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Mired in financial troubles, Italian couple commits suicide

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posted on Apr, 6 2013 @ 04:48 AM
This just makes me so very sad...and VERY angry. Whether it is Italy, the U.S. or any other country, the politicians and the elite continue to rape and pillage the masses. If one makes an honest living, be it a CEO or a janitor, the person should be able to retire in peace with food, shelter, medical care, etc. But no, the politicians and the elite continue to destroy the world, and the people in it...all because of greed. Well, I hope it comes back on all of them a thousand fold, and they suffer the worst possible fates ever!!!

He was a clerk at a shoe company, though he hadn't worked for some time. She was a retired artisan. Together, they had no more than 500 euros a month, from her pension, to live off of. On Friday, they were dead. In Italy, a country in a deep economic malaise and political disarray, there's no shortage of people struggling nowadays. Even then, the suicides of Romeo Dionisi, 62, and Anna Maria Sopranzi, 68, struck a nerve -- triggering an outpouring of disbelief and sorrow not only in their seaside eastern Italian community, but around the nation.

Police told reporters there was "no doubt" Dionisi and Sopranzi committed suicide out of desperation.

And to make matter worse, when the brother of the woman who committed suicide found out, he too committed suicide.

Adding to the tragedy, Sopranzi's elderly brother threw himself into the Adriatic Sea soon after the news broke about his sister. He was recovered, ANSA said, but attempts to revive him failed.

Here is the story: CNN

posted on Apr, 6 2013 @ 04:52 AM
This is heartbreaking

How bad do things have to get before someone takes notice?!
I'm worried this probably won't be the last either as things economically will only continue to get worse.

posted on Apr, 6 2013 @ 06:46 AM
reply to post by Circumstance

This is a needless loss of life and an indictment that our social engineers/ganksters should be wearing around their necks.

From the OP's link, a timely message from Antonella Sgavo, a city official in Civitanova Marche...

... those three killed are not unique. For that reason, she said, it is crucial that the community keep their eyes open to such everyday struggles and reach out to those in need. "We need to pay, more than ever, ... greater attention to new forms of poverty that affect many families (living) next door, when we do not realize it," said Sgavo.

A welfare check, an act of kindness/benevolence or a mere friendly gesture may be all it takes to avert this type of tragedy from snowballing within our communities, especially the elders.

posted on Apr, 6 2013 @ 06:47 AM
They always pick on the retired and elderly during a recession.

Similar things happened to the UK in the 1990's when all the manufacturing companies went out of business. Tradition was to start work with a company when you were a graduate, and stay there until you retired, building up a private pension pot from contributions from the employer and yourself. This fund was managed so that the dividends were reinvested in the company. But when the companies went bankrupt and liquidated, the pension schemes were raided to pay off the creditors. Thousands of people lost their life saving and had to become dependent on the state to live. Even then, they couldn't afford both food and heating.

posted on Apr, 6 2013 @ 06:47 AM
My family went through that time for a while when three of us were living off one pension because savings had been invested in bonds and stepfather was out of work.
edit on 6-4-2013 by stormcell because: duplicate

posted on Apr, 6 2013 @ 07:31 AM
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What Andy Capper, Vice UK Editor, is saying about the film: We arrived in Liberia with a small crew of three and quickly rendezvoused with a local journalist who would be our fixer and guide. Our first shooting location was the West Point slum, home to 80,000 people living in conditions that redefine squalor. Miles of rotting garbage surround the slum, which has no sewage system.

Pretty much everyone – even the local government officials – defecates and urinates in the open. Drugs, prostitution and armed robbery are the main industries. We got to know some of the residents of West Point, who told us their stories as they smoked heroin and coc aine and begged us for money.


posted on Apr, 6 2013 @ 12:47 PM

Originally posted by Circumstance
This just makes me so very sad...and VERY angry. Whether it is Italy, the U.S. or any other country,

I hate to break it to you but this has been happening for centuries.

In the last couple of decades (since the 'green' revolution by Monsanto & others) farmer suicides in India have exploded.

The data show clearly that the last eight years were much worse than the preceding eight. As many as 1,35,756 farmers killed themselves in the 2003-10 period. For 1995-2002, the total was 1,21,157. On average, this means the number of farmers killing themselves each year between 2003 and 2010 is 1,825 higher than the numbers that took their lives in the earlier period. Which is alarming since the total number of farmers is declining significantly. Compared to the 1991 Census, the 2001 Census saw a drop of over seven million in the population of cultivators (main workers). The corresponding census data for 2011 are yet to come in, but their population has surely dipped further. In other words, farm suicides are rising through the period of India's agrarian crisis, even as the number of farmers is shrinking.

From the BBC on reasons (note that the BBC is arguing in this piece that it is not a big deal and can't been seen as any higher then the suicide rate in India as a whole):

Campaign groups claim the suicides have been caused by food speculators manipulating cereal prices, and GM companies who are selling expensive cotton seeds and fertilisers.

They say that in order to buy GM seeds, some farmers get into unmanageable debt. Others are crippled by fluctuations in food prices. And when the going gets too tough some decide the only way out is to take their own lives.

But a huge study of suicides in India published last July in the UK medical journal, the Lancet, found these figures under-report the problem and suggests there were 19,000 suicides in 2010.

"The official statistics in India rely on the National Crime Records Bureau, basically what are police reports of suicide," says Prof Prabhat Jha, one of the study's co-authors and the director of the Center for Global Health Research in Toronto.

posted on Apr, 6 2013 @ 12:56 PM
reply to post by FyreByrd

Pretty much. In the 1920's after the stock market collapse there were many suicides.

Certainly not a new development.

posted on Apr, 6 2013 @ 01:04 PM
Sadly this kind of thing will be soon be coming to a town near your as people cant live off of debt forever ...
2nd line.

posted on Apr, 6 2013 @ 06:53 PM
reply to post by Circumstance

I'd sell a kidney a piece before I went the suicide route.

posted on Apr, 7 2013 @ 07:23 AM
reply to post by Circumstance

I'm not saying I'm going through anything close to this but my Aunt, who receives government pension from the VA after my Uncle's death, is being put through the ringer as well. I've received no less than 4 tearful calls in the last month regarding the above mentioned benefits. Apparently, they are "reviewing" my Uncle's case to see if my Aunt is entitled to continuing benefits (which were most certainly owed to my Uncle given his many years in service.) Luckily I am in a position that I can take care of her if such a thing were to occur...but, I shudder to think of what might happen if I wasn't. We really should take better care of our elders...after all, they took care of US, we wouldn't be here had it not been for them.

Sometimes the way this world of ours works truly sickens me.

posted on Apr, 7 2013 @ 12:18 PM
reply to post by Circumstance

sad? more like pathetic more oxygen for the rest of us, no sympathy for suicide and im not even religious.

posted on Apr, 7 2013 @ 01:23 PM
reply to post by U4ea82

I come from an old fashioned family. We all lived together. My grandmother and uncle, my parents and my siblings. There is no way we would not have taken care of our family. Too many independent people anymore who want their privacy rather than the large, close knit families of yesteryear have caused this problem. We don't take care of our own anymore and more is the shame on us!

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