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(Telegraph)   Vladimir Putin's newest publicity stunt will feature him flying in a motorized hang glider with a flock of rare Siberian cranes. After that he'll water ski over a trapped shark off the California coast   (telegraph.co.uk) divider line 50
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2012-09-06 03:33:44 AM  
I Russia publicity stunts you!
 
2012-09-06 03:35:13 AM  

Wolf892: I Russia publicity stunts you!


Damn it.

In Russia publicity stunts you!
 
2012-09-06 03:37:54 AM  
Like a boss.
 
2012-09-06 03:38:47 AM  
I heard Paul Ryan is doing P90X. I bet he'll be able to pose for some great publicity photo ops like this when he's Vice President.
 
2012-09-06 03:41:34 AM  

WhyKnot: Like a boss.


this!
 
2012-09-06 03:45:10 AM  
 
2012-09-06 03:46:22 AM  
This guy is many kinds of awesome.
 
2012-09-06 03:47:17 AM  
If it turned out that Kim Jong Il was telling the truth about his many exploits, he'd be Vladimir Putin.
 
2012-09-06 03:48:00 AM  
I'm sending a copy of 'Pink Flamingos' to Dick Cheney.
 
2012-09-06 03:51:25 AM  
I'm stuck in the Cold War and I don't trust those Red bastards at all, but you have to admit that ole Putin is doing a fantastic job marketing his image. The judo, shooting tigers, shirtless horseback riding, flying fire fighting tanker planes.. It all screams "powerful and manly." Think about the Russian psychology post Cold War - they went from being a world power to a backwater, and it's beaten down their national pride. Putin is selling being Russian and powerful to the Russian people; he is working on re-instilling the pride of his people, and I really respect it. Its leadership on a more visceral level.
 
2012-09-06 03:58:19 AM  

Lord Soth: I'm stuck in the Cold War and I don't trust those Red bastards at all, but you have to admit that ole Putin is doing a fantastic job marketing his image. The judo, shooting tigers, shirtless horseback riding, flying fire fighting tanker planes.. It all screams "powerful and manly." Think about the Russian psychology post Cold War - they went from being a world power to a backwater, and it's beaten down their national pride. Putin is selling being Russian and powerful to the Russian people; he is working on re-instilling the pride of his people, and I really respect it. Its leadership on a more visceral level.


Wouldn't ever work in the States. We apparently look down on being manly these days.
 
2012-09-06 04:12:26 AM  

robohobo:
Wouldn't ever work in the States. We apparently look down on being manly these days.


I dont know. I think ole GW tried it a couple times with the brush clearing and the ill fated flight suit. If, God forbid, the US takes a bump as hard as the post Soviet Russians did I think "manly" will start to play better in the US. When things are good, folks don't seem to worry about it because they feel and see the results of being powerful; when things are bad, they need a reassuring image that things are going to get better. Even with the recent troubles, we are still enjoying the boon of being the most powerful country on earth and don't need to reassure ourselves - when our expected lifespan starts dropping to Black Death levels, I am sure we'll see some Washington Crossing the Delaware moments.
 
2012-09-06 04:19:55 AM  

robohobo: This guy is many kinds of awesome.


Speaking from someone who can see Russia from his house, no. He's really not.
 
2012-09-06 04:30:07 AM  

Mart Laar's beard shaver: robohobo: This guy is many kinds of awesome.

Speaking from someone who can see Russia from his house, no. He's really not.


tundratabloids.com
 
2012-09-06 04:34:45 AM  

Lord Soth: I'm stuck in the Cold War and I don't trust those Red bastards at all, but you have to admit that ole Putin is doing a fantastic job marketing his image. The judo, shooting tigers, shirtless horseback riding, flying fire fighting tanker planes.. It all screams "powerful and manly." Think about the Russian psychology post Cold War - they went from being a world power to a backwater, and it's beaten down their national pride. Putin is selling being Russian and powerful to the Russian people; he is working on re-instilling the pride of his people, and I really respect it. Its leadership on a more visceral level.




