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Title: Greece
Post by: Gryzor on 13:13, 03 November 11
So... no comments yet? :D
Title: Re: Greece
Post by: MaV on 13:26, 03 November 11
So... no comments yet? :D

You seem to be happy, so you might know more about it.

The way it's presented here in the media, Papandreou's decision for a referendum came as a complete surprise. Once the hag and the clown have recollected themselves, expect repercussions from their side. So, you might say, the problems have just begun (but then I'm a pessimist).
Title: Re: Greece
Post by: Gryzor on 13:31, 03 November 11
Not happy, just acting aloof. Nobody knows how this thing is going to go down, except for one thing - there was no way they would allow us to vote on the original question. Just a day later they switched it to "Do you want to stay in the EZ and EU or not?". A farce.

The government is going down today or tomorrow (unless the sun decides not to come up), what comes afterwards is anyone's guess. The most probable course of events will be that we'll continue down the same road a bit more until there's a big upheaval, maybe in a few short months, that will bring Chtulhu - errr, chaos to the streets.
Title: Re: Greece
Post by: MaV on 14:02, 03 November 11
The government is going down today or tomorrow (unless the sun decides not to come up), what comes afterwards is anyone's guess. The most probable course of events will be that we'll continue down the same road a bit more until there's a big upheaval, maybe in a few short months, that will bring Chtulhu - errr, chaos to the streets.

Oh, a state without government can work. The best example is Belgium (IIRC), who since the beginning of the "crisis" doesn't have a government and yet it does quite ok; certainly not worse than with one. :D

My fear is that any steps toward leaving the Euro or the Euro zone will be made painful for Greece as a warning to others. The continuous haggling over Greece's debts has proven that they're going to great lengths to keep the current order of things.
Title: Re: Greece
Post by: Gryzor on 14:08, 03 November 11
Well, I've always discussed about Belgium. While it seems to be working ok, my view is that when you got a state with no government it means that democracy has utterly failed, since it is not needed any more. It's a sham of a way to run things. What's more, Belgium is much calmer than Greece.

You're right about worrying for the future handling of Greece. This, of course, would depend on how Greece would play its cards. As a sovereign state it holds most of the aces, and with some clever handling Greece could actually become the example of how nations should deal with the markets. This, however, would take some politicians with balls, something we sorely lack.

*breaking news* Head of the opposition just (literally - as I was typing this) announced that they're willing to form a coalition government with the leading party and sign for last week's agreement. Something like this would patch things for now, but we'll find it in front of us a few months down the road, as I previously wrote, as conditions will keep on worsening.
Title: Re: Greece
Post by: TFM on 17:17, 03 November 11
My only comment is, that I'm really sad for the Greek _PEOPLE_.
 
They have to suffer now due to the deeds of Papandreou and his bunch of corrupt bandits. I wished, the people would kick them out and reinvent democracy again - this time a working version please, where everybody is responsible (and I wished that for a couple of other countries too).
 
Title: Re: Greece
Post by: Gryzor on 18:15, 03 November 11
(Right this moment our glorious PM is verbally lambasting the banking and financial system. Oh, the fun!)

Papandreou is certainly not the only one. He just turned out to be much, much worse than anyone expected. I just hope that the Greek people don't forget, in view of how bad he is, how bad the other guys are. Tumultuous times ahead. There's a little hope that it'll be the beginning of something better, even if we have to suffer a lot for a while.
Title: Re: Greece
Post by: villain on 18:33, 03 November 11

They have to suffer now due to the deeds of Papandreou and his bunch of corrupt bandits.


Do you really think the situation in Germany or the EU in general is completely different? Just take a look at the current jobs of Gerhard (aka Gasherd) Schröder, Günter Verheugen or Rezzo Schlauch. Of course it doesn´t look like corruption, it´s called lobbying. Take the cancellation of the "Atomausstieg" by Angie & friends or the situation of the pharma industry in Germany. Interesting examples how lobbying works and is able to protect the interests of big companies and constraint small or alternative companies in an open competition...
Title: Re: Greece
Post by: Gryzor on 19:17, 03 November 11
I completely agree. Greece is a symptom, not a cause or the decease itself.

