This page has been archived and commenting is disabled.

Ireland's Big Lie: The Real Potemkin Village

Tyler Durden's picture


While the world is awash in central banker created Potemkin village analogies, Ireland has gone one step further. In a little over two weeks, the self-important leaders of the Group of Eight (G8) will be meeting at the Lough Erne Golf Resort in Northern Ireland. There’s a slight problem, however. Ireland’s economy is in shambles and many of the neighboring towns are in horrible shape. So what’s the solution? Simple, just pretend nothing’s wrong by remodeling storefronts long since abandoned just as you would in a Hollywood set. What about those pesky abandoned buildings and other eyesores of blight and destitution? No problem, just place colorful murals in front of them. It makes sense. After all, the response by the G8 to the financial collapse since the beginning has been to cover it up and pretend nothing happened.


Via Michael Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

Ireland’s Big Lie: Town Gets Cheap, Superficial Makeover Ahead of the G8 Summit

In a little over two weeks, the self-important leaders of the Group of Eight (G8) will be meeting at the Lough Erne Golf Resort in Northern Ireland.  There’s a slight problem, however.  Ireland’s economy is in shambles and many of the neighboring towns are in horrible shape.  While real economic collapse doesn’t seem to bother Ireland’s leaders, the thought of Barack Obama, Shinzo Abe and David Cameron having to confront the realities of poverty while feasting on caviar and foie gras is simply too much to bare.

So what’s the solution?  Simple, just pretend nothing’s wrong by remodeling storefronts long since abandoned just as you would in a Hollywood set.  What about those pesky abandoned buildings and other eyesores of blight and destitution?  No problem, just place colorful murals in front of them.  It makes sense.  After all, the response by the G8 to the financial collapse since the beginning has been to cover it up and pretend nothing happened.  At least the meme is consistent across the Western World.  From the Irish Times:

Hundreds of thousands of pounds have been spent on a Fermanagh facelift as the county prepares for the G8 summit in just under three weeks’ time, but locals complain the work paid for by the local council and the Stormont Executive is little more than skin deep.


More than 100 properties within range of the sumptuous Lough Erne resort which hosts the world’s wealthiest leaders, have been tidied up, painted or power-hosed.


However, locals say the makeover only serves to hide a deeper malaise which US president Barack Obama, German chancellor Angela Merkel, French president François Hollande and others will not get to see.


Two shops in Belcoo, right on the border with Blacklion, Co Cavan, have been painted over to appear as thriving businesses. The reality, as in other parts of the county, is rather more stark.


Just a few weeks ago, Flanagan’s – a former butcher’s and vegetable shop in the neat village – was cleaned and repainted with bespoke images of a thriving business placed in the windows. Any G8 delegate passing on the way to discuss global capitalism would easily be fooled into thinking that all is well with the free-market system in Fermanagh. But, the facts are different.


“That work happened just a few weeks ago,” he said. The council got that place painted but it went under sometime last year.


The butcher’s business has been replaced by a picture of a butcher’s business. Across the road is a similar tale. A small business premises has been made to look like an office supplies store. It used to be a pharmacy, now relocated on the village main street.


Elsewhere in Fermanagh, billboard-sized pictures of the gorgeous scenery have been located to mask the occasional stark and abandoned building site or other eyesore.

Global ponzi economy.  Pathetic.


- advertisements -

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.
Sat, 06/01/2013 - 21:06 | 3617400 holdbuysell
holdbuysell's picture

What's ironic about this dress for TPTB is that TPTB already know it's this bad.

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 21:12 | 3617412 Eireann go Brach
Eireann go Brach's picture

Hopefully the IRA come out to play over the weekend.

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 21:46 | 3617470 WayBehind
WayBehind's picture

C'mon man! As much as your post is funny, violence is not a solution ...

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 22:28 | 3617522 maskone909
maskone909's picture

worked on hitler, holmes. this isnt two kids in the schoolyard. these are bankers wreaking havoc on nations. if you have another solution please feel free.

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 23:25 | 3617617 Richard Chesler
Richard Chesler's picture

Compared to Obozo's Amerika, the soviets were amateurs.

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 00:10 | 3617667 TheFourthStooge-ing
TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

This situation calls for a shocking and insanely bizarre response which G8 attendees will never forget. It must be not only weirdly disturbing, but so damned puzzling that it gives them nightmares for years.

My suggestion is to go to the county dump (or similar facility) and scavenge as many discarded baby dolls as possible, along with any rope, clothesline, or heavy string that can be found. Along the route where the village has been Potemkininzed, hang the discarded baby dolls by the neck at a level where they can be clearly seen from passing vehicles.

Bonus points for stringing them up with a hangman's knot (there are instructional videos on youtube). Any baby doll missing a head should be hanged by a leg, and those with no head, arms, or legs should have the rope passed through torso openings left by the missing appendages.

The authorities, being what they are, will attempt to remove these. Post to the internet pictures and videos of them doing so, purely for the absurdity value.

There are two ways to thwart removal efforts; use both if at all possible. The first method is overwhelming numbers. A hundred hanged baby dolls can be removed without too much effort. Twelve thousand hanged baby dolls, though, and it's another story.

