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"I would hurl words into the darkness and wait for an echo. If an echo sounded, no matter how faintly, I would send other words to tell, to march, to fight." Richard Wright, American Hunger

Archive for the day “March 14, 2011”

A Guinness and An Opinion

Tom Rossi, a friend of mine, is a commentator on politics and social issues living in San Leandro. He is a Ph.D. student in International Sustainable Development, concentrating in natural resources and economic policy.

Tom will write a weekly post starting tomorrow. He has his opinions and says if you don’t like it, well, let the debate begin! In his own words, Tom “enjoys a hearty debate, especially over a hearty pint of Guinness.”

Can you go wrong with a man who knows his beer?

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Alon Shalev is the author of The Accidental Activist (now available on Kindle) and A Gardener’s Tale. He is the Executive Director of the San Francisco Hillel Foundation, a non-profit that provides spiritual and social justice opportunities to Jewish students in the Bay Area. More on Alon Shalev at http://www.alonshalev.com/ and on Twitter (#alonshalevsf).

Facebook R.I.P – The End of The World As We Know It

Okay, so this is probably more apt for April 1st, but it is soooooo funny. Frank Lake over at Weekly World News reports that Facebook is closing, like tomorrow.

Mark Zuckerberg, the site claims, wants his old life back, and live like a normal person. Now I’ve read the book (The Accidental Billionaires) and seen The Social Network, and am unclear about how a normal life would be defined.

Now I assume that between the last paragraph and this one, you have checked your Facebook status and are only reading on because it is still there. Phew! That was a close one. This could have been you.

“Man up, dude!” I’m imagining Sarah Palin on a national broadcast trying to arrest the rising panic in the streets.

And if you haven’t had enough (and I hope you haven’t), check out this YouTube from Stephen Steel, the purveyor of such news.

But since this is usually a serious blog, I have to ask: what if… no I can’t do that to you.

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Alon Shalev is the author of The Accidental Activist (now available on Kindle) and A Gardener’s Tale. He is the Executive Director of the San Francisco Hillel Foundation, a non-profit that provides spiritual and social justice opportunities to Jewish students in the Bay Area. More on Alon Shalev at http://www.alonshalev.com/

 

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