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Hank Pellissier has created the Transhuman Party in the US, in response to allegations of authoritarianism and cronyism in the original organization headed by Zoltan Istvan.

I don’t follow the futurist/transhumanist scene as closely as I did before – as almost all of you know, I am no longer in the Bay Area, and I have yet to really explore the Moscow scene. That said, I support and am happy to provide publicity for Pellissier’s new initiative. Best of luck to him!

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catalonia-protest* Still amazed that so few people are talking about the Catalonia situation. Of course Spain isn’t as important a country as the UK, but it’s hardly irrelevant, either – it has around 75% of the population of France/UK/Italy. For its part, an indepedent Catalonia with its 8 million people would approximately be another Greece or Czechia.

Not to mention that the ramifications of this might be far more serious since Spain is stolidly set against Catalan independence.

Results from a recent poll:

  • 62% intend to turn out, of which 83% would vote YES for independence – that is an absolute majority (51%) of the population.
  • Reports that 100,000 people turned out to protest in Barcelona. Relative to its population, that’s similar to the Euromaidan protests in Ukraine in 2014 (and around 10x that of the anti-electoral fraud protests in Moscow in 2011-12).
  • Recently, 712 (of 947) mayors signed a declaration saying they will provide the voting spaces for the referendum and are now being investigated for it.”

* Becky Ferreira – In the Midst of Global Turmoil, Russia’s Science Community Reboots

Everywhere we went, there was a sense that Russian science is on the upswing, thanks to substantial investments from the government. These efforts include the National Technological Initiative, an ambitious 20-year science roadmap outlined by Putin in 2014, as well as academic competitions like Project 5-100, which is designed to lift at least five Russian universities into the top 100 world rankings by 2020. The state has begun to offer “megagrants,” valued at up to 150 million rubles ($5 million) each, to entice leading researchers—especially expatriates—to establish laboratories in Russia.

* Andrey Martyanov (Unz Review) – The 800 Pound Gorilla in Syria

The most popular indicator of this confusion is a never ending discussion of a possible American attack on the Russian forces in Syria, primarily on the air base Khmeimim… The reason for this is purely technological—Russia can go tit-for-tat conventionally in Syria and anywhere in the Middle East. In fact, the Russian military has in its possession the most advanced arsenal of High Precision stand-off weapons which have been demonstrated in action for the whole world to see.

There’s probably only a few months left before Islamic State is cleansed off the map, thus wiping away the inextricable moral complication at the heart of the Western narrative of the Assadist dictatorship “killing its own people.” Some observers like Igor Strelkov fear that it at this point that the US will inflict a “Tshusima” on the highly exposed and outnumber Russian forces in Russia, hoping to perhaps also make Putin’s domestic position untenable. Martyanov argues that Russia’s arsenal of superior stand-off weapons makes this a very bad idea for the US even in just the Syrian theater.

Hopefully he’s right, though I’m not entirely convinced.

prokudin-gorsky-river* Anniversary: World’s first color photographer Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky died on September 27, 1944.

* Catalonia – Russian hackers at it again!

Nice comment:

Everything is russian. Everything is russian hacking. Russians decide who wins the US election. Russians decide who gets independence.

It’s amazing how coordinated the western media really is.

Black lives matter? Obviously russian.

NFL players kneeling? On direct orders from putin himself.

They even found a russian hacker who works for putin’s party.

And of course russia controls reddit.

The media says russians got trump elected. But reddit hates trump. If you want to talk about foreign influence on reddit, “our” media should be focusing on the british/canadian/european media here. For every RT propaganda piece here, we get 100000 BBC, guardian, independent, etc propaganda.

* Alfred W. McCoy (Unz Review) – World War III With China

* Audacious Epigone – Huge racial divide on anthem kneeling. Culture war pitting Core America vs Coalition of the Fringes raging

anepigone-take-the-knee

To be honest I initially dismissed this as just another retarded chapter of the American culture wars that I no longer care to closely follow.

However, it must be said that Trump and Co. have picked their battle exceedingly well.

* Razib Khan – The 100 million killed under Communist regimes matter (reprinted at the Areo journal).

And the body count issue is interesting because apologists for Communism regularly suggest that these numbers may be exaggerated. Refutations of the statistics for the Chinese famine suggest that it was closer to 10 million, rather than 45 million. This is like saying the Nazi regime has been slandered, because they killed 2 million, as opposed to 6 million, Jews. Quibbling over numbers in a passionate manner like this is the domain of Holocaust deniers, and yet with Communism, I encounter this regularly.

I don’t think it was a great piece – in particular, I take a philosophical and pragmatic stance against sloppiness in numbers tallying (incidentally, an approach much beloved of by Communists themselves), and made as much clear in my comment to his blog.

razib-communism-comment

However, it appears that I’ve been banned from commenting at Razib’s blog. I had made about two other comments since he left The Unz Review and neither has gone through.

(Not that I’m complaining, bloggers have a right to ban whomever they want for any reason).

EDIT: It appears that Razib’s Russophobic anti-spam filter had been eating all my comments there.

* Louis Project – The one degree of separation between Valerie Plame and white supremacy

A cursory review indicated that Unz Review is largely an aggregation of articles that are published elsewhere with an occasional exception such as Giraldi’s and others in the inner circle of editor Ron Unz. In addition to Philip Giraldi, who is his National Security Editor, there are two men described as “bloggers”: Anatoly Karlin and Steve Sailer. Karlin is a Russian who studied at U. Cal Berkeley and once wrote for “Sputnik & Pogrom”, an ultra-nationalist website that was even too much for Putin based on the evidence of it being shut down on July 6th. In 2015 the website called for “crushing Ukraine” and establishing a “Russian ethnic state.”

In addition to his contributions to Unz Review, Sailer also writes for Taki’s Magazine, a publication started by Taki Theodoracopulos who once wrote: “Modern humans evolved in Africa about 200,000 years ago. Africans and non-Africans then split about 100,000 years ago. The further north they went, the harder it became to find food, raise children and find shelter. Larger brains were needed for a longer life and more family stability.”. When he isn’t busy pumping out filth for Taki, Sailer is writing stuff for VDARE, an anti-immigration outfit that can best be described as white nationalist.

Beginning to connect the dots now? Philip Giraldi: the Jews own the media. Anatoly Karlin: too nationalistic for Putin. Steve Sailer: a good old boy from Taki’s and VDARE.

“Too nationalistic for Putin.”

That’s gotta be my new favorite accolade! My old favorite was “ein strammer Putinsoldat”, but it was getting old and outdated.

I regret to say I have never written for Sputnik and Pogrom, though that is probably going to be remedied in the near future.

* Nice take on the Progressive Russian Empire article:

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  1. Here’s what I saw in google news just now:

    ‘Illegal’ Putin condemns Catalonia referendum and will continue to treat Spain as one
    Express.co.uk

    And from Express.co.uk (or was it some other site?) this headline has already been replicated at least half-dozen times.

    Well, I’m 100% certain that Putin did not condemn Catalonia referendum. If he commented on it at all, what he’d say (most likely) is that it an internal Spanish matter.

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    MOSCOW, September 28. /TASS/. Russia believes the referendum on Catalonia’s independence due on October 1 is Spain’s internal affair, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told a news briefing on Thursday.

    "We believe that the situation in Catalonia is an internal affair of Spain," Zakharova said. "We are certain the events in Catalonia should proceed strictly in compliance with the existing Spanish legislation."

    "We interpret the Catalonian authorities’ so-called independence referendum scheduled for October 1, just as other unilateral initiatives by local legislators, in the context of the decisions on the issue by the Constitutional Court of Spain."

    "In our relations with Spain we proceed from the unconditional principle of respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of that country," Zakharova said.
     
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  2. Louis Proyect is supposedly a lefty, and yet he’s just as much a sanctimonious asshole as any liberal. Un-natural wonder.

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  3. Anon says: • Disclaimer

    What do you think of this video and Avdeev’s theses?

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  4. Anon says: • Disclaimer
    @Mao Cheng Ji
    Here's what I saw in google news just now:

    'Illegal' Putin condemns Catalonia referendum and will continue to treat Spain as one
    Express.co.uk
     
    And from Express.co.uk (or was it some other site?) this headline has already been replicated at least half-dozen times.

    Well, I'm 100% certain that Putin did not condemn Catalonia referendum. If he commented on it at all, what he'd say (most likely) is that it an internal Spanish matter.

    MOSCOW, September 28. /TASS/. Russia believes the referendum on Catalonia’s independence due on October 1 is Spain’s internal affair, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told a news briefing on Thursday.

    “We believe that the situation in Catalonia is an internal affair of Spain,” Zakharova said. “We are certain the events in Catalonia should proceed strictly in compliance with the existing Spanish legislation.”

    “We interpret the Catalonian authorities’ so-called independence referendum scheduled for October 1, just as other unilateral initiatives by local legislators, in the context of the decisions on the issue by the Constitutional Court of Spain.”

    “In our relations with Spain we proceed from the unconditional principle of respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of that country,” Zakharova said.

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    http://tass.com/politics/967955

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  5. Talha says:

    authoritarianism and cronyism in the original organization headed by Zoltan Istvan.

    Authoritarianism in an org headed by a guy named “Zoltan Istvan” – no way!

    All hail Zoltan The Transhumanist!!!

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    Zoltán István is a Hungarian name. Both names are first names, but of course could be family names as well.
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  6. “Modern humans evolved in Africa about 200,000 years ago. Africans and non-Africans then split about 100,000 years ago. The further north they went, the harder it became to find food, raise children and find shelter. Larger brains were needed for a longer life and more family stability.”

    That accusation seems very lazy. I am pretty sure the author could have quoted something far “worse” than this from Taki’s writing. And if Taki hasn’t written anything worse than this, then doesn’t it go against the ‘nasty guys’ argument the author is making?

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  7. @Talha

    authoritarianism and cronyism in the original organization headed by Zoltan Istvan.
     
    Authoritarianism in an org headed by a guy named "Zoltan Istvan" - no way!

    All hail Zoltan The Transhumanist!!!
    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/b/b4/GodEmperorofDune-LetoWorm.jpg

    Zoltán István is a Hungarian name. Both names are first names, but of course could be family names as well.

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    Cool - I'm just saying, I haven't met a name that exuded so much "I am the emperor!" vibe since Sargon the Akkadian!

    Peace.
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  8. Mao’s famine could easily be well over 40 million. The few historians with some limited access to Chinese archives are all talking about numbers in excess of 30 million.

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  9. Here’s are some more ‘Russia is promoting Catalan independence’ and ‘Russia is creating chaos in the EU for their own gain; PS Trump is a bad President’ articles.

    Honestly, I think the only foreign opinions that matter here are those of the European Union, Germany and maybe France. I maybe be wrong or things have changed, but the approval of the EU in Catalonia is high and Catalans, especially lefty separatists who drink heavily from the euro-kool aide. Meanwhile, the EU has been clear; if Catalonia were to leave Spain, it would be considered a foreign country that would require re-admission. To be re-admitted would require Spain’s approval, which they wouldn’t get if they left unilaterally. So they would have to get Madrid’s approval first – which it would never grant, on both legal and political grounds. So they are trapped.

    Having Spain dismembered and threaten the fiscal health of Spain, Catalonia and the whole Eurozone is not in the interests of the Eurocrats or the German elites who benefited the most from the EU and the Eurozone. So long as the Spanish authorities keep their repression to a minimum, they will do nothing to help the Catalans.

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  10. I take a philosophical and pragmatic stance against sloppiness in numbers tallying

    I don’t think it’s a matter of tallying; it’s just spin. One could argue (and some do indeed) that food/beverage/restaurant industries in the US murder 1 million people every year (with sugar, fat, large portions, and what-not). Anticommunism is just as much a crackpot obsession as any other, except that this one is extremely well financed and well-propagandized, for obvious reasons.

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    Well, my comment #39 was supposed to be in reply to this one, about the US Medical Holocaust.
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  11. Talha says:
    @reiner Tor
    Zoltán István is a Hungarian name. Both names are first names, but of course could be family names as well.

    Cool – I’m just saying, I haven’t met a name that exuded so much “I am the emperor!” vibe since Sargon the Akkadian!

    Peace.

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    Istvan is Stephen, I should think, surely a popular enough name in Hungary, but what is Zoltan? Sultan? Certainly sounds like it.
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  12. Ilya says:

    I stopped reading Khan’s bilge years ago after he repeatedly fulminated about how he knew more that his readers (“I know more than you”) and claimed that those commenting on his blog were not entitled to “pop off” (i.e., state an opinion he disagrees with), followed by Mughal-like banning. Despite his pulp-like output, he has put forward nothing original whatsoever; he merely reads a lot but poorly. At one point he claimed that he was an authority on genetics by virtue of his having been blogging about it longer than most. Right.

    Only in the kwa could a street-shitter immigrant claim to be an intellectual while being unable to recognize comma splice in his own work.

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    At one point he claimed that he was an authority on genetics by virtue of his having been blogging about it longer than most.
     
