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A Lesson from Immigrants and Ellis for Germany

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Failure of the German RepublicMrs. Merkel displayed her superiority and invited thousands of immigrants from poverty stricken and war torn countries through Europe into Germany.

Now she doesn’t know what to do except to threaten southern European countries with cancelling the Schengen and asking them to pay for her mistake.

In an effort to replace the aging workforce, the German Republic has proven its inability to organize and provide the necessary resources to house, feed, and train, the new immigrants and to show and teach them why they should want to become Europeans.

Today the newscasts show that Germany has abandoned the immigrants on their own leading to rape, theft, and general disorder since the immigrants do not know what else to do.

Here is a lesson from 1892 in the USA that German leaders might want to see.

From January 1st, 1892 and closed in 1954. Immigrants that were accepted into the USA were given a $10.00 gold piece from officials upon her arrival to begin their new life.

People of different cultures and religions trekked across the Atlantic for 2 weeks to reach the new land of opportunity and only those who failed the minimal requirements set forth by the government were sent back.

The organization of the island had to cope with the following during a time period that did not have automatic washing machines, modern cooking facilities, or even the latest in medical care.

A small sample of the resources during the early 1900's of Ellis Island:

  • 750 beds in the Ellis Island Hospital
  • Laundry had over 3000 pieces washed and sanitized daily
  • Wards for the immigrants with infectious and contagious disease
  • Kitchens that fed thousands, not to mention the food
  • Staff housing for the personnel to live on the island
  • A court room for immigrants who were criminals
  • Autopsy room for the dead and a cemetery for those buried, and
  • The staff that recorded the history that provides the ancestry for many Europeans today.

Here is a glimpse of the moving experience of one immigrant.

ELLIS

Author JR, Story narrated by Robert de Niro

Greek subtitles translation by Dias Olymbios

The story of a man who left nothing to find something that would give him hope.

After watching this, is it any wonder why the people of Greece already economically stressed to the point where 3 out of 10 cannot afford to heat their apartments of water for bathing while at the same time they have accepted the humanistic role forced upon them by inept leaders.

It’s time that European leaders start taking responsibility seriously.

References:

Interview with German Finance Minister Schäuble in Davos: 'We Are Running Out of Time for Refugee Solutions'.

Unframed - Ellis Island 2014

Shadows Return to Ellis Island

Facts about Ellis Island that you never knew

European Commission Condones Corruption

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Pasok and New Democracy Default on Toxic Loans

Are you a European?

Do you like giving money to political leaders?

That is exactly what is happening with the money from taxes that you are paying.  The European Commission is writing off loans of the Greek political parties of Pasok and New Democracy.  Could it be doing the same for political leaders in your country?

There has been a tremendous amount of squabbling over Greek loan debts that are considered high risk in the market and the creditors of Greece are demanding resolutions.

The one that has not been mentioned is that of the Greek political parties of Pasok and New Democracy.

While governing Greece over the past thirty years, Pasok and New Democracy took loans from the banks in the amount of over 200 million Euros.

Pasok and New Democracy never repaid loans supposedly for election campaigns and other unknown uses and those debts were simply ignored until now.  Along comes Troika and uncovers a variety of “unhealthy” loans. Those loans include business loans taken by companies that collaborated with the political parties as well as those of home owners that have not been repaid, and considers them as “toxic” debt.  Now Pasok and New Democracy pass their loans problems into the mixture and into the hands of the European Commission to eliminate their own debt.

While the people of Greece suffer through the austerity measures, the European Commission reduces the debt of the same politicians that have brought the country to its economic destruction.

Homes are being auctioned to loan companies willing to take the risk that the home owners will continue to pay or they will lose their homes similar to that which happened in the USA.

Why is it that the members of Pasok and New Democracy are exempt from paying their loans, and why does the European Commission condone this?

The following is a translation of an article that appeared in a local newspaper rather than in one of the major newspapers of Greece.



The European Parliament and Commission associate

in the Debt Erasure of ND and Pasok

Retraction of the question was requested of the Euro Minister Nikos Hountis

Retract the critical question of the Euro Minister of the people's unity, Nikos Hountis, regarding the loans of New Democracy and Pasok, was requested by the services of the European Congress(!)

