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Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists to announce what time it is on the Doomsday Clock

Posted 01/25/2016 5:13 pm by

WE will find out how close we are to Armageddon when the world’s most revered scientists gather in Washington DC to announce what time it is on the Doomsday Clock.

 

The symbolic timekeeper of our impending destruction is currently set at three minutes to midnight — the closest we have ever been to that dreaded hour since the clock began ticking in 1947.

 

The clock is a universally recognised indicator of our vulnerability to catastrophe from nuclear weapons, emerging technologies and more recently, global warming. We ignore it at our peril.

 

On Wednesday morning (1.30pm Tuesday in America), the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists will reveal whether the minute hand will be adjusted, at a live press conference in Washington DC.

 

“Tensions between the United States and Russia that remain at levels reminiscent of the Cold War, the danger posed by climate change, and nuclear proliferation concerns, including the recent North Korean nuclear test, are the main factors influencing the decision about any adjustment that may be made to the Doomsday Clock,” a statement on the Bulletin’s website said.

 

“In January 2015, the Doomsday Clock’s minute hand advanced two minutes, moving from five to three minutes before midnight, the closest it has been to catastrophe since the early days of above-ground hydrogen bomb testing.”


Will the clock move forward a minute — or two — or remain at three minutes to midnight (still not good)? Picture: Shutterstock

Will the clock move forward a minute — or two — or remain at three minutes to midnight (still not good)? Picture: Shutterstock

Last year’s dramatic shift towards midnight prompted the group — which counts 16 Nobel Laureates among its members — to pen an open letter to the world’s leaders warning immediate action must be taken to prevent a tragedy of global proportions.

 

“In 2015, unchecked climate change, global nuclear weapons modernisations, and outsized nuclear weapons arsenals pose extraordinary and undeniable threats to the continued existence of humanity, and world leaders have failed to act with the speed or on the scale required to protect citizens from potential catastrophe,” it wrote.



 

“These failures of political leadership endanger every person on Earth.”

 

The recent peace deal between Iran and the United States and progress made at the Paris climate change summit will also be taken into account in the calculations but it’s hard to say how much of a mitigating effect these positive developments will have.

 

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Former US Marine Amir Hekmati speaks to the media in his home state Michigan after his release from an Iranian prison as part of a new deal between Iran and the US aimed at developing the friendship between the two countries.

Former US Marine Amir Hekmati speaks to the media in his home state Michigan after his release from an Iranian prison as part of a new deal between Iran and the US aimed at developing the friendship between the two countries.Source:AP

British Prime Minister David Cameron and Russian President Vladimir Putin look uncomfortable at the G20 Turkey Leaders Summit on November 16, 2015, Last year saw relations between Russia and the west deteriorate to Cold War levels.

British Prime Minister David Cameron and Russian President Vladimir Putin look uncomfortable at the G20 Turkey Leaders Summit on November 16, 2015, Last year saw relations between Russia and the west deteriorate to Cold War levels.Source:Getty Images

BULLETIN OF THE ATOMIC SCIENTISTS — WHO ARE THEY?

 

The group was founded in 1945 by University of Chicago scientists who helped develop the first atomic weapons in the Manhattan Project. They named themselves the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists and in 1947 created the Doomsday Clock “using the imagery of apocalypse (midnight) and the contemporary idiom of nuclear explosion (countdown to zero) to convey threats to humanity and the planet”.

 

Any adjustment to the Doomsday Clock’s minute hand is made by the Bulletin’s Board of Directors and its sponsors, which include 16 Nobel Laureates. The Clock has become a universally recognised indicator of the world’s vulnerability to catastrophe from nuclear weapons, climate change, and emerging technologies in the life sciences.

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Is Jonas the blizzard actually a message from God? Picture Nathan Edwards

Is Jonas the blizzard actually a message from God? Picture Nathan EdwardsSource:News Corp Australia

THE IMPENDING ANNOUNCEMENT FREAKING OUT ‘ENDTIMERS’

 

At any given moment, anywhere in the world there are a bunch of people who believe the world is about to end.

 

The epic blizzard Jonas is doing nothing to ease fears of America’s perpetual preppers, who are likely to be tipped over the edge if the Doomsday Clock edges any closer to midnight.

 

Religious “prepper” sites with names like Rapture Ready and The Endtimes Forecaster are sending readers into a frenzy with their take on Jonas and the many other unusual weather and planetary events currently affecting the world.

 

“As most of you are aware Jonas/Jonah was the prophet that delivered the message of coming judgment to the capital city of the Assyrians — Nineveh (in Iraq and currently occupied by Islamic State),” noted William Frederick, who runs The Endtimes Forecaster blog.

 

“Is God sending America a message through this storm? And if so, is the message that God is sending America; yet forty days, and judgment cometh? It is interesting to note that the Fast of Nineveh just ended on 1/20/16 and the storm formed the day after.”

 

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