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The elections have left a sense of emptiness. Representation emptiness. Participation emptiness. Voting was simply a cross. A ritualized gesture. The parties were one and the other one, the psycho dwarf and Topo Gigio. PDL and PD-without-L. The same logic of power. The same fear of losing power. The same programme. The same candidates, interchangeable, Ichino, Calearo, Carra, Ciarrapico. In the past, the Italians have chosen. For the Republic and for the Monarchy. For the social-communist front or for the Christian Democrats. They decided their future. Italians voted for divorce, for abortion, “no” to nuclear. For the abolition of public financing of the parties. For a new electoral law. In the past, they were voters, general public, campaign groups. Today they are nothing any more. They are aware that they have no reference points. No institution is a voice for the citizens. The fear of change makes everyone a relative, an accomplice, from Morpheus down. The parties are undressing democracy, one leaf at a time, like an artichoke. A feather at a time like a chicken. The citizen feels just a slight pain. Democracy becomes dictatorship, but no one knows. The Constitution is an unbearable weight for the parties. They organise wide-ranging understandings to change it. A mess up blessed by the Head of State. The magistracy is almost impotent. The law on intercepts will give them the final blow. The Police, as admitted by their leader, is living a perpetual amnesty. The delinquents are arrested and a minute later they are out, thanks to the “ad personam” laws of the psycho dwarf. Italy has gone bankrupt to save just one person. It would have been better to give him life-long impunity, a blank cheque, a one-way air ticket for Hammamet. Politics is dead. The citizens have understood, they are mourning inwardly. Emptiness. In response to the word “future” there’s an emptiness of words. Incinerators, nuclear power stations, militarization of the country. The education system is producing the best donkeys in Europe. The political system has liberated those with previous convictions in Parliament. Tiredness. Italy is tired. It has no exit routes. The system is blocked. Bokassa Bassolino and Tar Head are the same thing. They love each other without hiding it any longer. The Spartacus witnesses, the Rubbishtown trial, are killed like cherries. One attracts the other. There are no bodyguards for them. And if they are not there, there’s always a reason. Honest citizens are clandestines. They are the majority, but with hope removed, perplexed, incredulous. Waiting for a signal. Tiny cracks in the walls. This political system will finish, or the country will finish. Italians know this. Perhaps the parties don’t know it yet.

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Headstrong, did you hear the news from Wall Street? A barrel of oil is at $139.01. The Dow is tanking fast: it had lost 300 points when I last checked two or three hours ago. Unemployment rose more than expected in May. Now it stands at 5.5%. Since February, gone are 365,000 jobs. In California, Florida, Nevada and Arizona record numbers are forefeiting on their mortgages. The cost of the war is out of control. GM is permanently laying off 2,600 workers: demand for pick-ups and SUVs fell. Bush gave a speech today with background music playing "Happy Days Are Here Again." McCain promised to have more Americans die in Iraq. Tornadoes are lining up in the Gulf of Mexico waiting their turn to sweep up "tornado alley." But the good news is that oil companies are making unprecedented record profits. Commodities speculators are making money hand-over-fist. The boys at Bear Stearns got rewarded for having gone bankrupt. "Illegal aliens" are flown back to Mexico. Hilary will be V.P. McCain now knows the difference between Shiite and Sunnis. Bush's press-secretary has gone back to school and now she knows everything about the Cuban Crisis. And finally "Yankee do-do" abandoned the English side of the blog. Who says we have nothing to be cheerful about?

Posted by: louis pacella | June 7, 2008 12:06 AM


This is for Castelli: should he know how to read English and if he reads Beppe Grillo's blog -fat chance-.

Sir, you and your party should save the sarcastic remarks about the toxic waste from northern Italy sent to southern Italy. There are children, men, women in southern Italy who are dying as a result of the irresponsibility and greediness of some northern managers/industrialists.

Posted by: louis pacella | June 6, 2008 02:03 AM


This ain't no breaking news, but I'm not sure if it was reported in Italy. Just so it's in the know.

