Five Minutes, and NOBODY’S MOVING?

January 23, 2013 at 12:44 AM (animal activism, childcare and child protection, climate studies, curious research, current news, environmental issues, historic review, human life issues, late night studies, legal issues, political atmosphere, public debate, science and technology, social opinion, terrestrial studies, web gossip)

It may or may not seem that this is one clock in particular to which many of the significant levels of society are paying attention.  The clock itself could be more of a hype issue to bring a greater level of attention to a broader subject, yet the fact is that it’s presence is apparent should be to the general attention of all concerned human beings.  It is ticking, as it has been since it’s creation, and it is eerily moving closer to the alarm point!

The Doomsday Clock was created in 1947 by atomic scientists working with The University of Chicago.  It was during that year when the hands of the clock were set at 11:53 p.m..  Since then, the clock has made significant drops to signify that the world was close to global annihilion, being less than that amount of time from the end of civilization as it is currently understood.

During 1949, The Soviet Union detonated it’s first atomic bomb, which lead to the start of the nuclear arms race between that nation and The United States.  At that point, The Doomsday Clock was moved to four minutes to midnight.  Merely four years later, The U.S. and The U.S.S.R. made test runs of thermonuclear weapons, which moved the clock to a startling one minute before midnight!

The clock has shifted back and forth like a roller coaster since that year!  The beginning of the sixties had the clock at a seemingly safe spot of eleven minutes away from midnight.  1965 brought an Indo-Pakistani War (The Second Kashmir War), and 1967 brought The Six Day War between Israel against the Arab nations of Egypt, Jordan, and Syria.  Yet, an abrupt change occurred during 1968, when the clock shifted down to seven minutes before midnight, as The Vietnam War worsened.  Then, China and France acquired nuclear weapons!

The 1970s were seemingly safe, with The Doomsday Clock remaining no closer than nine minutes before midnight.  However, an abrupt change occurred during 1981, as The Soviet-Afghan War increased tensions between The United States and The Soviet Union.  The Clock fell to four minutes before midnight that year!  It was at the end of the 1980s when The U.S. and The U.S.S.R. signed The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty to eradicate all conventional and nuclear ground-based missiles of specified ranges.

By 1991, The Clock was a total of seventeen minutes away from midnight; a seemingly safe spot!  This indeed was the most secure setting of The Doomsday Clock, as it fell three minutes four years later, followed by a five minute fall three years behind that year, in 1998!  It was seeming that The Doomsday Clock was not going to turn back toward the better side with the turn of the millenium, as it’s 2002 recording indicated that it was merely seven minutes before midnight!

Another fall was indicated with the arrival of 2007, with a two minute time reduction.  However, a seemingly positive outlook was presented with the arrival of the first decade change of the twenty-first century.  2010 showed that The Doomsday Clock had gained a minute, resting at 11:54 p.m..  Yet, it was abruptly altered during 2012, with the clock losing a minute due to a global failure of commitment by worldwide governments to handle nuclear arsenal, to make adjustments to nuclear power safety levels, and to make greater efforts at strengthened adjustments to deal with global climate change.

Now, current news bulletins are broadcasting that The Doomsday Clock is set at five minutes before midnight as 2013 has begun.  Announcements are being broadcast to state that last year was the hottest recorded year within the contiguous United States, while the land was stricken by severe storms and devastated by disatrous droughts.  Current recognition of extreme nuclear arsenal between The United States and nations of the former Soviet Union do indicate the possibility of these weapons being able to get into the hands of the wrong people at the wrong times, leading to grave amounts of global destruction, and extreme levels of death!

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has written a letter to President Obama.  It has congratulated The President for his efforts at securing nuclear arsenal, while he has assisted with The U.S. government to to work toward supporting renewable energy.  Yet, The Bulletin has requested that President Obama to become more active with addressing climate change as it affects Earth on the whole scale.

Indeed, more attention needs to be brought to The Doomsday Clock.  If a greater amount of the global society on the whole is aware of this presence, and what it means to all of us, it is likely that more will be done to assist with protecting all that it stands to protect; all of us!  Right now, it sits at five minutes before midnight (the deadline), which really does not sound like much……


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Two G’s You Gotta See!

January 12, 2013 at 3:55 AM (curious research, current news, historic review, human life issues, legal issues, movie reviews, political atmosphere, public debate, social opinion, tv reviews, web gossip)

We got to see two excellent films this evening!  I was expecting both of them to be entertaining, yet I did not know that I was going to be totally entralled with what I was watching.  These movies likely will wind up among the selections of Oscar nominations when that time rolls around.  If not for the films themselves, the actors definitely will receive nods!

Our first choice was the excellently produced and performed Gangster Squad!  Sean Penn lead this scene as a truly dirty S.O.B., lead gangster Mickey Cohen.   During the late 1940’s era, Los Angeles is dominated by gangsters, under the control of Cohen.  Several portions of city government and officials operate beneath his observation, as well.  However, L.A. Police Chief Bill Parker (Nick Nolte) wants to attempt working with city forces loyal to what is right in order to attempt rectifying their city’s crumbling scene.

