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Find out what is wrong, what we should be aware of and also the group interests that contradict the interests of Romanian society

Educated Romania, a project… for another day

by Cristina Pastia 18 hours ago
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A politician that tells the truth is totally unprepared for a consistent rise to the rarefied air of power. If he doesn’t change his orientations like Iohannis, or doesn’t lie like Ciucă, he would better look for another career. Politics is for those who yesterday forget what they say tomorrow, but fanatically worship Brutus. Politics is for those who see in Cîțu and Ciolacu individuals insipid enough to represent the essence of a party, and in Kelemen Hunor Romania’s cultural lighthouse.
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This text is envious and directly related to intelligence. The famous IQ. In Romanian we read it "aichiuuu”. I believe it won’t take long for it to become how we spell it, too. I have a feeling that the smartest person on the planet was the one that invented this coefficient, the IQ. A relatively scientific study, under the umbrella of amazing marketing strategies, ended up a reference all over the world. A few people know the name of the “inventor”: German psychologist William Stern, in 1912.
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I’m noticing that many people are rushing to label what is now happening in Afghanistan as being “the worst defeat since the Vietnam war”. From my point of view, this is exactly where the mistake lies. Shortly, here are a few of the matters that to me seem worthy of a debate by experts in the field. Obviously, in such a situation, questions raise other questions and too little answers.
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Monitoring SARS-COV2 studies (and the condition associated with it) on a daily basis, the officials’ statements and, by default, the headlines in the national press, you risk to either give up any protection, or to just hide. We are witnessing an informational disaster and the main effect is the increasing distrust in the Government’s actions. On the other hand, it’s causing significant damage to the private economic environment – which will continue to put any development plan “on hold”.

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One hand washes the other. Prophylaxis during the pandemic.
by Cristina Pastia2 months ago
We are living in a country in which media lynching is practiced violently and without scruples. The elimination of the undesirable, of those who criticize interest groups at the top of power, is a solution that reminds us of the legionary period or dictatorial regimes. Out of self-preservation instinct obvious evidence of corruption and fraud is treated with indifference or superficiality, then end up forgotten. Mass media shoots, carefully, bullets so they don’t hurt the ego of those in power.

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“Cantacuzino”, the place where catastrophe marches
by Cristina Pastia3 months ago
In the last years, governs, regardless of their political colour, destroyed step by step everything that was still functioning in the Cantacuzino Institute. They avoided to modernize it, to finance research teams and to offer the necessary support so the institute would be efficient. Now it became only a general factory. In the “worst” case you just retire with a fat income. The only new thing built there is… an office building.

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“Cantacuzino”, 100 years: Warehouse. General factory. Courier company.
by Cristina Pastia5 months ago
From Voltaire’s “I don’t agree with what you are saying, but I will fight so you have the right to say it” to Ion Rațiu’s famous “I will fight until my last drop of blood so you have the right to disagree with me”, history remembered faces for which polemic and debate were not just manifestations of democracy but especially manifestations of a cultural and intellectual level, necessary to a society that claims to be elevated.

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The Infodemic: the government’s incapacity to EXPLAIN
by Cristina Pastia5 months ago
We don’t have the slightest desire to make our own life easier. We understand that communication happens with difficulty but, still, if you want one to make sacrifices, you need to say why. Below you have a few of the questions that have emerged lately and that, obviously, have remained unanswered. Nobody’s rushing, nobody’s willing to answer.

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Walk by faith, not by sight. The biblical paradox to a modern reality
by Cristina Pastia5 months ago
In the middle of a pandemic, and one year since its beginning, Romanians have been facing not only the virus in itself but also the outrage of a downright precarious communication. The citizens can do nothing but accept sacrifices and quickly abide to restrictive measures without being given any data, analysis or studies. By that I mean medical information, results to local research, regarding the way the SARS-COV2 virus spreads, how the pandemic can be controlled and how it can be treated.

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The men in the Social Democratic Party (1)
by Cristina Pastia6 months ago
Generous as he is, Iohannis promised to rid us of the “red plague” and suggested the “yellow fever”. He proposed as alternative a majority in which anyone’s interests are better represented than those of its own people. Because it was a party of local barons, because it encouraged business groups, because local and central structures were saturated by their supporters, because even if they won the elections they didn’t manage to do anything notable in the country, SDP was sent into opposition.

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Neuron on the rails: the policy of ungrounded “cuts”
by Cristina Pastia7 months ago
The management crisis is getting nastier and nastier. More dangerous. I will refer especially to the public announcements regarding the “restructuring plans”. They won’t cease. And all of them talk about salary cuts, expense cuts. Sure, this type of decision too can have its role. Of course that in the moment you realize that, for employees, the directors/employee ratio is 1 to 10 compared to 1 to 20 in the West, the first impulse is to cut. Of course it is alright to reduce useless expenses.

