This will be the first month in which Russian Reactions gets more than 100,000 pageviews (standing at 100,336 as of Jan 29).
Highlighted posts since the last Open Thread:
- When Russians Were Americanophiles
- 10 Ways Life in Russia is Better than in America
- Coffee Salon Demographics
- 10 Years of Blogging
- Centenary of the Bolshevik Usurpation
- Russian Demographics in 2018
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* So about Wolff’s Fire and Fury…
Trump was certainly entertaining and a breath of fresh air in 2016. Tragedy is, the first American nationalist President just had to have rapidly deteriorating dementia.
Even if 25% of it is true (and I suspect it is) it still paints a pretty damning picture. But beggars can’t be choosers.
* Aubrey de Grey interview:
* Alexey Turchin – 2018 – Global catastrophic and existential risks communication scale (summary)
* Anders Sandberg – 2018 – Space races: settling the universe fast
* Gwern’s 2017 newsletter.
* Greg Cochran with what might be the best short explication of Lewontin’s fallacy yet written.
* Robin Hanson (he of Age of Ems) publishes Elephant in the Brain. José Luis Ricón has an absurdly long review.
* The Russia Insider scandal: Charles Bausman’s “It’s Time to Drop the Jew Taboo” provoked a predictable response, both from predictable quarters as well as not so predictable ones (RT, Babich, Mercouris).
Well, actually the latter is predictable enough, since The Duran has had beef with Russia Insider since its founding (the split was provoked over allegations of fraud at RI).
I suppose I should lay out my position. I am not associated with either RI or The Duran, though both have re-published my articles (with my permission). I consider Jewish influence a legitimate object of discussion. Problem is that there are few who can or want to do so in an intelligent, productive way (e.g. Emil Kirkegaard has some good suggestions on how to go about this).
* Ukraine’s “reintegration law” basically annuls Minsk II (defines the LDNR as territories temporarily occupied by Russia, and threatens criminal penalties for cooperating with them).
Strelkov believes there will be a Ukrainian attack before the Russian elections on March 18.
For those of my critics who consider me an anti-Ukrainian propagandist:
Anatoly Karlin, a Russian writer at America’s Unz Review who focusses on demographics, claims there are only three explanations for the apparent contradiction. “Either Ukraine is experiencing a baby-boom far bigger than anywhere else in eastern Europe, which seems unlikely given [the current] economic circumstances [or] Ukraine is also fiddling its fertility statistics [or] this theory is nonsense, [and is a] mirror image of ‘dying Russian bear’ trope.”
* Kathy Lally/eXile spat:
- Kathy Lally: The two expat bros who terrorized women correspondents in Moscow
- Steve Sailer: And Then They Came for Matt Taibbi and Mark Ames
- Mark Ames: Kathy Lally Was Caught Trying To Censor Journalism In Russia And Now Deceitfully Claims She’s A Victim
* Caitlin Johnstone: What Happens When A Russiagate Skeptic Debates A Professional Russiagater
* Chronicles of Putin Derangement Syndrome:
- Russia has interfered in 19 countries’ elections over 2 decades, report finds. Putin continues assuming God-like dimensions in the American imagination. But still considerably short of the CIA record.
- Newsweek: Putin is preparing for World War III—is Trump?
- RT: 7 times Trump critics called Russia a ‘s***hole’ & worse, and no one cared
- Washington City Paper: How Are D.C.’s Russian Restaurants Faring in the Face of Tense U.S.-Russia Relations? ““We got a rock through the window the weekend of the inauguration,” McGovern says. “It cost us about $5,000 because it wasn’t worth going through insurance. So you eat it, and it hurts, especially when you’re not as busy as you used to be.”“
- Max Blumenthal: “Applicants to WSJ’s Moscow bureau must take a de facto oath to Russiagate, pledging to portray Russia’s leadership as cartoon villains and ramp up the Cold War. But they don’t have to speak Russian. (Reminds me of Axel Springer media’s pro-Israel oath).”
* Svidomism chronicles:
- RFERL: Historian Beevor ‘Astonished’ At Ukraine Ban On Best-Selling ‘Stalingrad’. Irony is that the book is heavily slanted – sensationally so – against the USSR (and I say this as an anti-Stalinist).
