The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists set the infamous Doomsday Clock at two minutes to midnight in January 2018, making this our closest call since the 1950s.
Gaukhar Mukhatzhanova with the JamesMartinCenter for Nonproliferation Studies says the risks are increasingly multipolar.
They include the Trump administration's more aggressive nuclear posture review, the abandonment of key arms treaties with Russia and Iran, tensions between the nuclear-armed India and Pakistan, and the weakening of international institutions such as the United Nations.
Frighteningly, says Tom Nichols, a professor with the U.S. Naval War College, decisionmakers - and the public they are supposed to answer to - don't seem to realize how unstable the situation really is.
Pop culture was once full of mushroom clouds and nuclear winters.From the somber warnings of “On the Beach” to the satirical absurdism of “Dr. Strangelove,” mass media continually sounded the alarm about where we seemed to be headed.
Authors such as Kurt Vonnegut and performers including Prince and Tom Lehrer obsessed about our tendency toward self-destruction, as did director James Cameron in his movie “The Terminator.”
Nuclear Armageddon provided conveniently heightened stakes for storytellers, but those fantasies made Americans aware of a genuine threat.
“Popular culture was an important factor in shaping people's perceptions and levels of concern about nuclear war,” says Martin Pfeiffer, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of New Mexico who focuses on nuclear weapons.
“The Day After” was watched by 100 million people, and many people credit it with contributing to President Ronald Reagan's change of heart on nuclear disarmament.
Cold War pop culture also demonstrated a perfect response to an existential problem. Works including “WarGames,” “Terminator” and “Strangelove” illuminated the abhorrent logic behind choosing to launch such unthinkable weapons, as well as the computer systems that might automate such a choice.
Post-apocalyptic movies such as “Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior” and “The Day After” forced people to imagine the misery of life after a nuclear strike.
Those two approaches, combined with decades of activism, helped build public support for the policy changes that made a potentially civilization-ending conflict less likely.
It's hard to imagine the enormity of nuclear war - which is why books, movies and TV shows were so vitally important in helping us visualize the worst scenarios.
But now that the risk is high once again, many of us are in denial about the peril.
We need activism, but we also need new stories, to push us to confront this nightmare before it's too late.
Instead of pushing the American people to confront the nightmare of a nuclear holocaust before it’s too late, however, this report says, the US mainstream media and Hollywood elites, working in lockstep with their socialist Democrat Party overlords, have worked overtime these past nearly three years to insure that Russia will bomb the United States back to the stone age should it ever sense these maniacs might get their hands on power—and is more than justified because of these malign forces having done everything in their power to convince the American people that Russia interfered in 2016 with their presidential election.
The two main lynchpin claims made in the Trump-Russia Dossier, upon which it either stands or falls, this report notes, was its comically claiming that Trump lawyer Michael Cohen traveled to Prague-Czech Republic in order to coordinate with Russian intelligence operatives who would help win the election for Trump—and was because, even more laughably, Russia had a video of Trump peeing on prostitutes while he visited a hotel in Moscow he has never been to—the first claim Cohen shot down in flames during his under oath testimony this week when he stated “I've never been to Prague”—and his, likewise, admitting the truth that no “pee tape” of Trump in Moscow has ever existed.
With the report by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III reportedly nearly complete, impeachment talk in the air and the 2020 presidential election ramping up, fears that once existed only in fiction or the fevered dreams of conspiracy theorists have become a regular part of the political debate.
These days, there’s talk of violence, mayhem and, increasingly, civil war.
A tumultuous couple of weeks in American politics seem to have raised the rhetorical flourishes to a new level and also brought a troubling question to the surface: At what point does all the alarmist talk of civil war actually increase the prospect of violence, riots or domestic terrorism?
Speaking to conservative pundit Laura Ingraham, diGenova summed up his best advice to friends: “I vote, and I buy guns.And that’s what you should do.”