Hang Onto Your Hats

Well you may have noticed a different tone to the blog of late. That’s due to a couple of reasons, the first being that I am incredibly busy with some (as of yet) offline projects and also because I wanted to put a spotlight on a few key things. If you’re missing the cat pictures and more humorous posts, do not despair as they will return shortly.

The first thing I’ve been pointing out lately here on the blog is what’s missing, the issues and news stories and acts of the government that have been going on with virtually no notice. When 20,000 people in Poland take to the streets in multiple cities and Romanians don’t even post links on Facebook about something that effects both countries equally, this shows there’s a glaring lack of awareness about certain things.

I don’t really blame Romanians in general for this – most people in most countries are reliant upon the media for information about what’s going on in the world. The issues I’ve written about are just the tip of the iceberg of what’s going on – my goal this past week has just been to show all of you that these things are out there.

The second thing I’ve been wanting to point out is what can be done. Yesterday, as I wrote about, Greenpeace executed a tactical masterstroke with just 20 (or 25) people. My goal here is not so much Greenpeace the organization or Rosia Montana the issue but the fact that a well-organized but numerically small number of people can make a huge difference.

Now imagine if there was some full-time dedication on these two areas – awareness of the issues at hand and the minimal organization to do something about them. This is one of the projects I am currently working on with some other people. We all think there is a real need for this here in Romania. It also fits in with what I’ve already stated and with what I’ve already shown this year. This is democracy “in action” so to speak, not just taking the good and complaining about the bad but actively taking a part in making sure this country serves all of our needs.

Is it ambitious? Of course. Will it succeed? Who knows. But I and some other people think it’s worth doing and so we’re going to give it our best shot. So hang in there, be patient and wait just a bit more as we get all of this launched and underway.

In the meantime, I know I continue to get a lot of new visitors here to the blog. If that’s you and you have questions about who I am, what I’m doing in Romania and all the rest, look in the right-hand column. There are dozens of key articles, including in Romanian (“My Stuff In Romanian”) as well as videos. There’s also a pink/purple die (“Roll The Dice”) which takes you to a random article if you want to check out the more than 600 previous posts I’ve written. I appreciate your enthusiasm and curiosity and excitement but please check out some of these things before you ask me the same questions I’ve been asked many times before :)