Traian Basescu, politist bucurestean / The "stinking gipsy" incident
This pamphlet is about one of many incidents caused by the "eccentric" (in fact, extremist and rude) president of Romania, mr. Traian Basescu.
Almost two years ago, he went shopping in one of the supermarkets in Bucharest (obviously, he does that for his image - for people to see that he is one of us, just a simple guy who goes shopping like the rest of us).
There, he met Andreea Pana, a journalist, who asked him some questions and recorded him using her mobile phone camera. For some reason, that bothered him.
So, the guy simply grabbed her phone.
This was later reported as "confiscating" her phone. But this is false: confiscation is a punishment applied by authorized public servants, like policemen, airport inspectors or customs employees.
The president's job description certainly does not include applying such punishments.
The lady was taking shots in a place which did not belong to the president - the supermarket.
So, what he did was in fact robbery, not confiscation.
Not to mention that he attacked a lady.
So, the president took the lady's phone with him in his car, but the phone kept recording. It recorded the conversation between the president and his wife.
In this conversation he called Andreea Pana "stinking gipsy".
After a while, he returned the phone to the journalist, with the recording deleted. Nevertheless, the technicians of the TV station where she was working, managed to retrieve it, so they broadcasted the president calling Andreea Pana a "stinking gipsy".
Besides the racism issue stemming from this incident, there is another issue: the rule of law in Romania is very doubtful, given the fact that nothing happened to the president, other than a warning from a council which fights against discrimination (but the robbery was completely ignored by everybody).
Why should I hope for truth
when you're so handy with a lie?
It's not for you, but for the petricor, that I smile.
I'm against you, yes:
your shoelaces are against you--
Go! And barefoot, for a while!
I'll hold your heart like an urn.
~Gabriela Anaya Valdepena
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The amount of eccentricity in a society has generally been proportional to the amount of genius, mental vigor, and moral courage it contained. That so few now dare to be eccentric marks the chief danger of the time.
Eccentricity has always abounded when and where strength of character has abounded; and the amount of eccentricity in a society has generally been proportional to the amount of genius, mental vigor, and moral courage which it contained.
Eccentricity is not, as dull people would have us believe, a form of madness. It is often a kind of innocent pride, and the man of genius and the aristocrat are frequently regarded as eccentrics because genius and aristocrat are entirely unafraid of and uninfluenced by the opinions and vagaries of the crowd.
Cranks live by theory, not by pure desire. They want votes, peace, nuts, liberty, and spinning-looms not because they love these things, as a child loves jam, but because they think they ought to have them. That is one element which makes the crank.
Only the other day I was inquiring of an entire bed of old-fashioned roses, forced to listen to my ramblings on the meaning of the universe as I sat cross-legged in the lotus position in front of them.