The Trumpacabra Effect
Trump has had a profound affect on, well, everything, and for the most part, not in a positive way. If there is one plus side to Trump's epic parade of failures, his negligence and general idiocy have galvanized a grassroots, people powered opposition. As the Trumpacabra continues to hammer away at things like common sense and basic human dignity, it becomes harder and harder to maintain the adequate level of disgust and anger. He has repeatedly beat his own citizens over the head with his hammer of stupidity until they are numb, and just how much more can we really take?
As one of the biggest hurricanes ever measured bears down on Florida, and as Houston waits for the flood waters of Harvey to recede and reveal the billions of dollars of infrastructure covered in muck, and as the entire Western U.S. smolders in a biblical sea of fire and smoke and record breaking brimstone, something has to give. Everyone is hoping it will be the Donald, but so far no luck. [update: Puerto Rico is still without electricity, and the administration recently removed all mention of human influence in the EPA climate report. Progress!]
Our own editorial staff was directly affected by Trump's, ahem, presidency. Our copy editor L.A. Tenorio, originally from Guam, must live with the ongoing threat of her entire extended family getting nuked by North Korea. Our editor in chief, J.D. Hager, is a teacher and scientist, and considering Cheeto's disdain for both science and education, well, WTF. And lastly, our interweb editor went into hiding, his paranoia and expiring visa ramping up his own fears of deportation back to Germany. A.J. has spent many recent days searching out Nazis to punch. His ultimate goal, he says, is to punch the Trumpacabra in the face directly. This, it seems, is his new mission in life, and to that we say "Go A.J.!"
Update - 4/1/18
The sad conclusion of all this rigamarole is we have decided to take a hiatus from the publication of new stories until we can catch our collective breaths. One editor is in currently being attacked by an MFA program, which has left her too weak to respond to emails or even plug in her microwave for popcorn. A second has returned to Germany, fleeing the Nazi occupation of America. Luckily, the third editor is still safe. He is currently hiding under his desk, trying not to cry. As of this posting, the Nazis have not yet found him.