The second method involves hanging them over a larger geograhic area, along all roads leading to the event. It'll take the authorities a long time to find every one of them, and sufficient numbers of hanged baby dolls will make it next to impossible to remove all of them before attendees arrive.

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 02:02 | 3617741 Rincewind
Rincewind's picture

While all of this is good and true. Let's be reminded that County Fermanagh is part of the UK and not of the Republic of Ireland. So somehow the headline is misleading, just saying...

Edit: But yes, County Cavan is part of the Republic of Ireland. So they are in for this charade together.


Sun, 06/02/2013 - 03:03 | 3617773 Sandmann
Sandmann's picture

Sounds like Tyler thinks New Mexico is part of the United Mexican States. Probably unaware that Northern Ireland is an integral part of the United Kingdom.

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 04:36 | 3617819 Rubicon
Rubicon's picture

Americans and Geography. Are they sure they are in Iraq?

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 07:15 | 3617901 smlbizman
smlbizman's picture

instead of painting the buildings, how 'bout we paint one of those wiley coyote tunnel pics on the wall and have the g8 drive into it...

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 13:15 | 3618338 SafelyGraze
SafelyGraze's picture

you *always* puts on the lipstick and the make-ups and you teases out your hair whenever the gentleman callers be coming by

it's just a good, common sense of a thing to do

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 08:11 | 3617938 NoDebt
NoDebt's picture

Who knows at this point.  Just read an article this morning that the same federal judge that declared the sweeping orders for Google to turn over any and all requested customer info to the FBI UNCONSTITUTIONAL, is now requiring Google to comply with those orders ANYWAY.

Even the MSM seems vaguely aware there's something wrong with that.

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 11:48 | 3618179 OldSouth
OldSouth's picture

Has Google also been ordered to hand over their proprietary database schemas, keys and metadata?  Is the FBI even capable of protecting intellectual property? Has Google no recourse to the loss and/or open distribution of their IP via FBI vectors?

If not, business prudence should dictate format compliance. User data text streamed and sufficiently randomized to prevent loss of Google IP should do it.

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 09:40 | 3617995 Toolshed
Toolshed's picture

Right you are! We Americans are dumb as rocks. What is truly sad however, is the fact that you Europeans with your shiny experimental Euro experiment make us look like absolutely fucking geniuses. Well done!

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 08:48 | 3617954 Cacete de Ouro
Cacete de Ouro's picture

Northern Ireland is an annex to the political union of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

It is not an integral part of any united kingdom...

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 14:50 | 3618523 ILLILLILLI
ILLILLILLI's picture

All this geography!

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 08:44 | 3617952 Cacete de Ouro
Cacete de Ouro's picture

The commentary does not mention the Repubic of Ireland; just Ireland. County Fermanagh is part of Ireland. Maybe you should read the Irish Constiiution, specifically Articles 2 and 3 (even after amendment).

It would 'remind' you of a thing or two....

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 11:53 | 3618191 TheFourthStooge-ing
TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

Occupied Ireland is still Ireland.

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 06:25 | 3617857 onthesquare
onthesquare's picture

i like that and here may be more.  lf they allow ordinary people on the street have them dress up as glass eyed zombies in tatered cloths.  Bring some old trucks into town and have them break down.  Business as usually in a completely whipped economy.

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 07:59 | 3617926 Oleander
Oleander's picture

I do not understand  the down arrors. This is a brilliant idea! I think I shall start a doll collection of my own.

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 13:32 | 3618347 OneTinSoldier66
OneTinSoldier66's picture

"worked on hitler, holmes. this isnt two kids in the schoolyard. these are bankers wreaking havoc on nations. if you have another solution please feel free."


If money is backed by murder, should I stoop down to that level and do the same? Anyone can murder... and say it was in the name of righteousness. I think I can do better than to stoop down to using violence to achieve my goals.


I WILL NOT go where the fiat paper money bankers have gone. Nope, not going there. No F'ing way. Don't get me wrong. I am a strong believer that there should be consequences for those who cheat, defraud, and steal, by whatever subtle surreptitious means that they managed to conjure it up with.


Perhaps I should take a moment to say something, hopefully not for nothing. I am perfectly capable of defending myself and my property, and I have weapons. But they are for defense only. I will not initiate the use of force or coercion on another human. I may try to persuade and convince, but I will never force anyone to do anything they do not want to do, nor buy any product or service that they do not want, as long as they give me the same respect.

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 22:34 | 3617533 BernankeHasHemo...
BernankeHasHemorrhoids's picture

Actually violence IS the solution. If America's cities were burning with most branches of Citi, BOA, Chase etc destroyed and looted along with assassinations of many of those responsible for the current situation, we would be further along the road to a solution. This is how the Berlin Wall came down, how the Soviet Union fell - especially if many units of the armed forces refused to fire on their fellow citizens and rebelled. Anarchy in the USA!

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 22:38 | 3617538 maskone909
maskone909's picture

so were do we sign up muthafucka?!?!

