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Vladimir Putin, Gay Icon?

In 2007, Fishing, News, olympics, Russia, Uncategorized, Vladimir Putin, World on August 23, 2007 at 4:08 am

Crazy Russian Times….

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Why has this photo of tough guy, former KGB agent etc etc, Russian President Vladimir Putin caused such a stir?

It was taken while he was holidaying with Monaco’s Prince Albert (not the piercing) II in the Tuva region of Siberia, as a thanks for getting Russia to host the 2014 Winter Olympics. (Albert is a powerful member of the International Olympic Committee)

It’s a photo that has seen the nation go Putin half naked crazy!

Russia’s most read newspaper, Komsomolskaya Pravda ,posted a step-by-step guide to building a body like the President and Radio talk back speculated that the photo showed signals that he doesn’t plan to relinquish power.

But most hilariously, Russian gay chat rooms and blogs were buzzing about the official picture, comparing the tough guy Putin photo to gay cowboy spectacular Brokeback Mountain.

And offcourse not to forget the women of Russia, who were apparently “screaming with delight and showering (him) with compliments.” Via the Guardian.

So what can explain such a ruckus made by one simple Kremlin propagandist photo? Micheal Grove from the Times of London put it best, from what I can tell at least, with this post-modern/masculinist/whateverist analysis.

On one level Vlad is showing us all that he’s a remarkably fit man for his age (54) and that, unlike in the decadent West, Russia’s leaders remain the physical embodiment of their nation’s vigour – classical champions in the manner of those Roman emperors who would renew their mandate to rule on the battlefield or even in the gladiatorial ring. His bare-chested peacockery is, in that respect, in line with the broader cult of Putin as his nation’s silverback – the leader of the band.

Baring your torso on holiday, whether in Ayia Napa or on the deck of your yacht, means setting aside the expected norms of modesty and thus, in its way, involves you staking a claim to attention, and occupying more space than if you were clothed. It is an act of assertion, a waving of the coxcomb.

Offcourse, “waving of the coxcomb”. Ahh, yes, I couldn’t have put it any better myself really.

The photo who-ha comes at a very interesting time for our pals in Russia.

Let’s see what else they have been up to:

It has unvieled the world’s largest known Russian flag, covering 400 square metres, on the banks of the Moskva to celebrate “the authority of our country”. Ah, O-K.

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She has planted a flag at the bottom of the ocean under the north pole, claiming the area for it’s extensive natural resources, for a future date (once all that nice ice has melt sometime mid-late this century), despite it likely breaking international law.

And the recommencement of Cold War era style long range tactical bomber missions, which has already spooked European nations.

Hold me, I’m scared!…

If your not Vladimired out enough yet, you can see a lovely slide show of Putin’s holiday in the sun here, from the International Herald Tribune.

For the record Putin didn’t catch a thing. Except maybe a weak southern Russian tan.

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China to blast rockets for rain free games.

In 2008, amazing story, asia, Beijing 2008 Olympics, China, Communism, crazy, Crazy news, Odd News, olympics, People, science, Society, space, sport, stunt, World News on July 7, 2007 at 2:42 am

 

They really are going all out to impress to world. A little too far perhaps.

Authorities in China have reavealed plans to fire rockets into the atmosphere to seed clouds and create a rain free 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

Local scientists have come up with an ambitious plan to force the heavens to open by firing dozens of chemical-infused rockets at threatening storm clouds, forcing them to let the water pour before the set-piece spectacle gets underway.

“We will use catalytic agents to force the rain clouds over the National Stadium to fall down prior to the opening ceremony,” Zhang Qiang told the state-run China Daily.

However, the plan depends on accurate weather forecasts or spectators in the spectacular – but uncovered – National Stadium may get wet on August 8 next year after all.

“We are still in the experimental stage,” Zhang said.

“The lack of rain so far this summer is making it difficult to conduct more experiments and collect enough data. We need more rain.”

Wang Yubin, a Beijing meteorologist, said the weather bureau would use “catalytic agents to force rain clouds to burst, should there be any, hours before the (opening) ceremony”, to ensure good weather.

But he added: “The forecast will have to be fairly accurate or we will not be able to fulfil our mission … Cloud dispersal is more difficult than seeding, and we are working on it,” the paper quoted Wang as saying.

A more pressing problem facing the authorities is the poor air quality in Beijing and the smog which often blankets the rapidly-growing city.

Beijing has plans to shut down its factories and prohibit traffic during the Olympics in a bid to keep the air clean.

Looking foward to it.