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How Do You Spell "Potemkin?" G-8 Plans to Deal With Downturn

Thursday, 30 May 2013 13:13

I wish I could take credit for making this one up.

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written by Jeffrey Stewart, May 30, 2013 1:55
It's reminiscent of the difference between the Capitol and District 12. Hunger Games, indeed.
written by Sandwichman, May 30, 2013 2:18
Fakin' the bacon!
written by JDM, May 30, 2013 2:18
Guys, whatever we do here, we sure don't need to listen to those doom and gloom guys, cause obviously the economy is thriving!
written by skeptonomist, May 30, 2013 2:35
The fake storefronts are going too far, but this kind of facelifting is routine for all sorts of international events, in all kinds of economic climates. And it is fiscal stimulus after all, as is the meeting itself.
written by JDM, May 30, 2013 2:50
skeptonomist, I don't think anyone here is objecting to washing the sidewalks down. However, creating a false image of prosperity before a summit which is supposed to deal with the reality of the economy is criminal.
written by JDM, May 30, 2013 2:54
To clarify, even blastcleaning the storefronts is okay, if a bit gingerbread, but really, there is no excuse whatever for the blatant fakery we're talking about here. It's a demonstration of just how realistic the people involved are being about their jobs.
written by watermelonpunch, May 30, 2013 3:47
My spouse just said that he had read (awhile back) about how this sort of extreme fakery was common for the Soviets.

So that's where we're at are we?

I guess we should applaud them for not importing happy looking actors to stand about the streets looking cheerful, while ushering downtrodden miserable locals out of the foreign dignitaries routes?
Oh wow.
written by somethingblue, May 30, 2013 5:28
Too bad Krugman's traveling today. This one is worthy of the wise men of Chelm. ("No problem. We'll just put up a photograph of a recovery!")
Blazing Saddles II
written by John parks, May 30, 2013 6:37
Mel Brooks established the precedent. I can only pray that the Irish have ulterior motives and that the bad guys get their just rewards.
written by Kenneth Fingeret, May 30, 2013 8:14
Hello everyone,

It takes a Potemkin Village to raise the G-8 idiots! It is much easier to raise the HMS Titanic than these POS!
Leprechaunomists abound
written by guabin, June 01, 2013 8:20
Surely, the prank of a Leprechaun? Or one Guinness too many? Or it the IT the Onion?

With this G8 lot everyday is the April Fool on us.

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