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The programme thats planned:
9.15 am registration
Introduction - Beppe Grillo
Politics - Marco Travaglio
Environment - Maurizio Pallante
Health - P. Gentilini, G. Miserotti, M. Bolognini
Energy - Marco Boschini
Recycling - Matteo Incerti
Connectivity - Maurizio Gotta (Anti Digital Divide)
Rights of the citizens - Sonia Alfano
Water - Riccardo Petrella
Presentation of the Civic Lists website
Speeches from the Civic Lists and the Meetups
Conclusion - Beppe Grillo
Sat, 07 Mar 2009 17:13:36 +0100Beppe Grillo on Sky Nightline 06.03.09 I vostri video su: "La porti un bacione a Fir ..."Invia il tuo video Last night I was interviewed live on air by the SkyTG24 news service. This is something that hasnt happened to me in the past fifteen years! Here is an extract of the video text. Journalist: So, as we promised, I would like to welcome Beppe Grillo who is joining us live on air on Nightline SkyTg24. Good evening Beppe, thank you for joining us. Beppe: Thank you, Thank you indeed. Finally, after fifteen years, here I am live on the television. You are only the second the second lot of people filming me live, after the Polices General Investigation and Special Operations Unit, that is. So everything is okay. On top of it all, your TV channel is absolutely extraordinary, you almost feel like family. Gino, have you seen this? Hi Cinzia! How are you? Are you there? Say hi to Davide I dont know why it is, but I dont know what to say. There are billions of things that I would like to talk about. I have not given a live interview on television since 1993. But I want to be brief because we are busy putting together something that has been five years in the making and that will maybe come to fruition in Florence on Sunday. We have spoken about the Civic Lists. Has anyone perhaps heard about the Civic Lists, the Meetups, the Blog It is something that began five years ago. I was working as a comedian at the time and then I learned about Meetups and Blogs in the United States. I proceeded to set up a blog and, thanks to the participation of thousands of people, of informed citizens, we became the seventh biggest Blog in the world of one billion users worldwide, that is according to Forbes. The Web is busy changing the world as we know it, with the social networks, with Facebook, with MySpace and with the Blogs. The Internet is changing peoples lives. Journalist: Because of your attitude regarding the Internet and technology, certain people have labelled you as the Italian Obama. This is certainly not because of your skin colour. Beppe: Obama is copying me. He is copying all of us. Im not joking. Obama has risen to stardom thanks to the Web. He posts potential new laws on the Web and allows ten days for people to discuss these laws before signing them. He is a man of the people and he is financed by the people. His very first speech was posted on Youtube and his support base is the people. It is a down-up, or upside down democracy. Here in Italy we have a total impasse and we are in the middle of a crisis that will provide a severe beating to these psychodwarfs, dancers, gnomes, elves and friends of friends. We are raving mad. There is a general economic and political madness all around us. The parties have disappeared. When I said that the parties were busy dying, they accused me of practicing anti-politics. Do you remember? Yet now they have all disappeared. They disappeared because they never really existed in the first place. There was no real left wing, there was no real right wing and there was no real opposition. All that there was, was a general taking the piss out of millions of citizens. Elections were held without the voters being able to choose their preferred candidate. We are sitting with 18 sentenced criminals still in our Parliament. The outlaws are making the laws. We have about one hundred more that are already found guilty and awaiting appeals, awaiting trial, statute barred offenders and plea-bargainers. You name them and we have them. Our Parliament has become little more than a rubbish dump. Journalist: You have clearly jumped in with both feet and immediately started talking about important political issues. Beppe: No, this is not politics. Im talking about toxic and hazardous waste. This is not politics. Politics involves overturning the status quo. It means sending the parties home. Informed citizens, with helmets. Informed citizens that draft civic lists.[...]
