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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, this ...


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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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The hospital says it happened: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-leeds-50713236 The hospital apologised and said it had had its busiest week since 2016. Dr Yvette Oade, chief medical officer at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, said: "Our hospitals are extremely busy at the moment and we are very sorry that Jack's family had a long wait in our ...


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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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It is indeed the site that you found. The article was entitled "Frances Cress Welsing: Melanin Theory". Frances Cress Welsing was a homophobic black supremacist writer. She claimed that the melanin in the skin of black Americans is able to talk to plants and can pick up signals from outer space and sense the existence of extrasolar planets. The ...


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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 ...


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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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"Guilty of betrayal", which at least implies the person so accused being a traitor. YouTube: I know that my Right Honourable friend will appreciate that in deciding to remain in the customs union, the leader of the opposition is guilty of a shameless U-turn and a betrayal of millions of people who voted 'leave'. Wanting to "betray the people" (also "...


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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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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 movements capacity ...


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The relevant point was this "point of order" after the debate and vote on Saturday 19 October 2019, which can be viewed on Parliamentlive.tv: Joanna Cherry Further to that point of order, Mr Speaker. I thank you for your indulgence. Viewers in Scotland are accustomed to the sight of the Tory Benches emptying when Members of Parliament who represent ...


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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 budget ...


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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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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 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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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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As of today, it doesn't appear to be the case that Germany is suffering from a similar fuel shortage as the UK, and it's not affected by a "driver crisis" as severe as the one in the UK. This contradicts what Grant Shapps claimed on September 24. Apart from my daily experience in Germany, I'm basing this argument on reputable German newspapers who ...


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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 ist ...


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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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Here's a cache'd snippet from Duck Duck Go pointing to this article. https://www.blackhistorymonth.org.uk/article/section/science-and-medicine/frances-cress-welsing-melanin-theory/ This now 404's Here's an archive link to the actual article: https://web.archive.org/web/20210516082124/https://www.blackhistorymonth.org.uk/article/section/science-and-medicine/...


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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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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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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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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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I suppose it depends whose figure you want to cite. DW writes: Poland is currently short of around 124,000 drivers, or 37% of its required workforce, according to a recent report by TI Insight. Data from the UK's statistics office, the ONS, show the total number of truck drivers in the UK fell from 304,000 in the first quarter of 2020 to 235,000 in the ...


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