Behold the giddy orgasmic moment before the opening NFL football game, complete with flags, roars, anthems, and the twisted appearance overhead of a B-2 bomber.
How much did it actually cost the American people to provide this holy vision of the glorious B-2? Well, the stealth bomber has a $2 billion price tag. Then it costs $170,000 an hour to fly. And of course, we’ve got to give the NFL a hefty financial cut for providing the sacred stage.
Like you, we’re in full patriotic bliss when the Super Bowl comes. It’s thrilling to watch the stirring tributes to the American warrior and our noble cause overseas.
It’s just a shame that the corporate makers of war machinery don’t air their own commercials on the big day. They’re the real heroes. But “defense companies” just don’t run multi-million dollar Super Bowl ads.
Until now. This year’s Superbowl features a commercial from Northrop Grumman, one of America’s most beloved weapons makers. Northrop is eying a contract that may eventually run tens of billions of dollars, all to make America’s next great bomber.
It will be awesome to behold.
Like God, any deadly emblem of global power must remain elusive. But you can bet that it will be futuristic, stealthy, and will defeat terrorism.
You may be surprised to know that Northrop Grumman has created a slew of advertisements in the last year. But why exactly? While you adore bombers and would gladly buy one of these babies — after all, Valentine’s Day is coming up — you can hardly afford one with its projected price tag of $600 million per unit.
But you can do the next best thing and invest in the corporation! And that means scoring some big cash. It’s a bull market for weapons, and Northrop Grumman’s stock is soaring. As Bloomberg News reports, “Military contractors have rallied on increasing global instability and the prospect for rising sales of missiles, drones and other weapons.”
And you thought world murder and mayhem are bad things!
I can hear your concerns. Yes, I want to invest my money in the war and weapons market, but didn’t President Obama talk about cuts to the defense budget?
Hey, turns out he was just kidding!
The Pentagon is seeking an increase of $20.4 billion (13%) for weapons and research, and Obama will be removing defense budget caps that prevent these critical needs. So we can buy more weapons and be safer and safer. And you can rake in the dough! It’s a great game — shouldn’t you be on the winning team?
“My own feeling was that in being the first to use it, we had adopted an ethical standard common to the barbarians of the Dark Ages. I was not taught to make war in that fashion, and wars cannot be won by destroying women and children.”
Admiral William Leahy, Chief of Staff to President Roosevelt and President Truman
Worth Every Cent!
What’s a fair wage for the CEO that leads your company in developing the most destructive and profitable weapons on earth?
We say it can never be enough! Good job and God Speed!
Isis is extremely frightening, especially with their orange bills and toilet implements.
Otto Dix was an artillery gunner in World War One. Ten years later, he made numerous etchings of the war.
“I did not paint war pictures in order to prevent war. I would never have been so arrogant. I painted them to exorcise the experience of war. All art is about exorcism.”
Sword of Damocles
“Today, every inhabitant of this planet must contemplate the day when this planet may no longer be habitable. Every man, woman and child lives under a nuclear sword of Damocles, hanging by the slenderest of threads, capable of being cut at any moment by accident, or miscalculation, or by madness. The weapons of war must be abolished before they abolish us.”
U.S. President John F. Kennedy before the United Nations, 1961
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!
Designing Widespread Damage
Remember. Humans are inventive.
Multimedia Art Gallery
The Cluster Project has a web gallery of multimedia artworks. Go here or here to view our videos & animations.
We love the exciting adverts for the weapons market. Here’s a video for ATK’s XM25 airburst weapon nicknamed the Punisher.
Unfortunately a mishap or two has shelved this particular unit. But a newmodel will be ready by 2014. Only $35,000 if you’re shopping.
Bomb Disposal — Gaza
“My wife thinks I will come home in a box.”
Northern Gaza has only one bomb disposal unit to protect its citizens from unexploded ordinance. Now the head of that unit is dead. The Guardian tells a story of Rahed Taysir al-Hom here.
Playing in a Field
November 2012. Syria. 20 children play in a field. Bombs are dropped. Eleven die. The crime the children committed? The Syrian government does not say. (Human Rights Watch)