mexicanismo:

derwiduhudar:

Google: “Zyklon B” and “Mexican farm workers” and you will see that the United States Department of Immigration was using Zyklon B to fumigate and delouse immigrant farm laborers back in the 1920’s and 1930’s.

Produced by the German company pest control DEGESCH, the infamous Zyklon” (hydrocyanic acid) was sold in four versions with different powerZyklon E was recommended to clear environments weeds die hard, like cockroaches. Zyklon D was prepared most widely used free environments (the holds of ships, concrete buildings with furniture in the rooms) with lice, mice and rats.
Apparently, it was enough for humans the less powerful version, the Zyklon B. But on humans was not used for the first time in Germany.
Zyklon B was used since 1929 in the United States by the health (U.S. Public Healt Service) on the border with Mexico, to comb and trim Mexican migrants transiting from Juarez to El Paso.

Before Zyklon B was even introduced the US government was stripping Mexicans alongside the border and drenching them in various insecticides such as DDT but also “bathed” them in sulfuric acid, kerosene and gasoline. All for a supposed typhus epidemic that never existed/was exaggerated.

Check this book out: Ringside Seat to a Revolution: An Underground Cultural History of El Paso and Juarez, 1893-1923. It touches on the “baths” and physical “screenings” that immigrants had to painfully undergo through during that time. 

I had no fucking idea this ever happened, and this was supposed to impact “my people”.  As in, I’m a Chicana — a Tejana, to be specific (an American of Mexican descent who hails from Texas), and my family came over during the 1910s and ’20s, when my grandparents were children or teenagers.  This could’ve happened to one of my antecedents.  Perhaps a family member I interacted with when I was small.  They would’ve been of an age where it could’ve happened to them.  Fucking hell.

(via thisiswhiteculture)

@1 year ago with 8253 notes
I reserve the right to bitch about Valentine’s Day while not having a father on this plane of existence to celebrate Father’s Day with.  I can still “celebrate” that day with him by visiting his grave and leaving him an arrangement of flowers.  He died ten years ago this July so there are moments when I’ll forget what he sounded like.  But I still have the right to moan about Valentine’s Day because I’ve never had the privilege/pleasure of getting to celebrate that day.

I reserve the right to bitch about Valentine’s Day while not having a father on this plane of existence to celebrate Father’s Day with.  I can still “celebrate” that day with him by visiting his grave and leaving him an arrangement of flowers.  He died ten years ago this July so there are moments when I’ll forget what he sounded like.  But I still have the right to moan about Valentine’s Day because I’ve never had the privilege/pleasure of getting to celebrate that day.

(via hendrix-kinda-fucked-me-deactiv)

@1 year ago with 63 notes
#i hate valentine's day #valentine's day #father's day #r.i.p. dad #general sadness #general lameness 

miristreep:

That was in 1991.


I saw this when it came out in the theaters.  No joke, I am that old.  Anyway, I also saw this a couple of nights ago and it reminded me of what a wonderful film this was.  *happy sigh*

@1 year ago with 156 notes
#dead again #kenneth branagh #emma thompson #films of 1991 #dating myself #old woman of tumblr time 

Can we please take a moment to appreciate Tommy Lee Jones on the Golden Globes

skyastrid:

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For many years, one of my late dad’s cousins swore up and down that he (my dad) resembled Tommy Lee Jones, and for years I couldn’t see it.  In recent years, TLJ has started to resemble my dad, and during these Golden Globes?  OMG HE’S TURNED INTO MY DAD.

@1 year ago with 7302 notes
#tommy lee jones #my dad #remembering my father #tommy lee jones is now my dad 
cannotfixstupid:

Some people are jackasses. First reply is a jackass.

I want to be friends with Ashley.

cannotfixstupid:

Some people are jackasses. First reply is a jackass.

I want to be friends with Ashley.

@1 year ago with 1 note
#awesomeness #people being awesome #anti-homophobia ftw #cannotfixstupid 
saras-scrapbook:

One of my favorite quotes of all time.