Actually his own people are getting tired of his publicity shiat...
 
2012-09-06 04:40:42 AM  
Wasn't this a disney movie?
 
2012-09-06 04:48:19 AM  
Be interesting to see what he comes up with for the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.

Queen Elizabeth set the bar pretty high for grand entrances...
 
2012-09-06 04:48:36 AM  

FunkOut: Mart Laar's beard shaver: robohobo: This guy is many kinds of awesome.

Speaking from someone who can see Russia from his house, no. He's really not.

[tundratabloids.com image 453x306]


Ask them how they feel.
Oh, that's right, you can't.

static.guim.co.uk
 
2012-09-06 04:49:15 AM  
The best part about Putin is his expression.
 
2012-09-06 05:56:24 AM  

Tsar_Bomba1:

Actually his own people are getting tired of his publicity shiat...


I honestly can't say I've followed that closely, but 60% approval rating when he took office and 48% now (I'd tie the ratings slip to the PUSSY RIOT dividedness, itself an indication of public confidence in the government) seems pretty healthy. I don't talk backwards, so I cant read the commie press, but I'm not finding much criticism of his grandstanding in English press.
 
2012-09-06 06:11:54 AM  

Lord Soth: Tsar_Bomba1:

Actually his own people are getting tired of his publicity shiat...

I honestly can't say I've followed that closely, but 60% approval rating when he took office and 48% now (I'd tie the ratings slip to the PUSSY RIOT dividedness, itself an indication of public confidence in the government) seems pretty healthy. I don't talk backwards, so I cant read the commie press, but I'm not finding much criticism of his grandstanding in English press.


img803.imageshack.us
"I take good care of PUSSY."
 
2012-09-06 06:33:15 AM  

Lord Soth: robohobo:
Wouldn't ever work in the States. We apparently look down on being manly these days.

I dont know. I think ole GW tried it a couple times with the brush clearing and the ill fated flight suit.


And he was thoroughly ridiculed for it. Few people look worse than a weak man trying to prove that he is a strong one.

Manliness has largely passed out of demand in the U.S. (and a lot of other places besides, such as Japan) except in certain closed social groups. For women, manliness is now valued chiefly for its sex appeal. Nowadays, manliness is to women what sultriness is to men -- a turn-on, but worthless after the sex is over, and possibly a cause to get rid of you not long after. Even among men, in an economy dominated by the service industry, traditionally manly behavior is more likely to get you fired than get you ahead; and it'll count against you in your bid for public office. Far from admired, you'll be mocked by every flabby cubicle drudge who knows enough to envy you -- much like Putin is. Teddy Roosevelt would be a laughing stock today.
 
2012-09-06 07:00:38 AM  

Mart Laar's beard shaver: FunkOut: Mart Laar's beard shaver: robohobo: This guy is many kinds of awesome.

Speaking from someone who can see Russia from his house, no. He's really not.

[tundratabloids.com image 453x306]

Ask them how they feel.
Oh, that's right, you can't.

[static.guim.co.uk image 460x276]


I would like to ask them.. IN BED!

Btw, Subby, nice headline. However, I believe Putin has already jumped the shark several times.
 
2012-09-06 07:32:38 AM  
What the fark is wrong with you cheering this monster on?

What?
The?
fark?

He looks cool? Is that it? And this makes up for all of the assassinations and mass murder he's authorized? I can't even believe what I'm reading. It makes my head spin.
 
2012-09-06 07:52:04 AM  

Baron Harkonnen: What the fark is wrong with you cheering this monster on?

What?
The?
fark?

He looks cool? Is that it? And this makes up for all of the assassinations and mass murder he's authorized? I can't even believe what I'm reading. It makes my head spin.


Old men forget, yet all shall be forgot but he'll remember with advantages what feats he did that day.

robohobo: Wouldn't ever work in the States. We apparently look down on being manly these days.


