Thursday, December 27, 2007

On the Map?

As Google's information empire continues to spread its tentacles across the globe, I've been more than happy to take advantage their mapping service from time to time while in the states. Google's satellite maps are so accurate that there was a big story a few months ago where Google had, in fact, displayed the locations of secret Israeli military facilities on their maps, in violation of American law. Considering that Google is happy to map to such treasonous detail, I was wasting time looking around Israel on Google maps, and noticed something peculiar.

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Do you see it? Notice how all of Israel's neighbors; Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt, all have the major highways and cities marked, but Israel.... well, there's nothing. Not even Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Based on this map, the third-world Syrians would seem to be racing ahead.

Even the tribal regions of Afghanistan and northern Pakistan, where government forces have never dared enter, still seem to have roads and towns marked out, in case you wanted to take a Sunday afternoon drive through the Tora Bora highlands.

And it's not as if there aren't already existent GPS maps of Israeli road networks. I've been looking at installing a GPS system in my car. Veeery interesting.

Also, if you look carefully, there's another glitch.

What is that, LAKES? In the Negev? I think I'll with Mapquest.

1 comment:

Evan said...

You mean they don't show your house in Israel now? At least on the satellite map version, I think I was able to find Mevasseret.