May 15, 2022

FACT CHECK: Does This Footage Show A Protest In Russia Against The War In Ukraine?

A video shared on Twitter allegedly shows a recent protest in Moscow, Russia against the country’s invasion of Ukraine.  Anti-war protest yesterday in Moscow. Putin quickly sent out is police to squash it. pic.twitter.com/LwcQFtnUSD — Visegrád 24 (@visegrad24) May 2, 2022 Verdict: False The video shows an anti-government protest that occurred in Moscow in 2013.…

FACT CHECK: Have Finland And Sweden Applied For NATO Membership?

A post shared on Facebook claims Finland and Sweden have officially applied to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Verdict: Misleading While Sweden and Finland have expressed interest in joining the partnership, there is no evidence either country has applied for membership. Fact Check: NATO, a military alliance made up of 28 European countries…

FACT CHECK: Did BBC News Report That Ukraine Was Responsible For The Kramatorsk Train Station Attack?

A video shared on Facebook purports to show a BBC News report alleging that Ukraine was responsible for a rocket attack that killed 50 Ukrainian civilians at a railway station.Screenshot/Facebook Verdict: False BBC News denied publishing the video featured in the post. Both sides of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine have blamed the other for the…

FACT CHECK: Does This Image Show Russians Protesting Against American Involvement In Pakistani Affairs?

An image shared on Facebook allegedly shows Russian citizens in Moscow demonstrating against U.S. involvement in Pakistan. Verdict: False The image has been digitally altered. The Russian demonstrators pictured were protesting the detainment of Russian opposition leader Alexi Navalny, not U.S. foreign policy. Fact Check:  Facebook users have shared an image purporting to show protesters in…

FACT CHECK: Are Only Vaccinated Ukrainian Citizens Eligible For Emergency Wartime Payment?

A post shared on Facebook claims only Ukrainians vaccinated against COVID-19 are eligible for the country’s emergency wartime payment. Verdict: False Ukrainians are eligible for the emergency wartime payment regardless of their vaccination status, according to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and a Ukrainian media report. Fact Check: More than 3 million Ukrainians have fled the…

Meanwhile, in the Russian Backyard Called Siberia…

Commentary Given the manpower and equipment advantages possessed by the Russian Army and Air Force, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Kremlin cronies expected Ukraine’s defenses to swiftly collapse and capitulate. The quick victory script read something like this: A precision Spetsnaz assassination kills President Volodymyr Zelenskyy as airstrikes smash Ukrainian air defenses and Russian…

FACT CHECK: Has Vladimir Putin Banned The Rothschild Banking Family From Russia?

A post shared on Instagram claims Russian President Vladimir Putin has banned the Rothschild banking family from entering Russia. Verdict: False There is no evidence the Rothschilds have been banned from Russia. The claim stems from a 2016 article that cites vague, unnamed “sources.” Fact Check: The Rothschild family is considered to be one of…

FACT CHECK: Viral Images Of Ukrainians Holding Signs In Support Of Myanmar Are Altered

A post shared on Facebook claims to show Ukrainians holding signs in support of Myanmar. Verdict: False The images have been digitally altered. None of the original images show Ukrainians rallying in support of Myanamar. Fact Check: Myanmar’s military junta, which took power in a coup last year, expressed support for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, according to…

Understanding the Constitution: Why Joe Biden is Wrong to Think the 9th Amendment Protects Abortion

Commentary President Joe Biden recently reaffirmed his long-standing position that the Constitution’s Ninth Amendment protects abortion, and he wants the courts to start enforcing that provision. Abortion is not mentioned in the Constitution, but Biden is one of many who claim the Ninth Amendment protects unmentioned rights. In the Supreme Court’s notorious 1965 “emanations and…

