Meet Alex - The Real 'Not Lazy Bastard' Greek

Tyler Durden's picture

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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saints51's picture

hehe was waiting for his pet to be an unicorn.

guinea's picture

Greeks need to be more like the Chinese: cunning yet diligent.  You can't be cunning and a lazy ass. 

GRsilverking's picture

morons... under most broke Greeks there is a matress full of paper EU or land that can't be tracked by anyone since there is no computer records.They don't live with Mom & Dad cause they're lazy, but because Mom doesn't want to let go of her 40 year old babies if they are not married. WTF is wrong with u all & you can't understand how the Greeks do not care about what you think of them but where they will spend their evenings & holidays. It will change but not at the rate you all think. It will take a decade to adjust to the new normal. My bet is that they will not. Ce la vie jeleous bitches.

Tydown4fun's picture

All but Katia have fake boobs.  Just saying............

THE DORK OF CORK's picture

Yes but he must prove otherwise in a sea of bank credit.


You can't swim in that depth of Shit.


We don't know who is really productive or not in this world...........


You may have a job (desk flying) and travel to work burning gasoline that could be best used somewhere else

A hobbit with a couple of acres and a push bike may be in net surplus.


Who knows ? - we live in a Europe without national credit so therefore the input output metrics are all screwed up.

Dr. Engali's picture

Hey Alex... I'll give you a hint..It's the bankers.,,,the Fat,Lazy,Corrupt, Banker Basturds!!! Oh yeah the bankers and your " leaders" who sold you out to them.

Yen Cross's picture

 Most legends and myths, do have some far flung degree of truth to them...

The Greeks have had millenniums to build their reputation.

NobleSavage's picture

Quoting Bill Gross : "Greece is the world"!!!

Cheesy Bastard's picture

Greece is the world is the world that you heard, its got groove its got meaning...

NotApplicable's picture


Quoteth the Brother's Gibb.

blunderdog's picture

You mean that wasn't a Paris Hilton original?

akak's picture

Greece is the time, is the place, is the motion, Greece is the way they are stealing ...

Bawneee Fwank's picture

not related...So it begins,

Louisiana to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government.

NobleSavage's picture

I guess it's time for Civil War II.

Schmuck Raker's picture

Naw. Who'd fight to keep long as they take Texas with 'em.

saints51's picture

you got a problem with me.

saints51's picture

I signed it. Figured I get my name twice on the NSA list. One for being a ZH member and the other for this petition.

Lednbrass's picture

If one state goes, others will fall like dominoes. That would go through the South like wildfire and everyone would be happier.

Well, as long as the New Englanders are deported quickly.

ForTheWorld's picture

Any US citizen on ZeroHedge who keeps talking about states rights, Federal Government being too big, and a return to the constitution as it was written, should be signing this, and getting their friends to sign this.

It would at least give the smallest amount of substance to all the rhetoric here (which has been in the increase in the last 6 months - perhaps this is due to the changing crowd here).

WillyGroper's picture

Reservations at campFEMA confirmed. Signing this will do as much good as contacting your alleged representatives. 

mantrid's picture

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

yeah, just regular mindless sheeple ingoring anyone warning about looming disaster

Ungaro's picture

It is not the Greeks. People in tropical and subtropical climates tend to be less industrious than those in the north. No need to stash food away for the winter, no need to worry about heating your house. Just chill under a palm tree and eventualy food will fall into your lap. This is not lazyness, per se, but cultural DNA. I see this first hand in the Philippines. Italy is also a good test tube to prove the hypothesis: productive in the north, far less so in the south.

When a socialist, corrupt government is thrown into the mix, you eventually get a crisis, regardless what currency you use to buy your ouzo or grappa or sangria or pálinka or slivovic.

If you have to blame someone, blame the clueless politicians or climate change but please let the hepless Greeks alone. Disclosure: I am not Greek. My handle will give a clue to my nationality.

blunderdog's picture

I wonder if that's why the Southern States are so full of broke-ass good-for-nothings...

Matt's picture

Working less is not a problem. Trying to spend as much and have all the things that people who work more have, while working less, is a problem.

Of course, all the countries of the West are ran by, and populated with, a majority that is conditioned to expect never ending compounding annual growth, and for some reason that growth slowed down.

caustixoid's picture

I've been hearing this 'theory' about warm places producing laziness and cold places producing wealth since I was a kid (but strangely never see any academic references!).  Not sure if you've  heard "correlation doesn't equal causation".  It's like vomiting and concluding the apple you just ate must have been 'bad' -- it's logical but it's not true.  Today colder places are rich and powerful and warm places are poor and weak, ergo: weather is destiny.

