150 anni di S&T: math, ing, MU e design

150 anni  di scienza e tecnologie.



In pillole: basi s&t di 1 eventuale, Voltremont-remota ripresa di produttività totale fattori in Italia:

1) NEL PAESE DI  TORRICELLI-GALILEI-ENRIQUES e FERRARIS-MARCONI-FERMI, scienza a macchia di leopardo. Italia molto forte in 2 aree –  math (3P Paris Pisa Princeton) ed alcune ingegnerie (non certo lo pseudo-ist. genovese, SIC! Pulcinellata di regime per colpire cnr, infn). Questo, nella terminologia Oecd creerebbe un enorme potenziale nelle “scienze di trasferimento” che si prestano ai più forti impatti a valle, ma questi  non proprio MAI avvenuti. Già non accaddero in epoca ENEL-Gioliìttiana 1 secolo fa. Ora SIAMO Gramsci-Togliattianamente  UN TIPICO PAESE SOVIETICO dei paradossi; grandi matematici e colonia informatica.

2) assenti nel Bruttopaese sia i  trasf. scitech (dopo Natta-Montedison   http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polipropilene) che le tech sci.-based (mai entrata in ICT; uscita da chimica; ci sarebbe qualcosa nelle PUBBLICAZIONI biotech, ma 0 tituli patenti e sartup), quindi sarà colonia tecn. x TUTTO ILTERZO MILLENNIO (poi si vedrà; sono ottimista sul QUARTO). Avendo PERSO ORMAI IL TRENO di una agro-industria (era possibie con la Ferruzzi, ma quell’INFAME E STRONZO di di Pietro pensò bene di suicidare il nostro più geniale industriale) ed industria manfatturiera sci-based, l’Italia potrebbe ancora – con le competenze che ha già, solo ingegnerizzate e portate al mercato con semplici business plan che so fare anch’io -, LANCIARSI NEI SERVIZI KNOWLEDGE-BASED. Che diventeranno presto la maggioranza del PIL. Lì riqualifichi il turismo; e, anche se non controlli i network tecnologici, gli vendi i contenuti.

3) UN ULTERIORE PUNTO DI FORZA sono  le tech knowhow-based: e.g. i 2 pdf (punti di forza) design-moda e mm utensili. Queste configurano una seconda vocazione dell’Italia (dopo quella del punto 1), ad un modello tedesco che focalizzi il L (Lavoro) concreto e non quello astratto delle ICT. L manuale specializzato (un modello simile si presta ad accogliere e professionalizzare nord-africani a milioni, se il motorino produttività totale fattoriale gira: una cultura islamico-cristiana sarebbe del resto nello stile di Dante: anche quella nelle corde del paese. Al leghista  non far sapere quante letture arabe fece Dante), che però non coltiva né sistemizza.


1) Berluscoglioni anche da giovane e sano, era un “leader” troppo ignaro di, ed antropologicamente estraneo a tutto ciò: solo una versione di ripiego P2 del  Machiavellismo-senza-Programma di stivalone Craxi e manolesta Gianni De M. Vainmona nostalgici alla Doge Galan: non ci fu mai alcuna Riv. Lib. del 1994 (chi ci credette, dipendente azendale o imbecille-ingenuo). Berlusconi è socialista AB OVO, un Blair e  non una Thatcher.

2) Invece MontePrezzemolo potrebbe farsene leader (del Programma qui appena accennato, solo  tratteggiato) se sapesse, volesse e fosse ben consigliato da Cacciari, Romano, Rossi e TUTTI NOI INTELLLIGENTSIA DI RETE.

3) Mortadellone pacioccone  Prodi aveva sì  un modello tedesco  A PAROLE: che non sapeva spiegare dai suoi bus x l’i-taglia, forse perché manco lui, professorucolo di terz’ordinefrancescano, l’aveva mai capito. Non so cos’avesse in mente Beniamino quando inventò Romano in politica, ma penso q.cosa più di un DC qualsiasi qual’è poi stato: un PiccoliRumorBis. Ma non un Forlani che se l’intenda col Nemico Socialista: qui Beniamino vide giusto.

NEL BREVE, di Valtremont occorre liberarsi IERI. Per il nano impotente, valutate voi…

Sandra 4 Miss Universe Canada


this is the new twitters tag that admiring sobeauty & sosmart Sandra  inspired 2 me: I’ve already thrown Sandra’s tag, as a bottle message  into the  social ocean.

SOCIAL OCEANS OF BEAUTY, behind these brown eyes…

Who can resist, or just stand this eye2eye coup de foudre? I kan’t.

Sincerely, we all kan’t leave such an International Affair only to our friends of Serbian communities … It’s  Kantian by nature –  a universalist issue. We kan’t.

Vote Sandra 4 times / day / IP address @ http://www.beautiesofcanada.com/2009/sandra.htm

MAY the 1st, Labour day letter 2 friends (fb, gmail)

As #retwolution – a new born libertarian, democratic, bottom-up retwolutionary movement using fb, social media and twitter as boomerangs, i.e. peacemaking weapons against Oppression –
WE CHOSE Sandra’s campaign as our 1st target.
We are mobilising all our Italian and young Serbian people networks, to bring our little river to the Social Ocean of Sandra’s success. YES, WE … !

