...But of these sophisms and elenchs of merchandise I skill not...
Milton, Areopagitica

Except he had found the
standing sea-rock that even this last
Temptation breaks on; quieter than death but lovelier; peace
that quiets the desire even of praising it.

Jeffers, Meditation On Saviors



Love in its anatomical connections:

o, the seat of love, in the female head
from Artwork Archival Objects list
at EugenicsArchive 
 Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory's Image Archive on the American Eugenics Movement
Francis Galton's right hand print
Wild men within commuting distance
Carrie and Emma Buck at the Virginia Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded, taken by A.H. Estabrook the day before the Buck v. Bell trial in Virginia 1924
(Buck v. Bell was the occasion for Oliver Wendell Holmes' infamous "three generations of imbeciles are enough")

Reading "Against Their Will" by Hornblum, Newman, and Dober
( firedoglake book salon with authors/brief review at
One of the more unsettling, and personally interesting, facts presented in the first couple chapters is that while the Nuremberg Doctor Trials were happening, while they were happening, American doctors were conducting human experiments on a large scale, invisibly, using the institutionalized populations of prisons, mental asylums, and orphanages. Orphanages.
 The German doctors had mixed fates, seven acquitted, seven executed, and nine got ten to life in prison. Joseph Mengele, the most heinous, escaped, twice.
The American doctors made bank and professional status, and kept on with their research and experimentation.
The confluence of the behaviorist data garnered by the inhuman science of the Nazis, transferred in bulk to the US and its Allies post WW2, with the eugenic philosophy that was seemingly unfettered by personal or collective conscience, and evidently rampant in the 50's and 60's US medical research community - "Think of the lives we're saving!" - is most interesting to those of us who grew up during that time.

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