Posted by: Dr Pano Kroko | February 17, 2015

To be the Master of the Universe

Within each one of us there is a Master of the Universe.

Now it’s up to You to find him and draw her out….

However to the Universe that is out there we are all mall potatoes.

But to the inner universe of our thoughts, feelings, attitudes, and actions — we are Kings.

And as the old saw goes, we are only able to change the world by changing ourselves and starting internally is the only path to that specific glory.

And little by little the Universe responds to your changed YOU and it crowns you to be the True Master of Your Universe, the leader of the world — you were always meant to be.

Yours,

Pano

PS:

Most people realise too late what awaits within and how valuable it is. For too long we allow ourselves to be distracted and bewitched by all that is happening outside. To be the master of your inner world is to be the master of your own destiny. Are you going to be the master or a slave?

Posted by: Dr Pano Kroko | February 17, 2015

Leaders lead only by offering Hope

True leaders need to remember always that their only worthwhile currency is HOPE.

All else pales by comparison…

On this President’s Day we are confronted with a choice.

Do we lead to a place of safety and progress, or do we hide behind our forts and cover our heads under the duvet witing for the end to come.

Huge potential threats always exist — but so do the occasions for glory.

And today when a theatre nuclear war in Ukraine is upon us along with plenty of other major problems — we best remember that Leaders are dealers of hope and grace.

Yours,

Pano

PS:

Happy President’s Day Mr President…

Posted by: Dr Pano Kroko | February 8, 2015

Budapest Protocol

With the Cold War’s end and the collapse of the Soviet Union, Ukraine’s independence and territorial integrity quickly gravitated towards the export markets and became a cornerstone of the European order of things.

Europe was flooded with the commodities most prevalent in Ukraine and ready for export. Mainly Vodka, weapons, women, and potatoes. All these, were sent to Western Europe, and then spread throughout the world, along with a healthy dose of criminality.

These transactions were presided over by the numberless Capos, pimps, drug lords, and the occasional “standard of Kyiv” led by the ubiquitous exKGB moffos. All the “rats” who left the sinking ship called Soviet Union were not bad, but the exodus from Ukraine was monumental in it’s mix of ideologues and apparatchiks, turned rampant free market capitalists, placid bureaucrats turned vehement traitors, and military men turned weapons profiteers. And thus the “Ukrainian problem” was created along with the modern Ukrainian mafia. Now mind you these people were the most “entrepreneurial” elements of their society and for lack of decent opportunity in their homeland turned to Corruption. Their achievement is singular because they managed to disperse to the west and the east, to Arabia and Iran, to Pakistan and India, to China and Vietnam, … a complete country.

And of course they were all connected. They say that Ukraine invented the smart phone because what they call a smart phone is a phone answered by a procurator who can procure all things. Now this country’s collapse into corruption and “Everything Is For Sale” mentality, caused two significant things of geopolitical importance to the rest of the world — taking place.

First is that in the complete vacuum of power that was exacerbated inside and outside the country by the same interests at play, as those that played out the days just before the Second World War., we lost sight of the nation. As you might recall in the days leading to WWII, the Germans in agreement with the Russians dismembered Poland, in order to win their own spheres of Influence. Next thing You know, Hitler’s armies invaded from the West while Russian armies looked on from the East. Only Great Britain defended Poland then and declared war on the Germans. Now this is playing out in Ukraine and the strategic moves are taken from the same playbook. Sad foreboding dwells in my heart for what is coming down the pike…

Second was the prevailing idea that since everything in Ukraine is for sale — why don’t we sell the whole country as is with the people and all. The Capos decided and offered the Crimea to the Russians who wanted it, all along with the Eastern part of the country, and then they offered to sell all the rest of the country to Berlin. This way they reckon to expedite the wheels of History and to turn a tidy profit at the same time.

And as you see this is the way the game of Ukraine’s dismemberment is played out today…

And thus was born the “Ukrainian problem” that was exported to the rest of the world, same as the Chernobyl radiation was “exported” to the rest of the world. And same way the weapons, the drugs, and the hookers were exported to the rest of the world. Complimentary trades. Now other countries had to deal with it — whether they liked it or not.

And the inside of the country became a heaven for criminality because when all the best minds, all the scientists, and all the entrepreneurial elements left their country for greener pastures abroad — they were quickly replaced inside the country by the still powerful “old guard” masquerading themselves now as the New Oligarchy based on the Russian Economic Model of plundering the Public Assets from the Old Communist Regime and still maintaining the automatic and reflexive reliance to the old “Mother Russia” and Kremlin the seat of ALL POWER.

But since the old Communist leaders and Cappos, turned Oligarchs needed to Lord it over an extractive resource industry and Ukraine doesn’t have one — they started selling in the Black Market everything that wasn’t tied down, and some things that were. First and foremost they sold their loyalty, their state secrets, and their services to the first bidder from Washington and London. If they had a high rank this made some sense but the majority who betrayed their flag and country, looked East to Kremlin and to Berlin. They became traitors and once they had turned to Berlin and Moscow offering their services, their state secrets, and looking for paymasters — they were lost to Ukraine and Democracy.

Later all other ordinary citizens started selling themselves and anything they could lay hands onto, seeing what their leaders were doing and emulating their examples.

Ukrainian brides, Ak47s, and RPGs, were the easy sellers. You could buy both through the mail system same as it is today through the Internet. The term “Brides by Mail” was born right then and there…

But you could also buy a more sophisticated combination of cannon and women. Or you could buy all the modern war tanks along with howlitzers, and a bevy of blondes to operate these, with enough shells and rockets, to start your own war.

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A real cannon fodder was soon to follow…

Anybody could see this.

You see Karma is a Bitch.

Because back then you literally could uy your own army.

You could really buy enough tanks to outfit and field whole mechanized division armies bigger, better, and far more lethal, that General Rommel or Marshal Molotov ever had…

You could buy warplanes, supersonic bombers, complex radar and high altitude reconnaissance airplanes, and even the first stealth warjets, along with the aerojel fuel to run them. You could buy them all for pennies on the dollar.

You could buy for a few hundred thousands all these along with transporters, and flying tankers, as well as the ubiquitous Kalasnikovs AK47s and the factories that make them.

In a short three year, all the old Soviet war armaments, were quickly sold along with enough munitions to start World War Three.

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Once the army depots started running empty and the military arsenals, and their base armouries were exhausted — the profiteers of the Ukrainian economic collapse, turned their sights to the Public Goods, and started selling the public infrastructure state assets.

You could buy everything that could be removed. From modular buildings, to airport hangars, and airplane shelters, to the vast silos, and the fixed fuel and water tanks of the civilian infrastructure. You could buy electricity generation factories rather cheap. Especially the nuclear generators…

From modular steel bridges and infrastructure elements like factories and assembly lines to military tanks, cannons, bridges, and warships — all wa for sale.

Foreigner flush with cash and promises, came and bought the sophisticated technology factories, and even the helicopter and airplane factories in total for a little money upfront and with abundant swiss and German LOCs. Deal were made at the whorehouses late at night or early in the morning depending on how you count time.

The automobile and tire factories were the first to go. You could see these vast manufacturing works, being quickly dismantled, packaged, and making their way to China and the Far East, in a space of days — not even weeks. This was causing a boom of activity and production of all such industrial things with new names but with the old stamp of manufacture from Ukraine, and with the sophisticated engineering talent from Ukraine that knew how to run them in the first place.

This came to be known as the “Complete Asset Purchase” because the factories were all sold along with the people who operated them and their families. So, the engineers, and technicians, along with those who were traded and trafficed or “force migrated” to China and Pakistan, like the boobsy blonde Godesses found in the heartland industrial centres of China today, like Chengdu and Jiangtsu where there is a thriving community of Ukrainian technologists, whores, and Nuclear Engineers, along with sophisticated nuclear scientists, aerospace and weapons engineers.

Higher value assets like top Physicists and Nuclear Scientists gravitated to the same places and even Teheran and Islamabad but the top echelon moved to the US and Western Europe under special visa agreements like the 300 top physics scientists and PHDs admitted to Washington State overnight. The same provision came from many other states in the US ready to attract top Nuclear talent from Russia and Ukraine at the time of the Soviet Union collapse.

But the middle level scientists were spread out East, and elsewhere where with enough stolen plutonium and an understanding regime — they could start a new Nuclear Bomb making program. The Arab world is still smattered with those nascent programs, but we only hear about Teheran’s race to built nuclear reactors, although Turkey’s and Saudi Arabia’s programs are far more advanced.

And that was the time that with so much nuclear capacity and “materiel” from Ukraine flooding the export markets of the World — we came to be concerned. For God’s sake it was like an open air bazaar. You could buy a ‘Field theatre nuclear warhead” in the semi legal open air “Arms bazaar” taking place every weekend on the muddy outskirts of Kiyv, where you could buy and take home such a nuclear weapon for the folding money that you had in your pockets.

One could buy any number of nuclear armed warheads, and even the “nuclear stuffing” alone.  You could buy raw uranium, and enriched plutonium. You could even buy spent fuel rods from Ukraine’s nuclear factories for a few quid.

The nuclear stuff being exported in the World’s Black Markets from Ukraine was so cheap and plentiful that it came to supplant the Ukrainian “Brides” markets in twofers. “Twofer” being a two for one offer so you could have our plutonium cake and eat it too. Or have a blonde carry it for You to the next destination. Maybe that contributed to a whole new funny industry about the Ukrainian damn blondes being luminous and in radiating good health.

I can see how the Adverts on the Internet could play out if the medium was developed back then:  “Do You want some leggy blondes to go with that warhead you just purchased? Come to Kiyv… for an exotic holiday in Black Market heaven”

Still that was the popular advert of the 1990s in the high level finance and random profit economy of the 1990s.  And all manner of fortune seeking people flocked and drank vodka and made deals, and fucked, and bought all manner of shit from Ukraine… as they still do today.

