for health problems than those who do not ...
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Did Paul Offit, MD, say that aluminum plays an important role in the development of a healthy fetus?

The following quote is attributed to Paul A. Offit, MD, by a number of websites and books; they can be found by Googling for the exact quote in quote marks (screenshot below) Aluminum is considered ...
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Did Amazon pay $0 in taxes last year?

Background I saw this article saying that Amazon paid $0 in corporate income tax last year. Is this true or just phrased to sound like they are getting away with paying nothing? Here's the article: ...
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Was 38.2 billion tons of carbon dioxide added to the atmosphere in 2011?

A December 2012 CNN article reported Last year, all the world's nations combined pumped nearly 38.2 billion tons of carbon dioxide into the air from the burning of fossil fuels such as coal and ...
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Does detergent help clean clothes in washing machines?

The Telegraph reported in 2008 that British historian Ruth Goodman: stopped using soap in her washing machine and says the clothes come out just as clean. "We're all victims of 150 years of hype ...
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Does Denver International Airport have Pneumatic Tube Systems?

From the Wikipedia page for the Pneumatic tube: Denver International Airport [DEN] uses many pneumatic tube systems, including a 25 cm diameter system for moving aircraft parts to remote concourses,...
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Are hogs scalded alive in slaughterhouses?

I read that hogs are at times scalded alive during butchering in the United States: The killing line moves so quickly that some of the pigs are still conscious when they are dumped into the ...
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Does non alcoholic beer have roughly the same alcohol as orange juice or a ripe banana contain at .5% alcohol?

On a post on the beer cartel about non-alcoholic beer in the post, it implies that non-alcoholic beer has roughly the same level of alcohol as freshly squeezed orange juice or ripe banana Alcohol-...
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Did Michael Jordan sell a used shirt for $1250?

A story associated with Michael Jordan is that he once sold a shirt autographed by Farrah Fawcett for $1250. A common year given is ~1976. This doesn't seem plausible. Is this story true? Below is an ...
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Could Michael Cohen reduce his sentence by cooperating with, or lying to, Congress?

This Trump tweet said Michael Cohen was one of many lawyers who represented me (unfortunately). He had other clients also. He was just disbarred by the State Supreme Court for lying & fraud. He ...
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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 this Facebook group criticizing Lady Gaga exist before 2008?

Currently there is a tweet being widely shared (as of time of writing this question, it has 148,103 Retweets and 517,460 Likes) that claims: When Lady Gaga was in university, there was a Facebook ...
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How many middle class families' tax burden was less in 2018 because of Trump's tax cuts?

In the news lately (early 2019) are many stories of regular people complaining that they have drastically lower tax refunds than the previous year, and some even owing instead. This is in the wake of ...
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Would the Green New Deal cost 600k per household?

A recent Fox News report uses numbers provided by a self-proclaimed "center-right" American organization which details the predicted costs of the Green New Deal, totaling up to 93 trillion dollars, or ...
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Do transgender women athletes have an advantage over cisgender women athletes?

There have been numerous articles in media over transgender women competing in women sports, and debating if this is fair with women whose birth sex was female. I know there are some studies, like ...
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Does Skippy chunky peanut butter contain trans fat?

According to their website, Skippy brand peanut butter does not contain trans fat. However, the current label for their chunky peanut butter contains the following ingredient in the listing: ...
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Are men more likely than women to accept an offer for casual sex?

It is widely believed that men are more amenable to offers of casual sex than women. (Note: This is a different claim to "men want casual sex more than women" or that "women are more easily able to ...
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Did diseases, decrease over 90% before the introduction of vaccines? [duplicate]

There is this meme going around, which is also used as an anti-vaccine argument, which basically states, that vaccines didn't save millions of lives, because most of the diseases declined by over 90% ...
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Did more than 900 people die of measles in Madagascar since October 2018?

I'm seeing a claim trending on social media that more than 900 people died of measles in Madagascar recently. I'm referring to this article, which opens with: Geneva: At least 922 people have died ...
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Did President Obama state he was close to starting a war with North Korea?

President Trump said this in a press conference on Friday: I believe [President Obama] would have gone to war with North Korea. I think he was ready to go to war. In fact, he told me he was so ...
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Does raspberry jam serve as fever reducer?

In USSR when I grew up, it was a common folk remedy (which seemed to work) to use raspberry jam (usually with tea) as fever reducer. Specifically, it caused you to sweat a lot, not sure if that was ...
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Is it possible to determine if a person has had receptive anal sex through a physical exam?

Physical examinations of the anus are sometimes used in North Africa to determine if a man has practiced receptive anal sex, and hence has broken laws against homosexuality. Here is one such report ...
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Do 100,000 foreign spies reside in the US?

CNN Declassified, "Spies among us: Get a peek at their playbook" by Thom Patterson, Updated July 18, 2017, reports of an expert estimate of 100,000 foreign agents: (CNN)Spies are living among us. ...
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Do US sanctions against Venezuela outweigh the aid being sent?

President Trump recently imposed sanctions against Venezuela's state-owned oil company PDVSA. However, the US has also sent aid, primarily food, to the Colombian border, with the aim of getting it to ...
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Was the death rate in Boer War concentration camps the same as in Glasgow?

In a widely reported debate on BBC's Question Time, Conservative politician Jacob Rees-Mogg was accused of "justifying" the British use of concentration camps during the Boer War at the beginning of ...
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Are DNA testing companies building a DNA database for commercial applications?

There were a couple of articles last year regarding DNA testing companies such as 23andMe, selling data. See example articles : DNA-testing companies like 23andMe sell your genetic data to ...
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Was anyone murdered, disappeared, or died suspiciously to cover up the Deepwater Horizon disaster?

This recent Tumblr post claims that multiple activists and scientists were murdered or died under extremely suspicious circumstances, including one person being found dead and mutilated in a dumpster, ...
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Was Opportunity's last message to Earth “My battery is low and it's getting dark”?

On February 13 2019, NASA announced that Opportunity - a Mars rover launched in 2003 with an intended longevity of three months - was likely to be dead. In the wake of this event, and the outpouring ...
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Is drug testing done on extremely poor people?

I was told about a book "The Body Hunters: Testings New Drugs on the World's Poorest Patients" by Sonia Shah. It was published by The New Press, and it had an approving quote from Publisher's Weekly ...
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Does skip-lagging/hidden city travel make flights more expensive?

From a recent MarketWatch article, This airline sued a passenger for skipping his flight — why we should all take note, George Hobica claims that “Hidden city cheaters make airfares more expensive ...
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Do Japanese crows use traffic to crack nutshells?

In a BBC article, its contended that: In a Japanese city, carrion crows have discovered how to eat nuts that they usually find too hard to tackle. One method is to drop the nuts from height on ...

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