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Certaldo, Italy
From “Positano,” a 1953 article by John Steinbeck: This tale of an outsider being embraced is very resonant to me, as I’m always outside of everywhere, even my birthplace. Living in Saigon from 1999 to 2001, I was often mistaken for a Taiwanese, simply because I was fatter and lighter than the locals, and my... Read More
The French, who know much about intrigue, have a very useful expression, “an Italian scandal.” This means a scandal or plot that is so complex or tangled it defies understanding, and never gets solved. The death of 96-year old Masonic Grand Master Licio Gelli this week reopened the mystery of Italy’s greatest and most murky... Read More
To the same scale...Let's look at the genetic differences on that scale...And for that matter, to the same scale as the previous map... (from M.G., see also Oh for a new risorgimento)And the differences in little old Britain gave us this:(See my preceding post, More Maps of the American Nations.)I'm just sayin'...See also (via Peter... Read More
Post updated, 6/10/14. See below! As we saw previously (see My Most Read Posts), my post Maps of the American Nations is the single most popular post so far here on my blog. Americans all over are supremely interested in both their origins and the reasons for the cultural quirks of the different American regions.... Read More
Another of the presentations from Remini. Enjoy.
In the space of a few weeks there, two news stories came along with an obvious connection between them. Outside the sphere ofDissident Right websites, however, the connection was not made. Respectable persons all over the Western world are now well-schooled in what Orwell called “crimestop”—the power of not thinking forbidden thoughts. Story Number One:... Read More
This may be a propitious moment to offer an up-to-date version of a classic riddle: Which came first, the chicken or the terrorist? For many in this country, the Kenyan mall horror arrived out of the blue, out of nowhere, out of a place and a time without context. Next thing you know, it’s all... Read More
How the Pentagon Is Using Your Tax Dollars to Turn Italy into a Launching Pad for the Wars of Today and Tomorrow
The Pentagon has spent the last two decades plowing hundreds of millions of tax dollars into military bases in Italy, turning the country into an increasingly important center for U.S. military power. Especially since the start of the Global War on Terror in 2001, the military has been shifting its European center of gravity south... Read More
Following my September 18th report on Scandinavia, I thought some news from the other end of Europe would not go amiss. Here are two stories. The one that really had me transfixed this week was the public self-criticism performed by Guido Barilla, chairman of the privately-owned Barilla Group, the world’s leading producer of pasta. This... Read More
After nearly two years, the shipwrecked Costa Concordia has finally been righted! [gigya src="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32545640" width="500" height="300" FlashVars="launch=53030510^290^134720&width=592&height=346" allowscriptaccess="always" allowFullScreen="true" wmode="transparent" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.adobe.com/shockwave/download/download.cgi?P1_Prod_Version=ShockwaveFlash"] "A testament to what engineering can do" indeed. Make no mistake, we mean American (and others of Northern European – including likely Northern Italian) engineering: [gigya src="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32545640" width="500" height="300" FlashVars="launch=53019092^240^154290&width=592&height=346" allowscriptaccess="always" allowFullScreen="true" wmode="transparent"... Read More
HBD Chick and I talk about how rates of historic inbreeding have had an important impact on the selective pressures acting on the traits of various peoples living today. We have often used Europe and the Middle East as examples of this, because strong regional variations in historic rates of inbreeding exist in those places.... Read More
In Need of a Platform
Italy's elections could signal the end of the euro or they could mean nothing at all. It's impossible to know just yet. But one thing is certain, Italians have "had it up to here" with austerity. Nearly 60 percent of the electorate voted for candidates who oppose the policy and who want a change of... Read More
The sinking of the giant Italian-American cruise liner “Costa Concordia” is among the most amazing and bizarre events in modern nautical history. Having long, long ago been harbor master of Montego Freeport, Jamaica, and operations director of a line of West Indies freighters, I watched this Italian drama with professional fascination and horror. Investigators are... Read More
It’s finally become clear to everyone the key problem in the current Eurozone crisis is just too much democracy. Pesky voters opposed to austerity measures get in the way of efforts to cut government expenditures in order to reduce deficits and make repayment of national debts more likely. China’s Global Times on Greece, November 2:... Read More
Guido Orefice (Roberto Benigni) explaining Italian race science to a class of schoolchildren. La vita è bella What were Cavalli-Sforza’s initial views on race? The question does not come up in his publications before the 1960s, so we can only presume that his beliefs were like those of his peers, particularly Italian anthropologists. But just... Read More
A Mauling in Milan
For a moment, the flamboyant Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi looked like Floyd Patterson after a 7 round drubbing by Mohammad Ali. The fastidious playboy was blind-sided by 42-year-old, statuette-wielding assassin who bonked Silvio's schnoz leaving him reeling backwards, blood issuing from his nose and mouth, eyes staring blankly skyward like a beached shark. The... Read More
The New York Times just prudishly denounced Italy's fun-loving prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, as "an aging Lothario." That's the same newspaper that applauded President George Bush's trumped-up war against Iraq that left up to one million dead and four million refugees. So what did the wicked Berlusconi do? Romping and frolicking with numerous young women... Read More
If you ever wonder why journalists become cynical, look at this week's events in Italy and Libya. Romano Prodi's new centre-left coalition, which won power April 9 in a razor-thin vote, appointed Giorgio Napolitano, leader of Italy's "reformed" Communist Party, to be president of Italy. This position is mostly ceremonial but commands great prestige. It... Read More
*All Used Up
Things are happening in Italy. I've just seen published a commentaryby longtime leftwing activist Ida Magli, published in the Milanese daily Il Giornale, that seeks to address a "phenomenon" that Italian intellectuals and journalists have tried to ignore. Magli begins: the real concrete fact that every body occupies space. A territory possesses a determined area.... Read More
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