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Find out who owes what to whom!

There is a very interesting graph you can visit at BBC business, that shows the debts of USA, France, Germany, Spain, Japan, Portugal , Greece, Italy ,Ireland and UK, in relation to one another.

I will give you the foreign debt per person for each country and foreign debt to GDP ratio.
The rest you can see on your own:

                                            Foreign debt per person          Foreign debt to GDP ratio

Ireland:                                        390.969 euros                          1.093%

UK:                                               117.580 euros                            436%

France:                                          66.508 euros                             235%

Germany:                                       50.659 euros                            176%

Spain:                                            41.366 euros                             284%

Portugal:                                        38.081 euros                             251%

Greece:                                          38.073 euros                             252%

USA:                                               35.156 euros                             101%

Italy:                                               32.875 euros                             163%

Japan:                                            15.934 euros                              50%

 

Impressive, isn’t it?

Read more directly from the source,  here.

 

 

 

 

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Posted by on November 21, 2011 in The role of Banks

 

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About rules

This is an exciting story about rules from Chris Cleeve, posted in the Guardian.

Enjoy!

“This week our 6-year-old withdrew to his inner sanctum with a black chunky marker pen, declaring that no one was to disturb him as he would be working on a Very Important Project.

Only his little brother was allowed in to see what was happening. Low and serious whispers emanated from the room. At intervals the three-year-old would emerge, under orders to fetch some delicacy necessary to sustain the worker. At such times, scuttling to fetch a biscuit or a glass of Ribena, the little one wore the secret and beatific smile of one who has been chosen to serve a higher calling. When asked what his big brother was up to he gave a pitying look, as if we could never understand.

This went on for an hour, by which time my wife and I were consumed with curiosity. Finally our six-year-old emerged in triumph, holding a single sheet of paper covered in his brilliantly wonky writing. His little brother squealed with excitement and followed him downstairs as, in scenes reminiscent of Luther nailing his Theses to the church door, our son pinned his text to our kitchen message board. We felt certain we were about to see something mysterious; something profound. When the boy stepped back with an air of pious satisfaction, we were at last able to see what he had written:

1 – sit on your cher nislee
2 – eetign nislee
3 – ask if yoy can get out ov the taibl
4 – sai pleez and tank you
5 – Lai the taibl
6 – cleen away the tayb
7 – chry evreefing on your food plat

Having expected at the very least an addendum to the Ten Commandments, I’ll admit to momentary disappointment at seeing a list of table manners that didn’t even include instructions on the proper placement of the desert cutlery, or an opinion concerning the propriety or otherwise of a woman reapplying her lipstick at the table.

Luckily my wife instantly saw the Big Picture, namely that our children at last seemed to be developing a primitive form of civilisation. Mealtimes with our three infants have always been a scene of appalling carnage, and my wife was quick to realise that we must nurture this unexpected interest in table protocol. So this is how we have spent the last few days, eetign nislee. I must say I prefer the weeks where we all get to dress up as superheroes and whack each other with rubber swords, but it’s true that mealtimes are more intriguing now.

For 24 hours, the rules were faithfully observed, and then a beautifully sinister transformation occurred. The rules which had so united the two boys somehow became a tool to divide them. The kids began to watch each other closely, and now whenever one makes the tiniest slip from decorum, the other will pounce: “You broke Rule Two! I’m TELLING!”

It’s fun to see how quickly the kids have progressed from anarchy, via the benevolent rule of law, to a police state in which citizen spies on citizen. Because the rules were quite hard to read, I took the liberty of typing them up. This has left my wife and I free to indulge in that other great pastime of centralised sates, the Orwellian evolution of laws.

At first the boys couldn’t recall the rule that said they had to give half of their oven chips to their parents but when we called their attention to “8 – share your food”, written in black and white, they agreed that they must have been mistaken and gravely ponied up their McCain’s. Our plan now is to add one new rule per day, making them gradually more outlandish until the kids learn that the law, for the governed, is a double-edged sword. Hopefully then they will tear the list up and we can wait for the day when, without the need of written instructions, a child of ours will finally sit on their cher nislee.

 
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Posted by on November 18, 2011 in The role of society

 

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Who’s next?

 

I have been silent this past week, waiting  to see how things are played out with this “crisis”.

