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Three minutes to Armageddon....

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posted on Jan, 26 2017 @ 03:38 AM
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In just a few hours the famous doomsday clock is once again set to change. The clock which moves closer or further away from midnight to symbolise the likelihood of human extinction is already at its highest than its been for decades.

Sky News



Currently at 'three minutes to midnight', the Doomsday Clock already sends a message that mankind is closer to oblivion than it has been in decades - and it's about to change. The famous clock moves closer or further from midnight to symbolise the threat to mankind of global Armageddon, nuclear or otherwise. On Thursday afternoon at 3pm UK time, the clock's keepers will announce a change. Three minutes to midnight is already "far too close", they say, but it could well be moved even closer. For comparison, the clock was set at 'three minutes to midnight' during early Cold War hydrogen bomb testing and for the darkest hours of the 1980s, when the US and Soviet governments ceased almost all dialogue.




The clock is maintained by the Bulletin Of The Atomic Scientists, which was founded by concerned US scientists involved in the Manhattan Project that developed the world's first nuclear weapons during the World War II. In 1947, they established the Doomsday Clock to provide a simple way of demonstrating the danger to Earth and humanity posed by nuclear war. They adopted the 'minutes from midnight' idea as it reflected both a 'doomsday' midnight and also the countdown of a nuclear attack. Examples of research used to 'set' the clock. Image Caption: Examples of research used to 'set' the clock. The Bulletin group says factors influencing a possible change this week could include a rise in strident nationalism worldwide; US President Donald Trump's comments on nuclear arms and climate issues; a darkening global security landscape that is coloured by increasingly sophisticated technology; and a growing disregard for scientific expertise. "When we call these dangers existential, that is exactly what we mean," the group says. "They threaten the very existence of civilisation and therefore should be the first order of business for leaders who care about their constituents and their countries." Minutes from midnight: 1947 - 2017 :: 1947: Seven minutes to midnight. "As the Bulletin evolves from a newsletter into a magazine, the Clock appears on the cover for the first time. It symbolises the urgency of the nuclear dangers that the magazine's founders - and the broader scientific community - are trying to convey to the public and political leaders around the world." :: 1949: Three minutes to midnight. "The Soviet Union denies it, but in the fall (autumn), President Harry Truman tells the American public that the Soviets tested their first nuclear device, officially starting the arms race." :: 1953: Two minutes to midnight. "After much debate, the United States decides to pursue the hydrogen bomb, a weapon far more powerful than any atomic bomb. In October 1952, the United States tests its first thermonuclear device, obliterating a Pacific Ocean islet in the process; nine months later, the Soviets test an H-bomb of their own." :: 1960: Seven minutes to midnight. "Political actions belie the tough talk of 'massive retaliation'. For the first time, the United States and Soviet Union appear eager to avoid direct confrontation in regional conflicts such as the 1956 Egyptian-Israeli dispute." :: 1963: Twelve minutes to midnight. "After a decade of almost non-stop nuclear tests, the United States and Soviet Union sign the Partial Test Ban Treaty, which ends all atmospheric nuclear testing." : 1968: Seven minutes to midnight. "Regional wars rage. US involvement in Vietnam intensifies, India and Pakistan battle in 1965, and Israel and its Arab neighbours renew hostilities in 1967. Worse yet, France and China develop nuclear weapons to assert themselves as global players." :: 1969: Ten minutes to midnight. "Nearly all of the world's nations come together to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty." :: 1972: Twelve minutes to midnight. "The United States and Soviet Union attempt to curb the race for nuclear superiority by signing the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (Salt) and the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty." :: 1974: Nine minutes to midnight. "South Asia gets the Bomb, as India tests its first nuclear device. And any gains in previous arms control agreements seem like a mirage." :: 1980: Seven minutes to midnight. "Thirty-five years after the start of the nuclear age and after some promising disarmament gains, the United States and the Soviet Union still view nuclear weapons as an integral component of their national security." :: 1981: Four minutes to midnight. "The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan hardens the US nuclear posture." :: 1984: Three minutes to midnight. "US-Soviet relations reach their iciest point in decades. Dialogue between the two superpowers virtually stops." :: 1988: Six minutes to midnight: "The United States and Soviet Union sign the historic Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, the first agreement to actually ban a whole category of nuclear weapons." :: 1990: Ten minutes to midnight. "As one Eastern European country after another (Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania) frees itself from Soviet control, Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev refuses to intervene, halting the ideological battle for Europe and significantly diminishing the risk of all-out nuclear war." :: 1991: Seventeen minutes to midnight: "With the Cold War officially over, the United States and Russia begin making deep cuts to their nuclear arsenals. The Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty greatly reduces the number of strategic nuclear weapons deployed by the two former adversaries." :: 1995: Fourteen minutes to midnight: "Hopes for a large post-Cold War peace dividend and a renouncing of nuclear weapons fade." :: 1998: Nine minutes to midnight. "India and Pakistan stage nuclear weapons tests only three weeks apart." :: 2002: Seven minutes to midnight: "Concerns regarding a nuclear terrorist attack underscore the enormous amount of unsecured - and sometimes unaccounted for - weapon-grade nuclear materials located throughout the world." :: 2007: Five minutes to midnight. "The world stands at the brink of a second nuclear age. The United States and Russia remain ready to stage a nuclear attack within minutes, North Korea conducts a nuclear test, and many in the international community worry that Iran plans to acquire the Bomb. Climate change also presents a dire challenge to humanity." :: 2010: Six minutes to midnight: "We are poised to bend the arc of history toward a world free of nuclear weapons. The dangers posed by climate change are growing, but there are pockets of progress." :: 2012: Five minutes to midnight: "The challenges to rid the world of nuclear weapons, harness nuclear power, and meet the nearly inexorable climate disruptions from global warming are complex and interconnected. In the face of such complex problems, it is difficult to see where the capacity lies to address these challenges." :: 2015: Three minutes to midnight: "Unchecked climate change, global nuclear weapons modernisations, and out-sized 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. These failures of political leadership endanger every person on Earth." :: 2016: Still three minutes to midnight. "The probability of global catastrophe is very high, and the actions needed to reduce the risks of disaster must be taken very soon. That probability has not been reduced. The Clock ticks. Global danger looms. Wise leaders should act - immediately."