Fri, 06 Mar 2009 20:02:26 +0100Hunters at sixteen years of age Nature is worthless. We would rather have concrete and double-barrelled shotguns in the hands of sixteen year olds, with which they can exterminate the last few wild animals that are still around. LIPU has examined the Orsi Bill and compared it to the current animal protection legislation. Franco Orsi of the PDL should call himself "Big Hunter" or "Son of Boss(ol)i". What we should be doing is organising patrols to check what our parliamentarians are getting up to. Day by day these guys are trying to make our lives more miserable. Here is one of many e-mails I have received regarding the Orsi Bill. "The Bill proposed by Senator Franco Orsi: an endless list of errors. Out of the Senate, in recent days, has come one of the most serious attacks on Nature, in other words on animal, on our Parks and even on our own safety: a bill that calls for the total liberalisation of hunting. Signed by Senator Franco Orsi. Animals used as decoys, hunting in our Parks, reduction of protected areas, the slaughter of bears, wolves and stray cats and dogs and many more vile deeds. Law 157/1992, the only existing law that directly protects the wild fauna in our Parks, is about to be torn to shreds. Here is the list of horrors: - Gone are the national and international interests as regards the protection of animals. Italy has an irrefutable heritage, namely our wild animals, which he is apparently no longer interested in protecting! - Gone is the definition of super-protected species. In Italy, animals such as the wolf, the bear, the eagles, the flamingos, the swans, the storks and many others, will no longer enjoy the special protection envisaged by the European Union and international regulations. - Hunting season open along the migration routes, something that will undoubtedly create a major disturbance and will encourage poaching in areas that are very important in terms of the difficult voyage and essential stopovers undertaken by the migratory birds. - Total liberalisation of rules regarding live decoys! Are you aware of precisely what live decoys are? They are live birds held prisoner in the tiniest of cages for the purpose of attracting other birds. This terrible practice is already permitted by the current legislation, albeit with certain restrictions. But Senator Orsi now wants to liberalise this practice totally. It will be possible to keep and use an unlimited number of these decoys. Gone will be the identification rings for live decoys. All that will be required is a certificate. One certificate for all of these decoys! Hunters will be able to use any species of birds as decoys, whether legal prey or not, even bramblings, chaffinches and redbreasts. - 700 thousand taxidermists. The hunters themselves will automatically become taxidermists, without even having to follow any procedures. Animals killed and stuffed without any rules. How many poachers do you think are going to spring into action to illegally capture and stuff wild animals? - Scientific research eliminated. The States own scientific authority (the Istituto Nazionale per la Fauna Selvatica or National Institute for Wild Fauna currently known as the ISPRA) is at risk of being totally replaced by regional institutes. These regional institutes will thus be issuing opinions on national and European Union matters. Plus the very real possibility of not being able to carry out studies or research, or establish uniform standards valid throughout the Country. - Open hunting season in our Parks, for currently protected species. The incredible formulation of the Orsi Bill will make it possible to get exemptions (in other words, to get permission to hunt otherwise protected species), even in our Parks and other protected areas! Regions that protect more than 30% of their regional territory will be penalised! How offensive is that ruling! Those who protect too much Nature will be punished. As if creating a park, where people an[...]
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Sat, 28 Feb 2009 19:56:56 +0100The roots of the Second Republic Yesterday this blog posted an interview held with Gioacchino Genchi, who is accusing the secret service and certain politicians of involvement in the deaths of Falcone and Borsellino. Genchi is not some or other nobody. According to the psychodwarf, he is the man that wiretapped 350,000 Italians telephones. The greatest spy in history since Mata Hari. I knew that there could only be two possible reactions to Genchis words, which were some of the harshest ever uttered against that which we insist on calling and thinking of as the State. Either to make him out to be a mythomaniac, or to drop a veil of absolute, mafia-like silence in all the newspapers and television channels. Omertà (conspiracy of silence) has prevailed. No one saw or heard anything. Not Mieli, not Riotta and not Mauro. The Genchi video has become the most often viewed clip on YouTube in the past twenty-four hours, yet none of the national media bothered to report on its content. An information paradox. If they shut down the Web, then darkness will descend upon this Country. The Cupola of the Press is stronger and more united than the Cosa Nostra. Genchi told the truth and proof of this lies in the fact that, as far as the media are concerned, Genchi doesnt exist and the names of the people behind the murders of Falcone and Borsellino cannot even be mentioned. Genchi said the following: "This is the perfect opportunity for the day of reckoning to come to Italy. Beginning with the via D'Amelio massacre, through to the Capaci massacre. Because the time has come for Italians to know the extent of the ongoing collusion that has taken place between the Governments secret services, criminals and politicians." Genchi was present in via D'Amelio, he saw the charred remains of Borsellino, he handled the investigation regarding the signal that set off the bomb, so what he says is not hearsay. Borsellino was threatened and he went to his mothers house every Sunday, yet the State didnt even close off the parking area in front of the building with a barrier. Genchi was not the only person to speculate that the via D'Amelio massacre signalled the beginning of the Second Republic. Antonio Ingroia, Public Prosecutor of Palermo: "The truth must be uncovered at all costs. It is my belief that the so-called Second Republic is founded on the blood shed by many public servants, magistrates and police officers " (*). From the decision handed down by the Administrative Court of Caltanisetta in the Borsellino case-3: "It was precisely for the purpose of facilitating the establishment new political contacts that it was necessary to eliminate those who, like Borsellino, would have discouraged any attempt to approach the Cosa Nostra and backtrack the anti-mafia activities, standing up and revealing, even publicly from the lofty heights of his professional status and the nobility of his commitment, any sign of surrender by the State or its political representatives " (*). If the information doesnt exist, then let us become information sources. What we need is a new CLN. A National Liberation Committee for information. Post the text of the interview with Genchi on your blogs, translate it into all other languages and forward it to other foreign blogs that you know. Create a link to the video on Youtube. Create your own videos with your own analyses and observations. They may never give up (is it in their interest?), but neither will we. (*) Texts drawn from the book entitled "L'agenda rossa di Paolo Borsellino" by Lo Bianco/Rizza.[...]
