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Doomsday clock shifts back one minute

By T.K. Randall
January 15, 2010 · Comment icon 10 comments



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The Doomsday Clock, a timepiece designed to represent how close we are to nuclear annihilation has been shifted back one minute.
It was created in 1947 by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists after the dropping of two nuclear bombs over Japan in World War 2 and represents the current nuclear threat to the world. This new change signals good news for those fearing a nuclear armageddon and is hoped to be the first of many reversals of the clock over the coming years.
The Doomsday Clock, a timepiece measuring how close humanity is to nuclear destruction, has shifted back one minute. Anti-nuclear campaigners welcomed forecasts by the symbolic clock, created by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists in 1947, that the current threat had lessened.


Source: Telegraph | Comments (10)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by 747400 13 years ago
I think the telegraph itself puts it best: The gimmick (Incidentally, have CND ever actually accomplished anything of any significance?)
Comment icon #2 Posted by Darkwind 13 years ago
Makes me glad though our presidents have term limits. I don't think they are taking into account the terrorist nut jobs getting their hands on a nuclear weapons.
Comment icon #3 Posted by zenfahr 13 years ago
so Six till the day of judgment.... somehow that does not make me feel any better.... of course the last five mins lasted something like 60 years. Bartender, I'll have another then, while I wait.... oh and one for the cute blond at then end of the bar too!!
Comment icon #4 Posted by TRUEYOUTRUEME 13 years ago
I saw this yesterday. Doomsday clock reset thanks to Obama What a pathetic joke. Instead of calling themselves an group of International Scientists they should just be honest. They are a group of International Propagandists. Nice timing they have for their symbolic gesture to claim that Obama is moving us all further away from doom. I guess while they all smile and praise Obama for saving us from impending doom the rest of us could who live in reality could pray and send support for the people of Haiti.
Comment icon #5 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: 13 years ago
I saw this yesterday. Doomsday clock reset thanks to Obama What a pathetic joke. Instead of calling themselves an group of International Scientists they should just be honest. They are a group of International Propagandists. Nice timing they have for their symbolic gesture to claim that Obama is moving us all further away from doom. I guess while they all smile and praise Obama for saving us from impending doom the rest of us could who live in reality could pray and send support for the people of Haiti. Amen. I wouldn't be surprised if Obama's administration had anything to do with any large "... [More]
Comment icon #6 Posted by zenfahr 13 years ago
Doubt it had any polictal agenda, as the statement was made that they feel somewhat optimistic, yet it could go either way at any moment. I dont see why you need to turn this into an attack on Obama. I really dont care who is president if that person calls for less nuclear weapons. Others have tried, only this guy seems to have international attention this time. I would rather have a president that calls for peace than one who points to axises of evil throught the world, and uses it as a means to remove our civil liberties. And unlike others, this administration is not sitting on their collect... [More]
Comment icon #7 Posted by javelin 13 years ago
I saw this yesterday. Doomsday clock reset thanks to Obama What a pathetic joke. Instead of calling themselves an group of International Scientists they should just be honest. They are a group of International Propagandists. Nice timing they have for their symbolic gesture to claim that Obama is moving us all further away from doom. I guess while they all smile and praise Obama for saving us from impending doom the rest of us could who live in reality could pray and send support for the people of Haiti. Well you're right on that.But Obama has actually moved us closer to midnight - the guy and ... [More]
Comment icon #8 Posted by SRCivic98 13 years ago
so Six till the day of judgment.... somehow that does not make me feel any better.... of course the last five mins lasted something like 60 years. Bartender, I'll have another then, while I wait.... oh and one for the cute blond at then end of the bar too!! make it a double while I prepare this batch of IED's for the road.
Comment icon #9 Posted by The Unseen 13 years ago
What a joke.It was a joke back then and its still a joke today.A clock that can tell the time were going to get blown up in a nuclear explosion.JMO
Comment icon #10 Posted by Odin11 13 years ago
Dr. Manhattan says it best: "I would only agree that a symbolic clock is as nourishing to the intellect as photograph of oxygen to a drowning man."


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