“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
Good to see the first lady getting her groove on. Targeting the enemy with a Predator drone can really bring families closer.
Next time you have dark thoughts about the human condition, remember there are still people like Layla around. Check out MAG’s short portrait of a graceful young Lebanese woman whose job is to remove countless landmines and cluster bombs.
“You can never be too rich or have too many weapons.”
Octavio Panonez, Entrepreneur
Shepherd Fairey’s tender evocation of the loving patriotic family. Cherish your bombs, for one day they must go out into the world.
Turns out that the ghost of an Iraqi child follows former US president George Bush everywhere. The affable Bush — now a wonderful artist — has captured the image of the child in many of his wonderful paintings. Go here for TV News report.
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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The impressive Bureau of Investigative Journalism has already determined more than 2,500 people have been killed by drone strikes in Pakistan. But it didn’t know many of their names. Now that’s going to change.
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. Kanye desperately tries to say something meaningful. We figured we would help him. After corporate complaint, YouTube removed this work from its hollowed grounds.