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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.







Monday, March 21, 2011

Thinking

First: I think that the intervention in Libya is wrong. Not because we shouldn't be involved, but because I believe there was too little effort made to twist the arms of the Arab League in terms of real commitment; and while there are reasons for Libya being of concern, so is Yemen. So is Bahrain. This might be the only path, but I don't think we are walking the right line along it.

Second: I can't even begin to speak on the tragedy in Japan; the nuclear issues are a distraction from the real horror of more than 18,000 now listed as dead from the earthquake and tsunami. Somehow that is far more of an immediate horror than the need for people to drink shelf-stable milk for a few months until the cleanup of the reactors is complete.

Finally: The AT&T/T-Mobile merger announced yesterday is going to be a consumer catastrophe, and bodes ill not just for the telecom industry, but for tech innovation, market competition and the hope that after 2008 something mattered more than the short term profit for shareholders of megafirms.