The seven storeys

Once upon a time, prior to the elections, we talked about development, innovation and the future of the new generations. About a better world. Now, slowly, slowly, election after election, sinking ever lower, we have finally hit rock bottom. Without even being aware of it. The years have passed and Italy, as we knew it, no longer exists. The political debates have turned into an analysis of our national disasters. They remind us of the discussions of the elderly who firstly ask whether you know who died yesterday (they already know …) or whether you know what ailment the woman across the road is suffering from (they already know …). This is no longer a Country for the young people.
The parties discuss Alitalia’s bankruptcy, the failure of Malpensa, the catastrophe of the toxic refuse in Campania, the decline of tourism, the radioactive mozzarella cheeses, uncontrolled immigration, the breakdown of law and order, the public debt, and the mafia. This is how the 2008 electoral campaign will be remembered. The new hot topics, the new ailments afflicting the Country, which our employees would seek to cure. They, the very people who are the viruses, those responsible for the problems. Without shame. Rather a dead body at home than a Veltrusconi in the doorway.
In his story entitled “The seven storeys”, Dino Buzzati tells the parable of a man admitted to the seventh storey of clinic to be treated for a minor ailment. Every time his condition deteriorates, he is moved down to the floor below, without any chance of moving back up. Until he reaches the first floor, where his condition continues to deteriorate and he eventually dies. Well, we are already in the cellar!
They are the ones that created the problems we now face with regard to safety, salaries, home ownership and organised crime, yet now they are offering us solutions. The same political class that failed in the first place, is now proposing to intervene with their “necessary measures” for the good of the Country. This would be something like having Jack the Ripper in the operating theatre. Alitalia failed during the five-years that the Tar-head – Emmenthal Lunardi (Prime Minister – Ministry of Transport) pair were in office. Campania became the world’s dumping ground thanks to Bassolino and his protector D’Alema. The public debt skyrocketed during Tremonti’s reign. Each disaster has a name attached to it. Fortunately there is a name attached to it. Make these people lower their voices during their rallies. Make them step down from their soapbox. Make them climb back into their busses, accompanied by their information slaves.
V-day 25 April. Freedom of information in a free State.

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The story above about UK's intelligence agency confirming that China orchestrated the riots in Tibet is a hoax of the worst kind. We all want to see a free Tibet, but fabricated stories like above is not the way to do it.

I've posted this editorial by our spiritual director and he's exposed the story for what it is, but you can view the picture and original article at Mahabodhi IP -

Journalistic integrity or the lack thereof?
an editorial commentary written by the Ven. J.M. Dharmakara Boda
Mahabodhi Maitri Mandala in America (Mar 31, 2008)

In what can be called their defining moment in the arena of journalistic integrity, the Buddhist Channel has published what appears to be a fabricated confirmation of China's involvement in the violent riots within Tibet. The article in question, entitled "Tibet riots orchestrated?", was written by Gordon Thomas of the Canada Free Press, a media organization that has involved itself more than once in fraudulent claims and smear campaigns since it's inception in 1991.

In this particular article, Gordon Thomas has claimed that "Britain's GCHQ, the government communications agency that electronically monitors half the world from space, has confirmed the claim by the Dalai Lama that agents of the Chinese People's Liberation Army, the PLA, posing as monks, triggered the riots that have left hundreds of Tibetans dead or injured", but he offers no documentation of such an event having been confirmed by the GCHQ, nor has it been mentioned by any respectable news agency or syndicate, which begs a question:

Are we to assume that this radical Canadian writer and master of disinformation has access to classified material from the GCHQ that the London Times does not? Information that apparently no other reporter on earth has?

With a degree of sarcasm, we might also ask Gordon Thomas if he knows who the person was on the grassy knoll the day when John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. The motivation is the same in both stories and appears to be nothing more than the ramblings of a conspiracy theorist.

I contacted Lim Kooi Fong, the founding editor of the Buddhist Channel, and not only expressed my concerns about the authenticity of the story by Gordon Thomas, but I also pointed out that the photo that accompanied the article was not recent, but taken in 2003, and that many bloggers were actually misidentifying the photo as "authentic" proof of China's involvement, when this was not the case and he clearly knew this prior to my contacting him.

His reply in regard to my concerns about the article:

"I can confirm that both the article and image are true, but unfortunately are not related. We received the article about a week ago, but waited for confirmation before releasing it. But due to international pressure, and western hyprocrisy (due to Western support for a non-boycott of the Olympic games), the orchestration was grossly downplayed."

As one might expect, he never identified who provided this "confirmation", but are we to believe that there is not a single respectable source for news commentary who wouldn't think twice about reporting such a story, regardless of what any one particular government's self-interest might be? Certainly not.