At the same time, the world is in awe at how Germany managed to prevent a rise in unemployment during the recent crisis and nobody says that: congratulations, unions agreed to lower wages etc, which means that someone else pocketed the money. Is this development? Methinks not. Let alone the fact that economists are doubting whether employment stayed at the same levels not due to the elasticity of work/wages but other factors. So we have a nation that has agreed to lower its standards in order for the big companies and the banking sector to grab an even bigger slice of the pie.

What bothers me is the misinformation circulating everywhere, from the yellow-est of tabloids to Merkel herself, about Greece and its people. This is probably the worst thing in this whole crisis since, even if things do get better, the reputation will linger.
Title: Re: Greece
Post by: TFM on 00:54, 04 November 11

Do you really think the situation in Germany or the EU in general is completely different?

Not at all, but at the moment I'm just sorry for the Greek people, and I'm sure they will overcome the crisis - and create something better in future.
 
 
.... the situation of the pharma industry in Germany. ...

Usually people aren't interrested in the truth... but since you bring the topic up, this may interrest you:
Jane Burgermeister - Vienna, 20.09.2009 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rq7VTqZBLnI#ws)#
 
Title: Re: Greece
Post by: Gryzor on 12:03, 04 November 11
I was thinking, at least there was something short and beautiful in all this: for a single day, a small people was given the opportunity to speak its mind. And the world freaked out.
Title: Re: Greece
Post by: AMSDOS on 13:36, 04 November 11
I'm unable to comprehend what all this means, the media here are only producing a vague picture on the situation, some are saying register the whole country as bankrupt which is stupid, cause their implying the everyone in Greece should be made to suffer!  :o  And only certain media informants are reporting this bit of news, doesn't seem to be on the mainstream channels and if it is, I certainly haven't noticed it. News reports like this just don't work for me cause it's opinions, bit of news here and a bit of news there without drawing the complete picture, it's a very convenient incomplete jigsaw puzzle they've generated.
Title: Re: Greece
Post by: Gryzor on 16:54, 04 November 11
The country *is* bankrupt, in the sense that the accumulated debt cannot be paid back. Yet it's sort of a Weekend at Bernie's thing, going around with a corpse and trying to fool ourselves won't make Bernie wake up any time soon. The problem is realizing it and burying the body so we can get over with the stench before body parts start falling.

Have no idea about media in Australia - maybe it's the time difference or something, but after a short, very intense hours when it appears we were going to have a referendum things went back to normal (i.e. Freaky as Hell). But in Europe it was all over the place as far as I could see. And for Obama to talk about it, well, it must have done something.

[EDIT] Italy went to the IMF. Ooh...
Title: Re: Greece
Post by: MaV on 17:07, 04 November 11
But in Europe it was all over the place as far as I could see. And for Obama to talk about it, well, it must have done something.

I certainly had the impression that after all those mind-numbing news, someone at last wanted to take action. Even if that would be too little, too late.
Title: Re: Greece
Post by: Gryzor on 17:08, 04 November 11
What are you referring to?
Title: Re: Greece
Post by: rexbeng on 18:08, 04 November 11
Well, from one point of view you could say that Greece is globally leading the political developments again, after 2500 years or so. This has to be of some worth, no?  :D


But sadly, it is really getting more clear by the minute, at least for those of us who are not really deep into one of those traditional political "clans" that rule the country for 30 years or so, that political ideals and arguments really come down to being equivalent to fanboism.


Papandreou is a sad joke, unfortunately. Not that anyone in the school of 300 in the parliament really excels at something, but the man in charge must be really retarded. I see no other explanation for all this. ???


rb
Title: Re: Greece
Post by: MaV on 20:53, 04 November 11
What are you referring to?

