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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.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Spill

I haven't written anything new on the horrific events in the gulf, mainly because I can't imagine what to say. We now see that a more accurate estimate of the Deepwater gusher is around 20,000 barrels of oil or more spewing into the ocean each day, rather than the 5,000 estimated by BP. In other words, this is the largest, most catastrophic environmental tragedy to hit the US in our history.

At the same time, I am not of the camp demanding that Obama "do more" or claiming that the government should "take charge" ---- what the hell could he (or anyone) do? Yes, we have a foul history of laxity toward regulation and oversight: but that looks to be changing, thanks to the current president. But the event has occurred, and no amount of righteous indignation, or self-serving fire in the belly oratory, or threat of punitive action will change that. From what I can tell, we've had most of the oil industry players who have any idea how to approach this there on the job, and we've had the government pushing to keep things moving, and setting the pieces in place for the long slog of recovery.

Today, it looks like we may be seeing the light at the end of this dark tunnel; I pray that this is the case. But as with other catastrophes, what can be said in the aftermath? My hope is that the President and Congress stick to their word, and hold BP accountable for the costs to the people and the land and waters that have been blackened; that we finally address the real costs of maintaining our oil economy through current means; and that we find ways to educate people and organizations to the true cost of our actions. Because every action has costs.
We weep for the earth's loss, and toil for its rebirth, and struggle to ensure that it will not happen like this again.

"the attention span of a hummingbird on a nectar jag."

Timothy Egan has some choice prose tidbits in his rather scathing take down of the Palin Brand, and how it seems to be the touch of death for recent candidates on the march:
In California, Palin has endorsed Carly Fiorina for Senate. Who cares? Well, Palin should. In the 2008 presidential campaign, Palin pledged to “stop multi-million dollar payouts and golden parachutes” to C.E.O.s who run their companies into the ground.

After having steered Hewlett-Packard into a ditch, with the stock plunging 50 percent and 20,000 real Americans forced into layoffs, Fiorina walked away with about $45 million.
I don't think anyone has yet been more succinct this season stating why Fiorina is a disastrous candidate for the State of California, deep in crisis and lacking in leadership that can guide us out, rather than deeper into the ditch.

Read his whole post. Good irascible prose is always worth it.