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Doomsday Clock Moves Forward a Minute: Worrisome or Wacky?

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The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists has been running its symbolic "Doomsday Clock" since 1947, when the development of nuclear weaponry persuaded them to offer the public some kind of warning. They arbitrarily change how many "minutes to midnight" to reflect how close humanity is to dooming itself. The clock has been static since 2010, when it was moved from 5 minutes to 6 minutes -- a symbolic gain for humanity. But this year they pushed it back to 5 minutes.

Their website explains, "The challenges to rid the world of nuclear weapons, harness nuclear power, and meet the nearly inexorable climate disruptions from global warming are complex and interconnected. In the face of such complex problems, it is difficult to see where the capacity lies to address these challenges ... Political processes seem wholly inadequate; the potential for nuclear weapons use in regional conflicts in the Middle East, Northeast Asia, and South Asia are alarming."

The Bulletin originally set the clock to seven minutes before midnight in 1947, and over the years it has fluctuated, at the Bulletin's discretion, between an all-time low of 2 minutes (1953) and a high of 17 minutes (1991). If you want to read the Bulletin's summary of past changes, it's all layed out on their website.


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  • Matilda Walton 2012/01/11 23:33:08
    Wacky
    Matilda Walton
    +6
    THERE IS NO "HUMAN BEING" ALIVE.........CAN REGULATE THE "TIME OF THE END OF

    THIS WICKED SYSTEM OF THINGS"( DOOMSDAY).............BECAUSE GOD THE

    FATHER HAS MADE IT ABSOLUTELY CLEAR IN HIS HOLY WORD THE BIBLE THAT

    "NO MAN KNOWS THE DAY OR THE HOUR OF THE END( DOOMSDAY) NOT EVEN

    THE ANGELS IN HEAVEN"................MATTHEW 24:38

    AND ANYONE WHO SAYS THAT THEY KNOW............IS A "FALSE PROPHET".................

    MATTHEW 24:21-44

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  • Space I... Frank 2012/01/12 20:39:21
    Space Invader
    +1
    Amen; he said sheepishly...
  • Dave In Cali 2012/01/12 16:36:40
    Wacky
    Dave In Cali
    +1
    It's tidal wave of hogwash. The Doomsday clock is the modern day equivalent of soothsayers reading tea leaves and ashes then predicting some kind of catastrophe they already knew was coming. Doofus Maximus.
  • jacktown kid 2012/01/12 16:08:02
    Wacky
    jacktown kid
    And also Crazy as well
  • TD 2012/01/12 15:56:57
    Wacky
    TD
    +1
    if the world didn't end in 2000 then it's not going to end in 2012.

    come on people
  • rach 2012/01/12 15:42:44
    Wacky
    rach
    +1
    How many more times are they going to say the world is going to end. they are crying wolf nobody on GODS green earth knows when the world is going to end. only the lord himself.
  • Becky 2012/01/12 15:38:49
    Wacky
    Becky
    +2
    Scientists should never be drama queens.
  • Xerxes 2012/01/12 15:18:57
    Wacky
    Xerxes
    Their opinion, free country
  • socokid 2012/01/12 14:29:01
    Worrisome
    socokid
    +1
    The explanations on their site are spot on, IMO.

    It has been known for some time the threat of nuclear weapon use has risen dramatically, and is the single largest threat to the relative peacefulness this world has clawed to achieve. Climate change is #2, IMO. The disparities that will arise for those affected most will create great conflict, there is no doubt.

    I would hate for these things to become paramount to all humans only after the fact. This display is just one more way of trying to make more aware.
  • Maynard 2012/01/12 14:27:01
    Worrisome
    Maynard
    NOTE.

    Highest was at the end of the democrat White House in 53 when Ike took over.

    LOWEST was at the end of the 12 year run of REAGAN/BUSH.