Well, let me take a few shots at this "theory":   I've been to a lot of poor countries and frankly the average peasant in the 3rd world works way harder than the average westerner.  Even Filipinos or Indians or whatever warm-weather immigrants you want to name work harder on average than the native-born westerner.   Seen any immigrant beggars in big western cities?  From what I've seen (admittedly anecdotal) they're homegrown.

You could look up "colonization".  You could investigate "Banana Republic", or the IMF or the World Bank and see the amazing wealth-transfer system that exists from poor to rich countries.

Or you could look at empirical evidence: did the Greeks conquer half the Ancient World because a mini-Ice Age was bearing down on them?  Did they get lazy because their land warmed up?  Were the Mayans lazy?  The Khmers (Angkor Wat)?  Rome?  the Phoenicians?  SINGAPORE TODAY?!? 

You might want to read "Guns, Germs and Steel" to gain a little perspective.    Or maybe just keeping making up shit on the fly -- you do it well.

Vigilante's picture


You may want to peruse this book

IQ and the Wealth of Nations by Lynn and Vanhanen.

It correlates with the warm country theory.

Countries in the tropics that are succesful are run by 'northerners'

Singapore is chinese is is Australia.

Blacks ,mestizos and 'brown' people have lower IQ than whitey...hence their lack of success.

Incidentally northeast Asias have higher than whites...Japan,Korea,China..

You can ignore the Liberals always do anyway....

Greece is in a transition zone...between the idiots and the 'master race' it's a mixed bag of excellence and third world stupidity.

augustus caesar's picture

@ Vigilante

Good post,

but hardly fair to compare the average IQ of the US ( coming in at 98 according to the book )

to homogenous and nearly homogenous populations like Japan and Hong Kong ( 105 and 107 respectively ).

Remember the US is being further weighted down with each passing year of increasingly lax immigration standards.



blunderdog's picture

Another issue to consider: IQ *primarily* measures the relative facility a person has with symbol-manipulation.  Symbol manipulation is a very important part of many aspects of modern life, but it has nothing at all to do with HAPPINESS.

If "intelligence" is redefined to mean something like, "one's relative ability to achieve happiness based on their inherent gifts," there's a strong case to be made for the folks who are terrible at symbol-manipulation but live fulfilled and pleasurable lives.

In other words: maybe they're actually the SMARTER ones, despite their lower IQs, because they recognize that only a limited chunk of the human condition revolves around something like money.

Matt's picture

Define "lazy".

If you mean hours worked weekly on an average annual basis, then historically:

fishers and hunter / gatherers in tropical regions worked about 20 hours per week

european serfs worked about 24 hours per week

chinese rice farmers average 60 hours per week

from Malcom Gladwell's Outliers.

Lore's picture



"If you have to blame someone, blame...climate change..."

No thanks. Big government LOVES "global warming."  Thanks to Agenda 21, we the people are transformed into evildoers to be carbon-taxed for our sins.  It's yet another con that should piss off every seeker of truth on ZH.

BTW happy weekend everybody

AldoHux_IV's picture

Focusing on solely upon sensationalizing an "Alex" is like creating a story about a drug addict without mentioning the drug dealer or that perhaps the laws/lawmakers [in]directly encourage predatory drug dealers to push the shit around schools where our heroine may reside.

In the end, if you need media to tell you how to think, act, or feel towards a group of people you never met or how the world works in general then it is you that is a lazy, cheating, ungrateful, helpless, corrupt, violent, rude, racist, tax-evading, trouble-making thieving vandal-- I'm sure you don't live with your mother because she may find you despicable.

Best of luck to the Greeks and Europeans-- we're not too far behind how everything is devolving in the US and we're certainly going to need more assertive problem solving networks because our government is too busy looking good than doing good.

Fuck the media, fuck the central banks, fuck the government puppets, and fuck apathy.

Ungaro's picture

Amen, brother! This Hellenic mess was not created by Alex but by the facelss eurocrats and clueless bureaucrats to secure export markets for their products. Let them buy their Audis, Benzes, VWs, Saabs, Volvos -- we'll loan them the money. Our economy will thrive, companies will profit, people will pay taxes and life will be good. When the Greeks need more money, we'll just print some more. What could go wrong?

DaveA's picture

I call this the W.T. Grant strategy. Give a store credit card to every warm body that darkens your door, and watch the sales and profits pile up. Bonuses for everyone! Until, of course, the customers stop making payments.

