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Thursday, 30 August 2007

JPix 15 is up at Baleboosteh!

It's been an Experience Sara with No H says goodbye..

Jpix 15 is up at Baleboosteh's and it is an absolutely giant JPix this fortnight. There's been a ton of new submissions by some JBloggers who haven't previously submitted which is great to see.

Make sure you submit your photos to JPix 16


Bureaucracy gone mad?

From Ynet:
Jewish volunteers forced to pay for work permit

Young Jews who come from abroad to serve in IDF have to pay fee of NIS 145 for work permit, wait hours at Interior Ministry

Young Jews who come to Israel to volunteer to the IDF have to pay a fee of NIS 145 (about $35) for a work permit and have to wait hours at the Interior Ministry where the special visa is issued.

David Zelinsky, 19, of Brooklyn, came to Israel to volunteer at the IDF's Nahal haredi unit.

"I waited in the line for four hours. I had no money because I did not know I had to pay a fee. I went to get money and when I returned my turn was taken and I had to wait again," he said.

"That will not prevent me from volunteering and I do not want a special treatment for my volunteering, but on the other hand I do not wish to feel like I am a burden on the State."

Shoshi Rivkin, a project manager in the Bnei Akiva movement, said that young Jewish volunteers were shouted at and reprimanded by staff members at the Interior Ministry.

"Is this how the State of Israel treats those who want to contribute their time, body and soul to its well-being," said Rivkin.

Delegates at the Netsah Yehuda movement who established the haredi Nahal unit called on the Interior Ministry to exempt young Jewish volunteers from the work permit fee.

The Interior Ministry said in response, "We utterly reject attempts to stain the ministry with petty and false claims while deliberately distorting the facts."

The ministry added that its staff treat the volunteers with respect and appreciate their contribution.

"While all visa seekers must book appointments two months in advance, these volunteers can come without an appointment and therefore they have to wait," the ministry added.

Bagelblogger: Wow thats quite exceptional treatment. You get to not make an appointment, and avoid a two month wait when you have to pay for your work permit when you're a volunteer? . . . only a bureaucrat would not see the pettiness in that.

YNet News: Jewish volunteers forced to pay for work permit


Wednesday, 29 August 2007

Once in a Red Moon

Last night was one of the rare occasions when you find yourself outside in the fresh air, thinking of mother earth, and not how you're going to pay next months bills.

Living remote, we get more than the usual handful of speckled stars across the sky.

In fact we get a phenomena which most people may not remember since childhood. We're actually able to see the milky way. A blaze of thousands of stars spread across the sky, in a night sky that would put most observatories to shame.

We don't have 'light pollution' problems, out here the neighbours are sparse to say the least and apart from the rare headlights seen in the vast distance there are no other lights.

Our 3 girls were up waiting impatiently to see this rare total lunar eclipse, our brand spanking new digital camera at the ready.

Slowly the moon disappeared from the unusual angle of losing its bottom first, later the moon glowed a crimson red that was so bright, if it had been an earlier less sophisticated time could have possibly heralded the end of times.

In amongst a blaze of stars spreading across the vastness of the night sky this cherry red prize seemed to dazzle all the adults below.

The girls seemed to not appreciate the colour shift of the moon, it paled poorly in comparison to the usual special effects in tele - movies. They pondered; wondering what all the hullabaloo was.

It was then I remembered the simpler times in my life as a young child, living on the outer edge of the sixties urban sprawl, I looked up and could see the milky way. Now that view from that distant memory would be nothing but industrialised smog.

With a swathe of red moon snaps on the digital camera I rushed inside to find not one had registered anything more than the appearance of a faulty red pixel, and I reminisced how far we had come, but also how far we have gone.

It may have taken two weeks to have got my film back with my old 'film' camera but I would have had some beautiful - photos, instead I had a poor digital rendition of what could have been.


Tuesday, 28 August 2007

Opinion Piece: Moshe Ya'alon seeing throught the haze and facing false assumptions.

False Assumptions

YNet news.com: Opinion: Moshe Ya'alon

"Unless Tony Blair, Condoleezza Rice and other emissaries shake off the conventional wisdom that settling the Israel-Palestinian conflict is a prerequisite for Middle East stability, their visits to the region will be nothing more than mere meddling"

Bagelblogger: Moshe Ya'alon sees through the haze surrounding the Palestinian Israel conflict and other conflicts. The west needs to drop its shield of Political correctness and see the truth for what it is. This opinion piece pulls no punches, yet it is exactly what the west needs to face up to.
Recommended reading

Read the full article here: False Assumptions

Artwork by Bagelblogger


Monday, 27 August 2007

Bodgey Bagels Caption Contest
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Sunday, 26 August 2007

Another 'Graphic Design Mistake'?

Another graphic design mistake?

If you've seen the controversy over the front page of a newspaper depicting Jesus smoking and drinking, and read the story that it was a legitimate mistake by a graphic designer, re; Malaysian Newspaper Front page shows Jesus smoking and Drinking. then you'll be interested to know another graphic designer has sent this picture into Mr Bagel. Apparently it was a mistake like the other one.

I've been trying to decipher it, the best I can make out is a condom and a nursery rhyme book? Can't see how that could be related??