Doomsday Clock to change again

But they’re not saying which way:

The minute hand of the famous Doomsday Clock is set to move this Thursday, and for the first time, anyone with Internet access can watch. Which way the hand will move and by how much have not been made public.

The event will take place at 10 a.m. EST (1500 GMT) on Jan. 14 at the New York Academy of Sciences Building in New York City. While the actual clock is housed at the Bulletin of Atomic Sciences offices in Chicago, Ill., a representation of the clock will be changed at Thursday’s news conference. (You can watch the live Web feed at

Since January 2007, the D-Day Clock has sat at 5 minutes to midnight.  Prior to that, the clock was at 7 minutes to, but was moved 2 minutes closer to midnight due to all the wars going on, the destruction of human habitat due to global warming and last but not least, the nuclear threat.

Who knows which way it will go!  Watch live:  tune in on Thursday at 10am eastern time and find out how close we are to destruction and utter devastation!  (Care to make it interesting?  My money’s on one minute further away, or 6 minutes to the Midnight Hour.)

7 Responses to “Doomsday Clock to change again”

  1. 1 Janus Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    China just tested a new weapons system. I’ll take that bet.

  2. 2 JJ Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    What do you think, closer? 4 minutes to midnight?? 😯

  3. 3 Phatbiker Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    The one big problem with China’s new weapon system is that it is “made in China” and if it is like all the other crap they make, it won’t work for long. 2 minutes to midnight if Sarah Palin or some other nutty repuke becomes POTUS.

  4. 4 JJ Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    Phatbiker – Fortunately, the White House won’t be changing hands in the next two days, particularly not to Teabaggin’ Sarah. Actually, I think her new job at Fox probably makes the world just a little bit safer for the next few years.

    As far as China goes, the most devastating weapon in their arsenal is probably the massive debt owed to them by the USA.

  5. 5 barometers Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at 4:49 am

    Basically, the Bulletin’s board of directors meets periodically to discuss the various threats to the world. They consider the nuclear developments and ambitions of countries around the world, and decide to move toward or away from midnight. Since its creation in 1947, the clock has been moved eighteen times, with the last movement occurring in 2007. In the sixty-two years of its existence, the clock has moved back and forth, but is now only two minutes away from when it started.

  6. 6 toujoursdan Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at 6:40 am

    Global warming, world population projected to be 9-11 billion by 2050 (all wanting to consume like Americans), peak oil, 30,000 plant and animal species going extinct EACH YEAR, the Amazon and Congo river basins and the Indonesian and Malaysian rain forests being clear cut, deserts expanding, fresh water becoming scarce in semi arid parts of the world, coral bleaching, salt water intrusion, declining crop yields and fish stock collapse. Yet the denial is strong and people would rather talk about Tiger’s mistresses than the problems we face.

    Midnight will arrive soon enough, sadly.

  7. 7 Janus Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 10:03 am

    Looks like you were right, JJ. The clock moved back.

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