A Republic founded on pork pies

Freedom House has done a census of the world's democracies. The dictatorships still have the upper hand. Only 90 out of 193 States are democratic. Italy is classed by the research as being democratic.


This news item has been reported joyously by some italian newspapers. They avoided reporting Freedom House's classification on the freedom of information.

Where Italy is in the 80th position. After Tonga and Botswana. And just before Antigua and Barbuda as well as Burkina Faso. In 2004 it was at the 74th position. We are going down. If you look at the map, in the whole of Western Europe, Italy is the only nation that is "partly free".
In our territory, there is however freedom of information in the Republic of San Marino. From now on, I'll go there to make my announcements.

Italian information belongs to the regime, to the parties. Between Mediaset and the RAI, there's no difference. And the same for the various newspapers that are supported by the State. Let's liberalise the TV frequencies and eliminate public assistence for publishing. They are taxing us to tell us pork pies! RESET!

PS: Pecoraro Scanio has sent me a letter. Today at the Council of Ministers, he will present a decree to abolish the Cip6 financing for non-renewable energy. Sign the online petition for the EU Commission and for the Italian Government that so far has got 48,000 signatures.

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Fuck Microchip


We say all not to the microchip! We are all spies to you from television cameras, mail, telephone etc. not to mention the subliminal messages in music and the images that come to us projected every day from the video advertise.
With disastrous consequences for ours subconscio and in particular that of our sons. But between a pair of years we will come all controls to you from the microchip that will put to us leans. They will say us that we will not stand in line the shops, to the supermarkets etc, but while they will control to us better and will command to our emotions and ours personality. Those bastards of the system, will have won and will be command to you like robot. WE SAY NOT TO ALL THIS, NOT TO THE MICROCHIP ! ONLY WE CAN IN MASS WE CAN AVOID THAT ALL THIS HAPPENS. GIVEN A CONTRIBUTION “IF YOU WANT” TO STOP THOSE OF THE SYSTEM THAT THE WORLD COMMANDS.


Posted by: Gianfranco Sini | February 13, 2007 11:13 PM

Very depressing, they need a new president ...and as it is a global world he will be also our one . Spes ultima dea but also who lives of hope desperate dies . But of course eyes open wide for our critical approach.

To Paola, I get it and you as well .Take the chance for your little action , you are not alone I swear.A kiss to you all and to this calabrian girl

Posted by: giuliana capo | February 4, 2007 07:15 PM

Spes ultima dea, as they say. So we must hope because without hope we'll go insane. However it's getting more difficult all the time to find a solution to stop the global pillaging of the planet. The economic and military forces that rule our lives are proceeding relentlessy in their "march of folly" to conquer and destroy the planet.
Read the attached article from Eric Margolis on the future fight against Iran. Very depressing.

Posted by: Enrico Rossi | February 4, 2007 06:53 PM

Here is a link,for those who might care to read it:

Posted by: paola filinesi | February 4, 2007 11:11 AM

Australians are still a "small community"... 20 million people are not much compared to the colossus of China's Beijing, who at the moment is one of the most polluted cities of the world...!!!

And to answer Giuliana's post,
No Giuliana...They don't get it...!!! In Peru (of course with the agreement of the local government) Huston based oil companies are planning to exploit the Amazon forest and create oil wells...!!! The excuse is to boost the economy of some of the poorest population of the area...!!
The population of the area don't need that....they need Nature to thrive....and Nature is taken away from them!!!

Posted by: paola filinesi | February 4, 2007 11:08 AM

My kids have seen the Gore Vidal dvd,I made sure they know about,better they understand things while they are young,and we turn off the light that we do not need,Paola the bigger polluters by capita are us Australians,sad but thrue,they are not the American and not the Chinese,but us,a shift is happening here too,for the better,Tim Flanmnery the author of the book "the weather maker"on Australian Day as be proclaimed "Australian of the year",both labor party and liberal party are coming up with new policy for global warnimg,there is lots of pressure on them (election are near),there are news everyday on the newspaper,hopefully something will happen soon,ciao

Posted by: eva kulnura | February 3, 2007 11:39 PM

First I have to try , no choise .
I am one who " Imagine ". And ,you know, there is a lot of Lennon songs every where . They are fed up with the war , and everything is linked . I am very critical about the situation and I really understand like you what is going on but as Barak said yesterday we have no time to be cinic . His speech wasn't against anybody , amazing ! And the people felt it : amazing !