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 03:40 | 3617797 macholatte
macholatte's picture


...... especially if many units of the armed forces refused to fire on their fellow citizens and rebelled.



Sun, 06/02/2013 - 06:43 | 3617870 Oracle of Kypseli
Oracle of Kypseli's picture

First you  have to blow up a bankster's car. But  make sure you don't burn your lips in the exhaust pipe.

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 23:39 | 3617624 Kirk2NCC1701
Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Observe that inasmuch as some smug bloggers like to disparage the Europeans, note that in the EU the knowledge and experience of revolutions is still quite fresh in the population.

By contrast, in the "USA!, USA!, USA!, we're #1, we're #1"... Not so much. If we are going to have more honesty than hubris. :-)

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 00:51 | 3617706 Harbanger
Harbanger's picture

America is different, it's much bigger and has a different history.  A revolution would have to come from the middle class here.  Europe in one way or another has always had more govt dependents that the US.  I don't see that type of revolution here; maybe rioting and looting by the poor in big citys when the checks stop coming in.  Which may cause the dis-armed middle class to want the govt to control the violence "at all costs".  That's when we lose what little rights we have left.  That's their plan.

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 06:33 | 3617860 onthesquare
onthesquare's picture

American was born in revolution then shortly afterward began invading other countries.  Canada said GET OUT at least 3 times. 

The US has a history of agression and when it comes to violence they can hold their own.  Americans are beginning to wake up and eventually the stooges who protect the leaders from the masses will turn and join the down troden.  There will be a whole new bunch of heros made and new themes for Hollywood.

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 03:03 | 3617772 dunce
dunce's picture

Precisely targeted violence may be the answer to certain problems, but comparing bank branches to the Berlin wall and nice bank tellers to Stasi guards that shot people trying to escape communism is ridiculous. The wall was a structural symbol and tool of evil men. Bank branches are just plain buildings. The real citadels of crime and the crime bosses  are in places like New York. Focus your rage.

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 12:24 | 3618238 Herd Redirectio...
Herd Redirection Committee's picture

And City of London.

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 04:20 | 3617815 gratefultraveller
gratefultraveller's picture


"These elections, in which anti-communist candidates won a striking victory, inaugurated a series of peaceful anti-communist revolutions in Central and Eastern Europe[69][70][71] that eventually culminated in the fall of communism."

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 02:39 | 3617760 SilverSavant
SilverSavant's picture

You are right and wrong.   Given a choice, it is not the one I would pick.   I have spent a successful life avoiding that choice.   Now though, I keep searching through the choices and it isn't on the list.   Violence is now the top 10 choices and the trend looks to be that it will be the only choice left real soon.   Logic also dictates that choosing sooner is better than choosing later.   WASF   as in We Are So -

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 10:18 | 3618033 Roandavid
Roandavid's picture

What do you call ten dead central planners?

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 14:57 | 3618531 logicalman
logicalman's picture

A small but promising start!

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 13:18 | 3618342 Overfed
Overfed's picture

I'm beginning to believe that it's the ONLY solution.

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 20:16 | 3619079 HedgeHammer
HedgeHammer's picture

OH God I can't take it anymore. AFTER WW2 I would have agreed with your statement that violence in not the answer, however, it seems to me that, since WW2, 60+ years of these assholes at the helm with just about every citizen screaming at the top of their lungs that enough is enough tells me that the time for talking is long gone for TPTB don't seem to give 2 shits about you and I. They do tend to respond in a very positive manner  when they are sucking on the end of a barrel. Its funny because at that point all those screams tend to flood back to the forefront of their minds.

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 21:48 | 3617474 jeff montanye
jeff montanye's picture

for more details and photos, see

potemkin something is a widespread metaphor.  to actually see such quackery in the flesh is relatively rare and oh so telling.  the elites should be afraid for their safety.

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 08:13 | 3617942 espirit
espirit's picture

You mean like fake snipers in the fake windows?

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 21:51 | 3617479 jeff montanye
jeff montanye's picture

for more details and photos, see

potemkin something is a widespread metaphor.  to actually see such quackery in the flesh is relatively rare and oh so telling.  the elites should be afraid for their safety.

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 22:01 | 3617487 Dewey Cheatum Howe
Dewey Cheatum Howe's picture

..But not everyone in County Fermanagh views the fake shops negatively. The project has provided a much needed stimulus in the form of jobs for painters and construction workers, according to the BBC...

I'm sure Krugman came in his pants reading that. I bet he even writes a 1000 word column on it . This is just a variation on the broken window fallacy. And once they are done and the shops still don't open what then assholes. I know a varation on the dig a hole during the day and fill it back in during night job stimulus fallacy (you split the unemployed into 2 groups, one that digs the hole, the other fills it back in, repeat ad nauseum) except in this case it involves vandalism and burning buildings to the ground.

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 22:27 | 3617517 BringOnTheAsteroid
BringOnTheAsteroid's picture

So if you have fake store fronts painted on brick walls and you've exhausted this form of GDP growth because all avaialable space has been painted on I guess you could re-employ the painters to paint broken windows on the fake store fronts . . . . . . . . the fact that the previous sentence even exists, goes to show how utterly ridiculous things have become, that the previous sentence makes even remote sense, let alone perfect sense thanks to Krugman, is a sad enditement on this world.

