Ce să vă zic, mă, bine ați venit? bine ați venit, rău ați nimerit. La locu’ ăsta îi zice șerpărie, de la șerpii care umblă pe-aicea. Dracu’ știe cum au ajuns…

  • 36 Posts
Joined 4M ago
Cake day: Jan 20, 2023


Does Andrew Tate Own Casinos with the Mafia? - an OCCRP investigation


it makes the assumption that there is no way to create governance mechanisms that are not bound to become corrupt

It’s not exactly the governance mechanisms becoming corrupt. It’s about power mechanisms that are bound to corrupt people. When too little people hold onto power for too long, the risk of corruption grows exponentially. You need to have some checks and balances in place - i.e. some other people with certain powers - that ensure these people perform their duties properly. If you’ve had any previous experience in sysadmin, it’s like making sure some users have the proper permissions and none unneeded extra. The sysadmin, in this case, would be the people - they would be the one needing the leadership and the power of those able to decide for them, and they would really be able to make proper decisions in this regard. It may sound complicated, although I tried to explain it in simple terms, but the idea is to have less trust that things go right, but more securities that thing will do go right. That’s how democracy works. And because none of these securities exist under communism…

Communism is based on the idea that the following flaws exist in capitalism:

As you said, money can be used to gain power. This means that money is pretty much worthless without influence in corrupting people. Again, how can you reject someone’s influence if there are literally no consequences against you? As flawed as democracies are, healthy democracies always manage to recover in situations of crisis - again, by having these checks and balances in place, and involving the society in the decision process.

And this can mostly be seen when money are mostly needed by everyone, when economy goes down the drain.

You mentioned in your comment corruption through media and lobby groups. That’s likely a valid point in a society with wild and unchecked capitalism like the United States. However, in former communist countries like mine, corruption boils down to a three word phrase: I know someone. By knowing someone you don’t need large amounts of money. You just offer that person a gift, and they’ll open the doors for you wherever you need. Abortion is forbidden? I know someone who does this, trust me.

I also know someone who brings Pepsi and Jeans from outside our country. I also know someone who will help your kid go to a good school. You only have to bring him/her one bag of coffee and maybe some expensive chocolate or flowers and he/she will bring your kid on the list, regardless his/her performance. Are you sick? You need a surgery? I know someone who is sure to perform it well, all you need to do is, again, bring a bag of coffee and maybe some good brandy, and you’re set. You need to do this and that, but you need authorization? I know someone from the party who will help you with this.

All the things I mentioned here were things that were happening in this place, and they helped, in time, create an environment where corruption was the norm. Where corruption was ingrained into the raison d’être of the society at large. A large scale normalization of corruption. And no one to keep that in check. You couldn’t arrest members of the Communist Party, because they too knew someone. And those who knew someone, knew someone themselves as well, all the way up to the person having the absolute authority - all in the name of creating true socialism. And who was to say that that person could for a split second not be focused into bringing true socialism upon us, the mortals, right?

Who does lose from all this I know someone network? It is us, the people that strive to be correct, that play by the rules, that are afraid of breaking them. And people see when something’s not right. They see the hypocrisy, they see the contrasts, they see when someone moves ahead of the queue and try to find a compelling reason why that person moved ahead without having one. And if they do not see one, they get angry about it. At first, they report this, they seek a resolution to it. If that resolution does not come, they try harder and harder and harder. If they are not only unsatisfied about the results, but the system is turning against them for reporting things, for “speaking against the system” and shedding an allegedly bad light on it, these people will then become one with the system.

That might sound dystopic to you. But think for a second: the Romanian Communist Party or PCR (Partidul Comunist Român) also had its acronym mocked as coming from Pile, Cunoștințe și Relații or Influence (my poor translation of the first word imo, but having a similar meaning) Acquaintances and Relations.

Communism seeks to eliminate those loopholes so that wealth more or less depends on merit and not on luck.

Then this means that the said loopholes are not eliminated, and wealth is less dependent on merit in this regard, correct?

@sexy_peach what if the AI doesn’t already have the image 👀 ?

The women who spoke out against the Tate brothers: rape, violence and sexual exploitation

@sexy_peach Web on the desktop RedReader on the phone. I’m yet to see what’s going on after the API policy changes come into place, and how will I adapt.

Edit: my account is also on the old Reddit interface.

