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On Being an Intellectual…

  Some people would think being smart means talking in big words about things nobody really understands. Of course, if one has learned enough SAT words with more than ten letters and is probably pronouncing them correctly (or, in some cases – like I sometimes do – use obsolete, long-dead words or their archaic pronunciation, pour […]

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Unnamed soldiers: secret heroes, great causes, death and glory

  We all watched and maybe even loved stories of great heroes – kings, queens, generals – leading their armies to victory or glorious defeat. Each country or culture has its own such historical names that may have existed or not, and there are international names acknowledged and respected internationally. Nevertheless, we know about Caesar, […]

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My Face to the Light: Alice Walker’s Thoughts about Christmas

As I was reading Alice Walker (best known for her book The Color Purple) collection of essays entitled Anything We Love Can Be Saved, I thought her ideas only represented me on an abstract – perhaps metaphorical level. I can relate to her situation only in certain aspects, others I can’t even begin to understand. […]

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If King Michael is a traitor … then what is Basescu?

Romanian President Traian Basescu called HMS King Michael of Romania a traitor…. How far can a *supposedly* democratic president go when expressing personal opinions and such in public? ActMedia Romanian News Agency:http://www.actmedia.eu/2011/06/24/top+story/royal+house+will+not+comment+on+p… Yahoo News:http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110623/ap_on_re_eu/eu_romania_basescu_king The Kansas City Star:http://www.kansascity.com/2011/06/23/2969149/romanian-president-launches-atta… Romania Report Blog: http://romania-rep.blogspot.com/2008/02/president-basescu-in-timisoara-i-will… Find out more: http://www.google.ro/search?sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=basescu+about+… I didn’t plan to take on this subject at the beginning. […]

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Is it me or…

There is a new HP commercial appearing in all major Romanian magazines (at least it’s only where I’ve seen it myself). Well, I can’t help but be rather bothered by it, and here is why: This is the commercial (from the Stiinta si Tehnica magazine year LX, Number 3, June 2011, 2nd cover) I need […]

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