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Margherita Hack death

Published June 29, 2013 by Tony

Today, at 91 years, Margherita Hack, is dead, an Italian scientist considered an icon and a reference to the world of astrophysics. Born in Florence June 12, 1922, Hack was one of the most brilliant minds of the Italian scientific community. She was the first woman to direct an astronomical observatory in Italy, played an important activity of disclosure and gave a considerable contribution to the search for the study of many different types of stars’ spectral classification. The scientist is member of the Accademia dei Lincei, the International Union of Astronomers and Royal Astronomical Society.
A warm farewell to her that on TV has always tried to put in a simple way each topic not easy to understand for the general public.


Published October 15, 2012 by Tony



Bullying takes another heavy toll, another victim, AmandaTodd, a fifteen-Canadian girl who leaves us with another shocking video on youtube. The girl committed suicide on Oct. 10 because victim of cyber-bullying through the social networking website Facebook.
I read that about the 36,951 suicides recorded in the U.S. in 2009 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 265 involved children ages 5-14, while suicide remains the third-leading cause of death among U.S. teens and young adults. I do not know how many people have committed suicide worldwide so far,  because of bullying or because our society had put them in the dock, but they are a lot considering that the simple internet search “teens committing suicide by bullying” I’m doing just now, returns me dozens of cases.
Too many!
I have not continued the research because it was useless and saddened me further, it takes only the names reported in this short list to tell us that something is wrong, that our mentality has to change, starting from the institutions, through the school and by a large worldwide campaign against bullying and any type of discrimination. A bad taste in my mouth seeing that many of these teenagers are dead because were gay or only considered as such. None of us can even begin to imagine the pain that they went through. My heart goes out to all of these peoples families. We need to put a stop to this, our generation is being stolen right out from under our feet because we’re so judgmental, rude, and just plain insensitive. I care about every single life lost in this struggle of survival in this cruel world. The age of the subjects shown in this list condemns us all equally and let us understand that it is young people, our children to pay the price. Each of us is responsible for this because even in our small way, what little we can do, we can contribute and must help things to change.

In loving memory of….

Adam Grigg, 14 years, West Yorkshire, UK
Aimee Wellock,  16 years, Bradford, UK
Alex Teka, 12 years old, New Zealand
April Himes, 13 years, Washington, UK
Asher Brown, 13 years, Texas
Austin Murphy; 16 years,
Belinda Allen, 14 years, West Sussex
Ben Vodden , 11 years, UK
Billy (William) Lucas, 156, Indiana
Brian Frankish, 14 years,
Brice Edwards, 15 years old, Philadelphia
Celina Okwuone, 11 years,Florida
Chelsey Shores, 17 years, Illinois
Ciara Pugsley, 15 years, Ireland
Darren Steele, 15 years, Staffordshire, UK
Desire Dryer; 17 years, Ohio
eric_mohat Eric Mohat, 17 years, Ohio
Hope Witsell, 13, Tampa
Jack Glasby, 13 years, NY
Jared High, 12 year, Vancouver
Jaheen Herrera, 11 years, Virgin Islands
Jamie Hubley, 15 year, Ottawa
Jamie Sell, 17 years, Cardiff
jessie-logan-sexting-suicide-girl Jesse Logan, 18, Ohio
Jevan Richardson, 10 years, London
Jon Carmichael, 13, Texas
Jon Gettle, 14 years, Illinois
Joseph Daniel Scruggs, 12, Connecticut
Justin Aaberg, 15 years, Minnesota
Karl Peart, 16 years, Northumberland
Kerby Guerra Kerby Guerra, 13 years, Colorado
Kristina Calco, 15 years, Idaho
Luke Walmsley, 14 years, Lincolnshire, UK
Myles Neuts, 10 years, Ontario
Nicola Raphael, 15 years, Scotland
Phoebe Prince, 15 years, Massachusetts
Raymond Chase, 19 years, Wales
Ryan Halligan, 13 years, Vermont
Ty Smalley Field, 11 years, Oklahoma
Shaun Noonan; 14 years, Cheshire
Tempest Smith; 12 years, Michigan
Sian Yates; 13 years, Leicester
Stephen Ayres, 13 years,
Seth Walsh, 13 years, California
Tyler Clementi, 18 years, New Jersey
Zach Harrington, 19 years, Oklahoma


