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!

Snow Patrol: Music downloads? F**king go for it

Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody has slammed the jail sentences given to the founders of filesharing site Pirate Bay.

Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody: Music downloads? F**king go for it

Lightbody, singer and songwriter of Snow Patrol, the most successful Northern Ireland export since Van Morrison, said the year-long terms are “way over the top”.

The four men, Frederik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Carl Lundstrom and Peter Sunde, were also fined $4.5m (£3m) for copyright infringement.

Lightbody also told The Big Issue that he wasn’t against illegal music downloads.

“I’m not anti-filesharing at all. This is the modern way.

“We’ve brought it on ourselves and you have to live in the society you created.

“Music is available to everyone if they know how to get. I say f**king go for it.” Continue reading “Snow Patrol: Music downloads? F**king go for it”

EU: Net access is a human right

Here’s what Guy Bono, French socialist and member of the European Parliament for the south-east of France, has to say about the music and movie industry pressuring governments to shut off internet access for people who are “illegally” downloading copyrighted materials.

Guy Bono says:

The repressive measures are measures dictated by industries that have been unable to change their business models to meet the needs imposed by the information society. Switching off internet access is a powerful sanction which could have profound repercussions in a society where access to the internet is a mandatory law for social inclusion.

Well said, sir. The EU Parliament has just voted in favor of Bono’s bill which asks individual countries to “avoid adopting measures conflicting with civil liberties and human rights… such as the interruption of internet access”. (Source: Mashable)