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i totally spent 1 hour and a half talking to nathan about what to do during a zombie apocalypse. we both agreed that we'd kill zombie!luke across the corridor and then lock ourselves in his room because it's a large single and his walls aren't shared with any other rooms (as we're afraid zombie!students might come through the walls!). then after a few days we're going to go find a boat and live in the middle of the river clyde. and if we can't find a boat we'll steal a car and go to the highlands. there is so much reasoning behind this choice you don't even know! and they're 28 days later zombies so we're going to be fine!

but what i was going to tell you is this: i found these articles you *need* to read, about italian politics (well, berlusconi to be precise). they really give you an understanding of what's going on.
first article (bbc), 'berlusconi immunity law overruled'. it's pointless to stress that the quotes... are actual quotes. "These things invigorate me, they invigorate Italians. Long live Italy, long live Berlusconi!"
second article (bbc), 'q&a: berlusconi vs the courts'.
third article (times), 'berlusconi lawyers use animal farm defence in plea to keep him above law'. quote from the article: Niccolo Ghedini, also representing Mr Berlusconi, said: “The law is equal for everyone, but not always in its application.”
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lmfao @ the pope who says that the use of condoms would make the aids problem worse in places like africa

no, seriously. i mean, i just wish they'd explain the difference between the "death" of a million unborn babies through the use of condom and the death of a million people to aids.

remember kids:

sperm > your life. don't use condoms. have a thousand kids and then let them become orphans when you get aids or, better, help them to die more quickly by passing aids to them while you're pregnant.

oh how i love the logic of the vatican.
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just got this email from my history/philosophy teacher and i need to share it. i know it's long law talk and it isn't even formatted well, but yeah. it's pretty interesting. you'll get a non-italian point of view on discrimination in italy.




The International Labour Organization (ILO) is the tripartite UN agency that brings together governments, employers and workers of its member states in common action to promote decent work throughout the world - http://www.ilo.org/global/lang--en/index.htm

Report of the Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions in Italy )
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berlusconi announced italy will donate 100 million dollars to gaza and the day after he says there's not enough money in italy to give a monthly cheque to unemployed people (mostly those who have lost their jobs due to the crisis).

i mean, now. clearly, they can find the money when they want to (see gaza, and i'd like to point out that i'm absolutely not against giving out money for good causes such as these, obviously), but they'd let people end up on the streets because of the crisis? seriously?
i read today that angela merkel (prime minister of germany) got late to some kind of world leaders meeting because the lufthansa plane she was on had some technical difficulties. LUFTHANSA PLANE. i was shocked. politicians in italy only travel with private planes, obviously paid by the state. so instead of spending, say, 300€ for a national flight (i'm counting in all the various people they bring behind, which we call "portaborse", bag holders, useless people, usually relatives of the politician or some other politician anyway), they spend about 15000€ for a private plane. is this normal? no. is this right? no. and obviously the government refuses to write a law about this. they even get DISCOUNTS at the parliament's bar. i mean, SERIOUSLY. the price for a coffee at the bar inside the parliament was lowered by 20% yesterday.

and i really could go on for hours about the money politicians waste just to enjoy stupid privileges they have. and then they say there's no money to help people out? and what about those assholes from the centre (mostly catholics), who said we shouldn't worry about unemployment cheques but we should make a reform about retirements (they did make one a couple years ago, and while you were forced to give a certain % of your monthly earnings to the state so they could give it back to you once you retired, now you can give it to a private agency or give it back to your company so they'll give it back to you all at once when you leave the company).

oh and also, berlusconi is privatising water. i'm not even kidding. privatising it means prices will skyrocket (they've already done this in some northern region and the citizens there are on the verge of a riot) and NOT EVERYBODY will be granted access to something AS BASIC as water.

obviously, though, this hasn't been advertised. you can't read about it anywhere on newspapers. i'm so mad at this government it's not even funny anymore. now with the public patrols they established it's even worse! private citizens can round up and go patrol their quarter. HELLO, FUCKING FASCISM.
THERE WAS THE FUCKING POLICE INSIDE OF MY SCHOOL THIS MORNING. for no emergency, JUST BECAUSE.

this is NOT acceptable. and i hate how everybody keeps saying "Hey! you can't do that! it's against the constitution!" and does NOTHING to stop him (i'm talking about the stupid politicians from the opposition), even when berlusconi is saying that he wants to CHANGE the fucking constitution.

AHHHHHHHHH i know it's wrong but i wish for the sake of this country that he gets an heart attack or something. he's not just a bad person (and he is, and the long, long list of things he's condemned for or suspect of - including mass executions - is a good enough proof of it), but he's a wannabe (and succeeding) dictator and i'd rather see my country fall apart from a left wing government that can't handle the work than from a fascist government that will voluntarily destroy the very things that constitute a democratic country.

