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mothernaturenetwork:

The 3 most important questions to help you live smaller
It all begins with a simple question: Do I really need this? Once you start down that road, you’ll want to keep going.

mothernaturenetwork:

The 3 most important questions to help you live smaller

It all begins with a simple question: Do I really need this? Once you start down that road, you’ll want to keep going.

My own nature

A friend who has gone thought long term single-Dom greater thn my own mentioned that people thought she was so independent, but that was not get true nature. She just had to be a certain way to survive bing alone. I have not had someone I cared about commit to me in so many years that I have to wonder what my actual nature is. It’s hard to imagine sharing my life with anyone at this point, but my history has been so weird that I can’t even predict what I would be like with one one oh worked with me a a partner

I’m posting this as my first reference in my “what the hell is wrong with me” exploration. I have persistent eczema over most of the areas of my body and I have trouble with digestion more often than I would guess is normal. I feel like the canary in the coal mine for our modern environment. So while others may not have the same reactions as me, I feel others are also affected by our current toxicity. I’ll start posting research and feedback as a journal for me, but also as a way to share information with others.

Here’s a short research update:


FOOD ALLERGIES? PESTICIDES IN TAP WATER MIGHT BE TO BLAME
Food allergies are on the rise, affecting 15 million Americans. And according to a new study published in the December 2012 issue of Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the scientific journal of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), pesticides and tap water could be partially to blame.
The study reported that high levels of dichlorophenols, a chemical used in pesticides and to chlorinate water, when found in the human body, are associated with food allergies.
“Our research shows that high levels of dichlorophenol-containing pesticides can possibly weaken food tolerance in some people, causing food allergy,” said allergist Elina Jerschow, M.D., M.Sc., ACAAI fellow and lead study author. “This chemical is commonly found in pesticides used by farmers and consumer insect and weed control products, as well as tap water.”
Among 10,348 participants in a US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2005-2006, 2,548 had dichlorophenols measured in their urine and 2,211 were included into the study. Food allergy was found in 411 of these participants, while 1,016 had an environmental allergy.
“Previous studies have shown that both food allergies and environmental pollution are increasing in the United States,” said Dr. Jerschow. “The results of our study suggest these two trends might be linked, and that increased use of pesticides and other chemicals is associated with a higher prevalence of food allergies.”
While opting for bottled water instead of tap water might seem to be a way to reduce the risk for developing an allergy, according to the study such a change may not be successful.
“Other dichlorophenol sources, such as pesticide-treated fruits and vegetables, may play a greater role in causing food allergy,” said Dr. Jerschow.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an increase in food allergy of 18 percent was seen between 1997 and 2007. The most common food allergens are milk, eggs, peanuts, wheat, tree nuts, soy, fish, and shellfish.
Food allergy symptoms can range from a mild rash to a life-threatening reaction known as anaphylaxis. The ACAAI advises everyone with a known food allergy to always carry two doses of allergist prescribed epinephrine. A delay in using epinephrine is common in severe food allergic reaction deaths.
For more information about food allergies, and to locate an allergist to find relief, visit www.AllergyandAsthmaRelief.org
References:
American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI)
About ACAAI
The ACAAI is a professional medical organization of more than 5,700 allergists-immunologists and allied health professionals, headquartered in Arlington Heights, Ill. The College fosters a culture of collaboration and congeniality in which its members work together and with others toward the common goals of patient care, education, advocacy and research. ACAAI allergists are board-certified physicians trained to diagnose allergies and asthma, administer immunotherapy, and provide patients with the best treatment outcomes. For more information and to find relief, visit www.AllergyandAsthmaRelief.org.
Note: This research was supported in part by the National Center forResearch Resources and the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, components of the National Institutes of Health, through Clinical and Translational Science Award (grant numbers UL1 RR025750, KL2 RR025749, and TL1 RR025748)

How to give proper credit to artists without knowing who they are

I appreciate reblogging the shit out of this if anybody wouldn’t mind.

Sick of art going around and artists not getting proper credit at all.

I’ve tried my best before and now I can try harder. 

stfusexists:

TRIGGER WARNING: DISCUSSION OF RAPE
missveryvery:


Rapists, Beware: Detroit Prosecutor IDs 21 Attackers in ‘Rape Kit’ Investigation
“Kym Worthy has identified 21 serial rapists so far in a sweeping investigation that could have national implications. Abigail Pesta reports on the crusade to eliminate the rape-kit backlog.
Twenty-one serial rapists have been identified in a massive investigation led by Detroit prosecutor Kym Worthy—and her manhunt has only just begun.”

 ”The thousands of rape kits had piled up in a dusty police warehouse in Detroit for years, ignored, until one of Worthy’s colleagues stumbled upon them in 2009.” Are you fucking shitting me.
“No one really paid attention to what I was saying and yelling about till about four months in,” she says. People finally took notice, she says, when someone in the police department leaked the news to the press. <— oh good, we just have to fucking publicly shame the police into doing any fucking thing.
“In one especially horrific case, Worthy says, a convicted rapist named Shelly Andre Brooks had raped and murdered five women after raping a woman whose kit was just recently entered into the database through Worthy’s initiative. If that rape kit had been tested and entered into the database sooner, the man could have been caught sooner—and five women’s lives could have been saved.” OH MY GOD.
The arrest rate for rape, 24 percent, has barely budged in the past three decades, she says, noting that it’s not because many cases are unsolved but uninvestigated. OH MY GOD.
I’m just going to point people at this when they think rape’s always taken seriously by the cops.

