I cannot, must not, will not…

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The six-legged dog by Luigi Broggini

I’ve had numerous people getting in contact to tell me that www.beppegrillo.it is presumed to be blacked out inside ENI.

I cannot, must not, will not believe it.
If however it is true, I’d invite the employees of ENI to ask for an explanation from their Managing Director Paolo Scaroni: paolo.scaroni@eni.it.
When Enrico Mattei was at the helm, they would have set me as their home page.
I’m publishing a letter from ENI commenting this post.
There you go, I’m proud. They’ve put me on the same level as Rocco Siffredi.


" Dear Signor Grillo,

I’m writing directly to your email in response to your accusations of ENI blacking out your Blog.
You are right. From 13 March we have effectively prevented the navigation to any Blog on the Internet. But this is not an ideological “black out”.
ENI’s Internet system is extremely delicate for its activity and for the security of its own employees, especially those in offices abroad.

Daily, and especially recently we receive multiple attempts of computing “attack” to our system and to our information platforms actioned by all types of pirates and hackers.

In a special way, in recent weeks we have been subjected to an extremely unpleasant situation in which the relevant branch of the Postal Police of the Ministry of the Interior has intervened.
With this in mind, we have been obliged to block access to Internet sites that are not related to our work activity, including sites that relate to pornography, gambling, Blogs etc. We do this using software filters based on identifying “prohibited categories”.

There’s nothing particular for your Blog therefore and no censorship intention in relation to the opinions that you present.
Once this particularly delicate moment has passed, we will verify the possibility of reopening access, at least for the Blog category.

I hope to have clarified the situation adequately and I offer you my sincere greetings.”

Gianni Di Giovanni - ENI - Head of Media Relations

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Hi... I was just telling something about Eni... This summer I have been in Ecuador, and have seen how our beloved italien company works there. They are destroying 50 kilometers of the jungle to built there a street. There is much oil there. Eni also doesn't matter of the tribal population there and the campesinos. the air is so polluted, that black rain falls, and lot of people got cancer. They told one campesino, that is eny's way!
and now, take ya this: i work as a teacher in an italian elementary school, and one day I entered the teachers room and guess what i saw? there was a little paper, for kids, with informations how important the jungle in south america is, how we should all worry about and care about it. Nice picutres of monkeys and whatever... this newspaper for kids was written and publushed and send to all schools by the ENI COMPANY... long live our nice italian company.

Posted by: Patrick Pizzini | March 20, 2006 11:33 AM


Patrick: English please!

Posted by: Raffaella Biferale | March 18, 2006 12:51 AM


Colgo l'occasione
per buttare fango sull'eni. Lavorando nelle scuole elementari mi è pervenuto un opuscolo dell Eni, che spiega l'importanza di preservare l'ambiente, la foresta amazzonica etc. che spudorati. con i miei occhi quest anno in ecuador ho visto quanto li sta a cuore l'ambiente. infatti stanno trasformando una vasta area di foresta vergine in un paesaggio lunare, sradicando tutto, togliendo terre a popolazioni indigene, minacciando poveri campesinos. in ecuador la chiamano Eni's Way! siamo fieri della nostra azienda italiana! gogo eni, meno male che la gente non sa!!!

Posted by: Patrick Pizzini | March 17, 2006 08:06 PM


Visto che non posso fare il commento sul post in italiano (chissa perché), I do it in the english version:
Colgo l'occasione
per buttare fango sull'eni. Lavorando nelle scuole elementari mi è pervenuto un opuscolo dell Eni, che spiega l'importanza di preservare l'ambiente, la foresta amazzonica etc. che spudorati. con i miei occhi quest anno in ecuador ho visto quanto li sta a cuore l'ambiente. infatti stanno trasformando una vasta area di foresta vergine in un paesaggio lunatico, sradicando tutto, togliendo terre a popolazioni indigene, minacciando poveri campesinos. in ecuador la chiamano Eni's Way! siamo fieri della nostra azienda italiana! gogo eni, meno male che la gente non sa!!!

