Silent Night, Holy Meteorite


A Christmas message from the blog and from Stefano Benni.
Happy Christmas. Beppe Grillo.

ďDear Meteorite,
The scientists have said that you will destroy the earth by the year 2017. I donít know whether itís true. I know that on this planet the serious scientists are hardly ever listened to. And then we discover that they are right. Only the scientists who say that this economy and this science is the best possible are listened to. Those that donít agree with them are catastrophy-ists and eco-terrorists.
Really 2017 is a bit soon. I calculated that earth would finish in 2046, as global warming scientists maintain. Thus for Christmas Iím giving presents of just sweet things and salamis that are OK for a short period.
Now dear little Meteorite, I would like to ask you something. I know that up there in the universe there are great transformations and revolutions, thousands of millions of worlds that are born and that die, stars that disappear like trials against Previti and black holes like the balance sheets of Tim.
Thus itís possible that in this great din, you donít hear the voices of the great cosmic protagonists like Mastella, Casini, Calderoli or Scaramella. Thus, if you have decided to eliminate us like a skittle in the bowling alley, just go ahead.
Perhaps our country deserves it. Those that are ďno taxĒ and make out that they are poor and then are discovered taking holidays in the Maldives and in the Tropics have gone up by 30 per cent, they deserve it.
This right wing deserves it. It has just lost power and is mad with rage, not even knowing what is the dignity of opposition. This mollycoddled left wing deserves it as it takes a slapping without reacting, it compromises and constructs an arrogant finance law that it then has to take to pieces bit by bit.
The so-called undecideds deserve it who just because they get an extra tax they repent for having voted and then in one day they forget the 5 years of a centre-right government that was corrupt, incapable and depending on the intelligence of the super-rich.
A country that insults the partisans, the homosexuals, the immigrants, and that bows down to any great thief. A country that is infiltrated by mafia not only in a region but everywhere, from the great economy to the tiny building site, to the TV sharing of the football championship.
A country that, precisely at the time that it has sent him into opposition, demonstrates that it deserves Berlusconi and his inspiration-ists. But even if you donít believe it, dear Meteorite, in this country there are lots of people who take responsibility, who help others, who work and who think about being citizens with rights and (horrors! ) even with duties. Lots of people (unfortunately not the majority, and perhaps itíll never be so) who do not think that right and left are the same thing. And neither that itís the same thing to choose an honest person or a thief, air or smog, war or diplomacy, progress or exploitation.
Iím not asking you to give them a chance: to choose those to be saved would give rise to 3000 commissions, or sub committees, there would be upheaval, and at the end it would be your arrival that would resolve the question.
I propose: if we get organised and take a million children and young people and we take them to New Zealand, you couldnít hit us at the other side, so that at least they would survive and the humanoid race would be given a second chance? A Tiny chance, go on. Perhaps we wonít achieve it. Perhaps they will become villains like us. But at least let them try.
There are four reasons: three are important, and one is less so. The three important ones are:
First, I would like to see how many kilos and how many libel actions Beppe Grillo manages to achieve.
Second, I would like to see a game where they gift a fictional goal to Bologna against Juventus.
Third, Iíve got life insurance and I get back the capital in 2018.
Fourth, less important, is this: I believe that this world is the best of all because I have never seen another one.

I thank you, dear Meteorite, and I wish you a good journey. Watch out because when you arrive in the earthís atmosphere youíll find a hundred thousand bits of satellite, tons of intergalactic radioactive rubbish, orbiting toilets, fragments of free polonium and Montezemolo and Silvio who are trying to escape in their personal jet.
However, Happy Christmas to you too, dear Meteorite, and if you are tired, stop a bit and have a rest..Ē

by Stefano Benni (il lupo)

Posted by Beppe Grillo at 11:56 AM in | Comments (7)
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didn't know that Enrico Fermi was not Italian...

Posted by: Giovanni Principe | December 26, 2006 11:48 PM

You must not have known that Enrico Fermi is dead.

Pretty much, like your brain.

Posted by: Steve Rhodes | December 26, 2006 11:54 PM

I didn't know that Enrico Fermi was not Italian...

Posted by: Giovanni Principe | December 26, 2006 11:48 PM

Fortunately, the world does not rely on Italian scientists--or on anything else coming from there.

Posted by: Steve Rhodes | December 26, 2006 06:30 PM


Are you in the game too?

Posted by: Giovanni Principe | December 26, 2006 06:07 PM

No, ignore my last correction, it was a bad reference. ~200m radius is a reasonable number.

Posted by: Amara Graps | December 26, 2006 09:44 AM

typo correction: 400 m --> 400 km

Posted by: Amara Graps | December 26, 2006 09:35 AM

I think Beppe Grillo is referring to Apophis (Please Mr. Grillo give the object name, as there are more than 4000 near earth asteroids and comets!) Guessing: The year 2017 is appearing in recent news for the year that space agencies should decide if they need to deflect the asteroid, a 400 meter radius object named Apophis, which, based on the present data (more data will improve the orbit knowledge) is due to impact the Earth in 2036.

Beppe Grillo's comment is, in fact timely for Italy, since the head of the Italian National Institute of Astrophysics Observatories (INAF) just informed all of its astronomers that they will experience (yet) another 20% cut in funding. The hemorrhaging of Italian science that accelerated in the Berlusconi era continues unabated. Italian scientists will be unable to do anything to learn about this asteroid given the current poor resources.

But if you are not in Italy (for example you leave Italy in the Brain Drain) and if you're clever, you can enter a competition to 'tag' the asteroid with a beacon, transponder, or reflector of some kind.

Posted by: Amara Graps | December 26, 2006 01:46 AM

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