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.

Blackface isn’t the only problem in the movies

I loved “Ghost in the Shell,” and it is a very Japanese movie. I realize that Scarlett Johansson is currently the big name female action movie star, and I really liked “Lucy,” even though it was destroyed by the critics. But I’m not sure about the casting here.

The answer, though, is that the Japanese should have made a live-action “Ghost in the Shell.” I would have gone to that, subtitles and all. Then Hollywood could do whatever it wanted with the American remake.

Like it did with “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”:

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Or with “Let the Right OneĀ In”:

Sweden:

U.S.:

Or if you want to go back in time, “The Seven Samurai’:

Japan:

U.S.:

And then, in America, we’ll remake the remake:

Yeah, I didn’t see the last one coming either.

The Earth, and its wealth, at night

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If it were night everywhere at the same time, this is what the Earth would look like (click to enlarge). But that strange statement doesn’t explain the importance of this view. What this image shows us is a representation of global wealth. As Vox puts it:

What you see is that in rich countries, light is largely a proxy for population density. Observe the thick cluster of the US Northeastern Megalopolis and the even bigger cluster in northwestern Europe. In poorer regions, however, the map represents not just population density but also the actual availability of electrical lighting. Huge swathes of Africa are barely illuminated at night, and densely populated India looks rather dim.

But of course, if it were night everywhere, that would mean the sun would be gone and we’d all be dead. Money can’t fix that.