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The torch passes through Pinerolo and bloggers were there!

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Thankfully, there's finally some snow. Even if some of it is man-made.

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A train races along Torino's new underground subway line.

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The torch travels along Torino's Corso Cosenza Feb. 9. (Andrea Biscaro photo)

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The flame at night, seen through the trees. (Andrea Biscaro photo)

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A moody view of the Stadio Olimpico exterior. (Andrea Biscaro photo)

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Stages can be seen across Torino as part of a festive vibe. (Andrea Biscaro photo)

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Here's an example of some of the great design work at the Torino games. (Andrea Biscaro photo)

Gran blog Torino 2006

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Welcome to's Gran blog Torino 2006, where you can read postings by a group of writers in Milwaukee, Torino and Pinerolo during the 2006 Winter Olympics. We'll talk a little about sports, but also about the vibe surrounding the games and more. To learn more about the bloggers, click on the "Torino bloggers" link above. Post your comments at the bottom.

March 3, 2006

Unforgettable Torino!

From now on Turin is finally Torino to the world! These Olympics were for Italy -- and particulary the Savoy capital of Torino, a great source of pride. Finally, the rest of the world has come to know a city always previously thought of as "icy, grey and home only to industry and Fiat." Recently, I have had the chance to meet many people who were surprised to find how vital and welcoming Torino is. "The Torinesi are nice and the city is very beautiful." The closing ceremony was memorable not only for the spectacle and the celebration of inimitable artists like Federico Fellini, but for the sweet melancholy brought on by the end of an event that brought joy everywhere, but especially to Torino, were we all lived and participated in the games with joy. "Arrivederci Torino and thanks for these two intense weeks of sport, ceremony and parties." This was the attitude of most of the guests, saluting the city of 2006. Now that everything has finished, Torino will maintain its desire to come out of the shadows and become the city that everyone now expects it to be. The fascination and the history of our city give us hope that the whole world noticed us. Much work is planned for the coming years and will make Torino shine even longer. There are still many visitors around the city. Many of the structures have been taken down, among them the "Casa America" on the banks of the Po River. Even the torch has been put out but it will remain part of the city's endowment as an indelible memory. It's likely that the enormous Gliz and Neve puppets will remain for the duration of 2006 at Porta Susa station and in Piazza Rivoli, at the request of the citizens. The next event will be the International Paralympics from March 10 through 19 and the protagonists with be the best disabled athletes from around the world. The 2006 Torino Olympics are already history. The lights don't seem to want to go out, though and we'll remember the Olympic flame that illuminated Torino.

Posted by Gloria Cardano at 8:44 a.m. | Talkbacks

Feb. 27, 2006

Torino games dished up memorable moments

Well, the Torino Games are finally over. They weren't the most memorable Winter Olympics of all time, but they did have their moments. Here's a few of them:

Most Memorable American: Teenage snowboarder Shaun White. The "Flying Tomato" is a marketer's dream -- young, affable, funny, polite and a champion. He's the closest thing these Games have to an American rock star.

Most Overrated "Disappointment" : I love it when sportswriters express their disappointment with some athlete that didn't live up to his or her expectations. Case in point: the onslaught of negative press directed at Bode Miller. OK, so Miller was oh-fer in the Games -- so what? Are we really so upset about that? Or are we that offended that the guy likes to have a few beers and, gasp, talk about it (I bet someone at your job has already done this today in reference to his/her weekend activities)? We're such a bunch of hypocrites -- had he won a couple golds while "partying" like he said he did (which, in reality, was probably overblown -- two beers does not a party make), we would have lionized him like Babe Ruth. Look, a party dude who actually wins!

Here's a specific example: Yahoo Sports columnist Dan Wetzel, whom I generally respect, had this to say about Bode: "He isn't the first guy to waste a lot of God-given talent, sacrifice by others and good fortune, but it is still a sight to behold to watch someone who could have been great show up that out of shape, that disinterested and that determined to party."

But later in the same column, he also had this to say: "There are worse ways to spend an afternoon waiting for a colleague to finish writing than drinking tall glasses of Krombacher at the Pingini Bar in San Sicario overlooking the Alps."

And this: "The highlight of the night - besides the fact that I somehow wound up drinking beer with someone from the World Anti-Doping Agency - was finally..."

And this: "As for the wine? Better than advertised."