    To be fair, I think he has a bachelor's in biochemistry and was doing a PhD in Genetics, so it fair to call him an 'authority' on the subject. He's an amateur in history, but a well-read one, so I do take what he writes seriously. I find his book recommendations are quite good.
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    @Talha
    Cool - I'm just saying, I haven't met a name that exuded so much "I am the emperor!" vibe since Sargon the Akkadian!

    Peace.

    Istvan is Stephen, I should think, surely a popular enough name in Hungary, but what is Zoltan? Sultan? Certainly sounds like it.

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    I looked it up. Actually, yes, it's indeed coming from Turkic Sultan, though it was borrowed probably before Hungarians settled in present day Hungary. The name already existed (though was rare) in the 12-13th centuries, and since at the time we had no contact with Turks, it must have been borrowed earlier. It fell into disuse during later centuries, but was brought back in the early 19th century during the nationalist awakening. I hadn't known its meaning or origin until now. To be honest, to me both names sound quite normal and meaningless.
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  14. Your fame has increased yet again, Mr. Karlin.

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  15. Some observers like Igor Strelkov fear that it at this point that the US will inflict a “Tshusima” on the highly exposed and outnumber Russian forces in Russia,

    LOL.

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  16. @Anon
    Istvan is Stephen, I should think, surely a popular enough name in Hungary, but what is Zoltan? Sultan? Certainly sounds like it.

    I looked it up. Actually, yes, it’s indeed coming from Turkic Sultan, though it was borrowed probably before Hungarians settled in present day Hungary. The name already existed (though was rare) in the 12-13th centuries, and since at the time we had no contact with Turks, it must have been borrowed earlier. It fell into disuse during later centuries, but was brought back in the early 19th century during the nationalist awakening. I hadn’t known its meaning or origin until now. To be honest, to me both names sound quite normal and meaningless.

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  17. Not long ago, Karlin wrote on this:

    The Russian Empire: Too Nice for Its Own Good

    I’m thinking that the problem with Russians is the lack of individuality.

    Now, some on the Right(esp Alt Right) are skeptical and even hostile to this thing called individualism. They see it as atomizing, selfish, egotistical, narrow, vain, and ahistorical.
    Now, this may be true in cases where individualism is the core of one’s worldview.

    But individuality can serve something bigger than itself. And any agenda, vision, or order is best served by charged-up individuals who are willing to be bold, strong, inspired, ingenious, and innovative. The problem with collectivism is it discourages and dampens individuality. So, even though the collective is for the good of the whole, there is a lack of charged-up individuals willing to make a difference in the world and make contributions.

    There is collectivism where most people think of the common good and try to work as a group. But such mindset leads to passivity. Everyone is waiting around to be told what to do for the common good. He lacks the individual will to put forth his own ideas and plans. He knows how to receive and take orders but not how to assert himself and propose/execute ideas.

    There is individualism where individuals think the only thing that counts is self-satisfaction. The most extreme types of these kind of individuals are found in gangsterism, vice industry, and globalism. Druglords don’t care what drugs to do society. They only care about their own riches. Vice industry lords with their casinos don’t care about the terrible effect gambling has on the culture. They only care about their own individual profits. And globalist entrepreneurs don’t care about the people of the nation. They don’t care about people of the world. They just wanna use the entire world to play the game to rake as much profits for themselves.

    But there is the third option: Individualism for the shared national good. Peter Thiel is partly of this school. He believes in individual enterprise, boldness, risk-taking, and innovation… but he also believes there must be a sense of national purpose and good.

    The problem with Russians is this lack of individuality for the national good. Russian(often Russian-Jewish)individualism has taken the form of self-serving egomania. So, become oligarchs, rake in the profits, and live like a king with tons of yachts all over. (To be sure, Jewish-Russian oligarchs at least have a sense of common shared good for Jews.) This kind of pathologically self-centered individualism is harmful to the nation. The powerful, the privileged, and the connected only care about themselves. And as fish rots from the head, this kind of excessive vanity seeps down to the masses, and people become trashy. This is happening in the US too, with the masses imitating the decadent excesses of the celebrities.

    There has been a sense of communal, collective, and shared good in Russian culture, and this goes back to Christianity… which explains why so many Russians took to communism so fast. This kind of communalism discourages individuality, ego, spark, boldness, adventurousness, and can-do-spirit. It emphasizes conformism to the orthodoxy of what is righteous and just, whether under Christianity, Tsarism, or communism. Or Putinism.

    There is a positive side to such communalism but also a negative side. Without individual spark and boldness, it’s a communalism of passivism and waiting around to be told what to do. A communalism of charged up individuals will do so much more than communalism of passive individuals. In IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, George Bailey works for the good of the town, but he is full of individualism. He takes charge, he is clever and inventive, he’s looking for angles, he like to engage with people. He has individuality and communal spirit.
    In contrast, the lack of individuality in Russia led to too many Russkies just waiting around to be told what they must think and do.

    The difference between assertive communalism(of individuals) and passive communalism(of collective mindset) is this: Suppose the electricity goes out in a community. In the community of civic-minded individuals, many will try to contact the company to see what’s up. Each person will try to take the initiative. In contrast, in the latter community, everyone will just sit around trusting or hoping that someone ELSE will do something about the power outage. This makes a huge difference. America used to be both individual and communal. It had civic sense and national unity… but it was made up of individuals who rolled up their sleeves with can-do spirit and went about trying to fix things. In contrast, Russian lack of individualism meant that its communalism tended to be lethargic as most people failed to take charge as individuals and just waited around for the order or solution to come from above so that people will be told what to do. And Putinism hasn’t fixed this character flaw in Russian mindset.

    Indeed, what is striking about the ‘Russian Revolution’ was how non-Russian it was. How was it that Jews, Latvians, Poles, and even Georgian Stalin gained so much power while so many Russians became their subjects? Those other cultures had a stronger culture of the assertive individual(though not in the Anglo-libertarian mode). Russian masses had long been inculcated to follow orders and do like others do. In contrast, other cultures produced individuals who were more bandit-like, merchant-like, intellectual-like, or some such. So, it took awhile for the USSR to become a genuine Russian Empire. Up to the 50s, it was largely an order ruled by non-Russians who were more daring than Russians. Indeed, Russians gained power only because the non-Russian elites created a system whereby Russians could be educated and told what to do to rise up the power ladder.

    Another problem is barbarism that wastes energy on childish stuff. When Russians do indulge in individuality, it’s often silly stuff like swilling excessive amounts of vodka, having street fights, driving around like loons, wrestling bears, dancing on tables, and catching fish with penis. Jews don’t waste their individual spirit on such silliness. When you have a gallon of gasoline, it should be poured into an engine. Russians douse things all around and set things on fire just to celebrate and have a good time. Wasted energy. True individuality is a smart use of energy with focus and direction and sense of purpose.

    As Russia looks to the future, the main conflict will be this:

    Russian nationalists and patriots with sounder values and nobler spirit but lacking in individual spark and spirit to take charge and make a difference

    VERSUS

    Jewish, Homo, and Cuck Globalists with terrible values and subversive mindset but bursting with individual spark and spirit to take charge and make a difference.

    It’s like what Israel Shamir wrote of the Lucy Stein gang. Awful people but full of spunk and spirit.

    A spirited badger can bring down a passive cow.

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    When Russians do indulge in individuality, it’s often silly stuff like swilling excessive amounts of vodka, having street fights, driving around like loons, wrestling bears, dancing on tables, and catching fish with penis
     
    Do you have any Russian friends? This is highly amusing but does not reflect the Russians I know.

    If you must know, after all, bears have to be wrestled before they can be properly ridden for leisurely trips to the banya.

    , @Talha
    catching fish with penis

    What is with you and that organ man??!!

    Peace.
    , @melanf

    There has been a sense of communal, collective, and shared good in Russian culture, and this goes back to Christianity… . This kind of communalism discourages individuality, ego, spark, boldness, adventurousness, and can-do-spirit.
     
    It's definitely not about the Russian. Here are the impressions of Korean General Shin Ryu about Russian pirates (the Koreans fought with them on the river Amur in 1658, as part of the Manchurian troops)

    In The North sea is a gang of robbers of the same tribe. Where they come from is unknown, but they began to descend downstream of the river Heilongjiang (Amur) and loot the area
    The hull of the enemy ships is very large and the deck on the whole a wooden cover. It rafters made of wide boards laid on top of linked small trees and the bark of the birch, which is covered with clay, then boards on top. Even built a house on the earth might not be so durable. Bulwarks made from whole logs, so that even the [Western] gun they are hard to break. In addition, on top of the shelter deck from thick boards arranged in the shield (the barrier), so if they fought from the ship, being in and beaching, it was difficult to handle.
    Their art of shooting a musket is excellent. In previous wars, the Chinese suffered from them a severe defeat and suffered heavy loss in killed, and now, in a single battle in 3-4 hours all of [their] ships went to the bottom.
    Their faces and hair very much like the southern barbarians, but they look more ferocious. So even if they are not the southern barbarians, obviously - their neighbors.
    Enemies did not rise from the sea, but descended from the upper reaches of the Amur river. Ten years have passed since then, as a gang of enemies seized in the area, but they have no intention to go back. In winter, they built earthen forts and live in them, and in summer boats depart for the depart for the hikes. The Manchus say that all these enemies - criminals who have committed crimes at home, so they can't go home, and that they came to the upper reaches of the Amur river by land, built ships and invaded [here]. Seen and the Manchus do not know where their lair.
    Enemy prisoner said that after they left their country, they are four years later got here to the Amur. How can four years to go on someone else's land and then another, and to fight in these places? It is impossible to believe...The North sea is a gang of robbers of the same tribe. Where they come from is unknown, but they began to descend downstream of the river Heilongjiang (Amur) and loot the area
    The hull of the enemy ships is very large and the deck on the whole a wooden cover. It rafters made of wide boards laid on top of linked small trees and the bark of the birch, which is covered with clay, then boards on top. Even built a house on the earth might not be so durable. Bulwarks made from whole logs, so that even the [Western] gun they are hard to break. In addition, on top of the shelter deck from thick boards arranged in the shield (the barrier), so if they fought from the ship, being in and beaching, it was difficult to handle.
    Their art of shooting a musket is excellent. In previous wars, the Chinese suffered from them a severe defeat and suffered heavy loss in killed, and now, in a single battle in 3-4 hours all of [their] ships went to the bottom.
    Their faces and hair very much like the southern barbarians, but they look more ferocious. So even if they are not the southern barbarians, obviously - their neighbors.
    Enemies did not rise from the sea, but descended from the upper reaches of the Amur river. Ten years have passed since then, as a gang of enemies seized in the area, but they have no intention to go back.The Manchus say that all these enemies - criminals who have committed crimes at home, so they can't go home, and that they came to the upper reaches of the Amur river by land, built ships and invaded [here]. Seen and the Manchus do not know where their lair.
    Enemy prisoner said that after they left their country, they are four years later got here to the Amur. How can four years to go on someone else's land and then another, and to fight in these places? It is impossible to believe...
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  18. One day, even this Russia Hysteria will be blamed on… Russians.

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  19. @Priss Factor
    Not long ago, Karlin wrote on this:

    The Russian Empire: Too Nice for Its Own Good

    I'm thinking that the problem with Russians is the lack of individuality.

    Now, some on the Right(esp Alt Right) are skeptical and even hostile to this thing called individualism. They see it as atomizing, selfish, egotistical, narrow, vain, and ahistorical.
    Now, this may be true in cases where individualism is the core of one's worldview.

    But individuality can serve something bigger than itself. And any agenda, vision, or order is best served by charged-up individuals who are willing to be bold, strong, inspired, ingenious, and innovative. The problem with collectivism is it discourages and dampens individuality. So, even though the collective is for the good of the whole, there is a lack of charged-up individuals willing to make a difference in the world and make contributions.

    There is collectivism where most people think of the common good and try to work as a group. But such mindset leads to passivity. Everyone is waiting around to be told what to do for the common good. He lacks the individual will to put forth his own ideas and plans. He knows how to receive and take orders but not how to assert himself and propose/execute ideas.

    There is individualism where individuals think the only thing that counts is self-satisfaction. The most extreme types of these kind of individuals are found in gangsterism, vice industry, and globalism. Druglords don't care what drugs to do society. They only care about their own riches. Vice industry lords with their casinos don't care about the terrible effect gambling has on the culture. They only care about their own individual profits. And globalist entrepreneurs don't care about the people of the nation. They don't care about people of the world. They just wanna use the entire world to play the game to rake as much profits for themselves.

    But there is the third option: Individualism for the shared national good. Peter Thiel is partly of this school. He believes in individual enterprise, boldness, risk-taking, and innovation... but he also believes there must be a sense of national purpose and good.

    The problem with Russians is this lack of individuality for the national good. Russian(often Russian-Jewish)individualism has taken the form of self-serving egomania. So, become oligarchs, rake in the profits, and live like a king with tons of yachts all over. (To be sure, Jewish-Russian oligarchs at least have a sense of common shared good for Jews.) This kind of pathologically self-centered individualism is harmful to the nation. The powerful, the privileged, and the connected only care about themselves. And as fish rots from the head, this kind of excessive vanity seeps down to the masses, and people become trashy. This is happening in the US too, with the masses imitating the decadent excesses of the celebrities.