Second, one thing I have to admit in my strong criticism : Americans are pragmatic. So if they really get it they do it. Susan Salomon in Paris yesterday did a great job. Speaking about car in the last two months I have seen a growing attention for small cars here and for hibrid cars , never ever before .There will come a point where company will have to adjust , will Europe follow or be the lead?.. Lots of comparison with this smart Europeans who already have small car (of course they say also other things , but they also say this ).

I am with you Enrico but what do you propose ? Of course people should understand first (criticism ) but then there should be a then.

Still I don't understand if this dvd is out (theatres ), and if someone will really promote it as usually happens for all things which comes from USA(this is one of the two things good out of ten somebody of you was speaking about)

Posted by: giuliana capo | February 3, 2007 11:38 PM

Giuliana, you are projecting your values on a society that is much different from you. Just look at the three major North American automakers line up from the recent Detroit Auto Show. The most featured cars were muscle cars and SUVs. Everybody was in awe of them! 300 to 400 plus Horsepower, 6 to 8 cylinders and up to 8 liters engines! Does it sound to you that people are receptive to conservation and ecological concerns? I only wish you were right.

Posted by: Enrico Rossi | February 3, 2007 09:22 PM

I have never been to the States so I cannot comment on the way news is spread and how people there choose to get informed on environmental issues or their access to them.

What I can say is that, here in Europe, people are much more sensitive (or at least try to be...) and the Gore DVD did not really add much to what we already knew was happening.

Of course, I could understand that probably in the US such a DVD coming from a former Vice President has much more impact on ordinary people than anything else.

Two days ago my son (13 years old goes to public school) was told by the professor that all households should turn off the lights for 5 minutes at 9 o'clock,as an act of sensitivity towards saving energy. I am saying this only to show that some of us, living in smaller countries, do know about environmental problems but unfortunately we are not the once who create them....
We can make a difference but the change has to come from larger communities like the US, China (who imposes a big danger to the environment at the moment), India and the lot.

Along with the Map of Freedom and the Map of Press Freedom I would really like to see a
Map of Earth Pollution by Country...Would be very interesting, don’t you think...!!!

Posted by: paola filinesi | February 3, 2007 08:07 PM

Dear Piero\all

Sorry about the italian version, I live in USA and for some reasons I'm not able to access to the italian version of this blog.

My idea is to porpose to play one year (hopefully more) of soccer with no people in the stadiums. The only people allowed to, should be the school students distingushed for best scores.
The students should go to the stadiums only with their teachers' supervision.
There should be no police anymore for a sport event...guerrilla isn't part of any event.
Let's start to give some strenght to these idea.


Posted by: Marcello Chieppa | February 3, 2007 07:03 PM

Dear Piero\all

Sorry about the italian version, I live in USA and for some reasons I'm not able to access to the italian version of this blog.

My idea is to porpose to play one year (hopefully more) of soccer with no people in the stadiums. The only people allowed to, should be the school students distingushed for best scores.
The students should go to the stadiums only with their teachers' supervision.
There should be no police anymore for a sport event...guerrilla isn't part of any event.
Let's start to give some strenght to these idea.


Posted by: Marcello Chieppa | February 3, 2007 07:02 PM

To all posters:

Please do try to post your comments in English!!!!

To Marcello Chieppa,
Your Idea sounds good!! Please try to post it in the italian version of this blog! It's an wild guess but I think that majority of posters here don't live in Italy anymore.......
Thank you!

Posted by: piero sanna | February 3, 2007 06:41 PM

No Enrico the majority is ...somehow sleeping , busy with the everyday routine occupation but has not lost the common sense ...look around c a r e f u l l y , in particular "the so called minorities" they have not had accesso yet but they are moving forward slowly . Look out of a school the kisses the parents give to their little one before they get in ...do you really think that those parents want their children to live in the scenario they were speaking about at the Paris conference?
The problm is that someone has to take il testimone , it is not that easy (but you can do it in your every day life, plenty of occasions).
And the problem is that it needs to be pacific , you know even the leader of Genova (where is he ?) they made he look dangerous . So it need to be pacific and grounded.Normal simple little thing . There is a candidate now , the problem is he is so special ....I am afraid ......

