Doomsday Clock...

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    KidRockET

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    My opinions about doomsday come from a 2000-year-old book, the discussion of which is banned on TRF. But it does say something about no one knowing the day or the hour ....
     
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    I'm a little hard put to believe that we are closer to nuclear war now than we were during about any time of the sixties or seventies. I was around for those years, I guess my memory might be a little better then some other folks. According to the Doomsday clock people, we are closer to nuclear war now than we were during the Cuban Missile Crisis. I think I spent about half of the second grade doing a 'duck and cover' under my desk. We lived in Albuquerque at the time. Most of New Mexico would qualify as a high priority target. Yeah, I have a tough time taking them seriously.

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    The doomsday clock is not just about the threat of a nuclear apocalypse anymore. It includes the threat of an environmental apocalypse. That's why the clock has moved closer to midnight than before. Overly dramatic? Yes, but it gets people's attention.
     
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    I don't know the day or hour I'll work on my rocket either.
     
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    I'd say war over fresh drinking water supplies is closer than we think.
     
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    The Doomsday Clock has become politicized unfortunately, so it will reflect whatever political crisis-of-the-moment is the most visible.

    The original purpose was to illustrate the probability of a catastrophic event (nuclear war) that would destroy civilization.

    Now the focus is on the possibility of passing a tipping point that could cause irreversible damage, or the development of a technology that could possibly lead to the destruction of civilization, or the proliferation of nuclear and biological weapons to actors that may possibly be more likely to use them than the ones that have them now...

    I see it as more of a cry to “do something!” than a scientific evaluation of the chances we will destroy ourselves.
     

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