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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, April 04, 2009

Childhood Stress

At last: scientific evidence that I can blame my lameness as an adult on the stressful crappiness of childhood experience. Here's the paper; here are some reports.

Friday, April 03, 2009

Shades Of Buckaroo

The BBC has let us know that
BREAKING NEWS: North Korea is ready for satellite launch and it will happen 'soon'
I doubt they are sending it to Planet Ten though. (the video punchline is around 1:09. But the buildup is worth the wait...)

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Winning Friends And Influencing People

The BBC reports on the latest really stupid thing spoken by a major Israeli politician:
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has said the government will not be held by commitments made by its predecessors.

A US-hosted 2007 agreement had, he declared, "no validity".
If Lieberman is looking to rile international indignation and rouse the Israeli ultra-nationalist base à la Karl Rove and Dick Cheney, then he's off to a good start.

If he's interested in being a powerful and successful figure for the present and future of a stable Israeli state, then not so much.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

When Art Can Make A Difference

A group of drama students in the West Bank are performing a production of George Orwell's Animal Farm. So far, they have had arson, threats of violence, denial of funds, denial of travel papers...I suspect that they are having an impact:
The aim, he says, is to look at Palestinian society and the politics of the West Bank rather than Israel and its occupation.

But their take on it has proved too challenging for some, and the play and its cast and director have become a target for protests, some of them violent.

"We are fighting here a generation who is rejecting what we are doing. We are fighting a lot of fundamentalists that see what we are doing as a disgrace," Juliano says.

"We are fighting a lot of enemies, before, before we get to the Israeli soldiers."
Yes. Some animals are still more equal than others, even in Palestine.