by William Skink
It’s been difficult to keep the sense of impending doom from consuming me. I’m currently working on my 3rd docu-video, and this one is about burnout, which seems more than appropriate considering most people are absolutely burned out on the political charade that will culminate tomorrow.
I haven’t worked on my fictional story in awhile because I’ve gotten stuck and wanted to wait until after the election to get back to the story. I’m glad I did take a break because I think I may try to incorporate the craziest conspiracy theory I’ve come across yet related to the election.
The conspiratorial yarn stems from an actual bizarre historical fact that itself has me reeling with possibility. Apparently some of the information the FBI has been declassifying recently included a fascinating connection between Nikola Tesla and John Trump, Donald Trump’s Uncle:
As unpredictable as the current U.S. Presidential elections have been, a striking historical sidenote lies in their connection to the famous Serbian inventor Nikola Tesla.
A few days after Tesla died on January 8th, 1943, his possessions were seized by officials from the amazingly-named government Office of Alien Property. About 3 weeks after that, all of Tesla’s things and documents were given a thorough examination by a group of FBI agents that included none other than John G. Trump, the uncle of the current Republican candidate for U.S. President Donald J. Trump.
Trump’s uncle was, by all accounts, a very accomplished and intelligent man, an M.I.T. Professor of Engineering, who helped design X-ray machines for cancer patients and did radar research work for the army during World War 2.
For more on Trump’s Uncle, here is a piece from the New Yorker. Here is an excerpt about the Tesla connection:
Trump was involved in radar research for the Allies in the Second World War, and in 1943 the F.B.I. had enough faith in his technical ability and his discretion to call him in when Nikola Tesla died in his room at the New Yorker Hotel, in Manhattan, raising the question of whether enemy agents might have had a chance to learn some of his secrets before the body was found. (One fear was that Tesla was working on a “death ray.”) As Margaret Cheney and Robert Uth recount in “Tesla, Master of Lightning,” Professor Trump examined Tesla’s papers and equipment, and, in a written report, told the F.B.I. not to worry: Tesla’s “thoughts and efforts during at least the past 15 years were primarily of a speculative, philosophical, and somewhat promotional character,” but “did not include new, sound, workable principles or methods for realizing such results.”
So this actually happened, according to reputable sources. If you want to go down the rabbit hole of speculation, this comment thread from Rigorous Intuition explores the wacky theory that Uncle Trump was lying about what he discovered Tesla was working on–a time machine–and that Donald Trump has been time-traveling to try and change the human race from turning the planet into a nuclear wasteland.
Bolstering this strange fiction intruding on our strange reality is the movie Back to the Future II, where the alternative timeline created by irresponsible time-traveling produced a dystopia where an eerily Trumpesque Biff rules due to the information he obtained from the sports almanac. Oh yeah, and the Chicago Cubs won the world series in the movie, just one year off from the “real” Cubs winning the World Series this year.
Anyways, today is the last day before the election. Will Al-Qaeda attack domestic targets? Will armed militias invade urban ghettoes? Will the stock market collapse and martial law be imposed?
Who knows, but I think it’s safe to say we are in for one hell of a bumpy ride.