Stuff From An Old Notebook

Back in the eighties, I thought it’d be fun to get a group of conservatives together and publicize a “Tachometer to Tyranny”.  It’d have basically been a gauge of some sort that would represent the consensus of a number of conservative thinkers about the speed at which the world was driving towards one-world dictatorship.

Of course it would have  been a biased indicator!  That was the point!

It was, of course, a response to the “Bulletin of Atomic Scientists'” “Doomsday Clock”, which was  prominently on display during the eighties as a barometer (to mix my gauges) of lefty opinion about the state of the world.

It’s baaaaaaaaaaaack:

The minute hand of the famous Doomsday Clock will be moved at 3pm this afternoon, for the first time in two years.

The timepiece in New York conveys how close humanity is to catastrophic destruction, which is represented by midnight.

I’m wondering if the  media – which cover every “adjustment” of the clock with breathless, unquestioning credulity – ever asked themselves “why was it that the “Bulletin’s” “scientists” became the most pants-wettingly depressed about Ronald Reagan’s actions – the very actions that made it possible to adjust the clock “backwards” shortly after his administration?

Oh, that’s right.  Must not question them; the science is settled.

5 thoughts on “Stuff From An Old Notebook

  1. A spokesman said: ‘Factors influencing the latest Doomsday Clock change include international negotiations on nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation, expansion of civilian nuclear power, the possibilities of nuclear terrorism, and climate change.’

    The clock is located in New York. lo/hi temps on Wednesday were 24/35. Average temps for Jan 13 are 26/38. No evidence of ‘climate change’ whatsoever.

  2. So if the clock has been at about 5 minutes to midnight for the past 63 years, doesn’t that tell you something? Like maybe if it was accurate, the world would have ended by now.

  3. Stephen Hawking could walk if he wanted to. Lazy bastard.
    I think that you are onto something, Chuck. These “Top Scientists” should know that you can’t be moving time around all willy-nilly like that. Next thing you know they will be crossing lobsters with elephants and we’ll have all these giant lobterphants rampaging across the landscape & breaking the peace.

  4. This seems to be a way for “atomic” scientists to express themselves both politically and dramatically. Now they use it to express a foreign policy boosterism. How embarrassing.

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