This is bizarre. The most nuked place in the world is the United States, but the Russians and Chinese are crazier than we are. Americans play with kilotons with a few megatons in the Pacific, but Russians and Chinese mess with megatons on land. Didn’t that 50 megaton Tsar Bomba in 1961 freak you out?
If not, here’s what those explosions really look like:
And those little bursts at the end from North Korea aren’t reassuring.
It’s a wonder we all aren’t glowing in the dark.
I guess there are no countries in Africa, but then, you wouldn’t know where they were anyway.
And let’s see some states, shall we?
There’s some talk about building this, above, in Orlando. So, right now, it’s fantasy:
This, below is reality:
So the choice is, wait for a possible fastest/highest ride in Orlando, or get your thrills at this plain old coaster at Ocean Park in Hong Kong.
The numbers show, contrary to television hype, that in historic terms, peace prevails. That doesn’t mean there aren’t any wars. It just means the number of deaths related to national or international conflicts have dramatically dropped.
So let’s do more to stop the killing.
An animated map of who colonized whom since 1492. The early 20th century was particularly harsh. Click to enlarge (via Vox).
Sony pulled “The Interview,” because of terrorist threats allegedly from North Korea. In case you’re interested, “The Interview,” with Seth Rogen and James Franco, sounds like it was going to be a bad comedy about the assassination of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.
I don’t know. The North Korean connection seems kind of tenuous to me.
Because some of us remember this movie:
All kinds of terrorists. And they kill Kim Jong Un’s dad, Kim Jong Il, who’s actually a cockroach.
(Really? You needed a spoiler alert for that? The movie’s 10 years old.)
I don’t remember terrorist threats when “Team America” came out. Do you?
I think I’ll watch it again. I’m sure it’s a better movie than “The Interview” would ever have been. And it’s got depraved puppet sex with Charlton Heston.
Pro-Democracy advocates in Hong Kong are protesting China’s rule that says any candidate for office in the city has to be approved by Beijing.
(Your eyes glaze over)
OK, it probably doesn’t mean much to you because if you have the average American sense of geography, China is “out there” somewhere around Africa or Brazil, for all you know. I won’t try to bore you with why that matters.
But authorities are teargassing the protesters. And all the protesters are doing is this:
Does that remind you of anything?
Yes, these are the people of Ferguson, Missouri, protesting the shooting of an unarmed black teen by a cop. And in response, they were teargassed by the authorities. So authoritarian oppression is being met with the same response in different cultures on opposite sides of the globe, right down to the masks on the faces.
And now that I have your attention, here’s why the protests in Hong Kong matter: