Meet Alex - The Real 'Not Lazy Bastard' Greek

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While Mr. Panos has often been used as the poster boy for the Greek people, his shortened premise is - we will keep taking the Europeans money until they no longer want to give it to us. In the meantime, the Greek people have suffered due to the previous largesse of their government and need for a 'reversion' to the mean of their relative wealth. The following brief clip offers some insight (or defense) of who the real man-on-the-street is in Greece. Not the media's interpretation of a lazy, cheating, ungrateful, helpless, corrupt, violent, rude, racist, tax-evading, trouble-making thieving vandal - that lives with his mother; but a scapegoat for all that is wrong in Europe and remains shocked, confused, frustrated, and upset. It's someone's fault, right? Why not Alex?

 

 

From the Omikron Project:

Greek crisis? Get the whole picture.

 

We are a group of regular guys and girls living in a crisis-hit country called Greece.

 

We got sick of watching the rest of the world get fed inaccurate images of life here today, and wanted to do something about it.

 

So instead of complaining, we built Omikron Project: a place for ideas, discussion... and ACTION.

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Fri, 11/09/2012 - 18:36 | 2966394 GRsilverking
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Opa re malakes! We cares less about debt.. just give us beaches, bitches, coffee, cigarettes & more bitches & go F*** yourselfs! OOOOOPA!

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 19:04 | 2966469 Drachma
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I also like music, philosophy, mathematics, physics, chemistry, geology, electrical engineering, microbiology, virology, poetry, history, painting, building, camping, fishing and hiking. I think I'm forgetting something.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 19:12 | 2966493 mantrid
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uhmm.. economics?

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 19:14 | 2966501 Drachma
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You got it, human psychology.

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 13:38 | 2967816 NewAmericaNow
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Don't forget "psychology" is a Greek Word

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 19:16 | 2966509 Thecomingcollapse
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Dunno if it's because it's Friday and I'm getting rummy or what... But... Comments are brilliantly funny today! Well done sir

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 20:17 | 2966653 Stackers
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And Alex expects the government to provide free of charge

A Job

Health care

An Education

A Pension

A Meal

And Alex hates paying for it and cant understand why he cant have his cake and eat it too

or why he has to sleep in this mess of bed he made.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 20:37 | 2966713 constantine
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Perhaps Stackers, but is this somehow unique to Alex?  Not really.  Just seems like his system melted down first.  You would probably be surprised at how many small businesses there are in Greece.  The last thing that we want to do is lose track of who is benefiting from this system.  Actually, the German taxpayers are probably being fleeced the most but some random young guy or gal in Greece is sure as heck not a beneficiary of this nonsense.  

+ 5 to Tyler for this one

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 04:18 | 2967376 AnAnonymous
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People living in resources rich countries are the beneficiaries of this mess.

They benefit from the largest transfer of wealth ever, stuffing their coffers with the mighty USD in exchange for their resources.

Signed: an American.

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 13:33 | 2967802 IBelieveInMagic
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That's what T. Boone Pickens said. The furriners are looting our precious dollars in exchange for their worthless oil and resources.

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 13:43 | 2967839 NewAmericaNow
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Your mistaken, I think you mean Bob the American. ObamaCare, Free education, Early retirement, Cheap Consumer goods at maybe Walmart, Lower taxes, more regulation, give me what you have or I'll send a drone bought on credit to bomb your damn oil producing country and then wonder why the terrorists hate his freedom while he strips at the airport for security paid for on credit.

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 22:18 | 2969040 Hugh_Jorgan
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"And Alex expects the government to provide free of charge

A Job

Health care

An Education

A Pension

A Meal

And Alex hates paying for it and cant understand why he cant have his cake and eat it too

or why he has to sleep in this mess of bed he made."

 

The only caveat is that Alex also pays a lot in taxes and expects that the above will all be provided ad infinitum, because Alex was taught jack-squat about economics, government, and history by his crappy government education system. Thus Alex is ignorant of the realities that no government in history has ever been able to sustain services cradle-to-grave for more the a few decades before falling apart. So, yes Alex may not necessarily be a fat, lazy, violent bastard. But he is an ignorant, uninvolved, lemming who has the government that he deserves. Kinda like the rest of Europe and the good ol' US of A!!!

