Thursday, September 14, 2006

Italian striking

Tomorrow there will be a bus strike in the city of Florence. This does not, however, mean that the buses just stop running. The strike schedule is precise and very civilized.

There will be no buses before 6 am.

However, buses will run from 6 am to 9:15 am so the bambini (children) and workers can get to school/work.

Then the buses will stop running from 9:15-11:45.

At 11:45 they will resume running, so that the bambini and workers can go home for lunch.

Then at 3:30, the buses will stop running for the rest of the day.

How civilized is that? Since buses are a public service, even when they strike, they shouldn't disrupt the schooling of children, or the movement of workers.

I really really love Italy.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have never seen any mention of this in the Fourth Reich's glorious and infallible media. The impression is always carefully given (if mantion is made at all) that Italians are only sloightly above Africans, barely able to dress themselves, who avoided being conquered by Poland because they have the Vatican, and that striking is an inexcusable evil proving a lack of civilization and on par with offences to wealthy vacationing white women. The idea that striking workers can be considerate, thinking people who are working not just for a few more dollars (wanting money in amounts under the hundreds of thousands is greedy) but a better society is a forbidden heresy here.
Ford is finally imploding, by the way, and will probably take a sizable chunk out of the rest of the country when it does go. Its unions obediently accepted payoff packages without complaint.

5:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is something I mentioned earlier, Jeff Wells' RigInt cross-referencing WaPo and Sid Blumenthal: Bush has some kind of monarchy fetish that pops up every so often, for example his membership with the oligarchic activists of S&B who only admit people descended from royalty or the fact that Bush II has more royal blood than any previous president. In this case he has a huge gilded crown with royal purple curtains in the Lincoln Bedroom, making Clinton's use of that ill-starred chamber look positively virtuous.

10:23 PM  

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