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Apocalypse is 30 seconds closer, say Doomsday Clock scientists
BBC News ^ | 26th January 2017 | BBC News

Posted on 01/26/2017 2:33:47 PM PST by Ennis85

Scientists say the world has edged closer to apocalypse in the past year amid a darkening security landscape and comments by Donald Trump. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (BPA) moved the minute hand of the symbolic Doomsday Clock from three minutes to two-and-a-half minutes to midnight. It is the second closest it has been. BPA chief Rachel Bronson urged world leaders to "calm rather than stoke tensions that could lead to war". In a report, the BPA said President Trump's statements on climate change, expanding the US nuclear arsenal and the questioning of intelligence agencies had contributed to the heightened global risk. It is the closest the clock has come to midnight since 1953, when the minute hand was moved to two minutes away following hydrogen bomb tests by the US and Russia.

What is the Doomsday Clock? The minute hand on the Doomsday Clock is a metaphor for how vulnerable to catastrophe the world is deemed to be.

The symbolic device was created by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists in 1947. The BPA was founded at the University of Chicago in 1945 by a group of scientists who helped develop the first atomic weapons. Today, the group includes physicists and environmental scientists from around the world, who decide whether to adjust the clock in consultation with the group's Board of Sponsors - which includes 15 Nobel laureates. Why has it moved half a minute closer to midnight? For the last two years, the minute hand of the Doomsday Clock has stayed set at three minutes before the hour. But the BPA says the danger of global disaster is even greater in 2017, and so has moved the hand forward 30 seconds.

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: agitprop; clock; doomsday; fakenews; junkscience; pseudoscience; scientists; trump
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1 posted on 01/26/2017 2:33:47 PM PST by Ennis85
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To: Ennis85

What will these goof balls say when it’s a quarter past?


2 posted on 01/26/2017 2:35:02 PM PST by enduserindy (I always smile when my competition doubles down on stupid.)
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To: Ennis85

Because we all know that illegal aliens and exporting of jobs are the only thing between us and the end of everything!


3 posted on 01/26/2017 2:36:54 PM PST by Telepathic Intruder (The only thing the Left has learned from the failures of socialism is not to call it that)
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To: Ennis85

Should move the clock backwards. Paying Iran money to develop Missiles and nukes is going to be opposed finally.


4 posted on 01/26/2017 2:37:32 PM PST by Nateman (If liberals are not screaming you are doing it wrong!)
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To: Ennis85

Well you can’t argue with SCIENCE!

SCI-SCI-SCIENCE!!


5 posted on 01/26/2017 2:37:59 PM PST by babble-on
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To: enduserindy

Heard this ass on the radio, some gobbledegook about acknowledging Global Warming...right up there with terrorism.
Simply a Blithering Idiot.


6 posted on 01/26/2017 2:38:21 PM PST by acapesket (all happy now?)
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To: Ennis85

I highly doubt that the unemployed are really worried. They feel that apocalyptic times have already arrived.


7 posted on 01/26/2017 2:38:31 PM PST by 353FMG (AMERICA FIRST.)
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To: Ennis85
What is the Doomsday Clock?

A piece of Leftist propaganda.

8 posted on 01/26/2017 2:39:19 PM PST by Repeal 16-17 (Let me know when the Shooting starts.)
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To: Ennis85

Obviously Leftists and not “scientists”. And, wow, these guys believe President Trump can move the world with his words — now that’s power!


9 posted on 01/26/2017 2:39:26 PM PST by falcon99
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To: Ennis85
Did the clock move forwards or backwards when Obama and Kerry made their deal with Iran???
10 posted on 01/26/2017 2:40:32 PM PST by a fool in paradise (The COM-Left is saddened by the death of the Communist dictator Fidel Castro. No surprise there.)
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To: Ennis85

Will doomsday come before or after the oceans flood us or we boil to death?


11 posted on 01/26/2017 2:40:39 PM PST by Da Coyote
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To: Ennis85
Third MSM outlet today to carry this stupid non-story.

Back when Reagan was president, the MSM would cover every quiver of the minute hand of the "doomsday clock" which moved forward in response to actions by RWR and backward in response to actions by Gorbachev/Andropov.

BTW, here are the other two stories as posted here on FR:

P.S.: Nothing against you Ennis, thanks for posting this.

12 posted on 01/26/2017 2:42:49 PM PST by Steely Tom (Liberals think in propaganda)
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To: Ennis85

Mexico must really be upset


13 posted on 01/26/2017 2:44:56 PM PST by stocksthatgoup (Imagine that)
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To: Ennis85

Wakademics playing wanker games.

That’s all this has ever been and ever will be.


14 posted on 01/26/2017 2:45:15 PM PST by Grimmy (equivocation is but the first step along the road to capitulation)
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To: Ennis85

The clock only exists under Reagan or Trump.


15 posted on 01/26/2017 2:46:37 PM PST by proust (Trump / Pence 2016!)
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To: Ennis85

Same comment I made on an earlier thread:

Looks to me like it’s getting closer to noontime. Noon on a bright sunny day.


16 posted on 01/26/2017 2:46:44 PM PST by NewHampshireDuo
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To: Ennis85

It should have hit midnight on November 8th. Then a miracle happened. The shadow on the dial went back 10 degrees.


17 posted on 01/26/2017 2:46:59 PM PST by Ezekiel (All who mourn(ed!) the destruction of America merit the celebration of her rebirth.)
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To: Ennis85

Putin seem to be proposing things that we want, autonomy for the Kurds. We both want to kill off ISIS.

Funny how I didn’t hear about the Doomsday Clock when Russia was recalling their diplomats home, McCain and Obama seemingly craving a nuclear confrontation.


18 posted on 01/26/2017 2:52:32 PM PST by DoughtyOne (NeverTrump, a movement that was revealed to be a movement. Thank heaven we flushed!)
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To: Ennis85

NOOOOOOOOO........ And like a fool, I actually VOTED for President Trump. Forgive me for helping to doom the planet!


19 posted on 01/26/2017 2:54:06 PM PST by alstewartfan (Old admirals who feel the wind Are never put to sea. Al Stewart from Past Present & Future)
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To: Repeal 16-17
What is the Doomsday Clock?

A piece of Leftist propaganda.

At what point can we label the "Doomsday Clock" "Fake News"?

20 posted on 01/26/2017 2:54:31 PM PST by stayathomemom ( Read Shadow Men, The Progressive Virus, and The Marxist Playbook by Dr. Anthony Napoleon)
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