Canada’s Foreign Minister Meets Counterparts at NATO to Ramp up Pressure Moscow

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau looks on as Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly responds to a question during a news conference, Feb. 24, 2022 in Ottawa. (The Canadian Press/Adrian Wyld) Canada’s foreign affairs minister met counterparts at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Friday to co-ordinate continuing efforts to sanction Russia for its invasion of Ukraine.…

Fact Check: Biden Claims Coronavirus Doesn’t Need to Control Our Lives Due to ‘Progress’ Made During His Presidency

CLAIM: President Biden declared during Tuesday’s State of the Union address that the Chinese coronavirus no longer needs to control Americans’ lives due to the “progress” made during his administration. VERDICT: False. America is moving past the virus, but not because of any progress made during his presidency, as the science has not changed. “Because…

Fact Check: Biden Touts ‘Buy American’ Rules While Allowing Feds to Offshore U.S. Manufacturing

CLAIM: During his State of the Union (SOTU) address on Tuesday evening, President Joe Biden claimed his administration is “actually” ensuring that “taxpayers’ dollars support American jobs and businesses.” VERDICT: MOSTLY FALSE. Biden’s infrastructure bill signed into law last year provides giant federal carve-outs for industries to outsource and offshore American jobs. “When we use taxpayer…

Belarus Set to Amend Non-Nuclear Constitution Amid Russia-Ukraine Conflict

Belarus is set to make amendments to its non-nuclear constitution to allow for nuclear weapons after a referendum was held on Sunday amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The Belarus Central Election Commission said that voter turnout stood at 78.61 percent, of which 65.2 percent voted in favor of the change. The amendments give Belarusian President…

New York Orders Russia Sanctions, Invites Ukrainian Refugees

NEW YORK—New York Gov. Kathy Hochul signed an executive order Sunday forbidding her state from doing business with Russia, including cancelling its investments there. The governor also said New York will welcome Ukrainian refugees in response to Russia’s invasion, noting at a press conference in Albany that her state is home to the largest Ukrainian…

FACT CHECK: Did Scotland Stop Publishing COVID-19 Data Because It Shows The Vaccinated Are Developing AIDS?

A post shared on Facebook claims Public Health Scotland (PHS) will no longer publish COVID-19 data due to a link between the COVID-19 vaccine and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Verdict: False PHS said its weekly data releases were ceased due to rampant misinformation. There is no proven link between COVID-19 vaccines and AIDS and no…

FACT CHECK: Did Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Say, ‘I Don’t Need Truckers, I Get My Food At The Grocery Store’?

A post shared on Facebook claims Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said, “I don’t need truckers. I get my food at the grocery store.” Verdict: False The quote stems from a satirical article. A spokesperson for Ocasio-Cortez denied the congresswoman made the alleged statement. Fact Check: A convoy of Canadian truck drivers and other…

European, US Bank Shares Recoup Some Losses; Sector Braces for Slew of Sanctions

FRANKFURT/LONDON—European and U.S. bank shares on Friday clawed back some of the previous day’s steep losses as the sector starts to get to grips with a slew of sanctions unveiled this week in retaliation for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, with more due from the European Union imminently. Shares got off to a jittery start as…

The US-led Post War World Is Over

Commentary Now that Russia’s conquest of Ukraine has begun, will communist China’s invasion of Taiwan be next? It’s not clear how Beijing will “unify” China, but it is already normalizing the idea by openly mentioning a Taiwan invasion in the media. Does this signal an invasion? It may, and sooner than later. And while it’s…

FACT CHECK: No, Jaden Smith Did Not Die In A Car Accident

A post shared on Facebook claims actor Jaden Smith died in a car accident. Verdict: False Jaden Smith has been active on social media since this rumor surfaced. There are no credible news reports about his alleged death. Fact Check: Jaden Smith, who is the son of actor Will Smith, has starred in multiple films…

FACT CHECK: Did The New York Times Publish This Headline About Narendra Modi?

