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Fat Makes You Fat Myth

Fat can make you fat, but it isn’t the only thing that causes weight gain. Fat is high in calories and is easy to store as fat cells, but in general, it is storing more calories than you burn (from fat, carbs, or protein) that causes weight gain.

Lenin and Stalin are Real Names Myth

Neither Lenin or Stalin are real names. Vladimir Lenin was born Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, and Joseph Stalin was born Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili.

Saul Alinsky Was a Satanist Myth

Saul Alinsky wasn’t a satanist, nor did he dedicate Rules for Radicals to Lucifer. Alinsky simply used Lucifer as a literary device to teach community organizing.

King Arthur Was Real Myth

King Arthur, a Briton who was said to have defended Britain against the Saxons in the late 5th century, is almost certainly a mythological figure.


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Separation of Powers Metaphor

The four “elements” (or “powers”) that form the foundation of government can roughly be expressed as: citizens, executive, legislative, and judicial.

The Birth of Modern Banking

Modern banking started in Italy between 1150 – 1500 as Jews fleeing Spanish persecution brought new practices to the merchant banks of the Italian piazzas.

The 2008 Financial Crisis Explained

The 2008 financial crisis was caused by banks making bad home loans that were then repackaged as overvalued and overrated tradable assets, which were then speculated on causing “a bubble”.