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Could Elon Musk sell $US6 billion in stock “right now”?

The current trading volume of Tesla stock is at an average of 20M shares per day. At the current stock price, that's a volume of around $24B per day. However trading volumes fluctuate and today a ...
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Is this pie graph describing US government spending accurate?

The graphic is the FY2014 requested discretionary spending, which is only a small part of the total budget as explained in the article President Obama Proposes 2014 Budget. This article specifically ...
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Do doctors "get more money if somebody dies from Covid”?

Can anyone explain what trump is claiming here ... What Trump was claiming is something that has been claimed multiple times since the onset of the novel coronavirus pandemic: That doctors and ...
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Would Trump be worth more if he simply invested in mutual funds?

Follow the citations TL;DR: Politifact ruled the claim False. Politifact found that Deborah Friedell was quoting Michael Antonio (who wrote Never Enough: Donald Trump and the Pursuit of Success) ...
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Is this pie graph describing US government spending accurate?

First off, Republicans don't actually blame the government deficit on SNAP (food stamps.) That aside, no, the representation of U.S. government expenditures in the pie chart in question is not even ...
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Is this pie graph describing US government spending accurate?

Politifact has determined it to be false, noting that this chart shows only discretionary spending: If we look at all of federal spending, the picture changes: The "military" share, ...
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What makes up $17,500 cost to outfit a U.S. Soldier mentioned in War Dogs?

This graphic appears to be close to the source and lists items but not individual costs. I was able to find a breakdown from 2002 Here’s the breakdown: helmet, $322; uniform, $67.65; body armor, $1,...
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Have any financial traders gotten a large shipment of a commodity sent to themselves by mistake?

There are many exchanges and many different kinds of commodities. Most, but not all commodities require that the physical delivery be made to one of the designated warehouses or depositories. For ...
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Have any financial traders gotten a large shipment of a commodity sent to themselves by mistake?

Probably not in recent times, and almost certainly not perishable goods (pork bellies etc.) There's a pretty long thread on money SE, from which I'll just extract this bit on CME [Chicago Mercantile ...
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Do doctors "get more money if somebody dies from Covid”?

Conflation. And oversimplification. But not completely untrue. Exact phrase is unfortunate and could be treated as 'no evidence for that'. "Doctors" paid directly for "cause of death ...
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What makes up $17,500 cost to outfit a U.S. Soldier mentioned in War Dogs?

The big complication here is that an individual soldier might have have a lot of equipment allocated to them which isn't necessarily in their possession or immediately available to them at any one ...
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Did the U.S. sign a treaty with another government about the legality of a single coin?

I believe the specific coin the article is referring to is the Egyptian Gold Double Eagle. I believe the treaty your article refers to might possibly be one we had with Egypt during the 1940's (...
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Does China receive billions of dollars of foreign aid and special WTO status for being a "developing country"?

I want to provide a partial answer, with a "kind of, but not directly" to summarize. This is more to provide the resources and evidence I've found so hopefully this can be answered ...
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Does China receive billions of dollars of foreign aid and special WTO status for being a "developing country"?

As I see nothing better has been posted regarding (the fairly ambiguous--to me- claim on) aid, according to the World Bank (which relies on OECD data for this), China has been a net recipient of aid ...
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Was Elon Musk financially supported by his parents in college and his business or is he self-made?

In 2022, Snopes did an investigation - rather thorough for them - looking at the variety of claims and the evidence. They found some stories about Errol Musk buying a part share in an emerald mine in ...
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Is Sesame Street at risk of losing funding with Trump's new budget proposal?

Yes, Sesame Street does stand to lose some federal funding. However, it's important to realize that The Sesame Workshop (the Sesame Street rights holder) receives 31% of its funding (about $26 ...
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Have any financial traders gotten a large shipment of a commodity sent to themselves by mistake?

The more I look into this question, the more reasons I find to think it is unlikely. I cannot find any evidence that any futures contract has ever obligated the buyer to take physical ownership of the ...
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Are fifth freedom flights more often discounted than regular flights?

This statement may have been true before the rise of low-cost carriers, and indeed, in the 2000s I occasionally caught cheap fifth-freedom fares like SIN-HKG on United or KUL-CGK on KLM that were ...
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Did US Govt profit from the 2008 financial crash bailouts?

No, the U.S. taxpayers lost about half a trillion dollars on the bailout. This 2019 Annual Review of Financial Economics paper, prepared by Prof. Deborah Lucas from MIT's Sloan School of Business, ...
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Was the financial crash of 2008 caused by top graduates of the American Ivy Leagues working at wall street banks?

This question is based on a fallacy: Fallacy of the single cause: The fallacy of the single cause, also known as causal oversimplification, is a fallacy of questionable cause that occurs when it is ...
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Did any U.S. president try to set up an interest free monetary system in the past?

Did either President Lincoln, Jackson or Kennedy tried to set up any interest free monetary system? Lincoln established interest-free currency (greenbacks): In July 1861, Congress authorized $...
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Will Australian unions be getting $AU22m per year from superannuation funds?

No the $22m figure is not true, for several reasons. And whatever the figure is, it would be entirely normal practice. The simplest and most obvious reason is that the extrapolation in the article is ...
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Will Australian unions be getting $AU22m per year from superannuation funds?

No, the article does NOT say that unions "will" be getting $22M as a fact. Quoting from the main article blurb (whatever you call those large-font quotes in middle of the article that are ...
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Did any U.S. president try to set up an interest free monetary system in the past?

Re "set up any interest free monetary system?" This could use some semantic clarification. The current monetary system is interest-free in that the Federal Reserve Notes you have in your pocket do ...
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