Τα δάνεια της Ελλάδας και τα δάνεια των Ελλήνων

Τα δάνεια της Ελλάδας και τα δάνεια των Ελλήνων

Στην Ελλάδα που -δυστυχώς- αποδεικνύεται καθημερινά ότι την κυβερνά το ΔΝΤ, οι Έλληνες φορολογούμενοι πολίτες, εκείνοι που σήμερα έχουν πληρώσει περισσότερο και περισσότερα από οποιονδήποτε άλλο τα λάθη των κυβερνώντων

και τα χρέη με τα οποία εκείνοι φέσωσαν το κράτος, ζούμε άπαντες ένα πραγματικά εξευτελιστικό οικονομικό «βιασμό», τέτοιο που δεν μπορεί να φανταστεί ούτε ο πλέον αρρωστημένος νους.

Είναι αδύνατο να δεχτεί οποιοσδήποτε λογικός πολίτης αυτής της χώρας το απίστευτο θέατρο του παραλόγου που παίζεται όλα αυτά τα χρόνια και που μέρα με τη μέρα γίνεται ολοένα και πιο δραματικό για τα εισοδήματα των νοικοκυριών.

Τα… κακά νέα έρχονται πλέον από τις απαιτήσεις της τρόικα να σπεύσει η κυβέρνηση να βάλει μπροστά την έναρξη των πλειστηριασμών της ακίνητης περιουσίας των Ελλήνων. Η είδηση της επεξεργασίας ενός σχεδίου, το οποίο θα καταργεί τη μοναδική ασπίδα προστασίας που είχαν οι Έλληνες, σώζοντας -τουλάχιστον- το σπίτι τους, εν μέσω αυτής της οικονομικής λαίλαπας, λόγω του παγώματος των πλειστηριασμών της πρώτης κατοικίας, προκαλεί σοκ.

Σοκ και δέος μαζί για τα αρρωστημένα μυαλά που δίχως ίχνος ντροπής άκουσαν από τους τροϊκανούς να τους επιβάλλουν το μέτρο της υφαρπαγής των σπιτιών και των μαγαζιών των Ελλήνων και δεν τους έστειλαν από εκεί που ήρθαν.

Αλήθεια, όμως… Ποιος να τολμήσει να ορθώσει ανάστημα;

Αυτοί που δεν έχουν καν αντιληφθεί ότι έχουν ρημάξει τα οικονομικά των πολιτών αυτού του τόπου για να πληρώσουν τα δάνεια του κράτους στις ξένες δυνάμεις;

Αυτοί που εκλιπαρούσαν για μείωση των επιτοκίων δανεισμού τους ξένους (σωστά κ. Παπανδρέου;) και κάνουν τους… τυφλούς στη συνεχιζόμενη αποικιοκρατική διαδικασία των επιτοκίων που κινούνται σε διψήφια νούμερα στα δάνεια του κόσμου;

Αυτοί που σήμερα μιλούν για επιμήκυνση της αποπληρωμής των δανειακών υποχρεώσεων της Ελλάδας, αλλά κωφεύουν και δεν τολμούν να πράξουν κάτι αντίστοιχο για τα δάνεια που οι Έλληνες έχουν πάρει από τις τράπεζες;

Εκείνοι που πανηγύριζαν για το «κούρεμα» του δημοσίου χρέους, αλλά ξέχασαν και ξεχνούν ακόμα να πουν τη λέξη αυτή για να πάρουν ανάσα εκατομμύρια δανειολήπτες;

Μόνο σε μια χώρα που δεν σέβεται το λαό της μπορούν να συμβούν αυτά τα πράγματα. Ένα υπερ-χρεωμένο κράτος να καταστρέφει τους πολίτες του για να επιβιώσει, αλλά ταυτόχρονα να απαξιεί και να μην φροντίζει να τους κρατήσει στη ζωή -οικονομικά- παγώνοντας τις δανειακές τους υποχρεώσεις.

Όλα για πάρτη τους και τίποτα, μα τίποτα για το λαό.

Ακόμα και εκείνες οι ευνοϊκές διατάξεις για περαιτέρω βελτιώσεις στο νόμο Κατσέλη, πήγαν… περίπατο, αφού δεν τυγχάνουν της έγκρισης της τρόικα.

