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How effective are face masks? [closed]

Actually, all the countries worldwide are discussing policies about face masks. Masks were, up to now, mainly used by surgeons, and now, all medical workers are working with masks. In Switzerland, my ...
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Has the lifespan of farmed animals decreased? [closed]

So, one of the common arguments made by vegans (and generally people who oppose factory farming) is that the average lifespan of farmed animals has decreased, and that that's a proof that lives of ...
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Does Steve G. Jones have the title “Dr”?

My friend posted a screenshot of this cooky ad on his Facebook feed: (larger version) When someone uses phrases like "astral projection", "astral planes", "transcendence&...
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Is there more police brutality in cities controlled by the Democratic party?

Shaun King posted this claim on Twitter: Democrats, from top to bottom, are running the cities with the worst police brutality in America right now. Is this true? It seems to have been picked up by ...
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Can red state legislature automatically give Trump a second term?

Their are some people online (Greg Palast) saying that if Trump loses the election, he will claim fraud, have the results thrown out and have state legislature use the 12 amendment to give him a ...
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Do 37% of people in the UK believe that their job either makes no difference or makes the world worse?

According to David Graeber: They discovered that people in the UK, 37% agreed that if their job didn't exist either it would make no difference whatsoever or the world might be a slightly better ...
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Did some people claim in the 1970s that metric road signs would facilitate a ‘Russian invasion’?

According to Why Hasn't the U.S. Gone Metric?: In the 1970s, some opponents suggested that metric road signs would facilitate a Russian invasion. This ("... some opponents suggested...") ...
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Did Bill Barr attempt to visit Ghislaine Maxwell the day she was arrested?

Bill Barr is the current United States Attorney General. AP reports British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested Thursday [July 2] on charges she helped lure at least three girls — one as young ...
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Are Alabama students throwing COVID parties to intentionally get infected?

It was reported recently in several places that students are throwing COVID parties in Alabama, and betting on getting infected first. As far as I can tell ABC News is the original source for this: ...
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Does Microsoft telemetry send everything you say into the microphone or type on the keyboard to Microsoft?

The Windows Central (a non-MS site) claims that: Following are the specific examples of Windows Telemetry data: Typed text on keyboard sent every 30 minutes Anything you say into a microphone is ...
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Is this sketch from Leonardo Da Vinci or his pupil Salai?

Please excuse me if this question appears to be extremely inappropriate but it just looks quite strange to me... Recently I came across this sketch that is claimed to be from Leonardo Da Vinci or his ...
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Did Aristotle say words to the effect of “when you put a message on a blank slate, that first message is critical”?

I want to verify this: “Aristotle always said, a long time ago, that when you put a message on a blank slate, that first message is critical,” Dr. Robert Redfield, the director of the Centers for ...
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Did Amber Heard physically abuse Johnny depp? and admit to it? [closed]

The Daily Mail has published an article claiming that "Amber Heard admits to 'hitting' ex-husband Johnny Depp and pelting him with pots, pans and vases". This topic has came up repeatedly ...
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Did the Black Lives Matter protests fail to cause a spike in coronavirus cases?

Multiple reputable news organizations have been reporting on a study suggesting the 2020 "Black Lives Matter protests" did not contribute to the increase of the Covid-19 pandemic. Some have ...
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Was there a group of 'wealthy anti-Christian abolitionists', who funded John Brown?

Thomas DiLorenzo is a American economics professor who writes about Abraham Lincoln and the US Civil War. In a recent opinion piece for LewRockwell.com, A Disease in the Public Mind, Part II?, ...
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Was U.S. voter turnout at a 20-year low in 2016?

Voter turnout this year dipped to nearly its lowest point in two decades. Voter turnout at 20-year low in 2016 - CNN, November 30, 2016 That would be remarkable. I recalled this CNN article when ...
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Did one Sherry Michaels lose her daughter to COVID-19 and then use it to make anti-mask posts on Facebook? [closed]

Saw this alleged screenshot from Facebook posted to Twitter. The account and the group are both real. However I have not been able to find the post, although it may have been deleted or I may be ...
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Does the US no longer make antibiotics?

