A Motley Fool Indeed

Over the years, many people have asked me why I never became a “real” journalist, meaning why I never agreed to work for a government/company’s propaganda outlet. The short answer is that I don’t want to work with idiots like Rich Smith: Why Is the US Selling Billions of Dollars of Missiles to Romania? From…

The Romantic Hellhole Everyone Loves (to Hate)

Once again, the British show their predilection for sneering at Romania for being an ex-Communist hellhole of Gypsy poverty while simultaneously embracing it for its traditional rustic charm in a new piece by The Guardian. Hats off to the journalist for actually going to Romania. And for speaking to a guy who once did me…

Benefits Street

Right now the number one show in Britain is Channel 4’s “Benefits Street”, which allegedly focuses on people receiving “benefits” or government money. Episode 2 heavily featured immigrant Romanians (often pronounced Rumanians on the show), one a gypsy family from Romania and the second a group of 14 agricultural workers from Romania. Despite the fact…

Never Doubt The Power of the Press

In my never ending quest to track down and document every time Romania is portrayed in entertainment media, I came across a strange connection. You might remember a few weeks ago I discussed an episode of Criminal Minds wherein one of the “FBI agents” supposedly recognizes the bad guys as being from Romania because she…

Casting the Purple Stone

From the Guardian (UK): Basescu and his aides have been known to wear purple on certain days in an attempt to ward off evil. From the Wall Street Journal: Purple, she notes, is a power color. And in most professions, the ultimate question is how powerful you look. From the Independent (UK): Communist dictator Nicolae…

The Flipping Witch Tax: Part 2

Back in January, I seriously hoped I had heard the last of the flipping witch tax but alas, it is not so. My unsleeping internet “eye” picked up a gaggle of idiots chortling about the witch tax and I managed to track it down to this AP report filed by an anonymous reporter and released…

A Sense of Humor

Whew folks, I am insanely busy this week with lots of “behind the scenes” stuff, including adding the finishing touches to the new book. I’ll definitely be writing a full post when everything is set and ready to go. As you can see from the photo, last night I participated in another edition of the…

The Continuing Intransigence of Michael Noer

Unfortunately, Mr. Noer has not only refused to apologize for his hateful words about this country but has continued to write disrespectful and insulting comments on his blog in response to polite comments from readers. I have therefore written the following email to the editors at Forbes: On January 25, your editor Michael Noer began…

Another Idiotic Screed by Michael Noer

As I’ve mentioned many times, I keep an internet “eye” on who is discussing or mentioning Romania worldwide. With a basic knowledge of ngrams and the use of a few tools, it’s a rather easy thing to do. Yesterday I was shocked and angered to come across this piece from Michael Noer, an editor at…