The Fazio Yellow Submarine


We are a country in information apnea.
Uncomfortable news comes and goes but above all it goes.
News is like a submarine, for a bit, it stays on the surface and then it dives down into the abyss into some deep Marianne Hole away from News Broadcasts and Newspapers.
And if they really have to talk about it, it turns up on page 20 of the newspapers or on the midnight News broadcasts.
Let’s play a game.
The game of the news items that are always acceptable: the “surface News items” and the News items that are talked about only when really necessary and then for a short time and in moderation: the “submarine News
Surface News
A declaration by Casini is surface News.
A declaration by Mastella is surface News.
A declaration by Rutelli is surface News.
A talk by Ruini is surface News.
A talk by the Pope is surface News.
Islamic Terrorism is surface News.
is surface News.
Snow on the motorway is surface News.
Every declamatory statement from Tronchetti is surface News.
Football and its presidents are surface News.
Victory for Ferrari or Valentino Rossi is surface News.
Tits and bums and money are pure surface News.

Submarine News

Bird flu is submarine News.
The electoral law is submarine News.
Falluja is submarine News.
No Tav (fast train)/Val di Susa is submarine News.
The conviction of Previti is submarine News.
The final conviction of people sitting in Parliament is submarine News.
The parliamentarians who will not be tried because their crimes will reach their cut off dates soon enough thanks to the ex-Cirielli law is submarine News.
The names of those who have been convicted of associating with the mafia and yet hold public office is submarine News.
Death as a result of accidents at work is submarine News.
The monopoly by Telecom/Enel/Eni is submarine News.
The collapse of digital terrestrial TV is submarine News.
The strike by consumers is submarine News.
The privatisation of water is submarine News.

Fazio is the commander of a submarine fleet.

Posted by Beppe Grillo at 10:02 PM in | Comments (11)
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Great Beppe!!
You are absolutely right!!
But how is this happening?
Who is the responsible for this?
As the guys in the video (, suggested above from Pablo, said,
I'm delighted to see so many submarine-news in this site!!!

Posted by: Diego Canciani | December 9, 2005 09:11 PM

Is the purchase of a new nuclear submarine by Israel also "submarine news"?

What do you want for Christmas? Post answers at my site:

I'll give the most interesting post an MP3 player.


Posted by: Buddy Holly | December 7, 2005 11:25 AM

That's right Beppe!

This is certainly more interesting than Celentano's "rock and not rock"!

I'm sorry for who can't watch Italian TV and doesn't know mr. Celentano...
(Well, maybe I don't have to be sorry, they are lucky they can't!!!)

Posted by: Fabio | December 7, 2005 11:22 AM

Did I say, "Fantastic Post, Beppe!"
p.s. It's "The Mariana Trench".

Tits and ass is front page news, for sure. In the US, we have another surface event known as "missing white woman."

There's another technique in "working" the submarine news. Release the news item on Friday afternoon, considered the end of the "news cycle". Nobody notices if it hits the wires on the weekend. This has been used to release exceptionally unpleasant, embarrasing news from the Pentagon. (Note that the US DoD is _always_ unpleasant and's just that some days are worse than others).

Posted by: Brigitte Quinn | December 6, 2005 06:16 PM

If we will keep on going like this oon we will have a big swastika on our Italian flag with everybody approving it.

Posted by: Giovanni Principe | December 6, 2005 06:16 PM

I've been following the Fazio affair. My God, that guy is an SOB, swollen with arrogance. Geez, he could even teach corrupt US politician Tom Delay a thing or two. He's sent impropriety off the scale.

Amici, this guy is un-freaking-believable.
1)Fazio sabotages two foreign (AMRO and Banco de Bilbao) friendly bids to take over two different Italian banks;

2) Fazio allows this cretin Fiorani to insider trade, pocketing 200 million euros, then he accepts lavish gifts from him;

3)Then Fazio fires two Central Bank inspectors who blow the whistle on 2) above;

4) Fazio hires a croney from retirement to run the exchange office;

5) Intends to reorganize the central bank to pack it with croneys and fire the good guys;

6) Has the balls to say he did it all for the sake of Italy.

Mamma mia!

Posted by: Brigitte Quinn | December 6, 2005 06:07 PM

Have you ever seen the movie "Metropolis"?
The situation of the movie, made in 1926 by Fritz Lang, is similar to today's realities: the reality of the upper surface and the reality of the lower one.
I leave the rest to your imagination and opinions.

Posted by: Giovanni Principe | December 6, 2005 05:37 PM

To me it seems the problem is regulation/monopoly rather than the technology itself. If there wasn't such a tight grip, the best and most affordable technology will generally win.

(a londra ma per due anni sono stato a Bologna)
Posted by: John | December 6, 2005 02:28 PM

I 100% agree with you.

Ivan (a Londra da 7 anni, ma nato e vissuto a Modena 26 anni della sua Vita )

Posted by: Ivan Bettelli | December 6, 2005 05:27 PM

Just a comment on digital terrestial TV, as I meant to write before. I don't know all the details of the Italian system, but in the UK digital terrestial is perhaps following a different path.

Most manufacturers (for the UK) are building TVs and other devices with the digital box built in. Here it's called freeserve, and there are about 20 TV and 20 digital stations free to air. It is a decent package with no subscription. If you don't want to pay for SKY (perhaps 20+ sterling per month for an okay package), the free digital channels offer a decent alternative.

Yes, there are many internet and cable channels on offer, most football teams here offer a pay-service for their matches online, but this does not mean that digital terrestial TVC *has* to be a dead duck. It is certainly competing in the UK as a low cost/free alternative to chargeable services. We also have many free digital channels on a network called DAB which excellent compared to FM. For example, we have radios here with a rewind button now so skip back a few minutes in case you missed something on the live broadcast.

To me it seems the problem is regulation/monopoly rather than the technology itself. If there wasn't such a tight grip, the best and most affordable technology will generally win.

(a londra ma per due anni sono stato a Bologna)

Posted by: John | December 6, 2005 02:28 PM

take a look at video section

Posted by: Pablo Gallo | December 6, 2005 01:18 PM

Great Grillo: the best article ever!

South Australia

Posted by: Roberto Pellegrini | December 6, 2005 12:59 PM

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