ETA: oh, and just fyi - a couple of politicians (women) from the opposition wanted to bring berlusconi to the european court of justice for discriminating against women ( a) he said that (quoting) "to prevent rape there should be a soldier for every pretty girl in the country, but obviously that's not possible"; b) since it's so hard to find a good job these days, "girls should just find a rich man to marry"; c) he said to sarkozy that he "gave him his woman"). why the european court you ask? well, because as of a law he passed last summer, the first five most important men of the government cannot be brought to justice for any kind of thing. so they can't sue him in italy. [ yes, that also means that if berlusconi started killing people - which he's already been doing for 25 years, anyway - noone in italy could make him go to jail because there is now a law against it.]
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note: in this post there is a translation of this news article from the newspaper repubblica (republic, duh), written by some giovanna vitale.

err, there might be a couple comments in square brackets. sorry, couldn't help myself, but i swear they're not many.

Rome - Security doubled )


there you go. try not to scream till you get to the end. also, my translation might suck a bit, but i'm not used to translating texts, so.
anyway, yeah, this kind of thing reminds me of something i can't quite put my finger on...
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there were elections in sardinia last week. guess who got elected as governor? the son of berlusconi's accountant.
i think i have nothing to add to this.

also, in rome they basically set up a ghetto. there is a restricted zone "assigned" to immigrants, and now it is going to be closed after 10pm (don't know what time it opens in the morning), with nobody allowed to enter or leave, and every visitor needs to be escorted by a policeman. i mean, people are basically hold prisoners.
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bbc reporting the death of eluana englaro, and the kind words of berlusconi on the matter.

"Napolitano made a serious mistake," Mr Berlusconi was quoted as saying.
is that a threat?

The president had said the prime minister had acted unconstitutionally by attempting to overrule the courts
in-fucking-deed. nobody seems to notice though. and i have not heard this phrase used EVER on the news here. which of course is something that we should really talk about.
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7700434.stm
the bbc has an article about today but it's not as detailed as i'd like it to be. better than nothing though. you can still read berlusconi's delusions. (young people have been manipulated by the left)

i'm a sucker and today i didn't wake up on time - i swear i didn't do it on purpose, i was truly wanting to go.
from what i've gathered from the news (i would link the articles to you but they're in italian), there *HAS* been violence in bologna, although nothing major. a journalist got hurt though, but they don't say how badly. my guess is a scratch or something of that extent.

also from today's news: do you remember what i said yesterday about fascists rioting in rome? well, somebody made a video of one of these guys, first with a bat in his hands, and a few minutes later, as his comrades were getting calmed down (they got them sit on the ground) he was standing in the back talking to a cop with prefect tranquillity.
then there are pictures of this guy getting on the police van, on the passenger seat.

wanna guess? a policeman got in disguise to start riots and violence at the students' protest. as Cossiga said, the government will start to use violence as soon as the protesters do, right? well, and what's a better way to speed that up than actually pretending to be a kid and starting violence yourself?

this is truly disgusting. i shouldn't be surprised anymore but it's really unbelievable.

oh, and from now on, they said, who occupies schools is going to get sued. isn't that freedom of speech and protest! way to go!
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i'm watching the news and it feels like i'm in one of those documentaries that show how the newspapers talked about the fascist regime.
as of last week, our great government has decided that the police isn't enough. they have introduced army patrols in all major cities. today the news report that the soldiers are greeted with warmth and friendliness by citizens, because people feel more secure.
what?! more secure? it's the frigging army in our cities! how can you feel your secure? how can people not realize that this is all a way to make us feel like there IS a MAJOR threat to our safety and it's just around the corner from our beloved house? and what is this threat, anyway? well, the government's idea on this is no secret: immigrants, particularly people from Romania, nomads, prostitutes, you name it. the latest brilliant idea to deal with people from romania is to take everybody's fingerprint. but do not be fooled! this is for THEIR OWN SAFETY (can somebody explain to me how this works plzkthx?) not to have a list of "potential criminals" that also, coincidence, all happen to be coming from a different country than ours (and therefore have less right to be considered, you know... normal, honest people, right? right?).

this is all a bunch of bullshit and i am really surprised to see that nobody in the effing world is getting what's going on. hello, democracy? you there? NO, it isn't, because our dear mr. berlusconi made a law by which something like the five highest state politicians (like prime minister, president of the republic, and the presidents of the two houses of the parliament) CANNOT be sentenced for any crime that would get them a period of jail of ten years of more. that is, mr berlusconi is being judged for like, bribery and affiliation with the mob (and something like two or three other lawsuits, but that's another story) that would grant him well more than 10 years of prison. but hey! no! now there's a new law, by politicians, for politicians. "i can't focus on doing good for the country if i have to be in court every TWO BILLION YEARS BECAUSE THAT'S HOW LAW WORKS IN ITALY", said mr berlusconi (no shit. well, except for the all caps part).
AND PEOPLE BELIEVED HIM. and by the way, mister, did anyone tell you that the costs of life have gone up dramatically lately? that people cannot live comfortably because our economy is going down the drain? dude, i mean... i know you're a wannabe president of the universe, but THE COUNTRY'S PRIORITIES, LET ME SHOW YOU THEM.

