Monthly Archives: August 2009

Inhale or not, everybody smokes pot

Spied these vids over at Elephant Journal.  Fascinating/immensely disturbing how much people do not know about why things are the way they are and how we just let stupid things happen.  Weed.  Really?  Illegal?  Give me a fucking break!

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Oh, Baby!

And we all the thought the advent of the “staycation” would create more babies.  Guess all that DTC birth control marketing really does work…

“Stats Suggest Recession Prevented Over 70K Babies From Being Born”

Vodpod videos no longer available.

more about “Idiocracy – Opening Sequence – Video“, posted with vodpod

Yoga Ouch! Whose fault is it?

posted by ebean

Sarah Miller of Elephant Journal recently began the discussion about “whose fault is it?” when a student is injured in a yoga class.  A reader comments:

“I was injured after a well-meaning teacher decided to push my sacrum when I was in downward dog – took me three painful weeks to recover – my advice to any teacher is to always ask before touching or physically correcting and to always request students to listen to their bodies and to create space within themselves, especially when pushing the envelope.”

The Elephantbeans response:

It is impossible to avoid injury because guess what?  We are mortal.  We can break, tear, bleed, fall, die, etc.   Miraculously, we get up everyday and face a scary world that could mortally wound us at any given second.  Nothing is truly safe.  Reading a book?  You could get a paper cut that gets infected and then you die.  Eating a peanut butter sandwich?  You could get e. coli poisoning and die.  You get the picture.  We manage to forget the danger in the world around us as we unconsciously navigate day to day situations.  However, instead of hiding under our beds (that might crush us!), over time we realize that certain actions minimize injury and that the risk of injury in most things is not as prominent as the benefit of the thing.

So when it comes to yoga, as in everything else, there is a bit of risk.  As with any situation, first you must decide if the risk of injury is worth doing the action.  If it is, then you must minimize the risk involved.

1.  It is the student’s responsibility to do the research and find a teacher that really knows what they are doing in general and with your body in particular.
-Speak to the teacher before every class about any injuries or bodily concerns.
-Commit to one or two teachers.  They will know your body and how to handle it.  A huge part of being in a yoga class is being able to let go and trust.  Doing the research and committing to those individuals will allow you to be present in class rather than in fear of injury.

2. It is the teacher’s responsibility to pursue ongoing training to ensure that they will have the smallest possible chance of hurting someone.
-Figure out what you are teaching.
-Be honest with yourself about your motivations.
-Know your limitations.

3.  A teacher asking students each time before making physical adjustments is silly.  While this request makes sense out of context, in the classroom it is not practical for the following reasons:
-It disturbs other students.
-It disturbs the flow of the class.
-It assumes that the student actually has a command of human anatomy and the teaching of yoga.

We are human and accidents happen.  This is just the risk you take.

Child Birth Orgasm

NY Times: New Symbol of Unhealed Congo: Male Rape Victims

New Symbol of Unhealed Congo: Male Rape Victims
Published: August 4, 2009

“According to Oxfam, Human Rights Watch, United Nations officials and several Congolese aid organizations, the number of men who have been raped has risen sharply in recent months, a consequence of joint Congo-Rwanda military operations against rebels that have uncapped an appalling level of violence against civilians.”

“…aid organizations say that the military maneuvers have provoked horrific revenge attacks, with more than 500,000 people driven from their homes, dozens of villages burned and hundreds of villagers massacred, including toddlers thrown into open fires.”

“…Castrations also seem to be increasing, with more butchered men showing up at major hospitals.”

“One mother said a United Nations peacekeeper raped her 12-year-old boy. A United Nations spokesman said that he had not heard that specific case but that there were indeed a number of new sexual abuse allegations against peacekeepers in Congo and that a team was sent in late July to investigate.”

“‘I understand the world feels guilty about what happened in Rwanda in 1994,’ said Denis Mukwege, the lead doctor at Panzi Hospital, referring to Rwanda’s genocide. ‘But shouldn’t the world feel guilty about what’s happening in Congo today?'”


While reading this article, top news on the Today Show is Paula Abdul’s leaving American Idol and Susan Boyle’s amazing new makeover.

Buddhist Wannabe

8/4 note:  removed from youtube
watch at vodpod


11/19/10  it’s back

Chimp Pan-Kun’s and dog James’ adventures on Japanese TV

Omg this is adorable!!!!

Pan-Kun & James board a train

Pan with James’ babies