The sect’s website states, “His Holiness Shri Ashutosh Maharaj Ji has been in a deep meditative state (samadhi) since January 29, 2014.” Though, a representative from the sect did say on February 3, “About 4:00 PM yesterday, some changes were noticed in his skin (it became greenish). The body was then shifted to a freezer,” which may or may not be part of the traditional protocol for transcendent bliss.
Deaditation … Er, dedication.
21:29 // 2 months ago
President Barack Obama made a surprise appearance Friday to announce that his chief spokesman Jay Carney is leaving his post behind the podium.
For his next act, Jay Carney should become a carny, traveling from town to town, running carnival rides.
14:19 // 2 months ago
The resignation of Eric Shinseki reflects something far deeper than his leadership—it reflects the systemic failings at the levels below him, the WaPo notes:
On Friday, Shinseki resigned and was replaced by his deputy.
But his departure is unlikely to solve the VA’s broader problem — a bureaucracy that had been taught, over time, to hide its problems from Washington. Indeed, as President Obama said, one of the agency’s key failings was that bad news did not reach Shinseki’s level at all.
This is an ironic development: Until recently, the VA had been seen as a Washington success story. In the 1990s, reformers had cut back on its middle management and started using performance data so managers at the top could keep abreast of problems at the bottom.
Then that success began to unravel.
14:04 // 2 months ago