Public Editor MA, through diligent research and “connecting the dots,” has discovered that The Plague epidemic hitting the prairie dog population in Colorado was in fact contracted in downtown Los Angeles, CA, by some traveling prairie dogs visiting Hollywood.
The plague, transmitted by infected ticks, were picked up from homeless human beings who are doing all of their business on the streets of LA, which has led to an explosion of health and safety concerns. The Plague killed millions of people centuries ago and occasionally is contracted by a few U.S. citizens, as well as mice, rodents, and prairie dogs. The p-dogs’ trip to California was uncovered by subpoenaing Uber records.
Today’s article did offer some good news. The concert by the band Phish will go on as scheduled, despite performing next to the fields where the infected prairie dogs live. “Phish will continue to play so long as everyone remains in quarantine for two weeks,” an organizer said. “This might not have been possible before the state legalized marijuana.”
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