Enough with aiding society’s trash

I am fed up with all of the aid that the world's various governments give to society's trash. How long have we been doing it? In some form or another, governments have been handing money out to people, with surprisingly little control over who gets it, for almost 100 years now. The way these programs … Continue reading Enough with aiding society’s trash

The lure of the West and its subsequent disappointment (for some)

Here's a thought: the very people who rail the most against the restrictions imposed by the state in autocratic countries, the most vocal opponents of such regimes, the ones who crave an escape to the West, are the ones who fare the worst after emigrating to free, democratic societies such as those in the Western world. … Continue reading The lure of the West and its subsequent disappointment (for some)

Washington DC as seen from the top of the Washington Monument

Here's how our nation's capital looks if you climb to the top of the Washington Monument. It's... monumental. I love the architecture and the way it's been laid out. It is a pity that the ranks of the public servants have grown so much in recent times that certain government organizations no longer fit into … Continue reading Washington DC as seen from the top of the Washington Monument

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 … Continue reading The pillaging of Romania’s natural resources

Modern lawn care: a lot of hot air

One of the things I strongly believe in is the need for manual labor, especially during these highly industrialized times. I believe such work yields better results and it keeps us grounded, in touch with the earth from which we ultimately draw our living. I dislike the "modern" methods of lawn care, where one uses … Continue reading Modern lawn care: a lot of hot air

Save the data!

Some of the most important technology programs that keep Washington accountable are in danger of being eliminated. Data.gov, USASpending.gov, the IT Dashboard and other federal data transparency and government accountability programs are facing a massive budget cut, despite only being a tiny fraction of the national budget. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dyTnlpcZsc Help save the data and make sure … Continue reading Save the data!

15 things about marijuana

I'm one of a growing number of people who think marijuana ought to be legalized. I don't use it, but I just don't think a substance less dangerous than coffee and alcohol ought to be illegal. See the infographic below for some facts about marijuana. Here are a few: It's nearly impossible to overdose on … Continue reading 15 things about marijuana