Now in its 17th year, Buy Nothing Day is celebrated every November by environmentalists, social activists and concerned citizens in over 65 countries around the world. Over the years, Buy Nothing Day has exploded into a global movement, inspiring the world’s citizens to live more simply and buy a whole lot less. The festival takes many shapes, from relaxed family outings, to free, non-commercial street parties, to politically charged public protests, credit-card cut-ups and pranks and shenanigans of all kinds. Anyone can take part provided they spend a day without spending. “It’s our culture of excess and meaningless consumption – the glorified spending and borrowing of the past decade that’s at the root of the crisis we now find ourselves in.” says the co-founder of Adbusters Media Foundation, Kalle Lasn, “A simpler, pared-down lifestyle – one in which we’re not drowning in debt – may well be the answer to this crisis we’re in. Living within our means will also make us happier and healthier than we’ve been in years.”
Tel-Aviv – 28/11/2008
- 10:00-15:00 – Meir Garden – 054-8119941 / 050-8361907
- [singlepic id=103 w=200 h=80 float=right]Really Really Free Market
- a time bank
- companionship mats
- DIY workshops
12:00-24:00 – Online – Lonely Boy Records’ free music downloads
13:00-15:30 – Hamedina square – 050-2005411 – Fur Free Friday
13:30-16:30 – Rabin square – 057-8165055 – Critical Mass Tel Aviv
- 14:30-17:30 – Salama st. by Washington st. – 03-6297734
- [singlepic id=102 w=100 h=200 float=right]jam session
- dumpster diving
- 15:30-18:30 – 50 Salama street – 03-6297734
- Really Really Free Market
- cruelty-free free vegan food
- anti-consumerism films screening
Jerusalem – 28/11/2008
- 11:00-14:00 – Sergei’s Courtyard, 13 Heleni Hamalka street – 050-7717378 / 050-8434826
- [singlepic id=104 w=200 h=60 float=right]swap market
- Food Not Bombs
- T-shirts DIY
If you haven’t had the chance to see the Israeli feature film Yossi & Jagger, here’s another reason why you should: Entertainment Weekly just released a list of the 50 Sexiest Movies Ever, and at 49th place the 2002 movie just made the cut. Here’s what EW had to say:
The titular men (Ohad Knoller and Yehuda Levi) are sturdy Israeli soldiers stationed at an icy outpost on the Lebanese border. Like a less tormented version of Brokeback Mountain’s Jack and Ennis, they keep their coupling a secret.
Sexiest Moment: The guys go at it, fully clothed, on a snowy hillside. Because we see mostly close-ups of their faces as they make out, joke, and laugh, what’s sexy is their sweet delight in one another.
You can buy the movie here, and download or rent it here. Check out Entertainment Weekly’s list of the 50 Sexiest Movies Ever, and their 25 Least Sexy Movies Ever.
It is quite remarkable how something as trivial as a person’s middle name can be used as a source of shame one day, and as a source of pride the next day. Many people much smarter than me will write about the day in history when the citizens of the US grew up, and for the first time in a long time chose the most qualified person for the highest office in the land.
As someone who is not a US citizen and could not vote in the elections, I can still say I have done my part, however small, and proudly announce that I helped elect Barack Obama. Like millions of others, I, too, was inspired by the man and the campaign he ran. The Hebrew graphics I designed were viewed thousands of times and the files I made available were downloaded hundreds and hundreds of times.
Here’s today’s front page of the Huffington Post:
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Back in February 2008, my original post was first called “We Need a Mentch in the White House”. One year later, in January 2009, I would be able to proudly proclaim: We Have a Mentch in the White House!
Thanks to Tony Jassen, an Obama supporter from Jerusalem, who brought the photo to my attention:
Once again I can’t say thank you enough for the graphic and letting us use it.
As you can see, we have made a difference. […]
[The photo] was taken at Mike’s Place Jerusalem at an election watch party sponsored by Democrats Abroad – Israel and attended by us, Israelis for Obama, among others. There were about 50 or so people there all night, mostly college students, watching the results. The picture was taken, if I am not mistaken, among celebrations of the first moments when the final results came in.