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.
“Spend as much as you can and then spend a little bit more.”
At an economic forum last week, the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) told governments :
“In terms of policies for right now, very unusual for the IMF, starting in March I would go out and I would say: ‘please spend’. Spend as much as you can and then spend a little bit more.”
She added that she continues advocating this policy.
Governments across the world are in massive debt. And essentially all of them continue to finance their debt by printing money. Meanwhile economies have shrank over the past year due to COVID restrictions on travel, and business.
So more debt, a smaller economy, and more paper money than ever, with nothing backing it…
What could possibly go wrong?
Apple Sued to Force it to Remove Telegram from its App Store
An organization called the Coalition for a Safer Web is suing Apple to try to force the company to remove the messaging app Telegram from its app store.
The lawsuit claims Apple is failing to enforce its terms of service because Telegram “allows” (read: doesn’t censor) “extremist” content.
It’s bad enough that Apple removed Parler from its app store because the social media platform allows free speech. But that wasn’t enough for the censorship zealots.
Now the woke mob has moved beyond Twitter and taken to the courts.
23 Elderly People Have Died Soon After Receiving COVID Vaccine
The Norwegian government issued a warning that frail, elderly people with underlying health conditions might be in danger from the COVID vaccines.
So far, at least 23 elderly people have died shortly after receiving the first dose of the BioNTec /Pfizer COVID vaccine.
“Based on these reports we cannot rule out that common adverse reactions, such as fever and nausea, may contribute to a more serious course and fatal outcome in some frail patients with severe underlying diseases,” said Sigurd Hortemo, chief physician at the Norwegian Medicines Agency.
So it’s possible that the most likely group to die from COVID may also be the most likely group to die from the COVID vaccine…
Germany Will Detain Quarantine Breakers in Camps
An emergency German law gave states the power to detain people who come into contact with COVID and refuse to quarantine, even if they test NEGATIVE for Covid multiple times.
Now, some German states are moving ahead with plans to detain people in immigrant detention camps, and juvenile detention centers.
You might think Germany, of all countries, would shy away from detaining people in camps.
But the Germans insist that these are totally not concentration camps.
You might even call them social distancing camps, which is like, the opposite of concentration. So that makes it OK.
Study finds no difference in COVID cases among strict versus lenient countries
A peer reviewed study begins:
“The most restrictive non‐pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) for controlling the spread of COVID‐19 are mandatory stay‐at‐home and business closures. Given the consequences of these policies, it is important to assess their effects.”
The study compared less restrictive countries like Sweden and South Korea, to countries which issued strict lockdowns, like England, France, Germany, Iran, and Italy.
It found “no clear, significant beneficial effect” in using strict lockdowns to control the spread of COVID. In fact in some cases, such as France, COVID cases increased in the wake of strict interventions.
I guess governments destroyed your civil liberties and businesses for no reason, since the study concluded: “Similar reductions in case growth may be achievable with less restrictive interventions.”
Listen to the scientists. Unless, of course, the scientists are anti-lockdown.