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Hellenic Republic (Greece) / Sex for the price of a souvlaki...
« on: April 10, 2016, 03:50:26 PM »
Greece’s debt crisis has affected each and every area of the country’s economic activity, including the sex industry, resulting in young Greek women selling their services for the lowest price in Europe.
Following almost six years of crisis, sex workers have had to dramatically cut prices, driving central and eastern European women who used to dominate the industry out of business, a three-year study compiling data on more than 17,000 sex workers shows.

Before the crisis hit the country, the average price for sex with a prostitute was €50 ($53). Today, it has plummeted to as low as €2 ($2.12) for thirty minutes. With the unemployment level reaching almost 60 percent, more and more women are joining the industry, raising more than €600 million (almost $638) annually.

“Some women just do it for a cheese pie, or a sandwich they need to eat because they are hungry,” Gregory Lazos, a professor of sociology at Panteion University in Athens and lead author of the research, told the London Times newspaper. “Others [do it] to pay taxes, bills, for urgent expenses or a quick [drug] fix.”

The number of sex workers living on the edge seems to be on the rise, Lazos said. The professor is known for a number of publications on the subject, including two volumes specifically dedicated to prostitution in Greece.

“Most worrying,” he told the Times, “is it doesn’t look like these numbers will fade; rather they are growing at a steady and consistent pace.”

The prices for sex are falling not only in Greece, but all over the world as well, reportedly caused by the internet giving access to adult content. However, the average price of a one-hour encounter in Europe is €255 ($271). Broadly speaking, the prices in Greece are fifty times lower than on average on the continent.

“Factor in the growing number of girls who drift in and out of the trade, depending on their needs, and the total number of female prostitutes is startling,” Mr Lazos said. “Greek women now dominate 80 percent of the trade.”

Prostitution is legal in Greece, but only 10 brothels in the country actually have a license, meaning women have no other choice but to go to the streets or private dens.

“State authorities, police and health officials must finally act rather than continuing to remain indifferent,” Lazos concluded.

Greece has been struggling with financial crisis since late 2009. After numerous rounds of negotiations, the Greek government introduced a number of austerity measures required for bailout. These have turned out to be a serious blow to the more vulnerable sectors of the population.

https://www.rt.com/news/323876-greece-crisis-prostitutes-study/

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Hellenic Republic (Greece) / Re: To pay taxes or not to pay?
« on: January 30, 2016, 05:01:34 AM »
The elites (probably) don't realize that they've created a monster...  ;D

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General News/Discussion / Re: EU Charity
« on: January 27, 2016, 05:20:17 PM »
You need to take this to Dave. I'd like to know if he even gives a fuck...  >:(

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General News/Discussion / Re: EU Charity
« on: January 26, 2016, 05:13:12 PM »
They don't even appear in the stats...  :-\

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General News/Discussion / Re: EU Charity
« on: January 26, 2016, 10:09:20 AM »
WTF happened to Rouge  ??? Is he OK?

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Hellenic Republic (Greece) / To pay taxes or not to pay?
« on: January 25, 2016, 10:44:37 AM »
The dire state of the Greek economy is reflected in the inability of many households to fulfill their tax obligations, says a study conducted on behalf of the Hellenic Confederation of Professionals, Craftsmen & Merchants (GSEVEE).

The study, conducted by the Institute of Studies and Research, shows that three in ten households are unable to pay their income tax while about two in ten express inability to pay the single property tax (ENFIA).

The study also shows that one in five households have overdue debts to the tax office while only 16.4% of debtors have managed to benefit from the regulation of repayment in 100 installments and 12.5% ​​of households have outstanding debts to banks.

Also, 42.8% of households have negative expectations regarding the ability to meet basic financial obligations next year. It is significant that one in two households that rely on state pensions are pessimistic about their ability to meet their basic obligations in the current year.

In addition, 29.2% consider that they are unable to meet their income tax obligations, and, in particular, 14.7% of households are unable to pay the ENFIA tax. Regarding the next year, 33.7% believe that they will not be able to repay their debts.

One in four households living in a private home have a mortgage and 15.4% of them are in arrears. One in four (24.6%) households express fear of losing their home due to both accumulated debts and additional expenses.

