Skip to comments.Apocalypse is 30 seconds closer, say Doomsday Clock scientists
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.
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What will these goof balls say when it’s a quarter past?
Because we all know that illegal aliens and exporting of jobs are the only thing between us and the end of everything!
Should move the clock backwards. Paying Iran money to develop Missiles and nukes is going to be opposed finally.
Well you can’t argue with SCIENCE!
Heard this ass on the radio, some gobbledegook about acknowledging Global Warming...right up there with terrorism.
Simply a Blithering Idiot.
I highly doubt that the unemployed are really worried. They feel that apocalyptic times have already arrived.
A piece of Leftist propaganda.
Obviously Leftists and not “scientists”. And, wow, these guys believe President Trump can move the world with his words — now that’s power!
Will doomsday come before or after the oceans flood us or we boil to death?
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.
Mexico must really be upset
Wakademics playing wanker games.
That’s all this has ever been and ever will be.
The clock only exists under Reagan or Trump.
Same comment I made on an earlier thread:
Looks to me like its getting closer to noontime. Noon on a bright sunny day.
It should have hit midnight on November 8th. Then a miracle happened. The shadow on the dial went back 10 degrees.
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.
NOOOOOOOOO........ And like a fool, I actually VOTED for President Trump. Forgive me for helping to doom the planet!
A piece of Leftist propaganda.
At what point can we label the "Doomsday Clock" "Fake News"?
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