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Make Kony Famous?

via boingboing

African voices respond to hyper-popular Kony 2012 viral campaign

By at 11:55 am Thursday, Mar 8

(Updated with additions, March 10, 2012. Here’s a Twitter list, so you can follow all of the African writers mentioned in this post who are on Twitter.)


The internets are all a-flutter with reactions to Kony 2012, a high-velocity viral fundraising campaign created by the “rebel soul dream evangelists” at Invisible Children to “raise awareness” about Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony and child soldiers. As noted in my previous post here on Boing Boing, the project has many critics. There is a drinking game, there are epic lolpictorials, and a chorus of idiots on Facebook.

There are indications the project may be about stealth-evangelizing Christianity. The Invisible Children filmmakers have responded to some of the criticism. Media personalities and celebrities are duking it out as the campaign (and now, backlash) spreads.

But in that flood of attention, one set of voices has gone largely ignored: Africans themselves. Writers, journalists, activists; people of African descent who live and work and think about life on the continent. In this post, we’ll round up some of their replies to #Kony2012.

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Another Yoga Scandal

In case you’ve been living under a rock, here’s the latest via Yoga Dork on the John Friend/Anusara scandal… wicca, adultery, and money — oh my!

The Dark Side of Apple

http://cnettv.cnet.com/av/video/cbsnews/atlantis2/cbsnews_player_embed.swf

Working conditions at Apple’s Chinese factories under fire

January 29, 2012 6:41 AM

Questions are beginning to be raised about the factories where Apple products are manufactured and whether the company is ignoring reports of abusive working conditions. Martha Teichner hears from labor watchdog groups as well as from a company hired by Apple to oversee compliance of its rules to find out how the products are made.

Yoga gives you energy.

Apparently this is a real ad.

USA- It is easier to get richer if you already are

NPR: Economy

“Making it in the US: More than just hard work”
September 15, 2011
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Colo. cops hunting man who hid in portable toilet at yoga festival (animation)

 

Colo. cops hunting man who hid in portable toilet at yoga festival; ‘Sky’ the bum suspected peeper

BY Philip Caulfield
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

Wednesday, June 22nd 2011, 1:21 PM

Colorado cops have a Porta-Pervert on their hands.

Police in Boulder, Colo., are hunting for a Peeping Tom who hid in the basin of a portable toilet at a weekend yoga festival before being spotted and taking off “covered in feces.”

A woman at the Hanuman Festival, a yoga and music festival, was using the toilet Friday when she suspected someone was hiding in the bowl under a tarp, Boulder’s Daily Camera reported.

The spooked yogi told a pal, who saw the tarp move and went to grab a security guard.

When the friend left the toilet, he heard it lock from the inside, the Camera reported.

The guard waited outside until a lanky white man with no shoes or shirt came out, covered in poop.

The suspect made a run for it and got away, cops said.

Witnesses said the man was between 6-feet-4 and 6-feet-8 with short dark hair and leather cuffs on both wrists.

He fits the description of a well-known Boulder bum known as “Sky,” cops said.

Boulder police spokeswoman Kim Kobel told the Camera that cops are baffled as to how he squeezed his big frame into the tank.

If found, he’ll face charges of criminal attempt to make unlawful sexual contact.  Read more

 

and from Next Media Animation via Fox 31 Denver:

The Lululemon Manifesto

via yogadork

Slaughtering your own turkey

Video at the NY Times. Consumers are getting back to the land…

http://video.nytimes.com/video/2010/11/19/arts/1248069338605/slaughtering-your-own-turkey.html

Elephant Journal: Where did the Sutras go?

on Nov 16, 2010

The Oprah-fication of Patanjali: Culturally Homogenizing the Yoga Sutra.

If you’re involved with yoga, sooner or later (depending on what method you’re doing) you’ll encounter the Yoga Sutra (YS).

Written by the mysterious Patanjali way back around 250 B.C.E., this cryptic collection of 195 short statements (“sutras” or aphorisms), is by far the closest thing to a common sacred text that we’ve got in the yoga community today.

On one level, I love this. In a culture where knowledge of what happened two months ago regularly gets thrown in the trash bin of forgotten history, it’s exciting to discover that so many people care about a truly ancient text.

But.

More often than not, I find myself irritated by the way that the YS’s treated by American yogis.

Now, I don’t claim to be an expert. But I think that it’s safe to assume that the YS was not written as a feel-good text for more-or-less-normal 21st century Americans like me.

Which is why it gets my goat when I keep running across smarmy paeans to “how-the-Yoga-Sutra-can-help-you-be-the-best-healthy-and-happy-you!” (Perhaps accompanied by “five easy poses for everlasting bliss” you can do in 15 minutes or less . . . )

OK, I’m being snarky. But consider how articles such as the tellingly entitled “Paths to Happiness” (published in Yoga Journal) seek to assure us that the YS fits oh-so-comfortably into our contemporary culture:

Centuries ago, the great sage Patanjali laid out a kind of map—one that suggests not just asana and meditation but also attitudes and behaviors—to help you chart your own course to contentment.

At first glance, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra . . . may seem esoteric and impenetrable. But the ancient manual is worth a closer look, because it contains essential advice for daily living. ‘Patanjali has offered us guidelines that will allow us to have enhanced emotional and mental well-being and a more fulfilling and meaningful life . . . The Yoga Sutra is specifically designed to lead to greater happiness and spiritual fulfillment for you and everyone around you.’

Um, really? That’s funny, because I thought that the YS was about realizing Samadhi, or “assimilation with pure Being.”

But wait, you may say – what’s the difference? Isn’t Samadhi just another term for “happiness”? Like that blissful feeling I get seeing an amazing sunset or playing with my cute puppy in the garden?

Not to be a party pooper, but . . . really, I don’t think so.

 

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Do you eat pork?

It turns out pig products are not just found in butcher shops.  From the shower to the human body, Christien Meindertsma traces the “afterlife” of pig 05049.