    There has been a sense of communal, collective, and shared good in Russian culture, and this goes back to Christianity... which explains why so many Russians took to communism so fast. This kind of communalism discourages individuality, ego, spark, boldness, adventurousness, and can-do-spirit. It emphasizes conformism to the orthodoxy of what is righteous and just, whether under Christianity, Tsarism, or communism. Or Putinism.

    There is a positive side to such communalism but also a negative side. Without individual spark and boldness, it's a communalism of passivism and waiting around to be told what to do. A communalism of charged up individuals will do so much more than communalism of passive individuals. In IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE, George Bailey works for the good of the town, but he is full of individualism. He takes charge, he is clever and inventive, he's looking for angles, he like to engage with people. He has individuality and communal spirit.
    In contrast, the lack of individuality in Russia led to too many Russkies just waiting around to be told what they must think and do.

    The difference between assertive communalism(of individuals) and passive communalism(of collective mindset) is this: Suppose the electricity goes out in a community. In the community of civic-minded individuals, many will try to contact the company to see what's up. Each person will try to take the initiative. In contrast, in the latter community, everyone will just sit around trusting or hoping that someone ELSE will do something about the power outage. This makes a huge difference. America used to be both individual and communal. It had civic sense and national unity... but it was made up of individuals who rolled up their sleeves with can-do spirit and went about trying to fix things. In contrast, Russian lack of individualism meant that its communalism tended to be lethargic as most people failed to take charge as individuals and just waited around for the order or solution to come from above so that people will be told what to do. And Putinism hasn't fixed this character flaw in Russian mindset.

    Indeed, what is striking about the 'Russian Revolution' was how non-Russian it was. How was it that Jews, Latvians, Poles, and even Georgian Stalin gained so much power while so many Russians became their subjects? Those other cultures had a stronger culture of the assertive individual(though not in the Anglo-libertarian mode). Russian masses had long been inculcated to follow orders and do like others do. In contrast, other cultures produced individuals who were more bandit-like, merchant-like, intellectual-like, or some such. So, it took awhile for the USSR to become a genuine Russian Empire. Up to the 50s, it was largely an order ruled by non-Russians who were more daring than Russians. Indeed, Russians gained power only because the non-Russian elites created a system whereby Russians could be educated and told what to do to rise up the power ladder.

    Another problem is barbarism that wastes energy on childish stuff. When Russians do indulge in individuality, it's often silly stuff like swilling excessive amounts of vodka, having street fights, driving around like loons, wrestling bears, dancing on tables, and catching fish with penis. Jews don't waste their individual spirit on such silliness. When you have a gallon of gasoline, it should be poured into an engine. Russians douse things all around and set things on fire just to celebrate and have a good time. Wasted energy. True individuality is a smart use of energy with focus and direction and sense of purpose.

    As Russia looks to the future, the main conflict will be this:

    Russian nationalists and patriots with sounder values and nobler spirit but lacking in individual spark and spirit to take charge and make a difference

    VERSUS

    Jewish, Homo, and Cuck Globalists with terrible values and subversive mindset but bursting with individual spark and spirit to take charge and make a difference.

    It's like what Israel Shamir wrote of the Lucy Stein gang. Awful people but full of spunk and spirit.

    A spirited badger can bring down a passive cow.

    When Russians do indulge in individuality, it’s often silly stuff like swilling excessive amounts of vodka, having street fights, driving around like loons, wrestling bears, dancing on tables, and catching fish with penis

    Do you have any Russian friends? This is highly amusing but does not reflect the Russians I know.

    If you must know, after all, bears have to be wrestled before they can be properly ridden for leisurely trips to the banya.

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    Well, he is, of course, exaggerating, Russians do not wrestle bears these days, that tradition died out in the 19th century. But in general Priss has it more or less right: I know Russians (and their language) well, and they do drink heavily, very heavily. Alcohol, vodka our worse ('samogon', a low quality moonshine), is killing many men and women in Russia.
    , @Priss Factor
    Do you have any Russian friends? This is highly amusing but does not reflect the Russians I know.

    You are a Chieh-pet, so anything white seems more individualistic by comparison.

    Also, you probably dealt more with urban westernized types.

    Finally, the proof is in the pudding. Why are Russians such underachievers with all that land and resources? There isn't enough individuality and initiative.

    Also, the individuality that does exist is often wasted on neo-barbarian energies. Wasted.

    , @utu
    Priss is like Chauncey Gardiner from Being There. All he knows about the world is from TV, movies and Youtube. He usually illustrates his rants with often very a propos film clips.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Syi8J8EAwXk
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  20. Brabantian says: • Website

    To update on a topic our host Mr Karlin has been writing about, the cyber-purge whose ground zero has been banning The Daily Stormer site, run by 33-year-old Andrew Anglin of Ohio USA -

    The Stormer has been banned from its Iceland address where it had survived for some days, but quickly re-surfaced on a Catalonia web host

    https://dailystormer.cat/

    Andrew Anglin has apparently been interviewed by Jim Goad of Taki Mag – where Unz Review’s own Steve Sailer hangs out -

    There is apparently a legal case involving Cloudfare and its CEO Matthew Prince, who initially shut down the Daily Stormer with his personal decision to eliminate the site’s protection against DDS attacks … the litigation is by a p-rnography provider ‘ALS Scan’ which is asking in court, why Prince & Cloudfare protect & support sites offering pirated p-rnography, including ALS’ proprietary p-rno thus ‘violating copyright law’ … but yet bans the Stormer which is not clearly doing anything illegal under USA law

    https://dailystormer.cat/lol-porno-company-cites-ban-of-daily-stormer-as-they-attempt-to-depose-cloudflare-ceo/

    Anglin has some rather profound moments in his writing that greatly touch his audience, as in the following passage from Anglin the other day:

    … The nature of our society, the way that children are destroyed. Everyone is damaged. We are all damaged. Look at your own self and your life and the things that have happened to you and the things that you’ve thought and done. You’re fucked up. Everyone is. That is the deal. That is the world that we live in: a world that necessarily ruins every individual.

    It happens to different people in different ways, but everyone is damaged. And you know that. You look around you, you look at people’s lives and you know that.

    There is no hero coming.

    It’s just us.

    We’re all we’ve got.

    Right here.

    Brothers.

    Standing against the storm.

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  21. I’m not surprised that Razib Khan didn’t allow your comment through.

    Razib is one of the most cowardly, censorious bloggers I’ve ever come across. Getting a hostile comment through on one of his pieces is like breaking into Fort Knox.

    I am pleased his blog was removed from here. Now if only the same would be done to Paul Craig Roberts, who is so cowardly he permits no comments whatsoever.

    I don’t agree that bloggers have a right to censor comments for any reason. No one has the right to be a coward. The only reason to remove comments is spam.

    Similarly social media platforms MUST remove block, mute, ignore, etc. features immediately.

    No more hiding.

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    With PCR I think it was just that he doesn't like the internet and doesn't like being insulted by anonymous pseudoidentities. He expressed willingness to use a system where everyone was required to use a real name, but that was not going to happen.
    , @Razib Khan
    Razib is one of the most cowardly, censorious bloggers I’ve ever come across. Getting a hostile comment through on one of his pieces is like breaking into Fort Knox.



    LOL. i think that's an inadvertent compliment.

    looking at your previous comments you don't seem to be stupid (which unfortunately is rare), so it was clearly the hostility that blocked your comments. so a compliment back at you.
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  22. Anon says: • Disclaimer
    @Thorfinnsson
    I'm not surprised that Razib Khan didn't allow your comment through.

    Razib is one of the most cowardly, censorious bloggers I've ever come across. Getting a hostile comment through on one of his pieces is like breaking into Fort Knox.

    I am pleased his blog was removed from here. Now if only the same would be done to Paul Craig Roberts, who is so cowardly he permits no comments whatsoever.

    I don't agree that bloggers have a right to censor comments for any reason. No one has the right to be a coward. The only reason to remove comments is spam.

    Similarly social media platforms MUST remove block, mute, ignore, etc. features immediately.

    No more hiding.

    With PCR I think it was just that he doesn’t like the internet and doesn’t like being insulted by anonymous pseudoidentities. He expressed willingness to use a system where everyone was required to use a real name, but that was not going to happen.

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  23. @Ilya
    I stopped reading Khan's bilge years ago after he repeatedly fulminated about how he knew more that his readers ("I know more than you") and claimed that those commenting on his blog were not entitled to "pop off" (i.e., state an opinion he disagrees with), followed by Mughal-like banning. Despite his pulp-like output, he has put forward nothing original whatsoever; he merely reads a lot but poorly. At one point he claimed that he was an authority on genetics by virtue of his having been blogging about it longer than most. Right.

    Only in the kwa could a street-shitter immigrant claim to be an intellectual while being unable to recognize comma splice in his own work.

    At one point he claimed that he was an authority on genetics by virtue of his having been blogging about it longer than most.

    To be fair, I think he has a bachelor’s in biochemistry and was doing a PhD in Genetics, so it fair to call him an ‘authority’ on the subject. He’s an amateur in history, but a well-read one, so I do take what he writes seriously. I find his book recommendations are quite good.

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    He wasn't pursuing a PhD at the time of that particular boast. Further, if you followed the ebb and flow of the genetics blogsphere, you would have seen how Dienekes and Davidski had to set him straight on a number of things. A passion for genetics does not make one an authority on genetics; and being widely read is of no consequence if you comprehend little.

    Only in the kwa could a five-foot-tall, vitamin D-deficient Muslim immigrant feel himself fit to look down his nose.

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  24. Horpor says:
    @Daniel Chieh

    When Russians do indulge in individuality, it’s often silly stuff like swilling excessive amounts of vodka, having street fights, driving around like loons, wrestling bears, dancing on tables, and catching fish with penis
     
    Do you have any Russian friends? This is highly amusing but does not reflect the Russians I know.

    If you must know, after all, bears have to be wrestled before they can be properly ridden for leisurely trips to the banya.

    Well, he is, of course, exaggerating, Russians do not wrestle bears these days, that tradition died out in the 19th century. But in general Priss has it more or less right: I know Russians (and their language) well, and they do drink heavily, very heavily. Alcohol, vodka our worse (‘samogon’, a low quality moonshine), is killing many men and women in Russia.

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    Well, yes, alcoholism is a major issue in Russia but I don't really see collectivism as he describes it. That's part of the "masculinity" culture of Russia, I feel like, which continues to promote a lot of spirals of potentially lethal/negative behavior; I remember being told that eating sweets in the morning would get me mocked, for example, because apparently that's feminine to do.

    For what it is worth, I think Mr. Karlin mentioned that alcoholism is decreasing so that's good - this certainly seems to be ancedotally true, I know some older Russians mocking how the younger generation is weak and more homosexual for not drinking like proper men would.

    But I don't really see "collectivism" persay, especially in the sense of sacrifice for a greater good. There seems to be a lot of invisible societal rules, but its very status based from what I could tell and mostly based on display of status rather than say, noblesse oblige(I'll be happy to be corrected). An example of this, I remember, was when a Russian friend was horrified that I was a white-collar professional but didn't have a car at the time. I had kitbashed together an electric motor on a simple bicycle and thought it was a lot of fun(and thought it was an admirable display of creativity), but he thought it was horribly unbefitting for a professional man to not have a car even if I felt it was a waste of money. It did not display the proper status for my chain of being in life, or something.

    I might be incorrect on everything, though.
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  25. Horpor says:

    Anatoly, I would be somewhat merciful to R. Khan. I believe that he has had to pay a rather elevated social price for the ideas he espoused publicly in the past. For that reason he seems now to try to distance himself from the ‘bad-thinking’ internet commentators. Thus your well known ‘reactionary’ stance probably explains why Khan censures your comments. He is just trying to cleanse himself from his controversial past. But, alas for him, I believe that no amount of self-purification will save Mr Khan in the eyes of his liberal peers.

    P.S. All this being said, one still can reasonably argue that the communist movement killed between 80 to 100 million human beings worldwide. So R. Khan made a good point in his blog-post.

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  26. @Horpor
    Well, he is, of course, exaggerating, Russians do not wrestle bears these days, that tradition died out in the 19th century. But in general Priss has it more or less right: I know Russians (and their language) well, and they do drink heavily, very heavily. Alcohol, vodka our worse ('samogon', a low quality moonshine), is killing many men and women in Russia.

    Well, yes, alcoholism is a major issue in Russia but I don’t really see collectivism as he describes it. That’s part of the “masculinity” culture of Russia, I feel like, which continues to promote a lot of spirals of potentially lethal/negative behavior; I remember being told that eating sweets in the morning would get me mocked, for example, because apparently that’s feminine to do.

    For what it is worth, I think Mr. Karlin mentioned that alcoholism is decreasing so that’s good – this certainly seems to be ancedotally true, I know some older Russians mocking how the younger generation is weak and more homosexual for not drinking like proper men would.