Wow. Kym Worthy is an American hero. Seriously, this woman is going out and doing what should have been done literally years ago. I really hope that when she’s done eviscerating these rapists and murderers, she starts cleaning house within the department. 

stfusexists:

TRIGGER WARNING: DISCUSSION OF RAPE

missveryvery:

Rapists, Beware: Detroit Prosecutor IDs 21 Attackers in ‘Rape Kit’ Investigation

“Kym Worthy has identified 21 serial rapists so far in a sweeping investigation that could have national implications. Abigail Pesta reports on the crusade to eliminate the rape-kit backlog.

Twenty-one serial rapists have been identified in a massive investigation led by Detroit prosecutor Kym Worthy—and her manhunt has only just begun.”

 ”The thousands of rape kits had piled up in a dusty police warehouse in Detroit for years, ignored, until one of Worthy’s colleagues stumbled upon them in 2009.” Are you fucking shitting me.

“No one really paid attention to what I was saying and yelling about till about four months in,” she says. People finally took notice, she says, when someone in the police department leaked the news to the press. <— oh good, we just have to fucking publicly shame the police into doing any fucking thing.

“In one especially horrific case, Worthy says, a convicted rapist named Shelly Andre Brooks had raped and murdered five women after raping a woman whose kit was just recently entered into the database through Worthy’s initiative. If that rape kit had been tested and entered into the database sooner, the man could have been caught sooner—and five women’s lives could have been saved.” OH MY GOD.

The arrest rate for rape, 24 percent, has barely budged in the past three decades, she says, noting that it’s not because many cases are unsolved but uninvestigated. OH MY GOD.

I’m just going to point people at this when they think rape’s always taken seriously by the cops.

Wow. Kym Worthy is an American hero. Seriously, this woman is going out and doing what should have been done literally years ago. I really hope that when she’s done eviscerating these rapists and murderers, she starts cleaning house within the department. 

We were discussing homosexuality because of an allusion to it in the book we were reading, and several boys made comments such as, “That’s disgusting.” We got into the debate and eventually a boy admitted that he was terrified/disgusted when he was once sharing a taxi and the other male passenger made a pass at him. The lightbulb went off. “Oh,” I said. “I get it. See, you are afraid, because for the first time in your life you have found yourself a victim of unwanted sexual advances by someone who has the physical ability to use force against you.” The boy nodded and shuddered visibly.“But,” I continued. “As a woman, you learn to live with that from the time you are fourteen, and it never stops. We live with that fear every day of our lives. Every man walking through the parking garage the same time you are is either just a harmless stranger or a potential rapist. Every time.” The girls in the room nodded, agreeing. The boys seemed genuinely shocked. “So think about that the next time you hit on a girl. Maybe, like you in the taxi, she doesn’t actually want you to.”

Homophobia: The fear that another man will treat you like you treat women. Andrew Sullivan.

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If you read NOTHING ELSE today, read this.

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amazing illustration

internal-acceptance-movement:

feminishblog:

Trigger Warning: Discussions surrounding Rape, Rape Apologists

But that’s not all folks. A debate ensued below this shared photo. These are examples of the majority opinion with regards to this photo:

i just wonder why she had a bf yet was out drunk alone dressed slutty and talking to men? SLUT

It’s about TIME that Women fought back, dressed appropriately, and DIDNT put themselves in those POSITIONS . Get the fucking drift???

those “women” who dress like that are not women, they are girls who think they are women. women have more respect then to go out dressed like that.

keep your tits inyour shirt maybe ill keep my dick in my pants

this happened to my ex after we broke up. Meh not my fault shes a drunken idiot.

Bitches ain’t shit, if they wanna be sluts and dress skanky and flirt with dudes, and act stupid, they DESERVE what’s coming to them. I, personally, can’t stand girls, and think guys are much more genuinely great people to be around, maybe that’s why I’ve NEVER been raped? Just a thought. Or it could be that I’m not a dumb ass who goes out at all hours getting shitfaced, wearing slutty outfits, when I could be home with an amazing guy that I care about and not out getting raped.

So many stupid feminists here. If a girl drugged a Guy and raped him, I bet you bitches would be all ‘oh he probably deserved it’ or ‘that’s what men get for raping us women’ what makes us women so special? ‘Cause we have tits and vaginas? I don’t think so.

If he doesn’t know he’s a rapist then he didn’t date rape her, it was drunk sex

Alrighty I just have to say something… I just want to say if a girl is ‘raped’ they wouldn’t out it on a freaking poster n walk around like it never happened. If said girl got raped y can u see her bra does she want it again or has she not learned her lesson the first time… and a rapist know when he rapes a girl! Dont give them more credit then the deserve.

it saddens me to see how you’ve grown up to be such a feminist that you think women should be treated with respect when they basically beg to be raped :’( you can’t see, but right now, I’m playing you the world’s smallest violin. Too bad I’m not buttmad enough to give you a fuck that I’m trying to save up for some one worth my time. My son is 4 months, and he’s smarter than you and all these other feminists, it’s a shame. If he grows up to be a rapist…ohthefuckwell. I’ll love him anyways, but you never mind how I raise my son, you just go drink, and party, and wear all the slutty, skimpy outfits you want and hope you don’t get raped, but just incase, I’ll keep you in my thoughts ;)

Hmmm drunk, dressed slutty then “flirted” and you know how drunk people flirt and then your “rapist” doesn’t know he raped you… sounds more than a little fishy. If you were actually being raped the other person knows they are raping you. That means you never let them know you didn’t want sex and instead made it seem like you did. Which means they didn’t force you which means it wasn’t actually rape

Roughly half of these comments were from females - internalized misogyny at its finest. This photo had a little under 400 “likes” and this “discussion” has, thus far, included just over 100 comments.

I knew it was bad. I didn’t know it was this bad. 

Don’t forget - no one else sees the world the way you do, so no one else can tell the stories that you have to tell.
Charles de Lint, The Blue Girl (via creatingaquietmind)