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‘Doomsday Clock’ moved one minute closer to ‘midnight’
Chicago Sun-Times ^ | January 10, 2012 | Doyle Rice

Posted on 01/10/2012 1:55:41 PM PST by Graybeard58

Citing ongoing threats from nuclear proliferation, climate change and the need to find sustainable and safe sources of energy, scientists moved the symbolic “Doomsday Clock” one minute closer to midnight on Tuesday.

The clock was moved from six minutes till midnight to five minutes to midnight.

The clock is symbolic and has been maintained by the University of Chicago-based Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists since 1947. The closer to a setting of midnight it gets, the closer it is estimated that a global disaster will occur.

“It is five minutes to midnight,” the scientists said Tuesday. “Two years ago, it appeared that world leaders might address the truly global threats that we face. In many cases, that trend has not continued or been reversed.”

“There are still 20,000 nuclear weapons in the world — enough to kill all of humanity many times over,” Robert Socolow of Princeton University said at a news conference in Washington D.C..

The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists was founded in 1945 by University of Chicago scientists who had helped develop the first atomic weapons in the Manhattan Project. The scientists created the Doomsday Clock in 1947 using the imagery of apocalypse (midnight) and the contemporary idiom of nuclear explosion (countdown to zero), to convey threats to humanity and the Earth.

The bulletin has grown into an organization focused more generally on manmade threats to human civilization.

The Doomsday Clock had most recently been moved back from five to six minutes to midnight in 2010, in a response to the worldwide reduction of nuclear weapons and attempts to limit climate change.

The clock came closest to midnight — just two minutes away — in 1953, after the successful test of a hydrogen bomb by the United States. It has been as far away as 17 minutes, set there in 1991 following the demise of the Soviet Union.


TOPICS: Extended News; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: atomic; clock; doomsday
We're all gonna die!
1 posted on 01/10/2012 1:55:43 PM PST by Graybeard58
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To: Graybeard58
Hallelujah!

Let's get it over with already.

2 posted on 01/10/2012 1:58:02 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Graybeard58

The Amish and the Myans.


3 posted on 01/10/2012 2:01:19 PM PST by boomop1 (term limits is the only way to save this country.)
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To: Graybeard58

every time Obama gets re-elected, the clock runs backwards for 4 years.

it’s all good.


4 posted on 01/10/2012 2:01:18 PM PST by WOBBLY BOB (Congress: Looting the future to bribe the present.)
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To: Graybeard58

Eventually, yes. :)


5 posted on 01/10/2012 2:02:30 PM PST by EURASLEEP (Europe is Crashing and They're Asleep at the Wheel)
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To: Graybeard58

Five minutes to midnight is half past freckle, for all I see it.


6 posted on 01/10/2012 2:03:21 PM PST by freedomson (Tagline comment removed by moderator)
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To: Graybeard58

“the successful test of a hydrogen bomb by the United States”
USA! USA! USA!


7 posted on 01/10/2012 2:05:48 PM PST by tumblindice (Rew Scromney)
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To: Graybeard58

Sounds to me that they moved it up because of no new agreements on limiting “greenhouse gases” and that other crap from that convention last year. Has little (if anything) to do with nukes.


8 posted on 01/10/2012 2:12:05 PM PST by 21twelve
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To: Graybeard58

2 Minutes To Midnight by Iron Maiden....


9 posted on 01/10/2012 2:12:57 PM PST by sappy (criminaldems)
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To: Graybeard58

So basically all of those really smart fellers at the University of Chicago have proven for over 60 years that they really don’t know caca.


10 posted on 01/10/2012 2:18:04 PM PST by Cyman
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To: Graybeard58

lol...I guarantee you that some of the biggest idiots on the planet were involved in this decision.

Fool + Education = Idiot.


11 posted on 01/10/2012 2:20:09 PM PST by Psycho_Bunny
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To: Cyman

This is one stopped clock that is never right...


12 posted on 01/10/2012 2:21:17 PM PST by ejonesie22 (8/30/10, the day Truth won.)
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To: BenLurkin

“Let’s get it over with already.”

Amen! Let me pour a drink, position my lounge chair in line with the Naval Base located less than two miles away.

Give me just five minutes, then hit the plunger.

“Captain, turn your key!!”

“Let’s get it over with already.” - Post of the Decade.


13 posted on 01/10/2012 2:25:25 PM PST by RinaseaofDs (Does beheading qualify as 'breaking my back', in the Jeffersonian sense of the expression?)
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To: Graybeard58

When I saw that the “Doomsday Clock” included Glo-bull Warming as part of its calculation, I took it even less seriously.

Everyone knows that Baraq al-Husayn bin Obama has made this a much more dangerous world, however. I don’t need some liberal ‘clock’ to tell me that.


14 posted on 01/10/2012 2:28:29 PM PST by Colonel_Flagg (Why, yes. I AM in a bad mood.)
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To: sappy
2 Minutes To Midnight by Iron Maiden....

GMTA - I had the same thought when I read the headline. Up the Irons!!

15 posted on 01/10/2012 2:30:04 PM PST by bassmaner (Hey commies: I am a white male, and I am guilty of NOTHING! Sell your 'white guilt' elsewhere.)
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To: Graybeard58

I see even these hacks are on the climate change bandwagon. With that, they lose all credibility.


16 posted on 01/10/2012 2:48:16 PM PST by headstamp 2 (Time to move forward not to the center.)
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To: Graybeard58

How about considering the current Islamization of the Middle East under the Kenyan’s watchful eye instead of the bogus “climate change” meme.


