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?
“The bad news is that this ongoing nuclear arms race [between India and Pakistan] receives little real attention in terms of what would happen if both sides actually went to war. The good news, from a ruthlessly “realist” viewpoint, is that such a human tragedy does not necessarily have serious grand strategic consequences for other states, and might well have benefits.”
Anthony H. Cordesman, Center for Strategic and International Studies.
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.
Be an Optimist!
Those Who are Responsible
“Under the influence of politicians, masses of people tend to ascribe the responsibility for wars to those who wield power at any given time. In World War I it was the munitions industrialists; in World War II it was the psychopathic generals who were said to be guilty. This is passing the buck. The responsibility for war falls solely upon the shoulders of these same masses of people, for they have all the necessary means to avert war in their own hands. In part by their apathy, in part by their passivity, and in part actively, these masses of people make possible the catastrophes under which they themselves suffer more than anybody else. To stress this guilt on the part of masses of people, to hold them solely responsible, means to take them seriously. On the other hand, to commiserate masses of people as victims, means to treat them as small, helpless children.”
Wilhelm Reich, The Mass Psychology of Fascism
Haywain w/Cruise Missiles
John Constable’s Hay Wain is said to be one of Britain’s greatest paintings. Frankly, though, it’s a little dull. Nature and all that.
British artist Peter Kennard had the idea of improving the work. He certainly succeeded. Everything seems to go better with missiles.
Designing Widespread Damage
Remember. Humans are inventive.
Have You Watched the Work?
The Cluster Project has a web gallery of multimedia artworks. Go here or here to view our videos & animations.
The Joy of Creation
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Klaatu Barada Nikto
Hello, earthlings, we’re your fucking neighbors. We really don’t want to be rude, but if you don’t stop killing everyone and everything, we’ve got no choice but to wipe your ass off the face of the universe.
A vintage trailer to the fabulous 1951 scifi classic,The Day the Earth Stood Still.
Drone On: Every Little Pixel
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.”
Opening It Up
August 2013. A group of Laotian boys come across a metal ball, toss it around & then try to cut it open. Explosion. The boys are struck by the shards of jagged steel from the cluster bomblet. A boy named Khe is dead. Two younger friends seriously wounded.