All posts for the month September, 2011

Social animals

Published September 25, 2011 by Tony


Man is alone!
Many people have already realized this, while others sense this feeling for few fleeting moments during the day.
Man is a social animal, that is to say that he joins, and lives together with his peers and perhaps with an instinct of sociability or relational innate, as many philosophers have written.  I personally tend more towards the thought of the philosopher Hobbes and his concept of ‘”Homo hominis lupus”, ie that each individual tends above all to assert himself, even to the detriment of others in society and the meeting takes place only when one realizes that joining is better to solve common problems, to which it is difficult to cope alone. And that beyond a few rare cases of altruism or solidarity pulses.
But, my thoughts turns to something else, if the man is no longer ‘alone’ when he is together someone.
Is the physical presence and affection to make us feel not alone?
I think not.
A person can be with the loved one, with family members, with friends or with 1000 persons and be alone!
It is not my intent to debate the difficulties of human relationships, difficulties exacerbated in recent decades.
I mean that inside our nature is housing a primitive instinct of individualism, that makes us be alone (individual) no matter who or how many are together.
That ego, interior and superior, that dominates our mind and let us isolate ourself even when in crowds.
That one giving us the impulse to survive, which keeps our innermost hidden secrets, which alienates us confirming our diversity … I’m me and you’re you.
Together or divided we always remain two separate units.

As instinctively and inevitably lonely, human being tends to relate just to find understanding, dialogue, affection and feel less alone.
But whatever happens, he remains alone!


Published September 25, 2011 by Tony


Misha Gordin - Shout -

Unless you are living in a small and quiet village or in the mountains, life in a big and crowded urban center is stressful.Then, if we add a chaotic and uncivilized coexistence, life becomes unlivable even.
That is why I am thinking that we are too many on this planet!
We look like an anthill, but the ants are much more polite, clean and respectful than us.
Too many people, too much pollution, too much concrete, too much noise, too much incivility, too many rules, too many laws, too many restrictions, too much inequality, too much violence, too much poverty, too much wealth………………

What does it take for things to change?

Either we collapse by a self-destruction or Mother Nature will batten down the hatches , at least I hope so.



Published September 25, 2011 by Tony

Controversy about list of gay politicians

listouting Blog

At least ten of the most homophobic Italian politicians are gay. The complaint comes from an anonymous WordPress blog called “Listaouting“,  listing names and surnames, evidently edited by anonymous activists for gay rights.

The list was published after the rejection of the homophobia bill for having homosexuals and homophobes politicians up against the wall. After the publication of the list, Parliament rebelled: for some it is just a hoax while for someone else is an unfounded libel and an impingement. But the controversy was also raised by homosexual organizations.
At the time of the announcement,  this initiative already caused controversy. Until few day ago the post said: “This initiative is to bring a little of ‘justice’ in a country where there are people who do not have any kind of defense against the daily attacks and insults by a political class hypocrite and bad “.  “We have the names of a dozen high-ranking prelates, other personalities from the worlds of entertainment and television.”
Then the warning: “From now on, any attack against the LGBT community by the Catholic hierarchy, the world of information, policy, we will reserve the right to respond adequately.”
The gay community is torn. “The extreme practice of ‘outing’ is not part of our culture, but the case has to open a discussion about the ‘policy coherence’ and how ‘homosexuality is perceived in this country’.”
While in Italy the debate on equal rights between the sexes takes on these contours, as always, ridiculous and unnecessary, in Germany passed a law that guarantees equal rights to gay couples.

As always, the ones that should be basic rights still remain difficult claims to pursue because sexual tendency if different from the “normality”, imposed by someone at history dawn, is a perversion or crime, worldwide.
This just is the civilized world we are living in.


World’s Best Cities

Published September 24, 2011 by Tony

Top 10 Touristy World Cities

The “Travel + Leisure” magazine compiled the World’s Best Cities in the world list, casting their votes for this year’s most dynamic vacation-worthy places. Attractions, travel/accommodation costs , food quality,  culturally important sites, quality of life and livability of the city at night are the factors that tourists take into account more. The list includes 42 cities, luckily and surprisingly two Italian places are in the top ten also if, in my opinion, Naples too could be deserving a place in that list but, it probably is too down south as Sicily, with the most important airports in Milan and Rome only.