Και όλα αυτά την ώρα που τα κόκκινα δάνεια στις τράπεζες δεν έχουν απλά εκτιναχθεί στα ύψη, αλλά απειλούν να βάλουν… φωτιά στα θεμέλια ολόκληρου του οικονομικού και φυσικά του τραπεζικού συστήματος.

Ακόμα και οι τροϊκανοί έχουν πανικοβληθεί. Αλλά οι Έλληνες πολιτικοί, αυτοί τουλάχιστον που σήμερα ισχυρίζονται ότι κυβερνούν τον ευλογημένο αυτό τόπο, αποδεικνύουν καθημερινά ότι έχουν μετατραπεί σε άβουλα όντα, ανίκανα να απαιτήσουν ακόμα και το πλέον αυτονόητο.

Την επιβίωση των Ελλήνων. Το αποδεικνύουν με τη στάση τους στο θέμα των φαρμάκων, το προχωρούν και ακόμα παραπέρα. Για να μη γλιτώσει κανείς… Προφανώς το σκεπτικό τους είναι ένα. Όσο λιγότεροι Έλληνες, τόσο καλύτερα…

Γι’ αυτό και σπεύδουν να προσφέρουν στις δυνάμεις οικονομικής… κατοχής και τα σπίτια του ελληνικού λαού.

Θα τους περάσει;

Ο παπάς… εξαφάνισε από την εκκλησία πολυελαίους και εικόνες!

Ο παπάς... εξαφάνισε από την εκκλησία πολυελαίους και εικόνες!

Απίστευτες καταστάσεις και σκηνές «ρόκ» σε ναό της Πάτρας.

Καταστάσεις που είναι δύσκολο να συλλάβει ο κοινός νους – πόσο δε μάλλον το μυαλό των πιστών της εκκλησίας των Πατρών – εκτυλίσσονται το τελευταίο διάστημα σε ενορία που βρίσκεται στις παρυφές της Πάτρας όπου οι πιστοί ανακάλυψαν πως τρείς τουλάχιστον πανάκριβοι πολυέλαιοι έχουν …κουρευτεί σύμφωνα με δημοσίευμα της εφημερίδας “Κόσμος”.

Δράστης σύμφωνα με τα όσα όχι απλά καταγγέλλουν, αλλά και αναφέρουν στο περιεχόμενο της μήνυσης που έχουν καταθέσει – σύμφωνα με το patrastims.gr είναι παπάς που υπηρετεί στην ενορία και ο οποίος συνέλαβε ένα σατανικό σχέδιο.

Ο ιερέας άρχισε σταδιακά – ξεκινώντας από τον κεντρικό πολυτελέστατο πολυέλαιο – να αφαιρεί τμήματα που είχαν καθαρό χαλκό – και να τα παραδίδει όπως υποστηρίζουν κάτοικοι και πιστοί της περιοχής σε ιδιώτη!!!

Να σημειωθεί πως ο κεντρικός πολυέλαιος απαρτίζεται από 240 ανεξάρτητα τμήματα μεταξύ τους που άναβαν το κάθε ένα χωριστά ή και όλα μαζί. Από αυτά ο «καλός» ιερέας άφησε μόλις 150 στην εκκλησία και τα υπόλοιπα φέρεται να τα προώθησε σε ιδιώτη στην περιοχή του Μιντιλογλίου.

Όπως αναφέρουν στη μήνυση τους οι ενορίτες, ο Παπάς – για του οποίου την δράση ενημερώθηκε πριν από τέσσερις μήνες και ο Μητροπολίτης Πατρών κ. Χρυσόστομος – δεν σταμάτησε εκεί, αλλά προχώρησε και σε δύο πιο μικρούς πολυελαίους, οι οποίοι αποτελούνται από 110 ανεξάρτητα κομμάτια που συναρμολογούνται και αφαίρεσε τα 72!!!

Καλά πληροφορημένες πηγές αναφέρουν, πως κάτοικοι της ενορίας εντόπισαν τον ιδιώτη στον οποίο ο παπάς έδωσε τα κομμάτια των χάλκινων πολυελαίων και όταν του ζήτησαν να τους τα επιστρέψει τους ανακοίνωσε πως «εγώ τα έχω ήδη λιώσει»!!!

