Greece – Convenient Victim or Complacent Masochist? The Devastating Social Impacts of IMF-ECB-EC “Economic Medicine” | Global Research

Why this title? – Because Greece doesn’t have to continue playing the card of the victim, nor being masochist. Greece seems to suffer under the Stockholm Syndrome – she is in love with her hangman. Greece could change this. Exit the prison, exit the EU and exit the euro. Greece could return to her sovereign national currency, her own sovereign central bank, make her own monetary policy and implement it with a sovereign public banking system that works solely for the Greek economy. Within less than 10 years Greece would have recovered and would even be able to pay back some of her illegally begotten debt.

Although, here it must be added, according to international law, most of Greece’s debt was imposed by the troika under illegal circumstances. It’s also called “odious debt”, the description of which reads “In international law, odious debt, also known as illegitimate debt, is a legal doctrine that holds that the national debt incurred by a regime for purposes that do not serve the best interest of the nation, should not be enforceable. Such debts are, thus, considered by this doctrine to be personal debts of the regime that incurred them and not debts of the state.” This doctrine is complemented by a similar one inscribed in the charter of the IMF that says that the IMF shall not make any loans to a country in distress, that will unlikely be able to reimbursed the debt and pay the debt service.

There is not a day that goes by without Greece making the headlines as being abused by the troika (IMF, European Central Bank – ECB and the unelected European Commission – EC) and by the Germans. Here are three of the latest examples, but there are many more – “Destroying Greek, Plundering Greece. The Latest Update” (by Leonidas Vatikiotis); “Austerity: Public Hospital Halts Chemotherapy, turns away Cancer Patients, because ‘Budget Exceeded’”; and “Greece Crisis: Cancer Patients Suffer as Health System Fails” (Giorgos Christides).

Already years ago, The Lancet reported an increase in Greek suicide rates and child mortality. The misery is indeed real and mounting every day. The western imposed atrocities also abound on a daily basis. Salary cuts – and at least five pensions reductions since 2010, an almost completely dismantled social safety net. Those who depend on it are generally poor. More than 4 million people out of a population of 11 million live at or under the poverty line; 15% live in absolute and abject poverty. About 28% of children live in absolute poverty, meaning malnutrition and diseases, stunting growth and brain development. At least a generation of Greek may be in part intellectually challenged, possibly implying health hazards and restricting economic development over the next 20-some years. Unemployment is hovering around 25% – 30%, with close to 50% for youth (18-35 years). The outlook is grim and promises to become even grimmer.

Public hospitals and schools are either privatized or closed because of lack of budget. Medication is scarce, as part of imposed import restrictions, imposed by Greece’s lovely European neighbors and allies or overseas masters. Specialized and expensive medication, for example cancer medicine, are especially scarce. People die from flu, from colds, from pneumonia – even intestinal diseases that could normally be healed as a matter of routine, but there are not enough antibiotics available. Austerity – budget cuts. Thanks to the brothers from Europe – and again their masters form overseas.

Greece has absolutely no control over her budget anymore. She had to sign this responsibility over to Brussels for what? – another ‘rescue package’ – what else. In September 2016, the Greek Parliament had to approve hurriedly, in less than a week’s time, a 2000-page text of legislation, drafted by Brussels in English, unreadable in this short time for most of the Greek Parliamentarians, with which the Greek Parliament signed away not only all of the publicly owned enterprises and infrastructure to the “European Stability Mechanism” (ESM) for 99 years, during which period all of it may be offered to fire sale prices for privatization, or outright demolition; but, as if this was not enough, the Parliament also signed away its sovereign authority over the Greek budget to Brussels.

Can you imagine? This in the 21st Century. It has not happened since in 1933 the Bundestag, the German Parliament, signed over all decision-making power to the “Führer” – Mr. Adolf Hitler. This is outright EU imposed fascism. The world watches silently – and in full complicity – the literal dismantling of a sovereign country, with the esclavisation and impoverishment of the population that goes with it.

This, though, is not news. It’s rather well-known. It has been written about umpteen times, by umpteen journalists and writers, to greater or lesser extent criticizing the troika, the Greek government, the EC / IMF / BCE imposed austerity, as all three know very well that austerity does not work, nowhere. Never did.

