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Short answer: Your friends who think torture is effective at getting reliable information are wrong. New Edit/info: Since this is in the news (December 2014), the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has just recently issued a report (PDF) on torture activities that the US engaged in (the link is the 500 page version). While the majority of details ...


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No; the caption is written in the Calibri font. This font was not developed until 2002. Source: https://www.fonts.com/font/microsoft-corporation/calibri


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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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The Stanford yearbook in 1977 is mostly photos without captions. (There is no Valerie Bowman on this page anyway, because she didn't graduate until 1978.) It does have a few short comments that seem to deal with everyday life on campus. The faculty and staff kept reminding me to take advantage of all the benefits available to me because I was at this ...


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According to retired Lt. General Mark Hertling, who personally participated in such drills, and wrote Nuclear Codes: The President's Awesome Power That bag -- carried by the military aide -- has been within feet of the commander in chief ever since for any situation where the president believes the use of nuclear weapons is warranted. If that is the case, ...


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NO WAY! There are a few sticky issues here that I will try to address. First of all Mr. Akin is only talking about "legitimate rape" while not defining which rapes he considers legitimate. It could be the only rapes he considers legitimate are the ones where the victim doesn't get pregnant and if she does get pregnant, she must have been "asking for it," ...


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Some interpretations of this question are highly opinion-based and can't be answered on this website (try Quora), but others can be factually answered. Are the leaders of ISIS Americans? No, it's run principally by Iraqis and Syrians, and has Muslim supporters from around the world. Wikipedia on sources of support Did American politicians meet with ISIS? No,...


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Just addressed by Snopes apparently, The quote to attributed “Valerie Jarrett, Stanford University, 1977” about her “seek[ing] to help change America to be a more Islamic country” is an unfounded one that has no source other than recent repetition (primarily on right-wing web sites and blogs). It’s also an anachronism, as “Valerie Jarrett” didn’t exist in ...


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The claim refers to the fact that the 500-page tax bill was given to the senators immediately before the vote. Democratic minority leader Chuck Schumer moved to adjourn, to give senators the weekend to read the bill. From the Senate record (page S7700, 77 in pdf viewer): Mr. President, I move that the Senate adjourn until Monday, December 4, 2017, ...


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Yes, the numbers are correct (within an error margin – probably due to different sources and time of capture). According to the 2018 House election results (I used this handy Washington Post page), adding up numbers for NC, will give you the total of 1,748,173 votes for Democrats and 1,643,790 for Republicans – very close to the claim. Ten of ...


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The claim grossly misrepresents the details of the law TL;DR $50,000 is the maximum amount someone could be liable for due to egregious and repeated discrimination on account of gender identity, and the situation described in the claim is extremely unlikely to qualify. First things first: this answer is predicated on the assumption that a "No" result on ...


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Short version: Susan B. Anthony had a long history of working as an abolitionist, but wasn't willing to settle for gradual victories on the way to women's suffrage. Combine that with a notorious short temper, and a rocky but long friendship with Frederick Douglass, and you end up with some quotes that are less than favorable for Anthony's memory, fall short ...


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These statements are not supported by the official data. According to official statistics of the German Federal Crime office the crimes in Germany 2017 are down by about 10% compared to 2016 and 2015 - 6.4 million to 5.7 million. (source) Number of registered crimes in Germany PS. In the statistic the overall number of crimes is given, including illegal ...


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Wikipedia states: In December 1777, the Moroccan Sultan Muhammad III included the United States in a list of countries to which Morocco’s ports were open. Morocco thus became the first country whose head of state publicly recognized the newly independent United States. However, the citation being offered to the US State Department website does not ...


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No, President Trump is not correct that the official death toll has been exaggerated. While he's right that 3,000 people did not die in Hurricane Maria, there is evidence that nearly 3,000 people likely did die as a result of the storm and this is the statistic that is currently being reported/discussed. The death toll of 2,975 is from this report by the ...


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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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The claim that Obama is standing in front of a muslim prayer curtain is false. This meme has gone really viral and has been debunked on over 10 websites online. The picture that you see is taken in the East Room. The East Room, designed for "public audience", is an events and reception room in the White House, the home of the President of the United ...


