Italy

Cheese Eating Surrender Monkeys AND public transport: What could go wrong?

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Well lots actually.

France’s new rail fail would be unbelievable if it wasn’t true.

France’s national rail operator SNCF has ordered trains for an Italy-bound route which reportedly turned out to be a few millimeters too high for Italian tunnels, leaving passengers to Italy having to change trains at the border.

Regio 2N trains were ordered by SNCF from Bombardier, the Canadian multinational aerospace and transportation company.

They are supposed to operate on the TER (Transport Express Regional) line that serves the French Riviera coastline between Les Arcs – Draguignan station in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region in southeastern France and the city of Ventimiglia in northern Italy, which borders on France.   Read more »

Face of the day

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You know how arguments and debates on the internet often end up with a reference to Hitler or Nazis? Well today’s face of the day isn’t Hitler or a Nazi but he found a willing accomplice in Hitler when they bonded over a shared desire to wipe the Jewish people off the face of the earth. It is a part of WWII history that I was not taught when I was at High School and I suspect it is still omitted from the syllabus today.

Islam had considerable influence over Hitler’s thinking and plans. It is highly conceivable from what I have discovered so far that two Muslims who influenced Hitler, Haj-Amin-al-Husseini and Achmed Huber are the actual founding fathers of the holocaust.

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This why the thinnest book in the world is the book of Italian war heroes

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Oh those Italians, they make the best rifles – never been fired and only dropped once.   And it seems this genetic propensity that besets them is still going strong.

Some 83.5 percent of Rome’s police scheduled to work on New Year’s Eve called in sick. Italian authorities are threatening disciplinary actions against those officers who never showed up as some 600,000 people welcomed 2015 on the streets of the capital. Read more »

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Photo Of The Day

Photo: REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi An aerial view shows the Costa Concordia as it lies on its side next to Giglio Island taken from an Italian navy helicopter in this August 26, 2013 file photo. The wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise liner is set to be refloated within 10 days, to be towed away from the Italian island where it ran aground and capsized two and a half years ago, the group organising the removal said on July 3, 2014.

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An aerial view shows the Costa Concordia as it lies on its side next to Giglio Island taken from an Italian navy helicopter in this August 26, 2013 file photo. The wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise liner is set to be refloated within 10 days, to be towed away from the Italian island where it ran aground and capsized two and a half years ago, the group organising the removal said on July 3, 2014.

Capt Francesco Schettino Teaches Panic Management Course at Rome University

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Anti-semitism rising

Mana supporter burning Israeli flag in Auckland

Mana supporter burning Israeli flag in Auckland

While Campbell Live meticulously catalogues every Palestinian death as he openly weeps he and the mainstream media are whipping the masses into a frenzy of out and out anti semitism, Jews around the world are afraid to leave their homes.

Just yesterday we saw hundreds of protesters again infesting the streets of Auckland, and again the US Embassy issued a warning to US citizens to avoid the area. This is New Zealand…such is the style of protest now being promulgated by Islamists and their enablers like John Minto and the Mana party.

We can at least be thankful that so far we haven’t had the type of anti-semitic rage that is enveloping Europe.

This is the problem when you allow immigration from intolerant nations and people.

EU leaders are stunned but are starting to speak out.

The foreign ministers of Germany, France and Italy have spoken out against a disturbing wave of violent anti-Semitic attacks across Europe in the wake of the Gaza crisis.

In Berlin, police had to step in to protect an Israeli tourist couple at the weekend after protestors turned on them when they spotted the man’s yarmulke. Demonstrators reportedly charged towards the couple shouting “Jew! We’ll get you!”

In Paris, hundreds of protestors have attacked synagogues, smashed the windows of Jewish shops and cafes, and set several alight, including a kosher grocery store which reportedly burned to the ground.

In the Netherlands, the home of the chief rabbi has been attacked with stones twice in one week.   Read more »

The mediterranean diet will save our kids from obesity…oh wait!

We have been told by many, many health jihadists that our kids are fat and that if we modelled our diets on the mediterranean diet to solve this.

But wait…the heftiest kids in the world are fatties who eat the mediterranean diet…ahead of our kids.

Matthew Yglesias writes at Vox:

Most people know that the United States has a childhood obesity problem. Less well known is that according to the latest data from the OECD is that we are not actually the world leaders in experiencing this issue. It’s Greece and Italy who have the most overweight kids:

 

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Will Bill English try this to improve the books?

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Bill English’s 6th budget was well received, but he could learn a thing or two from the Italians when it comes to GDP.

Desperate times call for desperate measures.

Italy will now include prostitution and illegal drug sales in calculations for its gross domestic product this year

Italy will include prostitution and illegal drug sales in the gross domestic product calculation this year, a boost for its chronically stagnant economy and Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s effort to meet deficit targets.

Drugs, prostitution and smuggling will be part of GDP as of 2014 and prior-year figures will be adjusted to reflect the change in methodology, the Istat national statistics office said today. The revision was made to comply with European Union rules, it said.  Read more »

The difference of being a tourist in France vs Italy

Look who is doing better than the wops

Italy is in the doldrums economically. This is what you get when you have rampant unfunded social costs.

Companies are leaving Italy in droves, including Fiat. In one famous case the owner of an electrical components factory moved his business to Poland while his employees were sunning themselves in the summer holidays.

There is a very good reason why people are abandoning Italy as a place to do business. Even Kazakhstan and Tonga are better places to do business.

The saga has become a national cause celebre, sparking a debate about the number of Italian companies that are relocating their business to Eastern Europe and beyond, prominent among them Fiat, which has a plant in Poland.

Italy’s thickets of red tape, high social welfare costs and corruption mean that it fares dismally in terms of economic competitiveness.

In the World Bank’s most recent Ease of Doing Business survey, Italy ranks 73rd out of 185 countries, behind the likes of Tonga, Kazakhstan and Belarus.

While much of Europe appears to be slowly emerging from the worst recession since the Second World War, the Italian economy is going backwards, shrinking 0.2pc in the second quarter of this year.  Read more »

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And he lives. Go buy a lottery ticket mate