RIP, Democracy in Moldova

Well, today was a very sad and tragic day for the people of the Republic of Moldova, as now this country is officially a regime: A government, especially an authoritarian one. On paper, RM is a democracy, complete with elections, a parliament, and a head of state. But in reality, a single mob boss controls…

The Amazing Benefits of the 2-Christmas System

I’ve written about the surreal experience of living in a land with two Christmases before, but it wasn’t until this year that I learned to truly appreciate what a weird and serendipitous event the 2-Christmas System truly is. What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been Christmas has always been a weird holiday. Just 200 years…

Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018!

Well, faithful friends and readers, we have come to the end of yet another year. There were good times and bad times, and sometimes, it felt like the whole world was going crazy. But what matters is that we made it until the end. And if there is a new year, then that means there…