The hell of war comes home. In July 2009 Colorado Springs Gazettea published a two-part series entitled “Casualties of War”. The articles focused on a single battalion based at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, who since returning from duty in Iraq had been involved in brawls, beatings, rapes, drunk driving, drug deals, domestic violence, shootings, stabbings, kidnapping and suicides. Returning soldiers were committing murder at a rate 20 times greater than other young American males. A seperate investiagtion into the high suicide rate among veterans published in the New York Times in October 2010 revealed that three times as many California veterans and active service members were dying soon after returning home than those being killed in Iraq and Afghanistan combined. We hear little about the personal hell soldiers live through after returning home.

Relevant and heartbreaking. The closest thing I have to knowing what any of this feels like is from watching the movie Dead Presidents.

The artist’s name is “Dorthy”.  You can check out more pics of the exhibit on her website – HERE

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05-29-2011

Ten casualties. Ten million casualties. Our understanding of conflicts is often nothing more than a handful of digits, the more precise, the less meaningful. The anchor’s tone remains the same when talking about major wars or isolated outbursts of violence. The horror lays hidden beneath the rigidity of numbers. Figures give us knowledge, not meaning.
We wanted to put a picture on these digits. A shocking, gory picture, like the reality of war. We wanted to give context, like a scale on which we could visualize each conflict next to the others.

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Very interesting representation. Really puts things into perspective.

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05-29-2011

Designed In Solidworks, then 3D Printed.  Respect due.

This guy should work on an updated version of the sleeve gun with the skillz he has.

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05-28-2011

Crazy slingshot guy is at it again:

Are those pinballs that he’s firing? Sweet mother of god that would hurt.

At least getting shot with an actual gun you would hopefully die quickly.   I pray that crazy slingshot guy never goes rogue.

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05-28-2011

This NEEDS to become a reality:

Nothing like combining two of my favorite things, espresso and guns. If they came up with a beer and pizza gun I’d consider my life complete.

The gun was a school project by Stefan Riegebauer, Christina Carli, Florian Kainz & Niko Schwarz at an industrial design school in Austria.

Hat Tip: Yanko Design

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05-27-2011

Neat idea, I can identify a few of them. I’m not much of a sci-fi geek though.

Available for $19 – HERE

If you like this, also check out the Han Solo’s Blaster Weapon – Exploded Drawing shirt I posted about a while back.

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05-27-2011