Live Streams From Athens

Tyler Durden's picture

Just in case it is not clear, the main event for the next 6 hours will be Merkel's arrival and prompt departure from what many consider the province of Southeast Bavaria, formerly known as Greece.

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giggler123's picture

I'm in the 2nd from from row, you might not notice me holding a pitch fork, not easy to spot since everyone else is doing the same... ;)

GetZeeGold's picture



It's in HD......nice.


Oh....I see you now....wearing a tie was a nice touch.


YuropeanImbecille's picture

These fucking animals should go work instead of protesting! against the very same people that are keeping their shit country afloat. Ungreatful fucking animals, dont borrow money if you cant pay it back and then complain to the lender?


Should the Americans be on the streets shouting to the chinese, what fucking assholes they are lending money to the US? This is socialism gone haywire

forrestdweller's picture

there are no jobs over there, you idiot. that is why they are protesting. greeks accept jobs paying 3 euro's an hour or less, just to survive.

tradebot's picture

Simple laws of supply and must let the situation correct itself...borrowing more after you've borrowed so much ain't the answer...sorry.

YuropeanImbecille's picture

This is classic socialims. OF COURSE there are no jobs if no one creates jobs! You can not just lay in your couch drinking ouzo thinking someone will knock on the fucking door and drag you to a job.

nugjuice's picture

Quite frankly, the down arrows on this are making me lose faith in ZH readership. Apparently while the Greeks were drinking wine and retiring at 45 they forgot to plant the job trees and call the job fairies which magically come to give you something productive to do for 2-3 hours a day. Take one glance at the 'productivity per hour worked' of these countries and you'll start feeling bad for the German workers - who are working their balls off to send checks to ungrateful Greeks, yet not publicly clamoring like a bunch of babies.

Personally, I liked the Americans complaining to China reference. You don't see us in the street bitching about China lending us money

Heavy's picture

We dont?  So we like China for lending us "money"?

zorba THE GREEK's picture


AND PETROL BOMBS.   This is taking place only a few hundred yards from Merkel.

Looks like the festivities are just beginning. With petrol @ over $10 per gallon, it's

heartening to see that some Greeks can still afford buy it.

tonyw's picture

Wouldn't it have been a lot easier and cheaper for the Greeks to go to Germany??

Griffin's picture

Icelanders got a much nicer visit today, Lady Gaga is in Iceland to accept Yoko Ono's Peace prize.

Here she is, fighting her way trough the crowd :)


The imagine peace tower Yoko had built in memory of John Lennon will be lit tonight, it can be seen on a web cam here.


Jon Gnarr, a comedian and the mayor of Reykjavik gave a speech dressed as Obi Wan Kenobi.

The LennonOno grant this time went to Lady Gaga, Rachel Corrie, John Perkins, Christopher Hichens and Pussy Riot.


Gully Foyle's picture

I once read when Napolean took Egypt, the Egyptians would protest with a nightly public circular ass fuck.

One would think the Greeks would pick this event for visiting dignitaries.

rehypothecator's picture

I'm not too good at nonverbal communication.  What does it mean when there's a nightly public circular ass fuck?  

prains's picture

it usually means FUCk the krauts

WALLST8MY8BALL's picture

You may call it South Bavaria. I call it the German Riviera.

grunk's picture

Where's the dog?

fuu's picture

He was eaten by some Spaniards.

Miss Expectations's picture

House Hunters International with Angela:  A 6 hour special presentation.

Negro Primero's picture
Merkel in Athens with Same Jacket She Wore When Germany Defeated Greece in EURO 2012

"I would dare say, that she even wears the same white top under the jacket.

Politely, we could call this a ‘diplomatic faux pas’, a diplomatic wrong step, or a sign of tasteless .

Her wardrobe advisor who should be fired immediately. Unpolitely?

Oh, well… ’provocative’? Or ‘brainless’?" 

ziggy59's picture

She is flying to see in person her newly acquired real estate steal, uh, purchase

UGrev's picture

Looks like the greek storm troopers got their idea for helmets from Space Balls. :D

Element's picture

Speaking of eruptions, there are a lot of quakes happening under Katla over the past 6 weeks, the depths are from ~17km below to <1km recently, and a couple as large as 3.1.

