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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.

Friday, July 22, 2005

Everything Pisses Me Off Today

So I won't bother you with specifics. There's a full moon and it has affected me, and all world governments, and the stanky-with-stale-smoke-and-cologne consultant guys from Delhi who sit by me at work, and the café baristas, and the bus drivers, and the homeless guys on sidewalk, and the lameass drivers honking their horns at the delivery vans doubled parked up and down the streets and the olives rotting in my refrigerator and the milk that's gone bad and grownups reading the latest Harry Potter on the way to work and everything else too.

On the plus side, the sun is out in the neighborhood today. Probably means we're in for a shitstorm tonight.

Monday, July 18, 2005

The Shifting Baseline

I wasn't gonna, but here I am. I just think it's notable that once again in this government we have a shifting line of reality, and a moving target to try and hold on to. I don't know what the story is, or what the end result will be, but this sort of indecently spineless drift from line in the sand to newer different line in the sand is odious to watch: take a gander here or here.

And while we're on about junk of this sort, this wire item from today's right-leaning rag about town, the SF Examiner:
WASHINGTON--FBI agents monitored Web sites calling for protests against the 2004 political conventions in New York and Boston on behalf of the bureau's counterterrorism unit, according to FBI documents released under the Freedom of Information Act.
The American Civil Liberties Union pointed to the documents as evidence that the Bush administration has reacted to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States by blurring the distinction between terrorism and political protest.
Blur that line! Move that target!