The Doomsday Clock will change at midnight Pyongyang time, 1/14

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010 By

That’s Pyongyang, North Korea for those keeping score

If there's a doomsday to be had, you can be sure the Kitty will be nearby.

Just in case you were wondering, the minute hand on the nuclear war Doomsday Clock is going to move on Thursday, January 14. It is unclear which direction the hand will go, so if you’re on the fence about payday loans and need some quick cash, think fast. At least read the literature.

Who watches the watchmen?

Deborah MacKenzie blogs for New Scientist that the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists think we need an update as to how much closer (or how much more distant) we are from the midnight of nuclear war and/or total global collapse. Yes, we will officially never be able to live the Cold War down. If you’ve read or seen the film “The Watchmen,” you know what I’m talking about. If you’re a student of history, you know that this used to be a serious thing people worried about.

We are currently five minutes from midnight

Not to scare you or anything. Just remember that PersonalMoneyStore.com is available 24/7. MacKenzie writes that the last time the hand of ominous time moved was 2007, from 11:53 to 11:55. G.W. Bush was president and he allegedly had some faith in the country’s nuclear weapons program. He also wasn’t a fan of arms control, so nervous types assumed the end times were speeding closer.

FYI: The farthest the hand has ever been from dogs and cats living together was 11:43 in 1991, after the U.S. and Russia signed the Strategic Arms Control Treaty. It’s a START.

But Obama won a Nobel Peace Prize

Doesn’t that count for something, Mr. Doomsday Clock? As a reanimated Cher once warbled, what if we could turn back time? I’d take back all the words that have hurt you, Clock. Then the new START treaty will emerge and my pop culture fever dreams will all be for moot. The Nobel laureates who turn the hand may spring forward (because they didn’t like what happened in Copenhagen with the climate conference) or fall back (because of Cher), and they’ll make a big show out of it. And I want to know if the chanteuse will need a cash advance for new peacock feathers.

Catch it live at TurnBacktheClock.org

It will all be streamed live at from the New York Academy of Sciences. That’s 10 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, 3 p.m. in London, 4 p.m. in Berlin and 7 p.m. in Tehran. In a delicious turn of the screw, it will stream at midnight in Pyongyang, North Korea. Don’t tell me that wasn’t planned for dramatic effect and cash advance bloggers like myself.

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  1. SteveT says:

    So the clock moved back from midnight, but only by one minute. Apparently they recognized something was strange about President Obama being given the Nobel Peace Prize, too.

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