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 06:46 | 3617872 onthesquare
onthesquare's picture

And for the G8 folks after hours entertainment we have fake whore houses.  Fake boobs, fake love, fake lust, fake orgasms paid with fake money while drinking fake Irish whiskey and smoking fake Cuban cigars.

All done up by the masters of deception; the G8 actors meeting to pretend they are turning the economy of the world down a better road.


Sat, 06/01/2013 - 22:43 | 3617545 maskone909
maskone909's picture

not so fast. what if i told you that these painters and workers were paid with irish tax dollars- further contributing to deficit spending. never bite the hand that feeds you, inatead ask that fucker who is writing the checks.

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 00:33 | 3617690 Kreditanstalt
Kreditanstalt's picture

A variation of Bastiat's "Broken Window Parable"...

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 17:23 | 3618769 theprofromdover
theprofromdover's picture

Ah yes, but in KrugmanWorld you don't have to put the extra tax you need to find for two non-productive wages, onto the balance sheet.

Not his fault he doesn't understand arithmetic, he thinks he's an economist.

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 09:04 | 3617962 IReallyDontCare
IReallyDontCare's picture

Hardly their leaders are at the trough feeding the fat asses on the payroll of the Britsih government.Still they might be able to murder some civilians if that makes you feel better.

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 16:56 | 3618731 DavidC
DavidC's picture

Certainly it would only take a few judiciously broken shop windows to show the reality.


Sun, 06/02/2013 - 00:25 | 3617682 Freddie
Freddie's picture

F Bono, F U2 and F their shite music.  Maybe if they paid some taxes, Ireland would not be so skint. 

The reference in the story is N Ire which is not exactly the same thing as Ire.  The stinking EUSSR rolls on.  F them!

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 00:35 | 3617692 Kirk2NCC1701
Kirk2NCC1701's picture

But, but... What about all the good work they did for all those millions of poor and oppressed people in Africa and America? All that racism by those white people? Don't they deserve to keep all their money, and maybe even get a Peace Prize or Knighthood? ;-\,

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 18:29 | 3618884 neidermeyer
neidermeyer's picture

My local mall has been running over 20% vacancy rates for the last 5+ years ,, they do the same thing ... wall over the dead stores and make the old storefronts into display cases for the ones hanging on...


This has the feeling of the scene in Animal House where Blutarsky fires up the frat to do something REALLY STUPID ,,, the "Eat Me" float and the attack on the parade...

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 20:46 | 3619144 Buck Johnson
Buck Johnson's picture

I know, they know this whole thing is going to end bad.  All they are doing is acting like everything is good until they can figure out what or who they can blame for the whole fiasco.

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 21:10 | 3617402 Cognitive Dissonance
Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Simulacra and Simulation........bitches

"Baudrillard claims that our current society has replaced all reality and meaning with symbols and signs, and that human experience is of a simulation of reality."

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 22:09 | 3617500 Hulk
Sat, 06/01/2013 - 23:51 | 3617643 disabledvet
disabledvet's picture

there's a reason why they've got a hottie with leather showcasing these things:

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 06:58 | 3617886 css1971
css1971's picture

You have to be kidding me. "I am Google of Borg".

Google Glass is their "jumped the shark" moment.

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 22:17 | 3617506 maskone909
maskone909's picture

kinda like how my brother with assburgers has invested the last 10 years of his life into world of warcraft? mtv hardley features music, the cooking channel is less and less cooking, and the local news is, well, i dont even know anymore. soon computing power will be so powerful that we will not be able to discern AI from human intellect. at tht point reality will loose its meaning, no? cough cough passes the joint... fuck yeah

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 23:58 | 3617651 prains
prains's picture

The great person is ahead of their time, the smart make something out of it, and the blockhead, sets themselves against it. _J Baudrillard

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 21:08 | 3617403 Cacete de Ouro
Cacete de Ouro's picture

Drone the G8 meeting....Here are the coordinates

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 21:10 | 3617408 LetThemEatRand
LetThemEatRand's picture

Expect a drone in a few hours.  And fuck these fucking tyrants.

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 21:21 | 3617425 Aurora Ex Machina
Aurora Ex Machina's picture

Ah, was wondering when you'd hit this story. £300k for a massive shit pile of bad PR.




Sat, 06/01/2013 - 21:52 | 3617481 Unknown Poster
Unknown Poster's picture

Krugman is happy.

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 23:09 | 3617595 ebworthen
ebworthen's picture

Break a window!

More lumber sales!

Are there Home Depot's in Ireland?

Wait, if the G8 will be there, maybe Saint Patrick can appear to chase the snakes out?

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 15:06 | 3618550 ILLILLILLI
ILLILLILLI's picture

Hmmm...riots as recreation AND make-work programs.


Sat, 06/01/2013 - 21:30 | 3617436 Kreditanstalt
Kreditanstalt's picture

The entire economy is a "Potemkin economy".

Fake wealth.

Fake collateral.

Fake money.

