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The Doomsday Clock is stuck at two minutes to midnight – If you have anything left on your bucket list, do it now, because the world is close to annihilation

If you have anything left on your bucket list, do it now, because the world is close to annihilation. That’s according to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

Check the current Doomsday Clock here.

I can’t believe I see this as ‘Good News’, but with the Orange Moron still somehow in power in the US, we can only be thankful that the clock has not moved CLOSER to midnight.

As one who ‘came through’ the Cold War and has been to various nuclear bunkers that were active during their lifetime, it’s one of the saddest things to see that this clock spent most of that period so far from midnight, yet has now moved so close.

Perhaps there is some truth or wisdom from those who said the Cold War was actually a ‘Good Thing’, as it kept minds focussed on a common cause (to somehow end it), and that its demise was not, in fact, the great thing many hailed it as.

Little point in me wasting time rewriting this, a quote is all that is needed…

The “new abnormal” the world is facing from risks like nuclear war and climate change has led the symbolic Doomsday Clock to be frozen at the closest it has ever been to midnight.

The clock, created by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (BAS) in 1947, intends to warn of impending disasters.

Its 2019 setting was announced on Thursday – staying in the same perilous position it was set at last year.

The BAS has warned we are “normalising a very dangerous world”.

It marks only the third year the clock has been so close to midnight – first reaching the position in 1953 after the US and the Soviet Union tested highly destructive hydrogen bombs.

Why has it stayed the same?

In Thursday’s announcement in Washington, representatives from the Bulletin said the clock’s maintained position was “bad news indeed”.

Doomsday Clock frozen at two minutes to apocalypse

2019 Doomsday Clock

2019 Doomsday Clock

Comments on the ‘time’…

“Though unchanged from 2018, this setting should be taken not as a sign of stability but as a stark warning to leaders and citizens around the world,” BAS President and CEO, Rachel Bronson, said.

“This new abnormal is simply too volatile and too dangerous to accept,” Ms Bronson warned at the unveiling.

Former California governor Jerry Brown, who serves as BAS executive chair, also cautioned: “We’re playing Russian roulette with humanity.”

The group cites nuclear weapons and climate change as the two major ongoing threats to mankind – and warned their risks were being “exacerbated” by the “increased use of information warfare to undermine democracy around the world”.

Herb Lin, a senior research scholar for cyber policy and security from Stanford University, spoke about the particular risks from “fake news” at Thursday’s announcement.

“It’s a terrible world in which rage and fantasy replace truth,” he cautioned.

I think of my own observation, where those who spread the worst ‘rage and fantasy’ do so under the guise of ‘Free Speech’, which they claim as a ‘right’, and avoid all references to ‘responsibility’, as that aspect does not suit them.

See the disgusting Alex Jones and his toxic Infowars project to get an idea of what I have in mind.

Can’t wait for next year’s number – if we’re still here.

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24/01/2019 Posted by | Civilian, Cold War, military | | Leave a comment

   

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