July 17, 2000
The Paradigm Clock
by Stephen Bassett
Washington, DC You, the person reading this right now, yeah, you, guess what? Youre not supposed to be here. Thats right, you shouldnt be alive. You should be dead or at least not born. Want to know why?
A group of men you most certainly never met, and in some cases never heard of, got together at the beginning of the century and started doing some science. Initially most of the science was out in the open. As each decade passed much of it became secret.
It was the physics of the manipulation of atomic structure, and the men included Fermi, Bohr, Einstein, Szilard, Teller, Seaborg, Lawrence, Oppenheimer, von Neumann, Heisenberg, Frisch, Gamow, Bethe, Hahn, Feynman, Morrison, Kistiakowsky, Neddermeyer, and dozens of others. Their work directly or indirectly led to the creation of the atomic bomb. Later, some of these men with others created the hydrogen bomb.
These men knew what they were doing and some were terrified. Had there not been a driving justification for this science, a world war needing an end; had they just been, as is sometimes the case, doing it because it could be done, many would have refused to proceed, or proceeding, had a nervous breakdown or committed suicide.
At one point they became concerned that igniting an atomic bomb might set the atmosphere on fire and kill all life on the planet. After a few head sessions, they decided the probability of that was low and they set off the test codenamed Trinity, a term used to describe the Godhead of the Christian faith.
Starting to get the picture? It was as close as men had come to being gods. They were about to create the means to destroy a world. In time the bombs were built, placed atop missiles, enhanced, MIRVed, and targeted on an enemy who had done the same. Two vast nations, each despising the other, with completely different ideologies, poised to strike in seconds and not a single soldier had to leave a trench. It was electronic, sterile and easy.
By any historical criteria you might apply to this grotesque circumstance, those missiles should have been launched and you should not be here. But they werent, and you are. And the reason you are here has little to do with science; it has everything to do with politics.
The politics of science came of age at Los Alamos as these men attempted to grapple with the implications of their inventions. They lobbied, petitioned, argued and agonized over how to control the physics of nuclear destruction. They reached out to presidents, the public and the press. That effort continues to this day.
Two very powerful developments connect the politics of atomic physics with the politics of disclosure:
Therefore, on April 30, 1998, the Paradigm Research Group published to the World Wide Web the Paradigm Clock. It includes a chronicle of events that have moved the clock. When the governments of the world, most likely but not necessarily led by the United States, formally disclose to their citizens the presence of extraterrestrial beings, the Paradigm Clock will strike midnight. The time set for April 30, 1998 was 11:57:00 pm, three minutes to midnight, reflecting a view the disclosure process had advanced substantially since the end of the Cold War in 1989.
However, there is a wonderful concordance between the politics of disclosure and the politic of atomic physics. The Doomsday Clock was published in the same year the modern UFO era began, 1947 the year of Roswell and Kenneth Arnold. For that reason the Paradigm Clock was retroactively created going back to 1947 and was initially set at the same time 11:53:00 pm.
Since it was published in 1998, the Paradigm Clock, has been reset three times:
The developments which affected the last time setting are shown below. Other events going back to 1947 can be found in the Time Change Chronicle at the Paradigm Research Group website.
The new time setting of 11:58:00 pm is intended to inform the public and the press that disclosure is near.
Should we fear the science of atomic physics and the science of the extraterrestrial propulsion and energy systems, or should we fear the politics of that science? Can good policy emerge from a morass of lies, covert programs, illegal actions, subversion and public ignorance?
These are the questions the Paradigm Clock invites you to consider, and more importantly, invites your political leaders to consider openly. So far more people on this earth have perished prematurely from bad politics than from the laws of nature.
It comes down to what kind of world you want to construct. If you desire a political reality that is done by you rather than to you, there are two things you have to do - pay attention and get involved. And now is a very good a time.
Copyright © 2000 Stephen Bassett