Does it make you a horrible person to secretly be overjoyed when something you have done that maybe was kind of stupid, is overshadowed by someone else doing something much, much worse, so their mistake is all people talk about and people tend to forget all about what happened with you? Ah, it’s so comforting. And pleasing. Excuse me while I sit here in my lair, evil y laughing as I pet my cat (who isn’t a cat, but Pig, she can pretend for the moment). Please tell me I’m not the only one who pretends to be a Bond villain.

“In [Vladimir Putin]’s first terms, he did things to the Russian economy that looked like he was using a cheat code. If he’d left after that, he’d have gone down as one of the most beloved leaders in Russian history. … Unfortunately, he’s less likely to leave than the Urals. Treating the constitutional law against more than two consecutive presidential terms as a minor technicality, Putin and Dmitry Medvedev swapped the presidency and prime ministership back and forth like mix tapes until Putin was president again, then extended the length of the presidential term from four years to six. Medvedev vigorously denied that he was a puppet, but political observers notice that his mouth still twitches every time Putin moves his hand.”

7 Signs That Vladimir Putin Has Become a Bond Villain