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!
* 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.
* Anniversary: World’s first color photographer Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky died on September 27, 1944.
* Catalonia – Russian hackers at it again!
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
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.
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.