Cher tunisien, mais où diable vas-tu?

March 10th, 2011

(Testo italiano qui.)

Cher tunisien, j’ai entendu dire que certains de vos compatriotes, fous, ont décidé d’entreprendre un voyage périlleux et coûteux pour venir ici en Italie.

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Si jamais une idée similaire te traverse l’esprit, sache que c’est une grosse erreur. Je connais ta terre et malheureusement, je connais aussi la mienne.

Tu me diras que tu fuis un pays avec un PIB moyen de 9 mille dollars par habitant, tandis qu’il est d’environ 29 mille ici.

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Ce qui signifie qu’en moyenne, tu gagnes le tiers de ce que gagne un italien. Eh bien, c’est pourquoi je viens, diras-tu. Là, tu as tort.

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Sache que le pain ici coûte plus de trois fois ce que ça te coûte. Alors, ça te revient moins cher côté revenu. Toutefois, la question ne s’en arrête pas là, elle est beaucoup plus singulière. Sache qu’ici, il y a une loi qui protège une corporation. Apprends à penser comme nous, il y a une corporation pour chaque chose et cette corporation doit défendre ses propres membres contre les “griffes du marché”. Les dirigeants italiens ont une vraie passion pour les corporations. Quoi qu’il en soit, retournons-en à nous. Sache que chez nous, la loi oblige celui qui vend du pain à rester fermé aussi bien à l’heure du déjeuner, qu’à l’heure du dîner.

Etant donné que les boulangers sont fermés à l’heure du déjeuner, mettons que tu es là peu de temps après, tu voudras t’en aller pour prendre une pizza avec des amis. Tu découvriras qu’elle coûte neuf fois ce qu’elle coûtait à Tunis (puis en termes de pizzas, tu es trois fois plus riche).

Ok, ce soir, tu décides de rester à la maison. Disons que tu veux regarder une partie de football. Sache qu’ici tu dois payer une taxe de 100 euros/an qui vont à une télévision d’”Etat” qui ne te fera point voir la partie de football.

Pour t’abonner à une télévision qui te fait voir la partie de football, tu dois dépenser beaucoup plus. Qu’est-ce que tu dis? Chez toi la télé est gratuite? Tu n’es pas fan? Par contre, tu pourras regarder le Festival de la Chanson Italienne. Comment tu dis? Tu ne t’en soucie guère. Tant mieux pour toi, parce que même si tu te souciais de quelque chose, sache que les résultats sont truqués.

Oublie la télévision, tu passes beaucoup de temps devant l’ordinateur. Sache qu’ici, uniquement pour posséder un écran de PC, tu dois payer la taxe dont je t’avais parlé. Qu’est-ce que tu dis? C’était une taxe sur la télévision et non pas sur le net? Laisse tomber. Retour à internet, chez nous, quelques années auparavant, un charlatan est passé et qui a dit que personne ne pouvait accéder à une connexion wifi gratuite. Le plus drôle, c’est que tu ne réussiras jamais à croire que ses successeurs lui avaient donné raison. Cette année, ils ont finalement permis à chacun d’avoir un routeur sans mot de passe, mais les Italiens ne le savent pas. Donc si tu ne payes pas, tu ne peux pas te connecter à internet. Comment tu dis? Tu pensais te connecter à internet en payant? Tu commettrais une grande erreur, car ici, une connexion défaillante t’arrive après cinq mois et peut te coûter jusqu’à 50 € /mois.

Ok, assez de ces choses, disons que tu fais autre chose. Laissons tomber la pizza, le football, la télé et l’internet. Ce soir, tu veux aller au cinéma? Chez toi, ça coûte 2 dollars et quelque chose. Chez nous par contre, les hommes politiques ont établi qu’ils veulent offrir l’argent à leurs amis qui font semblant de faire du cinéma. C’est à nous donc de payer nos films que personne ne regarde, et qui sont produits à peine par quatre amis et proches. Qu’est-ce que tu dis? Tu regardes des films américains? Nous aussi, mais cela signifie que nous devons tous payer la redevance. Compte tenu de cette nouvelle taxe, le coût du billet est 5 fois celui que tu dépenses. Ce qui signifie que même par rapport à tes revenus, regarder un film en Tunisie coûte beaucoup moins qu’en Italie.

