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  • Report: President Erdogan's son has settled in Italy with his family

    10/07/2015 11:14:38 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    Todays Zaman ^ | Tuesday, October 06, 2015 | unattributed
    President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's younger son Bilal Erdogan, who was one of the prime suspects in Turkey's largest corruption case ever which was revealed on Dec. 17-25, 2013, has settled in the city of Bologna in Italy, along with his wife and children following the June 7 parliamentary election in which the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) that President Erdogan founded lost its majority in Parliament, a Turkish daily has reported. According to the Cumhuriyet daily, Erdogan's son moved to Italy following the election to continue his Ph.D. education at Johns Hopkins' School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in...
  • Qaddafi Warns France: If I Go Down, You Will Be Flooded With "Millions Of Blacks" (2011)

    10/04/2015 12:24:12 PM PDT · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 59 replies
    Business Insider ^ | March 7, 2011 | Joe Weisenthal
    Qaddafi's latest gambit: Convince the European public that they really want him to stick around, with all the stability that entails. "There are millions of blacks who could come to the Mediterranean to cross to France and Italy, and Libya plays a role in security in the Mediterranean."
  • Oldest human footprints found on volcano

    03/12/2003 12:47:19 PM PST · by CobaltBlue · 41 replies · 752+ views
    New Scientist ^ | March 12 2003 | Hazel Muir
        Oldest human footprints found on volcano   19:00 12 March 03 news service   The trails of footprints (A and B) have as many as 27 steps (Image: Paolo Mietto and Marco Avanzini)   Three primitive humans who scrambled down a volcano's slopes more than 325,000 years ago left their footprints fossilised in volcanic ash. If the ages of the trails are confirmed, they could be the earliest known footprints of our Homo ancestors. Paolo Mietto of Padua University and his colleagues examined three tracks of footprints on the Roccamonfina volcano in southern Italy, known to locals as...
  • 'Devils' trails' are world's oldest human footprints

    11/06/2008 5:42:40 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies · 2,752+ views
    New Scientist ^ | October 13, 2008 | Catherine Brahic
    It's official: the oldest human footprints ever found are 345,000 years old, give or take 6000. Known as the "devils' trails", they have been preserved in volcanic ash atop the Roccamonfina volcano in Italy. The prints were first described to the world by Paolo Mietto and colleagues of the University of Padova in Italy in 2003 after amateur archaeologists pointed them out. At the time, the team estimated that the prints were anywhere between 385,000 and 325,000 years old, based on when the volcano was thought to have last erupted. Now, Stéphane Scaillet and colleagues at the Laboratory of Climatic...
  • Lethal Thermal Impact at Periphery of Pyroclastic Surges: Evidences at Pompeii

    06/18/2010 5:51:26 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 23 replies · 367+ views
    Public Library of Science ^ | June 2010 | Giuseppe Mastrolorenzo, Pierpaolo Petrone, Lucia Pappalardo, Fabio M. Guarino
    The evaluation of mortality of pyroclastic surges and flows (PDCs) produced by explosive eruptions is a major goal in risk assessment and mitigation, particularly in distal reaches of flows that are often heavily urbanized. Pompeii and the nearby archaeological sites preserve the most complete set of evidence of the 79 AD catastrophic eruption recording its effects on structures and people. Here we investigate the causes of mortality in PDCs at Pompeii and surroundings on the bases of a multidisciplinary volcanological and bio-anthropological study. Field and laboratory study of the eruption products and victims merged with numerical simulations and experiments indicate...
  • Dormice, sea urchins and fresh figs: the Roman diet revealed

    06/14/2011 4:45:23 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | Tuesday, June 14, 2011 | Nick Squires
    Dormice, sea urchins and fresh figs were among the delicacies enjoyed by ordinary Romans, British archaeologists have revealed after discovering a giant septic tank at one of the ancient cities destroyed by the eruption of Mt Vesuvius... Archaeologists found a treasure trove of everyday artefacts after digging up nearly 800 sacks of compacted human waste from the tank, which lies beneath the remains of a Roman apartment block in Herculaneum, destroyed after it was buried by ash from the volcano in AD79. The British team has found hundreds of objects, including bronze coins, precious stones, bone hair pins and an...
  • Mount Vesuvius [ erupted and buried Pompeii et al, August 24-25, A.D. 79 ]

