“We have, in effect, decided to play God, reaching down from our high-tech heaven to kill whoever we want, whenever we want, wherever we want. We have gotten away with it so far. But if we know anything from human history, it is that bad things happen to people who try to become God.”
Gary Kamiya in Salon, February 2012
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.
Useful weapons can be complicated to operate. That’s why it’s so helpful that fine illustrators from around the world show us how to use our machines properly.
Always popular with manufacturers, the game is still being played again and again and again.
More from Denmark’s excellent The Animation Workshop found here.
“If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation…want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightening. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters…. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.”
Frederick Douglass, 1857
Shepherd Fairey’s tender evocation of the loving patriotic family. Cherish your bombs, for one day they must go out into the world.
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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A soldier is haunted by his role in missions leading to more than 1600 people dead — only this soldier never left the base. NBC has a rare interview with a former drone operator coping with his past. “I can see every little pixel if I just close my eyes”
How many of the dead might have been innocent? He says it’s too “heartbreaking” to consider. “This isn’t a video game. This isn’t some sort of fantasy….People die.”
The bombing of Hiroshima as a children’s cartoon? Seriously eerie.
The YouTube comments provoked by the dark cartoon are always worth a look.
From our gallery of ongoing YouTube INFILTRATIONS. Most dogs can tell you that weapons are very, very good for the corporations that make and sell them.