Campaign: #TheGreekFiles

Mr Draghi, what are you afraid of?

Release #TheGreekFiles!

Join the campaign to demand that the ECB publish the legal opinion it commissioned on whether its closure of Greece’s banks in 2015 was… legal

What is this campaign?

Deep in a vault in the headquarters of the European Central Bank (ECB) lie #TheGreekFiles, a legal opinion about the ECB’s actions towards Greece in 2015 that could send shockwaves across Europe.

As a European taxpayer, you paid for these documents. But the ECB’s boss, ex-Goldman Sachs head Mario Draghi, says you can’t see them.

So former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis and MEP Fabio de Masi, together with a broad alliance of politicians and academics (below), have announced they will file a mass freedom of information request to the ECB to uncover #TheGreekFiles once and for all.

If Mario says no, they’ll take the campaign to the next level, and consider all options – including legal action – to make this vital information public.

 

Source: Campaign: #TheGreekFiles

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Government attacks @guardian Report on Hospital Infections In #Greece. Here are the facts #HAI 

The Greek government alleged the recent article published by British media outlet “Guardian”, which outlined the conditions in Greek public hospitals, and HAI , saying it was more was more or less a fabricated piece of reporting….
 
All the updates and the precise published data  about HAI in Greece, what is done and is not, on our fully updated page, January 3, 2017 

Source: Hospital Infections In Greece

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Our Free #tv! and the #GreekGov #Communication Blow up

Source: Greek to me ! article

 

the 24/7 moodhacking Mobile Guide to navigate your way to Greek Health, Wellness and Happiness and keep you informed for your safety in Greece. Click, Sense and stay.

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You hear things different on the press, we are close to agreement, Varoufakis tells euronews

Fire and brimstone show EU deal is close, Varoufakis tells euronews | euronews, world news.

Yianis Varoufakis talks to Euronews " We are  close "

Varufakis denied suggestions that personal relations between him and the other finance ministers had deteriorated irreparably. Bloomberg news reported today that ministers had referred to Varoufakis as a “time-waster” a “gambler” and an “amateur”, but the former economics professor insisted the situation was very different.

“There is a major disconnect between what you hear in the press and the actual reality on the ground. We are adults and colleagues, we respect and even like each other,” he told euronews. He did admit, however to “a certain intensity at times regarding the negotiations” and predicted that the talks might have to “reach the very last moment before a mutually beneficial outcome emerges from a conflicting narrative”.

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Bring back our Happiness

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The poorest 20% of Danes are more joyful than the richest Greeks…!

The recent OECD survey on Life satisfaction revealed -since the end of last year- that Greek citizens are the most unhappy group in 36 OECD countries When asked to rate their general life satisfaction withon a scale from 0 to 10, Greeks gave it a 4.7 grade, the lowest score in the OECD, where average life satisfaction is 6.6.

 The Top- on- Unhappiness Greece’s statistics are, lately, repeatedly updated and confirmed

20150328_gdc662Greece at the Bottom o Happiness List, by Eurostat

The sun-soaked horizons do not necessarily equal happiness, as this years’ Eurostat’s research  survey for Happiness demonstrates.

  • The Scandinavian nations of Denmark, Finland and Sweden all topped the list in the overall happiness stakes with 8.0 out of 10Eurostat figures from 2013 that were released yesterday show.
  • The unstable economies of Mediterranean nations Greece, Cyprus and Portugal are suspected to have a negative effect on their populations as all three were rated comparatively low to the UK at 6.2. Serbia also dropped to their level on overall rankings
  • The United Kingdom enjoys an above-average happiness rating of 7.3, which is on par with Germany and Poland.The average for the whole of the EU is 7.0.

As usual, writes the April article of Economist,reporting on the 2013 Eurostat survey,

  • Scandinavians are the happiest people in Europe and
  • retired Danish women are the cheeriest among them, reporting a happiness score of 8.5 out of 10.
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Grece, the Blue Zone, of the worst countries to be aged , but hosts centenarians!

Retirement inSouth, a miserable affair.

In general, geography is the best predictor of merriness, followed by pay.

  • At all income levels a step up one quintile on the income scale makes people more content.
  • Yet the poorest 20% of Danes are more joyful than the richest Greeks.