As 1949 has arrived, Chief Parker selects World War II veteran Sergeant John O’Mara (Josh Brolin) to lead a team of policemen that will go undercover to combat Cohen and his gangsters.  O’Mara proceeds to collect members for his band of battlers, during which Jerry Wooters (Ryan Gosling) gets involved with the officers.  It is Wooters, however, who finds himself sidetracked from his duties as an officer when he becomes infatuated with Grace Faraday (Emma Stone).  Faraday is the girlfriend of Mickey Cohen, yet Wooters chooses to enter into a secret romance with her!

Other officers that Chief Parker selects include narcotics expert Officer Coleman Harris (Anthony Mackie), technical expert Officer Conway Keeler (Giovanni Ribisi), and Officer Navidad Ramirez (Michael Peña).  The team proceeds to take on the extremely violent Mickey Cohen and his gang of drone-thugs.  A mass shoot-out occurs, where L.A.P.D. Officer Max Kennard (Robert Patrick) winds up as the lone fatality!

Our second film was the surprisingly delightful, and the exceptionally pleasing The Guilt Trip!  I do not know why I was surprised that it was a good movie, as Barbra Streisand was in it, so I should have known better.   Yet, this film really was a good film to watch!

Seth Rogen stars as Andy Brewster, the 30-something son of Joyce Brewster (Barbra Streisand).  He is a travelling salesman with an unsuccessful record of presenting and distributing his merchandise.  However, Andy has a new product that he is eager to display, and he is ready to get onto the road to have it shown across the nation.  His latest catch is that he wants his mother to accompany him, as he wants her to reconnect with an old flame from her past.  Andy believes this man may be his father, but he does not share this information with his mom, Joyce.

The Brewsters opt to leave New Jersey on this cross-country road trip.  It turns out to be a time of revelation for both of them, as they get to know one another more intellectually and truthfully.  A long the way, an especially entertaining occassion occurs when The Brewsters enter a restaurant where a 50-ounce steak eating contest in less than one hour is being held.  Joyce has to scarf down all of that meat in that amount of time to win a needed $100 to continue on their journey!   She has even more fun in that she meets a man while she is there from whom she initially is shy, yet a possible link is made.   As well, Joyce gets her ears pierced, at last!

Surprisingly, without choking, or without suffering a heart attack, Joyce does succeed with eating all of the steak meal!  She wins the $100, so she and Andy proceed toward San Francisco.  Upon reaching the location, they reach the home of her former boyfriend, Ben (Brett Cullen).  The three connect and talk, as Joyce and Ben take time to talk alone.  Eventually, it is clarified that Ben is not Andy’s father, though he was Joyce’s first love.  Time was spent to heal wounds and to strengthen bonds,  while possibly to build new bridges in lives in a very enjoyable story!

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 As always, more great films will be premiering soon!  Next week includes Broken City, Luv, and MamaHansel & Gretel:  Witch Hunters, Movie 43, and Parker premiere January 25.  Movies. movies, movies!!!


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This One Will Not Hit Earth, but It Might Disrupt Our Shows!

January 4, 2013 at 2:18 AM (astronomy topics, curious research, current news, extraterrestrial studies, human life issues, late night studies, public debate, science and technology, social opinion, web gossip)

It is always good to keep a look out for any possible danger that could have the potential to harm you!  I suppose that it does not matter if that danger is not an actual factor for over a million years; it still is a good thing to be aware of it.  With that in mind, I have to think that gratititude needs to be lauded upon those who worked to identify what could be an eventual force of fatality upon all of us!

Astronomers have been studying the skies with more and more precision recently, recognizing with greater detail about just what all of what lies beyond our skies.  We have a basic understanding of our local neighborhood, which includes the majority of the planets and stars within our galaxy, along with a majority of the galaxies within our Local Group.  A more precise realization of that understanding comes to a recognition of our solar system, with a specific identification of what is happening within it.

Some of the studies of our celestial confines have shown that an asteroid will pass uncomfortably close to Earth, soon!  Indeed, next month, February 15, 2013, an asteroid is set to skim by the extreme outer layers of the atmosphere.  The space rock labeled as 2012 DA14 will graze our world at a distance of 21,000 miles.  This actually is closer to Earth than The Moon!

2012 DA14 itself is roughly 150 feet wide.  Yet, it is thought to be able to produce an impact explosion that would equate to a 2.4 megaton T.N.T. explosion.  This is believed to be a large enough of a blast to destroy a major metropolis!

The projections of this fly-by have been verified to be accurate in that it is assured that 2012 DA14 will NOT strike Earth.  It is expected to fly by the planet at the afore-mentioned distance, bringing no actual harm.  Yet, this range is within the satellite belt, so it is possible that the asteroid could strike a satellite.  Communications systems, television programs, radio stations, et cetera, technically could be disabled for some unknown lengths of time due to damages inflicted by a hurtling mass of space rock!  So, you may miss some of your favorite television shows, miss out on some of your special radio broadcasts, but life will go on….

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