Greeks Raid Forests in Search of Wood to Heat Homes

Submitted by Michael Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg

Greece just seems to be getting worse and worse.  Being the leading edge of Southern Europe’s descent into 3rd world status, Greece’s lessons are all of our lessons, as I outlined in my piece last year The Global Spring.  From the Wall Street Journal:

Tens of thousands of trees have disappeared from parks and woodlands this winter across Greece, authorities said, in a worsening problem that has had tragic consequences as the crisis-hit country’s impoverished residents, too broke to pay for electricity or fuel, turn to fireplaces and wood stoves for heat.

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32 comments on “Greeks Raid Forests in Search of Wood to Heat Homes
  1. SophBee says:

    Compare:

    “Goldman Sachs to pay £8,300,000,000 just in bonuses”

    “Greeks Raid Forests in Search of Wood to Heat Homes” (Tens of thousands of trees have disappeared from parks and woodlands this winter across Greece, authorities said…)

    I would cry again, but I don’t think I have any more tears left.

  2. Father Ice says:

    “Greeks Raid Forests in Search of Wood to Heat Homes”???
    What a waste of resources!
    Use the wood to burn banksters and politicians at the stake!! Stupid greeks…

  3. Flopot says:

    The banksters just don’t give a s**t about people’s lives. In fact, considering the way a bankster mind works they’ll be thinking “hmmm, how can we turn this deforestation and depopulation to our financial advantage”. They probably sit around their massive dining tables congratulating themselves on their superiority and how the world is better off without such inferior paupers.

  4. SophBee says:

    Also:

    “…banks – led by Goldman Sachs – to defer bonus payments to enable highly paid bankers to benefit from the cut to income tax on 6 April.” Guardian, Monday 14 January 2013 13.16

    Uncontrollable greed whilst so many people in the world suffer.

  5. SophBee says:

    Not to mention the fact that the banksters are largely responsible for the financial crisis and the ideological ‘austerity measures’ being imposed on countries and its people.

  6. BuBu says:

    Gunmen Shoot at Greek Prime Minister’s Office
    “The incident came in the wake of bombs being set off at the residences of four prominent journalists and the brother of the government’s spokesman, prompting New Democracy to call on political parties to unite against violence.”
    http://goo.gl/h5S6o
    -
    So it’s not only wood but also bullets; sometimes silver ones
    http://www.wickedtemptations.com/images_products/silver-bullet-sex-kitten-140109sma.jpg

  7. Bruce says:

    politicians should ‘unite against violence’ in the same room, so people can take them out more easily

  8. Bruce says:

    BuBu, that pic is the most convincing advertisement for ‘silver’ I’ve ever seen.

  9. ronron says:

    burning this wet wood will cause a lot of chimney fires.

  10. curious says:

    Must be cold there. Their removal of CO2 absorbing trees might help them now to keep warm. Later, when the world temps run wildly amok (or something like that), their warmer winters will invite more tourists.

    Here’s what looks like a bootleg vid of an event almost more rare than accurate climate modeling predictions, an actual debate on the subject.

    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/01/12/finally-one-of-gores-trained-presenters-debates-a-climate-skeptic/#more-77371

    It is sad though for the Greeks, for all their travails.

  11. Spaniard says:

    The worst case of deforestation that ever took place in Spain was right after the end of the civil war in the 1940′s- utterly impoverished peoples chopped the trees down to obtain charcoal they could get warm with. If history means anything, say bye to the trees (and gather as many seeds as you could).

    P.S.: Greece has plenty of industry (naval), natural resources (food and natural gas) and human talent (second to none) to avert even harder conditions, but they do not stand a chance as long as they are alone- no one can brake the spell by himself/herself. On the other hand, they are perfectly capable, as any human society is, to destroy themselves in a flamboyant manner, with or without banksters in the mix (a group that eventually could turn out to be whichever group that gains leverage over the rest of his former fellow bipeds). Risk and opportunity dancing along…

  12. R. Freiherr v. Wackendonk says:

    The Viennese cut down and burnt almost the entire Wienerwald in the brutal winter of 1919, thanks to the bankers’ insistence on retaining the trade embargo on fuel and food until the defeated Central Powers were sufficiently weakened to accept multigenerational austerity in the peace treaties of that year.

