I’ve been keeping my hands clean of the quagmire of Moldovan politics for a while, but this and this is simply too outrageous to ignore. My translation: The speaker of the Parliament, Andrian Candu, who is the godson of the oligarch Vladimir Plahotniuc, said that it is the citizens of the Republic of Moldova who are truly to blame for a culture of widespread corruption. … Continue reading Blaming the Victim
You know, sometimes you can learn a lot about a country by staying abreast of what’s going on in the news and being published on the internet. But sometimes you really need to actually live in a place before you can discover what it’s really like. Case in point is this amazingly cool business card that I found on the street early one morning while … Continue reading Private Eye, Moldova Style!
I’ve been a big fan of the television show Drunk History for a while now although it is relatively obscure even in America and completely unknown here in Romania. The current Comedy Central version is much slicker and better produced but it’s actually based on an earlier internet-only version which was far funnier (for the record, my favorite episode is Jen Kirkman talking about Oney … Continue reading The Ronald McDonald Wig Defense
A few years ago, a friend of mine discovered an enormous cache of photographs of her family from the late 1960s and early 1970s. She was more interested in the people in the photographs but because I didn’t know most of them, what caught my eye was everything else, the hair styles, the clothing styles, the cars in the background and other details like that. … Continue reading 66 Seconds