And he also weaved this anecdote in about an event that happened years earlier in Iceland (I'm serious): "Magnus was a monster and we talked for a few minutes. ... He offered to buy a round of drinks and asked if I would do a shot with him. Naturally, I thought it would be an honor."

So, Dan, are you anti-drinking or anti-guys who are more talented than you? Or anti-guys who are more talented than you drinking?

I really don't mean to single Wetzel out -- his contempt for Miller was echoed by every American journalist in Torino. Many wondered what sponsor Nike thought of the whole thing? My answer: who cares what Nike thinks about what Miller does!? Certainly not me. If he is milking Nike for millions of dollars, I am all for it. This isn't exactly Ken Lay-style corporate malfeasance. He didn't win a medal - get over it.

Most Over-Produced Ceremony: (tie) Opening and Closing ceremonies. Both cost far too much money and were way over-done. Though to be honest, I didn't watch much of either one. I'm not saying the introductions and gatherings aren't special for the athletes, but should the IOC spend as much money on the theatrics as they do every two years? Introduce the athletes, have a couple people speak about the Olympic ideal and give the rest of the money to charity. Or lower ticket prices.

Sport That Won Me Over: Short-track speedskating. If you've been reading these posts -- hi Mom! -- you know that I'm something of a Games traditionalist. But in addition to enjoying Shaun White's halfpipe victory and the snowboardcross event, I really liked the short-track events (the sport was introduced to the Games in 1992). The speed and skill involved is truly amazing. And, yeah, I even got caught up rooting for American Apolo Anton Ohno on Saturday. What can I say?

Best Website for Olympics Coverage: Despite my difference of opinion with Wetzel, I thought Yahoo! Sports did a great job with its Olympic coverage. If you haven't started using it as your main sports source instead of (with its streaming video you don't ask for, annoying humor columns and enormous/invasive ads), give it a shot. Of course, it doesn't have Bracketology, so I shouldn't get carried away.

Longest Blog Post of the Games, Personal: This one. So I should leave it at that. Talk to you in 2010 from Vancouver. I'm assuming OMC will send me to that one.

Posted by Tim Gutowski at 8:12 a.m. | Talkbacks

Torino will never be the same

The Olympics have ended and Torino willl never be the same. The city has rediscovered its pride as a cultural and sport capital and the Olympics have discovered that these events can no longer be held only in small mountain towns. Paradoxically, it was the greater use of television that helped make known every detail of the games and of the athletes, but at the same time it increased the desire to "live" the event in person. In this case Torino and its surroundings added its own culture to the perfect organization of the games. The only regrey: Italia could have had more medals and could have done better during the events. But the Olympic spirit and the resuscitation of winter sports were ample compensation.

Posted by Luigi Dellacroce at 8:01 a.m. | Talkbacks

Feb. 25, 2006

Olympics have been lucky and beautiful

It snowed on the Olympic mountains. These Olympics have been, until today, very lucky because the weather has allowed for a good development of the games. There were few games postponed and the tracks were always excellent. The weather in the city has allowed the athletes and tourists to enjoy Torino and its beauties. The weather was also very good on the "white nights" Feb. 18 and 19 and the great success of that intiative was replicated on the 25th. In essence: beautiful and lucky Olympics!

Posted by Luigi Dellacroce at 8:12 a.m. | Talkbacksxavresxs

Feb. 24, 2006

Does the "ladies free skate" deserve so much attention?

The "ladies free skate" is always one of the television highlights of the Winter Games. Usually dominated by American skaters and oftentimes filled with natural drama (Tonya and Nancy's Skate-Gate, the "Will she or won't she?" status of Michelle Kwan, etc.), the race for women's skating excellence is literally gold in NBC's hands.

Tonight, American Sasha Cohen wiped out twice and took only silver, allowing Japan's Shizuka Arakawa to earn the gold. It was a "disappointing" finish for the 21-year-old Californian who looks like she's 14. Talk immediately turned to whether or not Cohen will be able to redeem herself in the 2010 Games. Yawn.

Figure skating can be a beautiful and graceful thing, and I don't want to degrade the athleticism and talent needed to compete at this level in the sport. But I also can't shake the nagging feeling that we're watching girls, not "ladies" ... certainly not "women." Half of them look petrified and all of them look like they're skipping study hall to be here. It feels particularly misguided to pay the event so much withering attention.

