Tense world on the brink: Doomsday clock may move closer toTense world on the brink: Doomsday clock may move closer to midnight
January 10, 2012 – WORLD – Scientists behind the Doomsday Clock will announce today whether or not it will move the minute hand if its countdown to the possibility of a nuclear explosion. The clock, which last moved in January 2010, is a universally recognized indicator of the world’s vulnerability to catastrophe from nuclear weapons, climate change, and emerging technologies. he last change pushed the clock’s hands back one minute from five, to six, minutes before midnight, meaning the ‘apocalypse’ was considered less likely in the world climate of the day. However, with 2011 feeling apocalyptic at times, it would be a surprise if the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists (BAS), the panel behind the decision, said the potential for nuclear meltdown was less likely. The most significant contributing factors to the decision will be the narrowly averted nuclear disaster at the Fukushima plant in Japan which was caused by the earthquake and tsunami on March 11. There are also concerns about the danger from Iran which has begun to enrich uranium at a secret underground site – a move which could be a step towards developing a nuclear bomb. Further cause to move the clock closer to midnight comes from North Korea where the death of Kim Jong Il saw his young and untested son Kim Jong Un put in control of a country widely believed to have full nuclear capabilities. Today’s announcement by the BAS follows a year of deliberations by the group of experts who determine the risk, a process that culminated in the 3rd Annual Doomsday Clock Symposium which took place yesterday in Washington DC. The discussions took into account recent events and trends for the future of humanity with input from experts in the fields of nuclear weapons, nuclear energy, climate change, and bio-security. Subjects addressed at the symposium included how nuclear weapons can be managed in a world of increasing economic, political, and environmental volatility. –Daily Mail
Are You Ready for Doomsday?
Super volcanoes, nuclear war, economic collapse and polar shifts—many Americans believe the end of the world is coming.
By Reza Gostar
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April 30, 2012
Whether sparked by the recession, the end of the Mayan calendar, natural catastrophes or turmoil in the Middle East, many Americans are preparing for the ultimate worst case scenario—doomsday.
All around this grand country of ours, people are preparing for the day when all of society breaks down, civility loses the battle with man’s savage nature and humanity reverts to a new dark age.
If fact, this growing movement has gained so much traction that there are even television shows and dating sites dedicated to the idea of doomsday preparation. One particular show called Doomsday Preppers, which I admit I’m a fan of, takes a peek into this growing American subculture.
Many of the so called “preppers” profiled on the television program differ vastly from one another. The show broke the common misconception that all doomsday preppers are either gun- loving Jesus freaks or survivalist nuts, a stereotype that while true in some cases is not the status quo for all those who plan for the worst. For instance, one particular episode profiled a family who didn’t believe in arming themselves at all. They considered themselves pacifists.
One in seven thinks end of world is coming: poll
(Reuters) - - Nearly 15 percent of people worldwide believe the world will end during their lifetime and 10 percent think the Mayan calendar could signify it will happen in 2012, according to a new poll.
The end of the Mayan calendar, which spans about 5,125 years, on December 21, 2012 has sparked interpretations and suggestions that it marks the end of the world.
"Whether they think it will come to an end through the hands of God, or a natural disaster or a political event, whatever the reason, one in seven thinks the end of the world is coming," said Keren Gottfried, research manager at Ipsos Global Public Affairs which conducted the poll for Reuters.
"Perhaps it is because of the media attention coming from one interpretation of the Mayan prophecy that states the world 'ends' in our calendar year 2012," Gottfried said, adding that some Mayan scholars have disputed the interpretation.
The Top 50 Excuses For Not Prepping
The following are the top 50 excuses for not prepping....
1. "The U.S. Economy Is The Greatest Economy On The Planet - There Is No Way That It Could Ever Collapse"
2. "Once Barack Obama Wins The Election Everything Will Be Better"
3. "Once Mitt Romney Wins The Election Everything Will Be Better"
4. "When Things Get Really Bad The Government Will Take Care Of Us"
5. "When Disaster Strikes I Will Just Steal From Everyone Else That Has Been Busy Preparing"
6. "The Rapture Will Be At Any Moment So I Don't Have To Worry About Prepping"
7. "The Economy Has Always Recovered After Every Recession In The Past And This Time Will Be No Different"
8. "The People That Are Running Things Are Very Highly Educated And They Know Exactly What They Are Doing"
9. "Wal-Mart Will Always Be There"
10. "Our Politicians Are Watching Out For Our Best Interests"
11. "The 2012 Apocalypse Is Almost Here And We Are All Doomed Anyway - So Why Even Try?"
12. "Preppers Do Not Have A Positive Mental Attitude"
13. "If An Economic Collapse Comes I Will Just Go On Welfare"
14. "There Are Some Things You Just Can't Prepare For"
15. "Prepping Is Too Expensive"
16. "We Are Not Like Other Countries - U.S. Cities Are Designed To Withstand Major Earthquakes"
17. "I Need To Save Up For Retirement Instead"
18. "The Stock Market Has Been Soaring So Why Worry?"
19. "I Don't Have Room To Store Anything"
20. "Prepping Is For Crazy People"
21. "I Don't Believe In Conspiracy Theories"
22. "All The Food I Store Is Going To Go Bad"
23. "I Would Rather Spend My Time Watching American Idol"
24. "All The People Who Freaked Out About Y2K Look Really Foolish Now, Don't They?"
25. "I Don't Want To Look Like Those Idiots On 'Doomsday Preppers'"
26. "An EMP Attack Could Never Happen"
27. "There Will Never Be A Nationwide Transportation Disruption In The United States"
28. "Instead Of Being So Paranoid, I Would Rather Just Enjoy Life"
29. "If Society Falls Apart I Wouldn't Want To Continue To Live Anyway"
30. "There Will Never Be Another World War"
31. "I'm Too Lazy To Grow A Garden"
32. "If You Assume The Worst Is Going To Happen Then You Don't Believe In America"
33. "Deficits Don't Matter"
34. "I'll Always Be Able To Get A Job In My Field"
35. "If There Is A Financial Collapse All Of My Debts Will Be Wiped Out So I Might As Well Live It Up Now"
36. "If Things Hit The Fan I Will Just Go Move In With My Relatives Who Have Been Busy Prepping"
37. "Those That Believe That There Will Be Massive Riots In American Cities Someday Are Just Being Delusional"
38. "My Spouse Would Think That I Have Finally Lost It"
39. "I Don't Know Where To Start"
40. "I'll Just Deal With Problems As They Arrive"
41. "I Don't Have To Prepare For A Natural Disaster - That Is What FEMA Is For"
42. "We'll Never See Martial Law In The United States"
43. "I Don't Want To Scare My Children"
44. "Once I Get Rid Of All My Debt Then I Will Start Thinking About Prepping"
45. "My Relatives Already Think That I Am A Nut Job - I Don't Need To Make It Any Worse"
46. "If People At Work Find Out That I Am Prepping It Could Hurt My Career"
47. "If There Really Was A Good Reason To Prepare They Would Tell Us About It On The News"
48. "People Have Been Predicting Doom And Gloom For Years And It Hasn't Happened Yet"
49. "The United States Is The Greatest Nation On Earth - There Is No Way That It Could Collapse"
50. "I Don't Plan On Becoming A Card Carrying Member Of The Tin Foil Hat Brigade"