NATO Summit in Bucharest may have been too big for Romania

April 2, 2008

02 April

NATO Summit in Bucharest

As the minutes tick closer to the start of today’s NATO Summit in Bucharest, some Romanian bloggers question the zeal of their leaders in ensuring there is neither public protest nor questions to the value of NATO for Romania or other European states- neither in Bucharest nor Romania in general. Although an outspoken and public critic of the flagging commitment of other NATO members, Romanian President Traian Basescu believes that NATO remains a national priority for Romania.

Yesterday’s press conference on the arrival of President Bush and the upcoming NATO Summit in the clip below:

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Recently, Basescu challenged Russia’s opposition to NATO, telling Russia that its time now to work with NATO- and not against it. Among the public items on Basescu’s agenda: an anti-ballistic missile shield for Romania provided by the US or NATO, renewal and enlargement of Romanian troop commitment in Afghanistan, security policy regarding energy, and NATO acceptance of requests to be considered in the enlargement of NATO. Included in these requests are those from Albania, Georgia, Macedonia, and Ukraine.
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moby and me: Easter Pilgrimage To Bucovina (part one)

March 28, 2008

Below, a little background music: moby, One of These Mornings:

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Easter Vigil in Bucovina

After an eight hour drive, I arrived at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Cacica (Kaczyka in Polish) just as the Easter Vigil service was getting started. Having fasted, I was looking forward to the late night supper waiting for me at Casa Antonio’s hostel-pension in Solca: ciorba radeautian– a traditional Northern Romanian soup. And since it was so cold (3 degrees Celsius), I hoped to find a warm bed too.

Yes, there is a website for the church in Romanian, Italian and Polish. Go here– if you can read any of these languages.

altar in st. mary's catholic church

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2009: Cribs foreclosed upon and Europe sulking

March 8, 2008

Five cents won’t even buy you a spoken paragraph of no particular value in Bablion. So consider yourself lucky that you found me…

What comes around, goes around. I imagine that as European confidence swelled over the over-valuation of the Euro and the falling of the dollar, Europeans seemed to forget two things: they had huge investments in the US credit markets and Americans were outrageous consumers when the Dollar was stronger. If you don’t believe me- just take a look at MTV’s reality television show, Cribs, about typically overly-decorated and super-sized, celebrity homes. Perhaps, Jon Stuart can follow up on the MTV hit with Cribs in Foreclosure soon.

The alpha Bush and a little humor from the Simpsons (below).

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A Brief History

The Great Depression is said to have begun on Black Tuesday, October 29, 1929 (a.k.a The Wall Street Crash of 1929) when over-valued share prices on the New York Stock Exchange collapsed and began what would be a month long fall in which the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) was down 182.57 from the booming speculative highs of 1929. The Great Depression is associated with a grinding slow down of international trade, manufacturing and construction. Personal incomes, tax revenues, prices and profits fell as unemployment, social uneasiness, and fear gathered momentum. It is also associated with private mortgage debts, commercial business debts and a great inequality between the rich and consumers.

The stage for World War II was set into action.
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Romanian Parliament makes a totalitarian move

March 7, 2008

Five cents will not even buy you a spoken paragraph of no particular value in Bablion. So consider yourself lucky that you found me…

The Romanian Parliament makes a totalitarian move by signing the controversial Lisbon Treaty without engaging a national conversation about the advantages and disadvantages to be expected if the Treaty is realized. Such a move is not the first example of the authoritarian disregard for Law, Order and Constitution by Romanian leaders- but it seems to be the most shameless prostitution of the Romanian state by a democratically-elected Parliament.

“Romania is for sale” below is a parody of the Romanian state (non-english and no subtitles)

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Totalitarian Move

Last month, Romania’s Parliament agreed to sign the controversial Lisbon Treaty. Romanian officials were very pleased to exercise their authority as members of the European Union on February 4th. French President Nicolas Sarkozy even came to show his support, have a drink, and meet some nice girls. Interestingly, the Romanian government did not feel any duty or obligaion to communicate to the Romanian people the purpose and specifics of the Lisbon treaty, its impact on the Romanian constitution (if accepted by the European Union) or what this means for Romania’s independence in the future.
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Internet Advertising Bureau Must Address Problems in Online Advertising

March 5, 2007

Keeping it honest

Millions are spent sending out messages, but almost nothing is spent on reviewing the results. It happens as often in traditional media as in new media – if not more so in the latter. It’s a problem in online advertising that allows kids to make great money, charlatans to succeed and confidence games to abound.

Below, a little Johnny Cash to set the tone of this blog post

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Although most online advertising agencies do hope this problem will continue for many more years to come, I do not believe this ongoing failure to be in the best interest of the industry. Credibility, not blind faith and enthusiasm, will drive what I believe to be the most exciting communication channel ever to key to communication and marketing strategy.

Advertisers are not completely to blame for the lack of campaign measurement. Of course, they don’t want to spend money that they don’t have to spend. On the other hand, it’s easier for young upstarts in online advertising to talk about millions of impressions or clicks. Impressions and clicks, however, don’t really describe the impact of a campaign.

More importantly, it’s almost impossible for young upstarts or advertising heavyweights to provide deep business analysis of the sales and marketshare performance as it is related to their online campaigns.
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