Saturday, February 18, 2012

Dio Psemata- Remos



Αν καμιά φορά βρεθούμε
δε θα πούμε ούτε γεια
μες στο πλήθος θα χαθούμε
μ' ένα δάκρυ στην ματιά

Κι αν φωνάξω τ' όνομά σου
θα κοιτάξεις στα κλεφτά
και θα κάνεις για φαντάσου
πως δε με θυμάσαι πια

Κι αν ρωτήσεις πώς περνάω
θα σου πω δυο ψέματα
ένα πως δε σ' αγαπάω
κι ένα πως σε ξέχασα
Κι αν ρωτήσεις πώς περνάω
θα σου πω δυο ψέματα
ένα πως δε σ' αγαπάω
κι ένα πως σε ξέχασα

Αν καμιά φορά βρεθούμε
η ανάσα θα κοπεί
ούτε λέξη δεν θα πούμε
μα, θα τα 'χουμ' όλα πει
Κι αν φωνάξω τ' όνομά σου
θα κοιτάξεις στα κλεφτά
και θα κάνεις, για φαντάσου
πως δε με θυμάσαι πια

Κι αν ρωτήσεις πώς περνάω
θα σου πω δυο ψέματα
ένα πως δε σ' αγαπάω
κι ένα πως σε ξέχασα
Κι αν ρωτήσεις πώς περνάω
θα σου πω δυο ψέματα
ένα πως δε σ' αγαπάω
κι ένα πως σε ξέχασα

Pos n'asagaliaso - Mitropanos

Friday, February 17, 2012

Here's To Life



Dame Elizabeth Rosemond (Liz) Taylor, DBE (February 27, 1932 -- March 23, 2011), was an English-born American actress. Beginning as a child star then throughout her adulthood, she was known for her acting talent, glamour, beauty, and striking violet eyes. Her much publicized private life included eight marriages, several life-threatening illnesses, and decades spent as a social activist, championing the cause of AIDS awareness, research and cure. Taylor, a two-time winner of the Academy Award for Best Actress, is considered one of the great screen actresses of Hollywood's Golden Age. The music is by Shirley Horn, the American singer-pianist who died in 2005. The song, the title track from one of Ms Horn's finest albums, is "Here's To Life".

Glykeria - H thlipsi h diki mou

Margaritis- Andres Anergi - Petheno Gia Sena


Soul Mates and Twin Flames

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Mykonos - you are my sunshine

who can I ***t on today lol


Poverty among Greece's Middle Class



Aid workers and soup kitchens in Athens are struggling to provide for the city's "new poor." Since the economic crisis has taken hold, poverty has taken hold among Greece's middle class. And suicide rates have nearly doubled.

If this crisis has reached Piraeus, then it's done a good job of hiding itself. Even on this cold February night, the luxury cars are lined up outside the chic, waterfront fish restaurants in this port suburb of Athens. But Leonidas Koutikas knows where to look. Not even 50 meters off the main promenade, around two corners, misery is everywhere. Koutikas finds a family of five living behind a tangled tent that has been attached to the wall of an apartment building.

Koutikas and his colleagues from the aid organization Klimaka are expected. They hand out their care packages here every night. "Each day the list of those in need gets longer," Koutikas says. He speaks from experience. Until recently, the 48-year-old was sleeping on the streets himself. Athens has always had a problem with homelessness, like any other major city. But the financial and debt crises have led poverty to slowly but surely grow out of control here. In 2011, there were 20 percent more registered homeless people than the year before. Depending on the season, that number can be as high as 25,000. The soup kitchens in Athens are complaining of record demand, with 15 percent more people in need of free meals.
It's no longer just the "regulars" who are brought blankets and hot meals at night, says Effie Stamatogiannopoulou. She sits in the main offices of Klimaka, brooding over budgets and duty rosters. It was a long day, and like most of those in the over-heated room, the 46-year-old is keeping herself awake with coffee and cigarettes. She shows the day's balance sheet: 102 homeless reported to Klimaka today.

