Wednesday, January 11, 2012

5 Minutes To Doomsday

From Bulletin of the Atomic Scientist:

It is five minutes to midnight. Two years ago, it appeared that world leaders might address the truly global threats that we face. In many cases, that trend has not continued or been reversed. For that reason, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists is moving the clock hand one minute closer to midnight, back to its time in 2007.
What,pray tell,are the "global threats" that have us ticking to our destruction?A nuclear Iran? An Al-Quada having the bomb?Or maybe,just maybe,a weakened United States,led by our fearless,often vacationing leader,Barack Obama?Nope? This:
In fact, the global community may be near a point of no return in efforts to prevent catastrophe from changes in Earth's atmosphere.  The International Energy Agency projects that, unless societies begin building alternatives to carbon-emitting energy technologies over the next five years, the world is doomed to a warmer climate, harsher weather, droughts, famine, water scarcity, rising sea levels, loss of island nations, and increasing ocean acidification.  Since fossil-fuel burning power plants and infrastructure built in 2012-2020 will produce energy — and emissions — for 40 to 50 years, the actions taken in the next few years will set us on a path that will be impossible to redirect.  Even if policy leaders decide in the future to reduce reliance on carbon-emitting technologies, it will be too late.
They forgot to mention that the seas will become a boiling cauldron of blood and locust,giant man eating locust will emerge to devour mankind from off the face of the earth.

How can we avert such a catastrophe?:
The challenges to rid the world of nuclear weapons, harness nuclear power, and meet the nearly inexorable climate disruptions from global warming are complex and interconnected.  In the face of such complex problems, it is difficult to see where the capacity lies to address these challenges.  The political processes in place seem wholly inadequate to meet the challenges to human existence that we confront.

As such, the Science and Security Board is heartened by the Arab Spring, the Occupy movements, political protests in Russia, and by the actions of ordinary citizens in Japan as they call for fair treatment and attention to their needs....................
Yes,we must all repent of our evil capitalist ways and immediately embrace the nirvana that progressive socialism has to offer.Only then and only then,when we all are equally poor and miserable,will we all truly find peace and serinity.

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