The Olindo and the Rosa of Alitalia and Malpensa

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I confess! Last night I watched a television programme. I was in a hotel room in Rome and the television was switched on at the time. I am aware that this is not an excuse, but rather an admission of guilt. On the programme Anno Zero, they were screening a debate on the sale of Alitalia and the future of Malpensa. Fassino, Bianchi, Formigoni and Maroni all took part in the debate. They reminded me of Rosa and Olindo, involved in the Erba case. Each of them loudly proclaiming his innocence. They were not even there and anyway, even if they were there, they were busy with other things. Paid by us in any event. Doing fuck-all as always, the lot of them. Maroni, Minister of Labour for five years during the five-year reign of the psychodwarf. Formigoni, Governor of the Lombardy Region prior to losing his virginity. Fassino, who is fast approaching his FIFTH term in Parliament. Bianchi, incumbent Minister of Transport. While listening to the debate, it became patently clear that the blame for Alitalia’s decade-long period of bankruptcy (it is now ten years since he was ordered to submit the accounts to the Courts) fell squarely on the shoulders of the pilots and the airhostesses. And that the Malpensa hub was built in the ideal place to encourage passenger travel. Any airport with bribery as its foundations was unlikely to do very well. Without any access roads or infrastructure, and with very few international connections. People living in Turin depart from Caselle and those living in Milan depart from Linate. Previously, only the socialists ever went to Malpensa, now it is only Bossi and Castelli who go there. The arrogance of these destroyers of Italy is endless. Italians paid billion upon billions of THEIR taxes for a cathedral in the Varese area and for the indecent, partisan management of THEIR national carrier, and now these same people try to give us a lecture on public television. This type of information must come to an end. Let us rather hear what the experts, the citizens, the workers, the inquests and the dossiers have to say. Let the politicians stay at home. Public opinion would never accept having Olindo and Rosa acting as judges and television studio guests. Please shut up. At least let us have some silence and shame on you for having destroyed Italy.

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Sto ricevendo in questi giorni numerose e-mail di inviot a "boicottare televisivamente" la cerimonia inaugurale dei giochi e le Olimpiadi in generale di Pechino per protestare attivamente a favore del TIBET.


Istintivamente era sembrata anche a me la scelta più giusta ma .....

Mi vengono in mente due cose: cercate di seguirmi anche se non avete cultura olimpica e non ve ne frega nulla.


ATLANTA 1996

Cerimonia Inaugurale dei giochi Olimpici

E' forse (a mia memoria) la più bella cerimonia inaugurale mai vista.
Gli americani sanno essere straordinari in queste cose, è il paradosso degli USA nel bene o nel male, quindi mi ricordo la trasmissione del celebre discorso di Marthin Luther King "I have a Dream", i vestiti dei pellerossa, la storia del Far West, etc

Ma .......

E'il momento di accendere la fiaccola (il momento più emozionante dei giochi olimpici) e chi è delegato a questo campito ?Mohammed Alì già devastato dal morbo di Parkinson e con la mano tremante e la faccia inespressiva !!!!!!
Mi vengono le lacrime ancora oggi a pensare a questa cosa.
Proprio lui che, all'apice della carriera pugilistica, si fece 3 anni di carcere per protesta contro il Vietnam, il paladino dei neri, degli umili e degli oppressi si prende questa grande rivincita di fronte al suo paese. Io scoppiai a piangere come un bambino e pensai a quante potenzialità aveva questo paese così ingiusto e così straordinariamente grande allo stesso tempo , a quanti paradossi si nascondono nell'umanità che sa essere così bella e brutta allo stesso tempo

CITTA' DEL MESSICO 1968

E' la cerimonia per la premiazione dei 200 metri di atletica leggera, sta per suonare l'inno americano, la solita cerimonia ma ......

Tommie Smith e l'altro statunitense quando parte l'inno degli Stati Uniti piegano il capo, testa china e pugno con guanto nero verso il cielo alzato al cielo in segno di protesta contro la loro nazione e contro il mondo capace di discriminare ancora per il colore della pelle.

Un gesto clamoroso di fronte a milioni di persone e di telespettatori .........

In sostanza, mi vengono in mente molte altre cose che tralascio per brevità ma siamo sicuri che sia meglio boicottare oppure .....

Pensiamo ad un atleta qualsiasi (ce ne sarà uno) che sia capace di sfidare in mondovisione i divieti e porti una maglietta con una scritta scomoda, faccia un gesto, porti una testimonianza a favore del TIBET e questo, credetemi, renderà più giustizia ed immagine al TIBET che tutti i boicottaggi di questo mondo.

Pensiamoci !!!!!!!!

