Yes, Flat-Earthers Really Do Exist

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  1. nivek

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    Judge Dismisses Flat Earther's Lawsuit Against Canadian Government

    A Flat Earth enthusiast who sued the Canadian government after he was arrested for flouting coronavirus-related lockdown laws saw his claim dismissed by a judge who reportedly declared the lawsuit "patently absurd and nonsensical." The strange saga of Mak Parhar began last autumn when he journeyed to North Carolina for a convention devoted to the controversial conspiracy theory and, upon his return home, refused to adhere to regulations stating that out-of-country travelers must quarantine for two weeks. Things came to a head when the Flat Earther attended an anti-mask rally in Vancouver, where he boasted about rebuffing the authorities, which led to him being arrested and held for four days.

    Shortly after his release, Parhar subsequently filed a civil lawsuit against the Canadian government wherein he cited a fringe and debunked legal theory which, he believes, exempts him from not only the country's quarantine rules but all of the nation's regulations as well. Additionally, the Flat Earther alleged that the authorities had committed a litany of misdeeds against him including kidnapping, terrorism, extortion, and fraud. Parhar's claim finally came before a judge last Friday and, unfortunately for the conspiracy theorist, it would seem that his legal argument did not hold up in court.

    In dismissing the lawsuit, British Columbia Supreme Court Justice Murray Blok declared that Parhar's claim was "patently absurd and nonsensical." In what one might also say about the Flat Earther's belief in the shape of the planet, the judge mused regarding the conspiracy theorist's legal argument that "it is difficult to understand how anyone could come to believe any of its concepts." While Blok lambasted the premise of the lawsuit, he did express some sympathy for Parhar, in light of the conspiracy theorist's apparent misunderstanding how the Canadian legal system works.

    "He spent four days in jail, evidently the result of alleged breaches of the Quarantine Act," the judge wrote in his decision, "and it appears this occurred because someone convinced him, or he convinced himself, that statute law does not apply to him. It was a hard way to learn that laws do not work on an 'opt-in' basis." Unfortunately for Parhar, this is not the end of his legal battle as he is set to go on trial later this summer for multiple charges stemming from his alleged violation of the Canadian Quarantine Act later and could receive a sizeable fine as well as a lengthy prison sentence if convinced.

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  2. AD1184

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    It seems he attempted a freeman-on-the-land, or sovereign citizen, argument in his lawsuit.
     
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  3. wwkirk

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    The "debunked legal theory" is not explained in the article. Not clear if it has anything to do with Flat Earth.
     
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    Freeman on the land - Wikipedia

    It is to the law what the flat earth theory is to astronomy.
     
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  5. Rick Hunter

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    You can declare yourself to be anything you want to be, whether freeman on the land, sovereign citizen (an oxymoron, no?), Martian, or Interdimensional Being. Your actions still have consequences, and this guy is now finding out about that.
     
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    Flat Earther Arrested Following Bizarre Incident at City Council Meeting

    A confrontational night at Watertown city council Monday leads to the arrest of a man who is frequently at odds with city officials. Donnie Barrigar speaks regularly at council meetings, typically about flat earth conspiracy theories.

    As in past instances, Mayor Jeff Smith told Barrigar to stick to city business. After a back and forth, council took a recess. Watertown city police told Barrigar he could stay and watch the meeting, but could not speak again.

    When the meeting resumed, Barrigar got back up to the microphone, leading to another argument between him and the mayor.

    Here’s part of the exchange:

    “How do you have a redress of grievance if the microphone is taken away from somebody? The first amendment gives us the right to redress of grievance,” Barrigar said.

    “You’re out of order,” Smith said. “Okay, we’re going to recess here. I’m going to ask Mister Barrigar to leave. If you don’t leave, you’re going to be removed for trespassing. I tried to give you another chance. You can sit and watch the meeting if you like, but you’ve lost privilege of the floor.”

    Shortly after that exchange Barrigar was arrested for trespassing and led out in handcuffs. Watertown police said he would be processed and released with an appearance ticket.

    Smith spoke about the interruption after the meeting. “Those are things that we have to go through here as elected officials,” he said. “We try to handle it as professionally as we can, with the least interruption to the public.”

    Barrigar has had an antagonistic relationship with the city council for about a year. Last June, he recorded himself ripping down the LGBTQ+ pride flag from outside city hall. For that, he was charged with a misdemeanor, third-degree criminal tampering. A trial had been set for April to hear that charge, but it was postponed until June 1.

    When the dust settled and the meeting resumed the council unanimously passed a resolution to cut privilege of the floor to three minutes. Previously there had been an unwritten rule that limited speakers to five minutes.

    The new, official rule allows a speaker to request more time at the mayor’s discretion and prohibits a speaker who is running for office from using privilege of the floor as a political platform for their campaign.

    The council is also recommending that Parks and Recreation reduce its fee for the Bravo Italiano Festival this year. Watertown’s contract with festival organizers calls for a $3,500 charge to use the arena. Those organizers asked for the fee to be dropped to $2,500 this year after the pandemic cancelled the event in 2020.

    Parks and Recreation staff wanted to keep the cost the same, but council reasoned if COVID restricted festival attendance, a one-time fee change would be okay.

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  8. AD1184

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    I saw this article today:

    Covid denier found dead days after video saying illness 'isn't Covid, because that doesn't exist' | Daily Mail Online

    The short biography therein recalled this story about the Canadian attempting to sue his country's government to mind. Sure enough, it is about the same person. He died, after reporting viral symptoms consistent with Covid. Naturally, as a flat-earther, he was also a Covid denier and did not seek any treatment. It doesn't look like he was very old.
     
  9. Jim_from_the_South

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    Seems like he was batting 1000 = but on the wrong side.
     
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    What do you mean by that?
     
  11. Jim_from_the_South

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    No offense. He denied Covid and possibly died of it = strike one
    He believed in flat earth = strike two
    He brought a lawsuit against his govt. - who probably is in on it = strike three, you're out.
    It was an analogy, and I did not mean to offer anything other than my sympathies for someone who obviously believed
    in many things, and was unable to complete his mission to expose them.
     
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    So you think the Canadian government offed him because he attempted to sue it after he was arrested for travelling to the US and back to Canada and then publicly boasting about ignoring quarantine rules, in a case which was immediately dismissed by the court. And because he also believed in a flat earth.

    If you don't believe in Covid, refuse to take any precautions, and refuse the vaccine, then you are at an increased risk of dying with Covid. A new scientific study also indicates that in those of South Asian heritage, as I assume this man was from his Indian surname, there is a substantially greater chance of having a gene which increases the risk of serious illness from the virus. Male sex is also a risk factor for serious illness and I imagine refusing treatment is also a significant risk factor for mortality.

    Scientists solve why some people die from Covid and not others

    I also read in another article that he was 48 years old.
     
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