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Mr. Sniffles

27 September 2016


There is a Twitter storm going on about sniffles. Apparently, Donald Trump distracted a lot of viewers in yesterday’s first presidential debate due to his continued sniffling. The Guardian claimed that Trump was “apparently suffering from an itchy or stuffed-up nose”. Considering that Trump usually surrounds himself with conspiracy theories, the explanation for his lacking health might be very different.

After the debate Trump claimed that his microphone was defective: “And they also had, gave me a defective mic. Did you notice that? My mic was defective within the room. No, but I wonder, was that on purpose? Was that on purpose? But I had a mic that wasn’t worked properly, with, working properly within the room.” A lousy explanation for his sniffles but another interesting conspiracy theory.

A much more interesting explanation for continued sniffling is this one: “4. Note any sinus changes. Unusual or excessive sniffles or frequent nosebleeds could mean that an individual is snorting drugs. Cocaine, heroin, meth, ecstasy (when crushed), and many other drugs can be snorted up the nose. By snorting drugs, they enter the bloodstream through sensitive nasal membranes, which respond by producing excess protective mucous and sometimes bleed.” (WikiHow)

WebMD mentions the following feelings caused by the use of cocaine: “an increasing sense of energy and alertness, an extremely elevated mood, a feeling of supremacy, irritability, paranoia, restlessness, anxiety, high levels of energy and activity, and lastly an excited, exuberant speech”. This information gave me a weird déjà vu feeling. 

Like many other people, I have changed my mind on Donald Trump – several times in fact. Initially, I defended him, mainly for his wise Main Street vs Wall Street comments. Subsequently, his erratic and insulting behaviour made me think he is just the fool on the hill (blog). Then I saw him as a false prophet. Lately, I have regarded him as an extreme believer on at least 5 out of the 7 Belief systems, and especially on White Supremacy.

Donald Trump’s attacks on other people typically reveal more about himself than others. That phenomenon is called reverse psychology. Some typical examples are him calling Hillary Clinton a pathological liar while his own pants are on fire, and comparing the sacrifices of Khizr Khan and “himself”. His attacks and conspiracy theories on Clinton’s health (“something’s going on“) have always surprised me. Now I wonder whether these attacks on Clinton’s “mental and physical stamina” are just another example of Trump using reverse psychology to describe himself.

The idea that Trump could be some kind of Tony Montana (IMDb, Wiki) is frightening. Still, I am not alone. Stephen Colbert‘s Late Show noticed the same (video > 3.5 minutes). There is also an internet quiz: Who Said It: Donald Trump, or Tony Montana From “Scarface”? My score was just 66%. Apparently, I have some difficulty in separating their statements. Why would that be??

J. J. Cale – Cocaine (1976) – artist, lyrics, video, Wiki-1, Wiki-2

If you want to hang out, you’ve got to take her out, cocaine

If you want to get down, get down on the ground, cocaine

She don’t lie, she don’t lie, she don’t lie, cocaine

If you got bad news, you want to kick them blues, cocaine

When your day is done and you got to run, cocaine

She don’t lie, she don’t lie, she don’t lie, cocaine

If your thing is gone and you want to ride on, cocaine

Don’t forget this fact, you can’t get it back, cocaine

She don’t lie, she don’t lie, she don’t lie, cocaine

Dillinger – Cocaine in my brain (1977) – artist, lyrics, video, Wiki

Hey Jim! Jim!

Where is Jim, man?

Jim, I want you to tell you somethin’

I want you to spell for me, New York, Jim

Come on Jim, how you spell New York?

A knife, a fork, a bottle and a cork

That’s the way we spell New York, right on

Out of sight man, right on, uh

Right on, yeah, right on

Man oh man I’m on the run

I’ve got to meet the setting sun

‘Cause I’ve got cocaine

A whole lot, a whole lot of cocaine man

Running around my brain

Running around my brain

Cocaine, cocaine, running around my brain, yeah


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