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These statements are absolutely supported by studies. In the World Happiness Report ranks countries according to various life measures. It is by far the most widely used and widely reported measure of happiness. The US ranks 13th in 2016. All Nordic countries (Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden and Iceland) ranked above it. In the Health life expectancy ...


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Short Answer No, this is not accurate. While there are about 96 million people not in the labor force, this includes retirees who say they do not want a job, stay at home moms and dads who say they do not want a job, high school juniors and seniors who say they do not want a job, college students who say they do not want a job, those with disabilities ...


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The answer seems to be no on all accounts. In general, Snopes says: Although the meme is of recent origin, Internet mentions of this alleged historical fact date to at least 2003. Significantly, however, we were unable to trace it back any further than that, nor could we find any credible support for the general claim that it was common to use ammunition ...


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When Bernie Sanders claimed Amazon didn't pay federal income taxes in 2017, Snopes wrote a helpful article: In regards to U.S. federal income taxes, the claim that Amazon paid none in 2017 is almost certainly factual. While Amazon’s tax filings are not public, their SEC filing for the year 2017 illustrates that the company used the tax code expertly (and ...


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DJClayworth's answer is right, but I would like to add on one remark in the question that that answer didn't address: "especially those at the bottom of the economic scale". As DJClayworth's argued, mean standards are higher in Nordic countries than in the USA, but situation in those countries is not just better than in the USA: it's also less unequal - you ...


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This is pretty much true, and has happened multiple times in the past. In fact, they were introduced in the German intraday market in 2007. For example, the same situation occurred in May 2014, when prices for energy became negative. However, the reason that renewable energy had temporarily negative prices is that it is difficult to store energy, and that ...


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Note that the date ranges of the graphs seem to be cherry-picked, possibly in order to create the appearance of a trend, hide a continuing trend, or make trends seem much more dramatic than they actually are. Here is what these or related images (i.e. sometimes using a different index for convenience) would look like if you use a consistent date range for ...


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The statement of the claim in the question is extremely misleading, and the article confuses multiple projects. However, the Red Cross housing projects are receiving scrutiny from investigative news organizations TLDR: The article has accidentally or deliberately confused the earthquake relief project with the much smaller neighbourhood renewal project, and ...


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TL:DR United makes about $9.50 per passenger. Detailed: United Airlines Q4 and full year 2016 performance results offer a great starting point for these calculations. We can see that United recorded a Q4 net operating income of $397 million. In the same time frame, United recorded having moved 36.023 million passengers. This gives us a baseline ...


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No. As vague as the claim is, there does not appear to be any angle to take in which it is true. Looking at the decades: Wages in the United States increased 4.20 percent in November of 2018 over the same month in the previous year. Wage Growth in the United States averaged 6.21 percent from 1960 until 2018, reaching an all time high of 13.78 percent in ...


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It's surprisingly hard to find a reference for this, as it is simply common knowledge among scientists. You don't get paid for publishing a paper in a scientific journal, sometimes you even have to pay yourself, e.g. in many open access journals. I can show the negative, though. In the following graphic from the Nature article "Open access: The true cost of ...


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The second-quarter GDP growth at the annualized rate is indeed at 4.2% (up from 2.2% for the first quarter of 2018), according to CNBC, based on stats from the US department of commerce. CNBC indirectly attributes some of this to actions taken by Trump (though it doubts that these will be long-term beneficial for the GDP): But the robust growth in the ...


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Short Answer: True. Every year, in time for Davos (i.e. the Annual Meeting for the World Economic Forum), Oxfam releases a report about the state of inequality. Here's a link to their latest. Additional link to calculations down at the bottom of the page. https://www.oxfam.org/en/pressroom/pressreleases/2019-01-18/billionaire-fortunes-grew-25-billion-day-...


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According to the 2000 book Handbook of Cereal Science and Technology, Second Edition, page 616: For a box of ready to eat cereal: Grain cost is $0.09 Other ingredients $0.05 Packaging Cost $0.10 Additionally, Kellogg's is quoted as saying that from 1 bushel of corn 38 12-ounces boxes of cornflakes can be produced. Current (2/9/2016) corn price is $...


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The plain meaning is false: there was taxation before 1913. However if you want to play games with words then you can define "earnings" as "income after all expenses and taxes other than income tax". The parenthetical bit at the bottom invites the reader to take the broader interpretation, but allows the writer to retreat to the more technical definition if ...


