Tourism and Capitalism – The Case of Romania and Bulgaria

Funny thing just occurred to me while I was taking a course on PRINCE2, which is a Project Management matrix. The course is very interesting but also extremely dry. Think Gobi dessert or the Sahara and Kalahari combined - that dry. Yuck! Anyway, while I was taking notes on the seventh principle of PRINCE2, 'learning … Continue reading Tourism and Capitalism – The Case of Romania and Bulgaria

The Problem with Discipline

Discipline breeds monsters. That is the general rule. And like all generalizations, there are plenty of exceptions to it. But as a rule, discipline turns people into machines. And machines are not human, by definition. Case in point - The Dirty Dozen (1967) You see the guy who is looking at the camera. That guy … Continue reading The Problem with Discipline

What came before the Big Bang?

I am a deeply religious man. I know, it's shocking. Especially in our day and age, when the very act of having faith is as dangerous and risky as denying the existence of God was up until 200 years ago. Oh, let me qualify my statement. I believe in a God, the creator of this … Continue reading What came before the Big Bang?

The Burden of Truth – How Covid-19 Made Us All Morons

I love the Sex Pistols. How can you not love them? I mean look at their lyrics. God save the queenThe fascist regimeThey made you a moronA potential H bombSex Pistols, God Save the Queen, 1977. They were not just very aware of the British political climate in the 1970s. They were also prescient, to … Continue reading The Burden of Truth – How Covid-19 Made Us All Morons

The Cold War – Chapter 1: The Berlin Wall

East and West German police faceoff before the Wall went up. The Berlin Wall effectively separated the two German states between August 1961 and November 1989. The Soviets did not lose the Cold War in 1989, in 1990 or even in 1991. They lost the war on 13 August 1961. That was the day when … Continue reading The Cold War – Chapter 1: The Berlin Wall

The Story of My Life – Chapter 1

I was born on a cold December day in the Year of Our Lord 1979, in Bucharest, Romania. The day I was born, the 19th, USSR Secretary General Leonid Brezhnev had just instructed the Red Army to invade Afghanistan to effect regime change. So, one can say I came into this world during interesting times. … Continue reading The Story of My Life – Chapter 1

Manipulation one-on-one: Chapter 1 – From bossing people around to Lying to the Future

Do you know how you boss people around? Simple, you just take a big fat doodoo on their parades. Case in point: I was watching the Showtime TV series Billions the other day. This series is all about the conflict between the ambitious and unscrupulous Assistant US Attorney (AUSA) Chuck Rhoades, played by Paul Giamatti, … Continue reading Manipulation one-on-one: Chapter 1 – From bossing people around to Lying to the Future

Which is the best canton to live in Switzerland?

The other day a friend was asking me which European country I would recommend him to immigrate to. Without the slightest hesitation, I told him to go settle in the Swiss Confederation (Confoederatio Helvetica). To my surprise, he followed through by asking me which canton or region I had in mind, given that he spoke … Continue reading Which is the best canton to live in Switzerland?