Greeks Raid Forests In Search Of Wood To Heat Homes

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From Mike Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg

Greeks Raid Forests In Search Of Wood To Heat Homes

Greece just seems to be getting worse and worse.  Being the leading edge of Southern Europe’s descent into 3rd world status, Greece’s lessons are all of our lessons, as I outlined in my piece last year The Global Spring.  From the Wall Street Journal:

EGALEO, Greece—While patrolling on a recent cold night, environmentalist Grigoris Gourdomichalis caught a young man illegally chopping down a tree on public land in the mountains above Athens.

When confronted, the man broke down in tears, saying he was unemployed and needed the wood to warm the home he shares with his wife and four small children, because he could no longer afford heating oil.

Tens of thousands of trees have disappeared from parks and woodlands this winter across Greece, authorities said, in a worsening problem that has had tragic consequences as the crisis-hit country’s impoverished residents, too broke to pay for electricity or fuel, turn to fireplaces and wood stoves for heat.

Such woodcutting was last common in Greece during Germany’s brutal occupation in the 1940s, underscoring how five years of recession and waves of austerity measures have spawned drastic measures.

“The average Greek will throw anything into the fireplace that can be burned, ranging from old furniture with lacquer, to old books with ink, in order to get warm,” said Stefanos Sapatakis, an environmental-health officer at the Hellenic Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Glad Europe is fixed.

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Mon, 01/14/2013 - 14:34 | 3151444 SheepleLOVEched...
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Finally Greeks doing a hard days work

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 14:36 | 3151457 idea_hamster
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This is what happened in North Korea -- whole hillsides denuded by people cutting down any plant life.  

Of course, they were eating it rather than burning it, but the principal is the same....

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 14:37 | 3151472 nope-1004
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"We're not lazy, we're resting."  Mr. Panos


Mon, 01/14/2013 - 14:38 | 3151473 The Juggernaut
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The Monetary Revolution will be so fucking righteous.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 14:41 | 3151486 hedgeless_horseman
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How many BTUs in a banker?

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 14:44 | 3151503 skipjack
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There's more return in a politician.  You can keep them for their continual spewing of shit and burn that, thereby ensuring a continued supply of flammable material.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 14:55 | 3151578 the mad hatter
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the solution to this is obvious: the Greek Central Bank should print money that people can burn to stay warm.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 15:03 | 3151605 BaBaBouy
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"How many BTUs In a banker"


Didn't You Hear, Thats What The OIL-SANDS Were Formed From...

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 15:17 | 3151682 RuiNsPro
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Why do they need to heat homes while global warming is going on?

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 15:29 | 3151731 Manthong
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“How many BTUs in a banker?”


100K BTU = 1 Therm

100K Therm= 1 Dimon

100K Dimon = 1 Blankfrein

100K Blankfein= 1 Rothschild

100K Roschild = ?

At that point you’re at the temperature of the universe just after space-time (1032 (100 million trillion trillion) degrees) or hell, however you care to look at it.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 15:31 | 3151749 trav777
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where'd the people go who said humans would "just figure something out" instead of acting like deer on an island?

Tue, 01/15/2013 - 01:46 | 3153358 StychoKiller
Tue, 01/15/2013 - 01:10 | 3153311 Colonel Klink
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Burning 100K Rothchilds = A GOOD START!

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 17:05 | 3151612 FEDbuster
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Credit, debit and EBT cards smell bad when you burn them, another good reason to hold FRNs.

I can hear it now, "silver and gold coins, you can't burn them...."

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 17:10 | 3152062 MisterMousePotato
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can't burn 'em. can't eat 'em. wtf are they good for?

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 14:47 | 3151522 otto skorzeny
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Pablo Escobar burned bales of millions in cash to keep his daughter warm in the mountains when they were hiding out-I think The Bernank likes that idea

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 14:57 | 3151585 the mad hatter
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BTU = banker thermal unit so the answer is 1.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 21:50 | 3152822 A Nanny Moose
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Light them a fire, keep them warm for the night. Light them on fire, keep them warm for the rest of their lives.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 23:23 | 3153064 Mike in GA
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Love this!  You have the greatest turn-of-phrase here tonight, Nan.


Mon, 01/14/2013 - 16:06 | 3151863 Rustysilver
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Not enought: we need to pile them high.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 16:30 | 3151924 Dugald
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How many BTUs in a banker?

Depends on Fat density, but on average very well....give one a try...soon!

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 18:23 | 3152309 americanspirit
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How many BTUs in a banker? Ask IG Farben.


Mon, 01/14/2013 - 14:41 | 3151489's picture

What kind of wood burns green?

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 14:44 | 3151497 krispkritter
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Fiat paper.  


