Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Doomsday Clock: Do these people really know how to tell time?

The Doomsday Clock sits at five minutes to midnight!
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists hold the Doomsday Clock steady at five minutes to midnight!

Let's recap!

Since the last time the Doomsday Clock was set at five minutes to midnight in January 2012, Egypt has become an Islamic theocracy, the Syrian civil war appears to be a lose-lose for the west regardless of who wins, Russia is rattling the Cold War cage, Iran is said by some to now possess nukes, India and Pakistan have recently forgotten their manners when it comes to dealing with each other, tensions between Japan and China over the Senkaku Islands have heated up and the list goes on and on.

I certainly do not claim to be a expert at the science of horology but I do see more danger on the horizon than last year.

In any event here is the rationale from the people at the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists:

January 14, 2013

Dear President Obama,

2012 was a year in which the problems of the world pressed forward, but too many of its citizens stood back. In the US elections the focus was "the economy, stupid," with barely a word about the severe long-term trends that threaten the population's well-being to a far greater extent: climate change, the continuing menace of nuclear oblivion, and the vulnerabilities of the world's energy sources. 2012 was the hottest year on record in the contiguous United States, marked by devastating drought and brutal storms. These extreme events are exactly what climate models predict for an atmosphere overburdened with greenhouse gases. 2012 was a year of unrealized opportunity to reduce nuclear stockpiles, to lower the immediacy of destruction from missiles on alert, and to control the spread of fissile materials and keep nuclear terrorism at bay. 2012 was a year in which -- one year after the partial meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station -- the Japanese nation continued to be at the earliest stages of what will be a costly and long recovery.

The stasis of 2012 convinces us, the Science and Security Board, to keep the hands of the Doomsday Clock in place.

Mr. President, we see 2013 as a year for vision and engagement. We know that decisive action can make the world safer. Humanity awaits the US leadership that can secure a future free of nuclear weapons. US action can induce the world's nations to negotiate international agreements to avert the worst calamities of climate change. We turn to you, Mr. President, to lead us toward a safer world and to help us turn back the hands of the Doomsday Clock.

It remains five minutes to midnight. (Source)

The question is will Barack Obama pay any attention or return this letter to sender?

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