Procreation affects cheerfulness too.

  • In southern Europe families with children are happiest,
  • whereas the British and Irish are the only people to become sadder when little ones arrive.

Ageing draws out differences.

  • Everyone is happiest when young and less so in middle age.
  • But in old age the British and Scandinavians cheer up
  • while in the South, retirement is a miserable affair.

Greeks are the most stressed out amongst the euro zone population and more stressed than the rest of Europe.

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Greece on top of the word’s  most stressed countries by Bloomberg

With Norway being the most carefree nation in the world and Nigeria the most stressed-out country, Greece lies somewhere in the middle of the “Most Stressed Out Nations” list in a survey conducted by Bloomberg.

Neighboring Turkey is less stressed out than Greece. So is Argentina with a plethora of economic problems.

the severe materially deprived Greeks

But a closer look on the Eurostat Woldwide Index of Happiness has far more to say about Greece’s public stress overdose which has reached the stage of despair . 

More than half of severely materially deprived EU citizens report a low level of life satisfaction

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Severe materially deprived Europeans are 9,6%.  Any idea how many of the Greeks  could be? ( more than 60% at least )

Severely materially deprived persons have living conditions greatly constrained by a lack of resources and cannot afford at least four out of 9 items:

  • to pay rent or utility bills;
  • to keep their home adequately warm;
  • to pay unexpected expenses;
  • to eat meat, fish or a protein equivalent every second day;
  • a one week holiday away from home;
  • a car;
  • a washing machine;
  • a colour TV;
  • or a telephone.

Together with the “at-risk-of poverty rate” and the indicator “low work intensity” severe material deprivation forms the Europe 2020 indicator “at risk of poverty or social exclusion[12].

  • At EU level, 9.6 % of the population were affected by severe material deprivation in 2013,
  • 16.6 % were at risk of poverty and 10.8 % of the population aged between 0 and 59 lived in households with very low work intensity.
  • Overall, 24.4 % reported at least one of these problems and were thus  at risk of poverty or social exclusion.

Social relationships and the need of Emphathy in traumatised societies

As already indicated in the section on household types, supportive personal relationships play an important role in life satisfaction. In the SILC module 2013 they were covered by two items:

  • “having anyone to discuss personal matters with” and
  • “getting help from others when needed”

Both items show very similar patterns, for social support, which is highly associated with life satisfaction.

More than double the proportion of people who cannot count on friends or family when help is needed had a low level of life satisfaction in 2013 (44.8 % vs. 19.0 %).

Only 9.4 % of this group reported high levels of life satisfaction compared with   22.7 % of those who had help available.

Fortunately, the share of those who did not have someone to rely on for help or to discuss personal matters with was rather small (6.7 % at EU level for the former and 7.1 % for the latter).

Brussels-Athens negotiations on the edge, by @vagpapavasiliou

Brussels-Athens negotiations on the edge, by @vagpapavasiliou

Vsit our Greek to me Classic edition updated Homepage , and sense Greece’s courageous hard moments while the country is moving On the Edge….

What a European solidarity campaign by the German brothers! These are the love selfies to Greece

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You Germans, Print that NO and get out on the streets to protest against Greece….

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Please, the Bild newspaper continues, send a selfie with you protesting with that NO, back to the Bild

And yes , they did. Voila the friendly Germans, and the true European cuture Germany breeds under its wings

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The German newspaper Bild continues the provocative smear campaign against Greece, a campaign augmenting step by step as the time comes closer to tomorrow’s crucial vote for the approval of the Greek expansion program, aiming to influence the German Members of the Parliament , and also to make the German folk furius against Greece

“NO Other billion to greedy Greeks”, is the huge German title of the Bild

The article then lists the ex prime minister’s Antonis Samaras’ statement on August 23, 2012, by which he was assuring and promising “Of course we will pay our debts, I promise” .

Previously, the article says, there was the George Papandreou’s statement of March 23, 2011,  underlying by his own words : “We will return every penny. Germany will get its money back – with high interest rates, “. We hear constant promise, the Bild says,  which, however, can not believe anymore.

The German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, adds the Bild article, strongly doubts the will of the Greeks, and rightly, article comments, because the Greeks appear to have absolutely no intention to repay their debts.

