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  • Commented on The light at the end of the tunnel (is not necessarily an oncoming train)
    Coming to Italy? Where and when? Re: monastery ships, they appear in Cestus Dei, a novel featuring a Jesuit ninja 😀...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    "Operacja Lew Morski" ROFLMAO.......
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Fiat Bambina? Funny name for the foreign market, never used here,it was the old model 500, the two-cylinder, air-cooled engine one. My first car. Great city car, useful for travel in the 50 km range. No, the Share'ngo are even...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    In Rome I often use an electric quadricycle from a on-demand renting service named Share'ngo (you search on the smartphone for one available nearby, book it and then open it with the phone.) They're easy to drive and powerful enough...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    "There will be a counter-movement of neo-puritanism, with an anti-technology mix" the Butlerian Jihad?...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    "How conservatives want to break Bernie Sanders’s spell over young Americans Vox, 24th Feb 2017" I've read it... is it deliberate dumbing down or self-delusion? "But you cannot have Uber and a socialist-run health care system — it’s both or...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    "Inaugeration" It took me some seconds to appreciate it. But in this worst case scenario it's not an auger, it's a 25 mm. masonry/stone drill bit attached to a...Hilti? Bosch? Makita? just name it... :-)...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    - Fascism has its roots in Socialism. Mussolini himself was a Socialist, but the roots of fascism are easier found in Nationalism (not the jingoism, the Italian political party https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italian_Nationalist_Association ), which in turn took a lot of ideas from...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Douhet had a house in Rome, near St. Peter's. With a stone with his name written on. Wife wonder why every time I pass in front of it I either spit or mutter curses the "May you burn in hell"...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    "he's talking about revolutionary strategy, disdain for incrementalism...Leninist isn't a meaningless descriptor of his position" Beg to disagree. Lenin was a Socialist fully within the debate in the Socialist International, one who wrote that his aim was to adapt...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    2These people want to destroy freedom for everyone who isn't a rich white Christian heterosexual male. QED.2 I'm white, hetero, male, decently affluent, atheist but baptized...and I'm scared beyond words by such a scenario. Because in a world like this...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    one may even think that islamist will be happy to run such a strike, as frex Osama bin Laden believed that 9/11 would have lead to a major crisis in the USA, up to its dissolution. And this time it...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    I don't think it's the real worst case scenario. The really worst case will be one where nationalists in charge of First World countries end up fighting each others. Think USA and Russia fighting over Iran, or US military being...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    a quote from a Trump voter (who later wrote that Dems are Communist...) on Brin's blog: "I owe no allegiance to either the left or the right: Both are pigs in suits; I am a beast of burden to both...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    I'm a newbie even being a long time lurker, but may I dare asking for a bit of leniency towards Joat, bad as is lines were? Just remember him that Erik von Shrakenberg wouldn't have voted Trump and Bannon is...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    And since we're doing historical revisionism tonight (thank-you Greenja & Marino_bib) what have I to do with historical revisionism? Given that IMHO Irving et al. are the scummiest scum of the earth? I suppose I'm "SJW-tinged" like you are. (meta-joke...)...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Agreed, that "morality play" narratives in international relations are highly toxic; true, but it has always been a powerful propaganda tool. And even the "poor Greeks and Italians tortured by evil EU/Germany/Angela-Hitler in disguise" is a morality play trick, too....
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    "Or saying that Greeks collectively deserved their fate" Did someone force the Greek voters to vote both Nea Demokratia and PASOK, and they run idiotic budgetary policies, not for investments but to pay absurd benefits to all and sundry? Or...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    the point is not estabilishing a state church, it's allowing tax-exempt status to churches even when they play as political actors...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    I suppose we know each other under different names and places :-) but, sorry, your statement is really wrong. Aside that I'm a US-style EU patriot with the same attitude to the other star-spangled banner, "After the tortures and indignities...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Overall, my point is that the rethoric of the "beige dictatorship", together with the rethoric of "carnage", just fuels the populists....
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    But at least you can choose between Italo and FS, fares went a bit lower and service was a bit better. Anyway, my point is that some well-managed privatizations doen't kill the social-democratic compromise....
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Creeping privatization of state assets is one of the ways in which social democratic settlements are eroded I'm not so sure, often "privatization" means that the company is run as a private law corporation owned in full by the government...
  • Commented on A reminder
    Re: fascism, I'm Italian and I graduated with Renzo De Felice, the leading, albeit controversial historian of fascism, so let's sya I'm somewhat knowledgeable. I'm not sure that classical model (one-party state, party militias, state-controlled labor and business unions )...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    "On the left you have Italy (Five Star)" No, emphatically no. FiveStars at local level are an empty shell on sale for whoever is able to rig their ludicrous "online primaries2, so we have a mayor in Rome who's in...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    Our word "idiot" comes from a Classical Greek word meaning "one of limited views, parochial", too....
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    About Brexit and the earlier post (the one about rise of food prices): I've just watched Loach's I, Daniel Black. Is really welfare gone so Kafkian and Catch-22? And lines at the food banks are really so crowded? Your line...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    I really don't beleieve in mass starvation, but a substantial increase in food price may lead to increased morbility/mortality (people stuffing themselves with high-calories cheap junk food, lack of vitamins, trace elements and such, alcohol abuse...) Re: Italy, economic trends...
  • Commented on The iron law of development
    some random toughts on alternate paths to industrialization: Roman or Alexandrine industrial revolution. Yes, Alexandrine civilization has a good grasp of math, and of some branches of physics and had a good tech level, see Anthikythera computer. But Heron's eolipyle...
  • Commented on The iron law of development
    there is an interesting book by an Italian historian, Aldo Schiavone, translated as The End of the Past: Ancient Rome and the Modern West. Translated by Margery J. Schneider. Revealing Antiquity, 13. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2000 dealing with...
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