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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.

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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, August 19, 2010


Amid all the other crazy, from the unbelievably horrific floods in Pakistan to the mosque mayhem in NYC to the California budget yet again being at impasse and the state looking to issue IOUs, this bit of news should be getting bigger headlines, and is more important in the long run than I believe we are giving it credit for at the moment:
Last US combat brigade leaves Iraq
A quiet, almost unnoticed end to a 7-year long war that in the best case, toppled a nasty dictator, and in the worst case, destabilized an entire region of the world while at the same time destroying the economic and diplomatic health of the US.