Bon, assez de ces activités à l’intérieur. Elles me semblent peu saines. Disons que, comme moi, tu as la passion pour la mer, au fond, ton pays est sur la mer comme le mien. Le vendredi matin, tu prendrais une petite barque avec quelques amis et tu irais pêcher. Ici, tu ne peux pas. Il faut une chose qu’ils appellent patente nautique. Comment tu dis? Ce n’est pas le cas chez vous, il suffirait de prendre les cannes à pêche et aller à la mer? Bon bah, ce n’est pas mal, avec quelques mois d’apprentissage tu prendrais le permis nautique aussi. Comment tu dis? Tu portes des lunettes? Alors, je suis désolé, mais pour aller à la pêche, n’en parlons pas. Si tu veux, tu pourrais t’asseoir sur une berge du Tibre et pêcher quelques mulets. Qu’est-ce que tu dis? Qui est-ce qui peut t’empêcher d’aller à la mer, la mer est à tous? Justement, je sais que tu t’es trompé de pays.

Ok, assez parlé de choses ludiques. Pensons aux choses sérieuses. Imaginons un instant que tu aies résolu la manière de manger, d’aller au cinéma et de naviguer sur internet. Tu devras avoir également un endroit pour appeler la maison. Un loyer d’un petit appartement au centre de Tunis peut coûter 200 €/mois. Multiplié par trois (toujours en tenant compte du revenu par habitant), ce sont 600 €/mois. Essaie de chercher le même appartement au centre de Rome. Bonne chance!

Très bien, pourquoi le centre, tu décides de prendre une maison un peu en dehors de la ville: je sais, à Sacrofano. En fin de compte, tu habitais à Carthage, à 20 km du centre de Tunis, et le train que tu prenais chaque matin n’était pas un problème. Un matin, j’ai pris ce train que tu prends chaque matin: il vaut mieux que je te dise tout de suite que je suis resté stupéfait parce qu’il était propre, ponctuel et pas cher. Sache que si jamais tu prendrais le train de Sacrofano, ça sera pour toi un vrai choc. Comment tu dis? Là-bas à Tunis, tu n’habites pas à côté de la station? Il me semble que c’est normal. Comment vas-tu à la station? En vélo? Héhéhé hahaha. Sache qu’ici, tu dois l’avaler le vélo avant de monter dans le train, parce que ce n’est pas autorisé.

Eh bien, admettons par l’absurde que tu réussisses à surmonter tous ces problèmes. Tu devras aussi travailler pour vivre. Tu es quelqu’un d’entreprenant et tu peux faire beaucoup de choses. Comme je te le disais, nous avons une corporation pour chaque chose. Tu ne peux tout simplement pas faire un métier. Il y a toujours une corporation qui protège ceux qui font ce travail et qui ne le fera pas faire pour toi. Si tu n’as pas différents permis et licences, tu ne peux absolument rien faire. Qu’est-ce que tu dis? Au pire des cas, tu te mets à cultiver la terre. Désolé, mais tu n’as vraiment pas compris ce que je suis en train de dire. Autour de toi, tous prétendront cultiver la terre, mais ils ne se feront pas l’argent en vendant ce qu’ils cultivent, mais plutôt en remplissant des formulaires de la communauté européenne. Tu ne comprends pas? Je t’explique mieux. Chez toi, vous les appelez agriculteurs, pêcheurs et autre. Ici, par contre, ils s’appellent conseillers commerciaux.

Tu veux mettre en place une petite entreprise? C’est beau d’entendre des personnes entreprenantes, capables de générer des richesses et des emplois. Sache que tu passeras ton initiative par derrière la bureaucratie, étant donné que l’Italie est le pays du monde où un entrepreneur doit passer le plus d’heures à pourchasser les bureaucrates.

