This is the weekly Open Thread.
This week I also participated in a podcast with Robert Stark about transhumanism and effective altruism.
* Baptiste Dumoulin & Emil O. W. Kirkegaard – The Decline of Brussels: Immigration and social inequality in Belgium
* Via James Thompson who is at the ISIR conference in Montreal:
* The Navalny vs. Strelkov debate on July 20.
I am going to have a separate post on that. Strelkov performed a lot better than I feared and expected, and handily won the debate. (Even many liberals had to concede that).
* DNR head Alexander Zakharchenko declared the formation of Malorossiya, consisting of all of Ukraine, with its capital in Donetsk.
The idea was put forwards without any consultations with the LNR, and apparently even the Kremlin, and was almost immediately forgotten. Just like Zakharchenko’s bizarre proclamation this March that Ukraine would cease to exist in 60 days.
The idea is total nonsense, of course, even from a Russian nationalist (i.e. historical) perspective. Little Russia is the territory of central Ukraine around Kiev, which was brought into the Tsardom of Russia by the Treaty of Pereyaslav in 1654. Southern Ukraine, i.e. Novorossiya, was a land directly conquered by the Russian Empire’s force of arms.
I don’t know how this came to be. Maybe some part of the Kremlin “towers” wanted to give things a push to see how Poroshenko/the West would react. Maybe it was the result of a Zakharchenko and Zakhar Prilepin and some other DNR honchos going on a drunken bender. What it is not is anything serious.
* Vincent Law: What Is Russia Turning Into?
At the present time, most discourse on China itself in Russia happens through a Western prism (as far as I’m aware, the same is true of China). Since Russia only has a few dozen academic China specialists, this could hardly be otherwise. This is a good initiative, but there needs to be more Chinese who know Russian, and many more Russians who know Chinese.
* Former Novorossiya Armed Forces soldier from UK jailed for five years for “preparing terrorism.”
No idea why he plead guilty; nobody apart from the Ukraine considers the NAF/DNR/LNR to be terrorist groups.
* Affirmative action Kremlinology:
* I suppose the John McCain brain cancer jokes write themselves – no need for futher commentary on my part.
My favorite McCain story is when he demanded Pravda give him an op-ed like NYT did for Putin – learly the only Russian newspaper he and his idiot staff knew about. Pravda was a bottom-tier tabloid big on alien abduction stories that very few read, and McCain duly got his op-ed there.
It would be hilarious (though oddly appropriate) if Ziocons were to put the First Amendment out of its misery – instead of the SJWs whom we were expecting.
* Israel Shamir: Are Non-Jews Human?
* Ugo Bardi on why asteroid mining is a Muskian pipedream.
* The Economist: Poles apart – Why central and eastern European children lag behind in British schools.
Unexpected result. Though as Philip Owen explains, “It is just Lambeth.”
* Ireland, along with the US, is much richer than its national IQ would suggest. Why? Well, its GDP figures might be ridiculously overvalued.
* Rolf Degen: “The alphabet was originally designed by illiterate miners from the templates of a few Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs”:
The invention of the alphabet was a central event in global cultural/scientific history; all else equal, it allows far more people to be literate than under logographic systems. It would be hilarious if a contingency like this contributed to Europe beating China to the industrial revolution.
* Blank, Meredith et al. – 2017 – Political Regime Type and Warfare: Evidence from 600 Years of European History
Using a novel database of interstate conflict in Europe between 1200 and 1800, we perform the first quantitative analysis of domestic political institutions and warfare across the pre-modern era. We find that early parliamentary regimes — the institutional predecessors of modern democracies — were disproportionately more likely to experience armed conflict than their absolutist counterparts.
* Louisa Lim: How Class in China Became Politically Incorrect
Research by the University of Sydney’s David Goodman has found that around 84% of today’s elite are direct descendants of the elite from pre-1949. This suggests that six decades of Communism may not have a dramatic impact upon the elites, who have the advantage of decades of capital accumulation — including economic, cultural and social capital — which have apparently continued to benefit them under the party-state system.
* Looks like GabeN is experimenting with movie-making with Oats Studios.
My favorite from Volume 1:
Rakka is what I imagine a Tyranid invasion would be like.
Zygote is insanely horrific.
* ADL: From Alt Right to Alt Lite: Naming the Hate. Cucking hard didn’t save the latter from featuring on antifa’s hitlist.
* Some blackpills:
- Eric Kaufmann: Is tribalism racism?
- Roger Hicks: Political Implications of Evolutionary Psychology
- Vincent Law: The Poz Is A Weapon Of Class Warfare
* FEMEN have fired up the coal furnaces. So predictable.
* Skinner, Allison & Hudac – 2017 – “Yuck, you disgust me!” Affective bias against interracial couples
Study 1 demonstrates that bias against interracial romance is correlated with disgust. Study 2 provides evidence that images of interracial couples evoke a neural disgust response among observers – as indicated by increased insula activation relative to images of same-race couples. Consistent with psychological theory indicating that disgust leads to dehumanization, Study 3 demonstrates that manipulating disgust leads to implicit dehumanization of interracial couples. Overall, the current findings provide evidence that interracial couples elicit disgust and are dehumanized relative to same-race couples. These findings are particularly concerning, given evidence of antisocial reactions (e.g., aggression, perpetration of violence) to dehumanized targets.
People are also more disgusted by faggots than maggots despite a few decades’ worth of homosexualist propaganda.
Social engineering can make people say they approve of race mixing and fag marriage in opinion polls but can’t change base human nature.
* Ananda Coomaraswamy: