“Mr. President, the only thing that can stop a bad guy with a nuke is a good guy with a nuke.”
Sarah Palin, American political celebrity, March 2014
Kurt Vonnegut’s novel Slaugherhouse Five considers time travel, Tralfamadorians, and the 1945 firebombing of Dresden, Germany, which slaughtered tens of thousands of civilians. Vonnegut was there as a POW. He saw the aftermath of the bombing, an episode that might be said to have altered his comic perspective. Here he reads an excerpt from the book.
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?
“We are buried beneath the weight of information, which is being confused with knowledge; quantity is being confused with abundance and wealth with happiness. We are monkeys with money and guns.”
Tom Waits, Musician
Totally annoying when our enemies shoot down bombers that we sent to slay them. But God bless Raytheon, they’ve developed MALD, a decoy missile that fools the adversary.
Best part? Only $322,000 a piece!
French artist Edmond Guilliaume’s 1870 portrait of Wilhelm I, proclaimed the first German emperor in the Hall of Versailles during the Franco-Prussian War. Glorious wars were to follow!
Amazing artist Eric Garcia reminds us that, in some areas, Uncle Sam adores those from south of the border.
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Every U.S. drone strike triggers the “guns” of this installation to fire, and the data of the deadly event prints out and falls to the floor in this mechanical operation.
See here for more info on Jonathan Fletcher Moore’s drone project.
The surprise story of America’s drone proliferation may be the toll it takes on drone pilots. Molleindustria explores this in Unmanned, a brilliant online video game that depicts a “day in the life of a drone pilot.”
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. This one is based on an article about a Pakistani girl with a deep fear of drones.