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?
“Men went mad and were rewarded with medals. All over the world, boys on every side of the bomb line were laying down their lives for what they had been told was their country, and no one seemed to mind, least of all the boys who were laying down their young lives. There was no end in sight.”
From Joseph Heller's Catch 22
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.”
Artist as Instrument
“What do you think an artist is? An imbecile who has nothing but eyes if he is a painter, or ears if he is a musician, or a lyre at every level of his heart if he is a poet, or nothing but muscles if he is a boxer? Quite the contrary, he is at the same time a political being, constantly aware of what goes on in the world, whether it be harrowing, bitter, or sweet, and he cannot help being shaped by it. How would it be possible not to take an interest in other people, and to withdraw into an ivory tower from participation in their existence? No, painting is not interior decoration. It is an instrument of war for attack and defense against the enemy.”
Pablo Picasso, 1945
Bringing Dreams to Life
Shepherd Fairey’s tender evocation of the loving patriotic family. Cherish your bombs, for one day they must go out into the world.
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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Artificial Killing Machine
Every U.S. drone strike triggers the “guns” of this installation to fire, and the data of the deadly event prints out and falls to the floor in this mechanical operation.
See here for more info on Jonathan Fletcher Moore’s drone project.
“And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32)
The NSA Challenge
The US Department of Defense came up with the brilliant idea to use a video game to test the skills of classified government employees. Video games are a fun way to train people to protect “sensitive data” against the nefarious “Wikispills” or treacherous 17-year-old hackers who wear a single earrings.
Should classified employees be suspicious of their coworkers? Sure they should! Certain coworkers deserve extreme suspicion, particularly Hema, who visits in India twice a year, got her car repossessed, and “speaks openly of opposition to U.S. foreign policy.” That sounds like the enemy within!