Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Thursday, January 25, 2018

We are now just two minutes away from the apocalypse -- thanks largely to President Donald Trump. That was the dire warning Thursday from the atomic scientists who run the metaphorical Doomsday Clock -- and who have moved the hands 30 seconds closer to midnight, which represents the moment the world could be annihilated by nuclear war. "The world is not only more dangerous now than it was a year ago, it is as threatening as it has been since World War II," Lawrence Krauss and Robert Rosner wrote Thursday in The Washington Post. "In fact, the Doomsday Clock is as close to midnight today as it was in 1953, when Cold War fears perhaps reached their highest levels." Calling Trump "an undisciplined and disruptive president," the scientists said that under his leadership the U.S. has "backed away from its long-standing leadership role in the world."

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"Neither allies nor adversaries have been able to reliably predict U.S. actions of discern between sincere U.S. pronouncements and mere rhetoric," wrote Krauss and Rosner, who sit on the board of Chicago-based Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, which is the science journal that oversees the clock.

The failure of "Trump and other world leaders to deal with the looming threats of nuclear war and climate change" has endangered our very existence, they added.

Trump has vowed to expand America's nuclear capabilities and has claimed that global warming is a hoax, never mind that most scientists and departments like NASA and the Pentagon agree it poses a very real threat to America and the world.

Last year, the bulletin pushed the clock from three minutes to midnight to two and a half because "of destabilizing comments and threats from America's new commander in chief" and Trump's blatant disregard of facts and science.

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#1 | Posted by Corky at 2018-01-25 03:05 PM | Reply

I guess we can finally start saying "Thanks, trump!" for something.

#2 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2018-01-25 07:21 PM | Reply

Iron Maiden--"Two Minutes to Midnight"

#3 | Posted by madscientist at 2018-01-25 07:23 PM | Reply

The doomsday clock should be shoved up someone's hiney. It's a device to scare the populace so they can be both emotionally and mentally manipulated.

#4 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2018-01-25 07:25 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Let's use yours since I botched my title and BBC is better than HuffPost.

What good is moving the hands anyway? There is no reason to believe the troglodytes that support trump (and ushered in this 30 second advance) are capable of reading an analog clock.

#5 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2018-01-25 07:29 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Indiana, you beat me by...two minutes. ☺

#6 | Posted by madscientist at 2018-01-25 07:32 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

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#7 | Posted by retort at 2018-01-25 09:33 PM | Reply

#3

You don't think doomsday is something to be afraid of?

#8 | Posted by DirkStruan at 2018-01-25 09:54 PM | Reply

#6

It's just another Tuesday in Kansas.

#9 | Posted by Corky at 2018-01-25 09:57 PM | Reply

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#10 | Posted by retort at 2018-01-25 10:00 PM | Reply

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#7, i meant

#11 | Posted by Corky at 2018-01-25 10:07 PM | Reply

#7 is referring to Laura's #4 after the combining of threads. I'm fairly sure Iron Maiden is against Armageddon.

The body bags and little rags of children torn in two
And the jellied brains of those who remain to put the finger right on you.
As the madmen play on words and make us all dance to their song,
To the tune of starving millions to make a better kind of gun.

--Adrian Frederick Smith, Bruce Dickinson, Universal Music Publishing Group, © 1984

#12 | Posted by madscientist at 2018-01-25 10:13 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Ok, this is dumb. Hasn't the "Doomsday Clock" been hovering around two minutes to midnight for about 40 years?

#13 | Posted by REDIAL at 2018-01-25 10:56 PM | Reply

www.bbc.com

#14 | Posted by madscientist at 2018-01-25 11:28 PM | Reply

"The doomsday clock should be shoved up someone's hiney. It's a device to scare the populace so they can be both emotionally and mentally manipulated."

How are we manipulated by that clock? I'd say we are much more manipulated by threats of WMDs, etc. The Doomsday Clock is a warning device designed to tell us when our leaders are getting closer to using nuclear weapons. I appreciate it, I don't see how it misleads us. We definitely do need some method of judging the liklihood of nuclear war, especially in the age of Trump.

#15 | Posted by danni at 2018-01-26 09:51 AM | Reply

"Ok, this is dumb. Hasn't the "Doomsday Clock" been hovering around two minutes to midnight for about 40 years?"

Probably so, then when it gets to one minute probably we should question our leadership's ability to analyse real threats instead of paranoia. It serves a purpose, might not be an exact science, I'll acknowledge that but it is scientists who have some knowledge estimating the danger the best way that they can. Would we be better off without their opinions? I don't think so.

#16 | Posted by danni at 2018-01-26 09:53 AM | Reply

The "clock" has always been a fraud promoted by politically-correct ideologues posing as "scientists." Just another demonstration of how politicized "science" has become.

#17 | Posted by nullifidian at 2018-01-26 12:26 PM | Reply

thebulletin.org

#18 | Posted by madscientist at 2018-01-26 12:56 PM | Reply

#15 | POSTED BY NULLIFIDIAN

So Einstein and Oppenheimer were just "politically-correct ideologues posing as 'scientists'"?

And what are your qualifications?

#19 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2018-01-26 04:10 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

And what are your qualifications?

#17 | POSTED BY WHODAMAN

His qualifications are the first four letters of his moniker.

#20 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2018-01-26 04:36 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The so called 'Doomsday Clock' is a prop used for fake news.

#21 | Posted by visitor_ at 2018-01-27 03:22 AM | Reply

#19

Anything said about this fake president is by definition fake news.

#22 | Posted by Zed at 2018-01-27 05:48 AM | Reply

Dems have an simple solution.

Make any decision to use nukes require Congressional approval.

That would guarantee that American nukes would never be used.

#23 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-01-27 12:59 PM | Reply

--Dems have an simple solution.
Make any decision to use nukes require Congressional approval. "

Now there's a brilliant, Democrat idea. If Comrade Kim hits the West Coast with a nuke, require a joint session of Congress to approve retaliation. If the phone rings at 3:00 am, call Chucki Schemer and Nancy Pelosi.

#24 | Posted by nullifidian at 2018-01-27 01:09 PM | Reply

Donnie wants Kimmy to nuke the west coast.

It will help him win the 2020 popular vote.

#25 | Posted by ClownShack at 2018-01-27 01:50 PM | Reply

Make any decision to use nukes require Congressional approval.

"Now there's a brilliant, Democrat idea. If Comrade Kim hits the West Coast with a nuke..."

I am, of course, speaking of first strike capabilities. With would prevent an unstable moron from pushing his "big button" out of anger.

Self defense should be an obvious exception.

Except to contrarian Luddites, of course.

#26 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-01-27 05:41 PM | Reply

Humanity is not ready for some weapons.

www.youtube.com

#27 | Posted by Tor at 2018-01-27 06:11 PM | Reply

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