Forgetting and remembering

Too many are forgetting, in Italy, but also too many are remembering. The wrong thing.

This and this are just too crazy. But they are happening.

One of them in my region… Oh, god.

Published in: on May 3, 2010 at 3:23 am  Leave a Comment  
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Why Italians vote for Berlusconi

If some of you has been ever puzzled by the idea that Italians still vote for Berlusconi despite all the embarrassment he created in the past, well, here it is a wonderful post by the blogger Galatea, a great writer. It is in Italian, so I’m summarizing briefly what Galatea said there. Basically, she was quoting a letter sent to Il Giornale, Berlusconi’s newspaper, by a reader, who explains why he love Berlusconi and not Fini (another Italian politician – part of the same coalition of Mr. Berlusconi – who recently questioned Mr. Berlusconi’s idea of democracy within the party). The reader said that he does not understand some words that Fini pronounced, while Berlusconi is someone that you can understand well, a person that does use a simple language, that you don’t need to go to check out the dictionary when he speaks.

Galatea deduces that Italian politics is where it is simply because people are less and less ready to be questioned, to be pushed by the urgency of learning something new, to understand that being competent and sober is a value, not a failure. Italians do not want the best people to govern them: they want to be governed by people as ignorant as them. All the same, all ignorant, all proud to be with people who are not better than them.

Galatea concludes that people voting for Berlusconi are, actually, the last communists 😉

Published in: on April 30, 2010 at 2:49 am  Comments (2)  
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Poveri Voi

Poveri Voi (the translation is little tricky, since “Poveri noi” is an expression that could be translated as “poor us,” but that actually implies a sort of auto commiseration, and a invitation to act as well. “Poveri voi”, then, could be translated with “poor you” (you plural), but the poorness is not just material, rather moral) is the first African NGO that is aiming to bring humanitarian help to Italian population.

It does sound like a paradox – and the NGO’s name itself plays on that paradox –  but it is not. Italy is strongly affected by juvenile problems, such as the “traditional” alcoholism, anorexia, and drug addiction, but there are other social problems – that the NGO identifies as “new state of sickness” – such as extreme consumerism, “vippism” (the uncontrolled desire to become a VIP), and progressively increasing dehumanization of young people. Episodes of social exclusion and violence are then not just a problem in the management of the young people, but – according to Poveri Voi – the natural result of a progressive losing sense of values in life. If teens and young people in general are attracted by the lifestyle of VIPs and top-models, rich and powerful people, and are ready  to resemble those lifestyles pushing themselves in hazardous situations (compulsive work in order to reach a supposed “status”, anorexia, sex in exchange of participation to TV shows, etc.), this constitutes a social problem that have to be treated seriously, providing help to those who lost the sense of what it is important in life, and what it is secondary.

Poveri Voi provides help to those who are losing the sense in life, compressed between what they actually are and they could become, and what they think it is important because repetitively celebrated by Italian TVs and (actually) politicians. The campaign “Adotta un giovane Italiano” plays on the multiple campaigns launched in the past in order to sponsor a kid in Africa. The campaign reverse the role of who needs and who can give help, underlining how much Italian teens could learn from the African community, which can teach how to enjoy the small (and beautiful) things in life. Shifting the expectations from what life gave you to what you gave to life is just a way to remember Italians teens and young people how lucky they are for living in a context in which social assistance, health care, instruction, technology, clothes and food are taken for granted. Bringing back the human trait in the lives of people whose only aim in the life is to become rich, famous, and beautiful is the goal of the NGO.

I wish them all the best, hoping that they can do something for an Italy more and more inhuman, cold, emotionless, and socially dry.

Thank you, Poveri Voi: Italians really need your help.

Published in: on April 27, 2010 at 10:09 am  Comments (3)  
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When it is enough…

So, in Italy there is a very nice law thanks to which part of the public money collected with taxes are given to the Catholic Church. This video, made by the great people at, kindly asks to stop this.

Published in: on April 25, 2010 at 3:06 am  Leave a Comment  
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Pessimismo dell’intelligenza

Ogni collasso porta con sé disordine intellettuale e morale.

Bisogna creare gente sobria, paziente, che non disperi dinanzi ai peggiori orrori e non si esalti a ogni sciocchezza.

Pessimismo dell’intelligenza, ottimismo della volontà.

Every collapse carries intellectual and moral disorder.

It is necessary to create sober and patient people, who are not going to despair before the worst horrors and who are not going to become elated for every trifle.

Pessimism of intellect, optimism of will.

Published in: on April 23, 2010 at 3:35 am  Leave a Comment  
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Berlusconi’s Love

PM Silvio Berlusconi is repeating and repeating that his party is the party of love, and that they are fighting hate.
The Pope should start to worry about his job. Seriously.

Published in: on January 8, 2010 at 1:55 am  Leave a Comment  

Love, Hate, and Tarantella

So, after passing few days in a hospital (a private one: why a Prime Minister does not show that he trust those public structures which the people he governs should trust themselves?) the Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi was finally free and happy to go home. He declared that he learned two things from the event: the loathe of the few, and the love of the most toward him.
Obviously Mr. Berlusconi knows more than me, but my impression was that the “love of the most” was mostly and incessantly displayed by its broadcast channels (three, broadcast in the whole Italian territory) and by the public TV (which Directors is appointed by the Parliament – three, broadcast in the whole Italian territory as well). Keeping in account that the TV channels which can broadcast in the whole Italian territory are seven, we can say that Mr. Berlusconi had for sure perceived and displayed the love of 6/7 of the Italians.

Oh, I was almost forgetting this: of course those who were doing a stronger opposition to the PM’s politics than the left party – which is in Italy becoming literally a joke – had been defined “extremists” and “inciting people to hate”. Ah, the exciting rightness of those who love (and can display this love on 6 channels) and the odious wrongness of those who hate is always a trilling division of the world.

Published in: on December 17, 2009 at 11:15 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Cyberwar in Italian sauce

It seems that on Facebook there is a group pro-Berlusconi with 380 thousands supporters.
Corriere della Sera does not believe this sudden exploit of popularity of the controversial Prime Minister, and it hypothesizes that the group is fake, put up with some hacking abilities.
While U.S. are coming to a table of discussion with Russia over cyber-war and cyber-weapon, Italy demonstrates once again it is far into the future. We do not use cyber-arms against external enemies, we use them to keep our citizens drugged and happy.
Welcome to the cyberwar in Italian sauce.

Published in: on December 14, 2009 at 7:26 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Berlusconi hit by a protester

Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi had been hit by, it seems, a souvenir-statue (like this) thrown by a protester few minutes ago, Corriere della Sera said. The protester has been identified as a mental ill person, who spent ten years in psychiatric treatments. He pretended to be nobody.

Few short considerations:

1) Ugly souvenirs can hurt very badly.

2) Ten years of psychiatric treatments do not affect your aim.

3) There are parts of Mr. Berlusconi still made of flesh and blood.

4) Mr. Berlusconi has now a good excuse to have another plastic surgery. Maybe paid by public health.

5) Evidently, even statues are communist.

Furthermore: this is a bad act of violence and I despise it, but I have to say that I have been astonished by what the assailant said right after being arrested. Oh lord, a (crazy) genius, Mr. Ulysses. Chapeau!

Published in: on December 13, 2009 at 2:37 pm  Comments (2)