    08/27/2011 7:54:23 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 25 replies
    Wheeling Jesuit University ^ | January 18, 2011 | ETE Team
    Pliny the Elder's ship approached the shore near Pompeii. Ashes were already falling, hotter and thicker as the ships drew near, followed by bits of pumice and blackened stones, charred and cracked by the flames . . . Meanwhile on Mount Vesuvius broad sheets of fire and leaping flames blazed at several points, their bright glare emphasized by the darkness of night. (pp. 429, 431) But they could not land because the shore was blocked by volcanic debris, so they sailed south and landed at Stabiae. Hoping to quiet the frightened people, the uncle asked to be carried to the...
  • Fish Sauce Used to Date Pompeii Eruption [ garum / liquamen]

    09/30/2008 4:30:31 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies · 6,769+ views
    Discovery News ^ | Monday, September 29, 2008 | Rossella Lorenzi
    Remains of rotten fish entrails have helped establish the precise dating of Pompeii's destruction, according to Italian researchers who have analyzed the town's last batch of garum, a pungent, fish-based seasoning. Frozen in time by the catastrophic eruption that covered Pompeii and nearby towns nearly 2,000 years ago with nine to 20 feet of hot ash and pumice, the desiccated remains were found at the bottom of seven jars. The find revealed that the last Pompeian garum was made entirely with bogues (known as boops boops), a Mediterranean fish species that abounded in the area in the summer months of...
  • Reading the Writing on Pompeii’s Walls

    08/01/2010 12:30:43 PM PDT · by markomalley · 44 replies · 3+ views
    Smithstonian ^ | 7/27/2010 | Kristin Ohlson
    Rebecca Benefiel stepped into the tiny dark room on the first floor of the House of Maius Castricius. Mosquitoes whined. Huge moths flapped around her head. And – much higher on the ick meter—her flashlight revealed a desiccated corpse that looked as if it was struggling to rise from the floor. Nonetheless, she moved closer to the walls and searched for aberrations in the stucco. She soon found what she was looking for: a string of names and a cluster of numbers, part of the vibrant graffiti chitchat carried on by the citizens of Pompeii before Mount Vesuvius erupted in...
  • Ancient Greek Bronze Fished From Sea Dazzes Italy

    04/01/2003 11:15:04 AM PST · by u-89 · 35 replies · 4,070+ views
    Yahoo News/Reuters ^ | 01-04-03 | Estell Shirbon
    Ancient Greek Bronze Fished from Sea Dazzles Italy By Estelle Shirbon ROME (Reuters) - Italy unveiled an ancient Greek bronze statue of a dancing satyr on Tuesday, five years after Sicilian fishermen dragged it from the Mediterranean seabed in one of the most important marine archaeological finds ever. The 2,500-year-old satyr went on public display inside Italy's parliament in Rome, where it will spend two months before being moved to a permanent home in Mazara del Vallo, the fishing village in western Sicily nearest to where it was found. "The sea has given us back an extraordinary heirloom of our...
  • Clues to Roman Illnesses in 2,000-Year-Old Cheese

    10/10/2002 11:02:29 AM PDT · by chance33_98 · 49 replies · 681+ views
    Clues to Roman Illnesses in 2,000-Year-Old Cheese Oct. 9 — By E. J. Mundell NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A tiny piece of cheese, carbonized in the volcanic eruption that killed the citizens of Pompeii, is yielding up secrets as to how ancient Romans ate, lived and died. Using an electron microscope, anthropological researcher Dr. Luigi Capasso of the State University G. d'Annunzio in Chieti, Italy, has been able to pinpoint goats' milk cheese as a prime source of brucellosis--a debilitating joint disease that ravaged the ancient world. "Roman cheese was an important and continuous source of possible infectious...
  • Pope Francis ‘criticises Rome’s mayor’

    09/30/2015 11:03:54 AM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | September 30, 2015
    Comments made on plane will increase tension ahead of Year of MercyPope Francis criticised the mayor of Rome during an in-flight press conference on the way home from America, according to Italian media reports.The Pontiff reportedly referred Mayor Ignazio Marino as someone who “professes to be Catholic”.Speaking on the flight home to Rome, Francis was asked whether he had invited the mayor, a supporter of same-sex marriage and euthanasia, to join him in Philadelphia.He is reported to have replied: “I didn’t invite the mayor. Is that clear? I asked the organisers and they didn’t invite him either.”The Holy Father reportedly...
  • Ravishing (Fascinating Essay-Review on the Castrati)

