Well, I was specifically referring to the obvious deletion of the nuclear blast in the distance. Probably done by a concerned family member who wanted to delete any reminder of the blast that caused little Timmy to grow up to become a grotesquely mis-shapen homunculus.
Fri 4 Jul, 2014 07:13 am
This pick proves the picture in question is photoshopped. Some of the dust is missing. Doubtful both shots from different angles are identical. Background different.
There was an effort in the early 1950's to try to reverse the trend of having the public be afraid of the effects of nuclear weapons. The reason is clear and well documented: Military strategists wanted to ensure that there would be few if any restrictions on their use, even on American soil. They came up with scenarios such as an enemy attack in the American West with tanks rolling through California, which they'd like to repel with a tactical/battlefield nuclear weapon. Thus it was in their interest to show that civilians could live and thrive just a few miles from the blast zone. They did indeed bring in large numbers of civilian observers, including the press, as well as a full compliment of military staff. No, there weren't children freely roaming as in the fake photo at the start of this question, but not only were the non-military VIP observers in the Adirondack chairs real, there were also military observers placed even closer including directly under some of the bombs, in order to "prove" the survivability. Contrary to your assertion, these weren't "top secret military events" at this point, there was a massive public relations campaign going on, and an estimated 200,000 observers, both military and civilian, were brought in to see the show. This estimate comes from the U.S. Government National Institutes of Health: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK225000/
Military observers directly underneath an exploding nuke were documented in this video, you can read more about it in the National Public Radio story at this link: http://www.npr.org/sections/krulwich/2012/07/16/156851175/five-men-agree-to-stand-directly-under-an-exploding-nuclear-bomb
The larger military program of showing how "survivable" nuclear explosion regions are is covered in this government film:
Fri 4 Sep, 2015 09:36 am
I found some more legitimate photos of casual observers of nuclear mushroom clouds. The entire city of Las Vegas, Nevada was close enough to the above-ground Nevada nuclear bomb tests to observe the clouds, such as this one in 1957:
After the first nuclear device was detonated at the Nevada Test Site on this day, Jan. 27, in 1951, atomic fever swept across the nation, bringing waves of visitors to Las Vegas, an ideal vantage point from which to see the clouds rising above the test site 65 mi. away.
Maybe Quantum mechanics can explain how Einstein's shadow turned into a shadow of Schrödinger's cat.
Fri 21 Jul, 2017 01:58 pm
That would be a Joshua tree, from the Yucca bush family, which is a protected plant in Joshua Tree National Park. They are everywhere in the Mojave Desert (I used to live there) and can be found in the Colorado Desert. These trees can be located in CA, AZ, UT, and NV. More information can be found at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yucca_brevifolia#Distribution_and_habitat