[ExI] Comedians changing the government (was: Tightest security in the history of APEC? ...)

Stefano Vaj stefano.vaj at gmail.com
Sun Sep 9 19:55:29 UTC 2007

Let me add that Mr. Grillo's initiative has been a grand success. But,
no, the ability of the voting body to indicate personal, along with
party, preference, was abolished three years through a referendum
before Mr. Berlusconi decided to enter the political arena

On 9/7/07, Amara Graps <amara at amara.com> wrote:
> Emlyn:
> >Australian comedy show were arrested Thursday after duping APEC
> >officials with a fake motorcade, carrying an actor dressed up as Osama
> >bin Laden.
> I suggest to pay attention to the world news tomorrow (Saturday).  A
> very popular Italian comedian named Beppe Grillo is trying to change
> Parliament laws with  a grass-root effort. He wants people to sign a
> petition for three changes in the laws, to "Clean Up Parliament"
> 1) No Italian citizen can be a candidate for Parliament if convicted
> (there are presently a couple dozen Parliamentarians in that position)
> 2) The eligibility for election to Parliament must be limited to 2 terms
> of office. (Many in this position)
> 3) Direct preferences should be restored for the election of
> Parliamentarians (Berlusconi changed this, I think)
> He asked members of Parliament for their opinion, agreement or not, on
> these three points and some of their answers are telling. For example,
> on point 2), one answer he received is:
> "No [I don't agree]. There are many reasons: if I thought it was a bad
> thing to serve more than two terms of office I wouldn't have put myself
> forward to serve the third."
> hmmm.
> Tommorrow is called: Vaffanculo Day  (or "V-day")
> http://www.beppegrillo.it/vaffanculoday/
> Ciao,
> Amara
> --
> Amara Graps, PhD      www.amara.com
> Associate Research Scientist, Planetary Science Institute (PSI), Tucson
> INAF Istituto di Fisica dello Spazio Interplanetario (IFSI), Roma, Italia
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