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* ANOTHER MONTH: Russian President Vladimir Putin dropped out of sight for ten days during May, leading to lively rumors that he had died, or been kicked out by a putsch, or lying low until some invisible Kremlin furor died down. The only apparent fact in the matter was the lack of transparency of the Russian government; no matter how low an opinion Americans have of their own government, nobody could realistically conceive that an American president could drop out of sight for any extended period of time without explanation.
In any case, THE ECONOMIST took the idea and ran with it, envisioning the same scenario with other world leaders, with a simplified list provided here:
* Nothing much else to relate in the casual category this month. I did buy an adult-sized Razor kick scooter last year, and left it gathering dust since then; I was thinking it might be useful as a means of alternate transport in a pinch, but I didn't use it. However, as of late, I've been taking a spin around the block on it on sunny afternoons, just to get out of the house.
Although it's as big as kick scooters come, the handlebars are still a bit too short for me -- hard on my back, I have to wear my back brace. It's more a challenge to ride than a real pleasure, though I get the hang of it better every time I do it. Nobody's hassled me about it yet; I might get less interested if they did.
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