The Least Worst of Them All – Italian Politics

I’m so tired. This electoral campaign is killing me.

Here in Italy there is such a toxic and poisonous environment: these elections are fucking disgusting.

Long story short: all the candidates are terrible.

Fascists, fascists, more fascists, idiots, ignorant idiots, annoying people and a disgraced former prime minister with tax evasion convictions, accusations of having had sex with a 17-year-old and the “elegant dinner parties” in which he had strippers, prostitutes and so much more.

Yes, I’m talking about Silvio Berlusconi. We all thought he had retired, he had recused himself to private life, walking his stupid dog and feeding lambs. (Just google the lamb thing. *epic eye roll* ).

I’m so fed up with this revolting climate.

We have far-right movements that want migrants out of the country, hate the LGBTQ+ community, hate the European Union, hate “the system” (whatever that is). They made deplorable comments about our speaker of the house, Laura Boldrini who has received rape and death threats because she is a woman in power.

I’m talking about Matteo Salvini, fascist in chef of the “Lega” party. A truly horrid human being.

And yet, there was a stand in the middle on the Piazza of my city, encouraging people to vote for them. We are in a very Pro-Lega zone and some comments I’ve heard have been truly horrific.

Then there is the “5 star movement”: a group of entitled, arrogant and dodgy individuals whose policy is currently unclear. They are new to politics and their unpreparedness is the cause of the many scandals they have been a part of and irresponsible decisions they have made. You can consider them “centrists”?

Here is a cartoon of all the coalitions and political parties:

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From L to R: The Right / The Left / The 5 Stars Movement / … and some other people?

Then, last but not least, we have the left.

As a very liberal person, I’ve been trying to find a candidate that I could embrace.

But there is a pretty big problem: there are too many parties inside the left. They decided to split into tiny tiny sections, instead of uniting and fighting against the Right.

People aren’t very comfortable talking about their vote: I am.

I’m voting left. I’m voting for the Democratic Party.

Because I like them? No. I don’t. I agree with some of the things they are talking about and promising to us. But I don’t particularly like Matteo Renzi, the supposed leader of the PD (Democratic Party) and man who will inevitably be chosen by the President of the Republic to form the government.

After reading this you’ll probably think: “Why are you voting for someone you don’t really like?”

The answer is simply. I’m doing what American Voters should have done in 2016.

YOU VOTE THE LEAST WORST CANDIDATE

We have to ensure that the Right won’t win. Sadly, casting your vote for a small leftist party would spread the numbers and therefore, nobody would stand a chance to win against the other aisle.

Italian politics are ugly. We are known for our cases of ignorance, corruption and racism.

And for this, I also blame myself.

I didn’t get invested. I didn’t do anything to support what I believe. Mainly because, I don’t see represented in a candidate what I stand for.

There are no campaigns, no ways in which young people can get involved. I also never spoke about it on social media. (Maybe for the better, since you can’t change people’s mind via Facebook and what you get into are just arguments and fights).

I wish I had the opportunity of doing something more, I wish there was a united left I whose beliefs I could relate to.

What I’m saying is: Please vote left. Please don’t let Salvini and Berlusconi’s coalition become the next government.

We are already so so so behind on everything. We can’t move backwards.

And now, I’m leaving you with Last Week Tonight With John Oliver’s newest desk piece about our upcoming elections.

He will explain everything so much better than I ever could.

xxx

Georgia

And for more fun: here is a ridiculous poster made my Italians to explain to English-speaking people what our parties (and candidates) stand for:

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Book Review: Miracle on 5th Street by Sarah Morgan

THIS CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THIS SHITTY BOOK. I shouldn’t even write this disclaimer because I would do you a favour by telling you the end.

This was so bad. Like, really really bad.
I joined a great book chick-lit club and up until this one, the books I’ve read were really good. 

For example, they recommended Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine (an amazing and heartwarming story about a socially inadequate girl) and The Hating Game (a fantastic romance between two colleagues who are competing for the same promotion).
This, on the other hand, was completely horrible.

I hated everything about it. Literally every single thing.
It was sexist, full of stereotypes, the plot was ridiculous, the dialogues idiotic, the writing mediocre and filled with so many outdated tropes of the genre.

And it’s not over!

It’s about a girl (whose name I forgot) and obviously the man she falls in love with. In the span of a couple of weeks.

Because it’s something that happens. Here and on “The Bachelor” franchise.

The protagonist works for a party planning / event organizing company and she gets hired to decorate this guy’s house for Christmas.
She is the typical happy, bubbly, positive and christmas-loving girl and he is a thriller novelist who hates everything and everyone.
Somehow in the first 50 pages she mentions sex, having said sex and how she wants to have sex with him.

And of course he fantasizes about her! There is a line in the book and I swear on my sister, it goes: “The Kitten has claws”
NO. No. No. No.

Basically, Lucas’ grandmother (Lucas is the hunk whose apartment she is decorating) paid for Eva (the girl’s name finally came to mind!!) to make the house feel christmas-y so when he came back from his writing session in Vermont, he would find the surprise.
But he is not in Vermont, he is in his apartment! But the grandma paid for Eva to stay where and of course she HAS to finish her job so she stays there with him!
All of a sudden, inspiration strikes and he finds himself writing a novel based on this girl’s personality.
UTTER BULLSHIT.

