Regional elections in Sicily, 2012

A few consideration about what’s has happened in Sicily during the last election to decide who will rule the almost bankrupt isle. An astonishing amount of people hasn’t gone to vote, only 47% of who has the right to do it has gone, this is significant because in 2008 they were the 66%, for the same kind of election.

The leftist coalition is claiming the victory with just the 31% of votes granted, we’re talking of a very relative victory, we must admit that their candidate Mr Crocetta is a highly respectable person with a personal history of mafia-cleanliness, if you know what I mean. The media are talking about the great victory of the populist M5S too with 18% (click here whether you’d like to know who they are), this is a great performance, but in my opinion the most interesting fact is that if the right parties had gone united to this election they would have get 40% of votes and would have won the election (again). But they didn’t; they have been divided into two groups, the first one is the official one and has taken around 25%, the second one, or the rebel one, has taken only 15% of the votes.

To draw a conclusion a lot of noise for nothing, what the leftist are calling an historical victory is just luck; the crisis, the technical government, the extreme populism of M5S, the last Berlusconi’s crazy declarations, have only brought marginal effect on the typical political scene of the Southern Isle, where specific interests seem always to prevail on the collective good.

Antonio Conte attacks!!!

Is the audience envious of me?

The same old story, someone sentenced you and minutes later you are already accusing him of being “a supporter [of another team]”. For a man who has paid his lawyers lots of money (I guess) and who has its defence based on the concept of envy, well what else could you expect?

I mean you need to pay someone to accuse someone other to be envious of you? Come on…that’s not a defence that’s a fight between children.

The fact that someone could sentence you to a penalty and even be above the board is something unheard of in Italy, let’s just think that for this appeal Conte hired a MP of the Italian Parliament as his lawyer.

We are the country where Valentino Rossi (the famous rider) was allowed to broadcast a press release in the main Italian news program without asking to him anything because he was accused of not paying taxes (fact that was the truth in fact he paid a lot of money to avoid to go to court). Normal people use Youtube, he used our public television. In this context you can imagine how a ridiculous defence from the present Juventus’ coach could be believed by someone, he first said he wasn’t involved in this scandal, then he tried to negotiate his penalty, in my opinion a clue of his guilty, because a man extremely rich doesn’t risk anything by being disqualified for even three seasons, there are people who prefer to watch themselves in the mirror and be proud of themselves and other that negotiate even if they can afford to don’t do it. Anyway he then try to defend himself by accusing Carobbio of envy and of holding a grudge against him because there was an argument between their wives, everyone who has ever seen a “Law & Order” episode can affirm that this is not a defence this is a joke. Then when everything is (nearly) over he attacks the judges because he disagrees with them, that’s not exactly a surprise since he was graced by the accuse that doesn’t accuse him of a more serious offence (that’s what one of the judges said), on what basis he accuses the justice? He said that he has never seen something like that happen in a court, I deeply doubt that Conte has assisted to so many trials to affirm something like that, but most important he said that perhaps the judge was a supporter [of another club]…

That’s Italy, arguments like these can even convince someone of the injustice he suffered, so with very no surprise we have got another martyr…

About richardsilverstein.com file leaked

It’s news of these days that a blogger has published on the richardsilverstein.com a supposed leaked file about the possible war between Israel an Iran, they even called it a plan.

For who haven’t read it it’s a supposed plan to persuade ministers and officials who are not in favour of the war. I don’t want to discuss the authenticity of the document, which I deeply doubt, but the fact that it has been leaked to stop a war against Iran, in a contest where the aim is to promote Israeli democracy (that’s the subheading of the blog).

You could be against the war for thousands of reasons, I respect that, anyone has the right to think what he likes, but what about democracy?

When you are part of a democracy and you elect your MPs you put them in charge of all the issues that laws allow, the same with militaries, they are experts in their fields and even if they are not elected they are under the control of elected organs.  I think that you can campaign against them, you can hate them, you can change your mind, but I think that if you’re a real pro-democracy person you should accept the rules of democracy.

One of them says that you have to respect the majority even if you don’t like its decisions, you can oppose them by using the means of the democracy. You cannot leak a file that it’s supposed to be critical for national security, because this is not democratic, and not because it’s important for the security itself but because in a democratic context you cannot use sabotage to reach your aims, you have to accept that you are not in charge of that problem and fight for your believes in another way. That’s something really bully and at the same time hypocrite, you don’t like what the majority likes and so you decide to put your opinion above all the others hiding yourself behind the freedom of speech, but democracy is not anarchy, there are rules that you have to follow, otherwise how could you tell yourself apart from a dictator?

 

 

PS. I strongly believe that richardsilverstain.com is a fake antagonist blog of Israel, I think that the author is a source of propaganda, there are too many things that are simply too hypocrite to be genuine. Anyway the fact that someone could be a credible source of news using as subheading of his website “Promoting Israeli democracy” and then leaking a file supposed to be reserved is something that has stroke me.