In the past four years, the vast majority of households are either dipping into their savings in order to get by or borrowing money from relatives or friends in order to meet their financial obligations.

About 400,000 households were forced to sell assets to meet their current obligations. In addition, there is a significant increase in the use of credit cards to fulfill financial obligations. The use of credit cards increased from 15.8% in 2012 to 31% in 2015.

- See more at: http://greece.greekreporter.com/2016/01/25/three-in-ten-households-in-greece-unable-to-pay-taxes/#sthash.c2afApRl.dpuf

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Hellenic Republic (Greece) / Greek riot police get new logo
« on: January 25, 2016, 10:37:31 AM »
Looks like a pyramid to me, but perhaps it's a plain triangle  ;D


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General News/Discussion / Re: EU Charity
« on: January 25, 2016, 10:30:43 AM »
How's that for charity  :)

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Economic Collapse / Re: Capital controls in Greece - It begins...
« on: June 29, 2015, 06:00:11 AM »
All I know is that the water company removed the meter from my water connection.

Should anybody in this forum be willing to help me out you know where to find me

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General News/Discussion / Re: Sorry for my absence
« on: June 17, 2015, 07:27:31 AM »
I'm REALLY glad things are woking out for you man.

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PASOK launched its 10th congress on Friday, which will pave the way for current leader Evangelos Venizelos to step down and a leadership vote to take place next Sunday.

Venizelos briefly addressed the congress, which is taking place in Athens, on its first day but is due to give his main speech on Saturday. The former finance minister said he will explain why he has decided to resign a year before his four-year term as leader is due to expire.

PASOK’s president appeared to suggest that the behavior of leadership rivals played a part. The two front runners in the leadership contest are former ministers Andreas Loverdos and Fofi Gennimata. MP Odysseas Constantinopoulos is also in the running, while party secretary Nikos Androulakis has yet to declare his intentions.

Apart from the country’s economic challenges, PASOK’s financial difficulties were also discussed on the first day of the congress. The party’s managing director, Nikos Salayiannis, said that the gathering had only cost 60,000 euros and was paid for from contributions by party MPs and members who cast ballots to decide which delegates would attend.

Salayiannis also explained how PASOK had been forced to cut its expenses and staff. The party now has 33 employees compared to 250 several years ago. Due to its lack of funds, the workers who have remained work on rotation shifts rather than full time, Salayiannis said.

http://www.ekathimerini.com/4dcgi/_w_articles_wsite1_1_05/06/2015_550753

It's the guy on the right of the toon... Next in line is Samaras, but I don't see him resigning easily...

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General News/Discussion / Re: DHS in my community...what to do...?
« on: May 17, 2015, 04:40:37 PM »
You should also try dating someone from that  entity and let us know how it works out...  ;) Dhaa  ;D

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Economic Collapse / Re: The Minerva Initiative
« on: May 13, 2015, 04:15:03 PM »
From what I know Minerva is latin for godess Athena  ;D

Roman equivalent   Minerva

Athena's epithets include Άτρυτώνη, Atrytone (= the unwearying), Παρθένος, Parthénos (= virgin), and Πρόμαχος, Promachos (the First Fighter, i.e. she who fights in front).

In poetry from Homer, an oral tradition of the 8th or 7th century BC, onward, Athena's most common epithet is Glaukopis (γλαυκῶπις), which usually is translated as, bright-eyed or with gleaming eyes.[30] The word is a combination of glaukos (γλαυκός, meaning gleaming, silvery, and later, bluish-green or gray)[31] and ops (ὤψ, eye, or sometimes, face).[32] It is interesting to note that glaux (γλαύξ,[33] "little owl")[34] is from the same root, presumably according to some, because of the bird's own distinctive eyes. The bird which sees well in the night is closely associated with the goddess of wisdom: in archaic images, Athena is frequently depicted with an owl (or "owl of Athena" and later under the Roman Empire, "owl of Minerva") perched on her hand. This pairing evolved in tandem so that even today the owl is a symbol of perspicacity and erudition.[2]

Unsurprisingly, the owl became a sort of Athenian mascot. The olive tree is likewise sacred to her. In earlier times, Athena may well have been a bird goddess, similar to the unknown goddess depicted with owls, wings, and bird talons on the Burney relief, a Mesopotamian terracotta relief of the early second millennium BC.[citation needed]

Other epithets include: Aethyia under which she was worshiped in Megara.[35] The word aethyia (αἴθυια) signifies a diver, and figuratively, a ship, so the name must reference Athena teaching the art of shipbuilding or navigation.[36][37] In a temple at Phrixa in Elis, which was reportedly built by Clymenus, she was known as Cydonia  ???

