Notes on what I find on my path in life

Italian Premier Co-Writes Love Ballads (un'altra Berlusconata)

Yahoo! News - Italian Premier Co-Writes Love Ballads

a joker ?

in Italiano:
Il presidente italiano co-autore di canzoni d'amore.
un giullare ?



Incredible !
listen to it

At least there is a use for spam.
It is almost sooting to listen to this internet radio that is broadcasting an automater reader of spam email.
(for the first 5 minutes)

The stupidity and pain of useless airport screening

Yahoo! News - Box Cutter Suspect Charged, Released
And again on October 29 2003 Box Cutters Found On More Planes

How stupid is having to take off your shoes when you go through security at the airport ?
Ho stupid is to have to surrender your nail clippers, and tiny swiss army knifes ?

The reality is that this stupid screening is ONLY a mind game to have the people flying THINK they are secure when instead there is very LITTLE security for the pain we go through every time we have to board a plane.

As this student showed, it is quite easy to get box-cutters, plastic explosive and flamables into planes, if you really are trying to.
If you instead are a standard passenger, only concerned with your trip, you have to take of your shoes e surrender the swiss army knife (the tiny swiss army knife I used to take with me is one of the most useful things in the world to carry around when travelling)

I am really pissed off at the attitude of Aurport security.
It is just stupid to do have to pass through this kind of screening.

If it had any sense, why don't we do the same when boarding trains? or Buses ?
Why will a tiny swiss army knife be more dangerous than a metal pen.

They are forcing this on us to make us feel secure, as a Security administraion specialist said at CNN on 21 October 2003.
- He doesn't think that boxcutters will be used in a new terrorist attak (if this is the case why do you screen for it?)
- He is confident that the public feels more secure. (more secure my ass)
- They have confiscated 3 millions of ILLEGAL items (yes nail clippers).
- But the fact is that there are security level and that we expect boxcutters to pass throug securty (yes and why do you serach my bag ?)

This is all nonsense in my opinion.
The numbers just don't add up.
For example how many PC are travelling with the passengers these days. I think ALMOST one each passenger, but let's assume half.
There are millions of people flying every month.
Do we really think that turning on the PC, or being forces to bring it out of our case will help the screener to see if one of them is dangerous and pick the dangerous one in millions ?
I think NOT.

I just would like to know the statistic about this stupid security scam.
How many of the million of items that have been collected have EVER been used in a plane incident ?

This guy who
- Tested the screening system
- Showed that it does NOT work
- Advised the authorities before doing it, by email and phone calls
- Has been ignored by the security people
- Put some notes on the items he put on the planes, to prove that he has actually done it

He should be heard as a consultant from the security department, not tried on a court as a felon. He provides a servie,a heads up, he is not a terrorist.
His only fault is that he might have put a bug and set unease on the peole that REALLY thought that screening passengers made the airline travel more secure.
But I think it is more important that somebody told the reality of it instead
After all the government is spending an incredible amount of money on this screening that CLEARLY does NOT work.

It is just silly, like having the floating safety device, and no paraschute.
I just would like to know how many times this floating device saved lifes in a commercial plane crash.

Well this is the bottom line:

I don't need to be fed lies to feel secure.
And being screened like a felon going to jail when I travel doesn't make me feel any secure.
It just does make me angry.

PDFs ? No thanks: RoboPDF - To create PDFs (useless)

RoboPDF - to Create PDFs

Home Edition is FREE

So I tried it, here is my disappointment:


- It ADDS UNWANTED Office Plug-ins that cannot be removed
- On EVERY created PDF at the bottom of EAHCH page it adds a FOOTER with its advertisement, that by itself it could be fine, but this footer OVERWRITES the bottom page of your document making it incomplete, unreadable, and therefore USELESS

A very stupid way to go with a software, I will never consider paying for it.

Coming creal I have to say that I am NOT a supporter of PDFs.
I don't see the need for this docuemnt format, I think that in most cases HTML will server the purpose.
In the PDF viewer, the serach is horrible, the controls are definetely NOT intuitive, you never really know what action takes place when you click a link in a document, jump somewhere else in the document, open a web browser, ....
YES, Printing is OK, but browsing a PDF docuemnt on the screen really sucks.