 

What does it remain of the Italian football?

Italian football: a matter of crime.

Another scandal, just after 6 years from the last one, and I’m only referring to the main scandal, because otherwise it would have been a long list of scandals.

Many football players, coaches, even some president sold games for money, or to do a favour to friends or to other team that eventually would have done something in exchange.

It’s a tradition in Italy to do not play the last games of a season if they have nothing to gain.

It’s also a tradition to be not so tough with someone found guilty, because next time that one could be yourself.

It’s also a tradition to promise no tolerance with the cheater, and eventually after five or more years you would find out that something more than tolerance will been used.

The president of the Italian federation was nominated after the scandal of the 2006, match fixing mainly from Juventus, but what changed? Has he done is job properly?

He should resign immediately, and all the people who will be found guilty should be banned for life from football, and the teams should be relegated to an inferior division. Will this happen? No, we will have to watch a poor show where few will pay and more will get by.

The Lazio captain Mauri just some weeks ago said to his fans: “No worry, everything is fine.”. Now he is in jail.

The Genoa player Sculli, the one who didn’t take off his shirt when the hooligans ordered it, avoided the jail only luckily, at that time everyone thought that he is a player with a great personality because he didn’t obey, but now we have found out that he didn’t do it because he is an accomplice.

Is anything left of the Italian football? Yes, two things: Zeman and the players like Farina and Pisacane (the two who called the authorities).

Invasion: an alien has become our Prime Minister!!!

E.T.

That’s the only rational explanation to his request for a stop to our football! Even of 2-3 years!

That’s unbelievable, someone in Italy, called for a radical change of attitude towards our main religion: the football. Oh my god.

Can I just say that I love that man (as a prime minister I mean)?

Anyway I think the only thing we got by stopping the football for 2 or 3 years would be a whole championship fixed because they would have the time to arrange all the matches, not just a dozen of them!

Others earthquakes in Italy

Everybody knows what is happening in Italy, many earthquakes are striking the places that have already been hit in the last weeks. There deaths and wounded, many people has lost their job and many other their home.

Many people are losing their aplomb too. One of these is our superrational minister of welfare Fornero, who said: “building shouldn’t fall down at every earthquake”. Furthermore one of the main magazine “L’Espresso” reports that in 1993, a couple of geologists said that there was a huge danger in those areas.

I think this is a bad attitude towards what’s happening, even if they are both right, what did we have to do? Evacuate every building that was not safe? In Italy? We have millions of buildings like those, and there is no way we could or can building other more modern to replace the old ones. Saying that we could have saved scores of lives just building better buildings are real like saying that if everyone of us had slept outside then we would have survived every catastrophe.

It’s just not realistic. In L’Aquila almost utterly devastated by an earthquake, even anti-sismic buildings fallen down, because the material that had been used were of poor quality. No-one can do anything on a big scale, we do not have neither the money nor the skills and the honesty.

Now our great political class is pushing to put off the military parade on the 2nd June, it’s hold to celebrate our republic, and to spend the money to help people struck by the earthquake, in theory it could be a nice idea, but the savings would amount at 10 millions. Yes, just 10 million, what they want to rebuild with 10 millions I cannot imagine, maybe 400 mt of a road, they need billions and want to waste 10 millions…as if all the expenses for the military parade were made and paid on the 2nd June, and we haven’t already spent part of that sum. This is the Italian way of do things, when L’Aquila had been struck by an earthquake, the Prime Minister Berlusconi moved the G8 meeting from Sardinia to the poor town, what happened? Billions wasted on Sardinia, millions wasted in L’Aquila, what has the population gained from it? Nothing, just paid for two locations instead of one. Great. This time they want to waste the millions we’ve already spent to give a tip to the Emilia population, something like extinguish a fire through a bottle of water….

Chelsea vs Bayern, the first won but…

I’ve always been a great sympathizer of Chelsea, and I am a big fan of Drogba and Terry, so I’ve been very happy for their win at Champions Leagues’ final in Munich.

But, there is a but, for the good of the football is that a good news? I do not think so. Chelsea played with all their energy and with their hearth, but also with an astonishing budget, and most important with an awful loss at around 70 million of pounds, while the Bayern spent their 120 minutes pushing and making a money. They have made a profit for more than ten years in a row, not always so huge, but still a profit.

Many believe that Financial Fair Play will change that, but it is not exactly the truth, because if it principles are really fair, its applications are less fair, and let the clubs do a lot of tricks to avoid to balance their books quickly. In other words this inequality will continue in the coming years.

So if a part of me is happy for what a great club like Chelsea has achieved, another part of me think that with a balance book in the same condition maybe Chelsea wouldn’t even be in Champions.