Solidarity by the Slice

The future of workers’ rights in this country will not be decided in the courts, it will not be decided in Congress, it will not be decided on talk radio, it will not be decided on Fox News. The future of worker’s rights in this country will be decided on the streets of Madison, Wisconsin.
 
 – – Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine) – February 21, 2011

The city of Madison, Wisconsin is currently experiencing protests against Senate Bill 11 that would take away some collective bargaining requirements in dealing with public worker unions. The bill was introduced February 14, 2011, at the request of Governor Scott Walker. It spent two days under review of the Wisconsin Joint Finance Committee. The vote was scheduled for February 17, but was delayed due to a lack of quorum in the Senate. All fourteen of the state’s Democratic senators were reported to have left the state to delay the likely passing of Bill 11. They refuse to return until the bill has been amended.

[singlepic id=284 w=240 h=320 float=right]To show their support people from all over the US, and all over the world have been calling Ian’s Pizza on State and ordering pizzas for the pro-union demonstrators. When I heard about it a couple of days ago I thought it was a wonderful way of expressing solidarity and so I skyped Ian’s Pizza from Israel and ordered a pizza pie to be delivered halfway around the world. And so the chalkboard where the staff have been updating the origin of the donations these last few days, was updated to show my country’s name oh so proudly. But not before someone wrote ‘JURUSALEM‘ [sic] – ‘coz you know…

 

 

Anyway… here’s a nice video about the whole solidarity by the slice thing:
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K576VXDh08Q

Cartography Catastrophe – Continued

Following the outcry in Israel after the Eurovision Song Contest‘s 2nd semifinal, in which Israel was the only country whose map was not shown prior to its song, the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs contacted the Norwegian hosts of this year’s contest to convey their message. During tonight’s final the Israeli map was indeed shown – albeit missing the west bank. Sources in the MFA told Ynet that they insisted Israel “will be shown as a country with borders, and not some amorphous entity”.

Graphics shown in the ESC’s 2nd semifinal::
ESC 2010 - 2nd semifinal - Israel
Graphics shown in the ESC’s final::
ESC 2010 - Final - Israel

I realize that all this might seem like some kind of a bizarre Rorschach inkblot test, making too much out of a graphical element, but I think flags, anthems and maps are important symbols of independence, and it seems every now and again someone figures Israel is fair game.

Cartography Catastrophe

Did you watch the European Song Contest‘s 2nd semifinal last night? Did you notice it? It came and went really fast, but did you manage to notice how Israel was wiped off the map?

Before each live performance a short video clip about the participating country was shown, but right before that video some on-screen graphics created the map of each country. Yes, each country but one: Israel.
Right before Harel Skaat took to the stage, the same yellow graphics that filled the screen for each other country, that graphics was now squished to the side and quickly disappeared.

Did the 62 years old Jewish nation get the shaft? Did The Jew Among Nations got the regular treatment? Serbia, a country that got its independence less than 4 years ago got similar treatment in the 1st semifinal; Does that fact make it better or worse?

Here’s the video (Don’t blink during the first few seconds):

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqmjDtTAz24

Screen captures for each participating county after the jump:
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Monopoly Game Manufacturer to End a Century Old Conflict

A month ago, I updated my readers on Hasbro’s worldwide vote to find the 22 greatest cities for the new world edition of the Monopoly board game. On my post titled ‘Up and Answer, Jewish Yeoman – Vote It Joyfully Aloud!‘ I jokingly called upon every right-wing nutter to defend Jerusalem, ‘eternal capital city of the Jewish people’, by voting for it on the Monopoly website.

Well, it turns out the joke was on me and my people:
Hasbro decided that the quickest way to end the Arab-Israeli conflict is to change the status of Jerusalem from the capital of Israel to an undefined territory, belonging to no man or nation. Although I probably should have foreseen that old shtick making a comeback, I did not – and so you will have to believe my word that the first version of the website listed ‘Jerusalem, Israel’ in one of the rankings.
Following are screenshots of the second and third versions:

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As you can clearly see, on the second version every world city is naturally located within a country, except for Jerusalem. Smart way to end the conflict, right?
After the Israeli Embassy protested Hasbro’s doing (no, I am not kidding), the company decided to put on their smarty-pants and remove all the countries. Yes folks, just like every fourth Eurovision Song Contest and every second Olympic Games event, someone always wants to show preemptive kindness on the official website, so that the people who tend to get mad – won’t. Even as we speak, Hasbro is removing additional connections between cities of the world and their corresponding countries:
Can you find which words are missing from one of these four Monopoly city guides? (yellow highlight mine)

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