Mr. Nikos Hountis, because of his question shows, based on evidence, that the European Commission concealed the fact from the European audit and "turned a blind" eye regarding the erasure of debt of New Democracy and Pasok.

The request to withdraw his question, probably in collusion with the commission, expressed by a letter of the Directorate General of the Presidency of the European Parliament, with the reason that, "the commission does not have the jurisdiction under these conditions" and that "the role of the commission is not... public information services for individual loans from one bank, which has been recapitalized with government assistance".

Additionally, Mr. Nikos Hountis was called upon by the European Commission to withdraw the question otherwise he would be subject to expulsion by the President of the European Parliament for his decision of unacceptable conduct or not about the question.

As a reminder that before a month, Mr. Nikos Hountis in his question (D. T. 11/11/2015, “Responsibilities of the Commission for the erasure of the loans of New Democracy and Pasok”) noted that:
“The Commission, in a previous answer of (16.05.2014a) regarding questions by Nikos Hountis and his predecessor T. Skullakakis a Euro Minister, did not mention the fact, that the debt of the political parties (ND and Pasok) has already been deleted, that were under the amnesty of the bank officers.

On the contrary, our assurance to watch the case of the political party loans, expressed word for word: “The nominees to be observed, which have been designated for the Greek banks from January 2013, are watching the procedures to which new loans and the restructuring existing loans of borrowers, including the members of the political parties”.
The Euro Minister requested to be informed by the commission “if the answer then was a product of the lack of or misinformation and not an attempt to deflate the fact, such that it would be in the interest and to protect the then governing parties ND and Pasok.

Mr. Nikos Hountis answering the Directorate General of the Presidency of the European Parliament refused to withdraw his question and simultaneously sent a letter to the President of the E. P. Mr. Schultz, expressing besides that:
“It is unacceptable, in this period of austerity and incredible economic crisis, where the main them in Greece is the “Toxic Debt”, for which thousands of families are now on the streets because of their inability to repay, to theorize as “isolated” and “confidential” loans with a value of 230 million Euros, of the members of the political parties of Greece, to which participated as the most powerful political parties of the European Parliament (the People’s Party, the European Socialistic Party).
[…] It is extremely hypocritical to not want to answer these questions.

The Assistant Minister of Justice Demetris Papaggelopoulos (during the combined government of Samaras – Venizelos) answer the related question of the Minister of Syriza, Christos Karagiannidis, it is basically confirmed a “hidden agenda” from the rostrum of the parliament:

the archive of the case is due to the provision of article 78 of law 4146/2013, to which the essence provides asylum to the president, the members of the board and the bank officers for a category of loans.  …for this part it must be noted that there was another application, to which concerned the loans of ATE (bank) towards the political parties, which however this was linked to the file!”

The current government does not want or prevented Europe from restoring the file.
Why does this show that it was not in the interest of anyone (!) to cover up the 220 million that were “snatched” by ND and Pasok with non-transparent procedures that will be paid by the health of the fool (the people)!

Interpretation:
In short, the government and the EC accept that the loans of the Greek politicians can be eliminated simply using asylum that was never voted for by the Greek people.
The word asylum is being misused and infers to people not loans.
The word asylum according to the dictionary means:
1.    A shelter from danger or hardship
2.    A hospital for mentally incompetent or unbalanced person
So, which one applies to loans and which to political party members?

Maybe everyone should demand asylum for any loans that they have taken from banks!

A copy of the article in Greek is available from the link below.

Syriza the Experimental Clone of Pasok

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Syriza is Failing as a Political Party


Syriza is a Greek political party that was born out of the frustration of the Greek people in 2014 to make an extreme change to the consistent regimes of Pasok and New Democracy.  They won three elections with unprecedented results that showed the anger of the Greek people towards the other political parties.

The Greek economy was destroyed by the efforts of the previous regimes use of jobs for votes.  Problems included flawed government policies, cancerous corruption and graft, unproductive and costly public sector workers, and an inverse educational system that created a vicious circle forcing the people to pay what was the equivalent to taxation for everyday matters.

