Ireland's Big Lie: The Real Potemkin Village

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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.

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holdbuysell's picture

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

Eireann go Brach's picture

Hopefully the IRA come out to play over the weekend.

WayBehind's picture

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

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.

Richard Chesler's picture

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

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.

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.

 

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.

Rubicon's picture

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

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...

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

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.

http://www.cnbc.com/id/100781516

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.

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!

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...

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....

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

Occupied Ireland is still Ireland.

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.

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.

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.

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!

maskone909's picture

so were do we sign up muthafucka?!?!

macholatte's picture

 

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

 

ROTFLMAO

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.

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. :-)

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.

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.

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.

gratefultraveller's picture

BS

"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."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron_Curtain#Fall_of_the_Iron_Curtain

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 -

Roandavid's picture

What do you call ten dead central planners?

logicalman's picture

A small but promising start!

Overfed's picture

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

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.

jeff montanye's picture

for more details and photos, see http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/01/fake-shops-g8-northern-ireland_...

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.

espirit's picture

You mean like fake snipers in the fake windows?

jeff montanye's picture

for more details and photos, see http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/01/fake-shops-g8-northern-ireland_...

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.

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.

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.

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.

LOL

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.

Kreditanstalt's picture

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

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.

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.

DavidC's picture

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

DavidC

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!

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? ;-\,