Fri, 27 Feb 2009 19:17:09 +0100I vostri video su: "Gioacchino Genchi accusa"Invia il tuo video Interview held with Gioacchino Genchi Theres nothing more to say about this interview. Beppe Grillo. Interview held with Gioacchino Genchi: "For the past twenty years I have worked as a technical consultant for the judicial authorities, a job that began almost by accident when, with the advent of the new penal procedure code, this position was created in terms of articles 359 and 360, which grant the Public Prosecutors Office the option to use the services of technical experts in any field whenever there are important activities to be performed. I am sorry that Martelli forgot, but Cossiga actually reminded me of the fact that it was the very same new penal procedure code that President Cossiga himself promulgated that made provision for this post, which is a very modern type of post at that. A post that exists in the most civilised and advanced legal systems and so, whereas previously the Public Prosecutors Office had been very limited and could only make use the services of the Criminal Police Department for any special investigations, now the new penal code made provision for this type of post. Therefore, when it comes down to finding out the truth in any criminal case, finding out the truth also meaning in favour of the person under investigation or the accused, the Public Prosecutors Office is no longer limited as regards whose services they may use. I held this post within the Department of Public Safety. We did some important work with Arnaldo La Barbera, with Giovanni Falcone and then also regarding the massacres. When it became necessary for the Public Prosecutors Office to bring in an outsider, perhaps someone who would not be influenced by the executive powers, and here I am referring specifically to investigations involving white collar workers, magistrates and top political figures, the Public Prosecutors Office preferred to avoid the possibility of any political entities and executive powers influencing any choices taken by the public administration departments where the various people worked. In accepting this appointment, I made an ethical choice, in other words, I chose to give up my career and my salary so as to concentrate all of my efforts on my work for the magistrature. Instead of being appreciated, this choice on my part was instead used by my detractors who, until very recently, proceeded to attack me in Parliament. Minister Brunetta had no choice but to admit that the granting of the unpaid leave of absence that I had requested was perfectly in order and had been considered by the various State Departments, by the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Public Service Ministry and by the Office of Prime Minister Berlusconi, in other words, by the very same people that then proceeded to attack me in such a violent and absurd manner, telling those lies about me that made the Italians laugh about this entire hullabaloo surrounding me, this apparent national danger constituted by one person that has been working with the judges and the Public Prosecutors on Mafia cases, massacres, homicides an some of the most important mafia and political activities that have taken place in Italy. Perhaps for them it is a national danger! For all those people that attacked me, and this is the best part (and here I will keep quiet because I cannot say too much since I am sworn to secrecy), It makes me laugh because all those gentlemen journalists that attacked me, from Farina through to Luca Fazzo, to Lionello Mancini of the Sole 24 ore newspaper, to La Stampa journalist Ruotolo, are none other than the main role players in the matters that I was looking into. This is the part that is so absurd! The very same politician[...]