– enzo AT deeprecession: http://tinyurl.com/dhyde9 [linking this page],
– sandra: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=154206040520, and her interview on http://www.beautiesofcanada.com/2009/sandra.htm
– ian gillespie AT London Free Press http://www.lfpress.com/newsstand/News/Columnists/Gillespie_Ian/2009/03/06/8648471-sun.html

UWO graduate targets Miss Universe Canada title

“Kirilovic says a Miss Universe Canada crown would primarily give her a platform to spread her enthusiasm for environmental sustainability.” (The paper is really alive, and nice in putting things in a proper post-feminist  Millennial generation context)

The worldwide #retwolution newborn movement has detected a big whole in the “Societé du spectacle” Oppressive System: we kan actually elect Sandra Kirilovic MISS Universe Canada!!!
She’s a beauty, green and smart: we join our Serbian friends in her support. A Psychology research assistant at U. Western Ontario, she will now start a Ph.D. in Evironment Studies either at UWO or York. Her final target (requiring further studies in Law as well) would B 2 become an environmental lawyer.
As she told us in her last message: so throw those preconceived notions aside, this girl’s got a greater purpose in being Miss Universe Canada 😉

WE TRUST SANDRA!!! Web3.0, and the #retwolution turning society upside down IT NECESSARILY ENTAILS, are primarily Networks of TRUST. Trust us, viraldiffuse this cause 2 friends. Make vote Sandra 4 times /day / IP address: the deadline is March 14 AT midday!!!
P.S: With some suppliers, yoy change IP address every time you disconnect, reconnect!!! eheh

FB group (16,443 members): SERBIAN girls are GORGEOUS – they actually are!

Sandra issue; she’s really a beauty and smart: read her presentation on the official site (http://www.beautiesofcanada.com/2009/sandra.htm), and u’ll B likely irrationally seduced and rationally convinced (on the 2 sides of the brain or, metaphorically, mind and heart) as I’ve been.

A psychologist and research assistant at the local University, Sandra has a dream: to study again and, this time Environment & Law for the sake of becoming a Green Lawyer,  a competent green activist.

She concludes today’s mail to us, her FB friends, with:

PS> I was accepted into a Masters of Environmental Studies program at both York and UWO & got the position of spokeswoman for the Eating Disorder Foundation of Canada- so throw those preconceived notions aside, this girl’s got a greater purpose in being Miss Universe Canada 😉

On FB, Sandra adds: You can read an article about me that was published in the London Free Press:

“Sandra’s smile is a curve that sets everything straight”

#GreenViralMarketing #sobeauty&sosmart

Underlying  GENERAL issue:

There is (already at work, although in its early, conventions and standards- setting  phase) a complex dyamics law of co-evolution of the 2 sea levels, the Social and the Natural one.

This campaign is quite personalised, Sandra-focussing, environmentalist, independent and standalone; (ma anche) but also semantically & virally associated to the just emerging web2.0 social movement:


“Either RETWO is #viralpervasive, or it aborts”.

Sandra’s  motto (quoted from Miss Canada site) “There is nothing I cannot do in this world”, that motivated her 2  undertake an environment career-oriented conspicuous curriculum (moving next, from psychology 2 law studies), puts her at the centre of the new  post-edonic ethics (a key component of hyper-modernity, according to the Zeitgeist literature, namely Lipovevski).

She’s not alone: e.g.,  @Iconic88 self-def., and already daily acting, “actwitting” as CHO (Chief Happiness Officer) is a natural hub, a leader of RETWO. Exemplifying the linguistic notion  “a word is an act; the speech-act”. An actwitt tells the whole story: 140 characters can

– emotion souls and,

– in clusters,  rebuild houses;

– in clusters of clusters, relevel Oceans. A Social Ocean (galaxy of clusters of custers of …) has  a direct impact and power upon Marine  Oceans, inter alia: tomorrow, with a little help from green lawyer Sandra Kirilovic, London, Ontario.

There is (already at work, although in its early, conventions and standards- setting  phase) a complex dyamics law of co-evolution of the 2 sea levels, the Social and the Natural one.

See Twitters’ tags  –  e.g., from: http://search.twitter.com

#NextLongWave  #OutOfSubcrimeCrisis  #RETWOLUTION  #SocialOcean

nonnoenzo 6\5 PS Pro Serbian-Can. beauty Sandra is & will B a pure act of virallove: axis of the #viralpervasive #RETWOLUTION #OutOfSubcrimeCrisis

all_4_misssandraAny suggestion 4 inspiremetoday? No monopoly is good, either EBay, Google or a-innovative M.soft!

