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1 million dead people received federal bailout checks

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.

A million dead people received stimulus checks totalling $1.4 billion


In response to coronavirus lockdowns, a tanking economy, and millions out of work, the US government sent $1,200 stimulus checks to most Americans.

Over 1.1 million of those[...] Click here to continue reading

You should really start thinking about a second passport

On September 3, 1838 Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey sat in a train car heading north out of Baltimore.

Frederick would later recount how his heart pounded as he waited for the conductor to check his papers. As a black man in a southern slave state, Frederick had to prove he was legally allowed to travel north to the free states.

But Frederick didn’t have “free papers” because he was still enslaved. Instead, he[...] Click here to continue reading

Great news from the most prosperous nation on earth

By the mid-1990s, the economy of Zimbabwe was in serious trouble.

The national government under its dictator Robert Mugabe had spent years confiscating private property-- real estate, businesses, factories, bank deposits, etc. 

And unsurprisingly, this had a disastrous effect on the economy.

Productive citizens and talented entrepreneurs left Zimbabwe in droves-- after all, who would want to keep operating under such awful conditions? 

So within a few years, everything from food[...] Click here to continue reading

Under this new law, cryptocurrency could become illegal

In early 1775, Benjamin Franklin and his European colleague, Charles Dumas, developed a secret method of communicating with each other.

Dumas had spent years gathering intelligence in Europe to assist the Americans in their revolt against Britain. But the two needed a secure way to pass information across the Atlantic.

So they developed a special cipher-- a crude form of encryption where letters and words were substituted for numerals.

The decryption key[...] Click here to continue reading

The one statue that remains untouched: Vladimir Lenin

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.

Today we tackle the woke.

NYC’s inspiring breakthrough in the science of contact tracing


“Contact tracing” is a tactic whereby public health officials attempt to track where you’ve been, and who you’ve been in contact with, in their[...] Click here to continue reading

You don’t have a savings account. You have a dwindling account

On April 5, 1933 everyone’s favorite fascist, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, signed an executive order which outlawed the private ownership of gold.

To justify the seizure, FDR used wartime authorities under the “Trading with the Enemy Act of 1917”. The law was never repealed after World War One, so Roosevelt used it to declare a national banking emergency.

Roosevelt’s order demanded that all Americans must surrender their gold to a Federal Reserve Bank[...] Click here to continue reading

Your barber has more training than your police force

Late in the evening of April 24, 1980, the US military launched a risky operation in the Middle East codenamed “Eagle Claw”.


52 American diplomats and government workers had been held hostage for nearly six months at the former US Embassy in Iran, and Jimmy Carter (then US President) had tasked the military with mounting a rescue.


In military parlance, Eagle Claw was a “Charlie Foxtrot,” i.e. a complete debacle.


Miscommunication, poorly maintained aircraft, and[...]

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Five places that should boom from the coming Covid migration

Today’s the day.

Across the Land of the Free, and much of the world, local governments are finally starting to allow businesses to re-open and employees to come back to the office.

Offices in New York City opened this morning for the first time in months, after Comrade Mayor Bill de Blasio’s politburo finally approved the policy.

The Republic of CHAZ, formerly known as Seattle, was approved for ‘Phase II reopening’ on[...] Click here to continue reading

Another 8-year old ‘criminal mastermind’ arrested

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.

Eight year old boy arrested for asking if he could buy candy with fake money


At a parade in Switzerland, fake money was thrown around for children to collect.

The obviously fake cash is called “spirit money.” Featuring[...] Click here to continue reading

One weird sign of trouble in the banking sector

It was only a few generations ago that most people spent their entire lives within a few miles of where they were born.

They grew up, lived, worked, and retired, all in the same place. And that was normal.

Travel and relocation didn’t really become commonplace until after World War II. But even then, the most common reason people moved was because of a job.

And it has remained that way for[...] Click here to continue reading
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