People came and did business. And that was a new thing for Ukrainians after 50 years of state owned economy. But since the fall of communism, the local leaders did business like crazy and cowboys and entrepreneurial guys came from all over the world, armed with bodyguards. They came to buy “shit.” They ranged from shady characters, to gifted businessmen, and from Mafia types, to Arab potentates and Chinese prince, and middlemen. They all came to Kiev seeking a bargain. Spies and pimps, mixing it up with financiers, and Swiss bankers along with a smattering of German industrialists, came and had a very big party together. They all came to Kiyv and bought machinery, factories, drugs and bridges, whores and nuclear submarines, complex missiles armed with nuclear ICBMs and even nuclear reactors. The Germans also bought vast tracts of arable land and the agricultural machinery that runs these agrobusinesses along with the “Kolhoz” villages of people to work this land. They bought the pharmaceutical factories and whisked them to China overnight. They bought all the munitions factories they could lay their hands on to. They acquired all manner of warships and even modern class frigates and destroyers. They bought the latest military supersonic warplanes and the factories that built them. And they bought them to advance their weapons making export industry and to sell their output product on the World Markets as German made…

Just to give you a taste of the liquidity of this market: You could buy the latest Mig jet plane back then, armed with weapons, for less than a hundred thousand pound sterling. You could buy biological agents and bioweapon for a few hundred dollars. You could procur scientists with their whole families for the price of their airplane ticket and an exit Visa to a “strong” and safe country.

If it was something that fights, flies, floats, or fucks — you could buy it in Ukraine cheaper than anywhere else. And people bought it all looking for an upside. Not a bad market if you can have it…

And all these thing happened in the pace of a few short year, before the world recognized this as a threat and tried to reconstitute a sense of order in the weapons markets of Ukraine and the old Soviet Union through bailing out Russia but not Ukraine. Much later they came to recognize the error of this but it was far too late for Ukraine to be economically salvaged. And we reap the fruits of this vast oversight and diplomatic negligence today. Who can assemble back the winds into the sack once they have been released?

Can you close Pandora’s box once it has opened?

Yet, all these events happened but the way to sort them is not going to be necessarily in that same order a they were unsorted… because the historical collapse of the Soviet Union, created the largest vacuum of power in Europe, since the ending of World War Two, and the thing that mattered most back then, was to save the world from the leakage of nuclear technology and assets. But nobody could stem the tide of fissionable materiel coming out of the collapse of Ukraine and of the Soviet military system as a whole.

Yet when you started tracing plutonium and radiation in all the flights leaving Kiev, and in the European capital airports — people got alarmed. All major governments started installing Geiger counters in the airports and in their entry points throughout Europe far from those bordering the East. And they got plenty of nuclear stuff and plutonium to make them really concerned.

The time that the nasty and dangerous game was up and had gotten discovered by the World’s relevant authorities — came when people getting radiation sickness all over.  Normally sleepy folks in governments got wakened and became seriously concerned when the main bank vaults in Switzerland’s banks started leaking radiation inside the bank basements and inside their buildings. They looked and found that it all came from the Ukrainian nuclear material stored in their vaults, under secret numbered Swiss accounts.

Try to figure this one out now.

People and especially Germans started thinking…

Where is my gold hiding?

Is it safe?

Is it going to kill me once I start fingering it again?

The banker-wankers became alarmed.

Asking the Physicists they quickly found out that the half life of Plutonium is 7,000 long years — they figured they should hold out that long too…

But for mere mortals, we all know that when radiation leaks and starts polluting the gold bar reserves and other valuables laying in these vaults, irradiating them with long lasting nuclear radiation — this devalues the wealth of whole countries…

Now this becomes a serious issue.

But those are the vagaries of stolen wealth, stolen nuclear war materiel, and of history…

On December 1, 1991 Ukraine, the second most powerful republic in the USSR, voted overwhelmingly for independence, which ended any realistic chance of the Soviet Union staying together even on a limited scale. More than 90% of the electorate expressed their support for the Declaration of Independence of Ukraine, and they elected the chairman of the parliament, Leonid Kravchuk to serve as the first president of the country. At the meetings in Brest, in Belarus on December 8th, followed by the Alma Ata meetings on December 21st, the leaders of Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine formally dissolved the Soviet Union and formed the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

After the dissolution of the USSR, about one third of the Soviet nuclear arsenal, as well as significant means of its design, manufacture, and production, remained within the sovereign Ukrainian territory, and that was a huge threat to the nuclear security of the world.

To turn these nuclear weapons away and make Ukraine a Non Nuclear State, it took a bit of arm twisting on behalf of the big bully, the Russians and by the Americans and the Brits. Gradually the Ukrainians came to see the light. And they agreed under strong guarantees to give up their nuclear arsenal. Thus the THREE POWERS agreed to the Budapest protocol where the same three countries guaranteed the territorial integrity of Ukraine, at the same borders designated at the time of the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Guess who these countries are…

At the time they were in a terrible bind because they all desperately wanted Ukraine to return the incredible loads of nuclear weapons stationed at the territory of Ukraine by the former Soviet Union. And thus they coaxed Ukrainian leaders to return all these weapons to Russia in exchange for a guarantee of her territorial integrity by the United States of America, by Russia, and by the United Kingdom.

On December 5, 1994 the leaders of Ukraine, Russia, Britain and the United States signed a memorandum to provide Ukraine with security assurances in connection with its accession to the NPT as a non-nuclear weapon state. The four parties signed the memorandum, containing a preamble and six paragraphs. The memorandum reads as follows:

The United States of America, the Russian Federation, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland,

Welcoming the accession of Ukraine to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons as non-nuclear-weapon State,

Taking into account the commitment of Ukraine to eliminate all nuclear weapons from its territory within a specified period of time,

Noting the changes in the world-wide security situation, including the end of the Cold War, which have brought about conditions for deep reductions in nuclear forces.

Confirm the following:

1. The Russian Federation, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America reaffirm their commitment to Ukraine, in accordance with the principles of the Final Act of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe, to respect the independence and sovereignty and the existing borders of Ukraine.

2. The Russian Federation, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America reaffirm their obligation to refrain from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of Ukraine, and that none of their weapons will ever be used against Ukraine except in self-defence or otherwise in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations.

3. The Russian Federation, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America reaffirm their commitment to Ukraine, in accordance with the principles of the Final Act of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe, to refrain from economic coercion designed to subordinate to their own interest the exercise by Ukraine of the rights inherent in its sovereignty and thus to secure advantages of any kind.

4. The Russian Federation, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America reaffirm their commitment to seek immediate United Nations Security Council action to provide assistance to Ukraine, as a non-nuclear-weapon State party to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, if Ukraine should become a victim of an act of aggression or an object of a threat of aggression in which nuclear weapons are used.

5. The Russian Federation, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America reaffirm, in the case of Ukraine, their commitment not to use nuclear weapons against any non-nuclearweapon State party to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, except in the case of an attack on themselves, their territories or dependent territories, their armed forces, or their allies, by such a State in association or alliance with a nuclear-weapon State.

6. Ukraine, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America will consult in the event a situation arises that raises a question concerning these commitments.

This Memorandum became applicable upon signature. Signed in four copies having equal validity in the English, Russian, and Ukrainian languages is forever binding the signatory nations…

And what of the remaining two members of the security Council of the United Nations?

France and China, also provided Ukraine with assurances similar to the Budapest Memorandum, but with some significant differences. For instance, France’s pledge does not contain the promises laid out in paragraphs 4 and 6 above, to refer any aggression to the UN Security Council, nor to consult in the event of a question regarding the commitments.

China’s pledge takes a different form entirely, dating from 4 December, and reading as follows:

  • The Chinese Government welcomes the decision of Ukraine to destroy all nuclear weapons on its territory, and commends the approval by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on 16 November of Ukraine’s accession to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons as a non-nuclear-weapon State. China fully understands the desire of Ukraine for security assurance. The Chinese Government has always maintained that under no circumstances will China use or threaten to use nuclear weapons against non-nuclear-weapon States or nuclear-weapon-free zones. This principled position also applies to Ukraine. The Chinese Government urges all other nuclear-weapon States to undertake the same commitment, so as to enhance the security of all non-nuclear-weapon States, including Ukraine.
  • The Chinese Government has constantly opposed the practice of exerting political, economic or other pressure in international relations. It maintains that disputes and differences should be settled peacefully through consultations on an equal footing. Abiding by the spirit of the Sino-Ukrainian joint communiqué of 4 January 1992 on the establishment of diplomatic relations, the Sino-Ukrainian joint communiqué of 31 October 1992 and the Sino-Ukrainian joint statement of 6 September 1994, China recognizes and respects the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, and stands ready to further develop friendly and cooperative Sino-Ukraine relations on the basis of the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence.

Thus, China’s pledge, similar to France’s, does not pledge to involve UN or consultative mechanisms in case of crisis. However, it does pledge to respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.

Yet when Russia annexed Crimea as is now causing the fighting in the East of the country, in order to annex also the vastly important Eastern part of Ukraine — everybody kept quiet.

Nobody raised the issue at the Security Council of the UN. And therefore no UN action was ever taken to protect Ukraine…

So, who is protecting the Ukrainian national sovereignty as they promised to do, and who is honouring their agreement?

Where is the Power of the Trilateral guarantee of the United Nation Security Council members that secured the borders of the sovereign nation of Ukraine?

That whole thing is a significant failure of Foreign Policy and of the UN and it’s Security Council because it is a strategic fact now, when it is evident more than ever before, that WAR is afoot in the heart of Europe.

War is ravaging Europe’s centre. Not her East, because in terms of geography — Ukraine and Kiev are right smack in the middle of Europe. When you measure the European continent from the Atlantic to the Ural mountains, you see the veracity of this.

Can You see World War Three?

Today’s Ukraine is a total victim of the Russian military aggression, and, like it or not, its fate will essentially determine that of Europe’s, because the current crisis will define the rules and principles that Europeans live by in the twenty-first century.

It will define whether we have war or not in total. It will define whether Europe will be governed by the principles of freedom, democracy, the rule of law, and the inviolability of national borders, or will be governed through fear and through the sheer might of jackbooted thugs with machine guns killing civilians all over the place, all over again.

Will Europe get to be governed based on the willingness to use force? And will the mean spirited triumph?

Will a coerced democracy and totalitarian spheres of influence trump the right of countries, large or small, to determine their own future?