Posted by: Patrick Pizzini | March 17, 2006 08:00 PM


So, if I understand, this it will be quite normal for everybody if you take:
-6 minutes to surf on internet
-6 minutes to read and answer your private mails
-6 minutes for a sigaret
-6 minutes for a coffee
-6 minutes for private phone calls
-6 minutes to chat with your neighbours
-6 minutes for a snack
-6 minutes for the toilet
-6 minutes to think what you are going to do
-6 minutes to work not stressed at all
There is no one culture in the world where everything is alloweded to do but little by little, we will arrive:-)

Posted by: blisco jajo | March 17, 2006 07:42 PM


Back again to this issue?
I thought we already discussed it extensively in other postings.
We work an average of 9 hours daily. (US average is higher)
If during working time we take 6.5 min break per hour we have totally 58.5 min break time.
I think it is healthy and due to take at least 5 min break each hour. It helps to diminish stress, tension and can push people to produce more.
E.g. I am going to finish this boring task in the next 30 min, then I take 5 min break and then I start a new different one.
There are people smoking, some drinking coffee, some having snacks and other people going often to the toilet to release tension and recharge. Shall we ban those activities too? Because it takes the same time.

There are software (and some companies use it) that every hour interrupt your activities telling you to take a break!

As Raffaella pointed out if at the end of the day the work is done and quality is there employees are welcome to recharge themselves the way they prefer.

Rgrds,

M.G.

Posted by: M. G. | March 17, 2006 09:14 AM


I thought it would be interesting to read this article, Martin Jacques wrote in the GUARDIAN.

Here's the link:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,1731932,00.html

And here's the full article.

New Labour must recognise that Berlusconi is the devil

Blair's friend and ally lies in direct line of descent from Mussolini and poses a toxic threat to democracy

Martin Jacques
Thursday March 16, 2006
The Guardian


We should not be surprised that New Labour has become embroiled in a scandal that involves Silvio Berlusconi. There is something entirely predictable about it. Tony Blair was perfectly happy to embrace Berlusconi, together with the former Spanish prime minister José Maria Aznar as an ally at the time of the breach between Europe and the US in the months prior to the Anglo-American invasion of Iraq. He has seen Berlusconi as a valuable ally in pursuit of his pro-Bush foreign policy. In fact, he has consistently been closer to Berlusconi than to centre-left leaders such as the former German chancellor Gerhard Schröder. This sense of affinity has even acquired a personal and family dimension, with the Blairs accepting Berlusconi's hospitality and taking their vacations with the Italian leader at his holiday home.
Blair clearly feels a political and personal rapport with Berlusconi. And this has set the tone for New Labour: Berlusconi is regarded as a man to do business with. This is deeply disturbing. How can New Labour regard Berlusconi in such a light? How can it fail to see and reflect upon the malign influence that he has had on Italian democracy? And what does the silence on such matters and warm embrace of the Italian leader tell us about New Labour itself?
Berlusconi is the most dangerous political phenomenon in Europe. He represents the most serious threat to democracy in western Europe since 1945. It might be argued that the far right as represented by such openly racist and xenophobic figures as Jean-Marie Le Pen and Jörg Haider poses a more serious danger, but such figures remain relative outsiders in the European political scene. Berlusconi does not. During his two spells as prime minister there has been a very serious erosion of the quality of Italian democracy and the tone of public life.

Democracy depends upon the separation of political, economic, cultural and judicial power. Berlusconi's ownership of the major television channels - and his control of the state-owned network, Rai, during his premiership - together with his willingness to use this media power for his own naked political ambitions, has undermined democracy. Further, he has changed the laws of the land at will - using his majority in parliament - to protect his personal interests and save himself from the courts.

The connection between Berlusconi and Italian fascism is not difficult to decipher. There has always been a predictable tendency to expect fascism to recur in its old forms; but that has never been the main danger. What we should fear is the reappearance of fascism in a new guise, reflecting the new global, economic and cultural conditions of the time, while at the same time drawing on national traditions. Berlusconi is precisely such a figure. He treats democracy with contempt: at each turn he seeks to undermine, distort and abuse it. He has no respect for the independent pillars of authority - prepared to accuse the judges of being stooges of the opposition and describe them as "communists".

