Great Hellas

15.5.05

Yahoo Spies on You

I got this message delivered to my inbox. I'll repost it here for your own protection.

Yahoo tracks all of its users everywhere on the web and the way to opt-out is detailed below. If you have a Yahoo e-mail account or belong to one of Yahoo's many Yahoo groups, this probably applies to you. Yahoo has probably been tracking everything you do online. Follow the instructions precisely to opt out of this. Notice the important part at the very end.

"Yahoo is now using something called 'Web Beacons' to track Yahoo Group users around the net and see what you're doing and where you are going similar to cookies. Yahoo is recording every website and every group you visit.

Take a look at their updated privacy statement:

http://privacy.yahoo.com/privacy

About half-way down the page, in the section on cookies, you will see a link that says web beacons. Click on the phrase web beacons.

http://privacy.yahoo.com/privacy/us/beacons/details.html

That will bring you to a paragraph entitled "Outside the Yahoo Network."

In this section you'll see a little "click here to opt out" link that will let you "opt-out" of their new method of snooping.


Once you have clicked that link, you are exempted. Notice the "Success" message on the top of the next page. Be careful because on that page there is a "Cancel Opt-out" button that, if clicked, will **undo** the opt-out. So don't reflexively click that button, or you will undo the opt-out ! Feel free to forward this to other groups."

14.5.05

On the Misery of the Hellenic Government

Hellenic Front has updated its English site to include a very wise article on Hellenic foreign policy and why we should not be suprised in its ineffectivness since nothing else in the country works. (link) Here is an excerpt:

What kind of education system are we talking about? An education system in which Greek history is sacrificed on the altar of smoothing down our differences with our neighbors? All this at a time when leading figures of the far-Left are board members in the Teachers Union.

What education are we talking about when we translate the works of Papadiamandis into demotic Greek from katharevousa Greek, because today’s Greeks have trouble understanding katharevousa, as if it is a foreign language? At the same time modern Greek seats in universities abroad are in serious decline due to a lack of funding, since we can find funds for the cash-strapped and cumbersome state-run companies, but not for promoting Hellenic culture and civilization.

8.5.05

The Holy Empire of Righteous Hellenes

It is still being tweaked to perfection, but its much better than the current Hellenic Republic. The Holy Empire of Righteous Hellenes in the region of H E Righteous Hellenes on the internet game Nation States is the place to be. So, if you are a Hellenic nation, join the region.

Here is the description of the Holy Empire of Righteous Hellenes:

The Holy Empire of Righteous Hellenes is a large, devout nation, remarkable for its barren, inhospitable landscape. Its hard-nosed, cynical population of 40 million are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The enormous, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Social Welfare, and Religion & Spirituality. The average income tax rate is 32%, but much higher for the wealthy. A large private sector is dominated by the Automobile Manufacturing industry.

Graffiti artists spend lengthy periods of time in jail, citizens are permitted to carry concealed handguns, long arduous trials are held for the most trivial of offences, and the Navy has outraged the international community by sinking a boatload of refugees to prevent them reaching the shore. Crime -- especially youth-related -- is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Righteous Hellenes's national animal is the Byzantine Eagle, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its currency is the Drachme.

Righteous Hellenes is ranked 1st in the region and 50,138th in the world for Largest Agricultural Sector.

2.5.05

Tsunami

The aussies are fear a tsunami may strike Hellas (link). If it were not for the historical precedent of tsunamis in the Aegean (see Plato Timaeus, Laws) and more recent occurences I'd say that the Aussies are just trying to scare people from visiting Hellas this summer as they were last summer.

On second thought, who am I kidding, they probably are.

I doubt that the government will act on an early warning system any time soon. You see, it has no money to complete projects already at hand. No corporation will want to pick up this profitless tab. With all the money split up between PASOK, New Democracy, KKE, and Synapsismos robber baron political system the country can barely finish projects in progress. I think it the sum of the tax payers wealth went to 1 part SYN, 2 parts KKE, 3 part new Democracy, and 4 parts PASOK.

I say a cheaper way is to have pamphlets up everywhere in the coastal areas detailing how the sea appears when a tsunami is in the works. The ancient Hellenes have already provided the material.

Anyhow, if you are on a sailboat and the wave is coming towards you, climb the wave diagonally as if you are climbing a mountain. If you are on a motor yacht or boat I wish you the best of luck, and hope you are a good Hellenic-Orthodox Christian. The wine dark sea is unforgiving.

Also, this page deals with the issue of an early warning system in the Aegan. I am copying here the bad site design makes the text unreadable..


A tsunami warning system in south-west Aegean Sea, Greece
Gerassimos A. Papadopoulos
Institute of Geodynamics, National Observatory of Athens,
P.O. Box 20048 11810 Athens,
Greece. Tel. : +301-3462664,
Fax: +301-3426005

Abstract: One of the most tsunamigenic regions of Europe is the Kythira Strait
between Peloponnesus and Crete Island. Large, destructive tsunamis have been
reported there in historical times such as the waves of 66 A.D., 365, 1630 and
1866, all of them being associated with respective large earthquakes. Future
tsunamis to be generated in that area could cause near-field as well as
far-field effects. Since the tsunami travel times are locally very short,
near-field effects are expected within only about 10 min from the tsunami origin
time. Therefore, the Greek research team that is participating in GITEC-TWO has
selected the Kythira Strait, SW Aegean Sea, for the development of a local
tsunami warning system (TWS). Before establishing such a TWS its operational
efficiency should be firstly tested by considering its response capability. The
main purpose of the test is to evaluate the maximum alert time, that is the time
interval between the origin time of a potentially tsunamigenic strong earthquake
and the maximum acceptable time for setting up a tsunami alert. To this goal an
experimental system for monitoring the earthquake activity and the sea level
changes has been developed. The system consists of a number of digital
seismographs and tide-gauges. A 24-hour operation of the system and an on-line
data transmission and automatic elaboration at the Institute of Geodynamics,
Athens, has been scheduled.