Posted by: giuliana capo | February 3, 2007 06:05 PM

Vorrei cominciare una raccolta di firme per proporre un anno di calcio a porte chiuse.
Proporre che possano andare allo stadio solo gli studenti meritevoli (ad es. media >7 e 8 in condotta), solo se accompagnati da un prof che faccia da garante.

Mi serve un aiuto e questo credo sia il posto adatto


Posted by: Marcello Chieppa | February 3, 2007 05:11 PM

Giuliana, sorry but the majority of people have lost their common sense. They are thoroughly brainwashed by the marketplace and like junkies they have to have their constant fill of useless goods, no matter what. You need true independent thinking before you can understand the kind of pressure business is putting on all of us and the environment and independent thinking is in very short supply.

Posted by: Enrico Rossi | February 3, 2007 04:45 PM


Posted by: Angelo Caorsi | February 3, 2007 04:33 PM

The conference has taken place in Paris there are 90% chance that climate change is due to human activity. First page Corriere della sera : nothing ( pag 13 -14 only).
This time pacifically is people turn . Turn to turn off the lights , buy less, recycle more , not waste time at the stadio ,not waste time reading about the mess they do at the stadio .People who works , people that know what working means , normal people , knows what to do : those peolple (us) has not lost the common sense

Posted by: giuliana capo | February 3, 2007 03:41 PM

Paola it is important the way in which he passes the information.Taxidrivers, people at the cash register has seen it , the real people (us). Nobody is complaining any more for the cold now here in NY . We want the cold .Still all my friends in Italy have not seen it and I am not sure that peolple in Europe has seen on live (as here on cspan ) the conference in Paris where all the scientist are gatered . It is very important . The coomon sense .Not everybody use internet as we are doing .
Please Beppe I don't know if it is a matter of distribution ....Let me know if I need to buy some copy and take them with me next time I come to Italy.

Posted by: Giuliana Capo | February 3, 2007 02:01 PM

I have seen the video as I am sure many of us have.....So..??

What makes it more inportant than the voice of other scientist and ordinary people around the world, crying out loud for years now about global warming??

In any case here is a link for those who might have not seen it yet

ps.It was on Grillo's past articles on the same subject.

Posted by: paola filinesi | February 3, 2007 09:42 AM

The Guardian rivela l'iniziativa di un "think tank" vicino a Bush e finanziato dalla Exxon
Offerti soldi e benefit agli scienziati Onu disposti a ridimensionare l'allarme clima.

"Diecimila dollari per dissentire dal rapporto"
L'industria petrolifera ha tentato la corruzione

La presentazione del rapporto Ipcc
LONDRA - Diecimila dollari per ogni studioso disposto a dissentire dalle certezze raggiunte sull'incidenza delle attività umane nell'aumento della temperatura del Pianeta. La contabilità dei cambiamenti climatici si arricchisce di un nuovo, inquietante, costo: il prezzo della tentata corruzione degli scienziati dell'Ipcc, l'organismo delle Nazioni Unite che studia le dinamiche del riscaldamento globale. A offrire la cifra, secondo quanto rivelato oggi dal quotidiano britannico The Guardian, è stata nei mesi scorsi l'American Enterprise Institute, un think tank che opera grazie ai finanziamenti del colosso petrolifero ExxonMobil e con stretti collegamenti alla Casa Bianca. (repubblica.it 03/02/07)

Posted by: real time | February 3, 2007 08:09 AM

I would like to know if in Europe the Al Gore DVD on global warming has come out. Everybody has seen it in New York . Does somebody know ?

Posted by: Giuliana Capo | February 3, 2007 02:45 AM

Neolithic indeed...!!! :o))

Be a true "Bon Viveur" it's only for 3 days...

"The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it."
Oscar Wilde


Posted by: paola filinesi | February 2, 2007 11:43 PM

How about Corsica? is not free too,it is part of France or it is a occupied country?interesting,who made this map?do they know that history and geography goes together?

