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i’m not even going to wait until october this year

the ghost jokes have begun

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Photographer Walter Sachels was terrified of death, so much so he refused to see his mother after she passed away. Upon entering his 70s, Schels finally decided to overcome his fear through a bold, bizarre project – photographing individuals before and directly after their death.

Schels and his partner Beat Lakotta began approaching potential individuals at hospices in Berlin and Hamburg. The pair were on constant alert, at times running out in the middle of the night to shoot before the undertaker would come.

Though emotionally draining, Schels recognized that the series became an important epitaph to people before they actually died. With family and friends unable to cope with the looming truth, terminally ill patients often feel completely isolated.

“It’s so good you’re doing this”, Schels quoted a dying man to The Guardian, “No one else is listening to me, no one wants to hear or know what it’s really like.”

Schels is no longer terrified of death and now sees avoidance of the issue as a serious problem in contemporary society, people unable to be truly present for loved ones when they need them most. Life Before Death is an attempt to confront our worst fears and perhaps, to see those nearing the end in a more human light. For the individual stories behind each of the portraits click here


A truly spectacular set of Victorian pornography, ten pictures I’ve collected from the same extraordinary, beautiful and intensely erotic session, well over a hundred years ago. I believe their connection is clear, in the soft smiles, the eye contact, the tenderness in the way hands lay on bodies, everything tells that this pair were lovers before and after this day on which we see them act out all their passion before the camera.
(Each picture from this adored collection can be picked out singly here should you want to take particular images not the full set as I have arranged it)

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Happy birthday, Jarvis Cocker!

viα melancolique: Sint-Pauluskerk Antwerpen Belgium.    

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The Trials of Charles Manson, Tex Watson, Susie Atkins, Patricia Krewinkel, and Leslie Van Houten (1970-1971)

On June 15, 1970, Charles Manson, Susan Atkins, and Patricia Krewinkel were brought forward before a judge to stand trial for the murders of Sharon Tate, Jay Sebring, Abigail Folger, Steven Parent, Voytek Frycowski, Leno LaBianca, and Rosemary LaBianca - A total of 7 counts of murder and one count of conspiracy. Leslie Van Houten, another prominent “Family” member, was charged separately for 2 counts of murder and one count of conspiracy to murder. Linda Kasabian, another prominent member, offered herself as a witness to the prosecution, in exchange for immunity - she could not be charged for the crimes.

In the early stages of the trial, Manson was granted the privilege to act as his own defense. However, Manson acted inappropriately in court with rude outbursts, something that would continue throughout the trial. Manson was no longer permitted to act as his own counsel, and Irving Kanarek was appointed as lead defense attorney. In protest, Manson carved a swastika into his forehead.

During the trial, Kasabian was brought to the stand by Vincent Bugliosi, the lead prosecutor, and described in detail all of the murders which had taken place. Kanarek objected, saying that Kasabian was incompetent and insane; the judge overruled the objection.

President Richard Nixon declared that Manson was guilty; during testimony, Manson produced a newspaper with the headline, “MANSON GUILTY, NIXON DECLARES.” The defense moved to throw the trial by Presidential prejudice; the objection was overruled by merit of the jury swearing not to be influenced by the declaration.

Once the prosecution closed their case, the defense immediately closed theirs as well. The women of the defense protested, claiming they wanted to testify as well. The defense’s argument was that they would not incriminate Manson - they would take all the blame for the murders and leave Manson out of it. Despite the protests of Kanarek and his team, the defendants were permitted to testify; however, Kanarek refused to question Atkins. Van Houten’s attorney refused to allow her to take the stand; the next day, he did not show up for court. He was eventually found dead, rumored killed by the Family.

Charles “Tex” Watson was charged separately in August 1971, and convicted of seven counts of murder and one count of conspiracy.

The jury for the main case found all defendants guilty on all counts. The jury came to the conclusion of the death sentence; however, in 1972, in the California Supreme Court case, all defendants’ sentences were commuted to life in prison.


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-Mod Tex


everyone is obsessed with assigning value to themselves what the fuck are we. we are these pathetic weird neurotic angry animals


mackey and cocker in paris


Decellularization is a tissue engineering technique designed to strip out the cells from a donor organ, leaving nothing but connective tissue that used to hold the cells in place. This scaffold of connective tissue - called a "ghost organ" for its pale and almost translucent appearance - can then be reseeded with a patient’s own cells, with the goal of regenerating an organ that can be transplanted into the patient without fear of tissue rejection.This is in the experimental stage

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