Bon, disons qu’avec un peu d’indulgence (ici il y’en a toujours), tu réussis à devenir un “citoyen italien”. Belle motion, mes compliments! Tout juste auparavant, tu ne devais rien au moins, dès à présent, tu dois environ 3000 € à quelqu’un. Ils ne t’ont encore pas dit à qui, ça c’est un long discours. Sache que pour le moment, ta dette s’accroît de jour en jour et que tôt ou tard, tu auras quelques frais à payer et ils réussiront à te faire restituer ce que tu dois.

Tu me diras que les choses vont changer avec le temps et qu’ici, en Italie, ce sera toujours mieux et que là-bas, en Tunisie, ce sera toujours pire. Encore une fois, tu te trompes, mais vraiment pour de gros. En fait, tu dois savoir que dans ton pays, le PIB se développe à un rythme que nous n’imagions même pas ici. Tu sais que l’Italie, durant les dix dernières années, est le pays qui s’est développé le moins de l’ensemble de la planète (en réalité, le dernier du classement est Haïti, nous sommes à peine avant-derniers). Tu n’as pas bien compris peut-être: pour être plus clairs, cela signifie que si jamais tu auras des petits-enfants, ces derniers seront beaucoup plus riches en Tunisie qu’en Italie.

Comment tu dis? Tout cela ne te suffit pas, ce que tu cherches vraiment est la liberté? Alors tu t’es trompé de pays. Chez vous, vous-êtes en train de réécrire la constitution et vous êtes assez intelligents pour ne pas mêler des socialistes et des prêtres locaux (et je sais que toi qui lis ces lignes, tu ne serais jamais aussi fou pour te fier aux uns ni aux autres), vous serez plus libres que nous. Ici, chez-nous, tous célèbrent les 150 ans de l’unification de l’Italie, alors que personne n’a fêté les 150 ans de la république romaine en 1999. Je ne comprends pas pourquoi.

Tu ne veux pas pontifier d’inepties? Mieux vaut rester terre à terre et parler de vraie liberté, celle qui est pure et simple? Alors je te dirai que chez nous, existe quelque chose qui s’appelle: “détention provisoire”, qui durait jusqu’à huit années. Ce qui signifie que tu peux rester en prison jusqu’à huit ans sans procès. Il y a quelques années, ils se sont rendu compte que les magistrats, trop occupés à essayer d’envoyer en prison un individu en particulier, ne travaillent pas beaucoup, quelqu’un a décidé donc que cette limite de huit ans “n’est pas obligatoire”. Tu sais ce que cela signifie? Que tu peux te retrouver en prison et rester à jamais sans procès.

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"Sex Crimes and Vatican"

May 16th, 2007

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On google video people can browse the “top 100” of the most viewed videos, divided by country. In the Italian top 100, the most viewed video real viagra online without prescription is a documentary that was transmitted by BBC in October 2006. The title is “Sex Crimes and Vatican” and is about priest and sexual abuse.

I’m not a lawyer, but the Vatican here says that the sexual assault of priests to minors under 18 years old should be reported to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and that, for these kinds of crimes, there exists what’s known as the pontifical secret. The document is dated May 18, 2001 and signed by Josephus Cardinal Ratzinger.

Ratzinger was named as a defendant in a civil lawsuit: he was accused of conspiring with the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston to cover up some abuse in the district court of Harris County, Houston, Texas (in mid ’90). The Pope is considered a head of state and automatically has diplomatic immunity. (more here, here and here)

Ok, maybe 38 minutes is a lot, but instead of watching TV this evening, let’s surf here.

Here is the BBC page on the documentary.

Photo credit: Franz

Update: The video is now split into four parts: one, two, three, four.

HOWTO – Blog subscription

May 12th, 2007

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If, in this image, you see only a fountain, then this post is for you.

