- 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.
Now, I am coming up for air again.
Looking for the next book to read. All suggestions welcome.
My Books & Stories
(What You Should Be Reading!):
Bone Theologies: A Poetic Mass - [Kindle Edition]
15 poems, a little chapbook of old and new - [Kindle Edition]
The Nick Tales - [Kindle Edition]
By the People, for the People - [Kindle Edition]
The Blue Chip Deal - [Kindle Edition]
Stigmata: Apotheosis of an unbeliever - [Kindle Edition]
Still Waters run Deep: Five Women of the Bible Speak
The Binding (Aqedah) and Its Transformations in Judaism and Islam: The Lambs of God
Friday, December 04, 2009
A far better headline might be "Gold eases up as dollar sees small gains".
I am really tired of news outlet needing to create a sense of crisis in even the most mundane announcements. It numbs us to the things that really do require urgency.
In the meanwhile, another man with a history of assault, sexual predation, and violence, has fled the country, been captured by police in another country, volunteered a confession to the above murder, is tried, and convicted.
So what do you do with the original suspect, after holding her for two years in prison?
You save face by convicting her of the murder and sentencing her to a quarter century in prison, all on circumstantial evidence and innuendo.
Yes, this is pretty much what has come to pass between Amanda Knox and the Italian courts. And yes, I believe, despite today's sentence, that she is innocent, and that it is a travesty of anything remotely like justice to carry a trial to this end without either a stronger case, or intercession by the US.
Thursday, December 03, 2009
Schools officials say Brad Niesluchowski, who was Higley Unified School District's information technology director, downloaded free software on district computers in 2000.And now the guy has had to resign, and the claim is $1 million in damages. Granted, the dateline on this story is Mesa, Arizona, otherwise known as part of the American Hickbelt, but still....$1 million to uninstall the program? Seti@Home, a legitimate science experiment run out of UC Berkeley, says it can potentially overheat the CPUs on some machines; let's assume a worst case scenario where this guy's unauthorized install of the SETI software burned out, oh, 50 motherboards. At a generous estimate of $3,000 to replace the machines that would be $150,000 replacement cost. Add some additional overhead, and let's give a generous $200,000 bill. No small change to be sure, but I bet I could hire a local geek to uninstall the software for one helluva lot less than $800,000.
The program, known as SETI(at)home, uses Internet-connected computers worldwide to analyze radio telescope data in an experiment to find extraterrestrial intelligence.
Sometimes the world we live in is just too much.
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
Honestly --- are we to be declared incompetent when we take actions that others disapprove of, simply because it enriches those we choose, as opposed to those who feel entitled to that enrichment whether we like it or no?
I can only hope that someday I too am befriended to the tune of a billion Euros. It would certainly be nice.
TPM gets this from Olympia Snowe:
Yesterday, defying her party's own talking points, she told The Hill that a new CBO report, regarding the impact of the Senate legislation on insurance premiums, is encouraging news for reformers.The "most" affordable? Right now we are providing crap. The CBO is showing a 14 - 20% decrease in premium costs with the propsed reforms. If she wants it much lower, I'd say we are back on the trail of single payer government managed plans...
The CBO report, she says, indicates that the legislation "makes strides, without question" toward extending affordable coverage. On this score she sees room for improvement: "We have to be sure that we are providing the most affordable plans to Americans, and that's not abundantly clear at this point," she said. "That's what's of concern to me."
The idea that this legislation will provide the "most" or "best" of anything is both absurd and obstructionist; this is a starting point, a mere beginning. I would project further work over the next ten years will continue before we have something that is really at its best.
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
As I keep saying, health claims are about marketing, not health. If it were up to me, I would remove all health claims from food packages. Foods are not drugs. Health claims cannot help but mislead.
- Marion Nestlé, discussing the 'immunity' claim on Kellogg's Cocoa Krispies.
Monday, November 30, 2009
"Dubai is wrecked but, like an old tart with a kiss-and-tell contract from the red-tops, threatens to drag the rest of us down with it. In a sense it is merely Britain writ much larger: a despised, criminally underpaid and perpetually ill-treated underclass of imported foreign labourers on top of which squats a fat, indigenous population which cannot believe its luck, doing absolutely nothing other than spending money..."Sweet.
"But you might have guessed even before 2008 that Dubai was heading for a fall, that its economy did not actually seem to be founded on anything tangible, aside from the exploitation of Bangladeshi labour."
"Two teenage girls from Benicia were arrested Saturday evening after they assaulted a classmate, filmed the attack and posted the video on YouTube, according to police.Bullies were smarter in my day; if you wanted to be cruel, you did it in dark, secret places and left no trace. You didn't film it and post it to YouTube.
The girls, ages 12 and 14, were booked into Solano County Juvenile Hall for felony assault after luring a 13-year-old classmate to a field and attacking her on two separate occasions, police said."
UPDATE: There's more info here. And the motive (with my emphasis added)? "The basic motive appears to be that the suspects felt that the victim may have [been] talking about them."