Nelson Rockefeller

      My respect for Rockefeller soared after I saw this picture.  If you are rich, Republican, or conservative, you have a lot of explaining to do, but Rockefeller demonstrated a lot of humanity when he flipped off a heckler.  McGovern did the same once, but his mother had taught him to use his words to flip someone off.  When a heckler was disrupting an appearance, McGovern pulled him close and whispered in his ear, "Kiss my ass."  Some people need to be told to fuck off.  Many people degrade interaction to the point that flipping them off is the best response.  But here is a man, deeply trained in etiquette and very experienced managing his emotions in public, who had just had it with some asshole.  Dukakis, Kerry, and Mondale all would have been elected president, had they just once, raised the middle finger and said, "Tea Party/George W. Bush/Rush Limbaugh/whatever: this one's for you and here's one for the horse you rode in on."  Oh, for the days before there were so many focus groups, consultants, and lawyers.

Nuclear detonation
A microsecond into detonation

     This is an atomic blast about a millionth of a second into detonation, one of the most horrifying pictures I have ever seen.  The little black figures in the foreground are Joshua trees, which survive only in this part of the world.  So this monster grew from nothing to more than a thousand feet tall in less than a millionth of a second.  I wish everybody knew how powerful these weapons are.  I harbor an illusion that such awareness would lead quickly to their banishment.  However, a search of comments on the web in response to this image shows that many people, boys probably, think nuclear weapons are cool or awesome.  So sad.