1. Disk: I’m not exactly a big country fan. I like some more experimental things. Of course, Johnny Cash. It is impossible to remain indifferent to this voice. Last week’s surprise is Wilco, which embraces the genre with “Cruel Country.” The collective’s country roots have always been present in what they’ve produced, but with this latest work the embrace is huge. A big and very pleasant surprise.

2. Book: “War! Why is it? – The Role of Conflict in Civilization, From Primates to Robots, by Ian Morris, is an extremely provocative book. It gets nerve-wracking, because at a certain point you go from provoked to almost believer. Clearly and methodically, the author argues that war is of enormous importance in human evolution, in the way it ensures development. I know saying that can be shocking. But if you accept the reading suggestion, tell me if it makes sense or not.

3. I’m a bit tired. It’s not about age-related illnesses or my weight loss—a fantastic way to escape the fact that I’m fat (my wife’s grandfather called me “Mister Grosso”). I’m tired of thinking. Thinking about what I see, what I read, what I hear, what happens. Tired of not seeing an effort for the future to bring us growth and wealth.

Rudeness reigns, commonplace, the race forward to disguise ignorance, shamelessness on the face, servility, incompetence, corruption big and small, contempt. We live in a tasteless, tasteless soup, namely sour, because the time has long passed.

We have a government where there are not only mothers. Literally. A government that gives coverage to those who have personal and/or family relations with it; when the party card is a certificate of competence; where advisers are appointed for anything and everything, creating offices that are real monsters and serve no purpose at all. Advisors for this, advisors for that, specialist technicians, owners of the toilet key, professional guessers paid for by all of us.

I have no doubt in me that we are all to blame for this. All. Those who vote for these solutions; those who exercise the right not to vote, thinking that this relieves them of responsibility for everything; those who, by right, exercise the vote of revolt in solutions that cannot even be understood; those who vote to vote without trying to find out what best defends them. “Politicians are all the same shit” (sorry for the vernacular) is what you hear the most there. It may even be true. But don’t you think it’s a bit of a stretch to think like that, when you only know one fucking color? I know shit is shit, but it costs nothing to try something else, since that’s where to wallow.

Everything I wrote above obviously applies to me. I exercise a political activity, I am the regional chief of a party and I am not better than the others. I try to prepare myself for the different subjects I cover, and I like to think about solutions more than to “find” them. The solutions aren’t hidden under the rocks, nor are Captain Kid’s treasures. They are the result of studies and consultations with those who know. In Madeira, we have personnel who come and stay, to help with the solutions that, at the provincial level and constantly, are being sought, importing them. I am also responsible for not having the skill to help see that there are alternatives.

We live in a real ineptocracy. A subject to which I will return in more detail, but I move forward leaving the thought of Jean d’Ormesson: “ineptocracy is the system of government where those less prepared to govern are elected by those less prepared to produce, and where those least prepared to govern are elected able to support themselves, receive goods and services paid for by taxes and confiscations of the labor and wealth of a diminishing number of producers. In short, those who know nothing and produce little, put in power those who know little and produce nothing, so that they manage the wealth, goods and services confiscated from those who know something and produce something.

4. What strikes me is that each time you want to know more about a given subject, the regional government is obliged to “commission a study”. It seems to me that there are Chambers which have contracts with law firms, whereas they should and which have legal departments. When I talk about slimming down the state, it’s not only in its size, but also in the unnecessary spending it incurs.

Being always open to discussion and debate, a model similar to the one below would seem to me the most appropriate for the good governance of an archipelago of two inhabited islands and approximately 260,000 inhabitants.

a) The President of the Government would be entitled to: a director of cabinet, 2 secretaries, 4 advisers (including 1 press), 2 drivers. The President would accumulate the portfolio of Tourism.

b) Each secretary would be entitled to:

1 chief of staff, 1 secretary, 3 advisers, 2 drivers.

c) All Regional Directors must, at the headquarters of the Commission, be heard at ALRAM as soon as they are appointed.

c) A single press office for all the secretariats composed of 4 press attachés.


— Tourism (aggregated by the President of the Government);

— Environment, Agriculture and Sea;

— Equipment and Public Works;

– Health;

— Economy and Finance;

— Education, Science and Culture;

– Social Affairs.

To be very clear, and because what goes below is already what is legislated: the positions of chief of staff, secretariat, council, are considered positions of political trust. Thus, they are all temporary and for a fixed term, and as such they do not create any link beyond the end of the function, and there will also be no tailor-made competition to supervise these people with a view to future attachments to the public service. .

5. In The Art of War, Sun Tzu wrote, “When you surround the enemy, leave an exit through which he can escape, otherwise he will fight to the death.” It has nothing to do with humiliation. This is the possibility of letting the enemy retreat, without having to resist until the end, thus causing more damage and deaths. Contrary to what some defend, Macron and others like that, what the Russian army really needs is to be humiliated, rather: what the Russian army needs is to continue to to be humiliated. Even the victories he has had so far are meager. A victory that involves conquest is not just about conquered space, it has to do with what is above and with those who live there. Fulfilling one out of three criteria does not result in a victory. Only with the continued humiliation of the Russian military can they look back and see who is primarily responsible for this. And the name is that of the person who sent them on a three-day adventure, which after more than three months has already caused thousands of deaths and injuries, destroyed a lot of military equipment and is far from realizing what the plan initially planned.

Putin and his clique have failed everything. They are at the head of a hydra of gangsters, thieves, crooks, liars, a real danger for humanity. Not stopping this thing once and for all is wondering that now we’re going through exactly the same thing.

Do not humiliate someone who destroys everything with systematization: who destroys factories, schools, hospitals, churches, museums, civil administration buildings, who destroys entire villages leaving no stone unturned, residential buildings, which sends thousands and thousands of people fleeing senseless and rolling the bombardments, which have made more than 10 million refugees and displaced people? Leaving the Russian army a way out is one thing, not humiliating the army and Putin is another. What are the risks? Of course it is. But we must lead them in the name of the future and of peace.

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