Facebook has been used to find ex-lovers, childhood BFFs or the one who got away.I used it to find the guy who, without my consent, made me his drug mule.It was 1989, long before Israelis were involved in the international ecstasy trade. I was a University of California, Santa Cruz, student in need of a break. My plan was hardly original: Go to Israel, live on a kibbutz, learn some Hebrew.Before leaving, I attended a Jerry Garcia Band show at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley. After the show, my friend and I got a ride back to Santa Cruz with some random guys, one of whom was Israeli. When I mentioned I was going to Israel in a few days, he asked if I would take a birthday present to mail to a friend. It was already late.Given my strong Israeli-dar, I knew he would do no harm to Israel. What I failed to consider was whether he would cause any harm to me. He told me it was jewelry. He wrote his name and return address in Israel on the back of the envelope, and his friend’s on the front.My mom was adamant that I not take it. Duh. But I was 20. I believed that my fellow Deadhead and Jew could be trusted; he was a brother.Continue Reading… …
Veteran comic and muscular dystrophy fundraiser Jerry Lewis to get special Cannes Film Festival tribute
Jerry Lewis, the US comedy star from the 1950s and 1960s who later poured his efforts into raising money for muscular dystrophy research, will get a special tribute at next month’s Cannes Film Festival, organisers said on Thursday. Lewis, 87 and with a history of ill-health, has a strong…
In Dostoevsky’s “The Brothers
Karamazov,” a priest recalls the words of a man who confessed: “The
more I love mankind in general, the less I love people in
particular.” Judging by California Gov. Jerry Brown’s latest plan
to “save” the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, writes Steven Greenhut,
he appears to suffer from a variant of the same condition.
California’s Green Governor loves the Earth in general but he
doesn’t seem to care about particular earthly environments. View this article.
An evangelical lawyer and professor from Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University on Wednesday warned that atheists were trying to “finish the job” that terrorists started when they attacked the United States on Sept. 11, 2011. On Wednesday’s Faith and Freedom broadcast from…
Interest in the virtual currency known as
Bitcoin has surged along with its valuation. Last week saw its
exchange rate soar past $100 for the first time ever, landing
Bitcoin on the front pages of The Washington Post and the
Financial Times. Yet the media frenzy, writes Jerry Brito,
which has focused on the rapidly rising valuation and its possible
causes stemming from the bank crisis in Cyprus, is overlooking
Bitcoin’s true radical significance—digital cash can’t be
controlled by government and can therefore help undermine state
power. View this article.
June, Reason TV interviewed the Mercatus Center’s
Jerry Brito about the then-new phenomena that is Bitcoin, a virtual
currency that is distributed via the internet.
With Bitcoin now going for over $100 per unit and amassing a
value of over $1 billion worldwide,
everyone has an opinion on the curious currency – whose creator
is still unknown. The short interview above is a great place to get
some basic facts. Go
here for more details and links.
Jerry Weissman has been helping companies go public for nearly a quarter century. He’s not an engineer or a venture capitalist, though; he’s a former theater director, who schools top executives in how to talk to Wall Street. Getting a story into a clear logical flow can mean millions. Here’s how. …