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“Doomsday Clock” Advances To Two And A Half Minutes To Midnight, Trump Blamed

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For the first time in 64 years, atomic scientists reset their symbolic “Doomsday Clock” to its closest time to midnight on Thursday, saying the world was closer to catastrophe due to threats such as nuclear weapons, climate change and Donald Trump’s election as U.S. president. The timepiece, devised by the Chicago-based Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and displayed on its website, is widely viewed as an indicator of the world’s vulnerability to disaster.

The “clock’s” hands were moved to two minutes and 30 seconds to midnight, from three minutes.

“The Doomsday Clock is closer to midnight than it’s ever been in the lifetime of almost everyone in this room,” Lawrence Krauss, the bulletin’s chair and a theoretical physicist and cosmologist at Arizona State University, told a news conference in Washington. The last time the “clock” was set this close to midnight was 1953, marking the start of the nuclear arms race between the United States and the Soviet Union. While the clock was unchanged last January, the Clock was changed in 2015 from five to three minutes to midnight, the closest it had been since the arms race of the 1980s.

In its statement about the Doomsday Clock, the Bulletin’s Science and Security Board noted:

“Over the course of 2016, the global security landscape darkened as the international community failed to come effectively to grips with humanity’s most pressing existential threats, nuclear weapons and climate change … This already-threatening world situation was the backdrop for a rise in strident nationalism worldwide in 2016, including in a US presidential campaign during which the eventual victor, Donald Trump, made disturbing comments about the use and proliferation of nuclear weapons and expressed disbelief in the overwhelming scientific consensus on climate change …The board’s decision to move the clock less than a full minute — something it has never before done — reflects a simple reality: As this statement is issued, Donald Trump has been the US president only a matter of days …”

The statement continues:

Just the same, words matter, and President Trump has had plenty to say over the last year. Both his statements and his actions as President-elect have broken with historical precedent in unsettling ways. He has made ill-considered comments about expanding the US nuclear arsenal. He has shown a troubling propensity to discount or outright reject expert advice related to international security, including the conclusions of intelligence experts. And his nominees to head the Energy Department, and the Environmental Protection Agency dispute the basics of climate science. In short, even though he has just now taken office, the president’s intemperate statements, lack of openness to expert advice, and questionable cabinet nominations have already made a bad international security situation worse.”

We get it: America’s atomic scientists do not like Trump.

Krauss, a theoretical physicist, said Trump and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin carried a large share of the blame for the heightened threat. According to Reuters, the bulletin cited nuclear volatility, especially as the United States and Russia seek to modernize their atomic arsenals and remain at odds in war-torn countries such as Syria and Ukraine.

Trump has suggested South Korea and Japan could acquire nuclear weapons to compete with North Korea, which has conducted nuclear tests. Trump has also raised doubts about the future of a multilateral nuclear pact with Iran. Chinese aid to Pakistan in the nuclear weapons field, as well as the expansion of India and Pakistan’s nuclear arsenals, were also worrisome, the bulletin said in a statement.

 

The climate change outlook was somewhat less dismal, “but only somewhat.”

 

While nations had taken actions to combat climate change, the bulletin noted, there appeared to be little appetite for additional cuts to carbon dioxide emissions.

 

It said the Trump administration nominees raise the possibility the government will be “openly hostile to progress toward even the most modest efforts to avert catastrophic climate disruption.”

The world also faces cyber threats, the bulletin said. U.S. intelligence agencies’ conclusion that Russia intervened in the presidential election to help Trump raised the possibility of similar attacks on other democracies, it said.

The bulletin was founded by scientists who helped develop the United States’ first atomic weapons. Its Science and Security Board decides on the clock’s hands in consultation with its Board of Sponsors, which includes Nobel laureates.

Zerohedge



20 Comments on "“Doomsday Clock” Advances To Two And A Half Minutes To Midnight, Trump Blamed"

  1. penury on Thu, 26th Jan 2017 8:42 pm 

    What a biased load of crap.

