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17 August 2008

Doomsday Clock

I grew up in an era of fear; a time of nuclear blast drills, bomb shelters and civil defense. As a child in school, we practiced bomb preparedness. At the teacher's cue we would all drop to the floor on our knees with our heads down, away from the windows, and put our hands over our heads. Later in high school we sarcastically referred to these drills as ass to the blast. I had nightmares about mushroom clouds and firestorms. The Doomsday Clock appeared in the first issue of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists in 1947 at 7 minutes before midnight. The closest we have been to complete devastation is 2 minutes in 1953. We are currently 5 minutes from midnight -- Doomsday.

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