Life in Newburgh on Ythan

By Talpa

Uncertain times.

From this morning's BBC website:

"Scientists say the world has edged closer to apocalypse in the past year amid a darkening security landscape and comments by Donald Trump.
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (BPA) moved the minute hand of the symbolic Doomsday Clock from three minutes to two-and-a-half minutes to midnight. It is now at the second closest it has ever been. In a report, the BPA said President Trump's statements on climate change, expanding the US nuclear arsenal and the questioning of intelligence agencies had contributed to the heightened global risk.

The minute hand on the Doomsday Clock is a metaphor for how vulnerable to catastrophe the world is deemed to be. The symbolic device was created by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists in 1947. The BPA was founded at the University of Chicago in 1945 by a group of scientists who helped develop the first atomic weapons.

Today, the group includes physicists and environmental scientists from around the world, who decide whether to adjust the clock in consultation with the group's Board of Sponsors - which includes 15 Nobel laureates."

Today is also Holocaust Day; a timely reminder that total catastrophe can so easily descend upon any of us. The "extra" photograph is of a wall in the grounds of a synagogue in the old Jewish Ghetto in Cracow, Poland. The stone are the remains of Jewish tombstones smashed by the hooligans of the Third Reich.

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