  2. makati1 on Thu, 26th Jan 2017 9:07 pm 

    I would place it much closer. Maybe at 30 seconds till. Since nukes were first used, just before my first birthday, we have never been closer to Armageddon than now. Then only the U$ had nukes, now many countries have them and the Empire is beating on the two biggest ones.

    WW1 started with two bullets fired by a teenager. WW2 started from the ashes of WW1 because Germany was forced into an economic depression by the other European and American powers. WW3 could start by one mistake and end with the destruction of all life on earth. Yep. Thirty seconds sounds about right.

  3. Sissyfuss on Fri, 27th Jan 2017 9:34 am 

    I see the greatest threat to the clock striking 12 is taking place in the South China Sea.

  4. Ghung on Fri, 27th Jan 2017 9:42 am 

    I see the greatest threat to the clock striking 12 is currently occupying the White House.

  5. Cloggie on Fri, 27th Jan 2017 10:03 am 

    I see the greatest threat to the clock striking 12 is taking place in a potential stand-off US-Iran.

  6. GregT on Fri, 27th Jan 2017 10:23 am 

    I see the greatest threats to the clock striking 12 as basic human greed, our addiction to energy, and all of the technologies that we have derived from it.

  7. startwithabang on Fri, 27th Jan 2017 10:19 pm 

    The clock needs to start keeping time. New cycle needs to begin

  8. DMyers on Fri, 27th Jan 2017 10:31 pm 

    So, Obama overtly provokes the Russians, engages in wars and drone attacks in numerous Middle East locations throughout his time in office, and this fails to summons the experts to a visual advancement of the doomsday clock hand. But the election of Trump and his statements of what he plans to do (according to them), none of which is any worse than Obama and Hilary actually, I repeat, actually, did, triggers this monumental showing.

    That’s not only ridiculous, it’s fucking absurd.

  9. Anonymous on Sat, 28th Jan 2017 12:05 am 

    Exactly DM. The bias on display here is breathtaking. Shillary openly discussed her plans to provoke Russia, even more than the puppet obomber presided over. She talked of appointing war-hawks, no less belligerent than the clowns trump has lined up. She promised a seamless, and likely more aggressive stance than the one team obomber pursued.

    Nobel peace prize winner announces 1 trillion ‘upgrade’ to amerikas WoMD arsenal.

    Nuclear ‘posture review’ in which uS grants self the ‘right’ to first-strike with nuclear weapons.

    US deliberately tries to ignite new arms race(nuclear) with Russia.

    All of this and more, under the ultra-liberal obomber\clinton regime, did little to move the BoAS vaunted ‘clocks’ hands. But trump? Yea, because, the peace-maker shillary lost.

    Thing about clocks is, they are very precise devices. They are very good at telling you what time it is (funny that eh?), but as devices for predicting future events. Not so good. Bad analogy the BoAS is engaged in. Maybe they know this and are just trying to make the ‘clock’ relevant somehow.

    Gotta ask, does Soros and or Koch fund the BoAS too?

  10. Cloggie on Sat, 28th Jan 2017 4:02 am 

    Krauss, a theoretical physicist, said Trump and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin carried a large share of the blame for the heightened threat.

    Krauss apparently missed the bromance episode.

    So who is this Krauss clock chappy (it is enough for me to look at the picture to know without googling):

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawrence_M._Krauss

    Krauss was born in New York City, but spent his childhood in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He was raised in a Jewish household.

    No further questions, your honor. The Krauss/Soros mob doesn’t like it too much that they lost Russia and America in a matter of 15 years.

    And there is much worse for them to come as they are going to lose Israel as well to the Jihadists, a direct consequence of their total “Clean Break” failure, inadvertently unleashing Sunny fundamentalism.

    http://tinyurl.com/nm8j9v9

    A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm

    Hahahaha.

    If they are lucky they can hold on to NYC realm at best.

