The Newspaper Caste. Mission pulp


Amongst the causes of the rubbish emergency we find the press. Not only in a metaphorical sense, because they failed to inform us of the eco-mafia and differentiated waste collection, but also because of their direct contribution. The editors themselves knowingly perpetrate this rogueish behaviour. They only print stuff in order to receive State contributions and to fill the rubbish bins.

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"Now that the typesetters, linotypists and paginators have disappeared, the printers are the only ones remaining at the newspapers to hold up the flag of the art of printing. Therefore, you can imagine the anger of the Unità’s rotary press workers at being obliged to print 16 thousand copies of the newspaper each night, destined for dumping, purely to enable the company, Nuova Iniziativa Editoriale S.p.A., to claim 250 thousand Euro per year in State funds, with these copies alone, which, added to the overall funding due to them (6.5 million Euro) for printing 120 thousand copies each night, even though they only really need to ship 80 thousand copies to the newsvendors, of which less than 60 thousand are actually sold. A return of 50% of copies printed was unheard of prior to the advent of editorial welfare payments.
But we have witnessed, and continue to witness far worse. “Europa”, the Margherita’s daily newspaper, is known to sell less than 5 thousand copies, far less if the truth be told. Yet, in order to cash in the more than 3 million Euro per year of public funding, the management of the newspaper has 30 thousand copies printed. Knowing precisely where the extra copies will end up, namely, at the pulp mill. Not to mention the damage caused in terms of public revenues, the professional dignity of everyone involved, and even to the forests and the lungs of humanity, which we can only speculate on." Beppe Lopez, La Casta dei giornali, ed. Nuovi Equilibri

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Hello everyone,
A very dismal report from the Italian front:
1) Incompetent Political Managers refuse to be fired! (From Alitalia to Naples nobody is responsible and they are getting away with it?)
2) Inquiry Commissions started? (From schools to Justice and Hospitals to the Casta approx. 2000, never a single result?)
3) Italy is out of Financial Crisis, now it can grow? (Milan Borsa -11%, Christmas season worst of the last 6 years, strikes everywhere?)
4) Cost of the Casta? (Savings promised 1.7 Billions, actual 350 Millions?)
5) Steel Worker pending contract? (They need 10 billions, possibly from tax on BOT and Personal Bank Accounts?)
Well you know the rest, Prime Minister says everything is hanky dory, get the nod from Moody, and guess what, they squeezed Italy dry and for 2008 the Economy looks dire.
While they haven’t implemented any of the Promises made during the Election Campaign, they surely raised all the taxes necessary to cover all their fuck-ups, now Italy is on the brink of collapsing although BCE and Rating Agency are very happy.
The good old Gipper always asked the People at the end of the year “Are you better off now or last year?”
What would your answer be?
The future look brilliant wear dark shades.

Posted by: Giacomo Chiametti | January 13, 2008 06:42 PM

Cari lettori di questo blog,
vorrei sollevare una discussione avuta di recente con degli amici sul seguente articolo

Apprezzando gli sforzi e le denunce di colui che ritendo uno dei piu' stimati comici Italiani, nel sofferto contesto dell'Italia odierna, vorrei chiederVI perche' Grillo si sia rifiutato di accettare un confronto.

Il confronto dialettico e' alla base di una comunita' civile e democratica e come tale dovrebbe essere accolto e considerato.

Monologhista-comico e basta?

Cordiali saluti
(esile italiana all'estero)

Posted by: Desiree Lucchese | January 12, 2008 11:19 PM

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