January 12, 2007

Doomsday Draws Near?

Thanks to the folks at Development Crossing, I am now officially scared sh--less.™ They've pointed out a recent Reuters article announcing that the hands of The Doomsday Clock (cue Jaws music) will be moving for the 18th time since 1947. The clock was created by those in the know in response to the (still) rising threat of nuclear proliferation: the idea is that when it hits midnight, you can kiss your ass goodbye.

But the question remains to be answered: when they adjust the clock next Wednesday, will it be moving back or forth, and what time will it be when they're done?

The answer of course, is wait and see. A visit to the clock's creators, the
Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, warns simply: "On January 17, at 14:30 GMT (9:30 ET), the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists will launch a new website and make a major announcement."

Who knew scientists could be so...thrilling? Actually, a little digging reveals that the clock is currently set at seven minutes to midnight. You can read a bit more about its current status at their old site, including how North Korea's recent nuclear tests have affected nuclear Doomsday.

Stay tuned for the future of humanity...

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4 Comment(s)

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's the best way of moving the hands backwards...



2:48 PM  
Blogger Jessie Jane said...

Interesting (and ambitious) concept, Gary. While I don't entirely disagree with the premise, do you think it's truly workable? Why replace the UN instead of reforming it?

And lastly, I'd love to see more background on your site about how you came to this idea.


3:07 PM  
Blogger gary said...

Hi JJ,

Since it's just an organization change and not going to the moon, yes, I believe it's completely workable. I'm fine with a reformed UN instead, but so far the only reform being discussed is to increase the Security Council membership, which does NOTHING to address the root problem - we need to get RID of the elite Security Council group to become more democratic, not build on it.

Background? I'm not sure what I would put. I'm just an individual who believes very strongly in democracy as the least objectionable system of government. I'm not encouraged by the direction the world has taken in the last decade, so the UN+Democracy formula seems like the obvious way to give people ownership of the issues.


7:30 AM  
Blogger Jeope said...

I'm not certain this Doomsday Clock is an effective mechanism for change. I'm sure the creators meant well, but I can't see it doing anything but scaring the bejeezus outta people ... and not into action. I can't put my finger on it exactly, just seems like plain old fearmongering.

8:36 PM  

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