Here’s how it has, now, been decided for the Greek people:

We get to have a coalition government consisted of the “socialist” party (Pasok) , along with the right party (ND) and the far right party (Laos). To our great surprise, four members of the far right were promoted to ministries ( Infrastructure and Defence) even though the party got less than 5 % on the last elections and wouldn’t see a ministry EVER, if the people had anything to say about it.
Which, they don’t…

The Pasok party kept the same ministers in all important ministries (I guess because they were doing suuuuch a good job…). These are the ministry of Finance (klapklapklapklap), the ministry of Environment (klapklapklapaklap), the ministry of  Education (klapklapklapklap) and the ministry of Parliamentarians’ protection, oh-excuse me, I meant Citizens’ protection.(That’s the ministry that commands the special police unit “MAT”. The new gas they sprayed, actually started killing people, they need to keep up with the good results!)

This bouquet of “renewed” government, is now been directed by our brand new Prime minister: Mr. Papadimos  (Big applause, here, please!)
European leaders are very excited to have him! His, was an excellent choice, that brought smiles and relief to the markets, the creditors and the PMs of the other occupied, oh-excuse me, I meant free democratic European nations. Excellent choice!
Why are they so happy, after he was directly involved in the Goldman Sachs “scandal”, about which they claim to have had absolutely no idea?

Could it be because they DID have an idea?

Could it be, because he is now, finally, fulfilling his role?

Could it be, because he is a banker?

Could it be, because he used to be the ECB’s vice president?

Could it be, because he was president of the Greek National Bank, right when PM Simitis was agreeing to Goldman Sachs’ creative accounting, so he will get to meet old friends?

Could it be, because he is a member of Mr. Rockefellers’ Trilateral Commission?

Of course not, you weird conspiracy theorists!
It’s because he is a fresh, un-spoiled, unselfish person who will do his best to defend his country’s interests and of course by doing so, the interests of all the European people!
You thought he would only protect the bankers’ interests… tsk! tsk! tsk! Shame on you!

To prove to you, how consistent and trust worthy the new PM is:
Two weeks ago, he was signing a financial article, explaining how catastrophic the 26/10 deal is for Europe, as well as Greece. Then, as soon as he was given the PM position, he announced the vital necessity of KEEPING UP with this agreement! Sure! It’s wonderful!

At least, he is keeping up the Greek Parliament’s national sport: Flipping! (I say what the people want to hear, until I am put into the position of actually being able to do the exact opposite!)

Great! He also says that there is no need for elections or any of that undemocratic stuff. His temporary government, just became indefinite…
I am sure his old friend, (Goldman Sachs’s manager, now President of the ECB) Mr. Draghi, is very happy about all these outcomes!

At the same time, there are some new polls out, published and played again and again in the news, that explain how the new government and the new PM, enjoy 70 % of the people’s trust! Exactly, the same 70% that would vote for a non –parliament party, last week, are now happy being ruled by the fascists, topped by a banker!

No comments about the Media… We knew already…

I am not feeling too optimistic. I could go on and on and I probably will in future posts, but, seriously…
if you still think that this is a Greek crisis, I urge you to think again.

We will keep on fighting it, of course, but we will surely not be able to stop them, alone.

P.S. Greece could solve this crisis, if it was its own, by defaulting. (A standard practice of dealing with solvency…) HERE IS THE CATCH:The contracts for the unpaid bonds are under Greek law, so they could be paid by any new Greek currency (like Drachma).
Signing the 26/10 deal turns these contracts under English law. That means that even when Greece does default, the bonds will have to be repaid in euros. This has already been the case for all the loans Greece has been forced to receive since 2009 under IMF/ECB occupation.Now the private (past) bonds will also be included.The balance between drachma and euro will make all of them impossible to repay, thus enslaving Greece to the lenders forever.

My question is: Who’s next?

 

 

 
 

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Binary rule!

After they decide about Who will be the protector of the lender’s interests,

we should also decide Who will be defending the debtor’s interests.

Binary ruling,

NOW!

 

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Still waiting…

While everybody is still waiting for the new pawn ,eehmmm, sorry, PM I meant, a new poll in Greece shows that only 30% of the population trusts the new coalition government (which ever that might be…).
Long live democracy!
In the mean while, Italian PM Berlusconi is forced to quit by Moody’s, or they threaten to further downgrade Italy, while a former Managing director of Goldman Sachs (Mario Draghi ), is now running the ECB.
I hope none of you has any more doubts about who is running our beloved Europe.
I am actually in a good mood! There is no need to convince you anymore about our common enemy:
Financial Dictatorship!
It’s out in the open!
Meanwhile, these questions remain:       Is this the Europe we dreamt of ?

and

How are we going to take it back?