E,g., if you search RETWOLUTION, u can see the Smithian Invisible Hand behind,  quoting Smith:

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Obama New Deal, phase 1

Feb. 17 update – The final stimulus bill allocates $ 790.6 bn:  the CBO estimates tax cuts will amount to $ 288.5 bn and public expenditures about $ 500 bn (wsj) for a total est. cost of $ 787 bn. Today the President signed the bill and wrote us

enzo fabio —

Today, I signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into law.
This is a historic step — the first of many as we work together to climb out of this crisis — and I want to thank you for your resolve and your support. (…)
I’ve assigned a team of managers to oversee the implementation of the recovery act. We are committed to making sure no dollar is wasted. But accountability begins with you.
That’s why my administration has created Recovery.gov, a new website where citizens can track every dollar spent and every job created. We’ll invite you and your neighbors to weigh in with comments and questions.
Our progress will also be measured by the tens of thousands of personal stories submitted by people who are struggling to make ends meet. If you haven’t already, you can read stories from families all across the country:


Your stories are the heart of this recovery plan, and that’s what I’ll focus on every day as President. With your continued support, we’ll emerge a stronger and more prosperous nation.

Thank you,
President Barack Obama

On the eve of the 200-Charles Darwin Day, the US House and the Senate have finally agreed on the mega-stimulus package, which President Obama might already sign next Monday,  February the 15th, i.e. 25 days after entering the White House (1/4 of the early 100 days, when the Beauty versus the Beast – Apocalypse Now – fight will B decided upon in the short term).

Mainstream economists, with whom this time we are tempted to almost agree once (but we have other priorities, since it is not OUR problem to save Capitalisms, but their victims), converge with the great, sublime Paul Samuelson (self-defining himself a Centre-Left, moderate Keynesian), by saying that some moderation and “watering down” (in the Congress revision) of Adm. Obama’s proposals is a first best, since  -e.g. – a demand – only perspective  is balanced with less unilateral supply-side  considerations as well (on this, our friend Michele Boldrin is writing quite important and interesting, fresh things on NfA – Noise from America blog, since early this year; we will discuss them, here and on NfA at length, soon).

Let us say that this is the state-of-the-art in academic Political Economy, and it is symbiotic with what happened in these hard Congressional fights about the final compromise, during the last weeks. One day, just symbolically Sen. Mc Cain presented a  motion to cut the stimulus to half. It comes out with a great momentum, a variety of tools and targets (see the Summary below).

A HISTORIC BILL, starting the Obama New Deal long series, in the next few years.



Congress Makes a Deal


Congress Strikes $789 Billion Stimulus Deal

Historic Bill Would Spur Road Building, Give Businesses Tax Breaks, Expand Broadband Access; Final Passage Expected Soon

wsj summary table:

Focal Points of Stimulus Package

Key goals and what indicators to use to gauge success.

Business confidence
Steps: Tax breaks for businesses, appropriations.
Measurement of success: Stock market results and management surveys.

Low income/unemployment aid
Steps: Benefit checks, foodstamp increases, health insurance assistance, Medicaid.
Measurement: Benefit rates

Consumer spending
Steps: Tax breaks to workers.
Measurement: Retail spending, consumer-confidence surveys.

Job creation
Steps: Infrastructure spending, aid to states.
Measurement: Unemployment.

Economic Growth
Steps: Spending, tax breaks.
Measurement: GDP.

Please also note that:

The stimulus accord is a major win for the high-tech industry, which will receive billions of dollars in subsidies to expand broadband access to rural and other underserved areas and a huge infusion of funds to computerize health-care records.

The latter is a very important point, since it marks much more, than just Silicon Valley getting repaid for the EARLY support to “Sen. Nobody” (see on this Giuliano da Empoli 2008, already a classic and comprehensive book on Obama, in Italian; and our various, often updated  static pages on Obamology in http://arcapedia.wordpress.com/).

On the other hand, it is a strong counter-tendency, a counter-factual to the MARKET SELECTION PARADIGM – e.g., theorised in Italy by the no.1 telecom expert, prof. Enzo Pontarollo.  He argues that it is not so bad that the Schumpeterian effect (sometimes called “The Invisible Foot”) and the credit crunch crisis SELECT among very expensive digital highway plans, and allocate credit only to the more rentable ones, where effective demand will repay faster, at least a part of the infrastructure investment.

This is such a complex, multi-dimensional issue. Let us just say  this, as a complement and further qualification to the important, and  theoretically well-rooted Prof. Pontarollo’s argument.

Japan (as far as I know,  the main great and still powerful State doing this) usually doesn’t bother much about “the digital market” plans selection – perhaps also because Japan’s regional economies have been levelled-up during the last half century, and suffer much more from congestion than regional, or rural\urban imbalances. They just shape and anticipate effective market demand years, or even a decade before, laying down  futuristic cooperative-public digital highways (namely in the New Generation Networks, lately).

But if the Nippon State is  now on the defensive, such programs will be delayed for many years, and this anticipatory effect will be lost. In a strong “neo- Keynesian & neo- Schumpeterian” mixed, eclectic and PRAGMATIST (“Nudge“) approach, the Obama’s New Deal starts now doing what Japan has problems to keep up to. This is another Invisible Foot effect: not across regions but across Nations: the US just elected Obama, while the Nippon political system is in search of a “2nd Republic” trajectory since 20 years ago, with no viable, longterm solution yet.

They desperately need either a Berlusconisan, or an Obamasan.

