Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Classic Moments in Advertising

TargetĀ®, a well known American Retailer, is one of the sponsors of the Rock Center Observation Deck. You can also purchase Target merchandise at the Top of the Rock store. Here's my impression of what may have been an early advertising concept, hastily scrapped: Sometimes, there is synergy in branding that is just too good to be true.

On the NY trip front: it's 98% sure that i'm going, and i'll be leaving on friday. I have three flight options: direct from JHB which involves a 2 hour stop at dakar for refueling (but not getting off the plane), indirect through heathrow (fine there but a day stop on the way back) or indirect thru Schipol. The latter was the preferred option, but no flights on this short notice. Next try is direct from JHB. I really don't want to spend an entire day in Heathrow. It can't be that interesting.

Either way, that gives me about one day to organise a 2-week trip overseas. fun.

In the news today, SA doctors had to get a court order against a family of Jehovah's Witnesses in order to save the life of a premature baby. Let me repeat that: doctors had to get the court to order a family to not just sit back and let a baby die. Why? Because Jehovah's Witnesses aren't allowed to accept blood transfusions. The motivation is a single passage in Leviticus (17:10-14):

And whatsoever man there be of the house of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among you, that eateth any manner of blood; I will even set my face against that soul that eateth blood, and will cut him off from among his people. For the life of the flesh is in the blood. ... Therefore I said unto the children of Israel, No soul of you shall eat blood. ... And whatsoever man there be of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among you, which hunteth and catcheth any beast or fowl that may be eaten; he shall even pour out the blood thereof, and cover it with dust. For it is the life of all flesh; the blood of it is for the life thereof: therefore I said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall eat the blood of no manner of flesh: for the life of all flesh is the blood thereof: whosoever eateth it shall be cut off.

Now, i understand there being a point to freedom of religion, but there is also freedom of expression, and i'm about to make use of it. If you are a Jehovah's Witness reading this, i suggest you navigate away now, because I am about to offend you.

What the fuck are these people thinking? For a start, a premature baby has not accepted the religion or had any choice in the matter. These people are offering their children up as martyrs to a cause without the child every having had any say in it. And don't say they don't celebrate this choice. The cover of the May 22, 1994 Awake! magazine shows photos of 26 children, with the caption: "Youths Who Put God First." Inside, the magazine glorifies Witness children who died supporting Watchtower Society policy. Glorifies. It's probably one of the most disgusting things i've ever heard of. How can a premature baby know that it's putting god first? People who make this kind of decision for their children are murderers, pure and simple. If there is a god looking down and approving this sort of behaviour, then he truly is completely insane.

JWs who propose a different interpretation of the forementioned passages in the bible, that the transfer of blood intravenously does not constitute 'eating' blood, are actively shunned by other members, even to the extent of being disfellowshipped (like excommunication only worse). Nevertheless there is a movement within JW, called the Associated Jehovah's Witnesses for Reform on Blood (AJWRB) who campaign for reassessment of the belief. Good for them.


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