Today’s democratic Ukraine is fighting not only for her ground and her people but is also fighting for Europe’s future too.

Despite Russia’s claimed annexation of Crimea, the Government of Ukraine has reaffirmed its decision in 1994 to accede to the Non-Proliferation Treaty as a non-nuclear-weapon state. Nonetheless, some Ukrainians and foreign policy commentators argue that if Ukraine had not removed its nuclear weapons, Russia would have been deterred from aggression against Ukraine. Certain Ukrainian leaders are angered by Western Europe and the United States, who advised and pressured them to remove their nuclear arsenal under the guise of the worthless guarantees they received.

After Yanukovych fled and was replaced, a power vacuum opened and Russia annexed Crimea. Russia intervened through nationalist and cultural rhetoric stating that they were protecting ethnic Russians from attacks in Crimea and Eastern Ukraine. Therefore the Budapest Protocol Memorandum was violated fully by one of it’s signatories, because the Russian military intervened in Ukraine.

Now Ukraine may have to arm themselves with their own nuclear weapons if the US and the other Guarantor world leading nations of the UN Security Council, do not hold up their end of the agreement. The Ukrainian Prime Minister said “We gave up nuclear weapons because of this agreement. Now, there’s a strong sentiment in Ukraine that we made a big mistake.” He also said that, “In the future, no matter how the situation is resolved in Crimea, we need a much stronger Ukraine. If you have nuclear weapons, people don’t invade you.”

On 13 December 2014 the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko stated that he did not want Ukraine to become a nuclear power again, but circumstances might demand it…

Russian President Vladimir Putin is a retrograde Communist still living in the last century and now wants to restore a useless international order based on exclusive spheres of influence controlled by major powers who are willing to kill and smote every Democratic wish of the People of this world. Putin wants to turn back the clock and bring back an old school military “machine” and the system that prevailed in Europe’s war-torn eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

A daft idea on anybody’s book. And yet the only thing standing on his way is a European Ukraine and the European Union that together stand in the way of his goal. That is why current Russian policy seeks to destabilize Ukraine permanently, especially territorially, militarily, and financially.

And since the three Signatories of the Budapest Protocol cannot honour their obligations to Ukraine — Europe must step into the breach.

Because it is in Europe’s selfish interest, gain, and profit, that Ukraine must be maintained as a strong independent and vociferous barrier between the progressive Democracies of Europe and the dark Russian bear getting increasingly unhinged…

Yes, fighting against Russia via a proxy war in Ukraine and is fighting in Russia’s own best interests. This, is Europe’s current nightmare. A plausible scenario that is only liked by the war profiteers and by the oil & gas oligarchs, like Putin and his comrades, the fossil fuel companies… They like it because the price of oil will hit the roof and because they are the only ones who are going to benefit majorly from an expanded war in Europe today.

So who is going to stop this?

Maybe the Democratic leaders of Europe must act now in order to not allow this policy drift to prevail. War is diplomacy by other means and as such is a Policy invention too. But we must resist this drift toward chaos, and persist to stop this insanity…

We need to do a few thing quickly: But first things first.

First, we need to foster more Democracy in Ukraine. More Liberty and Democracy — not less. We want more Democracy in Kiev, because despite the war in eastern Ukraine, the country has managed to take important steps toward democracy since the ouster of pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych last February.

Indeed, since the “Euromaidan” uprising began in Kiev in November 2013, a new Ukraine has emerged. Free and fair presidential and parliamentary elections have brought to power leaders who, by implementing radical reforms, are determined to realize voters’ demands for a modern economy and an end to corruption.

Nonetheless, the goal of domestic political stabilization is far from reached. Apart from tensions within the Ukrainian government, the main reason is the country’s dire financial situation.

The United States, the European Commission, and the EU’s main member states all agree, at least in principle, that Ukraine needs quick and substantial financial help in order to be able to resist Russian aggression. Likewise, they agree to support the deep social and economic reforms that Ukraine must carry out.

And that is good business, because we will either pay some money now or a whole lot more money later, along with blood, sweat, and tears over the fallen youth coming home in cardboard boxes and plastic coffins when this war escalates and gets to be a Pan-European conflict that grows form the conflagration in the Eastern front…

Yet so far, no economic support package from the European Union to the Ukraine, has been put together, which is deeply troublesome. It is also dangerously late to act, because the IMF is authorized to release the money it pledged only if Ukraine’s financial stability is guaranteed for at least 12 months. The country is facing a severe shortage of money, which could lead to a serious financial crisis, in addition to the ongoing and dramatic military conflict.

The EU’s difficulty in devising a concrete financial commitment stems from its dearth of financial means. A major weakness of EU foreign policy is its lack of versatile instruments for allocating financial aid to neighboring countries. It would be absurd if Ukraine were to slide into a financial crisis because the EU could not agree on how to raise the funds to prevent it.

The way to avoid that outcome is to adjust one of the EU’s two instruments for non-eurozone members to meet Ukraine’s needs: The Macro-Financial Assistance scheme, a versatile instrument that can combine loans and direct subsidies; or the balance-of-payments assistance facility, which could complement an IMF program to EU countries. Both instruments could be subject to conditions designed to ensure that the funds do not sustain rampant corruption, but flow instead to where they are needed most. Moreover, the commitments should be made in the context of a donor agreement that bars the aid from being used to make direct payments to Russia.

Today, it is more important to give adequate financial support to Ukraine than to impose new sanctions on Russia. That is why Russia may also be interested in a donor conference and fresh money from Europe for Ukraine. Indeed, economic sanctions not only exacerbate the crisis in Russia; they also negatively affect other European countries. By contrast, financial aid to Ukraine would clearly signal that the EU will not tolerate the country’s destabilization, while providing economic stimulus in Ukraine and the entire region.

Equally important, if the West’s response to Russian aggression toward Ukraine is effectively limited to economic sanctions, Putin will more easily be able to blame the West and its alleged hostility toward Russia for the collapse in ordinary Russians’ living standards, thus enabling him to double down on aggressive nationalism.

And you know where that leads…

You do know eh?

Right?

Yours,

Pano

PS:
Today, the only thing needed to convert EU funds into financial aid for Ukraine is political will. The most immediate step should be an initiative by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to get the funds flowing with a minimum of bureaucratic delay. Even if doing so takes some time, initiating the process would send a powerful political signal of the EU’s determination to support Ukraine. The announcement alone would help Ukraine in its acute financial plight.

Many of Europe’s leaders will meet this week at the Munich Security Conference. They should seize this opportunity to start the proceedings needed to repurpose one of the EU’s two available funds. A financial crisis, in addition to the military and political crisis, would be devastating for Ukraine, and there is no good reason why it cannot be avoided.

Posted by: Dr Pano Kroko | February 4, 2015

Is That All There Is?

Q: “Is that all there is? ..”

A: “No. There’s more…

There is far more to strive for…

There is more to achieve…

There is more to buy…

There is more to work for…

There is far more in the storeroom. There is more coming in tomorrow. There is more in the offing. There is more in our catalogue. There is more in the back. There is more in the factory. There is more in stock. There is more coming off the assembly line. There is more being manufactured in China as we speak…

There is always more stuff. ”

This is the answer we have been given for everything.

This is the standard answer.

This is the only standardized answer available.

Work hard to be able to afford it, and then we will fill up your life with stuff.

Durable or non durable stuff has caused a glut in our lives same as the plastic island growing in the middle of the Pacific where the  vortex of the oceans collect all of it’s junk.

And we play along. We work more — and we buy more.

We work and we exchange our lives for the new car, the new house, and the new I-phone, so we can keep up with whatever is coming off the assembly lines of China.

Still we have the banker-wankers to please so we must service this debt that makes us eternal slaves to the mighty machine lubricating our live with bondage.

But in this laboratory rat race we fail to remember that we have lost our moorings to our Real Life.

We have lost the attachment to our families and to our communities.

We have lost the sense of closeness to our children, and we have lost faith in our marriages.

We have forsaken our values and forgotten our principles.

But Why have we lost so much?

Because…

All this is coming down the pike simply because we have lost our sense of meaning and purpose.

Because we focused on non durable good and value to pursue. We focused on the fallen idols of wealth and shinny glory, and we work ourselves to death because there will be always more plastic shit and money necessary in order to reach out and buy more of that stuff with which to replace the real values that we’ve lost in our life.

That was the promise…

But now that this promise has evaporated, all around Europe and beyond, the size of this void becomes unbearable.

The realization of the hardships and the benefits of the economic collapse in places like middle America, or middle Europe and especially in those hard hit places like Greece, Spain, and Portugal, has suddenly become deafening and easily intelligible within the hearing range of all of us.

Welcome to our lot.

This is the New World.

It’s not that the old dispensation was necessarily better. Yes it was bad in different ways, but maybe a bit more humane. Hierarchies of class and gender crushed the human spirit as effectively as atomisation. The point is that the void that is filled with the current plastic junk of a throwaway culture — is a void that could have been occupied by a better society, built on mutual support and connectedness, without the stifling stratification of the old order.

Unfortunately the movements that helped to smash the old world and usher in the New World, were misdirected, usurped, and co-opted by the ever growing consumerism.

Individuation, a necessary response to oppressive conformity, is exploitable. New social hierarchies, built around positional goods and conspicuous consumption, took the place of the old. The conflict between individualism and egalitarianism, too readily ignored by those who helped to break the oppressive norms and strictures, does not resolve itself.

So we are lost in the 21st Century, living in a state of social disaggregation that hardly anyone desired, but that is an emergent property of a world reliant on rising consumption to avert economic collapse, saturated with advertising and framed by market fundamentalism. We inhabit a planet our ancestors would have found impossible to imagine: 7 billion people, suffering an epidemic of loneliness. It is a world of our making but not of our choice.

Now it appears that the feast to which we were invited is only for the few. Figures released last week show that wages in the United Kingdom are lower than they were 13 years ago.

A fortnight ago, Oxfam revealed that the top 1% now possesses 48% of the world’s wealth, and by next year it will own as much as everybody else put together.

