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Greeks squabble for free food handouts
maltastar.com ^ | 08 Feb 2013

Posted on 02/08/2013 11:23:51 AM PST by matt1234

When a group of farmers handed out free fruit and veg in front of the Ministry of Agriculture in Athens Wednesday, they couldn't have predicted the ensuing chaos. In just two hours hoardes of hungry Greeks scrabbled to get their share of 50 tons of hand-outs, which led to skirmishes in the streets and comparisons with Nazi occupied Greece in the World War II.

Families and the unemployed queued up to catch rations given out from vans. "Look", an old man gestured on local TV, "they're pulling supplies out of the trucks. It's like war time." "My pension is worth 600 euro", said another elderly woman, "and me and my three unemployed kids have to live on that".

A former electrician said, "I've been out of work for three years. I've done everything possible to find a job. A bag of tomatoes and some broccoli will last me and my wife a week".

(Excerpt) Read more at maltastar.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: eurocrisis; eurodebt; greece; poverty

1 posted on 02/08/2013 11:23:55 AM PST by matt1234
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To: matt1234

2 posted on 02/08/2013 11:24:55 AM PST by matt1234
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To: matt1234

odd that this posted right below it...

How Government Handouts Create Life-Sapping Dependency
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2986617/posts


3 posted on 02/08/2013 11:30:18 AM PST by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: matt1234

Important lesson: do not just give out food all at once. Give out numbered tickets that can be redeemed for food on different days at different places. This limits crowd size and keeps it orderly.

It is also a big plus to have armed guards to prevent hijacking.


4 posted on 02/08/2013 11:30:45 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: matt1234

God didn’t want His people to starve. So He made farmers..............


5 posted on 02/08/2013 11:31:35 AM PST by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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To: Red Badger

Until they lost there farms from overtaxing or subsides paid to undermine them by a know all government.


6 posted on 02/08/2013 11:33:55 AM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

You are dreaming about tickets and numbers and days right?

Hungry people will be there no matter what...

And so will the greedy ones too.


7 posted on 02/08/2013 11:36:39 AM PST by EBH ( The 2nd Amendment exists for times like this.)
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To: matt1234

When you hand out “free” stuff, you will always draw a crowd- whether they actually need it or not


8 posted on 02/08/2013 11:51:53 AM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: matt1234

Usually when a population starts to starve,while their leaders discuss Global warming(a new nuance to an old crisis),then things are about to get very ugly.

Eventually Greeks will realize their leaders are effectively controlling them through lies and manipulations.Beyond that,it has no interest in taking care of them or protecting them.


9 posted on 02/08/2013 12:06:38 PM PST by Del Rapier
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To: matt1234; Kartographer; GraceG
"Let me tell you something about Hew-mons, nephew. They're a wonderful, friendly people – as long as their bellies are full and their holosuites are working. But take away their creature comforts... deprive them of food, sleep, sonic showers... put their lives in jeopardy over an extended period of time... and those same friendly, intelligent, wonderful people will become as nasty and violent as the most bloodthirsty Klingon. You don't believe me? Look at those faces, look at their eyes..."

- Quark

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-D2SHNqkjbY

10 posted on 02/08/2013 12:18:03 PM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: matt1234
Soylent Greek is people! People who eat people. Oh the hugh manatee Sol .... Sol?
11 posted on 02/08/2013 12:38:49 PM PST by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: matt1234

Off the debt wagon and back to the future for Greece. They’ll use as much as they produce before long.


12 posted on 02/08/2013 1:18:24 PM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: matt1234

What a horrible sight!
The Greeks have sunk to new lows - They’re acting like a bunch of democrats.


13 posted on 02/08/2013 1:23:38 PM PST by Iron Munro (I miss America, don't you?)
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To: EBH

Security is vital in such deals. It gets ugly in a hurry if the food you just gave to a child or elderly person is immediately snatched by an adult. That is why a multiple screen is best.

The furthest cordon, they just show they have a ticket. At the second cordon, you take their ticket one at a time, so they approach and get food. Then they leave by another exit where there is no crowd, and a watch is kept for predators.


14 posted on 02/08/2013 3:52:31 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: KC_Lion; matt1234; GraceG

I was accused more than once of using that quote more than I should, also I was berated using a quote from a fantasy TV program in relation to a serious subject (prepping).

But when I pointed out the following quote from this news article ( http://news.yahoo.com/exasperation-builds-day-3-storm-stricken-nyc-202314418.html ) to those critics they had no reply.

In darkened neighborhoods, people walked around with miner’s lamps on their foreheads and bicycle lights clipped to shoulder bags and, in at least one case, to a dog’s collar. A Manhattan handyman opened a fire hydrant so people could collect water to flush toilets. “You can clearly tell at the office, or even walking down the street, who has power and who doesn’t,” said Jordan Spiro, who lives in the blackout zone. “New Yorkers may not be known as the friendliest bunch, but take away their ability to shower and communicate and you’ll see how disgruntled they can get.”


15 posted on 02/08/2013 11:00:36 PM PST by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: appalachian_dweller; OldPossum; DuncanWaring; VirginiaMom; CodeToad; goosie; kalee; ...