This stimulus Bull hitech component, has little to do with FDR, and we are happy about that: since you know (or at least, regular blog readers do) that we fully agree from the left with the “right” critique to FDR  –  stemming from the careful Amity Shlaes historic reconstruction of what really happened during THAT New Deal 8o years ago (on this precise point, we take a small bit of distance, a degree of freedom  from Obama’s public image and self-representation). In any case, ce n’est qu’un debut.

club paradise: schiavi nel Tavoliere delle Puglie

Nel deserto che sarà tra pochi decenni l’infuocato Tavoliere, rifletteranno il sole le ossa bianche degli schiavi che vi  avevano lavorato le ultime terre fertili.

L’economia (neo-) marxista contemporanea ha sviluppato un importante teorema, di grande portata storica e capacità interpretativa della intima natura del modo di produzione e distribuzione capitalistico (macchina di innovazione-ingiustizia):

la estrazione di plusvalore relativo (da progresso tecnico-organizzativo: oggi ICT, bio-nanotech, carbon-saving energy ed organizzazioni fluide) e’ TENDENZIALENTE proporzionale a, ed accompagnata da (o in qualche altro nodo della stessa rete-filiera che innova, o in altre reti e settori c.d. “arretrati” ossia a più lenta adesione, di volta in volta, ai paradigmi tecnologici pervasivi) una eguale  crescita (per meccanismi di trasmissione via istituzioni e lotte sociali; moneta, valori e mercati) del plusvalore assoluto da sfruttamento brutale, disumano ed estremo, senza nemmeno i falsi, ipocriti e miserabili “diritti” liberal-borghesi di lorsignori:

a) indurimento delle condizioni di erogazone di forza lavoro: l’allungamento della settimana lavorativa, ed il perseguimento della produttività a base di assassinio, comando,  costrizione psichica, distruzione militare delle organizzazioni dei lavoratori, soprusi, terrore  e violenza fisica;

b) fascismo anti-salariale (dall’operazione condotta da Mussolini negli anni ’20, poi dal Reaganismo negli anni ’80): la confisca e rapina salariale (e di altri redditi da lavoro), per abbassamento della paga al di sotto del livello minimo di riproduzione e sussistenza della forza lavoro, inteso in senso storico-geografico (non il solo pugno di riso, di cui vivono 1,5 miliardi di esseri sub-umani, pari a quasi la metà della forza lavoro);

c) le para-schiavitù contemporanee (area grigia tra lavoro nero e lavoro schiavo), che sono state promosse su larga scala: dalla filosofia politica del Liberismo di Miltie Friedman,  dalle (opposte: tra il dire e il fare …) politiche interventiste e  statalistiche unilateralmente pro-Capitale e\o pro-Finanza di rapina del Reaganismo, e dalla globalizzazione selvaggia della New Economy Clintoniana (ossia, dagli stessi uomini e donne che oggi fanno parte della Amministrazione Obama, e stessi consiglieri);

d) la schiavitù strictu sensu come definita scientificamente – il lavoro non libero (classe di  casi estremi sub a) ergo non salariato (casi estremi sub b, sino alla remunerazione nulla). Poiche’, nell’analisi DEFINITIVA di Marx su questo punto, il lavoro salariato pre-suppone la “liberazione” delle classi umili dalla propria associazione con i mezzi di sussistenza e di produzione: che esse siano distaccate da artigianato urbano, vita contadina rurale  e condizioni servili o di schiavitù, per essere obbligate a vendere la propria forza lavoro sui mercati del lavoro.  Per contro-tendenza, la schiavitù (come le Comunità) e’ una delle varie forme di persistenza sistemica di forme pre-capitalistiche, analizzata da Marx nel famoso brano dei Grundgrisse.

Quest’ultima, la vera e popria schiavitù impiega oggi grosso modo il 10% della forza lavoro mondiale; potrei essere più preciso consultando Valter Zanini, sociologo unipd, le cui definizioni e quindi stime quantitative differiscono in parte da quelle “ufficiali” dell’ILO di Ginervra; ma ricordo che quello e’ l’ordine di grandezza). Se dovessimo verificare empiricamente la validità o meno del TEOREMA NEO- MARXIANO, dovremmo attenderci che IN MEDIA un 50% della forza lavoro sia erogata in condizioni di applicazione del progresso tecnico (in primis il capitale ICT, in Occidente sempre più combinato con lavoro autonomo cognitivo e creativo, e meno a L salariato – come analizzato da Sergio Bologna), l’altro 50% nelle condizioni a+b+c+d sopra (in % variabili tra paesi e settori).

Facendo i conti, il teorema marxiano risulta  peccare di ottimismo: oggi, grazie a 25 anni di Reagan-Clintonismo di destra e sinistra, si estrae plusvalore assoluto da ben oltre il 50% della forza lavoro globale.

