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Perspectives on Death


"Happiness needs unhappiness.

Joy goes hand in hand with sorrow.

It is thanks to the shadow that we exist.

We must not dream of an absurd abstraction.

We must guard the bond that links us blood to earth.

We are a great mixture.

We are more than we believe."

Henri Barbusse


In the case of sickness (physical, mental, or social) or other such needs for regeneration or restoration, symbolic burial can be the equivalent of baptismal regeneration and its appeal to rebirth symbolisms.

Breaches in the moral, ethic, or social order can be mended in the earth.

"... a Scandinavian belief a witch can be saved from eternal damnation if she is buried alive, seed is sown over her and the resulting crop harvested." - Mircea Eliade

Initiation rites among many indigenous tribes include some sort of burial from whence a "new man" emerges.



Why Covid-19 Is a "Strange Pandemic"

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Mictlantecuhtli, Hades, Pluto, Thanatos, Mot


The Reaper

"In the Civil War the United States, North and South, reaped what many participants described as a "harvest of death."

Death transformed the American nation.

Citizen soldiers snatched from the midst of life generated obligations for a nation defining its purposes and polity through military struggle.

A war about 'union, citizenship, freedom, and human dignity' required that the government attend to the needs of those who had died in its service.

Execution of these newly recognized responsibilities would prove an important vehicle for the expansion of federal power.

Americans had to identify - find, invent, create - the means and mechanisms to manage more than half a million dead: their deaths, their bodies, their loss.

The work of death was Civil War America's most fundamental and most demanding undertaking. "- Drew Gilpin Faust


Chinese charater for death

welcome to life

Odds of Dying

25 Most Common Causes of Death


0 woe, woe,

People are born and die,

we also shall be dead pretty soon,

let us act as if we were dead already.

Ezra Pound




death

Euthanasia Program

Suicide is the New Murder in America

Japan Engineers Design Robotic Bear to aid in Assisted Suicide

Obamacare Architect Ezekiel Emanuel: 75 An Ideal Age To Die

Counterpoint: Ezekiel Emanuel is a dangerous man

You might be working yourself to death



"We are born with the seed of our own death.

From the moment of birth, we are approaching this inevitable demise.

Then we must also contemplate that the time of our death is uncertain.

Death, striking unannounced, does not wait for us to tidy up our lives.

At the time of our death, friends and family, the precious possessions we have so meticulously collected throughout our lives, are of no value.

Not even this precious body, the vehicle of this lifetime, is of any use.

Avoid extensive preoccupation with the concerns of present life.

Begin to provide the groundwork for a compassionate understanding of how others find it difficult to let go of self-centered concerns." - Tenzin Gyatso



What is the truth?

"I asked my grandfather once if he could tell me what truth was.

"I don't think I've lived long enough to know that," he said, "all I know is that without truth Iktomi, the Trickster, would be the most powerful being."

Having lived more than half a century, I think I'm just beginning to gain some insight into my grandfather's reply.

Truth is often difficult to distinguish.

Truth can be a gift or a burden; it can be kind or cruel.

Truth frequently eludes our grasp and we find it difficult to describe.

Truth can at times hide so well that we can't find it to save ourselves, or it disguises itself so skillfully that we walk all over it without knowing.

In the next instance it becomes plain as day, whether we want it to or not.

In the end we learn we can't live without truth.

"Truth is the marker along the roads we travel in life," my grandfather said.

The Red Road, the good or straight way, has many markers.

If you choose the Black Road, there is only the illusion of truth.

We can be influenced by truth or by illusion.

Two chieftains met on a plain while their two armies waited.

"I have ten thousand warriors, skilled with weapons and seasoned by battle. Victory will be mine," said the first chieftain. "What do you have?"

"Only the truth," replied the second chieftain. "This war has decimated my people so I face you now with an army of children.

This truth will either destroy you or glorify you."

The first chieftain returned to camp, where his army stood ready for battle.

He ordered his army to put aside their weapons while he went into seclusion to ponder the truth his enemy had spoken.

With the new dawn he sent his chief aide with gifts of food and an offer of peace to the army of children.

The chieftain then returned to his homeland and stood to be judged before his countrymen, fully expecting to be dishonored for his weakness.

Instead the people fell down on their knees praising his good sense.



deciding the future

Sometimes truth is like the wind.



Truth is also like sunrise and sunset.

We see the sun come up over the eastern horizon in the morning and then disappear behind the western horizon in the evening.

From the perspective of our existence on a spinning sphere, the sun appears to "rise" and "set."

In reality the sun does neither.

Reality is what is, first and foremost, to be reckoned with on Earth.

Lakota know four seasons cycle in precisely the same order year after year.

Reality is lakes freeze in winter and thaw in the spring.

All living things die, that change is inevitable.

