26 Oct The WTO… Maybe.
Do you like The Onion? Are you a big fan — or big critic — of the World Trade Organization? If so, here is the website for you. Perusing the site is a surreal experience; it seems so real, yet something is just a bit off…
Exhibit 1, the current headline story:
Historic Complaint For “History’s Biggest Subsidy”
Six developing nations have lodged a complaint against the US, calling the Iraq War “history’s biggest illegal trade subsidy” and “market distortion on a gargantuan scale.” “In a free market, companies like Halliburton and Exxon should be funding their own market expansion projects instead of depending on their government for help,” said a spokesperson for the consortium.
A good point, but there can’t really be such a WTO complaint… can there?
Exhibit 2: the headline “Coca-Cola enters the world policy stage with its novel approach to thirst.” Click on “more” and you come to a site that looks and feels like Coca-Cola — and even links to real Coca-Cola information. But here is the company’s welcome statement:
The Coca-Cola Company exists solely to benefit those whom it touches. The Company is proud to produce the vast bulk of the world’s mighty torrent of industrial syrups and concentrates. Ours is the lifeblood of 400 drink brands! The nexus of the Company’s power lies in Atlanta, Georgia, whence it radiates into two hundred democracies, principalities, and other entities worldwide.
Fact? Fiction? You be the judge.