On the same day, an Austrian company unveiled its design for a new superyacht. It will be built on the hull of an oil tanker, 918 feet long. There will be 11 decks, three helipads, theatres, concert halls and restaurants, electric cars to take the owner and his guests from one end of the ship to the other, and a four-storey ski slope.

In 1949, Aldous Huxley wrote to George Orwell, to argue that his dystopian vision was the more convincing. “The lust for power can be just as completely satisfied by suggesting people into loving their servitude as by flogging and kicking them into obedience. … The change will be brought about as a result of a felt need for increased efficiency.”

We see this clearly as the German Efficient power in Europe has enslaved all the various Peoples without the benefit of the SS, the Gestapo, the crazed Adolph, the Auschwitzs and the Birkenaus, and the assorted 25,000 death camps and death factories that the efficient German machine created to kill people. People not at all different than you and me…

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We’ve seen that and therefore I don’t believe Huxley was wrong.

Today’s ever loving Slavery is managed by the Bankers. The nice German, Swiss, American, British, Belgian, Greek, Spanish, and any other BANKER, is the SS guard of the concentration camp, you live in. The number tattooed in your arm is your tax ID and your credit score. Your pass to work and live is your credit card. And your meal ticket is your obedience to the system…

Think of it…

Your number as a Consumer is up and you are led to the gas chamber of isolation when you stop paying and playing the game.

Stop consuming and you are dead.

Dead and discarded…

Consumerism is at odds with common purpose.

But then there is the other side of the coin too.

The giant corporations and the uber-wealthy and powerful 0.01% who not only don’t pay taxes anywhere, and who don’t bother to support their communities — but who also seek to make you a Slave to their view of the world by “buying” the politicians and pre-selecting or nominating by virtue of their wealth, the ones you can vote for.

Running political campaigns is extremely expensive and the few people who put money in political campaigns in any effective way are the bread and butter of all politicians. So a pre-selection filter is applied in all of our Democracies that privately finance Elections, and the wealthy donor CHOOSE and thus nominate those able to LEAD you.

Simple as that.

Money buys elections and in the great US of A, after the Supreme Court decision to treat corporations as people thereby giving them unlimited power of Election finance as a Right to Free Speech — we are royally and not enjoyably Screwed.

Companies now have unprecedented Money and Power and as machines seeking an ever increasing EFFICIENCY they follow the evil German model of extermination of all those that are different here.

“Arbeit macht frei” (German for “Work Will Set You Free”) is the sign that was placed over the entrances to a great number of Nazi concentration … The slogan can still be seen at several sites, including over the entrance to Auschwitz, Dachau, Orienburg, and many more. 

And it set people and especially Jews FREE alright… In a cloud of puffy white smoke up the chimneys of the crematoriums where they were gassed and burned by the Nazis in the millions.

But going back to the everyday tax scufflaws: You could pay your taxes properly, or you could evade your Social responsibility and instead spend the money on a new car.

This division, stifles human feeling, dulling our concern for other people and for our children as well.

Freedom to spend our hard earned money, displaces other freedoms, as pot smoking allows us to forget our losses. Most forms of peaceful protest are now banned, but no one stops us from devouring the resources upon which future generations will depend. All this helps the global oligarchs to rip holes in the social safety net, find relief from the constraints of both democracy and taxation, and enclose and privatisize our common weal.

Just as human society has been pulled apart by consumerism and materialism, pushing us into an unprecedented Age of Loneliness, so ecosystems have been shattered by the same forces. It is the consumerist mindset, raised to the global scale, that now threatens us with climate breakdown, catalyses a sixth great extinction, imperils global water supplies and strips the soil upon which all human life depends.

But nor do I believe that the acceptance of servitude Huxley envisaged is a permanent state. Wage stagnation, the brutality of the new conditions of employment, the breaking of the link between educational attainment and social advancement, the impossibility, for many young people, of finding good housing, all these confront us with the question that could be deferred only during conditions of rising general prosperity: is this all there is?

In Europe, as the growth of the politics of compassion and the political rise of human centred progressive parties like Syriza and Podemos suggests, in Greece and Spain respectively, with all other countries to follow suit — we are lowly awakening.

We become awake to the reality that we cannot build political movements to challenge these issues unless we also build society. And it is telling that thee parties have been building coalitions of organizers of social change to claim the necessary Authority, Gravitas, and the votes necessary, to carry them into power.

It is a potent lesson to all oligarchies out there and to the people wanting to shake off the yoke of their self chosen SLAVERY.

It is not enough to urge people to change their politics — we must create not only communities of interest but also communities of mutual support, offering the security, survival and respect that the state no longer provides.

Only then we can become powerful enough to take over the state and make it HUMAN all over again as Democracy was meant to be in the first instance.

Demos is after all the crowdsourced assembly of the people.

People — not corporations, nor partie, nor PACs, nor PR machines, nor Yesmen, and Lobbies.

PEOPLE.

Just that.

Yours,

Pano

PS:

And along the precipice of what is going to replace today’s bankrupt political parties and erstwhile Ideologies — here come the faint assemblages of PEOPLE of purpose and mission, who care about the issues and who are seriously doing something about it.

Such a brilliant organization is Friends Of the Earth. Let’s examine them a bit now, because they could become like Syriza of Greece, and Podemos of Spain, for England and the United Kingdom. A veritable Changemaker.

FOE has woken up and in a remarkable series of contemplations, extending beyond its familiar brief, the organization Friends of the Earth under a new leadership has begun to explore how we might reconnect, with each other and with the natural world.

FOE is looking, for example, at new models for urban living, based on sharing rather than competitive consumption: the sharing not just of cars and appliances and tools, but also of money (through credit unions and micro-finance) and power.

This FOE idea means not just the idol of “Sharing Economy” but shared political power by community-led decision-making, over transport, planning and, perhaps, rent levels, minimum and maximum wages, municipal budgets and taxation. Such initiatives are not a substitute for government action – like David Cameron’s wordy yet empty Big Society, that are meaningless without facilitation from the state – but they can bring people together with a sense of shared purpose, ownership and mutual support that centralised decision-making can never provide.

Friends of the Earth [FOE] also supports the empathy revolution championed by the author Roman Krznaric, and lifelong education that might counter the ever narrower schooling now inflicted on our children, whose purpose is to prepare people for jobs they will never have, in the service of an economy ordered for the benefit of others.

In these ideas and movements we find the glimmerings of an answer to the question: no, this is not all there is. There is attachment. Despite the best efforts of those who believe there is no such thing as society, we have not lost our ability to connect.

We are still able and destined to win this Society, because COMMUNITY is ingrained in our DNA and it cradles our shaken beliefs in Humanity.

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The Governor and Washington state lawmakers introduced a Climate Responsibility Bill at the beginning of this year, to make Carbon polluters accountable for the CO2 pollution released willy-nilly into the atmosphere and the air we all breath, from their giant smoke stacks.

They will face an uphill effort in order to pass the proposed “cap-and-trade” program within 2015, as pushed by Governor Jay Inslee, as the first order of Business of the new Legislature convening in Washington State this year.

To understand what an uphill battle this effort already is — you must experience the hearings of this past week in Olympia — Washington’s capital — where so many people signed up to testify on Governor Jay Inslee’s sweeping proposed bill, to control global warming causing CO2 gases, that this week’s public hearing on the bill was continued to next week.

Dozens of people from across the state testified before the House Environment Committee on a bill to cap the overall amount of carbon emissions in the state and require major polluters to pay for each metric ton of carbon released.

The Environment Committee hearing room quickly filled up, and many who couldn’t get a seat had to follow the proceedings on TV monitors in several overflow areas.

Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon, Democrat from Burien Washington, who chairs the committee, said the impacts of climate change are real and the state can’t afford to wait any longer to address it. He’s the prime sponsor of House Bill 1314, which has three dozen Democratic Representatives as co-sponsors.

The governor-backed bill, which must be approved by the Legislature, faces resistance from some businesses and Republicans, who control the Senate.

Q: Why is the governor proposing it?

A: Governor Jay Inslee says polluters should pay for the emissions they release into the atmosphere and his plan will raise $1 billion in its first year for transportation, education and other needs. The governor says the state has an obligation to take action on climate change and his plan will help the state meet a mandate to reduce greenhouse gases linked to global warming.

Q: Who supports it and why?

A: Environmental Parliament, Climate Change groups, labour unions, groups advocating for low-income and minority communities, and public health advocates — all testified in favour of the bill. An Environmental Parliament inspired coalition called Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy is also pushing the plan.

Supporters say the plan will cut CO2 pollution and improve public health and the environment. Renee Klein, CEO of the American Lung Association of the Mountain Pacific, was among those who said the state is already facing the consequences of climate change in increased health costs and other problems, severely affecting the most innocent and least responsible for the pollution, members of the community — the children.
Supporters of the bill were the predominant majority of witnesses testifying, and all said that “Major Polluters” should be held accountable, and that the program will ultimately encourage more energy efficiencies and clean-energy innovations.

Mr Quinn DeSean, a Tukwila City Council member, told lawmakers it’s also an issue of social justice and equity, because He, and many Doctors, as well as epidemiologists, and civilian public health advocates, used statistic that showed that minority and low-income communities have much higher rates of asthma and other health issues related to pollution, than other segments of the Washington State population. In fact most all children of these communities have an inhaler when they go to school and are bedevilled by all types of disabling major allergies, and pollution induced illnesses.

Q: Who opposes it and why?

A: The Western States Petroleum Association, the Association of Washington Business, and other polluters, formed a new group, called misleadingly, “the Washington Climate Collaborative” to lobby the legislature against the Governor’s bill and to spread skepticism, and doubt by discrediting that Climate Change even exists. Republican lawmakers say the state is already a low-carbon-producing state and they support private market innovations to fix the problems if one exists.

Christine Brewer with Spokane-based fossil fuel energy producer Avista Corp., which will be required to account for it’s emissions under the WA Governor’s plan, said the costs will fall to ratepayers. Matthew Lyons with Nucor Steel in Seattle said that as the state’s only steel mill, it must compete with others out of state that won’t have to pay those charges, and He estimated that the company would have to pay more than $3 million in the first year of operations under the new Bill.

Other polluting business owners said they were concerned that the so-called large polluters would simply pass along the charges onto them in “a trickle-down effect.”

Q: How does cap and trade work?

A: The program sets an overall state limit on carbon dioxide and other emissions and requires major polluters to buy allowances, or permits, for each metric ton released. The cap would ratchet down over time, so fewer allowances are issued and the price for pollution rises. Companies can decide to pay for their pollution or find that there’s more financial incentive for them to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by becoming more energy efficient or finding newer technologies to reduce pollution.

Q: Who would have to pay and how much?

A: The program would apply to energy and power generating Utilities, as well as major industrial facilities that release more than 25,000 metric tons of carbon a year, such as power plants, oil refineries and food processors. Examples of those likely affected include the Tesoro Refinery in Anacortes, Ash Grove Cement plant in Seattle, Boeing Co.’s commercial airplanes factory in Everett, ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston in Pasco and Richland, and the River Road power plant in Vancouver.

Biomass plants, waste facilities, landfills, and federal and tribal entities are exempt.

Q: How much would polluters have to pay?

A: The actual price would be set at auction, with a minimum of about $12 a metric ton and no lid on how high prices could go. At $12 a ton, for example, facilities that release 100,000 metric tons of carbon a year would have to pay about $1.2 million.

Q: Who else has a cap-and-trade program?

A: California rolled out a program nearly three years ago. A coalition of Northeast states has a program that applies to power plants. Europe launched a program in 2005.

Yours,
Pano

PS:
It is important to know that the proposed bill will generate through the auction of the carbon pollution permits somewhere around one Billion US dollars per year, that will be used for improving the children’s education as required and guided by the McCleary decision of the state’s Supreme court.

It is also important to know that the total amount of CO2 pollution Washington State can produce has been limited by earlier legislation and in order to meet this mandate — this Pollution Accountability bill is a necessary requirement.

This Washington state Bill 1314, is an enlightened piece of legislation because it represents a behavioural economics approach to the problem of CO2 pollution since it will inevitably cause the polluters to change their methods and ways of doing business so they do not pollute, and thus they will not have to pay for the pollution responsibility permits. In this way the state as a whole meets it’s goals and society benefits from the change in economic behaviour.

Nudging people, businesses, and whole populations to change their ways has always been the goal of the Environmental Parliament that is the generator of these global and yet very local Bipartisan Climate Change Policy proposals, as was the first version of this bill that was originally presented to Washington State lawmakers in 2009 under then Governor Christine Gregoire…

Simply put: The Proposed Washington State Cap-And-Trade Plan Would Make Polluters Pay for Their Garbage That Until Now They Have Been Throwing Up In Our Air For Free.

Don’t You Pay for Your Garbage?

It is a watershed moment when a Technology company matures fully to conquer the K2 peak in the world of financial success.

That is the millennial moment of Apple that just now has announced the highest earning of any company in history.

Here is Apple’s institutional Investor Report:

Apple Inc, First Quarter Results

Highest-ever revenue & earnings drive 48% increase in EPS

Growth led by record revenue from iPhone, Mac & App Store

CUPERTINO, California—January 27, 2015—Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2015 first quarter ended December 27, 2014. The Company posted record quarterly revenue of $74.6 billion and record quarterly net profit of $18 billion, or $3.06 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $57.6 billion and net profit of $13.1 billion, or $2.07 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 39.9 percent compared to 37.9 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 65 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

The results were fueled by all-time record revenue from iPhone® and Mac® sales as well as record performance of the App Store℠. iPhone unit sales of 74.5 million also set a new record.

“We’d like to thank our customers for an incredible quarter, which saw demand for Apple products soar to an all-time high,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “Our revenue grew 30 percent over last year to $74.6 billion, and the execution by our teams to achieve these results was simply phenomenal.”

“Our exceptional results produced EPS growth of 48 percent over last year, and $33.7 billion in operating cash flow during the quarter, an all-time record,” said Luca Maestri, Apple’s CFO. “We spent over $8 billion on our capital return program, bringing total returns to investors to almost $103 billion, over $57 billion of which occurred in just the last 12 months.”

Apple is providing the following guidance for its fiscal 2015 second quarter:
revenue between $52 billion and $55 billion
gross margin between 38.5 percent and 39.5 percent
operating expenses between $5.4 billion and $5.5 billion
other income/(expense) of $350 million
tax rate of 26.3 percent

Apple’s board of directors has declared a cash dividend of $.47 per share of the Company’s common stock. The dividend is payable on February 12, 2015, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on February 9, 2015.

Apple will provide live streaming of its Q1 2015 financial results conference call beginning at 2:00 p.m. PST on January 27, 2015 at http://www.apple.com/quicktime/qtv/earningsq115. This webcast will also be available for replay for approximately two weeks thereafter.

This press release contains forward-looking statements including without limitation those about the Company’s estimated revenue, gross margin, operating expenses, other income/(expense), and tax rate. These statements involve risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ. Risks and uncertainties include without limitation the effect of competitive and economic factors, and the Company’s reaction to those factors, on consumer and business buying decisions with respect to the Company’s products; continued competitive pressures in the marketplace; the ability of the Company to deliver to the marketplace and stimulate customer demand for new programs, products, and technological innovations on a timely basis; the effect that product introductions and transitions, changes in product pricing or mix, and/or increases in component costs could have on the Company’s gross margin; the inventory risk associated with the Company’s need to order or commit to order product components in advance of customer orders; the continued availability on acceptable terms, or at all, of certain components and services essential to the Company’s business currently obtained by the Company from sole or limited sources; the effect that the Company’s dependency on manufacturing and logistics services provided by third parties may have on the quality, quantity or cost of products manufactured or services rendered; risks associated with the Company’s international operations; the Company’s reliance on third-party intellectual property and digital content; the potential impact of a finding that the Company has infringed on the intellectual property rights of others; the Company’s dependency on the performance of distributors, carriers and other resellers of the Company’s products; the effect that product and service quality problems could have on the Company’s sales and operating profits; the continued service and availability of key executives and employees; war, terrorism, public health issues, natural disasters, and other circumstances that could disrupt supply, delivery, or demand of products; and unfavorable results of other legal proceedings. More information on potential factors that could affect the Company’s financial results is included from time to time in the “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” sections of the Company’s public reports filed with the SEC, including the Company’s Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 27, 2014, and its Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended December 27, 2014 to be filed with the SEC. The Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements or information, which speak as of their respective dates.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad.

Yours,
Pano

PS:

Apple had a great quarter.

And by “great” I mean it was the greatest quarter in the history of companies. And that covers a few hundred years, and a few thousand companies.

And this i not just Great News for Apple, but it is great news for all of our Tech companies. It is the best News because finally a Technology Company beat the Fossil Fuel Companies in this regard.

Because the dirty oilers are the ones who held this record until now…

So this “Good News” changes everything for the old foggy Institutional investors who revered the Oil majors as the cash cow of the Investment world.

Good News for Ever.

This page charts the past record holders. Until today, Russia’s Gazprom (the largest natural gas extractor in the world) held the record at $16.2 billion in a quarter.

Apple now holds the record with $18.04 billion in profit, for the fiscal Q1 of 2015.

Absolutely Brilliant.

For reference, that means Apple makes around $8.3 million dollars per hour in profit (24 hours a day).

Of the current Top 20 record holding earners, 15 are Oil/Gas producers — primarily ExxonMobil and Shell. The other five are all Apple, over various quarters.

Posted by: Dr Pano Kroko | January 27, 2015

Leader, Manager, Thinker, Tinkerer, Human…

What’s the best path in Life?

Leader or Manager?

And what is the difference between the two?

Random People ask me all the time these questions, but when someone fresh asks this of me in a personal way — I have to answer the best way I know how…

Right here:

What is the difference between being a Leader and being a Manager?

Is it better to be a good Leader or a great Manager?

Could You be both?

What is more useful for the person?

What is more useful for the Business Enterprise?

What is more useful for the Social Enterprise?

What type of person are you?

What type of Success are you seeking?

All these questions above are interesting but here bellow are the right questions to be asked.

They are the right questions to ask… even though you see no question marks and are just questions that will pop up in your brain, as you go on reading.

So Go On and Read as if your Life depended on it.

Because some day it just might be…

Imagine this scenario:

You are deep down in a coal mine shaft trapped and with not much prospect of quick rescue.

You are a few miles deep inside the earth and it’s hot and humid.

And you have no way to come up.

But there is a “delivery” tube that can handle one item to you.

What do you want the most?

Mind you that you can ask for only one thing to get delivered to you.

What will it be?

Food or Water?

Think & Decide…

Take your pick now.

….

You choose one or the other…

After your choice get delivered,

Sadly,

You Are Dead.

….

You are dead because of your choice.

Because whatever you choose to save your Life from the choices above is wrong.

Dead as a doornail — You know Life — Those are the breaks…

You are dead because whatever you asked to get delivered to you deep down inside the mine shaft – you would be wrong.

Both questions are wrong.

Water and food are useless to you down there.

You’ll die even if you have plenty of both.

You’ve got to ask a different question, if you want to live.

To survive…

You must ask a different question.

You must think anew and then ask the right question in order to get what is absolutely necessary and right for you. A question that is not part of the usual choices…

Because when you are trapped down inside the bowels of the earth stuck in the mine shaft — you need to ask for AIR.

That alone will save you.

If there is a delivery tube that can handle one thing — that one thing has got to be breathable AIR.

You need AIR to breath.

Everything else is useless if you don’t have that.

Got It?

You know that can’t have it all. That is true not only in your job, but in your life as well. But you absolutely must have to have what you need… to survive.

But first You’ve got to be able to discern what is absolutely necessary and useful to You… and then ask for it.

Same here with Leadership and management or anything else in Life. You’ve got to be able to decide quickly what you want from Life and what you must give up, in order to have what you absolutely NEED in order to survive and thrive.

Decide first what your drink should be — and then seek to fill up your water bottle. But if you can’t take the vital breath of air — you Dead sucker.

So breath and breath again. And then worry about liquids. Or solids. And when you get there — please don’t drink other people’s Cool-Aid just because they are drunk on it themselves.

