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Italy's "Pitchfork Movement" Mapped

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From Stratfor

Since Dec. 9, the Pitchforks Movement has been staging rallies across Italy, blocking highways and rail and subway stations and protesting in front of public buildings. The protests are relatively small, comprising a few thousand people in each city, but they are widespread, stretching from Italy's poor south to its wealthy north. The Pitchforks Movement first gained notoriety in Sicily in January 2012 when a group of agricultural producers and trucking companies blocked highways on the island for nine days to protest rising fuel and fertilizer prices, a result of austerity measures instituted by the government of Prime Minister Mario Monti.

Originally, the Pitchforks Movement had a heavy Sicilian element; it criticized the central government in Rome and sought greater autonomy for the island. Over the past year and a half and for various reasons, the movement has expanded beyond Sicily. The Pitchforks Movement is part of a growing trend in Europe. As the unemployment crisis lingers, the traditional representative institutions -- political parties and trade unions -- are proving incapable of channeling social unrest. In turn, groups that originally represented specific sectors are increasingly receiving support from other parts of the population. In several European countries, such as France and Spain, these groups are gaining popular support and participation from already disgruntled youths, workers, retirees and the unemployed. The emergence of groups like the Pitchforks Movement will likely become more common, since the economic crisis in Italy is unlikely to go away anytime soon. Their biggest challenge is becoming coherent enough to produce a lasting impact.


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Thu, 12/12/2013 - 16:00 | Link to Comment Crash Overide
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Every country with a central bank needs a pitchfork movement...

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 16:13 | Link to Comment Son of Captain Nemo
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With pairs of lawmakers testicles hanging from said "pitchfork".

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 16:17 | Link to Comment BLOTTO
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Pitchfork vs Pitchforks



Thu, 12/12/2013 - 16:44 | Link to Comment samsara
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......while in a Jacuzzi with hands tied behind her back in an apparent suicide with gunshot wound to back of head while riding in Cessna in a fit of depression while hanging herself. 

Don't know if Box Cutters were involved.

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 16:51 | Link to Comment TPTB_r_TBTF
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"The other eight people on board were rescued"

What a "coincidence"


Thu, 12/12/2013 - 17:19 | Link to Comment Salah
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Under Clinton was known as "Arkancide".

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 17:47 | Link to Comment Pure Evil
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Those that think they can dance along the event horizon soon find themselves face to face with the singularity.

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 18:54 | Link to Comment PRO.223
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I wonder who mapped this, NSA's drone dept?

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 16:47 | Link to Comment Son of Captain Nemo
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If only "Paul Wellstone, Mel Carnahan, Mike Connell" and (too many others to even count within the last 5 Presidents alone) could have gotten it to the "Free Press"?

Where is Michael Hastings these days?

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 19:48 | Link to Comment Redhotfill
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Eventually when the empire no longer needs you.....   

The murder of Darth Plagueis
"It's ironic. He could save others from death...but not himself."
?Palpatine reflecting on his killing of Plagueis.
Thu, 12/12/2013 - 19:42 | Link to Comment Redhotfill
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Wish I could give this a +100

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 16:19 | Link to Comment Miffed Microbio...
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Yes, I noted the Argentinians failed with the banging pot approach. Apparently banksters aren't dissuaded by load noises. A pitchfork stuck in your ribs is hard to ignore.


Thu, 12/12/2013 - 17:33 | Link to Comment Harbanger
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So the Argentinians then voted in Fernandez-kirchner,  an even more leftist socialist than they had before.  Maybe they need to bang the pots on their heads.

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 17:47 | Link to Comment Pure Evil
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Or at least turn the heat up to see if the water has started boiling yet.

Fri, 12/13/2013 - 05:16 | Link to Comment Ar-Pharazôn
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the only thing we need is guillottine

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 16:00 | Link to Comment JLee2027
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ominous name

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 16:27 | Link to Comment Harbanger
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The pitchfork movement is an anti-establishment movement.  In the US the anti-establishment movements are label hjackers and terrsts.   We don't have the stomach or balls for disagreement and conflict here, we prefer bi-partisan compromise.

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 16:47 | Link to Comment Headbanger
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I want to start the "Bayonet Movement".  

If there's any movement after they're shot..  Then bayonet..

