Performing live kapparos with a chicken in a hospital nursery!!!
sad but true actual video
so, yeah, this is the kind of thing I’d expect to see in a primitive culture before the discovery of germs.
and granted, many (most?) orthodox jews wouldn’t do this bc they’re aware of the risks, still, evidently at least some people do. and it’s part of a pattern of many other bizarre parts of the ultra-ortho world, like ‘mouthy’ circumcision, and the rise of the anti-vaccination supporters… mostly it’s just a good wake-up call to how ridiculous a culture gets when it actually just pays attention to its religious heritage at the expense of modern discoveries… though considering that many of these things were no doubt done for a looooong time… might also say something about the alleged divine nature of a religion…
Asked by Anonymous
People have access to a lot of information these days. They don’t know how to sort the good information from the bad information. There is a lot of “doctors” on the internet with degrees from “Google University.”
They didn’t grow up seeing kids get paralyzed by polio. They never watched an unvaccinated baby slowly choke to death on its own fluids from whooping cough. They have never seen the grief of parents who could have prevented their kids from getting sick but chose to trust Jenny McCarthy instead of a doctor.
They don’t understand that if your baby is going to be autistic, they are going to be autistic whether you vaccinate them or not. The only difference between now and fifty years ago is that kids with autism are diagnosed correctly now. They used to be called ‘mentally retarded’ if they couldn’t speak, but that diagnosis is rare now. If you looked, you’d know that rates of nonverbal autism are going up at the same speed that rates of “Mental Retardation” are going down.
You just can’t convince some people no matter how much evidence you present to them. Thank you for the message.
This just occurred to me.
Every now and then I have these small realizations and.. well.. we live in a weird world.(via jewishatheist)
The Tuskegee Institute records the lynching of 3,436 blacks between 1882 and 1950. This is probably a small percentage of these murders, which were seldom reported, and led to the creation of the NAACP in 1909, an organization dedicated to passing federal anti-lynching laws. Through all this terror and carnage someone-many times a professional photographer-carried a camera and took pictures of the events. These lynching photographs were often made into postcards and sold as souvenirs to the crowds in attendance. These images are some of photography’s most brutal, surviving to this day so that we may now look back on the terrorism unleashed on America’s African-American community and perhaps know our history and ourselves better. The almost one hundred images reproduced here are a testament to the camera’s ability to make us remember what we often choose to forget.
"Chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans have been living for hundreds of thousands of years in their forest, living fantastic lives, never overpopulating, never destroying the forest. I would say that they have been in a way more successful than us as far as being in harmony with the environment."
Jane Goodall (primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist, UN Messenger of Peace, and overall beautiful ambassador of life on this planet)