Does that go for all the Games? Or all sports, for that matter? Sure, but there is at least a safety net in other competitions, be it teammates to fall back on or -- at the very least -- a full uniform (helmet, pads, etc.) to hide within. In the "ladies free skate," it's just the ladies (if you will), an empty rink, a leotard and millions of judgmental eyeballs.

Posted by Tim Gutowksi at 8:15 a.m. | Talkbacks

Feb. 23, 2006

Charming miscommunication at the Olympics

Many American tourists at the Olympics are making Piemontesi bus and taxi drivers happy. Why? Because they when they exit, they say "bye," which sounds just like the dialect word for "beautiful" and when they hear visitors saying it, it makes them proud to have been called beautiful. In one perfume and toiletries shop in the center of Torino a shopkeeper that loves to joke is saying to all the American tourists that ask for him for soap, "non sono zoppo, ho tutte e due le gambe che funzionano bene," which means "I'm not zoppo (which sounds like soap with an 'o' on the end), I have two legs that work fine." In Piemontese dialect, "zoppo" means lame in the sense of having a limp or a bad leg. One older gentleman of good height got mad recently when a tourist looking for the bus stop approached him and said "bus," which sounds like the Piemontese word for a short person!

Posted by Luigi Dellacroce at 8:50 a.m. | Talkbacks

Milwaukee gets a taste of Torino

An intimate group of diners toasted Torino Wednesday night thanks to Shaker's World Cafe, 422 S. 2nd St., in Walker's Point. The restaurant and bar has an ongoing series of fixed-price, multi-course meals that riff -- culinarily -- on a theme. The restaurant seized on the opportunity presented by the Torino Olympics to take a stab at a Piedmontese menu and invited Torino native Tony Mangione to preside over the affair.

Mangione, who lives in Rochester, N.Y. but has become something of an honorary Milwaukeean thanks to his many business trips here is treated like royalty at Shaker's and it's not too hard to see why the spirited, personable and entertaining Mangione is quick to make friends. He told me that of all the many places he visits in his work as a consulting in the manufacturing sector, Milwaukee is his favorite city and gets here as often as possible.

Dinner included Piedmontese classics like bagna caoda (a sauce of oil, butter, garlic and anchovies), zabaione (an egg-based custard dessert) and wines like barbera, moscato and nebbiolo. Most of the recipes came from Mangione's cousin, who owns a restaurant in Piedmont's Cuneo province. When Mangione told a story of noshing with friends, on the spur of the moment, on fresh mussels bought at the docks in the Italian riviera town of Sestri Levante, Shaker's boss Bob Weiss -- known to everyone as Bob-a-roo -- dashed into the kitchen and returned with a plate of mussels and snails and a supply of lemon wedges.

Informal and fun, these Shaker's dinners offer a great way to meet some new folks and try some new foods, if Wednesday was any indication. Best of all, it offered a chance for Milwaukee diners to make a rare visit to Piedmont.

Posted by Bobby Tanzilo at 8:20 a.m. | Talkbacks

Feb. 22, 2006

Torinesi are accepting the rules of the game A curious thing happened in Torino during the Olympics. They were experimented with in the 2004 Olympics in Athens and in Torino the ÒOlympic lanesÓ were created. In the main streets of the city the lanes, marked in yellow and with the Olympic symbol, have appeared and during the games only taxis, public transportation and Olympic vehicles can use them. This revolutionary idea has, contrary to popular belief, not altered Torino traffic too much but has permitted the perfect functioning of the Olympic machine. In the past 12 days there were only 126 tickets written for violation of these preferential lanes and this confirms that TorinoÕs population has well accepted the games. And now with the fourth gold medal today, weÕre thinking about what great athletes we have!

Posted by Luigi Dellacroce at 3:25 p.m. | Talkbacks

Our magical white nights

On Saturday, Feb. Torino's magical nights will return after the success of the Feb. 18 historical "White Nights" event for the city's nightcrawlers. The evening saw the flow of thousands of people, wandering around the city center, from Piazza Castello to Piazza Vittorio, from the Quadrilatero neighborhood to the banks of the Po River. The Olympic Night was baptized and for the first time a "Notte Bianca" was planned and organized, during the Olympic Games, by the Region of Piedmont in collaboration with Trenitalia (the national railway).

