Friday, October 30, 2009
All World Wars
This is from the "New Arrivals" page (as in, this is not a complete listing):
Nazi Collaboration Posters 1939-1945
Armies of the World: Photo Collection
Gatling Guns: Service and Description, 1878
World War I German Photographic Postcards 1914-1916
British Home Guard Manual 1941
Operation Wunderland, August 1942
Terrain Factors in the Russian Campaign
How to Fly IL-2 Sturmovik. Pilot's Instructions, 1943
Effects of Climate on Combat in European Russia
The German Air Force In The Great War by Georg Paul Neumann
The War of Lost Opportunities by General Max von Hoffmann
Crimean War Photographs by Roger Fenton, 1855
Soviet War Paintings. Part II
Victor Suvorov Presents "Chief Culprit" at Hudson Institute
Japanese in Battle. First & Second Editions. 1943, 1944
Georgian Soldiers in Zhinvali. August 2008
Hannibal by Theodore Ayrault Dodge
Airplane Paintings by Artist Dmitri Choibolsan
Luger 1900/06 Original German Manual 1911
The French Yellow Book. Diplomatic Documents (1938-1939)
Katyn Files, 1940
Russian Horse Guards Commemorative Manual 1730-1930
Panzer Artillery Regiment 78 in Russia: Photo Collection
History of the Attempt on Hitler's Life 20 July 1944 by von Gersdorff
Israel-Gaza War 2008-2009
A Survey of German Tactics 1918
First World War Magazines
Italian Renaissance Sketchbook on Military Art
Mediterranean Allied Air Forces. Air Surrender Documents
USSR NAVY, by Division of US Naval Intelligence, 1943
German Doctrine of the Stabilized Front
Japanese Balloon and Attached Devices
Principles of Strategy by Colonel William K. Naylor
German Snipers Field Training, 1944
The War Against Japan. Pictorial Record
German-English Military Dictionary, 1944
Small Unit Actions During the German Campaign in Russia
German Minefields at Alamein (October - November, 1942)
Photographs of the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
CIA Psychological Operations in Guerrilla Warfare
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Okay, kids, time to play "Biological Warfare"!
(One of Witkin's photos reminded me of this. And, for the record, Mickey Mouse's voice creeps me out.)
Read full article here. Check out full gas mask gallery here.
Homo sum: humani nil a me alienum puto. "I am a man, and nothing human is alien to me."
"Some of Witkin's works, namely those with corpses in them, have had to be created in Mexico in order to get around restrictive US laws. Because of the transgressive nature of the contents of his pictures, his works have been labeled exploitative and have sometimes shocked public opinion.
His techniques include scratching the negative, bleaching or toning the print, and using a hands-in-the-chemicals printing technique." (Wikipedia)
Tribute to Genius - Image Source
Love & Redemption - Image Source
Art Forum Gallery - Image Source
"Father accused of abducting man he believes killed his daughter
A retired accountant whose daughter was killed 27 years ago was facing charges last night over the alleged abduction of the man he always blamed for her death. The man was left bound, gagged and injured outside a French courtroom.
André Bamberski, 72, is suspected of taking justice into his own hands over the German authorities’ failure to act against Dieter Krombach, a German cardiologist, after a French court convicted him of manslaughter in his absence.
Mr Krombach, 74, was found trussed up with head injuries in a lane near the criminal court in the eastern city of Mulhouse on Sunday after an anonymous caller with an Eastern European accent tipped off police. Mr Bamberski, who is of Polish origin and lives near Toulouse, was in Mulhouse at the weekend and is suspected of making the call, police said.
They were trying to determine whether he carried out the kidnapping or whether accomplices or supporters were responsible.
In 1995, the Paris assizes court sentenced Mr Krombach to 15 years in jail for the unintentional killing in 1982 of Kalinka Baberski, 14, with the injection of a toxic substance. The girl had been visiting her mother who was living with Mr Krombach in the Bavarian town of Lindau.
The German authorities refused to extradite Mr Krombach because courts there had ruled that the cause of Kalinka’s death was unknown. In 1997, in another case, he was convicted of sexually abusing a female patient. Mr Bamberski was convinced that Mr Krombach had killed his daughter in an attempt to rape her. He campaigned in the courts and the media until French judges ordered the exhumation of Kalinka’s body.
This led to the Paris trial in 1995 in which Mr Krombach was convicted of “deliberate violence leading to death without the intention of killing”. François Gibault, Mr Bamberski’s lawyer, said: “He never gave up in the face of the inertia of the justice system. He is a brave, determined man but this manhunt had become an obsession. He had nothing left to lose.” Robert Pince, the head of a campaign group set up by Mr Bamberski, said he believed that the girl’s father tried to deliver the cardiologist to the courts. “Of course I suspect Bamberski of trying to bring Krombach back to France, even if I cannot say so for certain,” he said. “André Bamberski is a very religious man. He does not want revenge, he wants justice.”
Mr Kombach, who is legally a fugitive, is likely to be held in France to face a new trial. Under French law, in absentia cases are always retried if the defendant is arrested. "
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Here's what I have so far.
Following images from "American Funeral Vehicles 1883-2003: An Illustrated History" Walter M.P. McCall; Iconografix, 2003.
