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09:56 pm

A Galveston cemetery after Ike by Matt Slocum

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From:hllokttysflute
Date:September 17th, 2008 03:00 am (UTC)
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Oh, barf!
Yet another reason I'm opting for cremation!
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From:litch
Date:September 17th, 2008 03:48 am (UTC)
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cremation uses a lot of unecesary energy and dumps a bunch of carbon into the atmosphere
Carbon - (Anonymous) - Expand
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From:wyldkyss
Date:September 17th, 2008 03:06 am (UTC)
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I wondered about that...
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From:fulguritus
Date:September 17th, 2008 03:09 am (UTC)
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Me too. I even mentioned it to someone.

I was born there. I've got lots of family buried there.
I don't particularly care if they got a ride on the surf one more time, but it's interesting to see.

I'm pretty sure it's the 1st time that's happened since the 1900 Storm. Though I'm not positive.
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From:lupusetgruis
Date:September 17th, 2008 03:24 am (UTC)
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wow, rough.
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From:volare
Date:September 17th, 2008 03:38 am (UTC)
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Hollywood Cemetery.

Gatemouth Brown's casket was one of those that were disturbed.

Disturbs the hell out of me.
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From:editer
Date:September 17th, 2008 04:01 am (UTC)
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This was after he had to decamp New Orleans (before he died) because of Katrina.
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From:lynnivere
Date:September 17th, 2008 04:05 am (UTC)
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Bring Out Your Dead!
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From:sjp
Date:September 17th, 2008 04:37 am (UTC)
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That is freaky.
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From:fairgotham
Date:September 17th, 2008 05:19 am (UTC)
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oh weird....


I kinda want to peek into one of the caskets!
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From:catscan72
Date:September 17th, 2008 06:01 am (UTC)
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People should donate their body after they are dead! We need all the body parts we can get!
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From:fulguritus
Date:September 17th, 2008 06:10 am (UTC)
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You can donate lots of your parts and still get the rest of you buried or cremated.
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From:gryn
Date:September 17th, 2008 10:31 am (UTC)
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The grass is already green?
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From:infrogmation
Date:September 17th, 2008 03:09 pm (UTC)

Post disaster sepia

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Heh. I'm guessing less salt and oil in the flood waters here than was the norm in the Katrina area.

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From:guruweaver
Date:September 17th, 2008 01:32 pm (UTC)
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While this is certainly tied into my own religious beliefs (as are most funerary rights), I really don't give a crap what they do with my meat once I shuffle off this mortal coil. Salvage all that can be usefully salvaged, burn or, frankly, just let rot, the rest. Doesn't make no never mind to me. :)

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From:guruweaver
Date:September 17th, 2008 01:34 pm (UTC)
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On a related note, this brought to mind some serious flooding we had in South Georgia years ago. My brother was in the national guard at the time and was deployed there as part of the relief effort. He describes seeing caskets floating down the street as they floated up from the graves due to all the water. It would be very disturbing.
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From:fulguritus
Date:September 17th, 2008 02:39 pm (UTC)
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How do they put them back in the right spot?
I wonder if they can.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:September 17th, 2008 02:55 pm (UTC)

The case for not being boxed & buried.

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Please don't have me embalmed and left to liquefy by anaerobic decomposition in an air-tight container buried deep in the ground. You would think being buried that deep would keep it down there, but water, after all, is the universal solvent for a reason. I'd rather be burnt up and scattered so that my carbon may help make the beautiful earth green again.
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From:redangel618
Date:September 17th, 2008 02:58 pm (UTC)
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this is why you bury people six feet above ground, says the new orleans native. the tradition started because you don't want grandpa coming back in the spring.
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From:corruptinnocent
Date:September 17th, 2008 05:53 pm (UTC)
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You know, I'm surprised more coastal towns don't do above-ground. There was less in Savannah than I had imagined as well as coastal North Carolina.

And I'm amused by the debate on what to do with bodies after death, but damn if I don't pity the men who have to go organize the caskets and figure out who is in which one so they can be returned to the correct plot.
From:allanduke
Date:September 17th, 2008 05:14 pm (UTC)
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I think that in order to receive an organ donation, you have to be an organ donor. The ONLY exception is for people whose organs themselves are not fit for transplantation.
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From:bellahdance
Date:September 17th, 2008 08:02 pm (UTC)
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Good freaking call. I love that.
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From:moronqueen
Date:September 17th, 2008 10:55 pm (UTC)
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My first thought was "Wow...good to know the families got what they paid for..." Those caskets are frickin' indistructable, and increadibly expensive. Years ago, I took a psycology of death & dying class, and the field trip was to a funeral home. We got to see the embalming room, learn a little bit about the process, see the casket sales room, and find out the prices and hear about some of the custom requests.

Insanely expensive, even 8 years ago. I don't wanna think about how much they'd be now.
From:yoscott
Date:September 17th, 2008 11:22 pm (UTC)
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The whole carbon footprint of burial vs. cremation argument is stupid. It could be argued either way which uses more energy to dispose of a dead body. The manufacture of elaborate caskets (which you know require the chopping down of trees) + the fuel it takes to transport the average number of funeralgoers to a burial service + the amount of upkeep it takes to keep an empty ritualistic plot of land looking nice so that people get that "warm and fuzzy" feeling when they visit their rotting relatives vs. approximately 15kWh of power.

Don't do either. Just feed the remains to a wild animal, thats less you have to feed them. (of course after you donate vital organs)

I'm all for earth-friendly activities, but getting into cremation vs burial... smells of radical activism in a place it doesn't need to be.
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From:eris_esoteric
Date:September 18th, 2008 02:55 am (UTC)
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Ooohh godddd, somebody has to clean that up!
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From:agua_miel
Date:September 18th, 2008 07:44 am (UTC)
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i wonder which cemetery this is? I doubt it is the one on Broadway. Yikes. I'm glad the folks evacuated.
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From:fulguritus
Date:September 18th, 2008 06:18 pm (UTC)
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I've seen pics of the one on Broadway I'm betting this is one of the ones off 61st.
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From:kinshar
Date:September 20th, 2008 01:38 pm (UTC)
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Don't they put a a concrete pad over the casket so this doesn't happen? Or is that not a universal practice?
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From:fulguritus
Date:September 20th, 2008 06:48 pm (UTC)
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Not remotely universal. From what I've seen you have to have ask for it or be near the coast. Even then it's probably whether or not you can afford it. I mean I've wandered through most of Galveston's cemeteries and only some are topped.

Or do you mean the pad over the external concrete box under the dirt? That I don't know.

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