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Grappling with Tradition

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Death And Digital Legacy
May 17, 2011
Death rituals have evolved in cultures since man walked upright (and likely before.) So, in this digital world, with the Internet being a mere 25-years-old, and mainstream social media a scant 7-years-old, how are we as a digital culture adapting death rituals and traditions to this part of our new reality?
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Blood, Bones And Organs: The Gruesome 'Red Market'

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All Things Considered (NPR)
June 10, 2011
Journalist Scott Carney figures he's worth about $250,000, but that number isn't based on his savings or his assets; it's what Carney thinks his body would fetch if it were broken down into individual parts and sold on what he calls the "red market."

In his new book, also called The Red Market (*), Carney explores the shadowy but lucrative global marketplace for blood, bones and organs. He tells NPR's Melissa Block that despite being underground, there's no question the red market is thriving.
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(*) Full title - The Red Market: On the Trail of the World's Organ Brokers, Bone Thieves, Blood Farmers, and Child Traffickers

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The Kevorkian Generation

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Death Reference Desk
June 9, 2011

Jack Kevorkian got an entire generation of young people, now in their mid-to-late thirties and soon to be in their late forties, thinking about dying, and in such a way that I can only hope it helps End-of-Life conversations with aging parents and elderly grandparents.
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Larger in Death Than in Life - Cemetery for Drug Lords in México

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Hispanically Speaking News
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
"Welcome to Jardines De Humaya" in Culiacán, Sinaloa, a cemetery that illustrates the grim contrast between dying a drug lord, and dying anybody else, in Mexico.

This Mexican cemetery has mausoleums that are several stories high; there’s a mausoleum with a telephone line, and another one with stereo system.  Ivory statues, Persian rugs, furniture. The tomb of a drug pilot, is actually adorned with crystal planes!
Read the full article (includes 3 short videos & 16 photos) at Hispanically Speaking News

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Monks’ casket trial decision postponed

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St. Tammany News
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
The monks of St. Joseph’s Abbey will have to wait a few weeks to hear the decision of their three-hour trial in U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana Monday. U. S. District Judge Stanwood Duval heard arguments from both sides but has postponed his decision until sometime in July.

"A trial is a search for the truth and the truth here is that there is no legitimate reason to deprive the monks of their constitutional right to earn an honest living," said Institute for Justice senior attorney Jeff Rowes. "A casket is just a box and you don’t even need a casket for burial...The bureaucrats and special interests are so out of control in this country that not even monks are safe."
Read the full article & see video (1 min 9 sec) in the St. Tammany News

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