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.
Oregon Schools To Provide Tampons in Boys’ Bathrooms
A new law taking effect this fall requires all schools in Oregon to provide free menstrual products such as tampons and sanitary pads in all student bathrooms.
Including the boys’ room.
The law defines “student bathroom” as “a bathroom that is accessible by students, including a gender-neutral bathroom, a bathroom designated for females and a bathroom designated for males.”
Portland Public Schools sent a notice to explain that the law requires the district to make the products “available in all restrooms (male, female, and all-gender).”
It said the district has already installed dispensers in female bathrooms, including in elementary schools, “and more will be installed in all remaining bathrooms, including boys’ restrooms, next year.”
Remember, you are a conspiracy theorist if you think public schools are doing this sort of thing.
WWII Program Revived to Funnel More Weapons to Ukraine
A new law sponsored by a US Senator from the state of Texas aims to resurrect a World War II era program designed to send weapons and support to the UK.
Ironically, the same program was later used in the war to send weapons to the Soviet Union during their fight with Nazi Germany.
Now it will be used to authorize the President to escalate the war in Ukraine without further Congressional approval. It was signed into law on Monday.
Sony Rejected China’s Demands to Remove Statue of Liberty From Spider-Man
We recently wrote about how Warner Bros caved to Chinese demands to remove a gay reference in a recent film.
Then there was the case of John Cena groveling to China after “accidentally” calling Taiwan a country — and his movie bombed in China anyway.
But finally! A movie studio has refused to bow to pressure from Chinese censors.
Despite pressure, Sony did not remove scenes from the latest Spider-Man movie which prominently displays the Statue of Liberty in New York City during an action-packed climax.
The China Film Administration, which censors movies, then modified its request, and asked if Sony could just darken the Statue of Liberty to make it less noticeable, and put less emphasis on shots that were too “patriotic”.
Sony also rejected that request.
As a result, it lost hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue when China banned the film’s release.
And yet the movie still became one of the highest grossing films of all time without bowing to China’s regime.
Public Health Agency of Canada Also Spied on Citizens During Lockdowns
Last week we talked about the CDC monitoring Americans’ locations during lockdowns.
Now Public Health Canada has been caught doing the same thing.
A parliamentary committee found that the agency used “anonymized data” to track movements of Canadian citizens to grocery stores, family gatherings, and out-of-town trips.
For example, one graph showed which hours residents of each province spent away from home through most of 2021.
The committee said the agency should tell citizens when it will be tracking them, and allow them to opt-out.
FDA Head: “Misinformation is now our leading cause of death”
The head of the US Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Robert Califf, says misinformation is the leading cause of death in the United States.
During a recent event, he told journalists “I believe that misinformation is now our leading cause of death.”
While during 2020 heart disease and cancer were actually the two leading causes of death in the US, Califf cited misinformation surrounding COVID vaccines to bolster his argument.
When asked later about his remarks, Califf said, “I have to acknowledge there’s no way to quantify [deaths from misinformation].”
So I guess he was the one spreading misinformation.
Australian Disability Agency Discriminates Against Disabled Employees
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is an Australian government agency that helps to ensure companies do not discriminate against employees with disabilities.
However, over a dozen current and former employees say they have been discriminated against for their disabilities while working for the NDIA itself.
And over the past five years, at least half-a-dozen workers have sued the agency for discriminating against them due to a disability.
For example, an employee with vision impairment says during her training, she was repeatedly given training materials she could not read.
Later she and the only four other employees with disabilities in her office were grouped onto a team, and isolated from the rest of the workers.
Further, the agency’s record keeping software did not work with programs meant to help the vision-impaired use computers.
Others complained of toilet paper and photocopiers being out of reach for those in wheelchairs.
Yet another case of the rules just being for the peasants to follow, not the government.