How do you prime a people for war? By starting a political propaganda campaign. How? Should you be the President of the United States, you pick thousands of young officers from your armed forces, turn them into political pundits and send them forth to spread the message of war in newspapers and on broadcast networks. Of course national media need to collaborate. And the American media collaborated with the Bush administration 4,500 times. At least that's if you believe an article that appeared in the New York Times, April 20, 2008. And guess what? If you believed it, then today you've got more reasons to believe it. Does the name Scott McClelland ring a bell? Well, it should. For three years he was press secretary to George Bush. He was the person in charge of all the press conferences held during that time on the Iraq war. He said that during all that time he believed wholeheartedly the rightousness of that war. Surprise! Surprise! In his recently released book, about the three years he spent spinning lies for George Junior, he confessed that the administration had led a "political propaganda campaign" to mislead the Americans on the war. And -and this is no surprise- he writes that American mainstream media allowed this propaganda by abandoning its watchdog reputation. -No danger for Italian mainstream media to abandon its watchdog reputation, except for a few courageous journalists and writers, it doesn't have one to abandon- had American media not been in "dereliction of its duty" McClellan says, "the country would have been better served." The upshot? According to freepress.net, "By secretely spinning America's involvement in the war, the Pentagon appears to be in violation of federal law against "covert propaganda." The corporate press' role in enabling this propaganda also raises legitamate questions about its obligation to present a full and open debate about the war and other issues of national concern. Many in Congress have called on the Pentagon to provide a full explanation." But Italians don't have to worry about something like that happening in Italy: Berlusconi has no need to recruit officers from Italy's armed forces and do "covert propaganda." He can do "overt propaganda" without breaking any laws.

P.S. Should anybody wish to sign the protest letter sent to the United States government by freepress.net go on: https://secure.freepress.net/site/SPageNavigator/Punditsol

Posted by: louis pacella | June 6, 2008 01:37 AM


I'm gonna smash my head against the nearest wall!
Every f*cking post by Beppe is a downer of the most self-castrating kind -- jeezuz friggin' christ: isn't anything working in f*cking Italy????

I've still gotta find a post where Beppe is even marginally happy. From his various pieces, even going back, what, 12 months? Two years? It's always the same damn sobbing lamentation!

ENOUGH!!! It's bad for your health, Beppe, and mine too. I'll have to stop reading you, Beppe, otherwise my goldbladder will burst...

Yaknow, here in the States we're not gonna be any better off: look at what's preparing for us... After a moronic president, now we gonna get either an Afro-American with strange beliefs or a decrepit old sicko who's going to die on us during his term of office... you'll see...

Meanwhile recession looms everywhere... ooooooohhhhhh....scary-y-y-y-yyyyy!!!

Posted by: Headstrong | June 6, 2008 12:30 AM


Hey Ed, they writing comments on this article ...
http://daily.stanford.edu/comments/2008/5/30/theTruthAboutTibet
Some is more furious then me with Stanford daily

Posted by: Gualtiero Cocco | June 5, 2008 10:43 PM


It's true, like that file, we never know enough.
I didn't. Thank you.

The octopus for a long time was thought to be asleep when he was still in the ocean. Later they discovered that was well alive and alert!

Like the octopus many readers are alert. When the right time comes they jump in with a comment and then they disappear. They follow their agenda like Shanghai Surprise.
This kind of people are there to suck informations
and to use them accordingly to their convenience and circumstances and propaganda.
As you know Ed India and China are invited for the first time to the Bilderberg meetings with a solid presence and some disagreements are already
sounding out from Jim Tucker & Alex Jones's trumpets music...
The octopus is alert! lol

Posted by: Gualtiero Cocco | June 5, 2008 07:04 PM


Great Ed just under their knees...you understood
well not loose time explaining,just the facts and names period. :)

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Posted by: Coman Constantin | June 5, 2008 03:19 PM


To those commenters who go on repeating " Things will never change" I say:
So long as you believe that, you are right. Not only are you right, but you help insure that "things will never change".
Where I come from, that's called a self-fulfilling prophecy.

