“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.
Kurt Vonnegut’s novel Slaugherhouse Five considers time travel, Tralfamadorians, and the 1945 firebombing of Dresden, Germany, which slaughtered tens of thousands of civilians. Vonnegut was there as a POW. He saw the aftermath of the bombing, an episode that might be said to have altered his comic perspective. Here he reads an excerpt from the book.
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.
Patriot and artist Brian Chippendale happily provides weapons firms with high-quality promotional material.
“It is a terrible thing to order the use of something that is so terribly destructive, destructive beyond anything we have ever had. You have got to understand that this isn’t a military weapon. It is used to wipe out women and children and unarmed people, and not for military uses.”
Harry Truman, 33rd U.S. President, discussing the atomic bomb in July of 1948
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.
Remember. Humans are inventive.
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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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.
The surprise story of America’s drone proliferation may be the toll it takes on drone pilots. Molleindustria explores this in Unmanned, a brilliant online video game that depicts a “day in the life of a drone pilot.”
From our gallery of ongoing YouTube INFILTRATIONS. Most dogs can tell you that weapons are very, very good for the corporations that make and sell them.