Well, I was getting tired news where meetings of politicians with no plan are trying to hold to the status quo. A referendum seemed like a fresh wind for once. I can't fathom Papandreou's motives, but it seemed the right thing to do. Imagine a meeting room where all are asleep, and somebody shouts "Wake up!".
Title: Re: Greece
Post by: TFM on 21:32, 04 November 11
The people should have been asked years ago. All european people. (If we want the euro or not).
Title: Re: Greece
Post by: AMSDOS on 23:49, 04 November 11
The country *is* bankrupt, in the sense that the accumulated debt cannot be paid back. Yet it's sort of a Weekend at Bernie's thing, going around with a corpse and trying to fool ourselves won't make Bernie wake up any time soon. The problem is realizing it and burying the body so we can get over with the stench before body parts start falling.

Have no idea about media in Australia - maybe it's the time difference or something, but after a short, very intense hours when it appears we were going to have a referendum things went back to normal (i.e. Freaky as Hell). But in Europe it was all over the place as far as I could see. And for Obama to talk about it, well, it must have done something.

The bankrupt aspect is clear, I just don't understand what that means for the people!  :( 
I wouldn't want to leave my country because it was bankrupt, though if they were going to start asking hard working people who get paid little to pay up, then there's something seriously wrong and might have to move out!  :(
I blame media in part cause they turn a blind eye in some cases as to what's going on over there, though their snippet stories are no match for the kind of shows which go through all the detail giving you the full picture!
 
At the end of the day though I think it's simply greed which is a driving force, which divides the wealthy from the poor. I can sort of picture this based on the prices on food around the Bakeries in our area. In some cases I'm spending $2 more for the same things from one Bakery on the rich side of town as opposed to another Bakery just up the road!  :o
Title: Re: Greece
Post by: Bryce on 00:04, 05 November 11
I blame media in part cause they turn a blind eye

Of course they do! Let me explain it in Basic:

5 REM Reality
10 Media = "Big Powerful Corporation"
20 Headline = "Big Powerful Corporations are fucking you over, controlling your Government and taking your money!"
30 If Media has half a brain Then Don't tell the people you're fucking that you're do it Else They'll revolt
40 Goto 10

Bryce.
Title: Re: Greece
Post by: TFM on 00:56, 05 November 11
31 IF Reality=find people which are not too stuped THEN people=revolution
32 BE prepared for Reality=Revolution
33 SO prepare ARMY=righting Revolution
 
I'm bad in BASIC ;-)
 
Title: Re: Greece
Post by: Bryce on 01:01, 05 November 11
In America your line 33 could be mis-interpreted as a call to revolution :D

Be careful, the FBI might be paying you a visit. If you get a knock on the door tonight, I'd head for the rear exit :D

Bryce.
Title: Re: Greece
Post by: AMSDOS on 01:16, 05 November 11
So Line 20 should actually read:
 
Code: [Select]
20 Headline = Media + " are <blanking> you over, controlling your Government and taking your money!"
I usually say there's only one way of <blanking> you over, though I've seen some instances where Media have <blanked> on false stories!  :laugh:
 
Special Agent Dana Scully can pay me a visit!  :laugh:
Title: Re: Greece
Post by: MacDeath on 02:12, 05 November 11
To me the problem with europe is that it can't unite if you don't get the whole europe to vote the same day for the same thing...

You know ? "universal suffrage"
With this, you bypass the politician, one european = one european... no country can then stop the whole will of europe...


I mean, in Democration you don't get a whole 100% vote on only one thing... here it would be the same, and as peoples from every country would vote for or against (any topic) it is not "oh this country stopped the whole processus"


If we are to get a proper constitution, it have to be voted this way...
It is the only way to get 1 european = 1 european, hence a proper unicity.



Sorry I was just passing by...

