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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, June 26, 2009

A Liberal's Vindication?'

Apparently, the road hogging, gas guzzling, extremely pointless status-mobile we call The Hummer is too environmentally poisonous for even the Chinese.

For some reason, that makes the little gloating part of me feel sort of good. Of course, the US citizen / GM Shareholder part of me is a little pissed off at the loss of a $100 million sale...

Oh. My.

This Burger King ad is making waves, and apparently, umm...'blowing' minds.

Click the link for the ad image. I'm not going there on this blog....

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Health Care

Nate Silver gets it: in a marvelously cogent post slamming the latest lameness from George Will, Nate reduces the basics of the current debate into clear and precise terms:
What Will's position reflects instead is ideology: who cares that the federal government could build a better mousetrap? They're the government and that's bad. His argument is really no more sophisticated than that. If a libertarian conservative wants to make this argument, more power to them, but they absolutely should not be turning around and suggesting that a public option would raise health care costs. They're saying, rather, that they're morally opposed to the cost savings that would ensue.