This is quoll, an endangered Australian animal.
The cuteness hides a major carnivore (thanks to Richard_Thunderbay for the hint):
There's a lesson in all this. I like to think of it as the Defense Of The Seemingly Cute And Little...
K Street in Washington, D.C., now has real vultures. Which is funny, because K Street is where all the political lobbyists have their perches.
Vladimir Putin has commented on a statement by Hillary Clinton, about Putin's recent acts looking a bit like what Adolf Hitler did in the 1930s. Most of that exchange is what politicians do to each other, but this is worth commenting a bit more:
“It’s better not to argue with women,” Putin said, taking specific aim at Clinton’s gender. “But Ms. Clinton has never been too graceful in her statements.”
So our Vlad poked at our gender. Which means that his forefinger was in my ribs and in the ribs of all womenfolk all over the world. And of course what he said is trivial and based on that 1950s code of wimminz-who-can-understand-them-just-say-yesdear-to-your-wife-always, and it doesn't truly hurt, that poke.
But it's still worth pointing out. If you can't argue with women, then women in the public sphere will either rule the roost, totally, or will be utterly and completely pedestaled and then ignored. Vlad put some distance between rational people and women in that comment, though he later added that women should be strong and that means not criticizing him:
“When people push boundaries too far, it’s not because they are strong but because they are weak,” he added. “But maybe weakness is not the quality for a woman.”
I need to take some pictures of me on a pony.