Equitaliaís multiplication of debt #Equitalia

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Letís close down Equitalia! In an earlier article we asked you to tell us about your dealings with Equitalia. Today we are publishing the ninth. Use the comments to tell us the story of your experience with Equitalia, if youíve been unlucky enough to have had one. Remember that the testimony you give will be gathered together to create a book that will be downloadable for free.
From the multiplication of the loaves and fishes to the multiplication of debt by Equitalia.

ďThe amount Iím talking about is very low, but the principles of application are what I find to be so disgraceful. Some years ago, I had to pay Ä 957.58 in taxes to Equitalia, but by mistake (I paid online) I paid Ä956.58, so the difference was one Euro. A few months later, I got a demand for Ä 88.00 and though I protested, the protests fell on deaf ears and I had to pay that amount.. However, Iím noticing that the big tax-dodgers negotiate the amount they have to pay and in the end it almost seems to turn out that itís Equitalia that has to pay. This is the Italian law, harsh and inflexible with the weak but soft and obsequious with the strong and powerful." FRANCESCO PIU

Read the other testimony:
You can divorce your wife, but not #Equitalia!
#Equitalia is always the last one to find out, and the citizen is always the first one to pay
#Equitalia always knocks twice
God forgives, Equitalia doesnít!
#Equitalia even taxes the dead
The #Equitalia locusts never die
Equitalia makes you ill, tell them to stop
The hands of #Equitalia in your bank account unbeknown to you

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The new arrivals

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On 9 August 378, the Roman Empire started its decline that was then followed by its collapse with the defeat at Hadrianopolis at the hands of the Goths and their allies. History doesnít always repeat itself, but it often has strong associations with the past. What happened then in Romeís Europe with the uncontrolled inflow of so called "barbarians" from the East, could happen today in the EU with an invasion from the South. Now, as then, the management of these gigantic migrations is said to be "humanitarian". The Goths were fleeing from the advance of the Huns and they asked the Romans if they could cross the Danube, the Empireís natural border. After a few weeks, following on from the decision made by the Emperor Valens who promised not just humanitarian aid but also a home and a job, the Romans agreed to welcome the Goths. In reality they did this because they thought they could make money. In fact they thought of the "barbarians" as new slaves for their lands, mercenaries to be brought into their armies as cannon fodder, and as low cost labour to be exploited. The acceptance of the Goths into the empire was subject to the possibility of feeding them, thus of getting food from Rome that however got lost on the way thanks to corrupt officials. The initial flow that was subject to some sort of management and the identification of the new arrivals, very soon became an uncontrollable flow. There were too many people. The starving Goths were isolated in makeshift camps. They understood that promises would not be maintained and so they soon rebelled and got organised into a proper army. A Roman historian, Ammianus Marcellinus, reports in his memoirs that the Goths were a "truculent people and they made massive efforts to ensure that not one of their own got left behind, not one of those that were to subvert the Roman State; not even the dying were left behind". Basically, the enemy was at home with the help of the Roman army right up to Hadrianopolis. The great migratory flow from Africa and from the Middle East, a Pandoraís box created by the wars exported from the USA and from Europe to affirm democracy (sic), when will it stop? And how will it stop? Will the EU stand the pressure of a future mass migration of millions of people? In certain countries, will there be an Islamic party that gets a majority? Will ISIS be opening an embassy in Rome and in Berlin? Thirty two years after Hadrianopolis, on 24 August 410, there was the Sack of Rome carried out by AlaricĎs Visigoths.

PS: The M5S spokespersons in the Lower House, Massimo Baroni and Roberta Lombardi with the councillors of Romeís 10th municipal section, are right now in a business run by an activist. Itís CiaoCoreBistrot in via Eschilo 188, Ostia and it was set on fire by an ARSON attack . Come and show your solidarity if you can!

VIDEO: Sibilia explains that Salvini has got things wrong about immigration on Vespaís live TV programme
ARTICLE: Immigration, the M5S at work in the EU
ARTICLE: Beppe Grillo in Strasbourg: six months of nothing, now Letís get out of the Euro #FuoriDallEuro
VIDEO: There are those who are taking advantage of the situation of immigrants - Di Battista speaking on the floor of the house

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Clandestine: secret, hush-hush, undercover

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Clandestine: secret, hush-hush, undercover

The 5 Star MoVement is calling for the immigrants that reach Italian soil in an improper manner and that are do not have refugee status, to be expelled. In every country in the world illegal immigrants are expelled. Itís a matter of civilized common sense. The word is spreading all over Africa that you can get into Italy and then disappear into nothingness. A million people could be coming into Italy in the next few months thanks to a faint-hearted government. And then what? Itíll no longer be a matter of immigration, but a state of war. Weíll have social conflict that nobody will have the foggiest idea how to resolve.

