If you forgot to get a Christmas gift for that friend who has everything, don’t despair, there is a calendar I’m sure they don’t have.
It’s the Vladimir Putin 2016 calendar. CNN reports that each month includes a fabulous photo and quote of the great man himself. Apparently “the calendars have been a big hit and are already selling out.” Hmm, cult of personality anyone?
Here’s Pooty-poot contemplating the ides of March:
and what could be more inspiring than a beefcake Vlady fly fishing in July:
and lastly, there is this mysterious photo of VP trying to go all “blue steel” up in here:
In light of recent events, I present to you…
what do you think?
This is a bit juvenile but it really cracked me up and made me wish I had thought of it:
h/t Alec Luhn (@ASLuhn)
Tyler Cowen gave a talk here on Monday night arguing that the myth of the rational autocrat is ending. The world experienced a nice period where many autocrats behaved semi-rationally and could be dealt with. There is no reason to think that pleasantness will continue, however.
Exhibit A is Europe’s biggest thorn in the side, Vladimir Putin. He was in Egypt yesterday bearing gifts. Here he is offering President Al-Sisi a Kalashnikov. I’m not sure why this was the gift he chose, but I have a hard time swallowing the manufacturer’s new PR campaign to rebrand the rifle as “a weapon of peace.”
And what did Putin get in return? For starters a lot of manufactured adulation and press, something he is probably not getting as much of at home these days. The streets were lined with his photos and the state-run newspaper praised his “glowing intelligence.” Ha! “Glowing” is a curious adjective to have chosen. Here is Pooty-poot glowing all around Egypt!
How would you like to wake up from surgery and see Putin’s smiling face looming over you?
That would be pretty terrifying. The person in the photo must still be loopy from the anesthesia.