It’s All Greek To Me


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If this was ever true then their current situation must be pure fear:

I have known uncertainty: a state unknown to the Greeks.”

~Jorge Luis Borges

I think this is closer to the truth when it comes to Greece:

Greece isn’t a democracy now it’s run through a troika – three foreign officials that fly into Athens airport and tell the Greeks what they can and can’t do.

~Nigel Farage

About Fancy Jack

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452 Responses to It’s All Greek To Me

  1. Darth says:

    A sauna right out of Grimm’s fairy tales. It would make a nice lil cabin though.

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/21680340@N08/
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  2. fi says:

    Atlantic Road, Norway, they have built some spectacular bridges.

  3. fancykat says:

    Night too the realm and jack. Peace!

  4. EYES ONLY says:

    ‘Mornin’, Realmsters!..CAWFFEEEE!!..We finally got some rain after a two-week drought and it’s 57F after the front went through..brrr..Busy day ahead..well, relatively speaking….8-)

  5. bubbagumpy says:

    In my neck of the woods in southern Missouri, we just had a county Sheriff close a sizable town, Cassville, due to massive rain! Cassville is living up to the name of a nearby state park: Roaring River! Hip-waders needed today.

  6. fi says:

    Hello, can’t decide whether to have Chinese takeaway or fish & Chips tonight……………….decisions, decisions!

  7. bubbagumpy says:

    Nineteenth century wisdom, still true in the twenty-first century’s media.

    “If you don’t read the newspaper you are uninformed;
    if you do, you are misinformed.” — Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  8. bebe says:

    All American food in the twenty first Century.

    Summer cooking at its best is a streamlined affair. Nothing too complicated. A sliced melon or a chilled tomato soup. Something tasty on the grill, like a steak for slicing, some sausages or some vegetable kebabs. Or a giant colorful salad. The goal is a meal that is light, bright, refreshing and restorative.

    If you are cooking indoors, keep it simple. Don’t use a lot of pots and pans when a single pan will do.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/08/dining/curry-noodles-with-coconut-milk-and-shrimp.html

  9. bebe says:

    I am a fan aren`t most of us are ?

    “For the second straight day, Pope Francis offered an enormous outdoor mass in Ecuador on Tuesday, this time in Quito, the capital, at the city’s former airport, since renamed Bicentennial Park. Francis seized on the name of the park to say it harkened back to Latin America’s “cry for independence” from colonialism more than two centuries ago.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/projects/cp/reporters-notebook/pope-francis-ecuador-bolivia-paraguay

  10. fi says:

    {{Burp}}

  11. MSolomon2 says:

    • bebe says:

      Great fancy.
      We have Sherrod Brown but…

      • fancykat says:

        I love our Senator Brown bebe. Mark Twain is so good at quotes. Guess I’ll have to go to Cincinnati. 😀

        • bebe says:

          HA… they say Mark Twain worked here for a while but that quote sounds so good for his personality but is debatable if he really said it fancy 🙂

          • fancykat says:

            Perhaps he did bebe but when I read quotes I often wonder if it was really said.

  12. fi says:

    Paul Mason is a Channel 4 news economic correspondent, he knows what is happening in Greece, his bro in law is a Greek business man.
    He has just tweeted this.

    Paul Mason ‏@paulmasonnews 25m25 minutes ago
    Upsum / Backroom negotiations positive; troika deploying max coercion to force more austerity; USA screaming at Merkel stop (1/2)

  13. fi says:

    Goodnight xx

  14. waverly says:

    Big Banks have already decided that the most likely scenerio is for is for Greece to exit euro zone.

    “In a research briefing July 3, Oxford Economics, a research group, posted the odds of Greece leaving the euro zone at 85 percent with a no vote. On Sunday afternoon, after the referendum vote, top banks including JPMorgan Chase and Barclays said a Greek exit from the euro zone is now their expectation.

    Joseph Gagnon, senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, explained the mechanics of the so-called “Grexit:”

    The first step would be to enact legislation to convert all financial assets and liabilities and all commercial contracts and wage agreements issued under Greek law from euros to drachmas at par (one for one). Banks would need to close for at least a couple days, possibly more, to reprogram their systems. Legislation would also specify the introduction of drachma notes and coins at the earliest possible time, perhaps within six months.

    The drachma would be allowed to float against the euro as soon as the banks reopen. It would surely depreciate, probably by a lot at first and with considerable volatility before settling down. It is impossible to predict how much the drachma would depreciate; in Iceland’s experience, the financial and debt crisis of 2008 caused an initial depreciation of nearly 40 percent that has since stabilized at around 25 percent in real (price-adjusted) terms. The euro notes and coins currently circulating in Greece would increase in value. During the months before drachma notes and coins are introduced, euro notes and coins would be used for small purchases, with merchants accepting them at the market-determined premium.

