Words are no longer enough

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Words are no longer enough.
Denunciation is no longer enough.
Against thieves and corrupt people it’s no longer enough.
The lies of the Government and of its third-rate huckster, no longer hold water.
Outrage is no longer enough.
Institutional respect is no longer enough.
Parliament no longer exists, it no longer represents anything,
unconstitutional roulade of appointed people.
Words are no longer enough.
Corruption is never enough for them.
Organised crime is no longer enough.
Everything’s overflowing.
Words, our words,
demonstrations, elections, are no longer enough.
We have to invent something else when faced with
the impertinence of Power,
the destruction of the country,
families falling into poverty
our offspring emigrating after graduating from university
a former mayor appointed as Head of Government
freemasonry and international finance.
But, now, at least we know that words are no longer enough.
This much we have learned.
We have played with cardsharps, perhaps we have been naïve,
we believed they had a smidgeon of discretion
in butchering democracy,
but they are actually hacking it to death
right in front of our very eyes
abusing their position.
We will change the game,
we will define our rules for the land.
Words are no longer enough
against an unconstitutional parliament,
a President of the Council who has never been elected,
against institutions without any legitimacy,
against hundreds of billions of euro stolen via the Great Useless Public Works.
against Mafiacapitale, Expo, Mose, TAV, Salerno-Reggio Calabria.
Words are no longer enough
A people without a voice,
without a future,
frightened,
this is, today, what has become of the Italian people.
a straw dog (*), the most dangerous of all dogs, that can catch fire at any moment.
Words are no longer enough

"I no longer want words. Roses and violins
Talk about those things to others
I can hear violins and smell roses
when it’s OK for me, if I’m happy with it
when the moment is right
and after that - we’ll see
“.

(*) “Heaven and Earth don’t use charity,
they keep the ten thousand creatures as straw dogs. The saint doesn’t use charity it keeps the one hundred surnames as straw dogs.” Tao Te Ching

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No one must go thirsty: water in public hands is a right

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“Why is the water bill so high? In the last few years, have you ever tried to understand why something that should be a right is now something that makes a big hole in your savings?
Someone would like to ruin the results of the 2011 referendum, in which a massive majority of the Italian people said “no” to every law that could place the handling of public water into private hands.
However, in Italy, strange things are happening: water is cut off indiscriminately and without warning on a regular basis, the price of water has gone up by 95.8% in the last few years, the profits of the municipal companies are no longer being reinvested to reduce leakage but to maximise profits. Basically, those who are now managing water resources are today thinking more about making profits, rather than about providing a service. The money we are paying in water bills is going to enrich the shareholders with generous dividends.
This is a camouflaged privatisation and it is going against what was expressed as the will of the people.
The 5 Star MoVement is taking to the European Parliament one of its historical battles: that of defending one of its five stars, keeping water in public hands. The proposal is simple: NO ONE MUST GO THIRSTY The World Health Organization has done the calculations: for an individual’s minimum needs between 50 and 100 litres of water a day are required. This amount must be guaranteed for all. This is why the 5 Star MoVement is proposing a service that provides a guaranteed minimum water supply for each person.
It’s not acceptable to get rich by trading in water. That’s the message from the European citizens that have signed a petition asking European institutions NOT to privatise water. 1 million 800 thousand signatures for the first example of direct democracy in Europe.
The Commission’s response has been disappointing because it hasn’t put forward any new legislative proposal. The principles contained in its communication are sacred but these need to be reinforced with laws, not just words. Furthermore, as regards the dreaded liberalization of public water, the Commission has underlined that it is up to the member States to make the laws. in particular, it has emphasised that the supply of water is the responsibility of the local authorities within the member State, and it is up to them to make the decisions as to whether to manage the supply directly, indirectly or by using private suppliers.
Now it’s up to the European Parliament to cover up the gaps in the incomplete responses from the Commission. The objective is to respond to the legitimate requests of European citizens that are afraid for the consequences of privatising the supply of water. The Environment Committee will give its opinion on the outcomes of the "Right2Water“ initiative, in May. Marco Affronte, a 5 Star MoVement spokesperson is representing the EFDD group in preparing the report.
In the video Marco Affronte explains how the 5 Star MoVement Europe will defend the results of the European Citizens' Initiative, via a "procedure" promoted by the European Parliament and the Council, and this gives the citizens of the EU the possibility to insert questions in the agenda of the European Commission, as long as they have collected at least a million signatures in at least seven European countries. We need to defend direct democracy and to keep water in public hands." M5S Europe

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Let’s save Milan’s trees! #573alberi

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The city of Milan is cutting down loads of trees (they’ve already brought down more than 700 in piazza Dateo and Corso Plebisciti) because "they are not compatible" with Milan’s M4 Metro project. But this project isn’t yet accurately defined and nor is it sure to happen. What’s more, it’s being managed by Stefano Perotti’s company called SPM Consulting. And Stefano Perotti was arrested less than a week ago together with Ercole Incalza, accused of being involved with kickbacks related to the big public works. Hands off the trees! Today the M5S city councillor, Mattia Calise, climbed up into one of the trees in Lorenteggio to stop it from being chopped down.