Η υπόθεση έχει και άλλες παραμέτρους, καθώς σύμφωνα με τα όσα καταγγέλλουν ενορίτες αναζητείται και μια πανάκριβη εικόνα – δωρεά μητέρας πολύ γνωστού Πατρινού Οδοντιάτρου της Πάτρας – καθώς και άλλα ιερατικά σκεύη.

Τι έκανε η κόρη του Χάρη Βαρθακούρη και τον άφησε άφωνο;

Τι έκανε η κόρη του Χάρη Βαρθακούρη και τον άφησε άφωνο;

Τι θα μπορούσε να κάνει ένα μικρό κοριτσάκι και να αφήσει άφωνο τον μπαμπά της;

Η κόρη του Χάρη Βαρθακούρη τον άφησε άφωνο πρωί πρωί!

Μάλιστα ο καλλιτέχνης ήταν τόσο χαρούμενος γι’ αυτό που έκανε η κορούλα του που είπε να το μοιραστεί με τους φίλους του και έγραψε:

«Η κόρη μου όλο το πρωί φώναζε «μαμά» με 100 τρόπους.

Ξυπνάει η γυναίκα μου, πάει στο δωμάτιο της μικρής και ακούει: ΘΕΛΩ ΤΟ ΜΠΑΜΠΑ!»

Τάμτα: Είκοσι χιλιάδες φίλοι στο twitter!

Τάμτα: Είκοσι χιλιάδες φίλοι στο twitter!

Η Τάμτα είναι χαρούμενη, μιας και από χθες έχει 20.000 followers στο twitter.

Μάλιστα, σε μήνυμα της η ποπ τραγουδίστρια ευχαρίστησε τον κόσμο για την αγάπη που της δείχνουν και τόνισε πως δεν περίμενε να την «ακολουθήσουν» τόσα μα τόσα πολλά άτομα στο twitter.

Φυσικά, έπεται και συνέχεια…

A Greek Australian scientist is heading the push for our place in space writes Marcus Megalokonomos

From little things big things grow

From little things big things grow

Young Greek Australian Dr Steven Tsitas, a researcher at UNSW, has long recognised the need for Australia to explore ways to take space research to new frontiers and has developed a breakthrough technology that may well pave the way for an Australian space programme. His research, began at Cranfield University in the United Kingdom and continued in his spare time involves small satellites known as CubeSats.

With the smallest the size of a grapefruit, CubeSats are a standard developed in the United States initially for education purposes and according to Tsitas, are relatively cheap for spacecraft. Proving the popular adage that from little things big things grow, his peer reviewed and published research indicates that a spacecraft known as a 6U CubeSat, about the size of a typical shoebox and weighing just eight kilograms, can perform some of the missions of much larger ‘microsatellites’ weighing around 100 kilograms, or roughly the size of a washing machine.

According to Tsitas, this 10-times size reduction potentially makes the cost of producing a spacecraft 10-times cheaper amounting to a cost of around $1 million compared to $10 million. CubeSats sit in a ‘P-POD’ that looks like a rectangular mailbox, and is attached to the launch adapter connecting a much bigger spacecraft to the rocket launching it. Once in space, the P-POD is spring loaded to expel the CubeSats into space. “The launch adapter is where the CubeSat is attached.

The P-POD approach creates launch opportunities for very small satellites and is one of the things I admire about the CubeSat standard which was created in the United States,” Tsitas explains. “Three of the smallest CubeSats can fit inside a P-POD and once in orbit they are basically sprung out. The little ones are mainly for education but the reduction in size and cost makes larger CubeSats attractive for commercial and scientific missions.” Doubling the size of a 3U CubeSat – which is the size of three of the smallest CubeSats end to end – to 6U being the size of two 3U CubeSats side-by-side says Tsitas, leads to a marked increase in the technology’s capabilities, while still benefiting from the low cost of CubeSats.

The cost he says may now be low enough to make it politically possible for Australia to have a sustainable space program based on this spacecraft. “Given this new found capability and its modest cost, it is a good opportunity for Australia to use it as a basis for getting a foot into the space industry, designing and building our own spacecraft,” Tsitas says. Many would be surprised to learn that even though Australia was the fourth nation to build and launch a satellite from its own territory, it remains, even now, almost completely reliant on satellites owned and operated by other countries. “We currently don’t have anything like the United States in the sense of designing and building space craft.