Fake markets.

Fake interest rates.

Fake jobs.

Fake future.

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 21:32 | 3617444 angel_of_joy
angel_of_joy's picture

Fake country (Ireland) ??

Fake Union (European) ???

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 21:55 | 3617485 mademesmile
mademesmile's picture

Fake boobs.

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 02:30 | 3617758 AKrandy
AKrandy's picture

Urban housewife renewal. that's infrastructure spending I can believe in.

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 02:45 | 3617761 cnmcdee
cnmcdee's picture

LOL you beat me to it!

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 06:52 | 3617880 onthesquare
onthesquare's picture

fake orgasms

fake love

fake lust

fake whiskey

fake cigars

fake fingernails

fake hair

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 22:15 | 3617504 FreedomGuy
FreedomGuy's picture

The problem is that all the fake data moves the real markets. Markets based on manipulation are extremely dangerous. I do not envy anyone who has to invest professionally.

My newfound pessimism says we are all going to get wiped out.

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 22:58 | 3617575 Non Passaran
Non Passaran's picture

Fakeman's World

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 00:40 | 3617697 Kirk2NCC1701
Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Don't forget...

Fake reasons for going to war,

Fake reasons for layoffs

and last but not least...

Fake orgasms (per Elaine in Seinfeld episode).

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 13:53 | 3618421 Freddie
Freddie's picture

F Tv and Eliane - she comes from a family of elite global banksters and she loves O.

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 04:14 | 3617812 toothpicker
toothpicker's picture


Sat, 06/01/2013 - 21:30 | 3617442 angel_of_joy
angel_of_joy's picture

These people are at war with reality... and they make the red commies look great by comparison.

Un-Fucking Believable !

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 21:34 | 3617445 Edward Fiatski
Edward Fiatski's picture

Unexpected. For a Western country. This has been done for years in Russia, prior to any visit of importance by its politians to a particular location.

And of course, decades of similar shenanigans in the USSR before that.

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 23:00 | 3617577 cynicalskeptic
cynicalskeptic's picture

Please.... NYC was doing thios 40 years ago with all the abandoned buildings in the Bronx.  Fake windows painted in  with curtains and flower pots on the ledges.  


But even with the window dressing, the place STILL looked like 1945 Germany.

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 21:36 | 3617453 WallowaMountainMan
WallowaMountainMan's picture


that the G8's strategy works is evident by the number of responses to your post.


hey, it employs carpenters....a step in right direction.


Sat, 06/01/2013 - 21:39 | 3617459 earleflorida
earleflorida's picture

Bravo!!!       Tyler

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 21:47 | 3617472 insanelysane
insanelysane's picture

Need a free circus for the county and everyone carrying a loaf a bread and the final details will be complete.

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 21:48 | 3617475 Tucson Tom
Tucson Tom's picture

Nothing new here.They borrowed a page from the Chicago crowd where they spiffed up Michigan ave for the visiting olimpic committee.Valarie Jarrett was pissed since she had bought condemed property in hopes of grants to fix it up for the Olimpic villages.Went to Brazil.   oops!

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 22:05 | 3617493 Big Corked Boots
Big Corked Boots's picture

Many years ago the gummint in Albany, NY decided that there was too much blight. So they restored the exteriors of hundreds of abandoned houses... and left them. Now, due to leaking roofs and a lack of occupancy, some of these buildings are collapsing under thier own weight.

I prefer Trenton, NJ - buildings collapse without any expensive pretense at all.



Sun, 06/02/2013 - 03:20 | 3617785 dunce
dunce's picture

I have never wasted a day of my life in either of these places but have noticed that the original downtown areas of older cities go rapidly to seed as shopping centers open on the outskirts of town where they put in their own parking and the streets are wider. Usually what remains are liquor stores , drunks, a police station, a fire station, and city hall. Eventually most of the old buildings are torn down and the whole area is govt. office buildings.

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 22:13 | 3617503 Peter Pan
Peter Pan's picture

Stupid Irish leadership shoud actually have burned down or vandalised a few empty shops to get the message across to the G8 that their strategies are not working.

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 04:10 | 3617810 bunnyswanson
bunnyswanson's picture

This is their strategy.  There is a renovation taking place.  A new blueprint.  The wealthiest amongst us have decided that they have all the riches so they can decide our fate. 

It's an agenda.  It's not a mistake, or miscalculation.  Simply following the money trail tells one this.  Screaming this is the authority given to aristocrats over nations, seizure of assets and austerity after the shift of wealth to the upper echelon.

To justify their cordoning off of an entire economic class isn't going to be pretty.  So, paint the town red, turn down the lights, and play soft music until the clean up crew has completed their job (and then they will be disposed of as well).  It's a maddeningly difficult concept to comprehend until you realize they just don't want to share earth with us, we are too costly, unsightly, idle and demanding, they must think.  Over charging them for work they could get for free.  Top of the ladder is wonderful place to be.  That's how I think they look at the world.  Their playground to design, renovate, redevelop into a plantation the size of a nation, a parcel of land of their very own. 