    09/30/2015 4:53:56 PM PDT · by mojito · 6 replies
    London Review of Books ^ | 10/8/2015 | Colm Tóibín
    Balzac’s Sarrasine tells the story of a young woman’s wonder at the strange appearance of an old man at a party in Paris. Balzac has tremendous fun describing the man. First his clothes: he is wearing ‘a white waistcoat embroidered with gold’ and ‘a shirt-frill of English lace, yellow with age, the magnificence of which a queen might have envied’. Then the face: ‘That dark face was full of angles and furrowed deep in every direction; the chin was furrowed; there were great hollows at the temples; the eyes were sunken in yellow orbits. The maxillary bones, which his indescribable...

    09/14/2009 4:07:12 PM PDT · by Jedediah · 124 replies · 3,259+ views
    A great explosion is about to come , Destroying things not of my kingdom , Prophecies told about to unfold , Things new wiping out the old , The storehouses of God's lightning released , Disturbing things now resting in peace , Ancient walls suddenly cut down , Nothing left but burnt glass on the ground , As paper mache burnt and blown away , A prophecy of the past happening in one day , A blink of the eye and nothing left to see , Yet all the nations witnessing God's majesty , A turning point in a war...
  • Italy's Berlusconi says Crimea split from Ukraine was democratic

    09/28/2015 6:43:25 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9-27-2015
    Four-time Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said on Sunday the Crimean people had made a democratic choice to split from Ukraine and hailed Russian President Vladimir Putin as the world's greatest political leader. Earlier this month, Berlusconi became the most prominent Western politician to visit the Black Sea peninsula, which was annexed by Russia last year in a move that has driven a wedge between Moscow and Washington. Pro-Russian separatists are fighting the Kiev government in eastern Ukraine, a conflict that will most likely be raised at a meeting on Monday in New York between U.S. President Barack Obama and...
  • Did Italy Just Assassinate Libya's Migrant Smuggling Kingpin?

    09/27/2015 1:08:44 PM PDT · by aquila48 · 36 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 09.26.15 | Barbie Latza Nadeau
    ROME – For months, humanitarian aid workers and Europe’s leaders have been wringing their hands about how to stop the human traffickers who are responsible for the deluge of migrants and refugees making the dangerous crossing from Libyan ports to European shores. There has been talk of everything from destroying smugglers ships to infiltrating the traffickers’ networks, but apparently a more basic plan was also in the works. On Saturday morning Salah Al-Maskhout, a former henchman for Muammar Gaddafi thought to be the mastermind behind the main Mediterranean trafficking ring operating in the seas between North Africa and Europe, was...
  • UAW Names Fiat Chrysler as Lead Target in Big Three Contract Talks

    09/14/2015 2:09:48 AM PDT · by equaviator · 36 replies
    Fox Business ^ | September 14, 2015
    The United Auto Workers union will accelerate its bargaining efforts with Fiat Chrysler Automobile in the hopes of hammering out a template for a new labor contract the other two Detroit auto makers will match. The choice of Fiat Chrysler's FCA US unit as the target company for shaping the new contract, disclosed by the union on Sunday, kicks off an intense negotiating period expected in part to focus on a two-tier wage system that has financially benefited auto makers but rankled workers. The UAW's current contract with Fiat Chrysler, General Motors and Ford Motor expires on Monday, but labor...
  • Serena Williams loses at US Open, misses Grand Slam

    09/11/2015 11:59:03 AM PDT · by C19fan · 85 replies
    CNBC ^ | September 11, 2015 | Staff
    U.S. tennis star Serena Williams lost the semifinal round at the U.S. Open Friday afternoon. She was upset by Roberta Vinci of Italy. Williams was chasing a calendar Grand Slam, which hasn't been done since 1988, when Steffi Graf did it.