    CONSERVATIVES WIN WITH TRUTH AGAIN DEFINED.
  • Angus 2012/01/12 14:14:02
    Wacky
    Angus
    However, another achievement of the Obama Administration................. LOL
  • WILLIAM... Angus 2012/01/12 17:19:38 (edited)
    WILLIAM DAGOSTINO
    +1
    Right now the piece of dog waste who is posing as a leader,LOL, is playing golf. Hey did anyone ever give pause to the possibility that everything is going as planned as far as Obami
    is concerned?
  • Saucy 2012/01/12 11:53:40
    Worrisome
    Saucy
    I`m a worry wart and worry about anything and everything. I do worry about the end of the world and remember the 80s - When The Wind Blows comes to mind.
    Anyway you look at it - when your number`s up it`s up.
  • shinnis 2012/01/12 11:49:05
    Wacky
    shinnis
    +2
    Just some more visual propaganda tactics to keep the sheeple in line. I'm so sick of dumb asses telling me and showing me how to think. Turn off the media please! *bark*
  • coach k 2012/01/12 10:57:42
    Wacky
    coach k
    what the hell does it mean anyway
  • Fef 2012/01/12 08:14:53
    Wacky
    Fef
    +2
    Who runs this clock? Some crazy guys with beards?
    crazy bearded guy
  • Stan Weinstein 2012/01/12 07:56:49
  • Soundstorm 2012/01/12 07:44:33
    Wacky
    Soundstorm
    Nuclear weapons in the hands of states like Pakistan and North Korea have pushed us way past midnight, never mind the hand wringing over global warming. The creators of the Doomsday clock in 1947 could never have forseen the absurdities world civilization in our century would be operating under.
  • Mike 2012/01/12 07:35:37
    Worrisome
    Mike
    Obviously worrisome. This is something that is updated according to how "heated" things in the World get, and with Iran and North Korea developing in a negative fashion it is in our best interest to keep an eye on that "Doomsday Clock" and hope it doesn't get closer to "Midnight".
  • JJ 2012/01/12 07:24:59
    Worrisome
    JJ
    Someday someone will get it right..it's inevitable that we're all going down sooner or later! This silly clock has been ticking since I was young enough to remember...scared the hell out of me then. Every year technology and nuclear arms vs. the unrest of all nations clearly becoming worse with every day that goes by, along with each country fighting for superiority leads me to believe that when the clock strikes midnight; we'll all turn into pumpkins! Heaven help us all!
    pumkin clock
  • Helmholtz 2012/01/12 06:45:19
    Wacky
    Helmholtz
  • Blessed Sheep Gone Wild! 2012/01/12 06:39:48
    Worrisome
    Blessed Sheep Gone Wild!
    lets see, social conservatives yelling in the sky is falling while your trying to enjoy a beautiful day... if they stopped finding fault with everything on their Gods planet maybe we wouldn't be surrounded with such negative things.
  • Billy Williams 2012/01/12 06:30:51
    Worrisome
    Billy Williams
    Now,We Pray...
    doomsday
  • DeArryka 2012/01/12 06:21:01
    Wacky
    DeArryka
    +2
    No man knows the day or the hour
  • colton delaney 2012/01/12 06:03:35
    Wacky
    colton delaney
    During the cold war we at least knew that the Russians didnt want to die anymore than we did. In America we are about life and the pursuit of happiness, In the middle east they are about death and their life is about their death and paradise after they die.
    Some Americans say we have nothing to worry about, but they are counting on the conscience and good will of a people who have or will have a nuclear bomb very shortly, and they have proven that they hate us, and have threatened to use their weapon of mass destruction against us and or our allies. I say its a whole new ballgame and we are fools not to take it seriously.
  • demon Destroyer aka Bash 2012/01/12 05:40:27
    Wacky
    demon Destroyer aka Bash
    +2
    will get worse during daylight savings time or not? daylight savings time
  • A Lionheart 2012/01/12 05:10:29
    Worrisome
    A Lionheart
    There will be a nuclear terrorist attack at some point I think. But it really won't be doomsday.
  • ryan.noh1 2012/01/12 04:24:13
    Worrisome
    ryan.noh1
    What is everyone one about with god? The doomsday clock was just to make a point about Nuclear weaponry and its threat to the world, not the actual end of the world. Nuclear annihilation will not discriminate between the guilty and righteous, it will just destroy.
  • mightymouse49 2012/01/12 03:55:38
    Wacky
    mightymouse49
    +1
    Nonsense.
  • Zombie Saddam 2012/01/12 03:53:40
    Worrisome
    Zombie Saddam
    +1
    Those who have chosen to vote "Wacky" may not appreciate the full ramifications of our own self-destruction and the Doomsday Clock. We have come to the edge before. The Soviets tested an H-Bomb. The Cuban Missile Crises. Now we drift precariously closer back to the edge. Those who choose to forget the Cold War's lessons on our mortality are doomed to end us.
  • Twinky Zombie ... 2012/01/12 11:24:32
    Twinky
    I think those claiming wacky are saying that it's because there is no system to tell just how close -it's opinion, and even an educated guess is still a guess - but people are taking it as reality - that it is now worse than a few weeks ago - coz they say so.
  • Elisa ✦ Knockout™ 2012/01/12 03:51:09
    Wacky
    Elisa ✦ Knockout™
    +1
    So much propaganda i saw videos 2013 2015 and 2017 and 2036 is the end of the world so like blah lol.
  • wtw 2012/01/12 03:25:01
    Wacky
    wtw
    +2
    Means nothing to me!
  • myhouseinthewoods 2012/01/12 03:10:15
    Wacky
    myhouseinthewoods
    +1
    I wouldnt go with wacky or worrisome, I would go with buy a gun, and if you dont get blown up by a nuke, then fight back against any police or military who think you need help getting to a camp for your saftey
  • star 2012/01/12 02:55:47
    Wacky
    star
    Dooms day is coming for the unsaved but not for the saved by Jesus Christ himself. He will decend from Heaven with a shout and receive His Bride The Church. Later he will reign for 1000 years. So no need to fear, nothing except death and taxes.
  • Zombie ... star 2012/01/12 03:54:42
    Zombie Saddam
    God will save everyone or no one. There is no middle ground in my opinion.
  • star Zombie ... 2012/01/12 04:16:54
    star
    Unfortunately God's Word The Bible says differently than you. You are certainly entitled to your opinion. What you say and I say makes no difference to God and how he does things.
  • KR 1010 2012/01/12 02:37:21
    Wacky
    KR 1010
    +1
    This is no different then 2000K [tried] where the computers were supposed to shutdown. In my opinion It is just another ploy for most that freak out around these type of circumstances.

