Archive for the ‘Greece’ Category


Out of a whim

September 22, 2008

Out of a whim I wrote the last post. For a tiny fraction of time I believed that “what the hell – how much more obvious can it be?”. That same whim led me to take part in the genesis of a worker union. Yet whim it was and whim it will stay at least for me. But it was the enstict to preserve my psychological and rational integrity that thrusts me out like a bullet.

What I’ve experienced is total selfishness and a fear towards whatever might even suggest leftism. At a time when me, a non-organised asshole sees as more than evident that left is the way out I smashed my head onto a wall of beliefs that I thought would be long over for people that are being exploited in their work.

Well it seems that the I.T. sector remains what it always was. Classless in its dreamy world. A large field of dreams with a loose connection to reality. What I got was a mindset of “fuck everyone else – we want raise – we don’t wanna show solidarity to the workers at the company down the street – we will focus on our problems – we don’t want left wing ideas that were relevant during junta – you are a red communist”.

Needless to say, I’m not a communist. I’m not even a socialist. I’m not even a left wing. To acquire such qualities one needs to do things not just say words. Too bad if you don’t know the difference. Also too bad that you think that what’s pushing you hard in your job is anything else than the same system that pushes everyone else around you. Too bad that you haven’t even begin to understand what you’re supposed to fight for if your fight has to have any duration and your winnings any sense. Too bad that – lost in your own selfish micro-world – cannot understand that fighting only for your own short term personal interest won’t get you far away. Too bad that you are allergic to left because it is the only scientific alternative to the shit that you’re eating right now. Too bad that you’re ready to begin a journey that interests no one but yourself.

To summarise. I won’t put the slightest effort in trying to make your dream of success come true because it interests no one but you and certainly not me. This is one school of mind taught to you by TV and CNN alikes and while you’re there you’re alone even if it seems otherwise. In the other school of thought your fight is my fight too and in your dream you are a being usefull to me and the others around you and not a burden to all but yourself.

So. Nerdy, apathetic, insensitive, socially blind, a-politic I.T. guy and gal. It’s left or your “Bill Gates success stories” dream. Choose your pill and fuck off.


whether you like it or not.

PS 1: Fuck your bonus. MANY, MANY people that you consider inferior but actually know and deserve much more  than you take a third of your money so your whining tells me nothing (and no one will actually care so quit this and your ridiculous “fights”).

PS 2: Really fuck your bonus and your whining about styding all these years for so little money. The waiter that served your coffee was a historian, studied harder than you, gets much less than you but has more dignity and awareness than you can dream off.

PS 3: You’re right on your fear about communism and socialism being another form of fascism. Any system will get to be a form of fascism for you if all you want is to just look your own job and have nothing to do with the commons. See, someone must manage your fucked up society if you have no intention to do it. Capitalism lets you get away (at least for now) by being a low intensity slave so you’re really right about feeling great about it. But stop whining when it comes for you the way it’s coming for 9/10ths of the people around you.

PS 4: I’m really ashamed that I belong to your loser team. Builders and shipyeard workers have tenfold our pride (and are much more useful than us) without having spend years talking to souless computers.


Who Is Burning Greece?

September 6, 2007

I thought that it were the usual land perpetrators but I was dead wrong. People with better intuition than mine have been connecting the dots in a much better way:

Here is the story.

(The article in Greek is here).


Art, Anthem and the Police

June 5, 2007

I don’t know much about art. Yet, the whole fuzz about an artistic video that was presented in a Greek art exhibition, drives me nuts. In short, the video seemingly depicts someone masturbating while Greek national anthem is used as musical background. The reaction to this according to the Reuters’ report (and consistent with my local books) was:

Police stormed the Art Athina show on Saturday, shut down the video exhibit, which combined pornographic material with the Greek national anthem, and arrested curator Michalis Argyros who spent the night in jail.

I’m not a ferment patriot. ‘Scuse me, but I value living things more than symbols. This doesn’t mean that I don’t respect what others recognize as sacred. This means that I equally detest insulting Muslim prophets and the Greek national anthem. Let’s repeat that: I find equally detesting to insult Muslim prophets, Turkish flags, USA flags, Metallica, Iraq flags, Pope, Greek national anthem and all. I very well realize that what is void to me may mean a lot to someone else and either way insulting won’t ever dethrone Pope or Metallica. Subversives throughout history have been working in much more subterranean ways (1) than outward insults and take that as a tip if you are in fear that insults towards your favorite symbol may indicate a subversive mindset.

This is the little I know about art. Art is supposed to cross boundaries. Read the rest of this entry ?



June 3, 2007

May 25 2007: Amalia loses the battle with cancer and the corrupt Greek Health System. Amalia was in pain since she was 8 years old. She died this day at the age of 30 [1].

May 29 2007: Japanese Agriculture minister Matsuoka committed “hara-kiri” amid various political funds scandals [2].

June 1 2007: Greek bloggers and supporters were e-bombing EU and Greek officials with the protest text about Amalia [1].

June 1 2007: A newborn died in Athens due to lack of ambulances and newborn emergency clinics [3]. Athens is the city that hosted last shiny Olympic games which cost more than I can count. In post-Olympic Athens there is 1 (yes – ONE) ambulance capable of transporting newborns. Yet, in post-Olympic Athens there are beautiful stadiums that can proudly host as many Champion Leagues as you want.


I’m strongly tempted to redirect Read the rest of this entry ?


This one is for Amalia…

May 31, 2007


This one is for Amalia…

“Every patient has the right to being respected and maintaining his dignity.”
(Greek law)

“Quacks should be the exception, you guys, not the norm…”
(Amalia Kalyvinou , 1977-2007)

Since the age of 8, Read the rest of this entry ?


BrokeBack Mirror

May 15, 2007

It was via this blogopoly post (Greek)(3) where I caught up with an issue that seemingly rocks a small rural town in Greece. It seems like two native men were married somewhere in Europe and many other natives have nothing but their affair to talk (or most possibly gossip) about.

Having lived in (the otherwise beautiful) rural Greece I can easily reconstruct the mindset and imagine the style and tempo of such conversations. You don’t wanna know. Yet, again this isn’t to be seen only in Greece but in other seemingly advanced countries as well. If you want a relevant post refering to US South have a look here.

I have the feeling that hostility towards homosexuality is Read the rest of this entry ?


2 Paragraphs Using Word “Fundamental”

May 14, 2007

The two largest labor unions in Greece, GSEE and ADEDY have called a 24-hour strike for tomorrow, Tuesday, demanding the return of the money paid by their Social Security Funds to purchase structured bonds. To cut a long story short, workers, as you may know, pay money for their Social Security. These money go directly to Funds which are state governed. Funds are supposed to provide for health security and pensions. Health security means that workers and their family won’t have to pay MORE money for their check-ups, hospitalization, medicine and such. Pension is a monthly salary (well a far cry from a normal salary but a salary nonetheless) that is given to you when you’re too old to work. These money are being prepaid by workers during their lifetime. THEY ARE NOT A GIFT from anyone to anyone else. These money are also there for a sacred purpose called dignity. This is a thing that you might lose if you found yourself at your 70s with no income. Now please tell me Read the rest of this entry ?