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The Outside World

November 2, 2011

Let’s take a look at what’s going on in the outside world.

The president or prime minister or whatever of Greece has announced a referendum on the proposed austerity measures. Huh? Okay, here’s a brief summation of what’s happened in Greece to lead to this referendum.

  1. The various branches of government in Greece employ nearly forty percent of the nation’s workforce.
  2. Many of those state employees receive expensive benefit packages that exceeds what a similar job in the private sector would receive.
  3. The government no longer has the cash to fund this workforce. Various loans have been taken out by the Greek government.
  4. Greece is on the verge of defaulting on those loans.
  5. Other European nations, Germany and France, have offered to bail out Greece on the stipulation that Greece implements austerity measures. In other words, Greece has been told by it’s creditors to cut its workforce and cut its payroll and cut its benefit packages.
  6. In response to the proposed cuts, many people in Greece have taken to the streets in protest.
  7. In order to prevent being ousted from office, Greece’s politcal leaders have offered the people a referendum on the austerity measures instead of simply, undemocratically implementing them.

If the people of Greece vote against the measures, the nation will not receive anymore loans from Germany and France. Greece will then default on the loans they’ve already taken. At which point, civil services will break down as the government employees will stop receiving pay cheques. There will be no money in the public coffers to write those pay cheques.

Or maybe they will just leave the European Union, revert back to their own independent currency and stick their collective heads in the sand like an ostrich and pretend that there is not a problem. In that situation, the Greek Problem becomes solely a Greek problem and does not drag the rest of Europe down with it.

I’ve met several Greek people in my life. The Greater Toronto Area has been the home to many Greek expats over the past century. They seem to me to be a industrious, hard-working people, the complete opposite of their relatives back in the old world.

For a person to pack up all of their worldly belongings, travel several thousand miles across an ocean and start in new life in a foreign land takes tremendous initiative. I would wager that many Greek people with initiative, with gumption, packed up and left Greece a long time ago; leaving behind the lazy, uninspired Greeks behind to slowly wither and die in the homeland.

In lighter news, Kim Kardashian has filed for divorce from her husband of seventy two days Kris Humphries.

Kris gave Kim a wedding ring worth three million dollars. I’ve done the math. That’s over forty one thousand dollars a day or seventeen hundred dollars an hour. I have no idea how much a high quality prostitute costs. But there’s no way Kris couldn’t have saved a couple of bucks by ignoring Kim Kardashian and sleeping exclusively with hookers for the past two and half months.

However, if you are interested in having sex with Kim Kardashian, based on her relationship with Kris Humphries, she charges one thousand seven hundred thirty six dollars and eleven cents an hour.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. November 2, 2011 1:34 pm

    Thank you for the information on Kris and his ex-wife. I didn’t know those numbers.

    Math. Very useful to any man preparing to take a bride.

  2. November 2, 2011 9:23 pm

    Lots of tidbits about weddings on here lately… Are you “preparing to take a bride”?

    depends, you still on the market?

  3. Riot Kitty permalink
    November 2, 2011 10:24 pm

    That last line cracked me up! People are nuts.

    the things some men do for tang

  4. November 3, 2011 1:56 am

    ZING! That was awesome! A $1700 an hour hooker. Brilliant. Is that based on a 24 hr day or an 8 hr working day?

    Sad about Greece. I’ve been trying to keep up on that but haven’t been succeeding very well with all the other stuff I try to keep up with too. I think you’ve summed it all up quite nicely.

    3 million bucks divided by 24 hours a day for 72 days.

  5. November 3, 2011 7:18 am

    One thing that you miss about the Greek thing – most of them also seem to see paying tax as an optional extra…

    They should never have been allowed to join the Euro in the first place as their economy really wasn’t up to it.

    Crazy Europeans with this idea for a united continent. Didn’t work last century, shouldn’t work this.

  6. November 3, 2011 10:02 am

    HAHAHAHA Im in love with the math.

    Making you rethink every relationship you’ve ever had?

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