Truth is the result of the trials and errors of life.

"Without evil, goodness would be harder to recognize."

"The first casualty of war is truth."

"A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush."

Some lessons rise out of the illusions we have acquired.

"Good will always prevail over evil."

Some truth is subjective and subject to change with new understanding.

"Man was not intended to fly."

If there is a universal human weakness it is that we want static answers.

Truth consists of two parts.

That which is given and that which is accepted.

We Lakota have heard Iktomi sing several times.

Fort Laramie Treaty Council of 1851

As thousands upon thousands of white emigrants made their way along the Oregon Trail from Missouri to Oregon and passed through Lakota territory, the US peace commissioners told us, "They are only passing through and need only as much room as the width of their wagon wheels."

The Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868

Establishment of the Great Sioux Reservation - the entire western half of the current state of South Dakota - for "as long as the sun shall rise, as long as the rivers shall flow, as long as the grasses shall grow."

We are survivors.

We took on the worst our "conquerors" could throw and are still standing.

The cognitive illusion is that we are part of the past - something to be studied, analyzed, measured, dissected, and ultimately judged.

The truth is we are still a viable culture with traditions, customs, and values.



death in perspective

The idea of death is avoided and most feared by American society.

Death, an American taboo, is the standard against which all is measured.

References to death are made in hushed and apprehensive tones.

Visit a cemetery and confirm the general state of denial about death.

Funeral directors sell coffins to "protect your loved one for ages to come."

Stone or cement crypts and mausoleums are used for the same reason.

Logically, we are at least apprehensive about anything we don't know.

People fear death when they fail to understand the reality of consciousness.

The truth about death is simple. It will happen.

Nothing is more inevitable, no matter how vigorously we deny it or fight it.

We can fight to live, but we will always lose the fight against death.

A profound and reassuring truth about death is that it is a part of life.

Life begins with birth and ends with death.

Death is the great equalizer connecting all living beings.

Iktomi, on the other hand, presents illusion as truth, and always will.

Beware of Iktomi."

adapted from Joseph M. Marshall, Keep Going: The Art of Perseverance



The Hangman

Billie Holiday - Strange Fruit

Death Penalty Information Center

AG Barr orders reinstatement
of the federal death penalty



"It is pleasant to punish those who shock us, and we do not like to admit that indulgence in this pleasure is not always socially desirable." - Bertrand Russell, Impact of Science on Society


death penalty

Capitol Shooting Car Chase

Miriam Carey killed in Capitol shooting



The American Law Institute is the only organization
that has built an intellectual framework supporting the death penalty.


"A study commissioned by the American Law Institute said that decades of experience have proved that the system cannot reconcile the twin goals of individualized decisions about who should be executed and systemic fairness.

It added that capital punishment is plagued by racial disparities; is enormously expensive even as many defense lawyers are underpaid and some are incompetent; risks executing innocent people; and is undermined by the politics that come with judicial elections." - Adam Liptak 01/04/09

"Jesus, a decidedly nonviolent man, would have abhorred the death penalty, a government policy of which he himself was a victim.

If Jesus where to return today he would likely meet the same fate at the hands of his most publicly fervent 'believers'." - John DeCure

February 8, 1924 Gee Jon becomes the first person to be executed in a gas chamber. State of Nevada, United States of America.

List of countries that executed people in 2007:

Iran (265), Saudi Arabia (156), USA (42), Pakistan (29), Iraq (29), Afghanistan (15), China (13), Japan (9), North Korea (8), Yemen (7), Bangladesh (6), Syria (5), Somalia (3), Singapore (2), Sudan (2), Belarus (1), Botswana (1), Ethiopia (1), Indonesia (1), Kuwait (1).


List of countries that have no death penalty in 2007:

Andorra, Angola, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bhutan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Cape Verde, Colombia, Costa Rica, Côte d'Ivoire,Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kiribati, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niue, Norway, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome & Principe, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Timor-Leste, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Vatican, Venezuela


List of countries that have no death penalty except in times of war or under martial law in 2007:

Albania, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Cook Islands, El Salvador, Fiji, Israel, Latavia, Peru

List of countries that have the death penalty but have not executed anyone during the past 10 years in 2007:

Algeria, Benin, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Congo, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Kenya,Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Myanmar, Nauru, Niger, Papua New Guinea, Russian Federation, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Swaziland, Togo, Tonga, Tunsia



BUSTED

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New Study Finds That State Crime Labs Are Paid Per Conviction

Michigan Creates 'Bogus Crimes' by Conflating Cannabis Extracts

White House Report Concludes That Bite-Mark Analysis Is Junk Science

New York State Crime Lab Tainted by Incompetence, Corruption, Indifference

Over 7,800 Prosecutions Questioned After NJ Lab Tech Caught Faking Results

Forensic experts may be biased by the side that retains them

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The Surprisingly Imperfect Science of DNA Testing

Scientists say forensics needs more actual science


drug warrior

Over 40,000 Cases Tainted By "Rogue Chemist"

"I am troubled by the report's general finding that far too many forensic disciplines lack the standards necessary to ensure their scientific reliability in court." - Patrick J. Leahy

FBI admits flaws in hair analysis over decades

When DNA Implicates the Innocent

DNA Testing: Foolproof?

The problem with DNA



February 18, 2009

American crime laboratories are grossly underfunded, lack a scientific foundation in forensic techniques and are compromised by critical delays in analyzing physical evidence.

Among the problems:

there is little if any scientific research to support the claim that no two people share identical fingerprints;

chemical analysis of the lead in bullets has been determined to be flawed and unreliable;

crazed glass, the tiny, weblike lines that spread across glass that lead arson investigators to determine a set fire was found to be caused by water dousing the fire;

bite-mark comparisons are subjective.

These methods of forensic analysis send innocent people to Death Row.


"Crime laboratories should be managed separately from police departments to ensure that their findings are protected from bias. The potential for conflicts of interest between the needs of law enforcement and the broader needs of forensic science are too great." - National Academy of Sciences

"Law enforcement officials are vastly expanding their collection of DNA to include millions more people who have been arrested or detained but not yet convicted. Sixteen states now take DNA from some who have been found guilty of misdemeanors." - Solomon Moore 03/18/09

"According to population geneticists, it is indeed possible to have the six loci match in perhaps many dozens of individuals whose DNA is contained in a databank of 700,000." - Andre A. Moenssens October 2000

"State crime lab analyst Kathryn Troyer was running tests on Arizona's DNA database when she stumbled across two felons with remarkably similar genetic profiles.

The men matched at nine of the 13 locations on chromosomes, or loci, commonly used to distinguish people.

The FBI estimated the odds of unrelated people sharing those genetic markers to be as remote as 1 in 113 billion.

The mug shots of the two felons suggested that they were not related: One was black, the other white.

In the years after her 2001 discovery, Kathryn Troyer found dozens of similar matches - each seeming to defy impossible odds.

The FBI laboratory tried to stop distribution of Kathryn Troyer's results and began an aggressive behind-the-scenes campaign to block similar searches elsewhere, even those ordered by courts." - Jason Felch, Maura Dolan 07/19/08

FBI resists scrutiny of 'matches'

Crime labs finding questionable DNA matches

How reliable is DNA in identifying suspects?

Accuracy of DNA ?"Matches" to Definitively Identify Suspects Questioned

A nine STR locus match between two apparently unrelated individuals using AmpFlSTR® PROFILER PLUS™ AND COFILER™



Forensic Doctor Destroys Media ‘Killer Virus’ Lies



"The illusion of gentleness of lethal injections has made executions far less of a taboo experience for the public.

Albert Camus wrote in 1957 in "Reflections on the Guillotine," those who actually witness an execution know it for the horror it is." - David DeKok

"I stand before you to explain my frustrations and deep concerns about both the administration and the penalty of death.

Today America is not in league with most of our major allies:

Europe, Canada, Mexico, most of South and Central America.

These countries rejected the death penalty.

We are partners in death with several third world countries.

Even Russia has called a moratorium.

The death penalty has been abolished in 12 states.

In none of these states has the homicide rate increased.

You are 5 times more likely to get a death sentence for first degree murder in the rural area of Illinois than you are in Cook County.

Half of the nearly 300 capital cases in Illinois had been reversed for a new trial or resentencing.

33 of the death row inmates were represented at trial by an attorney who had later been disbarred or at some point suspended from practicing law.

46 inmates were convicted on the basis of testimony from jailhouse informants." - Governor George H. Ryan of Illinois

With this statement Governor George H. Ryan of Illinois commuted all death sentences in the state of Illinois to life in prison!

According to Alberto Gonzales George H. Ryan accepted gifts and steered government business to friends and associates.

On September 6, 2006, Ryan is sentenced to six and a half years in prison and is released on July 3, 2013.

In July 2016, the Valparaiso University Law Review published an article titled "How Frank Easterbrook Kept George Ryan in Prison" in which serious accusations of judicial misconduct were leveled against Easterbrook.

"As long as the political state is permitted by its citizens to kill helpless, restrained prisoners as a solution to a problem the door to State sponsored genocide remains open.

Capital punishment is, and always will be, political power in search of a crime, whether it's murder, treason, being a member of a hated ethnic group or anything else that inflames public opinion.

States, just like citizens, should only have the power to kill in immediate self-defense, and never in the service of punishment." - Lindsie Carlsen


As Americans accept murder as a solution to a problem,
Americans can expect murder to occur in America.





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