Romanian doctors play hooky at Buenos Aires conference

My parents just got back from a big, worldwide conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina -- the 15th World Congress of Psychiatry. My dad, who is a devoted psychiatrist, went there to learn new things, like most doctors who go to conferences. Unfortunately, all but five of the entire group of Romanian doctors (150 in total) [...]

The pillaging of Romania’s natural resources

The following are a couple of examples of what's going on in Romania right now. Romania's largest petroleum reserves (famous since WWII) were recently sold to OMV (Österreichischen Mineralölverwaltung Aktiengesellschaft). Petrom, Romania's state-owned petroleum company, now belongs to OMV, and every time I fill up my car at Petrom, the receipt says OMV Petrom. I [...]

Healthcare in Romania

  There are two options for the person requiring care: the public healthcare system, financed by the government, where one is supposed to be cared for without cost if they hold medical insurance, and the private healthcare system, which is not really a system but is made up of different, unrelated private clinics or hospitals, [...]

Republicans move to block net neutrality

The latest push to get the net neutrality bill passed met with resistance from Republicans and Comcast, one of the large American ISPs. Apparently they think the market regulates itself. It would, in a perfect world, but not in one where politicians working hand in hand with ISP lobbyists move to block any measures that [...]

Read the Bill, Congress!

The US Congress recently passed the Cap and Trade Bill without reading through the over 1200-page document, which more than likely contained more pork than a Louisiana farmer's pantry. It was a bill drafted by lobbyists and edited in closed door committees, paving the way for tons of very lucrative government contracts and taxes that [...]

Monsanto attorney returns to FDA helm

One of the things I feel strongly about is the hijacking of our food supply by biotech companies, and I've written about it time and time again. I consider it a crime against humanity, on a global scale, to take away a seed's ability to germinate in its future generations, and to turn farmers into [...]

It’s no surprise broadband internet sucks in the US

A recent Akamai survey, which I shared here and here, ranked US in the 33rd spot (globally) when it came to broadband internet connections above 2 Mbps. Sure, it moved up two spots compared to last year, but it's still lagging behind countries such as Monaco, Slovakia, South Korea, and believe it or not, Romania [...]

A few words on the economic crisis at hand

I've just got to say what I'm about to say, because it's gnawing at me from inside, and I need to have it out. I'm not going to pretend I'm some economic guru, and I'll use plain words. My thinking on economics is simple. I understand tangible products. If an economy makes stuff I can [...]