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Fini's National Alliance Commits Euthanasia

For the past several years every parent of preschool kids has spent a small fortune for Gormiti's, Italy's answer to Pokémon. Just as the threadbare plots of hardcore films are devised to assist improbable combinations of body fluids, Gormiti scripts are devised to present enumerable opportunities to spend money on improbable biped forms which are divided up into "Peoples." The Isle of Gorm is inhabited by "the People of the Air," "the People of the Forest," "the People of the Volcano," and so on.

It's no surprise that the Island of Italy, too, now has invented similar products, such as "the People of Liberty," "the People of Life," "the People of Love," and so on, all motivated by "the Force of Virtue," "the Force of Values," and so on.

Sunday saw the demise of the historical democratic fascist party, born after the Second World War as the Italian Social Movement (MSI) and transformed into the National Alliance under the guidance of Gianfranco Fini. In their last congress in Rome the party committed euthanasia to be absorbed by Berlusconi's personal political entity, the blob now known as "the Party of the People of Liberty." It may spell the twilight of Gianfranco Fini's political parabola. The more militant fascist elements had long since become Berlusconi's favoured lieutenants, although nominally remaining in the National Alliance. Fini has filled a number of high profile institutional roles that have given him an aura of statesmanship. Yet that may be no more than the efficacious Sino-Italian strategy of promoting an adversary to an imminent position of  weakness.

He will be no dauphin for that is strictly a family affair.

Berlusconi declared that with his new personal political entity, "The People of Liberty," he trusts to have 52% of the popular vote. The Democratic Party leader, Dario Franceschini, asked why he had simply not gone for 92%.

In the queer world of Italian politics, one may hope that the absorption of the historical democratic fascist party by Berlusconi's political entity might bring the latter to more moderate positions. But as the cult Steve McQueen film showed all too clearly, a blob is a blob.

by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Mon Mar 23rd, 2009 at 06:47:07 PM EST
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fini is scary....anything to diminish his influence would be good for italy.

talking of 'blob', i watched it the other day for the first time for quite a while. for those who don't know it, it's a 15 minute round up/collage of video, broadcast in peak evening viewing time on Rai, the state tv.

the satire really bites, all done through clever (often brilliant) juxtaposition of comedy, ads, kitsch and such to 'serious' pols yapping. the effect is chaplinesque, heavy on political pratfalls, gleefully wicked, even risqué.

it's a treasured national institution, and does a great job both of skewering the self-important and highlighting the felliniesque surreality show that is italian politics...

i don't know 'le canard enchainé', but i'd say it's a good equivalent of Private Eye in the UK, though totally different in its humour.

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Tue Mar 24th, 2009 at 03:35:55 AM EST
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We are in a situation in which Fini is a lesser evil. He is far more moderate than Berlusconi or such party fellow members as Ignazio La Russa or Maurizio Gasparri.

Berlusconi has constantly insulted and been enraged by Fini's positions on issues. But numbers are tyranny. Berlusconi cannot do without him. Just four days ago, Berlusconi called him a traitor.

It is out of the question that Fini would ever be a successor to Berlusconi. Their visions of the state and government are incompatible.

The Italian program "Blob" is fantastic, a national institution. I was referring however to the 1950's horror film with a very young Steve McQueen in which a Blob absorbs everything, turning it into an indistinct mass, a paradigm of our times.

by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Tue Mar 24th, 2009 at 06:55:34 AM EST
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Unlike Burlesconi, the 80s remake is hilarious.
by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Tue Mar 24th, 2009 at 07:02:47 AM EST
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Great trash remake!
by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Tue Mar 24th, 2009 at 07:51:43 AM EST
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Berlusconi cannot do without him. Just four days ago, Berlusconi called him a traitor.
I just love Italy. Must move there ASAP!

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
by Starvid on Tue Mar 24th, 2009 at 09:05:39 AM EST
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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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