NYC Gym: In The Nude Classes

WAIT A MINUTE! In the wake of sexual assaults, sexual harassment, and inappropriate sexual advances, a gym in New York City thinks it is an appropriate time to move into coed naked fitness classes! Really?

Does that mean that if your classmate merely gives you a lascivious look it is time to scream sexual harassment, or do you wear blinders? Does it mean that if you get accidentally bumped the gym will be sued and the bumper put in jail?   I cannot believe the absurdity. I wonder what company is insuring the gym?

It is hard enough to visualize sexual harassment being an issue in Hollywood wherein women routinely will provide sex for a role, or where the body flaunt at every event is about who can titillate more than the other… by wearing as little as possible while still wearing ‘something’.  Adultery is the norm, yawn, and orgies the party scene.

Of course, this does not even begin to address the magazines and fashion catalogs that attempt to utilize every imaginable means of showing flesh without being labeled X rated.   All this while I stare at my PG-13 computer monitor that has a naked woman – albeit from the rear on Fox News.

We may be having a sexual predator revolution, but it seems a bit odd to have a revolution against predators while simultaneously ratcheting up nakedness, immorality and sexier than thou clothing and pictures all over the MSM News networks!   Does anyone else see the absurdity?

The other comical aspect of the story which was presented as simply a factual account of normalcy is the fact that this gym is frequented by Hollywood personalities, including; Rihanna, Sandra Bullock and Tyra Banks… I wonder if Harvey Weinstein is a member?   Or Kevin Spacey?  

The gym does provide an out for those who are more modest… for those too embarrassed to do their yoga routine completely naked, the gym does allow members to wear nude underwear, all the while promoting the decision as “cheeky fun”!   How quippy quaint  of them…

Who in their right mind would teach such a class and feel safe from an accusation of sexual assault?   Does the teacher ‘adjust your pose’? Give you pointers? What happens if a man becomes aroused, is that sexual harassment? I imagine everyone is required to sign a very lengthy, very cheeky, waiver claiming that they will take full responsibility for every overt act that might be construed as sexual harassment and identify it as ordinary conduct.

Hypocrisy Hollywood could not possibly get more bizarre.   Remember Jennifer Lawrence in tears because she had to undress … er, and the humiliation… er, only to discover she proudly did a Playboy layout after?

For those who know yoga the poses include; downward dog, numerous poses that purport to strengthen the ‘groin’, uttanasana , cobbler pose… help me here! Some of these are embarrassing enough ‘with’ clothes on!

All of this is advertised as ‘forward thinking’, which is Hollywood break-yoga for “hey, sex predators come on in the party is on”!

Harvey?

California Drought – All The Leaves Are Brown

I have such a hard time listening to the plague of drought that is decimating California. I have a hard time, not just because it is happening, but because it has happened for centuries. California has experienced devastating droughts historically that at times lasted decades. We know this. It is common knowledge. And yet, the real problem is that they have never done one lick to anticipate and fix the ongoing issue. Nothing.

Is it the fault of the people, the homeowners, the farmers? No! They do what they can under the guidance and supervision of – the government. Do they use too much water? Maybe. Is water usage inefficient? Yes – a resounding yes! But it is the JOB of the government to regulate and anticipate and do what is necessary to protect the state and the people from a disaster. They want this job, they get paid for this job – now do it!

California has a history of droughts dating back to 850 A.D. (the earliest recording) in which two droughts lasted 180 and 240 years respectively! Given their were not fossil fuels or ozone depletion or carbon releasing industries polluting the atmosphere during these historical times, it is safe to say these droughts were persistent without blaming ‘climate change’. And in the last 1000 years, 10-20 year droughts have been documented as rather ‘typical’ of the state/area.

And that’s the true problem. Droughts have gone on and on and governors have ignored them – for centuries. Have they built more storage? No. More underground reservoirs? No. Have they built desalinization plants? No. Do they still allocate water to farms that grow nothing? Yes. Do they require lawns to be drought tolerant or rock gardens? No. Half of individual water use is for lawns. But 80% of the water is used for agriculture. For rice paddies in desert land. For growing water absorbing Alfalfa which is mostly exported to China. Almond trees consume 10% of ALL water use – that’s NUTS! And yet they are preserving these cash crops – for hopes of greater $$$ – to the decimation of lower crop values like vegetables. Add to the fray that 60% of almonds are an export crop, its just not practical. Its not about what is best or right – it is about what is going to make me the most money in the quickest time and allow me to high-tail it outa here jack mentality!

So what are farmers doing to make it better? They’re digging deeper and deeper wells, more and more wells, sapping up every last dribble of water that they can without concern for the longer term consequences. And no one is stopping them. In some over-pumped areas, the ground has actually sunk a few dozen feet.

And now California’s government is running around like Chicken Little claiming the sky is falling – when in fact, it already fell. And they have done – nothing!

They take water from Colorado, and run garden hoses to clean debris from their driveway! Grab a broom people! Interesting that Hollywood is silent. How are their expansive gardens doing? Their manicured, lush green? Not a word. So I took the opportunity to see the homes of some of Hollywood’s most famous via ‘google earth’ and was completely – not shocked – to find that they are lush and green. Swimming pools were filled, and lawns were pristine.

So while livelihoods are decimated, Hollywood is immune. In fact, they would seem to believe that they are ‘above’ the plights of the commoner peasant, and they can do whatever they want despite the devastating predicament. Some of the more flagrant decriers of self importance include: Lopez, Kardashian, Streisand, Hefner and West. They would appear to be of the mind that the drought simply does not apply to them and the fine is too ludicrously low to dent their importance. Where are the Hollywood environmentalists; DiCaprio, Redford, Theron, Hanks, Pitt? Well their homes look pretty fine according to Google Earth.

In fact, one water district, Las Virgenes Municipal Water District, which includes many celebrity palaces, states that 70% of their allotment goes to watering just 100 of the posh estates. And while Kardashian gushes that she is a conservationist washing her hair only every five days, she is using thousands of gallons for everything else… Hello?

So where is the Hollywood agenda? The outcry? The action to resolve and create a new, better California equipped to handle any drought that will again wreak havoc in the future? They are silent, because their hypocritical agenda is about talking – not ‘acting’.

The weather media is now claiming that an el-nino will affect California this coming winter with heavy rains. Do you think the folks will simply forget and the government will continue non-business as usual? Of course, always worked in the past.  And if the rains come this winter, well the entire drought will be forgotten and archived.  Until the next time…