    But I don’t really see “collectivism” persay, especially in the sense of sacrifice for a greater good. There seems to be a lot of invisible societal rules, but its very status based from what I could tell and mostly based on display of status rather than say, noblesse oblige(I’ll be happy to be corrected). An example of this, I remember, was when a Russian friend was horrified that I was a white-collar professional but didn’t have a car at the time. I had kitbashed together an electric motor on a simple bicycle and thought it was a lot of fun(and thought it was an admirable display of creativity), but he thought it was horribly unbefitting for a professional man to not have a car even if I felt it was a waste of money. It did not display the proper status for my chain of being in life, or something.

    I might be incorrect on everything, though.

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    Yes, D. Chieh, I agree more or less with your observations, but I would still stress that alcoholism is a very serious problem in Russia. If, as it seems to me, You are, or have been, a well paid expatriate in Moscow, You have probably seen rather little of the real Russia, one which dwells, say, in Vologda, Novosibirsk or the small villages. In these kind of places You can still witness the notorious Russian drinking traditions.

    As for the obligation of sacrifice for the greater good, You will not find this sentiment easily in contemporary Russia. Your average Russian, be it a simple worker or an educated bureaucrat, cares only about himself and his closest family. He may believe himself, especially when drunk on the 9th May, a great Russian patriot, but give him the possibility to enrich himself at the expense of his fellow Russians, and he will do it without remorse.
    That said, there are, as always, exceptions, but they are too few to influence decisively the country.
    , @Hyperborean
    'Eating sweets in the morning'

    So if you ate sweets at another period of the day it would be fine?
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  27. Horpor says:
    @Daniel Chieh
    Well, yes, alcoholism is a major issue in Russia but I don't really see collectivism as he describes it. That's part of the "masculinity" culture of Russia, I feel like, which continues to promote a lot of spirals of potentially lethal/negative behavior; I remember being told that eating sweets in the morning would get me mocked, for example, because apparently that's feminine to do.

    For what it is worth, I think Mr. Karlin mentioned that alcoholism is decreasing so that's good - this certainly seems to be ancedotally true, I know some older Russians mocking how the younger generation is weak and more homosexual for not drinking like proper men would.

    But I don't really see "collectivism" persay, especially in the sense of sacrifice for a greater good. There seems to be a lot of invisible societal rules, but its very status based from what I could tell and mostly based on display of status rather than say, noblesse oblige(I'll be happy to be corrected). An example of this, I remember, was when a Russian friend was horrified that I was a white-collar professional but didn't have a car at the time. I had kitbashed together an electric motor on a simple bicycle and thought it was a lot of fun(and thought it was an admirable display of creativity), but he thought it was horribly unbefitting for a professional man to not have a car even if I felt it was a waste of money. It did not display the proper status for my chain of being in life, or something.

    I might be incorrect on everything, though.

    Yes, D. Chieh, I agree more or less with your observations, but I would still stress that alcoholism is a very serious problem in Russia. If, as it seems to me, You are, or have been, a well paid expatriate in Moscow, You have probably seen rather little of the real Russia, one which dwells, say, in Vologda, Novosibirsk or the small villages. In these kind of places You can still witness the notorious Russian drinking traditions.

    As for the obligation of sacrifice for the greater good, You will not find this sentiment easily in contemporary Russia. Your average Russian, be it a simple worker or an educated bureaucrat, cares only about himself and his closest family. He may believe himself, especially when drunk on the 9th May, a great Russian patriot, but give him the possibility to enrich himself at the expense of his fellow Russians, and he will do it without remorse.
    That said, there are, as always, exceptions, but they are too few to influence decisively the country.

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    Vladivostok rather than Moscow, but yes, I could see it being different elsewhere in smaller towns.
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  28. Talha says:
    @Priss Factor
    Not long ago, Karlin wrote on this:

    The Russian Empire: Too Nice for Its Own Good

    I'm thinking that the problem with Russians is the lack of individuality.

    Now, some on the Right(esp Alt Right) are skeptical and even hostile to this thing called individualism. They see it as atomizing, selfish, egotistical, narrow, vain, and ahistorical.
    Now, this may be true in cases where individualism is the core of one's worldview.

    But individuality can serve something bigger than itself. And any agenda, vision, or order is best served by charged-up individuals who are willing to be bold, strong, inspired, ingenious, and innovative. The problem with collectivism is it discourages and dampens individuality. So, even though the collective is for the good of the whole, there is a lack of charged-up individuals willing to make a difference in the world and make contributions.

    There is collectivism where most people think of the common good and try to work as a group. But such mindset leads to passivity. Everyone is waiting around to be told what to do for the common good. He lacks the individual will to put forth his own ideas and plans. He knows how to receive and take orders but not how to assert himself and propose/execute ideas.

    There is individualism where individuals think the only thing that counts is self-satisfaction. The most extreme types of these kind of individuals are found in gangsterism, vice industry, and globalism. Druglords don't care what drugs to do society. They only care about their own riches. Vice industry lords with their casinos don't care about the terrible effect gambling has on the culture. They only care about their own individual profits. And globalist entrepreneurs don't care about the people of the nation. They don't care about people of the world. They just wanna use the entire world to play the game to rake as much profits for themselves.

    But there is the third option: Individualism for the shared national good. Peter Thiel is partly of this school. He believes in individual enterprise, boldness, risk-taking, and innovation... but he also believes there must be a sense of national purpose and good.

    The problem with Russians is this lack of individuality for the national good. Russian(often Russian-Jewish)individualism has taken the form of self-serving egomania. So, become oligarchs, rake in the profits, and live like a king with tons of yachts all over. (To be sure, Jewish-Russian oligarchs at least have a sense of common shared good for Jews.) This kind of pathologically self-centered individualism is harmful to the nation. The powerful, the privileged, and the connected only care about themselves. And as fish rots from the head, this kind of excessive vanity seeps down to the masses, and people become trashy. This is happening in the US too, with the masses imitating the decadent excesses of the celebrities.

    There has been a sense of communal, collective, and shared good in Russian culture, and this goes back to Christianity... which explains why so many Russians took to communism so fast. This kind of communalism discourages individuality, ego, spark, boldness, adventurousness, and can-do-spirit. It emphasizes conformism to the orthodoxy of what is righteous and just, whether under Christianity, Tsarism, or communism. Or Putinism.

    There is a positive side to such communalism but also a negative side. Without individual spark and boldness, it's a communalism of passivism and waiting around to be told what to do. A communalism of charged up individuals will do so much more than communalism of passive individuals. In IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE, George Bailey works for the good of the town, but he is full of individualism. He takes charge, he is clever and inventive, he's looking for angles, he like to engage with people. He has individuality and communal spirit.
    In contrast, the lack of individuality in Russia led to too many Russkies just waiting around to be told what they must think and do.

    The difference between assertive communalism(of individuals) and passive communalism(of collective mindset) is this: Suppose the electricity goes out in a community. In the community of civic-minded individuals, many will try to contact the company to see what's up. Each person will try to take the initiative. In contrast, in the latter community, everyone will just sit around trusting or hoping that someone ELSE will do something about the power outage. This makes a huge difference. America used to be both individual and communal. It had civic sense and national unity... but it was made up of individuals who rolled up their sleeves with can-do spirit and went about trying to fix things. In contrast, Russian lack of individualism meant that its communalism tended to be lethargic as most people failed to take charge as individuals and just waited around for the order or solution to come from above so that people will be told what to do. And Putinism hasn't fixed this character flaw in Russian mindset.

    Indeed, what is striking about the 'Russian Revolution' was how non-Russian it was. How was it that Jews, Latvians, Poles, and even Georgian Stalin gained so much power while so many Russians became their subjects? Those other cultures had a stronger culture of the assertive individual(though not in the Anglo-libertarian mode). Russian masses had long been inculcated to follow orders and do like others do. In contrast, other cultures produced individuals who were more bandit-like, merchant-like, intellectual-like, or some such. So, it took awhile for the USSR to become a genuine Russian Empire. Up to the 50s, it was largely an order ruled by non-Russians who were more daring than Russians. Indeed, Russians gained power only because the non-Russian elites created a system whereby Russians could be educated and told what to do to rise up the power ladder.

    Another problem is barbarism that wastes energy on childish stuff. When Russians do indulge in individuality, it's often silly stuff like swilling excessive amounts of vodka, having street fights, driving around like loons, wrestling bears, dancing on tables, and catching fish with penis. Jews don't waste their individual spirit on such silliness. When you have a gallon of gasoline, it should be poured into an engine. Russians douse things all around and set things on fire just to celebrate and have a good time. Wasted energy. True individuality is a smart use of energy with focus and direction and sense of purpose.

    As Russia looks to the future, the main conflict will be this:

    Russian nationalists and patriots with sounder values and nobler spirit but lacking in individual spark and spirit to take charge and make a difference

    VERSUS

    Jewish, Homo, and Cuck Globalists with terrible values and subversive mindset but bursting with individual spark and spirit to take charge and make a difference.

    It's like what Israel Shamir wrote of the Lucy Stein gang. Awful people but full of spunk and spirit.

    A spirited badger can bring down a passive cow.

    catching fish with penis

    What is with you and that organ man??!!

    Peace.

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    Reminds me of the myth of Osiris.
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  29. @Horpor
    Yes, D. Chieh, I agree more or less with your observations, but I would still stress that alcoholism is a very serious problem in Russia. If, as it seems to me, You are, or have been, a well paid expatriate in Moscow, You have probably seen rather little of the real Russia, one which dwells, say, in Vologda, Novosibirsk or the small villages. In these kind of places You can still witness the notorious Russian drinking traditions.

    As for the obligation of sacrifice for the greater good, You will not find this sentiment easily in contemporary Russia. Your average Russian, be it a simple worker or an educated bureaucrat, cares only about himself and his closest family. He may believe himself, especially when drunk on the 9th May, a great Russian patriot, but give him the possibility to enrich himself at the expense of his fellow Russians, and he will do it without remorse.
    That said, there are, as always, exceptions, but they are too few to influence decisively the country.

    Vladivostok rather than Moscow, but yes, I could see it being different elsewhere in smaller towns.

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  30. don’t be so fucking paranoid anatoly. you were in the spam folder. no idea why.

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    nevermind. it's your russian IP.
    , @Anatoly Karlin
    Thank you Razib, that's appreciated, I'll amend the post shortly.

    In all fairness:
    (1) I haven't been able to get any comments posted on your site since you moved (there were a couple before this one which didn't appear either, I remember one of them was on your post about Peter Turchin).
    (2) I asked you whether I was banned on Twitter and had no reply.

    So my suspicions that I was banned weren't entirely off the rails.
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  31. @Daniel Chieh

    When Russians do indulge in individuality, it’s often silly stuff like swilling excessive amounts of vodka, having street fights, driving around like loons, wrestling bears, dancing on tables, and catching fish with penis
     
    Do you have any Russian friends? This is highly amusing but does not reflect the Russians I know.

    If you must know, after all, bears have to be wrestled before they can be properly ridden for leisurely trips to the banya.

    Do you have any Russian friends? This is highly amusing but does not reflect the Russians I know.

    You are a Chieh-pet, so anything white seems more individualistic by comparison.

    Also, you probably dealt more with urban westernized types.

    Finally, the proof is in the pudding. Why are Russians such underachievers with all that land and resources? There isn’t enough individuality and initiative.

    Also, the individuality that does exist is often wasted on neo-barbarian energies. Wasted.

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    I think Russia could use more self-sacrificing oligarchs, actually. Patriotic, noblesse oblige oligarchs. That would be pretty cool.

    I don't think Russians are such underachievers either, especially given their limited population. But perhaps not everything in life can be simplified to single causes, maybe?

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  32. @Razib Khan
    don't be so fucking paranoid anatoly. you were in the spam folder. no idea why.

    nevermind. it’s your russian IP.

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  33. @Priss Factor
    Do you have any Russian friends? This is highly amusing but does not reflect the Russians I know.

    You are a Chieh-pet, so anything white seems more individualistic by comparison.

    Also, you probably dealt more with urban westernized types.

    Finally, the proof is in the pudding. Why are Russians such underachievers with all that land and resources? There isn't enough individuality and initiative.

    Also, the individuality that does exist is often wasted on neo-barbarian energies. Wasted.

    I think Russia could use more self-sacrificing oligarchs, actually. Patriotic, noblesse oblige oligarchs. That would be pretty cool.

    I don’t think Russians are such underachievers either, especially given their limited population. But perhaps not everything in life can be simplified to single causes, maybe?

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  34. @Thorfinnsson
    I'm not surprised that Razib Khan didn't allow your comment through.

    Razib is one of the most cowardly, censorious bloggers I've ever come across. Getting a hostile comment through on one of his pieces is like breaking into Fort Knox.

    I am pleased his blog was removed from here. Now if only the same would be done to Paul Craig Roberts, who is so cowardly he permits no comments whatsoever.

    I don't agree that bloggers have a right to censor comments for any reason. No one has the right to be a coward. The only reason to remove comments is spam.

    Similarly social media platforms MUST remove block, mute, ignore, etc. features immediately.

    No more hiding.

    Razib is one of the most cowardly, censorious bloggers I’ve ever come across. Getting a hostile comment through on one of his pieces is like breaking into Fort Knox.