Published July 26, 2012 by Tony


jon lord
As usual, yesterday I was at beach on a deckchair to enjoy the warmth of the evening hours, when the sun is not too strong greeted by a gentle sea breeze, and opened a magazine I read that terrible news. Jon Lord, the legendary keyboardist of the famous Deep Purple band, had died aged 71. Those two lines chilled me, in disbelief I read and reread them several times to make sure I had understood.
< It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of Jon Lord, who suffered a fatal pulmonary embolism today, Monday 16th July at the London Clinic, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.>
The world fell on me!
This happens when people who die have made history, are our idols, and that for us become untouchable, kinda immortal. Jon Lord along with Ian Paice and Ritchie Blackmore for me mean music, rock and hard rock most. Just my favorite band, a point of reference whose I have followed in the years the whole discography. I just was 14 when the drums became an obsession for me, I loved it so bad and wanted to learn to play it, a passion that grew in subsequent years and that today still is inside me. Those were hard days, no allowance, no internet, isolated from the world with few people who could afford to have a stereo or buying LPs and magazines. Only two television channels which occasionally talked about music and less about rock groups, though they already were very famous worldwide. About rock bands we knew little or nothing and I could think to be lucky if in the jukebox’s bar there hardly were a Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin forty-five record, which from time to time I could listen. I had the opportunity to hear some more Deep Purple’s songs through a friend of a friend who, son of a doctor, had at home a “Selections from the Rider’s Digest” stereo-set and could afford to buy LPs, including those of Deep Purple. Since my friend played drums and appreciated Ian Paice, sometimes he was invited by his friend to listen to some tracks of an album he had bought, and if it happened to me to be with him, I then was
lucky to accompany him and have the honor of seeing the vinyl’s cover and listen it. Two or three pieces only, but it was plenty for me. I learned to play drums banging my hands on knees or using pans with wooden spoons, and when at last the good soul of my grandmother, determined to please me, bought me a real drums ….. I did not sleep that night. But still I had to suffer a lot before playing it, because my parents did not let me assemble it at home. On the other hand, a small house, already insufficient for 6 of us. I was eighteen when I started to earn my first money as post-school teacher for boys and girls students, and the first purchase just concerned that coveted record-player by “Rider’s Digest”, and then the first Deep Purple LPs. To buy these I had to go downtown and still remember now, when seated on the bus back to home, I kept it as a relic in my hands, eager to unpack, view photos and listen it, strong emotions indeed. On that time a LP priced about 4000 lire (about 2 euros today), a not insignificant sum for me. When I had the good fortune to bring the drums in the small living-room at home, if alone I closed doors and windows and, put a Deep Purple LP on the player, started to play together trying to imitate Paice, my favorite drummer. To me he was the non plus ultra of drummers, a legend … a god! What I would have done to meet, talk or just watch him playing drums by close. A dream for a suburban boy like me, who knew not feasible. I had to wait Internet and a computer before I finally could know something more about Deep Purple and see some videos too…. what a satisfaction. But I’m talking about a period in which the group had already disbanded and their name no longer on the go.
I grew up listening to hard rock, I loved it so visceral as I loved my idols: Deep Purple. Now you’ll understand why yesterday, while on the deckchair, the world fell on me.

Goodbye Jon and thanks a lot for having given me strong emotions by your performance.


Published May 19, 2012 by Tony


Although I am not pleased to advertise this kind of news and also if my blog is addressed to other topics, the anger and grief are such that I feel bound to publish this post. The news is fresh.

Three homemade explosive devices, evidently operated by a remote control, have deflagrated this morning in front of the high school, “Morvillo Falcone” in Brindisi (Puglia), killing a 16 year old girl, Melissa Bassi, and injuring seriously other teenagers. The first surveys of the forensic and bomb-experts in Brindisi, confirm the presence of three cylinders of LPG bombs perhaps hidden inside a dumpster, which was then disintegrated behind a low wall near the school. The type of bottles used and any detail would be the signal of a premeditated attack and that someone really wanted to hit that school. No elements for now about the outrage’s matrix, but the type of attack is not typical of the mafia, also if the explosion could respond to a “logic of terrorism” that wants to scare people, create disorder, fostering uncertainty and instability. There are many hypotheses being studied by investigators. Three tracks from the main characters investigating, organized crime, terrorism or the isolated act of a mad and reckless subject. Someone assumes that everything has to do with the raid of May 9, when police in Brindisi dismantled a mafia organization linked to the “Sacra Corona Unita” (SCR). The SCR is a mafia organization that has its center in Puglia and found in agreements with criminal organizations in Eastern Europe, a way to emerge and detach itself from other mafia. Today’s attack, intelligence sources point out, could represent a kind of ‘strategy of tension’ as those implemented by the Mafia in recent years.

Beyond the investigations, it’s disgusting and absurd that the target becomes a school!

melissa bassi

A pic of the teen killed.