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Argentine Government Encouraging 11 Year-Olds To Take A Slingshot To Paul Singer's Face

The country's war against its international creditors has taken a kind of amazing turn.
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How do you get a generation of youngsters (and their hold-out parents) to understand that your long-running feud with "vulture" hedge funds in which you have chosen, a number of times at this point, to default rather than pay said hedge funds the money a judge has ruled they are owed has everything to do with their being greedy opportunists and nothing to do with anything you've done?

Obviously the answer is a version of Angry Birds in which the creditors play the birds; carnival prizes; and the hope that a bunch of tweens will take the message they learned over the course of the game back to their parents, that Elliott Management et al can suck it.

At a state-run amusement park in Argentina, the government is encouraging children to take aim at virtual vultures, a not-so-veiled reference to the nation’s international creditors. “Mission accomplished!” the screen proclaims when players shoo the digital critters away from hospitals, factories and schools. “We’ve recovered our national sovereignty together!” [...] Unlike the real version of Angry Birds, everyone wins this video game. Afterward, players are herded into a small room to collect their reward: A psychedelic video of fire-breathing vultures, greedy politicians and U.S. dollar bills. The video screen stretches onto the ceiling and the images bounce off of mirrors to either side of park-goers, turning the windowless room into a walk-in kaleidoscope. [...] The video game, combined with government board games and cartoons, is part of an “effort to spread a certain world vision,” said Jorge Todesca, a former deputy economy minister turned political consultant. The government wants “to get to the kids and then their parents.”

No word on a dunk tank featuring a dunkee who looks eerily like Paul Singer but presumably it's in the works.

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