    LOL. i think that’s an inadvertent compliment.

    looking at your previous comments you don’t seem to be stupid (which unfortunately is rare), so it was clearly the hostility that blocked your comments. so a compliment back at you.

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    Razib it’s nice to see you here.

    I even miss your super-harsh take-downs of commenters :-)

    I try to check your http://gnxp.nofe.me/ blog regularly, but I don’t read you as regularly as when you were on Unz. It was a real loss for this site when you left.

    It’s odd what a difference it makes to be one click or two away from the site. I think I understand why you left, but it’s a pity. There ought to be some secret way to have your blog posts appear on the site, for reader convenience but while providing you with deniability.

    Maybe Ron could add a Bloglines-like plugin feature that would allow people to add an RSS feed of their choice to their view of the Unz home page...
    , @Talha
    Hey Razib - good to see you're still checking out UNZ.

    By the way, thanks for all the write ups on the Rohingya situation - those were very helpful in trying to assess the situation beyond just the info in the MSM.

    Peace.
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  35. Ilya says:
    @Hieronymus of Canada

    At one point he claimed that he was an authority on genetics by virtue of his having been blogging about it longer than most.
     
    To be fair, I think he has a bachelor's in biochemistry and was doing a PhD in Genetics, so it fair to call him an 'authority' on the subject. He's an amateur in history, but a well-read one, so I do take what he writes seriously. I find his book recommendations are quite good.

    He wasn’t pursuing a PhD at the time of that particular boast. Further, if you followed the ebb and flow of the genetics blogsphere, you would have seen how Dienekes and Davidski had to set him straight on a number of things. A passion for genetics does not make one an authority on genetics; and being widely read is of no consequence if you comprehend little.

    Only in the kwa could a five-foot-tall, vitamin D-deficient Muslim immigrant feel himself fit to look down his nose.

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    jesus christ, so many bottom feeders. who the fuck are you?

    i think the point isn't actually bad...but honestly getting to know prominent geneticists personally and them being frank about what they think about what i've written, i really don't feel like i have much to be ashamed of.

    perhaps you're a famous academic, i have no idea.

    anyway, most of you are probably stupid and ignorant. i understand you'll deny it, but it's true. i'm not perfect...but there's a reason you are complaining about me on the internet while i have no fucking idea who you are.

    (most of the geneticists who don't like what i write are generally very SJW; though like you dear commenters most who are very negative don't like to be frank face to face with a real name to their opinions, so i have to hear it through back-channels)
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  36. @Ilya
    He wasn't pursuing a PhD at the time of that particular boast. Further, if you followed the ebb and flow of the genetics blogsphere, you would have seen how Dienekes and Davidski had to set him straight on a number of things. A passion for genetics does not make one an authority on genetics; and being widely read is of no consequence if you comprehend little.

    Only in the kwa could a five-foot-tall, vitamin D-deficient Muslim immigrant feel himself fit to look down his nose.

    jesus christ, so many bottom feeders. who the fuck are you?

    i think the point isn’t actually bad…but honestly getting to know prominent geneticists personally and them being frank about what they think about what i’ve written, i really don’t feel like i have much to be ashamed of.

    perhaps you’re a famous academic, i have no idea.

    anyway, most of you are probably stupid and ignorant. i understand you’ll deny it, but it’s true. i’m not perfect…but there’s a reason you are complaining about me on the internet while i have no fucking idea who you are.

    (most of the geneticists who don’t like what i write are generally very SJW; though like you dear commenters most who are very negative don’t like to be frank face to face with a real name to their opinions, so i have to hear it through back-channels)

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  37. perhaps i’ve been mistaken and the flynn effect is way more powerful than i realized! all these incredible geniuses i ended up banning :-(

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    Razib, when will you put your hot sauce write-ups behind a paywall?
    , @utu
    I heard of you. But I do not know you. Never read a word written by you until what Karlin cited here and then the few comments you decided to bless us with here. And from what I see I think I do not really like you. Your cockiness is way too ethnic. Do you think it's genetic or cultural? You know, if it's the latter perhaps you could try to changed it but if it is the former perhaps you could try gene editing like getting yourself some nice WASPy gene for courteousness.
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  38. Silva says:

    Does anyone know anything about the claims in the last paragraph of

    https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2007/12/17/none-of-the-above ?

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  39. MarkinPNW says:

    Then there’s the “Medical Holocaust”, an estimated 100,000 to 1 million people in the US “killed” each year by medical malpractice and drug side-effects.

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  40. MarkinPNW says:
    @Mao Cheng Ji

    I take a philosophical and pragmatic stance against sloppiness in numbers tallying
     
    I don't think it's a matter of tallying; it's just spin. One could argue (and some do indeed) that food/beverage/restaurant industries in the US murder 1 million people every year (with sugar, fat, large portions, and what-not). Anticommunism is just as much a crackpot obsession as any other, except that this one is extremely well financed and well-propagandized, for obvious reasons.

    Well, my comment #39 was supposed to be in reply to this one, about the US Medical Holocaust.

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    I hear coal power plants murder hundreds of thousands every year. Thousands, I tell ya! Others are left maimed, their lives ruined forever. Scientific fact. The Black Book of Coal: Crimes, Terror, Repression.
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  41. Ilya says:
    @Razib Khan
    perhaps i've been mistaken and the flynn effect is way more powerful than i realized! all these incredible geniuses i ended up banning :-(

    Razib, when will you put your hot sauce write-ups behind a paywall?

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  42. @MarkinPNW
    Well, my comment #39 was supposed to be in reply to this one, about the US Medical Holocaust.

    I hear coal power plants murder hundreds of thousands every year. Thousands, I tell ya! Others are left maimed, their lives ruined forever. Scientific fact. The Black Book of Coal: Crimes, Terror, Repression.

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    Yes, very impressing your 'coal holocaust'. And while You are at it, do not forget the Russian drinking 'holocaust', causing hundreds of thousands untimely 'sovok' deaths.
    And then how could You forget the Russian whore 'holocaust', in which, communist created destructive economic and cultural environment, pushes since the 1980s (Remember the movie 'Interdevuchka') hundreds of thousands of Russian women to sell their charms on Western and also Eastern (Turkey is well endowed with Russian whores) streets. Imagine that all those myriads of Russian prostitutes, if not forced by the impotency of communism to serve individuals from free market societies, could have stayed in the Motherland and given birth to hundreds of thousands of little blond Russians.
    This is a horrible 'holocaust', You should denounce it!
    , @MarkinPNW
    Well Dr. Art Robinson of the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine, who is very conservative politically and probably a very anti-communist cold-warrior, argued that even after the Chernobyl accident that the Chernobyl nuclear power plants probably still saved many more lives than were lost from the accident, specifically by saving miners from coal mining accidents and black lung disease, and people generally from smokestack pollution.
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  43. @Daniel Chieh
    Well, yes, alcoholism is a major issue in Russia but I don't really see collectivism as he describes it. That's part of the "masculinity" culture of Russia, I feel like, which continues to promote a lot of spirals of potentially lethal/negative behavior; I remember being told that eating sweets in the morning would get me mocked, for example, because apparently that's feminine to do.

    For what it is worth, I think Mr. Karlin mentioned that alcoholism is decreasing so that's good - this certainly seems to be ancedotally true, I know some older Russians mocking how the younger generation is weak and more homosexual for not drinking like proper men would.

    But I don't really see "collectivism" persay, especially in the sense of sacrifice for a greater good. There seems to be a lot of invisible societal rules, but its very status based from what I could tell and mostly based on display of status rather than say, noblesse oblige(I'll be happy to be corrected). An example of this, I remember, was when a Russian friend was horrified that I was a white-collar professional but didn't have a car at the time. I had kitbashed together an electric motor on a simple bicycle and thought it was a lot of fun(and thought it was an admirable display of creativity), but he thought it was horribly unbefitting for a professional man to not have a car even if I felt it was a waste of money. It did not display the proper status for my chain of being in life, or something.

    I might be incorrect on everything, though.

    ‘Eating sweets in the morning’

    So if you ate sweets at another period of the day it would be fine?

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  44. utu says:

    This is like saying the Nazi regime has been slandered, because they killed 2 million, as opposed to 6 million, Jews.

    If one could prove that actually N significantly smaller than 6*10^6 Jews were killed a celebration among Jews all over the world should be expected. Or do they rather prefer to have their Jews dead than alive?

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  45. utu says:
    @Daniel Chieh

    When Russians do indulge in individuality, it’s often silly stuff like swilling excessive amounts of vodka, having street fights, driving around like loons, wrestling bears, dancing on tables, and catching fish with penis
     
    Do you have any Russian friends? This is highly amusing but does not reflect the Russians I know.

    If you must know, after all, bears have to be wrestled before they can be properly ridden for leisurely trips to the banya.

    Priss is like Chauncey Gardiner from Being There. All he knows about the world is from TV, movies and Youtube. He usually illustrates his rants with often very a propos film clips.

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  46. utu says:
    @Razib Khan
    perhaps i've been mistaken and the flynn effect is way more powerful than i realized! all these incredible geniuses i ended up banning :-(

    I heard of you. But I do not know you. Never read a word written by you until what Karlin cited here and then the few comments you decided to bless us with here. And from what I see I think I do not really like you. Your cockiness is way too ethnic. Do you think it’s genetic or cultural? You know, if it’s the latter perhaps you could try to changed it but if it is the former perhaps you could try gene editing like getting yourself some nice WASPy gene for courteousness.
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  47. melanf says:
    @Priss Factor
    Not long ago, Karlin wrote on this:

    The Russian Empire: Too Nice for Its Own Good

    I'm thinking that the problem with Russians is the lack of individuality.

    Now, some on the Right(esp Alt Right) are skeptical and even hostile to this thing called individualism. They see it as atomizing, selfish, egotistical, narrow, vain, and ahistorical.
    Now, this may be true in cases where individualism is the core of one's worldview.

    But individuality can serve something bigger than itself. And any agenda, vision, or order is best served by charged-up individuals who are willing to be bold, strong, inspired, ingenious, and innovative. The problem with collectivism is it discourages and dampens individuality. So, even though the collective is for the good of the whole, there is a lack of charged-up individuals willing to make a difference in the world and make contributions.

    There is collectivism where most people think of the common good and try to work as a group. But such mindset leads to passivity. Everyone is waiting around to be told what to do for the common good. He lacks the individual will to put forth his own ideas and plans. He knows how to receive and take orders but not how to assert himself and propose/execute ideas.

    There is individualism where individuals think the only thing that counts is self-satisfaction. The most extreme types of these kind of individuals are found in gangsterism, vice industry, and globalism. Druglords don't care what drugs to do society. They only care about their own riches. Vice industry lords with their casinos don't care about the terrible effect gambling has on the culture. They only care about their own individual profits. And globalist entrepreneurs don't care about the people of the nation. They don't care about people of the world. They just wanna use the entire world to play the game to rake as much profits for themselves.

    But there is the third option: Individualism for the shared national good. Peter Thiel is partly of this school. He believes in individual enterprise, boldness, risk-taking, and innovation... but he also believes there must be a sense of national purpose and good.

    The problem with Russians is this lack of individuality for the national good. Russian(often Russian-Jewish)individualism has taken the form of self-serving egomania. So, become oligarchs, rake in the profits, and live like a king with tons of yachts all over. (To be sure, Jewish-Russian oligarchs at least have a sense of common shared good for Jews.) This kind of pathologically self-centered individualism is harmful to the nation. The powerful, the privileged, and the connected only care about themselves. And as fish rots from the head, this kind of excessive vanity seeps down to the masses, and people become trashy. This is happening in the US too, with the masses imitating the decadent excesses of the celebrities.

    There has been a sense of communal, collective, and shared good in Russian culture, and this goes back to Christianity... which explains why so many Russians took to communism so fast. This kind of communalism discourages individuality, ego, spark, boldness, adventurousness, and can-do-spirit. It emphasizes conformism to the orthodoxy of what is righteous and just, whether under Christianity, Tsarism, or communism. Or Putinism.

    There is a positive side to such communalism but also a negative side. Without individual spark and boldness, it's a communalism of passivism and waiting around to be told what to do. A communalism of charged up individuals will do so much more than communalism of passive individuals. In IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE, George Bailey works for the good of the town, but he is full of individualism. He takes charge, he is clever and inventive, he's looking for angles, he like to engage with people. He has individuality and communal spirit.
    In contrast, the lack of individuality in Russia led to too many Russkies just waiting around to be told what they must think and do.

    The difference between assertive communalism(of individuals) and passive communalism(of collective mindset) is this: Suppose the electricity goes out in a community. In the community of civic-minded individuals, many will try to contact the company to see what's up. Each person will try to take the initiative. In contrast, in the latter community, everyone will just sit around trusting or hoping that someone ELSE will do something about the power outage. This makes a huge difference. America used to be both individual and communal. It had civic sense and national unity... but it was made up of individuals who rolled up their sleeves with can-do spirit and went about trying to fix things. In contrast, Russian lack of individualism meant that its communalism tended to be lethargic as most people failed to take charge as individuals and just waited around for the order or solution to come from above so that people will be told what to do. And Putinism hasn't fixed this character flaw in Russian mindset.

