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.
In January we mentioned that China began using anal swab Covid tests on school children, claiming they were more accurate than the nasal swab method.
China also requires the intrusive (by about 2-3 inches) tests on certain travelers coming into the country.
Recently, a group of US diplomats and their family members reported that they were subjected to the anal swabs.
In response, China at first claimed that the tests were given in error. But later they backtracked and denied that they had ever required anal swabs for US diplomats.
But the diplomats weren’t aren’t dropping the issue, and they’ve appealed to the US State Department— which has already said it is committed to preserving the “dignity” of US diplomats and their families.
A researcher and python hunter by the name of ‘The Wildman’ have joined forces to explore what they believe could be used to fight the coronavirus – and it is hiding in the Florida Everglades.
Python hunter Dustin Crum and Daryl Thompson, a researcher, and entrepreneur with Global Research and Discovery Group out of Winter Haven, are looking to the invasive Burmese python to use its squalene, which stimulates a stronger immune response when added to vaccines.
Squalene is a naturally occurring oil-like substance found in nature and is commercially extracted from fish oil, particularly from shark liver.
However, extracting it from sharks has become a controversial topic among animal activists, but the Burmese python is wreaking havoc on the Everglades and wildlife officials are looking to remove the creature.
Crum also notes that one 10-foot snake has enough to make about 3,500 vaccine doses.
Although the World Health Organization deems squalene safe for vaccines, it is not on the Food and Drug Administration’s list of ingredients in the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.
The invasive Burmese python that contains squalene, which is a compound used in vaccines that stimulates a stronger immune response. It is is a naturally occurring oil-like substance found in nature and is commercially extracted from fish oil
A 16-year-old schoolboy stabbed to death by thugs had only weeks earlier been chased by a gang for straying onto their turf, his friend told MailOnline.
Drekwon Patterson was ambushed by four hooded attackers in Brent, northwest London, around 11.30pm last Thursday.
Police believe they tried to mow him down with a Ford Mondeo before pursuing him on foot, knifing him repeatedly and leaving him to die on the pavement.
Today it emerged that Drekwon’s family had only recently moved house for safety after an attack in November.
Postcode violence in the area i
Ty said: ‘It was only a few weeks ago and we were walking back to the estate when some guys stopped us and asked us where we were from.
‘They chased us, screaming they were going to kill us for being in their ends. It happens around here all the time. There’s a lot of post code violence around here.’Drekwon, one of eight children from the Wembley area, was found with stab wounds and pronounced dead the next day, sparking London’s 15th murder probe of the year so far.
Scotland Yard has not yet made any arrests and have launched a hunt for Drekwon’s killers, releasing images of a car and a van in relation to their investigation.
They are appealing for information about a car seen driving from the scene which was later discovered burnt out.
Police believe the four hooded thugs drove the black Ford Mondeo into the teenager before chasing him down Preston Street and knifing him
Drekwon Patterson, 16, was left for dead by the attackers who ambushed him in Brent, northwest London, last Thursday night
A range of items including a flintlock pistol and a leather shoe sole are among a trove of treasure discovered in the same sunken ship that carried the Elgin Marbles.
Archaeologists working for the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sport have been investigating the shipwreck of the Mentor since 2011 in search of artefacts.
The sunken ship was owned by Thomas Bruce, Earl of Elgin, the Scottish nobleman who removed artefacts from the Parthenon early in the 19th Century. The Mentor sunk near the Greek island of Kythira in 1802 while transporting the marbles and other artefacts – all of which were recovered over the following two years and shipped to England on the orders of Horatio Nelson.
Underwater archaeologist, Dr Dimitris Kourkoumelis, said they found numerous items since 2011 but the goal of the study is to learn more about the ship itself.
The most recent finds include shoe soles, belt buckles, coins, chess pieces, earrings, as well as cooking utensils and other tools.
One of the objects that was found in the underwater archaeological research at the historic Mentor shipwreck that was carrying the Elgin marbles to England
A coin recovered from the wreck of the Mentor. A range of items from the period have been recovered and researchers say they ‘paint a picture’ of life onboard
Wooden cylinder with two holes. The sunken the ship was owned by Thomas Bruce, Earl of Elgin, the Scottish nobleman who removed artefacts from the Parthenon early in the 19th Century
Huge dark tower of swirling mosquitoes spotted by driver in Argentina yesterday
Motorist had been driving on Route 74 between General Madariaga and Pinamar
The tall dark shape resembles a twister, but is in fact composed of Motorists in Argentina were shocked to discover a swarm of mosquitos had created a terrifying tornado-like formation high into the sky.
Video footage recorded yesterday by a driver on Route 74 between General Madariaga and Pinamar in Argentina shows a huge dark tower looming in the sky further up the road from the motorist.
The enormous tower-like shape appears to stand hundreds of feet tall, but upon closer inspection, the entire structure is made up of mosquitoes. mosquitoesIn the video footage, the shocked motorist can be heard saying: ‘It’s getting bigger and bigger, I’ve never seen anything like this before.’
An enormous dark tower looms in the sky up ahead of one driver on Route 74 between General Madariaga and Pinamar in Argentina, yesterday
The sighting of the bizarre twister-like formation comes after the Buenos Aires region of Argentina was invaded by mosquitoes.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) warned about the Biden administration’s immigration agenda during an interview with “The Michael Berry Show” on Thursday, saying that the agenda was the most extreme in U.S. history and posed a risk to national security.