Syriza was and may still be viewed as a left wing communist threat by western partners although Italy was under a left wing communist government for many years even though most foreigners did not realize it.

So, what is Syriza doing today?
Since the last election in 2014, Syriza was supposed to negotiate more flexible economic conditions with the European partners but in reality not only has it failed to do so.  The terms that it now agrees to increase the risk of viability for the private sector and therefore the livelihood of the majority.

Yesterday Syriza announced that it will give salary increases of up to 25% to approximately 314,000 public sector workers which will cost an additional 107 million Euros in taxes to the amount that we are already paying while that amount could be used to reduce austerity measures or to benefit the general market.  Syriza is using a political tactic to guarantee jobs and therefore ensure their votes just as their opposition has in the past.

Most recently, Syriza is completing agreements with Germany, the “Capital of Europe by proxy”, that will sell off more of the Greece’s assets that was initiated during the reign of New Democracy and then blaming them.

The political party suffered more criticism this week due to penalizing a street vendor selling chestnuts.  The vendor has not paid for his license and during a check by police was stopped from earning about 30 Euros a day.  During the same period, Euclid Tsakalotos, the Greek finance Minister was quoted as “…we didn’t have time to go after the rich and create a sense of fairness” over unpaid taxes.

Syriza is failing as a political party because it never had a complete mission outlined and is creating the illusion that it is abiding by the wishes of the Greek people and has not accomplished priorities to avoid the lash back of major issues.

Syriza - The Coalition of the Radical Left

Pasok - Panhellenic Socialist Movement

New Democracy

Interesting reading

9 Myths About the Greek Crisis

Only Syriza Can Save Greece

European Opportunity Lost

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Predestined Dissolution of the EU
It should be obvious to everyone now that Europe has lost the perfect opportunity to finally form a United Europe.  The leaders are so myopic that they could not see through the forest of bad economic and monetary policy what could have been used to finally unite Europe into one nation.

Using the economic failures and short comings of the countries that have are on the edge of economic failure, Europe could have decided to make a change that would have altered the entire structure of the continent, its government, and its people.

Instead of seeing an opportunity, Germany the leading country in Europe only saw the fear of losing profits from the already made bond and loans that they shoveled into the European market.

By taking this path, Germany not only opened the door to increasing the extreme right wing but that of the danger of the extremist immigrants that they assumed would replace their aging work force.

The first victim of atrocities was France but from a strategic point of view why bite the hand of the country that provided entry into the center of your enemy camp when you can delay their demise.

Now that the majority of Europe has seen what has happened in France are they took a stance while trembling to stop the immigration.  The borders are now closed to those immigrants who are not on a mission while those who are will find a way through the maze of openings in the virtual fences, and even Greece will supposedly see a European force to guard its sea borders.

I have not written anything about the Muslims because they are people just like Christians and Jews and in that mixture there are both good and bad.

The southern Europeans will now pay the price of European mismanagement.
They will be forced to endure their own economic problems while accepting the additional burden of immigrants and refugees.

Europe has already begun marketing the idea as a “remember when the people of your country immigrated to other nations” to create the illusion of being Christian and charitable.  This will only increase the frustration of the already existing unemployment conditions; will only serve to increase tensions and possibly bring the EU to its predestined dissolution.

My toast for the New Year will be “To the dissolution of the EU and its ineptitude!”

The UnGolden Years of Life

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Not looking forward to the future!

Hmmm, I was under the impression that as time progressed so would people of the world.  What has gone wrong?

We now have just about anything and everything available to make our lives easier.  So how is it that instead of life becoming better, it is getting worse.  People are less educated even though they have a multitude of access worldwide through the use of the Internet to health, history, science, math, language, etc. that should provide answers to the enhancement of society but are not.

Now that I have reached the age of wisdom, yes a nice metaphor for those over 60, I thought that I could slow down and try to enjoy things that I have not been able to during my career.

