The NBA finals start Thursday night. Which means King James, Stephen Curry and hopefully Riley Curry. Much has been made of two year old Riley’s post game appearances with her MVP father. At the beginning of Time.com’s video of her second post game press conference appearance, a female voice can be heard saying “Oh, we’re doing this again,” somewhat disdainfully. Please please do this again, as a matter of fact, it would be awesome if all press conferences came with a two year old, especially sports press conferences. Continue reading
So far, December has been an eventful month for yoga.
First, Well+Good revisits a touchy issue, by posing “Does Yoga Have A Skinny White Girl Problem?” The post touches on race in regard to those who practice westernized yoga in the US, and whether there is judgment on race, body type and basically appearance in general (the post also serves as a good source for acceptance resources.) Part of the problem, and what fast tracked the discussion (at least this year) was this cringe worthy XO Jane post by a self described “skinny white girl.” (The author may be the best example of why I like Pilates more than yoga.) If you were brave enough to follow that link, cleanse your soul and mind with this rebuttal, which switches roles and substitutes twerking for yoga. Continue reading
‘Whoopin’.’ Even the promo for Starz new Lebron James collaborative show Survivor’s Remorse alludes to it. The numbers have been crunched (most impressively, by the NPR and FiveThirtyEight ) and the only thing noted is that spanking and whoopin’ are culturally acceptable in some parts of the country, and the practice is legal in almost every state. Texas even has guidelines on what is acceptable bruising and is not (apparently, any welt that stays around for over an hour could be construed as child abuse, anything that dissipates under an hour, you’re good, cause hey, by the time that kid is in therapy, you won’t be paying for it.) Continue reading
In September, Scots will vote whether or not to separate the United Kingdom. Currently, the full name of the largest sovereign state in Queen Elizabeth’s Commonwealth realm of 16 countries is: The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Come October, it could be something like ‘The United Kingdom of England, Wales and Northern Ireland but not that place to the North’ with the secession of the nation of Scotland. A sovereign state is, in the condensed version, a geographic location under the authority of a centralized government recognized by international law and treaties. The UN recognizes 195 independent sovereign states. Continue reading
The first of a two part series examining the concept of a bi-national Olympic bid between the Western New York region and Southeast Ontario was recently published by Saving Cities. This first segment looks at the attractiveness of the region as hosts for the Summer Olympics, as well as the affordances a bid could offer the region. The second part looks at why this bi-national bid may not work out. As one security expert phrased it – “it’s an effing logistical nightmare.” Another expert estimates that there are no less than 7 agencies on each side working on security and border regulation, let alone the other logistics to be worked out. (Spoiler, it would still be a huge economic boost for the area to at least put the bid in.) Continue reading