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Our sister site, Law StackExchange, has this same question: Is it truly illegal for the US army to hire someone with IQ less than 83?, with a high-quality accepted answer. The answer is not a simple yes or no, but the claim is not too misleading: the assertion that the law prohibits people with an IQ score of 83 or less from serving in the U.S. military ...


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Are we talking representative polls by reputable pollsters, or "online polls"? Is being in favor of an impeachment inquiry the same as "wanting Trump impeached"? Lots of wriggle room there. How many Americans want the Bidens investigated? CBS News sees 43% "in favor of further investigation", 29% saying "too soon to say". As per the same article, 55% ...


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This popular science article, generally backs up Peterson's claims. All military recruits must take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) to qualify for enlistment. The ASVAB is essentially an IQ test (correlation = 0.8). The ASVAB predicts SAT scores (correlation = .82). And it correlates with ACT scores (0.77). To qualify, recruits ...


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The best I could confirm from official sources is this US CENTCOM tweet: Within 24 hours of the phone call between U.S. SECDEF and Turkish MINDEF to discuss security in northeast Syria, the SDF destroyed military fortifications, Aug 22. This demonstrates SDF's commitment to support implementation of the security mechanism framework.


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See this article which includes pictures of the removal of fortifications. photo caption reads: A US service member observes as Syrian Democratic Forces remove military fortifications along the Turkey-Syria border, August 22, 2019. Image: US Army/Spc. Alec Dionne


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There doesn't seem to be a set amount that is paid, but $1200 is approximately in the ballpark, if maybe a little low. Several sources online have given various different values for the amount paid out, and it seems to be determined on a number of factors. From an article from justsecurity.org In Kunduz, Afghanistan, where the U.S. military mistakenly ...


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I believe we should start by looking at Figures 53 and 54 from the relevant documents, the 2018 Wind Technologies Market Report, which detail wind power purchase agreement (PPA) prices as they change through time: In $2018, it seems that the PPA prices hovered around $15-20 per megawatt-hour, or about 2 cents per kilowatt-hour, which matches the claim. ...


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See Turkey, US agree to set up operation centre for Syria safe zone 7 August 2019: A joint statement by the Turkish defence ministry and the US embassy in Ankara said the two sides had agreed to set up the Turkey-based operations centre "as soon as possible" and that the safe zone "would become a "peace corridor", without providing futher details. More-...


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The US is cumulatively responsible for more CO2 emissions than any other single country. US was responsible for 27% of 1850-2011 emissions according to the World Resources Institute. The Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center (CDIAC) of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory maintains a data set that goes back to 1751, but not for every country does it ...


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I managed to find one of Sander's position statements on this (but not Warren's so I'll accept an answer on that): Donald Trump’s haphazard and reckless plan to impose tariffs on Canada and the European Union is an absolute disaster that will cause unnecessary economic pain to farmers, manufacturers and consumers in Vermont and throughout the country. ...


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There are a number of ways to measure stock market volatility. One is VIX, a measurement of volatility in the S&P implied by index options. Looking at the VIX chart, it would seem more accurate to say it was unusually low for much of 2016 and 2017, is now rising, and is not anywhere near a historic high. I suspect that other measurements, such as ...


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I was able to find a 2015 story by the New York Times' James Risen commenting on Biden's membership in the BOG as possibly tainting the optics of the anti-corruption push that was the policy of the Obama administration (with Joe Biden as the point man) at the time. In response to the increased public attention given to Hunter Bidens membership in Burisma, ...


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Yes, they did. It was confirmed today by Justice Department spokesperson Kerri Kupec. Here is what this CNN article says: The Office of Legal Counsel later said the complaint could be looked at as a possible criminal matter, sending it along to the department's Criminal Division, according to a legal memo released Wednesday. Around the same time, ...


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1. The US military uses IQ testing to determine potential recruits' cognitive abilities? No. The military does not take IQ tests. As already noted, the test to be taken is the ASVAB from which a subset called AFQT is often likened to 'something similar'. But AFQT is not an IQ test, is scaled differently and designed with different aims and validations. ...


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Regarding Akre and Wilson v. WTVT 2003. 1) (a) The two reporters DID NOT claim that the news outlet WTVT, the Tampa affiliate of the FOX News Network, "lied." They claimed a violation of FCC "news distortion policy" which has never been published in the Federal Register and never been codified as a regulation with definitive elements and defenses. (b) FCC ...


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