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Posted by: eric | June 5, 2008 03:03 AM


Naturally, Louis, you are an immigrant... right?

Now let's hear the other side, pleeeeze?

Posted by: Ka Klax Klan | June 4, 2008 05:33 PM


I have no idea to what extent the present government, or Italians in general, wish to build bridges between them and identity groups. Judging from what happened in the last two or three weeks I should think the government and many Italians are not in the mood to listen to what immigrants might have to say. And that's a mistake. Why? Because Italians will not be able to escape the mass exodus of starving people moving North. Europe, and Italy in particular, should snap out of their fears and start adjusting for the huge demographic change that will occurr. Laws to protect the "race" will be like walls attempting to stop tsunamis. If Italy is to adjust to this reality, Italy must start a dialogue with mmigrants. Italians must understand their plight while explaining their fears. I watched Ballaro last night on the "security" issue. I'm not used to see an all- white panel talking on issues without the people living and experiencing those issues on a daily basis. Their absence made the talk-show a bit paradoxical for me. One of the reason that there is so much "fear" of foreigners in Italy is that ninety-nine per cent of the time foreigners are denied meaningful space in shows such as Ballaro', Porta a Porta, Anno Zero and media in general. Immigrants are seldom shown to be part of anything. Immigrants are not only economically marginalized and exploited by greedy employers they're also shunted aside by much of the media. Last night Ballaro', through a series of ugly sequences showed immigrants at their worse which only reinforced the stigma that says that immigrant are bad. Actually, the show was more of an exercise in fear-mongering than whether or not immigrants without proper documentation should be thrown in jail. Perception of fear is created by the quantity and quality of pictures and words people see and read about the focused subject. Last night, while white people discussed "security", scary images of scary looking people committing scary crimes flashed by the viewer: it was media telling the audience that foreigners are criminals. To be sure, I don't believe for a moment that it was planned and done intentionally, neverthless without the other side of the story the message was fear. The perception of fear -thus the need for security- is the easiest perception to create and the easiest for demagogues to ride. The blowback of fear is frenzy. And Italy has had a little taste of it a few weeks ago. Talking is much safer and productive than scaring.

Posted by: louis pacella | June 4, 2008 05:29 PM


Yeah, folks, let's all support BerlusKlan and make Illegal Immigration a criminal offence punishable by hanging, please.
But not imprisonment, because Italian jails are already overcrowded to maximum capacity!

Otherwise follow the politicians example, and have them in Parliament: it seems a reasonable solution to jail overflow, as it appears a good quantity of offenders sit either in the Senate or in the Chambers...

Posted by: Ka Klax Klan | June 4, 2008 05:09 PM


Hey, we got another preacher: ROLLY POLLY!

We've already got Beppe, and that's quite enough!

My future is in hand? Holy shit, I wanna get out!

Preacher follow your own preaching, and do open YOUR eyes: sheep and cattle are already here to stay, the immoral chicanery (christ, man, where're you getting your sermons from?) dominates absolute.

Hallelujia!! and Amen.

Posted by: Shitting Bull | June 4, 2008 04:54 PM


HA HA HA HA HAHAHAHA!!! Fabio, don't make me laugh!
If I look at "how the Italian politics and society is shaping up against the rage of Beppe and his meetups", then I'd have to decide that things are in fact getting much WORSE!!

Just check the current situations around Italy in relation to waste removal, recession, immigration, housing, pensions, inflation, banks & microeconomics, media handling, corruption inside & outside the government, mafia incremental pressure. It's a f*cking mess!

If Beppe is participant in "shaping" this up, then he should be shot (metaphorically speaking -- you never know, in Italy real shooting is cheap and I don't want to be misunderstood, you know)).