"I’d never thought I’d be making a political announcement from a tree. But the situation is truly appalling. In the last few weeks they’ve been chopping down trees in Frattini, yesterday and today in Lorenteggio and they are continuing.

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Trees brought down last week in Milan’s piazza Dateo and Corso Plebisciti

Today sees the start of a civic battle to save the trees or at least to reduce the damage resulting from the construction sites for the M4 (Milan’s new metro line) with the removal of 570 trees.
The company managing these M4 projects is called SPM Consulting and its general manager is Perotti, who was arrested a few days ago - together with Ercole Incalza. Perotti was Incalza’s key man and SPM Consulting was the company that made it possible to rise in the last 7 years in the world of public works with a value of 25 billion euro. The M4 is one of these. The city of Milan is at risk of losing its trees for ever, just because of inaccurate plans.
Most of them don’t have to go because we don’t yet have plans that are accurate and finalised. They’re chopping down the trees even though nothing is finalised. Our request is simple: stop chopping down the trees (anyway it’s not going to be finished before Expo 2015), have a new discussion with the citizens and limit the number of trees chopped down, given that we’ve only got a few trees in Milan.
We’ll stay here this afternoon together with the activists. Everyone is welcome! We are all in favour of the metro and we are keen for it to go through Lorenteggio, but it cannot go ahead with plans that are not accurate!" Mattia Calise, M5S city councillor in Milan

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#Passaparola: Expo, the trade show of corruption - by Gianni Barbacetto

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"Hello to all the friends of Beppe Grillo’s Blog. Today we will be talking about the Expo. There are only a few weeks left now before the official opening of the event but the works are still behind and they are paying for all the delays that happened over the past 6 years, almost three of which were lost because the politicians were fighting amongst themselves about who was in charge, who was running the event and who was dishing out the money.

The Passaparola of Gianni Barbacetto, co-author with Marco Maroni of the book entitled "Excelsior - Il gran ballo dell'Expo" (Literally: “Excelsior – The Great Expo Ball”) published by Chiarelettere

Tenders and dispensations
Over the past three years there has been a mad rush to get ready for what is after all 1 event, amidst much waste, many tenders that bypassed at least eighty-odd rules that would have ensured the fairness and propriety of the awarded tender contracts. Loads of money was spent on negotiation, with no tenders, even covering important pivotal things, like restaurants for example. The Italian restaurants, which is kind of what the Expo is supposedly all about were awarded to Farinetti without going through any tender process. So Farinetti will be the one that decides who will be there and who won’t, which chefs and which restaurants will and which won’t be at the Expo, a choice that is very important in terms of ensuring the success of the event.

Tenders under investigation
Of the many tenders, those awarded via the normal tender procedure that is, all 4 of the main ones are under investigation by the Magistrature. There have also been some arrests: 18 people have been arrested to date for matters pertaining to the Expo and a further sixty-odd companies have been barred from the job sites because they are somehow linked to organised crime, mainly the ’ndrangheta. The Expo that should have been the flagship of Italy, of the Italy that produces, that makes the best of its own and shows that to the world, has become the trade fair of corruption. At the moment the investigations seem to have slowed down a little, if not completely come to a grinding halt but perhaps they will recommence with renewed vigour after the Expo ends , who knows... we can’t know that so we will just have to wait and see what happens.

The unkept promises
Right at the very beginning, monumental calculations were sprouted, promises were made about investments of 15 billion, 11 billion of which was to be spent on major works linked to the Expo, namely on motorways, roads, link roads, etc., and 4 billion on the construction of the venue itself. We don’t know what the final figures will be, whether or not these figures will be respected and whether they will be higher or lower, that will only be seen at the end, but undoubtedly promises were made that will not be kept. We don’t know how many visitors there will be, the forecast was 29 million tickets sold, but we’ll see, the way things stand now it doesn’t seem possible to achieve these kinds of numbers. They promised huge numbers in terms of job creation, yes, they promised that the Expo would employ hundreds of thousands of people, but the way things stand at the moment only a few thousand have been employed.

