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)
“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.””—
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 have been trying to have more a focus on dance in the way I live and eat and take care of myself, so I have been recent;y asking myself, “What does this have to do with dance?” before I have ice cream for dinner or spend the whole day reading.
Aside: There is a completionist in me that finds it really easy to go through a series of manga or finish reading all the comics in a story. I should find some way to harness that into dancing, which is what truly keeps me happy.
I am tackling ”Conditioning for Dance” http://www.amazon.com/Conditioning-Dance-Eric-Franklin/dp/0736041567 today. There is a lot to keep in mind in the text, separate from exercises so I will probably be taking notes. If I can build modules and small goals, maybe then I can make my aside above a bit less of an aside and instead, a key to the puzzle.
I have been working so much that today, when faced with a weekend and completed chores (still plenty on the to do list though) I found myself lost, lonely, and considering going into work. Call my brother and he said, do what you want to do. And I responded, I want to learn how to dance.
I also ended up with more energy when I went out on the balcony. I suppose I should return there to read and study.
During his Relentless arc on Catwoman Ed Brubaker put Selina and Holly Robinson through something of a wringer, leading to the climax where Holly killed Sylvia, an ally of the Black Mask, in order to save Selina.
Here we see Karon, Holly’s girlfriend, as she tries to help Holly with her grief.
Astonishing X-Men 46 by Greg Pak and Mike McKone really surprised me this week. I was reading it with some hesitation because there are so many alternate reality stories that just don’t click with me. Maybe they end up feeling like filler when the Reality 616 character returns home with no lasting effects. Then again, another immediate turn off was this tease of a cover launching the story:
This issue, however won me over with the action and what I perceived as a slight nod to Cyclops’ current nature. Cyclops (along with the other characters) dons a Magneto helmet.
Our world’s Cyclops and the alternate Wolverine have an interesting conversation (I could not find a scan, so I really should insert one later).
Wolverine tries to shield Cyclops from violence saying, “In my world, you’re nineteen years old. And the only person you ever threatened to kill is me. And since that’s pretty much impossible, I don’t have to worry too much about it.”
Cyclops answers, “In my world…I’m a little different.” All well clearly wearing the Magneto helmet and standing with his shirt torn off to make him look a bit less like Cyclops, I believe, and to reveal the long claw scars Cyclops has on his back from Wolverine due to Schism. These details, along with Schism and other stories, really made me reconsider Cyclops’ character and his relationship to other mutants and really suggested a comparison between Cyclops and Magneto. When Messiah Complex was first announced I wondered if the title would refer to Cyclops overreaching as a self-appointed leader of mutants.
Speaking of other stories, X-Men Legacy 261, by Christopher Gage and David Baldeon, also came out this past week and makes a nice companion to view Cyclops’ current state, but this time we get to see him through Rogue and Magneto’s eyes. Rogue is discussing the lack of communication she has had with Magneto since Schism with Rachel and says, “That’s the meat’a the problem. Me and Magneto, we disagree on how life oughta be. He looks at Cyclops and sees the heir to his legacy. Would follow him to the gates’a Hell. And Cyclops ain’t about to change course for nobody.” This time we have a more explicit Magneto and Cyclops comparison.
X-Men Legacy’s new creative team is wonderful and really carries on the cast and characterization that Mike Carey laid out. I love the legacy corner of the X-men universe and I am really happy to see the stories continue rather than the book being treated as just another X-title up for grabs by whatever creator or stories are convenient (see X-Men volume 3 which had no real purpose for existence or even a stable roster).
It’s actually been a pretty major week, even though it doesn’t feel that way on a long (thank goodness) achy Sunday.
Monday was special, visited a few friends after work, which is a change in habits I am definitely enjoying. Got to see a friend who has been around for years with a bit more clarity, making me want to know her better. I am not sure why I am doing all this socializing: I should be breaking ties and flying away…Drove my brother to and from work as well because his car was being repaired. I always like staying at his place and he overheard me on a Unemployment phone hearing, which he commented on later, making me feel proud of myself. I caught the claimant in a lie and had a prickly judge I’ve seen before to handle.
Wednesday: first belly dance class! it was amazing and very well structured to warm up, drill and then “perform.” It felt like possibly the first day of something special and I got a hug from another student who is already a performer in a different style. I was surprised how much my little belly dance dvds from college actually helped. We also learned a dance prayer for before and after class and a stretch I have not been brave enough to try yet.
