Setu Bandha Sarvangasana
This position calms the brain and heals tired legs.
Position stimulates the midirift area and the spinal comumn.
Excellent for back pain and insomnia.
(more yoga positions at the link)
When American Express asked a sampling of 2,032 people late last month what they would do if they found $500, the answers were like a pitcher of ice water in the face of retailers. Survey respondents were offered a list of possible spending choices that included splurging at a restaurant, going on a shopping spree and taking a trip.
But a mere 10% or fewer marked one of those items. Most went down the list and checked off paying regular bills, reducing credit card debt or simply saving the money.
“What we see consumers doing is exhibiting a level of discipline that we didn’t know,” said Gail Wasserman, a spokeswoman for American Express, which like other card companies has reinforced the reduced- spending trend by issuing fewer cards and slashing credit lines to lower their own risks.
“This year will be worse than last year,” said the chairman of Davidowitz & Associates Inc., a national retail consulting and investment banking firm. He rattled off a list of retailers, including Target Corp., Home Depot Inc. and Limited Brands Inc. “They’re all down,” he said.
It’s even worse for the high-end segment, he said, which is particularly worrisome because the wealthy account for the bulk of the saving and spending in America.
“We’re closing 2,000 jewelry stores this year. . . . Luxury is getting killed,” Davidowitz said.
“how dare these people not fork over all their money plus money plus money they don’t have to us so we can make ourselves richer!”
The reason is, Apple is not really a company — it’s a cult. Imagine what it might be like if the Church of Scientology went into the consumer electronics business, and you’d have a pretty good idea of how we operate.
A star 40 times more massive than our sun is blowing a giant bubble of material into space. In this colorful picture, the Hubble Telescope captured a glimpse of the expanding bubble, dubbed the Bubble Nebula (NGC 7635). The beefy star [lower center] is embedded in the bright blue bubble. The stellar powerhouse is so hot that it is quickly shedding material into space. The dense gas surrounding the star is shaping the castoff material into a bubble. The bubble’s surface is not smooth like a soap bubble’s. Its rippled appearance is due to encounters with gases of different thickness. The nebula is 6 light-years wide and is expanding at 4 million miles per hour (7 million kilometers per hour). The nebula is 7,100 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cassiopeia.
Image Credit: NASA, Donald Walter (South Carolina State University), Paul Scowen and Brian Moore (Arizona State University)