Brazil's National Museum went up in flames tonight, massive flames at that. It's a total loss, millions of priceless historical artifacts turned to ash in seconds, including a 10,000 year old naturally preserved mummy, the oldest such mummy in the Americas. I am feeling beyond devastated and helpless at this moment. To lose history is to lose our own humanity is to lose everything.

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@StQuelleSurprise whaaat?!! I’m aching. ACHING. Oh no! This is Library of Alexandria-like loss. This is catastrophic. I fear we are at risk of this sort of thing happening regularly, due to neglect, ignorance, climate disasters, war. I felt this same pain when Mesopotamia was sacked in the Iraq War. And when Aleppo became a pile of rubble a couple of years ago.

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