(1890s Horse-drawn Hearse)
(1948 Flower Car)
(1959 Flower Car)
Lots more photos, more detailed time-line here --> Hearse Photo Album
* Did You Know: In most states not only a licensed funeral director, but also a family member or another person who has been given authority to arrange a funeral can transport a body within the state. This often requires a permit, for a very small fee, from the county health department. (Source: "Death to Dust" Iserson)
"Taylorism is an old name for an ear condition, now called pressure-bonded tinnitus, which leads sufferers to hear sudden sounds which are not real. These noises are low and guttural and can sound like waves, cars or growling creatures. The condition is notable since the sounds sometimes trigger phantom sight phenomena – sufferers can momentarily see a wave or car lunge towards them. Although the condition is not named after him, its most prominent victim was James Taylor Markham, an explorer and financier who travelled extensively in Southern Africa in the late 19th century. Markham had come to terms with his disability and had conditioned himself not to jolt or run when he heard or saw something unexpected. In 1902, he was charged and gored to death by a rhino in what is now Botswana."
More about tinnitus at Wiki - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tinnitus
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Boss Man got the bright idea to get a hearse and morph it into a "pet limo". Okay. Anyway, it's beautiful! I don't know its details but it's a Lincoln, over 20 years old, in great condition and looks exactly like this one.
So, at the kennel I work at one of the services offered is an hour long hike in the local park. Now, with the hearse, we can transport up to six dogs at a time. It's really perfect for that sort of thing, nice and big, with rollers to move the pet carriers easily. Eventual plan is to have it painted to advertise the business and look more like a limo. But for now it's a nice shade of grey, with curtains and accessories; all dead peoplely and everything.
My co-worker "let" me drive (he didn't seem to want to) -- yup, it was like driving a boat but very cool. The entire time I kept breaking into a huge smile thinking to myself, "I am driving a hearse..." Aside from a few odd looks we really weren't getting that much attention. That is, until the beagle and bloodhounds in the back started H-O-W-L-I-N-G. That was fun.
To top it off co-worker didn't really appreciate all of my incredibly fascinating useless knowledge about embalming fluid. Yes, it came up in the conversation... sticky steering wheel.
I like meatloaf and this makes my morbid little mind sing. Kind of burn-victim-ish. However, please note for medical accuracy the "wrist bone" should actually be two smaller chunks representing the radius and ulna.
For detailed instructions, more photos and trial n' error notes go here --> Not Martha
Myah Walker is a pro-life born-again Christian who gave birth to anencephalic baby "Faith Hope". This sort of scenario is exactly why I don't read about bioethics anymore (except when I do). The degree of irrational, superstitious, sanctimonious bullshit from total idiots is overwhelmingly enraging to me. Normally, I wouldn't consider what one wants to do with their tumour any of my business. If they want to dress it up and name it, that's their prerogative. But demanding care for this newly born [insert noun of choice here] sets a precedent I don't like. Definitions of "life" and the expense of medical treatment both come into play, as well as countless other factors that may effect me directly. I'm getting a migraine fluttering over this much (not much). Pop some Excedrin and take a ride on the crazy-train here:
The Story of baby Faith Hope
From wiki: The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) describes the presentation of this condition as follows:
A baby born with anencephaly is usually blind, deaf, unconscious, and unable to feel pain. Although some individuals with anencephaly may be born with a main brain stem, the lack of a functioning cerebrum permanently rules out the possibility of ever gaining consciousness. Reflex actions such as breathing and responses to sound or touch may occur.
A few of my bookmarked galleries of birth defects:
Word of the day: Maceration
1. Softening by soaking in a liquid.
2. Softening of the tissues after death by autolysis, especially of a stillborn fetus.
Favourite fun factoid: King Herod the Great of Judea suffered from Fournier gangrene (necrotizing fasciitis of the groin and genitalia), at the time of his death.
Despite it being commonly referred to as "flesh-eating", that's "a misnomer as the bacteria do not actually eat the tissue. They cause the destruction of skin and muscle by releasing toxins (virulence factors), which include streptococcal pyogenic exotoxins. S. pyogenes produces an exotoxin known as a superantigen. This toxin is capable of activating T-cells non-specifically, which causes the overproduction of cytokines." (Wikipedia's article)
"Necrotizing fasciitis has also been referred to as hemolytic streptococcal gangrene, Meleney ulcer, acute dermal gangrene, hospital gangrene, suppurative fascitis, and synergistic necrotizing cellulitis. Fournier gangrene is a form of necrotizing fasciitis that is localized to the scrotum and perineal area.
Necrotizing fasciitis is a progressive, rapidly spreading, inflammatory infection located in the deep fascia, with secondary necrosis of the subcutaneous tissues. Because of the presence of gas-forming organisms, subcutaneous air is classically described in necrotizing fasciitis. This may be seen only on radiographs or not at all. The speed of spread is directly proportional to the thickness of the subcutaneous layer. Necrotizing fasciitis moves along the deep fascial plane.
These infections can be difficult to recognize in their early stages, but they rapidly progress. They require aggressive treatment to combat the associated high morbidity and mortality." (eMedicine's article)
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Vietnam Inc. (ISBN 0714846031) was a major photographic book produced and published by Philip Jones Griffiths in 1971. It contained 266 black and white images of the civilian perspective of the Vietnam War, taken during a 3 year period. These often shocking pictures have been credited with changing public attitudes towards the war,[who?] and the original book has become a collector's item. It was republished in 2001 with a foreword by Noam Chomsky.
More info, image source. (Click to enlarge)