By his indiscriminate assaults on anyone who stands in the way of his personal rule and enrichment, he has poisoned Italian public life. He lies in direct line of descent from Mussolini. The failure of New Labour to recognise this - worse, to befriend him, to regard him as some kind of ally, to accept his largesse and hospitality - cannot be dismissed as an oversight. It calls into question New Labour's - and the prime minister's - world-view and political judgment.

Tessa Jowell is not a political innocent. She is a leading member of the cabinet. She has been assiduously working her way up the New Labour ladder for many years. She has long been a Blairite, enjoying a relationship of trust with the prime minister. She has faithfully reflected his views in regarding Berlusconi as a politically sympathetic figure with whom New Labour, and its leading families, could do business. She may or may not have known the intimate details of her husband's financial affairs but she surely knew that he had acted for Berlusconi, helped him to avoid taxes, and assisted him in his efforts to resist the judiciary. And, no doubt, Jowell saw nothing wrong in this. After all, Berlusconi had the blessing of her prime minister - he was, broadly speaking, "on our side".

But Berlusconi is a dangerous man to become entrapped with. He deals in the dark sides of Italian political life. His party, Forza Italia, worked tirelessly to ensure that it inherited the mafia vote from the corpse of the Christian Democrats. His financial tentacles have abused and disfigured Italian political life. He regards the law to be malleable, negotiable and corruptible. He who sups with the devil should expect to reap the consequences. The problem is that Blair and New Labour have never recognised that Berlusconi is the devil. Instead they have seen him as a friend and ally. They have never recognised, or at least sufficiently cared about, the toxic threat he poses to Italian or European democracy.

There are two main reasons for this. First, he is seen as a global soulmate of Bush and Blair. Second, some of the values he represents - money, celebrity and power - are ones that Blair himself aspires to and admires. New Labour shares certain characteristics with Berlusconi, notably an indiscriminate worship of business and moneymaking, a belief in the power of the media, and a contempt for the left. We are witnessing a slow degradation of European democracy, of which Berlusconi is the most extreme and pernicious expression but of which New Labour, in a much milder form, is part-cause and part-consequence.

As the Italian legal process winds its way slowly through the evidence, no doubt more revelations will come to light. Whatever David Mills has done or not done cannot be regarded as the responsibility of Jowell, Blair or New Labour. But the fact that New Labour has been prepared to embrace such an insidious political influence undoubtedly helped to persuade Mills that Berlusconi was an acceptable client and Jowell that there was nothing untoward in her husband dealing with such a man and playing such an intimate role in his affairs. For that the prime minister must take the main responsibility. Just as with Iraq, Blair stands guilty of a monumental political error. What is at stake is no less than the democratic wellbeing of one of western Europe's largest countries and, as a consequence, the health of the European polity.

· Martin Jacques is a senior visiting research fellow at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore

Posted by: Rosie Trenta | March 16, 2006 08:54 PM


whoops! Piper at the Gate of Dawn, that's was not addressed to you!
You live probably in the USA., and at 6.PM is your lunch time!

Posted by: Raffaella Biferale | March 16, 2006 07:18 PM


I read many posts in the italian blog, a lot of them was more or less like this:
" The companies can't permit that the employees can surf the net in the working time, the employees must work and not to fuck around..."
But till now there are more than 400 posts, and the most of this are written IN THE WORKING TIME.
I denote a big contradiction!
It's always the same old story: italians are always ready cry out for rules, but they are not able to respect them!
For me to surf the net in the working ours is not so reprehensible, if the quality of work is guarantee in the same time.

Posted by: Raffaella Biferale | March 16, 2006 06:58 PM


This is a grey area.
Normally in an office the workers should work.
At home they can do whatever they please but in the office we have to work.
This is intended to avoid that people would waste whole hours navigating in the web, hours that are paid.
If it's 2-3 minutes is another thing but if it's hours, then, for few ones, the rule must be applied to everybody.
I'm writing this from my office but now, for example, it's lunch time and this time is mine.
If people would be more responsible it wouldn't be like this.
On the other side, if ENI would want to look more equal, they could unlock the site during non-productive hours (I.E. Lunch, Dinner or breaks).

Posted by: The Piper at the Gates of Dawn | March 16, 2006 06:40 PM


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Posted by: clarence thomas | March 16, 2006 06:12 PM


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