Earth is the bottom ‘star’ in this picture taken on Mars.
With the worldwide economy sluggish at best, crazy people shooting up crowded movie theatres and such, the people of Syria in civil war, a nurse in NH deliberately injecting dozens of patients with Hep C virus, the American presidential elections getting nastier and nastier…this view of our planet taken from Mars looks like the brightest most miraculous news any earthlings could have this week.
Guess what? IT’S FAKE!!! Check out how this latest Urban Legend hoax was perpetrated by clicking here.
Installation by Farhard Moshiri
Farhard Moshiri lives and works in Tehran, Iran. That can’t be easy. Look closely at his cutting edge installation and you’ll see that it’s made from knives, albeit beautiful ones. Imagine finding yourself in such a stifled society where creativity is not prized? How would you express yourself as an artist? Would you be afraid of repercussions from the government? Would that stop you from making art? Would you still have the time and luxury and freedom to believe in Feng Shui? See more of Farhard Moshiri’s work.
"Choc Line" 2007 Installation of 130 small acrylic paint pasteries
Photo copyright Mike Larder
12 Million people–many of them children–are at risk of death from starvation in Somalia. Mike Larder has captured their plight in his photo essay (be aware that these pictures are quite graphic). It’s good feng shui to help. Join the United Nations by texting ‘ AID to 27722 ‘ to automatically donate $10 to the UN’s relief efforts in Somalia.
What price luxury?
There’s a political hotbed issue (pun always intended at Feng Shui By Fishgirl!) taking place in California right now. Housekeepers are hurting themselves. How? By lifting the heavy mattresses in hotels in order to put fresh flat sheets on every day. In order to perform this task, these cleaning women are asked to lift the equivalent of a sack of boulders several times a day and it’s causing shoulder, neck, and back injuries. (Try it next time you stay in a hotel.) The solution–to get hotels to switch to fitted sheets like most of us use at home–is estimated to cost the hospitality industry $15 million in California alone. But the cost to the workers (and probably their healthcare providers) would drop dramatically. Hotels in Hawaii have made the shift apparently. The other issue is the hotels should be supplying long handled tools so that the cleaning women do not have to get on hands and knees to scrub the bathroom floors. Click here to jump to the Huffington Post to find out why at least one hotel removed their mops, making it harder on their housekeeping staff.
Many hotels have notices about reusing your towels to save water and the environment. My guess is that saving money on the water bill and on the staff needed to clean the towels are the main reasons they are so concerned about the environment but that’s okay, whatever motivates it’s all for a good cause. When you stay in a hotel, you make the choice yourself. The karma is on you. So what’s this got to do with feng shui…Making choices that are for the highest good of all concerned is the responsible and compassionate thing to do. That’s good for your feng shui. Can you sleep easy on a hotel bed if you knew that the people maintaining it go home with disfiguring permanent injuries?
Check the desk next time to see if the hotel you’re in has a form to give feedback. If it does, tell the management you would prefer fitted sheets on the bed and housecleaners off their knees when cleaning. Then tweet all your friends to do the same. If the law passes in California it will no doubt sweep the nation eventually. Then we can all sleep better at night.
The aftermath of the 2011 Sendai, Japan Earthquake & Tsunami (AP photo)
A compilation of relief orgs you can make donations to benefit Japan from Huffington Post:
How To Help Japan: Earthquake Relief Options.
What’s wrong with this picture? Since it was taken by reknowned photographer Annie Leibovitz there’s nothing that could possibly be technically wrong with it. But even an old white chick like me is more than slightly embarrassed that Vanity Fair couldn’t come up with even ONE young starlet of color to spice up this lineup of young Hollywood talent. Young and very talented Gabourey Sidibe is up for an Oscar for her breakthrough performance as “Precious” but had too much butt & belly to make this box of beautiful toothpicks. But if skinny’s the rule, and talent the topic, where’s Zoe Saldana, the actress that played Neytiri in only the biggest movie in history (James Cameron’s AVATAR)? Listen up, VF: you’re feng shui is in trouble if you can’t do better than this. We don’t accept this viewpoint of America any more. We want the full rainbow of talent represented else we’re going to stop reading your rag.