I’m sorry I didn’t see this when I was in my early twenties and going through a little PTSD-like stuff from my childhood and adolescence.  It might’ve served me as a good reminder to stay steadfast and strong.  But my early twenties happened in a different place and time, when this sort of thing wasn’t really espoused.  So is it too late for me to absorb this?  Probably — can’t say with 100% certainty, but with 85% certainty, sure.  But maybe there’s a little glimmer of hope for those of you who believe in this and want for me to not hate or be bitter or have a hard heart.  Are there such people out there?

saras-scrapbook:

One of my favorite quotes of all time.

I’m sorry I didn’t see this when I was in my early twenties and going through a little PTSD-like stuff from my childhood and adolescence.  It might’ve served me as a good reminder to stay steadfast and strong.  But my early twenties happened in a different place and time, when this sort of thing wasn’t really espoused.  So is it too late for me to absorb this?  Probably — can’t say with 100% certainty, but with 85% certainty, sure.  But maybe there’s a little glimmer of hope for those of you who believe in this and want for me to not hate or be bitter or have a hard heart.  Are there such people out there?

@1 year ago with 41573 notes
#pain #hurt #bitterness #disappointment #cynicism #hope #optimism 

Billy Joel - My Life (by billyjoelVEVO)

And to lighten the mood considerably, here’s this fun song from the one point in time when Billy Joel made fucking awesome music.  52nd Street Billy »»»> every other incarnation of Billy ever. 

@1 year ago
#billy joel #my life #music of 1978 #70s music #i love the 70s #music video 

Gino Vannelli - I Just Wanna Stop (From “Brother to Brother” Album) (by TheGINOvannelli)

Q:  How much do I adore this song?
A:  Perhaps too much. (And yes, I busted out the italics for that, shock horror.)

@1 year ago with 3 notes
#gino vannelli #i just wanna stop #music of 1978 #i love the 70s #no really i looove the 70s #it's almost an obsession #ok so it is 
questionall:

These rape protesters in India might be our new favorite people. They’re reacting to widespread comments about skirts being the cause of rape, seriously. Let’s get something straight, the only thing responsible for rape is a rapist, if you’re blaming a woman’s clothes for her rape you’re clueless.

Q:  Are these the manliest men you have ever laid eyes on?A:  Undoubtedly, yes.(Keep on being awesome, beskirted activist men of India!!)

questionall:

These rape protesters in India might be our new favorite people. They’re reacting to widespread comments about skirts being the cause of rape, seriously.

Let’s get something straight, the only thing responsible for rape is a rapist, if you’re blaming a woman’s clothes for her rape you’re clueless.

Q:  Are these the manliest men you have ever laid eyes on?
A:  Undoubtedly, yes.

(Keep on being awesome, beskirted activist men of India!!)

@1 year ago with 43291 notes
shakethecobwebs:



rebloggable by request


TW - abuse, dieting, fat-shaming
You sort of answered the question yourself, and I’ll explain why. 
My definition of dieting is the act of willfully restricting yourself with the sole intention of weight loss. It’s usually put under some guise of “but I need to be HEALTHIER!” But what people usually mean by that is “my body will be smaller, so I will feel better about myself.”
This is problematic because we live in a culture that thinks losing weight automatically makes you healthier, which isn’t the case. 
Diet-talk can be incredibly triggering for people (like me!) who have been told all their lives (by parents, even!) that if I went on a diet, changed what I ate, “got healthier,” etc. that someone would be able to finally love me. Which, again, reinforces the idea that fat people are inherently unlovable. 
Diet-talk also reinforces ideas about “good” foods and “bad” foods which is terrible! It’s not to say that all foods are created equal, but it implies that some foods are universally healthy - and that is not the case. 
Ultimately, diet-talk assumes that all bodies are created equally. That if everyone did _______ they would all end up being thin and healthy and self-fulfilling. But everyone can’t be thin. And everyone can’t be healthy. And diets aren’t a proper measure of worth. 
And all of that is different than making different food choices in order to feel stronger, to feel that you have more endurance, to feel more flexible, etc. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to feel as though you’re nourishing your body. (Because bodies are awesome and self-care can definitely happen through food and exercise!)
When people hear “I don’t support diets” they think I’m saying “eat cheeseburgers and sit on the couch all day long.” Which isn’t what I’m saying. (But if you wanna do that, go ahead. Your body. Your choice.) What I amsaying is that there is no such thing as universally healthy. What I am saying is that it’s impossible for every person to be healthy all of the time. What I amsaying is that we live in a culture where dieting is fucking everywhere, and it hurts people like me who have been told that their abusers would stop hurting them if only they would go on a diet. 
At the end of the day, as long as people aren’t hurting anyone, they should do whatever they want with their bodies. Losing weight is not counter-productive to fat politics. But intentionally losing weight solely because you’ve bought into the idea that smaller bodies are better bodies and going around telling everyone how great your diet is and how they can be just like you!!!111 is most definitely counter-productive to fat politics. 
I hope that helps. :)

