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Rolling Stones in Rome: the Mayor in the storm for low revenues

22 Giu

Thanks to the Rolling Stones concert at the Circus Maximus, “Rome today has about 60,000 people over the 10-20,000 Romans who came to this event. Persons who have gone to the hotel restaurants, which have taken a taxi, an ice cream and have determined a gain for the city of EUR 25 million in one day. “ (Ignazio Marino, Mayor of Rome, RaiNews24)

So, 25 million divided by 60,000 is € 416.7 average expenditure for a night on the town for each of the spectators, if … we admitted that no one found a bed by friends, that no one else come back in late at night and, that above all want to find a 4-5 star hotel.
If Ignazio Marino believes in these numbers, blessed him and us poor, but the accounts should be made in another way, because he’s about the mayor of Rome Capital in default and not the representative of the local sellers.

In fact, it’s umbelievable how it was possible for the City of Rome, to rent for only 7,934 Euros the entire Circus Maximus (along 621 meters and width 118) to the  concert, if Rolling Stones – only to sleep – have spent twice, at the Regis Hotel, in a mega-suite from 14,000 € per night. Especially if you take into account that the concession is implicit that all the photos and movies taken in the scenario of the Circus Maximus can be reused without any benefit for Roma Capitale.

At the Capitol, after over a year of this administration, they try to justify themselves by explaining that the price was calculated by deducing rates established for the occupation of public land and that they ‘already’ were planning to increase them.
But, among other things, there are pocket costs: for example, law enforcement, emergency services and health  inside and outside of the ‘red area’ – that between Via dei Cerchi- Via di S. Teodoro, Via dei Cerchi-Piazza di Porta Capena, Aventine Avenue, Avenue of the Circus Maximus, te Greek street-side Mouth of Truth – in which only the public provided with the ticket  will have access by the 14th of tomorrow.
Over than 150.000 square yards, closed to citizens and traffic in the middle of the town.


The Municipality of Rome states that € 40,000 will come from the organizers of the event for the services of the municipal police, 23,000 for the extension of the metro B and 30,000 for trash cleaning, other euro 75,000 for onlus and companies that provide portable toilets, ambulances and health services.
But this is money for employee compensation and suppliers, not actual revenues for Roma Capitale, besides the fact that those employeers and officials will not have extraordinary benefits for overtime work for the Roman citizens’ needs. Carlo Rienzi, president of Codacons, a strong consumers association, already protests as that of “road closures, detours, limitations, changes in public transport in an area such as the nerve center of the Circus Maximus, which are passed on to citizens.”

And no benefits for ‘image rights’ for Roma Capitale, although the Town had sponsored the event and, more importantly, while the page where you could vote for the lineup of songs shows the design of the Circus Maximus for promotional uses.
ROLLING STONES Circo Massimo Rome 2014.

By the way, remember that the image rights of Coliseum – for sponsorship agreements signed by the City of Rome, in exchange for just 25 million pounds for 15 years, “which may be extended” – can be used for ‘clothing, footwear, headgear’ (the core business of Tod’s), but also “perfumes, adhesives, precious metals and their alloys, jewelery, precious stones, horological, chronometric instruments’, as well as for events, press conferences, photographs, stationery, adhesives, office supplies, umbrellas, leather , as for cultural and sporting events. In addition, the sponsor has the authorization to “build a temporary structure, or fixed, for the reception of the supporters of the Association, located in the immediate vicinity of the Coliseum” and for the duration of the restoration work and the next two years “and that” can boast and to use the name and logos of the sponsors. “

