Recently the Australian government announced its new rules for making cigarette packaging as unattractive as possible. Instead of allowing distinctive corporate logos, the packages must use a generic type font called Lucida Sans. They must show photos of the diseases caused by smoking. And every package must be printed in Pantone 448C. In other words, Australia is trying to say, “Hey, this is what death looks like.”

 

The government hired a research firm to come up with the most unappealing color possible. The company conducted studies with nearly 1000 people to find out what color suggests low quality and lack of appeal. The research firm then recommended a drab greenish-brown hue that is far away from the bold reds and blues that have been used traditionally in cigarette packaging.

 

It also happens to be the exact color of military uniforms for most of the 20th century. But, that isn’t what war looks like.

 

 

In the year 2000, the number of Iraqi citizens who lived in slum conditions was 17%, as of 2011 it has jumped to 50%. The estimates for the number of Iraqi citizens who have died between the years of 2003 and 2011 vary between 150,000 on the low end and 400,000. Even if you believe in the old testament law of an eye for an eye, or “the punishment shall not exceed the crime”, the Iraqi people have had 50 eyes gouged out for every single person killed in the 9/11 tragedy. But, the kicker number is…the number Zero. Zero is the number of weapons of mass destruction found in this coup d’état pulled upon the American people and the world as a whole to make it commit this crime. Ooops…sorry…our intel was bad.

 

This is what war looks like…death, death, death, death, death, death, death, death, death, death x 15,000.

 

 

 

 

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The Louisiana Purchase is on record as the largest real estate swindle/deal of all times. By far that record has been broken by the trillions in dollars and the countless lives of people in Afghanistan, Iraq, and yes those of Americans as well. Just like was done to the indians, when we see something we want—we just take it, and blame them for it. Then we called it civilizing the west, now we call it bringing democracy. And for what? Oil, gold, and Lithium.

 

Lithium you say? Yes, in a war zone, the US government sent out geologists. Afghanistan has the largest cache of lithium ever found.

“Afghanistan may contain vast mineral wealth that could be worth more than $1 trillion (£678bn), US geologists say. “There is stunning potential here,” General David H. Petraeus, commander of the United States Central Command, said (in 2010). “There are a lot of ‘ifs’, of course, but I think potentially it is hugely significant.” Deposits in the country include iron, copper, cobalt, gold and industrial metals such as lithium, which is used in coolants, batteries for laptops and mobile phones as well as in pharmaceutical production. – Garry White/ UK Telegraph

This is what greed looks like.

Has the Middle East become more peaceful because we were there? Because we brought war? We brought greed? We brought Coke, McDonalds, and democracy?

When will we see that suffering is the most unattractive thing in the universe? When will we see peace, love, kindness and compassion as the most desirous of commodities?

War is fugly. Peace is beautiful.

And in case you don’t know, here is what peace looks like. The clown I painted recently was purchased by a woman who bought it not for herself, but rather for Carrie and Matt, the kind couple that recently lost a child. She read about Matt liking the “peace” and decided, she couldn’t do much else to alleviate their suffering, but this she could do. She chose to be the love in a situation that could use all that it can get. In the process, she blessed them, she blessed me, and helped create love for all the people I will help. What more can you ask for than that? That is what peace looks like.

It looks like love.

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