Di fatto, per vari motivi concomitanti e  processi cumulativi, mutualmente rafforzati, gli ultimi 25 anni della “New Gilded Age (Nuova Era Corporativa)” hanno applicato ed  inasprito la LEGGE DELLA PROPORZIONALITA’, s-bilanciandone e s-proporzionandone però gli effetti a favore di schiavismo in senso stretto e lato, e l’associato PLUSVALORE ASSOLUTO, DA TALLONE DEL COMANDO E DEL RICATTO.
Contro tutte  le legittime, ma anche falsificabili  teorie Schumpeteriane, che qui crollano in capacità previsiva (rispetto a Ricardo-Sraffa-Pasinetti, Marx, Kalecki-Keynes-Minsky e gli stessi costrutti neoclassici), rivelando una debolezza teorica complessiva, una estrema fragilità e parzialità. Ancor peggio se la cava, e la realtà spazza via senza  pietà tutta la  sciocca vulgata Schumpeteriana nei guru, media e sociologi di punta: l’era digitale (Castells), le classi creative (Florida) e tutte quelle Grandi Narrazioni tardo-Moderne per prenderci in giro. In questi 25 anni:
1) POCO PV RELATIVO.  L’aborto deflazionistico (Aglietta e Berrebi 2007) della Onda Lunga ICT, ha compresso il PV relativo molto al di sotto della sua  crescita potenziale.
2) TANTO PV ASSOLUTO,  autentiche “bolle specuative” di PV ASSOLUTO ESTORTO, DI TRASFERIMENTO (da ceti produttivi a Rentiers) E DI RAPINA, come meglio di tutti ha intuito  David Harvey. Infatti contemporaneamente, nello stesso processo politico-economico e suoi cicli brevi, la insostenibile tassa Reaganiana sul  Terzo Mondo ha dato il via ad una serie di processi economico-creditizi e finanziari  sempre più insostenibili, con sbocco inevitabile, QUASI-PROGRAMMATO in  una deflazione globale tendenziale (che oggi esplode in forma acuta).

Ciò ha generato una esplosione e fioritura di “100 fiori” di PV assoluto, ad esempio nelle 2 grandi potenze ex-comuniste: le donne russe, dalle donne sinora più liberate della storia umana, alla prostituzione (si vedano le inchieste di Loretta Napoleoni, su “L’internazionale” e nel suo ultimo libro-inchiesta); i contadini affamati e senza Welfare, cinesi ed indiani, inseriti nella catena dei mercati del lavoro regionali ed  inter-regionali.

Come mi diceva ieri  un amico, dandomi una LEZIONE DI BIO-ECONOMIA: “io  non so cosa sia questa crisi; io la vivo da 8 anni, da quando cambiando vari lavori, mentre l’€ raddoppiava molti prezzi,  il mio stipendio e’ sceso da 2500 a 1500 €”. Quindi il suo salario reale e potere d’acquisto si e’ più che dimezzato.
PER EFFETTO DI UNA POMPA DI PV ASSOLUTO, IL CUI POTENZIALE E’ GENERATO DAL MECCANISMO DI SQUILIBRIO GLOBALE 2\1 tra OFFERTA E DOMANDA DI FORZA LAVORO. Un potenziale che non si riassorbirà per decenni, rendendo i Capitalismi distributivamente-ecologicamente-finanziariamente-generazionalmente insostenibili (Giorgio Ruffolo), e facendo proseguire indefinitamente questa Onda Anomala di PV assoluto, che comprime il progresso tecnico, e  smentisce i Capitalismi nel loro ossimoro definitorio ed ideologico: sono SOLO INGIUSTI; E TUTT’ALTRO CHE INNOVATIVI, semmai il contrario. Oggi come oggi, si direbbe che questa Super-Bolla di PV assoluto debba durare sino alla metà di questo secolo. A questo punto, pare difficile credere che il Modo di Produzione-Distribuzione stesso possa reggere in tali condizioni di grave incoerenza sistemica, assenza di regimi di regulation:
i capitalismi hanno i secoli contati come dice Ruffolo, o i decenni?


1 — Nikola Chesnais (figlio dell’economista François) ha da poco realizzato un premiato ed eccezionale documentario nel NE Brasiliano, sulla schiavitù rurale.

2 — Stanno trasmettendo a radio3 (percorsi@rai.it) un servizio sull’Inferno dei vivi IN ITALIA (il Bel Paese di cacca non sfugge alla citata legge del plusvalore):

–  alcune decine  di polacchi sono scomparsi nel nulla nel Tavoliere: molti  saranno stati già ammazzati, altri sono morti stremati di lavoro schiavo; altri ancora vivono (per modo di dire) ancora, schiavi del lavoro forzato nei campi; venivano a guadagnare pochi € per il matrimonio della sorella, o per la vecchiaia dei genitori.

La prima denuncia della schiavitù in Puglia, l’hanno fatta 3 studenti polacchi nell’estate 2005: uno di loro ora vuol tornare in Polonia per studiare Ingegneria. Si chiama Iakub “Kuba” Celski ed adesso si fa  chiamare Iacopo. Sente ancora i morsi della fame di 3 anni fa. Se uno cadeva, lavorando 14-16 ore al giorno nei campi senza mangiare e senza bere, veniva lasciato li. Il lavoro continuava. Come in tutti i racconti di schiavitù e post-schiavitù:  mi ricorda infatti le storie  dei neri “liberati” dai campi di cotone, che costruivano ferrovie negli Stati del profondo Sud, e cantavano (singolarmente, non in collettivo) i primi blues della disperazione, eccheggiando una ritmica e musicalità di antichi canti pastorali del Sahel, dei loro avi.