    Indeed, what is striking about the 'Russian Revolution' was how non-Russian it was. How was it that Jews, Latvians, Poles, and even Georgian Stalin gained so much power while so many Russians became their subjects? Those other cultures had a stronger culture of the assertive individual(though not in the Anglo-libertarian mode). Russian masses had long been inculcated to follow orders and do like others do. In contrast, other cultures produced individuals who were more bandit-like, merchant-like, intellectual-like, or some such. So, it took awhile for the USSR to become a genuine Russian Empire. Up to the 50s, it was largely an order ruled by non-Russians who were more daring than Russians. Indeed, Russians gained power only because the non-Russian elites created a system whereby Russians could be educated and told what to do to rise up the power ladder.

    Another problem is barbarism that wastes energy on childish stuff. When Russians do indulge in individuality, it's often silly stuff like swilling excessive amounts of vodka, having street fights, driving around like loons, wrestling bears, dancing on tables, and catching fish with penis. Jews don't waste their individual spirit on such silliness. When you have a gallon of gasoline, it should be poured into an engine. Russians douse things all around and set things on fire just to celebrate and have a good time. Wasted energy. True individuality is a smart use of energy with focus and direction and sense of purpose.

    As Russia looks to the future, the main conflict will be this:

    Russian nationalists and patriots with sounder values and nobler spirit but lacking in individual spark and spirit to take charge and make a difference

    VERSUS

    Jewish, Homo, and Cuck Globalists with terrible values and subversive mindset but bursting with individual spark and spirit to take charge and make a difference.

    It's like what Israel Shamir wrote of the Lucy Stein gang. Awful people but full of spunk and spirit.

    A spirited badger can bring down a passive cow.

    There has been a sense of communal, collective, and shared good in Russian culture, and this goes back to Christianity… . This kind of communalism discourages individuality, ego, spark, boldness, adventurousness, and can-do-spirit.

    It’s definitely not about the Russian. Here are the impressions of Korean General Shin Ryu about Russian pirates (the Koreans fought with them on the river Amur in 1658, as part of the Manchurian troops)

    In The North sea is a gang of robbers of the same tribe. Where they come from is unknown, but they began to descend downstream of the river Heilongjiang (Amur) and loot the area
    The hull of the enemy ships is very large and the deck on the whole a wooden cover. It rafters made of wide boards laid on top of linked small trees and the bark of the birch, which is covered with clay, then boards on top. Even built a house on the earth might not be so durable. Bulwarks made from whole logs, so that even the [Western] gun they are hard to break. In addition, on top of the shelter deck from thick boards arranged in the shield (the barrier), so if they fought from the ship, being in and beaching, it was difficult to handle.
    Their art of shooting a musket is excellent. In previous wars, the Chinese suffered from them a severe defeat and suffered heavy loss in killed, and now, in a single battle in 3-4 hours all of [their] ships went to the bottom.
    Their faces and hair very much like the southern barbarians, but they look more ferocious. So even if they are not the southern barbarians, obviously – their neighbors.
    Enemies did not rise from the sea, but descended from the upper reaches of the Amur river. Ten years have passed since then, as a gang of enemies seized in the area, but they have no intention to go back. In winter, they built earthen forts and live in them, and in summer boats depart for the depart for the hikes. The Manchus say that all these enemies – criminals who have committed crimes at home, so they can’t go home, and that they came to the upper reaches of the Amur river by land, built ships and invaded [here]. Seen and the Manchus do not know where their lair.
    Enemy prisoner said that after they left their country, they are four years later got here to the Amur. How can four years to go on someone else’s land and then another, and to fight in these places? It is impossible to believe…The North sea is a gang of robbers of the same tribe. Where they come from is unknown, but they began to descend downstream of the river Heilongjiang (Amur) and loot the area
    The hull of the enemy ships is very large and the deck on the whole a wooden cover. It rafters made of wide boards laid on top of linked small trees and the bark of the birch, which is covered with clay, then boards on top. Even built a house on the earth might not be so durable. Bulwarks made from whole logs, so that even the [Western] gun they are hard to break. In addition, on top of the shelter deck from thick boards arranged in the shield (the barrier), so if they fought from the ship, being in and beaching, it was difficult to handle.
    Their art of shooting a musket is excellent. In previous wars, the Chinese suffered from them a severe defeat and suffered heavy loss in killed, and now, in a single battle in 3-4 hours all of [their] ships went to the bottom.
    Their faces and hair very much like the southern barbarians, but they look more ferocious. So even if they are not the southern barbarians, obviously – their neighbors.
    Enemies did not rise from the sea, but descended from the upper reaches of the Amur river. Ten years have passed since then, as a gang of enemies seized in the area, but they have no intention to go back.The Manchus say that all these enemies – criminals who have committed crimes at home, so they can’t go home, and that they came to the upper reaches of the Amur river by land, built ships and invaded [here]. Seen and the Manchus do not know where their lair.
    Enemy prisoner said that after they left their country, they are four years later got here to the Amur. How can four years to go on someone else’s land and then another, and to fight in these places? It is impossible to believe…

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  48. Situation looks good for us in Catalonia. Madrid is handling the crisis about as terribly as possible.

    A Catalonian split could cause a cascade of secessionist movements in Western Europe and eventually in Canada and the US.

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    A Catalonian split could cause a cascade of secessionist movements in Western Europe and eventually in Canada and the US.
     
    Seems unlikely...and why do you feel sympathy for Catalan secessionism? As far as I can tell, the "nationalists" there actually encourage Muslim immigration and are "progressive" on most issues, like the "nationalists" in Scotland. They just hate Spain, think the wrong side won the Spanish civil war and don't want to pay for the rest of the country (but I suppose welfare for non-European immigrants is just fine).
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  49. @Razib Khan
    Razib is one of the most cowardly, censorious bloggers I’ve ever come across. Getting a hostile comment through on one of his pieces is like breaking into Fort Knox.



    LOL. i think that's an inadvertent compliment.

    looking at your previous comments you don't seem to be stupid (which unfortunately is rare), so it was clearly the hostility that blocked your comments. so a compliment back at you.

    Razib it’s nice to see you here.

    I even miss your super-harsh take-downs of commenters :-)

    I try to check your http://gnxp.nofe.me/ blog regularly, but I don’t read you as regularly as when you were on Unz. It was a real loss for this site when you left.

    It’s odd what a difference it makes to be one click or two away from the site. I think I understand why you left, but it’s a pity. There ought to be some secret way to have your blog posts appear on the site, for reader convenience but while providing you with deniability.

    Maybe Ron could add a Bloglines-like plugin feature that would allow people to add an RSS feed of their choice to their view of the Unz home page…

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    Why don't you get Feedly, Old Reader, or some other blog reader?

    That's how I follow GNXP (and most other blogs outside the Unz ecosystem).
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  50. @Razib Khan
    don't be so fucking paranoid anatoly. you were in the spam folder. no idea why.

    Thank you Razib, that’s appreciated, I’ll amend the post shortly.

    In all fairness:
    (1) I haven’t been able to get any comments posted on your site since you moved (there were a couple before this one which didn’t appear either, I remember one of them was on your post about Peter Turchin).
    (2) I asked you whether I was banned on Twitter and had no reply.

    So my suspicions that I was banned weren’t entirely off the rails.

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  51. @European-American
    Razib it’s nice to see you here.

    I even miss your super-harsh take-downs of commenters :-)

    I try to check your http://gnxp.nofe.me/ blog regularly, but I don’t read you as regularly as when you were on Unz. It was a real loss for this site when you left.

    It’s odd what a difference it makes to be one click or two away from the site. I think I understand why you left, but it’s a pity. There ought to be some secret way to have your blog posts appear on the site, for reader convenience but while providing you with deniability.

    Maybe Ron could add a Bloglines-like plugin feature that would allow people to add an RSS feed of their choice to their view of the Unz home page...

    Why don’t you get Feedly, Old Reader, or some other blog reader?

    That’s how I follow GNXP (and most other blogs outside the Unz ecosystem).

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    Ha thanks, good idea, I had sort of forgotten about Feedly. I just checked my old account, which I hadn’t opened in a few years, it’s like a time capsule full of dead feeds.

    I will give it a shot again. Though I kind of enjoy the retro feel of just visiting a very few web sites, each with their own special design. And I don’t miss the information overload of feed readers. 1254 items left to read...
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  52. @Anatoly Karlin
    Why don't you get Feedly, Old Reader, or some other blog reader?

    That's how I follow GNXP (and most other blogs outside the Unz ecosystem).

    Ha thanks, good idea, I had sort of forgotten about Feedly. I just checked my old account, which I hadn’t opened in a few years, it’s like a time capsule full of dead feeds.

    I will give it a shot again. Though I kind of enjoy the retro feel of just visiting a very few web sites, each with their own special design. And I don’t miss the information overload of feed readers. 1254 items left to read…

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  53. @Greasy William
    Situation looks good for us in Catalonia. Madrid is handling the crisis about as terribly as possible.

    A Catalonian split could cause a cascade of secessionist movements in Western Europe and eventually in Canada and the US.

    A Catalonian split could cause a cascade of secessionist movements in Western Europe and eventually in Canada and the US.

    Seems unlikely…and why do you feel sympathy for Catalan secessionism? As far as I can tell, the “nationalists” there actually encourage Muslim immigration and are “progressive” on most issues, like the “nationalists” in Scotland. They just hate Spain, think the wrong side won the Spanish civil war and don’t want to pay for the rest of the country (but I suppose welfare for non-European immigrants is just fine).

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    As far as I can tell, the “nationalists” there actually encourage Muslim immigration and are “progressive” on most issues, like the “nationalists” in Scotland
     
    That just makes them useful idiots. Secessionism will be the death of the EU, Canada and the US.
    , @utu
    They just hate Spain, think the wrong side won the Spanish civil war

    My chief reason for not sympathizing with Catalan secession.
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  54. Talha says:
    @Razib Khan
    Razib is one of the most cowardly, censorious bloggers I’ve ever come across. Getting a hostile comment through on one of his pieces is like breaking into Fort Knox.



    LOL. i think that's an inadvertent compliment.

    looking at your previous comments you don't seem to be stupid (which unfortunately is rare), so it was clearly the hostility that blocked your comments. so a compliment back at you.

    Hey Razib – good to see you’re still checking out UNZ.

    By the way, thanks for all the write ups on the Rohingya situation – those were very helpful in trying to assess the situation beyond just the info in the MSM.

    Peace.

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  55. @German_reader

    A Catalonian split could cause a cascade of secessionist movements in Western Europe and eventually in Canada and the US.
     
    Seems unlikely...and why do you feel sympathy for Catalan secessionism? As far as I can tell, the "nationalists" there actually encourage Muslim immigration and are "progressive" on most issues, like the "nationalists" in Scotland. They just hate Spain, think the wrong side won the Spanish civil war and don't want to pay for the rest of the country (but I suppose welfare for non-European immigrants is just fine).

    As far as I can tell, the “nationalists” there actually encourage Muslim immigration and are “progressive” on most issues, like the “nationalists” in Scotland

    That just makes them useful idiots. Secessionism will be the death of the EU, Canada and the US.

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    We need to preserve EUropa.
    , @DFH

    Secessionism will be the death of the EU, Canada and the US.
     
    This is supposed to be a bad thing?
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  56. Martyanov argues that Russia’s arsenal of superior stand-off weapons makes this a very bad idea for the US even in just the Syrian theater.

    Hopefully he’s right, though I’m not entirely convinced.

    lol, you worried that the US who haven’t even been willing to put troops against Assad are going to start WWIII by attacking the Russian troops in Syria? That isn’t gonna happen.

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  57. Anon says: • Disclaimer
    @Talha
    catching fish with penis

    What is with you and that organ man??!!

    Peace.

    Reminds me of the myth of Osiris.

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  58. Anon says: • Disclaimer
    @Greasy William

    As far as I can tell, the “nationalists” there actually encourage Muslim immigration and are “progressive” on most issues, like the “nationalists” in Scotland
     
    That just makes them useful idiots. Secessionism will be the death of the EU, Canada and the US.

    We need to preserve EUropa.

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  59. utu says:
    @German_reader

    A Catalonian split could cause a cascade of secessionist movements in Western Europe and eventually in Canada and the US.
     
    Seems unlikely...and why do you feel sympathy for Catalan secessionism? As far as I can tell, the "nationalists" there actually encourage Muslim immigration and are "progressive" on most issues, like the "nationalists" in Scotland. They just hate Spain, think the wrong side won the Spanish civil war and don't want to pay for the rest of the country (but I suppose welfare for non-European immigrants is just fine).

    They just hate Spain, think the wrong side won the Spanish civil war

    My chief reason for not sympathizing with Catalan secession.

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    They just hate Spain, think the wrong side won the Spanish civil war
     
    And what's wrong with that? If the population of a province is ideologically opposed to the rest of the population of a state, why shouldn't they divorce and go their merry separate ways? Whatever these different ideologies/attitudes might be.
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  60. @utu
    They just hate Spain, think the wrong side won the Spanish civil war

    My chief reason for not sympathizing with Catalan secession.