Anyone, like the Lega, that have a tiger by the tail, is in fact, directly responsible..
The Lega keeps on saying falsely, that the "5 Star Movement has encouraged unfettered immigration by abolishing the crime of clandestine immigration". Thatís the very same Lega, that when it was in government, signed the Dublin Regulation III that says Italy has to hang on to all the refugees whose first point of call in Europe is our country. Furthermore, the Lega has always encouraged illegal immigration so that it could use it for electoral speculation by increasing social unrest.
In relation to the crime of clandestine immigration, the M5S wants to simplify the procedures for expelling those who are not entitled to stay, to reduce the costs weighing on the shoulders of Italian citizens and ease the difficult work being carried out by the security forces and the magistrates.

The facts are these:
- the Court of Cassation issued a judgment on 29 October 2014 stating that the crime has not yet been abolished and that there was a gap in the regulations.
- As pointed out by SAP, the Autonomous Trade Union for the Police, the "crime of clandestine immigration" brought in in 2010 at the behest of the three-party coalition (Lega-Forza Italia-Fdi - when the Fdi was called the National Alliance) said that: "An illegal immigrant must stay in an Identification and Expulsion Centre for an average of five months and that costs us 7,000 Euro. In 2010, 150,000 people were identified as illegal immigrants: only 16,000 were forcibly accompanied to the frontier".

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Less security, more clandestine immigrants, fewer expulsions, higher costs and more bureaucracy to be paid for by Italian citizens. These are the results of the action by the Lega. The crime of clandestine immigration still exists, but it is managed in such a way that an illegal immigrant cannot be expelled. The M5S has been working to make it effective and to eliminate the current situation in which it is impossible to expel anyone who comes into Italy without permission, a situation that is paralysing the police and the prosecutors.
National borders are a serious issue and not a board game to be played by Alfano and Salvini for electoral gains or to benefit the government.

VIDEOS: Sibilia explains that Salvini has got things wrong about immigration on Vespaís live TV programme
ARTICLE: Immigration, the M5S at work in the EU
ARTICLE: Beppe Grillo in Strasbourg: six months of nothing, now Letís get out of the Euro #FuoriDallEuro
VIDEO: There are those who are taking advantage of the situation of immigrants - Di Battista speaking on the floor of the house

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17 billion for the citizenís income #RedditoDiCittadinanza

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Thereís never the money for important things. Thatís what the parties say. But they know very well that when they need money, including for financing elections, the money can always be found. For example to gain merit in the eyes of the USA with the purchase of the F35 fighter planes, or by gifting the property tax to the Vatican, or to finance friendly newspapers. For the citizenís income, funding equivalent to 16,961,000,000.00 Ä is available and each item has been individually verified - unlike the figures pulled out of thin air talking about the growth in GDP or unemployment figures given every other day by the government.



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CUTS TO CONSTITUTIONAL BODIES
Make cuts to the staffing levels of constitutional bodies, for example the office of the President of the Republic, the government, parliament and the constitutional court
Ä 62,000,000

REDUCTION OF PARLIAMENTARY SALARIES
Reducing the salaries of parliamentarians so that they do not exceed 5,000 Euro gross.
Ä 60,000,000

PUBLISHING
Close down the fund giving extraordinary support to publishers. In 2015, this paid out about 28 million euro. Elimination of all contributions to the world of publishing
Ä 51,000,000

CUT FINANCING TO THE PARTIES
Cut public financing to the parties - something that the Letta-Renzi government made a pretence of cutting
Ä 45,000,000

NO ACCUMULATION OF PENSIONS
Itís not easy to quantify how much this would save, but itís estimated to be tens of millions of euro. Anyway, not allowing anyone to have more than one pension
Ä 40,000,000

ELIMINATION OF STATE CONTRIBUTIONS FOR TELEPHONE INTERCEPTS
Elimination of the fee paid by the State to the telephone companies to implement wire tapping for investigations
Ä 5,000,000

CUT MILITARY SPENDING +
Articles 586, 992, 2229 and 2230 of the military code, dealt with in the legislative decree of 15 March 2010, n. 66, to be repealed. The suppression of certain military spending would result.
CUT FINANCING TO THE PARTIES +
Abolition of the transfer to the parties of 0.2 per cent of income tax receipts coming from tax-payers paying the IRPEF income tax.
CUTS TO BANK OF ITALY +
The Bank of Italy has independence when it comes to how it manages its finances, thus it cannot be obliged by law to pay out reserves or dividends.
DIVIDENDS PAID TO INPS BY THE BANK OF ITALY
The dividends paid to INPS resulting from its shareholding in the Bank of Italy are to be transferred to a fund for the citizenís income. These last four items add up to about one billion in cuts