so anyway now:
a) a criminal is in charge of the country and will not be charged or judged for his crimes as long as he's the dictator ruler prime minister of italy
b) he made a law by which politicians cannot have their phone calls traced even when the police has reasons to believe he or she is involved in criminal intents
c) he made a law by which the news are no longer allowed to report stories of 'law problems' and results of trials against politicians, even though, hey, they *are* public informations
d) he made a law by which now the state has a list of every people living here that also happens to belong to a certain ethnic group [uhm, sorry? manifesto... of what?]
e) he made a law by which the national army is now basically a division of the police (or is it vice-versa?) therefore invading our cities with heavily armed soldiers and artillery
f) he allowed his good friend umberto bossi to go and tell the masses to create paramilitary rounds in every city district (whose members are all civilians by the way) to protect our poor selves by those bad guys that are the immigrants and the muslims (lol how could i forget the muslims in all this)

so, i don't know, it looks like it's actually true that history repeats itself, but this is getting so obvious that i almost feel like my intelligence is being insulted.
but alas the italian people happen to feel quite the contrary, because they are all soo happy now that they feel safer (it's not difficult to understand that seeing the army around is a nice trick to make you feel like you NEED to be safe from something that doesn't exist, and is, actually, a form of psychological terrorism), and the TV tells them once a week that the economy is getting better so it must be true (HINT: berlusconi owns the tv. no, it's not a saying, it's actually true. like, for real.). oh and mr berlusconi personally took away naples' tons of garbage with his own hands! and that's soooo cool! even though everybody hates naples and they'd kill them southerners to save their own lives.
even though, you know, if the tv tells you your life is getting better but you go food shopping and you see that bread, which is made of WATER AND FLOUR AND SALT, costs 10 bucks per kg, maybe there is still something wrong. maybe, eh, i'm just speculating here.

so there.
italians are so stupid i'm ashamed of being here. not to mention that i do not want to be living here when this country falls to pieces, because it is going to and we all know it. i'm going to get embarrassed of living, because i saw it coming and yet living here makes me feel like i'm participating in all this shit. because as far as 20th century european dictatorships are concerned, the people did take a part in it by not realizing what was happening before it was too late and, also, by supporting the dictatorship because when you live your life in a country, it's harder to realize and *feel* dictatorships and no irony here, i realize this.

anyway, do you guys want to know what happens next? because i happen to have SPOILERS (hint: second paragraph second period)!


and a little not on fingerprints, because it occurred to me that americans might be used to this kind of privacy violation. i know very little about the american government and what i know i learned from anti-american sources (because that's the trend now), but i guess they take fingerprints of every living creature, right? it still is horrible in my opinion, but at least they don't discriminate and take your fingerprints (that is actually a way of saying "hey, you may commit a crime in the future, so i must list you in case we need to hunt your arse down") only if you happen to have, i don't know, a certain skin color, background, religious or political belief, etc. so as much as you can argue that it is useful to have fingerprints of people because well, they might commit a crime, i am against it and the proof is that in this country we do solve crimes without having a fingerprint database.
however, mr berlusconi's government wants fingerprints of *nomads only*, particularly romanians. kids as well (ah, those kids. you never know who they might end up killing!).


oh and i almost forgot: they want to introduce another new fantastic law: CRIME of illegal immigration. that is, if you leave your country in which you are surely going to die of starvation or disease or war and sell a kidney to pay to cross the sea on a dinghy, they arrest you as soon as you touch italian ground. neat! not that our jails are already overpopulated, that is. *interesting fact of the day about italy*: if you are an illegal immigrant and they find you, you are forced to leave the country and go back where you came from. but! nobody pays for the trip, obviously, so people never leave, but are thus forced to live in further illegality, running from the police, being enslaved and under-payed to do the shittiest and most dangerous of jobs until (if ever) you can afford the journey home. because unfortunately you can't sell any more kidneys, can you D:


/endrant. this is italy, people. sun, art, vespas and good life. except not.
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congratulations to Yahoo!News for this news flash video. apparently, steven spielburg resigned for his whatever role in whichever olympics (i don't really care about the news). how can you misspell steven spielberg name, seriously?!

in other (more important) news, the writer's strike is now officially over! YAY! \o/ and we might get new supernatural episodes in april or may!

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