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Athena#Attributes_and_epithets

Zeus was totally bizzare by the way...

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General News/Discussion / Re: Efficient ?
« on: May 12, 2015, 06:01:23 PM »
Nicely put Angenia.

I'll have to agree with you on the vote thing. Chemically lobotomized humans will always do as they've been conditioned to do, and usually are oblivious to painful realities.

That said, you'd have to include the manipulation that is perpetuated by TV shows, televangelists etc etc.

How do you feel about the climate? Do you think it's warming up to dangerous levels?

How do you feel about timocracy (instead of democracy or idiocracy) as an alternative to this conundrum  ???

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Hellenic Republic (Greece) / Golden Dawn trial postponed (again...)
« on: May 07, 2015, 03:38:25 PM »
The Golden Dawn trial in Korydallos Prison was postponed again for May 12 with municipal authorities repeating their request for the trial to move elsewhere. Minor clashes between protesters and police took place earlier in the morning in the surrounding area.

The key members of Golden Dawn, including leader Nikos Michaloliakos and almost all lawmakers of the  neo-Nazi party were absent again. Only Michalis Arvanitis and Dimitris Koukoutsis were present from Golden Dawn’s parliament team and former MP Stathis Boukouras. The murderer of Pavlos Fyssas Giorgos Roupakias was also present.

The prosecutor expressed the unusual proposal to have hearings on Saturday so that the students of surrounding schools are not disturbed during the exam period that starts next week.

This follows a request by Korydallos Mayor Giorgos Kasimatis who opposes the trial at Korydallos Prison because, as he said, the area looks like it is “under siege” and 400 students of surrounding schools are forced to take exams in other municipalities. Exams end on June 13.

Reporters and journalists also oppose the use of Korydallos Prison as a courtroom because it doesn’t have the appropriate amenities, such as internet connection and a proper sound system, to facilitate press coverage.

Minor skirmishes between anti-fascist protesters and police took place in the morning as several groups of anarchists and anti-fascists gathered in the area. Allegedly, Golden Dawn supporters attacked a migrant early in the morning while other allegations speak of a Golden Dawn supporter beaten by anti-fascists. Neither allegation is confirmed by the Greek Police.

- See more at: http://greece.greekreporter.com/2015/05/07/golden-dawn-trial-postponed-for-may-12/#sthash.LCZTjisH.dpuf

P.S. This may or may not sound bizzare, but the trial was initiated on Hitler's birthday  :o so I took the liberty with an appropriate picture  ;D


Greece's neo-Nazis go on trial on Hitler's birthday
The Times (subscription)-19 Απρ 2015
Nikos Michaloliakos, the bespectacled leader of Golden Dawn, who is frequently address as “Fuhrer”, by supporters, is charged with leading a ..

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General News/Discussion / Re: One of Harvard's newest degrees -
« on: May 02, 2015, 11:40:58 AM »
Will they have to be vaccinated too...  ???

Must they be pro carbontaxing our asses to oblivia and pro weather (and behavior)  modification.

God I'm glad I dropped out  ;D

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The world is quite aware of that. I'm wondering just where Greece and their local ally will be on that list  :'(

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A Russian government institute has developed a complex program for evaluating the level of corruption, which its authors say is superior to the widely advertised, but very subjective Transparency International index.  ;D

The new method will be presented by the Institute of Law and Comparative Jurisprudence at the Eurasian Anti-Corruption Forum this week, the Izvestia daily reported on Monday. It is called the International Corruption Monitoring Program, or MONKOR.

The new index is based on criminal statistics, economic data, opinion polls and analysis of national legislation, one of its authors, Artyom Tsyrin, told reporters.This makes it different from the famous Corruption Perception Index, which is prepared annually by the international NGO Transparency International, he added.

