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It’s the unstoppable proliferation of Ate-My-Balls (AMB) pages that strikes most observers as ‘disturbing.’ The Yahoo! AMB listing (the very existence of which is mind-boggling) includes more than 230 sites at the time of this writing. There are at least a half dozen other straight lists of AMBs, including one in Japan. The most sumptuous launch pad to all places AMB, as well as a host of info about munched testicles, is the Ate My Balls! Mega-Page. All we can say about the Ate My Balls Web Ring is that the operator’s parents don’t know about his little project and he intends to keep it that way.

Ate-My-Balls is a thoroughly modern meme: As soon as anything is thrown up on the popular-culture screen, it’s munching balls before you can do a hernia exam. There are already three Mike Tyson-Evander Holyfield pages and three Beanie Babies pages…

Of course, irony is the fuse that drives these genital flowerings: The less likely one is to be associated with gonad gourmandizing, the more certain one is to get an AMB site. Every rich, famous and ball-starved person qualifies as well. Sadly, among the AMB pages that have disappeared are ‘Elmo Ate My Balls’ (the winner of a popularity contest on the Mega Page), ‘Bob Dole Ate My Balls’ (only those who win elections go on to eat another day — Clinton’s is still around) and ‘Martha Stewart Baked My Balls’ (she’s too efficient to let that stay in sight for long).

This is from an actual Salon article from 1997, in case you thought I was misremembering how big the “…Ate My Balls” thing once briefly was (via dignified-and-old)


Five Things You Should Know About Fred Shuttlesworth

When legendary civil rights activist Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth died today, many Americans had no idea who he was or what he’d accomplished in his 89 years on earth. It’s an unfortunate reality that people often think Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X were the beginning and end of black activism in the Civil Rights era. In fact, nothing could be more wrong. From the 1950s onward, Shuttlesworth was a major factor in ending Jim Crow laws in the South, and many other oppressive forces throughout the United States. Here are the top five things you should know about him.

1. From the start of his career, Shuttlesworth, who was raised poor in Alabama, was fiery and obstinate. After Alabama officially banned the NAACP from operating within the state in 1956, Shuttlesworth, then a pastor, founded the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights. The ACMHR’s first major order of business was a Birmingham bus sit-in, during which Shuttlesworth and others boarded city buses and sat in the “whites only” sections. The ACMHR would eventually become charter member organization in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

2. He lived nearly nine decades, but many people tried to kill Shuttlesworth much earlier for his outspokenness. He was the target of two bomb attacks, one on his home and one on his church. And when Shuttlesworth tried to enroll his daughters in an all-white Birmingham school in 1957, an armed mob attacked him, beating him unconscious and stabbing his wife. The couple survived, and when a doctor remarked that Shuttlesworth was lucky to have avoided a concussion,Shuttlesworth said, “Doctor, the Lord knew I lived in a hard town, so he gave me a hard head.”

3. Though he worked closely with King, Shuttlesworth’s style was decidedly different. “Among the youthful ‘elders’ of the movement,” historian Diane McWhorter told The New York Times, “he was Martin Luther King’s most effective and insistent foil: blunt where King was soothing, driven where King was leisurely, and most important, confrontational where King was conciliatory—meaning, critically, that he was more upsetting than King in the eyes of the white public.” Despite their differences, King once called Shuttlesworth ”the most courageous civil rights fighter in the South.”

4. Shuttlesworth’s fiercest enemy in Birmingham was infamous public safety commissioner Bull Connor. Connor’s violent responses—attack dogs, fire hoses, billy clubs—to Shuttlesworth’s peaceful demonstrations were integral in changing America’s attitude about Jim Crow. “The televised images of Connor directing handlers of police dogs to attack unarmed demonstrators and firefighters’ using hoses to knock down children had a profound effect on American citizens’ view of the civil rights struggle,” says the Shuttlesworth Foundation’s website.

5. After his actions helped spawn the passage of the federal Civil Rights Act in 1964, Shuttlesworth continued fighting for justice in realms both racial and economic. In 1988 he founded the Shuttlesworth Housing Foundation to help low-income families own their own homes, and in 2004 he became president of the SCLC. A firebrand to the end, he resigned from the SCLC within months, saying “deceit, mistrust and a lack of spiritual discipline and truth have eaten at the core of this once-hallowed organization.” Three years ago, the city of Birmingham named its airport after Shuttlesworth. There are still no monuments named after Bull Connor.

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And what, then, is to be thought of those witches who in this way sometimes collect male organs in great numbers, as many as twenty or thirty members together, and put them in a bird’s nest, or shut them up in a box, where they move themselves like living members, and eat oats and corn, as has been seen by many and is a matter of common report? …A certain man tells that, when he had lost his member, he approached a known witch to ask her to restore it to him. She told the afflicted man to climb a certain tree, and that he might take which he liked out of a nest in which there were several members. And when he tried to take a big one, the witch said: You must not take that one; adding, because it belonged to the parish priest.

from part II q1 ch 7 of key witch-hunting manual the Malleus Maleficarum (“the hammer of the witches”), by heinrich kramer and james sprenger, c. 1484 AD (trans. Montague Summers).  this chapter is entitled “How, as it were, they Deprive Man of his Virile Member”.

while this is an unusually surreal passage, the entire book is a pretty great example of how sexual repression & obsession are more interdependent than opposite. 