From the afternooon of Feb. 18 and for the entire night, until dawn, Torino was aninated by countless events and displays adding to the alrady vast Olympic program. For the entire day it was an exceptional promotion -- available to all, but above all to the youth -- that came from all over Italy to breathe the festive air. "Notte Olimpica" offered an artistic and cultural program that highlighted the regional patrimony and, with that context, promoted meetings with the other cultures that thrive in our region. Among the many initiaves there were those of the Musem of the Mountain and the cinema museum, which were open until 1 a.m., and those of the different contemporary art museums open late. And there were concerts and shows: at the University for Torino Studies, with the participation of famous DJs (Les Tambours Du Bronx, Giorgio Valletta and Mauro Picotto played until dawn) and in many other popular clubs in the city. At Alcatraz on the riverfront "Murazzi" and in the Quadrilatero Romano neighborhood, video projections accompanied the music provided all night by DJs.

Let's not forget the Olympic Houses route, a tourist attraction and novelty for the Torinesi. In the areas in the city center, there were spaces that hosted the various nations, some visitable and others not. "Casa Sassonia," "Casa Russia," "Casa America," "Casa Italia," "Casa Olanda," "Casa Canada" and "Casa Svizzera" offered a chance to glimpse the traditions of each country as they interacted with each other. Every house offered its own culinary specialties to the visitors. In sum, Torino never stops and its attractions seem never-ending.

Posted by Gloria Cardano at 8:51 a.m. | Talkbacks

Feb. 21, 2006

These games can't be thrilling to NHL

The NHL can't be too thrilled about the early results in the Torino Games.

While the Olympics usually provide the sport with a major shot in the arm and a ton of high-profile publicity, the 2006 Games have yet to provide such a spark. Yes, the league's players represent countries around the world, but its paying customers live in North America. And both Canada and the United States have been early disappointments.

The U.S. clinched a spot in the medal round this morning thanks to Latvia's 5-2 loss to Kazakhstan, earning at least fourth place in Group B for the 1-2-1 Americans (four teams in each group make the medal round, which is akin to the NBA playoffs for its exclusivity). But the U.S. team's offense has been anemic, scoring just 9 goals in four games prior to today's content with Russia (3-1-0).

The Canadians have been a more surprising disappointment (2-2-0). The heavy gold-medal favorites have been shut out in consecutive games by Switzerland and Finland, though they will also advance to the medal round.

Many still suspect our northern neighbors will steady themselves and skate to the gold, but it's been less than exhilarating thus far. And for the NHL, the Olympics have done little to solve its post-strike slowdown.

Posted by Tim Gutowski at 9:01 a.m. | Talkbacks

Feb. 20, 2006

Olympics joy and pain

One of the top sports figures in Italy is multiple world champion motorcyclist Valentino Rossi, who upon arriving at the finish line always gives a little show. Now Rossi isn't alone. Skiier Cristian Zorzi, last on the 4x10 km relay team, made his own little spectacle with flags and smiles when he reached the finish line to win the gold medal.

On the other hand, the figure skating couple Fusar Poli-Margaglio, which was at the top of the standings, fell just three seconds from the end of their routine, landing in seventh place. It was a pity for two great athletes who suffered misfortune.

With joy for one and sadness for the others, Torino celebrated its "white night" Saturday night with concerts until 5 a.m. which drew more than 500,000 people.

Posted by Luigi Dellacroce at 12:39 p.m. | Talkbacks

Piedmont on the world stage

Doping, disappointing performances for American athletes, TV coverage that isn't meeting expectations ... say what you will about Torino 2006, but for some of us -- even if we Piedmontese-Americans are a small slice of the U.S. population -- the Winter Olympics are providing a rare chance to see our region get some attention. We're used to seeing Rome and Florence and Venice and resigning ourselves to being overlooked in a country where most of Italian heritage hail from the southern half of the boot and Sicily.

Not only do people now know where Torino is, we can open the newspaper every day and see articles carrying datelines from Pragelato, Sauze d'Oulx, Torino and Bardoneccia. We can turn on the TV and see Piazza San Carlo and the Mole Antonelliana nearly all the time. We've seen TV coverage of Torino's cafe life, renowned chocolate makers and the delicious bicerin espresso, cream and chocolate drink. We've seen NBC stars walking the track atop Lingotto and watched press conferences in the Parco del Valentino and we even saw one reporter tasting wines in Asti and Barolo!