Monumental costs borne by the citizens
However, as regards the costs and above all who has profited, we can already work that out now, and to do that we have to explain what the original sin of the Expo is. The decision was made by the politicians, essentially by former Mayoress Letizia Moratti who was mayoress in 2008 and by the then Regional Premier Roberto Formigoni. The site chosen for the Expo was a strange, rather weird area on the outskirts of Milan, stuck between a cemetery, a prison, two motorways, a railway line and an unutilised and unusable piece of farmland. The actual value of that area was somewhere around 20 million Euro. It was purchased from the private owners for 160 million Euro and that is the original sin because now that money that went to private individuals, the Trade Fair and the Cabassi Group was provided by the public, above all the Milan Municipality and the Lombardy Region while in reality the ones that put the money in were the banks, but the Municipality and the Region will have to pay that money back to the banks with interest. They tried calling for tender bids to sell the property to private bidders after the end of the Expo, for an price of 314 million Euro, but there were no takers so the way things stand at the moment we don’t know 1) what is going to happen to the property once the Expo is finished; what it will be used for: 2) we don’t know whether our money put in by the Municipality and the Region, 160 million plus interest, will ever come back into the Municipality’s and Region’s coffers and it would be a great pity if they don’t manage to find a way to get that money back because that would leave a huge hole in the pockets of the taxpayers , of the citizens.

The sponsors
The money spent on the Expo should at least partly recovered via ticket sales and sponsorships, but are there any actual sponsorships? Yes there are, because in reality the Expo has also been turned into a huge, actual trade fair because there are Coca Cola pavilions, Nestle pavilions, pavilions housing the large food and beverage multinationals which have their own pavilions and are paying the Expo for them. This will certainly help to balance the books but it undoubtedly takes away from the initial aim of the Expo: from a huge initiative aimed at feeding the world, now it is set to become just a huge agriculture and foodstuff trade fair.

So who wins
Although the final sums can only be done once the event is finished, right now we can already tell who the losers and the winners will be. The potential losers will be the citizens of the Milan Municipality and the Lombardy Region who currently don’t yet quite understand how they are going to get back the 160 million, plus interest, which was spent on buying the privately owned areas. Such events are usually held on public land and there are a number of areas of public land that could have been used for this purpose, such as the “Porto di Mare” area for example.
So who are the winners then? The winners are the local businesses that are working, although the investigations have shown that many of them won the tenders by bullshitting, paying bribes and deceiving the Expo managers, so much so in fact that a number of them have now been arrested. Other winners are the highly paid managers, a number of whom have also been arrested. As for the rest, the final calculations can only be done after the event has ended. It opens officially on the 1st May and ends on the 31st October so, as from the 31st October we will begin to see what is what." Gianni Barbacetto, author and journalist

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#Expo, the final countdown (less than 39 days)

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"Welcome to the big binge opportunity that is Expo 2015, the event that is meant to change the face of Milan and trigger the Italian recovery. An adventure that started in 2008, and then there were three years lost to arguments, then a further three years spent trying to recover the lost time and to disengage the investigations revealing astounding cases of corruption" from the book called EXCELSIOR - Il Gran Ballo dell’Expo {Expo’s Great Ball - or great lie} by Gianni Barbacetto and Marco Maroni.
Loads of books have been written about corruption and wasting public money, and unfortunately many more will be written in the future, but this book about the Expo 2015 that is due to open on 01 May in one of the most desolate areas of Milan’s hinterland, is probably inaccessible for citations, for those under investigation, and for the companies and individuals with their bibs tucked in ready for the great feast. It isn’t difficult to foresee that as well as the countless people who have been arrested and those who are under investigation for matters relating to Expo 2015, there will be a sequel with many other top-ranking names and masses of middle men in the tribunals or in prison. The book mentions an impressive number of people, and it seems to be going through the circles of hell that we saw in Dante ‘s Divine Comedy or even a telephone directory. It’s impossible to name them all. If we have to choose some we could start with the former white goods salesman (once the owner of the company “Unieuro”), Oscar Farinetti. Farinetti got to manage the gastronomic heart of Expo 2015 offering food in two big pavilions called "Italy is Eataly“ with an overall area of 8,000 square metres and he didn’t have to take part in any tendering process.
From the book called EXCELSIOR: "Expo, was announced as the planet’s exhibition of sustainability and cooperation in relation to food, but it has got transformed into a big post-modern gastronomy festival, In his two "stores" Farinetti is planning to host 20 restaurants, one for each region of Italy, and the plan is to have these serve 2.2 million meals in the six months of the exhibition. This will be done in collaboration with the Università delle Scienze gastronomiche di Pollenzo {University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo} ... The restaurant will be run by 120 Italian restaurateurs, who take turns to run one for a month. The choice of restaurateur is at Farinetti’s sole discretion. He is one guy in the catering sector who will thus have enormous power in his hands. He’ll be able to decide who sinks and who swims. He’ll be able to choose the companies, the brands and the chefs that will represents Italian food in the eyes of the whole world. Anyone chosen gets 70% of the receipts, while 5% goes to Expo 2015, and the rest goes to Farinetti."
In December 2014, when the newspaper “Il Fatto Quotidiano” asked the president of the Anti-corruption Watchdog, Cantone, for details about how the job of looking after the restaurant space had gone to Eataly without any tendering process, he said: "We have no power over this matter. It happened before 24 June 2014, which is the date when the government decree set up the national Anti-corruption Watchdog."
After that, two deputies of the Sel party put forward a parliamentary question to the Minister of Agricultural Policy to ask "whether he intended to intervene to end the allocation of the two pavilions and to set up a public tender procedure to take into account the thousands of much-talked-about micro-companies working in our country’s food sector."
Farinetti said "We have planned for a fixed investment of seven million euro, and on top of that we are obliged to pay 5% on gross receipts. This will provide a hefty chunk of income for Expo 2015."
Farinetti, a benefactor.
PS: The information given in this article comes from the book called EXCELSIOR by Barbacetto and Maroni.
Current estimates reckon there’ll be many months of delay before Expo 2015 is completely finished. The most pessimistic estimates are for a 6 month delay so it will be ready in time for the closure in 6 months time.

