“Having found the atomic bomb, we have used it. It is an awful responsibility which has come to us. We thank God that it has come to us instead of to our enemies, and we pray that He may guide us to use it in His ways and for His purposes.”
U.S. President Harry Truman, 1946
“The propagandist’s purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human.”
-Aldous Huxley, 1937
The photographer Alexander Gardner recorded the unromantic aftermath of the bloodiest day in American history. In September 1862, he came to the Battle of Antietam after some 4,000 soldiers were killed in a 12-hour period. He may well have been the first photographer to document the battlefield dead.
An article in Slate which tells the story displays a curious title: “The Battlefield Photos That Changed Everything.” Realistic photographs of war have made an impact, but have they really changed “everything” — or indeed, anything?
“Bombs do not choose. They will hit everything.”
Nikita Khrushchev, First Secretary of the Soviet Union (1953-64)
Shepherd Fairey’s tender evocation of the loving patriotic family. Cherish your bombs, for one day they must go out into the world.
A stirring portrait of our star from the celebrated educational film Our Precious Bombs.
The conversations between former President Richard Nixon and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger remain an enlightening testament to the civilized world. The following is a passage from Daniel Ellsberg’s A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers (2002):
NIXON: I still think we ought to take the North Vietnamese dikes out now. Will that drown people?
KISSINGER: About 200,000 people.
NIXON: No, no, no, I’d rather use the nuclear bomb. Have you got that, Henry?
KISSINGER: That, I think, would just be too much.
NIXON: The nuclear bomb, does that bother you?….I just want you to think big, Henry, for Chrissakes.”
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Before pitching its glorious sensor-fuzed cluster bombs, Textron treats its customer to the sweet sounds and images of conquest. All weapons systems are in stock and available for the warfighter today!
As we all know, the greatest artist of the last 10,000 years was the American master Thomas Kinkade. His exquisite works evoked the essential glory of the U.S. nation.
Alas, Kinkade died a few years ago and now it’s apparent there’s a glaring deficit in his work — no drones. Artist Anthony Freda comes to the rescue here in this short, stirring video.
From our gallery of ongoing YouTube INFILTRATIONS. Kanye desperately tries to say something meaningful. We figured we would help him. After corporate complaint, YouTube removed this work from its hollowed grounds.