The Aptly Named Wonkblog of the Washington Post:
“The probability of global catastrophe is very high,” the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists warned in setting the Doomsday Clock 2.5 minutes before midnight earlier this year. On nuclear weapons and climate change, “humanity’s most pressing existential threats,” the Bulletin’s scientists found that “inaction and brinkmanship have continued, endangering every person, everywhere on Earth.”
Every day, it seems, brings with it fresh new horrors. Mass murder. Catastrophic climate change. Nuclear annihilation.
It’s all enough to make a reasonable person ask: How much longer can things go on this way?
Fifty million people died in World War II.
The Black Death killed 75 to 200 million between 1346–1350.
Jimmy Carter was President for four years.
Hillary Clinton was once our highest ranking diplomat.
We’ll probably get through this just fine.
The Doomsday clock exists, but is not a real thing. You could more or less read it as
achieving what democrats want at expected pace: +0 seconds
achieving what democrats want at faster than expected pace +5 seconds
democrat’s wants are stalled: -5 seconds
republican wants are granted -10 seconds.
doomsday approaches +0 seconds
doomsday recedes +0 seconds
(it is also valid to replace every occurrence of Democrat with Socialist, as always)
Eve of Destruction,
City Inspectors, Bill Collectors,
Solid Gold in Demand, Population Out a Hand
Suicide, Too many Bills,
Hippies moving to the hills,
People all over the World, are shouting, “End the War!”
… and the band played on …