Amen to all this!I support a lifestyle which encourages eating as many servings of fruits and vegetables as possible (with the magic number being 5) and drinking at least 4 glasses of water a day.  I also support a lifestyle that includes at least 15 minutes of aerobic activity, 4 times a week.  I don’t support going on diets and think the dieting industry needs to be at least as heavily regulated as the pharmaceutical industry, if not MORE so.I slacked off on doing all of the above during the holidays, but you know what?  I don’t beat myself up over that.  I just know that I now need to get back to that kind of lifestyle.  But you want to know what else?  If I were to crave a 4-piece steak finger country basket from Dairy Queen (DQs in Texas = you have no idea what you’re missing out on, rest of the country) this weekend, I’m getting me one.  If I want a couple of Snickers from the vending machine at work tomorrow, I’ll get them.  To me, there is no such thing as a “bad” food.  There are ideal foods in the form of fruits and vegetables — life-giving foods — but life would be not worth living if you erase pizzas, cheeseburgers, chocolate cake, cheesecake, fried chicken, buttery biscuits, or lasagna from your diet.I did lose weight a few years ago.  I did it for my own reasons and based purely on the lifestyle rules I set for myself.  The only thing it benefited me was when I stopped being prediabetic.  I’m still asthmatic, still have PCOS, and my high blood pressure was out of control until very recently — within the last six months — when I was put on a third medication and finally I achieved normal blood pressures.  But my health is pretty much as it’s always been as an adult.  When I stopped being prediabetic, I continued losing weight just so I could wear “cute” clothes and fit a certain aesthetic.  But I don’t feel at all that I should be pressured to maintain that aesthetic, and in fact I’m still quite a bit chunkier than the people the media holds as societally “attractive”.I hold that beauty is a vanity call and should not be an indicator of one’s worth as a person, nor confused with “health”.  “Healthy” people are not thin people — they’re just people who measure normal levels of all the biometrics found in full blood workups (e.g. BUN, creatnine, potassium, and blood glucose levels) as well as one’s blood pressure and resting heart rate levels and few to no medical conditions.  I’m not necessarily “healthy” based purely on the aforementioned medical conditions, but I do tend to receive beautiful lab results and I finally love my blood pressure and heart rates, so as long as that’s the case then I’m happy with who I am.So… long story short — long live HAES and body acceptance and down with diets and body/fat haters!

shakethecobwebs:

rebloggable by request

TW - abuse, dieting, fat-shaming

You sort of answered the question yourself, and I’ll explain why. 

My definition of dieting is the act of willfully restricting yourself with the sole intention of weight loss. It’s usually put under some guise of “but I need to be HEALTHIER!” But what people usually mean by that is “my body will be smaller, so I will feel better about myself.”

This is problematic because we live in a culture that thinks losing weight automatically makes you healthier, which isn’t the case. 

Diet-talk can be incredibly triggering for people (like me!) who have been told all their lives (by parents, even!) that if I went on a diet, changed what I ate, “got healthier,” etc. that someone would be able to finally love me. Which, again, reinforces the idea that fat people are inherently unlovable. 