Ungaro's picture

Exactly, but with a slight twist. No store credit cards, but have the bank give them all Visa, MasterCard or whatever. When they stop paying, the banks are on the hook, not the store. The banks, of course, are "systemically important", or TBTF so the government (taxpayers) will bail them out. No problem, party on dudes!

Kastorsky's picture

lazy, cheating, thiving bastard is Shalom - the Jew.

in reality

Cheesy Bastard's picture

The cheating Greek bastard is Petraus.  By the way, Alex is indeed a lazy bastard, or at least that's what my cousin Feta-Cheesy bastard always says. 

Ungaro's picture

Gen. David Petraeus is a good guy who fell on his sword so he would not have to testify before Congress about the Benghazi mess, a testimony which would have revealed who the real lying, cheating bastard really is, IMHO BHO.

Cheesy Bastard's picture

So then he's a good guy because he is covering up for the bad guy?

Ungaro's picture

Think about what his choices were. Damned if he does and damned if he doesn't. If you cannot win, the only option is to stop playing the game or change the rules. He could not change the rules.

bank guy in Brussels's picture

Will Petraeus live very long?

His situation reminds me of:

Who murdered CIA Chief William Colby?

« ... Saturday, April 27, 1996.  William Colby, a former director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, was alone at his weekend house across from Cobb Island, Maryland, 60 miles south of Washington, D.C. ... he was found dead in the water nine days later, it was said that he had gone out paddling his canoe at nightfall and drowned.  ...  I knew William Colby. And I didn’t believe that for one second. »

- Zalin Grant

WillyGroper's picture

Read a very long article about this. Nothing added up. There's a much bigger picture here than any fiscal cliff. 

SgtShaftoe's picture

It's the government structure that rewards corruption.  It's not the people, and don't give me that "well they voted for that" bullshit.    Politicians are the problem in addition to a large amount of momentum.  It's terribly tragic.  Study well, this infection will spread west soon enough.   A government grows in influence and breadth from inception.  Then at some unmarked moment, it crosses the event horizon where growth cannot be reversed, and takes on a life of it's own.  That event horizon has been crossed by every western government.  

Shizzmoney's picture

Right, the choices given to the "people" are about the same as the choices given to a cow when he walks into the slaughterhaus (this was wonderfully depicted by williambonzai7).

Greece is done.  Spain is done.  And Italy is next. 

It's a good thing they voted Draghi in, so they can preserve their democra.......oh.....wait.

Bob's picture

Great video.

Bernays, the medium and message. 

Banksters are raping these people and we know it.  Of course, Americans are murdering people worldwide and we know that too . . . yet never really think about it somehow. 

Nonetheless, it seems to me that our consciences must align with the Greek people in this gruesomely evolving financial war, rather than the neoliberal alternative.  If there's any hope left for us here in America, at least.  Even the neoliberal Liberty Movement claims to be animated by that spirit. 

The Greeks. gotta. say. No. 

Ungaro's picture

FYI, the Liberty Movement is not liberal, or neoliberal but conservative and constitutionalist.

Eventually, all debtors will have to repudiate ALL externally held debt and let the chips fall where they may. Austerity does not lead to prosperity. Productivity and prudent fiscal policies do but only in the absence of government leeching off the life blood of the economy to hand it over to the banksters.

akak's picture


FYI, the Liberty Movement is not liberal, or neoliberal but conservative and constitutionalist.

I have to take issue with your definition, Ungaro.

As currently defined, so-called "conservatives" are just as anti-liberty as so-called contemporary "liberals" --- both factions are equally statist, and both equally are responsible for the loss of liberty in the USA and elsewhere.  The real Liberty Movement is libertarian, and is the enemy of almost everything that so-called "conservatives" in the USA today represent and stand for, most of all the intrusive and agressive police/warfare state.

Ungaro's picture

Yes, the Liberty Movement is more libertarian than the traditional "conservatives". The Occupy Movement is far more liberal, bordering on communistic. However, if you look closely at the Liberty Movement, you will find lots of conservative principles. I want to contrast this "conservative" label against the neocons and RINOs, like Mitt Romney.

The Liberty Movement is about getting the government out of my bedroom, my pocket and my life. Labels are important because how we define things is how we tend to behave towards them. At the same time, labels can be very dangerous if applied arbitrarily and subjectively, e.g.: "terrorist". 

Bob's picture

When I use the term "neoliberal," this is what I mean: