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originally posted by: Sillyolme
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.
originally posted by: Elvis_Is_Dead
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.
Janet Black: Doctor Manhattan as you know the Doomsday Clock is a symbolic clock face analogizing humankind's proximity to extinction, midnight representing the threat of nuclear war. As of now it stands at four minutes to midnight. Would you agree that we are that close to annihilation?
Jon Osterman: My father was a watch maker. He abandoned it when Einstein discovered time is relative. I would only agree that a symbolic clock is as nourishing to the intellect as photograph of oxygen to a drowning man.
But wavering public confidence in the democratic institutions required to deal with major world threats do affect the board’s decisions. And this year, events surrounding the US presidential campaign—including cyber offensives and deception campaigns apparently directed by the Russian government and aimed at disrupting the US election—have brought American democracy and Russian intentions into question and thereby The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Science and Security Board takes a broad and international view of existential threats to humanity, focusing on long-term trends. Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists § 2 made the world more dangerous than was the case a year ago.