Skip to comments.Drachmageddon? Middle-class poverty. Feral Gangs. Neo-Nazis. Athens Waits For The Volcano To Explode
Posted on 06/15/2012 9:02:11 PM PDT by blam
Drachmageddon? Middle-class poverty. Feral Gangs. Neo-Nazis. Athens Waits For The Volcano To Explode
By Robert Hardman
15 June 2012
Antonis Perris was a devoted son. When his elderly mother was diagnosed with Alzheimers four years ago, there was no question of putting her in a state facility.
He would care for her at home in Athens and they would face the future together.
But then things started getting very much worse.
The problem is that I was not prepared when the economic crisis hit and I do not have enough money in my account, wrote the 60-year-old unemployed musician.
My credit card is overdrawn, we do not have enough food to feed ourselves. I live a drama with no end. Does anyone have a solution for me? World leaders, you who brought this financial crisis, you all need hanging! On the brink: Greeks will go to the polls again on Sunday, and the outcome of their votes will be critical for the country's future.
Perris wrote of his despair in an internet chatroom three weeks ago. Then, one morning, he led his mother on to the roof of their five-storey apartment block. Hand-in-hand, they jumped off.
Not long ago, this episode would have been a national scandal. Today, it is just another tragic footnote to the story of a society on the brink of collapse.
On Monday morning, this modern European nation could be waking up to a nightmare scenario, which runs as follows. The cash machines start drying up. Supermarket shelves are cleared by families fearful that food supplies will run out.
There are queues round the block for the last dribbles from the petrol pumps, and deliveries come to a halt. Within a day or two, protests have turned to looting and random acts of violence
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Is there any other kind? A paid musician is a vanity of the rich - be it an individual or a society.
Maybe there is something productive you could do on the side.
Look likes the Free Republic A-Hole Society has decreed that society should have no paid free enterprising musicians. Maybe Tyrant Bloomberg can appoint you two as cabinet officers in his No Big Sodas or Paid Musicians Department.
dear imbecile: I promise you I can curl what’s left of your hair with a guitar solo, so kindly crawl back into your mommy’s spare bedroom.
Music may or may not feed the soul.
But I’m 100% damn sure it ain’t caloric.
I ought not be so conciliatory but there’s just so much internecine rancor here at FR lately. Must be the Romney effect.
If the bit about musician not being a “real job” offends you I apologize. More to my point was the highlighted quote “I didn’t prepare.” (Hence the grasshopper/ant allusions)
You can make as much money as Michael Jackson or Whitney Houston in that profession. God bless ya if you do. No skin off my rosy red nose. But when you blow it all and you’re Rick James in a crackhouse, then what can I tell you. And when the world goes Mad Max like Greece almost did, and you can live as a minstrel only so far as you amuse your lord; again, I don’t have a bottomless wellspring of sympathy.