Posted by: Crying Game | June 4, 2008 04:44 PM


Crying Game = another blind individual who would rather live in a fantasy land where all is light and happiness: unless, of course, you open your eyes and ears. (And, in many places, take the clothes peg off you nose.)
But, "there are none so blind as those that will not see."
You really do have to challenge the status quo if any progress is to be made in Italy.
Presently, a form of commercio-political fascism is developing which will ultimately lead to the effective disenfranchisement of the ordinary person and the establishment of a dictatorship of the kind forecast in the novel "1984"; Big Brother.
The will to dominate is there and the technology well enough advanced for that to become a reality.
"The price of freedom is eternal vigilance."
Eyes to your politicians, my dear friends. You have a lot to lose by taking the easy path and raising your eyes to the sky and saying "..but what can I do about it?"
Your future is in hands. Should you accept the perfidy of those who use you like sheep and cattle for their own ends and not raise you voices and fists in anger at their immoral chicanery, then you will get what you truly deserve. Slavery.

Posted by: rolly wheeler | June 4, 2008 04:32 PM


All is going according to plan, and there's ABSOLUTELY NOTHING Beppe Grillo can do about it, no matter how high he pitches his screams!

The Power is still with the Powerful, the Money is still with the Moneyed (and Beppe is not any poorer, is he?), the Shit is still with the Shittakers.

Things in Italy will NEVER EVER change, in fact they'll get worse, if recent trends are to give us the hint...

Vaffanculo Days are just a happy pastime for the unhappy crowds, and Berlusconi imperat. I actually think Beppe is playing their game for free: the famous "panem et circenses" to distract the populace, while the political system flushes Italy down the drain.

Happy are those...

Posted by: Shitting Bull | June 4, 2008 04:29 PM


All is going according to plan, and there's ABSOLUTELY NOTHING Beppe Grillo can do about it, no matter how high he pitches his screams!

The Power is still with the Powerful, the Money is still with the Moneyed (and Beppe is not any poorer, is he?), the Shit is still with the Shittakers.

Things in Italy will NEVER EVER change, in fact they'll get worse, if recent trends are to give us the hint...

Vaffanculo Days are just a happy pastime for the unhappy crowds, and Berlusconi imperat. I actually think Beppe is playing their game for free: the famous "panem et circenses" to distract the populace, while the political system flushes Italy down the drain.

Happy are those...

Posted by: Shitting Bull | June 4, 2008 04:28 PM


All is going according to plan, and there's ABSOLUTELY NOTHING Beppe Grillo can do about it, no matter how high he pitches his screams!

The Power is still with the Powerful, the Money is still with the Moneyed (and Beppe is not any poorer, is he?), the Shit is still with the Shittakers.

Things in Italy will NEVER EVER change, in fact they'll get worse, if recent trends are to give us the hint...

Vaffanculo Days are just a happy pastime for the unhappy crowds, and Berlusconi imperat. I actually think Beppe is playing their game for free: the famous "panem et circenses" to distract the populace, while the political system flushes Italy down the drain.

Happy are those...

Posted by: Shitting Bull | June 4, 2008 04:26 PM


It IS working. Just look at how the Italian politics and society is shaping up against the rage of Beppe and his meetups.

Posted by: Fabio A. | June 4, 2008 02:48 PM


This blog is a real and proper "Wailing Wall".
You gotta be really close to committing suicide to linger around here...
What good is it doing to Italy, anyway?
Is anybody listening?
Is anything improving thanks to this blog?
Is it, ultimately, only a way of providing the disgruntled with some COMIC RELIEF?

Is it actually working...? Or just another marketing device for good ol' Beppe...?

Posted by: Crying Game | June 4, 2008 02:24 PM


...Meanwhile, Naples is again a killing floor -- thanks to waste galore & trash infights.

Where the hec is De Gennaro...???
PULL YOUR FINGER OUT!!!!

Posted by: Trashman | June 4, 2008 02:16 PM


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