Find your purpose and all, but don’t waste your time on it. Go ahead and make a decision first, if this is what your Life need right now. Purpose and all that spiritual mumbo-jumbo will be all sorted later…

And You have to do this directly yourself — not via others. Those o called reps seldom do you any good, unless they are the kind that gives you a good massage with a Happy End…

And to prove the point, happy end and all is great but how do you put so much trust in any of those “reps” really to help you with the higher Stuff?

So please ponder this for a while:

Who are your reps?

Is it FOX news?

Or is it Hollywood?

Or maybe colleagues and the newspapers?

Or is it your Family, School, and Society?

So maybe these are all good reps for you, but what do you look for when asking parents, teachers, gyrus, wives, husbands, sibling, managers, leaders, officers, judges, counselors, psychologists, stupid life coaches, professors, Doctors, and all others, who want to make you something that you are not?

Well, all these might be good “Reps” for socialization, but You’ve got to be yourself. First BE YOURSELF.

Later, you can look for a lot of things. Much later and once you have some help, you can start adding to your foundation. And the Good Doctor and the Good Professor, and the Good Mama, are all GREAT to have but you can listen to them up to a limit. You’ve got to be discerning and take from Life only what is good for you…

Take All You Need… But please don’t be a cad.

Give and give freely. Give up things too. This way by “giving” you learn more about Life than by “taking” any day of the week.

With dozens of years leading people, and enterprises, along with hundreds of start-ups that are both Social and Business enterprises — I have churned through thousands of people, and I’ve boiled the key criteria to leading and managing down to Just Two.

Here’s all you need to know to qualify the people that can help you excel and move forth.

#1 — Would YOU buy anything from this person? Would you buy whatever is that they are selling? Later as you add things on the foundation of your character, you’ll find it takes a village of helpers to build your “character home”.

#2 — Does he or she have at least some years of experience helping people set themselves up in Life and has a Good Track Record to help people out successfully and to assist them in Growing into a healthy and Successful Human Being?

After you finish reading this you’ll understand that sometime even your own Lover, your own blood, your own Mother and Father, your own Husband or Wife, your Bosses, Investors, Colleagues, and even your own blood children — they all have no clue about helping you out and even though they might want what’ bet for you — they are causing you horrible damage by holding you back or steering you to an existence that is not meant for you…

We all know what’ right and wrong. We all know what is to be done…

Got that?

Later, once you are solid and your “character home” has been built firmly on that foundation we spoke about — you can hire all types of “help” to get ideas and push your Life forward.

Later, you can even allow folks to come and go freely into your Life-home, without listening to their screaming their head off to wanna make you follow the latest craze that hit the internet…

You know the fads. Like the 90’s Aerobic craze that Bill Clinton was doing with the cigar and Monica. And then it was Hillary’s pantsuits. After seeing that — can you blame Billy? Yesterday was “lifting” and a little earlier today was “All Things Excellence” and today is “Yoga” tomorrow is “Purpose” and the next day is “Zumba” ad infinitum…

But all these fads are there and are sold to you for a reason. They all have their purpose. Their purpose is to neutralize you. They want to render you ineffective. They want to make you impotent. They want you to waste your Life sitting in front of the TV or in front of FB, or in some yoga class some place stretching into a HATHA cat or dog pose, all the while thinking you found GOD> They in short want you to wate your Life in any way you can. Maybe going down that path wearing a leotard and Lululemon see through panties, is your thing. But…
And although lululemon tights and assorted yoga pants are hugely entertaining as far as eye-candy goes — it’s still a huge crime as far as Fashion Police is concerned.

So please don’t accept advise from “people” that haven’t gotten anyone directly GREAT before, you hire them, or that their Life is punched full of holes, you can see the sun through. And as it turns out these people are usually smoking all manner of dope – medicinal or otherwise, and it all gets really confusing really fast.

And if you are still bent to hiring the Life Coach useless types to redo your closets — please get them into entry level “jobs” first. Get them to clean the cobwebs, and to assume the important roles of window washers and window dressers extraordinaires, before you let them monkey with your necktop computer, and your valuable Brain Software.

Because they just might drive you crazy…

Much like they drive themselves to the nut house, with a certain regularity and Swiss Clock precision frequency.

So please, do your own thing. Do it for yourself and put down the internet and stop searching for the next “Guru” or the next purposeful fad to FIX your Life.

You are alright as you are. As a Matter of fact — you are great. You’ve made it this far. You are reading this blog. You are a leader already. That’s the way to live. It’s all OK. And everything is gonna be alright…

Like in the early days, when LIFE taught you everything. You can still learn the best things from her. Observe NATURE and you’ll learn everything you need to know. Because hiring someone to observe and tell you what they see — is Not Good. You’ve got to do this yourself….

You can ask lots of questions from anyone later, once you have built your home. But without asking the Right Questions #1 and #2 — it’s too risky to get anyone to help you.

They’ll fail, and you will pay the price — because you are the “home remodelling project” here.

Got that?

And then You won’t trust people anymore and you will not understand them, and worse yet you’ll be back to Square One.

You won’t be able to Love either…

And you can’t afford that.

As far as managing and leading — well — you know that already too…

Yours,

Pano

PS:

We live in a complex world.

To navigate this world, You need to be intuitive and incisive.

That’s All.

Being a Good Leader and a Great Manager covers all that and let’s you go through Life like a compassionate Samurai, cutting quickly through the bullshit, and getting to serve the real Principles of our Nature.

What does it takes to manage?

Managing human capital well is not management in my book. For me MANAGEMENT means grappling with people. Simple as that. And then on top of that you must layer it with being able to deal well with more ambiguity than most of us are comfortable with. It also means letting go of simplistic rules and certainties that have the advantage of making us feel steady and secure – ideologies, for example – in favour of nuance, underlying themes, overarching principles, and finding what might be called “a third way” when dealing with challenges that tend to have “two sides”. Even dealing with slow growth and incremental progress requires a greater degree of self-management in the form of patience in the face of uncertainty, the ability to maintain and communicate an optimistic view, and the strategic vision to grasp the less obvious opportunities and persevere to achieve them. This is an uncertain and tough terrain – contrast this reality with the abundance of the dotcom boom.

This new terrain is both cognitively and emotionally more difficult, but journeying across it expands our understanding of others and of ourselves, even as it takes us to a higher level of leadership.

And always remember that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Given that the demands many Great Managers face today are well beyond the limits of any one individual’s capacity, one of the most important qualities is an interest in collaboration, leveraging shared efforts and group processes. Whereas in the mid-20th century, the caricature of the heroic CEO was not too far from reality, in today’s complex systems, leadership itself must be viewed as more of a network phenomenon. As such, the best thing executives can do is to promote an environment that encourages deep dialogue, recognizes diverse perspectives, and values pooled creativity that cuts across boundaries. To create these conditions, leaders must be skilled at building trust, listening, seeking to understand, and having the humility to acknowledge uncertainty and the need for others. Tapping resources in this way magnifies and complements a leader’s strengths and power, allowing them to better manage complexity and have a positive impact. The point is that a greater degree of sophistication in a person’s understanding of and management of self and the world – what we might call “complexity of self” or simply “maturity” – directly influences how a person leads teams, negotiates, manages change, makes decisions, handles competing priorities and stakeholder interests, navigates relationships, and deals with emotional stress. Complexity of self is achieved by seeking growth and development, welcoming challenging experiences that stretch one’s understanding and equilibrium, exposing oneself to multiple perspectives, seeking and accepting feedback, listening and reflecting and, importantly, taking the risk of acting amidst uncertainty with the best of intentions for the good of the whole system, not just one’s own domain.

So what does it take to lead?

First and foremost, it takes maturity. Mature leaders handle complexity well because they themselves are more complex – in their thinking, identities, emotional management, behavioural repertoire and social competence. Mature leaders don’t have simple views of themselves. They don’t oversimplify their role or their personality. Mature leaders have changed and developed over time and they are aware that there has been an evolution. Being a business leader in a complex world means understanding that the role goes beyond the confines of an individual company, enterprise, or tribe, family & household, because these leaders also have a responsibility to help define wider societal goals, in their family, tribe, local community, and far beyond their circle of influence…

Alexis Tsipras leader of Syriza, was smiling broadly in front of scores of photographers from the global media as President Karolos Papoulias arrived to swear him in a few minutes ago.

The two men stood either side of a table. Tsipras pronounced that he will give his all “to protect the interests of the Greek people.”

Tsipras to President Papoulias: Mr President, after yesterday elections, I met with Mr Kammenos and he agreed to give us the cooperation of his party, and his confidence vote. I want to hope and believe that the absolute majority we have secured of 162 seats will increase during the confidence vote … we have to expedite procedures because an uphill struggle awaits us.”

President Papoulias then gave the leftist leader a mandate to form a government. He then signed the book – as tradition dictates newly sworn in prime ministers.

There was much clapping as Alex Tsipras emerged from the Greek Presidential palace.

That’s it.

That’s how Democracy works.

Fast and effective.

Alexis Tsipras, the 40-year old progressive left Syriza party leader, has been sworn in as Greece’s next Prime Minister by Greece’s President Papoulias.

And very quickly, the ceremony over — Tsipras has headed back out of the presidential palace.

There is scattered applause as he heads to Maximos Mansion, the official prime ministerial residence where he will start preparing for his vote of confidence.

This was the fastest and perhaps the most low-key swearing in ceremony of a Greek prime minister in modern times…

After express elections, and express negotiations to form a government, Greece now has an express prime minister.

About time…

Greece is getting a new anti-austerity coalition government, just hours after the leftwing Syriza party won a sensational victory in Sunday’s general election.

Syriza will form an alliance with the rightwing populist group Independent Greeks, giving it a majority in parliament (with 162 of the 300 seats).

Greece is headed into a new era of anti-austerity as the leftist Syriza successfully formed a government with the Independent Greeks party, after falling agonisingly short of an outright majority in Sunday’s landmark elections.

As his first act of office the new Greek Prime Minister honoured the Greeks that have been killed by the Germans during the German occupation of Greece. Tsipras honours Greek war dead today and the country rejoices.