@0x815 Interesting links. I’m gonna save them. However, the inclusion of some authoritarian states at the top (like Belarus or UAE) - make me warry to say that democracy alone can make societies more equal. I think that rather capitalistic societies with strong social policies have a tendency to be more equal.

Nevertheless, communism itself indeed lowers the social inequality - albeit through rather questionable methods like abolishing people’s private property or persecuting people based on their wealth - but only at first. Over time, the newly formed elite can and will abuse the principles underlying communism to their own benefit, as they are left unchecked - essentially turning itself into a new ruling class (i.e. the very thing they were against). This is why authoritarianism is flawed at its core and can never be a solution to corruption and socio-economical inequality.

On a personal note, I’ve yet to visit The Ceaușescu’s Palace in Primăverii neighborhood whenever I have time. I’ll probably leave a personal opinion on it in a beehaw weekly, but I’m sure I’ll find lots of stuff that was not even remotely available to the general population back then, like AC (which only gained popularity in the 2000s) or underfloor heating (not to mention the pool inside).


Romania’s Govt. sweetens its offer to teachers in strike
[www.romania-insider.com/govt-s…](https://www.romania-insider.com/govt-sweetens-offer-teachers-strike-may-2023) [Unpaywalled article](https://archive.ph/0mwX8)

@Ninmi Seems like a huge blow. I do not see any other way for the democratic opposition out there than to go underground

@Hirom It really is one of the most popular archive formats on Windows. Because of WinRAR. In fact, the popularity of the formats on Windows seems directly proportioned with software usage over time (i.e. WinRAR, WinZIP - where zip is now native since a long time - 7-zip etc.)

tar.gz et all are really just alien for the vast majority of Windows users, especially the non techie ones.

@Hirom They seem to support these too

In addition…
We have added native support for additional archive formats, including tar, 7-zip, rar, gz and many others using the libarchive open-source project. You now can get improved performance of archive functionality during compression on Windows.

I wonder though if you can also create these files, or you can only use it to unarchive these.


Thunderbird has a new logo
♲ [mastodon.online/@thunderbird/1…](https://mastodon.online/@thunderbird/110425399168336823)

Greenpeace Russia Closes After Being Banned as ‘Undesirable’ Group

The High Stakes of NATO’s Vilnius Summit

@0x815 I am amazed how many people gathered there. The support for EU accession really is high. I wasn’t expecting that many people to gather, despite being a government supported rally, basically.

Exxon Joins Hunt for Lithium in Bet on EV Boom
[www.wsj.com/articles/exxon-joi…](https://www.wsj.com/articles/exxon-joins-hunt-for-lithium-in-bet-on-ev-boom-1d72cdd6?mod=hp_lead_pos5) [Unpaywalled link](https://archive.ph/DchfQ)

@DerPapa69 The alternative to Ukrainians laying down weapons and accepting the denazification sounds even worse for them. They are really determined to fight and eager to get their lands back at any cost.

And as a Romanian, I cannot condemn them myself either for that - we had our own portion of land that was ripped away by Moscow (yes, I am referring to Moscow in order to simplify things, since it’s the same leadership, roughly) and we never got it back to this day.

And by land I do not mean only the land as you would imply, but also the inhabitants there. Would you agree for a foreign power to literally rip away parts of your country due to it not agreeing with your government and forcefully assimilating people there?

@Ninmi it’s okay, they can go around. Not like they were of any help before either

@admin @Troy there are no third party clients for Bitwarden though afaik, at least on Android. And if they are, I’m pretty sure they are just forks of the main app. I mostly use/used third party clients when low on space (nowadays I have a whopping 128GB of storage but when I had just 16, whatever was above 50MB was just too much for me if it wasn’t justified - i.e. if there was something lighter doing whatever I needed).

Nigel Farage: ‘Brexit has failed’

@0x815 well, guess they don’t have a choice in this regard either…

Salman Rushdie warns free expression under threat in rare public address after attack

eBay, one of the global leaders in online commerce, together with the National Company ,Romanian Post’', will launch a national program dedicated to Romanian SMEs.

The official announcement and explanation of how this partnership will be developed will be made by representatives of the two companies next week, on 23 May.

“eBay is one of the world’s leading online commerce platforms and is used successfully by millions of people around the world. Today, the company announced a surprise partnership with Romanian Post to launch a national program dedicated to Romanian SMEs. Details of the programme are to be announced next week. What is certain is that we will succeed in offering Romanian entrepreneurs access to a global market and facilitate the sale of products and services on the eBay platform,” said Sebastian Burduja, Minister for Digitalisation.

