By Xeni Jardin 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.
I was shocked to notice that they advertised their yoga teacher training programs as “Yoga Alliance Approved.” Misrepresentations like this are the dirty little secret of the yoga industry. No one really wants to admit there is no accreditation for Yoga…What no one ever seems to acknowledge or mention is that the YA provides no oversight whatsoever. No one checks to see if anyone is actually doing what they say. Everyone is on the “honor” system. Consequently, the registry amounts to a digital rubber stamp or paid advertising. Not to mention, the YA does not disclose what they do with the money they collect from the Yoga community. read full article
Some other percentage of the student base is unaware of the ruse. They mistakenly believe that a YA certification creates a minimum standard of competency on which they can rely. In other words, they may think they are eating Certified Organic peaches when, in fact, they are not. continue
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It isn’t behind the scenes.
Yoga flash mobs and yoga in Heathrow airport…
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: