alexismarioLivewire in Living Dead communication bid horror

I am the man who became a Day 1 member of the Stillborn British SDP. I am the man who installed a spiral staircase just before tearing a medial knee ligament. I am the man who planted early water-dependent vegetables just prior to the SW French climate recording its worst Spring drought in history. I am the man who, yesterday, realised he had built a Japanese terrace screen with no means of getting the saw’s mains lead out of the finished screen. I am the man who became a eurozone resident just as the currency turned to loo-paper.

So I must confess to having been a little concerned about my blogosphere credibility as Tuesday dawned and there was no sign whatsoever of the one-eyed Merkel thrashing out a Tsipras deal (having been given her orders by President Obama) as predicted here. Tonight, however, I think my sources deserve a big Slog pat on the back. The unfolding events leave me as uneasy as ever, but things are panning out roughly as expected.

Yesterday I posted:

My hunch this morning is that the eurogroupe clowns will continue to stonewall, apply illegal pressure to the ordinary Greek populace, and perhaps even pose in public media as a reasonable bunch of chaps waiting for a ‘reasonable’ Greek proposal. But left to themselves, when something is proposed, they will give out with the usual “interesting but it doesn’t go far enough” crap designed to load yet more homework onto the Greek government.’

All the summit-leak advance spin pointed in that direction. German über-Sun tabloid Bild showed Geli in a Prussian helmet as the Iron Chancellor. But I also reported:

‘Last week, I understand there was a flurry of extended phone calls between Barack Obama and Angela Merkel’

Today, there was a release at 11.00 am Washington time:

The President and German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke by phone this morning about Greece. The leaders agreed it is in everyone’s interest to reach a durable agreement that will allow Greece to resume reforms, return to growth, and achieve debt sustainability within the eurozone. The leaders noted that their economics teams are monitoring the situation in Greece and remain in close contact.’

Bear in mind that this was 5pm CET. It seems the Black Dude wasn’t happy with the Stonewall Jackson mode being adopted by Brussels-am-Berlin. It’s alleged that he had the same beef as me and millions of others: why was the eurogroupe leaking the usual ‘Greeks turned up with nothing’ bollocks when, given Sunday’s OXI vote, the onus was surely on the egroupe stone statues to respond?

Back in Athens, the Fifth Column has been working overtime on Telegraph journalist Ambrose Evans-Pritchard. If his own column later was anything to go by, AEP swallowed the To Potami smears hook, line and stinker: he reported that Tsipras called the Referendum expecting lo lose. This is nonsense: while the deeply and consistently suspicious poll predictions of Alco showed the result going YES and then ‘too close to call’, Syriza’s own surveys were predicting 55/45 NO…as did my tiny qualitative opinion-leader study in seven Hellenic locations. The YES campaign brought 35,000 to Syntygma Square, the OXIdisers attracted 240,000. As I posted throughout, the result was only ever going one way.

There is one overriding reason why President Obama wants an end to this facile damnation of Syriza, and an amicable solution to the Germany 0 Greece 0 result so cleverly predicted by the Python team nearly fifty years ago: his own Pentagon, CIA and NATO advisers have given Barry the Bay of Pigs outcome advice when it comes to régime change in Athens. That’s to say, the Greek Opposition consists of three elements: no arms, piss and wind. The Golden Dawn nutters have no desire at all for a restoration of the ND/PASOK spineless jellyfish scenario, and the forces of military and police order are patriotically united in their opposition to any further humiliation.

As I wrote yesterday

Only two people in Europe are above this [spin]: Merkel and Draghi. The unaccountable Draghi has the upper hand at the moment – ultimately he alone can control how much currency all the ezone States do or don’t get – but whatever his motives are, or his ideal end game might be, one thing Supermario is not going to do is take on the US.’

One of the few things Draghi and Tsipras have in common is the Italian language. But they are two men separated by ideology, Babelling away in the ever-more wobbly towering inferno. We could well be looking at a definitive moment in the Obama Presidency. But equally, we could be staring down the barrel of the biggest cockup in modern history.

It’s that clear.


  1. Obama: ‘Just dial them in some more digits into their accounts…’ we must maintain the myth of the fiat ponzi structure and your antics will force the Greeks into some kind of sound money/crypto setup which will eventually destroy us….
    Merkel ‘Jawole Herr Kommandant’


  2. Game is over. Drachma welcome back, all is forgiven. The left column will prefer to cling onto power sharing with the right column which controls the army and provides stability, to providing relief for the populous at large through a dea that ‘touches’ (God forbid) the public servants, unfu*ked daughters with parents pension and the 45 year old pensioners on full pension.