On 9 May, the M5S is organising a public march for the citizenís income. The route is 24 kilometres long and it goes from Perugia to Assisi. The citizenís income is a citizenís right and not a gift, not 80 Euro of alms-giving. It makes it possible for anyone who has lost their job, or for someone who has never had a job, as is becoming the norm, to have a dignified life. The maximum income, in the absence of other income, is 780 Euro. You can refuse up to 3 job offers as suggested by the State, before you lose the right. The amount needed is 17 billion euro (16,961,000,000.00 Ä). Every item of wastefulness to be eliminated and that gives rise to money usable for the citizenís income will be reported on the blog in the next few days. Up until now the "spending reviewĒ has been carried out to the disbenefit of the citizens. Itís now time to do the opposite. Those governing us forget that they are our employees and that they have to be answerable to the citizens for the work they do. Right now, if all goes well - they just have to be answerable to the judges. The Perugia - Assisi march will be preceded by a virtual march lasting 14 days - starting from Bolzano and passing many locations that are symbols of the current state of squalor in Italy.

PS: In the next few days every single item of wastefulness to be cut, will be explained in detail. Once the cuts are made, weíll have the citizenís income.

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Passaparola - The Food Production System is Criminal, by Carlo Petrini

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Italian foodstuffs are subject to strict controls in order to guarantee the quality of the end product and the health of the consumer. Thanks to the strictness of these controls and the hard work of small Italian livestock and vegetable farmers and fishermen, the food in our Country is considered to be a source of excellence worldwide. One of the few things that we have left but that we will soon lose even that as soon as the TTIPis approved, a treaty that will allow cheap, low quality US products to find their way onto our tables. As the crisis deepens, Italian consumers will lower their expectations and purchase chlorine flavoured chickens , beef and pork grown and nourished on hormones and fruit and vegetables with pesticides. Their health will undoubtedly suffer, farmers breeders and fishermen will close up shop and ďMade in ItalyĒ foods will become little more than a distant memory. We simply cannot allow this crime against our health! My friend Carlo Petrini, the founder of theSlow Food movement explains how each and every one of us can sink this Criminal Foodstuff System by supporting our small Italian producers through their purchasing choices.

Blog - What is this Slow Food?
Carlo Petrini - Slow food is an international movement that deals with foodstuff culture and consumer information and education, not only regarding foodstuffs but also regarding agriculture, fishing and all those other businesses that guarantee our daily food.

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Petrini during the interview: "Making a vegetable garden is a political act "

Blog – Slow Food is at the Expo with this slogan: “SAVE OUR BIODIVERSITY. SAVE THE PLANET. Can you explain to us why biodiversity is such an important asset?
Carlo Petrini - Biodiversity is the real driving force behind human understanding so we have to respect it. If we continue sticking to this foodstuff production model, with this criminal foodstuff system that destroys biodiversity by virtue of the fact that we must favour strong and more productive breeds and cultivars because we are only interested in the bottom line and never in Mother Earth or nature, all we will hand down to future generations is a far, far weaker genetic legacy.

Blog - Letís talk about the TTIP: you have often mentioned your concern about the effect that this treaty will have on the European food industry. Why is there such a rush to get it approved very quickly? Who will profit from the TTIP? Who will the losers be? What will the long term effects be for Italy and for the consumer? And what about the planetís equilibrium?
Carlo Petrini - I think that it is dishonest and improper to come up with these treaties in total and absolute secrecy and without involving the community at all. When things are done in secret it usually means that those involved are being dishonest! We must not allow these treaties to be introduced on the backs of millions of farmers, fishermen and food producers that are working all around the world and must be protected like now when they are facing this fetish called the free market, which is anything but free and often destroys the lives of these communities. Now, by virtue of the free market, I am allowed to bring in products made from meat that is not subject to the strict requirements that our breeders have to comply with and is full of chemicals, antibiotics, anabolic steroids and growth hormones, all of which are banned in Italy and in Europe but not banned in the United States.
It is un fair on our breeders because the law should be the same for everyone. We citizens can become co-producers because our choices can lead to certain agricultural choices. If I eat products that come from local small-scale farmers who donít use pesticides, in other words who farm cleanly, then Iím helping that kind of farming along. If instead I buy and eat products produced by the multinationals, products that perhaps come from elsewhere in the world without any of the rules that our farmers have to adhere to, and perhaps obtained by means of slave labour, then equally I am helping that kind of farming. Agricultural sovereignty is achieved by means of a strong relationship between the citizens and the farmers of the same Country.

