Thursday, January 18, 2007

the clock is ticking... 5 minutes to midnight

The Doomsday Clock maintained by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (University of Chicago) uses the analogy of the human race being at a time that is "minutes to midnight" where midnight represents destruction by nuclear war.

Since yesterday, the clock advanced a further two minutes and is now at 5 minutes to midnight.

The world stands at the brink of a second nuclear age. The United States and Russia remain ready to stage a nuclear attack within minutes, North Korea conducts a nuclear test, and many in the international community worry that Iran plans to acquire the Bomb. Climate change also presents a dire challenge to humanity. Damage to ecosystems is already taking place; flooding, destructive storms, increased drought, and polar ice melt are causing loss of life and property.

During the arms race between the USA and USSR, the clock was at 2 minutes to midnight (1953). After the end of the Cold War, the clock was reset to 17 minutes to midnight and has been ticking forwards ever since.

*Don't forget to check out Shamus for The Ongoing Barks of a Well Read Dog (who is continuing Cammie's legacy)


Not much to report today. It is raining tonight and the doors and windows are open in an attempt to lower the internal temperature of the house.


Anonymous Doug said...

If that is true... 5 minutes to midnight? Well, guess I'll have to take the advice of Nada Surf. You know the song Blankest Year? Well, you can check it out on myspace if you don't.

They have a few other songs there as well but I've been gr9ooving on Blankest Year lately. BTW, I thank you for turning Rene and me onto Nada Surf. They are almost as cool as Jack in his chesty.



Friday, 19 January, 2007  
Blogger Keiser said...

Hey Doug

That is great advice from Nada Surf (but not in front of Jack Jack)!

Friday, 19 January, 2007  

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