He added that the Romanian Post will play an important role in this partnership, supporting SMEs to deliver products in a timely manner.

“Through this programme, Romanian companies will be able to expand their business, increase their revenues and develop a stronger online presence. The partnership between eBay and Romanian Post will have a positive impact on the Romanian economy, contributing to increased exports of Romanian products,” added the Minister.

Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)

eBay and the Romanian Post will sign a partnership dedicated to Romanian Small-to-Medium Businesses

@Otan That’s great. There’s a lot of hardware that can be used really well by Ukraine in keeping the Russians at bay.

@0x815 the 1990-2008 really was a haven period for us, the folks in Eastern Europe. I remember a video from Recorder where someone said that the Snagov Declaration may not have been possible without the USSR implosion and the Moscow still bordering us (Ion Iliescu, our first more or less democratically elected president, was even hoping for closer ties with it, initially, before its collapse was more than evident).

Nowadays we have a far-right party called AUR led by a controversial figure who met FSB agents in the past is already the third option in the votes, according to recent polls. I am highly concerned that, once they get to power, among others, they will just halt aid for Ukraine indefinitely and push for efforts of taking us out of the EU and out of NATO.

@sexy_peach what if that is not a bug, but rather a feature?

@0x815 Yea. I’m following Roman (NFKRZ) on YT and he says that it is hard as hell to get asylum. And if you don’t get it from the first time, you’ll have even less chances further going.

@0x815 what happens in Russia now is a silent humanitarian crisis and we should be aware of it. It’s easy to label every Russian as killer, orc, murderer, criminal etc. And many of them are deliberately supporting the war and Putin’s regime. Yet many others are just deprived of their voices, of their choice. They did whatever they could to prevent this situation from happening, yet failed.

I genuinely do hope they will be able to get asylum wherever they can, until the whole madness ends.

@gloating_swann wtf, what would that meaningful harm even mean?!? having someone die because of it? starting meaningless protests over fake news? civil wars? rigging entire democracies altogether? where the hell would the harm start being meaningful in the first place?

“The first time we started requiring driver’s licenses, it was after many dozens of people died in car accidents, right?” Schwarz said. “And that was the right thing,” because “if you would’ve required driver’s licenses when there were the first two cars on the road,” then “we would have completely screwed up that regulation.”

What kind of fucked up example even is that? Back then you could only be hit by a car if you walked towards it. Nowadays the fastest car can go even 300-500 km/h - faster than a plane taking off. You sure do not need regulation when there’s no risk associated with something, but in a world where entire democracies are affected and autocrats and dictator wannabes are overly happy even with those conventional methods already on the market, there’s already a high risk of stuff going awry.

Russian troops fall back to ‘defensive positions’ near Bakhmut

Exclusive: Britain has delivered long-range ‘Storm Shadow’ cruise missiles to Ukraine ahead of expected counteroffensive, sources say


@Lost_Wanderer@beehaw.org wrote:

Sounds dangerously fun

It is, yea! xd

Have fun if you ever decide playing it, haha.

@hellfire103 Probably none of the things I would do today, but were fun back then while I was a kid.

We were a group of kids of various similar ages who would play various games outside, among which I can still recall:

  • hide&seek
  • leapsha (I don’t know how to translate this in English, but basically you would all run away from another person, and if that person would touch you and say you are!, you would be the one everyone would run away from)
  • 1,2,3, stand at the wall (where one of you would stand at a wall and say the phrase, then turn around. The others would try to get to you, but if you happen to see someone moving, you’d tell that person and they would need to get back to the starting point)
  • country, country we want recruits (I know it might sound wrong to some of you, but it’s really fun. You split into two groups, then hold each other tight in a line. One of the group shouts Country, country, we want recruits!. The other replies who? and the first one replies with the name of someone in the second group. Then, the person called runs towards the group who was calling, between two of its members. If these persons manage to stop the runner, then the runner will join their group. If they do not, the runner returns to the original group. The side who gets only one person left, naturally, loses)
  • “Lapte gros” or “thick milk” (I don’t quite know the rules by heart myself, but you can read an explainer and see a video here - I never really played it myself, so my limbs are pretty much intact)

Then I was also watching a lot on Cartoon Network, we had cartoons like Ed, Edd & Eddy, Life with Louie, Scooby Doo, The Cramp Twins, Tom&Jerry, Looney Tunes etc.