  13. Wolferl says:

    Funny. I use firewood for my home for decades. Of course I plant new trees every year too. Guess this is called sustainability. So why don´t the Greeks start planting trees if the are unemployed? Oh well, I know, they are Greeks, it´s easier to cry and wait for the next bailout.

  14. MonsantoUSAbioterrorists says:

    Next ? Grass soup as in the gulag. Europe becoming a concentration camp like U-SS-A.

  15. MirrorMirror says:

    .

    Germany (taxpayers) being plundered via the ESF/ESM :

    Patrick Barron on the eurozone’s future

    Professor Barron has put forward the idea that the only route out of the ongoing euro crisis for Germany is an initial return to the Deutschmark, followed preferably by a subsequent move to a golden Deutschmark.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOTb0Or5WGM

    23 mins.

    Good interview — quite the opposite of what Max says.

    .

  16. Alf says:

    @wolferl…”Funny”…you’re still a miserable twat.

  17. General Rasta, SLA says:

    …………….welcome to Haiti

    unless you have physical, you’ll find out first hand what it will be to be a SLAVE

  18. Max says:

    The most terrifying problem is that even a revolution of the Greek people against the troika, followed by the exit of the country from the European Union and therefore from the Eurozone, would probably come too late, as the most important infrastructures (airports, highways, etc.) are no longer their own property. In the meantime, in Spain, the public service is being privatized. Where and when is this going to end ? We live in a damn dehumanized global world — and the word “global” means that no part of the world can escape this, unless with a revolution, which seems to be the last option left to the peoples.

  19. BuBu says:

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is scheduled to speak and answer audience and online questions at the University of Michigan.
    http://goo.gl/4Qwof
    U can ask questions on Twitter !!!!
    the conference with Ben Bernanke starts at around 4 p.m.
    Live with Twitter questions !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Max wake up and ask Him some diffiq question.

  20. Flopot says:

    @Maxime

    Good point. What you have in Greece now is an example of “inverted totalitarianism” but without the “managed democracy”, i.e. they don’t give a flying f**k about even the mirage of democracy now.

  21. My message to Chunky the “Angry Taxi Driver:-
    Check out:- “Professor Kai Murros ~ “That which does not kill us only makes us stronger.” 17/11/11″ Dr. Murros from Finland, points out the ‘great stumbling block’ which he sums up in the first five minutes of this YouTube post. “If you sound like a victim, look like a victim and behave like a victim, people will treat you like a victim! and ‘Victims’ have NO FOLLOWERS! only a few sympathisers, if they are lucky! WISE UP! Chunky! get educated! then RISE UP! and become a WINNER! & NOT A LOSER!

    BTW. The link to Professor Kai Murros, is at the bottom of this Hyper-Anti-Semitic, Ultra Anti-Monachist Blogsite post. (Freedom of the Internet, expounds freedom of expression and speech! which we approve of 100% except where ‘violence’ is advocated because of spite or vicious hate!… Artistic expressive hyperbole excepted! ) http://pragmaticwitness.com/tag/hm-queen/

  22. MirrorMirror says:

    @Max … read “Fascist Europe Rising” by Rodney Atkinson.
    ( Mr. Bean’s brother )
    Very interesting so far.

  23. Bob says:

    I hope we bring along solar and wind power before fossil fuels run out. We have billions of human beings who would not be here without fossil fuels, and there are enough trees in existence to keep them alive once these energy sources become too expensive to use or are depleted.

