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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, August 31, 2011

..and if you thought it was getting better

...you were wrong. Here's a depressing report from IPS on the intersection between grossly overpaid executives and corporate tax evasion:

Executive Excess 2011: The Massive CEO Rewards for Tax Dodging - IPS

Don't read it if you want to feel good about corporate America. This is all about the negatives of our model of captitalism: the perverse incentive to focus on internal profit rather than external production.

Yes, it makes me angry.



Efficiency?

Apparently, we can cut the boarding time for airplanes in half. Easily. And now it's been tested and proven.



I'll fly on the first airline which takes up the Steffen method described in this BBC article. But I suspect it's far more likely we continue to have queues that file, block by block, inefficiently, into our flying metal cigar tubes.

Great News

The DOJ, in a fit of clear thinking, has filed to block the AT&T / T-Mobile takeover.

And yes, as proposed it is a takeover, not a merger, at least from the consumer perspective. Nothing of T-Mobile would be left: not their price structures, not their services, not their network bands.

This is a positive move during a very bleak moment for consumer rights, and I applaud the decision makers who have come down on the side of the American people.