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#EclissiDiLupi, speech by Di Battista

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From the Lower House the LIVE feed about #eclissidiLupi {the eclipse of Lupi}
For the 5 Star MoVement: speech by Alessandro Di Battista. Here’s the text.

“Deputy Lupi, stay calm. We are not here to list all the terrible things you have done as a Minister. We have no wish to deliver our opinions or to take advantage of the moment to tell the whole of Italy that the M5S was right. We don’t have to claim responsibility for your resignation, even though, as you know, the M5S was the only political entity to call for Incalza to be sent away and that was a good 8 months ago, when we were derided and, as ever, ignored by 99% of the Italian media.
I’ve noticed that in the last few days. I’ve observed your face that has been troubled by the events. You must have been deeply saddened to think that your son has got mixed up in this matter. You must have had difficulty in getting to sleep and you probably wanted to get away, far away, without knowing where to go. It’s not nice feeling that there’s no way out, abandoned by all your friends, but then they are not your friends, they are sharks, ready to sacrifice you so that they can keep their position in the government. A few are sitting next to you, and they will have given you a friendly tap on the shoulder but they have readily accepted your resignation so as to keep the “system” on its feet. Today you are a rolling stone and believe me, we are not feeling pleased about that.
Quite the opposite. We are thinking of the millions of Italians, that are suffering in the same way as you are, even though they are not the cause of their bad situation. They too, cannot sleep at night because they are terrified that Equitalia will come and take everything away from them.

...

You have been the minister of the big public works, so you know the “system”. If you were to tell us about it, that would be the most courageous thing you could do. Everyone makes a mistake but everyone has the possibility to make amends. Incalza won’t speak. He’s used to staying quiet. On the other hand, it could be you that explains why a kilometre of motorway in Italy costs three times as much as in other European countries!
You are being asked by a citizen who would never have dreamed of speaking to a minister on the day of his resignation and you are being asked by 9 million Italians that live below the poverty line and that – without the thefts in the big public works – could get an income to keep the wolf from the door while they are waiting to get a job. I’m asking you one final thing. Give back to the people of Italy the money you received in the last legislature in which you served. You will not die of hunger by doing this, but you would grow in dignity. You could place the money in the same fund that we parliamentarians of the M5S use for the money we offer by cutting our salaries.
It is something you should do out of respect for the honest citizens that have been deceived by many people including yourself, because of 20 years of immorality, of political manoeuvring for personal gain, of public meetings and private talks, of displays of Christian faith and behaviour worthy of Pharisees, of gatherings of “Communion and Liberation” and restricted sharing of powers.
The restitution of this money taken for the wrong reasons, Deputy Lupi, is not about your resignation and we are certain that knowing that that money can help an enterprise get off the ground, or that it might help some young people find work -young people without a father who is a minister - will alleviate the suffering of your last few days. Courage."

Previous articles:
#Incalza Ercole Incalza in prison thanks to the M5S
Lupi is not giving up his armchair
#IoSonoUnRompicoglioni
''As ever, the M5S is the one putting a spanner in the works'' #Incalza
Chase #Lupi! Al Lupi!
Great Public Works: #TuttiInGalera

 
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