It all begins with a simple question: Do I really need this? Once you start down that road, you’ll want to keep going.
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
American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (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.
TRIGGER WARNING: DISCUSSION OF RAPE
“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.
If you read NOTHING ELSE today, read this.
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.
|—||Charles de Lint, The Blue Girl (via creatingaquietmind)|
Because you asked…
I had a good number of individuals ask for my perspective on the recent slew of articles attempting to define geekdom and establish the clubhouse rules. While I think being disingenuous to one’s self in order to get ahead or get attention is an unhealthy practice (mostly to the individual perpetuating the fallacy), I’m not fond of this whole “us versus them” mentality permeating geek culture as of late.
My Opinion: No one has the right to define who is and isn’t a geek. Being a geek isn’t the same as being a doctor. You don’t need formal training or a license. You’re a geek if you decide to be one, and let’s face it, you can be a geek about nearly anything. On a personal note, I don’t appreciate being put on a pedestal as a “genuine geek” and compared to others in an attempt to debase them. It taints an otherwise much-appreciated sentiment of support.
I’m somewhat allergic to labels, especially when they become exclusionary. Being a geek isn’t a contest. Being a geek is about being passionate. Enthusiastic. Genuine. It’s about being fucking fearless. It’s about celebrating what makes you unique, and finding a common bond with others. No one should ever be cornered into presenting his or her geek card to prove the magnitude of their passion – whether you’re a level 99 geek or just geek-curious.
What’s been most bothersome about several of these high profile articles is the hypocrisy of judging others for the notion that “they” are judging us and infiltrating our subculture sanctuaries. If you run into a “fish out of water” at a convention, why berate them? Do they have any less right to be there than you? Does the fact that they aren’t a “geek” (set by your personal standards) make them less worthy of respect on a human level? Why not try chatting with them to find a common ground?
Specifically in regards to “booth babes,” while I firmly believe that it’s better to have genuine fans or trained professionals rep products at conventions, it isn’t fair to denigrate paid models for doing their job. If you take issue with the practice, take issue with the industry – not the women themselves. You should probably stop posing with them in photos, too.
Being a geek wasn’t always cool, and we should remember that. It’s easy to get defensive about something you love, and taking the high road is difficult. I don’t know about you, but the best part of my personal geekdom is finding kindred spirits that understand and relate to my particular passions. I’d love for that to happen more frequently. For that reason, I welcome fresh blood to our culture. Growth is good. I know this is an idealistic opinion, but it’s mine.
I’ll stop here to keep this short, as anything I’ve said has most likely been echoed by those far more articulate than I. I think it all boils down to respect. Let’s practice it.
Photo via Brainless Tails
^This lovely woman continues to win more and more of my respect.