Hey, even some Milwaukee restaurants are serving Piedmontese food -- normally completely absent from Brew City -- during the Olympics!

So, whether or not we're obsessed with the medals table and the slalom results, we're more than a little excited to see Torino and Piedmont on the world stage.

Posted by Bobby Tanzilo at 11:08 a.m. | Talkbacks

As usual, controversy has found its way into the Olympic Games.

On Friday, it was American women's snowboard cross competitor Lindsey Jacobellis frittering away a gold with her "hot dog" maneuver on the penultimate jump in the final heat while nursing a large lead. She couldn't stick the landing, fell down and ended up taking the silver. Worse, she huddled with her coach afterwards before talking to the media, apparently in an attempt to concoct a story about what she was doing. Jacobellis appeared tortured in subsequent interviews, not only because she blew the gold, but because she was being told to lie about how it happened.

I believe the "showboating" charge is seriously overblown. First of all, the avalanche of stories and commentaries labeling it one of the biggest sports blunders of all time? Get real. This is not Bill Buckner letting a ball go through his legs in the 1986 World Series. This was a 20-year old snowboarder adding a slight bit of showmanship to her gold-medal run. She fell, and I'm sure she's sick over it. But if any of us remember her name by May, then we can start talking about all-time blunders.

Saturday, African-American Shani Davis took the gold in the 1,000-meter men's speedskating event, becoming the first black person to win an individual gold medal in the Winter Olympics. The controversy? He skipped out of the American team relay event earlier in the week to concentrate on the 1,000. I can understand his teammates being upset, but they also have to understand the personal significance that winning an individual medal held for Davis.

Finally, the weekend produced an actual scandal when a former Austrian ski coach accused of doping during the 2002 Games led police on a chase before crashing his car near Austria's border with Italy. Rumors that the coach, Walter Mayer, was in Torino with the Austrian team led to an Italian police raid on the Austrian biathlon and cross country teams' housing Saturday night. Allegedly, he was on his way home early Sunday when the crash occurred. Mayer is banned from participating in the Torino or 2010 Games after being suspected of doping in Salt Lake City. The Saturday raid has not yet led to any charges.

Posted by Tim Gutowski at 8:44 a.m. | Talkbacks

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OMCreader | Sept. 12, 2006 at 2:03 a.m. (report)

