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The anality of evil

by talos Sat Mar 17th, 2012 at 09:17:06 PM EST

EU Commission President Barroso said:

"Greece's future passes through restoring both financial stability and growth potential. The support provided by the Commission's Task Force is a key instrument to support growth and jobs in Greece. The solidarity shown by many Member States, the Commission, and other international institutions is a very encouraging signal for this country. Let's build a future for Greece together".


The Daily Mail responded:

Is Greece becoming a third world country? HIV, Malaria and TB rates soar as health services are slashed by savage cuts: Prostitution and heroin addiction on rise as hospital budgets cut by 40%. Malaria levels reaching near endemic levels in some areas. 'The entire health system is deteriorating'

The Guardian chimed in:


Greece is on the breadline: newborn testing is under threat... a health worker warns that children will die from disorders that are easily detected and treated

"Whatever are you talking about? these sub-humans deserve more austerity" responded the Commission and the half-wits running the Greek provincial government eagerly assented:


...in preparation for the new cuts the government was reviewing public spending programmes, focusing on savings in social transfers, defense and the restructuring of central and local  administration.

There would be job cuts in the public sector according to a redundancy and recruitment rule of 1 entry for 5  exits. Athens is to further cut pharmaceutical spending and operational spending of hospitals as well as welfare cash benefits.

"The continuation of the very comprehensive international financial assistance can only be expected if policy implementation improves," the Commission report said...

But "Defending the equitable state, the welfare state, is the top  priority, a sine qua non condition for our survival as a civilized people" countered Nikos Xydakis.

"The  European social model has already gone" said Mario Draghi dismissively."Yes" agreed the local bankers happily, busy chewing the pound of flesh they stole from the hospitals and the schools.

"While our policies may be unpopular, profligate states are finally starting to reform" added Angela, the demented ordoliberal, pointing at the breadlines and the homeless in Greece with some satisfaction... We have these sort of people here at home too, we do keep them to their station...

Cross posted from histologion, at Migeru's suggestion, although much of it is ad libbing on diaries and links found here...

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When will the EU stop being part of the precipitate?

There are three stories about the euro crisis: the Republican story, the German story, and the truth. -- Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Mar 17th, 2012 at 09:37:12 PM EST
My last hope: François Hollande.
by cagatacos on Sun Mar 18th, 2012 at 08:59:09 PM EST
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Hope springs eternal in the cynic's heart.

There are three stories about the euro crisis: the Republican story, the German story, and the truth. -- Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Mar 19th, 2012 at 04:54:32 AM EST
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Cynism as self-defense mechanism of closet idealists?

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Mon Mar 19th, 2012 at 05:03:35 AM EST
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The original Cynics were idealists who made a lifestyle out of pointing out to others how their lives did not conform to the stories they told themselves.

There are three stories about the euro crisis: the Republican story, the German story, and the truth. -- Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Mar 19th, 2012 at 05:18:36 AM EST
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This is not to be taken as denial of the appallingly callous and plain wrong attitude of the Eurozone and EU to Greece, but is there not a better source on the problems faced by Greek society today than the serially mendacious Europhobic propaganda rag Daily Mail?
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sun Mar 18th, 2012 at 04:59:57 AM EST
Greece on the breadline: HIV and malaria make a comeback | World news | The Guardian

The incidence of HIV/Aids among intravenous drug users in central Athens soared by 1,250% in the first 10 months of 2011 compared with the same period the previous year, according to the head of Médecins sans Frontières Greece, while malaria is becoming endemic in the south for the first time since the rule of the colonels, which ended in the 1970s.

Reveka Papadopoulos said that following health service cuts, including heavy job losses and a 40% reduction in funding for hospitals, Greek social services were "under very severe strain, if not in a state of breakdown. What we are seeing are very clear indicators of a system that cannot cope". The heavy, horizontal and "blind" budget cuts coincided last year with a 24% increase in demand for hospital services, she said, "largely because people could simply no longer afford private healthcare. The entire system is deteriorating".