So, why repeat it here, in yet another article? – Because it must be said again and again, and repeated ever so often, until the Greek governing body listens. Greece could stop this bloodletting and misery for the majority of her people almost instantly – by quitting the euro, and by quitting the European Union. She would not be left alone. Acts of Solidarity would come from Asia, Latin America and even Africa. Such offers were already made in 2014 and 2015. But they were not heeded, since the Greek elite wants to part of the EU elite, rubbing elbows, being part of this nefarious club. Many pictures, too many, have been circulating of Mr. Tsipras and his buddies laughing and cajoling with the Lagarde’s and the Junker’s of this world.

Greece could have exited the EU and Eurozone from day one – with the first rescue package in 2010. But she didn’t, for whatever reason. Maybe personal threats to the Tsipras family and Government and / or the “left-wing” Syriza party? – We don’t know, but all is possible in a western civilization where opponents of the Master hegemon in Washington and his dark handlers, are simply assassinated. John Perkins, explains clearly how this works in his bestseller “Confessions of an Economic Hitman”.

But what about integrity of the leaders, of the party, their obligation to the Greek people? Integrity and support foremost to the average Greek, not the Greek elite which way before the troika-Germany onslaught, transferred billions of their euro holdings to Switzerland and other western safe havens. The Tsipras Government’s duty to the vast majority of Greek, who have to survive from their daily work and miserable pensions, has been betrayed. For these people integrity would have called for quitting the Eurozone and the EU.

Why holding on to a European Union that only despises Greece by its non-action, by watching passively over the destruction of their brother? There are no trustworthy allies in the EU. They are all beholden to Brussels and to Washington. There are only greedy enemies. Greece has been singled out as an example for worse to come. Other mostly southern EU countries that were given the insulting name, PIGS (Portugal, Ireland, Greece and Spain), would be treated equally, i.e. sucked into oblivion – if they would dare to resist the systematic milking by the western financial system.

This EU – euro system cannot be reformed. And since abolishment or the simple collapse which is clearly written on the wall, is being extended at all cost, including the blood and lives of the Greek population, there is only ONE WAY for Greece to safe itself – LEAVE THE EURO – LEAVE THE EU.

Greece’s debt today (January 2018) is € 320.2 billion, or 190.4% of GDP (€ 168.2 billion) – and steadily mounting – with an annual interest of € 17.6 billion, increasing at the rate of € 557 per second (€ 48.1 million per day) – See the Greek Debt Clock. So, there is no relief in sight, no matter what western pundits and the IMF are saying. All lies, as is usual in the western world. Greece will never get out of her mountain of debt, while being a member of the euro-zone and the EU.

Greece – wake up, you have the opportunity to walk out of the EU and save the lives of more than half of your population, who are at risk of famine and deadly diseases – Mr. Tsipras and Co. no matter what lengthy theories and economic projections the elite economists who want to save their billions of euros hidden in safe havens, will present to you – it is your duty, your civil obligation as an elected official, elected by the people, to honor the people’s lively interests and to exit this horrendous repressive and abusive club, called European Union.

Greece – you must regain your sovereignty.

Leaving the EU and the euro does not mean you are leaving Europe. Greece, as every pupil knows, is geographically anchored in Europe. Greece is one of the most dramatically beautiful southern European countries and will continue to be visited by millions of tourists from around the world, and naturally from Europe. Other nations will want to trade and deal with Greece and her charming, friendly and smiling people. Friendliness and beauty is one of the key trademarks of Greece. Greece will gain even more respect for standing up for herself.

It’s late – but never too late. Take back your local autonomous currency, take control of your economy through local public banking with low or no interests to stimulate yours – the Greek economy – not the German, not the European economy, but the Greek national economy. Within less than 10 years Greece would have recovered from the current depression. Others have done it, like Argentina, or even Germany, especially after WWII. You will not be left alone. Support, if needed, will be there, particularly from the East, from where the future is. Think of China’s One Belt Initiative (OBI) – which already is linked up with Greece through the Greek port of Piraeus. OBI is a multi-trillion-euro economic development program that will encompass China, Russia, Eurasia, eventually all the way to the western rim of Europe, securing jobs, scientific and cultural development, transcontinental land-and sea transport, trading and more – over the next few hundred years. The west is gone; passé. It’s greed and war-driven economy is slowly but surely committing suicide.