ufficio stampa said: INTERVISTA AD ANTONELLO DE PIERRO Da Napolitano alle liti per le poltrone nel governo Prodi, all’Iraq, al sistema elettorale, all’economia.Il ''depierro pensiero''. Angelo M. D'Addesio *Iniziamo con le notizie politiche di questi giorni. La scelta di Napolitano come Capo dello Stato è condivisibile, giusta oppure si configuravano alternative possibili e se sì quali? Sì, penso che Napolitano sia stata la scelta giusta, a dispetto dell’anzianità, anche perché vista la situazione che si era venuta a creare non poteva essere D’Alema, l’uomo giusto, avendo fatto la campagna elettorale per un determinato schieramento. Gianni Letta è stato sempre al suo posto, ma non dimentichiamo che è stato al centro dei fondi neri dell’IRI negli anni ’70 e quindi non era una figura credibile al momento. Mi ha fatto male vedere i 42 voti a Bossi, che è leader di uno schieramento che fa i raduni sul Po e cantava con i suoi seguaci la canzone “Abbiamo un sogno nel cuore, bruciare il Tricolore…”. Parlo di Bossi perché è stato il secondo più eletto. Penso che Napolitano è una buona figura, che sicuramente riuscirà ad essere al di sopra delle parti. *Il Governo Prodi. Dopo la vittoria risicata che durata potrà avere questo governo e soprattutto come si risolveranno i diverbi interni ai DS o il nodo Mastella-Bonino per il Ministero della difesa? Come durata mi auguro che sia di cinque anni pieni. Diciamo che le liti sono più nell’ambito dell’Ulivo, nel partito “unico”. Sembra che qualcuno abbia attribuito a D’Alema, la frase e la volontà di una doppia vicepresidenza del Consiglio, con Rutelli. Non sarà così. La vicepresidenza andrà, a mio parere, a Rutelli. Non sono d’accordo sulla scelta di Rutelli, in tempi passati ho trovato molto da ridire sul comportamento politico di Rutelli. *E sulla questione Bonino-Mastella? Sicuramente vedo molto meglio Mastella alla Difesa. La Bonino alla Difesa sarebbe una scelta contraddittoria, viste le battaglie pacifiste che la Bonino ha condotto in questi anni con i Radicali, Rutelli in primis. Non dimentichiamo il trasformismo esasperato di Rutelli, dai Radicali ai Verdi, per poi genuflettersi in Vaticano, passando alla Margherita. *Rimanendo sull’argomento pace-guerra. A fine giugno dovrebbe esserci il rifinanziamento delle missioni in Iraq ed Afghanistan. Il governo Prodi avrà la volontà di svincolarsi dalle missioni oppure seguirà i propositi del governo Berlusconi? Io mi auguro di no. Innanzitutto la missione in Afghanistan è stata ben diversa. Quella in Iraq è stata una missione di guerra, perché gli italiani hanno partecipato a diverse operazioni di guerra. E’ eclatante il caso di Nassiriya. Lì sono di stanza gli italiani e ci sono gli stabilimenti dell’ENI che gli italiani hanno protetto durante la missione. *Quali sono le possibili soluzioni politiche per risolvere questi nodi cruciali legati alle missioni in Iraq? Io spero si trovi una soluzione che non sarà comunque facile, vista la situazione creatasi in Iraq. Penso che sia però il momento di ritirare i soldati dall’Iraq. C’è da sottolineare comunque il cinismo aberrante che accompagna il cordoglio per la morte dei militari italiani, dalla tragedia di Nassiriya. Berlusconi disse all’epoca “E’ come se fosse morto mio figlio”. Suo figlio non era lì, purtroppo o per fortuna e sono parole e frasi fatte. Il fatto di considerare i morti in terminI di mera contabilità di un bollettino di guerra dovrebbe far riflettere. Dietro ogni morto c’è una tragedia familiare che segna per tutta la vita. *Si parla di Partito Democratico e di Casa dei Moderati. Eppure le formazioni sono molto disomogenee, la sinistra radicale va per conto suo. Saranno possibili queste elaborazioni in termini bipolari e quali saranno i tempi per queste soluzioni? E’ una bella domanda. Io sono contrario all’unione DS-Margherita. Sarebbe il tramonto dell’ideologia. Questo già esiste, però se qualcuno ha ancora delle idee, ci troveremmo di fronte ad un’unica lista formata da coloro che combattevano, verbali o meno, ovvero democristiani e comunisti, la vecchia maggioranza ed opposizione. E’ come se in futuro si unissero Berlusconi e Prodi. Dall’altro lato la Casa dei Moderati è surreale. Nel centro-destra non ci sono moderati, per il sol fatto di aver accettato l’alleanza con la Lega Nord che è sempre stata contraria e lontana dallo spirito democratico e di moderazione. Fino a quando ci saranno certe alleanze, sarà difficile una Casa dei Moderati. *In riferimento al sistema proporzionale come le pensa? Ecco in riferimento a ciò è bene ricordare che l’art. 1 dice che “L’Italia è una repubblica democratica fondata sul lavoro”. In