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There’s a Speeding Mass of Space Junk Orbiting Earth, Smashing Into Things The Wall Street Journal

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knocking off five pieces that narrowly missed a nearby satellite

There is no source for this claim. The ESA's report on the incident makes no mention of "five pieces knocked off that narrowly missed a nearby satellite".

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Seattle Police Begin NAZI STYLE Gun Confiscation: No Laws Broken, No Warrant, No Charges SHTF Plan

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This sets a precedent that government can now forcefully take guns away from an individual without a crime being committed or an arrest being made and without a warrant.

The law in question requires a complaint to be made, a temporary hearing, the police to serve notice to the accused to appear before a judge for a full hearing, and the judge to issue an order before their guns can be taken away for a period of one year (with the possibility of further one year extensions). The law does not allow guns to be taken away without a hearing and the order of a judge.

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Seattle Police Confiscate First Firearm Under New "Mental Health" Law Conservative Daily Post

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This overreaching new law allows for dictatorial actions to confiscate weapons from citizens that are arbitrarily deemed guilty and/or dangerous without due process.

According to the law the complainant and respondent must appear before a judge for a hearing. The order may be granted after the hearing by the judge. There is no confiscation of guns without due process under this law.

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It looks like Alabama violated federal law with its “inactive” voter scheme. Slate Magazine

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But on Tuesday, these voters were compelled to fill out a lengthy, complex form that required them to list, among other things, their county of birth.

The voter only needs to fill out half a page, mostly consisting of information that the average person would have readily available, like address, social security number. People who know the city and state of their birth but not the county can very easily look that up. The rest of the two-page for consists of instructions and fields for election officials to fill out

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Muslim Wants Student Expelled Over Hijab The Daily Caller

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The girl who was threatened with expulsion happens to be very active politically, her twitter is filled with a number of strong worded very right-leaning statements. It seems a little too co-incidental that she just happened to be walking by a booth handing out hijabs and after "politely declining" was threatened with expulsion. There's probably more to this story.

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The skincare con The Outline

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It’s normal today for people in certain circles to brag about spending most of their paycheck on serums.

This article does not cite a source for the claim that there are people bragging about spending most of their paycheck on serums.

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Column: Give Trump credit for the economy Tampa Bay Times

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If the economy had nose-dived in 2017, there’s no doubt the media would have pounced on Trump policies as disgraceful failures. But with the economy red-hot, he gets little credit. That’s a double standard.

The author is accusing the media of a double standard based on pure speculation of how they might have reacted in a hypothetical scenario. There is no basis for this claim other than the author's imagination.

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Google Translate's Mongolia Service Goes Horribly Wrong The Diplomat

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No Mongolian speaker would think of their language as gobbledygook but a Google glitch made it so.

Google isn't marking or detecting goobledygook as Mongolian. This is a simple case of Garbage In - Garbage Out. The user typed in nonsensical text and told Google translate that it's Mongolian. A more accurate (but less sensational) headline might be "Google Translate fails to correctly reject nonsensical input claimed by the user to be Mongolian".

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The Physics of the 69-Degree Intersection That Kills Cyclists WIRED

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the original article assumes that the car will be driving at a speed of 37 mph (not sure where they got this

That is the speed the driver was going at in a December 2016 accident. Viral Parekh was charged with causing death by careless driving because he drove through that intersection at 37 mph according to his car's blackbox.

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Stress is as awful for your body as cheeseburgers and chocolate bars New York Post

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Stress is as awful for your body as cheeseburgers and chocolate bars

Taking a look at the referenced paper (the introduction, results and discussion), this claim, or in general the claim that stress is as bad for you as a fattening diet, is not really supported. The paper is actually an study of the different effects that stress and a high fat diet may have on male and female mice, analyzing their impact on gut microbiota (which is related to metabolic processes). Different mice were given a normal chow diet (NCD) or a high fat diet (HFD), and some of them were submitted to stress. Among the ten results the research lists, one of them reads "Stress in females shifted the NCD gut microbiota to resemble the HFD microbiota"; that is, female mice with a normal diet that underwent stress ended up with similar gut microbiota to female mice with a high fat diet. It is specifically pointed out that this effect was not observed on male mice. The authors do not claim, but rather suggest, that these two factors might then have similar effects on female mice; from the final discussion: "Stress caused the NCD gut microbiota to resemble the HFD microbiota—suggesting that stress and HFD can cause similar changes to the gut microbiota in females. Future studies should examine the overall health impact of stress in female mice to see if it resembles the health impact of HFD and obesity, as the microbiota shift observed herein would predict". And while the goal of the study is to improve our understanding of the human body, nowhere it is said that these results should be immediately extrapolated to it. While the headline is completely misleading, the body of the article, to be fair, does explain some of the points in the paper more accurately, although not fully. For example, the article says: "Such a shift suggests that stress might impact metabolism just as much as diet, the researchers wrote", which is not correct, because the research only addresses gut microbiota, and fails to explain the main idea that diet and stress have different effects depending on the mice gender.

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