What if North Korea really did follow up on their threats and bombed us and we bombed back and like China and Europe started getting involved and eventually it was just World War III and in a hundred years high school kids would be sitting in history class and the teacher would have to start like “In early 2014, comedians Seth Rogan and James Franco announced their new movie, The Interview…”
Separate & Unequal: This is why political cartoons matter
Pulitzer-Prize-winning political cartoonist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution – and avid Daily Kos reader – Mike Lukovich has created an iconic political cartoon. In my view, it’s the most powerful, evocative visual representation of the injustices America has witnessed, and the black community has suffered, these past two weeks.
The body laying on the ground could be Eric Garner or Mike Brown, both of whom were robbed of justice by the grand jury process after their lives had already been taken. But the body laying still, motionless really represents the black community in America, evoking a deadly Jim Crow, reinvented and housed where justice in this country resides.
Or, if you’re a minority in America, where justice has yet to fully reside.
Thank God it’s Friday. If the cable-news talking heads had to hyperventilate for one more day about a World War III that’s not going to happen — unless Ukraine decides they’d like to play the Texans in a large-scale re-enactment of the Alamo — they would probably pass out and potentially die, doing irreparable harm to the hairspray industry.
Vladimir Putin certainly never wanted a war. He wanted an order of Crimea for delivery, and that delivery should arrive in a week or so. Granted, there are currently reports that Russian troops arestorming an airbase in Ukraine, and while that’s deeply rude, it’s by no means the beginning of WWIII. And if Putin is averse to war, Barack Obama is positively allergic to the idea, as though he has qualms about bringing civilization to an end.
The West seems determined to talk about this conflict in terms of “escalation” and “de-escalation,“ “turning up the heat,” and a lot of other buzz phrases that are a poor fit for facts on the ground. Since the US doesn’t want to increase tensions, it has avoided doing anything with its military. Well, strictly speaking, it’s done three things.
On June 6, 1944, allied soldiers descended on the beaches of Normandy for D-Day - an operation that turned the tide of the Second World War against the Nazis, marking the beginning of the end of the conflict. As many around the world prepare to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the June 6th landings, pictures of Normandy’s now-touristy beaches stand in stark contrast to images taken around the time of the invasion.
But while the landscape has changed, the memory of the momentous event lives on. Reuters photographer Chris Helgren compiled a series of archive pictures taken during the 1944 invasion and then went back to the same places, to photograph them as they appear today. See the full slideshow.