realtà l’Italia è stata fondata più sul denaro, sulla ricchezza, che non sul lavoro. E’ stata più che altro una plutocrazia e non una democrazia, non di certo un governo del popolo. In questo senso la legge elettorale è stata un attentato alla democrazia. Non dare neppure la possibilità all’elettore di scegliere il proprio candidato, ma imporre candidature come quelle di Previti, peraltro arrestato in questi giorni o Dell’Utri che si è avvantaggiato di una legge ad personam, altrimenti avrebbe dovuto scontare due anni e sei mesi rende l’idea di come questa legge sia da rivedere, completamente. *Il tema scottante del lavoro. Veltroni ha riabilitato la Legge Biagi, ha detto che è da riformare, ma non da bocciare completamente. Altri la considerano l’apice e la causa prima del precariato in Italia. Che posizione ha sulla Legge Biagi? Non dimentichiamo che questa situazione è stata determinata in parte dal centro-sinistra. Bisogna invertire la rotta. Non dimentichiamo che il centro-sinistra introdusse i c.d. “Co.Co.Co.”, ora spariti per fortuna, per poter pagare i periodi di prova. Gli stessi sono stati strumentalizzati, infatti circa tre anni fa si arrivò a circa 2 milioni e 700 mila Co.Co.Co. Vorrei sottolineare un evento abbastanza importante su questo argomento. *Prego. Al Ministero dei Trasporti c’è una centrale operativa, che risponde agli utenti che hanno a che fare con la Motorizzazione Civile, occupandosi dei dati sensibili di tutti i cittadini. Prima l’appalto del call-center era stato dato ad una ditta privata. E’ qualcosa di assolutamente sbagliato affidare i dati sensibili di milioni di italiani ad una ditta che può passare la mano ad altre ditte, in barba alla legge sulla privacy. Tutto ciò non è affidabile. Circa tre anni fa, in proposito feci una trasmissione in Radio su Radio Roma, in cui si parlava del Co.Co.Co, come incostituzionale, perché prevedeva una situazione contraria all’art. 4 della Costituzione, perché prevedeva un lavoro da dipendente con le non garanzie del libero professionista. Nel caso del Ministero la nuova ditta che venne impose questo trattamento e c’era chi lavorava lì da 15 anni ed a 40 anni si vide costretta ad accettare. *E’ il caso di rivedere tutto, di attuare una vera riforma. Adesso ci sono i “contratti a progetto”. C’è un futuro nel segno del precariato e dell’incertezza. Sono aumentati i divorzi e sono diminuiti i matrimoni. Questo è uno degli effetti collaterali di questa situazione. Oggi un giovane non può neppure comprare una cosa, perché è necessario impegnare una busta paga per un mutuo o un affitto. Una volta si diceva “Ho trovato lavoro” o “Sono Disoccupato” oggi si dice “Lavoro, ma non so cosa farò”. C’è una grande incertezza. Non si parla più tanto di usura in questi tempi, non so se è notato, ma anche questo è un altro effetto collaterale indiretto che bisognerebbe approfondire e che è conseguenza di tale sistema. Berlusconi aveva promesso 1 milione di posti di lavoro, ma se sono questi, ha vinto la scommessa, ma il lavoro è un’altra cosa. *Faccio l’avvocato del diavolo. L’impresa italiana è in crisi. La concorrenza asiatica è molto forte. La grande impresa sceglie la strada della vendita o svendita o della fusione all’estero. La piccola impresa è strozzata e quindi o sceglie la strada della flessibilità o cede al lavoro nero? Cosa è meglio e cosa il peggio? Lavoro significa stabilità futura e lavoro è un diritto costituzionale. Lo Stato ha il dovere di tutelare il lavoro, ma mi sembra che lo stia piuttosto calpestando. Un lavoratore che mette su famiglia, lavorando in tre mesi e per altri tre mesi non lavora più, può essere schiacciato dall’usura. Si parla di mobbing, senza che ci siano però una legge adeguata. Ho partecipato ad un convegno sul Mobbing, constatando che una legge seria si attende da anni. Solo la Regione Lazio ha varato una legge regionale, fu un consigliere di Forza Italia a presentarla, Claudio Fucci, ma fu bocciata dalla Consulta su istanza del Governo Berlusconi, cosa abbastanza curiosa. Tornando al mobbing, questo tipo di impostazione del sistema lavoro, presta il fianco al mobbing. Lavoratori con contratti di più durata sfrutteranno quelli con contratti precari E’ una situazione da ribaltare, magari con incentivi alle imprese che possano assicurare contratti a tempo determinato e con grosse penalizzazioni per le imprese che mantengono la vergogna dei contratti precari. *Passiamo alla politica estera. Si dice che il binomio Usa-Italia è destinato a concludersi con l’avvento del governo Prodi che guarderà verso altri modelli ed altre collaborazioni. E’ possibile che l’Italia si rifaccia al modello spagnolo