Scientists say Trump advances the Doomsday Clock. SCIENTISTS!

Nuclear weapon test Bravo (yield 15 Megatons) on Bikini Atoll. The test was part of the Operation Castle. The Bravo event was an experimental thermonuclear device surface event.

Who trusts scientists anyways?

Via the Washington Post:

It's now 2 ½ minutes to “midnight,” according to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, which warned Thursday that the end of humanity may be near.

The group behind the famed Doomsday Clock announced at a news conference that it was adjusting the countdown to the End of it All by moving the hands 30 seconds closer to midnight — the closest the clock has been to Doomsday since 1953, after the United States tested its first thermonuclear device, followed months later by the Soviet Union's hydrogen bomb test.

In announcing that the Doomsday Clock was moving 30 seconds closer to the end of humanity, the group noted that in 2016, “the global security landscape darkened as the international community failed to come effectively to grips with humanity’s most pressing existential threats, nuclear weapons and climate change.”

But the organization also cited the election of President Trump in changing the symbolic clock.

“Making matters worse, the United States now has a president who has promised to impede progress on both of those fronts,” theoretical physicist Lawrence M. Krauss and retired Navy Rear Adm. David Titley wrote in a New York Times op-ed on behalf of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. “Never before has the Bulletin decided to advance the clock largely because of the statements of a single person. But when that person is the new president of the United States, his words matter.”

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  1. I was just going to post a topic in #wrath about this especially after @renke mentioned this in another thread. This was something we had also discussed in Rob's safe thread a few weeks ago when that took a dark turn.

    Ignoring the half second, this is the closest to annihilation we've been since 1953. A time when the US and Soviets were testing and developing H-bombs. Let that sink in for a bit.

    ETA: I see that this was mentioned in jlw's original post -- not sure how I missed it earlier, but screw it, it bears repeating.

  2. Franko says:

    well, i don't know a better place or more appropriate time to post this one, then.

  3. dammit, beat me to it.

    carry on.

  4. You know, there are scientists on both sides of this controversy, and the data isn't all in yet. Let's not be hasty.

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