The pied piper of the Mountains


Piero Ricca, the journalist who shouted "Puffone" to the little elephant in the Palace of Justice in Milan, and who was convicted for that, recently intervened at a conference with Fassino.
Piero Fassino was talking about work as a priority, of the centrality of work, of the importance of work in fact about work.

Ricca interrupted him and shouted his question about whether he intended to change the law about conflict of interests so that no one could be elected to govern thanks to the TV.

Fassino’s reply was “the law about conflict of interests will not provide work for anyone” and “we need to work out the priorities for those who want to govern this country.”
Ricca added: “It’s been five years and you haven’t done it (the law about the conflict of interests), Berlusconi is in the Government even thanks to you.

With a law about conflict of interests, without the TV ad personam, this government would not have lasted 6 months. Instead it has lasted 5 years.
But this is not a priority for the DS, as D’Alema once said. For them Mediaset is a resource for the country.
But whose interests are they working for?
For the electorate or for the small elephant?
Without free information, there’s no democracy. It’s not possible to put into action a Government programme and it’s not possible to establish true priorities.

Without free information however we have had Fazio, Consorte, and  the inconsiderate support for the TAV in Val di Susa.
Of course it’s in their nature, from the point at which they can’t turn back they go charging on straight ahead.

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What an aseptic climate in yesterday's debate!
Not that I was expecting some yelling and hollering but Prodi was looking almost asleep.
Looked to me mostly as routine warming up.
I will check the transcripts later, hoping to change my opinion.

Posted by: The Piper at the Gates of Dawn | March 15, 2006 03:13 PM

Hi Mae!
That's a undiscutable symptom of agitation and insecurity! He knows very well he hat no chances to win!
That's wonderful!!!!

Posted by: Raffaella Biferale | March 15, 2006 10:33 AM

So guys what do you think about the debate?

To me one thing it is clear Mr. Berlusconi draws wonderful circles, squares and lines ;-)

He spent almost two hours drawing on his papers.


Posted by: Maena Gambaiani | March 15, 2006 12:49 AM

And now, Seks Laski, you have to explain us what Alicia Silverstone has to do with Ricca, Fassino & Berlusconi.

Posted by: The Piper at the Gates of Dawn | March 14, 2006 09:56 PM

Alicia Silverstone was born on October 4, 1976, in San Francisco, California as the youngest of three children to parents Monty Silverstone, a real-estate investor, and Didi Silverstone, a former flight attendant. Alicia's career began at the tender age of six when her dad, Monty, took some photos of his young daughter. The photos allowed her to get some modeling gigs which then led to television commercials. After a guest spot on "The Wonder Years" (1988) as a literal "dream girl" she moved on to movies. She landed a role in The Crush (1993), a sort of Fatal Attraction for teenagers in which she portrayed a disturbed young lady obsessed with an older man. The nasty little role didn't impress the critical establishment but it wowed its target audience of teenagers. In fact, the role won her the 1994 MTV Movie Award for "Best Villain" and "Breakthrough Performance". It is interesting to note that during the filming of The Crush (1993), Alicia became an emancipated minor in order to get around child labor laws which would have interfered with her working hours. She was a dedicated actress from early on. The Crush (1993) also caught the attention of Aerosmith, who hired her to appear in a string of their music videos. The first of them, "Cryin'" was voted the number one video of all time on MTV. Silverstone was definitely a hit with the MTV crowd, but larger commercial success had still eluded her. That all changed when she landed the role of "Cher" in Amy Heckerling's Clueless (1995). The "Cher" character was the antithesis of her role in The Crush (1993). This time around, Silverstone was a naive yet endearing girl from Beverly Hills in search of love in the nineties. The film was a huge sleeper hit at the box office and wowed both audiences and critics alike. It also demonstrated Alicia's strength and bankable. She was hailed as the woman of the hour, and branded the spokeswoman for an emerging young generation. She signed a deal with Columbia Tristar worth $10 million and got the coveted role of Batgirl in the Batman franchise. Also, as part of the package, she got a three-year first-look deal for her own production company, "First Kiss Productions". The first film released by "First Kiss" was Excess Baggage (1997).
Won "Best Female Performance and "Most Desirable Female" by the MTV Movie Awards in 1996 for her performance in Clueless (1995).
Confirmed on BBC Radio 1 that she is not "going out" with Kenneth Branagh. [6 April Britney Spears000]
In an interview with "FHM", she denies that she is dating Kenneth Branagh. [January Britney Spears000]
Refuses to appear nude in any of her movies. She requires a body double in her place for nude scenes. Also, when starring in the stage version of "The Graduate," she insisted on wearing underwear for the faous nude-scene. The producers were forced to let her do this because, otherwise, she would have resigned from the show.
Was offered the role of Valerie Malone, on "Beverly Hills, 90Britney Spears10" (1990). Since it was the beginning of her career, Alicia turned it down, and Tiffani Thiessen got the role instead. [1994]
Dated Adam Sandler
Is a vegan.
Parents are English
Dated Christopher Jarecki, lead singer of the unsigned rock band, Underdogs, for eight years, before marrying him.
First commercial was for Domino's Pizza.
Became legally emancipated at 15 in order to work the hours required for the shooting schedule of The Crush (1993)
Was turned down for the lead in My Father the Hero (1994). They said she was too heavy for the part. The role went to Katherine Heigl.
Attended San Mateo High School in San Mateo, California. She was a cheerleader.
Daughter of Monty Silverstone
Half-sister of David Silverstone and Kezi Silverstone.
Born at 3:44pm-PDT

