Afghanistan – Michael Moore to President Obama

An Open Letter to President Obama from Michael Moore

Monday, November 30th, 2009

Dear President Obama,

Do you really want to be the new “war president”? If you go to West Point tomorrow night (Tuesday, 8pm) and announce that you are increasing, rather than withdrawing, the troops in Afghanistan, you are the new war president. Pure and simple. And with that you will do the worst possible thing you could do — destroy the hopes and dreams so many millions have placed in you. With just one speech tomorrow night you will turn a multitude of young people who were the backbone of your campaign into disillusioned cynics. You will teach them what they’ve always heard is true — that all politicians are alike. I simply can’t believe you’re about to do what they say you are going to do. Please say it isn’t so.
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Top of the Rock

21 October 2009

Top of the Rock is simply stunning. Oh my gosh! Views in every direction and the Empire State building to the south. Rockefeller built his complex bang in the centre of the city. The sun is out and Central Park looks great in it’s autumnal shades, hazy buildings framing it. I was one of the first people to come up this morning – at 8 – whisked up 67 floors in 45 seconds. Then up to the 70th for the viewing platforms. A glorious sunny day in America’s biggest city.  So many huge building rising up. How did this happen?

Two nights later I returned for the night view – amazing!

Later, I learnt that ‘skyscraper’ is a sailing term adopted by architects.

Here are some short videos I took from way up there:

Rockefeller Center, 7:30 a.m.

21 October 2009

Rockefeller Center at seven thirty in the morning.

GE Building 7:30 a.m.
GE Building 7:30 a.m.

Got up around five thirty, that being ten thirty my time. The day waking up, the Westside Highway never sleeping, a hum in my away from street room. Walked up to 14th St, along to 7th avenue, then took the subway up to the Rockefeller, an early tourist among those going to work.

GE Building Entrance
GE Building Entrance

Crowds gathering at NBC for the Today Show nearby my seat under this mighty GE Building. Was asked to move along by a policeman as I watched from the pavement.

Ice Skating
Ice Skating at the Rockefeller Center
The Today Show
The Today Show

The Jane Hotel, NYC

Located in the West Village, just south of Meatpacking, this is one of the cheapest hotels in Manhattan. And also one of the coolest. For $99 you get a small cabin room, restored in a colonial style with great attention to detail. Wood panels, wall mirror, cool wallpaper, clothes rails. Draws and space for a case are under the bed. The room had air conditioning and a wall fan, a flat screen TV, iPod dock, free bottled water.

The bathrooms are spacious, along the corridors and are pretty luxurious – black and white tiling and rainfall shower units. The whole hotel is decked out in a stylish retro fashion, with a cafe opening soon, if not already.

The beds are next to the door which is direct to the corridor so you will hear doors closing and people walking by. Ask for a quieter room at the back and you won’t hear the road.

Highly recommended if you are in NYC for a few nights.

Kripalu YTT Yoga Journal – Sunday 1 November

First day of the second week.

Fear and breath cannot live in the same place.

Pre industrial revolution there was 33% oxygen in the air. Now it is less than half that, and as low as 12% in some cities.

Breathe fully.

The morning session focussed on Tuesday’s practice teach. I am the last to go in our Full Moon Group, which means mid-afternoon.

In the afternoon session, a quarter of us assisted the West Group. I really enjoyed it, helping people feel the poses, helping them relax. The best part was sitting up during savasana and feeling the energy quieten. So still. Beautiful.

I was hardly nervous. My mind wonders: What if I am asked to speak right now? And I was pretty fine with it. Neither am I too nervous about the practice teach. Must plan it tomorrow. It’s really just balancing the nerves and being clear with instruction.

This eve, nutrition workshop with Danny Arguetty He did a great job of summarising this vast, important subject. Some notes:

Warm, filtered water first thing.
No iced water.
The average person only uses 33% of lung capacity.
Finish eating by 8 pm.
At 10 pm the liver goes into cleansing cycle.
Sleep is the digestive process of the day, literally and figuratively. It’s important what we do before sleep.
90% of disease now is attributed to stress.
Lie on the left side after a heavy meal. LSD: Left Side Down.
Mindful eating: 30+ chews.
Witness and feel to assess your food needs.