Is Starbucks the USA’s “ground zero” for Ebola? Um, no.

By Siouxsie Wiles 24/11/2014


With the abundance of very serious news stories about the ongoing Ebola outbreak in west Africa, time for a little light relief in the form of “Dr”* James David Manning. “Dr” Manning is pastor of the ATLAH Worldwide Missionary Church in New York. He also presents ‘The Manning Report’ on YouTube which bills itself as “the news behind the headlines”. When it was revealed that New Yorker Dr Craig Spencer, recently returned from treating Ebola patients in Guinea, had visited coffee shops and a bowling alley (all while asymptomatic and hence posing no threat to the public) it seems to have prompted Manning to fall for a hoax about Starbucks using semen to give it’s lattes more flavour. He’s recorded several rants, including one declaring that Starbucks was New York’s “Ground Zero” because of all the “sodomites” frequenting it, and another about the semen flavoured lattes.

Watch those if you must, but more amusing is Adam Reakes parody interview for his Herd Mentality podcast. Enjoy!

*”Dr” Manning has a “PhD” from his own unaccredited ATLAH Theological Seminary.