    These folks are not as smart as they like to tell to themselves.

  11. Cloggie on Sat, 28th Jan 2017 4:31 am 

    For all the resident climate change hysterics, here is another item to worry about (and worrying is the nicest past-time):

    here is a map of Antarctica:

    http://www.worldatlas.com/img/areamap/continent/antartica_map.gif

    Note that the South Pole is very asymmetric located in the Antarctic land mass.

    The truth is that Antarctica is net gaining ice, not losing it:

    https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/nasa-study-mass-gains-of-antarctic-ice-sheet-greater-than-losses

    …at a rate of 82 billion tons of ice per year.

    This means that the (asymmetric) ice cap gets higher and higher every year.

    Now remember putting a jeans in an old school centrifuge for fast drying washed cloths. You really had to pay attention to symmetrically drape your jeans in the spinner, because if you didn’t the spinner would begin to shake.

    A similar effect could happen with Antarctica provided the continental ice cap gets high enough (Antarctica = 1.5 x USA).

    The consequence could be a dislocation of the entire earth’s crust and shifting towards a new point of equilibrium, easily thousands of miles away from the old position.

    That theory was promoted by prof Hapgood and Einstein tentatively endorsed it.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pole_shift_hypothesis

  12. Cloggie on Sat, 28th Jan 2017 4:34 am 

    Hapgood’s theory was popularized by a Canadian couple, pen name “Flem-Ath”, who linked it to “Atlantis”.

    https://www.amazon.com/Atlantis-beneath-Ice-Fate-Continent/dp/1591431379/ref=sr_1_1

    They claim Antarctica is Atlantis that disappeared under ice after the last pole shift of 13,000 years ago.

  13. Davy on Sat, 28th Jan 2017 6:09 am 

    “That’s not only ridiculous, it’s fucking absurd.” Yea, DM, the corruption of the scientific community is complete. They wanted more of the same and thought that was safe. Now they are screaming bloody murder on how bad things are going to get. What a joke! They are ridiculous and the absurdity is to see everywhere with fake news and contradictions of value. It shows how lost in delusion everyone on the left is. This part of our society is where our most educated are and they are now the problem. The reason they are the problem is it is them we need to protect us against the extremes of a reactionary Trumpism. Instead they are going to play completely into Trump’s hands and allow Trump and themselves to destroy what is left. This will happen by being a failed opposition wallowing in failure with no direction. If there is one thing Trump might do it is lower tensions with Russia (a big if). If that happens it will buy us at best 10 min on that stupid fucking clock. The world is coming apart at the seams so 10 min will not last long but maybe enough time to allow us to get our shit together to prepare our hospice of a die off.

  14. Davy on Sat, 28th Jan 2017 6:49 am 

    Liberal hypocritical left at its finest! Maybe some of these pipeline protesters should book a flight to Hawaii. They need help out there.

    “Protesters Plot “Border Wall” Rally For Tomorrow…At Zuckerberg’s Sprawling $100mm Hawaiian Estate”
    http://tinyurl.com/jnnp83z

    “Back in 2014 Mark Zuckerberg paid $100 million to purchase 700 acres of beachfront property on the North Shore of Kauai. The estate includes 1,000’s of feet of pristine shoreline providing the perfect “safe space” for the 30-year-old Silicon Valley Billionaire and his family.”

    “Unfortunately, there was just one little problem with the purchase…technically the sellers didn’t own the title to all of that land due to the so-called Kuleana Act, a Hawaiian law established in 1850 that for the first time gave natives the right to own the land that they lived on. So now, according to the Honolulu Star Advertiser, the Facebook billionaire sued a few hundred Hawaiians who still have legal-ownership claims to parts of his vacation estate through their ancestors.”

    “Of course, the pompous dismissal of property rights isn’t the only thing riling up Hawaiian natives regarding Zuckerberg’s estate. As The Garden Island pointed out, residents are also slightly less than ecstatic about a massive, 6 foot rock wall erected around the estate and blocking the “view that’s been available and appreciative by the community here for years.”