    09/11/2015 9:16:19 AM PDT · by C19fan · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Septemer 11, 2015 | Sarkis Zeronian
    More than 40,000 migrants who arrived in Italy this year have refused to be identified. Italian police say many choose to remain unknown hoping to move on to other EU member states. Of the 122,000 migrants who have arrived in Italy so far this year, figures released by the Servizio di Polizia Scientifica (SPS) show only about 81,000 have agreed to be identified. Italy’s ANSA news agency reports that those refusing to undergo identification processes are mainly Eritreans, Somalis and Syrians according to SPS director Daniela Stradiotto. She explained:
  • Third of migrants in Italy refuse ID

    09/10/2015 6:51:09 PM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies
    ANSA ^ | 9/10/15
    About a third of the migrants that have reached Italy so far this year have refused to be identified, according to Italian police. Syrians and Eritreans are among those most likely to refuse to be identified upon arrival, forensic police chief Daniela Stradiotto told a parliamentary commission. Out of the 122,000 people that have arrived on Italian shores this year, 41,000 people have refused identification. EU regulation requires immigrants' asylum applications to be handled by the country they first reach. But many of the migrants do not wish to stay in Italy, rather they are hoping to reach countries such...
  • Scientists report Stone Age flour production

    09/09/2015 1:29:43 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
    Popular Archaeology ^ | Monday, September 7, 2015 | PNAS
    Researchers report early evidence of flour production by ancient humans. Recent interest in ancient diets has led to the collection of extensive data about the variety of plants eaten by early humans and ancient food processing capabilities. Marta Mariotti Lippi of the University of Florence and colleagues analyzed the residues from an ancient grinding tool to gain further insight into food processing practices of the Early Gravettian culture of ancient Europe. The tool was found in Grotta Paglicci in Southern Italy in 1989 and dates to more than 32,000 years ago. Residue samples from the tool contained a variety of...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Distorted Green Flash Sunset over Italy

    09/08/2015 9:19:47 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    NASA ^ | September 08, 2015 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: This was one strange sunset. For one thing, the typically round Sun appeared distorted, geometrically, and multiply layered. For another, some of these layers appeared unusually green. The Sun, of course, was just fine -- its odd appearance was caused entirely by its light refracting in the Earth's atmosphere. When layers of the Earth's atmosphere are unusually warm, layers of the Sun may appear distorted or even seen multiple times. The effect is most strong nearest sunrise and sunset when terrestrial inversion layers occupy distinct altitudes above the horizon. Different colors of the Sun may also become deflected by...
  • Italian Court: No Proof Amanda Knox Was at Murder Scene

    09/07/2015 10:58:50 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 09/07/2015 | Breitbart News
    ROME (AP) - Italy’s top criminal court says it threw out murder convictions against Amanda Knox and her former Italian boyfriend because there was absolutely no proof they were at the scene of her British roommate’s slaying. The Court of Cassation on Monday issued its formal written explanation, as required by Italian law, for its March ruling vindicating the pair once and for all in the legal battle over the 2007 murder of Meredith Kercher in Perugia, Italy.
  • African Migrants Protest “Monotonous” Italian Food – Riot and Slash Workers’ Tires

    09/07/2015 10:09:26 AM PDT · by PROCON · 101 replies ^ | Sep. 6, 2015 | Jim Hoft
    Hundreds of North African immigrants clashed with police in Bresso, near Milan, Italy last week. The immigrants were upset about their living conditions and the failure of authorities to issue residence permits.Immigrants in Veneto refused to eat the pasta provided by local officials. They wanted to be fed food from their home countries.They immigrants then slashed the staff workers’ tires.
  • EU Soon to Decide on Labeling 'Settlement' Produce

    09/05/2015 4:21:32 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/9/15
    The European Union will soon render its decision on whether to label goods produced by Jews in Judea and Samaria. Speaking at the conclusion of a summit of European foreign ministers in Luxembourg, EU foreign policy chief Frederica Mogherini said a special committee would soon submit its conclusions on the issue. "The work of the committee dealing with the issue is coming to a close - these are the last steps before we submit the conclusions," she said. Luxembroug's Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn said that in his opinion labeling Jewish-made goods produced across the Green Line was an important policy....
  • Food sovereignty

    09/05/2015 10:59:16 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 18 replies
    Beppe Grillo Blog ^ | 05 September 2015 | Beppe Grillo
    Does Italy still exist, or is it, as Metternich puts it, a geographic expression? By joining the Euro, it lost its monetary sovereignty. It lost its territorial sovereignty after its defeat in the second world war with occupation by the Americans who have never left since then. It lost its military sovereignty as it is now reduced to taking orders from the USA and organising pretend peace missions in Afghanistan and in Iraq, and bombing Libya (thanks also to grandpa Napolitano)/ The fall of Gaddafi is the cause of the immigration of biblical proportions - from that country that no...
  • Egypt billionare offers to buy Med island for refugees

