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Skeptical of this wild claim

I would like to play Beezlebub's advocate with this one. https://philosophy.stackexchange.com/questions/70522/implications-of-a-society I am highly skeptical of the author's claim. Partially ...
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Did two brothers steal credit card information worht millions and walked away scot fee because banks were embarassed?

In this DEFCON talk at around 24:52 minute mark, the speaker (a Cambridge professor) tells a story of two brothers stealing millions of dollars using a weakness in credit card terminal technology, and ...
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Can the USA easily get thousands of doctors back very quickly?

Source President Donald Trump defended his huge budget cuts to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention during a Wednesday press conference on the federal government's response to the ...
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Is the “new automatic chess e-board” Regium a scam?

The chess world is hearing about Regium: MOST AMAZING & REVOLUTIONARY CHESS E-BOARD REGIUM is an Automatic Chess e-Board with the latest Technology. Play chess with REGIUM against Internet ...
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Does storing medicine at recommended temperatures prolong its life?

Many medical drugs contain directions to store them in certain temperature ranges - typically at room temperatures. For Example: Storage: Store at 20° to 25° C (68° to 77° F) ...
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Is a dystopian surveillance state computationally possible? [closed]

This isn't really a conspiracy theory question. More of an inquire on the global computational power and data storage logistics question. Most recording instruments such as cameras and microphones ...
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Is LSD more harmful than alcohol?

Having read this Guardian article it seems LSD is a much less harmful drug (both to the user and to others) than alcohol. I live in the UK, where alcohol is legal to buy from age 18 (and to drink from ...
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How much of the ocean did we already explore / map? [closed]

It is often promoted that "... we only discovered x% of the ocean ..." (usually with varying numbers between 1-10%) or that "... we know more about planet y than about our earths ocean ...". Is this ...
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Do more people drown in deserts than die of thirst?

I had first heard about the claim that more people drown in deserts than die of thirst in school maybe 30 years ago. The explanation is that sudden rains can create dangerous flooding in normally dry ...
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Is Trump the “chief law-enforcement officer of the United States”?

This article from Business Insider, and many others, say that President Donald Trump falsely designated himself the "chief law-enforcement officer of the United States" while speaking with ...
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Symmetry in natural creations [closed]

If facial symmetry is analogous to beauty, can a aesthetically unpleasant mark present on both sides of cheek make a person look better?
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Did Sir Arthur Conan Doyle prank 12 men into fleeing their countries?

Purportedly, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle — creator and author of Sherlock Holmes series — sent a telegram to 12 men “…of great virtue and respected in society.” The telegram read “Flee! All has been ...
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Do dogs “mark their territory” by urinating on things?

I think almost everyone (at least in English-speaking countries) is aware of this claim... Question: Do dogs "mark their territory" by urinating on things? It's an urban legend believed by almost ...
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Is Bernie Sanders the first candidate to win the first three states in a primary?

I saw this float around Facebook. It seems it originated from the Twitter account of People For Bernie, Bernard Sanders is the only candidate in history (in a competitive primary) to win the ...
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Has the Trump administration revoked these listed LGBT protections?

This image is doing the rounds on Facebook: It quotes a tweet by Donald Trump from early 2016, followed by claims that the Trump administration has performed these actions: Thank you to the ...
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Do these photos from the Civil Rights Era show Bernie Sanders?

Senator Bernie Sanders, a candidate for the Democratic presidential nominee, features the above photos in the campaign ad Progress as evidence of his contributions to civil rights. While no one doubts ...
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Will 36,000 people die per year due to the repeal of the ACA?

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders recently tweeted: As Republicans try to repeal the Affordable Care Act, they should be reminded every day that 36,000 people will die yearly as a result. (emphasis mine)...
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In California, does it cost more to send someone to prison than to send them to Stanford?

According to Bernie Sanders' Facebook page: Is this statement true?
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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 the DNC try to prevent Bernie Sanders from getting the Democratic nomination? [closed]

In a question on the politics stack exchange, a user asks why the Democratic National committee tried to prevent Bernie Sanders from being selected as their candidate in the 2016 presidential election....
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Did Bernie Sanders say immigrants steal our jobs?

In an interview with the former Maryland governor, Martin O’Malley, that appeared in The Guardian there are some notable claims that I haven't heard of till now. For example, this part refers to ...
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Did Bernie Sanders say that a woman cannot be president?

During the January 2020 Democratic debate at 43:27 the moderator asked Bernie why he said that a woman cannot win an election https://youtu.be/Ppm_mqo9Tyc?t=2607 . Bernie responds by denying that he ...
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Did Bernie Sanders never “earn a steady paycheck” before 40?

There is a meme going around the conservative news sites and aggregators that 2016 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders didn't "earn a steady paycheck" before the age of 40. See, for instance: The ...
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Was Bernie Sanders not a registered Democrat (in 2017)?

A 2017 opinion-marked article in the Hill by Michael Starr Hopkins (himself apparently a Democrat) claims: All the talk about building an economy that works for all Americans means nothing if “...
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Did Senators Sanders and Warren support Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum?

A PIIE article states Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren strongly oppose free trade pacts such as TPP and USMCA, support Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum, and are intensely ...
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Did the Sanders campaign attack Biden with a “doctored video”?

From Politico, INDIANOLA, Iowa — Joe Biden accused Bernie Sanders’ campaign Saturday of issuing a “doctored video” to attack him over Social Security, a false claim that ratcheted up the tension ...
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Did the world Jewish population increase between 1933 and 1948?

