Are you ready for this week’s absurdity? Here’s our Friday roll-up of the most ridiculous stories from around the world that are threats to your liberty, risks to your prosperity… and on occasion, inspiring poetic justice.
It’s officially now an offence to LEAVE England
After four hours of debate yesterday in the House of Commons, the United Kingdom has approved an emergency measure that will, among other restrictions, fine Brits who LEAVE the country without a qualifying reason.
Ironically, the British government insists they can legally impose these new rules because of authority that was granted to them under a law called the Public Health Act… which just happened to be passed in… 1984.
Starting on Monday, anyone who leaves England must submit papers making a certified declaration of their reason for leaving. The authorities will then retain the discretion to fine travelers £5,000— nearly $7,000, if the reason isn’t valid.
The government has provided a list of 14 valid excuses, such as a professional football team traveling for a match. This is totally fine.
But someone who wants to attend a religious pilgrimage is forbidden to travel. So is someone who wants to visit an elderly parent they haven’t seen since 2019, unless it is a parent whom the traveler “reasonably believes is dying.”
By the way, these new rules come despite Members of Parliament acknowledging in debate yesterday that 95% of Brits over the age of 60 have been vaccinated.
This means that the most vulnerable population has been administered a vaccine that they insist is safe and effective.
So… why the harsh lockdown rules?
NY crowd cheers blind obedience to public health officials
Tracey Edwards, a New York Public Service Commission appointee, appeared with New York Governor Cuomo last week to encourage total ignorance and unquestioning loyalty to the public health officials.
While encouraging people to take the vaccine, Edwards said:
“I’m not asking what’s in the infusion, I’m not looking up all of the ingredients in the infusion, I am sticking out my arm and I am taking the infusion — and that’s what we have to do.”
The crowd cheered in approval.
This is what the public is being sold: DON’T read any of the research and make up your own mind. DON’T have a conversation with your doctor to make an informed, medical decision. DON’T take even a moment to weigh potential costs and benefits.
Instead, you should be deliberately ignorant and happily do exactly what the public health overlords tell you, without question.
(These are the same New York public health officials who, by the way, sent sick patients into nursing homes, killed countless people, and then covered it up.)
California couple can’t move in to their home because of eviction moratorium
A couple paid the owner of a home in California $560,000 in cash in January 2020.
But that owner is still living inside the home today.
He has been able to take advantage of California’s Covid eviction moratorium to pocket the cash and continue living in the home rent free.
It’s hard to understand how the law could possibly apply to this situation, but the couple’s legal proceedings to take possession of their home have been stalled due to the ban on evicting tenants.
Just to be clear: this isn’t the tenant of the former owner. It is the former owner himself who refuses to leave.
Who would have thought that anyone would take advantage of California’s ridiculous laws?
You can now receive a Bachelor of Tolerance and Coexistence degree
A university in the United Arab Emirates has introduced a Bachelor of Tolerance and Coexistence degree.
The three year program offered by Mohamed Bin Zayed University for Humanities is the first of its kind in the world.
The university chancellor says the degree “develops students’ understanding and respect for different cultures, civilisations and religions, so they can act as ambassadors and build bridges of communication between cultures and civilizations.”
Of course, graduates should probably start the work in the UAE— a country where homosexuality, or any perceived blasphemy against Islam, can be punishable by imprisonment, or even death.