Blogs contain news that change quickly. How can you follow the contains of a female viagra jelly blog? If you browse the blog web site every day just to see if something has changed, you’ll waste a lot of time. It would be beautiful to have a method of being informed only when something on the blog changes. Still better would be to read only the news, always in the same format.

This method exists.

Some programs called aggregators, or news feed readers, enable you to follow blogs and other news sources. I use Akregator. Others use Firefox‘s live bookmark, and still others prefer Google Reader. Even with little differences, the main point is that those tools permit the reader to be informed only when I change something; then you don’t need to waste your time to click on my blog only to see if I posted something. A list of aggregators can be found following this orange symbol here on the right. Be prepared to see that symbol everywhere because, where it is, there is a news source.

Trust me, using an aggregator is mandatory. Your possibilities will be multiplied more than with any other tool. Today 1 out of 3 of the visits to the most important blogs are through news feed readers.

But all this can still sound difficult to some people. Then, with the help of Feedburner, you can subscribe to this blog even via email. Just insert your email address in the box here at the right. You will receive a confirmation request from emaildefuego. By accepting, you will be subscribed and will receive all my posts in your mailbox. It’s really easy.

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Mayors and citations

May 6th, 2007

Wifi Laundry

San Francisco

Wherever I go in San Francisco, I find an average of 10 open networks. Two or three of them are free, and not encrypted. If I prefer, I can go in a Cafe’ as a Bedouin and work there. There I can call for free everywhere in the world. If you how to get viagra have grown up with the Italian telephonic fares, with the local calls time-based (TUT), then you see this as heaven.

Two years ago Gavin Newsom, mayor of San Francisco, said: “We will not stop until every San Franciscan has access to free wireless Internet service”. From 2008, there will be a big, free wireless network that will be open and free for everyone.

Rome

In Italy, a little bastard law says that everyone should have the copy of the ID of the people that are surfing the web with his network. This way the Italians close their wi-fi networks.

Sometimes, one of the Italian crazy politicians says something good. Then you can hear Walter Veltroni, mayor of Rome, telling us that, in the center of Rome, there is wi-fi connection free for everyone. Great. Then guess what? It is limited to one hour a day. Guess why? “Because people can illegally download music from the net“.

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I want to rush it, but then I find another news from Palermo. Diego Cammarata, mayor of Palermo, meets a lot of people with Silvio Berlusconi. Can you guess what he said? That “In five years everyone in Palermo will have water at home 24/7“.

Photo credit: vkdir

Critical Mass and bicycle accident

April 28th, 2007

San Francisco's Critical Mass

Photos: here. Videos: Critical Mass, Massers, Bicycle Accident, Golden Gate Park Cork e Tunnel Adrenaline

In the last 15 years, on the last Friday of the month, San Francisco’s bicyclists meet up to demonstrate that cities can be for bicycles, too.

The event is called Critical Mass. The main idea viagra canadian scam is easy: meet up as a group and go around in the city. But when the cyclists are 4000 or more and they ride all together, there is the chaos: a critical mass that blocks the city. The critical mass movement has no leaders. At each corner in the ride, the group decides where to go. Everything seems to be casual.

Media coverage is intense: six television trucks, five helicopters, an airplane and a fixed television cameramen at the start.

I’ve seen every type of bicycle, I think (A bird, a bmw bike, a rickshaw, bikes that can be ridden lying, an old bicycle ridden by the world famous soccer player Zola, High bicycles and double bicycles). A lot of people wear strange costumes or hats like this hammer hat and this petroleum field hat. The cops were riding, too. I made a video with a patchwork of massers: video

If you ask the massers why they are causing all this traffic, they just say: “We do not cause traffic, we are traffic”. The base idea is to go around the city riding a bike. But what can they do with red signal lights? The way they developed is what they call corking. Only the head of the big mass halts on red lights, then some massers block the intersection, staying in front of the cars. Other massers give change to the corkers, until every bike in the group is passed. Some people were asking the police to stop the corking of the massers, but most of them are happy with the massers. Sometimes a driver will start to become afraid and will start to honk their horn. If it happens, all the riders start to laugh and scream.