Paris 1 – Paris. Every cobbled lane, every street-side café, every patisserie window seems to have been art-directed by some impossibly savvy set designer. Yet for all that elegance and drama, Paris’s greatest pleasures are arguably its simplest ones: the hum of a neighborhood bistro; the tranquility of a churchyard; the crunch of a perfect baguette. After all, you come to Paris to eat. Indulge serious cheese fantasies at Laurent Dubois, a fromagerie with seemingly endless options.
Barcelona 2 – Barcelona has long been famous for its art and architecture, with Salvador Dalí, Joan Miró, and Antoni Gaudí all leaving their marks. But this is the first year that the Catalan city has broken into the World’s Best Cities top 10 list. Though diversions like wandering the Gaudí-designed Parc Güell have a timeless appeal, it’s new hot spots like Tickets, from mad-scientist brothers Ferran and Albert Adrià, that are creating the worldwide buzz. Where to stay? At the new Mandarin Oriental, where the Hong Kong hotel group’s legendary service is paired with Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola’s 98 bright, cream-on-white rooms.
Sydney 3 – Sydney. Part outsize beach resort, part culture capital, Sydney, the perennial World’s Best City winner Down Under, exemplifies the art of relaxed cosmopolitanism: urbane but not pretentious; cutting-edge but not stressed-out. New restaurants and boutiques are channeling that Aussie energy in some oft-overlooked neighborhoods such as beachside hangout Manly. And an initiative to liven up the side lanes in the trendy Surry Hills and Darlinghurst neighborhoods has led to a slew of lounge bars opening up; try the lychee-infused tequila at Hunky Dory Social Club.
Siem Reap 4 – Siem Reap is best known as the gateway to the Angkor Wat temple complex and other 12th-century Khmer ruins such as Ta Prohm, which remains as archaeologists found it in 1860, with banyan and kapok trees slowly reclaiming its sandstone carvings. But now the city has evolved from a cluster of riverfront villages into a full-fledged destination complete with art galleries, boutique hotels—and a World’s Best Cities designation. Sample the local cuisine at the FCC Angkor, a 31-room Art Deco hotel and restaurant, and drop by McDermott Gallery for black-and-white photographs of Angkor Wat.
Cape Town 5 – Cape Town is sometimes labeled the least African of African cities—which, depending on who’s doing the labeling, is said with enthusiasm or disparagement. But whatever you think of the must-see destination, post–World Cup, the city radiates a palpable cool, and now it’s surged back onto the World’s Best list with a higher score than in 2009 (the last time it appeared). Split your time between urban pursuits (browsing the trendy Neighbourgoods Market and local artists’ galleries) and excursions to see wildlife, sample wines, and stroll the beaches of the Cape of Good Hope reserve.
Istanbul 6 – Istanbul. Straddling the Bosporus—and thus the only major city that occupies both Asia and Europe—Istanbul also spans the ancient and modern worlds. The sounds of construction compete with the call of the muezzin, and the skyline, a glittering ribbon of palaces and mosques, is dotted with rooftop nightclubs. One reason the city skyrocketed back onto the World’s Best Cities list after two absent years? The appeal of Istanbul’s latest culinary trend: resurrecting ancient Ottoman recipes, such as garlicky lamb’s trotter served on toast at Asitane and juicy kubbes—dumplings filled with beef and pignoli—at Cercis Murat Konaği, on the city’s Asian side.
New York 7 – New York. For all New York’s bright-lights-big-city grandeur, one can always find a quiet neighborhood. The trick is balancing the city’s outsize spectacle with intimate experiences. The latest neighborhood to pull it off is the Chelsea arts district, between 10th and 11th avenues, most notable for the just-expanded High Line, a landscaped strip of elevated public space. On nearby blocks you’ll find buildings by Frank Gehry, Jean Nouvel, and Shigeru Ban, as well as marquee galleries such as Pace and Gagosian. For a picnic lunch, stop into Chelsea Market, a food-court-on-steroids, and savor a piece of the city that’s been voted No. 1 within the U.S. and Canada every year since 2000.
Rome 8 – Rome. The Eternal City has ranked in the top 10 cities overall every year for the past decade, all while catapulting itself into the 21st century with a series of starchitect-designed buildings. Emblematic of the bold new look are the Ara Pacis, a travertine-and-glass building by Richard Meier, and Zaha Hadid’s Maxxi (Museum of 21st Century Arts), which debuted in 2010 in the northern Flaminio zone. Even the Colosseum has had a spruce-up, opening its dungeons and third-floor gallery to tours for the first time.
Florence 9 – Florence. The first of the two Italian cities in the list boasts an enviable cultural heritage. A new renaissance is under way in Florence, with the city’s historic center making room for contemporary galleries and chic aperitivo bars. And all that work has paid off: this year, Florence rose to the No. 2 ranking among T+L’s World’s Best Cities.
Bangkok 10 – Bangkok. Frenetic and sultry, this Asian metropolis of 10 million seems like a city on overdrive. High-rises jostle for space; down below, cabs and tuk-tuks inch through the gridlock. But there are moments of calm. At dawn, saffron-robed Buddhist monks collect alms, while women thread the marigold and jasmine garlands that festoon temples and shrines. And when it comes to shopping and food, the city is an endless, and often affordable, bacchanalia. It’s no wonder that Bangkok has nabbed the No. 1 spot overall for two years running—and been listed in the top 10 every year since 2002.