  24. MonsantoUSAbioterrorists says:

    But still ? No politician or bankster has been hanged or beheaded. You would have expected that these retards from Greece would at least ask Papapndreou et Papaconstatinou to be hanged and beheaded. You Greeks are fine trou du cul élargis with the Iriah. The only people intelligent these last years are the Icelanders. So sad.

  25. TJ says:

    I just came back from Greece. This story is ‘a fantasy story’.

    And the tress are doing fine too

  26. Carlos says:

    It’s a good thing they have strict gun laws in Greece…

  27. Max says:

    @MirrorMirror : thanks for the reading suggestion. I just looked at the content and it seems to be the perfect book to counterweigh the pro-European-Union propaganda. The French politician who led the opposition against the Maastricht treaty, Philippe Séguin, said at the time (twenty-one years ago), as if he knew what would happen, the following : “let us fear that, eventually, the national feelings, by dint of being oppressed, will end up mutating into nationalisms and leading Europe, once again, to serious difficulties ; for nothing is more dangerous than a nation frustrated for too long from the sovereignty by which it expresses its liberty, that is to say its imprescriptible right to choose its destiny”…

  28. Dilberta says:

    how sad….they dont know what happened to easter island…time to make some rocket mass heaters

  29. One modern Hellene says:

    Max, if a revolution occures, the infrastructures will not be a problem, as they will be confiscated and all previous actions of the past governments will be declared null and void. Because we are not dealing with legitimate but with odious debt here. There is another problem, however, much bigger than the infrastructures: this is Turkey, which is magnifying and modernizing its army and which will be used by the Western forces, as it has been in the past. At the same time the troika has imposed large cuts for our national defence. To make matters worse, it seems that foreign centers have tried to instigate the armed forces to commit a coup d’ état (we can assume this by various ridiculous publications in foreign and native press), since dictatorship has served them in the past, not only here but everywhere in the world, as it is well known. At the same time, as you may remember, the previous government of Papandreou was calumniating the officers, saying that they were “preparing a coup”, which was, of course, a lie. Unless the coup was… that they refused to come to the street and beat the protesting people, when the government ordered them to do so at September two years ago, which was why then it decapitated the senior officers. But so far the army has not fallen into the trap and it has not swerved from its objective, which is the national defence.
    So the problem is that the people are not revolting. After the huge protests of the previous years, it seems that it has fallen to the fourth stage of the shock, which is depression. However History has shown that at times of crisis the Hellenes do not act as expected to. The future will show.
    As about the forests and the squares, I can’t tell about the whole country, but at least at my neighborhood and several other places the trees are still proudly standing. There is, however, some truth in the article, because people are abandoning oil, gas and electric heating after the notorious raises in oil and electricity prices and obverting to fireplaces. Wood selling has raised a lot. A big problem exists at the very North-Western of the country, where (after the traitorous government removed the soldiers from the outposts) stealthy Albanian lumberjacks and smugglers cross the borders, cut the trees and then sell the wood to either Hellas or Albania. Huge amouns of wood that was cut that way have already been confiscated.
    To add something to your views about Europe, the E.U., as it has been constructed (based mainly on nazi plans during WW2), is light years away from a European Idea, which would of course be based on the Civilizations of the European nations and all the tradition that they have created and demised to Humanity. To convert the nations of Europe to an uncultivated pulp of slaves, living for money and dominated by it, is killing that very idea, and Europe in its present form is rather resembling to Asian despotic structures. This Europe must die and another Europe must take its place: Europe of the European nations.

  30. Flopot says:

    @Carlos

    Gun ownership is a constitutional right in the US – that didn’t stop the US constitution being overturned by Bush Jnr and then Obama.

  31. La Curée says:

    A chainsaw woke me a few days ago travelling in Portugal wild camping in an ‘EU protected pine forest / beach’ .
    The middle aged couple had a small hand cart and were obviously collecting for home use.
    Looking around the branches that can be easily reached are cleared out now a good way into the stand of pines.
    Cycling along back roads I often see the scavengers hand cart at the side of roadside scrub.

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