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Donald Trump did mock a reporter - Serge Kovaleski from the New York Times. Kovaleski has a disability: arthrogryposis. Trump denied that he mocked him for his disability and claims that he didn't know what the reporter looks like. In addition, Kovaleski has no speech impediment and no spasticity1, as represented in Trump's imitation. A report from CNN ...


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The New York Times has a photograph of a counter-protester lifting a newspaper box and the following witness explanation from a fellow counter-protestor: I was on Market Street around 11:30 a.m. when a counterprotester ripped a newspaper stand off the sidewalk and threw it at alt-right protesters. I saw another man from the white supremacist crowd being ...


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No, he did not. Snopes says: In fact, any public presidential activity paying tribute to fallen U.S. and Allied soldiers on the anniversary of D-Day has been an exception rather than the rule in recent years. Available White House presidential schedules for 6 June, going back to the beginning of the George W. Bush administration in 2001, list no public ...


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This figure has been extracted from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report. Washington Post: According to the CBO, 64-year olds making $26,500 per year would see their premiums increase by an estimated 750 percent by 2026. While they are on track to pay $1,700 under the current law, the CBO projects the American Health Care Act would force them to ...


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According to this Gizmodo article, this controversy was started by a Twitter user who seemed to believe the photo was taken from PBS based on the URL of where the photo was hosted: The amateur sleuths of Twitter thought that they had uncovered a Thanksgiving conspiracy today, claiming that White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders stole a photo ...


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No. He laid a wreath, mourned the dead, spoke about a moral duty to prevent the horrors of war, but didn't apologise, didn't separate the nuclear attacks from the other horrors of war, and didn't express any view on whether the use of nuclear weapons at that moment in history was right or wrong. From the BBC: Mr Obama said the memory of 6 August 1945 ...


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Counter-argument: One of the most successful interrogators of Nazi Germany did not use torture. Quite the opposite really. Hanns Scharff, "Master Interrogator" of the Luftwaffe. Scharff was opposed to physically abusing prisoners to obtain information. Learning on the job, Scharff instead relied upon the Luftwaffe's approved list of techniques, which ...


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No, this is a twisting of the facts. It's true that there was a period in 2011-13 when Clinton's State Department debated whether Boko Haram should be classified as a direct threat to the US, while the government fighting Boko Haram in Nigeria warned that doing so would aid their fundraising and status. They chose not to until 2013, but, in 2012 under ...


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The daily schedules of past US presidents are, in many cases, publicly available. So just for completeness, let's try to collect a list of what the sitting President was doing on June 6 of every year. I think it'll be illustrative. This is community wiki, so feel free to contribute. Please include links. Any D-Day-related activities should go in bold. ...


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Here are the results of the Nov 6th 2012 election for Cuyahoga county Ohio.. A simple Google search found this. Registered voters 927,996 Votes Cast 650,437 Votes for Barack Obama 447,273 Votes for Mitt Romney 190,660 I apologize in advance for the the language but - why do people think they can get away with spreading this bulls**t? P.S. I've updated for ...


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Yes, when George H. W. Bush became a pilot, on June 9, 1943, 5 days before his 19th birthday, he was briefly the youngest pilot in the US Navy. However, a month later, Chuck Downey became a pilot on July 16, 1943, 17 days before his 19th birthday, taking over the record. On Friday, 89-year-old Chuck Downey sat down with President George H.W. Bush and his ...


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Answer: YES! (Although they weren't major. Örebro has around 100,000 inhabitants.) In local municipality elections in Sweden, there have been cases of one vote making a difference in determining which party gets a seat. In the election of 2010, this single vote difference in determining the last seat of Örebro municipality actually meant that the socialist ...


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In the literal sense, yes. There's no question that both sides were mutually combative, engaging in fistfights and small-scale skirmishes with improvised melee weapons. There are many accounts of this: NY Times WTVR ABC News You can just watch some video of the event and make your own judgement. You'll see there were plenty of small scale fights where ...


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