    As they say seeing is believing.
  • Nam Era Vet #1 DNA TLC 2012/01/12 02:27:00
    Wacky
    Nam Era Vet #1 DNA TLC
    +1
    It is good to try to stop nuclear proliferation. It is pointless to worry yourself to death about it. It only hurts you.
  • stevmackey 2012/01/12 02:19:34
    Wacky
    stevmackey
    +1
    We shall not know the hour. If we were all related to Samuel Clemens we might be able to predict our demise. Predicting the end of Earth or the universe is out of our scope of being.
  • ☆GrayBeard☆ ~PWCM~JLA~ 2012/01/12 02:05:45
    Worrisome
    ☆GrayBeard☆ ~PWCM~JLA~
    Good to see so many people think it's wacky, maybe I'll join 'em and stick my head in the sand and pretend everything is all warm and fuzzy.

    I grew up in a different time than you folk, it was called the Cold War because supposedly there were no armed conflicts between superpowers. I served aboard nuclear submarines, part of America's Triad that enforced the doctrine of MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction). There have been numerous times the Clock as gotten to within 1 minute of Midnight. One particular time we came within the time it takes to turn a firing key of the destruction of the Earth and all life on it. Had not the Soviet Premier picked up the red phone and called Reagan, they would've launched their ICBM's over a misunderstanding.

    The Clock is not a prediction. It is an indicator of how unstable, how violent, how out of control the world is; how likely it is that some idiot will use a nuclear weapon. Ahmadamnutjob in Iran gets his hands on a nuke, you can bet your life Israel will cease to exist. We're bound by treaty to respond if they are attacked with nukes. How do you spell Armageddon?

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