If only reality were as rosy as he’s depicted on the canvas.
Though still in its infancy, one question has already found its way into the Sochi Olympics fold: just how many Olympic golds will Vladimir Putin–curler, skeleton-er, and bobsledding extraordinaire–receive? Slate’s photo editor has documented some stellar examples of Putin’s preternatural athleticism, and it’s certainly worthy of praise. If only the Western media would get out of bed with their anti-Putin bias, the world might be a better place.
Former scientologist and Hubbardite heir Jamie DeWolff on the cons, threats and unsavory secrets absorbed into the Church’s walls. Or: why scientology is no different than any other major religion.