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Rome and the OWS

October 16, 2011

A random comment I deleted from Facebook in response to a post about the recent violence in Rome. Call it cowardly, but I don’t have the energy to continually be “(eye roll) that guy”.

Trying to keep this short. I agree the violence is detracting from the cause, but I also hope there is an asterisk in the media coverage that points out this was an Italian “Black Block” highjacking of a peaceful protest of thousands taken over by a hundred. Not that it’s covered much here, but Italian politics tend to be volatile, ephemeral, polarized, violent, and short lived, marginal pluralities. The anarchists are protesting Italy’s “conservative” billionaire Prime Minister Berlusconi who just survived a close no-contest vote. Berlusconi is an Italian version of Murdoch, he controls a ton of Italian media companies, so he in essence reports on himself. (Italy just passes a bunch of national internet censorship laws to boot, haha, Italy to boot.) He also has had/has 23 criminal cases against him from embezzlement, tax dodging, bribery, mafia collusion, et alia . His latest scandal which triggered the near no-confidence vote is that his preference for his oft hired prostitutes, are underaged girls. To further muddy things up; the “Black Block” anarchists in the Toronto WTO protests are widely believed to have been badly disguised policemen. The Toronto “Black Block” agitation was cited for the Pittsburgh G20 meeting’s denial of nearly all protesters and the heavy presence of riot police and the use of LRAD devices on protesters. This is getting too long. The Roman violence is detracting because instead of mentioning the crap I just typed, odds are the headlines will be something to the effect of, “The Occupy Wall Street movement turns violent”.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. debaseface permalink
    October 16, 2011 9:33 am

    Ahhh, its great to switch on the news and finally listen to folks talking about this shit. Its been 3 years of me blowing out A Strung’s ear drums every weekend
    The underlying sentiment is that something is wrong. The system is rigged. 6 mo’s after banks nearly blew up the entire global economy I was paid my largest bonus ever. We witnessed record RECORD profits on wall street the same year we witnessed the highest UE rate.
    Reconcile that….

  2. debaseface permalink
    October 16, 2011 9:37 am

    Let’s hope the violence doesn’t take a turn for the worse.. One fatality will derail the entire movement.
    (unless it was a protester fatality)

  3. A. Strung permalink*
    October 16, 2011 10:14 am

    Violence abroad is far less damning to me than the lack of real action on the part of the “movement”.

    Between Obama’s election and the 2010 election, the Tea Party was born, organized, became politically active and got people elected. Next thing you know, those elected to the House of Representatives are holding the debt ceiling increase hostage and affecting things on a global scale. Douchey, childish and dangerous? Yes. Effective? Absolutely.

    I love a good protest but OWS is getting old, fast. They need to engage the system and actually do something.

    Oh and stop comparing yourselves to the fucking middle east uprisings. Those people were/are getting killed, tortured, beat up trying to acquire the basic rights which so many in the US including I’m sure many protesters take for granted and/or don’t exercise.

  4. A. Strung permalink*
    October 16, 2011 10:15 am

    PS when you say “eye roll guy” – are rolling or being rolled AT?

  5. October 16, 2011 2:06 pm


  6. October 16, 2011 2:57 pm

    Well I went ahead and reposted my response above to the Sarah post that you responded to then deleted and posted here. So … I don’t know what that means but yeah.

    Go Cowboys?

  7. October 16, 2011 3:55 pm

    Romo riot.

  8. October 16, 2011 6:47 pm

    It almost happened. Ugh the Pats are atop the division again … *snore*.

  9. October 16, 2011 7:42 pm

    That was a bizarre game. Also, debaseface, what is a bonus?

  10. October 16, 2011 8:51 pm

    Bizarre maybe but I enjoyed it.

  11. October 17, 2011 1:50 pm

    Since it’s about Rome, I figured I’d put this here.

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