Alexis Tsipras’s first act as Greece’s new prime minister has been to lay flowers at the National Resistance Memorial at Kaisariani.

That memorial commemorates two hundred Greeks who were killed there in the second world war.
In a highly symbolic act, he laid a wreath at the memorial in Kaisariani, a suburb in Athens where hundreds of communist national resistance fighters were executed by the Nazis on May 1 1944.

Hundreds of well-wishes, many in tears, were there watching as he approached the site. Greek TV commentators couldn’t help themselves. “It is another up yours to the Germans,” they said.
As the clock ticks the new Prime Minister has an all night race to head off threats to Democracy and the Republic.

But it is a Good Day all around.

Here is reaction to the Greek election from Ireland, with Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams welcoming the Syriza victory but others warning that the Irish government would be worried by the outcome. Henry McDonald in Dublin writes:

Gerry Adams had spoken to the Alexis Tsipras on the phone on Friday to wish him luck ahead of the Greek poll. Following the result Adams said Syriza’s victory “opens up the real prospect of democratic change not just for the people of Greece, but for the citizens right across the EU”.

Veteran anti poverty campaigner in the Irish Republic Father Sean Healy described the result as “the politics of hope” and that the austerity politics of “business as usual is not an option”.

Prior to the Greek vote, the Taoiseach Enda Kenny had warned that “a drift towards populism” could damage Ireland and Europe’s economic recovery.

One commentator in the Irish Independent newspaper said that “few politicians have more to fear from yesterday’s Greek elections than Enda Kenny.” Coming from a newspaper that has by and large backed cost cutting austerity measures in the Republic, it is an apposite warning to Kenny and his Fine Gael-Labour coalition [ahead of the 2016 election.]

Yours,
Pano

PS:

In a sign of Goodwill and Progresive Politics, the US President and the White House says America is looking forward to working closely with the new Greek government.

And that’s how it’s done…

In other and completely unrelated news … European Union leader, and perennial German puppet, Mr Claude Juncker sent a letter to the new Greek Prime Minister, saying: “I look forward to working with you for the benefit of the citizens of Greece and the European Union”

“It has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.”
–W.S.C.

Nowhere can this be more true today than  Old Greece where the revolutionary sea change that kicked out the corrupt “German Agents” and their thieving minions, ruling the country for the last four decades, has ushered in a new Era of Freedom…

The fantastic Syriza win, spells the end of austerity that does not work for Greece, nor for UK, nor for Italy, Portugal, Ireland, Spain, or France, and it does not work for the whole of EU either. Syriza much like Obama’s uccessful and expansionary economic policy for the USA has proven — undertands that we all need investment in growth, and shared prosperity, and hope generating jobs — not savage cuts to Social Services, in order to get out of economic depression.

Today am pleased to announce that the German Economic Model is now pronounced DEAD and BURIED.

The anti-austerity Greek party of Syriza has won the Greek election by a decisive margin, and maybe an outright majority. With more than three-quarters of the results already tabulated but not verified — Syriza is projected to win somewhere between 150 and 153 seats in the 300 seat representative Greek Parliament.

Hope springs eternal but this is realistic tactile hope of the serious economic kind. It’s a good day…

And it represents great Results for all Greek people even though some of them do not know the significance of this yet. Nor do they feel similarly ebullient and inclined to celebrate as the rest of the intelligent Europeans do because they have to still weather the terrible economic depression their country is into as well as the mental blocks and the vagaries of the spirit if they happen to belong to a differing political party.

Greece shows us at present quite clearly, what can happen when the young revolt against corrupt elites and transnational rulers along with their local agents…

Good Day for Big Truths.
Good Day for Progress.
Good Day for Justice.

Good Day Because…
In a Democracy EVERYTHING is possible.

In Athens today, Syriza supporters cheer their electoral victory of 2015. Syriza and their leader Tsipras persistent attacks on corruption resonated massively among the young and the unjaded, optimistic folk of Greece. A bit like Salt of the Earth people finally finding their groove as the meek shall inherit the Earth…

Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras said his party’s victory marked an end to the “viscious cycle of austerity”. Referring to the neoliberal conditions set by the IMF, the European Commission and the European Central Bank, he said: “ The verdict of the Greek people renders the troika a thing of the past for our common European framework.”

A triumphant Alexis Tsipras told Greeks that his radical left Syriza party’s win in meant an end to austerity and humiliation and that the country’s regular and often fraught debt inspections were a thing of the past. “The sovereign Greek people today have given a clear, strong, indisputable mandate. Greece has turned a page. Greece is leaving behind the destructive austerity, fear and authoritarianism. It is leaving behind five years of humiliation and pain,” Tsipras said to a crowd of Greek flag-waving supporters. The 40-year-old Tsipras campaigned on promises of renegotiating the terms for Greece’s €240 billion-euro bailout, which has kept the debt-ridden country afloat since mid-2010. To qualify for the cash, Greece has had to impose deep and bitterly-resented public spending, salary and pension cuts and repeated tax hikes. Its progress in reforms is reviewed by debt inspectors from the International Monetary Fund, European Commission and European Central Bank, collectively known as the “troika,” before each installment of bailout funds can be disbursed.
“The verdict of the Greek people ends, beyond any doubt, the vicious circle of austerity in our country,” Tsipras said. “The verdict of the Greek people, your verdict, annuls today in an indisputable fashion the bailout agreements of austerity and disaster. The verdict of the Greek people renders the troika a thing of the past for our common European framework.”

And here is where Greece and Syriza seeking to turn the page still need your help and the help of all the Leaders of the international Community. They need your help to assist them in sharing the message that Greece is now ready to do honest business.  Greece wants to be considered the place to be, that will have the least corruption of all the countries of Europe. Greece after transcribing the worst record of corruption in Europe and amongst the worst in the world — is now ready to turn a new leaf. And for that it needs Support. Support in institution building and in Anti-Corruption Economic Development. Support in Independent Technology Development and in Fair European Federalism. Support in being just another member State of Europe with equal right and equal obligations. Federalism is such a  tricky thing to get right… if you don’t believe me — go ahead and ask Madison, Adams, Jefferson, Franklin, and Washington about it.

We need this sense of strong State Rights in Europe, if we are ever able to build a Federal and Stable multinational State.

Syriza is not the communist party your elders have led you to be afraid of. It is not even a communist party to speak of. Instead Syriza is a party all about Justice, Economic Development, Growth, Equity, Equanimity, Anti-Corruption, and Meritocracy. Fortunately it’s not an old school Stalinist party – nor is it a party of radical politics. The fact that a party with a “central committee” got for the first time in Europe the majority vote and the mandate to form a government has got nothing to do with a sudden swing to Marxism in the Greek psyche.

Greeks are still valiantly conservative people. And this conservativism has wounded their soul when they see their country occupied by the Germans all over again. Greece’s Syriza victory is, instead, testimony to three things: the strategic crisis of the euro zone, the determination of the Greek elite to cling to systemic corruption, and a new way of thinking among the young.

Of these, the eurozone’s crisis is easiest to understand – because its consequences can be read so easily in the macroeconomic figures. The IMF predicted Greece would grow as the result of its aid package in 2010. Instead, the economy has shrunk by 25%. Wages are down by the same amount. Youth unemployment stands at 60% – and that is among those who are still in the country, because Greece has experienced the greatest “Brain Drain” ever during this Economic Collapse, as the 16,000 Greek Doctors working in the NHS system of southern England and all around our home in London attest.

So the economic collapse – about which all Greeks, from both right and left, are bitter – is not just seen as a material collapse. It demonstrated complete myopia among the European policy elite. In all of drama and comedy there is no figure more laughable as a rich man who does not know what he is doing. For the past four years the troika – the European Commission, IMF and European Central Bank – has provided Greeks with just such a spectacle.

As for the Greek oligarchs, their misrule long predates the crisis. These are not only the famous shipping magnates, whose industry pays no tax, but are internationally respected and highly mobile — but am speaking of the trashy bosses of Greek TV media, energy, telecoms, construction, and football clubs that are all ensnared in a web of corruption like the Intracom and OTE synergistic scandal and their corrupt practice that kept the Greek Telecoms market still mirred in 19th century infrastructure and pricing mechanisms. As one eminent Greek economist told me last week: “These guys have avoided paying taxes through the Metaxas dictatorship, the Nazi occupation, the civil war and the military junta. of 1967”  They had no intention of paying taxes as the troika began demanding Greece balance the books after 2010, which is why the burden fell on those Greeks trapped in the private sector employment system – a workforce of 3.5 million that fell during the crisis to just 2.5 million people. The public sector employee are the sacred cows of the corrupt politicians who installed them there and are thus unaffected in their clientilist corrupt relationship with their German paymasters and their local political agents running and ruining the country for four decades.

These corrupt political and economic stupid oligarchs destroyed the economic ecosystem to the point of collapse and thus allowed the Greek state to become a battleground of conflicting interests. As a Greek friend, put it in his recent book on the crisis, there is “a pervasive irresponsibility, a sense that no one is in charge, no one is willing or able to act as a custodian of the common good”. And that is purposefully cultivated by the German led Greek traitor political establishment made up of long term professional politicians and their stupid children — who feel like sacred cow themselves and have made laws to protect their inviolate status and to offer immunity from prosecution, to themselves and their clients as well as their paymasters.

And thus in their wanton folly, they also have destroyed the physical environment of the poor country too.

The Greek Economic and Political elites are the completely “white trash” types whose sudden wealth made them “nouveau riche” walking jokes, like the seemingly serious debutantes without panties, and the denizens of the flashy German car culture (like Mexican druggies), with a Swiss numbered Bank Account, controlling local newspapers, or TV stations, or other hot properties and the requisite home in the gay island of Myconos as well… All in all — these corrupt Greeks and their children are rather sad examples of the failed genetic mutations of the human species, that through intermarriage make each generation successively more stupid than the one before it.

And as these corrupt scion of the political elites are leaving office — they leave behind them scorched earth.

But their most corrosive impact is on the social fabric of the country and on the layers of society beneath them. Greek political life is like a Latin American soap opera, rich in drama but rather sad for screwing up real people’s lives, and yet too many Greeks are deferentially mesmerised by it. Glued on their TVs for hours following the pecadillios of these subhumans.

