Israel now bans skinny models

According to Jpost, Israel now bans skinny models for benefit of impressionable teenagers.

Starting on Tuesday, female and male models who have a body mass index (BMI) of less than 18.5 may not be shown in the media or on Israeli websites or go down the catwalk at fashion shows.

The law, initiated by then-Kadima MK Rachel Adatto, aims to protect impressionable teens from eating disorders.

Good idea? Maybe. Too much control? Definitely!

Bush tells Rice not to vote for Resolution 1860

Resolution 1860 calls for immediate cease-fire. Why does USA’s Rice prepare for it yet abstained from it? Ehud Olmert is Prime Minister of Israel.

PM: Rice left embarrassed in UN vote

The Security Council resolution passed on Friday calling for an immediate cease-fire in Gaza was a source of embarrassment for US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who helped prepare it but ultimately was ordered to back down from voting for it and abstain, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Monday.

Rice did not end up voting for Resolution 1860, thanks to a phone conversation Olmert held with US President George Bush shortly before the vote, the prime minister told a meeting of local authority heads in Ashkelon as part of a visit to the South.

Upon receiving word that the US was planning to vote in favor of the resolution – viewed by Israel as impractical and failing to address its security concerns – Olmert demanded to get Bush on the phone, and refused to back down after being told that the president was delivering a lecture in Philadelphia. Bush interrupted his lecture to answer Olmert’s call, the premier said.

America could not vote in favor of such a resolution, Olmert told Bush. Soon afterwards, Rice abstained when votes were counted at the UN. (Source: JPost)

Sometimes siding allies can go a little too far.

PHP: I didn’t expect that Paamayim Nekudotayim!

Paamayim Nekudotayim is the official name for the Scope Resolution Operator (::) in PHP. It means “twice colon” or “double colon” in Hebrew.

Nekudotayim means ‘colon’; it comes from nekuda, ‘point’ or ‘dot’, and the dual suffix ayim, hence ‘two points’. Similarly, the word paamayim s derived by attaching the dual suffix to paam (‘one time’ or ‘once’), thus yielding ‘twice’.

The name was introduced in the Israeli-developed Zend Engine 0.5 used in PHP 3. Although it has been confusing to many developers, it is still being used in PHP 5, as in this sample error message:

Parse error: syntax error, unexpected T_PAAMAYIM_NEKUDOTAYIM in file on line line

View the Wikipedia article here.

I haven’t come across this error, maybe because I don’t really use the scope resolution operator anyway.