Saturday, 30 May 2015

Reposting fact or fiction

Wouldn't it be nice if, before reposting stuff that they've read in a blog, or an email, or on Facebook, people were to do a bit of fact checking?

I feel that if you're going to try to educate or inform me, you should take the trouble to check the facts.

This rant is brought to you courtesy of a Facebook post, reposting an article on Occupy Democrats. The heading is "A LOT Less Of Your Taxes Go To Food Stamps Than Giveaways To The Oil Industry, SPREAD THE WORD".

I don't know whether this web site is pro or anti Democrats, but that's not the point. The point is the sentence "How would you feel if we told you that fossil fuel companies are benefitting from global subsidies of 14.5 billion dollars a day?" And they go on to point out that this is more than the Food stamp program.

This sounded strange to me, so I checked the numbers.

This says US fossil energy subsidies are $3.2 billion per year = $9 million per day,

This  says that US food stamps cost $74 billion per year = $200 million per day.

So I asked the poster if he could explain the discrepancy between the article on Occupy Democrats, and the numbers gleaned from Wikipedia. I put it that way, because possibly I've made some mistake, or maybe Wikipedia isn't a suitable source.  No answer, so far.


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