The New Millennium of 2001 brought many changes into our lives:

  • George Bush is elected president of the USA
  • Let us never forget the terrorist attack of 9/11
  • The world’s first space tourist
  • The Apple iPod
  • The terrorist attack of Indonesia
  • The Space Shuttle Columbia disaster
  • The invasion of Iraq
  • George Bush is re-elected president of the USA
  • The Athens 2004 Olympic Games
  • Terrorist Train Bombing in Madrid
  • Exploration of Mars using rovers
  • Indian Ocean earthquake
  • Terrorist suicide bombers strike London
  • North Korea conducts its first nuclear test
  • The West African black rhino is declared extinct
  • Barack Obama is sworn in as 44th president of the USA
  • Americans and Greeks losing their homes and pensions

Just to mention a few as a reminder.

Are you seeing a pattern here?  We now have the G9, the G20, and other nonsense names for groups that are supposed to lead countries toward the improvement but what are they doing, nothing.

What we are not seeing is a reduction in the cost of education or better education to develop better leaders.

As I mentioned to an old high school friend, now I fully understand what "survival of the fittest!" means.

I guess that I will have to wait at least another twenty years since our “leaders” will probably raise the retirement age to 110 after that so that they won't have to pay anyone a pension.

According to WEBMD: What Makes the Golden Years Great?

2000 to 2009 Timeline Contents

Does the Immigrant Crisis Have a Hidden Agenda?

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What are the world leaders doing?

Everyone is talking about how western nations should accept more immigrant refugees and asylum seekers.

On the news from the German Deutch Weller TV, a young African man that has been accepted into Germany and has begun to settle into what is considered a normal working life, thanks Germany claiming it to be the best country in the world for giving him a chance.

On the news from a Greek TV station, another young man who illegally entered Greece from Turkey to the island of Mytilini among the other thousands demands better treatment and a faster response to prepare his paperwork that will help him leave for Germany.  At the same time, other immigrants seeing the news cameras turn away or pull their caps downward to hide their faces.

Germany is accepting immigrants as a humanitarian effort while at the same time preparing those who will be willing to work to replace the aging German work force.
As another thought to the typical European idea, is it simply a poorly disguised political strategy to be the first country that will claim Syria and other countries for the initiation of business through redevelopment projects after the war.
Why not, America has done this in countries such as Vietnam and elsewhere.
Isn’t it time that politicians stop selling the “humanitarian idea” as a method to get a foothold in other countries?  Isn’t this what has lead to so many problems in the first place?

Do the American bases in Germany have to worry about the influx of unknown and undocumented immigrants?  I would if I were them.


What nemesis hides among the immigrants? Disease and terrorist cells.
Western nations have spent billions protecting people from childhood through inoculation for diseases.  Imagine the costs of testing and inoculation, not to mention documenting all of these people many which either have no papers or falsified papers claiming that they are from any of the countries that are flooding Europe.

Where are the Gulf countries while all of this is happening?

The immigration crisis is a mix of various problems including war, the economic crisis, and will probably increase due to global warming.

There are no clear answers and numerous outcomes may soon be seen with regards to violence between western people and the immigrants.

Which Countries Are Under the Most Strain in the European Migration Crisis?

Now the truth emerges: how the US fuelled the rise of Isis in Syria and Iraq

The First National Hellenic American Genealogy Conference

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Greek Genealogy from New York City

On April 25th 2015, the first national Hellenic American Genealogy conference occurred at the Holy Trinity Cathedral Hall in New York City.

Dr. George D. Tselos, a Greek American from New York is a Supervisory Archivist and Head of Reference Services at the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island.

They are creating the first Museum known as the Ellis Island Immigration Museum to inspire Greek Americans to save their family history and heritiage through Greek Genealogy.

Here is the video clip from the conference that Debbie Siderators Petrides shared:

Some of the speakers in the video were:

Professor Louis Katsos provided opening remarks and other introductions.

Kathy Boulukos, co founder of the Greek Museum, the center for Greek American Heritage, spoke about the preservation of the memories from the Greek Diaspora that came to the USA.

Anthony, another example of successful Greek Genealogy research has created his and his wife's family tree.

Despina Petrides a genealogist with a heritage from Chios.

Peter Moskos, author of Greek Americans Struggles and Success, provides a look into the life of those who immigrated to the United States.

George Georgopoulos, Council General of the Hellenic Republic

References:

The Greek Museum - The Center for Greek American Heritatge

A listing of the passenger ships and their history and specifications from the 1800 and 1900.