“The Corruption Perception Index by Transparency International only evaluates psychological attitude of responders in polls. As a result, they are making conclusions on desirable institutional changes in the country purely on the basis of sociological studies. We try to find a correlation between actions and effects. It is important to move away from a subjective approach and towards objective research.

Our institute offers a universal tool allowing any willing nation to conduct an evaluation of its anti-corruption efforts and figure out whether the national anti-corruption policy is effective. MONKOR can compare the results in various countries that use its methods,” Tsyrin said.

Despite the fact that MONKOR’s author sees it as an alternative to Transparency International’s index, the latter is used in the Russian method as part of its fundamental data, along with the Word Bank’s country policy and institutional assessment (CPIA) for Corruption. Experts at the International anti-corruption academy and the FATF (Financial Action Task Force) group also participated in the research.

In Russia, the index uses data provided by the Supreme Court, the Interior Ministry and the Prosecutor General’s Office. It will also include “corruption market” data provided by the Ministry of Economic Development.

READ MORE: No amnesty for top level corruption convicts on Victory Day – report  :)

The new index is being tested in Russia and Kyrgyzstan, and talks are being held with Belarus, Kazakhstan and some other nations, Tsyrin told reporters.

Russia’s position in the Transparency International Corruption Perception Index has been gradually falling since the mid-1990s. In 2014, the country was placed 136th of 174, a list also including Iran, Lebanon, Nigeria, Kyrgyzstan and Cameroon. The authors of the research emphasized that Russia’s anti-corruption effort was, in their view “chaotic and irresolute.”

Top Russian officials have repeatedly criticized the TI’s approach as biased and politicized. The head of the Presidential Administration, Sergey Ivanov, said that he was “extremely skeptical” about the 2014 index, adding “ratings can be drawn by anyone.” At the same time, Ivanov noted the authorities were closely following serious sociological agencies, including foreign and international organizations.

One such agency is Ernst&Young, which lowered corruption risks in Russia in 2014 and put it below average world levels.

http://rt.com/politics/251149-russia-corruption-index-transparency/?utm_source=browser&utm_medium=aplication_chrome&utm_campaign=chrome

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General News/Discussion / Re: Brussels and Sharia Law
« on: April 14, 2015, 03:24:43 PM »
This may or may not sound bizzare but you'll be amazed at how easily one can make good friends by NOT disrespecting Allah (or Mohamet) and by simply answering alaikum salam when told salam alaikum.

I liked your piece and for the most part, and agree.

A good place to look for some answers is Cyprus an island still divided by a Greco-Turkish conflict.

With all the noise about Sharia Law in the States one should remember that the Dominionest Christians sect are just as harsh.

The Hellenic (Greek) Force in Cyprus (Greek: Ελληνική Δύναμη Κύπρου), commonly known in its abbreviated form as ELDYK or EL.DY.K. (Greek: ΕΛΔΥΚ or ΕΛ.ΔΥ.Κ., Greek pronunciation: [elðˈik]), is the permanent Greek military force stationed in Cyprus. Its role is to help and support the Cypriot National Guard.

Violence between the two communities (Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots)[edit]
On December 1963 serious riots and violence broke out between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, the generalization of the conflict and the involvement of the Hellenic Force of Cyprus and Turkish Force of Cyprus avoided after the intervention of the United Kingdom.

On March 1964 the ELDYK's Sergeant First Class Sotirios Karagiannis died during some riots.

On May 1964 the Major Dimitrios Poulios and Captain Vasileios Kapotas murdered at the Turkish Cypriot district of Famagusta, Captain Panagiotis Tarsoulis injured. Their driver, police officer Konstantinos Pantelidis murdered too.

Turkish invasion of Cyprus (1974)[edit]
During the period of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus, between 20 July and 16 August 1974, ELDYK fought against the Turkish invaders in several battles. The commander of EDLYK, at that time, was Colonel Nikolaos Nikolaidis. Second in command were Lieutenant Colonel Konstantinos Papagiannis, during the first phase of invasion (20–23 July 1974) and until 9 August, and Lieutenant Colonel Panagiotis Stavroulopoulos, from 10 August and during all the second phase of the invasion (14–16 August 1974). Panagiotis Stavroulopoulos was deputy commander of the ELDYK till September of the same year. During the invasion, ELDYK's units sent in many places in Cyprus to help the Cypriot National Guard.