If Greece is not seizing this last-ditch opportunity to exit the euro and to exit the EU, to literally safe her people’s skin, one might legitimately ask, has Greece become a convenient victim, subservient to its own elite and the Brussels-Washington masters, or is she simply masochistically enjoying her misery, borne, incidentally, by 80% of her population?


Peter Koenig is an economist and geopolitical analyst. He is also a former World Bank staff and worked extensively around the world in the fields of environment and water resources. He lectures at universities in the US, Europe and South America. He writes regularly for Global Research, ICH, RT, Sputnik, PressTV, The 21st Century (China), TeleSUR, The Vineyard of The Saker Blog, and other internet sites. He is the author of Implosion – An Economic Thriller about War, Environmental Destruction and Corporate Greed – fiction based on facts and on 30 years of World Bank experience around the globe. He is also a co-author of The World Order and Revolution! – Essays from the Resistance. 

Discover How To Handle Emotional Release With Melissa Oil

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Extraction Method : Steam distilled from leaves and flowers

Melissa oil is a therapeutic-grade essential oil that many people have not heard of, but it is an incredibly useful oil that is calming, soothing, strengthening and revitalizing all at once.

Melissa Therapeutic-Grade Essential Oil has a light, fresh, somewhat lemony scent, which makes sense since in the culinary world, Melissa is also known as lemon balm. It has a sweet, herbaceous smell and is considered one of the most powerful essential oils out there.

The ancient Romans used Melissa as a general tonic that was thought to help with nervous disorders, to strengthen the heart and to revitalize the spirit.

Melissa oil is thought to get rid of headaches, reduce agitation and balance the emotions. It is said that the therapeutic-grade essential Melissa oil can relate emotional barriers and give users an improved outlook on life.

It is both calming and uplifting, powerful but gentle, and is thought to be incredibly useful as an antiviral. It has been used as a treatment for flu, smallpox and mumps and even can be used to eliminate sores from the herpes virus. It can also be applied to cold sores to accelerate healing.

A seemingly paradoxical oil, but it is also incredibly versatile.

The main downside to the therapeutic-grade Melissa essential oil is that it is quite expensive. Sometimes oil is marked as Melissa oil that is really a mix of lemongrass and citronella, which makes a scent that is similar to Melissa but with completely different properties. It is important to make sure that you know what you are buying when you are shopping for the therapeutic-grade essential oils so you can ensure you are getting a high-quality product.

As with other therapeutic-grade essential oils, you want to be careful when using Melissa oil, particularly since you do not want to waste a drop of this precious oil. Make sure you wash and rinse your hands before and after using this oil, and avoid getting it into your eyes. Keep therapeutic-grade essential oils out of the reach of children.

Some people use Therapeutic-Grade Essential Melissa Oil neat, that is, without dilution, on the skin, but it can cause skin sensitivity and is better used diluted in a carrier oil before applying to the skin, particularly on sensitive areas like the face and neck. Likewise, Melissa oil should be diluted before taking it internally. Add one drop of oil to four ounces of rice or soy milk or another liquid before drinking for best results.

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Doctors Underdiagnosing Flu Among Older Patients

Adults aged 65 years or older presenting at hospitals with influenza-like illness (ILI) during the winter months were less likely to have had a provider-ordered influenza diagnostic test than were younger adults, according to findings published online January 18 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Accurate diagnosis of influenza can lead to earlier antiviral treatment, minimizing individual suffering as well as limiting spread of the infection. Such tests include reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) to detect viral RNA, rapid antigen detection, and viral culture.

Older adults have the highest rates of hospitalization and death due to influenza, yet several factors may affect presentation. These include effects of comorbidities, cognitive deficits that alter perception or reporting of symptoms, immune senescence, and age-associated lower core body temperature influencing assessment of fever. 