..."There has also been a sharp increase in cases of tuberculosis in the immigrant population, cases of Nile fever - leading to 35 deaths in 2010 - and the reappearance of endemic malaria in several parts of Greece."

According to Papadopoulos, such sharp increases in communicable diseases are indicative of a system nearing breakdown. "The simple fact of the reappearance of malaria, with 100-odd cases in southern Greece last year and 20 to 30 more elsewhere, shows barriers to healthcare access have risen," she said.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sun Mar 18th, 2012 at 06:00:54 AM EST
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Talos, I am sure, can tell you anecdotal stories which are much more persuasive. I know I hear them from relatives.
by Upstate NY on Mon Mar 19th, 2012 at 09:31:20 AM EST
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Actually the malaria thing is overblown, and very likely not related to the deterioration of Greece's health system. Cases have been occurring in a heavily irrigated part of the S.Peloponnese among immigrants who had previous exposure to malaria. The AIDS thing though is serious, and almost certainly due to the demise of needle exchange programs and a crisis-driven increase in prostitution.

But yes stories are plentiful. I have seen whole wards, maybe 35 beds in a public hospital, serviced by a single nurse. A nurse that has lost perhaps 40% of her income in a year and a half at that....

On the brighter side: There is at least one hospital BTW in Northern Greece that is occupied and self-managed by its staff, on a voluntary basis.

The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom - William Blake

by talos (mihalis at gmail dot com) on Mon Mar 19th, 2012 at 10:00:30 AM EST
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Try The Exile:

LETTER FROM ATHENS: INSIDE THE GREEK CRISIS WITH ANARCHISTS AND THE RADICALIZED EX-MIDDLE-CLASS By Alexander Zaitchik, MARCH 14, 2012

Greeks are not in the mood for insult on injury. Everywhere you turn you see signs of a country in collapse. On the day I arrived, a state mortgage agency had just closed around the corner from my hostel, and an employee was threatening to jump from the top floor, screaming about losing her insurance and being unable to care for a sick child. A couple days later, thieves waltzed into the Olympia Museum in broad daylight and stole dozens of ancient artifacts. The Minister of Culture offered to resign, but nobody cares anymore about the Minister of Culture.

Walk around Athens with a local, and within a few minutes they'll point at something and say, "That's new -- you never used to see that before." Usually it's a sight Americans have long grown inured to, but in Greece still causes pain and wonder. Like an old woman rummaging through garbage for food. Often these "That's new" moments are the spark behind the new forms of mutual aid and self-organization spreading throughout Greek society. This was the case of a 47-year-old former Internet marketer that I met one afternoon named Kostas Polychronopoulus. I found him in a downtown park called Klafthmonos, or Square of Tears, while he was giving away food to the newly hungry.

In December, Polychronopoulus had been unemployed for more than a year when he came upon two young Greek boys fighting over scraps of rotten food in a garbage can. The sight was too much for him. He went home and made ten sandwiches and tried to hand them out in the streets. He discovered that hungry people were often too ashamed to accept the handouts, so he got some friends together and started cooking communal meals on the streets. Slowly, people began to gather and join. Now he cooks almost every day in different places around city, including overcrowded refugee centers. His kitchen is part of a widening network of street aid institutions.



There are three stories about the euro crisis: the Republican story, the German story, and the truth. -- Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Mar 19th, 2012 at 09:46:41 AM EST
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This is a really good report BTW, talking to "real" black-blockers and relaying the perspective of the "no future" generation and the radicalized youth...

The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom - William Blake
by talos (mihalis at gmail dot com) on Mon Mar 19th, 2012 at 10:03:53 AM EST
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Angela, the demented ordoliberal

Nitpick, but if only she (or at least those Ms. Machiavellian is serving right now) would be an ordoliberal: as I argued, the current Shock Doctrine policies are far from that.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Sun Mar 18th, 2012 at 05:57:02 AM EST


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