Sources close to Trump have stated that the President has been made aware of the situation.

'We explained to Mr Trump that when the big hand meets the little pinky we are all going to die.' Said Doug Stanton, spokes person for Trump. 'A few hours later, after drawing a number of diagrams with smiley faces, President Trump was able to understand the concept of midnight. However, President Trump is still struggling to grasp the concept of Armageddon. We have suggested another wall might be in order.'
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posted on Jan, 26 2017 @ 03:41 AM
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a reply to: Elvis_Is_Dead

Awesome, now he will build a wall around the minute hand and make Rolex pay for it!!

Exciting times my friend!

There will be a ban on all small hands.....errr....wait......

Well $h@##



posted on Jan, 26 2017 @ 03:43 AM
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Why not just take the batteries out of the stupid clock, no need to explain the logic of that to you is there?



posted on Jan, 26 2017 @ 03:44 AM
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a reply to: Elvis_Is_Dead

It will spell armageddon to all the illegal aliens in US who are about to be deported. The rest of the economy will take care of itself. F# the doomsday clock...it has been wrong on so many levels. Just ask Bruce Willis.



posted on Jan, 26 2017 @ 03:47 AM
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Who will adjust the clock to midnight if everyone's dead??



posted on Jan, 26 2017 @ 03:59 AM
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My own personal Doom Day clock is stuck on 420.
Life is good.



posted on Jan, 26 2017 @ 04:03 AM
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a reply to: Elvis_Is_Dead

Who takes the clock seriously...the Doomsday Clock hit midnight when Fukushima melted...the most under reported event after Chernobyl



posted on Jan, 26 2017 @ 04:09 AM
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Good thing got my beach chair in Bali , drinks and cigars ready . should be hell of a show .



posted on Jan, 26 2017 @ 04:10 AM
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a reply to: Skywatcher2011




.it has been wrong on so many levels. Just ask Bruce Willis.


Well he did jump on a comet in an alternative timeline and saved the planet



posted on Jan, 26 2017 @ 05:18 AM
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a reply to: TheConstruKctionofLight

Then why has EVERYONE not living under a rock heard if it and what caused it?

