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Zen 515: 'Pork eating Crusader' and other examples of cultural sensitivity from the makers of the US military's unofficial insignia

For several years now, the very excellent and scarily well-informed Wired blog 'Danger Room' has been running an affectionate feature on 'awesomely bad patches' - the unofficial insignia created by various US Black Ops units to celebrate the work they do.

The idea culminated in a book by artist Trevor Paglen, called 'I Could Tell You But Then You Would Have to Be Destroyed by Me', which celebrates the very finest from covert surveillance spooks devices to the horsemen of the Apocalypse who man America's ICBMs. I want this book for Christmas please.

Now Paglen is compiling a follow-up and he's been deluged with patches from every murky corner of the military, boasting legends like 'What would Jesus shoot?', 'Death wears bunny slippers' and the supremely web geek cool 'Omnis Vestri Substructio Es Servus Ad Nobis' (All Your Base Are Belong to Us).

But he'd particularly like to hear from you if you know anything about Ibis Dawn, Scarecrow, Sundowner or 'Invisus cum libertas et iustitia omnibus'. He'll even take a hi-rez scan if you can't get the badge itself. You can reach him at http://www.paglen.com/.

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