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Diplomacy now by pseudo-manitou Diplomacy now by pseudo-manitou
What I find most frustrating is that the wars we are usually fighting are over the remaining land, water, and energy resources left. Yet, fighting these wars costs us unimaginable amounts of these ever depleting resources as well.

It's as if, after seeing a possible end to humanity in the distant future, our leaders have decided to RACE to that end with as much violence as possible.

There's no excuse for this. Hard times do not call for desperate measures -- that's a lazy and unimaginative view. Hard times demand cooperation.
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Xenoken Featured By Owner May 18, 2010
Holy hot damn, this should be all across walls across streets :D
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ja-strummin-fool Featured By Owner May 4, 2007
This is fantastic.

I can't think of anything else to say.
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mtd-mobius Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2007
that is absolutely amazing. I cannot describe the sheer magnitude of how compelling this is--not only is the earth being stuffed into a meatgrinder, but what's coming out is WAR MACHINES!!! That's... that's freaking BRILLIANT! I want this. If you have a store, I'm buying a print. Poverty be damned, this needs a WALL.
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pseudo-manitou Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2007  Professional General Artist
Well... thanks.

Actually, the full sized file should be large enough for you to print an 11x17 inch poster (at 72 pixels) for yourself if you want.
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Rattusaureus Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2007
Did you trace out all of the individual vehicle outlines or are they modifications of ones from a clipart package?

Just curious.
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pseudo-manitou Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2007  Professional General Artist
Oh god no - while I have the skill, I would never have found the time to vector trace so many images.

All of these vehicles are modified dingbat fonts. There are several fonts represented here, and I cannot name them all, but all of them are free for download on the web. Just Google: 'free dingbats'... and see what you can find.
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BumwardoImortal Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2007
I see it to and agree we (as humans) need to use more words and less actions, super-powers use brute force out of a sense of righteousness and justification. Terrorists use subversive tactics out of a sense of desperation and a perceived need for"cultural/religious defense". Although I would'nt say it's the US that's unwilling to be diplomatic, just look at North Korea, weve tried time and again to bring them to the table with japan, china, south korea, taiwan, ect... Then for some reason they, a tiny spit of sand in comparison to the rest of the earth, want nuclear weapons and have been seeking them for a decade or so. If they nuke us or one of our allys what are we/they supposed to lay down our/their arms and get ready to be raped by a group of self righteous radicals, I say no. Although it is definately a evil upon the human condition there is a time and place for everything. It's equivalent for one to deny a part of the spectrum of possible emotions, love, hate, empathy, vengance, calousness, ect... We need love and hate equally, love lets you treat your fellow human appropriately while hate allows you to pick up the stick and beat down the occasional Hitler, in the name of humanity...
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pseudo-manitou Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2007  Professional General Artist
I strongly disagree.

The US may not be completely unwilling to be diplomatic, but as for diplomatic efforts, they are rather incompetent.

I don't think you have the full story...
The Clinton administration negotiated a halt to North Korea's nuclear aspirations, and for eight years, NK sat on spent fuel it had planned to reprocess, but only because we paid $ them for it. Then Bush entered the scene -- over-hyped and mistook intelligence on NK's nuclear situation, accused them of breaking the agreement first without any real evidence (sound familiar?), and then simply WALKED AWAY without demanding a return to the agreement, or insisting on any new standards. They simply dropped the ball.

Both sides are to blame for the current situation.

Now... where you see a radical that is planning to nuke an ally, I see a desperate nation ruled by a paranoid man who just detonated two decades worth of his nation's GDP in a vain attempt to bluff the Bush administration back to the table in hopes to get more money... and in the worst response to a temper-tantrum ever seen, the Bush administration answered. So that's that, damage done.

At the basis of all, I think we don't share similar views at all... I know what hate is, what you are speaking of is fear. Fear is not rational. And hate... hate is what created Hitler: after WW1, the hatred left over spilled out in the cease fire that forced Germany to repay grievances in a way that was a grievance in itself. This created a vacuum of power and nationalism that Hitler filled.

