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We live in a totally different world. Our employees are busy isolating themselves from the rest of the Country. Their alibi is governability. There can never have be too much governability for their liking. It has become like a drug. Maximum governability equates to minimum democracy. Control of the media equates to regime.
They are busy stripping democracy like one strips an artichoke of its leaves. One leaf at a time. They have already eliminated direct election. They have eliminated any differences between the various parties’ election programmes: the only remaining difference between the PD and the PDL is the letter “L”. They have eliminated the smaller parties. They have eliminated the opposition. Now they are about to eliminate Parliament.
Fini, the newly elected President of the Chamber, called Kriptonite Di Pietro to order when he brought up the matter of Tar Head’s criminal record and his conflict of interests. “Honourable Di Pietro, you are well aware that it is natural for there to be interruptions, but this also depends on what is being said”. An item missing from the bundle.
Topo Gigio and Tar Head sniffed each other. They decided that they actually liked each other. They got married. The marriage was consummated yesterday on a sofa inside a political complex, far away from the prying eyes of the rest of the Country. Far from the eyes of all those Italians that voted for the Democratic Party in the hope that they would constitute an effective opposition in Parliament rather than be buddy-buddy.
The decisions regarding our future are being made behind closed doors. There will no longer be any discussions held in Parliament. Parliament will only be expected to ratify the wishes of two people sitting drinking tea in some or other lounge. The deputies and senators will not present any opposition whatsoever. They have been elected by the party secretaries after all, not by the citizens. They are nothing more than well-paid employees dependent on their masters.
What is going on is the creation of closed-door democracy. The latest political creation of the italic genius. Emergencies by which the Country will be governed. The squatters, the refuse, security. First they create these emergencies and then they use them in order to justify their own existence. But they are the real emergency. A democratic emergency. The citizen must never find out, the Parliament must never speak out and the television and the newspapers must never inform. We can expect certain serious decisions to be taken for the good of the Country, always and only for the good of the Country. They are busy preparing the ground.

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Caro Beppe,

è vero che l'ultimo parlamento si e' votato di mantenere lo stipendio e tutti i perks come se fosse attivo per i 5 anni di mandato? O si tratta di una leggenda urbana questa?

Dear Beppe,
Is it true that the last Parliament is set to receive their stipend & benefits as if they were in power for the entire 5 years of their mandate? Or, is this just another urban legend.

Please respond.

Posted by: Francesca Maggi | May 20, 2008 02:34 PM

Caro Beppe,

è vero che l'ultimo parlamento si e' votato di mantenere lo stipendio e tutti i perks come se fosse attivo per i 5 anni di mandato? O si tratta di una leggenda urbana questa?

Dear Beppe,
Is it true that the last Parliament is set to receive their stipend & benefits as if they were in power for the entire 5 years of their mandate? Or, is this just another urban legend.

Please respond.

Posted by: Francesca Maggi | May 20, 2008 02:31 PM

sorry forgot the video of Political World

Dark, poignant, relevant today more than ever.

Posted by: maro saro | May 18, 2008 09:32 PM

vxn, Talk about atrocities: it seems we miss them even as they happen under our noses. Rescue efforts are always late or inadequate as the victims are dying off. "Never again" we say. Only to let it happen again. Case in point: Burma. An obtuse, criminal military gang is not allowing foreign aid to reach millions of Burmese people made homeless and foodless by a catastrophic cyclone. Hundedreds of thousands of people have died; hundreds of thousands more are missing. Millions are at risk for cholera and typhus yet, the gang of murderers in charge of Burma, have allowed only a trickle of foreign aid in the country and virtually no foreign aid workers. Why? The paranoid gang of criminals are afraid of possible alliances between pro-democratic forces in the country and foreign powers. And we thought nature was the the problem? The people's problem in Burma is political!

Burma's healthcare system was one of the best in the world. Today Burma's health sector ranks 190 out of 191 nations. TB is rampant in the country and a third of its children are chronically malnourished. Yet, the criminal gang in power spends 40 percent of the country's budget for its armed forces. Is there a shred of humanity somewhere in the hearts of these militaristic fanatics? It's time for humanitarian intervention! Crimes against humanity are being perpetreded as we speak in Burma! In the name of humanity the United Nations should go into Burma, pick up the criminals in power, take them somewhere, and try them for genocide. Will the United Nations do it? Not likely. But, "Never Again"! Right?

Posted by: LP | May 18, 2008 03:34 PM

by Bob Dylan 1989

We live in a political world,
Love don't have any place.
We're living in times where men commit crimes
And crime don't have a face

We live in a political world,
Wisdom is thrown into jail,
It rots in a cell, is misguided as hell
Leaving no one to pick up a trail.

We live in a political world
Where mercy walks the plank,
Life is in mirrors, death disappears
Up the steps into the nearest bank.

We live in a political world
Where courage is a thing of the past
Houses are haunted, children are unwanted
The next day could be your last.

We live in a political world.
The one we can see and can feel
But there's no one to check, it's all a stacked deck,
We all know for sure that it's real.

We live in a political world
Under the microscope,
You can travel anywhere and hang yourself there
You always got more than enough rope.

Posted by: maro saro | May 17, 2008 08:54 PM

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