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Doomsday Clock Set At 5 Minutes To Midnight

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Doomsday Clock Set At 5 Minutes To Midnight
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If you’ve never heard of the Doomsday Clock, you’re not alone. It isn’t a clock that predicts time or doomsday events directly, it is more of a visual metaphor devised by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists to measure and analyze the danger of a “civilization-threatening technological catastrophe.”

Once a year the board meets in an attempt to measure international threats, mostly nuclear and climate change, but they analyze data collected and then decide where on the clock, the minute hand should rest – in relation to midnight, or the number twelve.

The closer the minute hand is to midnight, the closer the world is to doom.

“As always, new technologies hold the promise of doing great good, supplying new sources of clean energy, curing disease, and otherwise enhancing our lives. From experience, however, we also know that new technologies can be used to diminish humanity and destroy societies,” the board wrote. “We can manage our technology, or become victims of it. The choice is ours, and the Clock is ticking.”

Ironically, the Doomsday Clock, invented by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, is a publication that began with some of the researchers who worked on the atomic bomb. Since then the Bulletin’s scientific board, which includes Professor Stephen Hawking and 18 other Nobel laureates, has been changed 18 times.

The wife of one of the original researchers, Martyl Langsdorf, a painter, illustrated the first Bulletin cover, which featured the Doomsday Clock that was set at 11:53 pm in 1947.

Although Langsdorf died in March 2013, her creation lives on. In January 2012, the Bulletin’s board set the minute hand of the clock at 11:55 p.m., one minute closer to midnight than last year. The decision was made based on the current state of nuclear arsenals around the globe as well as accidents such as the Fukushima nuclear meltdown that occurred in 2011 after a major earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Biosecurity is also taken into account, with the creation of an airborne strain of H5N1 flu that worried scientists in 2012.

This year it remains at five minutes to midnight due to complicated relations between the U.S. and Russia, both with massive nuclear weaponry. Also because of the political asylum that Russia offered NSA contractor, Edward Snowden, which prompted President Obama to cancel a summit with Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin. That summit was designed to discuss plans on shrinking nuclear arsenals, according to the Bulletin.

Also, climate change efforts are struggling and stalling, warned the Bulletin. Commitments are wavering with the U.S., European Union and Australia, in committing to renewable energy as well as Japan – who has backed off promises to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The closest the Doomsday Clock has ever come to midnight was in 1953, when the minute hand ticked to 11:58 p.m. after the first test of the hydrogen bomb. It was at its least doomed in 1991, when the Bulletin board set the time at 17 minutes to midnight as the Cold War ended.

Since 1991, however, the clock has been ticking gradually toward doom, as it became clear that total nuclear disarmament would not be happening.

Image via L.A. Marzulli’s Blog

Doomsday Clock Set At 5 Minutes To Midnight
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  • JT

    Honestly, the clock should be at 30 seconds. America is in denial about 9/11. The evidence is utterly overwhelming that it was an inside job and this being the case, means that a group within our own government staged a coup and won. I don’t care if you call me a conspiracy theorist because anyone with an IQ over 50 can see the utter lies put forth by the government. If you doubt me, I challenge you to watch three movies on YouTube. If just 10% of what the things in these videos are true, then we have major problems in this country. Those videos are:

    1) Loose Change 9/11
    2) Dr Judy Wood : Evidence of breakthrough energy technology on 9/11
    3) 9/11 Pentagon Attack – Behind the Smoke Curtain – Barbara Honegger
    4) Simon Shack: September Clues (2007)

    How safe are you when the very government you look to for leadership is literally lying to your face. Watch the movies. If you still believe the official story after that, well then God bless you. America is better than this. There are still many good people in this nation. We were hope for the world at one point in history. We can be hope again. We must clean our own house and clean it well. Being American doesn’t mean we are perfect. Being American means we are courageous enough to admit our faults and then do something about those faults.

  • @JT

    If people don’t think that a new world order was established after 9/11, apparently they haven’t been paying attention to how much the western world has transformed into a police state. I used to never believe in conspiracy theories — except for the Kennedy assassination — but since 9/11 and the blatant craziness of the official story; I am convinced that we were completely lied to on that day. 9/11 was the straw that broke the camels back for me. If mainstream media would show the information that the various legitimate truth organizations (pilots, firefighters, architects, scholars) have on the nightly news, I am convinced most of America would riot because of the sheer nonsense of the official story of 9/11. Anyone with an IQ over 50 knows the official story is bogus. You cannot sit through the highly professional presentations from these people and not be impressed with their level of analysis. These people are not crack pots. Not even close. Doubt what I say? Pull up the presentations of these organizations and start watching.

  • Media Lies

    The media lies all the time. Here is a clip of Nancy Grace blatantly lying on camera for CNN. Both reporters were acting like they were in different locations but you literally see the same cars drive past each of them. It is crazy. On 9/11, all we really saw were two planes hit a building — then 3 buildings fell. At the Pentagon, we never even saw a plane. At Shanksville, we never saw a plane. Honestly, the rest we were TOLD. What we were TOLD was ludicrous. A paper passport fell out of hijackers pocket, survived the plane’s fireball, fell to the earth, and then was found by a police officer. But the planes titanium black boxes — all four of them — were lost to crash. Please people — you would have to be a moron to believe that bullshit. Here is the Grace video.

    youtube.com/watch?v=vhWwQjhsiCo

  • Debris

    The twin towers were 110 STORIES tall. There should have been much much more debris. The 46 internal columns were massive. I used to think it was explosives in the building, but after watching the video from Judy Wood listed above. I am thinking it really was an energy weapon. People who never saw the towers have no understanding of how massive they were. There should have been much more debris. Then you see the steel girders flying away from the building as if they are blasted. Watch her presentation. She isn’t a nut. It is really well done.

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