Posted by: Seks Laski | March 14, 2006 08:14 PM

Thanks!!!!That's very kind of you!

Posted by: Raffaella Biferale | March 14, 2006 06:18 PM

I am not sure about that, but let me have a look at the format and quality tomorrow.
Maybe I can make it available on-line.


Posted by: Maena Gambaiani | March 14, 2006 05:25 PM

I think Mr. Berluska and friends should find a new name for their party.

The appropriate one would be: NSDAP.

Is the same crap anyway.

Posted by: The Piper at the Gates of Dawn | March 14, 2006 04:16 PM

Maena, do you think I can find this CD here in Italy? I would like to watch it!

Posted by: Raffaella Biferale | March 14, 2006 04:01 PM

Heyla Mr. * Dublino,
if you’d like to get another point of view you can watch WIDE ANGLE.
I just got the CD last evening from a friend of mine who got it some time ago from American friends.
I saw the first 5 minutes and Mr. Berlusconi and his government look likely a media dictatorship than anything else.
I will watch it tomorrow, since tonight it is debate night @21:00 hrs.
It is old material (couple of years), produced completely by Americans reporters, journalists, editors, publishers and so on.
We understand that it was clear to everyone else outside Italy what was happening in our country.

Mo-Bi-Li-Ta-Zio-Ne x Prodi!!

But if Frassino or someone else in the coalition keeps saying this crap we send them back home too. Right?



Posted by: Maena Gambaiani | March 14, 2006 03:26 PM

dear all,

I need to confiss you all that sometime I feel so depressed when i consider how my country is getting on..

yesterday I have watched "berlusconeide" a documentary in dvd which explains who is B.; his bussiness with "Cosa Nostra" of which Dell'Utri (convicted with 9 years sentence) was the link between B. and Mangano, a mafia boss who has been working for few years in Arcore, The Prime Minister's residence.

It's simply UNBELIEVABLE what is going on in my fu**ing country.

Mo-Bi-Li-Ta-Zio-Ne x Prodi!!

Let's save ITALY from an immense DISASTER!

P.S.Find below the link by which you to watch free the movie "Citizen Berlusconi" censured in Italy!!

Posted by: Delfino * Dublino | March 14, 2006 01:48 PM

As I center-left-wing voter that was my first question to the Center-left-wing why the law about the conflict of interests was not passed while they were governing Italy?

I am sure you had the chance to watch the show RAIOT that Sabina performed in Bologna, if not I advise you to get it.

She asked the very same question to the DS spokesman.
When I heard his answer I though this guy is either…or

• Brain-damaged
• On drugs
• Drunk
• Lier, lier, lier, lier, lier, lier, lier, lier, lier, lier, lier, lier

These people and who they represent MUST go home together with psycho-dwarf.

About what happen during Annunziata’s show it is nothing new to me.
Mr. Berlusconi was doing his Berlusconi’ things as usual, we know him for 5 years now.
And Sig.ra Annunziata is getting ready to jump on the next Left-wing bus.
I hope they will eventually kick her off the bus.
Italians should be sick and tired of this sort of journalists, if we can call them journalists.


Posted by: Maena Gambaiani | March 14, 2006 10:12 AM

And why do they keep a timebomb like that on TV, then?
It's like facilitating the adversary's victory.

