5 interesting facts about atheists in the U.S…


Date: October 21, 2018

01) 5 interesting facts about atheists in the U.S.

“How much do you know about atheists in the States? Is it as unpopular being a nonbeliever in America as is sometimes reported? Are atheists a growing part of the ‘nones’? Watch this video on 5 interesting facts about atheists in the U.S. to find out some of this and more!”

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Revisiting ‘Radiolab: Post No Evil’…

Date: October 21, 2018

01) Radiolab: Post No Evil

I don’t normally bring an old post back to “the front” of the blog…but I finally listened to this entire episode…and it’s an important piece.

It really exposes how idiotic and outrageous the censorship norms are, on the larger social platforms.

Outsourced people spending eight hours a day, making insanely quick [four seconds per complaint?!] judgements on whether or not to delete someone else’s content…How utterly shitty…

…And that insane religious woman, who calls everything [including classical art] “child pornography”?…

That woman has no business being anywhere near such a position…She’s incompetent.

“Mirrors With Memories”: Why Did Victorians Take Pictures of Dead People?…


Date: October 20, 2018

01) “Mirrors With Memories”: Why Did Victorians Take Pictures of Dead People?

“Secure the shadow, ere the substance fades.” That very early photographers’ slogan—introduced not long after Louis Daguerre announced his daguerreotype process in 1839—may seem ominous, but it reflects the reality of Victorian life. In an age before antibiotics, when infant mortality soared and the Civil War raged, death was a constant presence in the United States. And one prominent part of the process of memorializing the dead was taking a postmortem photo.

Postmortem photography evolved out of posthumous portraiture, a mode of painting in which wealthy Europeans (and eventually Americans) memorialized dead family members by depicting them alongside a slew of symbols, colors, and gestures associated with death. While the people—usually children—in these images might look reasonably healthy, the presence of a dead bird, a cut cord, drooping flowers, or a three-fingered grip (a reference to the holy trinity) often signaled that the subject was deceased. These types of images, popular in the 18th and early 19th centuries, served as cherished reminders of loved ones long gone.”