NO other billion to the greedy Greeks, the article concludes

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Twitter users were quick to reply. Thommy Gunz, as an example, Instead of posting a picture saying “No” to the Greek deal,  posted one with him holding a paper that urges readers to stop bying Bild. “No more €0.80 for the stupid Bild picture”.and twitted : “Something like this, BILD?”

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In etwa so, @BILD?

How the dirty pseudo-credibility game of the Eurogroup was refuted by Varoufakis, himself, in less than 24h

How the dirty pseudo-credibility game of the Eurogroup was refuted by Varoufakis, himself, in less than 24h

Gambling on instincts and the power of TV: the unique Greek Elections combat

               It seems like the audience finally knows who is performing for fake. The Greek population since the start of the Crisis has experienced a deliberately dirty play of minds on what is the truth and what is the lie. Plus, the Greeks have been the victims of the Most wrong and Non-ethical communication that should be addressed to a nation in Crisis.

“Mr. Samaras you can never win Tsipras”, said bravely Nikos Hatzinikolaou on his air show on Real Radio Tuesday morning, strongly denouncing the ex-prime minister’s practices of the Pre-election period of trying to terrify the public and on the same moment denying any press interview or debate before elections, at least to support his arguments , Hatzinikolaou said , that Tsipras is “so dangerous for Greece”
“Mr. Samaras , the Right party voters in this country have had leaders that were such gentlemen” , he added, commenting on the first-in-the-world behavior of protocol biasing of Mr. Samaras, that let Alexis entering an empty Prime-Minister’s office, with no ex-Prime-Minister delivering to him, with No-one of the ex-gov delivering Not a Paper to the new government , and having left empty closets, empty PC’s and not even Soap in the toilets of the Prime-Minister’s Palace(!), an obviously Not Democratic procedure that humiliates the vote and the voters themselves.
“Mr. Samaras, now you are hiding from the election result? You were hiding from the debates and the interviews till now. You gave a fiasco interview to your government employees on National Television before elections, where you also said the Good Night close up !” (find more on that here ).

“You lost, Mr. Samaras, you lost 8-O. Still, you keep say you didn’t . It’s a huge gap. You will never win Tsipras!”

Results by Propaganda

But how much really did succeed the Memorandum governments in Greece of the last 5 years to divert public opinion and achieve a political manipulation level based on terrifying the Greek people in the name of Europe?
For the media people who have served journalism in the name of Truth (-everybody of them was “expelled” from powerful communication jobs after the Olympic games), and kept doing that in bad and good days, it is so obvious:
TV people have been transferred to the Political Parties, after the 2004 Olympics, and since then the nation is approached by it’s “propaganda experts”, simply as being a tv audience.

The Fake trick of Crediblity
In the way the credibility of the ex-powerful main tv channels had deflated to below the 10% in ratings , but were still being presented to the viewers as leading successfully the public opinion, in the same, exactly way, the Parties of Pasok and New Democracy kept bleeding their voters, but presenting their power to the public as leading ,in polls and popularity. Polls are another tragedy of Greece’s Non-Freedom of Press chapter, for which more is going to be revealed, the new government of both Syriza and Independent Greeks now promise, since, they denounce, it was an orchestrated act, -with a plan for the voters manipulation, they keep saying .

But interesting is that ity was the same persons battling for Myths and Truths on the Political scene, that had made their career on TV, on convincing audiences or not, caring for the audience, or not

In the years of Mr. Samaras, Myths were convincing, indeed, powered by the Fear tactics by which the day reality was wrapped, as to sooth the day-to-day humiliation of any household’s life.

But thankfully, for the pride of Communication itself, the audience proved that cannot be fooled to the very end.

