Amazon Is Selling Die-Cast Replicas Of Military Vehicles, Everybody Panic

The Amazon product page for Maisto International Inc.'s model Predator drones has been inundated with snarky parody reviews mocking the replica, apparently as a means of "protesting" the government's controversial practice of targeted drone strikes. But rather than dissuade potential customers, the shrill whine of impotent hippy rage has accomplished precisely the opposite — Amazon can barely keep them in stock.

The six-inch die-cast model, which retails for a whopping $US50 on Amazon, has drawn the ire of groups such as Change.org and Facebook-based Question Your Government. Change is currently aiming for the lowest-hanging fruit it can find by petitioning the model maker to discontinue the drone line. The petition reads in part, I shit you not, "I will not buy this shameful toy, nor teach children to hate. There is no glory in murder."

What a load of sanctimonious, pedantic horseshit. First off, kids don't need anybody's help figuring out how to hate; the vicious little bastards will gladly descend upon one another like ravenous hyenas the second they so much as smell weakness. Second, there's plenty of glory in murder, it's the entire motivation behind suicide bombing — you don't get 72 virgins for just offing yourself. Moreover, the conventional definition of murder that Change is holding the US military up to, the one used in civilian courts, isn't even applicable to military operations — our armed forces operate under the separate Uniform Code of Military Justice.

But fine, let's assume I'm totally off-base here and the American public rallies behind recalling every drone currently deployed overseas — from the Puma AE to the Harvester — then what? Do we spend another couple billion dollars to redeploy our forces back to Afghanistan, put boots on the ground, and American soldiers back in the line of fire? Or do we ignore atrocities committed by the Taliban like, I dunno, shooting little girls in the head for demanding an education, and hope that disgruntled fundamentalists don't stage another attack on US soil? Choose wisely. [Bloomberg]


Comments

    This article is 1% about the figurines, and 99% about the author's hard-on for America and war.

      Yup, there's a little fuckin' crazy lurking in that guy's brain.

      Gotta agree. What the fuck were you thinking writing this load of drivelling horseshit Andrew? First you completely misrepresented that story about the british guy and the mortar, now this crap? Go back to school, maybe one day you'll be a journalist, but not today.

    ''What a load of sanctimonious, pedantic horseshit. ''

    Oh, the irony.

    Gizmod i have seen a trend lately of viewers tending to criticizes the caliber within this blog and personally thought it was unjust... but this article that starts off as a paragraph that is on topic then digress to three paragraphs of rage filled bigotry thats draws a close resemblance to the blind revenge fill gutter slurs that where strife in 2001-2003

    This is a new low - shame on you!

    The governments of the world are attempting to create a new control grid to further constrict the rights of humans. Some call it tyranny, others call it The New World Order; however wish you may describe it.... it's becoming more and more obvious the powers that be are trying to do what numerous empires of the past have done.

    The empires rise - corruption takes over - the people then initiate a revolution.

    The American Empire is on the verge of collapsing and these surveillance technologies are a last ditch effort to maintain control over a system that's falling apart -- designed and constructed by those manipulating the flow of money.

    This is the direction the US wants to point its kids. Ingrain in them early that one day they will grow up and pilot a killing machine from their armchair. Indoctrination I say.!

      Americans are all brainwashed anyway, they don't know the difference between right or wrong. Just what Uncle Sam tells them to think.

      It's not so much a nation as it is a large cult. Sad really, it's gotten them into nothing but trouble (i.e. Vietnam, Korea, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Pakistan etc etc).

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    Does anyone moderate these articles before they are posted? Perhaps an internal review system needs to be put in place Gizmodo, because the middle section of this is borderline racist and overall the article has little to no substance beyond "Someone is selling a model drone, people are angry, and I think they're fuckheads."
    And then to try and justify murder by it's legal definition is a disgrace. War is War, however, a human killing another human is murder.

    .......I hope you're joking.

    Is this Gizmodo or the O'Reilly Factor ?....Getting hard to tell the difference nowadays.

    I wonder if the author of this article is aware that America uses drones in countries that
    it is NOT at war with ?....and those drone strikes have killed hundreds of innocent people...That's called murder Andrew,

    I wonder how long till America starts using drones in Australia ?

    Gizmodo readers should be aware that in America there's no such thing as just journalism, it has either a right or left wing angle to it. It's PAINFULLY obvious that Andrew leans toward the right.

    After 9/11, America had the sympathy of the world behind it (including the countries it invaded and the innocent people it killed). The next time a 9/11 type event happens in America the world will cheer. I know I will be having a Facebook open house party and be putting the kegs on myself.

    And Americans wonder why they are despised around the world. You (like most Americans) are an idiot Andrew. Please Fuck Off and die painfully.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdlEcFfYZ2k

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