I think it's like someone said, non-manly men trying manly stuff get mocked. The only reason Putin gets away with it is because we know he's a vicious, murdering psychopath. It's not manliness itself that is derided.
 
2012-09-06 07:53:24 AM  

Baron Harkonnen: What the fark is wrong with you cheering this monster on?

What?
The?
fark?

He looks cool? Is that it? And this makes up for all of the assassinations and mass murder he's authorized? I can't even believe what I'm reading. It makes my head spin.


My dear Baron, you always were the joker here in the league.

You had me going for a moment. Next you will tell us that Mao wasn't just cracking a few eggs to make his omelette.
 
2012-09-06 07:55:42 AM  

Slaxl: Baron Harkonnen: What the fark is wrong with you cheering this monster on?

What?
The?
fark?

He looks cool? Is that it? And this makes up for all of the assassinations and mass murder he's authorized? I can't even believe what I'm reading. It makes my head spin.

Old men forget, yet all shall be forgot but he'll remember with advantages what feats he did that day.

robohobo: Wouldn't ever work in the States. We apparently look down on being manly these days.

I think it's like someone said, non-manly men trying manly stuff get mocked. The only reason Putin gets away with it is because we know he's a vicious, murdering psychopath. It's not manliness itself that is derided.


In all honesty I think he needs to die. As a human being he is taking the future away from our children in a manner that is antithetical to human progress.
 
2012-09-06 08:28:14 AM  

kim jong-un: As a human being he is taking the future away from our children in a manner that is antithetical to human progress.


Explain, please.
 
2012-09-06 08:29:45 AM  

Baron Harkonnen: What the fark is wrong with you cheering this monster on?

What?
The?
fark?

He looks cool? Is that it? And this makes up for all of the assassinations and mass murder he's authorized? I can't even believe what I'm reading. It makes my head spin.


Not sure who this is aimed at, but I don't think anyone here has been applauding Putin's policies. Generally folks in the West believe Putin has managed to subvert the Russian democratic process and establish himself as a strong man, forever dashing the hope Russia will join the West.

I do have to ask - Mass murder? Is there something I can read on those allegations that doesn't come from a wordpress site?
 
2012-09-06 08:32:07 AM  

ShannonKW:
...Manliness has largely passed out of demand in the U.S. (and a lot of other places besides, such as Japan) except in certain closed social groups. For women, manliness is now valued chiefly for its sex appeal. Nowadays, manliness is to women what sultriness is to men -- a turn-on, but worthless after the sex is over, and possibly a cause to get rid of you not long after...


Thats good news! My general plan is to fark them till they love me.
 
2012-09-06 09:03:17 AM  

Baron Harkonnen: What the fark is wrong with you cheering this monster on?


If that was directed at me - I wasn't and it wasn't meant to sound like I was; it was just a snarky observation.
 
2012-09-06 09:25:03 AM  

Lord Soth: I do have to ask - Mass murder? Is there something I can read on those allegations that doesn't come from a wordpress site?




Yes.
 
2012-09-06 10:25:38 AM  

Baron Harkonnen: Lord Soth: I do have to ask - Mass murder? Is there something I can read on those allegations that doesn't come from a wordpress site?

Yes.


Or the systematic assassination of opposition journalists. Or the war in Chechya, which turned it into a charnel house, or ...
 
2012-09-06 10:52:49 AM  
My summer reading consisted of a good chunk of the "Arkady Renko" series of mysteries from Martin Cruz Smith (famous for "Gorky Park"). Smith has been writing the Arkady character in real time and seem to be quite well researched, so it's been an interesting slice of recent Russian history and culture. I know it's fiction and sensationalized because it's a murder mystery series, after all, but it led me to some googling and the Stalin nostalgia is certainly true and scary. A lot of Russians have felt emasculated since the USSR dissolved, and this kind of ball-swinging seems to be right up their alley, so to speak.