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 16:55 | Link to Comment gratefultraveller
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You see, like in the rest of the southern european countries, in Italy, specially in the south, social life happens in the streets and on the squares - people in towns and villages actually *do* talk to each other on a daily basis, be it during the aperitivo in the evening after work, be it Saturday mornings at the market or be it Sunday afternoons just strolling up and down the crowded shopping streets in the town center. Basically everybody of any age and social standing, just to enjoy the company, to see and be seen.

These people are intelligent, aware and proud of their roots and their history predicting those of the "usurping" Rome. Add a side of economic crisis, and pretty soon you have a social movement with an interesting potential going.

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 17:04 | Link to Comment Harbanger
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They also value a traditional family structure and their men haven't been completely neutered by political correctness.  Same for Georgians and others who haven't suffered the progressive plague of the west.

Fri, 12/13/2013 - 06:19 | Link to Comment Ar-Pharazôn
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you dont follow italy news very well

their monkey minister Cecile Kyenge, is preparing to pass a bill that will change this concept very deeply.

before it was: father, mother system.

after it will be: parent 1 & parent 2 system.



Thu, 12/12/2013 - 16:01 | Link to Comment SquirrelButtDan
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Stratfor? Hmm...where have I heard that one before? o_0

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 16:20 | Link to Comment ThirdWorldDude
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Have you traveled to Ukraine recently, I hear they're famous there...

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 16:03 | Link to Comment dizzyfingers
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We need a guillotine movement.

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 17:15 | Link to Comment Salah
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Italy...get ready for this:

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 17:41 | Link to Comment Kirk2NCC1701
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That's exactly what came to mind when I read the headline.

I then scrolled down, to see if anyone (besides LoP) had already commented on that, and yup, there you are.  :-)

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 18:11 | Link to Comment Looney
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... "We need a guillotine movement"...

Hey-hey-hey, I have 20 units ready to be shipped  ;-)


Thu, 12/12/2013 - 16:05 | Link to Comment TheLoveArtist
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We need an extreme recircumcison movement for the Banking cartel members

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 16:27 | Link to Comment El Vaquero
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It's like the queen of spades instead of the queen of hearts.




(Yellen's too)

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 17:44 | Link to Comment Kirk2NCC1701
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A Priest and Rabbi are neighbors.  The Rabbi sees the Priest getting a new car and sprinkling holy water on it.

Not to be outdone, the Rabbi buys a new car at the higher Trim Level, and cuts an inch off the tail pipe.  ;-)

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 16:09 | Link to Comment oddjob
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I thought those red dots might be Italian T-shirt retailers that accept bitcoin.

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 16:09 | Link to Comment Martin Silenus
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Pitchforks and torches and lotsa strong rope.

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 16:07 | Link to Comment TheLoveArtist
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The devil's pitchforks 'The Menorahs' have already been out and about doing their damage for quite some time.  Too late for these Italian pitchforks to restore order.

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 16:45 | Link to Comment TPTB_r_TBTF
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The Menorah is Yahweh's Pitchfork.


That jewish God of War and Oppression is always trying to make the Devil look bad.

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 16:15 | Link to Comment gratefultraveller
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Thu, 12/12/2013 - 16:37 | Link to Comment ShorTed
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Very succinct.




Thu, 12/12/2013 - 16:15 | Link to Comment CrashisOptimistic
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More police club fodder of people walking in the street talking loudly.

When there is a Scoped Sniper Rifle Movement that can target elite heads from a mile away, then something significant exists.

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 16:26 | Link to Comment Miffed Microbio...
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I certainly think a good sniper will be in demand at some point. An invaluable skill to have. Having shot a weapon used by a sniper, I can appreciate the difficulty and admire those who have skills as Master Marksmen.


Thu, 12/12/2013 - 16:42 | Link to Comment El Vaquero
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I know that I can hit a man sized target at 600 yards with my M1, and that's iron sights.  I also got to see what the M1 when loaded with 155gr hollow point boat tails does to flesh this weekend.  There was a lot of mush and liquid in that elk's chest cavity from the shock, and she folded instantly. 

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 21:20 | Link to Comment 22winmag
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Judging by 2013's all time record gun and ammo sales, that might be just around the corner.

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 16:22 | Link to Comment insanelysane
Thu, 12/12/2013 - 16:43 | Link to Comment W74
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Scanned that article.  They had the option of not forking over their money.  It really comes down to that.  My Aspie brother gets gouged all the time because people take advantage people like him who are too timid to tell scammers to fuck off.

