NEW YORK (Reuters) - Scientists pushed back the hands on the symbolic Doomsday Clock by one minute citing hopeful developments in nuclear weapons and climate change. (fear driven propaganda seems to be the favorite tool of the establishment)
The symbolic clock that shows how close mankind is to self-annihilation was moved back to six minutes before midnight from five minutes on Thursday. (Here they are presenting the problem, humans, and of course the UN is the solution right?)
The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, which maintains the clock and puts an illustration of it on its cover, attributed the move to efforts by world leaders to reduce their countries' nuclear arsenals and collaborate on climate stabilization. (click to enlarge)
The group, which includes 19 Nobel laureates, said a key to the "new era of cooperation is a change in the U.S. government's orientation toward international affairs brought about in part by the election of (U.S. President Barack) Obama." (continuing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is change?)
Nuclear physicist Pervez Hoodbhoy at a news conference held at the National Academy of Sciences overlooking the World Trade Center site, said there had been "a shift in world opinion" recognizing that nuclear weapons are "no longer useful to fight wars and are not effective as deterrence." (We could have told you that.. but why is the US continuing to sell/trade weapons of mass destruction to foreign countries?)
BAS board member Lowell Sachnoff added, "Global warming is more of a threat than nuclear war."(noting that the 10 year temperature trend has actually gotten colder not warmer)-(more non-sense fear driven propaganda)
When the clock was created in 1947, (interesting to note this was when the league of nations and the UN was established) it was set at 7 minutes to midnight. It has been adjusted only 18 times before Thursday' move. The last was in 2007, when the BAS moved it forward by two minutes citing North Korea's test of a nuclear weapon, Iran's nuclear ambitions and a renewed U.S. emphasis the military utility of nuclear weapons.