Daily Musings

What are they thinking?
May 7, 2006, 9:32 pm
Filed under: Canadian Politics

The picture below is of four Liberal leadership hopefuls: Micheal Ignatieff, Bob Rae, Joe Volpe and Ken Dryden. I bet I can tell you what each of them are thinking when the picture was taken.

Ignateiff – First I get elected in my constituency, then I become the leader of the Liberal party, then the Prime Minister, next, I take over the WOOORRRLLLD, hahahaha.

Bob Rae – What did I get myself into? The crowd sure looks different then the NDP.

Joe Volpe – Hmmm, I wonder who needs a nipple rub?

Ken Dryden – When's lunch?



The Chill Album
April 7, 2006, 12:44 am
Filed under: Music

I've been listening to some electronic music lately and found myself enjoying it quite a bit. This type of music is smooth, easy to listen too and it puts me in a relaxed state of mind. Specifically, I'm referring to a great new album that's all about the "chill factor". Norah Jones, in collaboration with the Peter Malick Group, have put out a great new compellation called "New York City: The Chill Album."

The Chill Album.jpg

It provides great background music for reading, hanging out at the apartment or for an evening dinner party. Her voice is confident, clear and crisp. The beats are carefully selected and the lyrics are absent of any controversy. It's one of those album that can be listened to a couple of years from now and it still makes sense.

Where have all the good people gone?
April 6, 2006, 6:13 am
Filed under: General Musing

Sometimes, I ask myself where have all the good people gone? Finding someone who is willing to lend a helping hand in the absence of their own selfish desires is hard to find. It seems that people are out to harm or permanently scare others out of selfless pleasure or driven by their own power.

Is it because city life transforms each of us into faceless humans without any responsibilities to others or ourselves? Is it because our society breeds malicious behaviour and rewards those that trample upon others? Is it because we just don't care anymore?

I'm not sure of the answers to those questions but it seems our communities do not reward kindness anymore. The media gives attention to bandits, murders and the so-called "crazies". This sort of media coverage breeds a sense of uncertainty about the world and a lack of trust in our neighbours.

We can only lead by example and have control over our own actions. Don't watch the news anymore, enjoy friendships and love, find pleasure in poetry and literature, eat healthy and share your happiness with others. Life is beautiful; it's what you make of it that really counts in the end.


Language Lesson
April 6, 2006, 4:57 am
Filed under: General Musing

I recently changed the title of my blog. Before it was called "On Top of Burnaby Mountain" now it's called "Nebunala si Pericol" which translates, from Romanian to English, as "Craziness and Danger". I like the sound of that and it holds a lot of meaning. I may change it again, who knows.

I made the switch…
April 6, 2006, 4:37 am
Filed under: Extra! Extra!

I have recently made the switch to wordpress. This site offers better templates for blogging and I felt like I needed a change. A girl can't stay in one place for too long.

Belarus is Not Ukraine….
April 5, 2006, 3:31 pm
Filed under: Eastern European Politics

A fellow student posted on her webpage some thoughts on the rumblings within Belarus during the election period. The international community anticipated the elimination of Communist rule and the beginning of a new era of democratic reform. We all waited for it, but nothing happened in the end. In the press it was called the "denim revolution" illustrating the comparison to the "orange revolution" in Ukraine and portraying a concrete image of occidental freedom.

She argues that Belarus is not Ukraine and don't expect it to be such. Some of her arguments include: people lacked motivation in Belarus and Belarus 2006 is only comparable to the Ukrainian elections of 2000.

I think another reason why Belarus' opposition was not successful at toppling Lukashenko has a lot of due with the lack of financial interest by the international community for investing in Belarus' revolution. Russia still has a strong hand in the affairs of Belarus and it has no interest in letting go. Ukraine, over the years, had become very good at tempering its relationship with Russia and creating a stronger identify for itself. As well, the authorities that prop up Lukashenko had no interest in toppling him.

In my opinion the turn out of Belarus' failed revolution, if we can even call it that, had to do with motivation of citizens to bring about a revolution. It had to do with what didn't happen behind the scenes: the lack of financial aid, lack of organization and willingness of elites to back Lukashenko. When all of these factors are reversed then we'll see some change.

Belarus Votes.jpeg [This picture bears a striking resemblance to the Orange Revolution]

Lukashenka is a Barbarian
March 17, 2006, 2:08 pm
Filed under: Eastern European Politics

Recently, Radio Free Europe reported on threats made by President Lukashenka. Regarding possible protests during the presidential vote this Sunday March 19, he stated, "God forbid any of those people who were mentioned or not mentioned yesterday should commit any sort of act in our country. We'll twist their heads off as if they were ducklings," Lukashenka said. Reeallly…

The international community have made it clear that they do not believe the elections on Sunday will be free and fair and they anticipate that Lukashenka will come out as the victor. There are, however, rumbling in the background of a possible "Demin Revolution" staged by young Belarus hopefulls. Who knows what will happen in the next couple of days.

Although many countries are predicting a Lukashenka win I am still hopefull that something might happen. I think one way to predict a change in the guard is through the loyality of the commanding forces. If the police, who have been instructed to crush any opposition, trade their loyality to the opposition forces then Lukashenka will leave the stage. This is all being discussed through internal ranks so there is no way of knowing just what will happen on Sunday. As well, if people closest to Lukashenka are contemplating a change there is no way to actually report what they will do. We will see on Sunday what will happen.