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There may be ice on the way. There may not be. Likely, we'll just see a little sleet, rain, clouds, this dreary, deceptively appropriate January weather. The sun won't show her face tomorrow. In the house, the air is cold and very still.

It came closest to midnight — just two minutes away — in 1953, following the successful test of a hydrogen bomb by the United States. It has been as far away as 17 minutes, set there in 1991 following the demise of the Soviet Union.

That would be the Doomsday Clock, maintained since 1947 by the Board of Directors of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists at the University of Chicago, which has now been moved from 11:53 p.m. to 11:55 p.m. Only five minutes left until midnight. Just enough time to count to 300. The clock keepers have deemed this "the most perilous period since Hiroshima," citing "nuclear weapons programs in Iran and North Korea, unsecured nuclear materials in Russia and elsewhere and 25,000 nuclear weapons in the United States and Russia, including 2,000 that are ready to launch."

But. And also.

The BotAS notes that environmental degradation due to global warming "poses a dire threat to human civilization that is second only to nuclear weapons."

So. Take your pick. Because I don't see Peace and Love and the End of Greed and Hate anywhere on the horizon tonight.

The Immaculate Order of the Falling Sky has not decided whether or not to make a formal statement on this latest advancement of the clock, but does point out that the Big Space Rock would be quite a bit less messy and more efficient, with the added plus that there would be no lingering thermonuclear fallout to muck things up for whatever species might survive into the coming Neozoic/Posthomozoic Era.

Bedtime for nixars...


( 3 comments — Have your say! )
Jan. 18th, 2007 12:21 pm (UTC)
Damn, time to step up my efforts to get off this rock.

Of course that plan would work better if we knew of another.
Jan. 18th, 2007 04:29 pm (UTC)
I haven't been scared of nukes since I realized that the whole point of having them is just to scare people, and that the probability of anyone actually using them is just about zero.
Jan. 18th, 2007 05:22 pm (UTC)
And people say we're just animals. Perhaps, but the most dangerous and clever to ever walk the earth.

So the christians say Jesus is on his way and these peeps say armageddon. Why not compromise with a nuclear bomb named Jesus.

ogw it would be good to remember that there are rogue elements of the order that think waiting for a falling rock to be boring. That and a nuclear weapon has been used on a civilian population, twice.
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