Doomsday Clock ticks closer to apocalypse and 1 person is to blame


#1

Scientists moved the hands of the Doomsday Clock closer to midnight on Thursday amid increasing worries over nuclear weapons and climate change.

Each year, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, a nonprofit that sets the clock, decides whether the events of the previous year pushed humanity closer or further from destruction. The symbolic clock is now two-and-a-half minutes from midnight, the closest it’s been to midnight since 1953, when the hydrogen bomb was first tested. Scientists blamed a cocktail of threats ranging from dangerous political rhetoric to the potential of nuclear threat as the catalyst for moving the clock closer towards doomsday.

“This year’s Clock deliberations felt more urgent than usual…as trusted sources of information came under attack, fake news was on the rise, and words were used by a President-elect of the United States in cavalier and often reckless ways to address the twin threats of nuclear weapons and climate change,” Rachel Bronson, the executive director and publisher of Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, said in a statement.

While many threats played into the decision to move the clock 30 seconds forward from where it was in 2016, one person in particular prompted the scientists to act.

“Never before has the Bulletin decided to advance the clock largely because of the statements of a single person. But when that person is the new president of the United States, his words matter,” David Titley and Lawrence M. Krauss of the Bulletin wrote in an New York Times op-ed.

The Bulletin pointed to President Donald Trump’s careless rhetoric on nuclear weapons and other issues as well as his troubling stance on climate change.

“Current political situation in the U.S. is of particular concern,” Titley of the Bulletin Science and Security Board said. “The Trump administration needs to state clearly, unequivocally it accepts climate change caused by human activity…There are no alternative facts here.”

usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/01/26/doomsday-clock-end-world-nuclear-weapons-climate-change-donald-trump/97077736/


#2

Ah, so they moved the hands of their notional clock? Hard to imagine anything less meaningful.


#3

Hillary gotta chill.

Honestly though, this is terrifying.


#4

Nah, nothing to see here. :rolleyes:


#5

Someone should sneak in the office and move the hands of the poster board clock to one past midnight as a quantum experiment. :smiley:


#6

Oh no! Not the doomsday clock!!!
Has somebody notified the Risen Lord that He is on a clock?

Isn’t it always"science" that scoffs at outlandish claims of doom and prophesy?


#7

:confused:

It is a symbol.
Nothing more.

The time on it means nothing of note.
Just the perceptions of a small group looking for publicity.


#8

But they’re scientists, which means they’re experts on anything on which they choose to comment…right? Right? Right?:confused:


#9

Of course the actual hands moving mean nothing, but it is a symbol for the fear I currently fear.

E.g., not terrified because the clock is moving, but rather, terrified because the world is on fire, thus prompting the hands being moved.


#10

Are the purple shrouds and ten dollars in quarters supplied by the scientists or must we supply our own?


#11

I get what they’re trying to accomplish, but it’s stunts like this that make people skeptical of scientists and their motives.


#12

:yawn: Yup.


#13

I wonder if they accidentally move the hands on the clock too far, will they inadvertently destroy the earth? :smiley:


#14

Oh noes! :crying:


#15

Are we suppposed to take this seriously?
These guys reminds me of the Global Warming , excuse me, Climate Change people. A whole lot of fear, no evidence, and its America’s fault.


#16

Lol :smiley:


#17

Isn’t this the clock that is permanently set to Liberal Coastal Strip time which measures the fluctuating fears and anxieties of liberals?


#18

It’s a weird time to live in when no one with any training or expertise is listened to anymore.

Even weirder when some of the same thoughts shared by those in charge of the clock echo the comments of leading Church figures and they’re still laughed at.

:shrug:


#19

Grace that is a very important point and a differentiation between people today.

People from my side of the fence see the liberal take over of academia as the point where politically correct insanity was introduced into our society. As a result there has been a huge decline in the public respect for the quality and logic of many of the people you call experts.

This academia take over has flowed on to dominate the politics of the left and the infiltration of the liberal progressives in the judiciary.

If you want to find the answer for division in society today and the decline of everything from civility to education standards it is laid at the feet of the progressive left who took over academia and threw logic and tradition out the window for the manufactured morality of political correctness.

Your clock is more political correctness which people have come to see as based very little on logic and reality and more on emotional politics.


#20

The nations have fallen into the pit that they dug;
they are caught by the feet in the snare they set themselves.
YHWH has given judgment, has made Himself known;
He has trapped the wicked in the work of their own hands.
Psalm 9:15-16

We are all to blame for this appalling situation.


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