Lauren Hartman, MD, from the Department of Medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee, and colleagues investigated influenza testing among 1422 adults hospitalized with acute respiratory illness or nonlocalizing

fever at four hospitals (one academic and three community facilities) in Tennessee between November 2006 and April 2012. They used a prospective, laboratory-based surveillance approach, including information from patient questionnaires and charts.

The researchers performed RT-PCR influenza testing for all patients, even if the patients’ providers had not ordered that or other tests to confirm influenza. The investigators then compared demographic and clinical characteristics of patients whose providers had ordered testing with those of patients for whom laboratory-based diagnostic tests had not been ordered.

Overall, providers requested tests for just 28% (399 of 1422) of patients. Patients whose providers ordered testing were younger than untested patients (average age, 58 ± 18 years vs 66 ± 15 years; P < .001) and were more likely to have symptoms (71% vs 49%; P < .001).

ILI symptoms, including fever, cough, and/or sore throat, decreased with increasing age: 63% for patients aged 18 to 49, 60% for those aged 50 to 64, and 48% for those aged 65 or older. For all patients, ILI and younger age were independent predictors of provider-ordered testing.

RT-PCR testing identified 136 of the 1422 (10%) patients as having influenza. Of those, 59 (43%) had not been tested by their providers.

ILI was the only significant predictor of provider-ordered testing (adjusted odds ratio, 3.43; 95% confidence interval, 1.22 – 9.70). Month of illness, sex, and race were not significant predictors.

Of participants receiving care in the academic hospital, 41% (231 of 561) had provider-ordered influenza testing compared with only 20% (168 of 861) of patients in the community setting. Of the 450 provider-ordered tests, 387 (97.0%) were antigen detection, 29 (7.3%) were viral culture, and 34 (8.5%) were RT-PCR based.

Of the patients for whom providers had ordered testing, 8% (32 of 399) had clinical laboratory-confirmed influenza. They were 2% (32 of 1422) of the total population. Patients whose providers had ordered testing were more likely to receive antiviral agents (6.8% vs 0.2%; P < .001).

The investigators conclude, “Despite being at high risk for morbidity and mortality from influenza virus infection and sequelae, hospitalized older adults were tested for influenza less often than their younger counterparts, with testing performed in a minority of patients.”

The apparent age disparity in diagnostic testing may reflect the different timetable of influenza symptoms in patients over age 65. While early symptoms may be tamer than in younger individuals, perhaps influencing decisions not to test, “older adults

may present later in illness with complications associated with influenza, leading clinicians to forego testing and treatment” of influenza and focus on the complications, the researchers hypothesize.

“Further strategies are needed to increase clinician understanding of the challenges in clinically identifying influenza in older adults, as well as the limitations of diagnostic tests, to better diagnose and treat cases of influenza in this vulnerable population,” they advise.

A limitation of the study is applicability to other healthcare settings, such as urgent care clinics.

One coauthor has received research funding from Sanofi Pasteur, MedImmune, and Gilead and has served as an advisor for VaxInnate and Sequirus. Another coauthor has received research funding from MedImmune. Dr Hartman and the other authors have disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

J Am Geriatr Soc. Published online January 18, 2018. Abstract

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Study: Flu Virus Can Be Spread Just by Breathing | Medicine

According to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, it is alarmingly easy to spread the influenza virus by simply breathing.

Colorized transmission electron micrograph of negatively stained SW31 (swine strain) influenza virus particles. Image credit: NIAID / CC BY 2.0.

Colorized transmission electron micrograph of negatively stained SW31 (swine strain) influenza virus particles. Image credit: NIAID / CC BY 2.0.

People commonly believe that they can catch the flu by exposure to droplets from an infected person’s coughs or sneezes or by touching contaminated surfaces.

But the new study about how flu spreads reveals that an infected person may pass the infectious virus to others just by breathing.

“We found that flu cases contaminated the air around them with infectious virus just by breathing, without coughing or sneezing,” said senior author Professor Donald Milton, from the University of Maryland School of Public Health.

“People with flu generate infectious aerosols (tiny droplets that stay suspended in the air for a long time) even when they are not coughing, and especially during the first days of illness.”

