Given that none of us have ever lived through a global coronavirus pandemic before, it is understandable that the national stress level may be a little bit elevated this week. The President and his team of medical experts have been blunt with us in recent days, trying to prepare us for some ugly scenes from the front lines.
This battle with coronavirus will continue for days, maybe weeks, and the peak of the horror is set to arrive just days after Easter, as if the spiritual resurrection of our broken people was meant to line up.
And let’s not forget about the 40 days and 40 nights that many of us will spend at home, isolated, that just happens to fall on lent.
You see, it’s easy to find hidden meanings during these times of great stress, but we need to be careful that we’re pulling this symbolism from valid sources, and not from the dirty, dark corners of the internet…especially as conspiracy theories continues to fester just below the cultural surface.
A man in California has fallen off the deep end and into the conspiratorial riptide this week, and it pushed him to do the unthinkable.
Investigators arrested a California train engineer Tuesday after he allegedly derailed a train in a bid to crash into the USNS Mercy, the hospital ship treating non-COVID-19 patients at the Port of Los Angeles to lessen the burden on area hospitals, prosecutors said.
Around 1 p.m. Tuesday, Moreno allegedly ran the train at full speed off the end of the tracks near the Navy medical boat, smashing through several concrete and chain barriers, before sliding through a parking lot nearly 250 yards from the Mercy, according to the criminal complaint.
No one was injured, including Moreno, whose motive was nearly unbelievable.
A California Highway Patrol officer caught Moreno as he allegedly tried to escape from the scene, according to the complaint. Moreno allegedly told officers and FBI investigators that he deliberately derailed the train because he was suspicious of the Mercy’s intentions and thought it was actually part of a government takeover, the complaint said.
“Moreno stated that he acted alone and had not pre-planned the attempted attack,” according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Central District of California. “While admitting to intentionally derailing and crashing the train, he said he knew it would bring media attention and ‘people could see for themselves,’ referring to the Mercy.”
The accused also told authorities that he was hoping to “wake people up” by drawing attention to the site.
Stir crazy just doesn’t begin to describe it.
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