17 posted on 01/10/2012 2:51:31 PM PST by headstamp 2 (Time to move forward not to the center.)
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To: headstamp 2; Colonel_Flagg
Seems to me the Doomsday Clock SHOULD consider glowbull warming in their calculation. It's perfectly Reasonable!!

Now, with the latest news, the clock should be moved BACK 5 hours (one hour per each ice age avoided)...

Next Ice Age delayed by rising CO2 levels

Keep up the big carbon footprints... avoiding your doom DEPENDS on it!

18 posted on 01/10/2012 3:09:29 PM PST by C210N (Dems: "We must tax you so that we can buy your votes")
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To: Graybeard58

19 posted on 01/10/2012 3:10:29 PM PST by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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To: 21twelve
Sounds to me that they moved it up because of no new agreements on limiting “greenhouse gases” and that other crap from that convention last year. Has little (if anything) to do with nukes.

Agreed - another example of an organization that has jumped the shark. If they wanted to be honest about real threats, Iran and North Korea come to mind, but that wouldn't be politically correct...

20 posted on 01/10/2012 3:24:58 PM PST by !1776!
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To: Graybeard58
The rapture of the Bride of Christ will be met with the end of the USA and the start of the NWO.
21 posted on 01/10/2012 3:31:03 PM PST by marbren (I do not know but, Thank God, God knows)
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To: Graybeard58

They added climate change to the reasons for moving the clock ahead to doomsday? Give me a break.


22 posted on 01/10/2012 3:51:54 PM PST by Smogger
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To: Graybeard58

“Citing ongoing threats from nuclear proliferation, climate change...”

Threats from weather and temperature?

All we need to know about this crap is that it’s a leftist train of neo-fascist university sausage bologna.

Hey, Sam. Crank the universal bullshit situation handle, and let’s what we get.

Fred, it’s still bullshit.


23 posted on 01/10/2012 4:32:02 PM PST by sergeantdave
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To: Graybeard58
"My fellow Americans, I'm pleased to tell you today that I've signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes."

- Ronald Reagan (best presidential quote ever.)

"I would only agree that a symbolic clock is as nourishing to the intellect as a photograph of oxygen to a drowning man."

- Doctor Manhattan

24 posted on 01/10/2012 5:30:07 PM PST by Batrachian
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25 posted on 01/10/2012 5:33:09 PM PST by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: Graybeard58
Skeevey assholes, They now include " climate change" with nuclear war. What bullshitters they have become.
26 posted on 01/10/2012 8:04:50 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: bassmaner

My favorite Maiden song.


27 posted on 01/10/2012 8:07:54 PM PST by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Graybeard58
It is my understanding that

(a) the clock represents the number of year (expressed as minutes) until we are all blown up, drowned, nibbled to death by rabid herds of okapi, etc;

(b) it has been in use for at least thirty years; and

(c) it has never read more than 15 “minutes” to midnight, or less than two.

I conclude, therefore, that it has never and will never show the “correct” time, and is an entirely useless instrument. Like water-powered bagpipes or a pocket ruler marked off in parsecs.

28 posted on 01/10/2012 8:30:46 PM PST by ExGeeEye (It will take a revolution to reinstate the constitution. #HT FtP#)
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To: Graybeard58

I just don’t know how much more of this my heart can take. There is something to be said for the “don’t worry be happy” attitude.


29 posted on 01/10/2012 8:38:37 PM PST by TBall
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To: TBall

Hakuna Matata.


30 posted on 01/10/2012 8:40:30 PM PST by ExGeeEye (It will take a revolution to reinstate the constitution. #HT FtP#)
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To: tumblindice

Look at the positive side of things. The hydrogen bomb tests brought us the bikini!!! ;-)


31 posted on 01/10/2012 8:44:28 PM PST by Stonewall Jackson ("I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.")
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To: ExGeeEye

Hakuna Matata, I like that.


32 posted on 01/10/2012 8:49:26 PM PST by TBall
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To: Graybeard58

I’m a Midnight Rambler!


33 posted on 01/10/2012 8:53:09 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Graybeard58

If they are worried about “climate change”, they are running at least ten minutes fast...


34 posted on 01/10/2012 10:00:38 PM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: RinaseaofDs
“Let’s get it over with already.”

Yeah. I still have a ringside seat for WWIII...

35 posted on 01/10/2012 10:02:52 PM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: Stonewall Jackson
The hydrogen bomb tests brought us the bikini!!! ;-)

No. Not atoll. It blew it away! (8^D)

36 posted on 01/10/2012 10:06:12 PM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: Graybeard58
The Doomsday Clock needs to get a life.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frAEmhqdLFs

37 posted on 01/10/2012 10:07:30 PM PST by cynwoody
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To: Graybeard58
The WaPo version of this story includes the following tidbit:

BAS said not all news was bad over the past year. The group’s members say they were heartened by the Arab Spring, the Occupy movements and political protest in Russia.

Those developments, said Benedict, “indicated that people are waking up, and want to have a say in their future.”

So, according to these morons' reasoning, the spread of Islamofascism and the rise of clueless anarchy are hopeful signs.

Tells you everything that you need to know about these imbeciles and the mediots pay them any mind.

38 posted on 01/11/2012 9:28:44 AM PST by Yankee (ANNOY THE RNC AND THE MEDIA: NOMINATE NEWT GINGRICH!)
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