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, your finances, and your prosperity.
You can now pay $2500 to be told you’re racist
Are you a liberal white woman who wants to pay money to be told that, deep down, you’re subconsciously racist?
If so, you’re in luck!
A new group called “Race to Dinner” is giving you the opportunity to pay $2,500 to host a dinner (you also have to provide the food), where you and your white friends will be told how racist you are.
The group’s founders (one of whom is black, the other identifies as Native American) write on their website to ALL white women: “We are talking about your complicity in upholding white supremacy and keeping Black and brown women down.”
Further, the founders refuse to ‘help’ women who voted for Trump, as they are beyond repair, as well as white men. They say, “White men are never going to change anything. If they were, they would have done it by now.”
Their website also posts videos hosted by the group’s “resident white woman” where viewers can learn how to ‘deconstruct their whiteness’.
82 year old sentenced to nearly six months in jail for playing loud music
An 82 year old British man, Ian Trainer, likes to listen to the radio.
But he’s hard of hearing, so he turns up the volume.
A neighbor was so annoyed by this that he secured a restraining order forbidding Trainer from playing music louder than 65 decibels. (For reference, 60 decibels is considered normal for background music, and 65 decibels is about the upper reach of a loud conversation.)
But Ian Trainer kept playing his music too loud. It’s possible the hard-of-hearing man couldn’t barely hear the music otherwise. And health conditions keep him from being able to wear headphones.
For violating the conditions of his restraining order, Trainer was hauled in front of a judge and sentenced to 24 weeks– almost six months– in jail.
42 gang members arrested in Spain for… conspiracy to recycle?
Most gangs make their money through extortion, or trafficking drugs and weapons.
But a gang in Spain has been busted for illegal recycling.
42 members of the “cardboard mafia” were arrested for taking garbage and refuse from recycling bins around Madrid, and selling the materials to recycling facilities in China and India.
After a five month investigation, the police claim the gang ‘stole’ €16 million worth of recycling materials since 2015.
In addition to stealing discarded cardboard, the gang was charged with shipping waste materials without permission.
Chinese Province approves taking private property to fight Coronavirus
The Standing Committee of the Guangdong Provincial People’s Congress has authorized the government in the region to confiscate private property as needed to fight the Coronavirus outbreak.
Authorities can now “requisition houses, facilities, materials, etc. as an emergency epidemic prevention response when necessary.”
This is a departure from reforms which strengthened private property rights in China over the last decades.
Can’t let a good crisis go to waste.