duminică, 8 noiembrie 2009

In dimineata zilei de Duminica 8 Noiembrie 2009, am fost langa teatrul national unde s-a construit o scena in mijlocul strazii, pentru discursul presedintelui Traian Basescu. Ziua precedenta, fusesem la o intalnire la care ma invitasera amicul meu Dan, si o amica de-a lui, Stefania, studenta la jurnalism, intalnire care s-a tinut intr-o sala de conferinte, poate singura, din tipografia ziarului Gazeta De Sud, si la care in afara de o amica pe care o stiam de mai mult, am intalnit cativa studenti de la jurnalism din anul 1. Scopul intalnirii a fost gasirea unor tineri dornici sa lucreze pentru o revista online pentru studenti, sa culeaga informatii, sa faca poze, sa scrie articole, si sa vina cu diverse subiecte care sa fie abordate in cadrul revistei. Datorita ideilor aduse, experienta fiecaruia in bloguri, articole, si porcarii de genul, s-au stabilit anumite subiecte ce ar fi putut fi abordate.
Dimineata, m-am trezit, m-am spalat, m-am imbracat, si nici nu am apucat sa mananc, si am plecat spre Teatrul National Craiova, langa care se construise, in mijlocul unei strazi, inchise pe timpul weekend-ului, o scena, pe care urmau sa tina discursuri diversi membri ai PD-L, printre care Emil Boc, primul ministrul al Romaniei, primarul Craiovei, Antonie Solomon, si, in final presedintele Romaniei, Traian Basescu.
Mergand in dreptul Primariei, pe strada pe care nu circulau masini, pentru ca, fiind in centrul orasului, era inchisa in weekend, am observat un cort deschis intr-o parte in care erau niste mese de la care se puteau cumpara alimente pe care nu le-am fotografiat in detaliu, apa minerala sau suc. Inaintand, am vazut tineri, adulti si batrani deopotriva, care purtau steaguri ale PD-L, si stegulete, si care erau imbracati in geci portocalii ale PD-L. In multimea care se strangea incet-incet datorita venirii membrilor PD-L din Craiova si nu numai, l-am zarit pe colegul de revista, Andrei, vorbind cu un membru mai in virsta al PD-L, si luand notite. Am dat mana cu amandoi si am ascultat ce avea de zis simpatizantul partidului, care intr-un discurs lung, a spus ce credea despre stabilitatea sistemului politic al Romaniei, a facut corelari cu evolutiile politice ale altor state care au facut parte din fostul bloc comunist din Europa Centrala si de Est, si si-a spus opinia in legatura cu imprumutul pe care Romania l-a facut la Fondul Monetar International, si a vorbit despre simpatizantii PD-L adusi din judete precum Mehedinti sau Hunedoara. Multimea s-a strans si a devenit cat mai numeroasa, fiind suplimentata de oameni care veneau din diverse judete, purtand insemne prin care anuntau judetele din care veneau si localitatile, dar si mesaje electorale specifice campaniei si intentiilor presedintelui Traian Basescu, precum reducerea numarului parlamentarilor de la 471 la 300, sau "CRIZA POLITICA DAUNEAZA GRAV GUVERNARII" si care asigurau sprijinul acordat candidatului la presedentie Traian Basescu de catre localitatile lor de provenienta. Selectia de cantece din care facea parte si Pink Floyd - Another Brick In The Wall, a facut loc prezentatoarei care a chemat pe scena doua interprete de muzica populara, ultima fiind Niculina Stoican, iar eu si Andrei ne-am facut loc prin multimea care flutura si cateva steaguri ale Romaniei, pe langa cele ale PD-L, pentru a fotografia multimea si solistele. Avand in vedere faptul ca Andrei avea treaba si trebuia sa plece, iar eu nu eram dispus sa petrec restul timpului pana la discursul lui Traian Basescu printre persoane care dansau in ritmul muzicii populare, si miroseau respingator, fara un om rational langa mine, am decis sa-l insotesc si sa plec.
In drum spre casa, dupa ce m-am despartit de Andrei, dupa ce am trecut de centru, am observat banda de pe partea dreapta a strazii partial ocupata de simpatizanti ai PD-L in numar de cateva mii, care se deplasau spre centru, imbracati, printre altele, in geci portocalii, si albastre si portocalii, si cu steaguri PD-L, iar in fruntea fiecarui grup care venea dintr-o anume asezare si dintr-un anume judet, erau banner-e care precizau localitatea de unde veneau si care aratau sprijinul acordat, cel putin in aparenta, presedintelui. Erau oameni simpli, adusi din zonele rurale cu autocare, pe banii primariilor PD-L din localitatile de provenienta. Cativa jandarmi si politisti pazeau multimea si coordonau traficul. Am inceput din nou sa fotografiez multimea de oameni care se deplasau. Fotografierea s-a realizat fata-n fata cu multimile, si de pe partea opusa a strazii.
