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June 23 2017

To philosophize is to learn how to die or to rise to divinity — to know being as Being.
Karl Jaspers, Way to Wisdom (via philosophybits)
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kim dorland

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The initiates of the flame - 1922 - via Internet Archive

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[A]n improbable landscape which bristles with trees, coppices and thickets in the shape of demons or phantoms and full of birds with rats’ heads and vegetable tails. From the ground, which is littered with vertebrae, ribs and skulls, there spring gnarled and shaky willow-trees, in which skeletons are perched, waving bouquets and chanting songs of victory, while a Christ flies away into a mackerel sky; a hermit meditates, with his head in his hands, at the back of a grotto; and a beggar dies of privation and hunger, stretched out on his back, his feet pointing to a stagnant pool.

Against Nature, Joris-Karl Huysmans

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William Blake (English, 1757-1827)

When the Morning Stars Sang Together, The Book of Job, 1805

More William Blake on hideback

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Otto Tschumi (Swiss, 1904-1985), Truhenraum [Chest Room], 1953. Gouache on paper, 35.5 x 43.8 cm.

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Franz Von Stuck - Salome


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“Encore” nuclear weapons test, Yucca Flats in the Nevada Test Site,1953

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Unit 731 Experimentation Camp

At the dawn of World War II, although biological and chemical weapons had been used previously in warfare, little was known of precisely how they worked on the human body. Curious, certain Japanese researchers in its army unit 731 conducted a series of indescribably cruel experiments testing the limits of the human body when subjected to harsh conditions, poisonous substances and lethal diseases.

History of Unit 731

Building from the ashes, literally, of a previous program, the “Epidemic Prevention and Water Purification Department of the Kwantung Army” (Unit 731 for short) was authorized in 1936. Bases were established at various places in China (occupied by Japan during the Second Sino-Japanese War), including at Pingfang and Hsinking.

Referring to their victims as maruta, meaning logs, the researchers experimented on, apparently, anyone they could get their hands on: Chinese, Russians, Koreans, Mongolians, Pacific Islanders, other South East Asians and even a few American prisoners of war all fell victim to the doctors at the camps.

Taking the scientific method to new lows, the researchers in unit 731 conducted a variety of experiments:


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Einar Jónsson’s Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland

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The Seventh Seal, Ingmar Bergman, 1957

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Red Army sodliers enjoying some classical music played by a Russian tank driver. Shot in Breslau (now Polish town named Wroclaw)

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German victims of US air raid on Dresden

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Die Hölle (1550 / Oil on panel) - Herri met de Bles 

[Formerly attributed to Hieronymus Bosch]

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William Burroughs, Paris, 1959

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Vincent van Gogh, <i>Prisoners Exercising</i>, 1890.

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Yukio Mishima (三島 由紀夫 Mishima Yukiowas the pen name of Kimitake Hiraoka (平岡 公威Hiraoka Kimitake, January 14, 1925 – November 25, 1970), a Japanese author, poet, playwright, actor, and film director. Nominated three times for the Nobel Prize in Literature, Mishima is considered one of the most important Japanese authors of the 20th century. Hisavant-garde work displayed a blending of modern and traditional aesthetics that broke cultural boundaries, with a focus on sexuality, death, and political change.[4] He is also remembered for his ritual suicide by seppuku after a failed coup d’état.

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Moondog appreciation post.

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Alfred Cheney Johnston. Ziegfeld Follies Showgirl. 1924. 

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