Tales of the 'New Poor'
Many of those belong to what is called the "new poor" here. "It really started about two years ago," Stamatogiannopoulou says. Suddenly, it wasn't just people with psychological problems or drug addictions who were knocking on the organization's red wooden door. "The middle class is increasingly becoming our target group," she says.
The "new poor" includes Lambros Zacharatos, who navigates the streets of Athens with Leonidas Koutikas in the Klimaka van night after night. Until last year, Zacharatos worked as an interior designer, earning up to €4,000 ($5,300) in a good month. "All of the sudden, boom, the crisis was here and 90 percent of the commissions were gone," he says. Zacharatos and two others sleep in a room above the Klimaka offices. The bunkbeds and veneer cabinet are reminiscent of a youth hostel.
Zacharatos says things happened very quickly. He lost his job, had no money to pay for his apartment, and within a few months he was out on the street. "Never in my worst nightmares would I have imagined that I would one day become homeless," he says.
At Klimaka, he not only has a roof over his head but also a new task. As part of a reintegration program, all residents of the institution have to take on a daily job. They cook, clean, or like Koutikas and Zacharatos, make the nightly drive to the favorite sleeping spots in greater Athens. Those spots are near the fancy promenades of Piraeus, a stone's throw from the parliament or in the middle of the tourist district near the Acropolis. Usually it takes just an informed look, and the Klimaka team has found its new "clientele." "We constantly see new faces," says Zacharatos.
'There are Always More'
As yet, there are no reliable estimates as to the numbers of the "new poor," because the appropriate studies are lacking. Families can also mitigate the severity of many financial crashes. Those who have lost their jobs or their homes find accommodations with relatives before they ever make it into official statistics. That is especially true of the youngest victims of the financial crisis. "But with the government's many new austerity measures, along with the tax burdens, it is questionable how long the families can continue doing that," says Stamatogiannopoulou.
What is clear is that in 2010, almost 28 percent of Greeks, or 3.03 million people, lived at risk of poverty or social exclusion, according to numbers released last week by the EU statistical agency Eurostat. With the recession only having deepened since, it seems likely that the number of poor Greeks rose in 2011.
Manos, who would prefer not to give his last name, is among the Greek poor. The man, in his mid-50's, is one of dozens of people to come to the Aghia Zoni church on a recent morning. "There are always more," says Father Immanuel, who has organized meals for the poor for 20 years. "Up until one or two years ago, we knew every face here. Today things are much different," he says.
Suicide Rate Doubles

The people in the church's courtyard are waiting for the cook Georgia to finally open the door. She has been at work in her kitchen in the church's basement for hours. When she opens the heavy steel door, there is a great rush to get in. Manos, too, gets noodle soup and bread. As he is eating, he tells a common story of losing his apartment and his job. He was born in lower-middle class Kypseli, an Athens neighborhood, and now he is sleeping in the cold on park benches. "I am a good salesman, honestly," he says. "I can sell anything." He then asks his German guest for his email address, and a few hours later he sends his resume with the request to pass it on. He hasn't given up. The psychologist Eleni Bekiari knows what dark thoughts the crisis and its consequences have brought to Athenians. She staffs Klimaka's telephone number "1018." It is a 24-hour suicide hotline, and its statistics are clear. In 2010, there were about 2,500 calls made to the number. In 2011, there were twice as many. "Most of those who call us are women," she says. "On the other hand, it's usually the men who end up taking their lives."
Greece traditionally has one of the lowest suicide rates in Europe, but the increase has been dramatic. Since the beginning of the crisis, the suicide rate has almost doubled. In 2011, there were almost six suicides per 100,000 citizens. When the callers to the suicide hotline are asked for their reasons for suicidal thoughts, Bekiari says, they often answer with two words: the crisis.
http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/0,1518,814571,00.html

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Kritika

Grammy award winner - Adele



Tribal Belly Dance Music

Forbidden Harmony (Instrumental Arabic Music)

Live feed at the Syntagma

Watch live streaming video from stopcarteltvgr at livestream.com

I learned from the best - Whitney Houston




This is an interview on whitney houston which debuted in 2002 in primetime about her drug use, issues, marriage, life, etc.

