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Psychologists have found that people’s belief in a just world helps explain how they react to innocent victims of negative life circumstances. People become cognitively frustrated when presented with stories of victims who suffer through little fault of their own. They can deal with this frustration in two ways: they can conclude that the world is an unjust place, or they can decide that the victim is somehow to blame. Most people reconcile their psychological distress by blaming the victim. Even when we know that suffering is undeserved, it is psychologically easier to blame the victim rather than give up the idea that the world is basically fair.

- Melissa Harris-Perry [x] (via aerialiste)

Christine Baranski and the Emmy Party

(Source: mymargulies)

Early in my freshman year, my dad asked me if there were lots of Latinos at school. I wanted to say, “Pa, I’m one of the only Latinos in most of my classes. The other brown faces I see mostly are the landscapers’. I think of you when I see them sweating in the morning sun. I remember you were a landscaper when you first came to Illinois in the 1950s. And look, Pa! Now I’m in college!”

But I didn’t.

I just said, “No, Pa. There’s a few Latinos, mostly Puerto Rican, few Mexicans. But all the landscapers are Mexican.”

My dad responded, “¡Salúdelos, m’ijo!”

So when I walked by the Mexican men landscaping each morning, I said, “Buenos días.”

Recently, I realized what my dad really meant. I remembered learning the Mexican, or Latin American, tradition of greeting people when one enters a room. In my Mexican family, my parents taught me to be “bien educado” by greeting people who were in a room already when I entered. The tradition puts the responsibility of the person who arrives to greet those already there. If I didn’t follow the rule as a kid, my parents admonished me with a back handed slap on my back and the not-so-subtle hint: “¡Saluda!”

I caught myself tapping my 8-year-old son’s back the other day when he didn’t greet one of our friends: “Adrian! ¡Saluda!”

However, many of my white colleagues over the years followed a different tradition of ignorance. “Maleducados,” ol’ school Mexican grandmothers would call them.

But this Mexican tradition is not about the greeting—it’s about the acknowledgment. Greeting people when you enter a room is about acknowledging other people’s presence and showing them that you don’t consider yourself superior to them.

When I thought back to the conversation between my dad and me in 1990, I realized that my dad was not ordering me to greet the Mexican landscapers with a “Good morning.”

Instead, my father wanted me to acknowledge them, to always acknowledge people who work with their hands like he had done as a farm worker, a landscaper, a mechanic. My father with a 3rd grade education wanted me to work with my mind but never wanted me to think myself superior because I earned a college degree and others didn’t.

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Ray Salazar, Mexican etiquette some white people need to learn on dad’s 77th birthday.

Saluden Muchachxs, saluden.

(via frijoliz)

Nick’s TMNT: Season 2 Review

Note: This was written before seeing the finale, because no matter how good it may be, the rest of the season has to be able to stand on its own.

So, Nick’s TMNT…it’s improved. It looks prettier.  The turtles’ neighborhood is larger and no longer looks like a barren wasteland devoid of people.  There’s a bit more variety to the plots and premises and settings, at least superficially.  In short, the show has improved in the way most shows tend to improve in their second seasons, as the creators get more experience and assets under their belt. 

None of that helps the show be any less terrible.

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lizawithazed:

tastefullyoffensive:

[via]

I can’t decide if this is brilliant or stupid or both

lizawithazed:

tastefullyoffensive:

[via]

I can’t decide if this is brilliant or stupid or both

rebeccamartin2:

The late Dwayne McDuffie once did a legendary blogpost on continuity obsession wherein he proved that every television show ever aired was actually all the product of the extremely autistic Tommy Westfall, “creator” of St. Eligius Hospital in the last episode of St. Elsewhere.  One of the keys to this universe was Det. John Munch, a character that has appeared on at least TEN different series, from Homicide: LIfe on the Street to Sesame Street to The X-Files to Arrested Development, always played by Richard Belzer.
Munch was “retired” last week on his current series — Law and Order:SVU — so for this week’s The Line it is Drawn (http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2013/10/25/the-line-it-is-drawn-162-crisis-on-infinite-munchs/), John Trumbull took my suggestion of a Crisis on Snowglobe Earth and turned it into this piece of awesome.
Thanks, John!  And thanks, Richard Belzer, for 20 years of this great character!

rebeccamartin2:

The late Dwayne McDuffie once did a legendary blogpost on continuity obsession wherein he proved that every television show ever aired was actually all the product of the extremely autistic Tommy Westfall, “creator” of St. Eligius Hospital in the last episode of St. Elsewhere.  One of the keys to this universe was Det. John Munch, a character that has appeared on at least TEN different series, from Homicide: LIfe on the Street to Sesame Street to The X-Files to Arrested Development, always played by Richard Belzer.

Munch was “retired” last week on his current series — Law and Order:SVU — so for this week’s The Line it is Drawn (http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2013/10/25/the-line-it-is-drawn-162-crisis-on-infinite-munchs/), John Trumbull took my suggestion of a Crisis on Snowglobe Earth and turned it into this piece of awesome.

Thanks, John!  And thanks, Richard Belzer, for 20 years of this great character!

eccentwrit:

wilderness-lair-shatterdome:

jasminedarling:

He was a skater goat, he said see you later, goat.

HE WASN’T GOAT ENOUGH FOR HERD

SHEEP HAD A PRETTY FACE,
BUT HER HERD WAS OFF IN SPACE

eccentwrit:

wilderness-lair-shatterdome:

jasminedarling:

He was a skater goat, he said see you later, goat.

HE WASN’T GOAT ENOUGH FOR HERD

SHEEP HAD A PRETTY FACE,

BUT HER HERD WAS OFF IN SPACE

(Source: babygoatsandfriends)

redundantthinking:

image

HOW DID THEY GET THAT PICTURE OF HIM

THAT IS NOT A RANDOM PAPARAZZI PICTURE

THAT IS A FUCKING PROFESSIONAL MODELLING SHOT 

LIKE MAMORU GOT IT PROFESSIONALLY SHOT AND SENT IN HIMSELF

oh good god that’s probably what happened 

That is totally what happpened; just another day in weird-ass Sailor Moon Tokyo.  Also: bless whomever wrote “Legendary Silver Crystal” without the hideous quotation marks.

bobafettishism:

I’m a teacher and today two new students signed up at my school - three year old twin boys. Their names are Sora and Riku.

That generation is here.

It begins.

onebay1:

SMELL LIKE A MAN
SPORT SCENT SO EVEN WHEN YOUR CLOTHES ARE CLEANED AFTER SPORTS YOU STILL SMELL LIKE SPORTS
SMELLING LIKE SPORTS MEANS YOU ARE A MAN BECAUSE ALL MEN PLAY SPORTS AND IF YOU DO NOT ALWAYS HAVE SPORTS SMELL YOU NEED TO MAN UP!
SMELL LIKE YOU CAN MAN AND ALSO LIKE YOU CAN SPORTS

onebay1:

SMELL LIKE A MAN

SPORT SCENT SO EVEN WHEN YOUR CLOTHES ARE CLEANED AFTER SPORTS YOU STILL SMELL LIKE SPORTS

SMELLING LIKE SPORTS MEANS YOU ARE A MAN BECAUSE ALL MEN PLAY SPORTS AND IF YOU DO NOT ALWAYS HAVE SPORTS SMELL YOU NEED TO MAN UP!

SMELL LIKE YOU CAN MAN AND ALSO LIKE YOU CAN SPORTS