  3. Two issues are apparent with Greece. The economics of survival within the EU is one . The other is their membership of NATO.
    The chocolate Dude is receiving pressure from two contradictory forces.The financiers of Wall St , about to lose their ass on their derivatives gambles. The other is the Military of NATO, wishing to maintain their irrelevant coalition and coerce Russia with sanctions and support for the Nazi junta in Ukraine. .
    Exit of Greece from the EU, could also mean exit from NATO. This is Alexis Tspipars trump card. The house of cards could tumble ,should Greece exit NATO.
    Vlad the lad is loving this confusion.
    A lot of wheeling and dealing going on. Tsipars is holding the high cards.


  4. Yes Mr W. I admit the Kenyan Muslim is putting me under pressure to fold and I have till Thursday to do so or he threatens to melt what is left of the Fatherland s gold in Fort Knox and other US repositories. . However all is not lost . Wolfgang is working behind O’ Bummers back with the CIA and the Greek military to re enact the 1967 coup thus bringing these no marks once again under the EUSSR thumb . It depends on whether Wolfie can pull it off or not as to whether I will have to lie back and think of surrender…..


  5. This has its own dangers: if Tsipras looks like taking this step it could result in an engineered colour revolution, a bit like in Ukraine to put a military junta back in power in Greece.


  6. ‘why was the eurogroupe leaking the usual ‘Greeks turned up with nothing’ bollocks when, given Sunday’s OXI vote, the onus was surely on the egroupe stone statues to respond?’ Very simple. The other leaders know that, even if they didn’t have a vote on Sunday, their voters are in favour of kicking Greece out of the Eurozone. Feelings are particularly strong in countries whose living standards are BELOW Greek levels and whose people are being asked by Syriza to effectively make a payment to the richer Greeks.


  7. Who needs who?
    4 billion euros by 20th July for ECB.
    Greece isn’t buying the german hardtalk, and rightly so.


  8. Obama’s nudging Mutti, I feel a Deureferendum coming on! The germans are about to find is an opposite side to a mercantile economy.


  9. Wasn’t Draghi a fully paid up member of Goldman Sachs during Greece’s ‘fraudulent’ entry into the EU?

    If Greece wants to wipe out a lot of debt because it’s ‘odious’, they should be forced to bring to trial its own political fraudsters, the fraudsters on Ponzi Street and members of the ECB. Anything less is just gonna mean that this merry go round of International Money Laudering, Drug Cartel, Economic Hitmen Ponziopoly game will continue.

    As for Barry, he’s got the printing presses running full tilt. What’s a couple of trillion more to keep the ponzi scheme going and the EU intact for a bit longer whilst he ratches up the new cold war rhetoric against Russia and China.

    Come on Russian/China, move to a gold backed standard and flush Amerika down the troilet.


  10. There are several important
    variables to the Greek debt crisis
    that most people aren’t talking

    The debt in question is illegitimate.
    Approximately 90% of the money
    from these loans issued by the IMF
    and the ECB was used to bail out
    private banks.

    This shifted the consequences of
    their bad investments to the public
    sector and to the taxpayers. If the
    loans weren’t used to help the
    Greek people, then why should
    they have their pensions looted and
    their taxes raised to pay it off?

    This is predatory lending. That’s
    what the IMF does.

    The Greek debt is not sustainable. It
    never was. The IMF has itself
    acknowledged this in internal reports.
    However both the IMF and the ECB
    have refused to consider writing off
    any of the debt in their negotiations
    with the Greek government. If creditors
    refuse to accept a haircut, any bailouts
    would just push Greece deeper into debt,
    essentially kicking the can down the road.
    The IMF and ECB know this, but they
    don’t care.

    Greece is just the tip of the iceberg.
    France, Portugal, Italy, Ireland, and
    Spain are all facing unsustainable debt
    loads. This will come to a head eventually.
    The way the crisis unfolds in Greece is
    setting precedent.

    This is why the Eurogroup is taking such
    a hardline approach with Greece. The last
    thing they want is to have Spain, Italy
    and Portugal get the idea that they can
    default without consequences…


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