Civilize (yourself,your Self), some nice links

Civilize (yourself,your Self), some nice links

Some nice (bbc documentaries) links about civilizations, for before bedtime, now that the dark days are coming. Or if you have given yourself a beautiful but a little guilt-ridden procrastination day :-)

China: The Mandate of Heaven
India: The Empire of the Spirit (crazy injuns; ‘I am therefore I do not think’ etc)
The Barbarian West (some refreshing stuff here)

And did you know that Samos, Greece, where the birth of Western science with Pythagoras took place, is just a few miles away from Asia [*] ? You can cross it in a little flotty boattie, if you don’t crowd too many on it that is, otherwise might get bit tricky. Mentioned in the episode ‘The Barbarian West’, around minute 6.

probably tamil-nadu

still from ‘India: The Empire of the Spirit’ probably tamil-nadu, southern india

[*] Update!
Less even ! Distance Samos to Asia Minor is about 1600 metres ! See strait-of-samos, with nice pictures.

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YO ! EU #1 !

YO ! EU #1 !

Yo man, EU still number 1 !
And NL #17 (and our always-list-competitor as in longest, happiest, dairy-consuming, Denmark a measly #34).

For sentimental/historical reasons I’ve made a screenshot (see below) and not just a linky.
As things might change quite rapidly.
:-( ?

ps: Greece currently, the thursday before the sunday of the ‘Grexit’ meeting july 12 2015, ranked #44 (Ireland #43, Portugal #45)

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— the banks man !, it’s the banks ! —

De stoute Grieken doen een beetje lastig en zijn heel erg onredelijk. Stout ! Kunnen ze zich niet rationeel, verlicht, netjes gedragen en zich aan de redelijke afspraken houden die wij hebben voorgesteld ? En daarnaast hebben ze ook nog eens de boeken gecooked, dubbel stout ! (die wij en de intern. accountantfirms nog wel zo nauwkeurig en tegen redelijke tarieven hebben gecontroleerd en goedgekeurd, en -aangeleverd- , oa door het bedrijf waar meneer Draghi directeur van was (Draghi was then vice chairman and managing director of Goldman Sachs International and a member of the firm-wide management committee (2002–2005 ***) src:wikipedia).

Beetje makkelijk maar wat aanvullende berichtgeving kan geen kwaad…

Joseph Stiglitz: how I would vote in the Greek referendum

artikel in the guardian

Wat quotes uit het artikel:

  • I can think of no depression, ever, that has been so deliberate and had such catastrophic consequences: Greece’s rate of youth unemployment, for example, now exceeds 60%.
  • It is startling that the troika has refused to accept responsibility for any of this or admit how bad its forecasts and models have been.
  • Economists around the world have condemned that target as punitive, because aiming for it will inevitably result in a deeper downturn.
  • We should be clear: almost none of the huge amount of money loaned to Greece has actually gone there. It has gone to pay out private-sector creditors – including German and French banks.
  • It’s about using “deadlines” to force Greece to knuckle under, and to accept the unacceptable – not only austerity measures, but other regressive and punitive policies.

En Nl ? Je kunt je afvragen of een land waar we alle problemen met ‘labbekakkers’ (oid), gelukszoekers, jihadi-bruiden, boot-vluchtelingen (moeten we nog subtiel afkeurend woordje voor bedenken), baby-poeder-hamsterende-chinezen etc, denken te kunnen aanpakken met “hard aanpakken” en “aanzuigende werking vermijden” en “oplossing zoeken in de regio”, de zaak nog een beetje redelijk kan analyseren. (Ook al hebben we dan wel weer de red swivel-chair !)

De 21e eeuw is inmiddels 15 jaar bezig, ook voor Nl.

*** Let u op de periode: 2000-2005. Zie het interessante artikel over cooking the books (feb. 2015) als u geïnteresserd bent:
Greece’s application for EU membership in 1999 was rejected because its budget deficit in relation to its GDP was over 3 percent, the cutoff line for joining. That’s where Goldman Sachs came in. For a fee rumored to be $200 million (some say three times that), the multinational giant essentially cooked the books to make Greece look like it cleared the bar. Then Greece’s political and economic establishment hid the scheme until the 2008 crash shattered the illusion.

Een ander relativerend artikel (juni 2011)

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some more old pics of beautiful greece

The Greeks and the kill (10 reasons).

The Greeks and the kill (10 reasons)

(I just reread one of my 3 interesting uni-books. Eli Sagan’s ‘The Greeks and the lust to annihilate.’.
More to follow shortly… :-)
This being a teaser.
Or maybe I should change the blog title to something like ’10 reasons the Greeks loved to kill’.)

greek soldier

greek soldier (ready to kill of course, or be killed)

greeky, greece and debt

— the banks man, it’s the banks (and kamp)

ha c,

zie vanaf eerste onderstreping: Greeks are lazy.

“And yet, OECD data among its members show that in 2008, Greeks worked on average 2120 hours a year. That is 690 hours more than the average German, 467 more than the average Brit and 356 more than the OECD average. Only Koreans work longer hours”

en vooral de laatste zin van het artikel ! zie ook zijn verwijzingen (eurostat data ! , of zijn die door de greeks vervalst !!!!!!)
—the banks man, it’s the banks (and kamp)

zie ook als je niets te doen hebt:

en uit the guardian, greek debt crisis :

“This shortfall cannot explain how more money is needed after €110bn was provided just a year ago. The answer is, of course, that the money was provided not to Greece, but to its creditors (BANKS!!!!) . These are European – including British – banks, who have been paid to exit the Greek debt markets. All the solvent banks took their money and ran while only the needy or the greedy remain.”
—the banks man, it’s the banks (and kamp)

ik moet nog eens een serieuzer artikeltje vinden over relatie banken en griekse schuldencrises, quote hierboven geeft een hint
en dit, uit 1e artikeltje ook:

“The first bail-out was designed to help Greek people, but unfortunately failed. It was not. The first bail-out was designed to stabilise and buy time for the Eurozone. It was designed to avoid another Lehman-Bros-type market shock, at a time when financial institutions were too weak to withstand it.”
—the banks man, it’s the banks (and kamp)

en dit ook: die zeit: Griechenland-Eurorettung
“Es geht deshalb bei der Griechenlandrettung nicht darum, die Banken zu schonen. Es geht vielmehr u…”
—the banks man, it’s the banks (and kamp)

en dit ook:
“Why should the Greek people (not to mention the Irish and the Portuguese) accept years of austerity and slow growth for the sake of propping up the French and German banking systems, unless they are given huge bribes to do so?”
by: Kenneth Rogoff is Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Harvard University, and was formerly chief economist at the IMF.
—the banks man, it’s the banks (and kamp)

etc etc

Looks like role of the banks should get a little bit more attention in the ‘normal’ media…