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Wed, 25 Feb 2009 17:08:19 +0100Alex Zanotelli. Theres no water to lose. On 5 August 2008, water was privatized. A natural right has become merchandise, thanks to the PDL and the silent assent of the PDminusL. It was brought into being by article 23 bis of Giulio Tremortis legal legal decree number 112. The water in the hands of private companies costs more (in Aprilia it has managed to cost 300% more) and the level of service is the same as before or worse. If you dont pay the pizzo to the company they disconnect the water meter. Water must remain in public hands. The 5 star towns will have to stop the privatisation of water. A town without water does not exist. Watercourses, streams, brooks and rivers have to be under the control of the town authorities. If it doesnt manage the prime good, the one that is the most essential for the community, the town council is of no use. The town is not a company. Step by step they are taking air away from us (poisoned by CO2), the sun (covered up by smog), food (poisoned by toxic waste), water (privatized). What kind of perverse logic is this? Who are these mad folk that take away from us the beauty of living? And why do we continue to let them do this? They will never give up (but is it in their interests?). Neither will we. The national meeting of the Lists of the 5 star towns will be in Florence at the Saschall Theatre on Sunday 8 March 2009 The Five Stars correspond to five specific areas: Water, Energy, Development, Environment and Transport. Today I am publishing an article about WATER. Use the comments facility to send in your thoughts. Sign up to the national meeting of the 5 star towns on 8 March. Programme for 8 March: 9.15 am Registration; 10:00 am Beppe Grillo; Marco Travaglio; Environment/Pallante; Economy/Beppe Scienza; Energy/Boschini; Rubbish and recycling/Incerti; Connectivity/ Anti Digital Divide; Rights of the citizens/Sonia Alfano; Water/Petrella; Presentation of the 5 star towns website; Speeches by the Civic Lists and the Meetups; Conclusion: Beppe Grillo. WATER 1. Water must remain in public hands 2. Define a daily amount per head that is minimum and free and charge a growing rate on any surplus in relation to the growth in consumption. 3. In buildings that are new or newly restructured: have the obligation to have a double set of pipes, drinking water for use in drinking and preparation of food and non-drinking water for other uses, obligation to use rain water for flushing the toilet. 4. Obligation to recover rain water in collecting tanks 5. Incentives, wherever it is possible, to have a constructed wetland. 6. Restructuring of the water network to reduce leakage , with a tendering process that allows for the transformation of savings on energy costs to pay back the capital investment of the project (as in the model of ESCO) 7. Six-monthly surveys on pollution of water courses throughout the territory of the town with the possibility of denunciation to the relevant authorities. 8. Obligation to make use of water purifiers (in the absence of sewage networks) in residential buildings and in companies with the possibility of a financial contribution from the town authorities. 9. Promotion of the use of the towns drinking water 10. Promotion of detergents with a low level of pollution With the collaboration of Maurizio Pallante PS: Take part in the Forum to discuss issues about water. [...]
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Good day to you all.
Theres lots that could be said about the various things that have happened, starting with the sad things happening around the morgue of the Democratic Party.
I would tend to let that go so as not to be a real bore and make you run away from this presentation. It strikes me that the best sound bite came from Matteo Renzi, the young man who won the primaries against the established party names for the Florence council, who said in relation to poor Franceschini: they have elected the deputy disaster.
Enough. Lets finish that there.
Lets talk about stuff that is more serious and more worrying., that is of the issue of immigration mixed up with criminality that has given rise to a measure that like the one that authorizes the private patrols of citizens who go round the city on patrol and its not clear what they do. They go around with the air of substituting or helping the security forces and cutting down crime and dissuading criminals.
On many occasions we have already dealt with the issue of criminality, in fact I can let you know that the third volume of our Passaparola called Mafiocrazia has come out. It covers the end of last year and the beginning of this year.
You can recognize it and distinguish it from the other volumes by the rose colouring, even though the content is anything but rosy.
In relation to this topic, I would like to start with a great article written by Luca Ricolfi in La Stampa. I dont always agree with Ricolfi but I have to say that this time he has been spot on.
He says that basically crimes are tending to go down and that the only time when they went up, as we had widely forecast, was with the Great Pardon.
Now the Great Pardon has lost its usefulness as the number of people in prison is the same as it was before the Great Pardon with the additional bad thing that we have had a lot more crimes in the period after the Great Pardon. Instead of relieving the conditions o f the overcrowded prisons it has made things worse for the honest citizens who are outside and who have suffered more crimes than they would have done if it hadnt been for the Great Pardon and if different policies had been implemented, like having new prisons, or different destinations for certain types of prisoners, like non-European-Union people and drug addicts.
Anyway, this is not the topic under discussion.
Thanks to the Great Pardon
Ricolfi writes that the rate of criminality among foreigners is much higher than among Italians, even because the foreigners that come to Italy are not a representative sample of their nations.
The people from Romania who are in Italy are not representative of the Romanians who stay in Romania. The people from Morocco who are in Italy are not representative of the Moroccans who stay in Morocco.
Just like the Italians who went to America were are not representative of the Italians who were here in Italy. Anyone who is escaping from their own country to go to another one, unless they are obliged to do that for political or religious reasons or because of war, usually belong to the most vulnerable sectors of their society, those that dont manage to get the chance to make a living in their own country and who go to another country in desperation to seek it there.