 
 

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Logicomix- A marvelous Graphic Novel

Mathematics and philosophy meet comics through this exciting graphic novel! We follow the life of Mr Russel, the mathematician who dared remind his colleagues the biggest convention of modern science: between 0 and 1 lays INFINITY.”You dared touch infinity!” shouts a colleague in his nightmares. “Do you realize what you’ve done?” Exciting, funny and extremely informing. I would place it a schools. It makes it easy and fun to understand math, physics and philosophy.  A best seller in the states and translated in 20 languages so far, it keeps winning awards all around the world for its unique ability to tell the beautiful story of our mind’s evolution in an easy to comprehend manner and also to provide the inside of the minds and lives of the scientists that shaped this evolution..I recommend it with all my heart for grownups as well as children.

  • “It’s such an imaginative and fresh way to tell the story, and portrays mathematics as it is: a very human endeavor, full of tension, drama, humor and strange characters!”

    – NEW SCIENTIST’S BEST BOOKS OF 2009

A work of Apostolos Doxiades, Christos Papadimitriou,  Alecos Papadatos and Anna di Donna

You can visit the site and find out more about this colorful journey to logic, here! Enjoy!

 
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Posted by on November 6, 2011 in Good News

 

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Voting for confidence to an unknown government. Agreeing to support un unknown deal.

Democracy is packing. Logic has already left the building. Our Faith is looking for her camping outfit.

So, that was fun. I am sure there was a lot of alcohol consumed last night, as Greeks watched their “representatives”  addressing the parliament, before they decided at midnight whether the government will enjoy a vote of confidence or not. I’ll spare you the anxiety: OF COURSE IT DID!
So, a Vote of confidence it got, with 153 in favor, 145 against.

Why would anyone assume that they wouldn’t get it?

The complete lack of negotiation will, or/and skills? Signing off the entire country to loan sharks? Not defending the country against extreme lies and deception? Not avoiding world wide humiliation? Failing to oppose proven to be useless and catastrophic for the economy, EU measures? Brutally assaulting and suppressing all legal demonstrations against their policies? Promoting fear and panic through Media, trying to convince people they have no other choice but starvation? Ignoring official testimonies of lies and deception against the people? Refusing to address official accusations of treason?  Bringing the country at the edge of a cliff?

That’s no reason to not have confidence in  your government!

Well, here is a bit of backstage: Addressing what was at the time the most important political discussion in the world (even the american planning of Iran invasion, can not happen while the world economy is collapsing), the parliament was almost EMPTY. Maybe 20-25 people… Yeah, they started gathering around 21:00, when the party leaders would start talking, who cares about what anyone else has to say…
Then,  the entire main opposition party ( ND ) left the room, when the Greek P.M. was talking! They went for a snack! In case you are wondering why ND left, since they had agreed yesterday to create a coalition government, vote the deal and make the loan sharks happy, I shall explain: They took it back!  There was some conflict on the terms, ND didn’t like how the P.M. handled it or they couldn’t agree on the details, in any case, ND is out of the game! Which brings us to the following question…

Which is it exactly this government the parliamentarians gave their vote of confidence to?
Nobody, knows, yet! It has not been formed!

You need to understand this: In order for the P.M. to secure the vote of confidence, he promised to quit! Seriously, he promised to quit. (Please tell me I did a good job, and I promise to quit!?)

So, a lot of his party members who were threatening to vote against, were convinced, changed their decision the last moment and voted ok. Of course, it’s not the first time they say one thing then do another. We tend to see the Parliament as a gymnastics room, nowadays… They are experts on flipping. And so is the P.M. Unfortunately, nobody really trusts him to do anything he says. He will try to form a coalition government with other than ND parties… He might make his finance minister a P.M….( yeah, the people will love that..maybe then he makes the former P.M. the new government’s finance minister… You know, like the Russians do it. Just..swap!) I know I’m being silly, but I didn’t start it.
In any case, we are all waiting anxiously to see, how he is going to pull this one through, since the people do not care for any coalition government,no matter who is P.M. (People want elections. Polls show that 70% would vote for an extra-parliamentary party). But, whoever they turn out to be, we know that their job will be to ratify the EU deal.
Which brings us to the next question:
What exactly are the terms of this deal?
Nobody knows, yet! It has not been formed!

For now, we are “democratically” disabled. No referendum, cause it would either be a trap, or a big European misfortune, No elections, cause it’s not time for one yet, first we need to sign off the country.

I’m out of tequila and I can’t find my camping torch.

 
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Posted by on November 5, 2011 in The role of governments, The role of society

 

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