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

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!