- Oleksey Arestovich abandons svidomism for the singularity [in Russian]
* Karina Orlova: An Eight-Year Jail Term Kicks Off Six More Years of Putin. I don’t usually agree with her, but I think she’s correct in her analysis of the Ulyukaev case. Sechin is getting out of control.
* Bloomberg: Putin Family Split Offers Peek at Secret Dealings of Russia Inc. Putin’s daughter has apparently divorced Kirill Shamalov, who subsequently lost a considerable part of his billion dollar “dowry.”
* Straits Times: Russians cut back on drinking, smoking as fitness trend grows. This ties in with my reports on Russia’s improving life expectancy.
* What Solzhenitsyn actually said about nuking the USSR: “And some U.S. generals suggest destroying selectively the Russian population by an atomic assault. It is strange how Russian national consciousness inspires the greatest fear in the world today for the rulers of the U.S.S.R. — and within your entourage. It is the revelation of a hostility to Russia as such, to her people and to the country as distinct from the state structure, which is characteristic of a significant part of the American educated community, American financial circles and, alas, even of some of your advisers.”
- This looks like an interesting website: https://chinapower.csis.org/
- NBF: Chinese military procurement ($70 billion) now half the rate of American ($155 billion). Adjust for purchasing power parity, and it should be virtually equal.
- NBF: China’s jet engine technology around the level of Germany
- New Yorker: Making China Great Again
- WSJ: China, Unhampered by Rules, Races Ahead in Gene-Editing Trials (see right)
- Burgeoning startups
* Peter Frost: The Crisis of the 2020s. Good set of falsifiable predictions.
* Pumpkin Person: Trump’s IQ professionally tested?
* Deep State chronicles:
- Project Veritas: Twitter Engineers To “Ban a Way of Talking” Through “Shadow Banning,” Algorithms to Censor Opposing Political Opinions
- Vox Day on James Damore’s lawsuit vs. Google: Google Provides Internal Tools to Facilitate Blacklisting
* Ben Cardin, the guy Chelsea Manning is challenging, wants to make it a felony to boycott Israel.
* Jerusalem recognition. And they say there’s isn’t a Jewish Lobby:
* Supported by only 9/172 countries
* Opposed by 63% of US voters, inc. 44% of Republicans.
* Supported by 90-0(/100) of US Senators, inc. Bernie.
* Speculating about a Jewish Lobby is anti-Semitic. pic.twitter.com/leyHkivKEQ
— ak (@akarlin88) December 21, 2017
* Vincent Law’s thoughts on the Alt Right in 2017.
* SJW highlights of 2017:
* Weev outed as Jew by his own mother. Don’t know if true but hilarious.
Science & Culture
* Matej Moravčík et al. – 2017 – DeepStack: Expert-Level Artificial Intelligence in No-Limit Poker
* Bayesian Investor Blog: Moore’s Law and AGI Timelines
* The Russian civilization in Mount & Blade: Bannerlord: “The commercial ethic was strong in early Rus, with the town veche or council ensuring that merchants had a major role in state policy. Danger and opportunity went hand in hand. A Muslim chronicler recalls how the Rus father of a newborn boy would show the baby a sword and tell him this would be his only inheritance: the blade would have to win all the rest of it. The Icelandic sagas, though geographically very far removed from the Rus, have also been an inspiration for the Varangians’ ideal of businesslike warfare and warlike business, the kind of society where a father could say, “Son, you’ve been lazing around the fire all winter. Time to get up and show you can take some responsibility for your life. Go pillage someone.”
* Hanson’s viewquake:
"All our mass-culture narratives … have the same structure: good guys battle bad guys for the moral future of society. These tropes are all over our movies and comic books. And yet they don’t exist in any folktales, myths or ancient epics." https://t.co/fYuB7J1xmS
— Robin Hanson (@robinhanson) January 26, 2018
* Rosa Luxemburg on Russia:
Finland, the Baltic provinces, the Ukraine, the Caucasus, Black Sea region – this is all Russia, namely the terrain of the Russian Revolution, no matter what the empty, petty-bourgeois phrase-mongers may babble about the 'right of national self-determination'@RT_com#1918LIVE
— Rosa Luxemburg (@luxemburgquotes) January 22, 2018