Posted by: eva kulnura | February 2, 2007 11:08 PM

Giovanni, you only live once....

Posted by: Enrico Rossi | February 2, 2007 10:38 PM

I have to skip the ice wine because I'm on a diet.

Posted by: Giovanni Principe | February 2, 2007 10:17 PM

Sweet Neocon is nicely complementary with sweet ice wine (the best there is anywhere and the grapes for next year's production were just harvested last week). By the way, NEOcon like NEOlithic right? ;))

Posted by: Enrico Rossi | February 2, 2007 09:51 PM

And while you are at it....listen to the Rolling Stones "Sweet Neo Con" song and enjoy a bottle of
Ice Wine, will you...?? :o)))

Posted by: paola filinesi | February 2, 2007 08:45 PM

I prefer to stick to the beaver;)

Posted by: Giovanni Principe | February 2, 2007 06:44 PM

Giovanni, "Are you talking about Greenland? ;)"
Of course I am, of course I am.....???
Welcome to Canada! The land of the beaver, maple sugar and hockey. We also used to be a pretty peaceful Country till the Neocons formed a Conservative government with only 36% of the popular vote and went to bed with Gerge W. and his henchmen. Now we are shipping tanks to Afghanistan and last week the Canadian gunners had a whole night shoot out with the Talibans blasting thousands of desert rocks and a few mud huts only to report at the end that the enemy did not respond to fire. The enemy wasn't even there!

Posted by: Enrico Rossi | February 2, 2007 06:39 PM

The map is bit out of balance...:o))
Monaco is an "island" and the Republic of San Marino is "on the Mediterranean Sea coast"...!!!

No Greek islands either....boh...:o)))

However this is not the case about freedom of press in Italy...I would like to read some comments from those who are in favour of free enterprise without limits.

Italy is on the list because Berlusconi owns most of the broadcasting stations and newspaper companies of the country....
What about Rubert Murdoch..??? or Ted Turner and CNN ??

Posted by: paola filinesi | February 2, 2007 06:25 PM


Between Feb. 6 and 9 I will be in Canada (St. Catharines and Toronto area).

Posted by: Giovanni Principe | February 2, 2007 06:18 PM

Are you talking about Greenland? ;)

Posted by: Giovanni Principe | February 2, 2007 06:03 PM

I would take this info with a grain of salt. Many of the Countries listed as democratic are dysfunctional democracies at best. Look at their map of the whole world, not just Europe.

Posted by: Enrico Rossi | February 2, 2007 03:06 PM

I thought that the worse Italian maps were the ones printed on the takeaway pizza boxes in the USA but this beats it.

Anyway: what will the government do to fix the situation?

Will it end like the Biagi law?

Posted by: Giovanni Principe | February 2, 2007 01:53 PM

Hello there,
I did take the cork out of the bath-tub of Sicily and it actually went down to slowly for my taste, I would have expected with all the hardware and metal on that island it should have gone down a whole lot faster.
On this subject, which I care a lot more than Sicily, the Government has to cut the umbilical cord that feeds newspapers and news in generals.
Touch the wallet and people start to pay attention cut the subsidy to newspapers, and the prices will go up, while people will pay attention before buying a newspaper worthy of the name.
Party’s newspapers should state their affiliation as well on the front page every time published, and rather than being called newspapers they should be called advertisers.
Rest my case Italians get exactly what they deserve and care about, Mr. Berlusconi personal life and the babes on the boob-tube.
Don’t be surprise though when Italy and Italians are considered irrelevant everywhere.
Sofia Loren is a Swiss citizen yet? Ferrari will move the factory to S.Marino and even the Italian cork will be gone.

Posted by: Giacomo Chiametti | February 2, 2007 01:51 PM

You are right - Sicily has sunk beneath the waves. I wonder who did the map - an American who thinks Sicily is the 51st US state? Some of the smaller Scottish islands may be missing too, and the North German Friedland islands definietly ain't there!

Posted by: Maureen Lister | February 2, 2007 12:41 PM

What happened to Sicily? It's not in the map. :-(
A Sicilian living abroad.

Posted by: Marco Milone | February 2, 2007 10:43 AM

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