A real scandal, if we consider that only 70,000 tickets at € 78 each are well 5.46 million -EUR receipts for the event, which was presented in Italy “and D’Alessandro Galli”, a leading company in the field of music business, in accordance with “Rock in Roma”, on which Wild Bunch wrote that “in addition to the two-month festival of Ippodromo Capannelle, the Award Winning “Bucci & Giuliani simultaneously run all the concerts of the Olympic Stadium in this summer, from Muse to Depeche Mode to Roger Waters and Italians Negroamaro and Jovanotti. ”
So, it is true that with the great events turn a lot of money, but are  we sure that this business really representa a public revenue and more services to citizens?
Also, if this is the way to do the math teached in medical schools to future dirigent doctors, as the Mayor Ignazio Marino is, we could have find too a good explanation on the causes of public health crazy expenditure.
Among other things, how dispel the suspicion that Ignazio Marino was well aware of the value in the image of Circus Maximus if he declared to Sky TG24 that “for me it is a great pride to bring the history of rock within our archaeological history in a unique scenery”, “I chose it and I was immediately approved by Mick Jagger, and it was decisive: there were other European capitals who wanted to host the concert”.
Downward negotiation in order to affix his ‘signature’ of an event such as the Rolling Stones in Rome? Not surprisingly, Alessandro Onorato, leader of the opposition in the city council, announces “a complaint to the Court of Auditors for loss of revenue.”

It’s Rome.


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Another Italian soldier died in Afghanistan. Why?

26 Ott

Another Italian soldier, Tiziano Chierotti, died in Afghanistan and 3 others were wounded. A patrol just 20 km from Camp Lavaredo up to ​​the village of Siav, where an ambush awaited them.

And we have to ask ourselves why we sent them there.

Perhaps, because we are tired of seeing heroine among our young people, given that, in 2011, ‘the United Nations stated that the portion of land for the Afghan opium cultivation had increased by 7%, reaching a total length of 1.310 kilometers square, of which the majority is in the ‘less safe’ areas of the south and east of Afghanistan. ‘ (Source: Reuters)

According to the Russian Federal Service for the Control of Narcotics, Talibans – just them – would try $ 150 million a year from drug trades. ‘A huge mass of heroin produced in a small area as New York City,’ said Ivanov, the ‘Tsar of Russian DEA’, while Barack Obama has promised – with too much carelessness? – to leave the control of the country to Afghans by the end of 2014, while it is certain that a good part of the illegal traffics takes place under the cover of military place.

We spoke of Tiziano, Corporal Chierotti, an Alpine Ranger by Arma di Taggia, province of Imperia, who died for the streets of Siav, Farah province, Afghanistan, in the name of a war that the Taliban have declared to the world 30-plus years ago, first migrating in Afghanistan in the wake of fundamentalists supported by China and the United States, and then occupying it permanently, having leveled the capital, Kabhul, although he had surrendered, just to disarticulate the state organization.

A band of millions of Pakistan tribal raiders that two genertions ‘occupied’ the lucrative trade of weapons and opium on which Afghan economy trusts.

Several years ago, I wrote about the ‘enemy’ and the correctness to call them ‘insurgents’, as the United Nations so called them, but limiting this definition to Wiziristan, where tribal groups were not hostile, originally, to our ‘peacekeepers’.

Today, I think it is important to begin to clarify who the insurgents, the tribes who do not identify with the government in Kabul, who the Taliban ‘out of area’ as in Siav, which is outside the area of ​​historical infiltration by Pashtun / Taliban from Pakistan, and who are the ‘narcos’ that are based in Siav, which – like other places in that ‘caravan highway’ – is one of the stages of the couriers from west provinces come and go with Pakistan.

Reasons to suggest to deal the U.S. abandon of any role of the military police against the narco cartels – in Hispanic Americas to local forces as in Afghanistan as to a meager ‘ten thousand army’ of Italian or Engish soldiers and an half dozen of some others – while USA is the largest market in the world of drug dealing?

Reasons too abstract to accept the death of one of our beloved guys, and too many of others in homeland, that succumb to heroin?

Support our soldiers.

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Salma Hayek: perchè la Legion d’Onore?

4 Gen

Salma Hayek, nota attrice messicana, è stata insignita della Legion d’Onore francese e, doverosamente, ci si chiede quali meriti abbia o come abbia servito la Francia, visto che si tratta di un’onoreficenza militare.

A scatenarsi non sono solo gli internauti francofoni – le nuove nomine “farebbero rigirare Napoleone nella tomba” – ma anche la stampa d’Oltremanica, sempre attenta alle boutade della vicina Francia.
D’altra parte, l’ex ministro Henri Torre ha addirittura rifiutato l’onorificenza: “Oramai è svalutata”.

