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Holocaust Archaeology: A Harrowing Investigation into Treblinka

It’s hard to believe that Holocaust denialism is still a thing but this is the internet. And it is still a thing.


Forensic Magazine offers a profile of a forensic archaeologist searching for clues at the infamous Treblinka concentration camp:

For Caroline Sturdy Colls, a British archaeologist, what lies in that soil at Treblinka tells the story of perhaps the greatest crime of the 20th century. She tells part of that story in a new book, and an exhibit at the site, both unveiled this year.

Sturdy Colls and a colleague excavating the site at Treblinka.

Sturdy Colls and a colleague excavating the site at Treblinka.

“I view the Holocaust as a crime,” she toldForensic Magazine in an exclusive interview. “You can consider the sites [across Europe] as one big crime scene…

“There’s almost a social responsibility, to forensic archaeologists in particular who have got the skill sets in terms of investigating crimes, to apply those to the investigation of the Holocaust,” she added.

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A Short Vision (1956)

This short animated film is Peter and Joan Foldes’ second and last film together. Its bleak subject – the end of the world caused by a nuclear apocalypse – reflects a widespread preoccupation in 50s Britain which would soon lead to the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND). The film is composed mostly of still drawings, creating a terrifying effect amplified by a sombre commentary spoken in the style of the Bible. The film had a very strong impact on audiences, in particular across the Atlantic, where it was shown on primetime television to millions of American viewers and reportedly produced one of the biggest reactions since Orson Welles’ ‘War of the Worlds’ broadcast in 1938. (Christophe Dupin)

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The Killing Of America

Warning: The following documentary is not suitable for some viewers

This 1982 documentary, The Killing of America, explores a phenomenon of mass killers up until that time.

Looks like suicidal mass murderers have been around for fifty years.

I have to say, the message of this documentary is rather inconclusive and contains multiple conflicting messages throughout. In the study of criminology, it stands only as an examination of the history of murder and not as an explanation as to why several of these killings happen. There is an underlying theme throughout the video that part of the reason behind the violence in America is the hundreds of millions of easily available weapons. This video also upholds the conspiratorial point of view behind the assassinations of John F Kennedy and Martin Luther King.

The video was made at a time that the crime rate in America had been steadily climbing since the ’60s and would continue to climb through the ’80s before sharply declining in the ’90s.… Read the rest

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If Women Ruled the World – Is a Matriarchal Society the Solution?

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Steve Taylor, Ph.D, via Waking Times:

Is a matriarchal society the solution to our problems?

I’ve just returned from Crete, where I visited the ancient palace of Knossos, and the archaeological museum in Heraklion, where thousands of the artifacts and artworks of ancient Crete are displayed.

The most striking thing about the culture of ancient Crete (or Minoan culture, as it is often called) is how prominent women are. They are everywhere in Minoan artwork, on pottery, frescoes and figurines (small stone statues). They are shown as priestesses, goddesses, dancing and talking at social occasions, in beautiful dresses with their breasts on show. There is a striking fresco of a beautifully dressed woman surrounded by a group of half-naked dancing men.

It is clear that – as many archaeologists have agreed – this was a society in which women had very high status; at least as high as men.

Some archaeologists believe that the Minoans worshiped a goddess, and that women were the main religious leaders.

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A Real Democracy Would Use Sortition

This is a great illustrated video which discusses the need for sortition and its proven effectiveness in the form of citizens’ assemblies, people’s panels, policy juries, and constitutional conventions.

Via Equality by Lot:

Check out the Sortition Foundation if you are curious to learn more (you can also volunteer…)

Also, here is a brief animated history of sortition, as well as a fun idea on how we might one day go about implementing a lottery-based system on a much larger scale.

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When Nuclear Energy Almost Took to the Skies

"NB-36H with B-50, 1955 - DF-SC-83-09332" by USAF - U.S. photo no. DF-SC-83-09332. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons.

Back in the 1950s, under the threat of communist apocalypse, the US military had plans for a long-range bomber using the energy of nuclear decay heat to stay aloft for weeks at a time. The Convair X-6 was a design to use a radical, high-temperature, molten-salt-fueled-and-cooled reactor (MSR), and made nuclear-powered aviation come quite close to reality. This program, called NEPA (Nuclear Energy for the Propulsion of Aircraft), like its space-faring cousin-project NERVA, was ultimately a sink for around 7 billion US taxpayer dollars before it was cancelled by Eisenhower. But it actually resulted in the development of a radical type of reactor (MSR) that still could be used to safely generate massive amounts of electricity. More on that later.

The Convair X-6 bomber prototype, which carried a working nuclear reactor and heavy radiation shielding for the pilots (105,000 pounds of lead alone), was test flown nearly a dozen times in 1957.… Read the rest

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Antique Illustrations of Deformity

Here is a collection of vintage medical illustrations, courtesy of Cvlt Nation and Wellcome Images.


Pencil, white chalk and watercolour drawing illustrating severe pustule crustaceous lesions on the head of a man suffering from syphilis. The drawing at left shows a detail of the ulcerated lesion above his left eye.
Watercolour 1855 By: Christopher D’Alton


Conjoint twins born at Palermo in 1755. Engraving by J. Aveline.


Separate portraits of an albino negress, the siamese twins Hélène and Judith, and a girl with a skin disease who is called Maria Herig.
Engraving. after: Jacques de Sève Published: –


Hélène and Judith, siamese twins known as The Hungarian Sisters.
Line engraving by J. Chevillet after De Sève. By: Jacques de Sèveafter: Juste Chevillet Published: –


Master Vine, a child with deformed arms. Etching. Published: –


Iòao Baptista dos Santos, a diphallic boy with supernumerary legs.
Lithograph by W. Kohler. after: W Kohler Published: –


Roddy Rodgers, a man without arms.

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