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Initial post: Jan 15, 2013 7:17:04 AM PST
FOGE says:
Because of ... bum bum bum!!! Climate change o.0 ... yeah... move along people, nothing to see here. Move along.

http://www.foxnews.com/science/2013/01/15/end-near-doomsday-clock-holds-at-5-til-midnight/?intcmp=features

The end is nigh? Doomsday clock holds at 5 to midnight

Published January 15, 2013

LiveScience

The Doomsday Clock

The Doomsday Clock is shown in 1998. (AP)
Doomsday Clock at 6 to Midnight

Lawrence Krauss, co-chair of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists Board of Sponsors poses with a graphic image of the "Doomsday Clock" during a news conference. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Doomsday Clock

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists' "Doomsday Clock" is set at 6 minutes to midnight but may tick forward or backward on Jan. 10, 2012. (Galushko Sergey)

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The hands of the infamous "Doomsday Clock" will remain firmly in their place at five minutes to midnight - symbolizing humans' destruction - for the year 2013, scientists announced Monday.

Keeping their outlook for the future of humanity quite dim, the group of scientists also wrote an open letter to President Barack Obama, urging him to partner with other global leaders to act on climate change.

The clock is a symbol of the threat of humanity's imminent destruction from nuclear or biological weapons, climate change and other human-caused disasters. In making their deliberations about how to update the clock's time this year, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists considered the current state of nuclear arsenals around the globe, the slow and costly recovery from events like Fukushima nuclear meltdown, and extreme weather events that fit in with a pattern of global warming.

'We have as much hope for Obama's second term in office as we did in 2010, when we moved back the hand of the Clock.'

- Robert Socolow, chair of the board that determines the clock's position

"2012 was the hottest year on record in the contiguous United States, marked by devastating drought and brutal storms," the letter says. "These extreme events are exactly what climate models predict for an atmosphere laden with greenhouse gases." [Doom and Gloom: 10 Post-Apocalyptic Worlds]

At the same time, the letter did give a nod to some progress, applauding the president for taking steps to "nudge the country along a more rational energy path," with his support for wind and other renewable energy sources.

"We have as much hope for Obama's second term in office as we did in 2010, when we moved back the hand of the Clock after his first year in office," Robert Socolow, chair of the board that determines the clock's position, said in a statement. "This is the year for U.S. leadership in slowing climate change and setting a path toward a world without nuclear weapons."

The Doomsday Clock came into being in 1947 as a way for atomic scientists to warn the world of the dangers of nuclear weapons. That year, the Bulletin set the time at seven minutes to midnight, with midnight symbolizing humanity's destruction. By 1949, it was at three minutes to midnight as the relationship between the United States and the Soviet Union deteriorated. In 1953, after the first test of the hydrogen bomb, the doomsday clock ticked to two minutes until midnight.

The Bulletin was at its most optimistic in 1991, when the Cold War thawed and the United States and Russia began cutting their arsenals. That year, the clock was set at 17 minutes to midnight.

From then until 2010, however, it was a gradual creep back toward destruction, as hopes of total nuclear disarmament vanished and threats of nuclear terrorism and climate change reared their heads. In 2010, the Bulletin found some hope in arms reduction treaties and international climate talks and bumped the minute hand of the Doomsday Clock back to six minutes from midnight from its previous post at five to midnight. But by 2012, the clock was pushed forward another minute.

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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2013 7:18:15 AM PST
So this has nothing to do with Watchmen?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2013 7:18:55 AM PST
FOGE says:
No, but I did just buy custom grips for my 1911 like The Comedian.

Posted on Jan 15, 2013 7:30:56 AM PST
Soulshine says:
Who watches the Doomclock?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2013 7:33:47 AM PST
It took me a few viewings of that movie to really appreciate The Comedian.

Posted on Jan 15, 2013 7:33:59 AM PST
MrFoxhound says:
Let me know when it gets to Two Minutes to Midnight so I can kill the unborn in the womb.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2013 7:36:43 AM PST
I don't think you're supposed to appreciate the Comedian. You might have had the movie right the first few times you viewed it.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2013 7:36:57 AM PST
\m/

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2013 7:37:21 AM PST
FOGE says:
Very odd movie. I found the Comedian to be the most interesting character on the movie. He def had some very dark scenes, but he was interesting.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2013 7:37:52 AM PST
What? I thought he was a pretty stand up guy who we should all aspire to be like.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2013 7:39:01 AM PST
first few times? I don't want to mess with the brave individual that can stomach multiple viewings of that.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2013 7:42:35 AM PST
MrFoxhound says:
Nice! I wasn't sure if anyone was going to get that. \m/ indeed!

Posted on Jan 15, 2013 7:43:33 AM PST
Brykume says:
Climate change is just too big a problem... for governments, businesses, societies. Everyone. It's just too big. d00med

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2013 7:51:07 AM PST
FOGE says:
You guys! Im being super cereal right now!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2013 7:57:08 AM PST
And of course, thanks to this conversation I now have Power Slave stuck in my head.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2013 7:57:39 AM PST
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MrFoxhound says:
I'm happy to help.

Posted on Jan 15, 2013 8:02:54 AM PST
jSten says:
> We have as much hope for Obama's second term in office as we did in 2010,
> when we moved back the hand of the Clock after his first year in office

Doomsday Clock is d00med.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2013 8:03:04 AM PST
But in the meantime I did enjoy walking to work in short sleeves yesterday.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2013 8:31:45 AM PST
Hey says:
Like that's a bad thing.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2013 12:33:43 PM PST
But is it too big to fail?

Posted on Jan 16, 2013 9:19:28 AM PST
Nicos says:
I can't wait until we get two minutes to midnite http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sXPmz9b4lM

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 16, 2013 9:27:06 AM PST
Foxhound beat you to the punchline.

Posted on Jan 16, 2013 9:32:59 AM PST
Kr155 says:
I was watching where much of florida will be under water during my kids life time. Thats kind of depressing.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 16, 2013 9:38:38 AM PST
FOGE says:
Will California float away? That could even it out a bit ;)

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 16, 2013 10:44:09 AM PST
Frankenzubaz says:
You mean to say America's wang is going to have shrinkage?
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