On June 25th, 2020 Tucker Carlson claimed during his show: The most powerful nation on earth no longer makes antibiotics. He's obviously referring to the USA. Is the USA no longer manufacturing ...
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Did Priyamvada Gopal say “White lives don't matter”?

I'm seeing many different sources saying that Cambridge professor Priyamvada Gopal said "White lives don't matter" in an interview recently. Is there some greater context I don't know that ...
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Has the US COVID-19 lockdown resulted in more years of life lost than COVID-19 itself?

Published in The Hill on May 25, 2020, an opinion piece by Scott W. Atlas, John R. Birge, Ralph L. Keeney, and Alexander Lipton claims that as of the time of writing, in the United States, COVID-19 ...
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Did Alain Finkielkraut say that “the left no longer has ideas, only enemies”?

A bunch of Spanish-speaking sites attribute (with slight variants) the following quote to French philosopher Alain Finkielkraut: La izquierda ya no tiene ideas, sólo enemigos. ("The left no ...
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Does Lincoln County, Oregon require only white people to wear masks?

According to the New York Post: Oregon county issues face mask order that exempts non-white people Lincoln County, Oregon, has exempted non-white people from a new order requiring that face coverings ...
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Did Trump salute 600 times at the West Point commencement exercise before using two hands to drink water?

At the Tulsa rally of June 20th, Donald Trump defended his apparent difficulty tilting a glass of water with his right hand by saying his arm was tired from saluting 600 times. “They said you couldn’...
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Does West Indian immigrant well-being shed any doubt on the idea of systemic racism explaining most of the sustained racial wage gap? [closed]

The Center for Immigration studies published a report Immigrants in the United States, 2010. Table 10 shows that Jamaican and Haitian immigrants, and their children, are less likely to be in poverty ...
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Did Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweet that businesses should stay closed until the November elections?

A friend of mine just forwarded me a screenshot of the following May 20, 2020 (now-deleted) tweet purportedly from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, whose nickname and Twitter handle is AOC. It's vital that ...
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Will bacteria grow in filtered water?

Zero Water makes water filtration systems that they claim remove 99% of total dissolved solids from water. On the Water is the New Gold blog, a water-filter scientist warns against its use: More ...
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Do the symptoms of autism resemble mercury poisoning?

This prevalent meme image claims that mercury poisoning and autism have similar symptoms. (Presumably it is intended to imply that vaccines containing mercury cause autism, but that isn't what this ...
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Was the Roman knowledge of how to build aqueducts lost?

In a TED interview, Elon Musk stated: People are mistaken when they think that technology just automatically improves. It does not automatically improve. It only improves if a lot of people work very ...
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Did Kentucky cut polling locations by 95% due to lack of volunteers?

The Independent has an article titled ‘It’s going to be an angry mob’: Kentucky cuts number of polling stations by 95 percent ahead of primary voting. The article claims: In a typical election year, ...
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Do mass shooters tend to have been bullied as kids?

(Originally posted on Psychology.SE, it has been suggested that I post here instead) The media frequently claims that mass shooters are or were bullied as children. Does the scientific evidence back ...
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Did protesters block metal detectors at Trump's Tulsa rally?

"Sadly, protesters interfered with supporters, even blocking access to the metal detectors, which prevented people from entering the rally," Tim Murtaugh, the campaign's communications ...
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Did Mao Zedong have a person executed for saying his mangoes looked like a sweet potato?

This video entitled Mao's Miraculous Mangoes! is a bit satirical, but the one claim that somebody got executed during the cultural revolution for saying a mango looked like a sweet potato, is just ...
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Have Antifa members used an inverted red triangle as a symbol?

Facebook recently removed an advert for Donald Trump's re-election campaign that prominently featured an image of an inverted red triangle. Nazi Germany used an almost identical symbol to label ...
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Did David Ricardo make £1M from the Battle of Waterloo?

