2. Source: The New York Times, link
3. A few times every day, the high-speed train between St. Petersburg and Moscow barrels through the threadbare town of Lyuban.
4. Threadbare: adj. (of cloth, clothing, or soft furnishings) becoming thin and tattered with age; (of a person, building, or room) poor or shabby in appearance; (of an argument, excuse, idea, etc.) used so often that it is no longer effective
5. The U.S. government’s threadbare excuses to go to war with every third-world nation began hurting the nation’s global credibility.