Osvaldo Toldo
Via Modigliani 5
Settimo Torinese
10036 T O R I N O

Posted by: TOLDOP OSVALDO | March 28, 2008 12:46 PM


i'm truly amazed that the airport with the most potential is being dropped in favor of an old non-expandable one which just discovered the benefits of ground-radar, and another one that is nearest to the political center but far away from the vibrant industrial Po valley... Ever heard of the term "future proof" ?
bella figura and mani pulite strike again...

Posted by: paul p | March 19, 2008 10:08 PM


Beppe Grillo, per me, e' un populista al pari di Silvio Berlusconi, nulla piu'.
Beppe Grillo e' uno che grida molte cose ovvie, gridandole a squarciagola, col tono della disperazione. Ma rimane un populista che al pari di Silvio Berlusconi gioca sull'emotivita' della gente.
Beppe Grillo ha il merito di proporre soluzioni da tempo richieste esplicitamente dalla popolazione (abolizione dell'ordine dei giornalisti, della legge Gasparri).
Beppe Grillo ha la colpa di associare queste cose giuste a richieste populiste come quelle di togliere i finanziamenti pubblici alla stampa. In un mercato mediatico come quello italiano, c'e' bisogno di diversita' e molteplicita' di vedute. Esprimere idee costa e senza finanziamenti pubblici ci sarebbero ancora meno voci di quelle poche che vuole concederci Berlusconi.
Beppe Grillo non e' Dio in terra, la sua disperazione non gli da piu' ragione di quanta sia concessa ad altri e molte delle sue proposte sono schiamazzi populisti e qualunquisti.
Beppe Grillo e' un uomo come gli altri, che dice alcune cose buone ma anche molte cazzate.

Posted by: Nando | March 16, 2008 05:38 PM


Hello everyone,
I am cognizant that it’s much simpler to go with the current than to swim against it, although the current has taken Italy on the verge of collapse.
These Incompetent have led Italy by the nose ring where they wanted you to be, desperate, disenchanted, bankrupt and with no alternatives but them.
With a Justice System incapable to issue a simple sentence in 8 years, therefore resulting with the release of a Carrier Criminal, do you really think a Citizen has any chance to receive justice in Italy?
One Candidate Prime Minister gives himself pats on his own back for immobilizing Italy and Rome with the latest Government, now all of a sun he is the New Philosophy of the “Yes we Can!”.
The other side instead with 10 guilty verdicts in his Criminal Record is shouting, Italy “Get Up” I am done with you yet?
What in the hell am I missing in this forsaken Country of Italy?
The beauty of it all, is the fact You are aware of their Incompetence, Incapacities, lays and Corruption, it is an established fact, and in spite of all of this facts you will still vote either one of the two?
Italy has missed the boat, the train, the car and even the vespa, all of them first they assured their future by stealing all there was to steal, and now having sucked you hi and dry will attempt to salvage Italy from being expelled from the EU!
Is not far fledged, is for real, Italy currently is the worst offender of the 25 member of the EU in any field, with the exception of Politicians Salaries, those are the highest no if’s or butt’s.
Wake up the joke is on you not them, you are already counted in one side or the other, why shouldn’t they fuck with you and kick you when you down?
Keep behaving like a sheep and follow the herd, the theory is correct, look forward to read who will the Leader of your demise on the papers (Foreign obviously!).
At least few screwed people with money are smelling the rotten fish, Italian BOT pays ¾% of percentage more than BUND and don’t even sell, Mr. Montezemolo will have his Private Train Enterprise very soon while Treni Italia is the next in line for Bankruptcy, and You?
Laugh before you vote, you voted also not to Finance Parties, although when you vote or not they get 1 Euro in spite of yourself.
Smile the future looks bright wear shades when voting sunshine or not your future is assured in their hands.
Thanks

Posted by: Giacomo Chiametti | March 16, 2008 05:08 PM


It's a pity that either Berlusconi and Veltroni weren't there, because we would have appreciated the full Italian management to express freely themselves!