“So when someone is coming down with influenza, they should go home and not remain in the workplace and infect others.”

“Our results show that some people can exhale or cough high quantities of live virus particles — up to 1,000 in 30 minutes,” said co-author Dr. Jovan Pantelic, also from the University of Maryland School of Public Health.

“When we consider that an infectious dose is just one virus particle, this means that potentially 1,000 people can be infected in short order.”

“This is especially important in buildings where people sit near each other and especially on public transportation, where the density of people is very high and the air usually is not fresh.”

In the study, the researchers captured and characterized influenza virus in exhaled breath from 142 confirmed cases of people with influenza during natural breathing, prompted speech, spontaneous coughing, and sneezing, and assessed the infectivity of naturally occurring influenza aerosols.

The participants provided 218 nasopharyngeal swabs and 218 30-minute samples of exhaled breath, spontaneous coughing, and sneezing on the first, second, and third days after the onset of symptoms.

The analysis of the virus recovered from these samples showed that a significant number of flu patients routinely shed infectious virus, not merely detectable RNA, into aerosol particles small enough to present a risk for airborne transmission.

Surprisingly, 11 (48%) of the 23 fine aerosol samples acquired in the absence of coughing had detectable viral RNA and 8 of these 11 contained infectious virus, suggesting that coughing was not necessary for infectious aerosol generation in the fine aerosol droplets.

In addition, the few sneezes observed were not associated with greater viral RNA copy numbers in either coarse or fine aerosols, suggesting that sneezing does not make an important contribution to influenza virus shedding in aerosols.

“CDC recommendations include hand washing to protect against contact transmission, but the airborne mode of infection has not been considered as important,” Dr. Pantelic said.

“Our study changes this perception and shows that the airborne mode is very important. We need to consider it and design a guideline for it.”

“The study findings suggest that keeping surfaces clean, washing our hands all the time, and avoiding people who are coughing does not provide complete protection from getting the flu. Staying home and out of public spaces could make a difference in the spread of the influenza virus,” said Sheryl Ehrman, from the Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering at San José State University and the University of Maryland’s Clark School of Engineering.


Jing Yan et al. Infectious virus in exhaled breath of symptomatic seasonal influenza cases from a college community. PNAS, published online January 18, 2018; doi: 10.1073/pnas.1716561115

Causes Of Body Joint Pain

Joint pain can be due to several causes and treatment is dependent upon the cause of the pain. Joint pain is a common complaint often associated with aging process. Unusual exertion or overuse of joints can cause body joint pain. Other causes include injury, Arthritis, Tendonitis, Bursitis, Infectious diseases like influence, measles, rheumatic fever, hepatitis and mumps, and autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.


Impact and accidents of any sort leading to sprain, ligament or cartilage tear or fractures can cause body joint pain. The affected area and the adjacent joints can become painful, depending upon the severity of the impact.


Gouty arthritis is caused by a defect in metabolism that results in overproduction of uric acid or a reduced ability of the kidneys to eliminate uric acid. In acute gouty arthritis the symptoms develop suddenly in one or two joints.

Osteoarthritis is a disease that causes deterioration of the joint cartilage. It is associated with aging and is the most common form of arthritis. The cartilage of the affected joint is roughened and worn down, which causes pain. Septic arthritis is inflammation of a joint caused by bacteria. This form of arthritis can also cause body joint pain.


Tendonitis is inflammation of the tendon which is the fibrous structure that joins the muscle to the bone. Common joints that get affected by tendonitis are wrist, elbow, shoulder and heel.


Bursitis is inflammation of fluid filled sacs called Bursae. Bursae connect tendons to both the skin and bone. Bursitis commonly occurs in the shoulder, knee, elbow and hips.

Infectious diseases

Diseases like flu, mumps and others are contagious diseases which can cause pain in the body joints, among other symptoms.

Autoimmune diseases

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disease that causes joint pain affecting the joints and surrounding tissues. It is a disease that attacks the body using its own immune cells. Lupus is another chronic autoimmune disorder. It affects many organ systems including skin, joints and internal organs.