See You In The Hague

How ridiculous is this?

Six hundred million gamers could be war criminals, Red Cross says

THE Red Cross is investigating whether 600 million gamers are violating the Hague and Geneva conventions when they kill and blow stuff up for fun.

Delegates at the 31st International Conference of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Red Crescent raised the concerns over the potential “International Humanitarian Law” violations – which can constitute war crimes – during a workshop in Geneva.

“Exactly how video games influence individuals is a hotly debated topic, but for the first time, Movement partners discussed our role and responsibility to take action against violations of IHL in video games,” the Red Cross wrote in its daily bulletin.

See also:
Could Playing Videogames Be a War Crime?
Red Cross: 600m videogamers may be war criminals
War Crimes in Video Games Draw Red Cross Scrutiny
Are You a Video Game War Criminal?
Red Cross Investigating Virtual War Crimes
Red Cross Would Like Rules of War Applied to Video Games [Updated]
Red Cross: Violent video games violate international law
The Red Cross and Six Hundred Million Hague Convention Violations
Should the Geneva Conventions Be Applied to Video Games?
Should video games respect international war crimes law?
Red Cross vows not to prosecute video gamers for war crimes
Gamers are safe from war crimes prosecution
Red Cross: Gamers safe from war crimes prosecution

Whew, well, it’s good to know that the ICRC isn’t going to prosecute video gamers, so we dodged a bullet there. However, it’s incredibly troubling and well beyond insane that they’re even thinking about it. If you’re thinking about donating to the Red Cross this holiday season remember, there’s a huge difference between the American Red Cross and the International Red Cross.

/the former does good and important relief work, while the latter is just plain bat[expletive deleted] crazy

It’s Five Minutes To Midnight, What Time Will It Be Thursday?

Keep the kids home from school, this’ll be fun for the whole family.

Doomsday Clock to be reset, watch it online

Take note, all you apocalypse watchers, because this Thursday the minute hand of the famous Doomsday Clock is set to move.

This is the first time, anyone with internet access can watch the minute hand being moved. But which way the hand will move and by how much have not been made public, LiveScience reported on Tuesday.

The event will take place at 10am EST on January 14 at the New York Academy of Sciences Building in New York City. While the actual clock is housed at the Bulletin of Atomic Sciences offices in Chicago, Illinois, a representation of the clock will be changed at Thursday’s news conference.

The last time the Doomsday Clock minute hand moved was in January 2007, when it was pushed forward by two minutes, from seven to five minutes before midnight. The change was meant to reflect two major sources of potential catastrophe that could bring us closer to “doomsday”, according to the board of ‘The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’, a magazine focused on warning the world of the dangers that the invention of the atomic bomb helped to unleash.

The factors influencing the latest Doomsday Clock change include negotiations on nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation, expansion of civilian nuclear power, the possibilities of nuclear terrorism, and climate change.

Watch all the excitement live!

Date:
Thursday, January 14, 2010

Time:
10:00 AM EST (3:00 PM GMT)

Online Location:
www.TurnBackTheClock.org

See also:
Doomsday Clock to Change This Week
Doomsday clock to change on Jan. 14
See doomsday’s possible approach, streamed live
Doomsday Clock Due for Reset, But Which Way?
Doomsday Clock To Be Moved Thursday
Minute Hand on Doomsday Clock to Move This Week
Doomsday Clock to Change This Week
Doomsday Clock Update: Are We Closer to Armageddon? (Poll Results)
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
Doomsday Clock
DoomsdayClock.org

Now common sense would dictate that between al Qaeda, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, North Korea, the threat of nuclear proliferation and global warming hysteria, they’d move the minute hand a minute or two closer to midnight. Then again, you need to remember that the “scientists” in charge of the Doomsday Clock are pretty much liberal lefty loons (LLLs) and, with the ascension of Obama to the world stage and Obama’s subsequent Nobel Peace Prize, they might just have gotten it in their pointy heads that the world is actually safer today and move the minute hand back. Either way, we’ll find out Thursday.

/I’m going to go with one minute closer, four minutes to midnight