Friday, January 12, 2007
Well! Only about a year after I noticed that the Doomsday Clock of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists appeared to be stuck, it seems that they are finally going to move its hand forward from -- Say this in an ominous voice. -- seven minutes to midnight!
That's what passes for the "good news", if you count such things as wakefulness by a bunch of doddering lefty scientists as such.
The bad news is ... that a bunch of doddering lefty scientists are the ones doing the moving. According to the news story, they are being coy about what direction they plan to move the hands of their clock, but the clincher is this:
The group did not say in which direction the hands would move. But in a news release previewing an event next Wednesday, they said the change was based on "worsening nuclear, climate threats" to the world. [bold added]Well, if, as I pointed out, their detailed knowledge of Iran's -- What was their word for it? Oh yeah. -- impressive degree of development of nuclear technology wasn't enough to prompt them to move the hand forward by now, then obviously, global warming would be.
Heck. Maybe they'll even move the hand back if they see this story between now and next Wednesday.