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    How the Greek people are fighting back and giving back meaning to life...

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    From Ekathimerini this morning
    Greek children aged 7 and 9 have the highest average body weight among 16 European countries surveyed by the World Health Organization, according to data made public Tuesday.

    Just under 49 percent of 7-year-old Greek boys and nearly 45 percent of girls the same age are overweight, according to the figures released on Tuesday by the Hellenic Medical Association for Obesity to mark the start of obesity awareness week.

    The picture is even worse for 9-year-old boys as 57.2 percent of them are overweight, while the same applies to half of the girls in this age group.

    The data show that the problem is more pronounced in low-income families.
    Strangely enough, when the lack of access to proper food for low-income families in pointed out to government officials, this is vehemently denied by same officials. When the diet of low-income families is shown to be mostly junk food, the junk food industry denies all responsibility...

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    I remember reading about this disgusting farce here, where farmers shot unpaid bangladeshi workers for asking for some pay,thanks to ephilant. In any case, almost 50,000 signatures were got for a petition to put the farmers in jail. The petition is being handed to the Greek ambassador today. There is also a call for a boycott, what do you think Ephilant?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ogiol View Post
    I remember reading about this disgusting farce here, where farmers shot unpaid bangladeshi workers for asking for some pay,thanks to ephilant. In any case, almost 50,000 signatures were got for a petition to put the farmers in jail. The petition is being handed to the Greek ambassador today. There is also a call for a boycott, what do you think Ephilant?
    The boycot was already implemented thanks to the sanctions against Russia. Not only did Greece lose its biggest (and most profitable) market for its agricultural produce, which has now gone to Turkey, the roaring tourist trade from Russia has all but come to a stand still endangering a lot of jobs in tourism, about the only sector of what is left of our economy that offered some sort of positive outlook. In the area I live in two hotels went belly up because their Russian clients never showed. Losing over 150 jobs...
    In this case, nothing will be enough to see these idiots behind bars for a lot longer than the 14 and 7 years the two forement got. There is a lot of anger about this here in Greeece as well, with many people here refusing to buy any strawberries from the Manolada area.

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    As if we needed a reminder...
    A survey amongst 64 schools in Athens revealed the following:

    25% of the children’s families go hungry

    60% experience food insecurity.

    In 61 % of cases, one of the two parents had no income.

    17% of the families have no income at all.

    22% of the familes have 3 or more children.

    11% of the children were not covered by social security.

    7% of the families had electricity outage for more than a week during 2014.

    3% of the families had no electricity during the time the survey was conducted.

    The survey was undertaken as a result of teachers noticing children fainting in class, from hunger.
    A proposed relief program to deliver over 10,000 meals a day to the schools never got going. It was shot down by the Troika as "wasteful"... Two charities, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and the Prolepsis Institute of Preventive Medicine, Environmental and Occupational Health feed 15,520 school children on a DAILY basis, in Athens alone.

    But, according to Wolfie a Co, all is well, because we have a program, all we need to do with it is stick to it... And they wonder why the new government says Όχι...

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    why dont they start by getting the people to pay their Taxes and do something about the few families that own nearly everything in Greece .

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    Quote Originally Posted by culmore View Post
    why dont they start by getting the people to pay their Taxes and do something about the few families that own nearly everything in Greece .
    They said that they will. It was one of the main planks of their programme.
    “ We cannot withdraw our cards from the game. Were we as silent and mute as stones, our very passivity would be an act. ”
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    Quote Originally Posted by culmore View Post
    why dont they start by getting the people to pay their Taxes and do something about the few families that own nearly everything in Greece .

    You may want to read some of the posts I wrote on this in the "Greece, Swan song or new beginning" thread....
    The getting "people to pay their taxes" is a seriously worn out false argument. We've been here before as well. Read what is being written by those who live here and know the situation instead of repeating the Lagarde mantra. Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ephilant View Post
    From Ekathimerini this morning


    Strangely enough, when the lack of access to proper food for low-income families in pointed out to government officials, this is vehemently denied by same officials. When the diet of low-income families is shown to be mostly junk food, the junk food industry denies all responsibility...
    Links between the low income and obseity have been well known for a long time. Healthy food is expensive with vegetables and fruit costing more to cook per head vis a vis cooking ready made meals. Ready meals come off a manufacturing process that is cheap, stack em high and sell them cheap. Harvard university sometime ago went and did an indepth study. Junk food changes how hormones act in the brain and how we crave more junk food with less feelings of feeling full. Feeds back into a vicious circle.
    History is the only true teacher, the revolution the best school for the proletariat - Rosa Luxembourg

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