The Price of Democracy

Yesterday here in the Republic of Moldova it was Independence Day. I was too busy working to attend any of the celebrations but I did see a rather anemic five-minute firework display from my balcony in the evening. It turns out that the pathetic light show pretty much sums up the state of democracy around…

Exterminating Corruption in Romania

A few years ago, a friend of mine got a job where he went to homes and businesses specifically to eliminate mold (Rom: mucegai). Although he used a variety of specialized chemicals, the simplest and most effective method to kill fungi is to expose them to bright sunlight in a well-ventilated area. I bring this…