Pardon me for going all tabloids on you guys, but the images of these two salt-and-pepper bearded fellows has been festering in the facial recognition part of my brain for too long!
I mean, seriously, can any of you prove beyond the shadow of my doubts that Paul Krugman and Brazilian President Lula are not the same frakking person??!!!
Paul Krugman is is an American economist, columnist, intellectual, and author. He is a professor of economics and international affairs at Princeton University, a centenary professor at the London School of Economics, and an op-ed columnist for The New York Times. In 2008, Krugman won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics “for his analysis of trade patterns and location of economic activity.” Krugman is known in academia for his work in international economics, including trade theory, economic geography, and international finance.
Lula is the thirty-fifth and current President of Brazil and a founding member of the Workers’ Party (PT). In 1978 he was elected president of the Steel Workers’ Union of São Bernardo do Campo and Diadema, cities in the Greater São Paulo, home to most of Brazil’s automobile manufacturing facilities and among the most industrialized in the country. In the late 1970s, Lula helped organize major union activities including huge strikes. He was jailed for a month, but was released following protests. For many years he was president of the Central Única dos Trabalhadores (CUT), a union federation that is strongly influenced by the PT.
Something seems Skrully…. I mean, is nobody else disturbed by the fact that a socialist foreigner is like the brightest economic mind in the middle of the U.S. financial whirlwind? Caralho! I’m taking my $100 visa and heading back south ASAP.
Timmy Geithner‘s speed dial is Hiz,
PS- also, since I’ve already outted myself as a Brazilophile, here’s a shiny old map (literally). fica a vontade: