Thursday, January 26, 2017

Thirty Seconds Closer to Midnight

"A symbolic clock is as nourishing to the intellect as photograph of oxygen to a drowning man." -Dr. Manhattan, Watchmen
     The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists advanced the minute hand of the Doomsday Clock thirty seconds closer to midnight. According to the tie, humanity is now two-and-a-half minutes away from its destruction. The time is now closer to midnight than at any point since the testing of the first hydrogen bomb in 1953. Our march towards Armageddon is due to one man—Donald Trump.
       Yes, folks. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists is serious. When the Doomsday clock was established at the height of the Cold War, it was meant to raise awareness of existential threats. The development of the hydrogen bomb, as mentioned above as the last time the Doomsday clock was this close to midnight, clearly qualified as an existential threat. The election of a patriotic American president, however, does not.
       There was a time when the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists was not quite so alarmist. The minute hand was moved farthest away fro midnight in 1991 when the collapse of the Soviet Union brought about the end of the Cold War. These days, the Atomic Bulletin of Scientists is mired in left wing politics and fear mongering. It was not too many years ago they moved the minute hand further away from midnight because of the Occupy movement. Remember those doofuses? They were not exactly the savior of humanity types.
       Citing Trump specifically as the reason for advancing the minute hand closer to midnight is reminiscent of awarding Barack Obama the Nobel Peace Prize simply because of his existence. The latter put Obama on notice from the international community he was not to act as his predecessor, George W. Bush had. The new time on the Doomsday Clock is a clarion call for action to stop Trump.
       It will not work, nor should it. No one takes the Doomsday Clock seriously these days outside a few meek European parliaments. I may not be giving them enough credit. They probably do not care, either. Regardless, it amuses me the left claims science should not be politicized, then participates in speculation on the destruction of civilization based on politics.  How about we crank up on appropriate song for the occasion and quietly weep? You may choose your own reason for tears. There is no shame.      

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