In this “interesting” report from CNN, an underground housing area built by the “homeless” is destroyed. The main selling points: pee pee smells, pornography, graffitti, a syrenge. But really, isn’t not paying taxes and owning the property the real issue? The best part is how they discuss the living area as if they are describing a completely separate species or an excavation of ancient whatever. “There were things just like in our houses” and “it looks like they used this to sleep on because the surface is hard [reporter touches floor for emphasis]”. Are people really that out of touch that they have never seen people sleeping on the floor? Just the other day I saw a man sleeping on the sidewalk (sans carboard mind you) with his teeth lying on the ground next to him. Is it living in New York? Is it visiting areas where you won’t find a Starbucks?
I get it. Destroying the underground house created jobs. But kicking those that are already down–is that the way to do it?
A recent post published at elephant journal on how to fix the economy got me thinking about the perils of legalization…weed and gay marriage that is. And while I haven’t gotten to the marriage bit yet, I’ve done a little thinking about the weed and here is the thing:
Republican/conservative friends have argued that government control of anything from public transportation systems to health care lead to a decrease in the quality of that service. So will it ever get legalized? I think not. As long as enough republicans are lighting up before going to golf courses, weed will stay where they think it belongs — private and high grade.
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May 26, 2009
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May 26, 2009
OM my god! Is there a yoga backlash brewing?
It’s hard to say exactly when some started to turn on America’s favorite legging-wearing pastime — it may have been about the time last year a studio in the East Village introduced a version for dogs — but yoga is reveling in less nirvana these days. read more
MUMBAI, India — Krishna Pattabhi Jois, a prominent and influential yoga teacher who drew a global following that included Western celebrities like Madonna and Sting, died on Monday in his home in the southern Indian city of Mysore, his family said. He was 93.
Krishna Pattabhi Jois, a yoga teacher and practitioner, popularized Ashtanga yoga in the West.
Known to his followers simply as guruji, a term of respect for teachers, Mr. Jois (pronounced JOYCE) had an ulcer in his throat that made it difficult for him to swallow food, according to Sharhat Rangaswamy, his grandson and the director of his yoga institute. In the days before he died, Mr. Jois was also struck by a urine infection and pneumonia, Mr. Rangaswamy said in a telephone interview. read more
With summer upon us I have been updating my routine. My dry skin needs something heavy and thick during the winter but when it starts heating up my skin needs something light but equally moisturizing. My new favorite is:
It has 70% organic ingredients and is perfect for my extremely winter white legs and arms. It has a light coconuty smell and isn’t goopy on my skin. It is mineral oil/petrolatum and wax free, 100% vegetarian and is never tested on animals.
Browsing through a copy of BUST Magazine (amazing), I came across an article called “Angry in Pink” which introduced an all women vigilante group making strides in India. The gist? You gotta wear pink to join, you gotta fight when someone needs you, people are taking notice, these brave ladies are exacting change. Awesome!
Although the Bust article is not available online yet, I did find this article to get you started…
Ashtanga Yoga New York
Prayer services Tuesday, May 19th at 8 am and Friday, May 22 at 6:30 pm.
“Please come if you can, and spend time among friends and fellow practitioners sharing memories of Guruji.”
Held prayers, mediation, and recollections honoring Pattabhi Jois on Monday, May 18th from 7:30 P.M.
Fire Ceremony & Special Sanskrit Mantras / A Talk on the Guru
Tues May 19th, 2009
7:45 pm – 9:15 pm
Join Jivamukti Yoga School in honoring the life of the great yogi, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Ruth-ji will speak on the Guru, and Manorama-ji will lead the chanting of Sanskrit mantras combined with a sacred fire ceremony.
Donate Shri K. Pattabhi Jois Charitable Trust
“The Trust is organized for the promotion of spiritual, physical, mental, educational development and upliftment of adults and children of all ages without any distinction of caste, creed or religion and in the interest of mankind in general…The registered Trust was set up in honor of Guruji’s 90th birthday and was inaugurated at an event in July 2005 where more than 800 students and friends from around the world gathered to pay respect to their guru. It is a charitable organization exempt under Section 12A and 80(G) of the Income Tax Act (1961) in India, with 100% of its contributions going to charitable projects in the local community.” Make a donation.