Stripper

Oh my, this story really made me laugh. Original link in Romanian is here, but the gist of it is that long-time Romanian president Traian Basescu has had his (Republic of) Moldovan citizenship stripped by the new (Moldovan) President Igor Dodon. This truly is hilarious on several levels. After spending literally his entire life in Romania (and president of the country for 10 years), Basescu … Continue reading Stripper

The First Movie Ever Made

Last week the 15th annual TIFF film festival kicked off in my old hometown of Cluj-Napoca. It reminded me of a story that I’ve wanted to tell for a long time. If you ask a film buff or historian of motion pictures about the world’s oldest movie, they’ll probably mention names like Thomas Edison, the Lumiere brothers, Georges Méliès (who shall forever be connected in … Continue reading The First Movie Ever Made

The Ballad of the Budget of Marisel

Word Count: 2348 You cannot even imagine how excited I was to read this: A programme launched by the finance ministry on Friday now makes available monthly budget execution data for the country’s roughly 17,720 state institutions, including parliament, ministries, city halls, schools and hospitals. . “Any citizen, company and taxpayer can now see how public funds are distributed and how they are spent by … Continue reading The Ballad of the Budget of Marisel

Just Receipts

You know I can’t stop thinking about the Curious Case of Traian Berbeceanu, especially the part about how this “elite” brigade of anti-mafia cops have to fill out a fuel requisition sheet before a raid. If that’s actually true, why bother wasting time and money (or this whole sideline thing I never mentioned about swapping a car) bribing the chief of a police unit? The … Continue reading Just Receipts