Throwing Grenades at a Banker

Well this is spooky. Just a day after the IMF published a report crediting the Moldovan Central Bank for doing a remarkable job of containing problems: Prosecutors say a grenade was lobbed and exploded at the house of the outgoing governor of Moldova’s central bank. There were no casualties. Prosecutors said windows were broken and…

Moldova at the Breaking Point

Despite a lack of media coverage anywhere except in the Russian press, the protests in Moldova have been continuing in the snow and cold. Unfortunately, I missed the excitement last night as protesters stormed the Parliament: Protesters broke into Moldova’s parliament after it approved a new pro-European government. The vote was aimed at ending months…

Cultural Suicide, Part 2

Word Count: 1358 Back in September, I wrote a post called Cultural Suicide, in which I generally welcomed the influx of migrants into Europe. A number of people disagreed with me, which is, of course, just fine. But when a much-publicized attack in Cologne/Koln happened on New Year’s Eve, a couple of commenters howled with…

Told Ya

After writing The Perfect Dog Storm and following it up with my Rebuttal, I knew that eventually I would be proven right. I knew it even though I’m sitting here behind my desk and more than 300 kilometers away from what happened down in Bucharest, because unlike the lazy and incompetent police, I’ve actually worked…

The Book of Revelation 9:10

I’ve been busy as hell lately, celebrating birthdays, taking more homeless people to the doctor, nursing a cat with a broken leg (she’s okay now, thank goodness) and doing a ton of writing for my new book but I’ve still had time to keep an eye on the news and it’s been a doozy here…

The Perfect Dog Storm

Earlier this week, a 4-year-old boy was killed by stray dogs while playing near a park in Bucharest. That right there is the only uncontested fact but the Romanian (and to a lesser degree, the foreign) press has gone absolutely batshit crazy over the incident and it’s the biggest story in this country with up…

All Hail the Great Alliance

Today I stumbled out of bed, bleary-eyed on a rather cool, rainy day. But two days ago the weather was quite sunny and warm and The Woman and I went down to see something billed as the “Hyper Parade of Animals”. You can see the poster for it here. The “hyper” part comes from the…