Then the grandmother is being a pimp and trying to pair them off, then there is some gala she RSVPs without his permission so they are forced to go to the ball, they sleep together, then some awkwardness, then some other shit happens.
We find out his dead wife was cheating on him so now he doesn’t believe in true love and she is really upset by this because of course she believes in it! Then they argue for some reason and then… HAPPY ENDING!
They’ll be together forever!

Other things that bothered me:
– his wife’s name is Sallyanne which reminds me of Kellyanne Conway, so that was a big NO from the start.
– Eva, the protagonist, is basically the SNL’s sketch with the brilliant Cecily Strong: the one dimentional female character from a male driven comedy. This sketch must have been based on Eva from this book.

I hated it from start to finish. I don’t know why I kept reading… maybe just to write this review and tear it to pieces.
Anyway, it’s horrible. Don’t read it. Do something better with your time.

Watch Brooklyn Nine Nine.

xxx

Georgia

Sometimes Change Isn’t For The Better

I got a haircut today.

And it didn’t go as planned.

I wanted it shortened and with long bangs so that there is a little movement and volume. Instead the hairdresser cut them too short and now it looks like I had a fringe and I’m trying to grow them out.

It’s not terrible… I kind of like it. It’s the way she curled it that I don’t really like.

Anyway, you can all imagine what my family had to say about it.

My mom came in saying: “Oh my God what is that? What did you do with your hair?”

My sister said nothing.

My aunt gave a consiscending smile and said: “Wow, the hairdresser is so hip and modern and she gives you an horr… well, a haircut like that.”

Then they piled on:

– “It looks like you’re from the 80s.”

– “You look ancient”

– “You just need to grow your bangs.”

Then they added that “compliment” because maybe they realised what they said was mostly negative and said: “But you still look pretty.”

So yeah…I was trying so hard not to cry. I am so deeply insecure about me appearance that it kills me every time.

I promised myself I wouldn’t have listened but after the forth comment, I couldn’t help it.

So guess what? Tomorrow I’ll wash my hair and try to style it as I like it.

Wish me luck.

xxx

Homeland season 7 PREMIERE – Review

SPOILER ALERT! This blog post contains spoilers for all seasons of Homeland.

Just like last year, I decided to put my thoughts on Homeland on paper and review the first episode of the show’s seventh season.

The Finale of season 6 left me devastated. I can’t believe how relevant and pertinent the show still is.

Season 6 dealt with a new president elect (A WOMAN!!! But don’t rejoy because she’s the worst), fake news, an Alex Jones’ radio host, friction with the intelligence community, islamophobia and sadly so much more.

Season 6 was painfully realistic. It resembled closely (maybe too much) the political and social landscape of today’s America. President Elect Keane’s deligimization of the intel community and other sectors of the US government.

Doesn’t that remind you of anyone? Maybe residing in the White House right in this moment.

I thought so.

Even though they shot and wrote the show before the back shit crazy events occurred (The Delegitimisation of the FBI and the intelligence community by the sitting US president, The war against reality truth and facts, and so much more), “Homeland“ pains very much divided nation, people on opposite sides fighting each other and believes that seem to come from another historical Era.
It has always been politically relevant and I’m so curious to see what they going to do with this seventh season.

In the aftermath of President Keane‘s election and wave of arrests she ordered against her own intelligence community, people are trying to navigate on which side they want to stand.

On a more personal note, Carrie is also dealing with the tragic loss she had at the end of season six (I will not talk about it because it upsets me too much), her living situation with her sister and her husband, and of course her medical condition.

On the show, the fight isn’t between Republicans and Democrats. In our reality, it is quite

clear where people stand and what they think about the events of the last year. On the show, the lines are blurred. On one side you have a president who locked up her own federal agents and is not trusted by more than half of the country. One the other side you have people fighting against her, but what they preach isn’t exactly better than what she believes in.

O’Keefe, who is the counterpart of right-wing radio show host Alex Jones, and his views increase the distrust among the American people. Him and his followers are saying to be part of “The Resistance”, just like the term the Democrats are using to fight against Trump.

So where is the parallel? Is there one?

To be perfectly candid it’s kind of hard for me to fully understand what goes on homeland, just like with “HouseOfCards”. It’s not easy to follow, especially now that’s all about political power.

And I have a couple of criticisms. Although putting a woman in the White House, as president, after the events of last years presidential election, felt like a good idea I’m now having doubts.
Hillary Clinton Was president now, maybe having a fictional and ambiguously suspicious counterpart would’ve been a good idea, but I’m afraid that showing a flawed and unprepared female president could deter people from electing one. It’s probably my naive point of you, and I am almost sure this won’t impact the publics opinion, but personally I wouldn’t have risked it.

Nonetheless I am ecstatic that “Homeland” is back. I am already planning to rewatch season four (which is probably my favourite season EVER).

I genuinely hope that you will enjoy this season and feel free to let me know your thoughts on the premiere and on the second episode.

Xxx

Georgia