I have been sitting on this one for weeks (h/t zerohedge), during which time it has been (mostly) fact checked, & so far all assertions check out.

The risk of triggering a "That's not funny" or two is easily outweighed.  Straight up truth served piping hot, with a side of hilarious.  


WARNING: Academic Language (So as not to give it away.)

Examples of this Greek's boldness, corroborated, include, but are not limited to :
  • the heretofore generally unsuspected (at least by me) surviving threat of a unilaterally implemented revisitation of certain culturally statist and ideologically driven ongoing attempts to impose global political hegemony: 

  • the "like morons" comment, an example of the exemplary Greek contribution to the coordinated European response to such a threat  – a revaluation of impact, reattribution of agency, and revelation of intent, scholarly agreement with which I would have thought unlikely, had I not seen evidence, to wit

    • by Greg Kavounas
      By October 1940 most of Europe had fallen under the aggressor forces of the Axis of Germany and Italy.  These forces justified themselves on the principles of nazism, which were against democracy, freedom of speech, equality of human beings, and other teachings of Hellenism.  In the USA, the Order of AHEPA had been the first organization to publicly condemn nazism.  The moral support that was welcome, but did not change the fact that Greece, a country of 8 million citizens, was poorly prepared for war.
      The Italian army crossed over to Albania, Greece’s neighbor to the north.  On the morning of the 28th, Mussolini issued Greece an ultimatum: Greece was to offer no resistance to his so-called 8 million bayonets, and she was to become a “protectorate” of Italy.
      Any practical leader would have heeded the downside.  But, echoing the sentiment of almost all the Greeks, Metaxas responded:
      OXI  (oh-hee), which means NO.
      This was not about being pragmatic.  It was about repeating a lesson that Greece had already taught to the world.  This is the meaning of OXI Day.
      The rest is history, although it did not go quite as Italy planned:
      The superior Italian army indeed invaded.  Four months later, however, they had been pushed by the Greeks back into Albania.  This was the first land defeat of the Axis forces, and a ray of hope for democracies world wide.  Churchill wrote “Greeks do not fight like heroes; heroes fight like Greeks”.
      So, Hitler had to come to Mussolini’s help.  Greece then fell, lasting longer than France and Poland and the other bigger powers before it.  But the detour through Greece cost Hitler five precious weeks in the spring.  So he had to delay the invasion into Russia by five summer weeks.  His armies experienced five more weeks of the inhospitable Russian winter, which helped eventually defeat them.  (The Russians managed to maintain a second front through 1944.  The bulk of the German army remained there while D-Day took place.)



(and do feel free to add your own corroboratory evidence in the comments)


Listen to this podcast -- stick with it, it's worth it for the references (to war reparations, laziness, for example) 

Now, what I had to do after those last two was see Ditch's video, above, again.


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The New And Alarming Developments At Fukushima Dai-ichi Explained Clearly And Carefully

What is really interesting to me in the following is the slow and deliberate way the Gundersens are speaking.  Reminds me of the admonition, in Nuclear War Survival Skills (skip to the end for a copy), to if not build your shelter then at least make yourself thoroughly familiar with the instructions before the missiles are locked onto an inexorable rendezvous with targets near you.  (Not that anyplace is sufficiently far).  

Should you have failed to do so, you are told in no uncertain terms to take the instructions into a room where you can be alone, and read them out loud to yourself...

In the latest videographical blessing released by Fairewinds, I am reminded of that wise advice.  Cresson H. Kearny's tactic for increasing comprehension is especially valuable during those times where intense freaking out, though appropriate, is nonetheless as ineffective as ever.

     As part of a presentation in Kansai, Japan on May 12th 2012, Maggie and Arnie Gundersen of Fairewinds Energy Education answered specific questions asked by symposium organizers regarding the condition of the spent fuel pool at Fukushima Daiichi Unit 4. Fairewinds analyzes the explosion at Fukushima Daiichi Unit 3. Also, Arnie discusses what the future may hold for Japan if it chooses a path without nuclear power.

Oh and here are those instructions -- really is worth it to at least skim.  One never knows -- or perhaps I should say, one should engage in useful rational activities to forestall unnecessary freaking out.

Thanks to

Keep your wits about you.

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