Diet-talk also reinforces ideas about “good” foods and “bad” foods which is terrible! It’s not to say that all foods are created equal, but it implies that some foods are universally healthy - and that is not the case. 

Ultimately, diet-talk assumes that all bodies are created equally. That if everyone did _______ they would all end up being thin and healthy and self-fulfilling. But everyone can’t be thin. And everyone can’t be healthy. And diets aren’t a proper measure of worth. 

And all of that is different than making different food choices in order to feel stronger, to feel that you have more endurance, to feel more flexible, etc. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to feel as though you’re nourishing your body. (Because bodies are awesome and self-care can definitely happen through food and exercise!)

When people hear “I don’t support diets” they think I’m saying “eat cheeseburgers and sit on the couch all day long.” Which isn’t what I’m saying. (But if you wanna do that, go ahead. Your body. Your choice.) What I amsaying is that there is no such thing as universally healthy. What I am saying is that it’s impossible for every person to be healthy all of the time. What I amsaying is that we live in a culture where dieting is fucking everywhere, and it hurts people like me who have been told that their abusers would stop hurting them if only they would go on a diet. 

At the end of the day, as long as people aren’t hurting anyone, they should do whatever they want with their bodies. Losing weight is not counter-productive to fat politics. But intentionally losing weight solely because you’ve bought into the idea that smaller bodies are better bodies and going around telling everyone how great your diet is and how they can be just like you!!!111 is most definitely counter-productive to fat politics. 

I hope that helps. :)

Amen to all this!

I support a lifestyle which encourages eating as many servings of fruits and vegetables as possible (with the magic number being 5) and drinking at least 4 glasses of water a day.  I also support a lifestyle that includes at least 15 minutes of aerobic activity, 4 times a week.  I don’t support going on diets and think the dieting industry needs to be at least as heavily regulated as the pharmaceutical industry, if not MORE so.

I slacked off on doing all of the above during the holidays, but you know what?  I don’t beat myself up over that.  I just know that I now need to get back to that kind of lifestyle.  But you want to know what else?  If I were to crave a 4-piece steak finger country basket from Dairy Queen (DQs in Texas = you have no idea what you’re missing out on, rest of the country) this weekend, I’m getting me one.  If I want a couple of Snickers from the vending machine at work tomorrow, I’ll get them.  To me, there is no such thing as a “bad” food.  There are ideal foods in the form of fruits and vegetables — life-giving foods — but life would be not worth living if you erase pizzas, cheeseburgers, chocolate cake, cheesecake, fried chicken, buttery biscuits, or lasagna from your diet.

I did lose weight a few years ago.  I did it for my own reasons and based purely on the lifestyle rules I set for myself.  The only thing it benefited me was when I stopped being prediabetic.  I’m still asthmatic, still have PCOS, and my high blood pressure was out of control
until very recently — within the last six months — when I was put on a third medication and finally I achieved normal blood pressures.  But my health is pretty much as it’s always been as an adult.  When I stopped being prediabetic, I continued losing weight just so I could wear “cute” clothes and fit a certain aesthetic.  But I don’t feel at all that I should be pressured to maintain that aesthetic, and in fact I’m still quite a bit chunkier than the people the media holds as societally “attractive”.

I hold that beauty is a vanity call and should not be an indicator of one’s worth as a person, nor confused with “health”.  “Healthy” people are not thin people — they’re just people who measure normal levels of all the biometrics found in full blood workups (e.g. BUN, creatnine, potassium, and blood glucose levels) as well as one’s blood pressure and resting heart rate levels and few to no medical conditions.  I’m not necessarily “healthy” based purely on the aforementioned medical conditions, but I do tend to receive beautiful lab results and I finally love my blood pressure and heart rates, so as long as that’s the case then I’m happy with who I am.

So… long story short — long live HAES and body acceptance and down with diets and body/fat haters!

