This happened 71 years ago today

On Aug. 6, 1945, 140,000 people were killed when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan.

Meanwhile, the Republican party has nominated a rust-colored ball of gas posing as a human who wonders why we build nuclear weapons if we’re not going to use them:

This coming election means something, folks. Take it seriously.

Every nuclear explosion since 1945

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.

Peace in our time

Armed conflict seems to be the preferred means of dealing with international issues by at least one political party in the U.S. But, as the narrator says in this video, “That’s so 20th century.”

And yes, the video is correct about King Leopold II of Belgium. He was a war criminal, even though he never declared war on the Congo. He ranks up there with Hitler and Stalin in mass murder, and no one seems to know that. Read “King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa” by Adam Hochschild for a fascinating history on the evil of colonialism.