Missionaries Make Perfect Spies

Russian intelligence-gathering capabilities are top-notch. If you wanted to spy on wealthy Russian citizens, but do it outside the usual official channels, how would you do it? What if an American church down the street was not only doing that very thing, but earning millions of tax-free rubles every year on the practice? I think we just found our answer. Read on to speculate what’s up with those clockwork annual raids of confidential Scientology files.

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Dear Oliver: About Those Putin Interviews

Oliver Stone was given an invitation to visit the person who is arguably the most important world leader at the moment and record those conversations over a two-year period. Unlike the recent Megyn Kelly dud, this film director actually made respectable use of his opportunity. Good, but not Great, was my overall critique of the 4-hour series. Here is the message I sent to Mr. Stone when he asked for comments on his production.

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Canada Renders Parents Obsolete

On June 1, 2017, Canadian lawmakers in Ontario passed a bill by a vote of 63-23 that essentially prohibits a minor child’s parents from disagreeing with the child’s “gender preference.” A child can cry “Abuse!” if his parents contradict him and try to exercise their right as caregivers to provide guidance to their own children. At this rate, why bother having parents at all, eh Canada?

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Was Scalise Targeted for Anti-Pedophile Efforts?

On June 14, 2017, Congressman Steve Scalise was critically wounded in the hip by a “lone gunman” who was subsequently shot dead by WashDC security. Naturally nobody should rush to judgment about whether this was a random act of violence or, rather, an assassination attempt against a U.S. lawmaker. Nevertheless, in a world where none of us expect the MSM to report one ounce of truth ever again, it behooves all of us to ask the questions that the Media won’t. Liz Crokin is doing just that.

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Antarctica: Ice Cubes and Neutrinos

In 1871, Lord Edward Bulwer-Lytton wrote a fictional tale about an omnipotent and life-giving energy called “Vril” that could be found here on Earth in a secret ice world. Over a hundred years later, particle physicists obsessed with Dark Matter saw that an ice world was just what you needed to go neutrino-hunting. The eighth and final installment of our Antarctica series begins here.

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Zebra Red Is the New Black

If you were one of those women who are so naturally well sculpted that you could wear a burlap sack and still out-dress everybody else in the room … and if you were married to one of the most powerful men in the world … and you were preparing to visit one of the oldest sacred sites in the world … and wanted to send a silent message, how would you do it? I don’t know either but you could do worse than don a pair of Manolo Blahnik stilettos.

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Riyadh’s New Temple of Big Data

One day before a suicide bomber named Salman was killing Ariana Grande’s fans in Manchester, another Salman was launching a state-of-the-art Big Data complex in Riyadh with President Trump. Like a desert mirage, this facility appeared seemingly out of nowhere in less than a month. Should we feel comforted knowing that an elite committee of qualified scholars has taken on the job of deciding what now constitutes “extremism”?

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Tuning Up the Silk Road

During the weekend of May 14-16, 2017, world leaders who have set their sights on a brilliant multi-polar future gathered in Beijing. Once again, Xi and Putin have transparently told us exactly what they are planning to do. And, once again, I will be spending the next week answering the same old question from my neighbors: a road made out of silk? (Sigh.) Read Putin’s and Xi’s own words here.

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Computer held hostage by WannaCry

Was WannaCry Worth It?

Don’t you just hate it when the NSA keeps things to themselves? And then somebody finds out about it and turns that secret into an ugly prank? Who’s to blame: the hackers, the government, Microsoft, or hapless computer users who just didn’t feel motivated to plod through those annoying software updates? Read on to find out how the WannaCry brush fire got extinguished last weekend accidentally.

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