While most scientists are trying to discover lost civilizations, developing a cure for cancer, or busily working out the kinks in many thousands of worthwhile theories and hypotheses, a crew of brainiacs in Chicago spend their time predicting the end of time.

Instead of using their wisdom to help preserve mans ability to survive on our ever changing planet, he Doomsday timekeepers sit behind the monitors of their number crunching super computers, eating granola, and hoping to find some gloomy news to pass along to us nonintellectual types.

(Fox News Article)
Scientists on Wednesday changed the time on Chicago’s Doomsday Clock two minutes closer to midnight, or the apocalypse, based on what they said is the “most perilous period since Hiroshima and Nagasaki,�? during dual announcements in London and Washington, D.C.

“We foresee great peril if governments and societies don’t take action now�? to offset climate change, said astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who has warned that the survival of the human race depends on its ability to colonize space because of the increasing risk that a disaster will destroy the Earth.

What does this mean to you and me? I’m not sure, but these Doomsday people are pretty convinced that they have a firm grip on the situation. I went to their website (TheBulletin.org) and looked it over. Let me tell you, things don’t look too damn good from their side of the screen. I think I might have some nightmares tonight.

This is their reason to get out of bed in the mornings:

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’ Doomsday Clock conveys how close humanity is to catastrophic destruction–the figurative midnight–and monitors the means humankind could use to obliterate itself. First and foremost, these include nuclear weapons, but they also encompass climate-changing technologies and new developments in the life sciences and nanotechnology that could inflict irrevocable harm.

My wife is always accusing me of being cynical, and I thought I was just a tad bit on the pessimistic side until I read some of the lines those folks have come up with. I think that I’m going to sign her up to get their news bulletins so she can see just how positive I really am.