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Business with death: “modern” slavery
by Cristina Pastia7 months ago
Some of us would say that there is no more slavery nowadays. Unfortunately though, tens of millions of people on the planet are trying to escape “modern slavery”. In a ranking published by Global Slavery Index, the first 10 countries in the world in which slavery is still a state policy are: North Korea, Eritrea, Burundi, the Central African Republic, Afghanistan, Mauritania, South Sudan, Pakistan, Cambodia and Iran.

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Incompetence, indolence and impertinence – the secret to a successful business in the Army
by Cristina Pastia7 months ago
Those who say that Romania lives on a debt has no idea about the recklessness of our politicians and leaders. We have so much money that we afford to sponsor the incompetence, indolence and impertinence of our decision-making personnel in most of our fields of activity generously. When you have money for a racehorse and you buy a donkey, then paint so it looks like Lipan’s Bator you are happy to get away with just the appellation of “incompetent”.

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“Almost” a squadron of F-16s. All of them under the “NATO beret”
by Cristina Pastia7 months ago
Romania was exporting, in 2012 (and 2013), 108 million dollars worth of weaponry. Annually. OK, let’s not fool ourselves, it was not from our latest production but just a desperate attempt to replace the outdated technique with a modern one “compatible with NATO”. For everything that happens in The Army must be “NATO”. We have “beret” or other “NATO” items in our equipment norms, an ineptitude because no other members of the Alliance have such a thing. NATO does not even have an army to equip.

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The politic of disaster, 150. By Mihai Eminescu
by Cristina Pastia8 months ago
Apparently, this is not a trap question – who was Romania’s first economic analyst? Well, this answer is not an easy one and a hint is needed: today, we celebrate 171 years since the birth of poet Mihai Eminescu. How many of us would have imagined that the author of “Evening Star” published dozens of analyses which targeted the budgetary-fiscal area, capital markets, the bank system, agriculture, or studied the relationship between work, productivity and the development of society?

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Stupid hour: the national energetic “clock”, turned 5 years backwards
by Cristina Pastia8 months ago
Do you remember the OUG number 114? The one drafted and published by the end of 2018 by SDP? Or have you already forgotten? You shouldn’t, it seems like what it damaged can nobody fix. The exploitation of the natural gases in the Black Sea went down the drain and so did investments in energy or telecommunication. Billions and billions of euro remained deeply buried in “the basement of the Romanian civilization” by the Dragnea-Vâlcov-Tăriceanu trio.

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TOP 170 SARS-COV2 vaccines. Romania is still fighting the flu.
by Cristina Pastia10 months ago
For 11 months, the entire planet is waiting for the vaccine that will end this pandemic to be ready. Especially now that the new coronavirus (“new” is a misnomer, it’s already old) puts, again, hundreds of millions of people in a new quarantine. Total or partial, details are not even important anymore. Certain is that the losses of human lives but also those inflicted upon the world economy are becoming bearable and cause people huge frustrations.

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Offset in Romania: a 6 billion euro law(lessness)
by Cristina Pastia10 months ago
Those who are in charge of providing for the Romanian Army (to be read “they don’t”) happily showed the world how they managed to bring a few dozen Piranha 5 armoured Carriers into the country. They forgot, however, to mention: the contract is almost worth a billion euro, is a few years overdue and has an uncertain offset component. Of course that initially they were even talking about producing the carrier in Romania, but the intention got lost along the way.

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COVID-19 in Spain: a predictable storm?
by Cristina Pastia11 months ago
“The Lancet” came out with an analysis about the Spanish medical system, about the way it reacted to the pandemic. It also makes reference to the way authorities managed the COVID 19 crisis between March-June 2020. A few dramatic conclusions are drawn and the article literally shook the political world in Madrid. Moreover, mass-media in the Iberic Peninsula opened all journals with this material. Maybe someone in our country will read the conclusions in “The Lancet” too. Subtitles belong to us.

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The blast furnace of debts (2). Obscure financing in the steel industry
by Cristina Pastia1 year ago
In the last material I exposed a very possible catastrophic scenario Liberty Steel, ex-SIDEX, can enter. The recipe of disaster is very simple: a bit of pandemic, some carelessness and ignorance, plus the incapacity of some authorities to understand the financial engineering nowadays. And, anyway, Sanjeev Gupta is not what he seems. He is interested not in the steel mill Liberty Steel Galați, but in promoting the interests of the corporation that lies at the base of his “empire”.