Guest Post: Who’s Got Talent?

Submitted by Leo Kolivakis, publisher of Pension Pulse.

It’s Orthodox Easter so that means family, food and more food. I wanted to post something really funny that you might not have seen.

By now, everyone in the world saw Susan Boyle’s amazing singing performance on Britain’s Got Talent show. If you have not seen it, click here to watch her mesmerizing performance. This lady has incredible talent that went undiscovered until now.

But there was another funny skit you might have not seen. It was a father and son dancing their version of Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance. Click here to watch it on YouTube and I hope it puts a smile on your face.

I wish all Orthodox Christians a Happy Easter.

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  1. Alex

    Christos Vozkress!
    Voistinu Voskrese!

    A blessed Pascha to you and your family Leo, and to everyone at naked capitalism & pension pulse.

  2. Blurtman

    The Susan Boyle “story” tells more about the shallow, appearance based society than this woman herself. Imagine when being an average person who can sing is an extraordinary novelty!

    What a morally bankrupt society.

  3. Leo Kolivakis

    Christos Anesti! I thank you all for commenting on Yves’ great blog. I wish you and your loved ones many years of health and happiness.

    All the best,


  4. LeeAnne


    Couldn’t agree with you more. And this is the second time it’s been linked to this blog.

    I think everyone should stick to their knitting if you know what I mean.

    And, by the way, what is an Orthodox Christian? That’s just a rhetorical question. I’m not really interested. Quite the contrary, The subject is too personal and intrusive.

    I look forward to a return of pre-book writer deadline standards for this blog. Yesterdays was also too close to MSM pandering -the one on ‘whiners.’ Its like MSM purpose to provoke rather than provide the extraordinary information, reporting, analysis and commentary expected on this blog.

    Not bitter -just commenting. Don’t mean to be rude. Another thing abhorred in this culture along with critical thinking is criticism in general; the inability to know the difference between constructive criticism and rudeness is bizarre albeit common.

    I know I know I can skip it if I don’t like it. But sometimes you don’t know until you read it and then its too late.

    But soon you just stop.

  5. Yves Smith


    Um, it’s hardly terribly personal, but I am a bit surprised you have never heard of it. It is the second largest Christian communion in the world. I suggest you Google it since it is of considerable historical importance (the Byzantine Empire. for instance).

  6. Leo Kolivakis

    LeeAnne and others who think like you,

    Ease up a little. i can publish long analytical pieces every single day, but I was celebrating Easter and I thought some humor was in order.

    >>Yves, thanks for correcting my mistakes. I made several in this short post, including the title!



  7. LeeAnne

    With all due respect, I think I mentioned that I am not interested.

    The point is that wearing your religion on your sleeve in any public forum let alone this one is really taking liberties that are frankly offensive.

  8. Leo Kolivakis

    LeeAnne wrote:

    “The point is that wearing your religion on your sleeve in any public forum let alone this one is really taking liberties that are frankly offensive.”

    This is a gross distortion and self-serving reply.

    The only offensive thing here is how some people lack any sense of humor and are totally oblivious to religious holidays. What don’t you show some respect?

    Take it from a guy with Multiple Sclerosis (oops, I am now wearing my illness on my sleeve!), life is too short to be so wound up. :)



  9. kackermann

    Thanks for the laugh!

    B.T.W. scientists are still debating if an insult from a narcissist is actually a compliment or if it just cancels to no information.

  10. VG Chicago

    Considering the immoral behavior currently exhibited by financial institutions and governments, perhaps a little religion would not hurt. Obviously, shame and decency didn’t keep these CEOs in line, so maybe the fear of God would.

    Re. LeeAnne’s question, there are half a billion Orthodox Christians in this world, most in Russia, Greece, Romania, Bulgaria, much of former Yugoslavia, Ukraine, Middle East, North Africa, Asia Minor, etc. Those beautiful churches from Moscow near Kremlin are Orthodox churches. The Orthodox Church goes back a full 2000 years, and the history of Europe was shaped by it more than by any other factors. The reason you and many others in the West are now enjoying freedom and prosperity and are reaping the benefits of science and education is in very large part owed to the Orthodox Church. Over the past two millennia, millions of Christian Orthodox have fought and died to keep all sorts of ruthless invaders from the east from obliterating Europe. Case in point, if it weren’t for the Orthodox nations to keep the Ottomans in check for 800 years, there would have never been a Renaissance, and Vienna, Florence, Venice, and maybe even Paris would now be speaking in fluent Turkish. Just FYI…

    Vinny GOLDberg

  11. VG Chicago

    kackermann said: “scientists are still debating if an insult from a narcissist is actually a compliment or if it just cancels to no information.”

    I tend to think narcissism is a mere façade for an otherwise very insecure personality structure. They look so tough on their first sessions, but when they finally crack, boy, do they weep…

    Vinny GOLDberg

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