    They just hate Spain, think the wrong side won the Spanish civil war

    And what’s wrong with that? If the population of a province is ideologically opposed to the rest of the population of a state, why shouldn’t they divorce and go their merry separate ways? Whatever these different ideologies/attitudes might be.

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    why shouldn’t they divorce and go their merry separate ways

    Is it a new official Stalinist position?
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  61. DFH says:
    @Greasy William

    As far as I can tell, the “nationalists” there actually encourage Muslim immigration and are “progressive” on most issues, like the “nationalists” in Scotland
     
    That just makes them useful idiots. Secessionism will be the death of the EU, Canada and the US.

    Secessionism will be the death of the EU, Canada and the US.

    This is supposed to be a bad thing?

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    No it's definitely a good thing. That is why I am so strongly supportive of Catalonian independence. It will be the first domino that kicks off the collapse of the post WWII Globalist system.
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  62. @DFH

    Secessionism will be the death of the EU, Canada and the US.
     
    This is supposed to be a bad thing?

    No it’s definitely a good thing. That is why I am so strongly supportive of Catalonian independence. It will be the first domino that kicks off the collapse of the post WWII Globalist system.

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    It will be the first domino that kicks off the collapse of the post WWII Globalist system.
     
    Why do you think that it is going to be the first?
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  63. Anon says: • Disclaimer
    @Greasy William
    No it's definitely a good thing. That is why I am so strongly supportive of Catalonian independence. It will be the first domino that kicks off the collapse of the post WWII Globalist system.

    It will be the first domino that kicks off the collapse of the post WWII Globalist system.

    Why do you think that it is going to be the first?

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  64. Horpor says:
    @Mao Cheng Ji
    I hear coal power plants murder hundreds of thousands every year. Thousands, I tell ya! Others are left maimed, their lives ruined forever. Scientific fact. The Black Book of Coal: Crimes, Terror, Repression.

    Yes, very impressing your ‘coal holocaust’. And while You are at it, do not forget the Russian drinking ‘holocaust’, causing hundreds of thousands untimely ‘sovok’ deaths.
    And then how could You forget the Russian whore ‘holocaust’, in which, communist created destructive economic and cultural environment, pushes since the 1980s (Remember the movie ‘Interdevuchka’) hundreds of thousands of Russian women to sell their charms on Western and also Eastern (Turkey is well endowed with Russian whores) streets. Imagine that all those myriads of Russian prostitutes, if not forced by the impotency of communism to serve individuals from free market societies, could have stayed in the Motherland and given birth to hundreds of thousands of little blond Russians.
    This is a horrible ‘holocaust’, You should denounce it!

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    do not forget the Russian drinking ‘holocaust’, causing hundreds of thousands untimely ‘sovok’ deaths
     
    When you're writing The Black Book of Something, the first thing to do is to define the thing you're demonizing. And it better be global. And catchy. Communism, Capitalism, Jews, Coal, Trans Fats, Antibiotics will do.

    Alcohol would do, but 'Russian Drinking' is not really a thing. "Russian whore ‘holocaust’, in which, communist [sic] created destructive economic and cultural environment" is definitely not a thing. Judging by the thrust of your comment, you keep writing chapters to The Black Book of Communism; piling up a few hundred million victims there. And that's fine, as far as that goes. But don't forget murderous Coal, I'm begging you.
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  65. utu says:
    @Mao Cheng Ji

    They just hate Spain, think the wrong side won the Spanish civil war
     
    And what's wrong with that? If the population of a province is ideologically opposed to the rest of the population of a state, why shouldn't they divorce and go their merry separate ways? Whatever these different ideologies/attitudes might be.

    why shouldn’t they divorce and go their merry separate ways

    Is it a new official Stalinist position?

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    Who's a Stalinist? It's a pluralist's position.
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  66. MarkinPNW says:
    @Mao Cheng Ji
    I hear coal power plants murder hundreds of thousands every year. Thousands, I tell ya! Others are left maimed, their lives ruined forever. Scientific fact. The Black Book of Coal: Crimes, Terror, Repression.

    Well Dr. Art Robinson of the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine, who is very conservative politically and probably a very anti-communist cold-warrior, argued that even after the Chernobyl accident that the Chernobyl nuclear power plants probably still saved many more lives than were lost from the accident, specifically by saving miners from coal mining accidents and black lung disease, and people generally from smokestack pollution.

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  67. @utu
    why shouldn’t they divorce and go their merry separate ways

    Is it a new official Stalinist position?

    Who’s a Stalinist? It’s a pluralist’s position.

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  68. @Horpor
    Yes, very impressing your 'coal holocaust'. And while You are at it, do not forget the Russian drinking 'holocaust', causing hundreds of thousands untimely 'sovok' deaths.
    And then how could You forget the Russian whore 'holocaust', in which, communist created destructive economic and cultural environment, pushes since the 1980s (Remember the movie 'Interdevuchka') hundreds of thousands of Russian women to sell their charms on Western and also Eastern (Turkey is well endowed with Russian whores) streets. Imagine that all those myriads of Russian prostitutes, if not forced by the impotency of communism to serve individuals from free market societies, could have stayed in the Motherland and given birth to hundreds of thousands of little blond Russians.
    This is a horrible 'holocaust', You should denounce it!

    do not forget the Russian drinking ‘holocaust’, causing hundreds of thousands untimely ‘sovok’ deaths

    When you’re writing The Black Book of Something, the first thing to do is to define the thing you’re demonizing. And it better be global. And catchy. Communism, Capitalism, Jews, Coal, Trans Fats, Antibiotics will do.

    Alcohol would do, but ‘Russian Drinking’ is not really a thing. “Russian whore ‘holocaust’, in which, communist [sic] created destructive economic and cultural environment” is definitely not a thing. Judging by the thrust of your comment, you keep writing chapters to The Black Book of Communism; piling up a few hundred million victims there. And that’s fine, as far as that goes. But don’t forget murderous Coal, I’m begging you.

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    “Russian whore ‘holocaust’, in which, communist [sic] created destructive economic and cultural environment” is definitely not a thing."

    Why do you say so, dear Leader, are Russian women's sufferings because of the incompetency of communist economic system not a tragedy?
    As for me, and all humour aside, the mass scale prostitution in which many Russian women had and still have to engage is a tragedy.
    For You, maybe, it is just a new level of social development that has to be experienced in order to achieve true communism.
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  69. notanon says:

    i found RK’s blog posts very informative

    Some observers like Igor Strelkov fear that it at this point that the US will inflict a “Tshusima” on the highly exposed and outnumber Russian forces in Russia, hoping to perhaps also make Putin’s domestic position untenable.

    I think he’s right psychologically – at that point there will be a strong desire among those who created the civil war to hurt Russia in some way for messing up their plans but i doubt any kind of open US military attack.

    I think it will be something more petty and spiteful: if an actual military attack on Russian forces then most likely using a proxy – i’d guess the Kurds, although i think the most likely revenge would be blowing up another Russian airliner – something on that kind of scale.

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    Strelkov, though likely well intentioned, is Chicken Little of the Russian patriotards. He's now unsuccessfully predicted something on the order of 33 of the last zero Russian national catastrophes. It's a shame, really, because there is a dearth of inspiring figures in Russia, among which he could count himself if not for the never ending gloom and doom.
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  70. JL says:
    @notanon
    i found RK's blog posts very informative

    Some observers like Igor Strelkov fear that it at this point that the US will inflict a “Tshusima” on the highly exposed and outnumber Russian forces in Russia, hoping to perhaps also make Putin’s domestic position untenable.
     
    I think he's right psychologically - at that point there will be a strong desire among those who created the civil war to hurt Russia in some way for messing up their plans but i doubt any kind of open US military attack.

    I think it will be something more petty and spiteful: if an actual military attack on Russian forces then most likely using a proxy - i'd guess the Kurds, although i think the most likely revenge would be blowing up another Russian airliner - something on that kind of scale.

    Strelkov, though likely well intentioned, is Chicken Little of the Russian patriotards. He’s now unsuccessfully predicted something on the order of 33 of the last zero Russian national catastrophes. It’s a shame, really, because there is a dearth of inspiring figures in Russia, among which he could count himself if not for the never ending gloom and doom.

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    Strelkov, though likely well intentioned, is Chicken Little of the Russian patriotards.
     
    Girkin, for all his volunteer exploits in different hot spots and being supposedly an FSB "colonel" lacks fundamental military education. His outlandish and utterly incompetent "forecasts" (not to mention his political psychobabble) are expected from the graduate of historic-archive institute. As such, he turned himself into a clown by consistently speaking on the issues he has no background in, nor understands. In the same time, it is important to remember how early Vladimir Putin, for all his KGB colonel rank and later FSB chairman pedigree completely lacked any understanding of serious military issues and how long it took him to learn, with Shoigu being tasked with undoing many of the "reforms", much of which had been conceived not in serious military circles but in the intelligence ones. Good spy does not necessarily makes a good military man. Putin learned it the hard way.
    , @notanon
    yes i can see how that could be.

    my take is that he is intuitively correct i.e. the *desire* to inflict a Tshushima will be there but not the plausibly deniable means.

    #

    my reasoning is, with "normal" people actions and reactions are proportional
    no threat -> no threat
    threat -> threat
    deadly threat -> deadly threat
    etc
    but extremely paranoid people react one level higher than "normal"
    no threat -> threat
    threat -> deadly threat
    deadly threat -> genocidal threat
    etc

    so like i say, i think he is intuitively correct if not militarily.
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  71. iffen says:

    Razib’s Russophobic anti-spam filter had been eating all my comments

    This has to be of some value in establishing your Russian Nationalist bona fides.

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  72. @JL
    Strelkov, though likely well intentioned, is Chicken Little of the Russian patriotards. He's now unsuccessfully predicted something on the order of 33 of the last zero Russian national catastrophes. It's a shame, really, because there is a dearth of inspiring figures in Russia, among which he could count himself if not for the never ending gloom and doom.

    Strelkov, though likely well intentioned, is Chicken Little of the Russian patriotards.

    Girkin, for all his volunteer exploits in different hot spots and being supposedly an FSB “colonel” lacks fundamental military education. His outlandish and utterly incompetent “forecasts” (not to mention his political psychobabble) are expected from the graduate of historic-archive institute. As such, he turned himself into a clown by consistently speaking on the issues he has no background in, nor understands. In the same time, it is important to remember how early Vladimir Putin, for all his KGB colonel rank and later FSB chairman pedigree completely lacked any understanding of serious military issues and how long it took him to learn, with Shoigu being tasked with undoing many of the “reforms”, much of which had been conceived not in serious military circles but in the intelligence ones. Good spy does not necessarily makes a good military man. Putin learned it the hard way.

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  73. notanon says:
    @JL
    Strelkov, though likely well intentioned, is Chicken Little of the Russian patriotards. He's now unsuccessfully predicted something on the order of 33 of the last zero Russian national catastrophes. It's a shame, really, because there is a dearth of inspiring figures in Russia, among which he could count himself if not for the never ending gloom and doom.

    yes i can see how that could be.

    my take is that he is intuitively correct i.e. the *desire* to inflict a Tshushima will be there but not the plausibly deniable means.

    #

    my reasoning is, with “normal” people actions and reactions are proportional
    no threat -> no threat
    threat -> threat
    deadly threat -> deadly threat
    etc
    but extremely paranoid people react one level higher than “normal”
    no threat -> threat
    threat -> deadly threat
    deadly threat -> genocidal threat
    etc

    so like i say, i think he is intuitively correct if not militarily.

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  74. Horpor says:
    @Mao Cheng Ji

    do not forget the Russian drinking ‘holocaust’, causing hundreds of thousands untimely ‘sovok’ deaths
     
    When you're writing The Black Book of Something, the first thing to do is to define the thing you're demonizing. And it better be global. And catchy. Communism, Capitalism, Jews, Coal, Trans Fats, Antibiotics will do.

    Alcohol would do, but 'Russian Drinking' is not really a thing. "Russian whore ‘holocaust’, in which, communist [sic] created destructive economic and cultural environment" is definitely not a thing. Judging by the thrust of your comment, you keep writing chapters to The Black Book of Communism; piling up a few hundred million victims there. And that's fine, as far as that goes. But don't forget murderous Coal, I'm begging you.

    “Russian whore ‘holocaust’, in which, communist [sic] created destructive economic and cultural environment” is definitely not a thing.”

    Why do you say so, dear Leader, are Russian women’s sufferings because of the incompetency of communist economic system not a tragedy?
    As for me, and all humour aside, the mass scale prostitution in which many Russian women had and still have to engage is a tragedy.
    For You, maybe, it is just a new level of social development that has to be experienced in order to achieve true communism.

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    As for me, and all humour aside, the mass scale prostitution in which many Russian women had and still have to engage is a tragedy.
     
    You're so thoughtful and delicate, dear Horpor; my heart is bleeding for you.

    For You, maybe, it is just a new level of social development that has to be experienced in order to achieve true communism.
     
