Good news on the Doomsday Clock!

b713c33d3e07f7260a3986ed8017927cIt’s still 3 minutes to midnight, just like last year, according to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

Here’s more on the Doomsday Clock.


3 responses to “Good news on the Doomsday Clock!

  1. I’m surprised some flat earth types don’t predict the end when we set our clocks ahead for daylight saving.

  2. Andrew Bacevich via The American Empire Project on issues that are either “out of bounds or just plain ignored” during the current political campaigns:

    In an initiative that has attracted remarkably little public attention, the Obama administration has announced plans to modernize and upgrade the U.S. nuclear arsenal. Estimated costs of this program reach as high as $1 trillion over the next three decades. Once finished — probably just in time for the 100th anniversary of Hiroshima — the United States will possess more flexible, precise, survivable, and therefore usable nuclear capabilities than anything hitherto imagined. In effect, the country will have acquired a first-strike capability — even as U.S. officials continue to affirm their earnest hope of removing the scourge of nuclear weapons from the face of the Earth (other powers being the first to disarm, of course).

    Whether, in the process, the United States will become more secure or whether there might be far wiser ways to spend that kind of money — shoring up cyber defenses, for example — would seem like questions those who could soon have their finger on the nuclear button might want to consider.

    Yet we all know that isn’t going to happen. Having departed from the sphere of politics or strategy, nuclear policy has long since moved into the realm of theology. Much as the Christian faith derives from a belief in a Trinity consisting of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, so nuclear theology has its own Triad, comprised of manned bombers, intercontinental ballistic missiles, and submarine-launched missiles. To question the existence of such a holy threesome constitutes rank heresy. It’s just not done — especially when there’s all that money about to be dropped into the collection plate.

    So…you know…calling out GOP climate change deniers seems just a little freakin’ silly. Especially for scientists who claim to be keeping track of this nonsense.

    Right now…or a minute from now…any one of nine nations could start an irreversible nuclear conflagration that could spell the end for life as we know it on this planet.


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