The Ellis Island Immigration Museum, Part I: George D. Tselo

George Tselos: "Memories Guardian" on Ellis Island

Thinking Out of the Box the Greek Way

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Greek Political Terrorists Predict the End of Greece
The Greek election campaigns began with Political Terrorism.  The current party in power now holds a gun to the temple of the people for the first time telling them that they will be responsible for the destruction of Greece if they vote for Syriza.

Televisions and radio carry the threat by the banal political parties.  Their advertisements depict the young, the middle aged, and the elderly speaking with Mr. Samaras and Mr. Venizelos spewing phrases telling the people that their promises are the “truth” and that they “continue their truths” from the last thirty years that they have proven otherwise from the amount of corruption that we have seen and heard on the news and that which we cannot even imagine.

The feeling among the Greek people is simple, if the current party in power is trying so hard to sway us against Syriza, then they must be afraid and hiding what they have done and been doing for the last thirty years.

Now Greek citizens are confronted with a left wing political party that promises to do what the others have not.  To actually bring to justice those who have robbed the people of Greece not only through tax evasion but through kick backs that the people have also paid for through their taxes.

Who would you believe when at the same time there is no one to protect you either way!

The news fails to iterate analytically that only those who were or are receiving a pension or a wage as an employee, which are the majority, were paying taxes while those who had their own companies or were politicians avoided or delaying the payment of taxes and at the same time others were tax evading.

At the same time, the television newscasts continue to uncover discoveries of millions of Euros that are either hidden in Greece or in banks abroad by politicians and their cohorts.

Meanwhile, the government claims that they have no money but spend it traveling throughout the country and on numerous mudslinging television commercials even though the people are saying that they should have limited their campaign spending.

New Democracy and Pasok claim that if Syriza, who is currently leading at the polls, wins that Greece will self-destruct.  The same commercials depict the poor leadership by the current party from the use of psychology to terrorize the people.

Who will win this Sunday and what will happen is anyone’s guess.

The mottos of the political parties: (no particular order or preference)
Syriza – Moving Greece Forward and Changing Europe

New Democracy – We tell the truth, we guarantee the future

Pasok – We hold responsibility high

Potami – Let’s Change Greece
They describe 99 points of change for Greece

KKE – Power to the People

There are others, too much in fact, that are a waste of time and the people’s resources.


Quotes that politicians should heed:
We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office. Aesop

Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime. Aristotle

Confront them with annihilation, and they will then survive; plunge them into a deadly situation, and they will then live. When people fall into danger, they are then able to strive for victory. Sun Tzu



References:

List of political parties in Greece

ECB’s Statistical Data Warehouse

List of countries by external debt

Greece: Financial Position in the IM Fund as of December 31, 2014

The General Archives of Greece and Greek Genealogy Research

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Greek Genealogy in Greece

Researching Greek Genealogy through the General Archives of Greece

I had the opportunity this past week to see an exhibition of the General Archives of Greece (GAK) that is celebrating their first 100 years.

The exhibition was at the Eugenides Foundation located on Sygrou Avenue in Athens Greece. The Eugenides Foundation houses the planetarium and a terrific library that has both English and Greek books, magazines, and more. It is one of the oldest and serious organizations that promote education in Greece.

If you are researching historical facts, the GAK has offices located throughout Greece. Their personnel are knowledgeable and friendly. I have found them to be very helpful when searching for historical ancestry of the Greeks.

The Greek archive records include lists, magazines, photographs, letters, and documents pertaining to individuals and companies. Some of them include letters from the family of the ex-king, and others are in various languages.

The information that one can find is limited to the area and the time periods due to war, earthquakes, etc. but it is very interesting and can provide a variety of ways to discover information about individuals from their school to work.

Using historical materials from the GAK in your search for Greek ancestry is especially helpful because many older documents maybe available through them whereas they may not be in the local Greek services.

Here are some photographs of the archive materials that I saw.

Photographs from the Greek archive records collection

Eugenides Foundation

General Archives of Greece

Blood is Declared Valuable and Taxable in Greece

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Taxation of Greek Blood Donors


Well its time to give the Greek Ministry of Taxation the Flying Fickle of Fate Award for outstanding stupidity.