Posted by: The Piper at the Gates of Dawn | March 13, 2006 09:34 PM

Piper at the Gates of Dawn,you are right!
I think is her character, she is too disagreable and not enough comunicative!
What a pity!

Posted by: Raffaella Biferale | March 13, 2006 06:53 PM

With Annunziata we had the chance of having the right information for the Italians but she blew it because she doesn't know how to conduct an interview.
It's like the O'Reilly Factor on the US Fox Channel.

Posted by: The Piper at the Gates of Dawn | March 13, 2006 06:45 PM

Finalmente una giornalista (Annunziata) che cerca di fare il proprio lavoro in una maniera semi decente, al contrario del 99 % dei giornalisti italiani, servi, vermi e senza coglioni.

Posted by: Carmelo Abbate | March 13, 2006 06:19 PM

What can i say.......
Italian TV is probably the worst in makes priests wanna have sex with 16 years old girls....If you take out of the shows all the half naked 20'something girls (or the older "girls"
all redone surgically)...then you are left with very mediocre
group of guys basically arguing with each other ( and I mean screaming over each other! ) over...NOTHING!! or just sucking up
to the "dwarf...berlusca" maybe just for fear of been fired.
Mediaset of all is the SLOPPIEST station...they might as well just show porn-movies on it( and in between shows just show a picture of Berlusconi from when he was young and had
ahhh!!! I feel better now

Posted by: salim visini | March 13, 2006 06:11 PM

English, please! :-)

Posted by: Raffaella Biferale | March 13, 2006 02:33 PM

I don't like Annunziata too. But, as I wrote on italian version, I think that Berlusconi's behavior was unprecedented, and absurd!
He behave like a firm owner, not like a prime minister.
A prime minister can't say in TV: I stand up and go, like a little child who says: I don'tplay with you anymore!

Posted by: Raffaella Biferale | March 13, 2006 02:32 PM

Caro Beppe,
ma perché dici che in Italia non c'é libertá di informazione. Non é vero............
.......era una battuta!!! Hai visto cosa stá succedendo su Rai3 solo perché la Annunziata si é permessa di fare delle domande scomode a Berlusconi? Fare domande non gradite significa avere opinioni diverse ovvero opinioni condivise (ad oggi) da circa il 47% del popolo italiano votante.
è una vera vergogna l'ossequianza che regna in Italia nei confronti dei potenti, in qualsiasi ambito, non solo quello giornalistico. La meritocrazia non apartiene piú a questo paese e con essa tutte le varie forme di libertá.
Speriamo che la sinistra capista cosa é giusto e la smettano anche loro di fare gli interessi del portatore nano di democrazia.
Sei un grande Beppe, grazie di esistere a te ed al tuo blog, l'unica fonte italiana di informazioni non "geneticamente modificate".


Posted by: Alberto Lonis | March 13, 2006 11:57 AM

I hope “Santa Lucia” gets the same treatment that she dished out to the extremely talented Ms Sabina Guzzanti.
I have no sympathy for that pompous Santa Lucia. She deserves everything that will be coming her way.

The box is only for obscene, vulgar stupid programmes. Information should be a priority and it does not even feature as true & honest reporting. As for the printed stuff, not even worth toilet paper. Who buys the printed stuff?

Blogs are where one finds information.

Posted by: Marcia Visanji | March 13, 2006 09:34 AM

If you speak italian you MUST see it!

Posted by: Raffaella Biferale | March 13, 2006 12:26 AM

Baldilocks insulting and walking out on Santa Lucia!I can almost see tomorrow's left-wing newspaper full of it, instead of some useful information on what else is going on in the world (like more gas cuts). In the two minute exerpt broadcast on TG3 this evening (thank goodness I had already finished eating) you couldn't actually hear what she was saying; her voice was completely covered by His boring boom. Deliberate I guess. Who knows - perhaps she WAS saying something really INTELLIGENT, but no-one will ever know.
It stank of grand pre-election farce. Ad esempio: how come Santa Lucia, with her rotten record, has become such a fearless challenger of the PM all of a sudden? Makes you wonder....see Marco Travaglio's comment this evening on his site.

Posted by: Maureen Lister | March 12, 2006 11:06 PM

Without conflict of interests, the left would not have any arguments (and possibility) to win next elections. Many items in the left and right program of government are so similar ...
And we could not see a show like today between Berlusconi and Annunziata.


Posted by: DANIELE B. | March 12, 2006 10:42 PM

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