    09/04/2015 12:26:50 PM PDT · by familyop · 39 replies
    AFP by way of Yahoo News ^ | September 3, 2015 | Victor Luckerson
    Cairo (AFP) - Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris has offered to buy an island off Greece or Italy and develop it to help hundreds of thousands of people fleeing from Syria and other conflicts. "...I' the migrants and provide jobs for them building their new country," he wrote...he said:..."You have dozens of islands which are deserted and could accommodate hundreds of thousands of refugees."...the "main thing is investment in infrastructure"..."And if things improve, whoever wants to go back (to their homeland) goes back," said Sawiris,...
  • The Lost City of Atlantis May Be Hiding in Plain Sight Sergio Frau

    09/02/2015 10:20:23 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 42 replies
    Newser ^ | August 17, 2015 | Sergio Frau
    Sergio Frau suspects Plato was writing about a tidal wave on Sardinia... Writer and journalist Sergio Frau is another. After researching the island for a decade, Frau suspects a mysterious disaster that devastated Sardinia 3,200 years ago was in fact a tidal wave, which boosts the theory that Sardinia and Atlantis are one and the same, reports the Guardian. Stefano Tinti, an expert on tidal waves who recently visited the island with Frau along with a dozen other experts, says 350 tidal waves have occurred in the Mediterranean over the last 2,500 years and one might explain why all of...
  • Murder of elderly couple in Sicily fuels Italy's growing anti-immigrant sentiment

    09/01/2015 1:37:10 PM PDT · by Mariner · 15 replies
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | September 1st, 2015 | By Nick Squires, Rome
    Italy’s simmering anti-immigrant sentiment has been stoked by the murder of an elderly couple in their home in Sicily, allegedly by an African asylum seeker. Mamadou Kamara, an 18-year-old from the Ivory Coast, allegedly slit the throat of Vincenzo Solano, 68, and then attacked his Spanish-born wife, Mercedes Ibanez, 70. Ms Ibanez fell to her death from a second-floor balcony, during a robbery that turned violent. Mr Kamara is one of thousands of migrants and refugees living at a vast reception centre at nearby Mineo, in south-eastern Sicily. They are accommodated there after arriving by boat from Libya, and wait...
  • [Islamic] Militants posing as migrants? Unlikely, say European experts

    08/30/2015 3:09:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Aug 28, 2015 | 7:15 AM EDT | Mark Trevelyan
    The risk that groups like Islamic State could smuggle militants into Europe under cover of a huge wave of migrants is much smaller than some politicians suggest, according to security specialists with close ties to governments and intelligence agencies. By the end of July, more than a third of a million migrants and refugees had entered the European Union, mainly via Italy, Greece and Hungary, according to EU border agency Frontex. The flow has continued unabated through August. Once inside the bloc’s borderless Schengen zone, the new arrivals—many from countries like Syria and Iraq where Islamic State holds sway over...
  • Forgotten Facts About Smoot-Hawley for the Stimulus Package Buy American Crowd

    02/05/2009 11:36:21 AM PST · by frithguild · 44 replies · 1,126+ views
    2/5/2009 | frithguild
    The Republican Party of the 1920's swept into power during a financial crisis. Errors in the Fed’s monetary policy in 1919 in kept rates too low to benefit the sale of Victory bonds. The Fed then tightened excessively due to inflation, creating a financial shock and depression from 1920 to 1921. At that time, the Republican Party viewed increasing tariffs as good policy. Thus, during the sixty seventh Congress, the Emergency Tariff Act of 1921 was passed as a temporary measure until a more comprehensive measure could be drafted. Ultimately, Fordney-McCumber passed in 1922, imposing an ad valorem rate of...
  • Meet Model Who Hopes to Become First Muslim Miss Italy