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The reason that people in marginalized groups can often grow up, even go their whole lives, without knowing their history or the incredible and awe-inspiring things they’re heir to, is because that history just isn’t there. It happened, but that doesn’t mean there’s any record of it, anything to prove that the rights we enjoy (or more accurately, put up with until we can be more than second-class citizens) didn’t just blossom out of the benevolence and fair-mindedness of the figurs of authority. There isn’t so much as a Wikipedia entry on the AB 101 Veto Riots. Even the surviving, internet-archived journalism around the veto (mostly from the LA Times and other LA-based publications), while disapproving of Wilson, makes little remark about the protests. In order to read journalist records of the riots, you need to pay at least $3.95 each for a “document purchase” from the LA Times.

When it comes to things like the AB 101 Veto Riots — or really, anything else — queer history initiatives and the existence of places like the GLBT History Museum is vital — this is how we know who we are. Without making a space for the people who were there to tell us what happened, to tell us our entire history, we have no way of even knowing what we don’t know. When you’re deciding how you feel about Obama, about the HRC, about how DOMA will end, about whether our activism is working, about whether “equality” is ever going to happen — do you know about this? Is this something you even have the option to find out about? What other parts of our history are living on only in our memories?

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Myrtle Gonzalez (September 28, 1891 - October 22, 1918)

Pretty much every day I go to Wikipedia’s births and deaths page and scan for anyone associated with silent films. Which is how I learned about Myrtle Gonzalez about five minutes ago, so bear with me if much of this is paraphrased or quoted from Wikipedia!

Myrtle Gonzalez is considered by many to be “Hollywood’s first Latin and Hispanic movie star actress.” She acted in nearly eighty films between the years 1913 and 1917, and often played an energetic, outdoorsy type. She retired in 1917 upon her marriage to actor/director Allen Watt, and died in the Spanish flu pandemic late the following year.

I’d love to find a greater variety of photos of her, so hopefully I can track some good quality ones down somewhere. Happy birthday, Myrtle Gonzalez.

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(reblogging myself because it seems relevant rn)

We know the first part:

Africans came to the US as slaves. Until the Mid 50s and early 60s, African Americans were not welcome in society.


Desegregation occurs. Schools are forced to desegregate.


The government creates programs to help the newly desegregated settle into the city where they once were not welcome and branch into the suburbs. Since African Americans did not have the job opportunities that whites did, the government subsidized money to give African Americans “a head start.” This is called the projects.

Logic: your family was enslaved. then freed from slavery and pushed into society without the proper resources to get a good paying job, or a job at all. slavery is not equal to a job. slaves were not paid. it’s not like they were fired or laid off, they had no money to begin with.



the vietnam conflict/cold war begins hitting home. the government abandons “the projects” and quickly yanks all funding to help african americans in the head start program to fund the war and the draft.

with no money to sustain their homes, their families, their stomachs, and their education, the projects began to experience what is known as urban decay.


Urban decay takes over. Job opportunities are still scarce for the newly adjusting american society. Money becomes hard to come by.

The crack trade proves to be the most lucrative trade for people with no money for educations, people who did not finish school, and those living in the projects who are suffering stress. So the crack trade begins, prostitution ensues.

This is not called ignorance, it is called working with what you’ve got.

when jimmy carter visited the ruins of the bronx projects, he stated “this is worse than the destruction in world war II.” and later admitted to having some part in it.


with no educations (since the government ripped funding away from all programs, including art, science, music, and sports), african americans are abandoned and left to find their own way. this branches into the world we know today:

sports: many african americans pursue sports because of natural affinity, genetics, and the fact that education was scarce

music: hip hop is the art of sampling already made music and creating your own. since people in the urban areas did NOT have the instruments necessary for creating new music, sampling was born. self-made and composed music, such as rap and beatboxing are born. there is no room to educate the arts, no money to teach children to dance or paint. breakdancing and graffiti are born to supplement.

graffiti uses spray paints, which are available in the home, rather than the paints you have to buy such as acrylics and oils that are far too expensive. walls are cheaper than canvas.

breakdancing requires no uniform, no special shoes. your shoes, your basement, your clothes.

turntables is just using your mom’s record player and creating your own sounds using riffs and scratches.

rap music quickly overtakes all other trades, including drug trade, in terms of average pay. the rapper makes more than the athlete and drug dealer combined with enough talent. for those with little education, rapping is a glamorous way to make money and be famous.

FACT: a huge percentage of african americans bring their wealth home to their families and share earnings with friends and families as opposed to white americans.

do you hear politicians and corporation owners bringing their cash home to mama?

