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?
“Having found the atomic bomb, we have used it. It is an awful responsibility which has come to us. We thank God that it has come to us instead of to our enemies, and we pray that He may guide us to use it in His ways and for His purposes.”
U.S. President Harry Truman, 1946
Drones for the Whole Family
Good to see the first lady getting her groove on. Targeting the enemy with a Predator drone can really bring families closer.
Documenting the Dead
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.
“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
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!
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.
Multimedia Art Gallery
The Cluster Project has a web gallery of multimedia artworks. Go here or here to view our videos & animations.
The Pimps of Death
Just one of George Grosz’s post WW1 visions of his savage and depraved universe. Click to enlarge.
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Do Something Amazing!
The U.S. Air Force holds a most tender notion of what constitutes “amazing.” From an ad campaign just a few years back.
“And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32)
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)