Mon, 01/14/2013 - 14:48 | 3151525 otto skorzeny
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see above

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 21:41 | 3152774 balolalo
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Can anyone say, "tragedy of the commons"?

Greece is headed for disaster if they continue along this route.  And the rest of us have will have to pay the environmental/economic costs.  

The Greeks only need to look West to see their fate:  Haiti*


*another small nation forced and beaten into submission by Western powers.  And if you have no idea what I am talking about... read a book for a change.

Tue, 01/15/2013 - 01:49 | 3153359 StychoKiller
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Haiti thinks it's Blanche DuBois ("I've always relied on the kindness of strangers").

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 16:56 | 3152019 TheFourthStooge-ing
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By weight, tires have more BTUs than coal.

Just sayin'...

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 17:08 | 3152054 FEDbuster
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Plus, tires come in handy for necklacing banksters.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 18:26 | 3152326 Cap Matifou
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Just fill'em with petrol, and flick in a match.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 15:59 | 3151838 Renewable Life
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There's nothing to see there..........keep moving along! The Super Bowl will be here soon again and that's bullish for beer, processed junk food, and wife beatings!!!

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 16:20 | 3151893 rfaze
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long wife beating

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 14:50 | 3151537 Ookspay
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You can get far more btu's from burning corrupt politicians, banksters burn nicely as well. The fuckin' trees didn't cretae this mess, leave 'em alone!

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 14:38 | 3151475 DoChenRollingBearing
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The MSM is trying very hard to make Europe's problems "disappear" -- not covering them.  Salute and kudos to Tyler for keeping us informed on what is happening in Greece, Spain and even France (the big domino, when France goes, then...).

Greece is a couple or so years ahead of California, barring a near miracle in California.  California almost always leads the rest of the USA by a year or two.

Watch Europe!  Our future...

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 14:56 | 3151583 ACP
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Why don't they just get heat from the government? Doesn't everything come from the government? Food, heat, housing, everything comes from the government. Help me understand!

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 15:06 | 3151632 FEDbuster
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Obamalogs coming to a FEMA stove soon.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 15:56 | 3151812 Lore
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Re: "The MSM is trying very hard to make Europe's problems "disappear" -- not covering them."

That's an important point.  A lot of dark stuff from the 1930s Depression disappeared down the memory hole.  People were ashamed, so didn't talk about it. My grandfather saw things that you will NOT find in the historical record.  The most traumatic for him was having to stop the speeder he drove on the railway to push starved bodies off the tracks.

For different reasons, neither the Greek people nor the controlled European media want their shame broadcast.

None of it is liable to perturb the OWG psychopaths.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 17:42 | 3152185 Jaspergers
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The government is broke. It is a black hole of corruption at all levels. The private sector was sacrificed to buy the public sector some time but there is now no juice left to squeeze out. ...Eventually you run out of other people's money. Meanwhile the ASX rallies coz, you know, the crisis is over! I know one company to which the government owes 125 million and that company has a market cap of 350 million. This is common. Meanwhile you go to jail ( well, in theory, after 10-15 years of court theater) if you owe the government more than 150k, even if they owe you more XD

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 15:01 | 3151607 RobD
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DoChen, didn't you hear? Jerry Brown says with all the new taxes rolling in Ca is fixed. Surpluses coming, they will be able to pay down there debt lol.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 22:11 | 3152884 A Nanny Moose
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Where debt?

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 15:13 | 3151658 MachoMan
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Not really...  Given our federal/state system and open borders, those on the government tit can simply move to where the cost of living is cheaper and some semblance of infrastructure exists, much like locusts...  the problem with moral hazard is that the prudent are universally and mercilessly punished.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 15:22 | 3151712 Ghordius
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DoChen, you seriously call this little story from Mike Krieger information?

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 14:50 | 3151536 Kaiser Sousa
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no wonder you cant see the forest for the trees......

there aint no damn trees!!!!

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 14:51 | 3151554 azzhatter
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If it gets real cold, I'm going to burn down my neighbors house while he's in Florida. Should be good for one night

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 15:04 | 3151619's picture

Burning down other people's houses is how the government keeps itself toasty warm. Don't be like them.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 14:59 | 3151599 lolmao500
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Yeah. Next up : eating grass soup... and making yourself puke so you can eat your own puke so you feel like you had another meal...

/I'm not making this up, people in NKorea are doing this.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 15:02 | 3151615 The Gooch
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My Rottweiler likes to do that.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 15:05 | 3151628 smlbizman
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my dog does it too, i just thought he wanted a warm meal....

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 15:22 | 3151710 TheGardener
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Even my aristocratic arrogant dog bitch does it, and she could teach us a thing or two about killing in style.

Disclaimer : Eats grass for a purge only, will bite if offered cake ...

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