Also, what a mess...

But it is not that better in France actually, i personnally struggle with money problem... :(
Title: Re: Greece
Post by: TFM on 06:37, 05 November 11
In America your line 33 could be mis-interpreted as a call to revolution :D

Be careful, the FBI might be paying you a visit. If you get a knock on the door tonight, I'd head for the rear exit :D

Bryce.

Actually I've been just tired and my typing, well... my fingers just slipped I guess... there is that big white car with back windows at the other side of the street. Hmm, while I type this the car is driving away and just now I got an error message from Antivir (which shut down unexpected!). I better restart the Laptop, wait it knocks at the backdoor...
 
Title: Re: Greece
Post by: spybro on 12:32, 05 November 11
When i go down to sleep various thoughts come into mind
this esoterical thoughts are presented with Hellenic language


The problem with Hellas is that most of our politicians
when they go to bed they dont make thoughts in native language
but in
english,russian,german etc etc


If an exodus from EU is what it takes in order to change our mentality on certain matters than bring it on.


(If we depart from the euro currency i ask from the french members special prices when bidding on cpc+ hardware  on ebay :laugh: )





Title: Re: Greece
Post by: MacDeath on 07:22, 07 November 11
Lol...

This would be dangerous to get paid in Drachme... I mean, from day 1 to day 2 the value would be half...


So, Papa Andréou got kicked out ?

What a demise...
Title: Re: Greece
Post by: Gryzor on 08:46, 07 November 11
Yes he was, but this doesn't change much... new PM will probably be a (drumroll) banker!!! Way to go to protect the interests of the people!
Title: Re: Greece
Post by: Bryce on 11:09, 07 November 11
Bankers are people too you know! And a banker is not just for Christmas either :D

Bryce.
Title: Re: Greece
Post by: Gryzor on 11:20, 07 November 11
Sure they are! Too bad they don't think the rest of us are, too!
Title: Re: Greece
Post by: ivarf on 11:36, 07 November 11
Has the prices real estate fallen much in Greece? Looking at Norwegian adverts of greek listings they still seem quite expensive. Is the adverts here in Norway showing the truth?
Title: Re: Greece
Post by: Gryzor on 11:40, 07 November 11
Not really; housing (not sure about other sectors of real estate, such as land) are lagging behind. They have fallen a bit, and you can find some surprisingly cheap flats, but overall they're still holding. Prices in general have not come down - in fact, even though we're in a deep recession, there is inflation...
Title: Re: Greece
Post by: spybro on 14:51, 07 November 11
Has the prices real estate fallen much in Greece? Looking at Norwegian adverts of greek listings they still seem quite expensive. Is the adverts here in Norway showing the truth?


I guess this is the dream of many north european citizens
Buy a house in hellas that is
Actually we have waves of north europeans coming to live in hellas when they retire


ivarf buying an apartment in downtown manhattan is cheaper than buying an apartment in a good spot in athens
also the prices have only diclined at a percentage of 5 units




Title: Re: Greece
Post by: TFM on 23:41, 07 November 11
And I always had the impression that all the north europeans try to move to Munich  :laugh:
Title: Re: Greece
Post by: Gryzor on 13:32, 08 November 11
There are whole villages where houses have been bought by northerners (especially Brits). A good thing, too, since they had been abandoned to their fate...
Title: Re: Greece
Post by: TFM on 18:13, 08 November 11
They shall bring their own CPCs ;-)
 
Title: Re: Greece
Post by: AMSDOS on 10:16, 15 November 11
There are whole villages where houses have been bought by northerners (especially Brits). A good thing, too, since they had been abandoned to their fate...