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Yes, but it is an unfair comparison. According to Snopes, the figures are close to the official estimates, but it makes no sense to compare former two-term presidents like Clinton and Obama to Trump, who is a sitting president and has not yet completed a full term. All ex-presidents have lucrative opportunities in the private sector that Trump does not have ...


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A report which was issued by the Economic Policy Institute in 2013, analyzed the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) labor market and workforce and the supply of high-skill temporary foreign workers, who serve as “guestworkers.” A programmer (or a software developer) is indeed in the core of this market. Their research proved that ...


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It's a vague claim because it doesn't specify over what interval (monthly or yearly), real versus nominal, hourly wages or weekly wages. However, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 11 January 2019 that: Real average hourly earnings for all employees increased 0.5 percent from November to December and Real average weekly earnings increased ...


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No it doesn't. It's all the workings of some very imaginative people. (These guys claim to be the source, but they don't claim it is any more than a coincidence.) Spelling of OSAMA Let's start with the spelling of OSAMA when you fold the note: This can be done with any US bill that has a 0 in its denomination; i.e. the $10, $20, $50 and the $100 ...


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Like anything else, it's a combination of factors. The London School of Economics did a pretty in-depth study and found: The main cause of this is that many women continue to take breaks from paid employment when they have children. The problem is not that women are choosing one career – such as hairdressing – rather than another – such as plumbing. It ...


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It's impossible to definitively prove: GDP is calculated annually, and compared based on purchasing power, rather than currency fluctuations - countries can't officially change position like this overnight. But the UK's status as 5th largest economy is certainly in doubt. At least one estimate, detailed below, based on applying currency fluctuations to ...


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...but China only has 37% of the world's reserves Michael Karnerfors has provided evidence that China produces 95% of the world's rare earth elements. However, China does not hold that much of the world's reserves of such metals. The US Geological Survey mineral commodity summary for 2017 for rare earths gives China's 2016 rare earth's production at 105,...


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This is not the case. All charities in the United Kingdom (excluding Scotland) are under the remit of the Charity Commission. As part of a charities registration, they are required to submit annual financial returns to the regulator, which in the case of large charities such as Unicef UK ("The United Kingdom Committee for Unicef", Charity Number 1072612) ...


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No, the proportions are far more extreme than six vacant houses per homeless person. The National Alliance to End Homelessness collates the US Department of Housing and Urban Development figures (number collected November 2013): There are 633,782 people experiencing homelessness on any given night in the United States. The US Census Bureau reports on ...


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Only one Wall Street banker (a trader) went to jail. Other people, who could be considered bankers, were also jailed. No Wall Street CEOs were jailed. Financial Times, August 9, 2017: In the US prosecutors have won convictions of 324 mortgage lenders, loan officers, real estate brokers, developers and others who were at the front end of a chain of events ...


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It's Unlikely that Einstein ever said this. The snopes page on this quote claims that the earliest reference to it is in a 1983 New York Times column: EINSTEIN REVISITED Asked once what the greatest invention of all times was, Albert Einstein is said to have replied, ''compound interest.'' His playful sense of humor and other aspects of his ...


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That new report (Effects of health and social care spending constraints on mortality in England: a time trend analysis) is absolutely in line of prior research. The mortality rises across the board with causes ranging from neglect to infectious diseases and to suicides. Like: Austerity and old-age mortality in England: a longitudinal cross-local area ...


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The statement is rather vague. Spending since when? Which expenditures count (cost for wars, cost for foreign aid, ...)? What counts as the middle east? And of course it doesn't factor in any potential benefits to the US. That being said, I could find no source for the 7 trillion number. But Trump did make a similar claim last year (back then it was 6 ...


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Yes, public buses appear to be worse than cars, at least based on the data I found for the US. (At present and on average. See the "Caveats" section for a discussion about this.) Edit: the answer from DJClayworth appears to be based on the same information, I just noticed. bbc.co.uk just links to the overview for the Dept. of Energy report, but doesn't ...


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The claim is incorrect by more than an order of magnitude. These are the numbers according to database queries we ran at the General Secreteriat for Information Systems at the Greek Ministry of Finance. In 2010 there were 130,385 taxpayers individually declaring more than €50,000 taxable income. Adding up the numbers of the published 2009 data (tables Π6Α....


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