It's rather disturbing just how much is true in those books. I had no idea that the reactor at Chernobyl is actually still running, and must be kept operational or we'll have another, well, Chernobyl. But the people running it can only stay in the area for 3 months at a time. Meanwhile, there are are whole illegal but overlooked villages of elderly people who have moved back into the area because, hey, they're on the way out already, so what's the harm in them growing and eating radioactive potatoes.

Too bad the series isn't as good in later novels. Stalin's Ghost began really well (the "diggers" are fascinating) but the climax was weak. I've put off reading Three Stations as I've heard it's rushed, though I really like the Asperger's chess hustler kid.
 
2012-09-06 10:57:00 AM  

Lord Soth: Baron Harkonnen: What the fark is wrong with you cheering this monster on?

What?
The?
fark?

He looks cool? Is that it? And this makes up for all of the assassinations and mass murder he's authorized? I can't even believe what I'm reading. It makes my head spin.

Not sure who this is aimed at, but I don't think anyone here has been applauding Putin's policies. Generally folks in the West believe Putin has managed to subvert the Russian democratic process and establish himself as a strong man, forever dashing the hope Russia will join the West.

I do have to ask - Mass murder? Is there something I can read on those allegations that doesn't come from a wordpress site?


Putin's Dark Rise to Power
 
2012-09-06 11:19:49 AM  

Lord Soth: I'm stuck in the Cold War and I don't trust those Red bastards at all, but you have to admit that ole Putin is doing a fantastic job marketing his image. The judo, shooting tigers, shirtless horseback riding, flying fire fighting tanker planes.. It all screams "powerful and manly." Think about the Russian psychology post Cold War - they went from being a world power to a backwater, and it's beaten down their national pride. Putin is selling being Russian and powerful to the Russian people; he is working on re-instilling the pride of his people, and I really respect it. Its leadership on a more visceral level.


'Spose it depends on yor perspective. I don't see manliness, I see over-compensation and PR spin.
 
2012-09-06 11:26:05 AM  

Lord Soth: Tsar_Bomba1:

Actually his own people are getting tired of his publicity shiat...

I honestly can't say I've followed that closely, but 60% approval rating when he took office and 48% now (I'd tie the ratings slip to the PUSSY RIOT dividedness, itself an indication of public confidence in the government) seems pretty healthy. I don't talk backwards, so I cant read the commie press, but I'm not finding much criticism of his grandstanding in English press.


He must be very good ruler if he continues being so popular, considering how free and powerful press is. Especially in provinces
 
2012-09-06 11:29:10 AM  

Baron Harkonnen: What the fark is wrong with you cheering this monster on?

What?
The?
fark?

He looks cool? Is that it? And this makes up for all of the assassinations and mass murder he's authorized? I can't even believe what I'm reading. It makes my head spin.


Uh, because people of both sexes admire dominant behavior in men? Does anyone in the US admire John Wayne, Stallone, etc.? Seen Scarface a few times maybe? Take their social cues from rappers?
 
2012-09-06 12:38:26 PM  

Mishno: Lord Soth: Baron Harkonnen: What the fark is wrong with you cheering this monster on?

What?
The?
fark?

He looks cool? Is that it? And this makes up for all of the assassinations and mass murder he's authorized? I can't even believe what I'm reading. It makes my head spin.

Not sure who this is aimed at, but I don't think anyone here has been applauding Putin's policies. Generally folks in the West believe Putin has managed to subvert the Russian democratic process and establish himself as a strong man, forever dashing the hope Russia will join the West.

I do have to ask - Mass murder? Is there something I can read on those allegations that doesn't come from a wordpress site?

Putin's Dark Rise to Power


Wow, that reads like a Tom Clancy novel. They should make a movie out of that story, then they would kn
 
2012-09-06 01:00:18 PM  

Baron Harkonnen: What the fark is wrong with you cheering this monster on?

What?
The?
fark?

He looks cool? Is that it? And this makes up for all of the assassinations and mass murder he's authorized? I can't even believe what I'm reading. It makes my head spin.