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 19:29 | 2966519 Dr. Engali
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Sexology and drinkology... Both of which are on my agenda tonight.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 20:13 | 2966646 Miffed Microbio...
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I've already started. Sitting by the warm fire with a wonderful Hot whiskey toddy Mr Miffed made for me. Ahhhh, to escape the world's problems for a little while. It's times like these when I have to agree with men, sex does solve everything! :-)

Miffed:-)

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 20:41 | 2966731 Dr. Engali
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Now who would down arrow that?

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 21:23 | 2966827 Miffed Microbio...
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Let me guess....some repressed woman who feels she's "liberated" but in actuality an over educated copious note taker that's jealous of anyone finding joy outside of her definitions. Wow, my drunk brain never fails to amaze me.

Miffed:-)

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 22:27 | 2966943 Cheesy Bastard
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Down arrow from a woman miffed because she hasn't been muffed? 

(I am referring to definition 7) http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=muffed

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 12:07 | 2967639 JimBowie1958
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The definition of gender feminism continues to be affirmed day to day:

'Feminsim is the deep rooted fear that somewhere in the world there is a man who is enjoying himself.'

Works for me.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 21:35 | 2966850 Karlus
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A prostie, or an iBanker who just got ripped off by one

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 03:42 | 2967357 Vigilante
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Greeks are the most 'socialist' minded people...bar Latin Americans.

The state has to provide always....or we'll riot.

Nobody ever asks 'who will pay for this?'

A few days ago the Supreme Court declared the latest austerity cuts 'unconstitutional'

WTF????????

According to the Greeks everyone should have a very high standard of living irrespective if a country produces fuck-all.....

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 12:28 | 2967675 Enslavethechild...
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According to Americans, their government should have a very high standard of living and the common folk should accept their enslavement with glee

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 13:46 | 2967850 NewAmericaNow
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lol I didn't know masturbation was classified as sex. Learn something new everyday

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 19:27 | 2966527 JustObserving
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Evading taxes? Molotov Cocktails?

"At the same time, though, a small elite of wealthy Greek ship owners is fighting to defend its tax-free status -- also, ironically enough, enshrined in the constitution. Meanwhile, other moneyed Greeks, including doctors, lawyers and engineers, continue to systematically avoid taxes. According to a recent study, seven out of 10 self employed Greeks significantly underreport their earnings. Indeed, though the crisis has been raging for five years now, many wealthy Greeks are under no more pressure to pay taxes than they were before.

 

The study's authors use data from a large Greek bank which uses several factors in addition to income reports to measure a client's creditworthiness. The result: Undeclared income from self-employed Greeks amounted to €28 billion in 2009, more than 10 percent of the country's gross domestic product that year. The state lost €11.2 billion euros in tax revenues as a result."

http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/wealthy-greeks-still-dodging-taxes-despite-crisis-a-864703.html

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 20:38 | 2966719 Bag Of Meat
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Corruption is a strategic plan imposed by the elites (and their politicians) to keep the status quo. It's a game where everyone has interest in changing nothing. Do your homework sheepy

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 04:23 | 2967379 AnAnonymous
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What elite? Ah, yes the 'american' king class, the middle class.
As reported by the article with its doctors, engineers and lawyers listing.

It is expected that the servant follows in the steps of her masters.

The politician/corporative business class, which is servant to the 'american' middle class only replicate the ways of their masters.

By the way, going against that would anger the master.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 20:41 | 2966729 constantine
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No doubt, tax evasion is literally part of the culture in Greece, unfortunately.  My father, who was sent to USA from Greece (not speaking English at the time) by his father immediately at the conclusion of WWII constantly complained about the fact that if Greeks would ever get passed trying to get over on other Greeks, the country may actually get somewhere.  I remember how he would complain that they don't even really make a true effort to develop their tourism industry.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 22:49 | 2966988 Oracle of Kypseli
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@ Justobserving

Avoiding taxes is the antidote of taxing the hard working class to buy votes.