An image shared on Facebook allegedly shows a front page of The New York Times declaring Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the “world’s most loved and most powerful leader.” Verdict: False The headline is digitally altered. The New York Times refuted the claim in September 2021. Fact Check: Modi has served as India’s prime…

FACT CHECK: Does This Image Show Ukrainian Christians Praying In February 2022?

A photo shared on Facebook purportedly shows Christians in Kyiv, Ukraine praying outdoors amid the current Ukraine-Russia crisis. Verdict: Misleading While the photo does show Ukrainians praying, the image is from 2019 and was not taken in Kyiv. The image has nothing to do with the current situation in the country. Fact Check: Russian President…

Former Speaker of BC Legislature Didn’t Consider Conflict of Interest: Trial Hears

VANCOUVER—A former Speaker of the B.C. legislature says he doesn’t recall being worried about a conflict of interest after he took guidance from the same lawyer who gave a former clerk advice about a retirement payment that’s at the centre of a breach-of-trust trial. In the Supreme Court of British Columbia on Monday, Crown prosecutor…

Phone Was Manually Set to Delete Former Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan’s Texts, Forensic Analysis Indicates

By Daniel Beekman and Lewis Kamb From The Seattle Times SEATTLE—Former Seattle  Jenny Durkan’s text messages from one of the most tumultuous periods in city history vanished because a phone setting likely was manually changed to deletMayore texts automatically, and ex-Police Chief Carmen Best deleted her texts, a long-overdue forensic analysis has found. The analysis,…

Australian Farmers Hold High Degree of Optimism: Survey

A global survey of over 600 farmers has shown that Australian growers were more optimistic about the future of the agriculture industry than their counterparts in the United States and the United Kingdom. The Australian agricultural tech group AgriWebb has recently released a report (pdf), which surveyed 636 farmers globally and questioned them on various…

FACT CHECK: Did BBC News Report That Breathing Too Often Increases The Risk Of A Heart Attack?

An image shared on Facebook purportedly shows a BBC News report claiming that breathing “too many times” could increase the likelihood of a fatal heart attack. Verdict: False There is no record of BBC News publishing this story. There is also no evidence that any scientific trial took place that came to such a conclusion.…

FBI Urges Athletes to Avoid Using Personal Phones at Beijing Winter Olympics

The FBI has urged U.S. athletes to not use personal phones at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, which will begin on Feb. 4, citing the risk of “malicious cyber activities.” “The FBI urges all athletes to keep their personal cell phones at home and use a temporary phone while at the Games,” the FBI said…

Small Craft Breweries Scramble to Adapt to Aluminum Can Shortages

“In heaven there is no beer. That’s why we drink it here,” goes the old pub song, but an aluminum beverage container shortage could threaten to close the spigots on smaller craft beer breweries in 2022. Described as a worsening can shortage—or “candemic”—many microbrewery owners have been struggling to adapt either by stocking up on…

Henry III Gold Coin Found by Amateur Metal Detectorist Sells at Auction for $875,000

A rare 13th century King Henry III gold penny, found on farmland by an amateur metal detectorist, has sold at auction in London, England, for over three-quarters of a million dollars. Not only will it go down in history as Britain’s “most valuable single coin find,” but it is also the “most expensive English medieval…

Do You Hear What I Hear?

If your hearing is faltering, take steps before your cognitive abilities suffer for itThe phone started ringing at about 2 a.m. I think I picked it up with the second ring. It was the hospital, and I was needed. Not an emergency, but urgently. I got up, grabbed socks, scrubs, and my lucky “surgery shoes”…

FACT CHECK: Did Justin Trudeau Call On Canadians To ‘Make Life Difficult’ For Unvaccinated Citizens In A Facebook Post?

An image shared on Facebook purportedly shows a Facebook post from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in which he asks the public to “make life difficult” for unvaccinated citizens. Verdict: False There is no record of Trudeau making this statement. A spokesperson for his office denied the alleged post was shared by the prime minister.…

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