Over the three last general elections Syriza’s achievement has been to politicise the issue of the oligarchy. The Greek word for them is “the entangled” – and they were, above all, entangled in the Right-centrist political duopoly. Because Syriza owes them nothing, its leader, Alexis Tsipras, was able to give the issue of corruption and tax evasion both rhetorical barrels – and this resonated massively among the young.

And here’s why. In a functional market economy, the classic example in a European Democracy has been an opportunity based Economy and an inclusive Society. In Greece all the aspirations of the young people have been stifled. No Opportunity and No Inclusion. Therefore NO FUTURE.

In my political, philanthropic, and economic travels throughout the eurocrisis – from Dublin to Athens, from Porto and Lisbon to Riga, from Berlin to Brussels and back (more times than I care to remember), from London to Paris, from Istanbul to Kiev and Belgrade, and all points in between, from Talinn to Belarus, from Sweden to Norway, from Athens to Rome and Syracuse, and even Novosibirisk, St Petersburg, Volgogard, and Moscow – I have noticed that the classic example in a dysfunctional economy is the owners of the big and popular football teams are the same men who own the construction companies that receive all the contracts for the highway and road construction and the TV and Media owners getting all the state contracts for everything else. A combination of this has played out in Greece for the last forty years. From gramps Papandreou [old German Collaborateur] to his son and his boobsy stupid blonde wife, to the Idiot grandson who delivered the country to the IMF and German supervision, o he and his brothers can make a shitload of illicit gains from the devaluation of the Greek Sovereign Bonds, the “haircut” and the PSI, all in order to further enslave the country to the “All Too accommodating” Germans. Greece under these stupid men was a sad story of Treason at the highest office. It becomes a repeated story of old corrupt and cancerous men with oligarchic power, flaunting their wealth and influence without morality, without shame and without even decorum and a sense of opprobrium.

The youth and their vote can be easily usurped, when oligarchy, corruption and German led elite politics stifle both Democracy and Meritocracy.

The official corrupt and German financed Governments of the coalition duet of catastrophe: “Pasok & NewDemocracy” jointly screwing the country for 40 year in a fixed game of alternating in power and illegally cooperating, under corruption worse than the rampant corruption ravaging Mexico. The lowest place in Europe and amongst the lowest places of Africa is the corruption grade of Greece under the last Papandreou PASOK administration. And it has gotten even worse under the coalition Pasok-ND government of Samaras-Venizelos the corrupt duopoly of Germany’s Greek leading agents.

The planned and “sudden” emergence of seemingly small centrist parties, led by the “children” of the corrupt elites masquerading as “charismatic young professionals” in Greece — on the face of it, is testimony that this generation has had enough…

However when one looks behind the parapet — You can see the technique as a further usurpation of Democracy. And it is a political technique, first used by the German Hitlerite and Goering masterminded propaganda PR as a “Weimar Republic” type of technique, of creating fake political parties to usurp Democracy and install themselves to power for ever. THAT’S HOW THE THIRD REICH WAS CREATED. That’s how the Nazis came to power. And that how they hoped to perpetuate their corrupt rule over Greece for a long time to come.

Except Democracy … happened.

Still the German Propaganda machine went into overdrive in Greece. They created a plethora of Greek corrupt and fake political parties. These German Propaganda created political parties are the likes of: “Potami,” “Dimiourgia Xana,” “Anexartitoi Ellines,” “Independent Greeks,” “Bridges,” “Golden Dawn,” “Komma Fileleutheron,” “Greek Liberal Party,” “Greek NeoLiberals” “New Greece” and a few other eminently forgettable right wing and Neoliberal political parties — that were created by the Germans, by their Greek servants, and their joint efforts using German wealth [Midian Gold] for the express purpose of corrupting Greek Politic and destroying the Greek Democracy.

The German plan was to use the Midas Gold they control to continue corrupting the Greek Politicians, and to then have them a servants under threat of exposure. They used this plan successfully for so long that it became the staple of their foreign policy n Europe.

Luckily for the Greek Democracy, and Greece’s future the German plan backfired after such long term use and the Berlin “geniuses” kept it up only as a fig leaf of their dominance. They used the newly minted and financed Greek political parties like Potami, purely in order to confuse and create discord amongst the young voters and to stop them from going to the Progressive side of the electoral debate. Luckily, although most of these political parties, managed to capture the pseudo-intellectuals, they all failed spectacularly. And by the time they and their German paymasters, understood this, and they revamped their act together — it was a bit too late to change course. So “Bismark” was sunk yesterday in Greece in a spectacularly brilliant and new way, called “Democracy In Action.”

Greeks had enough of the German occupation, and with their Bullshit detector set on maximum — they voted for Syriza en masse. Of course Syriza was already ahead of the curve in the psyche of the Greeks being “sticks in the mud” strong and earthy conservative voters, and thus the sinister Germans, along with their Greek collaborateur corruptors, could not gain enough influence to stem the tide.

Still from the outside, Greece looks like a giant negative: but what lies beneath the rise of the radical left is the emergence of positive new values – among a layer of young people much wider than Syriza’s natural support base. These are the classic values of the networked generation: self-reliance, creativity, the willingness to treat life as a social experiment, a global outlook.

When the third German Financed and uber-conservative Greek party “Golden Dawn” emerged as a frightening, violent neo-Nazi force, supported with German Funds, and official German state support, and at one point capturing upwards of 19% of electoral support — what struck the networked youth was how many of the political elite pandered to it. People who had read its history could see a replay of late “German Weimar Republic” flickering before their eyes: delusional Nazis feted by big businessmen and the German State, craving for a bloody bound populace steeped in extreme law & order.

I’ve said many time that the Greek crisis since it began, has revealed the weaknesses of Neo Liberal Right Wing Capitalism, unfettered by Public Morality — and what changed in 2015 is this: Syriza had already won the solid support of about 25% of voters on the issues of Europe and economics. But now a further portion of the Greek electorate, above all the young, are signalling they’ve had enough of corruption and elites.

Greece, though an outlier, has always been a signifier, too: this is what happens when modern capitalism fails.

For there are inept bureaucrats and corrupt elites elsewhere and everywhere. Especially in Berlin and in Brussels of Europe. And it was thee corruptors who took advantage of Greece’s weaknesses and turned the whole country into prostitution.

But like it always takes a pimp and a John to create a prostitute, the same goes here in the dirty triangle relationship of Berlin, Brussels, and Athens.

And the same goers on in Paris, Rome, and Madrid — yet only the trillions of Euros created and pumped into their nations’ economies to avoid collapse, shields them from the scrutiny they have received in Greece.

But as elections are coming up all over Europe — the corrupt politicians of Europe are going to receive the shellacking they so richly deserve and the Justice that they need to receive for their crimes…

As for the Germans, the trials of Nyremberg are not far behind either.

Yours,
Pano

PS:

We face two years of electoral uncertainty in Europe, with the far left or the hard right now vying for power in Spain, France and the Netherlands. Some are proclaiming this “the end of neoliberalism.”

Still some fools are proclaiming this the end of Democracy.

I’m not sure of that. All that’s certain is that Greece shows how it could end.

Much like the first Victory against the joint forces of Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy — the original Axis of Evil — was won by the Greeks, so here come the first current victory against the force of Neo-nazim as represented by the gentler face of Germany today and hidden under the mantle of Economic ‘Responsibility” and tucked under the wheelchair of Germany’s uber- economic Fuhrer the new Dr Strangelove, Mr Schoible himself.

There is tremendous value in this First Victory that will underscore the fate of the rest of this war. And Greece has given this Victory first again.

European Antifascist forces have been boosted by Greece’s clear and Democratic wi against Germany.  Spain’s anti-austerity party Podemos said Greece finally had a government rather than a German envoy.

Specifically the leading party of Spain Podemos said this on it’s official announcement: “Greeks finally have a government, not a Merkel envoy”

Britain’s Green Party said Syriza’s victory was an inspiration for all Europeans.

In other quarters confusion reigns supreme…

Syriza’s victory has been greeted with “pants drooping” alarm among the brown shirts in Germany.

The ruling CDU party and Mr Schoible and Ms Merkel are of course insisting that Greece should stick to the austerity programme.

Belgium’s finance minister said there is room for negotiation with Syriza. And this is the softer side of Berlin’s puppet inside the euro zone: Specifically, Belgium’s finance minister sees some room to discuss the “modalities” of the Greek debt programme with the other eurozone nations after Syriza’s election victory. Johan Van Overtveldt said on the eve of a eurozone finance ministers’ meeting that “we can talk modalities, we can talk debt restructuring, but the cornerstone that Greece must respect the rules of monetary union that must stay as it is.” He told VRT network that even if some things could be changed to accommodate the demands of Syriza, “it is impossible to fundamentally change things.”

Brussel’s official establishment is waiting to take it’s que from Berlin and is so far quiet, keeping mum about the Greek Victory.

But let’s not worry because the Arc of the Universe is long and it bend toward JUSTICE and now the time has arrived for Justice in Greece too.

And all those minions in Greece, in Germany, and in the IMF, that claimed that they were all following orders while deliberately driving Greeks to suicide will have their day in court and shall have to answer for their crimes against humanity.

Ten Thousand Greek Suicides demand ANSWERS today.

Greek people have nothing to fear through CHANGE except fear itself…

Go Vote for SYRIZA today.

Go Vote for the Syriza because they are agents of change.

Go vote for Syriza because it is the only way to liberate your country.

Go Vote for Syriza because it is the only party that can re-establish the ancient Democracy.

Go Vote for Syriza because your country has been thrown again into the jaws of the German occupation dogs, and has been maligned by all the corrupt parties that have governed Greece for the last three decades.

Avoid the  corrupt “Potami” the evil “New Democracy” and “Pasok” and all the other clowns like “Kaimenos” “Papandreou”  etc

Forget the non entities of smaller fringe parties and vote for Change with SYRIZA because it is the only party that has the will and the hope to attract enough strength to fight and liberate your country.

GOOD LUCK

Yours,

Pano

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