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
Visit to Army Camp!
Children are the future. So it’s essential they watch cartoons that are fun and patriotic! Thank to Bob the Train for this teaching moment.
Good part @ 2:30: “Here comes the Bomber. Watch out Kids!”
Oh Those Little Duckies!
Isis is extremely frightening, especially with their orange bills and toilet implements.
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.
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!
The Happy Family
Multimedia Art Gallery
The Cluster Project has a web gallery of multimedia artworks. Go here or here to view our videos & animations.
We Love Our Latinos
Amazing artist Eric Garcia reminds us that, in some areas, Uncle Sam adores those from south of the border.
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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.
Droney The Friendly Drone!
If you have questions or problems, it’s nice to know there’s someone to talk to. Tom Tomorrow’s Droney is most reassuring. “We get to do whatever we want — forever!”
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!