Avand in vedere faptul ca nu mancasem nimic, am intrat intr-un magazin non-stop pentru a-mi cumpara un corn cu ciocolata( vanzatoarea mi-a dat unul cu crema de sampanie, dar in fine), si vanzatoarea si cativa clienti isi exprimau nemultumirea despre numarul mare de oameni care fusesera transportati din judet si din judetele apropiate cu autocarele, iar unul dintre clienti spunea cum seful sau le spusese lui si colegilor lui sa nu se mai prezinte la serviciu in ziua de dupa ziua discursului daca nu mergeau la discurs.
Canalele de stiri s-au repezit in seara zilei sa critice Partidul Democrat-Liberal pentru gestul lor, insa gestul amintea de practicile Partidului Social Democrat. Inainte de victoria lui Traian Basescu in alegerile din 2004, Partidul Social Democrat era asociat cu acelasi tip de practici electorale; aducerea oamenilor cu autobuzele la discursuri, trimiterea oamenilor de la locul de munca la discursuri, trimiterea elevilor din scoli la discursuri. Cand eram elev in clasa a 11a, directorul liceului care era din PSD a trimis elevii la prefectura sau la primarie cand facea o vizita fostul premier PSD, Adrian Nastase. Nu m-am obosit sa merg, insa eram deranjat de gest, pe care-l asociam cu lingusirea de tip comunist, si care ma ofensa, si am asociat acest comportament cu Partidul Social Democrat. Din acel motiv, si din multe altele, nu am suportat Partidul Social Democrat pentru ani de zile, si nici in momentul postarii acestui articol nu-l suport. Dupa alegerea lui Traian Basescu presedinte in 2004, aceasta atitudine s-a mutat din PSD in PD, PLD, si mai tarziu PD-L, odata cu oamenii care o manifestau. Oamenii care se mutasera din Partidul Social Democrat, nu erau numai smecherasi care vroiau sa profite, dar si oameni politici sau din administratie. Un exemplu este primarul Craiovei, Antonie Solomon, care ajunsese pe scaunul de primar cu ajutorul PSD-ului, si care inainte de a fi Traian Basescu presedinte, isi sustinea partidul, iar in timpul alegerilor pusese pe stalpi steaguri cu PSD( atunci PSD-ul avea steaguri albastre), iar la intersectii erau atarnate bannere cu PSD. Nici nu mai conta ca tara era Romania si ca drapelul Romaniei avea culorile rosu, galben si albastru, steagurile atarnate de stalpi erau steaguri PSD, de parca identitatea de roman se reducea la un singur partid. Dupa ce Traian Basescu a devenit presedinte, Antonie Solomon s-a mutat in PD-L, din partea caruia a candidat la alegerile pentru primarie din 2008. In anul 2009, in campania electorala, au fost puse pe stalpi steaguri portocalii ale PD-L. Dupa cateva controverse legate de cateva rafuieli care au avut loc in oras, si declaratia primarului ca nu avea ce sa faca, jurnalistul Robert Turcescu i-a luat un interviu primarului si altor doi membrii ai primariei, si printre intrebari a fost una cu privire la motivul pentru care primarul a ales sa treaca de partea PD-L si sa-l sustina pe Traian Basescu. Raspunsul a fost ca si-a dat seama ca Traian Basescu a fost cel mai bun presedinte pe care l-a avut Romania. In acelasi timp, cu siguranta primarul nu ar fi trecut in PD-L daca alegerile din 2004 ar fi fost castigate de Adrian Nastase, candidatul PSD, iar daca era in PSD, PSD-ul nu l-ar mai fi criticat pentru irosirea banilor in reconstructia centrului si in fantani, ca fantana muzicala, si modul ineficient in care a abordat rafuielile care au atras atentia presei, ci l-ar fi sustinut in calitate de primar care a facut Craiova un oras frumos. Ar fi fost criticat in schimb de PNL si de PD-L, pentru aceleasi motive.
In concluzie, nu e vorba de un anumit partid care are astfel de practici, ci e vorba de o practica a romanilor, indiferent de ce partid ar sustine, pentru ca acest comportament a fost asociat cu PSD-ul, iar apoi a fost prezent in campania electorala a PD-L-ului, iar un politician nu-si permite, in campania electorala, sa le sugereze votantilor sai sa nu mai adopte un asemenea comportament pe motivul imaginii pe care ar putea-o cauza, datorita faptului ca acei votanti, au o cultura politica limitata si astfel, politicianul ar putea pierde sprijinul lor si al multor altora. In calitate de om cu o anumita cultura politica, esti aproape neputincios in fata unei majoritati fara cultura politica, majoritate care se ghideaza dupa anumite impulsuri date de promisiuni ieftine ale politicienilor, si pe care e foarte dificil sa o schimbi. In calitate de politician care are nevoie de voturile acelor oameni, nu iti permiti sa fi sincer cu ei, insa sinceritatea in politica, si in special in campania electorala este promovata doar in aparenta, in scopul conturarii unei anumite imagini.

sâmbătă, 18 iulie 2009

Long time, no post.