    08/28/2015 7:23:03 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Wednesday, August 26, 2015
    Ahlam El Brinis has been criticised for wearing revealing clothesBorn and raised in the northern city of Padua a model of Moroccan origin hopes to become the first Muslim Miss Italy. Ahlam El Brinis, 20, has been selected for the semi-final of the Miss Italy beauty contest, which will take place in the coastal town of Jesolo (Venice) on September 20. But she faces some tough opposition for her decision. Instagram According to Ahlam has received threats and insults on social media for taking part in the beauty pageant. She has been criticised for posing in revealing clothes...
  • Muslim mayor refuses to take in refugees ( Italy )

    08/28/2015 9:22:04 PM PDT · by george76
    The Local ^ | 28 Aug 2015
    A Muslim mayor in the Tuscan seaside community of Monte Argentario has provoked a political outcry for refusing to accept any refugees. ... We don’t want refugees here, we don’t have the facilities for them,” Cerulli told The Local on Friday. “We don’t know where to put them, we don’t know what to do with them.” Cerulli, 60, is a former nuclear engineer and aligned with the New Centre-Right party (NCD) of interior minister, Angelino Alfano. During his engineering career he travelled extensively to countries including Saudi Arabia, Indonesia and the US, and is married to an Indonesian woman. He...
  • Italian lesbian author gets papal blessing

    08/28/2015 8:48:23 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 57 replies
    Yahoo News India ^ | August 28, 2015 | AFP
    Pope Francis has sent his blessing to a lesbian author of children's books dealing with same-sex families, wishing her and her wife well in their work, it emerged on Friday. As Vatican officials scrambled to clarify that the message was simply a standard courtesy which did not signal any change in Church teaching on the subject, the author told AFP she had been pleasantly surprised to have received such a positive response. Francesca Pardi, who writes and publishes books such as "Why you have two mummies", wrote to Francis in June after the publishing company she runs with her wife...
  • Vatican backs plan to name Rome square for Martin Luther

    08/26/2015 7:08:13 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 35 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 08/26/2015 | Rosie Scammell
    ROME (RNS) The Vatican has given its backing to a central Rome square being named after Martin Luther, a church reformer excommunicated by the pope nearly 500 years ago. A German Catholic priest and theologian, Luther was a key figure in the Protestant Reformation and sparked considerable controversy by challenging the authority of the Catholic Church. He denounced the corruption he saw among clergy in Rome and believed salvation came through faith alone — views that did not sit well with Pope Leo X. Luther was excommunicated in 1521 and was never allowed to return to the Catholic Church, but...
  • Elton John bashes Venice mayor for withdrawing preschool books promoting homosexuality

    08/21/2015 7:15:34 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 40 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 8/20/15 | Sofia Vazquez-Mellado
    VENICE, ITALY, August 20, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – British singer Elton John publicly criticized Luigi Brugnaro, the mayor of Venice, for withdrawing several preschool books that promote homosexual behavior to children under the age of six. During the past weekend, John called Brugnaro "extremely silly" and "boorishly bigoted" in an Instagram post. His post also depicted one of the storybooks that, according to the rock star, promotes an “all-inclusive world where families come in all shapes, sizes and colours.” “Instead of encouraging a world based on inclusiveness, tolerance and love, he's championing a future society that's divisive and fosters ignorance,” the...
  • Tsunami Or Melting Glaciers: What Caused Ancient Atlit To Sink?

    06/04/2008 12:58:10 PM PDT · by blam · 38 replies · 204+ views
    Haaretz ^ | 6-3-2008 | By Ofri Ilani
    Tsunami or melting glaciers: What caused ancient Atlit to sink? By Ofri Ilani At the bottom of the sea, some 300 meters west of the Atlit fortress, lies one of the greatest archaeological mysteries of the Mediterranean basin. About 20 years ago, archaeologists discovered a complex of ancient buildings and ancient graves with dozens of skeletons at the underwater site of Atlit-Yam. The team of marine archaeologists that excavated the site, headed by Dr. Ehud Galili of the Israel Antiquities Authority, came to the consclusion that an ancient settlement once existed there, but sank beneath the surface of the sea...
  • GEOPHYSICS: Ancient Cataclysm Marred the Med

