by Simon Black
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.