Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has come up with a politically shrewd way to kick off his tenure on the throne. He’s giving away money. Lots of it. And it’s seems to be going over pretty well. “Some have treated themselves to new cellphones, handbags and trips abroad. They have paid off debts, given to charity and bought gold necklaces for their mothers. Some men have set aside money to marry a first, second or third wife. One was so pleased that he showered his infant son with crisp bills.” (The way the drought is going out here in California, that method might soon be cheaper than taking a normal shower.)