As Athens burns the EC announces €1 trillion budget

Whilst demanding that Greece impose upon its people draconian austerity measures, European Commission president José Manuel Barroso defended the EU budget as ambitious but responsible and warned member states against “Pavlovian reactions”.

1,000,000,000,000 (or one million millions) of your tax money spent by unelected no-bodies, living the life of Riley at your expense with 15 years of unaudited accounts, is not what I call responsible. No wonder more and more EU member states’ citizens are sliding below the poverty line.

Classical conditioning (also Pavlovian or respondent conditioning, Pavlovian reinforcement) is a form of conditioning that was first demonstrated by Ivan Pavlov in 1927.

The typical procedure for inducing classical conditioning involves presentations of a neutral stimulus along with a stimulus of some significance, the “unconditioned stimulus”. The neutral stimulus could be any event that does not result in an overt behavioral response from the organism under investigation. Conversely, presentation of the significant stimulus necessarily evokes an innate, often reflexive, response.

One of the earliest literary references to classical conditioning can be found in the comic novel The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (1759) by Laurence Sterne. The narrator Tristram Shandy explains how his mother was conditioned by his father’s habit of winding up a clock before having sex with his wife.

Another example is in the dystopian novel, A Clockwork Orange in which the novel’s anti-hero and protagonist, Alex, is given a solution to cause severe nausea, and is forced to watch violent acts. This renders him unable to perform any violent acts without inducing similar nausea.

In Barosso’s case, in his addiction of forcing member states to impose austerity measures whilst imposing fiscal oversight, Barosso is forced to watch the fiscal destruction of a nation taking EU/IMF money making it impossible to break the debt cycle and become subservient to Brussels. This renders him unable to perform any kind of fiscal bullying without inducing demands for more money and direct taxation to feed the EU/IMF beast, the member nations being incapable of refusing such requests to borrow even more as they approach the fiscal tipping point themselves.

Some call it the Nero syndrome..

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Ian Parker-Joseph, former Leader of the Libertarian Party UK, who currently heads PDPS Internet Hosting and the Personal Deed Poll Services company, has been an IT industry professional for over 20 years, providing Business Consulting, Programme and Project Management, specialising in the recovery of Projects that have failed in a process driven world. Ian’s experience is not limited to the UK, and he has successfully delivered projects in the Middle East, Africa, US, Russia, Poland, France and Germany. Working within different cultures, Ian has occupied high profile roles within multi-nationals such as Nortel and Cable & Wireless. These experiences have given Ian an excellent insight into world events, and the way that they can shape our own national future. His extensive overseas experiences have made him all too aware of how the UK interacts with its near neighbours, its place in the Commonwealth, and how our nation fits into the wider world. He is determined to rebuild many of the friendships and commercial relationships with other nations that have been sadly neglected over the years, and would like to see greater energy and food security in these countries, for the benefit of all. Ian is a vocal advocate of small government, individual freedom, low taxation and a minimum of regulation. Ian believes deeply and passionately in freedom and independence in all areas of life, and is now bringing his professional experiences to bear in the world of politics.
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4 Responses to As Athens burns the EC announces €1 trillion budget

  1. jameshigham says:

    Well done. Question of time, Ian, question of time now.

  2. Harry Hook says:

    “,,, winding up a clock before having sex with his wife”

    I’ll have to give that one a go… resisting temptation to overwind the spring… of course.

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