UPDATE – CORRECTION: it is a rumor, a false rumor. If you send an sms to New Seven Wonders – you, not the Lebanese taxpayer, will pay the 10 cents per vote.
[By the way, isn’t it odd that you can only vote once via email, which is a free vote, and you can vote as many times as you want via sms, and each time you pay 10 cents. Hmm… a money-making scheme?]
Okay, so, in the midst of poverty in the country (at 38% national average), in the midst of our infrastructure falling apart (eg – our water infrastructure lines have not been updated since 1975), in the midst of all this, our government decides to spend our money (meager as it is – it the principle here that matters) to support a private company (a german company that benefits from the high entrance fees), and to support a questionable (at best) company running the “vote” (example: why should I pay for the vote, where does that money go, etc?), and to support a “vote” that is not based on representation or on merit but based on technological ability (can you set up a false email account to keep voting) vs masses of people repeatedly voting, our government has decided the following:
the New Seven Wonders of the World, therefore voting for Jeita on 1070 has become completely FREE, effective on 4/11/11.”