I tre amici leggono un annunzio su un giornale polacco ed arrivano di notte ad Ortanova, dove vengono sequestrati dai caporali de “il cane”, un Kapò polacco tatuato con precedenti oscuri, facente funzione di luogotenente nella fattoria “Club Paradise” di Ortanova, basata sul lavoro schiavo. Il giornale prometteva 3  € all’ora, invece la paga e’  a cottimo, ma la ditta la versa ai caporali che di rado lasciano sfuggire qualcosa agli schiavi. Questi lavorano gratis a ritmi che pure nell’incivile Mezzogiorno non si usavano più da generazioni.

I tre riescono a scappare, hanno ancora i cellulari e chiamano in Polonia, vengono salvati prima che i capò-caporali li riprendano; si arriverà alla denuncia ai CC di Foggia Centrale e quindi  all’arresto di alcuni criminali. Seguiranno altre 700 denunce. Oggi nel Tavoliere e’ crollato nel nulla com’e’ giusto accadesse  il distretto dei divani e del mobile, basato solo sulla price competition, e  di lavoro proprio non ce n’e’.

Il capitalismo e’ cosi: se c’e’ sviluppo, i padroni  trattano  uomini e donne come bestie appena sia loro possibile, e consumano, distruggono interi  ecosistemi delicati (per carenza d’acqua, e prossima desertificazione) e di pregio come il Tavoliere; se non c’e’ sviluppo, si crepa di fame in modo più dolce, senza lavorare.

All’inizio della trasmissione hanno ricordato un bel libro di Tommaso Fiore “il cafone all’inferno”; dopo un pò che e’ arrivato li, il cafone pensa “tutto sommato si sta meglio qui che a lavorare la terra, anche se i diavoli ti violentano l’anima”. Ad un certo punto, Lucifero decide di de-localizzarsi nel Tavoliere.

E li sta attualmente: per un polacco liberato ed uno scannatoio chiuso, se se ne saranno aperti altri 10 specializzati  in bestie dalla pelle abronzata.

Nel deserto che sarà tra pochi decenni l’infuocato Tavoliere, rifletteranno il sole le ossa bianche degli schiavi che vi  avevano lavorato le ultime terre fertili.

Sharp restructuring at defeated Microsoft

Just when the Yahoo resistance to Microsoft’s appetite is strenghtened by the agreement with Carl Icahn, such a wide strategic defeat starts biting at Microsoft: now it’s Johnson, and Ballmer will be next.

See our May S&T Bulletin for the Yahoo-Microsoft long battle: 2stnews080521.

WSJ, July 24:

Microsoft’s Online Chief is Departing for Juniper


The man who led Microsoft Corp.’s bid to buy Yahoo Inc. is departing as the software giant scrambles to re-energize its struggling Internet business.

Kevin Johnson, 47 years old, will take a job as chief executive of Juniper Networks Inc., a Silicon Valley maker of networking hardware, people familiar with the situation said.

Mr. Johnson, as president of Microsoft’s platforms and services division, was in charge of both its online efforts and its flagship Windows operating system. Along with his departure, Microsoft announced a reorganization of the massive business unit.

The changes reflect deep dissatisfaction by Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer with the performance of Microsoft’s online business. The company over the past decade has invested billions of dollars into online services only to watch Google Inc. and a host of others grab most of the profits.

After 3 years of ineffectual fusion, the large Johnson’s division is split: Windows OS separated from oL services (Microsoft’s Internet search, online advertising and MSN services). Ballmer is directing himself the former, to underline how dramatic is Microsoft’s crisis after the Vista débacle.


Johnson to leave Microsoft in shake-up
Jul 24 2008 02:27
Microsoft revealed its disarray in the aftermath of its failed bid for Yahoo, announcing a major reorganisation and the unexpected departure of the executive who oversaw its offer Read more »

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B. News: Google winner again?





HE’S RIGHT OF COURSE,  PROBLEM IS: IS HE STILL IN COMMAND OF YAHOO? PROBABLY YES, HE IS. BECAUSE ICAHN’s ASSAULT IS FULL OF CONTRADICTIONS: by such a  mono-mania of selling to Ballman, the stupid Icahn undervalues Yahoo (against the  shareholders’ interests, he pretends to represent), he has no alternative and  – by definition – no strategic menu,  view of technolgy nor any idea of how to shape an industrial, a development plan for Yahoo. THESE IDIOT FINANCIAL MEN don’t know anything about anything.  Had this to be the last stage of the M.HOO telenovela (who knows?), all the pressing by Microsoft along 2007-08 had just the result to cut out Yahoo’s independence space, and push it into Google’s   area, withuot Google having to spend a single cent. WE WAIT FOR ICAHN TO ASSAULT MICROSOFT, AND ASK FOR STEVE BALLMAN’S HEAD …

YHOO shares (see graph below) lost 10% today, Thursday, closing at $23.52 (30% down from $33 MSFT offer).


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Yahoo reached a search-ad pact with rival Google, uniting the systems of two industry giants and dealing a blow to Microsoft. Yahoo said acquisition talks with Microsoft have ended, sending Yahoo shares tumbling.  7:02 p.m.

Yahoo destroyed itself to save itself. Microsoft tried to get stronger, but only ended up exposing its own weakness. Somehow Google emerged triumphant, effectively neutralizing its two biggest competitors.

That is what makes the Yahoo-Microsoft nonmerger such a spectacular failure. Never have so few failed so many for so much at stake.

Associated Press

Consider the state of Yahoo now: Thrust into the arms of Google, it now is forced to admit it can’t develop the technology to compete head-on with the Googleplex. It is as if IBM were to admit it could no longer build a big server, or Toyota were to give up on the Corolla and start selling Honda Civics.

      Yahoo Ends Talks With Microsoft, Nears Search-Ad Deal with Google By MATTHEW KARNITSCHNIG

Microsoft Corp. has definitively abandoned its pursuit of a deal with Yahoo Inc., people familiar the matter said, opening the way for Yahoo to complete a search advertising pact with rival Google Inc. Microsoft told Yahoo it was no longer interested in a pursuing a takeover, even at the $33 per share price it offered for the Internet company last month. Shares of Yahoo plunged on the news, dropping 11%, or $2.88, to $23.27 on the Nasdaq Stock Market. The decision likely spells the end of Microsoft’s five-month pursuit of Yahoo, a deal it characterized at the time as essential to its strategy of countering rival Google. In retrospect, Microsoft’s unsolicited approach appears to have badly backfired. Instead of winning Yahoo’s huge audience and online search capabilities Microsoft has driven its quarry into the arms of its arch enemy — Google. The deal unraveled last weekend, at a meeting between Yahoo directors and Microsoft representatives. At the meeting, Microsoft made it clear that it was no longer wanted to pursue a larger deal, the people said. The two companies have been in discussions in recent weeks over an alternative transaction that would have involved Microsoft acquiring Yahoo’s search business but Yahoo concluded that such an arrangement was unworkable. The company now plans to pursue a search advertising pact with Google, a deal that could be announced as early as today. Details of the plan weren’t immediately clear but the two companies have been discussing a deal under which Yahoo would outsource its search advertising to Google. Analysts believe such a deal would significantly increase Yahoo’s cash flow because Google’s system generates significantly more revenue for each search query than Yahoo’s does. Write to Matthew Karnitschnig at matthew.karnitschnig@wsj.com  

update of this article: 


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Googhoo or Micrhoo? Search ads monopoly or duopoly?

A LUCKY DAY: 3 concurrent BNs !!!

BREAKING NEWS 1: download S&Tn 2

Today’s 2stnews080521 no.2 Science & Tehnology newsletter, focusing on Yahoo and IPRs.




2. MSFT WANTS TO BUY FACEBOOK AND MERGE IT WITH YAHOO (SEARCH ONLY)? Read, comment scobleizer.com on WordPress.

OBJECTIONS and ALTERNATIVES from a  number of blog posts in TechCrunch (we read hundreds of pages, and found them by far best value, together with breakingviews sempre primo della classe). Our synthesis:

FAQ 1. If the strategy is Facebook, to make it a sort of “gated community” (Robert Scoble’s alarming hypothesis), then what for Yahoo? Only Panama costs $20 bn (Citigroup estimate) 

FAQ 2. If MSFT now focuses Life Search Cashback, what for:

a) Facebook? Certainly not for above $10 bn;

b) Panama? You just buy Yahoo Asia and  the ad search business, without the software, because you desperately need CRITICAL MASS.



After years of passive innovation, is Microsoft about to  break in search technology and its business model?

“The big news this week may actually be Microsoft’s upcoming announcement at Advance08. (…) I’ll be at the event and live blogging, so stay tuned.” Michael Arrington at Techcrunch.com

I know it wasn’t nice, but I asked Google Search about  “Life Search Cashback“, it gave me all the list (people blogging from the Advance08 Conference today) but also asked me whether I actually meant “Life Search cash back” (I wanted to tell him, but not yet interactive: “sorry Engine, I understand you know the dictionary and you’ll learn more: but I was right”).

MORE  IN OUR ST Newsletter no.2: 2stnews080521 

WHO’S AFRAID OF (an independent) YAHOOLF?

NOBODY. It just happened: it was taken in between Microsoft and Google, in their global wars 1.0  – january 31 to may 15 2008 – and 1.1 (now). Google won the first run, but now it’s different.

April ‘o8 search shares:  62% GOOG, 17.5% YHOO, 9.7% MSN (MSFT), 4.3% AOL, 2.1% Ask.com (Nielsen data).

Users april ’08: 128 million G., 122m M., 117m Y., 105.5m Time Warner (AOL). Nielsen data.

US Searches same month – source Hitwise: 67.90% G, 20.28% Y, 6.26& M, 4.17% ask.com. MSN loosing ground from March to April, according to Hitwise.

1Q08 (4Q07) spending by US search advertisers: 70.4% (74.5%) G., 24.2% (19.6%) Y., 5.4% (5.9%) M. (NYT from SearchIgnite). Yahoo eroding Google’s share, according to this source.

Trendy Google


ANSA – MILANO, 30 APR – Google diventa trendy: alcuni artisti realizzeranno temi grafici con cui arricchire l’homepage personalizzabile del motore di ricerca. Oltre agli ‘skin’ iGoogle consente di scegliere una serie di contenuti dinamici da visualizzare, come meteo, notizie e Borsa. Le creazioni artistiche portano la firma di Dolce&Gabbana, dei gruppi musicali Beastie Boys e Coldplay, dell’interior designer Philippe Stark, dei fotografi Anne Geddes e Yann Arthus-Bertrand e dell’artista Jeff Koons.