A common claim among holocaust denial is that if Jews were killed, the 6 million figure is grossly exaggerated. A specific claim is that according to the World Almanac the world population of Jews ...
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Did Michael Bloomberg ask for a box to stand on during debates?

In an interview with Sean Hannity, President Trump made a claim about Michael Bloomberg: You know now he wants a box for the debates, to stand on. the implication being that he wanted to make ...
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Were Vietnam veterans spat on?

The idea that Vietnam veterans in the United States were spat on when they returned seems to have taken hold. It's mentioned in the movie First Blood ("Rambo"): Then I come back to the world and I ...
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Did Biden ask the State Department to lift Kolomoyskyi’s travel ban?

Conservative talk show host Glenn Beck said this on BlazeTV on Thursday (at the 33:54 mark of this video): Kolomoyskyi’s company Burisma was implicated in a money-laundering ring. Hunter Biden then,...
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Are there any benefits to drinking 1.5 liters of water first thing in the morning (water therapy)?

I'm not sure the origin of this "water therapy", but I've seen various websites that claim that drinking 1.5 liters of water right when you wake up is great for your body/mind, heals all diseases, etc....
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Is drinking tea after a meal unhealthy?

There is a popular belief that drinking tea shortly after meal can cause health problems and is also dangerous to anemic people. Drinking tea just after a meal restricts the body's absorption of ...
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Is mustard oil dangerous for human consumption?

I see warnings of the erucic acid contained in mustard oil, e.g. 15 amazing facts and uses of mustard oil (Times of India): According to celebrity nutritionist Sandhya Gugnani, "There was a myth ...
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Does 5:2 diet activate SIRT1 gene and provide health benefits?

5:2 intermittent fasting is For two days a week, you eat a limited diet, of just 500 to 600 calories, and for the other five days, you eat whatever you want. From the above article, the ...
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Coronavirus - Is it safe to receive a package from China?

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has stated that is 'safe' to receive packages from China. e.g. from their Facebook page Is it safe to receive a letter or package from China? Yes, ...
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Is Arsenic Essential to Life?

A website selling Himalayan Salt advertises: As a trace mineral, arsenic is a necessary part of healthy blood. Small amounts of arsenic are essential to life. Is this claim true?
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Do the U.S. interstate numbers correspond to land area?

This question is about the numbering scheme of U.S. interstate highways. Wikipedia says: In the numbering scheme for the primary routes, east–west highways are assigned even numbers and north–south ...
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Do library fines affect return rates?

I just got an email from the Free Library of Philadelphia announcing that they no longer charge fines for material returned past the due date. The announcement, reproduced on their blog contained the ...
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Has Trump, as of January 2020, used military force less than any other president since Jimmy Carter?

Last week, David Brooks, an op-ed columnist for the New York Times claimed (archive): Love or hate him, Trump has used military force less than any other president since Jimmy Carter. There are ...
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Is Donald Trump's ratio of bankruptcy to businesses consistent with the success rate of other entrepreneurs?

Closely related to this question: Did Donald Trump file for bankruptcy four times? Donald Trump has consistently claimed that filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy is not unheard of and 'only' four ...
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Can blackheads be removed with egg white?

There is a home-remedy for blackheads, using egg white. Does this truly work to remove black heads? Is there any proof of this being a successful remedy? From crunchybetty.com: Use Egg Whites ...
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Is it true that SERE's in the army are given a dog to raise to kill them? [duplicate]

My daughter told me that her fiance was in the SERE's in the army and that he was given a puppy to raise and then had to shoot it so he would learn to not become attached? He is stating that the dog ...
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Are pomegranate seeds edible? [closed]

My dad usually eats cherry seeds, which seemed dangerous to me, so I searched it online and indeed it can be dangerous. Today, I was about to eat a pomegranate but I wasn't sure if the seeds are ...
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Is this picture of Trump, Bloomberg, and Clinton playing golf real? [closed]

Picture reads "it's big club and you ain't in it", and has Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump, Michael Bloomberg, and Clinton. That's quite similar to this tweet of the same Image without the caption by ...
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Was the 1971 Pakistani surrender in Bangladesh the first public surrender in history?

In 1971 India invaded east Pakistan, which ended in the "public surrender" of the Pakistani military on the 16th of December, and modern day Bangladesh is the result. Many of the articles and videos ...
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Is it possible to pick up radio signals from dental fillings?

I recently heard this claim referred to on House M.D. when the titular character is experiencing phantom sounds, and the show appeared to give the idea some credibility. So I decided to look it up, ...
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Did Nancy Pelosi say “We'll have to pass the bill to find out what's in it”?

I found some comments by republicans/conservatives who claim she said this*, some indicating it was in regard with Obamacare, but I haven't been able to find any context or primary source. So the ...
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Did Lyndon Johnson spy on Barry Goldwater's 1964 campaign using CIA and FBI assets?

An article by Lee Edwards on the Heritage Foundation website claims so with quite some level of detail, e.g. In the fall of 1964, the White House turned to the CIA to get advance inside information ...
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Have 41% of transgender people attempted suicide?

In Daniella Carter's TED talk "Walking in your truth as an LGBT youth", she mentioned: I need it, they need it, we need the love, we need the liberation, we need the support, not only for the 2.5 ...
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Do colder temperatures increase our hunger?

I've heard this multiple times as an explanation to eating more in relation to being exposed to colder temperatures (restaurants that are colder, during the winter, etc.) but I have yet to be able to ...

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