Andrew Sullivan links to this wonderful, um, nature video. Kind of reminds me of the plot of Revenge of the Nerds, though I'm not sure who the crocodiles represent. Probably U.N. Jefferson.
Does seizing private property, centralizing the economy, and jailing opposition activists mean that democracy in Russia is in trouble? Not according to Vladimir Putin. He reckons Western observers just need to adopt the famously sunny Russian disposition:
What is pure democracy? It is a question of ... whether you want to see the glass half-full or half empty."