But of course, that world will never satisfy them.  Nothing will.  It's just how they are.  And why regulation is doing us all a favor.  This mess will take decades to sort out.  The misery will be described in books not kept on the shelf at the library.  doing this without witnesses is how it can be accomplished.  "Rumor has it they all died of dysentry after consuming large amounts of tainted Dorito Corn Chips" is what they will say when the checks stop coming and the SHTF.  "We think they were attending local high school football games at the time the products were consumed."

Rothchilds a couple minutes!

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 12:44 | 3618268 Herd Redirectio...
Herd Redirection Committee's picture

1)  They are psycho/sociopaths.

2)  More money just means more control to them.  It was never about greed, it was about always about power.

Thats why people can't understand the mentality of billionaires.  Because they try to convince us they are just really successful, and yes, maybe a little greedy.  The truth is much darker, they have no empathy, they can mimic displays of emotion very well (which is how they rose to the top after all), and usually the success was achieved much less legitimately than commonly believed (see Bill Gates, and court victories in the 80s) 

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 15:18 | 3618566 logicalman
logicalman's picture

To the moneyed elite, the rest of the population are 'cattle' - The milk they produce is called tax.

Starve 'em.

Stop buying shit new (with tax attached)

Stop buying shit you don't NEED.

Drive less (or not at all, which I do) - no gasoline tax or licensing cost.

Use cash as much as possible.

Oh, Yeah, almost didn't include another important thing - buy metal.

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 13:01 | 3618313 noless
noless's picture

The speed and efficiency of the cull squads is terrifying to behold.

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 22:22 | 3617514 maskone909
maskone909's picture

these motherfuckers def need to watch more braveheart! give a man a fish, eat for a day. give a man mel gibson.... irish confetti for everyone

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 22:41 | 3617542 ebworthen
ebworthen's picture

Agree.  Central banker heads need to roll.

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 22:22 | 3617515 Kirk2NCC1701
Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Why would they do this, unless... someone (behind the curtain) wants to manipulate these people also?

Like in any crime scene, start of with the basic questions: Quid bono?

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 22:52 | 3617563 Totentänzerlied
Totentänzerlied's picture

The interrogative pronoun cui - to whom? - is what you're looking for, the dative singular of quis.

The phrase 'Cui bono?' uses either the interrogative or relative denotation depending on the presence of the question mark.

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 00:46 | 3617703 Kirk2NCC1701
Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Thank you.

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 02:57 | 3617767 Row Well Number 41
Row Well Number 41's picture

Romani eta Domum

Just say'n


Sat, 06/01/2013 - 22:37 | 3617537 ebworthen
ebworthen's picture

Maybe the residents in surrounding villages will stone those G8 bastards to death.

Or at the least pellet them with some hard potatoes and shout obscenities at them.

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 22:42 | 3617544 Jack Burton
Jack Burton's picture

The elite central bankers can not have their eyes insulted by the reality of main street Ireland on the ropes? It makes sense, the west's central bankers are now on a par with the elite communists of the former Soviet Union. Reality must be cleaned up so the failure of the central bank money printing whores does not become obvious to them.

This is simple. The Irish average man and the irish small business man has been sacrificed to poverty in order to allow fro bank bailouts and money printing liquidity injections to banks and hedge funds. This so that the elite profits from the 2008 collapse, while real people and main street economies collapse into rubble.

The central banks are happy, the wealth of the eltie 1% has never risen so fast as since the 2008 financial crisis. That Ireland must be pushed into wanton poverty and dispair, depbt slavery and hopelessness is nothing compared to the need to feed the whores in the 1%. Their business model failed, their assets collpased in value, their bonds became worthless, BUT, central banks have ridden to their rescue by putting all the losses on the public balance sheet and then driving austerity and unemployment down the people's throats.

The elites are bidding up London and New York real estate, while shops and small businesses in Ireland close down and fall apart. The central bankers do not care, their job is being done, God's Work, to feed the whore house that is the banks and stock markets. Teh 1% wallow in wealth in the midst of economic crisis. The central bankers have seen to that!

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 23:57 | 3617650 disabledvet
disabledvet's picture

most of these folks come from pretty modest circumstances actually...not the least being Ben Bernanke himself. they know what their policies have wrought...they got to where they are because they always knew who their bosses were, what their job was. "when it came time they executed." bottom line: they're not afraid to see the God awful as they are. would you prefer World War II? that can be arranged as well....indeed may very well be as i write this. the fact of the matter is the Fed didn't become a doomsday machine until 1945. in case anyone was they know.

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 12:47 | 3618275 Herd Redirectio...
Herd Redirection Committee's picture

Well, yeah, because thats when USD became world reserve currency...

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 00:51 | 3617711 Kirk2NCC1701
Kirk2NCC1701's picture

I beg to differ. It was not done for the benefit of the CBs -- who could care less -- but for the international media.

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 22:53 | 3617567 ebworthen
ebworthen's picture

Jack Burton - well said.

Fuck the Central Bankers, the Politicians, and the 1%.

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 23:04 | 3617580 Smegley Wanxalot
Smegley Wanxalot's picture

It's like sticking a banana in your pants to try & get laid

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 08:19 | 3617944 savagegoose
savagegoose's picture

yeah i told my ex GF she has to stop doing that.