We do have some space related activities, but nothing compared to the work and research going on in many other countries. We have no space agency for example, however most countries do see the wisdom in fostering a space program, including countries less wealthy than ours,” Tsitas explains. This may primarily reflect the government’s belief that in light of the significant costs associated with space activities, international collaboration enables Australia to share this cost. As Dr Tsitas explains Australia should not rely on other nations’ space programs forever and the time has come to invest in new scientific frontiers.

He says the need for a national space program is not just about pure research, nor just about economics, but just as importantly about strengthening collaborative opportunities between Australia’s great research agencies and other stakeholders including the creative manufacturing, aerospace, electronics and software industries. “The space industry is an extremely value-added industry, for example spacecraft is literally worth more than it’s weight in gold. Not only is it a high value-added industry it also has a high growth rate and this would suggest that it is a good industry to be in.” Due to the phenomenal costs involved, the spacecraft market is a very difficult one to enter.

However Tsitas believes the time is right for Australia to build instruments suited to the nation’s specific needs and take the first giant steps towards Australian-built satellites and spacecraft. This last remaining niche of 8 to 40 kilogram spacecraft he believes provides the best opportunity for Australia to have a sustainable space program. Starting with 6U CubeSats, the technology could be used in the fields of astronomy, atmospheric science and other planetary science, space physics, earth observation and biology to name a few. “The satellite could be used for agricultural monitoring. It could observe in medium resolution in five colours including two near infrared colours.”

It is often a repeated argument that money dedicated to the space race could be better spent on more worthy causes like health care and education. However such an argument ignores the fundamental reasons behind space exploration, reasons that transcend issues of national budgets. We are now in a time when we are set to discover things that were once unknown, perhaps fundamentally changing our understanding of Earth, science and even ourselves. The benefits are real and worth paying for, as it is really all about our long term future.

“People in the past have always said how and why can we be doing things in space when there are people starving? The fact is, how can we not, because agricultural monitoring by spacecraft can help improve food security. ” His interest he explains is using this design and for around a tenth of the price, producing these and selling them to developing countries. “In this way every country can afford to have its own satellite up in orbit, creating a constellation of satellites. Then every time the orbit of any satellite goes over the country they can image their crops which may help improve agricultural productivity.

The Global Financial Crisis may lead people to overlook the food crisis, but food security is still a concern. The satellites would be designed to de-orbit within 25 years, satisfying international standards for orbital debris mitigation.” While Australian space engineers are mostly working overseas, the message that Dr Tsitas wants to get out there is that low cost small spacecraft technology can be explored and exploited right here in Australia. “One of the advantages of such small and relatively cheap spacecraft is that the use of advanced technologies can be risked, because a failure need not be financially crippling as it may be with a larger, more expensive spacecraft.

This endows the smaller spacecraft with enough of the capabilities of the larger more expensive spacecraft to make it capable of carrying out some of the missions of larger spacecraft.” As there are apparently no commercial players using the 6U CubeSat it certainly would seem a way for Australia to take the lead. “I think that when Australia does decide to do something it usually does it world class and that is a step we should be taking in spacecraft designs and manufacturing,” Tsitas says.

As well as providing economic opportunities for Australia, utilising this technology would seemingly improve our strategic relationship with the United States and perhaps more importantly inspire the next generation of students to study science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Scientists are fascinating people. While many people’s careers are based on getting ahead, even at the expense of others, scientists’ goals are often not so much personal as collective, dedicated to the betterment of humankind.

So what drives someone to become a scientist in the first place? “As a kid I always loved space and was curious about how the world works, reading books that explained the natural world and playing around with an electronics kit, chemistry set and small telescope. I went to Melbourne High School which was where I became a good student. I remember going to a school assembly at the beginning of my year 11 and the invited speaker gave a speech that inspired me to really apply myself to my studies and I did pretty well from then on.”