Google becoming even more trendy through iGoogle skins about to be created by artist and designers.

We are with Adam Smith against any monopoly (we just wrote on April 25th blog post: even an eventual Madonna Aparecida’s one), and will always stand by this tenet. We see here some Schumpeterism as well: the best is the best. The Microsoft-Yahoo saga is at a turning point: a Microsoft deadline just expired, and the WSJ reports some possible division in the Seattle giant top management. More on this next week, in the May edition of our monthly S&T Newsletter.

On Monday, April 21st the FT published the yearly report on Global Brand Equity; we have been analyzing and discussing it the day after, in the Industrial Economics classroom. The breaking news is a 2006-08 take off of Chinese oligopolies’ brand capital, e.g., taking the world 3rd, 6th and 7th rank in Finance (even if data have been adjusted for the 2007 “Shangai bubble” in the stock market).


1 Google 86,067 $m, 4.4% of world total

2 GE 71,379 $m, 3.7%

3 Microsoft 70,887 $m, 3.6%

4 Coca – Cola 58,208 $m, 3.0%

5 China Mobile 57,225 $m, 2.9%

HIGHEST 2007-08 growth: +390% BlackBerry, +123% Apple, + 93% Amazon, +82% China Construction Bank, + 75% Vodafone.

The Microsoft-Google armageddon: or is it desperate webwives?

la resa dei conti: a spaghetti-western, music by morricone

The google-microsoft armageddon animated by yahoo latest agitation, just before death

The news (sing the classic: Yahoo killed the media stars …)

Internet, media stars line up for Yahoo – Yahoo News from AP. April 10, 11:05 AM ET

SAN FRANCISCO – Yahoo Inc.‘s last-ditch efforts to avoid a takeover by Microsoft Corp. appear to be setting the stage for a dramatic finale featuring a rich cast of Internet and media stars.
Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang (Las Vegas, Jan. 7)

Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang poses for a photo in front of the Yahoo booth at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in this Jan. 7, 2008 file photo.  Internet icon Yahoo Inc., under pressure of a three-week deadline from Microsoft to accept its $41 billion buyout bid, on Monday, April 7, 2008 said it doesn't oppose a deal with the world's largest software maker but wants a better offer. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, file)

1) Yahoo and AdSense: a NonSense.

Yahooannounced today that it will begin a limited trial using Google’s AdSense for Search program in its search queries. The deal will apply only to traffic from Yahoo.com in the US. The test is expected to last for up to two weeks and will be limited to no more than 3% of Yahoo’s search traffic. Even so, just before being absorbed, they admit being so weak in their core business and strategic technology (!!! ??? !!!). What for? to undersell to Microsoft? They must be just crazy.

2) Yahoo and AOL:

They are close to an agreement to combine their Internet operations, according to the WSJ. Time Warner, the parent of AOL, would reportedly inject the unit and an unspecified amount of cash in exchange for a 20% stake in the combined entity. The agreement would value AOL at $10bn, but would not include the group’s declining dial-up business. Yahoo would then buy back several billion $ worth of stock, at a price between $30 and $40 per share, now traded at $28.50.

The comments

Last battles this week, the Yahoo saga of the multi-saga Armageddon is very close to an end:

– after a battered, defeated, masochist, even incapable of introducing a new version of its stupid and useless OS (producing all their anti-Schumpeterian rents: that is, monopoly rents derived from their anti-innovation and obscurantist policies), a strategically retiring Microsoft’s hyper-desperate move (its $44.6bn Yahoo bid),

– now it’s Yahoo’s turn being so desperate, really crazy and crying (grasping A0L, Google, and whatever else is at hand, in order not to fall into Bill Gates and Steve Ballman’s voracious mouths). The telenovela IS N0W: DESPERATE WEB2 HOUSEWIVES. Just Google, at the moment, keeps nerves under control: but not forever. Since, as Yahoo’s desperation is up, & their escape solutions down, Google will go crazy too, at the idea of one battle won by Ballman.

This and much more from breakingviews.com news:

a) jeff segal: Steve, throw in a few dollars or make the bid all-cash, and this deal is yours. b) robert cyran: scorched internet. If this is all Yahoo’s got, it’s not much … and TV today: Apr.10, Google & News Corp. B.views justintime! This is a Guinness: Google-Microsoft armageddon on Yahoo battlefield in just 53″ !!!

Basics: No Competition authority might ever approve a 90% ad-market share in Google’s hands

More from them, in our static page: weekly breakingviews. These weekly videos are accessible and updated also here, as well from their original site breakingviews.com, and from iTunes.

o8\o4\11 The Weekly View, Apr. 11

1) Ed Hadas; good and bad news from housing markets; as for the latter, there will be another -15% in house prices 2) Alan Greenspan’s self defense? No, thanks! He, alone, was 30% responsible of this disaster. According to IMF guys, who aìhave adopted Roudini’s estimate this week, this makes a public damage of $300 bn (NOTE. The last free market ideologue is definitely rejected out of history: à la poubelle, à la poubelle. But he must pay the bill, before going out)