There are however very few situations where they might be useful, to print manuals with page numbers, and this is the ONLY reason I did the mistake of downloading this RoboPDF.
I, naturally, have PROMPTLY uninstalled it.

Asking myself why to kill trees when you have an electronic format of a document, I discovered that, beside few situation when you want to read it somewhere else especially if it is a complex matter, the most common reason to print a PDF document is again because browsing a PDF on the screen really sucks.

Siberia, trovata la gamba dello Yeti.
Siberia find revives yeti legends

- Corriere della Sera: Siberia, trovata la gamba dello Yeti in Italian
- BBC: Siberia find revives yeti legends In English
- Could this be the paw of a yeti?! in Enlgish
- Another Thing in English

Interesting, it appears that we finally have some proof of the existence of "Abominable" (a dear friend).

Please add your comments if you have other sources for this info.

Interessante, sembra che finalmente si sia trovava qualche traccia dell'esistenza di "Abominevole" (un caro amico).

Aggiungete i vostri commenti se avete notizie da altre fonti su questo.


Italians in Italian
Il link e' alla rubrica "Italians" che Beppe Severgnini gestisce su "Il Corriere della sera"

Di Beppe Severgnini, autore di "Un Italiano in America" in libro divertentissimo.
Talmente realistico, le esperienze che fanno tutti gli Italiani che vengono a vivere in USA.

Bepper Severgnini ha un unorismo satirico gioviale.

A New Way to look at news

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RSS is a new way to look at news.
News agencies format their news in XML so that the RSS client programs can subscribe to specific news type.

I love yahoo RSS feed

Great !
The web is evolving in the right direction.

We want your solul: a fantastic opportunity

a fantastic opportunity

I couldn't believe it.
It is fun, and crazy. In Italian.

A site a friend of mine pointed me to this.
Italian politics are a shame.

This is another link he sent me
Il signore dei tranelli

No Illicit Arms Found in Iraq, U.S. Inspector Tells Congress

What a stupid war to change the path of History (the war on Iraq).

This was the first preemptive war the US has fought.

It is a completely irresponsible war based on lies.
Europe and the UN warned and was NOT convinced of the allegation.
US provided FAKE, made up proof of WMD to the UN (that was NOT belived).
G. W. Bush stated that US did not need approval nor nelp from the UN.

Who knows what the real motives for the war were ?
I am inclined not also to question the motives for the war in Afganistan.

No Banned Arms Found in Iraq So Far, U.S. Inspector Confirms

No Illicit Arms Found in Iraq, U.S. Inspector Tells Congress

Blair told to come clean over WMD

Suisse Raclette

Raclette Suisse - Homepage

Yesterday the Raclette backing machine arrived.
Luisa did order it some days ago on line since we could not find it in any stores here in Florida.

It is not the original one that my mother has in Italy.
But it should be easier to use because it lets each person at the table to melt his own Raclette.

Luisa has miraculously found pieces of real Raclette cheese at the local grocery (Publix) and she bought a few pieces.

As soon as we have upacked the machine we got to try it. So for dinner we arranged to have Raclette with boiled potatoes, ham and some chesnuts.

It is amazing how great a dish so simple can be.
The cheese was terrific.

Cut the boiled potatoes in pieces and spay them with salt and pepper while you melt a piece of Raclette cheese in the macine that sits in the table center.
Put some chesunts and strips of ham on the potatoes.
When the cheese is melted pour it over the potatoes.

If you never had Raclette before you ought to try it.

It was a long time since I had Raclette.
Swiss cheese is one of my favourite dish.
Naturally food is one of the things I miss most from Europe.

Luisa still remembers the first time she had it while visiting a friend of hers in France.

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Great! I finally found a way to add Comments to the BLog.

Using the CommentThis services.
Simple and wonderful.

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An interesting view of what other countryies think of the Italian events that make to the news.

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