March 9, 2020
#2278: Scientific Briefing
[Megan and Cueball are showing a graph on a projected screen. The graph is labeled “Things”, with “Time” advancing to the right on the x-axis. The level of “Things” has been rising over time to a point labeled “Now”. The current level of “Things” is above a level labeled “Good”, and about as far below a level labeled “Bad”. Megan is pointing to the line of “Things” with a pointer stick, while Cueball is pointing up to the “Bad” level with a pointer stick.]
Megan: Here’s the situation:
Megan: This line is here.
Cueball: But it’s going up toward here.
[White Hat enters the scene. His hand is on his chin. Cueball is no longer holding a pointer stick.]
White Hat: So things will be bad?
Megan: Unless someone does something to stop it.
White Hat: Will anyone do that?
Megan: …We don’t know.
Megan: That’s why we’re showing you this.
[A narrow panel focusing only on Megan and Cueball.]
White Hat (off-panel, left): So you don’t know,
White Hat: And the graph says things are not bad.
Cueball: But if no one acts, they’ll become bad.
[White Hat is back inside the frame. He is gesturing to Megan and Cueball with his palm up.]
White Hat: Well, please let me know if that happens!
Megan: Based on this conversation, it already has.