Last month there were a large number of near-surface quakes and almost none deeper, so the theory then offered to explain this pattern was a possibility that Spring warmth may be causing the ice to carve and collapse, creating tremors, thus creating a spike in shallow seismic events (i.e. avoiding suggesting the possibility of magmatic heating ... of course ... occam's razor be damned).  it was felt that the lack of quakes further below were the evidence this was not magma moving around. See here:

The siesmic situation during Sept became much more active and this pattern has continued to evolve:

Well, that theory probably wasn't right, because for the past 4-weeks or so the deeper quakes have also shown up, and they are not so small now.  I've been monitoring this volcano for many months now and it is definitely in a more 'restless' phase that's likely to be a pre-eruption seismic preparation. The quakes strongly suggest magma movement through the entire crustal depth, and even from the crust's base.  In the past week there are bigger quakes occurring in the range 1km to 8kms depth. 

It could quieten down again, but it should be watched closely until that happens, for further signs of pending eruption (harmonic-tremors, geodetic bulging and tilting, melting of ice, mudflows, degassing, thermal anomalies).  If more signs show, or the quakes continue like this, I would get ready for it to blow.

PY-129-20's picture

Many people over at Jon's Blog ( ) were speculating about an eruption this or next year. But I go with Jon Frimann on this one. I think it won't happen this year and probably not even next year,  but Katla is coming closer to an eruption. I agree with your statement - this one needs to be watched closely.

Having said that there are also two or three other volcanoes I would take a closer look at.


Element's picture

I'm curious, would you expound a little why it might take that long to evolve to eruption?

PY-129-20's picture

It's obvious that nobody can say exactly when it will happen. I am not a volcanologist. Last year there were some good people and real experts over at Jon's Blog. Some of them have migrated to another blog that was made by one of the Community members. Like Jon they watch volcanoes constantly and many of have a life long passion for volcanoes. They collect all data that is available to them or install geophones like Jon at the place. They formed a very interesting and also good humoured community (which is now mainly at the Volcano Cafe webblog)

I agree with Jon that the last earthquakes were more part of the harmonic tremor at Katla. Even Carl at the VolcanoCafe, and he was one of the people last year who thought an eruption was imminent, is not buying the hype at the moment. In 2011, Katla seemed to be very close to an eruption. Some would say it had a small hydro magmatic event. One of the biggest threats and an imminent sign of an eruption is the melting of the glacier on top of it, which will cause a huge flood. All the data so far (you can find an impressive list at the Volcano Cafe) are not pointing to an imminent eruption in my opinion.

Personally, I think that the event of 2011 decreased the chances of an imminent eruption and that it pushed the date back a little. But that is just my opinion. Even volcanologists often cannot exactly predict it. Katla is definitely close to an eruption point. If you want to read more about this, then I would recommend you to read Jon's Blog or the Volcano Cafe Blog ( ). Both are great and the people there are better experts than me. Jon is watching Katla almost his whole life. He lives not very far from it. They will also inform you about recent developments at Katla and other volcanoes in a very precise manner.

Element's picture

Cheers, I'm no expert either but did field-work on volcanos for about four months with an old igneous prof when I got my degree, which was a lot of fun.  I noticed the 2011 thermal event and flooding from Katla but figured not much energy had been released by this and did not suggest to me that anything significant had changed compared to the overall energy that could be expected to be released in a typical Katla eruption.  So I wouldn't have expected this to delay proceedings much simply because once the system is hot and pressurised it can unzip at any time ... or not.  The recent string of sub crustal and mid-crustal quakes and their growing size at shallower depths tells me this thing is getting ready to burp.  But maybe it will go quiet again for 6 or 9 months before it finally does.

Gully Foyle's picture


Interesting there has been so muuch worldwide seismic activity.

I thought that massive cluster of California quakes would lead somewhere.

LasVegasDave's picture

wow, not only are you guys anti-Yid, you're also squares.

hard to believe

Element's picture

Can't help you if you're too much of a dull thickie to wonder about what's under your own feet, something which gave you every breath, every view, every partner, every mouthful of food and liquid that you ever enjoyed, plus everything you ever wore and 'owned', as well.  You either have an inquiring mind or you don't.

Olympia's picture

The Eastern gates of Europe at risk: How Northern Europe shoots itself in the leg



A country in the outmost Southeastern part of the EU has grasped the headlines for quite some time. With only 2% of the EU's economy and just 2.5% of its debt it became the "Witch" that is haunted by puritan Northern Europeans. It is claimed as the epicenter of laziness, lust and unproductively for the whole of the Continent, a bad example that pious Northerns should be feared and loath at the same time. 

