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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.

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

"It is time to reclaim our playground"

Wow. Just....wow. I don't know about you, but this old school lefty socialist-leaning San Franciscan cannot connect, condone, or agree with the statement in that posting. Nor what it wrought in the Mission last night.

My city is not a playground.

We have our problems, yes. There is inequity, and racism, and sadly as one of the most affluent cities in the nation, we are also one of the least affordable for working class folk and families. I'm all for working toward better ways of leveling those bumps out of our road ahead. But to attack "gentrification" by destroying the small businesses of your neighbors, by ruining the cars of the people down the street; making a stand against inequality by demonstrating your own indiscriminate brutality....sorry. That's more kristallnacht than Occupy in my book.

This is a city. It is not a gameland for the underprivileged or the overprivileged. It is not a bubble set aside from the issues which face the rest of the nation. And it cannot be a place where we condone the destructive force of bright eyed hatred in the name of a movement.

More on the outcome here and here and here.