Items tagged "war":

  1. MadTV - “The iRack Presentation”, 2007

    We all need a reminder of when things were this horrifically comical. Or are they comically horrific now?


  2. Johnny Mandel and Mike Altman - “Song from M*A*S*H (Suicide Is Painless)”

    Wracked my brain for a song from the guy you share a name with, none fit and you knew better. I’ll never listen to this song the quite the same way. See you around, Dave.


  3. museumuesum:

    Ed Ruscha

    Chocolate Room, 1970

    Chocolate on paper, 256 sheets, each: 27 1/2 x 17 7/8 in.; installation dimensions variable

    For its debut at the 35th Venice Biennale in Italy, Chocolate Room originally consisted of 360 shingle-like sheets of paper silk-screened with chocolate and applied to the interior walls of the gallery space. Edward Ruscha was just starting to work with organic materials in his prints, using such unconventional substances as blood, gunpowder, or cherry juice instead of traditional inks. During the summer of 1970, curator Henry Hopkins invited Ruscha and several other artists to make a work for the American Pavilion as part of a survey of American printmaking with an on-site workshop. Many declined the invitation in protest against the Vietnam War; Ruscha intended to do the same, but eventually reconsidered. When Chocolate Room went on view in Venice, protesters etched anti-war slogans into the rich brown surfaces of Chocolate Room, leaving it to stand as a spontaneous anti-war monument, which Ruscha ultimately considered more effective than non-participation in the Biennale. In the summer heat, the heady smell of chocolate was particularly overwhelming and attracted a swarm of Venetian ants, which ate away at the work. MOCA acquired Chocolate Room in 2003 and silk-screens new chocolate panels each time it is installed.


  4. Tags

  5. artnet:

    Iraq’s religious and cultural heritage has become the latest taget of the militant group ISIS, which is destroying mosques, churches, and archeological sites.

    (via darksilenceinsuburbia)


  6. todaysdocument:

    #DDAY70 Recap:

    Seventy years ago last week one of the largest amphibious invasions in history took place as over 150,000 troops of the combined Allied Expeditionary Forces began the Normandy Invasion of German-occupied western Europe, on D-Day, June 6, 1944.

    See our complete series of D-Day posts with the #DDAY70 tag →

    While a few Tumblr posts can hardly do a topic of this magnitude justice, you can dig deeper with National Archives Records Relating to D-Day, and check out the new immersive D-Day exhibit from the National Archives on the Google Cultural Institute.

    (via ilovecharts)


  7. "

    The same week in which a Washington Post columnist claimed that interracial marriage makes people gag, a USA Today columnist has proposed using the U.S. military to aid those suffering in the Philippines — as a backdoor means of getting the U.S. military back into a larger occupation of the Philippines.

    While the Philippines’ representative at the climate talks in Warsaw is fasting in protest of international inaction on the destruction of the earth’s climate, and the U.S. negotiator has effectively told him to go jump in a typhoon, the discussion in the U.S. media is of the supposed military benefits of using Filipinos’ suffering as an excuse to militarize their country.

    The author of the USA Today column makes no mention of the U.S. military’s history in the Philippines. This was, after all, the site of the first major modern U.S. war of foreign occupation, marked by long duration, and high and one-sided casualties. As in Iraq, some 4,000 U.S. troops died in the effort, but most of them from disease. The Philippines lost some 1.5 million men, women, and children out of a population of 6 to 7 million.

    The USA Today columnist makes no mention of Filipinos’ resistance to the U.S. military up through recent decades, or of President Obama’s ongoing efforts to put more troops back into the Philippines, disaster or no disaster.


     David Swanson response Let’s Take Advantage of Suffering Filipinos! to Jonah Blank’s USA Today column How Philippines typhoon aid helps USA (via pag-asaharibon)

    (via curate)


  8. The Animatrix, 2003 

  9. youmightfindyourself:

    Mickey Mouse in Vietnam is a 16mm underground short movie. The director was Lee Savage, the producer and head designer was Milton Glaser. It features the Disney character Mickey Mouse being shipped to Vietnam during the war. Moments after arriving, he is shot dead. It was produced independently in 1969 and has a total running time of one minute. This film was lost for many years until April 22, 2013 when a YouTube user uploaded the video.


  10. Milo Manara - “Storia dell’Umanità”, 1999

    So many ethnocentric, racist, and sexist implications, so little time. Admirable points that are tarnished by one-sided perspectives, objectification, along with giant leaps of anachronism and missing context.

    I’m not sure if I’m more angry about the problems it has or the brand of history and half-truths that it is a symptom of. It straddles the line of judgement, being technically and aesthetically sound while taking serious liberties with its content.

  11. It’s been little over a decade since the last time there has been something of this scale happen on American soil. It belies the blatantly selective definition and significance of certain acts of terrorism, and already has people already posturing for the right angle. Who to blame, who to attack, who to put the burden of proof on before the facts are in, let alone the wounded, dead, and survivors tended fully to. A tragedy is not a mantle to take up and be consumed by, especially when it provides little comfort to those already victims.

    For now the bombing in Boston is a senseless and organized act of violence until we know more. Decisive action is not the same as paranoia and irrational reaction. It stings because people have skin in an increasingly complicated game of Patriots and Terrorists, when people can’t tell themselves apart from the ideas of nation and identity. Does attacking your fellow human, an equal, no matter what the scale or weapons used, make either a better person? It shouldn’t be difficult to see through the haze of nationalism, jingoism, opportunism, proxy wars, and relevant-as-ever racism, and yet here we are again.

    My hope is we take this chance not to fall into the same traps of wasted time and hatred, manufactured panic and even more lost lives. That people can wake up tomorrow, thoughts a bit more collected and with some perspective, and prove we’ve learned from all that has happened in the past 12 years. The fact is these events in the States and those occurring everywhere else in the world are terrible reminders, that there are more pressing concerns beyond (and even fuelling) petty politics and economies taking a dive.

    The measure of progress should not be in the degree of ruthlessness and zeal of reaction or execution of justice, but in tempering emotions with patience and the ability to fully comprehend the nature and source, then acting appropriately. This could be a turning point, away from a trajectory of fear and an induced state of terror—the effort and will must be applied or else risk only similar destinations of differing degrees.


  12. likeafieldmouse:

    Ishiuchi Miyako - Hiroshima (2007)

    Items worn by the victims of the atrocious bombing, from the archives of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

    (via eastasianstudiestumbl)