Let us introduce you the key Communication players in this last Election terrain , the most critical one Greeks have participated in on Greece’s modern history years

            

Terence Quick : He is the original of Greece’s TV. Believed, beloved and popular at most. Terence never cheated the audience, never presented lies on TV News. First among firsts he remained popular and credible throughout a long decade, during which his presence on the News was bringing to the channel ratings, often, bigger even than 50% His presence in the Independent Greeks Party helped a lot on resisting to the dirty media games that presented the I.G. Party as having dissapeared on polls proved to be fake

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Theodor Mixopoulos : Brilliant, modest, and a long life idealist Theodor has been the soul of the most successful TV News programs on Greek TV for more than two decades, bringing on air from backstage the accuracy, the ethics and the speed to the viewers. Extreme humanitarian sensitivity was always the core of his character, clarity on journalism and honesty in his life have been his traits. Coach of lots of the most provided tv persons on Greek tv , he supported with unexpectable success the election campaign for the municipality of Athens on May 2014, and became the “brain” of this critical national elections for SYRIZA which brought Tsipras on top with a huge gap from Samaras. Being a leftist sicne his young age, he was always, though, the brain in the modern capitalistic Greek tv

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Giannis Mixelakis: Journalist, wannabe Newscaster (like Terence Quick) during all his career. He joined Ant1 tv as a director when Terence had left, but In his hands Ant1tv fell in ratings even lower than 10% . During the 2004 year and after, while the ex-New Democracy Prime Minister Karamanlis was ruling the country, he did not support politically, as News director on Ant1 News ( which was the channel of the right party audience), the New Democracy of Kostas Karamanlis, actually he often did the opposite, not accidentally, as it finally came out. .He joined ND as soon as A.Samaras became president of the party. He became minister of Samaras twice on the Memorandum government, and has served by his media “knowledge” on the communication strategy of elections, polls and “auduence results’ He was not finally elected PM on this eletions, and also, he is charged with a serious file for bribery , even though the file never came to Parliament as SYRIZA denounces

             

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Hope smashes Fear in Greece, Tsipras wins the Greeks’ Heart. The Greek Xperiment reaching the peak by the science of Fear

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Alexis won the Greeks in the Heart. After five years of martyric tolerance on humiliation of the most Strict and Apathetic governmets that brought everybody’s mind, and day, to the bottom line, they said, undouptedly, NO to the Fear Factory that has kept them nerveless till now… Is it that Greeks have been tugged beyond their limits?
On the same moment, Apathetically at most, the ruling austerity government of Mr. Samaras, straight and clearly decided to invest in the Fear Attack to achieve to vote manipulation of the devastaded Greek mass, and unfolded an Unshamely Producted Presentation,
But  could this Political Science of decision-capture have won the results ?
And if yes, Is it Ethicaly correct as a Communication Act towards a nation ” in Crisis?
  • Could really, fear win this election?
A plane is flying. In the cabin, the passengers are reading
newspapers or playing with their smartphones. Suddenly they
hear a voice. “Good morning ladies and gentlemen,this is your pilot. I am glad to announce that this is my first flight! You are my first passengers!” They start looking at each other in apprehension and anxiety. “We are flying at 3.000 metres. No,no,at
3.000 feet” the pilot mutters. “Or is it… hands?”
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PASOK is not the only political party betting on fear to reap gains in today’s Greek elections on 25 January .
New Democracy, Primarily, intensively, and unstoppably, has been claiming  that SYRIZA will gamble with Greece’s future and points directly to the revival of a possible “Grexit” (a Greek exit from the eurozone) if SYRIZA’s leader, Alexis Tsipras becomes Prime Minister.
 
The Greek political system currently epitomizes the term ‘polarization’ a war of words and squabbling among politicians across the political spectrum and an enduring vicious circle of blame games that has plagued the country long before its first bailout in 2010.
In view of SY.RIZ.A’s 3-4% lead over New Democracy, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, is attackingTsipras on a daily basis, suggesting that he has a secret and
dangerous agenda which includes leaving the Eurozone and breaking ties with its lenders.
                   Samaras seemd to have no other choice,
  • Centre- right voters, his main target group, are angry that he failed on his promise to ‘negotiate’ a more balanced implementation on of the reform programme agreed withGreece’s lenders.
  • Furthermore, less privileged and middle class Greeks feel strangled by what they deem to be unequal and excessive taxation; which only serves to enable the Prime Minster to present primary surpluses to the Troika. In addition,a stubbornly high unemployment rate (one in four Greeks and one in two young people–is unemployed) has graduallyturned traditional New Democracy voters to other options: the extreme right parties (Independent Greeks and neo-nazi Golden Dawn) or directly to SY.RIZ.A.
However, efforts to portray the SYRIZA leader as an irresponsible gambler seem to be containing some of the damage. New Democracy’s poll ratings suggest it might retain the 29% of the vote it achieved in 2012.
 But how much “scientific” could this mind control attacks have been, towards the fear- beaten public feeling in which  Greeks are condemned to live since austerity, and which has multiply escalated as an obvious communicational stratedy of Antonis Samaras  governing party to the very last moment of elections?
Absolutely yes,THERE’S IS A TRIED AND TESTED SCIENTIFIC APPROACH for gaining votes, as public research shows. Have a look on the “The Use of Fear Appeals in Political Advertisements, Analysis of the 2004 and 2008 Presidential Election”, School of Communication,American University Washington, D.C. According to the authors,
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  •  Negativity used in an advertisement is a natural outgrowth of the emotional response of fear.
  •   “Theories of information processing indicate that the proportion of negativity yield influences spanning a range of judgments related to candidate construction and voting behavior, yielding effects that are different from the influence of sheer volume”

