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The numbers are cherry-picked. When you dig into sites that present this argument, they all appear to be strong advocates against regulating firearms, which makes me suspicious. Is this statistic true? If it is accurate, on the surface, are there deeper conclusions we can draw from it? Correlation is not causality, and they ignore other factors on crime. ...


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No, there is no evidence for this claim. The reason the MP - Adam Holloway - thinks this is that his barber - a refugee - wasn't available one day: “We have people in this country who have come here, claimed asylum and then they go back on holiday in the places where they’ve claimed asylum from,” Holloway said. “I couldn’t have my hair cut the other ...


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The photograph in the OP is by R. J. C. Atkinson, January 1958 and its caption is: STONEHENGE, Wiltshire. Re-erection of Trilithon lintel 158 by the 60 ton 'Brabazon Crane', the larger of two cranes used to lift stones. The lintel is being lowered and man-handled into its final resting position on upright stones 57 and 58 While Stonehenge definitely ...


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Yes, photo and caption are essentially accurate. Some details are not entirely accurate: the arrest was in 1984, the Thatcher quote in 1987, and Cameron's trip in 1989. And although Thatcher labelled the ANC as terrorist, she also pressed the South African president to release Mandela. See below for details. The photo shows Corbyn under arrest. Yes, ...


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I interpret the claim to not be about how responsive a particular recipient could be, but to be about how long it took to deliver a letter, and how often this service ran. i.e. if the recipient was attentive, and quick to respond, how long would it take for a response to be delivered? The Dictionary of Victorian London includes a number of quotes from ...


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Not according to the BBC Doctors had argued that continuing life-support treatment would not benefit Charlie but "prolong the process of dying". A lawyer representing Great Ormond Street Hospital said: "This is not pioneering or life-sustaining treatment, but a purely experimental process with no real prospect of improving Charlie's condition ...


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The Value Added Tax in the United Kingdom is based upon the standard rate of 20% as of 4 January 2011. This means that unless something falls into a listed category for a reduced rate or an exemption, then the VAT is 20%. Based upon a review of the United Kingdom's HM Revenue & Customs listings for VAT rates on different goods and services this claim ...


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TL;DR Trump has several key details wrong or incomplete. 1. Did the Obama administration have any say in the decision to move the embassy? A quick google search on "US Embassy London Moved" gets you the Wikipedia entry: On October 8, 2008, the embassy announced a conditional agreement with the real estate developer Ballymore to purchase property for a ...


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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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Yes, back in 2015 a figure of around £11 million was estimated by the Metropolitan Police. This figure represents the total amount of resources allocated to monitoring the embassy for the three years between Assange entering the embassy (June 2012) to April 2015. From The Telegraph in June 2015: The embassy, behind Harrods in Knightsbridge, is watched by ...


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No additional funds were spent on his capture beyond the spending already budgeted for 'Diplomatic Protection'. The Diplomatic Protection Group is responsible for the guarding of embassies. The money that was spent trying to apprehend Julian Assange from inside the Ecuadorian Embassy (or rather, waiting for him to come out) was covered by the existing ...


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Heathrow Airport has a "dedicated website" for the planned creation of an additional runway. From the dedicated website (emphasis added): Heathrow Today 98% capacity – Flight movements at Heathrow are capped at 480,000/year 473,000 flight movements a year (2016) – an average of 1,300 a day Heathrow Expansion: 740,000 flight ...


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The Daily Mail, unsurprisingly, has provided a misleading 'clickbait' title for the article. The title doesn't match up with what details they actually say in the article (and which you cited) - your quote doesn't claim Facebook is involved in a third of UK divorces, it claims it is involved in a third of last year divorces that cited unreasonable behavior ...


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The debt figures as a proportion of GDP appear to be correct according to the Office of National Statistics, which can be considered the official source. (Thanks @Henry for helping with the upload.) However, the national debt appears to start rising rapidly in early 2008 under a Labour government (presumably in response to the 2007-8 Global Financial ...


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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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Quick Take: There doesn't appear to be available information to determine if the coal plants were burning coal, although not contributing electricity to the grid; there is sufficient information to say that the coal plants were not exporting electricity out of Great Britain. It looks like the event actually included all the coal-fired power plants in Great ...