GANG AFFILIATION is NOT ignorance, it is seeking safety. with the crack trade running rampant, there is also danger in the streets from people willing to steal and kill for crack or because of it. to ensure your safety, it is natural to want friends to back you up, it is natural to form a group of people that will have your back.

gangs do serve a function and they are actually necessary for survival on hard streets. who is to say your whole family is going to be there for you tomorrow? maybe not, but your gang will be. and if you die, and your family lives, it is your gang affiliation that will stay to protect them, even if you can’t.


watermelon: first. everyone loves watermelon. second, watermelon is economical. for people with not very much money, watermelon supplements as both food AND drink. not very many other foods can both fill you up and quench your thirst. not only this, but the watermelon is large and can be shared with large families. it is sweet and agreeable with children.

kool-aid: for only a few cents worth of sugar packets, you can make four pitchers worth of drink. MUCH cheaper than milk, much cheaper than soda (Even knock off) and can easily be watered down to make more. ALSO, the drink can be frozen and made into popsicles while soda would go flat. kool aid does not go flat, it withstands time, and is cheap. this is what you do when you have many children who want candy and soda. with both a drink and a popsicle recipe, your children enjoy two treats for the price of a single packet of kool-aid. mix many flavors together for a different experience that your children won’t realize is just kool-aid.

chicken: EVERYONE loves chicken first of all. but what other meat is cheaper than chicken? beef is expensive, fish even more so. pork is popular but still a bit more expensive especially in the city. only in the south can you enjoy things like pig’s feet— it is not readily available in the inner city. so you are left with chicken. not only is chicken cheap and delicious, one chicken either serves one person for at least 4 meals, or a whole family for 1 meal.

fried chicken is an easy to make, VERY cheap recipe. no spices or special ingredients. just breading left over from homemade bread. fried chicken also makes the undesirable parts of the chicken desirable so that the entire bird is eaten.

southern/soul food: eg collared greens are the parts of vegetables that white people did not eat, threw outside and the slaves would pick up and cook; pig’s feet, ears, etc are also parts of the pig white folks did not eat. these, like any and ALL recipes the world over, are passed down through generation and become an acquired taste.

detroit specifically: since many of the projects and developments were built in the city, detroit suffered “White flight” which resulted in the movement of the whites from the city to the burbs. that is the reason for the segregation, nothing more.


Damn, shit got analytical.

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In case you are wondering about the bleeding corpse and the upside-down scull or just looking for another history role-model… The lady in question is Rosamund, one of the few historical figures that actually had a life like one of Shakespeare’s plays characters.

To cut the long story short… (if possible)

In an attempt to secure a male heir, Alboin (the king of before mentioned Lombards) took her as his wife. Alboin was noted for his cruelty towards her; his most famous act of cruelty was reported by Paulus Diaconus, who states that at a royal banquet in Verona, Alboin forced her to drink from the skull of her dead father (which he carried around his belt), inviting her “to drink merrily with her father” .

After this, she began plotting to have her husband, Alboin, assassinated. Thus, Rosamund met with the king’s arms bearer and her lover, Helmichis, who suggested using Peredeo, “a very strong man”, to accomplish the assassination.

Peredeo refused to help, and that night mistakenly had intercourse with Rosamund, who was disguised as a servant. After learning that he had committed adultery with his king’s wife, Peredeo agreed to take part in an assassination attempt in fear of the king’s retribution. After the great feast, Alboin went to bed inebriated, at which point Rosamund ordered the king’s sword bound to his bedpost, so that should he wake in the middle of the assassination attempt, he would be defenseless. Alboin did wake, only to find himself unarmed. He fended off his attackers temporarily with a footstool, but was killed.

Read here what happened after (and before)

It is because of these issues that I ask the question, ‘Is history in its modernist construction important or not important for indigenous peoples?’ For many people who are presently engaged in research on indigenous land claims the answer would appear to be self-evident. We assume that when ‘the truth comes out’ it will prove that what happened was wrong or illegal and that therefore the system (tribunals, the courts, the government) will set things right. We believe that history is also about justice, that understanding history will enlighten. our decisions about the future. Wrong. History is also about power. In fact, history mostly about power. It is the story of the powerful and how they became powerful, and then how they use their power to keep them in positions in which they can continue to dominate others. It is because of this relationship with power that we have been excluded, marginalized and ‘Othered’. In this sense history is not important for indigenous peoples because a thousand accounts of the ‘truth’ will not alter the ‘fact’ that indigenous peoples are still marginal and do not possess the power to transform history into justice.
Linda Tuhiwai Smith, Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples, p. 34, 1999. (via planetesauvage)

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Virgin of Guadalupe flag carried by Miguel Hidalgo during the Mexican War of Independence.

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Triumphal entry of a Maderista troop into a village, 1911.

Slaves of the moment: Agustín Víctor Casasola

« The Mexican Agustín Víctor Casasola, with the intermittent help of his brother Miguel, began to set up around 1900 one of the most important photographic archives for the history of a country. However, the international recognition of these almost 500,000 photos has not matched its importance. Born in 1874 and raised in the years of the Porfirio Díaz government, Agustín Casasola was a direct witness to all the adversities that led to modern Mexico, and breathed as nobody else the air of a country and a city that developed during the first third of the 20th century at a runaway pace ».

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