The indifferent


We live in a virtual reality. In a virtual country. We have a virtual Parliament. Virtual tribunals. Virtual schools. Virtual information. Virtual laws. Virtual work. Virtual duties and rights. The citizen, consequently becomes virtualized. In order to survive, they pretend to live in a real world.
Like a sane person in a mad-house. What remains unexplainable is how this virtual country manages to keep going. You can ask how long it can still keep going. What are we waiting for?
What we have arrived at is indifference. If everything is virtual, a man can die of a heart attack in a coach in Turin and his companions can keep going on their outing to San Remo.
If all is virtual there’s nothing to worry about for the occupation of democracy by the parties. The economy of the country is held up by mafia income. If the mafia didn’t invest their earnings (well above the GDP) in Italy, we would be bankrupt. Dishonesty has become the system. Indifference is a habit.
The collapse of Alitalia is not news. Gronchi and Geronzi being convicted and then getting reintegrated straight away is not news. Telecom spying on the judges is not news.
When the rot can no longer be hidden, then the news comes out. If the rot is useful in a battle between bands then it is revealed as news. It’s true that there are tiny areas of hope.
People who get angry and go out into the streets. For the moment, that’s just local. At Vicenza, Val di Susa, the cities affected by the incinerator plague. They are survival spasms of an organism that is not completely destroyed.
We live in a reality that is mediatically modified. The parties and their media hypnotize us like a serpent with rabbits.
Tomorrow, in front of the mirror, think about that a moment. And start off your day with a change gesture. And then describe it in this Blog. I need that. All the readers of the Blog need that. To recharge themselves. Reset.

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Hello there,
Folks I am not surprised at all, actually I should say I am let Italians be Italians and not to stir up anyone’s alter ego Mr. Berlusconi is marking his territory like a good hound dog should do.
It’s not by mere chance that in the history books few good ones make it, while for the rest they make their money and power speak loudly for them.
Is the grease that has kept the world going since the beginning of time, Money-Power-Influence, these are the magic words that makes otherwise obscure individuals bigger than life itself.
If I am not mistaking few other times Mr. Berlusconi put his big feet in his mouth (Even on International events) and so let the boys be boys especially if they are filthy rich as he is.
He deserves and needs this ego boosting bloopers; they are an extension of his ego, without them it wouldn’t be worth.
Although I am a little surprised that so called Intellectuals (And therefore by definition with an intellect above the average) waist time on this issue.
Rest my case let Italian be Italians, and the boys be boys.

Posted by: Giacomo Chiametti | February 2, 2007 01:30 PM

As for the other Veronica...well what can I say??

She is married to Berlusconi (!!!)
I didn't hear her complain when he arranged that anniversary party in Tunis (I think..) did she???

Posted by: paola filinesi | February 1, 2007 12:09 AM

"Veronica Vega" the having trouble with her computer...:o(

But "Make no mistake..." to quote a "famous" personage on the international political scene...:o))
She will be back even stronger and more beautiful than before..!!!

And of course she deserves a special place in our female and male hearts alike....regardless of her strange habits.....!:)) hehehehehe (evil)

Posted by: paola filinesi | February 1, 2007 12:01 AM

Piero Sanna:

You have to wait for Veronica to post.

Actually her real name is another: Veronica Vega's site will appear whenever you will click her name.

Posted by: Giovanni Principe | January 31, 2007 10:42 PM

Eh? What are you on about guys? Veronica Vega? you lost me there!

Posted by: piero sanna | January 31, 2007 09:29 PM

Of course, and she deserves a special place in our hearts :-))))

Posted by: Enrico Rossi | January 31, 2007 09:22 PM


Don't forget that there is also Veronica Vega;))))

Posted by: Giovanni Principe | January 31, 2007 08:42 PM

Cristina, sorry that I called you Veronica even though it's a beautiful name....

Posted by: Enrico Rossi | January 31, 2007 08:01 PM

Veronica, this information is very relevant because this aspiring dictator treats women with the same condescending and disrespectful attitude he's using with the rest of the Italian population. I personally think that he should concern himself solely with his cosmetic surgeries and leave everybody else alone.

Posted by: Enrico Rossi | January 31, 2007 07:58 PM

Dear Cristina Mallai,

Could you please be so kind to post your comments in the Italian version of this blog?. You say you live in the UK, so you've got no excuse! As for your comment I think Repubblica has every right to comment and speculate on Veronica Lario's letter. She sent it to this newspaper in the first place. She wanted the article to be made public and give to some of us a little glimpse of what great little sexist our ex Prime Minister is. Isn't it amazing that I ,as a man, find incredibly insulting and patronizing many of the comments that "Silvio" has made about women? We do live in a strange world!!!!

Posted by: piero sanna | January 31, 2007 07:12 PM


I agree with you but you made a mistake.

Either you wrote it right on the wrong side of the blog or you wrote it wrong on the right side.

