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Only Who Can Prevent Forest Fires?
Sections of the Amalfi Coast have burned brightly over the last decade, leading to the vigorous practice of what Italians call dietrologia — the study of the true story of what lies behind (dietro) real events. A conspiracy of some sort is always involved:
The huge burnt-out ravine behind Maiori blazed for about ten days in the early part of the summer, leading to endless speculation:
- The fire was set by the companies that own the big Canadair firefighting airplanes that dump water on the conflagrations.
- The companies that are paid to reforest the burned areas set the fires now to drum up work for themselves.
- Landowners set the fires in order to cash in on the insurance payouts.
Not once have I heard that simple arson was involved, nor has there ever been any reference to natural causes.
Keep in mind that these theories were recounted to me by two different medical doctors, the head of an accounting firm, a senior salesperson from IBM, and various other university graduates.
Who says that fake news and unsupported speculation are the province of modern-day America. Methinks that we are just catching up.
Addendum: A wag once explained that there are a great many conspiracy theories in Italy because there are a great many conspiracies.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
- The Dartmouth College Case
- 2007 Trustee Election
- Dartmouth Constitution
- Sunday Morning Sinatra
- The Indian Wars
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