This country is Greece and it must be punished! But is it really the witch hunt that has started in 2009 the most stupid move ever made in the entire European history? Is it worth to blame Greeks for the lonely dark winters up in the North and for the depression syndrome that cripples the lives of dozens of millions northern Europeans, as if Greece makes the weather?

In reality the Northern Europeans risk of pushing Greece into the broader global community where it is going to be free from investing heavily in its defense of the Eastern gates of Europe and it will bring about the greatest change in the balance of powers that Europe has felt since the collapse of the Berlin war. This time Germany will not be re-united, rather it will has to pay a dear price for its energy security. Netherlands will not become richer; rather it will have to pay from its own pocket in order to save itself from the flood of narcotics and Asian immigrants.

Austria will not be greater, rather it will have to deal with powder-keg named "Balkans" that has markets Vienna's history.


How Northern Europe shoot its leg, in order to satisfy the populist sentiments of an electorate being used to the fairy tales of "bad witches and pious farmers".


Panagiotis Traianou answers to many of the aforementioned questions and gives a proper solution on his article entitled “GREECE RANKS AMONG THE WITCHES OF SALEM”

EscapeKey's picture

The combined length of period under which Greece was in default during the modern era totaled 90 years, or approximately 50% of the total period that the country has been independent. 

zorba THE GREEK's picture

Greece is certainly no stranger to difficult times.

I remember (painfully I must admit) growing up in Spartas during a

particularly distressed period. I was 13 years old and my family barely

had enough money to eat. So my parents took poor Zorba out of school

and signed me up to be the cabin boy on a Greek vasoline tanker.

Zorba will never forget that trying experience ( And I have tried )

They later told Zorba that it was a mistake, they thought the captain

said 'gasoline tanker'.

Gully Foyle's picture


Then the tales about how Spartans prepare for battle are true.

BidnessMan's picture

Berlin war?

Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?

GetZeeGold's picture



Hell turned out to be our finest hour.

Gully Foyle's picture

Bluto: Hey! What's all this laying around stuff? Why are you all still laying around here for?
Stork: What the hell are we supposed to do, ya moron? We're all expelled. There's nothing to fight for anymore.
D-Day: [to Bluto] Let it go. War's over, man. Wormer dropped the big one.
Bluto: What? Over? Did you say "over"? Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!
Otter: [to Boon] Germans?
Boon: Forget it, he's rolling.
Bluto: And it ain't over now. 'Cause when the goin' gets tough...
[thinks hard of something to say]
Bluto: The tough get goin'! Who's with me? Let's go!
[Bluto runs out, alone; then returns]
Bluto: What the fuck happened to the Delta I used to know? Where's the spirit? Where's the guts, huh? This could be the greatest night of our lives, but you're gonna let it be the worst. "Ooh, we're afraid to go with you Bluto, we might get in trouble." Well just kiss my ass from now on! Not me! I'm not gonna take this. Wormer, he's a dead man! Marmalard, dead! Niedermeyer...
Otter: Dead! Bluto's right. Psychotic... but absolutely right. We gotta take these bastards. Now we could do it with conventional weapons, but that could take years and cost millions of lives. No, I think we have to go all out. I think that this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody's part!
Bluto: We're just the guys to do it.
D-Day: [stands up] Yeah, I agree. Let's go get 'em.
Boon: Let's do it.
Bluto: [shouting] "Let's do it"!
[all of the Deltas stand up and run out with Bluto]

BandGap's picture

Hey, they don't have jobs. What else is there to do?

Gully Foyle's picture


What do you mean "what else is there to do"?

Emulate American unemployed, drink, do drugs, fuck and watch some "stories" or sports.

tradebot's picture

That's what they were doing until the money ran out...we in the US areoomedto imulate same.

helping_friendly_book's picture

Ah! Those were the days!!!!!

You forgot you mention sleeping in until noon.

That was #1 on my list!

Mercury's picture

Oh cut this Gordian knot already...this preposterous polygamy is over.

Who I wonder would be the dark horse, healthy candidate to defect first from the Euro - Finland?  Wouldn't that be fun?

But Don't Let's Be Beastly To The Germans

helping_friendly_book's picture

This some of Goldman-Sach's best "God's Work".

I wonder if the Angel of Mammon visited Llyod and told him how to cook the Greek's books with swaps to cheat their way into the EU or if he thought of it all on his own?

yirgacheff's picture

It's the Anschluß