No, it seems all you have agreed to is the use of words in your favor only. That's not diplomacy.
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BumwardoImortal Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2007
[It's good to argue with someone intelligent...] Compromise, is a touchy subject when it comes to international security, although NK needs some source of energy for their heating, electricity, ect, the easyest way for them to gain these things is to use a nuclear reactor, which can be revamped to pump out heavy isotopes that could be used in a weapon. I dont know much about this long standing situation but I feel a degree of sympathy for the NKs, and frustration with China, their neigbor to the north, they gave them their failing communist system[which now china is slowly turning it's back on], and esentially became calous about them after the US almost pushed them past their border. Now because the US did'nt finish the job way back in the day we have a regime that feels isolated, paranoid, and angry. I'm not saying we should have destroyed anything but just think that the situation no longer needs our interference. I dont like war [Outside of potential evolutionary benefits...] but if an enemy brings fire to my gates I have two thoughts that immediately come to mind, 1:Destroy the enemy that is here now trying to destroy me. Then there's 2:Destroy the enemy's home land that encourages and aids this BS. We, the US, used to be isolationist until Pearl Harbor, and then we went about trying to help the world, ignorant of the proud and myriad cultures we would come across, ultimately I think we as a people are starting to reel from the understanding that other cultures percieve every little aspect of us, our tech, our art, our music, ect, as a threat to their's. Is it we who have become aggresive in trying to lead people to "our way's" or the people who we currently villify.

"The US may not be completely unwilling to be diplomatic, but as for diplomatic efforts, they are rather incompetent." - Agreed fully, but of course we do have a history together...

When I spoke of anger, rage, hatred whatever have you, I was speaking in regards to the all too escencial survival instinct. Self preservation is something they don't teach in schools, although I dont side with the sith I identify with something they say -
"Fear leads to anger.
Anger leads to hate.
Hatred leads to power.
Power leads to victory.
Let your anger flow through you.
Your hate will make you strong.
True power is only achieved through
testing the limits of one's anger,
passing through unscathed.
Rage channeled through anger is unstoppable.
The dark side of the Force
offers unimaginable power.
The dark side is stronger than the light.
The weak deserve their fate.
–tenets of Sith philosophy
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pseudo-manitou Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2007  Professional General Artist
Well... I can't disagree with all of that entirely. At best, I'd say your opinion needs a little more complexity stirred in...

If you have the time to listen through some video, here's something interesting you should listen to about certain concepts of freedom and fear/hate:
[link]

Also -- BBC's video series, The Power of Nightmares:
[link]
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BumwardoImortal Featured By Owner May 1, 2007
Sorry for the delayed response.
I'd like to put foreward a few quotes that I've memorized over the years. 1st - "From suffering comes wisdom." 2nd - "There are two kinds of sufferers in this world, those who suffer from a lack of life and those that suffer from an overabundance of life." Does this not imply that there are two kinds of wisdom, one focusing positive energy outwardly into the world for the delayed yet ultimate benefit of the self, that attempts to transform the negative inside into positive, to be used in a proactive manner.(IE preaty much all the time.) While the other focuses negative energy into the world for the immediate benefit of self, that attempts to transform positive into negative, to be used sparingly.(IE barely ever.) These two philosophies are not two opposing extremes but survival tools for each of us to use at the appropriate time, two sides of the same coin if you will.

At the moment I feel like a mix of the two, being tainted with needless anger & fear for humanity, yet also full of compassion & understanding for humanity at the same time. I will only harness the negative aspect if my life is at risk or I loose control over it.
..is a "neo-pagan, neo-buddist," and an atheist...
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K-Red Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2007
The thing that bothers me the most is the fact that everyone just kind of goes along with it.
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n0deal Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I always love it when you get political. Very cool piece. Cheers! :D
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cheshiresphynx Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
I've always wondered what can be done about it though? I really want a change somehow, but it seems so hard to get the idea, or the point across to those who 'control' the situation. I hate fearing life without trees and nature. ;;
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ghiti Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great concept.
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haligren Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2007
I couldn't agree more with this statement. Your picture illustrates it nicely as well. You've got a real talent for expressing such issues in your art. I'd be beating my head against a wall if I had to come up with something like this. Repeatedly, even.
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TreeWalking Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2007
strong statement, yet balanced, no spin and uncontroversial. nicely done! :clap:
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EverboundVenvel Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2007  Professional General Artist
HEAR HEAR!
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Pr0stSh0cKeR Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2007
live to fight and fight to live
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pseudo-manitou Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2007  Professional General Artist
Did that in my younger years already -- it doesn't work.
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Pr0stSh0cKeR Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2007
Now I just fight injustice through telling others. En masse, maybe then.
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Andorthic Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2007
This piece gets the concept across really well - scary and so true.
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maraudress Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
again, awesome piece. thank you!
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TypoCity Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
but if we cooperate then we might actually have to change our lifestyles! and god forbid i give up my 5 humvees.
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