Jamey Rodemeyer

Published September 23, 2011 by Tony


jamey rodemeyer
The 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer killed himself on Monday because gay, after posting an online farewell.

He had been bullied with gay slurs for more than a year after his outing…… while some students had been posting hate comments with gay references on his Formspring account, a website that allows anonymous posts.
“JAMIE IS STUPID, GAY, FAT ANND [sic] UGLY. HE MUST DIE!”. “I wouldn’t care if you died. No one would. So just do it 🙂 It would make everyone WAY more happier!”


Jamey posted on his Facebook page, “I always say how bullied I am, but no one listens. … What do I have to do so people will listen to me? No one in my school cares about preventing suicide, while you’re the ones calling me [gay slur] and tearing me down.”

The Amherst Police Department’s Special Victims Unit has said it will determine whether to charge some students with harassment, cyber-harassment or hate crimes while three students at Heim Middle School, in particular, might have been involved.
Jamey sent out many signals on social networking sites that he was struggling with his sexuality.

Shame on them!

His soul won’t be moping around but among host of heaven!
My anger, my thoughts and my soul are now near the sweet Jamey…I love you from the bottom of my heart.


Published September 21, 2011 by Tony

<<La teoria è quando si sa tutto e niente funziona.
La pratica è quando tutto funziona e nessuno sa il perché.
In questo caso, abbiamo messo insieme la teoria e la pratica:
non c’è niente che funziona… e nessuno sa il perché!>>

(an Albert Einstein aphorism)


The theory is when you know everything and nothing works.
Practice is when everything works and nobody knows why.
In this case, we put together the theory and practice:
there is nothing that works … and nobody knows why!

Only a great mind like Einstein’s could give birth to a theme so universal and timeless!



Published September 20, 2011 by Tony


Tax-free, sent by thought

How many times in the past, I asked you angry because I was not born into the world in a wealthy family,
why I had not been allowed to have Leonardo Di Caprio beauty or Richard Gere charms.
As always, dazzled by the appearance rather than substance people neglect the being and his inward.
Meanwhile, as time went by, every white hair inexorably became the depository of life lived.
Since then my eyes started to look at the world differently and discover the virtues of my being always neglected.
Lord, for this I now must thank you.
Must thank you if my eyes are wet after watching a banal love film
or if my soul vibrates while listening at a simple sweet melody.
Thank you for giving me the ability to sense the innermost feelings of others,
thanks for let me delight in front of a sunset or at the sight of a wood.
Little things, I know, but in a world so material I’m happy to have them,
aware they will comfort me through the difficult journey still awaiting me.