 :o :o :o  Do you know how cheap is a flat going for??  :o :o :o
 
I don't know if someone like me could move there, I guess my biggest problem is getting work!  :'( 
Australia just wants to be all class regardless of wherever you live  >:(  Obviously some places are cheaper than others though! Our Environmental sector simply doesn't get the respect it deserves and this Carbon Tax may change the way the company performs since removing the weeds is releasing carbon!  :o  As opposed to planting which is removing carbon. That will be the last nail in the coffin which'll guarantee safe passage for the introduced plants! Stay Tuned!  :'(
Title: Re: Greece
Post by: Gryzor on 13:46, 15 November 11
No flats, only houses. And yea, work is an issue, that's why those buying houses in (semi)abandoned villages are pensioners :)
Title: Re: Greece
Post by: ivarf on 15:06, 15 November 11
There are whole villages where houses have been bought by northerners (especially Brits). A good thing, too, since they had been abandoned to their fate...

I am very surprised that the brits have any money  ;D
 
Seriously though, I thought they had the same problems as many in  Greece...
Title: Re: Greece
Post by: Gryzor on 17:34, 15 November 11
Well, those lucky enough to have gone into pension had the time to do it...         
Title: Re: Greece
Post by: TFM on 04:40, 16 November 11
If they have the money, then they took it form the (now) poor before.
Title: Re: Greece
Post by: AMSDOS on 09:43, 16 November 11
No flats, only houses. And yea, work is an issue, that's why those buying houses in (semi)abandoned villages are pensioners :)

But hang on you said this last week:
 
Quote
and you can find some surprisingly cheap flats

Does this mean that within that week all them cheap flats sold out?!  :o  Not that it matters I'd probably die in Greece if it's Hot and Humid weather!  :(  I prefer Hot and Dry!  ;D  But it probably won't work for me!  :( 
It's them Bloody Baby Boomers (The BBB) which ruin it for the rest of us, only thinking of themselves, they are so selfish - true I'm stereotyping, though I'm only accusing the guilty!  >:(
Title: Re: Greece
Post by: rexbeng on 13:14, 16 November 11
@CP/M
Well, it really comes down to what you are looking for. I have a thing for urban scenery, so ocassionaly I'm browsing real estate ads and sometimes I even go over to visit the flat and take some photos of the view. So, here are a few examples of cheap top-floor you can get near the historical center of Athens (which, in my opinion, is the most interesting place). Obviously older buildings are cheaper on the asking price, but you shouldn't be very alarmed - from my experience most old flats will end up looking very sexier than newer ones (for example in the 60s and 70s they used to make much higher ceilings and really wider balconies), if you are willing to throw in extra money to fix them  ;)


http://www.tospitimou.gr/main/property_details.jsp?propertyId=325503 (http://www.tospitimou.gr/main/property_details.jsp?propertyId=325503)
http://www.tospitimou.gr/main/property_details.jsp?propertyId=435020 (http://www.tospitimou.gr/main/property_details.jsp?propertyId=435020)
http://www.tospitimou.gr/main/property_details.jsp?propertyId=552313 (http://www.tospitimou.gr/main/property_details.jsp?propertyId=552313)
http://www.tospitimou.gr/main/property_details.jsp?propertyId=370216&proposalId=6160 (http://www.tospitimou.gr/main/property_details.jsp?propertyId=370216&proposalId=6160)
That last one used to have an asking price, duh! I don't remember exactly but maybe it was something arround 100k - a bit expensive for the flat's size (57sm) but take a look at the size of the veranta and the view! :P


Oh, I really am not into the real estate buisness, I'm not making a sale here  :P




rb
Title: Re: Greece
Post by: Bryce on 13:30, 16 November 11
Wow, 42K for an apartment! That's what a single car garage cost in Cologne :D