“I want to talk about some other things. Dismantling ICE. There is a story about the Biden administration, and the phrase is ‘dismantle ICE,’” host Michael Berry said. “How concerned should we be as a border state?”“So I think we should be very concerned. I am not certain that report is right. I’ve seen the report. It’s early,” Cruz responded. “But the person that they put in there, Alejandro Mayorkas, is extreme. And all of the early steps appear to be that the Biden administration is moving rapidly towards open borders. And, you know, you look at the Biden immigration plan, which was put out, which is the most radical immigration plan any administration has ever proposed in history.”
“They have proposed allowing every single person who was deported from this country for the last four years to come back. I mean, it is, and by the way, they don’t make exceptions for criminals, for murderers, for rapists,” Cruz said. “I mean, it is utterly bizarre to have a federal administration refusing to enforce the law against violent criminals, and frankly, it makes it makes our country more dangerous, and it makes Texas more dangerous. We are a nation of immigrants and there are wonderful people who come here and come here legally, [there’s] a right way to come. But today’s Democratic Party has been radicalized where they’re, you know, they’re not even willing to enforce the law against violent criminals who are committing horrific crimes.”
Cruz appears to be referring to a portion of Biden’s proposal that states [emphasis added]:
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Thursday that if former President Donald Trump becomes the Republican Party’s presidential nominee again in 2024, he would “absolutely” throw his support behind the former president.
But, he says, a lot could happen between now then.
What are the details?
During an interview with Fox News‘ Bret Baier, the anchor asked McConnell if he believed Trump would be the GOP nominee during the next president election as some have predicted.
“Well, there’s a lot to happen between now and ’24,” the GOP leader responded, revealing, “I’ve got at least four members that I think are planning on running for president, plus some governors and others.”
“There’s no incumbent,” he continued, telling Baier it “should be a wide open race and fun for you all to cover.”
Baier then asked directly, “If [Trump] was the party’s nominee, would you support him?”
“The nominee of the party? Absolutely,” McConnell replied.
CNN legal analyst Joan Biskupic was excoriated for a Monday article in which she claimed Justice Clarence Thomas sympathized with former President Donald Trump’s allegations of election fraud in one of his dissents earlier this week.
“Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas on Monday claimed election fraud is a threat to America, revealing in a forceful dissent some support for former President Donald Trump and Republicans who have refused to accept the result of the 2020 election,” Biskupic began in an article titled “Justice Clarence Thomas reveals some sympathy for Trump’s baseless fraud claims.”In a tweet, Biskupic went even further to say Thomas “aligns” with “Trump’s baseless election fraud claims.”
— Joan Biskupic (@JoanBiskupic) February 22, 2021“A longtime conservative, Thomas’ legal views naturally aligned with the Trump administration,” she continued in the article. “But his dissent stands out for how much it subscribed to the Trump worldview of fraud, a notion debunked by election law experts and that has failed overwhelmingly in dozens of state and federal court challenges.”
Before going after his wife, Ginni Thomas, for her views, Biskupic went on to pull various quotes from Thomas’ 11-page dissent, noting how often he used the word “fraud” and implying that Thomas and Trump are basically on the same page regarding the 2020 presidential election.
Ed Whelan, who is a distinguished senior fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, tore into Biskupic’s article in a piece for National Review titled “Bizarre Distortion of Justice Thomas’s Election Dissent.”
“I’m amazed to see that Thomas’s dissent somehow generated this wildly distorted article from CNN’s veteran Supreme Court reporter Joan Biskupic,” he wrote.
“A trusting reader might imagine that Thomas’s dissent is replete with references to Dominion and Smartmatic and to various of Trump’s other allegations of fraud,” Whelan continued. “In fact, Thomas makes no mention of such allegations. Nor does the word ‘Trump’ appear a single time in his opinion.”
“Moreover, Thomas states in his opening paragraph (and repeats twice later) that the Pennsylvania supreme court decision that the Court was asked to review ‘seems to have affected too few ballots to change the outcome of any federal election,’” added Whelan. “That’s not a statement you ever heard Donald Trump make.”
Ilya Shapiro, director of the Robert A. Levy Center for Constitutional Studies at the Cato Institute, also took CNN to task for publishing Biskupic’s article, calling it “false framing.”
Justice Clarence Thomas issued a vigorous dissent Monday in response to the Supreme Court’s decision not to hear a challenge against the Pennsylvania state court’s ruling that permitted ballots to be counted even if they were received three days after Election Day.
“One wonders what the Court waits for,” Thomas wrote. “We failed to settle this dispute before the election, and thus provide clear rules. Now we again fail to provide clear rules for future elections. The decision to leave election law hidden beneath a shroud of doubt is baffling. By doing nothing, we invite further confusion and erosion of voter confidence. Our fellow citizens deserve better and expect more of us. I respectfully dissent.”
Thomas acknowledged that the case before the Court would not have changed the outcome of the 2020 presidential election, but he also warned that the unwillingness of the Supreme Court to deal with the issues presented in the case now could hold potential problems in the future.