Austerity Bill passed




The Greek parliament approved on Monday a deeply unpopular austerity bill to secure a second bailout from the European Union and International Monetary Fund and avoid a messy default.
The vote occurred after 100,000 demonstrators marched to the parliament and buildings were burned down in central Athens. Following the vote, black-masked protesters created a wall of fire with petrol bombs and set fire to cinemas, cafes, shops and banks.
Dozens of police officers and at least 37 protesters were injured in Sunday's violence and more than 20 rioters were detained.
Following the vote to cut $4.35 billion — which means axing one in five civil service jobs and slashing the minimum wage by more than a fifth — violence spread to other Greek towns and cities, including on the holiday islands of Corfu and Crete.
"I've had it! I can't take it any more. There's no point in living in this country any more," said a man walking through his smashed and looted optician store.
A protester who declined to give his name said: "I don't care if an ornament shop is burning, but it's a shame the building is old. We will win."
Before the vote on Sunday, Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos told lawmakers that violence would not be tolerated. He urged them to back the bailout reforms, saying the "wrong decision" in the bailout vote would lead to catastrophic default and exit from the euro.
We are facing destruction. Our country, our home, has become ripe for burning, the centre of Athens is in flames. We cannot allow populism to burn our country down," conservative lawmaker Costis Hatzidakis told parliament.
Since May 2010, Greece has survived on a €110 billion ($145 billion) bailout from its European partners and the International Monetary Fund. When that proved insufficient, a new rescue loan package worth a further €130 billion ($171 billion) was decided — combined with a massive bond swap deal that will write off half the country's privately held debt.
But for both deals to materialize, Greece has to persuade its deeply skeptical creditors that it has the will and ability to implement spending cuts and public sector reforms that will end years of fiscal profligacy and tame gaping budget deficits.
Athens ablaze The air in Syntagma Square outside parliament was thick with tear gas as riot police fought running battles with youths who smashed marble balustrades and hurled stones and petrol bombs.
Terrified Greeks and tourists fled the rock-strewn streets and the clouds of stinging gas, cramming into hotel lobbies for shelter as lines of riot police struggled to contain the mayhem.
State television reported that trouble had also broken out in Heraklion, capital of the tourist island of Crete, as well as the towns of Volos and Agrinio in central Greece.
A three-story corner building was completely consumed by flames with riot officers looking on from the street, and firefighters trying to douse the blaze. Protesters set bonfires in front of parliament and dozens of riot police formed lines to try to deter them from trying to make a run on parliament. Clouds of tear gas drifted across the square in front of parliament. Many in the crowd wore gas masks and had their faces covered, while others carried Greek flags and carried banners.
Riot police fired dozens of tear gas volleys at rioting youths, who attacked them with firebombs, fireworks and chunks of marble smashed off the fronts of luxury hotels, banks and department stores.
Streets were strewn with stones, smashed glass and burnt wreckage, while terrified passers-by sought refuge in hotel lounges and cafeterias.
Athens Mayor Giorgos Kaminis said rioters tried to storm the city hall building, but were repelled.
"Once again, the city is being used as a lever to try to destabilize the country," he said.
Conservative New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras said the rioting "hurts the entire country."












"Time Wandering’–living “some-when”



If your thoughts are stuck and you can’t see the next logical step, you might be doing a little ‘Time Wandering’–living “some-when” other than the present moment. Here’s a short quiz to find out when you’re often living:
•    Have you ever found yourself back in frustrating situations that are eerily similar to your past and make you feel powerless?
•    Does your mind often wander to past relationships or old frustrations or “failures”?
•    Do you ever run scenarios in your mind about conversations you’ve had with someone or are about to have with them, taking your attention off, say, driving your car?
•    Have you ever found yourself sitting in a meeting and running through scenarios that have nothing to do with your surroundings?
•    Do you sometimes find yourself anticipating the worst to happen, just like it once did in your past experience? (I.e. He/She will leave me, just like the others.)
•    When you’re frustrated with something in your life, do you tend to focus on your past or future rather than deal with your current emotions and experience?
If you answered yes to any of these questions (and I don’t have to be psychic to suspect you had at least one yes!), it’s a sign of being “some-when else.” And, when you’re some-when other than the present, you are never in the now.
Remember, now is where all your power is to shape your Map—past, present and future!

Mercury this week


Mercury, the fastest-moving planet in the solar system, is always on the go -- flitting from one sign or planet to the next, having fun and creating mischief along the way. And this week, this quick-talking celestial body has decided to steal the cosmic show!
On February 13, Mercury, still in Aquarius, forms a benevolent alliance with sensible Saturn. This is an ideal time to make plans or have serious discussions, and with scientific Aquarius in the mix, a bit of careful reflection can result in sorely needed solutions.
The very next day, February 14, Mercury spreads its wings as it soars out of Aquarius and into Pisces. Dreamy Pisces has a tendency to make communication challenging and vague, which only serves to rile conversational Mercury. However, if you stop trying to be rational and simply tune into your inner self and your surroundings, Mercury in Pisces will significantly enhance your intuition. In fact, you could become positively telepathic!
Also on February 14, Mercury bumps into Neptune, a transit that essentially guarantees a head-in-the-clouds day. Save any meaningful chats for another time; instead, simply try to enjoy all the earthly beauty that surrounds you!
Taking a quick break on February 15, Mercury hands the stage over to Venus and Pluto, who square off against each other in a transit that will bring passion, jealousy ... and maybe even betrayal. Keep an eye on the motives of others as you do your best to keep your own manipulative plays in check.
Fortunately, by February 16, Mercury is back, cheering you up through an enthusiastic encounter with Jupiter. You'll regain your optimism and confidence, and you can count on at least a couple fun encounters!
astrology.com