Sometimes, all the massers stop in an intersection. Yesterday, it was two times. The first was at an intersection with an highway. The second was when the riders met a motorcycle group. There began to develop a little tension then, because the motorcyclists started to burn their tires on the road. Then, each biker went down and started to lift the bicycles up, often with much screaming. Here is the movie.

The whole event was 4 hours long: We started at 6 p.m. from Embarcadero heading to Fisherman’s Wharf along North Beach. Then we headed to downtown and then to Golden Gate Park and finally back in the Haight neighborhood. Then two or three laps around Union Square, screaming like Indians in battlecry. At the end, we were still along Market Street heading toward Mission, where we ended tired on the grass of Dolores Park. At the end, it was 9:30 p.m.. We had ridden 20 miles. Video.

When the world famous San Francisco’s slopes descend, it is very fear-provoking. Everyone goes down very fast, screaming. You think that if one cyclist crashes, then everyone can go over the top of him. At first, I started to film the descent, but at the first down slope, I had an accident. Here is the movie of the accident. I hurt my right elbow and my left leg. My jeans were torn (I’ll not send the photos of injury). At that point I decided to put two hands on the bicycle and put away the camera, but at night there was a great descending tunnel. I filmed it here.

It’s great to think that the massers say that they want a city better for bicycling. If you hear it and you come from the metropolitan Roman Jungle, you want to laugh. By the way, next big critical mass is the 25, 26 and 27 of May: The Rome interplanetary Critical Mass.

Banana Republic

April 24th, 2007

Banana Republic

This year the Italian government asked for a mandatory document in which each company should produce a list of its customer and vendors.

In some ways, I’m a little optimist and I hope order viagra canada that something can change. Then this kind of artists of bureaucracy finds something new that surprises me. So today, the Italian government can find the data about the IVA tax in the following documents:

  • periodical (quarterly and monthly) reports I send during the year,
  • annual IVA tax report I must send by January 20,
  • list of customers and vendors to be given by april 29,
  • IVA report to be sent by the end of october.

The IVA tax balance is always the same, but some bureaucrat wants to see the same balance four times. Each time the report is different, so you have to study how to fill out four different reports during the year.

Next Sunday is the deadline for one of these reports. Sunday? Yes, correct. In Italy, everything is closed on Sunday, but this deadline is on Sunday.

Someone says that the report should be prepared and sent online. There should be software for this, but nobody knows where it is or how to download it. I’ve found an accountant forum where the accountants and bookkeepers are asking each other what to do about the problem.

Then I went to the Agenzia delle Entrate site. It is the Italian government agency for taxes. There is nothing about this deadline. No software, no words about the deadline, just nothing. I tried to search the site, but I found nothing. If you call you can wait on the line 4 or 5 hours.

Online, one can find a lot of myths about this report and this deadline. Someone says that you have to ask your customers and your vendors if you can disclose their names to the Italian government. Others are asking why should you ask them and what to do if they do not give you the agreement that you can divulge their name. Others say that your customers must say yes to this agreement to divulge their name to the goverment. But why should I ask for permission if they must agree to it? It is something like a big game with all the Italians playing it. Those laws are written by someone that never worked in the business.

Then I’ve found a document like this. It states that the privacy agency is working on the law that enforces the ability to divulge the list of customers and vendors in order to understand if there is a privacy violation. Privacy? By the government? What are they saying? On that document I found that the deadline is changed: October 15.

In Italy, people work up to July for the government and from July up to December for themself. But you have to add to this balance up to 15 days to understand what they want from you during the year. In the meantime, nobody can work in Italy. Is it a problem? Not for them. Welcome to Banana Republic.

