I got the opportunity to meet up with commenter AP this week. Had a very pleasant conversation with him, if a pretty short one as was necessitated by his busy schedule.
I had been hoping to do a long post on my travels in Portugal, not nuclear war, this week. Will hopefully get that up in a couple of days.
* A new neoreactionary blog. Joshua Delamere: Colonization and its Discontents
Even though I’m aware of these trends, even I’m still surprised about just how total the domination of the US and China is.
Japan is pretty prominent, but another infographic there makes it clear that the Japanese are investing into Chinese, American, and other Asian ventures – not into Japan itself, or Europe.
* Emil Kirkegaard: Corvus intelligence
* Aubrey de Grey posts a proof of a mathematical theorem. Impressive. Also evidence that longevity research isn’t pseudoscience.
* RFERL: The Wildest Rides Of The U.S.S.R.
* Assad has been added to Myrotvorets (Peacekeeper) website of enemies of the Ukraine. Has the Curse been invoked?
Assad has been inducted into Myrotvorets database of enemies of the Ukraine: https://t.co/vYvGlysdQl
Assad Curse has been invoked!
— ak (@akarlin88) April 15, 2018
* Russia has banned Telegram, a sort of hybrid of WhatsApp and Twitter. Officials are going to use Viber instead.
Normal countries either (1) permit a free market in this sphere, or (2) ban foreign companies and promote their own, such as China. Russia bans its own and promotes foreign companies.
1. закрыть тг
2. не закрыть signal, tor (безсомненно инструменты ЦРУ)
— Dr. R. H. (@pachkacigaret) April 13, 2018
* The world that the Bolsheviks destroyed: In 1900, the Czechs wanted to introduce mandatory teaching of Russian in Czech schools (though this was vetoed by Vienna). [in Russian]
* Sinotriumph Chronicles:
- China gaining momentum in quantum-computing arms race
- Blink and you’ll miss it: Chinese Navy, from modernization to expansion
- China is deploying metamaterials and railguns using SR-71 like development speed and flexibility
* Larry Kudlow acknowledges China as First World country.
* The Economist: Decades of optimism about China’s rise have been discarded
This is unironically good for China. When The Economist praises you, it’s time to reach for your pistol.
Foreign businesspeople talked of the “promise fatigue” that has set in as Chinese markets are opened only after they have ceased to matter (the recent decision to allow in American credit cards now mobile payment systems have made them irrelevant is an example).
This is just “kicking away the ladder” that most countries (inc. US) have engaged in.
* Why does China have such a low-key approach to Syria?
China has very little presence in Iran. WeChat blocked, little investment, only 2 Chinese restaurants in the whole of Teheran. Iran accepting Indian help for the Chabahar port just across the border from Gwadar was also likely not amusing for China.
— Spandrell (@thespandrell) April 14, 2018
I’m skeptical. Collapse of the US has been predicted in “anti-imperialist” sphere as often as the collapse of Russia (or China) in the handshakeworthy quarters. But we’ll see.
* British free media:
MUST WATCH: Former head of British Armed Forces gets cut off by Sky when he goes off-script on Syria! pic.twitter.com/zy7FRWbWQ5
— EL4C (@EL4JC) April 13, 2018
* Bolton on the Muller probe:
Bolton sees Mueller probe as "a not-to-be-missed opportunity" to confront "Russian subversion" by increasing NATO militarism & an "analogous response" in Middle East. "Unexpected events produce opportunities which must be seized before they disappear," he concludes. pic.twitter.com/SzR9D8w0EM
— Aaron Maté (@aaronjmate) April 13, 2018
* Percentage of population identifying as LGBTQ:
America is very gay. A huge survey about 5 years ago put the percentage of homosexuals in the US at around 2.5% of the population, which seems plausible. But I suppose it’s since become much more prestigious and “handshakeworthy.”
Also this pattern of Poland being much gayer than the rest of the V4 continues.
Science & Culture
* Real Climate: Stronger evidence for a weaker Atlantic overturning circulation. Gulf Stream is shutting down, as predicted.
* Brandon Adamson: People Who Hate Each Other Against the War
* Based Xi:
— Joanna Chiu 趙淇欣 (@joannachiu) April 14, 2018
* whyvert/Economist: The decline of socialist parties in Europe, Hungarian edition
* Hats off to Thorfinnsson. I don’t think anybody else has so succinctly defined the iFag.
If Thorfinnsson is right, then Russia can simply enforce the current law against homosex propaganda on publicly displaying MacBooks.
— Lauris Kaplinski (@LaurisKaplinski) April 10, 2018
* Benefits of nuclear war?
Thought I just had on nuclear war – most will survive, but big cities will be gone – where cognitive elites cluster.
End result will be nations full of rednecks/vatniks. So much less science, tech, etc., about -5 average IQ, but also much less poz.
Silver lining to everything!
— ak (@akarlin88) April 13, 2018