Thursday: law library and felt like a true pro researching at least four different topics in three hours. Watched Macross Plus after work with Dragon and I think I like it even more now that I am older. I definitely understand Sharon Apple a bit more.
Friday: when to Erin’s apartment warming for a pretty big group for Cards Against Humanity and 60’s dance party in her nice open space. I cannot adequately stress how awesome the dancing was: I played some of my favorite Motown tunes and there was just the right amount of people to give it energy and to have a ready partner. I got to teach the little i know and Allison was an amazing conspirator. I wonder if she is happier than when I knew her in a previous life. It was the perfect amount if drinking and loud and we ended with the awesome KMFDM Manga promo and MST3K Shorts Vol. 1.
Saturday: So underslept from previous night but shopping with Thomas, which is always nice. Went to Dad’s for a “surprise” but I figured out the surprise the day before we arrived: he ordered Netflix. The much better surprise was that he had made an amazing cherry and blueberry pie and bread.
Which brings me to today, which sucked. Too much sleeping, too stiff to want to move. I forced myself to use the computer and came up with this blog launch.
Read this week:
The Great Gatsby: pretty enjoyable, but the biography of Zelda Fitzgerald haunted the reading.
Nabari No Ou: caught up on three volumes. I was lost and disappointed with the first volume because it had been so long and I was missing the insightful moments. But the revelation about one of the new characters picked up my interest and I was really happy to have so many volumes in a row to read.
I have wanted to do a comic blog for a few years now. I’ve been a pretty happy reader and I wanted to focus on the titles I was really enjoying and such. The name of the blog comes from my experience (up until recently) that Wednesday is the best day of the week: new comics, a day off from my commute to catch up on personal and work projects, and dancing (ballet, Neo nightclub, or both). Remembering the various reasons why Wednesday was the best day of the week made me realize I would happy to write about many unrelated subjects. Instead of finding a more specific unifying theme besides “things I enjoy,” I decided to just go with it.
Over on facebook, I started a group called Wednesday Riot. The group was created intending to give a home to the numerous posts generating eager discussion on either my friend JT’s or my own page. These discussions more often than not expressed frustration with rather than enjoyment of comics and I wanted to put a nod to JT in the name, so I called the group Wednesday Riot instead.
I got a bit of a late start on this blog. Wednesday is no longer the best day of the week and I am not even able to pick up new books until Saturday. More importantly, I find myself a lot less satisfied about the books I am reading and I am have grown to enjoy complaining as a consolation when a book disappoints.Oh well, you have to get your money’s worth somehow.
“By the same token, sexy is not exploitative, and exploitation is dishonest. Reverse that chain and you can see that, whoever you are writing, if you are honest about them, fair to them, and allow them their moments of brilliance, you can create that sexiness without it becoming pandering. Sexy is not a visual trait - that’s titillation. Cheesecake, beefcake, those are entirely visual matters. What makes someone sexy - what makes anyone sexy, in my opinion - is less how they look than how they do. Competence is sexy. Capability is sexy. Confidence is sexy. Smart is sexy. A character who clearly embodies these traits in some capacity or another is a character who is going to be attractive.
Bending over to pick up a dropped pen with your ass high in the air isn’t sexy, that’s just a butt shot. We confuse arousing with sexy in the same way we confuse strength with cruelty. A strong character isn’t, by definition, a mean one, but the confusion between the two has lead to a shorthand where the attempt to depict a female character as “strong” translates to “bitch.” They’re not the same. Strength is part of character, as well - those characters who know what they want, know what they’re willing to do to achieve those goals, and who rise again and again against opposition are, by definition, strong.”
I really dare anyone to find me another male writer who respects women and understands women better than Greg Rucka. Actually, I’ll take it a step further, I dare you to find another male writer who respects MEN and understands the concept of all the incredibly damaging stereotypes we have about what it means to be “masculine” better than Greg Rucka.
DC Comics has not been the same without him. His loss is deeply, deeply felt. And I firmly believe that if he was running DC Comics in place of the men in power now it would be a far different and better place not only for women but for men as well.
I miss Greg all the time. We disagreed about approach sometimes, but we always knew that we had each other’s back and that we cared about the integrity of the work FIRST, before other considerations.
I don’t believe he’s gone from DC forever. We almost did a Huntress/Question book together, or at least we pitched it (couldn’t do it, Huntress was being used elsewhere). I am hoping to have him back, his voice is sorely missed.