Among the tabs for CNN, NBC, the deplorably slow Google election results, and the FOX News you had open just for kicks, you may not have had time for social networking on election night. Who are you kidding – you probably popped open Tumblr for the continuing influx of memes or Twitter for Donald Trump’s call for a march on Washington. But the most interesting soiial network every time there’s a major news event is Facebook, because it’s people that you – hopefully – personally know talking about things about which they know little to nothing about. If your friends are anything like ours, they provided for plenty of unintentional comedy with their cute status updates that spammed the newsfeed.

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goofy kammenIt’s Dan Kammen! He’s a professor in the Energy and Resources Group, Goldman School of Public Policy and Department of Nuclear Engineering. Given the go-ahead by the Secretary of State herself, this or-din-ary professor will step out of a phone booth, triangular torso and heroic stance, as “Senior Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) Fellow.” Western Hemisphere, he’s here to counsel and advise.

Along with two other fellows –one from Columbia University and one from the University of Maryland–Kammen will help participating nations lower their carbon footprint, etc. etc. Looks like his tour of duty will be taking him to the Caribbean, Brazil, Columbia, Peru, Mexico, Chile, Costa Rica, and El Salvador. For excruciating detail, check out the State Department’s fact sheet and press release!

Image Source: Dan Kammen [Website]
Secretary Clinton appoints Dan Kammen first clean energy fellow to Western Hemisphere [News Center]


Just in case you felt that the Internet wasn’t giving you enough opportunities to voice your opinion, here comes another one: Opinion Space, developed by Berkeley’s own Center for New Media and recently re-launched by the US State Department to “solicit views and input on US foreign policy.”

The new launch, Opinion 2.0 (ostensibly twice as important as the first launch), is sleek and read more »


The Clog has just gotten wind of an event perfect for anyone still bitter about Hillary’s performance in the primaries. Tonight, March 11, at 7 p.m. in 234 Dwinelle there will be a talk held entitled “Why America Hasn’t Elected a Woman President.” (Our guess: because women only got the vote ninety years ago, and no one wants to rush things?)

Ruth Rosen, a professor emerita from UC Davis and visiting Berkeley history professor, will be speaking. The event is being sponsored by read more »

spyThree UC Berkeley alumni who have been detained in Iran since July have been charged with espionage, according to Iranian news reports.

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obamaThey both think Obama is the man. Hammering another nail into Hillary’s coffin, Berkeley professor Robert Reich posted an announcement formally endorsing Obama on his blog yesterday night.

Forty years of friendship and a stint as the Clintons’ secretary of labor isn’t something to sneeze at, and at first Reich was dead set against leaping into the endorsements fracas with a proclamation for either/or. But then Hillary went and made those terrible, horrible, no good, very bad videos targetting Obama after he slipped and said that Pennsylvanians are bitter and cling to guns last week. Reich took Hillary’s tactics to be

the nadir of mean-spirited, negative politics. And also of the politics of distraction, of gotcha politics. It’s the worst of all worlds. … It’s old politics at its worst — and old Republican politics, not even old Democratic politics. It’s just so deeply cynical.

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For those of you watching the Arizona Wildcats pluck the Oregon Ducks, there was another installment of the Democratic presidential debates tonight. The debate closed on a rather skull-scratching question pointed at Hillary Clinton: Does she prefer diamonds or pearls?

Hillary mocked her perceived weak stance on campaign issues and said she liked both. The Clog would have rather had her take a stance on the question. Something on the lines of “Well, if I had to choose blindly, I’d go with pearls because of the presence of blood diamonds in the market” would have certainly captured the Clog’s vote.

Either way, what does this say about the future of presidential debates? We already had our first presidential debate with questions provided by YouTube users, which turned out be extremely similar to a TV debate with overly dramatic questions.

Even though the Republican Party will not hold a debate at Berkeley, it got us wondering, what crazy twist could we throw in?

The obvious place to start would be to place Stoney Burke in the role of moderator. Who needs a PBS news anchor when you can have the Bay Area’s best street comedian.

The Clog figures Stoney would question the GOP candidates hard on their voting records concerning the Iraq war and would make certain to press on the increasing cost of higher education.

Needless to say, Stoney would blow his cherished whistle and trash Rudy Giuliani the second he reached to answer a phone call from “his wife.”

Image Source: Salgu Wissmath, Daily Cal
Debate Wrap: Viva Las Vegas [The New York Times]
Dear Hillary, Do You Prefer Diamonds or Pearls? [TeresaCentric]

As if our scene just isn’t popping enough during this spectacular football season, we’ve counted a total of three huge events happening all this weekend. For one thing, current Senator and 2008 presidential election primary candidate Hillary Clinton has decided to drop by on Sunday and throw an old school street fiesta. Her goal: to assist us Cal students in getting crunk while the Bears are out of town.

Of course, Senator Clinton’s list of things to achieve while here probably also involves mobilizing many Bay Area citizens–including the 18-24 set (hey, that’s us!)–out of voter apathy and out of voting for Obama. The block party will celebrate good times on Sunday in nearby Oakland from 4:30-6:30 p.m. and will feature surprise local entertainers. Since it’s Oakland, we’re half-expecting the hyphy movement to show up.

Feel like block party hopping? Competing with Hillary’s appearance on Sunday is the 12th Annual “How Naked Berkeley Can You Be” parade and festival in Civic Center Park. Before that, however, be sure to get your rave on at San Francisco’s 2nd Annual Love Fest this Saturday. It’s modeled after Germany’s Love Parade, so you can expect lots of touching, lots of feeling–and most importantly, lots of ecstasy.

We here at the Clog urge you to take advantage of the randomly abundant celebrations now. Come Halloween, our beloved, violent costume-partying at the Castro may no longer exist.

Hillary Clinton to Host Oakland Block Party [Oakland Tribune]
Home Page [How Berkeley Can You Be!?]
Home Page [San Francisco LoveFest]
S.F. Officials Cancel Halloween [The Advocate]