    “Over the past couple of weeks, intense public backlash over the lawsuit and “immense, oppressive” wall has caused Zuckerberg to backtrack on his plans. Earlier today he published a note to residents in The Garden Island announcing his intentions to drop his litigation saying that “upon reflection, it’s clear we made a mistake.”

    “But, a local farmer, Joe Hart says that Zuckerberg’s retreat isn’t sufficient and, as of now, vows that the mass protest planned for tomorrow will move forward as “people are furious down here with him.” Per McClatchey: “People are furious down here with him,” Hart, a local farmer told Business Insider. “We just want to bring this issue to light. He’s made his money stealing everyone’s information, which we’ve let him do, but to come down here and start suing everyone, that’s not going to fly down here”. Alas, in the end we’re sure Zuckerberg will have his way. After all, what fun is billions of dollars if you can’t buy expansive swaths of entire states and trample on the private property rights of some little people?”

  15. Davy on Sat, 28th Jan 2017 7:15 am 

    This is a blue print for the future of failed populations from war, economic decline, and climate change. Study it closely your local might be in this future.

    “Yemen: Food crisis could become famine this year, UN warns”
    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-38767874

    “The conflict-driven food crisis in Yemen could become a full-blown famine this year, the UN’s humanitarian chief has warned. Two million people need emergency food aid to survive and child malnutrition has risen 63% in a year, Stephen O’Brien told the UN Security Council. A child under five dies every 10 minutes of preventable causes, he said. Severe poverty, war damage, and a naval embargo by the Saudi-led coalition have all damaged food security. About 14 million people are currently food insecure in Yemen, including 2.2m children who are acutely malnourished and nearly 500,000 suffering from severe acute malnutrition.”

    http://tinyurl.com/zhjeecp

  16. onlooker on Sat, 28th Jan 2017 7:30 am 

    What can you say except the whole economic and political apparatus not just of the US but of the entire world is so hopelessly corrupt and insensitive to the future plight of life on Earth that it is comical. As for the general public some are awakening, some are not but generally the masses have been neutered by false beliefs fed to them, by their own ignorance, apathy and wishful thinking and by the control of the forces of violence ie police and military by the Powers that be. Game over. Only a miracle from above can save us now.

  17. GregT on Sat, 28th Jan 2017 2:09 pm 

    “The truth is that Antarctica is net gaining ice, not losing it:”

    Updated November 18/ 2016. (Three articles below the one you linked cloggie)

    NASA Nears Finish Line of Annual Study of Changing Antarctic Ice

    “Operation IceBridge is particularly well suited to measure changes in polar ice: it carries probably the most innovative and precise package of instruments ever flown over Antarctica”

    “Antarctica is heading into austral summer, a period of rapid sea ice melt in the Southern Ocean. But this year the sea ice loss has been particularly swift and the Antarctic sea ice extent is currently at the lowest level for this time of year ever recorded in the satellite record, which began in 1979.”

    https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2016/how-animals-will-fare-in-a-changing-climate

  18. Sissyfuss on Sat, 28th Jan 2017 4:39 pm 

    I think we need an Extinction clock and set it at 12:30.

  19. makati1 on Sat, 28th Jan 2017 5:02 pm 

    NASA, government owned source of propaganda.

  20. Davy on Sat, 28th Jan 2017 6:36 pm 

    “When The Rich Become Preppers, It’s Time To Worry”
    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-01-28/when-rich-become-preppers-its-time-worry

    “As we’ve advised for years, even if something has a low probability, if it’s result would be catastrophic, then buy insurance if you can. Prepping for a major “grid-down” power outage is simply a no-brainer for those who have decent math skills. The calculation is eminently rational, as there a number of potential causal factors (weather, sabotage, squirrel) and the downside could be quite large.”

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