He went on to earn a PhD in Planetary Science from the California Institute of Technology, the Caltech referred to on The Big Bang Theory. Tsitas subsequently obtained a masters degree from Cranfield University in the United Kingdom. Curiosity may have killed the cat but not so scientists who are like dwarves standing on the shoulders of giants. This metaphor, famously used by Isaac Newton describes how humans driven by curiosity, build on what has come before. Space exploration like any form of science is about knowledge, about expanding our horizons and answering questions that we haven’t even thought of asking yet.

“I’m interested in not just asking why something works the way it does, but how to use it for potential benefit.” Dr Tsitas currently works as a senior research associate at UNSW on a project funded by the Australian Space Research Program. Tsitas is employed in a design study for a synthetic aperture radar satellite for earth observation.

He explains a synthetic aperture radar can determine where each echo from the ground comes from, like a chess board location with co-ordinates. This information allows scientists to create a picture of the earth using radar and is a powerful tool for imaging the earth, which has relevance for Australia. “You can see through clouds and at night are sensitive to the amount of moisture in the soil. Imaging the earth is important for us. For Australia I found that mapping soil moisture levels in the Murray Darling Basin using synthetic aperture radar may be an important application for improving water management there.

“I also have an idea for monitoring bush fires from air or space through cloud, using two synthetic aperture radar images taken a short time apart from about the same location. Synthetic aperture radar can create photo-like images but it also measures something called phase which is basically the exact distance to each point in the image. Changing the vegetation by burning it may change the phase enough to detect this….optical images can’t measure the phase and can’t see through cloud. It’s a theory I am keen to see tested.” Such projects have the potential to contribute to a truly global humanity. If Australia wants to be a part of that then perhaps it really is time to take some giant steps.

Anything less will see us left behind. People like Steven Tsitas are the source of such progress. They are creating tomorrow today. But their efforts can only succeed in a culture that truly values science and technology. It is to be hoped that Tsitas’ work in potentially launching an Australian space program will be rewarded.

Greek Australian playwright Tom Petsinis has penned his fifth play, Elena and the Nightingale

Elena and the Nightingale

Elena and the Nightingale

L-R: Actors Hannah Greenwood who plays Elena, with Trent Baker.

Greek Australian playwright Tom Petsinis has penned his fifth play, Elena and the Nightingale. Elena is pining for her fiancé who has been away three years working in Australia. Desperate, she is approached by a mysterious Nightingale who promises to bring news of him.

Elena is drawn by the bird and a strange relationship develops. Full of mythical references, with a charming, fairy-tale quality, the play presents a world where the two characters share each other’s deepest feelings, but things aren’t necessarily what they appear.

Written in the form of musical sonata and incorporating traditional European folk tunes set to original English lyrics, the play explores love, loss and reconciliation. “In Elena and the Nightingale I have sought to fuse song, poetry and performance in a dramatic context. The play uses elements of fairy tale to explore the migration theme from the perspective of a village girl whose fiancé has gone to Australia,” Petsinis tells Neos Kosmos.

Petsinis has already published three novels – including The French Mathematician – six volumes of poetry and a collection of short stories. His play The Drought, won the Wal Cherry Award and was short listed for the Victorian Premiers Award. He is currently working on his new play Zorba’s Last Dance. As a mathematician at Victoria University, Petsinis doesn’t see a divide between the two fields, rather a beautiful connection.

“Mathematics is a precise language that produces wonderful results – theorems and proofs as beautiful as poetry. A song from my play Hypatia’s Circle, says: Music and mathematics Fill us with wonder, Nothing is more ecstatic Than a Greek number.

Elena and the Nightingale, will be performed at Footscray Community Arts Centre, 45 Moreland Street, Footscray, on Thursday 18 through to Sunday 21 October at 8.15 pm and Friday 19 at 10:00 am and Sun 21 at 1:30 pm. Tickets are $25 full, $15 concession, $10 students. For more information visit http://www.offsetjournal.com/

Woman critical after she was crushed by an elephant at Taronga Zoo

Source: News

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Asian Elephant Keeper Lucy Melo. Picture: Jeff Darmanin Source: The Daily Telegraph

Elephant crushes keeper at Sydney zoo

A female keeper is in a critical condition after being crushed by an elephant at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo.

