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Armchair theorist, poet, and occasional IT manager, Sascha B. is equipped with a Master's Degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Texas, and is not afraid to use it. His work has been published by the University Press of America, Edwin Mellen Press, University of Texas Press, and a variety of small journals nationwide. He is also the proprietor and baker for 3141 Pie, of which you should eat many.

The Deal

I stopped blogging in 2013, when life overtook me. My father became ill and died shortly thereafter, and my mother was left with increasing dementia. I became the primary caregiver, and now orchestrate my mother's care and our family estate.

Now, I am coming up for air again.

Looking for the next book to read. All suggestions welcome.

My reading list is over here.

Saturday, July 09, 2005

More On Sucking

Frank Rich is unabashedly partisan, but he has a point here. The convolutions of this mess: the whiff of free press issues, first amendment issues, white house scandal and dirty tricks, the possibility of even a hint of a wag-the-dog election year warmongering, and on and on, is far more disturbing than what we saw with Nixon. What troubles me more than anything though is the indifference of so many people to every aspect of it: we have become so louche, so affected in our cynicism, that once we've gotten our 15 minute dose of amusement from an issue on Jon Stewart's The Daily Show, we return to our self-obsessed daily lives, cocooned and happily ignorant of how the world affects us each, and how we might effect some change if only we were more awake.
Why We Suck

Newspaper Withholding Two Articles After Jailing - New York Times:
"'As I write this, two stories of profound importance languish in our hands,' Mr. Clifton wrote. 'The public would be well-served to know them, but both are based on documents leaked to us by people who would face deep trouble for having leaked them. Publishing the stories would almost certainly lead to a leak investigation and the ultimate choice: talk or go to jail. Because talking isn't an option and jail is too high a price to pay, these two stories will go untold for now. How many more are out there?'

Mr. Clifton said he was surprised that there had been so little public reaction to his disclosure of 'something that newspapers typically don't reveal - that real live news had been stifled.'

'I hoped the public would be bothered by that,' he said."
He's right: we should care about this. If Watergate occurred today, we'd never know, or worse just not give a damn.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

London Hit

From the BBC:

Blast Timeline:
0851: Seven people die in a blast on a train 100 yards from Liverpool Street station

0856: 21 people die in a blast on a train between Russell Square and King's Cross stations

0917: Five people die in blast on a train at Edgware Road station

0947: An unknown number die in a blast on a bus at Tavistock Place.

Many Feared Dead and Injured; Blair Sees Link to G-8 Talks - New York Times: "The police official said explosions had taken place at or around the subway stations at Edgware Road, King's Cross, Liverpool Street, Russell Square, Aldgate East and Moorgate. He declined to speculate on the cause, but added, 'We are concerned that this is a coordinated attack.'"

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Real Life Meets Metaphor

Check out president Bush's brush with the law. Seems he can't go anywhere without colliding with those pesky forces of enforcement....

Tuesday, July 05, 2005


I know I've been remiss in posting the last few days, and so have missed some good ranting: over the NYT article that claims male bisexuality doesn't exist; the article looking at the as yet unpublished study that appears to show a 70% reduction in AIDS infection from HIV positive women among men who have been circumcised; the last minute budget agreement in Sacto today; even just general grumpiness surrounding National Patriotism Day. It's all due to starting a new day job this last week, and being pretty much unable to post between the hours of 8 and 5. I'll try to get back on it over the next few days. I hope you can forgive my slackerdom.