The Adjusted Normal, 45. Quack, Quack.

Is anybody at the wheel? Is it just spinning wildly as the bus plies the road, leaving the marks of rubber on the road as its driver swerves under the effects of only God knows what? The latest headline makes one think the bus is about to plow into a stone wall.

"Trump's new Covid-19 doctor believes in alien DNA." As I was perusing Facebook yesterday evening, my eyes were arrested by that link. I thought that surely it was something from The Onion, or some other satirical outlet (really, with the way things are going, the normal news sounds satirical enough). I saw that it was from The Daily Beast, not exactly Pulitzer journalism, but I decided to look it up. Sure enough, different news outlets of different stripes carried news of a Stella Immanuel, who pushes hydroxychloroquine. She also pushes demons, alien DNA, the Illuminati, and claims of vaccines to stop people from believing in religion. 

Seeing what Trump is like, one can understand how he can fall for something like this. It's kind of like the UV light inside the body, and the bleach that can disinfect our insides. If he's heard it somewhere, by someone who sounds like they know how to string two sentences together, he believes it. The problem is that this is beyond Trump's little mind to come up with. This was concocted by a conservative group called the Save Our Country Coalition, and broadcast by Breitbart. This news outlet broadcast a video, in which a group that call themselves America's Frontline Doctors (wow, how snazzy and urgent it sounds), stood dressed in white lab coats on Capitol Hill, and gave a "news" conference. Anything to keep the attention of the followers.

These people (some are doctors, or at least have a medical degree, but most are not), criticized lockdowns and public health officials (the good ones), called for school to begin on time, said masks were not necessary, and declared that Trump's favorite medicine, hydroxycholoroquine, is the cure for Covid-19. The star speaker was Stella Immanuel, who claimed she had cured over three hundred Covid-19 patients using hydroxychloroquine, zithromax, and zinc. She also said that face masks and social distancing were not necessary.

This lady is apparently a pediatrician in Texas, and has her clinic in a strip mall. A few doors down is the church where she preaches, because she is also a minister. That might explain why she claims that a bunch of illnesses are caused by demon wives and demon husbands. She also claims that alien DNA has been used in medical treatments. Was she at Roswell to know? Oh, and there are alien reptilians in the government. Yup, I agree. One is sitting right in the Oval office. She also complains that vaccines are being designed to make people apostasize their religion. I only wish that were true. Maybe superstition would go away, too. 

Never, in my wildest daydreams of what the world would be like when I reached my current age, did I ever consider that this present madness would come about. If someone had told me when I was eighteen, that in 2020 one of the most powerful nations in the world, would have at its wheel a man who believes in quack doctors, peddles quack medicine, and talks like a three year old, I would have said they'd been reading too much Donald Westlake. Not even Stephen King or Ray Bradbury come near the bungling, disturbing (and disturbed) shyster sitting in that office in the big White House. And these two have written about some very disturbing characters and situations.

Life continues. If the nuclear codes are kept safe.



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