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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.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Quick Statistics

There are about 17 million registered voters in the State of California. About 5 million of them are GOP; about 7.5 million are Democrats. 3.5 million are independent.

This cycle, $37 million has been spent on state election advertising.

95% of that $37 million has been spent by just two candidates: Meg Whitman and Steve Poizner.

Meg Whitman has
contributed $68 million to her campaign for Governor.

Poizner has contributed about $21 million.

Jerry Brown is at about $1 million total to date.

The Meg and Steve show has spent nearly five bucks a pop per possible vote---assuming they could potentially capture the entire independent voter pool. And considering $10 million got burned just last week, I expect that number to rise dramatically between now and June 8.

One has to wonder what could be done for the state if the nearly $100 million rammed so far into getting elected were instead put toward actually doing something constructive for the state.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Well, Crap.

Apparently, despite what you might think, insanity really is contagious.
During the followup years, 229 people found themselves caring for a spouse with dementia. The caregivers were six times more likely to develop dementia themselves compared with people whose spouses did not develop dementia.
All the more reason to find a cure for dementia, PDQ.