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I would have thought that being dumber than the American far right was impossible, but the Italian far right manages to combine fascism with something far more insidious: fantasy novels. And their potential new leader and possible future leader of the entire nation bases her ideas on……..Tolkien. Giorgia Meloni, the hard-right leader who is likely […]
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Ye Olde Statue

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On June 22, 2020
Here’s a statue that definitely doesn’t need to come down. For centuries, in a picturesque Tuscan town near the Mediterranean coast, legions of pilgrims came to venerate one of Christendom’s most treasured relics — an eight-foot-tall wooden crucifix known as the “Volto Santo de Lucca.” According to the legend, “The Holy Face of Lucca” had […]

Silvio!

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In Robert Farley
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On May 25, 2012
Oh dear. One of the young women who attended Silvio Berlusconi’s “bunga bunga” parties told a court on Friday that she dressed up as a burlesque version of U.S. President Barack Obama to entertain the former Italian prime minister. In testimony during a trial against the 75-year-old Berlusconi on charges of paying for sex with […]

Pishtacos

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On November 21, 2009

From the “subplot excised from The Road for being too disturbing and creepy” file: Four people have been arrested in Peru on suspicion of killing dozens of people in order to sell their fa

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