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 23:06 | 3617588 kchrisc
kchrisc's picture

Soon they will tire of this charade and just tell people, at gunpoint, that all is well--2 + 2 = 5.

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 23:59 | 3617654 Clever Name
Clever Name's picture

This guy doesnt seem to think its so bad:

Belcoo resident John Timoney says that the fake shop has helped to make the village look better and that it is money well spent.

"It's a very, very well done job now, one couldn't find any fault with it.

"I'm surprised there's not people knocking at the door to get in, it looks so alive, you know.

"I think it's a good way of making the village look good, yes, it did look terrible bad and it certainly has made a difference."

Maybe he thought it was paid for by the skittle shitting unicorns? Then again, he 'feels better', so... ?

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 00:11 | 3617668 Mineral-Invest
Mineral-Invest's picture

He doesnt feel better. Hes a nostalgic senile zombie.

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 00:31 | 3617686 Freddie
Freddie's picture

Here is that unicorn and he has an irish name:

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 15:21 | 3618571 logicalman
logicalman's picture

There isn't a pill for stupid.

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 01:00 | 3617718 ekm
ekm's picture

Make a correction sir,


Northern Ireland is part of  UK. G8 meeting is in UK, not in Ireland

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 01:36 | 3617732 TahoeBilly2012
TahoeBilly2012's picture

"someone go get a whole shitload of dimes..."

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 01:41 | 3617733 xxxxx
xxxxx's picture

I think Brigadoon would be more apt than Potemkin village analogies.

From the play
In Lerner's play, the Scottish village of Brigadoon became enchanted centuries ago. The community remained unchanging and invisible to the outside world except for one, special day every hundred years, when it could be seen and visited by outsiders.
Visitors might be allowed to stay, but if anyone ever left Brigadoon, the miracle would be broken -- and that would be the end of them all.

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 02:02 | 3617746 ghostfaceinvestah
ghostfaceinvestah's picture

DETROIT — Firefighting in Detroit is a whole different world.

In a city that once had a population of two million but is now at just under 800,000, the buildings, life itself, is decaying rapidly.

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 02:34 | 3617759 LeftyGoldblatt
LeftyGoldblatt's picture

Is the answer not graffitti ?


Sun, 06/02/2013 - 03:08 | 3617777 Sandmann
Sandmann's picture

You know why the G8 meeting is held in Northern Ireland don't you Tyler ? In Fermanagh ? It is to avoid riots or protestors and 8000 police are easier to find in Northern Ireland where police are regularly armed and para military. It has the complete MI5 infrastructure in place.

The only fear they have is that in 2005 when Blair hosted his Gleneagles G8 in Scotland some individuals blew themselves up on London Underground and on London buses killing 52

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 12:40 | 3618264 Cacete de Ouro
Cacete de Ouro's picture

7-7 2005 ~ 777. Flip it .. LLL ~ Leeds - Luton - London.... nice
Except it wasn't four simpletons with backpacks
The triangle of Aldgate - Kings Cross - Edgware - with Tavistock Sq boom
The 3 Ms planned well....very well, Mossad, MI5, MI6
Bigger Fish to Fry? eh boys?

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 03:09 | 3617778 Alcoholic Nativ...
Alcoholic Native American's picture

Capitalism is shit.  Big secret.

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 08:53 | 3617956 Jim B
Jim B's picture

This isn't capitalism, this is state sponsored capitalism or fascism!


Sun, 06/02/2013 - 03:42 | 3617798 Volaille de Bresse
Volaille de Bresse's picture

"Which may cause the dis-armed middle class to want the govt to control the violence "at all costs".  That's when we lose what little rights we have left.  That's their plan"


Interesting view, thx!

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 04:47 | 3617825 Zwelgje
Zwelgje's picture

The Russian delegation will laugh so hard. The West is a goner, one more war left.

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 07:05 | 3617843 BattlegroundEur...
BattlegroundEurope2011's picture

Things really must be hitting the fan...

This time the West is copying China.

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 05:43 | 3617846 EU victum
EU victum's picture

IMO it is just waiting for the SHTF, the EU wins Nobel for kicking the can.

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 05:54 | 3617849 Dollar Bill Hiccup
Dollar Bill Hiccup's picture

Monsanto will feed you.

Bernanke will pay you.

The MIC will supply you with energy.

We are all on vacation now ...

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 06:35 | 3617862 gboos
gboos's picture

.... AND WTF is NEW in this "big story" ??????????????????????????????

This is happening and was happening everywhere !!! We saw it in the good old GDR, we see it in Germany etc etc .... That is a common thing. ZH is getting cheap with stories like this.

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 06:43 | 3617869 Downtoolong
Downtoolong's picture

Maybe well all get lucky, they will start believing their own bullshit has worked, and stop doing what they're doing.


