Why the Emblematic Clock is edging towards midnight ?

Updated: Oct 23, 2020



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By,

Surendra Kumar Sagar

Engineer, Thinker, Eco-friendly-urban-space planner.

Author of deeply philosophical works like Bright Light in The Sky, Intelligent Field, Six Words.


The Emblematic Clock stands at 100 seconds to midnight. In the first week of January 2017, while copy editing my second book Intelligent Field, I added a two-page section on `Current Status –December 2016 ` in the Chapter on `Information In The Field`. The following lines were a part of this section:


I guess that the needle of the emblematic clock might just have moved closer to midnight by at least half a minute, the day Trump was elected President. I hope I am wrong.

Later that month, the following headlines appeared in the Bangalore edition of the Times of India: The Doomsday Emblematic Clock moved 30 seconds closer to midnight. The clock in January 2017 stood at two and a half minutes to midnight.


T H E D O O M S D A Y E M B L E M A T I C C L O C K

W H A T I T I S ?






In 1947, a couple of years after Hiroshima and Nagasaki Nuclear attacks that signaled the end of World War II, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists evolved from a newsletter into a magazine. A Clock appeared on the cover for the first time. It symbolized the urgency of the nuclear dangers that the magazine's founders along with the broader scientific community, were trying to convey to the leaders around the world. The Clock was called the Doomsday Emblematic Clock.


I N 1 9 4 7, T H E C L O C K S T O O D A T 7 M I N U T E S T O

M I D N I G H T.







In 1949 President Harry Truman told the American public that the Soviets tested their first nuclear device, officially starting the arms race. We do not advise Americans that doomsday is near and that they can expect atomic bombs to start falling on their heads a month or year from now; the Bulletin explains. But we think they have reason to be deeply alarmed and to be prepared for grave decisions.


T H E C L O C K W A S M O V E D B Y 4 M I N U T E S TO

TH R E E M I N U T E S T O M I D N I G H T.




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In 1953, after much debate, the United States decided to pursue the hydrogen bomb, a weapon far more powerful than any atomic bomb. In October 1952, the United States tests the first thermonuclear device, obliterating a Pacific Ocean islet in the process; nine months later, the Soviets test an H-bomb of their own. The hands of the Clock of Doom have moved again. The Bulletin announces. Only a few more swings of the pendulum, and, from Moscow to Chicago, atomic explosions will strike midnight for Western civilization. The clock stood at 2 minutes to midnight. Over the years, depending on the seriousness of the situation, the clock moved `closer` or `away` from midnight. Here are some record of the Movement of the `Doomsday Emblematic Clock` from 1947 to the present date.


The Year 1947 …. 7 minutes to midnight.

The Year 1949 …. 3 minutes to midnight.

The Year 1953 …. 2 minutes to midnight.

The Year 1954 to 1960 …. Gradually increasing to 7 minutes to midnight.

A close save in 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis, there was a 1 in 6 probability of a nuclear attack.

The Year 1963 …. 12 minutes to midnight, following a partial test ban treaty between the US and the Soviet Union.

The Year 1968 …. 7 minutes to midnight.

The Year 1969 …. 10 minutes to midnight.

The Year 1972 …. 12 minutes to midnight.

The Year 1974 …. 9 minutes to midnight.

The Year 1980 …. 7 minutes to midnight.

The Year 1981 …. 4 minutes to midnight.




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Jimmy Carter adressing athletes and officials



The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan hardens the U.S. nuclear posture. Before he leaves office, President Jimmy Carter pulls the United States from the Olympic Games in Moscow and considers ways in which the United States could win a nuclear war. The rhetoric only intensifies with the election of Ronald Reagan as president. Reagan scraps any talk of arms control and proposes that the best way to end the Cold War is for the United States to win it.


The year 1984 …. 3 minutes to midnight.

The year 1981.....4 minutes to midnight.

The year 1988 …. 6 minutes to midnight.

The year 1990 …. 10 minutes to midnight.

The year 1991 …. 17 minutes to midnight.