    12/09/2006 2:24:21 PM PST · by Lessismore · 22 replies · 989+ views
    Science Magazine ^ | 2006-12-08 | Jacopo Pasotti
    It's a terrifying vision: A violent eruption of Italy's Mount Etna triggers a massive collapse of one flank of the volcano, sending 35 cubic kilometers of debris--the equivalent of 10,000 Cheops pyramids--hurtling at 400 kilometers an hour into the Ionian Sea. The Big Splash unleashes a 50-meter-tall wall of water that, within a few hours, wipes out coastal settlements across the Mediterranean. This catastrophe happened 8000 years ago--and a Mediterranean monster of similar magnitude could happen again. That's the scenario invoked in an analysis in last week's Geophysical Research Letters. "It was an extraordinary event, probably the largest tsunami unleashed...
  • Pictures: Tomorrow’s Calais Migrants Make Landfall in Italy in Their Thousands as Crisis Rolls on

    08/04/2015 10:58:20 PM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4 Aug 2015 | Oliver Lane
    Over 2,000 migrants have been ‘saved’ by the Italian coastguard over the past three days, just a fraction of the so-called ‘swarm’ presently migrating north through Europe. As illegals attempting to cross the Mediterranean in unseaworthy boats to Europe were being rescued, yet more found themselves near the end of their perilous journeys just yards away from the British forward border at Calais, France. Despite significant deployments of riot police, security equipment, and sniffer dogs thousands of desperate attempts to break into the Calais port facilities are still made every night. Britain has deployed 100 new border force guards to...
  • Fiat Chrysler Must Buy Back Hundreds of Thousands of Ram Pickups

    07/27/2015 12:34:30 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 34 replies
    NBC/AP ^ | 07/27/2015 | Associated Press
    DETROIT -- Fiat Chrysler must offer to buy back from customers hundreds of thousands of Ram pickup trucks and other vehicles -- the biggest such action in U.S. history -- as part of a costly deal with safety regulators to settle legal problems in about two dozen recalls. The Italian-American automaker also faces a record civil fine of up to $105 million. In addition, owners of more than a million older Jeeps with vulnerable rear-mounted gas tanks will be able to trade them in or be paid by Chrysler to have the vehicles repaired. ~SNIP~ Vehicles eligible for buy-back offer...
  • Jerry Brown hops private plane to Rome

    07/21/2015 6:07:23 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 18 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | July 20, 2015 | David Siders
    Gov. Jerry Brown arrived in Rome for climate talks this week with the smallest of entourages – three – and the most comfortable of accommodations. Brown, who typically flies Southwest Airlines in California, flew to Italy with real estate developer George Marcus and his wife, Judy, in their private plane. Brown is combining his trip to a conference here with a vacation with those friends.
  • Hacker remotely crashes Jeep from 10 miles away

    07/21/2015 9:51:38 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 70 replies
    (UK) Daily Telegraph ^ | July 21, 2015 | Daniel Bates
    Hackers took control of a car and crashed it into a ditch by remotely breaking into its systems from 10 miles away whilst sitting on their sofa. In the first such breach of its kind security experts cut out the engine and applied the brakes on the Jeep Cherokee, sending it into a spin. The US hackers said they used just a laptop and mobile phone to access the Jeep’s on-board systems via its wireless Internet connection. They claim that more than 470,000 cars made by Fiat Chrysler could be at risk of being attacked by similar means - including...
  • Germany is feasting on the rest of Europe

    07/19/2015 3:08:56 PM PDT · by BlopAndStop · 35 replies
    Business Insider ^ | July 19, 2015 | Corey Stern
    The situation in Athens seems to have calmed down, but former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke thinks Europe has an even bigger issue to worry about: Germany. In a blog post on Friday, Bernanke wrote that the failure of the eurozone as a whole is very much related to the "highly asymmetric outcomes" among member nations. In other words, Bernanke is attributing Europe's woes to the fact that countries like Germany are benefiting at the expense of the monetary union's weaker members, like Greece, Spain, and Italy. Bernanke points to unemployment rates as a clear sign of the disparity in...
  • Italians set fire to beds in angry anti-immigrant protests [Genesis 11]

    07/17/2015 1:58:43 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 30 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 7/17/2015 | Staff
    Residents in a chic Rome suburb and a northern Italian village staged angry anti-immigrant protests on Friday, with villagers setting mattresses ablaze in a bid to stop authorities from housing migrants. Authorities in the village of Quito plan to accommodate 101 immigrants in empty apartments, but several residents broke into one of the buildings, removed camp beds, mattresses and televisions intended for the newcomers and set them on fire outside. The protesters then put up tents, with the Corriere della Sera newspaper quoting them as saying: “We aren’t going home until they leave — this is an invasion.” Italy is...
  • And Now Italy – Non-Performing Bank Loans Hit a New Record High