Photo Credit: Argento_Vivo

First oscar awarded movie under CC license

April 19th, 2007

A Story Of Healing

Today was the last Web 2.0 Expo day, but everyone in the world is writing about this. I prefer to write about what I’ve seen at the Creative Commons Salon SF made up by the Creative Commons guys.

Jay Dedman opened the evening presenting the new SpinXpress.com‘s “Get Media” feature. With this you can find the Creative Commons object to use in your videos. Jay is a CNN International best viagra veteran who now plays with Vlogging (Video Blogging).

Following Jay, Liz Dunn with Technorati presented Where’s The Fire: a system that brings the most important news of the blogosphere to the attention of the user. News is selected by means of a continuous poll by the users: something like a Technorati internal digg. I’ve also known that for years, everything produced by Technorati is released under a Creative Commons license.

Have you never searched for some data online? If you’ve never tried it, you don’t know that you can never find anything. A lot of sites write, comment, and play with data, but not bare bone data. Sometimes bare bone data are more explicative of 1000 words, but you cannot find them on the Internet. A good answer to this problem comes from Brian Mulloy, Dimitry Dimov and Sara Wood with swivel.com: a 2.0 start-up company focused on data: bare bone data.

Seth Mazow works with Interplast: a medical doctors’ association that works in the third world (foto); something like the doctors without borders of plastic surgery. Seth has announced that the movie “A Story of Healing”, Oscar awarded in1998 as Best Documentary, is now released with a Creative Commons License. Seth illustrated that the earning curve naturally sloped down year by year. So, ten years after the start, they decided to release it under a Creative Commons License. Now it is the first CC licensed movie to be awarded by the Academy in the story. I’ve seen the documentary and it is really a must-see. Click here to see it. Take a look, copy it and share it with your friend: Creative Commons Licenses rocks.

The evening presenter was the Creative Commonist Jon Phillips already met by me with Jay Dedman at the Super Happy Vlog House.

Here are the Foto and video.

Sflickr meeting and Usability 2.0

April 14th, 2007

Sflickr second anniversary T-Shirt

Still events 2.0 waiting the big one: Web 2.0 Expo 2007 that starts Sunday.

Wednesday I went to the Google Campus to attend a Usability 2.0 conference. Today it seems that if you don’t call something “2.0” , then you are a nerd. There I heard Sean Kane with Netflix, Jon Wiley with Google and Luke Wroblewski with Yahoo. A lot of the guilty came from each part of the Silicon Valley. One asked me if I was coming from Rome just for this cheap viagra from canada event. Politely I said that it would be a little too much. Here are the event photos (a nice one is the sushi on surf).

Thursday night at Crossroad Cafe’ there was the Sflickr meeting: the meeting of the San Francisco’s Flickr users. At a photographer meeting, one should take photos, but I thought that a lot of photos would have to be taken and that a video was more original.

My jacket without sleeves let people think that Iwas a real “pro” photographer, but when they saw my photo machine everything became more amateur.

Rodeo, music and baseball

April 10th, 2007

The Frames (Photo Credit: markisevil)

Last weekend I attended a lot fill viagra perscription of events.

Thursday I went to hear live music: Richard Buckner at Cafe du Nord.

Friday I spotted the Grand National Rodeo at Cow Palace, followed by a country music performance. The rodeo was really funny and Gary Allan’s music wasn’t bad.

Saturday I was riding around in the neighboorhood of the AT&T Baseball Park and I decided to go to see the game. I’ve played Baseball for years in Italy but I had never seen a live American game. When I went in line, a man gave me an extra ticket as a gift. I tried to give some money to the man, but he politely said no. When I left the game, I found that I had attached my helmet to a pole without the bicycle that was standing there free of the chain.

Then at night, I went to see The Frames, an Irish band that was really great. If they come to your city, go to see them. I think that Saturday was my lucky day, because when I was in line outside of the historic Fillmore, another man gave me an extra ticket as a gift, just the same as happened in the morning at the baseball game. I tried to pay him but he too did not want money. I don’t understand but maybe here in America, people always take an extra ticket to give it at someone in the line…