22 ottobre 2013

The Demise of Italy and the Rise of Chaos

The Demise of Italy and the Rise of Chaos

8 ottobre 2013
by Roberto Orsi
Future historians will probably regard Italy as the perfect showcase of a country which has managed to sink from the position of a prosperous, leading industrial nation just two decades ago to a condition of unchallenged economic desertification, total demographic mismanagement, rampant "thirdworldisation", plummeting cultural production and a complete political-constitutional chaos.
In a previous post on this very blog, the dire situation of Italy's economy has been briefly sketched. A few months later, the scenario of a serious disruption of the Italian state's finances is building up, with tax revenues contracting 7% in July, a deficit/GDP ratio projected again well over the 3% mandatory threshold and public debt well over 130% of GDP. It will get worse. The government knows perfectly well that the situation is unsustainable, but for the moment it is only capable to resorting to an extremely short-sighted VAT rate increase (to a staggering 22%), which will depress consumption even more, and to vague proclaims about the necessity of shifting the tax burden way from wages and companies to financial rents, although the chances of this to be implemented are essentially negligible.

21 ottobre 2013

Insospettabili altarini

Un mio collega ha scoperto miei insospettabili trascorsi… Mi domando come ha fatto…
Nell'immagine di repertorio (archivio Ansa-Digos), una testimonianza inequivocabile dello spirito contestatario che pervase la gioventù di un nostro insospettabile quanto beneamato collega.

17 ottobre 2013

Zdob si Zdub - Видели Ночь (Live)




Мы вышли из дома,
Когда во всех окнах
Погасли огни,
Один за одним.
Мы видели, как уезжает
Последний трамвай.
Ездят такси,
Но нам нечем платить,
И нам незачем ехать,
Мы гуляем одни,
На нашем кассетнике
Кончилась пленка,
Смотай ...

Видели ночь,
Гуляли всю ночь до утра.
Видели ночь,
Гуляли всю ночь до утра.

Зайди в телефонную будку,
Скажи, чтоб закрыли дверь
В квартире твоей,
Сними свою обувь -
Мы будем ходить босиком.
Есть сигареты и спички,
И бутылка вина, и она
Поможет нам ждать,
Поможет поверить,
Что все спят,
И мы здесь вдвоем.

Видели ночь,
Гуляли всю ночь до утра.
Видели ночь,
Гуляли всю ночь до утра.


(We left our home
when everyone turned off their lights
one after another
we saw, the last tram leaving
the taxis are going
but we have no money
and we have no reaso to go anywhere
we are walking by ourselves
on our own cassette
the tape has finished
reverse it!

We saw the night
we were walking all night, until the morning
we saw the night
we were walking all night, until the morning

Go by the phone booth
tell them to lock the door
in your apartment,
take off your shoes
we will walk barefoot.
We have cigarettes and matches
and a bottle of wine,
and it will help us to wait,
it will help us to belive,
that everyone is asleep
and are it's only us two, here together

We saw the night
we were walking all night, untill the morning )

01 ottobre 2013