It appears that this dubious "confirmation" came from none other than a person named Rudy Harderwijk, because his website not only displays a larger version of the same photo that appeared on the Buddhist Channel, but he has also recently updated it with information that had been sent to Lim Kooi Fong on March 30th, 2008 by Anagarika Dhammajoti, the former associate director of the Mahabodhi Maitri Mandala.

Although the Buddhist Channel would eventually remove it, the photo was related to a movie that was being made, where the Tibetan monks refused to be filmed in the background and members of the army were given robes so they could take their place.

Sadly, the Buddhist Channel has not only abandoned its journalistic integrity, but in doing so they have also became a willing participant in the cycle of "political spin and disinformation", as Anagarika Dhammajoti refers to it, and their lack of judgement in this matter has made them an unsuitable news source for Mahabodhi IP and it's related websites until such time as this is properly addressed.

The issues surrounding Tibet are already a smouldering powder keg, where cases of violence and aggression have overtaken what should otherwise be a peaceful demonstration, and for the Buddhist Channel to have erred in such fashion only sheds more light on the disease within institutionalized Buddhism, as well as the presence of political agendas within the Sangha.

Posted by: Gary Anderson | April 1, 2008 06:28 AM


"Greed is a sin against one's neighbor, since one man cannot over-abound in external riches, without another man lacking...
St. Thomas of Aquinas

Globolization, hi-tech, downsizing, deregulation, restructuring, buy-outs, privatization, people screwed everywhere as profits rose and wages fell. And as wages fell, food banks increased and people froze to death on sidewalks. In the meantime corporate executives, stock brokers, bureaucrats of financial institutions went for steak lunches, fishing trips, travelled in corporate jets, in Ferraris, paid themselves stratospheric salaries, gave themselves extravagant perks, organized lavish parties in mansions with fountains spouting vodka, took showers behind six-thousand dollar shower curtains, and bailed themselves out with golden parachutes, all the while fleecing stockholders and employees. So much for greed.

The British "iron lady" former Prime Minister of Great Britain, standardbearer of unbridled capitalism; sworn enemy of labor unions; paladin of economic liberty; in love with wealth and not money; forever scolding poor people for being lazy and warning them that if they ever slashed their throats no bandages would be given out, is now witnessing mortgage companies being bailed out by taxpayers. So much for free-market fundamentalism.

Posted by: LP | April 1, 2008 04:02 AM

Peudoreality prevails

I have a dream

The United States begin to experience shortage on strategic reserves of buffalo mozzarella cheese. British MI5 tips off CIA that in Italy is ready a new recipe for diossina mozzarella. Pakistani SIS fakes a letter of understanding between mr. Silvio Berlusconi and mr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad whose content reveals a deal for selling the new recipe to Iranians. This letter is written on a Ruandan Embassy printed sheet of paper found in a Neapolitan garbage contenitor.
By vengeance, mr. Romano Prodi reveals to the media that mr. Berlusconi wife is actually a SISMI secret agent.The United Nations send its inspectors in Italy to look for the diossina enriched mozzarella factories. They build an expensive underground radar but they can't find anything. CIA keep insisting with the United Nations inspectors that diossina enriched mozzarella is hidden in trucks and laurries constantly driving up and down along italian motorways. Italian vigili urbani (traffic wardens) are prompted to take actions. After few months of international consultations the United Nations Security Council reach the first resolution: Italians are forbidden to watch Bruno Vespa, Maria de Filippi, Enrico Mentana and La Domenica Sportiva tv programmes for one month.
Breach of the resolution would imply serious consequences.
Unexpectadly a black market of clandestine recordings of those programmes takes place in Italy.
After two weeks of frantic consultations the United Nations Security Council approve a final resolution for military intervention in Italy. Nato planes bomb the Vatican, Rai tv and Mediaset buildings, politicians are imprisoned in sardinia
(meanwhile sardinia island has been leased out to the American government) and mr. Berlusconi and mr. Prodi are imprisoned wating to be hunged.
Of course, no traces of diossina enriched mozzarella have been detected.

Posted by: Hartley Shawcross | March 31, 2008 08:39 PM

Maurizio, if you had been there you would have seen the butchered bodies taken to various hospitals around the square, or was it just a cinematographic trick to spread anti-Chinese hatred?

