The Doomsday Clock, a symbolic device that is used by experts to tell us how close to the end of all things we are, has been ticking towards midnight for a long while now. A lot of times, the reason for moving the hands towards the witching hour is due to fanciful myths like global warming, a theory that is as debunked as President Trump’s romp with Russian ladies of the night.
However, there are times when those making the predictions are looking at things like the Fukushima nuclear disaster and WMD coming into bloom in North Korea, and those insights are often far more chilling. “The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists advanced the symbolic Doomsday Clock a notch closer to the end of humanity Thursday,” reports MSN News. Following a “grim assessment” of the world by those in charge of the clock, it was moved ahead 30 seconds closer to midnight.
The clocks masters cite “the failure of President Trump and other world leaders to deal with looming threats of nuclear war and climate change” as reasons for the clocks advancement. Since climate change is as fake as pink elephants, perhaps the clock should only have been moved ahead 15 seconds.
There are “15 Nobel Laureates” in the organization who make these decisions based on what they behold going on in the world. They have concluded that “the world is not only more dangerous now than it was a year ago; it is as threatening as it has been since World War II.”
Two of those responsible for the change forward, Lawrence M. Krauss and Robert Rosner, wrote in the Washington Post that “the Doomsday Clock is as close to midnight today as it was in 1953 when Cold War fears perhaps reached their highest levels.”
Considering that JFK had an approach that was as hard on Russia as Mr. Trump is on Kim Jong-un, if the world is to face such problems, thankfully we have the right man in office. Hopefully, the outcomes shall be similar.
It has been revealed that “Krauss, a theoretical physicist, and Rosner, an astrophysicist” also feel that “To call the world nuclear situation dire is to understate the danger — and its immediacy. North Korea’s nuclear weapons program appeared to make remarkable progress in 2017, increasing risks for itself, other countries in the region and the United States.” On this topic, few would argue with them regarding their assessment.
“I think it would be very hard for the clock not to move forward,” admitted Alex Wellerstein, a specialist “in the history of nuclear weapons at the Stevens Institute of Technology.”
He added, “We have members of Congress, White House advisers, and even the president implying that they think war with a nuclear state is not only likely but potentially desirable. That’s unusual and disturbing.”
“Whenever the clock is set, we answer two basic questions,” clarified Rachel Bronson, president of the Bulletin last autumn. “Is the world safer, or at greater risk than it was a year ago? And is it safer or at greater risk than it was ever in the clock’s history?”
Daryl Kimball, executive director of the nonprofit Arms Control Association added, “Over the year, there has been increased tensions with North Korea, nuclear threats conveyed by President Trump and Kim Jong Un, tensions with Russia are higher — perhaps as difficult as they have been since the end of the Cold War. So the risk of a nuclear conflict by accident or by design is, unfortunately, growing higher”
North Korea, a nation that can not even grow their own food, is putting the whole world in great jeopardy. The Winter Olympics may hide some of the tension for a few brief moments, but the threat is still there. Something has to be done soon, because, as these 15 experts have shown us, we are running out of time.