Battles[edit]
The most notable battles involving ELDYK forces at 1974, were:

The battle of Paphos (20 July 1974)
Attacks against the area of Kioneli (20–21 July 1974)
The battle at the ELDYK camp (22–23 July 1974)
The battle of Nicosia International Airport (23 July 1974)
The battle of Lapithos (6 August 1974)
The battle of Karavas (6 August 1974)
The battle of Vasilia Passage (7 August 1974)
The battle of the English College (14 August 1974)
The battle of the ELDYK camp (14–16 August 1974)
A total of 105 men were lost (47 dead and 58 missing). Some of these men are buried in the Tomb of Makedonitissa.

Classes[edit]
The classes of ELDYK that fought at 1974 were 103, 105 and 107.

The class 103, were old soldiers that returned to Greece with the Greek Landing Ship Tank (ex-USS LST-389) "LESBOS" (Greek: "ΛΕΣΒΟΣ") because their military service ended. They left from Cyprus at 19 July 1974, after the arrival of the class 107. When the invasion started, at 20 July 1974, Hellenic Navy ordered the commander of the ship, Lieutenant Commander Eleftherios Chandrinos, to change the direction of the ship and return to Cyprus, the ship at that time was near the island of Rhodes. The afternoon of the 20 July 1974, ELDYK's soldiers of class 103 arrived at Cyprus and disembarked at Paphos. They helped the Cypriot National Guard to fight the Turkish Cypriot forces which were there. The Turkish Cypriot forces there surrendered and their weapons and equipments captured. After the defeat of the Turkish Cypriot forces at Paphos, ELDYK's men, of the class 103, moved during the night towards the Nicosia International Airport. At the morning, they arrived at the Airport and from there they moved toward the ELDYK's camp.

The class 107, were new recruits that came to replace the class 103. They arrived at Cyprus with "Lesbos" at 19 July 1974, one day before the invasion.

UNFICYP monitored the rotation of the ELDYK's classes and they keep informed their HQ's about the process of the operation. When Lesbos disembarked they confirmed that it had brought 410 men and 11 vehicles (class 107) and taken out 422 men and 10 vehicles (class 103).

Equipment[edit]
The equipment of ELDYK's men at that time were:

M1 carbine (Service rifle)
FN FAL (Soldiers of the class 103 equipped with these weapons)
Captured G3 rifles from Turkish troops.   ???  :)  8)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hellenic_Force_in_Cyprus

Nikolaos Dertilis was a Greek military officer who took part in the coup d'etat of April 21, 1967 and was sentenced to prison for his role in putting down the uprising of the Athens Polytechnic Institute in November 1973.

Dertilis was the son of a Hellenic Army general. He fought in the Greek Civil War against the communists and again in the early 1950s as a volunteer in the Korean War.

In 1964, he was sent to Cyprus in the midst of the disturbances there and fought under Georgios Grivas.

He took part in the coup d'etat of April 21, 1967 occupying strategic buildings with his unit.

In November 1973, he took part in the suppression of the uprising at the Athens Polytechnic Institute. The operation resulted in several students' deaths. For this, he was tried after the restoration of democracy to Greece in 1974 and, on December 30, 1975, sentenced to life imprisonment.

Dertilis refused to petition for pardon. He was transferred in December 2012 from the maximum security Korydallos Prison to Athens' Erythros Stavros Hospital with heart problems after suffering a stroke. He died, a prisoner, at the age of 92, on January 28, 2013.

http://wiki.phantis.com/index.php/Nikolaos_Dertilis

God I love this country  ;D

 :)  :)  :)

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General News/Discussion / Re: Brussels and Sharia Law
« on: April 14, 2015, 03:09:32 PM »
It's just practical advise on how to keep your head attached to your body and thrive  ;)

Also I had to live about half a click away from a mosque in India (in the Hindi section at Varanasi), and after meeting a few muslims during my service in the Greek army... guarding the country from a muslim invasion from Turkey  :o (on some Greek island).

Bizzare but real.

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