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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.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Random Thoughts

Timothy Dalton wasn't a bad Bond; but he wasn't that good, either.

Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau as Felix Ungar and Oscar Madison? Pure genius.

There are good martinis and bad martinis, but there is no such thing as a 'meh' martini.

Occasionally I've dreamt in black & white, but my nightmares are always technicolor.

As you get older, there is less and less room for 'maybe'.

There is no such thing as Equality

If you have any personal sense of social justice, then you too will likely find this document (pdf) to which Krugman links today to be the most depressing thing you read about the current state of economic inequality in America today. It's the IRS publication summarizing just what the top 400 wealthiest taxpayers actually receive in income, and what they contribute in taxes.

If you thought you understood just how much wealth is concentrated at the very top of the pyramid these days, think again: it's worse than that, whatever you thought "that" was. And when you look at the trend --- the publication traces it since 1992 --- it's even more disheartening. In most cases, there has been a ten-fold increase in the concentration of wealth, and a reduction by 50% or more in the amount of tax paid on that wealth.

And Michelle Bachmann thinks it appropriate to compare the current tax burden to the Holocaust.

The disconnect we have between reality, morality, and politics continues to astonish me.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Call Me Foolish

But this news makes me sad: we have just seen the end of the twilight for typewriters, and have begun their long, long night.

I plan on stocking up black and red ribbon for my still-marvelous and entirely functional L.C. Smith & Corona machine, with its lustrous burgundy lacquer job permanent aroma of newsrooms past, and keeping at least that one dinosaur alive, for those days when the power is out and the cell towers are down.