According to Harville Hendrix, we are most magnetically attracted to people who embody the characteristics of our parents or early caretakers because we unwittingly seek in a partner someone who will re-injure our childhood wounds. Our adult selves can finally heal those wounds, but the more negative those characteristics are (from critical and controlling to charmingly irresponsible) the more intense the attraction we feel.
We can get relief from our nostalgia for a passionate love by remembering the intensity of the memory does not hold some great truth about the relationship’s sacredness. Remember, what fueled the attraction may not have been love, but your soul’s desire to heal the past.
Subliminally, people in love promise they will meet all of each other’s needs while having none of their own. (Like mommy did!) Listen to the language of lovers and you will hear the echoes of that infantile bliss: “Baby, Sweetie, Honey, Darling.” We long for the feeling of fullness again, of merged egos. Getting free means understanding that the completeness you felt with your past love echoed a memory from infancy. It was an illusion and temporary and in reality it was not love. 

Had the relationship continued, you would have seen boundaries snap back in place with the inevitable reestablishment of reality. No one would have made you feel that high forever.
Brain scientists now recognize that nearly 20 percent of us suffer from “complicated grief.” According Rob Stein of the Washington Post, “One of the hallmarks of complicated grief is a persistent sense of longing for the lost one and a tendency to conjure up reveries of that person.”

The persistence of a romanticized memory contains an addictive element but the element is not in the former relationship, it’s in you. For the 20 percent of us that stuck-ness has a biological source, an actual difference in brain processing. It can help to know the connection you still feel may be more biological than spiritual in origin.

So trade in your rose-colored glasses. Chances are you are romanticizing weaknesses as strengths. Was he self-employed because of his independence or his inability to accept authority? A realistic assessment is empowering. Keep a cheat sheet of unflattering truths and refer to it when you slip into dewy daydreams. It is easier to let go of a human than a hero.
One of the best balms for emotional wounds is creativity, which is different from staying busy. Doing something creative, whether it is writing, drawing, composing lyrics, changing your hairstyle, planting a garden, thinking of a great gift, or redecorating a room, connects you to yourself and a power greater than yourself. Doing something kind for someone else is also a good idea but let’s face it, you can brood the entire time you are doing a good deed. Creativity is deeply engaging. It fills you from the inside out.

Read more: http://www.beliefnet.com/Love-Family/Relationships/2008/10/Past-Loves.aspx?p=8#ixzz1mCzflwpg
 



MY BALM IS MY BLOG

Steve jobs was a Zen Buddhism Practitioner


In 1974, Jobs took a job as a technician at Atari, Inc. in Los Gatos, California. He traveled to India in mid-1974 to visit Neem Karoli Baba[ at his Kainchi Ashram with a Reed College friend (and, later, an early Apple employee), Daniel Kottke, in search of spiritual enlightenment. When they got to the Neem Karoli ashram, it was almost deserted as Neem Karoli Baba had died in September 1973. Then they made a long trek up a dry riverbed to an ashram of Hariakhan Baba. In India, they spent a lot of time on bus rides from Delhi to Uttar Pradesh and back, then up to Himachal Pradesh and back.
Jobs left India after staying for seven months and returned to the US ahead of Daniel Kottke,  with his head shaved and wearing traditional Indian clothing. During this time, Jobs experimented with psychedelics, calling his LSD experiences "one of the two or three most important things [he had] done in [his] life".  He also became a serious practitioner of Zen Buddhism, engaged in lengthy meditation retreats at the Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, the oldest Sōtō Zen monastery in the US,  considered taking up monastic residence, and maintained a lifelong appreciation for Zen.  He later said that people around him who did not share his countercultural roots could not fully relate to his thinking.
Wikipedia
1. 110th Richest Person in the World
2. He Was a Product of an Unmarried Interracial Couple and Brought Up as An Adopted Child
3. Steve Jobs Was a Buddhist By Religion
4. He Was An Assyrian by Blood
5. He Had Dyslexia
6. He First Used a Computer At Age of 12
7. He Loved Calligraphy
8. He Was Dropped Out from Reed Collage
9. He Worked at Apple on $1 Annual Salary
10. He was a Vegetarian & Fruitarian

Our past our present whats our future?