For those of you that know who remember the show Laugh-in with Dan Rowan and Dick Martin will appreciate this as the Greek government steps in their own dung again.

Aparently the finance ministry is looking for money anywhere it can get it so badly that it is willing to tax blood donors because they believe that the gesture of giving blood is valuable enough to be taxed.  I am really surprised that they only targeted the blood donors and not those who receive the blood.   Ooops, I guess that I better not say that otherwise they just might do that.

The blunders of the Ministry of Taxation in Greece now resound once again as they announced to taxpayers that they could now correct the mistakes of the real estate or property tax known as ENFIA.

Due to the failure to properly train accountants from the very start of imposing the requirement of a declaration of property in 2005, every property owner will now be required to visit either their accountant – tax preparer or one of the offices of the tax department along with a mechanical engineer and maybe a lawyer or notary to support the corrections necessary, and of course pay for the mistakes made by the government again.

I will also mention the fact that the government required the submition of the notorious form E9 from everyone because they simply lost a large batch of them years ago.

Remember Doctors that the next time some minister ends up on the operating table in a Greek hospital, ask them to pay for the blood or else!

Reference in Greek:

Φόρος… αίματος για τους εθελοντές αιμοδότες!

Enjoy a show from Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In in this video that Goldie Hawn playing the dumb blond and Arte Johnson appears as well.

Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In

What Happens When Your Country is Declared Bankrupt

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Country Bankruptcy ExposedWhen the financial crisis finally exposed all the inequities and corruption of the Greek government and its system, now known as Kleptocracy, I began to search for information about other countries to learn about their experiences in economics was global or not.

I have experienced firsthand what it means for the people of the bankrupt country of Greece to live everyday while also seeing what happened to Cyprus.

At the university, some students study accounting, economics, and taxation but those studies never delve into the abyss of country bankruptcies or the class (lower, middle, upper) inequalities, and the effects of taxation.

Countries or should I say political parties are now looking at what happened to Venezuela, Greece, and Cyprus and analyzing how those scenarios apply to their own.

Assigning blame won’t solve a problem that has accumulated over years of ignorant or blatant stupidity; it will only delay solutions.  The answers are incredibly difficult and require leadership and foresight to avoid falling into economic despair.

Which path to take?
The real questions are how much are you willing to lose and whether you can afford to lose your life’s work and savings.  This is where the decision makers that include the country politicians, the IMF, and Troika step in to take that decision away from the people.

One path
Fast or slow market death and therefore increased unemployment and poverty.
Increased unemployment equals less spending.
Less spending equals businesses closing.
Business closing leads to Government ownership of businesses.
This decision was applied in Greece and has developed into a vicious circle that requires some form of investment injected into the economic stream that will hopefully produce a positive economic result.

Another path
Immediate reduction of individual wealth and assets regardless of class, which is what was decided for Cyprus by OTHERS.

Both paths saved the countries fictitiously.  They are not governed their own citizens but by the EU, the IMF, Banks, and even the OECD.
Both countries are expected to struggle into the year 2020 under a global economy that is already showing signs of unanticipated problems.

What’s the difference?

The differences are how fast or slow an economic death do you want to face when businesses close.  Savings accounts are drained to pay taxes and to repay loans from the countries that your country is borrowing from but to also feed government bloat by employees that continue to be the primary cause of the problem.

Should the fight bring politics into the solution?
If you have classified yourself as being a left, center, or right wing politically do you really think that this applies when the axe falls?  The problem is a financial one that requires proper management of government and all that government encompasses including assets, money, and human resources.

The justification by politicians is that you voted for them and what they did is therefore your responsibility.  This is true but was the decisions made with complicity or innocence.

This is a fight for your well being, both psychologically as well as financially, not to mention that what you have toiled over the years to amass could disappear over a weekend.  Why a weekend?  That’s when the banks close and you find that a percentage of your money has been confiscated on Monday morning for the good of the country that created the problem in the first place.

Should government employees be judged?
If you bring politics into the fight then each political party will produce their own verborhea (a diarrhea of the mouth) to justify their decision making.

