It was all to ‘flatten the curve’, but for many people around the world protesting, it seems like the government’s are trying to; ‘Flatten the Economy’ ‘Flatten small business’ ‘Flatten job and livelihoods’ ‘Flatten democracy’ ‘Flatten your human rights’ … [Read more...] about Around The World People Are Protesting Against The Covid19 Restrictions
News From Italy
Americans by birth, in 2001, (just after Bush jr. conned his way into the presidency), we moved to Italy. Lily, determined to find a way for us to legally remain, worked with her father back in the States to have their Italian citizenship recognized by ancestry.
Once that rather arduous task was accomplished, we were legit. Italy became our full-time home. In the years since, we have created a bubble for ourselves that floats somewhere between the two cultures. Ital-Americana. A merging. A foot in each culture. We don't go back to the states often and haven't for many, many years. But as a couple who live and work together, it's not as if we left our “American-ness” behind. It's just our location that has changed really, the backdrop to our day-to-day lives.
Of course that makes it sound easy. It wasn't. It still isn't.
There's the language, for example. We both speak Italian, but not as well as we'd like. And, while we have been capable of communicating well enough to negotiate God knows how many commercial and residential contracts over the years, as well as running a small business (we are both artisans), dealing with accountants, paying bills, getting an Italian driver's license, etc., we are also still very much the "embarrassing immigrant parents" to our daughter, who grew up here and is mother-tongue fluent in both Italian and English.
Italy, in many ways, is a fantasy. It IS all the wonderful things it is touted to be. But the reality of living here day-in and day-out can be soul crushing at times. Italians are forever saying "e' cosi" which basically means "that's life". That just about sums up the attitude you must somehow achieve to deal with the frustrations here...
The biggest challenge? Making a decent living. Having a business in Italy is ridiculous. We never knew how easy we had it in the States in regards to making a living (I had a coffee shop in Seattle, Lily had a bead shop there). Italian bureaucracy lives up to its reputation and then some. The system is built to put you OUT of business. It is self-destructive on almost every level. The tax structures are built assuming tax fraud and so are impossibly onerous. Because of this there is a huge "black" economy, (chicken and the egg - which came first?). Thus, we have spent years trying to find some legal way to succeed as small business owners, but honestly, I don't think there is one. So, we've cut our over-head and work from home now. This gives us the time, at least, to enjoy a lot of wonderful films, something we've always enjoyed... Which lead us to create this site.
We also made the decision to begin making a statement about the state of the world from our perspective here in Italy. Below you will find a mix of news content; many are videos that we felt compelled to create, and we've also included articles, etc., that are of interest.
Caligula declares himself a "God". … [Read more...] about Remember Kids, This Was A “Decree” As Well…
"This lockout at 6pm is a big problem, many businesses will never reopen. It will be hard for us, almost a death." With a city-wide siren at 6pm, the managers/owners of shops in the Bologna city center protest on the first day of the early closure. "We are not the cause of the pandemic". … [Read more...] about Video: Bologna, Italy Shopkeepers Launch A Siren Protest Against New 6PM Closure Decree (English Subtitles)
Pesaro, Italy: The "not so quiet" quiet revolution against the new covid-related rules forcing restaurants in ALL of Italy to close at 6pm. … [Read more...] about Video: In Italy Pizzeria Revolts Against The New 6PM Restaurant Closure Laws (English Subtitles)
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte says health and the economy must be protected as he details tighter restrictions on coffee shops, restaurants, theaters, cinemas and more... … [Read more...] about Video: Italy Imposes New Virus Restrictions To Avoid Lock-Down (English Subtitles)
The former president of the Italian and European Virology Societies, Giorgio Palù: “If you are positive, it does not mean that you are ill. It does not mean that one is symptomatic and it does not mean that one is contagious. If you are asymptomatic it can only be traced during the research you do during the screening or during the so-called contact tracing. If you are … [Read more...] about Video: Asymptomatic, Positive and Sick: Differences Explained by Giorgio Palù, Former President ESV (English Subtitles)
One of the hallmarks of totalitarianism is mass conformity to a psychotic official narrative. Not a regular official narrative, like the “Cold War” or the “War on Terror” narratives. A totally delusional official narrative that has little or no connection to reality and that is contradicted by a preponderance of facts. … [Read more...] about The Covidian Cult