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Aysha does, actually more than six hours, says UNICEF: How Long Does It Take to Get Water? For Aysha, Eight Hours a Day Worldwide, women and girls spend an estimated 200 million hours — every day — collecting water. It’s a colossal waste of their valuable time. Thirteen-year-old Aysha, in Afar, Ethiopia, must trudge eight hours, round trip, to ...


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Unless there are more recent statistics on SNAP usage than the official statistics available from the US Department of Agriculture or someone has a very creative definition of "highest useage", the statement is false. If we go back a few years, the statistics may however back the claim. In the statistics, there are two different values, which both could be ...


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Halving extreme poverty from 1990 to 2015 is the #1 Millenium Development Goal (and the Sustainable development goals aim to eradicate it completely by 2030). Specifically, target 1A for the MDG is: Target 1A: Halve, between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of people living on less than $1.25 a day This means US$1.25 in 2005 prices or, equivalently, $1.00 ...


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There's another issue this question doesn't address: the 95 percent Republican part of the equation. There are 3497 registered voters in the county; 917 are Democrats; 67 are neither GOP or D. That makes the registered voters in the county about a quarter registered Democrats. In 2012 election, about 17.9 percent of those who cast ballots voted for Obama. ...


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An examination of the methods shows, at best, the claim should probably be worded a little more carefully. "In recent decades, rich black kids have been more likely to go to prison than poor white kids." The measure of wealth The measure of wealth in the study was total assets minus total debt for individuals in the cohort in 1985. At that time, ...


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The 'keyword' to look for is 'PPP' for Purchasing Power Parity. This is a way of translating incomes across the world into a common (generally dollar) currency taking into account the difference in prices (and inflation too, if comparing back in time). The official World Bank figure for "absolute poverty" is $1.90 a day, per person. On the linked page, they ...


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No, but it is true that a very large number of people are in "extreme poverty", as defined by the World Bank. One recent estimate (source) is that in 2015, there were 702 m people living on less than $1.90 per day (at 2011 prices). The quote from that webpage ("nearly half the world’s population, 2.8 billion people, survive on less than $2 a day") was ...


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It depends how you define "civic institution" but if political parties count, then China's Communist party wins the prize Defining "civic institution" is a little tricky especially if an organisation has multiple roles. I'd argue that political parties are civic institutions even if they also have a dual role when they are in government (...


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Yes. The count of the number of people participating in the the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) checks out from the Department of Agriculture figures. At the time of writing, the original web-site is down, but Google cache covers it: The figures quoted for women working full-time are indirectly calculated. Going back to the original source,...


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Summing up: MOSTLY TRUE, There are three claims here, Claims of whiteness: 99.2% is correct for the 2000 census. (The city became slightly more diverse in 2010 dropping to 96.2% white.) Claims of snap-usage: the actual claim to having the highest usage (percent of population) of snap benefits is correct for the year 2008. See Tor's answer below. I also ...


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No I'm taking the question very literally. Only counting wealth and not debt. On that measure this claim is false. The reason is that using Oxfams method of analysis the combined debts of the world most indebted people cancels out the wealth owned by a lot of merely poor people with modest assest and no debt. Look at this person: According to Oxfam this is ...


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According to the US government report The Internal Revenue Service Fiscal Year 2013 Improper Payment Reporting Continues to Not Comply With the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act improper earned income tax credit payments for 2013 were between 22% and 26%. Similar percentages occurred for all the years studied (2003-2013).


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A Google search for "Institutionalization of children" turns up a lot of results on this topic. One of the top results is this from the University of Pittsburgh, which summarizes current knowledge with a number of further references. The details vary with when and where the orphanage is, but at the very least a child is likely to be deprived of real ...


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18 million die each year from "poverty-related causes" Likely original source: "Poverty and Human Rights" article by Thomas Pogge (published among documents on the site of UN Commissioner of Human Rights). Accuracy of the claim to that original source: Accurate Roughly one third of all human deaths, some 18 million annually, are due to poverty-related ...


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Perhaps. The statement is vague: for example it says, "the church has probably lifted more people out of poverty" without defining what the 'poverty line' is. Without defining a poverty line you can't say, "That person used to be poor but is no longer poor." It's difficult to attribute credit, too: for example if a person receives education in a Church-...


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