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75 Years After Hiroshima, the World Is Still Reckoning With Nuclear

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Photo credit: Bettmann – Getty Images

From Popular Mechanics

Seventy-five years ago today, on August 6, 1945, President Harry S. Truman issued the order to drop an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan.

The number of Japanese people who were immediately killed is estimated to be between 70,000 and 140,000, with longer-term estimates of deaths, including radiation illnesses and cancer, extending up to 220,000.

Photo credit: U.S. Army/Library of Congress/Public Domain
Photo credit: U.S. Army/Library of Congress/Public Domain

“How easily we learn to justify violence in the name of some higher cause,” President Barack Obama said when he visited Hiroshima in 2016. “Technological progress without an equivalent progress in human institutions can doom us. The scientific revolution that led to the splitting of an atom requires a moral revolution, as well.”

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Emily Volz is a psychology graduate student at Pacifica Graduate Institute specializing in Community, Liberation, Indigenous, and Eco Psychologies. Here, in a personal essay below, Volz shares how the racial awakening and protests across the country have made her check her privilege and how an intervention is necessary within white America.

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One photo shows several police officers walking out of the building, a symbolic image of the structural causes of the destruction.

I spoke with my mom that afternoon. “I’m not mad,” she told me.

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People wearing face masks walk past a sale sign on Oxford Street in London. Photo: David Cliff/NurPhoto via Getty Images
People wearing face masks walk past a sale sign on Oxford Street in London. Photo: David Cliff/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Wednesday (24 June) marked the second quarterly rent day of the year for shops in the UK.

Quarterly, rather than monthly rents, are a British peculiarity dating back to a time when landlords used to drive a horse and cart around their properties to collect rents. Takings this quarter are likely to be historically light.

Retail landlords collected only around 50% of rents due in the first quarter of 2020, according to the British Property Federation, and the collection is expected to be even lower this time around.

“I can see it being historically low — I could see 10-15% of rent paid,” Jonathan De Mello, executive director of retail property adviser Harper Dennis Hobbs, told Yahoo Finance UK.

Saturday afternoon shoppers at Oxford Circus in London. Photo: David Cliff/NurPhoto via Getty Images
Saturday afternoon shoppers at Oxford Circus in London. Photo: David Cliff/NurPhoto
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People wearing face masks walk past a sale sign on Oxford Street in London. Photo: David Cliff/NurPhoto via Getty Images
People wearing face masks walk past a sale sign on Oxford Street in London. Photo: David Cliff/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Wednesday (24 June) marked the second quarterly rent day of the year for shops in the UK.

Quarterly, rather than monthly rents, are a British peculiarity dating back to a time when landlords used to drive a horse and cart around their properties to collect rents. Takings this quarter are likely to be historically light.

Retail landlords collected only around 50% of rents due in the first quarter of 2020, according to the British Property Federation, and the collection is expected to be even lower this time around.

“I can see it being historically low — I could see 10-15% of rent paid,” Jonathan De Mello, executive director of retail property adviser Harper Dennis Hobbs, told Yahoo Finance UK.

Saturday afternoon shoppers at Oxford Circus in London. Photo: David Cliff/NurPhoto via Getty Images
Saturday afternoon shoppers at Oxford Circus in London. Photo: David Cliff/NurPhoto
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At least four Black Liberty staff members have resigned since Falwell’s tweet, several high-profile Black student-athletes have announced transfer plans, and current and former students as well as employees have become more willing to openly criticize the university’s approach to race and diversity. That shift

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