Posted by: Mark | March 31, 2008 02:33 PM

To Ali Taglia
Thank you for bringing the article to our attention.
I have the following comments on the Chinese reprisals in Tibet. Firstly, I need to stress the innacuracy of the generally referred to as the "Tiananmen Massacre". As a witness journalist for NBC on the night of the event in the square it is my opinion that in fact there was no massacre on Tianamen square on that particular night. What is now an historical untrueth the impression is of an indiscriminate massacre of the students and demonstrators on the square. The reality is somewhat different. The military intervened only after the students blocked a military APC and burned the soldiers inside it. When the military entered the square from all the surrounding Government buildsings their guns were trained upwards and not level against the demonstrators. As anyone that has witnessed this type of unrest will know shots fired upwards eventually fall to earth and the majority of casualties were caused by the falling bullets and bullets which ricocheted from the high buildings. From all the footage taken on the square that night including my own there was no evidence of a massacre in the true technical sence.
However, this does not condone the Chinese authorities in their responsability especially when most demonstrators may have died in the purges that followed.
Regarding the possibility that the Chinese authorities may have used sabotours disguised as Buddhist Monks this is a real possibility especially in view of the footage seen of monks in a rather destructive mode. As it is well know such destructive behaviour is totally contrary to the Buddhist belief.

Posted by: Maurizio Odello | March 31, 2008 10:59 AM

A real better world we only achieve in realizing esteem in our daily life.

Posted by: sikantis | March 31, 2008 06:13 AM

An article I recently found....PLEASE READ!

'Beijing orchestrating Tibet riots' Canada Free Press[Friday, March 21, 2008 10:20]
Brit spies confirm Dalai Lama's report of staged violence

By Gordon Thomas

London, March 20 - Britain’s GCHQ, the government communications agency that electronically monitors half the world from space, has confirmed the claim by the Dalai Lama that agents of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, the PLA, posing as monks, triggered the riots that have left hundreds of Tibetans dead or injured.

GCHQ analysts believe the decision was deliberately calculated by the Beijing leadership to provide an excuse to stamp out the simmering unrest in the region, which is already attracting unwelcome world attention in the run-up to the Olympic Games this summer.

For weeks there has been growing resentment in Lhasa, Tibet’s capital, against minor actions taken by the Chinese authorities.

Increasingly, monks have led acts of civil disobedience, demanding the right to perform traditional incense burning rituals. With their demands go cries for the return of the Dalai Lama, the 14th to hold the high spiritual office.

Committed to teaching the tenets of his moral authority—peace and compassion—the Dalai Lama was 14 when the PLA invaded Tibet in 1950 and he was forced to flee to India from where he has run a relentless campaign against the harshness of Chinese rule.

He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, the year of the Tiananmen Square massacre.

But critics have objected to his attraction to film stars. Newspaper magnate Rupert Murdoch has called him: “A very political monk in Gucci shoes.”

Discovering that his supporters inside Tibet and China would become even more active in the months approaching the Olympic Games this summer, British intelligence officers in Beijing learned the ruling regime would seek an excuse to move and crush the present unrest.

That fear was publicly expressed by the Dalai Lama. GCHQ’s satellites, geo-positioned in space, were tasked to cl osely monitor the situation.

The doughnut-shaped complex, near Cheltenham racecourse, is set in the pleasant Cotswolds in the west of England. Seven thousand employees include the best electronic experts and analysts in the world. Between them they speak more than 150 languages. At their disposal are 10,000 computers, many of which have been specially built for their work.

The images they downloaded from the satellites provided confirmation the Chinese used agent provocateurs to start riots, which gave the PLA the excuse to move on Lhasa to kill and wound over the past week.

What the Beijing regime had not expected was how the riots would spread, not only across Tibet, but also to Sichuan, Quighai and Gansu provinces, turning a large area of western China into a battle zone.

The Dalai Lama has called it “cultural genocide” and has offered to resign as head of the protests against Chinese rule in order to bring peace. The current unrest began on March 10, m arking the anniversary of the 1959 Uprising against Chinese rule.

However, his followers are not listening to his “message of compassion.” Many of them are young, unemployed and dispossessed and reject his philosophy of non-violence, believing the only hope for change is the radical action they are now carrying out.

For Beijing, the urgent need to find a solution to the uprising is one of growing embarrassment. In two weeks time, the national celebrations for the Olympic Games start with the traditional torch relay. The torch bearers are scheduled to pass through Tibet. But the torch could find itself being carried by runners past burning buildings and temples.

A sign of this urgency is that the Chinese prime minister has now said he is prepared to hold talks with the Dalai Lama. Just before this announcement, Britain’s Prime Minister Gordon Brown declared he would meet the Dalai Lama, who is to visit London next month. This is the first time either leader has pr oposed to meet the Dalai Lama.

Gordon Thomas is the author of the newly published Secrets & Lies: A History of CIA Mind Control and Germ Warfare (Octavo Editions, USA) and the forthcoming Inside British Intelligence (JR Books, UK).

Posted by: Sharman Weeks | March 31, 2008 12:22 AM

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