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# 208110 27-Jan-2017 09:03
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The Doomsday Clock’s Most Dire Warning Since the Cold War

“This is the closest to midnight the Doomsday Clock has ever been in the lifetime of almost everyone in this room. It’s been 64 years since it was closer,” said Lawrence Krauss, a theoretical physicist at Arizona State University and the chair of the Bulletin’s board of sponsors.

The clock has edged closer to midnight only once before: In 1953, it was moved to two minutes to midnight after the United States and the Soviet Union both tested hydrogen bombs, kicking off the mid-century nuclear-arms race. It remained at two minutes to midnight for another seven years.



I have started this topic as a new thread, because it's not all about Donald Trump, and the existing Trump threads have a very broad focus.

Before dismissing the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists as alarmists and cranks, I urge you to visit their website.

I am old enough to remember 1953 and the cold war - it feels the same now.


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  # 1710454 27-Jan-2017 09:25
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A quote from the article:

"Yet the Doomsday Clock no longer warns only of the dangers of nuclear apocalypse. Since 2007, it has countenanced other existential threats—catastrophes that could wipe out all of humanity or, at least, devastate modern civilization. In the Bulletin’s view, the most important of these is climate change."

Personally I think there should be a different doomsday clock for climate change. Is there a bulletin of climate scientists? It's not hard to imagine a whole board of these doomsday clocks.

Somehow they would integrate into world doom time. WDT. Obviously at that point a world doom timeserver is needed also.

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  # 1710462 27-Jan-2017 09:42
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gzt: WDT. Obviously at that point a world doom timeserver is needed also.




We would need more than one, otherwise how would we know if it detaches itself from reality and drifts?


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  # 1710474 27-Jan-2017 09:48
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From the website mentioned:


"Today, rising temperatures, resulting from the industrial-scale burning of fossil fuels, will change life on Earth as we know it, potentially destroying or displacing it from significant portions of the world, unless action is taken today, and in the immediate future."




I agree. If the earth is displaced from the world, we're stuffed.

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  # 1712526 29-Jan-2017 23:15
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I've decided not to care.


Life is hard enough as it is, without panicking over stuff I can't control. 

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