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.
Paramedics Refuse to Aid Victim of Cardiac Arrest Due to Old COVID Rules
A small clinic in California was not equipped to treat one of its patients who went into cardiac arrest last month.
The staff called 911. But when the paramedics arrived, they refused to enter the facility to render life-saving aid.
Instead, they insisted that the patient be brought outside to them.
Body camera footage from a responding police officer shows the officer entering the facility to help nurses drag the patient’s bed, which was not on wheels, outside.
The paramedics were apparently citing an outdated COVID policy from spring of 2020 which suggested ways to reduce potential exposure to COVID-19.
At the time, paramedics were instructed to wait outside if possible until the patient was brought to them.
Sadly, the patient did not survive. But you can rest easy knowing that it wasn’t COVID that killed him.
The Metaverse has a Groping Problem…
An article from Technology Review is called “The metaverse has a groping problem already.”
It reads like satire, but it’s not.
It talks about beta testing on Facebook’s new parent company Meta’s virtual reality platform called Horizon Worlds.
The author details how “on November 26, a beta tester reported something deeply troubling: she had been groped by a stranger on Horizon Worlds.”
The author describes an incident in virtual reality when a woman’s avatar was approached without permission, and “groped” by another user.
Keep in mind that virtual avatars cannot reach through the video game and into real life. The real woman behind the avatar could not feel the touching that was happening inside the virtual world.
But the author says that “when virtual reality is immersive and real, toxic behavior that occurs in that environment is real as well.”
The article complains that it is “unfair and doesn’t work” to expect participants to use available tools to keep themselves safe in the virtual world.
“Until something changes,” the article concludes, “the metaverse will remain a dangerous, problematic space.”
NYC Public Transit Director Cheats Public Transit Rules
A general superintendent at New York City’s MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority) was caught using a blow-up doll to cheat highway rules.
HOV (High Occupancy Vehicle) lanes are specially reserved for vehicles carrying more than one person. We assume an MTA executive knows this simple rule…
But when he arrived to work, he was caught on camera with a blow-up doll in his front seat. This is a tactic some people use to make it appear like there are more passengers in the vehicle to avoid being fined for misuse of the HOV lanes.
When caught, the MTA boss claimed the doll was to keep him company and asked, “have I ever lied to you?”
San Francisco Drivers are Leaving Their Trunks Open to Save Their Windows
Car break-ins in San Francisco are rampant, with thieves regularly smashing windows in order to grab valuables from a car.
Now some San Francisco drivers are going to extremes in an attempt to save their windows.
Leaving cars unlocked is one option, but other drivers are leaving their trunks or back hatches open to signal total surrender to thieves.
San Francisco, the progressive utopia…
College Paper: Too Many White People At Campus Concerts
The Oberlin College newspaper, The Oberlin Review, recently published an article called, “Concerts Need to Be Better for Students of Color.”
The author’s major problem is that there were a lot of white people at a campus concert featuring black artists. She writes that “it can be upsetting when concerts headlined by artists of color are dominated by white students.”
She continued to complain that in the front rows of these concerts, white students displaced students of color who “were slowly being pushed away toward the back as the concert continued.”
The author then notes that at a separate campus poetry event, white students were asked to give up their seats to black students.
However, this made at least one black student she talked to uncomfortable, and he left the event.
But bizarrely, the author’s conclusion is that the campus needs more of this type of division based on race…
Elon Musk Says He’ll Pay $11 billion in Taxes This Year
It all started when Senator Elizabeth Warren called Tesla owner Elon Musk a “freeloader” on Twitter.
A political parasite who creates nothing had the nerve to say this to a man who has built multiple businesses, and delivered customers everything from electric vehicles to space shuttles…
So Elon dubbed Warren “Senator Karen” for reminding him of a childhood friend’s mother who would randomly yell at the neighborhood kids for no reason.
But Senator Karen is just plain wrong when she accuses Elon Musk of not paying taxes.
In fact, Elon claims that he will pay $11 billion in taxes this year.
He didn’t offer any specifics, but this number does make sense.
First, he will owe capital gains tax on the $14 billion worth of Tesla stock he has sold this year. Plus he will have to pay more taxes if he chooses to exercise stock option compensation which expires next year.
He may pay the most taxes of any American in history.
But we’re willing to bet that Senator Karen still won’t consider that “his fair share.”
Fauci Ordered to “Take Down” Rival Scientists
Emails obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request show Fauci colluding to “take down” a rival scientific proposal.
The Great Barrington Declaration was a common sense proposal from epidemiologists who said public health authorities should focus their COVID efforts on protecting the most vulnerable, and allow young healthy people to get back to their normal lives.
But when the proposal started to gain media attention, the Director of the National Institute of Health Francis Collins emailed Anthony Fauci, the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, to say:
“There needs to be a quick and devastating published take down of its premises.”
From there, Fauci sprang into action, circulating various news articles which try to paint the Great Barrington Declaration scientists as “fringe” and insist it would be “dangerous” to allow young healthy people to live their lives freely.
Do you remember the part of the scientific method where you “take down” other scientists views? God forbid scientists engage in an open and honest discussion where they defend their scientific principles.