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What do the following have in common: the Canton Ticino, article 67 of the Italian Constitution, and the biggest deposit of natural gas in Europe? Everything and nothing.
Everything because in the end we are talking about democracy. Nothing, because the government of Canton Ticino has approved the revision of the ineligibility regulations, about the removal and the suspension from public office of people convicted or under investigation for crimes or offences contrary to the dignity of the position.
While this happens in Switzerland, in Italy, anyone who has committed a crime gets a career in Parliament. And the decisions about our life, the environment, and our health, are taken without consulting us. A true example of Indirect Democracy.
Once upon a time it was called more correctly oppression, perhaps dictatorship. And article 67? The one that says:
“Every member of Parliament represents the Nation and exercises their functions without any ties on their mandate”? It’s old-fashioned. The parliamentarians respond to the heads of the parties. They were not elected by anyone. They do not have popular legitimization. And frequently, they are proud of making unpopular choices like the pardon. As though they are more beautiful, more intelligent than the body of voters and they don’t in fact need to account for their choices.

I’m publishing a letter from Nino who lives in Mirandola (in the Province of Modena) describing how citizens are considered by their employees.

Ciao Beppe,

I want to tell you about an interesting case: The biggest natural gas depot in Europe will be constructed at Mirandola.
The Ministry gave out the concessions for 40 years in 2004. The relevant local authorities found out in March 2006. and only now has the population been informed that 3,200,000,000 cubic metres of gas is to be stored underneath their homes in an area of 120 Kilometres square.
Refer to the table of ministerial authorizations for 2004 and the website of Independent Resources, to see that for a few years it has been decided to stockpile 3,000,000,000 cubic metres of methane gas in the aquifer, using pumps powered by giant turbines at a depth of almost 3,000 metres.
The stockpile is the property of Independent Resources PLC that is buying the gas from Gaz de France, and stockpiling it in summer (when the price is low) so that it can then re-extract it to sell in winter at higher costs.
The stockpile is said to cover an area of more than 120 km2 , the deposit station is said to be 3 or 4 sheds that are 40 metres high, a 100 metre high cold chimney and some burners about 40 metres high. Citizens have got to know about all this only about one month ago. All this was done without involving anyone in discussions. And the project is already being approved by the Ministry of Productive Activities and by the Region."

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Andrea I do not know if you read Tim Flanery book "the weather maker",I live in Australia,the government want to go nuclear,is fastest bu what about the waste? we have rocks underground that can give us clean energy(in Australia)for ne next 100 years,I think is called geothermic,here we are blessed plenty of sun,wind and uraniun,it seems to me that politicians have short attention span,they do not think about the future,there is plenty of technology those days to make good change,what is missing is the wiliness to do so,unlike you I can see good chances from the people,we are waking up,thanks to the Vidal Gore" movie,I have been talking with average australians and that impressed them a lot,the change will came from the ordinary blokes,and you know because in the end we all want to live a better world for our childrens

Posted by: evakulnura | December 29, 2006 11:43 PM

In USA Shell and BP are developing "yellow" gasoline, which employs corn (ADM is owned by the Bush family).
The Bush administration is also cutting $3,000.00 off taxes for whoever buys an Hybrid car or SUV.
In Italy we could have alternative sources of power but nobody wants to invest in them, and I'm not only talking about the government: I expect that big Italian companies will invest their money into something that could one day make their fortune while keeping our country, and maybe the world, clean.
Instead we are worried about skipping the gallows for a scumbag that finally got judged by a legal court and will now pay for his crimes against humanity.
The "Indulto" increased the level of B.S. in Italy: let's not export it elsewhere.

Posted by: Giovanni Principe | December 29, 2006 05:41 PM

Hello there, and I maybe dumbfounded but evolution in any field is based on Research and Development and a forward looking mentality. I don’t mean to burst anyone bubble here, although we are short in any of this field. The lack of cognizant people in the Industry and more acutely at the Ministry of Energy level is blatant and ridicules. Gentleman new technology is by definition financed and developed by Governments (Only in Italy nothing gets done) which in returns gets the development of high tech Industry, fields of excellence in Universities and employment. Example Boeing has developed Solar Panels for Nasa Space Station with highest efficiency ever achieved so far (Over 40%) with Government money, Vesta the World win power leader was subsidized by the Danish Government, Siemens has developed Maglev Train for the German Government, Airbus existence is due to Germany France England Spain Governments etc etc. Where was and still is the Italian Government ??????? On stand by pending reply. Thanks

Posted by: Giacomo Chiametti | December 29, 2006 05:18 PM

Andrea Marchi:
All the technologies are more expensive than the ordinary ones when they are new.
Eventually the cleaner ones will be cheap as well.
The cost could just be another excuse to keep using the obsolete ones just to make money until the last minute.

Posted by: Giovanni Principe | December 29, 2006 02:48 PM

Those MF'ers will use the dirty energy up to the last drop before making the change to a cleaner one, regardless of the effects on the environment, unless the people will change this trend.
Also, we have to prevent those companies to hold the technology in order to jack the prices up whenever they like.

Posted by: Giovanni Principe | December 29, 2006 01:46 PM


"Going green" is not cheap. Energy produced by non-polluting sources is generally a lot more expensive than normal, polluting ones.

So, at least, I have read is the case at present. Hopefully, research and new technology will change that.

Posted by: Andrea Marchi | December 29, 2006 01:43 PM

I do not know if can be of any help,the residents of the Yarramalong Valley (Australia,N.S.W.) after few years of protesting have stop the mining company, to get gas of their property's you could look on google for more informations,do not give up,this is scary stuff,it is beyond me why more governments do not invest in energy that does not create any pollution,and can supply for the demands of the population

Posted by: evakulnura | December 29, 2006 01:18 AM

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Posted by: Max Stirner | December 28, 2006 04:51 PM

Hello Manuela!
I saw the pictures.
He looks like the actor Steve Buscemi after a bar fight.
Does he like Grappa?

Posted by: Giovanni Principe | December 28, 2006 03:12 PM


Prof. Gio vestri, alias Mill alias...ecc...ecc..has asked me to publish his photos as you can read in the edited letter.

He asked me to invite you all to see him on my blog too.

Click here

Posted by: manuela bellandi | December 28, 2006 02:48 PM

People are kept in the cellar like unwanted kids.
When will the Italians be aware of their representative's activities?
Maybe if they will watch less asses and football on TV and read more about their nation's needs?

Posted by: Giovanni Principe | December 28, 2006 02:02 PM

very funny... in West Central Scotland, we have a saying (or maybe it's just me) that there are more "backhanders" going on in the local council than at Wimbledon when the tennis tournament is taking place....


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