Lorenzo & his humble friends

The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool

Nordic Ski

Today is the first day of the Nordic Ski World Championships & Nordic Ski World Cup in Val di Fiemme. Congratulations to the organizers for setting up one of the most confusing and less appealing websites I have ever seen.

Farewell

This video was posted on Nomfup a few days ago. There is nothing special about it just now: no anniversary or anything like that. Very simply, it can be useful to have a look at this stuff at a moment when populism against politics and politicians is on the rise. Not all the politicians are desperate to remain in power. Some are; some others did quit the political scene with sobriety and passion.

All my votes

Although I have commented on the possible outcome, I have not decided what I will vote in the upcoming elections: I am officially undecided. Meanwhile, borrowing an idea of Francesco Costa, I am drafting a list of how I voted in the past.

9-10 April 2006
Italian Political Elections
I voted for the centre-left coalition and for the candidate Prime Minister Romano Prodi, who defeats Silvio Berlusconi with a difference of 0.06% of the votes. Today I would give the same vote. Election won.

25-26 June 2006
Constitutional Referendum
Deciding whether or not to approve the constitutional reform promoted by the center-right government: I did not know much about the reform, but my vote was based on the fact that it had been approved by a majority that I did not like and that had been rejected by the voters. I voted No, and No won with 61%. Today I would probably give the same vote. Election won.

25-26 June 2006
Local Referendum
Deciding whether the province of Trento should continue to finance private schools: I am not necessarily against public finance even for private confessional schools, but the total amount provided with public money was outrageous. I voted Yes to the abolition of public finance for private schools, and 93% of the voters vote Yes, but the referendum fails as it does not reach the quorum: only 19% of the people vote. Today I would give the same vote. Election lost.

13-14 April 2008
Italian Political Elections
I voted for the Partito Democratico and for the candidate Prime Minister Walter Veltroni. His party takes 33%, but is part of the  loser coalition: Silvio Berlusconi is elected Prime Minister. Today I would give the same vote. Election lost.

09-10 September 2008
Local elections in the Province of Trento
I voted for the Partito Democratico and for the coalition that supports Lorenzo Dellai. The party takes 22% of the votes, and the coalition takes 57%, defeating the opposing candidate Sergio Divina. Today I would give the same vote. Election won.

3 May 2009
Local elections in the City of Trento
I was in Ireland for my exchange abroad and I could not vote. The Partito Democratico’s candidate Alessandro Andreatta won the elections with 64%.

6-7 June 2009
European elections
I was in Ireland for my exchange abroad and I could not vote. The Partito Democratico went well, although it is always hard to comment on European elections.

21-22 June 2009
Referendum
The vote was about future referendum rules and it proposed to make them easier. I voted Yes, but the quorum stopped at 23% and the referendum failed. Today I would give the same vote. Election lost.

12-13 June 2011
Referendum
Four questions: two on the management of water resources, one on nuclear energy and one on legitimate impediment. I voted Yes to the first question on the water and one on legitimate impediment, I voted No to the second question on the water and on the one on nuclear energy. Yes wins in all four questions and with more than 55% of the people going to vote, the quorum is (surprisingly) reached. Today I would give the same vote. Election half won and half lost.

Germania, matrigna o guida?

La campagna elettorale italiana ha visto come convitato di pietra la Germania di Angela Merkel, tirata in ballo dall’imbarazzante propaganda berlusconiana ma anche dalle critiche di alcune parti della sinistra, avverse alle politiche rigoriste imposte dall’Europa per affrontare la crisi. La nostra immagine della Germania è conforme alla realtà? È certo che per capire il contesto odierno – e quindi per orientare con consapevolezza le proprie scelte anche al momento del voto – occorre guardare oltralpe senza pregiudizi ma pure senza sconti. Leggi tutto il mio articolo di oggi su Unimondo.

E grazie a Letizia, che mi ha spinto a indagare questo tema affascinante.