Clashes as Greek MPs debate bailout

Athens burns AGAIN


Rioters set fire to buildings and battled police in downtown Athens as the Greek Parliament prepared to vote on Prime Minister Lucas Papademos's $160 billion austerity package to avert the nation's collapse.


Up to seven buildings - including a Starbucks cafe, a bank and a cinema, as well as other stores in downtown Athens - were set on fire, a fire department spokesman said, speaking on the condition of anonymity in line with official policy.
The buildings were near a bank that was set on fire in May 2010, killing three bank employees, during a general strike against Greece's first bailout package.
Greek police fired tear gas at petrol bomb-throwing protesters outside parliament, where tens of thousands had massed.
Police said some 80,000 protesters had gathered outside the building where debate on the plan imposed by the country's international creditors - the EU, the IMF and the European Central Bank - was ongoing before a late-night vote.

Protesters say austerity package is blackmail
In the country's second city Thessaloniki, about 20,000 protesters took to the streets to protest against the austerity package they described as blackmail, which needs to be approved by parliament if Greece is to receive a 130 billion euro ($160 billion) bailout.
The unrest in Athens started when a group on Syntagma square tried to muscle past the police cordon protecting the parliament building.
Riot police retaliated with tear gas grenades, scattering protesters into nearby streets where they hurled rocks and molotov cocktails at the security forces.
People wearing masks smashed shop windows along two major avenues while a bank was set on fire, police said.
Sunday's protesters included trade unionists, youths with shaven heads waving Greek flags, communist activists and left-wing sympathisers, many of them equipped with gas masks.
Syntagma square was shrouded in a thick cloud of tear gas. One elderly Greek man could be seen among the demonstrators, breathing through a gas mask and wearing swimming goggles.
But while dispersing into nearby streets initially, the crowd soon returned onto the square, with families among the tens of thousands that had gathered.
A man was seen hawking paper masks - as some form of protection against the tear gas - as well as Greek flags.

'We will be the Germans' slaves'
Against the wall of the central bank, the word "Greece" was painted in black and replaced by "Bank of Berlin", alluding to the impression among Greeks that Germany is dictating the painful austerity measures.
"It's not easy to live in these conditions," said 49-year-old engineer Andreas Maragoudakis. "By 2020 we will be the Germans' slaves."
Another protester, Stella Maguina, 33, said: "We are here for our parents and our children, for all those who can't come."
Civil engineer Anastasia Papadaki, 27 said "the measures are not the solutions to the problem as they will not bring growth.
"It's just the international community blackmailing us."
"Enough is enough!" said 89-year-old Manolis Glezos, one of Greece's most famous leftists.
"They have no idea what an uprising by the Greek people means. And the Greek people, regardless of ideology, have risen."


Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/business/world-business/athens-burns-as-protesters-run-riot-ahead-of-160-billion-bailout-vote-20120213-1t07t.html#ixzz1mCdtNmhz





















After days of dire warnings and threats of rebellion, the process started of setting out 3.3billion euros ($2.76billion) in wage, pension and job cuts as the price of a 130billion euro rescue package from the European Union and International Monetary Fund - Greece's second since 2010.
Greece needs the funds before March 20 to meet debt repayments of 14.5billion euros.
But the bill has caused turmoil within the ruling coalition and deepened a social crisis among Greeks already hit by a round of cuts and tax hikes to ease the country's huge debt burden.
During the debate a Communist Party deputy hurled the pages of the bill on the floor of the chamber and in fiery exchanges with lawmakers, Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos warned them: 'If the law is not passed, the country will go bankrupt.'
He said the vote in the 300-seat parliament, which began shortly after 2pm (12pm GMT), had to come by midnight 'because come Monday morning, banking and financial markets must get the message that Greece can and will survive.'


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2100099/Athens-protests-Lawmakers-prepare-endorse-austerity-measures-Greece.html#ixzz1mCgaLVM2

http://www.seattlepi.com/news/article/Rioting-engulfs-Athens-buildings-burn-before-vote-3274231.php#photo-2458584