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By Wick Fisher
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

'There ain't no time to wonder why'

Wick's World

 


So the naysayers have moved the doomsday clock forward by a half minute. The time is now two and a half minutes to midnight. Just what is that supposed to mean to the generations younger than me? I speak to those age groups that are not old enough to have learned the lessons taught in my school in the 1950s. The lesson is how to crawl under a wooden desk and tuck your head between your legs and prepare to kiss the rest of your body goodbye. The younger generations probably have a hard time relating to a clock that predicts a doomsday scenario. The short explanation of what this clock represents is that it means the world as we know it ends when the doomsday clock strikes midnight.

Although 11:57:30 appears that the human race is dangerously close to saying goodbye to Mother Earth, one can take comfort that the clock run by atomic scientists since 1947 had once been closer. In 1953, it was set at two minutes to midnight. If that doesn’t give you comfort, you are in good company, because we shouldn’t sit back and placate the current administration's musings of the use of nuclear weapons.

Should nuclear war breakout, I advise you to refer to the 1950s version of how to save your skin from the nuclear fallout that causes the hard rain that’s going to fall. Crawl under your wooden desk, tuck your head between your legs and prepare to kiss the rest of your body goodbye. If that happens, then let me quote the lyrics from a famous anti-war song popularized at Woodstock by Country Joe and the Fish ­— “There ain’t no time to wonder why, whoopee we’re all gonna’ die.”

The threat of nuclear war is not the only device that moves the clock’s ticker forward by atomic scientists. There is a second reason and it has to do with the scientists themselves. We are told they are not to be believed or even listened to. The new administration, or more accurately, our new president, has put a muzzle around the mouth of the Environmental Protection Agency and science in general in order to completely silence any reference to climate change.

According to the scientists who set the doomsday clock, the same scientists whom we are not to listen to feel the effects of our rapidly changing climate can have just as devastating consequences as a nuclear war. If there is the smallest possibility our scientists actually know what they are talking about and climate change turns out to be the culprit that causes the hard rain that’s going to fall, then I cannot help you save yourself or your brothers and sisters living on our planet.

Drastic climate change can come in the form of severe weather, such as tornados, floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions and congressional denials. If the poles melt too rapidly, as they are now doing, we risk the possibility of a polar shift of the planet. If that happens, “There ain’t no time to wonder why, whoopee we’re all gonna’ die.”

Your only chance of survival is to see step one: Crawl under your wooden desk, tuck your head between your legs and prepare to kiss the rest of your body goodbye. Meanwhile, live your life to the fullest, enjoy the dog and pony show and have a good day.

 

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