The year1995 …. 14 minutes to midnight.

The year 1998 …. 9 minutes to midnight.

Another close save in 1999 during the Kargil War between India and Pakistan during which there was a 1 in 5 chance of a nuclear attack.

The year 2002 …. 7 minutes to midnight.

The year 2007 …. 5 minutes to midnight.

The year 2010 …. 6 minutes to midnight.

The year 2012 …. 5 minutes to midnight.

The year 2015 …. 3 minutes to midnight.

The year 2016 …. 3 minutes to midnight.

The year 2017 …. Two and a half minutes to midnight.

The year 2018 …. 2 minutes to midnight

The year 2019 …. 2 minutes to midnight

The year 2020 …. 100 seconds to midnight.

The years 2017 to 2019 I got it right, I predicted the location of the Needle of the Doomsday Emblematic Clock correctly in my previous books Intelligent Field and Bright Light in the Sky.

In 2020 I got it wrong .. I predicted it would be 60 seconds to midnight, but the Bulletin announced the location as 100 seconds to midnight.


L E T S L O O K A T T H E C U R R E N T SI T U A T I O N


What do the 2020 Doomsday Clock - and the 2020 presidential election have in common?



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If Donald Trump wins the November election a Nuclear War between the US and CHINA becomes distinctly possible .. perhaps even unavoidable. Hence it is a no-brainer that the American voters should Vote for Biden .. AS IF THEIR LIFE DEPENDS ON IT. But there is another scenario, which is even more dangerous ...TRUMP CAN BE DANGEROUS EVEN IF HE HAS JUST 65 DAYS LEFT :

What when Donald Trump realizes he has no chance of winning. He does something silly. Such as "a preemptive nuclear attack on China." I recall Henry Kissenger's words:


" The greatest danger of nuclear war lies not in the deliberate action of wicked men, but in the inability of harassed men to manage events that have run away from them. This surely describes the future."
--Henry Kissenger

Trump may find plenty of supporters in the event of a confrontation with China. I Recall the recent headlines:

TRUMP WARNS CHINA OF CONSEQUENCES`

US WARSHIPS ENTER SOUTH CHINA SEAS AMID RISING TENSION WITH BEIJING

TRUMP THREATENS TO CUT OFF TIES WITH CHINA`

US SPY PLANES AT SOUTH CHINA SEAS`

CHINA LAUNCHES FOUR MISSILES INTO SOUTH CHINA SEAS IN PROTEST AGAINST US SPYING

CHINA FIRES AIRCRAFT CARRIER KILLER MISSILE IN WARNING TO US

US SAYS CHINAS MISSILE LAUNCHES A THREAT TO PEACE



COMPASSION INDEX



After all, is said and done, the' Compassion Index (CI) of the leaders of the world is important. The geo-politics in many countries is unstable and even chaotic. The leaders of many nations have a ridiculously low "CI." If sufficiently harassed, they may utilize the nuclear arsenals at their disposal. It may lead to a major chain reaction. An intellectual effort is needed to check and balances the chaos. It is also not so difficult. All the information is present in the INTELLIGENT FIELD which can be extracted from the field. Then it can be used as an anti-virus to remove all contamination from the field. Perhaps the `Intelligent Minds` can provide the script for a `play` or a `seminar` enacted and shown live worldwide that can raise the `CI` levels sufficiently towards safety and thus push the needle of the Emblematic clock sufficiently backward towards safety. Providing such a script is what I have endeavored to do in my books.

All my books are in-depth explorations into how humans can come together to change the course of history and reach a new stage in our lives where we can look back on war as an incomprehensible aberration of our past.


References:

Surendra Kumar Sagar. ( 2014) SIX WORDS

Surendra Kumar Sagar. (2017) INTELLIGENT FIELD

Surendra Kumar Sagar. (2019) BRIGHT LIGHT IN THE SKY

Surendra Kumar Sagar. (2020) SWITCHED ON

Surendra Kumar Sagar. (2020) DEEP STATE


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