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Doomsday Clock 5 Minutes and Counting

Updated on January 11, 2012

When the clock strikes midnight

An allegorical timepiece which measures the ever impending fate of mankind, was moved up a notch Tuesday.

The figurative time keeper now reads: 11:55. And time for civilization is ticking away. For at the stroke of midnight, the apocalypse will rain fire upon the earth. Or will it?

Put into place by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (BAS), the figurative ticker serves as an awareness gimmick designed to warn against various calamitous perils.

The last time the doomsday clock was moved closer toward the fate of mankind, was in 2007. And while the movement of the clock's hands was once solely based on the proliferation of nuclear arms, concern for chemical munitions and the supposed rise of environmental threats, have made climate change and biological weaponry factors in the matter.

"Today with the clear and present dangers of nuclear proliferation, climate change and the continued challenge to find new and sustainable and safe sources of energy, business as usual reigns the norm among world leaders," Lawrence Krauss, co-chair of the group's board of sponsors, declared at a press conference.

Since its inception, the Doomsday clock has been reset 20 times. And the closest it has ever come to striking midnight and ushering in the apocalypse, was in 1953 at the beginning of the nuclear armament race when the clock's hand was pushed to the two minutes-and-counting mark.

With events reaching bowling points in the Middle East in 2011, and power transitions in nuclear-ambitious countries such as, North Korea and China, the idea of a doomsday clock comes across as, anything but mere gimmick.

No doubt, the world appears troubled and doomsday seems to lurk beyond the horizon. Yet hope, must be allowed to rise from the ashes and turn back the hands of impending doom.

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      H C Palting 6 years ago from East Coast

      I enjoyed this hub. I hadn't heard of or thought about the doomsday clock in well over a decade. The clock represents our capability of destroying ourselves but most of us know of this ability without it. Just taking a look at the news only serves as a sometimes depressing reminder.

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      CoauthorU 6 years ago from Inland Northwest, USA

      Good Hub... and no I don't think that you think the clock is a real ticker.

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      Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      cafeteria: I understand what you are saying ant it is so true.

      By the way I was never upset, merely excited and enthusiastic about sharing God's word.

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      cafeteria 6 years ago from Lexington Kentucky.

      I pointed out that it's allegorical, Dave. In other words I, as a Catholic Christian, don't believe in it either! Read my hub on the Mayan calendar. Lighten up Dave.

      I know you looked bad on the whole: call no man father thing...but it's alright...calm down.

      And considering the idiots we have as world leaders, doom and gloom is always around the corner. It was for the Japanese, at our hands, in the 1940's.

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      Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Since this "Doomsday Clock" is some mythical clock that doesn't exist, that makes your warning of gloom and doom, nothing more than a story, a fairytale, as an attempt to create fear in others.

      Spout your rediculous nonsense all you wish to. I as a Christian will not believe your stories. You, are not God.