Therefore, it is crucial to understand the elements of negativity which Stevens states are proportion and volume.

With increased exposure to negative advertising, individuals are more likely to
learn about the candidates and to retain and gain information. Negative advertising not only provides a greater amount of information, but also has more clear-cut information about candidates.
Yet, it can often include character attacks (Stevens, 2007). These
character attacks are referred to as mudslinging. Stevens explains  that “while positive information is much a more powerful motivator of avoidance because individuals prioritize the avoidance of costs over the acquisition of gains” (Stevens, 2007, /p. 436).
In the case of the Greek people as a target, the point is, on this timing, WHICH AVOIDANCE OF COST DO GREEKS PRIORITIZE at this moment of austerity in their lives . fisrt.
Samaras’ government, let’s say, let the homeowners unprotected for the auctions of their first home,  while more  than 1/3 of households have become due the austerity seriously poor, and while he was swearing he would provide law protection for that issue, being for the Greek culture and psych, the most sacred cost.
Will the costs of Mr. Tsipras himself , as the negative ND campaig posistions him, be greater for the Greeks than loosing their homes? 
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ND Candidates’ Negative campaign : they all keep repating the same thing: Fear for Tsipras
  “When the proportion of negative information increases, so does the impact on
attitudes and behavor” (Stevens, 2007, p. 437), voting behavor in our case .
More specifically, negative messages should be more memorable than positive
ones .Thus, the resulting research designs use the volume or number of
advertisements that an individual has seen to assess the advertisements’ probable impact: greater psychological impact is assumed to result from multiple exposures to ads.This results in the repetition of both the information and the image.
Thus, these advertisements should “cause affect for the opponent to decline; they should, at the very least, not greatly deflate affect for the sponsor; they should have a net positive effect on evaluations of the sponsor relative to those of the opponent;
and, most important, they should increase the probability of voting for the sponsor rather than the opponent” (Lau et. al, 1999, p. 857). Lau and his colleagues also concluded that these Lau and his colleagues also concluded that these advertisements are more memorable
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To the point: European Elite’s well established Fear 
the EU elite’s long-standing warning against alleged threats from so-called “anti-Europeans,” by which they mostly mean Eurosceptics. At stake here is not just the (imagined) national communities or states of Europe, but the (imagined) European community and state, as embodied by the EU, says the opendemocracy. net
  This politics of fear follows the same mechanism as those described above: opponents are essentialized and homogenized, while an apocalyptic future is presented (which, of course, can only be prevented if the policies of the elite are followed). Eurosceptics are “anti-European populists” “nationalist,” or even “anti-democratic,” while the future is one of political crisis or even war.
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On the bottom line, will Hope win the Fear in Greece today? It remains in a couple of hours to be seen
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October 28, 1940 New York Times: Metaxas to Greeks “Fight to Your Death”

Authentic : Greek Fight to your Death, NYT 28/10/1940

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to smile and fight ! emblematic picture, a document of the passion of the Greeks to “fight to death” leaving their homes for the battlefiled , by a smile on the face of all of them. Panepistimiou Street, Athens Academy , October 1940

October 28, 1940 New York Times: Metaxas to Greeks “Fight to Your Death”.

Authentic, just 70 years earlier: Greek Fight to your Death, NYT 28/10/1940 .

And Greeks did.

We gained our Freedom .