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We Have One More Minute to Live than we did Yesterday

Posted by The Diatribe Guy on January 19, 2010

There are many doomsday scenarios projecting our untimely demise, and based on the current state of affairs, a bunch of scientists with nothing better to do have been determining for some time now how close we are to annihilating ourselves. This is represented by a “Doomsday Clock.”

Politics, of course, permeates just about everything these days, and this is no different. It’s predictable stuff: Obama’s our savior, so simply electing him makes us better human beings. Then there’s supposed improvements in the nuclear weapons area. But fear not, readers… we are now able to push the clock back one minute at least in part due to – you guessed it – “collaboration on climate stabilization.”

Thank God that He sent people to do this difficult work for Him. It was too complex for Him to handle by Himself.

Anyway, here’s the article that tells us how lucky we are to have progressives passing laws and raising our taxes.

Scientists pushed back the hands on the symbolic Doomsday Clock by one minute citing hopeful developments in nuclear weapons and climate change.

The symbolic clock that shows how close mankind is to self-annihilation was moved back to six minutes before midnight from five minutes on Thursday.

The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, which maintains the clock and puts an illustration of it on its cover, attributed the move to efforts by world leaders to reduce their countries’ nuclear arsenals and collaborate on climate stabilization.

The group, which includes 19 Nobel laureates, said a key to the “new era of cooperation is a change in the U.S. government’s orientation toward international affairs brought about in part by the election of (U.S. President Barack) Obama.”

BAS board member Lowell Sachnoff added, “Global warming is more of a threat than nuclear war.”


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