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Is the COVID-19 vaccine 50 times more likely to kill young people than COVID-19 itself?
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As per context from the Bannon-hosted interview, the claim was made in the context of the US FDA approval for vaccinating the 12-15 y.o., so I'll address it [only] in that regard. The claims is ...

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Does this picture depict the conditions at a veal farm?
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Snopes rates that particular picture as a fairly misleading "veal hutch" which isn't actually used like that. What’s pictured here are not crates in which calves are imprisoned within an ...

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Will the 2019 EU Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market ban memes?
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BBC's coverage explains how that might happen: Jim Killock, executive director of the UK's Open Rights Group, told the BBC: "Article 13 will create a 'Robo-copyright' regime, where machines zap ...

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Did the French government print posters explaining COVID-19 vaccination passport policy already in January 2020?
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According to several French newspapers, e.g. Liberation, the explanation is that the 2020 date was a typo. Plusieurs affiches sur le pass sanitaire indiquent une date au 20 janvier 2020, avant les ...

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Have more deaths occurred after Covid-19 vaccines than from vaccine injuries in the previous 15 years in total?
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I think the explanation for "oddity" in those numbers (besides the fact that they don't capture causality) is that in usual circumstances vaccines are mostly administered to children, so ...

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Are 99% of US beef cattle given steroids to promote faster growth?
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TLDR: roughly true, although the overall percentage of US feedlot cattle given such implants is around 90%, not 99%, according to 2013 USDA data, although it's higher in some US regions, for some ...

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Do methamphetamines give more pleasure than other human experiences?
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It's somewhat simplistic view that dopamine is directly proportional with pleasure. This was a mainstream hypothesis in the 1980s, but has fallen out of favor: The idea that dopamine was a mechanism ...

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Did Trump vote by mail in the last two elections?
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+1 to Philipp, but alternatively [isn't that ironic in a question about Trump?], the claim could be true if we count the 2017 NYC mayoral election: Both Mr Trump and his wife, Melania, applied for ...

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Was the theory of special relativity sparked by a dream about cows being electrocuted?
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According to an article in Nature reviewing Magueijo's earlier book, the story is fictional: Faster Than the Speed of Light is a lively book that captures the excitement and frustrations of doing ...

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Did Republicans mock Biden for showing grief over the loss of his dog?
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I'm not sure what level of Google-exhaustion one needs to show before drawing a negative conclusion on an existence question like this, but it's probably quite safe to conclude that there are no ...

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Does this study from 2012 speak to the potential long term effects of the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines?
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No, the 2012 study says nothing about Covid-19 vaccines. In fact, it's been so over-used by the anti-vaxxers that one of the study's authors was interviewed by Reuters back in February 2021: A video ...

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Did Donald Trump fire the entire pandemic response team in 2018?
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There are actually two fairly related news stories about this. Reuters rated that social media account about the NSC pandemics team dissolution as "partially false" because some people were ...

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Has the number of pneumonia deaths in the US dramatically dropped in 2020?
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CDC's own disclaimer on their combined Covid-19+Pneumonia dataset, which is frankly more relevant than merely the pneumonia one: Data during this period are incomplete because of the lag in time ...

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Are vaccinated children significantly less healthy than the unvaccinated, as recent study claims?
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David Gorski has some (updated) comments about the methodology of the study such as: The authors claim that RIOV “reflects the total number of billed office visits per condition per group, reflecting ...

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Are unusually many people dying after being vaccinated for COVID-19?
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Since this Q is going for a more direct comparison of deaths "after" Covid-19 vaccines vs deaths "after" influenza ones (per 1st para in the quote), as detailed in an answer to a ...

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Is vodka (or alcohol solutions with less than 60% concentration) an effective hand sanitizer against Covid-19?
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A more recent study (also published by the CDC) seems to indicate that 30% might be a good enough concentration against SARS-CoV-2: [Figure legend:] Effect of commercially available alcohols in ...

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Is participating in a campaign advert a fireable offence for US journalists?
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Hannity is not a journalist, even according to Fox, himself or Wikipedia: Sean Patrick Hannity (born December 30, 1961) is an American talk show host and conservative political commentator. [...] Jim ...

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Did the WHO have evidence of significant human-to-human transmission of SARS-CoV-2 prior to January 14, 2020?
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The answer to this is going to opinion based to some extent. The WHO like everyone else was largely dependent on China for information at that point. Here's for example what the ECDC reported/...

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Does Turkey make the "structural steel frame" for the F-35 fighter?
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Bearing in mind subsequent changes (including the 2020 phase-out currently in the works), a 2013 press release by Northrop Grumman said: Turkish Aerospace Industries, Inc. (TAI), a subcontractor to ...

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Did the Wuhan Institute of Virology engage in coronavirus gain-of-function research?
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Actually, the main/corresponding author (Ralph Baric) of the paper cited in Barden's answer as evidence for "yes" argued in press statements quoted in the Washington Post that the answer is &...

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Is low emotional intelligence associated with right-wing and prejudiced attitudes?
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Here are the relevant paragraphs from the intro to the paywalled paper justifying the first line of the abstract: Over the years however, it has been acknowledged that right-wing authoritarianism ...

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Did Emmanuel Macron call a teenager an "idiot?"
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The French word Macron used to address the teenager was "imbecile", although in an advisory form: "You can act like an imbecile, but..." Video here: Emmanuel Macron tells teenager: 'Call me Mr. ...

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Does science define life as "beginning at conception"?
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Interestingly there's a survey: "Biologists' Consensus on 'When Life Begins'", 2018 of US biologists on this (the choice of profession/experts was motivated by a pre-survey of the US population at ...

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Did 20% of US soldiers in Vietnam use heroin, 95% of whom quit afterwards?
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The first part of the statement is probably true. The second part is highly misleading. What the actual paper of the time shows is that 5% of former addicts became re-addicted (basically meaning ...

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Is the UK lorry driver shortage unrelated to Brexit? Do EU countries have equal or greater shortages?
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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 ...

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Did the US push the Kurds to lower their defences against Turkey in the months preceding the latest Turkish military operation against them?
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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 ...

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Did a turkish man invent a steam engine 200 years before the industrial revolution and only made it to spin doner kebab?
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It's doubtful that this is an entirely accurate depiction because the vertical rotisserie depicted (no matter how powered) apparently was only invented in the 19th century, or at least we don't have ...

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Have any financial traders gotten a large shipment of a commodity sent to themselves by mistake?
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Probably not in recent times, and almost certainly not perishable goods (pork bellies etc.) There's a pretty long thread on money SE, from which I'll just extract this bit on CME [Chicago Mercantile ...

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In 2017, was the Plasco Building destroyed in a controlled demolition?
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The "truthers" own report claims that collapse due to fire was "improbable" because according to their estimation it would have required simultaneous heating of all support columns....

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Did the Indonesian army have a virginity test for female recruits?
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From the article linked in the question itself, their army chief of staff basically admitted they had hymen "rupture" tests: Andika Perkasa, the Indonesian army chief of staff, told ...

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