Dear Reader, let me take you back to the halcyon days of Jan. 20, 2017

In those brief days between Donald slouching into office and his first major 140-character attempts at governance, most of us were aware that we’d accidently elected a Stephen King character to office, but we didn’t know exactly how terrified we should be, on a scale of “Cujo” to “Randall Flagg.” Then, a week into his tragicomic farce, he issued the now-infamous travel ban. That set the tone for the next four years, and elevated the threat level of this man from “creepy loner who lives down the block” to “Why is that man following me through town?” It was definitely a defiant move against morality, legality, decency, and logic (it’s damning and telling that he didn’t issue a ban against Saudi nationals)(not that I’d support that, but it would at least issue some sort of standards to the nightmarish corruption and brutality he eagerly ushered in). …


Patrick Koske-McBride

Science journalist, cancer survivor, biomedical consultant, the “Wednesday Addams of travel writers.”

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