    07/15/2015 8:26:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Acting Man ^ | 07/15/2015 | Pater Tenebrarum
    While all Eyes are on Greece, Italy’s Banks are Drowning in Bad Debt The real danger to the euro area probably doesn’t emanate from Greece, but from two of its heavyweights, namely France and Italy. A small note in the European press reminds us that all is not well in at least one of these countries, least of all with its banks (currently this is only a “page 16 story”, but it has great potential to eventually move to the front page). Regional distribution of non-performing loans in Italy The note reads as follows:  “Rome – because of the recession of recent...
  • Knifeman shouting 'Allah is great' forces tourist to her knees as he holds a blade to her neck...

    07/14/2015 7:06:10 PM PDT · by markomalley · 56 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7/14/15 | HANNAH ROBERTS
    A tourist was forced to her knees at knifepoint at Rome's Colosseum in a terrifying attack that recalled an ISIS-style execution.Hundreds of horrified visitors to the Italian landmark looked on as the attacker held a kitchen knife to the neck of a 26-year-old woman and yelled 'Allah is great' and 'It is God that sends me'.The man held Chiara Frisco hostage for several minutes as he yelled religious fanaticism at the crowd with police powerless to act.One witness said: 'It seemed like a scene from ISIS. 'He made the girl get down on her knees like you see in the...
  • Mohamed El-Erian warns markets on messy Greek deal

    07/13/2015 10:32:43 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 1 replies
    cnbc ^ | 7-13-2015 | Matthew J. Belvedere
    World financial markets should be somewhat relieved that Greece and its creditors reached a reforms-for-bailout deal, closing-followed market watcher Mohamed El-Erian said Monday. But the chief economic adviser at German financial giant Allianz warned that investors should be prepared for a difficult and messy implementation of the terms of the agreement. Euro zone leaders in Brussels agreed Monday on a third rescue for Greece. The deal includes a stipulation that a $55 billion fund be set up using Greek government assets for privatization. The two sides came together for "two negative reasons," because the alternative was worse and nobody wanted...
  • Is FCA Crazy To Think Maserati Can Be The Next Ferrari?

    07/12/2015 9:40:53 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    CARBUZZ ^ | 7/12 | Michael Hines
    Someone has to step up once the Prancing Horse is spun off.Sergio Marchionne has done a great job reviving Chrysler, Fiat and with the FCA group as a whole, but if his latest gambit works he will go down as legend in the auto industry. Last year we reported that FCA was planning to spin off Ferrari to grab some cash. The majority of the company (80 percent) would be owned by FCA shareholders so the company would still wield a lot of power over Ferrari. That being said Marchionne needs a new brand to fill the Prancing Horse’s shoes,...
  • Greece Fallout: Italy and Spain Have Funded a Massive Backdoor Bailout of French Banks

    07/07/2015 4:42:09 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 4 replies
    Council on Foreign Relations ^ | 02 July 2015 | Benn Steil and Dinah Walker
    March 2010, two months before the announcement of the first Greek bailout, European banks had €134 billion worth of claims on Greece. French banks, as shown in the right-hand figure above, had by far the largest exposure: €52 billion – this was 1.6 times that of Germany, eleven times that of Italy, and sixty-two times that of Spain. The €110 billion of loans provided to Greece by the IMF and Eurozone in May 2010 enabled Greece to avoid default on its obligations to these banks. In the absence of such loans, France would have been forced into a massive bailout...
  • Egypt Car Bomb: ISIS Claims Responsibility For Fatal Italian Consulate Explosion

    07/11/2015 6:31:50 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 07/11/2015 | By Christopher Zara
    Pope Francis on Saturday condemned a fatal car-bomb attack outside the Italian Consulate in Cairo, where one person was killed and eight others were injured. According to the Associated Press, the pope sent a telegram to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi calling for “political and religious players at all levels to unite their efforts to combat with ever more determination the plague of terrorism and to promote harmony and solidarity.” The explosion took place in the early-morning hours, causing heavy damage to the building and sparking fears that Islamic militants have begun a fresh round of attacks against foreigners, Reuters...