posted on May, 26 2014 @ 10:06 PM
a reply to: Painterz
Your friend Painterz is spot-on. This isn't the Rome that Diana Ross shot Mahogany in back in the 1970s. When I was in Rome visiting friends on my
way to Emile-Romagna last year I hardly recognized it. The crime is ridiculous (keep in mind petty crime is everywhere but the strong arm violent
kind has increased dramatically). The rent has went up almost akin to NYC rent prices without rent control. The neo-nazi movement there is
scary...real scary. The government passed laws making it a maximum prison sentence for hate crimes but has not enforced it. The African prison
workers are attacked brutally there, and there was a huge incident there back in 2010 where foriegn born Italians were beat almost to death just
Bologna (where my extended family lives) is really depressing; a lot of people that were prosperous before I was married were literally living under
bridges. No one that me or my spouse knew were working; able bodied people in the 30s. There was no work. The conversation always wound up with
stories of our friends going to jail for trying to dumpster dive for some of the millions of pounds of cheese that was thrown out of the factories
after the Earthquake 2 years ago. The oldest university in existence is in Bologna, and they are facing a shut down because Berlusconi's party
defunded all institutions of higher learning last year. Keep in mind the educational system is not for profit like in the States, and at max 4 years
will be 6,000 euro (there is no concept of financial aid). If you can't pay it, you can qualify to continue studies on scholarship, or go to trade
school. Most students are not even doing that, they can't afford the commute.
During my stay there were a lot of people protesting. Some knew what they were protesting, some were just "going with the in-crowd". Confusion is
all over the place, and you are right, there is no jobs and no hope. Most of my buds over there have taken to drinking to cope. Some have lost
family from suicide. The employment situation isn't as cut and dry as we are lead to believe in the media. The mafia has gotten into racketeering
jobs. If you don't pay them, and give them a cut of your salary they muscle the local employers not to hire. There were several protests going on
about that, and favorite places to patronize sadly were boarded up by my return.
Blow is not the right word. This is a fission explosion.