Friday, April 24, 2009


Went to see this movie at the Magic Theatre last night. Although it had a lot of bloody moments it was a better film than "The Wrestler". Nothing was gratuitous, it was just real. This was not the Naples we walked through as tourists, although we were on some slightly gritty, dirty side streets. This Naples is the home of a lot of the underclass, the 15% of disposable people.
But look at the scary part to us is that these are white people. We have the same thing in the US in our inner cities, but we don't care as much because these are brown people.
David Simon of The Wire was on Bill Moyer's Journal last Friday and spoke about the same thing this movie is about.
DAVID SIMON: Again, we would have to ask ourselves a lot of hard questions. The people most affected by this are black and brown and poor. It's the abandoned inner cores of our urban areas. And we don't, as we said before, economically, we don't need those people. The American economy doesn't need them. So, as long as they stay in their ghettos, and they only kill each other, we're willing to pay a police presence to keep them out of our America. And to let them fight over scraps, which is what the drug war, effectively, is. I don't think-- since we basically have become a market-based culture and it's what we know, and it's what's led us to this sad denouement, I think we're going to follow market-based logic, right to the bitter end.
full transcript of 4/17/09 show here.
So some say leave them to rot, they only kill themselves, but as we have contempt for others we have contempt for ourselves and we ultimately destroy ourselves.
The Naples Italy Garbage Mafia does affect us also.
The next step from putting toxic waste in old quarries and destroying the water, health and farm products of their own country was to find another dump. So toxic waste was dumped off the coast of Somalia, destroying the ocean, coastline and local fisheries. So now the waste produced by nuclear plants that keep the air of France clean has gone to the Italian mafia to dispose of in the water off Somalia to destroy that country and drive its young to piracy.
more here
It's a small world after all.

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