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Petrini during the interview: "Without farmers the Expo is built on sand foundations"

Blog - During the Expo for ideas”event,you stated that: “Without the participation of fishermen, farmers and livestock breeders at the Expo, the universal exhibition will be built on sand foundations. Can you explain to us what you meant by that comment?
Carlo Petrini - Without the participation of fishermen, farmers and livestock breeders at the Expo, the universal exhibition will be built on sand foundations, what do I mean by that you ask? What Iím saying is that they are the true major role players in this field and to think of an Expo as only a great opportunity to attract anonymous tourists from around the world that will bring resources and wealth to the Milan system, well that may be true, but it is not the true meaning of what this Expo is. This Expo was meant to be a place for discussion on the topic of food and also to change a number of paradigms that could change this unjust foodstuff system. We waste biblical quantities of food and thatís why I like to say that the system itself is criminal because it allows waste and starvation to live side by side, so enough said.

Blog – What is your opinion regarding the construction works on the Expo pavilions? Do you believe they were designed and built with any respect for the environment? Could it have been done differently?
Carlo Petrini - When I initially believed in the potential of this Expo, I imagine it being set up in such a way that the main focus would be on the great opportunity for global discussion on the future of food production. Unfortunately I have had to accept that this will only be a very small part rather than all, however it could have been far more so from this point of view. But another of the issues, as I originally saw it, was that it should have had its own specific design, a certain logic by which the land would have gone back to being farming land after the end of the Expo. What greater message could there be than to hand that space back for farming purposes? Unfortunately this is not the case and I wonít go into the issue of not only the inconsistency of it all, but also the unadulterated bribery and corruption of those involved.

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Petrini during the interview: "This whole foodstuff system is criminal because it allows waste and starvation to exist side by side "

Blog - McDonalds and Coca Cola will also be at the Expo to nourish the planet. What is your opinion in this regard? Arenít you afraid of being criticised for your decision to participate notwithstanding the presence of these huge giants?
Carlo Petrini - I will tell you what a Moroccan farmer from the Terra madre network said to me. He said: "Empty chairs have never contributed towards changing things ". Iím not going to leave an empty chair by not talking about our topics. We are victims of hours and hours of publicity where the small local farmer has no access, the small local farmers who produce honey, or cheese, these guys donít have access. We have to ensure this via the farmers markets, the reconstruction of vegetable gardens, vegetable gardens at the schools, in the villages, at the hospitals and at the old-age homes, because that is a political statement. Making a vegetable garden these days is a political statement , a very strong one at that!
I really want these ideas to be heard at the ’Expo and we will be committed to making sure that they are heard. Furthermore, the young people of the Slow Food have taken on a huge challenge: a multitude of young people from all around this planet with clever affection and empathy will show extraordinary potential as the greatest virtuous food multinational.
I ask the friends of my friend Beppe Grilloís Blog, please Spread the word , spread the word about the Terra Madre Youth and letís lend a hand so that these young people, especially those from the African Countries in the southern hemisphere can have the same right to travel that we all have.

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Beppe Grillo at the #SaloneMobile Milan Furniture Fair 2015

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ďI am at the Milan Furniture Fair. It has 50 thousand visitors a day - 50% of ExpÚís numbers - just at this event. In my view itís organised in an extraordinary way.. You know me - Iím not overgenerous with praise - Iím angry with everyone - but - here Iíve given in! Iíve given in - on these great sofas - made by Italian artisans - and they are modelling their divans on the backsides of Chinese people - so Iíve had to put three sofas together so that I could sit down.
In my view, this is an event that really highlights who we really are.
We are people that donít do miracles by walking on water but we are artisans that should be protected, because artisans are the backbone of our country. You know what weíre like with the small-scale entrepreneurs, with the medium-sized enterprises and so we have to be grateful, grateful to these great carpenters!
Where are the carpenters, the plumbers? Electricians, where are you? You have disappeared. We need to reconstruct this network of people working with their hands: this cannot be repeated. We must step back and make sure there is convergence of high tech with our art of creating things. We are inside a structure that no longer allows us to do stuff, either because thereís not the financing, or because of taxes. Iíve seen an artisan working away in secret. He said ďdonít tell anybody that youíve seen me working ..."
We have to rethink our world so that we have the convergence of high tech with our SMEs: thatís something in our manifesto. But I havenít come here to talk about politics. Iíve come here to walk on water. Just think of an artisan that has to walk on water in order to survive - otherwise - heíll sink - and when he goes down heíll find heís up to his neck - but not in water .... Look after yourselves ... Be good to everyone .... ThanksĒ Beppe Grillo

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