Ask people why Chernobyl happened and they say meltdown... True, but it was due to a failed experiment.



posted on Jan, 26 2017 @ 05:23 AM
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Domesday Clock.......thought you said Domesday Rock



Good ole British Rock and Roll from Tommy Steele..



posted on Jan, 26 2017 @ 05:30 AM
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originally posted by: Simon1967
Domesday Clock.......thought you said Domesday Rock



Good ole British Rock and Roll from Tommy Steele..


Haha this is pretty dark for Tommy Steele.



posted on Jan, 26 2017 @ 05:58 AM
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a reply to: Elvis_Is_Dead

I wouldn't be surprised if they move it to 2 minutes to midnight, due to old factors not having been fixed (Iran, North Korea etc) and new ones, such as a renewed tension with Russia, Trump being president, right wing nationalism on the increase, terrorist attacks on the increase, a growing disregard for scientific expertise in some developed countries (mainly the US), etc.

1953 was the closest the clock got to midnight, due to the creation of the hydrogen bomb by the US first and then Russia.




originally posted by: TheConstruKctionofLight
Who takes the clock seriously...the Doomsday Clock hit midnight when Fukushima melted...the most under reported event after Chernobyl


No it didn't hit midnight, in 2011 and 2012 the clock was at 5 minutes to midnight.

In 2016 it was at 3 minutes to midnight.

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientist.



posted on Jan, 26 2017 @ 06:16 AM
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So US and Russian relations have never been better .... because you know they control us now .... but for some reason the clock is going to move closer to midnight?

People really need to stay on message, this is really starting to get confusing now. If we want to sustain the hate trump movement it has to remain consistent or people are going to walk away.



posted on Jan, 26 2017 @ 06:22 AM
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originally posted by: TheConstruKctionofLight
a reply to: Elvis_Is_Dead

Who takes the clock seriously...the Doomsday Clock hit midnight when Fukushima melted...the most under reported event after Chernobyl


There was so much fuss when the Doomsday Clock was at 5 Minutes ro Midnight...



...why so quiet the last 2 minutes. I'm joking of course, the Doomsday Clock just makes me thibk of Watchmen.

I pay some heed to it but it tends to slip to the back of my mind from time to time...



posted on Jan, 26 2017 @ 06:25 AM
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posted on Jan, 26 2017 @ 06:28 AM
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a reply to: Raggedyman

Wait...what? Take the batteries out.? The clock is a metaphor. Not an actual rock.
This is priceless.

I hope this is a joke.



posted on Jan, 26 2017 @ 06:28 AM
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a reply to: DanDanDat

Because of the same logic flow my aunts followed: "Putin wants Trump in so he can ____ him off and Trump pulls the nuclear trigger." Idk if that's their own line of thinking or if that's the fake news outlets story they pushed and just blindly regurgitating it.



posted on Jan, 26 2017 @ 06:31 AM
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the chances of nuclear war definitely backed off since a couple months back. These guys must smoke a bowl when it hits 4:20 everyday.

If its at 3 now it would have been at 1 with HRC, Trump was not the one saber rattling with Russia.



posted on Jan, 26 2017 @ 06:38 AM
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originally posted by: Agartha
a reply to: Elvis_Is_Dead

I wouldn't be surprised if they move it to 2 minutes to midnight, due to old factors not having been fixed (Iran, North Korea etc) and new ones, such as a renewed tension with Russia, Trump being president, right wing nationalism on the increase, terrorist attacks on the increase, a growing disregard for scientific expertise in some developed countries (mainly the US), etc.

1953 was the closest the clock got to midnight, due to the creation of the hydrogen bomb by the US first and then Russia.




originally posted by: TheConstruKctionofLight
Who takes the clock seriously...the Doomsday Clock hit midnight when Fukushima melted...the most under reported event after Chernobyl


No it didn't hit midnight, in 2011 and 2012 the clock was at 5 minutes to midnight.

In 2016 it was at 3 minutes to midnight.

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientist.


You could be right about the clock being changed to two minutes to midnight (Wasn't there a song about that?). I can't see it being put back either. I believe we are in a world more divided than anytime before world war 2.

We are living in a time where technology has in many ways brought the world closer together. But for many middle aged dinasours, programmed by a lifetime of Daily Mail headlines and who want to believe the planet begins and ends at their country's border - this is a very scary prospect. Hopefully the dinasours will die out soon before they can cause too much damage and we can begin to progress again.



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