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”Good day to you all.
Every so often there is some enlightened thinker who makes out that Italian TV doesn’t count.
That owning a TV station in the end is marginal. That “il Cavaliere” hangs on to his stations like that, because he’s fond of them, but that in reality they don’t change how things are nor do they change elections. That may be true, however, for the last few weeks, while there is a terrifying crisis hanging over Italian politics or rather the financial crisis should be hanging over them like it is for the other political classes who are dedicating all their energy to it, our political class is concentrating its energy on TV topics.
The parliamentary committee for supervision of the RAI, for which nominations will probably come from the committee itself and from the Majority, with the collaboration of the usual quota of Opposition collaborationists, before Christmas.
And now the tax on Sky.

...


To finish off this little chat, I was reminded of what Montanelli wrote prophetically back in 1994. He was one of a limited number writing in “La Voce”, to talk about “regime” as soon as Berlusconi came to power.
A few months after Berlusconi took over, as soon as he had taken control of the RAI, by appointing Letizia Moratti, who was anyway immeasurably better than the class of leaders that is currently displayed by the people of the Centre Right.
Montanelli already lucidly understood that when those who control nominate those who are controlled and when those who are controlled are hand in glove with those who control, and when competition no longer exists because Company A is also busy with Company B, its competitor, it is a bit as though Fiat could appoint the top brass in Toyota.
OK, I made a note of Montanelli’s words, and I published this in an article I did for Micromega dedicated to the regime lickers in these first six months. On 20 September 1994 and on October 1994, Indro Montanelli, wrote two memorable articles that could be published exactly as they are even today with no problem.
”This time as well, it’s a matter of carving things up. Carried out completely autonomously, it’s true, like a killer shoots completely autonomously, given that the gun is his, and it is his finger that pulls the trigger. ..”

...

And then he launched into a forecast that is the one I want to leave you with so that you can reflect on this: “We have to get ready to present our apologies to Emilio Fede. We have always described him as a bootlicker, in fact as the archetype of this frivolous fauna, with the complicating factor of joyousness.
Often the bootlicker, having done the licking, and when their masters cannot see them, pull a face and become moody. Not Fede.
Once he has done what is needed, he smiles he gets ecstatic like a joyous goose..But I’m afraid that in a short while we’ll have to think again about him, to lament his interventions and identify them as models of objectivity and moderation.
Certain TV and radio programmes of the RAI already give us this idea (just think – this was in 1994 – what would he say if he had seen what they do on radio and TV today?) when without even waiting for the installation of the new bosses they adjust to the new climate of ‘it’s all OK, my Lady’ – the optimism that “il Cavaliere” talks about - that they have to make themselves into the ones acting as guarantors.”
Today, to set up a regime, there’s no need for a “March on Rome” nor for a blaze at the Reichstag, nor for a “coup” at the Winter Palace. It’s enough to have the so-called communication mass media: and among those the sovereign and irresistible one: television. (...)

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We, however are inside this TV drama of “borgatari” (marginalised city dwellers), and we will soon be getting ready to celebrate the centenary of the birth of the great Montanelli, and in the meantime, so that we don’t become borgatari as well, let’s spread the word!
Ciao"

PS Thursday 4 December, the blog will be present as a reporter at the Court of Accounts for the hearing on the slot machines and the 98 billion that they are thought to owe to the State. The video will be published on the blog. See the post of 12 January 2008: “The hunt for the tax evaders

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Good idea in the wrong hands
Good morning!
I am an Italian boy and I am interested in water potabilization with UV rays.
The idea: UNICEF uses chlorine and UV rays for potabilization BUT
everybody could have UV rays and SODIS NOW, instead UNICEF says: "Wait 2015 and we halve the number of persons without water". Yes, I will surely wait! WHO says that water potabilization with UV rays costs 0,02 $ for 1000 liters of water and that SODIS ( simple exposure of water bottles at the sun for a day for potabilization ), is a good idea.
( UV: example: 900$ in 1997, 1 liter in 2 seconds and only 40 Watts ( a little photovoltaic module ) and other examples confirm and improve this. ).
Well: why "wrong hands": I am not the right person. Only good persons can think about this and you are. The problem is: "Are you interested in this?".
UV rays and SODIS for everybody NOW! NO EXCUSE.