Posted by: giovanni soldi | March 16, 2008 01:25 PM


Perhaps in my naivete`I am being a bit more of an optomist that il Signore Grillo. When I fly to Italy to spend the summers in our home in the Alta Val Nure, I have no choice but to fly into Maplensa. Now, Malpensa, when I began traveling to Italy as a kid, in the 70's, was just an ugly blob of a mess. However, thank God it was there and that there were 2 flights a day from NY to Milano. I am told that Linate, another ugly airport, in comparison with Da Vinci, Heathrow or eben Charles de Gaulle, but that it will not accept International flights. I am told. Malpensa is a dungeon of an airport, but compared to the 70's, it is now a palace. A dark and dusky palace, but a palace. Of course, Malpensa might as well be in Svizzera as it is closer to Lugano than it is to Milano and the traffic, one road, is always packed and the signs to whatever terminal one must go to, illegible. But it is there. When I arrive, every year, at 6:30 AM, the foreign airline terminal is so crowded, movement is limited. If you need assistance due to an infirmity, you need to be pushed miles before getting to customs. The officers are cruel and pushy and do not consider that people have been flying, to Milano, through Malpensa, for hours. In the early AM, all the flights from the US arrive as well as flights from Thailand, Egypt, Russia, Rio, Mexico, all over. The Alitalia terminal is always seemingly empty. I used to enjoy traveling on Alitalia and still do but they are undependable, as are so many Italian institutions, due to the strikes, that happen more often, it seems, than I use the bathroom. Therefore, I am forced to take an alternate airline. It is a shame. Anyone who has any knowledge about Italy knows that to get anything done, from building an airport to getting a muratori to do some work for you at home, momey must be exchanged. I am sometimes lowederd to the point of bribery to put the word out to have someone cut our grass before arriving. Nothing in Italy can be done in time or correctly without €€ being exchanged. It is fact and now, a part of the weave that makes up the tapestry that is Italy. Is it shame, I do not know. Is it cultural, I do not know. Would I prefer to fly into Fiumicino, yes, I would, but I am still grateful for Malpensa even with its terrible access, confusing arrivals and bazaar departure procedures, corrupt officers, etc. It is better than so many other airports I have been to throughout the world. IE.....Moscow International, is terrible, in every way. Almost frightening. It is strange for me as when I am in Italy, I am the "American" but when in the USA, the Italian. Where do my devotions, lie, are to where my blood ties, are, and if I have to go through Malpensa to get to the place where my blood can be found, to where I am welcome, always, and warmly treated, and loved, and most comfortable.........Malpensa is worth it and I am indifferent to how it was built. I shall not judge the system as our system here is no better or less corrupt, just not so obviously so. At least, In italy, there is always an adventure to be found and if,m tomorrow, they told me that I had to go through Bergamo, even, to get to where my heart is, then it is to Bergamo, I would go. I believe that rather than incessantly taking the cynical route, looking to see only if the glass is half full, or half empty, has to be enough rather than always dwelling on "HOW" the glass got that way! With all respect.

Posted by: Gary Casella | March 16, 2008 02:32 AM



HI Beppe ! PLEASE CAN YOU TRANSLATE AND POST YOUR
FOLLOWING ARTICLE ? THANK YOU !!!

!!! SATELLITES ON LHASA NOW !!!


PLEASE LET'S POST THE SATELLITE'S SITE WHEN READY!


!!! V2 DAY TO CHINA 25 APRIL FOREVER !!!


L’Italia non deve partecipare alle Olimpiadi di Pechino. I Giochi Olimpici sono bagnati del sangue dei tibetani. A Lhasa sono morte almeno 100 persone, alcune bruciate vive. Protestavano nell’anniversario della sanguinosa repressione cinese del 1959.
Il buddismo non è una religione di conquista, non ha causato stragi secolari come le religioni monoteiste. Il buddista può essere ucciso, ma non uccide. Il governo cinese minaccia nuove stragi se i tibetani non cesseranno le manifestazioni entro lunedì. Li minaccia a casa loro, in una nazione occupata. Minaccia un popolo costretto in gran parte all’esilio. Di cui ha distrutto i monasteri. Di cui vorrebbe cancellare l’identità con una immigrazione selvaggia.
I tibetani sono uno dei popoli più pacifici della terra. Da decine di anni è in atto nei loro confronti un piccolo olocausto dagli occhi a mandorla, ma l’Occidente volta sempre la testa dall’altra parte. Pecunia WTO non olet. Né Valium, né lo psiconano hanno voluto ricevere il Dalai Lama in visita in Italia lo scorso autunno. E’ stato trattato come un paria, prima gli affari, poi i diritti civili. I nostri grandi statisti: la vergogna internazionale d’Italia.
Gli atleti italiani rinuncino alle Olimpiadi. Facciano outing contro la dittatura, sarà la migliore azione della loro vita. Figli e nipoti ne saranno fieri. Molti taliani gliene daranno merito. Li ospiterò a casa mia durante le Olimpiadi e, come rimborso, li pagherò come personal trainer.
Le Olimpiadi di Pechino non si possono celebrare sui massacri di Lhasa. Per ogni finale olimpica, per ogni premiazione ci sarà il ricordo di un tibetano assassinato e di una Nazione stuprata sotto gli occhi indifferenti del mondo. Ho incontrato il Dalai Lama a Milano. Ho incontrato un uomo buono, aperto, disponibile, ma assolutamente determinato a restituire la libertà al suo popolo. Lo saluto da questo blog.
No alle Olimpiadi di sangue.

Posted by: Gualtiero Cocco | March 15, 2008 09:41 PM


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