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Thursday, January 14, 2010

The Doomsday Clock Moves Back One Minute

...and cue Right Wing lunacy.

The symbolic Doomsday Clock, introduced by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists in 1947,  has been moved back from 12:05 to 12:06. In a statement made by the board, the move was inspired by, among other things, the election of President Obama:

A key to the new era of cooperation is a change in the U.S. government’s orientation toward international affairs brought about in part by the election of Obama. With a more pragmatic, problem-solving approach, not only has Obama initiated new arms reduction talks with Russia, he has started negotiations with Iran to close its nuclear enrichment program, and directed the U.S. government to lead a global effort to secure loose fissile material in four years. He also presided over the U.N. Security Council last September where he supported a fissile material cutoff treaty and encouraged all countries to live up to their disarmament and nonproliferation obligations under the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty …”

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