On voting rights

Yesterday's presidential elections in Romania have prompted me to write about something that's been on my mind for some time: voting rights in a so-called "democratic" country. I'm concerned about the quality of the electorate and their capability to make objective decisions for the good of the country, not just for their own good. I've [...]

Today’s images

I'm not sure I've communicated well enough in the past that my wife collects traditional, handmade Romanian costumes. These aren't new; they're historic and they range in age from 50-100 years or more. She buys them in "as is" condition, she makes repairs where needed, she washes them with special detergents and she places them [...]

On governmental stimuli for child-rearing

As the rate of population growth in developed or developing countries decreases, governments interested in managing their financial risk for social programs quite often offer one short-sighted solution: financial stimuli for making more children. The idea is to increase the future tax base and cover the costs of running a country's social programs. It's what [...]

On bad behaviors in public

I've written time and again here on my site about my repulsion for people who disturb the peace and about products that enable them to do it. I think most of today's governments are, in general, much too lax on their stance on this, and it's the kind of thing that should not be tolerated [...]

Today’s images

All of these photographs are over 12 years old and the theme is mostly Manhattan. Enjoy! Twilight, Grosvenor Park, North Bethesda, Maryland, USA.Still lifePhoto taken by LigiaBy the Public Library in Manhattan, NYCNew York City at night, from the top of the Empire State Building in Manhattan, NYC, USA.On the ferry near ManhattanNew YorkComing back [...]