@1 year ago with 340 notes
Because it’s so much easier to “fit in” than it is to “stand out”.  It doesn’t require nearly the amount of effort or energy, drive or initiative.  So those of us who know we are “meant for more” cry inside because none of our efforts to “fit in” have succeeded.  If I had more energy, I could devote that to “standing out”, but I have too much on my plate right now to do so.  So now I lament my lack of “fitting in”.

Because it’s so much easier to “fit in” than it is to “stand out”.  It doesn’t require nearly the amount of effort or energy, drive or initiative.  So those of us who know we are “meant for more” cry inside because none of our efforts to “fit in” have succeeded.  If I had more energy, I could devote that to “standing out”, but I have too much on my plate right now to do so.  So now I lament my lack of “fitting in”.

(Source: justvy)

@1 year ago with 143 notes
#standing out #fitting in #not fitting in #being eccentric #lack of energy woes 
stfucelebrities:

nom-chompsky:

catladysoul:

jenniferclawrence:

braingerdanger:

- Benedict Cumberbatch

Literally every line of this is dripping in condescension and meanness.


lol I’d be pressed too if I looked like a hairless cat

him and moffat need to take a time out jesus fucking christ i love sherlock but the rod up their asses needs to go

why is this cryptozoological looking ass allowed to speak and not being studied in a lab or something

Oh god, it’s like a car crash. Stop talking. Stop talking, Benedict. Seriously, don’t — bad things keep coming out, and it’s hurting my heart. Shhhhh. Just read your lines and sit there and look pretty. Meanwhile, I’ll be over here laughing my ass off at “Crash Bandicoot.”

Sit your ass down, Cumberbitch.  You know what?  I’ve actually seen episodes of “Elementary” before and Lucy Liu is AWESOME in it.  And Jonny Lee Miller is one of the best Sherlocks ever portrayed.  I’m sure Sir Conan Doyle would be happier with their adaptation of his stories than the homoerotic, hyper-dramatic slashfest that’s YOUR show.  Pretty sure the beknighted dude never meant for Holmes and Watson to be a sexed-up couple.

stfucelebrities:

nom-chompsky:

catladysoul:

jenniferclawrence:

braingerdanger:

- Benedict Cumberbatch

Literally every line of this is dripping in condescension and meanness.

lol I’d be pressed too if I looked like a hairless cat

him and moffat need to take a time out jesus fucking christ i love sherlock but the rod up their asses needs to go

why is this cryptozoological looking ass allowed to speak and not being studied in a lab or something

Oh god, it’s like a car crash. Stop talking. Stop talking, Benedict. Seriously, don’t — bad things keep coming out, and it’s hurting my heart. Shhhhh. Just read your lines and sit there and look pretty. Meanwhile, I’ll be over here laughing my ass off at “Crash Bandicoot.”

Sit your ass down, Cumberbitch.  You know what?  I’ve actually seen episodes of “Elementary” before and Lucy Liu is AWESOME in it.  And Jonny Lee Miller is one of the best Sherlocks ever portrayed.  I’m sure Sir Conan Doyle would be happier with their adaptation of his stories than the homoerotic, hyper-dramatic slashfest that’s YOUR show.  Pretty sure the beknighted dude never meant for Holmes and Watson to be a sexed-up couple.

@1 year ago with 305 notes

Howling Out for Help.

I always feel like I’m a lonely voice crying out in a vast wilderness.  I rarely feel like my voice is one people think is worth listening to and despair that I will have to spend my entire life unheard.  I know I have SGE, but he has his own problems, worries, and concerns.  Is there anyone out there?  Is there anyone (really and truly) hearing me?

@1 year ago with 2 notes
#help #despair #loneliness #Question Time 

Bold what’s true about you

dearestdownton:

Bold what’s true about you:

I am a cuddler.

I am a morning person.

I am an only child.

I am currently in my pajamas.

I am currently pregnant

I am left handed.

I am a little shy around the opposite gender at first.

I bite my nails.

I can be paranoid at times.

I enjoy country music.

I enjoy smoothies.

I enjoy talking on the phone.

I have a car.

I have/had a hard time paying attention at school.