If everyone had to pay say, 8% flat tax, noone will cheat and gov. will collect more money. But, no! Rich white succesful men in their fifties are the most hated people on earth by the feminazis and the limousine flaming asshole liberals who send their kids to private schools and expect everyone else to go to the public schools. No vouchers they say. Who live in huge mansions, travel with jets and limos and have a parked hybrid in the driveway for show and expect everyone else to use public transport and grow veggies on their roofs.

Is the world upside down or what? We are looking for inversion or revolution.

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 04:25 | 2967380 AnAnonymous
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If everyone had to pay say, 8% flat tax, noone will cheat and gov. will collect more money.
________________

Yeah, yeah, and 'americanism' is the best thing to ever happen to humanity... The song is known.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 19:52 | 2966600 GRsilverking
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Sure and that's what people don't get. We r the 2nd most educated people in the USA & I am not sure about GR.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 19:52 | 2966601 GRsilverking
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Sure and that's what people don't get. We r the 2nd most educated people in the USA & I am not sure about GR.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 20:00 | 2966618 CCanuck
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And long walks on the beach.

Looking for like minded, that can easily touch thier toes, while backing up.

 

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 21:21 | 2966822 Dugald
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You missed yotting old chap...

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 00:26 | 2967142 Harlequin001
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a hard days' work...

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 02:45 | 2967321 condoraki
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Yup, like.. paying your required taxes so that your country doesn't go bankr... oops, too late...

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 03:02 | 2967334 condoraki
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And you also missed finances.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 18:36 | 2966395 GRsilverking
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Opa re malakes! We cares less about debt.. just give us beaches, bitches, coffee, cigarettes & more bitches & go F*** yourselfs! OOOOOPA!

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 18:39 | 2966404 takeaction
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That's cool.  Great idea you lazy bastards.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 18:44 | 2966417 Thecomingcollapse
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+1000 That was great!

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 18:42 | 2966411 Thecomingcollapse
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Nope, not Alex's fault unless Alex is a central banker...

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 18:48 | 2966431 blunderdog
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"Alex: the lazy cheating Greek BASTARD!"

A new Disney movie?

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 19:10 | 2966488 IndicaTive
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Nah, just a sequal to that wedding movie. Cher beats the fuck out of him.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 18:48 | 2966433 ThirdWorldDude
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Until Alex starts hanging corrupt politicians and bankers, it's all talk - no hockey.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 20:08 | 2966636 Schmuck Raker
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Oh? How many corrupt politicians and bankers have YOU hung lately, you lazy bastard?

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 04:13 | 2967373 ThirdWorldDude
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I see it's all Greek to you! Is that because of your name, your fluoridated water or your miserable school system? 

 

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 18:49 | 2966436 obessoligarch
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really cool video that talks about how much  ignorance stereotypical type of information hides.

greeks are nice people......much nicer than most n.europeans (with the exception of danes)

and yes they are the true scapegoat in a crisis that is deep........in reality we all know that they are just

the visible part of the iceberg.

                                as of the bitches....greek ones are the hottest in europe

http://forum.babeunion.com/showthread.php?22147-hot-greek-babes!!!

 

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 18:52 | 2966444 HANKREARDON
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Is there a polite way to say that the Greeks come off as, well, unintelligent?

 

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 03:48 | 2967360 Vigilante
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@HANKREARDON

More like smartasses...with a heavy 'conspiracy' bent...

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 17:32 | 2968472 fiddy pence haf...
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it's not a conspiracy if they actually are after you.

Media produces 2 minute hate sessions in their newspapers so that we

don't get even with bankers.

Alex knows that the bankers are out to get him. and that his government is

doing the bankers' bidding. What are ya gonna do?

It's that wacky democracy thing. uhm, might as well play by the rules.

that'll make things betta!

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 18:53 | 2966446 rzero
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Sorry limey, over here in the US few people even know about the european crisis, let alone have a scapegoat for it.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 18:54 | 2966447 Yen Cross
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 I love Alex's bike. Everyone should have Skittle Bike... YUM YUM

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