A Genius Piece Of Art Forces Drone Pilots To See Who's Down Below

After learning that predator drone operators often refer to kills as “bug splats,” because bodies look so small from up above, an artist collective didn’t get angry — they got creative.

Disposable bugs, huh?

Obviously the drone operators need to take a closer look.

From their site: An artist collective installed this massive portrait facing up in the heavily bombed Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region of Pakistan, where drone attacks regularly occur. Now, when viewed by a drone camera, what an operator sees on his screen is not an anonymous dot on the landscape, but an innocent child victim’s face.

After talking with a member of the collective, this was like the icing on the cake: “The piece was left there for as long as people decided to use the fabric for roofing and other useful purposes. The art was always meant to be utilized and not discarded after it was photographed.”

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If This Happened To People Who Work Regular Jobs, It'd Be Headline News For Months, Maybe Years

The epidemic of military rape is still very much burning like a wildfire in our military. And, like Nero, those who can make a difference are playing their collective fiddles as Rome burns. So getting the word out is at least a good place to start.

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How Disasters Like Hurricane Sandy Might Be Saving Veterans' Lives

Former Marine Jake Wood is on a mission to help give war veterans a renewed sense of purpose, community, and self-worth. And he’s helping with disaster-relief efforts while he’s at it. How? Listen at :47 as he outlines how he’s helping solve two front-page problems in one brilliant organization.

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Explaining The Situation In Iraq In Under 5 Minutes

It’s not exactly something you can learn in under five minutes, but this video will definitely give you a taste of what’s going on in Iraq right now.

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These Are The 10 Wars Currently Ongoing In The World. #1 Made Me Sick. So Did #2-#10.

With the amount and duration of wars happening right now in 2014, it’s hard not to get desensitized to death and violence. It really is. That means we have to work harder to stay informed. Here’s a start.

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