Day 186, September 21, 2020
From the Church Mouse
I have relied on Snopes’ for years to truth check everything. It is essential now because there is so much to fact check that Snopes’ keeps my head from exploding. This is a free service funded by people who become members due to their love of the truth. It does not accept funding from any other source. Membership is not required.
I recently used Snopes’ when it came to my attention during the 9/11 remembrances that our government had removed the health insurance funding from all FDNY personnel who had fallen ill from working at the pile for such a long time. Since I didn’t believe that could be true, I asked Snopes’. It was true.
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