"Doomsday Clock" Advances

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Yard Dart, Jan 26, 2017.

  1. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey Moderator

    For the first time in 64 years, atomic scientists reset their symbolic "Doomsday Clock" to its closest time to midnight on Thursday, saying the world was closer to catastrophe due to threats such as nuclear weapons, climate change and Donald Trump's election as U.S. president. The timepiece, devised by the Chicago-based Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and displayed on its website, is widely viewed as an indicator of the world's vulnerability to disaster.

    The "clock's" hands were moved to two minutes and 30 seconds to midnight, from three minutes.

    "The Doomsday Clock is closer to midnight than it's ever been in the lifetime of almost everyone in this room," Lawrence Krauss, the bulletin's chair and a theoretical physicist and cosmologist at Arizona State University, told a news conference in Washington. The last time the "clock" was set this close to midnight was 1953, marking the start of the nuclear arms race between the United States and the Soviet Union. While the clock was unchanged last January, the Clock was changed in 2015 from five to three minutes to midnight, the closest it had been since the arms race of the 1980s.

    In its statement about the Doomsday Clock, the Bulletin’s Science and Security Board noted:

    “Over the course of 2016, the global security landscape darkened as the international community failed to come effectively to grips with humanity’s most pressing existential threats, nuclear weapons and climate change … This already-threatening world situation was the backdrop for a rise in strident nationalism worldwide in 2016, including in a US presidential campaign during which the eventual victor, Donald Trump, made disturbing comments about the use and proliferation of nuclear weapons and expressed disbelief in the overwhelming scientific consensus on climate change …The board’s decision to move the clock less than a full minute — something it has never before done — reflects a simple reality: As this statement is issued, Donald Trump has been the US president only a matter of days …”

    The statement continues:

    Just the same, words matter, and President Trump has had plenty to say over the last year. Both his statements and his actions as President-elect have broken with historical precedent in unsettling ways. He has made ill-considered comments about expanding the US nuclear arsenal. He has shown a troubling propensity to discount or outright reject expert advice related to international security, including the conclusions of intelligence experts. And his nominees to head the Energy Department, and the Environmental Protection Agency dispute the basics of climate science. In short, even though he has just now taken office, the president’s intemperate statements, lack of openness to expert advice, and questionable cabinet nominations have already made a bad international security situation worse.”

    We get it: America's atomic scientists do not like Trump.

    Krauss, a theoretical physicist, said Trump and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin carried a large share of the blame for the heightened threat. According to Reuters, the bulletin cited nuclear volatility, especially as the United States and Russia seek to modernize their atomic arsenals and remain at odds in war-torn countries such as Syria and Ukraine.

    Trump has suggested South Korea and Japan could acquire nuclear weapons to compete with North Korea, which has conducted nuclear tests. Trump has also raised doubts about the future of a multilateral nuclear pact with Iran. Chinese aid to Pakistan in the nuclear weapons field, as well as the expansion of India and Pakistan's nuclear arsenals, were also worrisome, the bulletin said in a statement.

    The climate change outlook was somewhat less dismal, "but only somewhat."

    While nations had taken actions to combat climate change, the bulletin noted, there appeared to be little appetite for additional cuts to carbon dioxide emissions.

    It said the Trump administration nominees raise the possibility the government will be "openly hostile to progress toward even the most modest efforts to avert catastrophic climate disruption."

    The world also faces cyber threats, the bulletin said. U.S. intelligence agencies' conclusion that Russia intervened in the presidential election to help Trump raised the possibility of similar attacks on other democracies, it said.

    The bulletin was founded by scientists who helped develop the United States' first atomic weapons. Its Science and Security Board decides on the clock's hands in consultation with its Board of Sponsors, which includes Nobel laureates.
    "Doomsday Clock" Advances To Two And A Half Minutes To Midnight, Trump Blamed | Zero Hedge
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  2. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    Tick Tok, Tick Tok....
  3. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu RIP 4/19/2018

    Bull Spit!!!

    Oh no!!! Trump got elected! Start digging! :eek:
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2017
  4. Bandit99

    Bandit99 Monkey+++ Site Supporter+

    Bah! Rubbish!
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  5. chimo

    chimo the few, the proud, the jarhead monkey crowd

    Next up: Trump killed Elvis.
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  6. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner Brewery Monkey Moderator

    I've already reset my Liberal Freak Out clock, and it is happening....
  7. SB21

    SB21 Monkey+++

    Prep up..:LOL:
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  8. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    Those guys are from Chicago. Any questions?
  9. bebop

    bebop My Maggie

    from what I've been reading some of the uber rich have been buying land, supplies and GUNS and AMMO of all things heck I've been trying to do that for years. lol
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  10. Gray Wolf

    Gray Wolf Monkey+++

    I for one am really getting tired of the climate change BS they keep trying to ram down our throats.
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  11. Altoidfishfins

    Altoidfishfins Monkey+++ Site Supporter+

    True story @Grey Wolf. If it's true, the climate's been changing on this planet since there's been a climate. It's just another excuse for more government regulation and higher taxes, and the left sees that opportunity slipping away. It's very upsetting to them.
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  12. Tempstar

    Tempstar Old and crochety Site Supporter+

    Close Chimo. As a kid, Trump gave his older friend Lee Harvey Oswald an old rifle he found and dared him to shoot JFK, setting in motion a chain of events that would allow him to be POTUS 53 years later. Oh yeah, almost forgot, Melania is Putin's cousin.
    Besides, everyone knows Elvis ain't dead....
  13. T. Riley

    T. Riley Monkey+++ Site Supporter++

    My how time flies. Does anyone remember it not being almost midnight on this clock? When was it 4:30 or a quarter till 7:00? I don't remember that and I'm 66 years old.
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  14. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    ^^^ This. When I read the article that was what stuck out to me. Chicago is a mess. I have been reading comments on-line and people that live there say it is a safe place, no issue at all. Maybe the media is lying and the death toll is all a fabrication. As for the doomsday clock that is bunk IMO. The doomsday clock seems to ignore our favorite North Korean who monthly threatens to nuke someone and occasionally fires something off. Many of the rockets that he fires off, fail but you have an insane unstable guy with nuclear weapons and the doomsday people seem to ignore him and think Trump is a threat. Sadly after this report, I now believe the doomsday clock is controlled by the liberals.
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  15. 3M-TA3

    3M-TA3 Cold Wet Monkey Site Supporter++

    Strange that the feverish work by the Iranians to joining the nuclear club (mostly to wipe Israel from the face of the Earth) or North Korea's Fat Elvis impersonator testing ICBM's capable of striking the US didn't budge the clock one second, but electing the President the pouty guy on the left didn't like made a YUGE! difference...
  16. arleigh

    arleigh Goophy monkey

    Scientists paid by government bent on agenda 21 and 30, will say what they are told.
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  17. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    Also remember that these Yahoos are at the University Of Chicago, which hasn't been a REAL Atomic Research Establishment, since the early '50s.... These are EggHeads that hang on to their '40s Roots to FAME, when most of the REAL Research is being done at Livermore Labs, Los Almos, and Oak Ridge....
  18. VisuTrac

    VisuTrac Ваша мать носит военные ботинки Site Supporter+++

    You forgot Tehran and Pyongyang.
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  19. oil pan 4

    oil pan 4 Monkey+++

    On the bright side I think the liberals have finely stopped blaming bush for everything.
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  20. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    Oh, G. Dubya's still carrying the can for his shenanigans....just that Donald Trumpery is a new target of opportunity, creating his own stuff that he'll be accountable for.
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