Bits: Putin in Panties, Hurricane Perry

Konstantin Altunin's portrait of Medvedev and Putin in drag. 
• After police seized paintings that, among other topics, depicted Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev in women's underwear, artist Konstantin Altunin has fled Russia and is reportedly seeking asylum in France. Also removed from view, a painting of lawmaker Vitaly Milonov titled Rainbow Milonov. It was Milonov who made the complaint that led to the confiscation of Altunin's art. His legislative claim to fame: he authored the bill, signed into law by Putin in June, that fines those who promote "sodomy, lesbianism, bisexuality and transgenderism among minors” in St. Petersburg up to 500,000 rubles ($15,150). Russia, of course, will be spreading Olympic spirit in Sochi next winter by prohibiting “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations”--i.e. any expressions of homosexuality or displays of solidarity with LGBT people.

• In case you missed it, here's a photo of Tilda Swinton holding a Pride flag in front of the Kremlin last month.

• Artist Mishka Henner uses Google web tools like Street View and Google Earth to open up conversations on transparency, secrecy and surveillance.

• Hurricane Rick Perry: What if hurricanes were named after climate change deniers?

• Yemen's 12th Hour graffiti campaign surfaces political issues on city walls.

• Minneapolis security expert Bruce Schneier on why the UK government did what it did to Glenn Greenwald's partner, David Miranda: "They're lashing out: sending a message and demonstrating that they're not to be messed with -- that the normal rules of polite conduct don't apply to people who screw with them. That's probably the scariest explanation of all."

• Your moment of: Edward Snowden folk songs.

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