I will be traveling to London as of tomorrow, so poasting will be light for the next 7-10 days.
If my flight takes off – a whole bunch of them have been canceled because the Brits don’t know what to do about snow. Meanwhile, the North Pole is positively balmy, at above freezing, and Arctic sea ice is setting new minimums. I will be happy to endure minor inconveniences for the sake of accelerated Tropical Hyperborea.
Forthcoming articles: A comprehensive survey of Russian science, technology, robotization [pending since late last year]; an analysis of whether Putin and Navalny are nationalists, commissioned long ago by Sputnik & Pogrom, which I really hope I can finish before the Russian elections [spoiler: No, they're not]; the existential risk from limited computational space to run our simulation [done, but needs to be tidied up].
I also hope that I’ll be able to focus on my Russia book in earnest from early April.
* Mike Johnson: The problems of consciousness: a taxonomy (roadmap to qualia research)
* David Becker: THE NIQ-DATASET V1.3 – A Summary (Part – I)
* spandrell: China doesn’t care about your opinion (informed take on Emperor Xi, from a person who knows China)
* Michael Hippke, John G. Learned – 2018 – Interstellar communication. IX. Message decontamination is impossible
* RT: ‘Polocaust museum’: Polish minister calls for commemoration of non-Jewish victims of WWII. Envious. ROGPR has long argued that a Russian national state needs its own genocide museum. Russians were the victims of three genocides in the past century.
* Leonid Bershidsky: A Russian Business Icon Sells Out to the State
Sergey Galitsky and Magnit were one of the rare genuine entrepreneurial success stories of modern Russia, and now it too has been swallowed up by Leviathan.
The buyer is state-owned VTB, a politically well-connected bank that recently financed the “privatization” of 19.5% of Rosneft. Galitsky did not seem happy with the sale, and the price he got for it was surprisingly low relative to the revenue and profits it was making.
I have pointed out Putin’s success at improving ease of business in Russia. But to what extent is this even relevant now that the state controls 70% of the economy and is expanding its reach into the grocery aisles?
* Depressing Novaya Gazeta account of Russian failure to organize post-sanctions domestic manufacturing of military thermal imagers thanks to nepotism and corruption.
* Moscow has built 70 metro stations in the past 5 years.
* Why does Russia have zero soft power?
Head of Paris division of Rossotrudnichestvo [first problem: impossible for non-Slavs to pronounce] happened to be headed by the former wife of Peskov (Putin’s spokesman), Ekaterina Solotsinskaya, who had been appointed to the position in 2017 when Putin visited France in May 2017.
She refused Zakhar Prilepin, a hugely popular Russian writer and vatnik, access to its hotel on the basis that he was a “Donbass terrorist.”
Russia is not so nepotistic to let that stand, and she had to write step down, albeit for another reason – having two undeclared companies, through which she had been acquiring Paris properties (presumably at the expense of promoting Russian culture). Best part, though? She strongly resisted signing the resignation letter, on the basis that she… had good ties with Ksenia Sobchak and Ramzan Kadyrov (!). So, apart from all that, terminally stupid as well.
On the other hand, she’s much richer than me, so what do I know, really.
* Russia might withdraw from the ECHR, which will automatically eject it from the Council of Europe. Given its anti-Russian bias, that’s the correct thing to do.
* Fred Weir: Why the Kremlin publishes uncensored translations of Western news (on Insomi)
* Audacious Epigone: Fake Russia collusion calumny delivers body blow to FBI’s credibility
* South Africa legalizes expropriation of land from white farmers without compensation. Looks like we’re approaching the Mugabe scenario there.
Advice for Visegrad, Russia: Easen immigration for South African whites. You’ll be:
- doing a good, humanitarian/Christian thing;
- Trigger the SJWs;
- Be better able to deflect German/Brussels lectures about refugees;
- Reinforce your own demographics;
* John Derbyshire: WHAT’S WRONG WITH CHINA–A Study Of Unchanged National Character.
Also, you are never going to be so this hardcore:
* Pony Ma (Tencent) becomes richest Chinese person with $47 billion. This is pretty interesting, since there was previously an unofficial rule that Chinese billionaires were not supposed to exceed $10 billion in wealth.(any more, and they got in trouble… corruption investigations, etc.). Have the CPC finally dropped this policy?
* Sinotriumph Chronicles:
- China will fortify islands with railguns, drones, missiles and stealthy planes
- The USA is no longer guaranteed future military technology dominance
* The US is so zogged that it is telling Poland that it shouldn’t count on a meeting with Trump or Pence because of their anti-Polish holocaust law.
* Poles have started asking Ukrainian immigrants about their attitudes to Stepan Bandera. Ambiguous responses = deportation.
* Bryan MacDonald: America’s elite thinks it has a divine right to rule the world
* New Statesman: The polite extremist: Jacob Rees-Mogg’s seemingly unstoppable rise
* Niccolo Soldo: The Visegrad Group’s Exit from Liberal Democracy
* Turkey’s Erdogan in row over ‘girl martyr’ comment on TV. This is very normal and not creepy at all.
Science & Culture
* National Geographic: These People Believe Death Is Only Temporary (photo essay about Russian transhumanists)
This entire thread, pretty much: http://www.unz.com/tsaker/russian-presidential-elections-boring-useless-and-necessary/