Posted by: Giovanni Principe | January 31, 2007 07:10 PM

Un commento sui media,
Io vivo all'estero, in inghilterra, mio cugino ieri cercava di spiegarmi le nuove norme per le polizze auto che verranno introdotte dal mese di febbraio. Questo sito mi aiuto anche ad avere informazioni su cio` che succede in italia, sulle riforme politiche e alcuni fatti di cronaca, avvolte trovo informativo anche " Il Corriere" online.. ok non e` il massimo ma insomma siamo al limite della decenza, sono capitata sul sito della " Repubblica" oggi e non ho trovato altro che articoli su articoli su Berlusconi.... ma chi se ne importa di Berlusconi, non abbiamo altro a cui pensare, alla fine e` solo una lettera, non mi pare il caso di creare una polemica su un problema che in fondo non ci riguarda e non ci interessa come cittadini.. dateci i fatti, cio` che succede, informateci su cio che ci interessa come italiani e non sulle vicende familiari di Berlusconi... che me ne importa a me?? anche se divorziasse a me non importerebbe niente e perche` devono scrivere articoli su articoli

cordiali saluti

Posted by: Cristina Mallai | January 31, 2007 04:56 PM

Hello there,
I did before and I am still convinced to this day the only answer is “Self-empowerment”.

When things don’t work the way they should You first take the first step into modified or at least do what’s within your power and someone will pay attention.

Self-empowerment is like a Smile very contagious, if you smile someone will smile back at you and so on and on, until all around you people will feel comfortable smiling all the time.

Positive attitude goes a long way especially in Italy, I have never seen such a gloom and sad look onto so many people as I have seen in Italy, and this is the Country called “Il Bel Paese” I can’t even imagine if the Country was “Il Brutto Paese”.

Truth of the matter is, people need to take it upon themselves and react where they can, although little is a sign, and like a smile it can grow.

Perfect example, Italian have always been reluctant to Credit Card, and to make the matter worst Banks are charging incredible fees on anything related to your money (Proven fact to the point that now even the Eur. Commission is investigating Banks).

So take the matter into your own hands, get your money out of your bank account (Minus 20 Euro so the account is still valid) and keep your cash somewhere where you feel comfortably safe.

You will save from 100-500 Euros (Based on the activities you normally do) per year, will have your money handy, with the only inconvenience of paying your bill at the post office like it is always been before.

I will guarantee, if in half people will do just that Banks will pay attention in a blink of eye.


Posted by: Giacomo Chiametti | January 30, 2007 07:04 PM

Probably this will be the occasion for a first step towards repudiation of today's expensive lifestyle.
For "expensive" I don't mean it only under the economical point of view.
"Expensive" is also applied to what we pay in terms of personality, tradition, common sense and respect, in order to stay afloat in this polluted sea of garbage.
I hope one day we will get rid of it before it's too late.

Posted by: Giovanni Principe | January 30, 2007 03:57 PM


"There will be, in the next generation or so, a pharmacological method
of making people love their servitude, and producing dictatorship
without tears, so to speak, producing a kind of painless concentration camp
for entire societies, so that people will in fact have their liberties
taken away from them, but will rather enjoy it, because they will be
distracted from any desire to rebel by propaganda or brainwashing, or
brainwashing enhanced by pharmacological methods. And this seems to be the
final revolution." -
Aldous Huxley, Tavistock Group, California Medical
School, 1961

(Are we there yet?)

Posted by: Marcia Visanji | January 30, 2007 03:02 PM

I would add to Beppe's list of horrors the reinstatement of Corrado Carnevale, the Sentence-Killer, as a judge after he had resigned in the wake of scandals. See my blog entry "Carnevale di Reo"

Posted by: Maureen Lister | January 30, 2007 02:45 PM

The virtual reality is also created by us, as we are bombed daily by thrash media, horrible tv programs, advertisements, bad news programs, etc, we cannot realize anymore what is the truth and the fiction. We, unforunately, give too much importance to the material life, we are never happy of what we got, we want more and more. We constantly feel the need of something, we need to ask ourself, why?
The infifference it become a normal thing, but how can we solve this issue? how can we change the politic of our governements, if we don't ever know what is the difference between reality and virtual reality.
There are poorer population that are way happier than us, why? because the important thing in life for them is the happiness, is be together, socialize, communicate, etc.

One think for sure, politic has to manipulate the economy and not vice-versa. Has to give the economy clear boundries.

I don't entirily disagree to capitalism, but look what is happening to our world!

Posted by: De Vivo | January 30, 2007 01:16 PM

Beppe you shouldn't be surprised of this virtual reality. The cosmic vacuum constantly generates an infinity of virtual particles that interact with the real stuff. We are all virtual whether we like it or not.

Posted by: Enrico Rossi | January 30, 2007 12:44 PM

At the end is still the virtual reality that makes us think real, right. But I do take your point... very seriously.

The Unindifferent
Tirana, Albania

Posted by: Erald Kanini | January 30, 2007 12:03 PM

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