Comparing Conspiracy Theories to Parallel Universes:
Belief that parallel universes exist goes all the way back to the ancient Greeks. As a dedicated science fiction dog, the concept of infinite worlds coexisting has fascinated me since reading about Bizarro World in the Superman comics.
I’m big on conspiracy theories too. I write fiction. The way I look at it all fiction is a type of conspiracy theory. Maybe, just maybe, writers of fiction are hearing voices from alternate worlds and recording them.
Inspiration has to come from somewhere.
The bug was out of the bag:
President Joe Biden double checked the data. It look like his administration was on track to deliver one of his biggest campaign promises: 100 million doses of vaccine in 100 days. Actually, the 100 million was a lowball figure. With enough inventory and the right people in charge, the experts predicted numbers upwards to 130 or 150 million.
One-hundred million in 100 days had a nice ring to it.
Biden saw a reminder pop up on his screen. He had a meeting with Avril Haines, director of national intelligence, in five minutes.
“Good evening, Mr. President,” Haines said as she entered the Oval Office.
“Did you get a chance to meet Cesar, Avril?“
“Yes. My saliva passed the sniff test.”
Biden made it a point to get to know about his staff and their families. And he made a point of asking about them.
When the initial greeting ended Biden got to the point: “What is so pressing that you insisted on calling a private meeting, Avril?”
“We have confirmed reports from reliable sources that Covid 19 originated from a lab in China.”
Biden tapped his pen on the desk. He was thinking about what kind of sanctions should be leveled against the Chinese government and who to round up to get the procedure in gear.
Haines sensed this. “There’s more, Sir.”
“Oh.” Biden wasn’t sure if he wanted to hear what came next but he had no choice.
“A scientist working in one of our secret germ warfare labs was a double agent for the Chinese—”
Biden cut in. “The shit is getting deep. Hold on a minute.” Biden opened a drawer and removed a plastic bottle. He washed down two extra strength Tylenols with water. “Go on, Avril.”
“Apparently, Daniel Chang had some psychological problems. He released the virus in the Wuhan wet market and went back to his apartment and hung himself.”
The moment of truth:
Biden called for his chief aide. “Walter, get me an interpreter who specializes in Mandarin Chinese and set up an emergency conference with Xi Jinping immediately.”
“I’ll get right on it, Sir.” The aide finished tapping in notes then closed the tablet. He left the office.
It only took five minutes to find an interpreter. Biden went with a suggestion from Haines. It took 30 minutes to clear a video conference call with the president of China.
While they waited, Biden ran a Google search on Jinping. He’d never met the man. Politics was definitely a contact sport. Biden felt he’d come off strange, like an internet stalker, if he asked personal questions at this stage of the game.
Biden had no options going into the meeting. He decided to bluff. To see if Jinping would deny the whole thing.
Biden told part of the story: “Our side has conclusive evidence indicating Covid 19 originated in a lab and was released by a mentally disturbed scientist in Wuhan.”
When the interpreters on both sides finished up, Biden saw no trace of emotion on Jinping’s face. He was a cool customer.
As soon as Jinping replied, his interpreter said, “Then you must know that Daniel Chang stole the sample from a US lab and brought it with him when he was called back.”
No one wants to be the bad guy:
Following a back and forth dialogue spanning thousands of miles, the two sides could only agree on one thing: neither wanted to accept responsibility for a global pandemic.
Both sides had good reasons. One thing gnawed at Biden’s insides: if this thing leaked out his administration would lose the nation’s trust. America was in a crisis. The federal government had to step up and toke control of this mess. People were dying, people were sick, people were hungry, people were homeless. Many wanted to reopen businesses or get back to work or just lead a normal life again.
Herd immunity through vaccination was the key to turning this thing around and Biden wasn’t going to blow it.
Another final solution:
One of Jinping’s advisors entered the room and handed the president a piece of paper. Jinping read it twice, nodding as he pored over the document.
Haines, sitting on one side, turned a notepad up. Biden glanced over and saw “TOP SECRET” scrawled across the page.
Finally, Jinping spoke and the American interpreter passed on the message: “We are willing to make a deal but we must do this over an encrypted channel on the dark web.”
Biden muted the audio. He turned to Haines. “What do you think, Avril? Should we do this?”
“I don’t see what other options we have, Sir,” Haines said.
“How do we set up this dark web thing?” Biden threw up a set of air quotes. “Can we do it on my machine here in the office?”
“Actually, we have standalone boxes dedicated to masked browsing in the building.”
The advanced technology was over Biden’s head. The only thing he knew about the dark web was that it was a haven for illegal activities. “Okay, let’s hear what they have to say.”
Ten minutes later, the first encrypted message posted on a web page with an encrypted url came through. It was printed by hand on a legal pad: The Chinese government would not reveal any details about the incident if they were guaranteed not to be sanctioned for sterilizing a large segment of Weigher Muslims held in concentration camps.
At first, the president felt anger welling up inside. Jinping must be insane to think an American President would even give this a second thought.
Rage wore off. Biden had to get this country back on its feet. He knew what he had to do. Americans came first. “Tell Jinping it’s a deal. There is one thing I want to know, how is this going to happen?”
When Biden saw the piece of paper he shook his head. The Chinese were going to place self-replicating nano machines in doses of vaccine. These nano bots were capable of reducing sperm counts in men and inhibiting egg production in women.
It was at that moment Biden decided to tell the American people what he’d done when he announced he would not seek re-election in 2024.