Preppers’ PING!!


16 posted on 02/08/2013 11:02:07 PM PST by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Kartographer

Any decent sci-fi has an air of truth to it


17 posted on 02/08/2013 11:27:49 PM PST by GraceG
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To: matt1234; Kartographer; blam; The Duke; WakeUpAndVote; JRandomFreeper; Bride Of Old Sarge; ...
Greeks squabble for free food handouts


18 posted on 02/08/2013 11:56:46 PM PST by Old Sarge (We are officially over the precipice, we just havent struck the ground yet...)
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To: Old Sarge

lol


19 posted on 02/09/2013 1:15:55 AM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: matt1234
In the Carboniferous Epoch we were promised abundance for all,
By robbing selected Peter to pay for collective Paul;
But, though we had plenty of money, there was nothing our money could buy,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: "If you don't work you die."

The Gods of the Copybook Headings

20 posted on 02/09/2013 2:54:59 AM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: FreedomPoster

It’s good to see another follower of Kipling. ;-)


21 posted on 02/09/2013 3:13:14 AM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: matt1234

farmers handed out free fruit and veg

Except the picture is of someone handing out roasted chicken and biscuits with plates and tableware which is hardly produce straight from the farm. The line looks very orderly. Maybe there were riots somewhere in Greece or maybe there weren't but the story doesn't match the picture. More msm lies.

22 posted on 02/09/2013 3:33:39 AM PST by bgill
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To: Kartographer; Old Sarge
I visited Athens, Greece, and their surrounding islands, for two weeks during the good times years ago. All was calm and beautiful. Food was abundant and delicious although they sure use a lot of grape leaves when they cook. I ate Baklava, that wonderful dessert of thin pastry and honey, every time I could. I walked the very street Apostle Paul walked in Corinth. That part has been left as it was when Paul was there. The water delivery system was also left the way it was then and that was an efficient way to move water around the town with tiled channels.

What I see happening now, wouldn't have been believed back then. I don't think anyone could go there now and see that beautiful place. And, I wonder what is happening in the Greek Islands. Their goods are brought to them by boat. What is happening to those people? Is there enough or any cultivatable ground on those islands to produce the food they need? I doubt it and those islands tend to be very hilly - like limited flat land at sea level, then walk up the hill to hotels, restaurants, shops. Thinking about it, I would bet grapes are the main product of those islands. I could be wrong about that and hope they can grow food.

I've traveled to many countries and I couldn't go to those countries now due to the turmoil around the world. I do think about that and it is sad.

23 posted on 02/09/2013 6:30:54 AM PST by Marcella (Prepping can save your life today. Going Galt is freedom.)
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To: Marcella

I thought about the grapes and forgot about the olives. Those Greek islands and the mainland are filled with olive trees.


24 posted on 02/09/2013 6:36:47 AM PST by Marcella (Prepping can save your life today. Going Galt is freedom.)
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To: matt1234; All

For some odd reason I was hoping today that I could come to FR and find ONE glimmer of HOPE. (Other than gold going through the roof, which always makes me smile!) You guys know I am normally a Pollyanna, but Good Lord, I’m really not sure how much more I can take!

I am totally grounded in Reality, and it scares the sh!t out of me these days.


25 posted on 02/09/2013 6:50:13 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: Marcella

I got to go to far-off exotic places, met different people - and killed them.

Remember those third-world nations? Coming to a strip mall nearest you...


26 posted on 02/09/2013 7:00:11 AM PST by Old Sarge (We are officially over the precipice, we just havent struck the ground yet...)
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To: Old Sarge
“I got to go to far-off exotic places, met different people -and killed them. Remember those third-world nations? Coming to a strip mall nearest you...”

Your military service kept our good world going longer than it would have without you. I was able to go to those foreign places and now they are all dangerous and people are dying and it will get worse and you are right, it will be here.

27 posted on 02/09/2013 10:08:20 AM PST by Marcella (Prepping can save your life today. Going Galt is freedom.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
"I am totally grounded in Reality, and it scares the sh!t out of me these days."

Bingo...todays project was cutting 6 twenty-gallon plastic barrels I scored, into halves, in preparation for filling them with dirt.
The raised beds are going to be devoted to beans & peas this year, with the barrel halves for tomatoes.

My 'grounding in reality' tells me to start now re-learning how to grow my own food.
Something seems to be lurking just over the horizon, and my gut tells me to get as self-reliant & 'system non-dependent' asap...
28 posted on 02/09/2013 4:10:49 PM PST by 45semi (A police state is always preceded by a nanny state...)
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To: Marcella
I visited Athens, Greece, and their surrounding islands, for two weeks during the good times years ago.

Was that when the military junta was still in power there?

29 posted on 02/09/2013 4:14:14 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: Marcella
Is there enough or any cultivatable ground on those islands to produce the food they need

I would think water would be a major problem with agriculture. Ancient Greeks used to rely on olives, goats (for meat and dairy), chickens, geese and fish.

30 posted on 02/10/2013 7:25:10 AM PST by Hugin ("Most times a man'll tell you his bad intentions, if you listen and let yourself hear."---Open Range)
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