Bryce.
Title: Re: Greece
Post by: AMSDOS on 10:49, 17 November 11
@CP/M
Well, it really comes down to what you are looking for. I have a thing for urban scenery, so ocassionaly I'm browsing real estate ads and sometimes I even go over to visit the flat and take some photos of the view. So, here are a few examples of cheap top-floor you can get near the historical center of Athens (which, in my opinion, is the most interesting place). Obviously older buildings are cheaper on the asking price, but you shouldn't be very alarmed - from my experience most old flats will end up looking very sexier than newer ones (for example in the 60s and 70s they used to make much higher ceilings and really wider balconies), if you are willing to throw in extra money to fix them  ;)


http://www.tospitimou.gr/main/property_details.jsp?propertyId=325503 (http://www.tospitimou.gr/main/property_details.jsp?propertyId=325503)
http://www.tospitimou.gr/main/property_details.jsp?propertyId=435020 (http://www.tospitimou.gr/main/property_details.jsp?propertyId=435020)
http://www.tospitimou.gr/main/property_details.jsp?propertyId=552313 (http://www.tospitimou.gr/main/property_details.jsp?propertyId=552313)
http://www.tospitimou.gr/main/property_details.jsp?propertyId=370216&proposalId=6160 (http://www.tospitimou.gr/main/property_details.jsp?propertyId=370216&proposalId=6160)
That last one used to have an asking price, duh! I don't remember exactly but maybe it was something arround 100k - a bit expensive for the flat's size (57sm) but take a look at the size of the veranta and the view! :P


Oh, I really am not into the real estate buisness, I'm not making a sale here  :P




rb

That's interesting, I did a search and came up with this list of results:
 
http://www.tospitimou.gr/en/properties_results.jsp?pageNumber=1&searchType=-1 (http://www.tospitimou.gr/en/properties_results.jsp?pageNumber=1&searchType=-1)
 
This appartment in Metaxourgeio for 20.000 euros, I could own outright (I think)!  :o  Cause it would need some work done being built in 1960. At the moment the Australian Dollar to Euro is quite good, 0.7491 Euros in our Aust. Dollar. The way I'm heading here in Australia I'll probably need to live in a Tin Box out the back of Burke the prices of home/property is crazy! :( So interesting I could get something in Greece (never thought it would be possible). The main problem for me if I went ahead with that, I'd have to apply for citizenship I suppose, find a steady job (I work in the Environment - Bush & Coastal Settings), I'm not sure what I'm getting into in Metaxourgeio, I only speak English!  :(
Title: Re: Greece
Post by: Gryzor on 12:58, 17 November 11
@TFM no, both my statements were true. My correction referred to the fact that British pensioners are buying whole houses in villages, not flats.
@Bryce: yeah, but it's not much larger than a garage, a mere 23msq! Of course it does have a great 35msq veranda...
@CP/M: if you move to Metaxourgeio, do bring your own weapons :D Thought it may be a great mid- to long-term investment, it can't stay that bad forever...
Title: Re: Greece
Post by: AMSDOS on 09:47, 18 November 11
@CP/M: if you move to Metaxourgeio, do bring your own weapons :D Thought it may be a great mid- to long-term investment, it can't stay that bad forever...

Hmm that makes sense, it could be a business proposal though, simply pay a Bounty Hunter to take the Garbadge out of Metaxourgeio!  :laugh: 
 
The Cheapest places around here are usally pulled down though!  :o  If it's Housing Commission people have to move elsewhere, though if they own the place outright, they probably get some compensation out of it (be a very small amount!  >:( ).
 
Guess I'd need my own Guns and Bombs, is it really that bad? Down here it's the Hoons and Road Rage people you have to worry about, always best not to live in a house at the end of a street or round-about and for them Road Rage people a Camera (Still or Movie) in the car so you can take pictures of the Attacker, their car and the Rego plate, if they damage your car send that info to the Police, but never get out of your car and keep the door lock if your car doesn't lock it for you.
Title: Re: Greece
Post by: khisanth on 23:15, 11 December 11
our next Partner conference will be in ,Santorini Greece next year. My first time to Greece
Title: Re: Greece
Post by: Gryzor on 09:43, 12 December 11
Ooh, lucky guy! What time of the year?