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Italys garbage problem worsens as trash turns radioactive

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Gabryel Karolin, Jun 7, 2008.

  1. Ansar

    Ansar Détente avec l'été

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    I don't get the joke (besides the fact that it's a LOLCAT thing). :(
     
  2. Rossiya

    Rossiya Fridge Magnet Porn

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    Neither do I.
     
  3. holy king

    holy king Deity

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    i'm all for solving the problem by shipping the waste to germany. great idea.
     
  4. Pieman

    Pieman Prince

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    Ah the Italians. Such a strange bunch..,
     
  5. silver 2039

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    Aren't they liek the least developed western country in Europe or something?
     
  6. Halcyon

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    Remember that Italy didn't even exist until relatively recently (1860s). Rather, there were several bickering nations, kingdoms and mercantile city-states, most of whom practically spoke different languages ("Italian" is actually Florentine, if I recall, albeit with quite a few loan-words from the other dialects). As a result, Italy sometimes seems less like a country as it does an argument. They've had about sixty governments in the last sixty years - certainly a healthy democratic input, but not a lot of agreement or cooperation. That and they have bit of a corruption problem, especially in the south. Naples is drowing in its own refuse pretty much entirely because of the good ol' Mafia, who by coincidence also make up much of the local government/authorities.

    Italy's pretty alright apart from all that, though. Hopeless, sure, but it's what's inside that counts.

    Since the division between West and East Europe is economic by definition, giving ranks like 'worst of the west' and 'best of the east' is tricky at best. Italy is one of the world's biggest economies, though - #7 in GDP, #20 per capita, just behind France in both cases. So, not poor. Plus they're well ahead of the Spanish.
     
  7. kronic

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    If the trend continues though that will not be the case for many more years...
     
  8. emzie

    emzie wicked witch of the North

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    He's talking about immigration.
     
  9. Metal Alloy Man

    Metal Alloy Man Back in Black

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    But they sure are good cooks!!!!:goodjob:

    Mmmmm...Pizza
     
  10. Winner

    Winner Diverse in Unity

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    Send in the army, arrest mafiosos, publically execute them by burning them on top of the piles of trash - problem solved.
     
  11. echinococcus

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    The problem is, the cosa nostra is deep-rooted in their society like a very advanced cancer. In the mezzo giorno, there are whole villages where most of the male adults have worked for the mafia at least once.
     
  12. Lillefix

    Lillefix I'm serious. You can.

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    If you look at their GDP they're inredibly wealthy compared to most countries. I honestly can't understand how. I can't remember the economy has ever gone well for Italy. I agree with an earlier poster. Strange people.
     
  13. cFccFc

    cFccFc Warlord

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    Italy is the 27th richest country in the world if you look at GDP per capita. Thats not incrdibly wealthy, its actually not good if you compare it to most western nations. Compared to the whole world however is another issue. But I dont think Italy want to compare itself to most african and middle-asian countries.
     
  14. Sofista

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    Who are these "most western nations"?
    27th in GDP per capita. That's slightly better than Spain (29th), slightly worse than France (25th).
     
  15. Winner

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    Sure the Italian police knows who the leaders are. Cut off the head and the body will die.
     
  16. holy king

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    are you seriously suggesting the police should just go and kill people?
     
  17. Rossiya

    Rossiya Fridge Magnet Porn

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    No, Portugal is less developed. Have you heard of Portugal?
     
  18. gangleri2001

    gangleri2001 Garbage day!!!

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    No, I've never heard nothing on Portugal, even though we live in the same peninsula.
     
  19. Rossiya

    Rossiya Fridge Magnet Porn

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    Is your name "Silver" etc?
     
  20. Gabryel Karolin

    Gabryel Karolin Gammelgädda

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    And that is precisely the paradox of Italy. They are a large, wealthy western nation, yet organized crime can fill a big city (1m people) with trash and keep it like that seemingly indefinately.

    Now I could see this happening elsewhere in Europe because of a workers strike, or general goverment incompetence. But because of organized crime? No. And dragging on for this long? Nope.

    In this Italy is unique, and in a negative way. At some point they will have to do something radical about their culture of crime and corruption or risk becoming something much less than they have been so far, and the journey downwards have already started, I think.
     

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