A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 124, Friday
May 4th, 2017
Chapter Five: Impending Doom
There were documentaries about the volcano, television shows detailing what was known about its history, its cycles, its potential for global destruction, and the relative certainty of impending doom.
The most prominent scientific journals published articles about it, and those stories made their way into popular publications as well.
There was a lot of information available about the volcano. Nevertheless, few people were aware of the danger.
Those who knew about it, were forced by the rules of statistics to tell themselves “it could happen today, or it could happen in ten thousand years.” This was a true assessment, it represented sound reasoning, they were measuring unknown capacities against geological time. Making it impossible to gauge where an event might happen that took place in a seven hundred thousand year cycle.
In the second decade after its discovery, when the reality of the danger that the volcano represented finally made its way into the National Security threat assessment. The information flow coming from the scientific observatories began to change.
Public access to raw data was cut off. Everything about the volcano was filtered, and cast in terms of potentials and probabilities, even matters that were well known, established, and certain.
Misinformation leaked into the public sphere every day as the explosion neared. The government decided that there was nothing it could do about the monster beneath Yellowstone Park, therefore they would do nothing, and they decided to work against a state of public panic. They would deal with the aftermath, when the volcano erupted. They would position their forces to take advantage of the catastrophe on a global scale.
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