Thursday, December 28, 2006

You know, I had this thought...My own original thought!?

Who wants to play "ducks and drakes" with me and Martina Navratilova?
as we recklessly squander our questions like pearls to the pigs.
with a few exceptions of names, I wont elaborate at this point in time, out of respect to their families and bankers

Answer on You know, I had this thought...My own original thought!?

Your advocation of the lesbian abuse of waterfowl combined with inappropriate pig food and refusal to name names leaves this question with 0 nutritional content. The original Tyler d version was wholesome and filled with presyanaptic didaction. Consider your self puttied.

Italian history leading to present day?

10 major events of Italy's history
dates are essential ... for best answer

Answer on Italian history leading to present day?

- In the aftermath of war, the left-wing Resistance was disarmed and Italy’s political forces scrambled to regroup. The USA, through the economic largesse of the Marshall Plan, wielded considerable political influence and used this to keep the left in check.

Immediately after the war, three coalition governments succeeded one another. The third, which came to power in December 1945, was dominated by the newly formed right-wing Democrazia Cristiana (DC; Christian Democrats), led by Alcide de Gasperi, who remained prime minister until 1953. Italy became a republic in 1946 and De Gasperi’s DC won the first elections under the new constitution in 1948.

Until the 1980s, the Partito Comunista Italiano (PCI; Communist Party), at first under Palmiro Togliatti and later the charismatic Enrico Berlinguer, played a crucial role in Italy’s social and political development, in spite of being systematically kept out of government.

The very popularity of the party led to a grey period in the country’s history, the anni di piombo (years of lead) in the 1970s. Just as the Italian economy was booming, Europe-wide paranoia about the power of the Communists in Italy fuelled a secretive reaction that, it is said, was largely directed by the CIA and NATO. Even today, relatively little is known about Operation Gladio, an underground paramilitary organisation supposedly behind various unexplained terror attacks in the country, apparently designed to create an atmosphere or fear in which, should the Communists come close to power, a right-wing coup could be quickly carried out.
The 1990s heralded a period of crisis. In 1992 a minor bribery investigation ballooned into a nationwide corruption scandal known as Tangentopoli (‘kickback city’). Top business figures were imprisoned and the main political parties were reduced to tatters, creating a power vacuum into which billionaire media-mogul Silvio Berlusconi deftly stepped. After a short period as prime minister in 1994, he won the elections again in 2001 and went on to become Italy’s longest serving postwar PM. But his tenure was rarely free of controversy as opponents railed against his hold over Italian TV and support for American intervention in Iraq. The party came to an end in 2006, when, after an acrimonious election campaign, Romano Prodi’s centre-left coalition claimed the narrowest of electoral victories.

The Prodi interlude was short-lived, though, and in April 2008, Il Cavaliere (The Knight, as Berlusconi is known) once again returned to the top job, this time beating Walter Veltroni, the former mayor of Rome....