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Doncha just love the temperament!

Passion is of course a good thing, and I am often reminded by the lack of it in Nordic discussions. But passion is not a weathercock spinning any way the wind takes it - or at least useful passion is not.

For me, passion is more intellectual than hormonal. So-called passionate people such as Berlusconi are entirely guided by the contents of their trousers. I doubt if any of his passion is guided by any organ above the belt.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Tue Mar 24th, 2009 at 09:36:50 AM EST
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That's below the belt, Sven :-P

Most economists teach a theoretical framework that has been shown to be fundamentally useless. -- James K. Galbraith
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Mar 24th, 2009 at 09:54:01 AM EST
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He, Berlusconi...

I recall an article I recently read about some paparazzi who managed to photo him having sex with five(5!) models (called "vielos", "velioris" or something like that). The man is 72 years old! And the girls probably were only slightly older than that, all five of them together.

Ah, well, poor deGondi. I remember when he moaned that we were just making fun of his country, and that no one ever wrote about the cutting edge hi-tech industrial companies of Milano and so on...

Well. Sure. But... Italy is just too outrageous! I mean, Cicciolina, Gladio, P2, the nuclear phaseout, Berlusconi becoming prime minister, resigning because of corruption, becoming prime minister again, resigning again etc, Mussolini, Mussolini fandom, Mussolinis granddaughter as a major politician, Italian commercials (what we in the rest of Europe call soft porn), mobs attacking gypsie camps, Lega Nord wanting to build a wall along the Slovenian border, the Pope, the Eternal City, great wine, greater wine, Mussolini wine, even greater food, Carabineris, the N'drangeta, the N'drangeta having shootouts at Pizzerias in small German cities, a complete failure to deal with the trash in Napoli, Mara Carfagna as minister of equality just because Berlusconi want to oogle at her tits, Berlusconi insulting people like Sarko at random (about his wife!) etc etc etc!

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.

by Starvid on Tue Mar 24th, 2009 at 10:46:20 AM EST
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Oh, and might I add the fact we are in a situation where a democratic fascist party is "the lesser evil"! ;D

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
by Starvid on Tue Mar 24th, 2009 at 10:50:10 AM EST
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The bankruptcy of the city of Catania, one of the historical subversive power strongholds of Italy (highest votes for the MSI, highest number of P2 members, traditional source of Secret Service Directors, all deviant even if not P2 members) is due to the slipshod management of a highflying Neapolitan doctor, two-time mayor Umberto Scampagnini, who devastated the city's coffers. Elected simply because he's Berlusconi's personal doctor- that is, he put false hair back on his pate and delivered a throbbing member at a moment's notice. Berlusconi takes a medical preparation whose secrets are only known to Scampagnini and the Catanese pharmacy that prepares it. We only know that it contains endorphins and that he is rumoured to rely on mechanical contraptions to satisfy his cunt-struck lust.

Catania votes en masse for anything Berlusconi throws their way and then goes and dumps garbage in front of city hall because public administrators haven't been paid in ages. The national light company cut the city electricity for not paying bills for years. All the city cops have been promoted to officer: there are only four simple cops in all Catania. Scampagnini ran the city from a deluxe hotel suite and dallied with Brazilian samba dancers (Ah! The sultry Surama!) at the city's expense.

So yes. Catania is governed below the belt. Berlusconi throws extraordinary state fundings at Catania whenever necessary. Doesn't even personally pick up the bill. He probably even writes off the pharmacy bill. Italy subsidizes Silvio's dick.

Another reason for Starvid to love Italy. Even I love Catania- despite what I have just written.

by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Tue Mar 24th, 2009 at 12:55:35 PM EST
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