Thursday, July 20, 2006

Headbutted: Banned in India!; Happy Birthday ISKCON; New Direction in Management?

First, the late breaking news: Calling the Next Generation of ISKCON Leaders

Okay, the Indian government didn’t ban me specifically, but did ban my host. Maybe it was a mistake, or else they really don’t get the internet as a means to communicate.

Report: Indian gov blocks Blogspot, Typepad, Geocities blogs

“India's Department of Telecommunications (DoT) passed an order to ISPs Friday to block several websites. The list is confidential. Indian ISPs have been slowly coming into compliance. SpectraNet, MTNL, Reliance, and as of Monday afternoon, Airtel. State-backed BSNL and VSNL have not started yet but likely will soon. The known list of blocked domains is *, * and*...

“Update, 11AM PT: Shii says,
An Indian political blog is reporting that the ban was initiated by the Indian intelligence service to stop terrorism: Link. According totheir source, the terrorists are using blogs to communicate. Not only is this useless (because the terrorists can simply use proxies), it's akin to shutting off the country's telephone service because terrorists talk to each other through phones.”

I said I was done talking about World Cup, but the Zidane head butt has taken on a life of its own. Struck a chord with the young and internet savvy. This game was out the day after the finals:

The Zidane head butt game

Not satisfying? There's more!:

Zidane Headbutt Spoofs

Happy Birthday ISKCON!:

Hare Krishna at 40

“Once reviled as a cult, they've abandoned airport proselytizing for life as a mainstream American denomination. If you think that Hare Krishnas disappeared when the Age of Aquarius ended, look in the next cubicle– they may be working in your office, wearing a suit, with a full head of hair. This week the Hare Krishnas celebrate their 40th anniversary, and they’ve joined the American mainstream...

“At the same time, much of what made the Hare Krishnas stand out as unusual in the '60s and '70s has become part of mainstream American spirituality, including yoga, vegetarianism, chanting, and concepts like karma and reincarnation. "A lot of people on the streets now believe in those things," Anuttama says. "A lot of things that were considered outlandish or threatening are now taking place in the basement of Christian churches." “

An example of yoga catching on:

Yoga Trend Catching on With Soldiers

“PENSACOLA, Fla. -- When Marine Lt. Alan Zarracina finally did the splits after months of struggling with the difficult pose in yoga class, the limber women around him applauded...

“Yoga breathing exercises can help SEALs with their diving, and learning to control the body by remaining in unusual positions can help members stay in confined spaces for long periods, he said.
“The ability to stay focused on something, whether on breathing or on the yoga practice, and not be drawn off course, that has a lot of connection to the military," he said. "In our SEAL basic training, there are many things that are yoga-like in nature."...”


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