Author: Ryan Lippert

NORTH KOREA: Kumdang-2 Cures Everything That Ails Ya

RYAN LIPPERT WRITES – Is impotence keeping you down? Tired of having bad skin? Suffering from cancer, Ebola, AIDS, MERS, or almost any other scary, life-threatening disease? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions and are able to visit North Korea, you may want to ask your physician about Kumdang-2. Kumdang-2 is a revolutionary drug that can cure a variety of potentially life-threatening ailments, as well as clear up other inconvenient conditions.  The drug is administered through a painless injection, and side effects may include…absolutely nothing. It is safe to take Kumdang-2 with other medications. If you...

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NORTH KOREA: The Fire They Don’t Want You to Know About

RYAN LIPPERT WRITES– If a hotel in Pyongyang catches fire and the media doesn’t mention it, does it still burn? Of course it does! Last Thursday, the Koryo Hotel, one of the tallest and best-known buildings in North Korea’s capital, caught fire. In a city populated by approximately 3.2 million people, you would expect to see photographic evidence immediately. However, that was not the case with the Koryo Hotel fire. For several days, no pictures could be found. This is to be expected in a country as secretive as a country fittingly referred to as the Hermit Kingdom, where...

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NORTH KOREA: Can’t Read Kim’s Poker Face

RYAN LIPPERT WRITES – Look out, Lady Gaga! Kim Jong-un’s poker face may be harder to read than your own. As debates over the actual extent of North Korea’s nuclear capabilities continue, Kim Jong-un asserts that his regime has advanced their nuclear weapons technology. The North Korean government has even provided pictures of their latest test to prove the newest nuclear missiles work. But consensus on the veracity of these claims remains as elusive as ever. The North Korean government claims they’re not only able to miniaturize nuclear warheads, but also launch nuclear devices from submarines. Due to the...

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NORTH KOREA: Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

RYAN LIPPERT WRITES- Only in North Korea would a national leader claim to have climbed the highest mountain in the country, take a picture (in which he looks neither tired nor properly equipped to accomplish such a task), and then describe such an accomplishment as if he just had a profound religious experience. Could this be yet another attempt to legitimize the regime by showing that the Supreme Leader has godlike attributes? North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un allegedly climbed Mount Paektu, the highest mountain in the Hermit Kingdom, and the supposed location of his father’s birth. The state-run...

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NORTH KOREA: 99 Red Balloons?

RYAN LIPPERT WRITES- In the midst of heightened tensions due to annual military drills between the U.S. and South Korea, the North Korean government has announced that they will not hesitate to respond to certain future transgressions by the South with overwhelming force. What are these transgressions, you ask? Dropping pieces of paper and DVDs from balloons. That’s right. The Hermit Kingdom’s leaders have made it clear that if South Korean activists go through with their plans to distribute “The Interview” and other prohibited media to North Korean citizens via balloon airdrop, there will be consequences, as they consider...

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