Then some of my friends had bikes and we would compete against each other on a few streets around my neighborhood (that’s how I know that place so well I don’t even need a map to get around, lol).

I still ride my bike sometimes, but now I live at the top of a 10-floor building and it’s really inconvenient for me to get my bike up&down all the time (I cannot get it into the elevator either). So I mostly prefer to get outside and walk.

Indeed, for a teenager like you seem to be, it would be more fun to hang around with some friends, so why not just bring them over and play something 😁 Edit: you can also buy a ball if you can find one at a store.

Just make sure you don’t trash your house or something, haha.

Play safe!

Okay, sorry for the delayed answer. It seems Russia actually tried to get some peace talks going, but they failed. Nevertheless, given the war in Ukraine, Russia lost its credibility as a force, so I think it was natural for both sides to call another party to mediate talks.

@alyaza@beehaw.org wrote:

still(?) have peace keepers in artsakh

Yes, they do have peace keepers, but they cannot do anything against the blocade tactics employed by Baku

@rysiek @gloating_swann If I were you, I’d log in right away. Otherwise how would my followers know that I’ll be more active on status.net going forward 😆

Tamura Corporation plans to manufacture electronic components in Romania

Social media company VK reportedly developing app to replace Tinder in Russia

US hosts Armenia-Azerbaijan peace talks

Don’t shut door on foreigners, migrants, Pope Francis says in Hungary

The Sino-Indian Rivalry Is Reshaping Asia

U.S. issues fresh charges over alleged Moscow influence campaign

Finland joins NATO in the alliance’s fastest-ever accession process

NATO: Hungarian Parliament ratifies Finland’s membership

17 children, who were forcibly transferred to Russia from occupied territories, return to Ukraine. One child reports poor treatment in Russia

Transparency International shutters its Russia office

Russian Finance Ministry to impose a one-time tax on all large companies except oil and coal concern

Moldova Smashes Pro-Moscow Subversion Ring - Police

Russian Ministry of Justice declares World Wildlife Fund, economist Sergey Guriev ‘foreign agents’
♲ [masto.ai/@meduza\_en/1100009835…](https://masto.ai/@meduza_en/110000983513102453)

After Putin’s patriotic rally, Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium no longer suitable for soccer

Georgian protesters rally in Tbilisi after violent clashes with police

Russian Regional Lawmaker Who Used Noodles To Mock Putin’s Annual Address Summoned By Police

[![](https://libranet.de/photo/134410157163ebd284a9b1b447793641-0.png "")](https://libranet.de/photos/petrescatraian/image/134410157163ebd284a9b1b447793641)

![A bag of Nihilist Lay's. No color, no flavor, no nothing.](https://i.redd.it/s02ie5axf0051.jpg "A bag of Nihilist Lay's. No color, no flavor, no nothing.")

♲ [thecanadian.social/@MostlyHarm…](https://thecanadian.social/@MostlyHarmless/109914001928186632)

[![](https://libranet.de/photo/824155602563ebcb99ebdca767231442-1.jpg "")](https://libranet.de/photos/petrescatraian/image/824155602563ebcb99ebdca767231442)

[![Overly attached gf but with a Russian flag above her head; caption: "I burnt your home, so we can live together". On the background, there is a burning house](https://libranet.de/photo/965338521163f28d7306d4c706769305-1.jpg "Overly attached gf but with a Russian flag above her head; caption: "I burnt your home, so we can live together". On the background, there is a burning house")](https://libranet.de/photos/petrescatraian/image/965338521163f28d7306d4c706769305)

[![](https://libranet.de/photo/252721923163ebd28471b5c124336827-0.png "")](https://libranet.de/photos/petrescatraian/image/252721923163ebd28471b5c124336827)

[![](https://libranet.de/photo/160942832563ebbfdf78647969608489-1.jpg "")](https://libranet.de/photos/petrescatraian/image/160942832563ebbfdf78647969608489)

Russian trolls are trying to get Ukrainian instance defederated from the Fediverse
[@fediverse](https://lemmy.ml/c/fediverse) ♲ [ioc.exchange/@alaric/109727704…](https://ioc.exchange/@alaric/109727704172943923)