I think he is an ex-KGB killer that uses violence and force to acquire power and wealth. I do not respect his tactics nor have false impressions that he wouldn't boot stomp my face in for a hot cup of coffee if need be.

That being said, his PR prowless is amazing. Honestly, he gives the impression that there is nothing he can't do.
 
2012-09-06 01:26:56 PM  
Earlier this summer I visited a palace in Portugal. I had one of those a-ha moments the second I saw it: "Oh shiat, THIS is why the people rebelled."

Putin seems to be heading down the same path as the royalty of yesteryear.
 
2012-09-06 02:20:19 PM  

ruta: My summer reading consisted of a good chunk of the "Arkady Renko" series of mysteries from Martin Cruz Smith (famous for "Gorky Park"). Smith has been writing the Arkady character in real time and seem to be quite well researched, so it's been an interesting slice of recent Russian history and culture. I know it's fiction and sensationalized because it's a murder mystery series, after all, but it led me to some googling and the Stalin nostalgia is certainly true and scary. A lot of Russians have felt emasculated since the USSR dissolved, and this kind of ball-swinging seems to be right up their alley, so to speak.

It's rather disturbing just how much is true in those books. I had no idea that the reactor at Chernobyl is actually still running, and must be kept operational or we'll have another, well, Chernobyl. But the people running it can only stay in the area for 3 months at a time. Meanwhile, there are are whole illegal but overlooked villages of elderly people who have moved back into the area because, hey, they're on the way out already, so what's the harm in them growing and eating radioactive potatoes.

Too bad the series isn't as good in later novels. Stalin's Ghost began really well (the "diggers" are fascinating) but the climax was weak. I've put off reading Three Stations as I've heard it's rushed, though I really like the Asperger's chess hustler kid.


There are still people working at Chernobyl, but all of the reactors are shut down. Reactor 4 blew up, 2 had a fire and was shut down in the 90s, and to the best of my knowledge 1 & 3 have been offline for years.
 
2012-09-06 02:42:13 PM  
i.dailymail.co.uk
Some followed,


most didn't 
i.dailymail.co.uk
 
2012-09-06 04:05:39 PM  
Heh.. forwarded this to a friend of mine, originally from Russia. He just facepalms at all the crazy sh*t Putin does (and claims to do or have done).

According to him, most people over there get their information from the internet these days.
They don't bother watching news on the TV anymore since its almost entirely propaganda.
 
2012-09-06 04:15:25 PM  
I love actually getting to watch some old school soviet mythmaking. It's like the bad old days!
 
2012-09-06 04:48:43 PM  
My favorite is too long to explain, because you would have to understand Russian Orthodox traditions.

But my second was when Putin went for a dive for ancient artifacts, and followed a rope line underwater to bring back - ZOMG! - priceless ancient artifacts.

wa3.cdn.3news.co.nz

Rat fark bastard.
 
2012-09-07 01:58:51 AM  

Mishno:
Putin's Dark Rise to Power


Baron Harkonnen:
Yes.


Thank you both, interesting reading. I will take it with a grain of salt - the Kavkaz Center is a Chechen propaganda tool and necessarily biased; have a look at some of the other articles posted there (U.S. with Gaddafi tortured Muslims). The wiki page referencing the bombings clearly calls it a conspiracy theory. I do appreciate reading the perspective though, and it helps me to widen the aperture in the discussion of ole Putin.
 
2012-09-07 03:07:31 PM  
They had a lady on NPR last night who was fired as the editor of a russian newspaper because she wouldn't send a reporter to cover this. She said that a couple of these endangered cranes died because they were crated and shipped to where Putin wanted to start from.
 
2012-09-07 03:08:13 PM  
She also said that the tiger he collared had to be sedated for 2 days strait for Putin.
 
2012-09-08 12:15:33 AM  
You have to admire him.
The closest we came to someone cool for our President was Bill Clinton.
(Someone who actually had "cool". Bush had none, Reagan wasn't too bad- more cowboy than cool.)
 
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