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 17:52 | Link to Comment ToNYC
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Francesco Rosi and Roberto Rossellini made such tales indestructible in the mid 1940s and early 1950s.....not made-for-TV movies. The neo-realism is still fresh, the neo- is unnecessary, said Roberto.

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 16:41 | Link to Comment gratefultraveller
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Second attempt...

"Interior Minister Angelino Alfano told parliament the unrest could "lead to a spiral of rebellion against national and European institutions."
The protesters' precise aims remain vague beyond demanding the government be replaced and parliament dissolved."

- Sure, behead the parasitic crime syndicate, and basically half of the job is done.

"We intend to defend the freedom of our citizens to live in safety and of our shopkeepers to do business," he said."

- as in: "Man, don't scare my cows, they won't give milk anymore"?

"He said the government had tried to open talks with the protesters but it was difficult because there were so many different groups and no clear leaders."

- Yeah, you sure wish for a single leader that can be bribed, jailed or killed, do you?

May constant and omnipresent fear sit on your neck and those of your national and international associates in crime like a rabid cat for the rest of your lives

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 16:55 | Link to Comment RaceToTheBottom
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A unused pitchfork should be viewed as a wasted pitchfork

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 17:13 | Link to Comment TPTB_r_TBTF
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This "movement" is just a few hoodies throwing rocks at police.

Quit typical for Europe actually.

The police in Europe are not as trigger happy as police in "other" areas of the World.

So the hoodies feel safe to dig up the sidewalk and throw it around.

So they do.


Thu, 12/12/2013 - 17:54 | Link to Comment Kirk2NCC1701
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It wouldn't hurt to hang Effigies of Mussolini (hanging upside down) and Bankers, for bankers & politicians to take note.

The sheeple in the US don't have the stones/balls to do this, but will happily "chat" about it.

O.T. but related, regarding "Protests" in wider Europe...

Note that when such events happen in the US, EU or even in Turkey, they are labeled as Rebels, Vigilantes or Mobs, and the LEAs are "keeping Law & Order".  But when it happens in a place like Kiev, they are called Freedom Marchers or Protesters, and the LEAs are "Oppressing the People".  Fucking two-faced hypocrites!


Thu, 12/12/2013 - 18:14 | Link to Comment gratefultraveller
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Ain't it so - the chuzpe of our purported leaders truly is brazen.

Earlier today Spiegel Online, the (affiliated) online-service of Europe's most important news magazine came out with the following title and subtitle:

"Primary surplus - Greece announces surplus of 2.7 billion Euros

In the first eleven months of the year the government in Athens has taken in more money than it spent. The primary surplus - without taking into consideration the enormous interest payments - was 2.7 billion Euro".

As in saying "If I wasn't so deep in debt I'd be rich"???

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 21:24 | Link to Comment ZH11
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"We belong to a generation that lives very well in this fiction. That has never counted on either a pension or the right to work, let alone rights at work. That isn’t even “precarious,” as the most advanced factions of the militant left like to theorize, because to be precarious is still to define oneself in relation to the sphere of work, that is, to its decomposition. We accept the necessity of finding money, by whatever means, because it is currently impossible to do without it, but we reject the necessity of working. Besides, we don’t work anymore: we do our time. Business is not a place where we exist, it’s a place we pass through. We aren’t cynical, we are just reluctant to be deceived. All these discourses on motivation, quality and personal investment pass us by, to the great dismay of human resources managers. They say we are disappointed by business, that it failed to honor our parents’ loyalty, that it let them go too quickly. They are lying. To be disappointed, one must have hoped for something. And we have never hoped for anything from business: we see it for what it is and for what it has always been, a fool’s game of varying degrees of comfort. On behalf of our parents, our only regret is that they fell into the trap, at least the ones who believed."

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 22:26 | Link to Comment monger
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cool. who was that masked man?

Sat, 12/14/2013 - 15:32 | Link to Comment Not Goldman Sachs
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Guess what would have happened if the OCCUPY clan had brought their pitchforks. The US Police State would have turned violent...and then called in the Drones if necessary.  Uprisings will have a difficult go of it in the USSA.  The USSA has not been spending all that money on Military and Homeland Security only for international terrorists.

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