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Sunday, January 14, 2007

Doomsday Clock: Closer To Midnight?

Scientists Move Doomsday Clock Ahead:

    The keepers of the "Doomsday Clock" plan to move its hands forward next Wednesday to reflect what they call worsening nuclear and climate threats to the world.

    The symbolic clock, maintained by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, currently is set at seven minutes to midnight, with midnight marking global catastrophe.

    The group did not say in which direction the hands would move. But in a news release previewing an event next Wednesday, they said the change was based on "worsening nuclear, climate threats" to the world.

    "The major new step reflects growing concerns about a 'Second Nuclear Age' marked by grave threats, including: nuclear ambitions in Iran and North Korea, unsecured nuclear materials in Russia and elsewhere, the continuing 'launch-ready' status of 2,000 of the 25,000 nuclear weapons held by the U.S. and Russia, escalating terrorism, and new pressure from climate change for expanded civilian nuclear power that could increase proliferation risks," the release reads.

"She scares the shit out of me," says Doomsday Clock Scientist Fluegher Von Spatrick of the new MrsSatan Doomsday Clock.


It is terrible news that the end of the Cold War has seen no decline in the global nuclear threat. You would have thought that our leaders would have finally discovered the wisdom of removing these weapons from instant launch ready status.
Hi Darkstar. I agree with you, the more sadder (saddest?) part is nukes in the hands of Ahmadinejhad and Kim Jong Il. Whereas I think with Russia we had a - for lack of a better word - "understanding" that a nuclear exchange would be unlikely because it would be mutually assured destruction, that same logic, I;m afraid, won't work with the like of Iran and N. Korea.

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