1 February 2011

Greece, 2011 CE

Trafficking of human organs, firearms, drugs and babies are easier to take place in countries without borders (and this has nothing to do with having a large sea-coast or thousands of islands).  

Yesterday, in Kavala, some Afghans were on their way, in their learjets,  to Italy to sell their own kidneys.  Today, Bulgarians and their Greek brothers were selling babies (everybody knows the tariff). How many lawyers, supposedly, can have now view? Black economy flourishes and unlawfulness renders our small European country an Eldorado of fraud. 

Our land has always been a passage. This was a cause for the birth of  philosophy and civilization. A passage where hypocrisy, piracy, smuggling and fraud bloomed. At some point, this land acquired  boundaries, but this has not resulted in any significant change. Lawlessness remains a way of life. The Prime Minister's decision to touch directly upon the issue of illegal billboards appeared to be a strange act. But he started doing something. Could he, perhaps, realize the illegality of the recent occupation of the Athens Law School and do something about it? As he once declared, the PM has been an immigrant himself and so he could possibly understand a bit more.

Among the five continents, there is a small country which receives 300 souls [immigrants] every day. A country that everyone is entitled to curse and degrade. But we are not all illegal. Immigrants, yes, we may be. But we do deserve some dignity even if hypocrisy is a national virtue.

Somewhat free translation of the Greek original from Law Blog.

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It's about counting, but when things get too large.
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The principle of dynamic programming

max_{x,y} [f(x) + g(x,y)] = max_x [f(x) + max_y g(x,y)]

The bottom line

Nuestras horas son minutos cuando esperamos saber y siglos cuando sabemos lo que se puede aprender.
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Αγεωμέτρητος μηδείς εισίτω.
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