Sun, 06/02/2013 - 06:57 | 3617885 Racer
Racer's picture

Northern Ireland and Ireland are two different countries

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 11:21 | 3618136 IridiumRebel
IridiumRebel's picture

Being of Irish descent, I wanted to see the country so me and the fam went last summer. Started in Dublin and went all over the South. Last day to travel, we rented a car and went up the M1 to Belfast to the Giant's Causeway. You knew your in a different country when you passed into N. Ireland. In Ballymoney we went for dinner. I made the mistake of trying to pay with Euros. The guy gave me a look like, "I'll gut you from nuts to nose". I had to go to three different stores to cash them in for Sterling. We left immediately after. On the way back to Dublin they had a political show on a radio station between soverienty of the north to UK or Ireland proper. They were calling each other every name in the book from traitor on down. Yes, they are two different countries. I was happy to see Belfast even though we did not get out of the car. My wife thought it was just another state until I explained the history. A few weeks later the violence started again. The Union Jack was flown from anything nailed down in N. Ireland. Quite interesting. 

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 15:26 | 3618576 logicalman
logicalman's picture

Countries are just fictions

There is a game called 'countries'.......

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 07:45 | 3617918 Miss Expectations
Miss Expectations's picture

Power hosed is right.

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 09:22 | 3617978 d edwards
d edwards's picture

Maybe this would work in Detroit too!

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 15:29 | 3618581 logicalman
logicalman's picture

Hosed by power...


Sun, 06/02/2013 - 08:29 | 3617949 ross81
ross81's picture

know someone with a holiday home in Co.Cavan and I can say the border towns on the Republic side are definetly more economically depressed than those in the North. Property prices are down 50, 60%+ since '08 and there's large unemployment. Welfare spending is probably the only thing keeping people from outright hunger and you wonder how long this can last both locally and throughout the Republic. The Fermanagh towns & villages have the British Exchequer propping them up, god knows what'd be happening if that funding was cut. 

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 09:43 | 3617985 Blazed
Blazed's picture

Why not? The same kosher clowns that created and administered the politburo and gulags, run the western banking and finance show(think oligarchs). Expect the same Hollywood(Hollyweird) front and fraud, it's their specialty.

Why isn't this guy flooding Israel with third world Dieversity?

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 10:05 | 3618019 americanspirit
americanspirit's picture

Sure would be sweet if a couple of RPG's came out of some of those delapidated storefronts as the Mercedes taking G-8 delagates to their Shangri-la conference passed by.

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 10:10 | 3618024 Vooter
Vooter's picture

Up the 'RA!

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 10:15 | 3618027 Shaten
Shaten's picture

As i understood it the problem in Ireland was fundamentally Irish law made no difference between the senior bond holders at the banks and the depositors.


So while the idea of letting the banks dissolve was tempting it would have wiped out all the depositors thus leading to death.


Anyone have any information on this?


Sun, 06/02/2013 - 10:33 | 3618050 Smuckers
Smuckers's picture

What's next, 80yr old drunken Irish hookers disguised as 20yr old Thai girls?


Sun, 06/02/2013 - 10:47 | 3618077 haskelslocal
haskelslocal's picture

Why no photos...

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 11:24 | 3618141 WTFUD
WTFUD's picture

Of all the folks in this world if someone had told me that the Irish would roll over i would never have believed that! Sod that for a game of soldiers, awaywithya bejesus!

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 12:09 | 3618217 JR
JR's picture

The similarities here with Khrushchev and modern Beijing during the Olympics are striking: Communism’s shabby economies need a cover-up or the world will see the truth.

A primary feature of Communism is that the state has the power to shove aside its citizens and their property to recast a city image like Khrushchev’s limited views of Moscow and Beijing’s crushing reorganizing of private property, even to the extent of barring vehicles to clear its smog image when the Olympics were held.

The feature of Communism is they can do that. And, make no mistake, these G8s have the banker power that equals state-control Communism. And the globe is now reaping the devastation of their central planning.

But, like lipstick on a pig, their handiwork still masks a pig.

And speaking of redoing a community image for propaganda, how about painting over a nation?

A joint bid for San Diego and Tijuana to land a cross-border Olympics has been proposed by San Diego Mayor Bob Filner even though International Olympic Committee rules may preclude a joint bid. The U.S. Olympic Committee, however, said in April that it would  consider the San Diego-Tijuana bid by the U.S. and Mexico.

"The true spirit of the Olympics embodies my conviction that we should vigorously pursue the dream of having two countries host the Olympics in the greatest bi-national region of the world,'' Filner said. "Rules and by-laws can be changed.''

Reports KPBS: “The mayor has pushed the concept of San Diego being part of a wider cross-border region with Tijuana since taking office. He (Mayor Filner) recently opened a city of San Diego office in Tijuana.

Hispanics, the vast majority of them Mexican (an estimated 84%), now make up 32.5% of California's San Diego County.

By the time the Olympic decision is made for the 2024 summer games in Tijuana/San Diego there won’t be a U.S./Mexico border. It will all be Mexico.

Sun, 07/07/2013 - 22:49 | 3729687 Kelley
Kelley's picture

Wasn't this done in the movie Brazil? At the end, the female protagonist drives down a road that has high walls of images of trees and nature, while on the other side there is nothing but wasteland.


Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!