You cancelled this message last time, this means that this is not a good idea. Well, cancel this again, let's all wait 2015. Perhaps it is really not a good idea.

Posted by: Alessandro Diamante | December 6, 2008 06:14 PM


Shoppers kill for bargains, trample people to death.

Exaggerating?

It happened outside New York,on so-called "Black Friday" - the day after Thanksgiving and the first day retailers' bottom line goes from red to black.

Last Friday, thousands of people crowded in front of Wall Mart for the annual sale event kick-starting Christmas shopping.

They came and waited hours before the five o'clock a.m. opening of the store.

The wait turned expectation into anxiety and anxiety turned into frenzy.

A few minutes to five they crashed the store's thick-glassed door.

A security guard inside the store tried to contain the rushing tide of humanity only to be bowled over, swept under their feet and trampled to death.

Fearful of their lives other employees climbed on tables to get out of the way.

Even as paramedics were frantically trying to save the dying man stretched out on the floor people kept on shopping.

I think the TV commercials are hyped to the extreme, getting louder and louder.

Tele-salesmen scream, "Come on down before everything is sold" making people feel they are missing out on "dwindling" supplies that people just gotta have.

I guess last Friday the fear of missing out on something, became panic and thousands of shoppers stampeded and trampled the poor worker to death.

Posted by: louis pacella | December 2, 2008 10:35 PM


I recently wrote a letter to the International Herald Tribune in response to an article the paper wrote on Berlusconi suing an author of a book. Please see my letter below:

In the article “Italian prime minister with a hand in TV news sues his journalist critics”, it was disappointing to read the other related assaults on free speech by the entrenched political class in Italy such as having bloggers register with a government agency was not mentioned in the story. While the Rome bureau chief does mention comic turned civic activist Beppe Grillo in her article, Ms. Donadio fails to mention the amount of work on the behalf of democracy, transparency, and free speech in Italy and the persecution Beppe Grillo and other bloggers have also faced from Italian politicians and Prime Ministers.

To put Italian free speech and press freedoms in a comparative light, Ms. Donadio should have mentioned that the recent actions by Silvio Berlusconi are not new actions for Italian political leaders and that it was Beppe Grillo who was one of the first people to have his free speech stifled in Italy by a political leader. After first being warned when he discussed the Masonic lodge P2 in 1984, Beppe Grillo, one of the most popular comics in Italy at the time, was thrown off the airwaves in 1987 after making fun of Prime Minister Bettino Craxi. Ms. Donadio should have elaborated on Berlusconi’s friendship with this former Prime Minister who was later found guilty of corruption and how this friendship with Craxi helped Berlusconi get his media empire started in 1984. Like Michael Bloomberg in New York, Silvio Berlusconi was one of the first media conglomerate owners to use his control of

In addition to this omission, the Rome bureau chief failed to mention that the Berlusconi government as well as the previous center left Prodi government has tried to stifle free speech on the internet with legislation that requires all blogs to register with the government. The collusion of the Italian political parties in protecting themselves from the transparency the internet offers is evident with the fact that the new blogger registration draft law was written by a center left Partico Democratico member, Franco 'Ricardo' Levi.

The more frightening aspects of the article by Rachel Donadio is that like the reporter, David Lane from the Economist, I hope the Rome bureau chief for the Times is not being intimidated not to include some of this information for fear retaliation or lack of future access to the Berlusconi government.

Posted by: paul Scaglia | December 2, 2008 12:22 PM


I realise this is OT but I have just received this little gem from a fellow Internet user:

Did you know the Government is proposing an internet censorship scheme that goes further than any other democracy in the world?

I've just signed a petition to prevent the scheme that will make the internet up to 87% slower, more expensive, accidentally block up to one in 12 legitimate sites, will miss the vast majority of inappropriate content and is very easily sidestepped. The government of the day may add any ‘unwanted’ site to a secret blacklist under the scheme.

Our Government should be doing all in its power to take Australia into the 21st century economy, and to protect our children. This proposed internet censorship does neither. Can you join me and take action on the net today to save the net?

http://www.getup.org.au/campaign/SaveTheNet/442

PEOPLE ... YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

Posted by: Gianna Mian | December 2, 2008 11:44 AM


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