Fatto sta che Salma Hayek (al secolo Salma Valgarma Hayek Jiménez-Pinault) abbia sposato il figlio (ed erede) di François Pinault, un imprenditore multimiliardario francese che possiede i marchi e controlla la distribuzione di Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Sergio Rossi, Boucheron, Bottega Veneta, Bédat & Co, Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, Balenciaga, La Redoute, Ellos, Empire, Brylane, Cyrillus, Vertbaudet, Somewhere, Daxon, Edmée, Celaia, La Maison de Valérie, Josefssons, Metrostyle, Chadwick’s of Boston, Jessica London, Brylane, Kingsize, Fnac, CFAO, DOM-TOM, Puma, Volcom, Brioni Roman Style, Artemis S.A. e, giusto per non farsi mancar nulla …. la casa d’aste Christie’s.

Niente paura, la Legiòn d’Honor ha visto di peggio, come la nomina di Stone & Charden, duo musicale degli Anni ’60, un vero e proprio “florilegio” secondo qualcuno, e  non a caso c’è chi si chiede se non si debba dare l’onoreficenza anche a Tintin e Milou, come in un commento su L’Express

E, forse, vista la fine che ha fatto la Legion d’Onore, più che della crisi dell’Euro, sarebbe ora di mettersi a discutere del declino dell’Europa, dei propri valori e della propria identità.

Napoleone si sta rivoltando nella tomba e da tempo, ormai ….

A proposito di figuracce, ritorniamo a Salma Hayek e prendiamo atto di come la nota testata “USA Today” riporti che l’attrice,  impegnata da anni in campagne contro la violenza e la discriminazione, avrebbe, nel febbraio 2006,  donato la “folle somma” di 25.000 dollari a Coatzacoalcos, sua città natale, e di “ben” 50.000 dollari a Monterrey, che non è affatto un piccolo centro, per combattere la violenza contro le donne …

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Romanzo criminale

26 Mar

L’insicurezza dipende da chi sei e cosa ti “fa paura”, ma l’Italia com’è? Sicura, pericolosa o cosa?
Facendo qualche confronto, per uno straniero la Germania è sempre la Germania e per un “colletto bianco” le banlieues sono sempre una banlieu. E’ qualcosa che, se hai sufficiente sfortuna, puoi scoprire anche da turista, ma la gente del posto vive in relativa tranquillità.
Viceversa, se scendi sotto casa e puoi essere coinvolto in un crimine, questa è insicurezza. Come anche i vigili che arrivano dopo un’ora o le denunce contro ignoti archiviate.

La sicurezza in Italia per gli Italiani è  bassa, se consideriamo le proprietà e le tutele. Basta guardare alla diffusione dei furti nelle abitazioni, delle rapine in esercizi e uffici, e soprattutto l’inutilità delle denunce o la rapida liberazione dei colpevoli.

L’insicurezza per le persone in Italia è causata da fenomeni emergenti e quasi
“esclusivi” del nostro paese: gli stranieri “senza fissa dimora”, le bande di giovani dei ceti medi “del sabato sera”, la tratta di strada delle minorenni dall’Est. A questo aggiungiamo le narcomafie, i 200-500mila uomini armati di cui dispongono e i racket che fanno.

Diversi fenomeni, da noi frequentissimi anche in centro città, all’estero sono tipici solo in località famigerate. Siamo il paese dell’UE con più furti e rapine, immigrati clandestini e rom, sentenze annullate e crimini irrisolti, indulti e proroghe, organizzazioni terroristiche e mafiose, vigili disarmati e regolamenti locali, competenze pubbliche esternalizzate.

Visti da fuori somigliamo un pò al Messico di Traffic, ma essendo del
luogo non ci sembra proprio così: siamo abituati e pensiamo che sia
“democratico” essere così tolleranti verso l’illegalità.
La sicurezza dipende da chi sei e cosa ti “fa paura” e, se sei come Joe Pesci, devi accettare che il tuo mondo sia più caotico e più pericoloso.
O no?