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
How We Sell the Endless War
Incredible photo essay on war, weapons and American pie.
Hurrah for Illustrators
Useful weapons can be complicated to operate. That’s why it’s so helpful that fine illustrators from around the world show us how to use our machines properly.
The ominous future
A small scene tucked in Diego Rivera’s massive Detroit Industry Murals.
“Manufacture of poisonous gas bombs.
Cells suffocated by poisonous gas.”
He painted it in 1932/33.
“The notion that acts of cruelty are inhumane is absurd and has no scientific basis. Indeed, the disposition to inflict suffering may be one of the more defining characteristics of human kind.”
Animal Behaviorist D.B. Lattimore from her essay, "Primate Behavior and Self-Deception"
1.5 Billion & Not Counting
A stealth bomber tries to fly, fails, crashes, burns. And 1.5 billion dollars — poof — vanish. Don’t worry, we’re pretty sure there’s more where that came from.
The Child and the Kite
Ahmad Makiauses YouTube samples and a song from acclaimed Lebanese musician Marcel Khalife to create a “love letter to drones.”
War, Weapons, & Art
The Cluster Project has a web gallery of multimedia artworks. Go here or here to view our videos & animations.
A Mother’s Love!
It’s never too early to get the little ones on a proper diet — they must grow strong! (image by the illustrious collage artist Winston Smith.)
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Nature is an Inspiration!
The butterfly bomb of WW2 may have been man’s first working cluster bomb. Dozens of the submunitions could be released from a single container to attack civilian and military targets. And like modern cluster bombs, if they failed to detonate, our top technicians designed them to injure and kill anyone who happened to touch them. Yes, it’s quite touching how man embraces natural forms.
“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!
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.