Tuesday, October 17

A sudden suicide bombing. Slowly (Video)

From Vital Perspective:
A television commercial aimed at thwarting terrorism has hit Middle Eastern television networks using high-tech time-suspension "Matrix" effects to show the anatomy of a suicide bombing in graphic detail. The $1 million ad uses the film techniques to show bodies, cars and broken glass flying in slow motion through the air:

This Just In! Barbie: the ME conflict edition

Co-blogger and journalist Allison (welcome back from the land of the round doorknobs), over at Israelity posted a great pic (via Danya) of Barbie all, er', dolled out for Simchat Torah:

Meanwhile, though, Hamas, in an effort to beat the Jews (literally and figuratively), and gearing up for more "struggle" in Gaza against the IDF and neighboring Sderot's residents, has wasted no time in bringing out their version of the dimunitive "dosit" - just in time for the festive end of Ramadan:

Ahh, fashion Barbie. Such a harsh mistress.

McDonald's - I'm Hatin' it!

A group of about 15 "twenty-something," self-described animal-rights supporters and anarchists held a protest vigil outside the downtown Jerusalem branch of McDonald's Monday evening.

The group, blowing whistles and shouting through a megaphone, called on passersby near the Ben-Yehuda pedestrian mall not to eat at the restaurant, due to what they described as the food corporation's harmful policies.

"McDonald's puts profits before people, animals and the planet," group leader Amnon Keren, 24, of Jerusalem, told Israel At Level Ground, and called on Israelis to boycott the chain.

Keren, noting that the group had numbered about 30 earlier in the afternoon, added that similar vigils were being held concurrently in front of branches in Ra'anana, Kfar Saba, Haifa, Rehovot and Beersheba, as well as at many locations worldwide today.

There was a brief, non-violent, altercation with a diner, who, stepping out to protest the noisy demonstration loudly argued with Keren over the usefulness of such vigils.

A small crowd of about 20 pedestrians gathered across the narrow street, and spirited discussions about the eatery were bandied about. Several, apparently bemused, kipa-wearing Jews, ironically found themselves on the same side of the ideological divide as the protesters, due to McDonald's non-kosher status because the chain is open on Shabbat.

Demonstrator in front of downtown branch,
as Ronald and "Happy Meal" look on. Poster:
"McDonald's 'McExploits employees.'"
(Photo: Dave Bender)

Diner, waving ice cream cone in face of protest
group leader, argues that noisy demonstration
those inside eatery. Lower poster:
"McDonald's 'McPoisons' children."
(Photo: Dave Bender)

(Cross-posted at Israelity)


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