My opinion is that it depends on the country.  In Greece the political parties hired employees to insure their votes and therefore my opinion is that the majority should be dismissed.  A proposal has been created to objectively rank government employees but they do not want to accept that simply because they fear it will be used by each of the political parties that they do not belong to as a power struggle.

What are they to do after losing their jobs?  The only answer that I can give is that they return to farming from which they came in the first place.

The outcome
Greece has not succeeded in positive change as yet and if it does not, then the people will be forced to participate in a war lead by civilians rather than a humane solution.

As an example, the government initiated a real estate tax that should be based on property valuation but is actually based on what the government wishes to collect to continue the use of a vote for job campaign.  This is a farce that is devised to show foreigners that the government is changing methods of the past but in actuality this means that as they increase their spending it will increase the amount of taxes that property owners will pay thus creating a mirage of change.

The percentage of corruption in a country will determine how much its citizens will suffer from the sins of the father’s.

Economic recovery in a problematic global economy is difficult; add the fact that other countries become the sharks circling to take advantage of migrating citizens; add whatever services or products you produce reduced in price, and the outcome of positive economic results are strenuous.

Class structure is destabilized by the failure of legislation to create and enact fair taxes in a global environment.

I hope that my opinion and this information will shed some light to those who foresee their own country heading into economic doom or help citizens to understand how important it is to have the right people to vote for during elections, and why education is the basis for better decisions by citizens.

References:

IMF

The OECD defines the quality of agricultural products to reduce product pricing to make them more affordable without consideration of quality.  The quality of food, especially in Greece, is correlated to the longevity and quality of health.  Are organizations contradicting the health issues?

OECD

Troika

Surviving Thirty Years in Greece

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Moving into the next decadeToday is the first day of the rest of my life, well not really.  I have just closed thirty years of living in Greece while at the same time I celebrate my sixtieth birthday, that’s 60 years young in mind, although I can’t say whether or not the body will agree with that any more.

It all started as an idea that living in Europe would enhance the biographical profile of my resume.  I thought that I would venture into the realm of European Business and learn multiple languages that would eventually increase my net worth as a business partner through networking.  It did not and if you are one of those considering something similar, don’t bother especially if you live in the USA, Canada, New Zealand, or Australia.

I have managed to learn Greek, not just the curse words and phrases, and a few other languages that I rarely use such as Italian, and even tried improving my Spanish, but the culture shock is extremely difficult.

Greeks and Europeans continue to strive in a lifestyle that resembles living in medieval times while using smart phones and tablets on their merry ways to work and market.

Looking back over the years since 1983, I have seen many changes in Greece:
Street signs and maps that actually allow you to find where you want to go.
Traffic lights now operate 24 hours a day.
The banana status; where once upon a time only the wealthy bought bananas.
We used to call ourselves millionaires when we used the Drachmae.
We may soon become billionaires if we exit the Euro.
Every street corner now has a third world foreigner looking for a hand out.
Gypsies have disappeared from the street corners.
The price of a souvlaki has increased a million percent.
You can sit at a cafeteria for few hours, used to be a day, after ordering one coffee.
The average Greek person is now two times larger (fast foods?) in size.
Hardly anyone drinks tap water.
The stores are larger; services are chargeable and almost useless.
The government now uses the English term “fast track” but new business startups still have to wait.
The majority of small businesses are now closed.
Answers to email are still as slow as snail mail.
Government services use the FAX even if they have an email address.
Taxes are filed via the Internet but they will not email you about upcoming payments or other pertinent information.
The sale of make-up has increased about one thousand percent.
Greek women all want to be blondes.
Oh yea, America thinks that it is technologically advanced.
And finally, I am a year older.
Hysterical isn’t it, if you don’t laugh at this list then you are probably crying.

Sadly, the one most important change that has not taken place is that of kleptocracy.

As with all things over so many years, there have been both the good and bad that can change our lifestyles and form the basis of future decisions.  Being human we try to forget those who we have lost and remember the happier moments in our lives.

The best thing that happened to me over these years is my wife, what’s her name, who I met in Greece and who I have been with for 24 years now, OMG!

Thanks to my friends in Greece who help keep each other sane.  I have managed to survive 30 years of life in Greece.

Anyway, a Happy Birthday to me!