Mark Skousen (2008): He was a speculator par excellence, allegedly making a million pounds sterling in 1 day following the Battle of Waterloo. Madsen Pirie: He went into a banking house and made a ...
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Was George Floyd a Masonic Sacrifice or even a Mason?

I am not sure what is the chicken, and what is the egg, but between public gossip and Larry Johnson tweets, there seems to be a movement claiming George Floyd was a Masonic Sacrifice. Notable person ...
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Can cremating bodies cause black rain?

There is speculation that the mysterious black rain that Japan had a few months ago was from China cremating bodies, and in particular, mass cremations from coronavirus victims. 7 News: Coronavirus ...
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Did Neil Armstrong write such a letter to a skeptic?

Today, I saw a tweet with an image that claims to contain the answer of Neil Armstrong to a teacher that was skeptical of the moon landing (see below). Of course it's not the image of a real letter, ...
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Did Margaret Sanger say “The most merciful thing that a large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it”?

This quote appeared on my Facebook feed. It was attributed to Margaret Sanger who founded the organization that later became Planned Parenthood. "The most merciful thing that a large family does ...
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Did Euler make the elementary mistake √-2 √-3 = √6?

The following extract is from Tristan Needham's Visual Complex Analysis, Even in 1770 the situation was still sufficiently confused that it was possible for so great a mathematician as Euler to ...
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Did lockdowns limit the spread of COVID-19?

In a May 20, 2020 article (German) cites a mathematician who claims the various lock-down measures against COVID-19 are useless. However, the Israeli mathematician Isaac Ben-Israel believes that a ...
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Were Boundary Streets in Queensland named as boundaries that Indigenous Australians were not allowed to cross?

This Facebook post has been shared over 7000 times: Do you know the history of the many Boundary Streets around Qld? It was the boundary of where Indigenous Australians were not allowed to cross ...
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Does UV light harm books?

This Life Hacks answer recommends UV-C lamp to disinfect books from SARS-COV-2. But UV light is one of the main destroyers of books. While UV light can kill viruses, it is not guaranteed. – ...
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Were more whites slaves brought to North Africa than black slaves were brought to the United States?

This quotation is attributed to Thomas Sowell "More whites were brought as slaves to North Africa than blacks brought as slaves to the United States or to the 13 colonies from which it was formed. ...
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Is online counselling as effective as face to face?

I came across a website for a therapy service offering online counselling and in the text on the website it makes the claim "Online counselling is just as effective as face to face" Has this been ...
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Is Chinese government using Huawei to spy on the USA and the West? [closed]

A while ago Trump said that the Chinese government uses Chinese tech giant Huawei's telecom network and equipment to spy on the USA and the West. Secretary of state Pompeo also said that Chinse made ...
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Could 10-15 million Congolese people have died during the reign of Leopold II?

I was listening to No Agenda today and they were talking about the toppling of the Leopold II statue in Belgium, ascribing it to his genocide waged against the Congolese people. John Dvorak stated he ...
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Do church congregations attract sex offenders?

On page 34 of their 2008 report Licensed to Hug: How Child Protection Policies Are Poisoning the Relationship Between the Generations and Damaging the Voluntary Sector, authors Frank Furedi & ...
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Does the Violence Interrupters program reduce shootings and homicides in Washington, D.C.?

Violence Interrupters is a program to reduce gang-related retaliations. They have a presence in Washington D.C.. I found a local news article that claims: Community members in the Benning Terrace ...
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Are an increasing number of gender transitioned people seeking to detransition?

In a recent essay defending her views on sex and gender issues, author J.K. Rowling writes: I’m concerned about the huge explosion in young women wishing to transition and also about the increasing ...
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Did Marx use the word “capitalism”?

I'm finding contradictory accounts on this. First, we need to differentiate between the words "capital", "capitalist", and "capitalism". According to "Civilization ...

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