I have a hidden talent.  (I question how “hidden” this talent is.)

I have a pet.

I have a tendency to fall for the “wrong” guy/girl.

I have all my grandparents.

I have been to another country.

I have been told that I have an unusual sense of humor.

I have or had broken a bone.

I have caller I.D. on my phone.

I have bathed someone.

I have changed a diaper.

I have changed a lot over the past year.

I have friends who have never seen my natural hair colour.

I have had major/minor surgery.

I have killed another person.

I have had my hair cut within the last week.

I have mood swings.

I have no idea what I want to do for the rest of my life.

I have rejected someone before.

I like the taste of blood.

I love Michael Jackson.

I love sleeping.

I love to shop.

I own 100 CDs or more.

I own and use a library card.

I read books for pleasure in my spare time.  (Used to.  Now I barely have any “spare time”.)

I sleep a lot during the day.

I watch soap operas on a regular basis.

I work at a job that I enjoy.

I would get plastic surgery if it were 100% safe, free of cost, and scar-free.

I am currently wearing socks.

I am tired.

I love to paint/draw/sketch/sculpt.

I consume at least one alcoholic drink every month.

I have/had:

Graduated high school.

Smoked cigarettes.

Ridden every ride at an amusement park.

Collected something really stupid.  (Used to collect movie ticket stubs.  *sigh*)

Gone to a concert.

Helped someone.

Spun turn tables.

Watched four movies in one night.

Been broken up with.

Taken a college level course.  (Would think so considering I’m a college grad.)

Been in a car accident.

Been in a tornado.

Watched someone die.  (Kinda — saw someone close to me through the dying process but didn’t actually see him breathe his last breath.)

Been to a funeral.

Burned yourself.  (The perils of being a klutzy chef wannabe.)

Ran a marathon.

Your parents got divorced.

Cried yourself to sleep.  (Oh high school.)

Spent over $200 in one day.  (Oh college.)

Cheated on someone.

Been cheated on.

Had a best friend.

Lost someone you loved.  (Many, many people.)

Skipped school.

Gotten in trouble for something you didn’t do.

Stolen books from the library.

Been in a mental hospital.

Watched the “Harry Potter” movies.

Fired a gun.

Been in a school play.

Been fired from a job.

Taken a lie detector test.

Swam with dolphins.

Attempted suicide.  (Not in over 10 years, so don’t worry.)

Written poetry.  (Bad teenaged “poetry”, but poetry nonetheless.)

Read more than 20 books a year.

Gone to Europe.

Loved someone you couldn’t have.

Used a colouring book over age 12.

Had surgery.

Had stitches.

Taken a taxi.

Had more than 5 online conversations going at once.

Had a hamster.

Dyed your hair.

Had something pierced.

Gotten straight A’s.

Your parents sent you to a shrink.

Been handcuffed.

My hair is naturally the color:

Light brown

Medium brown

Dark brown

Blonde

Black  (It’s a combination of the two.)

Dirty blonde

Strawberry blonde/Ginger

Multicoloured

My eyes are:

Brown

Blue/Grey

Green

Hazel

Light brown

A combination of things

I am:

Male

Female

Other

People sometimes label me as:

Slut

Girly

Ugly

Nerd

Other

Some of my biggest fears are:

Spiders/other insects

Dying

Doctor/Dentist appointments

Hospitals

Needles

Disease

Being alone in the dark

Heights

Small spaces

Oceans/large bodies of water

Holes

Large animals

Small animals

Open spaces

Lightning

I have:

A friend with benefits

A laptop in my room

A television in my room

Good grades

My own car

Married parents  (They stayed married until one of them died.)

@1 year ago with 7 notes

England Dan & John Ford Coley…Love is the Answer (by hashlait)

Q:  How much do I love this song?
A:  Lordy lordy, there aren’t words sufficient enough to accurately quantify how much.

(*sigh*  I love the ’70s too much.) 

@1 year ago with 4 notes
#england dan and john ford coley #love is the answer #music of the 70s #i love the 70s #1970s music