“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness; it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity; it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness; it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair; we had everything before us, we had nothing before us; we were all going directly to Heaven, we were all going the other way.” Homage to Charles Dickens, opening lines from, The Tale of Two Cities
It is the best of times! It is the worst of times!
This blog has wallowed in the beauty of our present world and the growing risk that it will soon explode like a colorful soap-bubble at the end of a happy party. My natural optimism sees our present world as heavenly and it is getting better every day in almost every way. I see the problems but I also see the population as having gone from 2 billion to 6.8 billion during my lifetime. That is proof absolute that things have been very good indeed. The growth continues unabated. Never before and never again will we have the current kind of population growth neither total population wise nor percentage wise. This decade is as good as it has ever been and it’s still getting better — but not for long.
The world is getting closer to Doomsday, the day when the worlds hydrogen bomb possessing powers decide it’s time to use them. What should bother every human on this planet is how many different independent people can set off a Hydrogen bomb. This was discussed on this blog before as, Who should have the power to explode A-bombs? and A-bombs and the population of the top 100 countries. The problem is that with more independent possibilities there are for a bomb to go off accidently or purposefully the risk of that happening increases. The guess and it is a guess because the number of bombs any state has it totally a secret no matter what they say they have. This is an area were lying is easy because everything is kept very secret. It is reported that even Vice President Truman didn’t find out about the A-bomb project until after he was sworn in as President. There are other examples of secrecy but no one knows about the number of these bombs and if they know they probably aren’t saying. But it really doesn’t matter so much what the exact total number is as much as how many decision makers have their fingers on the buttons for an intentional explosion. The total number is important for the extent of the effects of the total war and also for the likelihood of an accidental explosion which then triggers an all out war but the number of fingers on the Doomsday button is more critical.
The bombs listed from inside the blog linked above included China ~160-400, India ~100-400, USA ~5,535, Pakistan ~60, Russia ~8,800, France ~350, UK ~200, North Korea ~10?, Israel ~100-200. This previously published list didn’t include several countries which were just published in TIME magazine mix of NATO countries which have about 200 American made B-61 bombs (rated at half Megaton each) spread between the Dutch, Belgian, Italian and German nations. What about Denmark? Iceland? Lithuania? Luxembourg? Portugal? Brazil, Chile and other’s. Who knows? I don’t. But, it really doesn’t matter because, in the long run they will be used. What isn’t know is just how long the long run is. For a really stupid answer check the official Doomsday clock. We need a backup plan for the Earth we need an EarthArk, and we desperately need it now.
Now is the best of times but it’s about to be the worst of times!