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
It's been a couple of weeks or so since high school students in Romania had to take their graduation exams -- the Bac, as it's known over here. The whole thing was a huge controversy this year, because for the first time ever, there were strict rules in place to ensure no cheating occurred on … Continue reading A lot of teachers in Romania shouldn’t be teaching
Update: After sending the camera in for service to a Canon authorized repair facility, it turns out I took somewhere between 75,000 - 100,000 shots with my 5D when the shutter mechanism failed. Still, most of what I wrote below is appropriate commentary on the whole situation. When DSLRs (and now HDSLRs) cost thousands of … Continue reading It’s time to demand reliability from DSLR manufacturers
My mother's mobile phone got stolen on Friday (12/11/09). She visited her bank, made a transaction at the counter, left her cellphone there by mistake, went out to the car, realized it was missing, came back to get it, but it was gone. In spite of asking everyone around for help, and even though the … Continue reading The story of one cellphone theft
Glad to see Berlusconi won't have his way when it comes to the brazen immunity he granted himself a couple of years ago. Italy's Constitutional Court threw out his immunity law as unconstitutional. This means he will now be subject to two ongoing trials and a probe into an alleged prostitution ring. What can I … Continue reading Constitutional court strikes down Berlusconi's immunity
I've always thought and said psychics were fake, along with ghost stories. Sure, it makes life (and books) more interesting if a ghost pops up here and there, but unfortunately, when people die, they're dead as doornails. They're gone. Out for good. Goodbye. That's why life is so precious. Every day must be spent carefully … Continue reading Three psychics exposed as frauds
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 … Continue reading Read the Bill, Congress!