There was little or no time for blogging since the previous post, so no article was written.
I did a lot. I finished college, and I got my Bachelor's degree. I learned how important it is to do things at the right time and not stall them. I just didn't feel like working on my Batchelor work, so I had to finalise it in the last three weeks before I checked it in. I wrongly estimated the quantity and quality of information that I had to obtain in order to write about Kosovo's Independence, and the conflicts between Serbs and Albanians, as it being too small. When I effectively started writing on the work, I found out just how much information I had, and that there was no way I'd fit all of that in about 100 pages and in such a short time. In the few days before I finished it, I actually deleted some stuff, because it would have been too big. I had to work on it the very day before I checked it in, then through the night and into the morning, when I felt half asleep and half awake and working on it, and I finished it and turned it in at a local copy shop and I payed an emergency tax for it to be completed in under two hours, a few hours before I turned it in, to the secretaries in the University. I had some formality troubles afterwards, that kept me busy the following week, but after that, in the second day in which myself and my colleagues would present the works in front of the commission of teachers that we knew all along in college, I presented it, and had no troubles, and the teachers liked it and said it was very good, that the critical apparatus was good, and that the work, in general was very good, with only one contradicting me on a few issues, but nothing serious. In the end, I got a 10, which is the highest grade in Romanian Education, so I'm pretty happy about that.
I did a good work, but the point and the advice is, don't do something that has to be done in stages, and in time, in the last few weeks or in the last few days, because it's exhausting, it's nerve wrecking, and if you have a deadline, the quality of your work might suffer, and you might not have time to write about all the things that you originally intended to write about or do, regarding that particular work, or you might not even have time to do other stuff that you intended to do because it might conflict with finishing that work. For instance, besides writing a more complete Bachelor's work, I wanted to get a haircut, I wanted to go to the dentist, I wanted to read certain books, and I ended up doing none of that. So my advice is simple: do things at a specific time, and don't let them crowd up on you as you have to meet a deadline, it'll save you lots of nerves, and it's more comfortable.
On the other hand, I learned just how important the power of will is. The day before I turned in the Bachelor's work, I had to complete more than a quarter of it, and as I was writing at it into the night and into the morning, I felt the need to sleep because I was tired, and I even felt like my heart was acheing, and that I needed a break, but I said NO! I knew that I was in that situation because I hadn't worked at it when I was supposed to, and I took responsability for my actions and I never gave up, and I completed it! So my other advice is, that if you find yourself in a tense situation and you know it's pretty difficult to get out of it, Never Give Up!
Never Give Up! Even if you don't think you're gonna' get out of it, you've got nothing to lose, and you've got a lesson to learn. I had to learn that on my own skin, like I usually learn things, to understand it.
There are many other things to tell, but that was a pretty important thing and I hope it's of use.

joi, 1 ianuarie 2009

Nappy New Year!

Happy New Year!
Now we're in 2009! That's great! 2008 wasn't a good year for me anyway. I had big plans, and they were all scrubbed. I'm happy that two friends of mine, together with their parents, moved to the USA. I'm happy for them, although I miss them at the same time, and I guess the New Year's Eve wouldn't have sucked so badly if they were here. I'm keeping in touch with them on the Internet, so that's OK!
I've learned however, better than before, that you can't trust people too much, least you wanna' be disappointed.
I've also learned, to the same extent that: Once you gotta' do it right, you gotta' do it yourself. I like that line! It's from Blade 2, and it belongs to Ron Pearlman's character,... Except in the actual movie, it comes with: "Like my daddy said... right before he killed my mom..." before it. That doesn't make the DIY line not true though.
And there's the point: Why would you have others do, something that you don't wanna' do, for you? Especially since it's in your interest, not theirs.
I've also learned that the people who can't take advice, always insist on giving it, and that people who complain about EVERYthing, don't wanna' see you complain about ANYthing.
I've learned that things such as alcohol, tobacco, food, love, ...whatever, are not necessarily bad. It's the addiction and the excess that are bad.
I've learned that you shouldn't waste your time trying to understand people who can't understand themselves, 'cause you might forget about yourself and your needs.
Care only about the things that matter and have a realistic and practical use, not the ones that don't. After all, the cherry on top of the cake, counts for nothing without the cake underneath it( conceptually speaking).
I guess I'll be running away from the people who think of the cherry as the main thing, there's no reasoning with them. The one thing I hate more than seeing the Don Quixote fighting with the windmills scene happening in modern society, is it happening to me.
OK, so I've learned quite a few things from year 2008, but I'm happy about one thing: IT'S ALL OVER!
I'll face the new year with a new attitude!
I wish you all a Happy New Year, happiness, health, and joy!