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In order for this MASSIVE STONEHENGE CONSPIRACY to work, the conspirators would have to avoid some basic slip-ups... for example, taking photos of the construction process, or talking openly about their work to the national newspapers and inviting people to come visit. “Anyone who comes to Stonehenge just now in a fortunate hour may see a wonderful sight. ...


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UPDATE: Thanks to @Ian, I re-read the original source more clearly and the exact claim is false. The 6.6 billion is too high. Almost all of the Queen's ownership of land is a purely technical one, in which she represents the governments of the country. However, if you accept the technicality of the Queen being the owner of government owned land, the Queen is ...


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No, the Queen isn't queuing for a sandwich in this photo. It turns out be a cardboard cutout of Queen Elizabeth II or a photoshopped image. Several images were posted on Berlin.de on June 23, 2015 16:43. They were attributed to photographer Charles Yunck. According to Berlin.de, Origin: B.Z. war mit der Queen quer durch Berlin unterwegs. Die 89-Jährige ...


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A google search for "All of these men have it" "Stay away from dance halls" mainly got web 2.0 user generated content websites such as reddit and pinterest. I came across a thesis, but it gave a different year, saying that it was 1942. By contrast, doing a search on the image gave a New Hampshire government website, with the following poster, by Montgomery ...


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BBC 2010 election page gives a summary. The data can be found at the Electoral Commission which oversees the votes. Party Seats Gain Loss Net Votes % Conservative 307 100 3 +97 10,726,614 36.1 Labour 258 3 94 -91 8,609,527 29.0 Liberal Democrat 57 8 13 -5 6,836,824 23.0 These numbers ...


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No, on the occasion in question Putin did not say that traitors would be killed. The quote in your question comes from a March 5, 2018 broadcast of BBC Newsnight. It is a concatenation of three soundbites from a three-minute statement in which Putin says that Russia no longer kills traitors. The soundbites come from the last paragraph of his statement in ...


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This is a claim that is really easy to make. Banana peel hazards Can you really slip on an old banana peel?: The banana peel fall: It"s a myth […] Contrary to comedic genius, […] a single peel isn't a guaranteed fall magnet. If the physics behind this gag is not as promising, then why invent such a comedic device? QI Series H, Episode 12 (including ...


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(Most of this information comes from Reuters.) Questions #2 and #3 seem to treat Trump's statement that this was a bad deal as a "fact" (I think SQB's original question asked directly whether this was a bad deal, according to his comment, and I think that should remain part of the original question). While a "bad deal" might be opinion-based, I think we can ...


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In the 1850s, the postal system was reformed. From that time until WWI, there were twelve deliveries per day in London: In order to improve the London system, the separate corps of letter-carriers who delivered the General and District mail were consolidated, there were twelve hourly deliveries per day, and ten separate postal districts were created (...


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It is true that the vast majority of vets working in abbatoirs are non-UK graduates, and mostly from elsewhere in the EU. The exact number probably isn't known, but official estimates are consistent with the 95% figure, though that likely also includes vets from outside the EU. A May 2017 report "Brexit and the veterinary profession" [pdf] from the British ...


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The short answer is No. I don't understand the use of the words "abduct" and "murder" in the context except as hyperbole and the post seems to have at best a slim grasp of the facts. The court's decision, summary reasons and judgment are available from Bailii here http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Fam/2017/972.html. Why did the court have any say at ...


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The claim is false. Specifically, this official reference says of safety razor blades: Goods are subject to VAT standard rate. VAT rates are set out here. I expect the 'grain of truth' is that some aspects of health are VAT exempt (see boxes marked health and healthcare above), for instance dispensed prescriptions and incontinence pads. I expect the ...


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The claim is false. According to the National Statistics Authority The UK’s official gross contribution for 2014 before the application of the rebate was £19.1 billion. As I have made clear previously, this is not an amount of money that the UK pays to the EU each year. The full £19.1 billion is not a net contribution. Letter from Sir Andrew Dilnot to ...


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