    You're confusing me Horpor. You're the only one I know with this absolutely incredible skill in mental gymnastics that allows, against all reason and common sense, to blame commies for the Roaring Nineties in Russia.

    I suppose I should appreciate this exchange: it's more absurd than blaming Putin for the kneeling American footballers...
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  75. Silva says:

    Anatoly, how much of the Transhuman Party’s material did you read before you bought in(to a SJW project)?

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  76. @Horpor
    “Russian whore ‘holocaust’, in which, communist [sic] created destructive economic and cultural environment” is definitely not a thing."

    Why do you say so, dear Leader, are Russian women's sufferings because of the incompetency of communist economic system not a tragedy?
    As for me, and all humour aside, the mass scale prostitution in which many Russian women had and still have to engage is a tragedy.
    For You, maybe, it is just a new level of social development that has to be experienced in order to achieve true communism.

    As for me, and all humour aside, the mass scale prostitution in which many Russian women had and still have to engage is a tragedy.

    You’re so thoughtful and delicate, dear Horpor; my heart is bleeding for you.

    For You, maybe, it is just a new level of social development that has to be experienced in order to achieve true communism.

    You’re confusing me Horpor. You’re the only one I know with this absolutely incredible skill in mental gymnastics that allows, against all reason and common sense, to blame commies for the Roaring Nineties in Russia.

    I suppose I should appreciate this exchange: it’s more absurd than blaming Putin for the kneeling American footballers…

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  77. Non Americans: what is the media in your countries saying about this obvious case of left wing terrorism against Trump supporters in Las Vegas? Are they doing the typical Euro preening about how American citizens need to be disarmed?

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    https://ria.ru/world/20171003/1506052305.html?inj=1

    People are appalled by that psycho-bitch from CBS who said that victims do not deserve sympathy since they were most likely Republican.
    , @Talha
    Hey Greasy,

    obvious case of left wing terrorism against Trump supporters in Las Vegas
     
    Really? I thought it was an old guy that went bat-**** crazy after losing too much in gambling and said; **** it, I'm going to make this city pay!

    No?

    I did find it funny that Daesh was trying to get an angle in on it as if this guy was from their glorious cadres!!! Maybe they'll take credit for the hurricanes; Ha , you kuffar scum - that wasn't "Harvey" - that was Abul-Harwi al-Amriki!

    Peace.
    , @notanon
    at the moment they seem to be mostly focused on the gun control issue

    (they seem want to go down the white terrorism path but the choice of victims makes that problematic - also the gf - hence blurring her out of photos)

    #

    it's a strange case - the only thing that makes sense in cui bono terms is a gun control operation that went wrong (if he was meant to get away after) or went right (if they wanted to leave a patsy behind)

    also his background fits an off the books spook or a criminal - which might explain the competence

    also the choice of target specifically works if it was a gun control op - the demographics of the victims being the core support for #2A

    but that would require:
    1) the excessive number of guns to be deliberate window dressing
    2) either there was someone else in the room who shot him after
    or
    he was supposed to get away but something went wrong

    #

    the only other explanations that makes sense to me are

    1) he choose that specific demographic for anti-Trump reasons

    or

    2) the last is actually the most disturbing one to me, possibly why i'm being a conspiritard - he was bitter about getting old and wanted to kill youngsters cos they were young

    or

    3) some kind of organized crime casino scam
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  78. @Greasy William
    Non Americans: what is the media in your countries saying about this obvious case of left wing terrorism against Trump supporters in Las Vegas? Are they doing the typical Euro preening about how American citizens need to be disarmed?

    https://ria.ru/world/20171003/1506052305.html?inj=1

    People are appalled by that psycho-bitch from CBS who said that victims do not deserve sympathy since they were most likely Republican.

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  79. Talha says:
    @Greasy William
    Non Americans: what is the media in your countries saying about this obvious case of left wing terrorism against Trump supporters in Las Vegas? Are they doing the typical Euro preening about how American citizens need to be disarmed?

    Hey Greasy,

    obvious case of left wing terrorism against Trump supporters in Las Vegas

    Really? I thought it was an old guy that went bat-**** crazy after losing too much in gambling and said; **** it, I’m going to make this city pay!

    No?

    I did find it funny that Daesh was trying to get an angle in on it as if this guy was from their glorious cadres!!! Maybe they’ll take credit for the hurricanes; Ha , you kuffar scum – that wasn’t “Harvey” – that was Abul-Harwi al-Amriki!

    Peace.

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    https://twitter.com/S_A_L_T_Y_B_O_Y/status/915032431723515905
    , @notanon

    I thought it was an old guy that went bat-**** crazy after losing too much in gambling and said; **** it, I’m going to make this city pay!
     
    I think bringing a bunch of rifles refutes "suddenly snapped" explanations. This was planned. Although I agree the "why" is currently baffling.
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  80. @Talha
    Hey Greasy,

    obvious case of left wing terrorism against Trump supporters in Las Vegas
     
    Really? I thought it was an old guy that went bat-**** crazy after losing too much in gambling and said; **** it, I'm going to make this city pay!

    No?

    I did find it funny that Daesh was trying to get an angle in on it as if this guy was from their glorious cadres!!! Maybe they'll take credit for the hurricanes; Ha , you kuffar scum - that wasn't "Harvey" - that was Abul-Harwi al-Amriki!

    Peace.

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  81. I don’t think it was ISIS. I think it was an Antifa guy who talked to ISIS to help get his message out.

    #WarOnWhites

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    But it was an old White Guy! I don't know, maybe - but old gambling grandpas don't seem to be the hard-core-kill-a-bunch-of-White-people Antifa types. But then again - the dude did have a small arsenal.

    I mean, unless there were multiple shooters or something - it was pretty dark and open area.

    Peace.

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  82. Talha says:
    @Greasy William
    I don't think it was ISIS. I think it was an Antifa guy who talked to ISIS to help get his message out.

    #WarOnWhites

    But it was an old White Guy! I don’t know, maybe – but old gambling grandpas don’t seem to be the hard-core-kill-a-bunch-of-White-people Antifa types. But then again – the dude did have a small arsenal.

    I mean, unless there were multiple shooters or something – it was pretty dark and open area.

    Peace.

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  83. notanon says:
    @Greasy William
    Non Americans: what is the media in your countries saying about this obvious case of left wing terrorism against Trump supporters in Las Vegas? Are they doing the typical Euro preening about how American citizens need to be disarmed?

    at the moment they seem to be mostly focused on the gun control issue

    (they seem want to go down the white terrorism path but the choice of victims makes that problematic – also the gf – hence blurring her out of photos)

    #

    it’s a strange case – the only thing that makes sense in cui bono terms is a gun control operation that went wrong (if he was meant to get away after) or went right (if they wanted to leave a patsy behind)

    also his background fits an off the books spook or a criminal – which might explain the competence

    also the choice of target specifically works if it was a gun control op – the demographics of the victims being the core support for #2A

    but that would require:
    1) the excessive number of guns to be deliberate window dressing
    2) either there was someone else in the room who shot him after
    or
    he was supposed to get away but something went wrong

    #

    the only other explanations that makes sense to me are

    1) he choose that specific demographic for anti-Trump reasons

    or

    2) the last is actually the most disturbing one to me, possibly why i’m being a conspiritard – he was bitter about getting old and wanted to kill youngsters cos they were young

    or

    3) some kind of organized crime casino scam

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  84. notanon says:
    @Talha
    Hey Greasy,

    obvious case of left wing terrorism against Trump supporters in Las Vegas
     
    Really? I thought it was an old guy that went bat-**** crazy after losing too much in gambling and said; **** it, I'm going to make this city pay!

    No?

    I did find it funny that Daesh was trying to get an angle in on it as if this guy was from their glorious cadres!!! Maybe they'll take credit for the hurricanes; Ha , you kuffar scum - that wasn't "Harvey" - that was Abul-Harwi al-Amriki!

    Peace.

    I thought it was an old guy that went bat-**** crazy after losing too much in gambling and said; **** it, I’m going to make this city pay!

    I think bringing a bunch of rifles refutes “suddenly snapped” explanations. This was planned. Although I agree the “why” is currently baffling.

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    Hey notanon,

    I don't mean to imply "suddenly snapped" - rather it's like a guy who catches his wife in bed with someone and then plans her execution and that of her lover. The particular event is the catalyst for pushing someone over the edge. I'm guessing his habit was an ongoing problem in his life - a hole he kept on digging. I looked at some of the videos - the place is so crowded that a monkey could have killed at least 15 people by pointing the gun at the bright lights and spraying.

    I don't know obviously, but I'm guessing they are going to try to figure this guy out since this is such a high profile case - people will want some answers.

    I remember reading about a similar case - where this guy was posthumously discovered with a brain tumor:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Whitman

    So who knows...

    Peace.
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  85. Talha says:
    @notanon

    I thought it was an old guy that went bat-**** crazy after losing too much in gambling and said; **** it, I’m going to make this city pay!
     
    I think bringing a bunch of rifles refutes "suddenly snapped" explanations. This was planned. Although I agree the "why" is currently baffling.

    Hey notanon,

    I don’t mean to imply “suddenly snapped” – rather it’s like a guy who catches his wife in bed with someone and then plans her execution and that of her lover. The particular event is the catalyst for pushing someone over the edge. I’m guessing his habit was an ongoing problem in his life – a hole he kept on digging. I looked at some of the videos – the place is so crowded that a monkey could have killed at least 15 people by pointing the gun at the bright lights and spraying.

    I don’t know obviously, but I’m guessing they are going to try to figure this guy out since this is such a high profile case – people will want some answers.

    I remember reading about a similar case – where this guy was posthumously discovered with a brain tumor:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Whitman

    So who knows…

    Peace.

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    I don’t mean to imply “suddenly snapped” – rather it’s like a guy who catches his wife in bed with someone and then plans her execution and that of her lover.
     
    fair point
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  86. The guy did it because he hated white people. He totally fits the profile of boomer left wing terrorist nut: intelligent, weird, anti social and deliberate.

    When you see his brother get interviewed you can tell immediately that the brother is a Hillary supporter. I’ve seen tons of boomer white guys exactly like that.

    The camera in the room shows that this was a political act and given the target, we know exactly what the political message was.

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    what the political message was
     
    Country music never had a louder critic.
    , @Anatoly Karlin
    https://twitter.com/LibertarianPedo/status/914863929351966727
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  87. Talha says:
    @Greasy William
    The guy did it because he hated white people. He totally fits the profile of boomer left wing terrorist nut: intelligent, weird, anti social and deliberate.

    When you see his brother get interviewed you can tell immediately that the brother is a Hillary supporter. I've seen tons of boomer white guys exactly like that.

    The camera in the room shows that this was a political act and given the target, we know exactly what the political message was.

    what the political message was

    Country music never had a louder critic.

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    Good thing I'm going to Hell anyway, or I'd be going there for laughing at that.
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  88. @Greasy William
    The guy did it because he hated white people. He totally fits the profile of boomer left wing terrorist nut: intelligent, weird, anti social and deliberate.

    When you see his brother get interviewed you can tell immediately that the brother is a Hillary supporter. I've seen tons of boomer white guys exactly like that.

    The camera in the room shows that this was a political act and given the target, we know exactly what the political message was.

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  89. @Talha

    what the political message was
     
    Country music never had a louder critic.

    Good thing I’m going to Hell anyway, or I’d be going there for laughing at that.

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  90. notanon says:
    @Talha
    Hey notanon,

    I don't mean to imply "suddenly snapped" - rather it's like a guy who catches his wife in bed with someone and then plans her execution and that of her lover. The particular event is the catalyst for pushing someone over the edge. I'm guessing his habit was an ongoing problem in his life - a hole he kept on digging. I looked at some of the videos - the place is so crowded that a monkey could have killed at least 15 people by pointing the gun at the bright lights and spraying.

    I don't know obviously, but I'm guessing they are going to try to figure this guy out since this is such a high profile case - people will want some answers.

    I remember reading about a similar case - where this guy was posthumously discovered with a brain tumor:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Whitman

    So who knows...

    Peace.

    I don’t mean to imply “suddenly snapped” – rather it’s like a guy who catches his wife in bed with someone and then plans her execution and that of her lover.

    fair point

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  91. Independent:

    Anonymous law enforcement officials have told NBC News and CNN that the Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock, wired $100,000 to an account in the Philippines at some point before Sunday’s shooting.

    According to NBC, Paddock wired the money to an account there in the week before the shooting. His girlfriend, Marilou Danley, was born in the Philippines and was abroad at the time of the shooting.

    Weird shit.

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  92. ussr andy says:

    the race-mixing adds the cherry on top (not trolling.)

    longingfordeath.wordpress.com/2016/05/10/literally-every-white-guy-who-likes-asian-women-has-something-wrong-with-him-including-my-own-father/

    lots of PC signalling and personal nonsense (Sailer’s Law of female journalism badly needs a corollary that deals with minority men – some Jews, NE Asians, and especially, Hindoos – that’s just industry-grade, pure, totally unreflected ethnic (or ethno-sexual) advocacy, at least the specimens on this site), but the gist – whites who go with asian chicks are weird – is true.

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