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Lucy Melo playing with one of her charges. Picture: Jeff Darmanin Source: The Daily Telegraph

THE woman keeper crushed by a two-year-old elephant at Taronga Zoo went into cardiac arrest shortly after telling paramedics of her ordeal.

Acting Inspector Andrew Wood said two ambulance teams worked for five minutes to restart 40-year-old senior keeper Lucy Melo’s heart.

Ms Melo was carrying out routine training with Pathi Harn, a young male elephant, when she was pinned against a bollard and critically injured.

“Earlier on this morning paramedic crews responded to a triple zero call at Taronga Zoo where a female zoo worker had been crushed up against a bollard at the zoo by an elephant inside the enclosure,” Mr Wood said.

“When ambulance crews arrived the patient was conscious and talking to them,” he said.

“She did briefly tell them what had happened.”

 

Mr Wood said it was unusual for a persons heart to be stopped for so long and crews continued to provide her lungs with oxygen.

“She has pretty serious injuries.”

The woman is now in a critical condition at Royal North Shore Hospital.

It’s a cruel blow to the 40-year-old woman who has dedicated the past decade to caring for elephants.

On the zoo’s website, Ms Melo details her love of animals, most of all, elephants.

Every day I work with animals is amazing, but the highlights are definitely the births of our elephant calves, as well as flying in a jumbo jet with the elephants,” Ms Melo said.

“The one on one relationships that I have with the elephants. They are just like people, only better.”

“Having a connection with an animal is extremely satisfying and therapeutic. They truly give you unconditional love.  I also feel proud that the work that we are doing is making a difference, and helping to save Asian Elephants from extinction.”

The elephant at the centre of the tragedy Pathi Harn became famously known as “Mr Shuffles” in March 2010 after a dramatic birth at Taronga.

He was pronounced dead after he was stuck in his mother’s womb, only to be born the next day. He was nicknamed Mr Shuffles because he dragged his feet as he tried to walk.

The zoo has said it did not know what caused the elephant to “challenge” the keeper.

An announcement over the PA system said the 1pm elephant show was cancelled due to “unforeseen circumstances”.

Earlier, the elephant enclosure at Taronga Zoo was shut off to the public, while zoo staff investigating the terrible accident.

A group of school students said they saw paramedics rushing to the enclosure, escorted by zoo staff.

It is understood the keeper was pinned against the bollard in an internal part of the enclosure, which is not clearly visible to the public.

A NSW ambulance spokeswoman said emergency services received a report that an elephant had pushed someone over.

The initial caller told emergency services the woman had suffered chest and back injuries, an ambulance spokeswoman said.

The patient was unconscious and had stopped breathing when paramedics arrived on the scene.

The zoo has two young males,  both born two years ago – Pathi Han, whose name means “miracle”, and Luk Chai, whose name means “son.”’

The zoo says that two other keepers in an adjoining stall heard the keeper’s calls and moved the elephant away.

Senior Taronga staff have accompanied the keeper to Royal North Shore Hospital to provide ongoing support, the zoos aid.

WorkCover NSW is investigating the incident.

“Initial inquiries indicate that the zoo keeper suffered serious crush injuries while working in the elephant enclosure,” it said in a statement.

“WorkCover inspectors are attending the scene and will commence inquiries into the cause and systems of work at the time of the incident.”

“The public were not at risk at any time and the elephants are now in their paddock at the Zoo.”

Taronga Zoo ‏@tarongazoo tweeted “A keeper was injured by a young elephant during routine training & has been taken to hospital. Will give updates ASAP. Public not at risk.”

Taronga’s eight Asian elephants are not only an important part of the zoo but also the worldwide conservation programme.

The male, Gung, is one of only three breeding males in Australia.

The others are the matriarch Porntip, her two-year-old calf Pathi Hari, Pak Boon, who is the largest in the group, and her two-year-old calf Tukta, Thong Dee, who is a former street elephant from Bangkok, and her three-year-olf calf Luk Chai, and Tang Mo.

On its website, the zoo says the elephants came from domestic elephant camps throughout Thailand.

“Prior to coming to Australia they had lived most of their lives in these tourist camps and some had spent time on city streets begging for food and money from tourists. Now they are here in Sydney the group has formed into a strong family unit and are given everything they need to be happy young elephants,” the website says.