o a quello francese, ad esempio nel campo dei diritti civili. E’ vero che finirà anche il binomio Italia-Usa. Io guarderei prima al mio orticello. Prima risolverei i problemi interni. La Spagna di Zapatero sicuramente, per quello che si sente, sta rinascendo dopo gli otto anni di governo Aznar. Se parliamo dei diritti civili, se vogliamo chiamarli così, io posso essere d’accordo personalmente con i PACS, ma non con le unioni omosessuali. Per giunta nella cattolicissima Spagna. E’ un po’ una contraddizione. In paesi come il Brasile forse non si arriverà mai ai matrimoni gay. Quanto al rapporto con gli Usa, spero che possano continuare, ma attenzione, devono essere rapporti di scambi reciproci e non di sudditanza. Il Governo Berlusconi si è piegato al governo degli Usa. Lo stesso partito di Forza Italia ha una visione servilistica, Berlusconi ha impostato il suo modello con gli Usa allo stesso modo, ovvero servi del volere di Bush. Quanto ai diritti civili, gli Usa stessi hanno molto da imparare, se pensiamo agli innocenti che aspettano il giudizio solo perché non possono pagare le spese legali. Si parlava poi di mercato con l’estero. Se penso alla Cina che è lo stato che vanta al mondo il maggior numero di esecuzioni capitali. Ebbene, fino a quando non ci sarà uno standard di rispetto dei diritti umani, io frenerei l’espansione commerciale ed economica della Cina verso l’Occidente. *Le chiederei un parere sulla vicenda Calcio. Tema banale, ma saltato agli occhi della cronaca, della politica. Io sono sconcertato da quello che è successo. Siamo abituati a situazioni poco pulite dell’universo Calcio. Situazioni poco chiare ci sono state anche in altri sport ed in altri organismi. Il Calcio è un gioco. Quando il Calcio diventa business, con squadre quotate in borsa ed altro. Non dimentichiamo i crack di Cagnotti e Tanzi. Dove c’è business si vengono a creare situazioni che permettono alle persone di arricchirsi illecitamente. Negli altri sport non esiste ancora tutto questo. Pensiamo al Calcio dei grandi valori, al grande Torino, perito a Superga, con grandi calciatori che giocavano per un premio-partita che poteva essere un cappotto. Questo non dovrebbe accadere. E’ il caso di fare vera pulizia e che i magistrati vadano veramente fino in fondo per punire pesantemente i reati che sono stati commessi e dare una lezione a questi signori. Fra questi c’è anche Carraro e mi dispiace che sia stato sindaco anche a Roma, una città bella, rinata. Mi fa scemare un po’ di orgoglio di essere romano. *Ultimo punto. Cosa dovrebbe fare un governo, in questo caso, il Governo Prodi, non dico in cento giorni, ma con estrema urgenza almeno nei prossimi sei mesi. Tre priorità su cui intervenire. Prima di tutto la scuola. Soprattutto dopo la riforma Moratti che svalutato la scuola pubblica. Bisogna dare a tutti l’accesso alla scuola pubblica, al sapere che è il segno distintivo di un popolo. Altra cosa su cui operare la sanità. Un esempio è il modello tedesco è molto avanti. Si paga una tassa più elevata, ma in Germania viene tutto rimborsato, visite private comprese. Conosco un caso spaventoso di un barbone dimenticato su una lettiga fuori dall’Ospedale di Ostia. La tutela della salute è un diritto da non calpestare che favorisce anche una società più laboriosa. Infine va rivisto completamente il sistema lavoro, a partire dalle assunzioni. Antonello De Pierro, giornalista, direttore del portale di informazione nazionale Italymedia e da tempo impegnato nel giornalismo di denuncia sociale. Ha collaborato per “La Stampa” e “L’Opinione”, ha diretto nel 2003 il mensile “Nuove proposte” ed ha condotto programmi nel circuito tv Stream, oltre che essere un assiduo ideatore di trasmissioni per Radio Roma ed altre emittenti locali nel Lazio. Oggi è molto attivo nel giornalismo on line e nell’informazione telematica grazie al sito di informazione da lui diretto

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OMCreader | Feb. 14, 2006 at 5:14 p.m. (report)

Bootman said: This is fun to see what's going on around the Olympics. Thanks Onmilwaukee!

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OMCreader | Feb. 13, 2006 at 10:39 a.m. (report)

FunkyVolcomTweaker said: SHAUN WHITE POWNED!

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OMCreader | Feb. 10, 2006 at 6:55 p.m. (report)

Gamer said: Very cool, omc.

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OMCreader | Feb. 10, 2006 at 8:14 a.m. (report)

Gregg Hoffmann said: West Allis speedskater Chris Witty will carry the U.S. flag in tonight's opening ceremony for the Winter Olympics.

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