    Government debt held by Greek financial institutions would be converted to drachmas at par. These institutions would be required to accept new government debt for principal and interest payments coming due. The government would declare a moratorium on principal and interest payments on the rest of its debt, including the debt of the Bank of Greece to the European Central Bank. Negotiations would begin on a restructuring of this nonconverted debt.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/07/05/as-greece-votes-heres-everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-nations-crisis/?hpid=z1

  15. waverly says:

    Last night (Monday) Bernie Sanders drew 7,500 people in the town of Portland, Maine, a locale that only has a population of 66,000.

    Why the Media’s Latest Bernie Sanders Analogy Is Totally Off-base | Alternet

    The Portland rally was the latest in a series of high turnouts, as Sanders is drawing more Americans to his events than any other candidate in either party.

    In response to the high turnouts at Sanders’s events, many in the media have sought to downplay his momentum by comparing him to former GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul, who also inspired an enthusiastic following

    The message these outlets are promoting is that Sanders, like Paul, will be able to get an enthusiastic base but will ultimately fail in his quest for the presidency and will only make only a minor impact on the debate. The implication seems to be that Sanders’ views are on the fringe, like Ron Paul’s. But are they? Or is it just that he is the only one articulating the need to address extreme inequality and expanding social security, which millions of Americans support?

    The media message seems to rely on the idea that the two men are similar because they spark genuine enthusiasm among their supporters – which is perhaps a sad commentary on American politics that there are so few candidates who can do this that when they do they are instantly compared.

    But the analogy doesn’t really hold beyond that. In 2008, when Paul first ran for the presidency, he had 130,000 donors through the fourth quarter (January 2008). Recall that this was a campaign that began very early, with Paul entering the race on an official basis in March 2007 after forming his presidential exploration committee in January of that year.

    Sanders, on the other hand, has already collected 250,000 donors after around two months of campaigning. This means that the Vermont Senator is collecting donors at nearly 8 times the rate that Paul did in his first run for the presidency.

    The biggest difference between the two is the ceiling of support they were able to hit. Paul, despite his enthusiastic and genuinely creative volunteer and donor base, has advocated ideas like completely eliminating Medicare, Social Security, and Medicaid. Even among the GOP base, these ideas are extremely unpopular.

    Sanders, on the other hand, has since his time as Burlington, Vermont’s mayor, promoted ideas that are mainstream and popular. Even in the House of Representatives between 1994 and 2006, one of the most right-wing legislative bodies in American history, it was Sanders who passed the most amendments of any member of Congress.

    There is no doubt that he’s an underdog, but Sanders’s ideas are popular and he is gaining traction at a far quicker rate than Ron Paul did. It’s true that both Paul and Sanders were insurgent candidates who drew enthusiastic supporters. The similarities end there.

    http://www.alternet.org/media/why-medias-latest-bernie-sanders-analogy-totally-base

    • MSolomon2 says:

      His views aren’t on the fringe, his views are shared by a large percentage of The People, but the for-profit-media is beholden to it’s masters the new aristocracy, and the corporates who are 100% against him and the truth he’s telling.

  16. waverly says:

    Are there any media outlets reporting that Bernie Sanders drew a crowd of 7,500 people in the town of Portland, Maine, (a locale that only has a population of 66,000.) ?

    ANYONE ?????

    • MSolomon2 says:

      that would be ANTI-corporate! (a term we will start hearing I have no doubt as the corporate-fascism we live under the thumb of grows in absolute and obvious control, as it increasingly doesn’t bother to hide any longer)

  17. waverly says:

    Evening Realmsters, anybody home?

    • Jack says:

      I’m here just need to post page. notBernie not just yet.

      • waverly says:

        I’m gonna hafta repost my Bernie story then. He drew seventy-five hundred people last night. That’s right – 7,500 people. Hillary should be afraid – very afraid.

  18. waverly says:

    Jack – You’re gonna make me schlep all my Bernie stories over to your new post?

    The Real Reasons Bernie Sanders Is Transforming the Election: Here’s Why He Galvanizes the Left | Alternet

    “CNN dubbed this “the summer of Sanders”

    … as media outlets finally picked up on the large crowds Independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has attracted during campaign stops. His rocketing poll numbers in early primary states like Iowa and New Hampshire led to countless stories heralding a Sanders surge — but the story is as much about the issues as it is about the man.

    Sanders’ campaign, surely more so than that of any of the Republican candidates, seems to be gaining traction more for the ideas he espouses than because of a cult of personality.

    Granted, many supporters have pointed to Sanders’ straightforward manner and willingness to call out bad actors as refreshingly appealing, but unlike with Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Chris Christie, it isn’t just a brash style that’s being sold.

    Sanders makes a direct effort to address many of the issues that have arisen since the Hope & Change campaign of 2008 and it appears as though he is tapping into very real and long-simmering sentiments in the Democratic base.

    http://www.alternet.org/real-reasons-bernie-sanders-transforming-election-heres-why-he-galvanizes-left

  19. misterx27 says:

    I haven’t been feeling well for most of the last six months,and I don’t want to come here and whine about it,this is supposed to be a fun place where happy people come and share their fun lives.I don’t have one,and expect I won’t for the rest of it.This song captures what my early(and oddly) my older years have been like.
    A sabbatical from here is what is I am on ,Later,my friends,with love

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