Can’t believe it has been almost a month since the last Open Thread.
- Was in the UK for a couple of weeks (as you presumably gathered). Apart from the march in London, I also took the opportunity to tick off Canterbury and the Tank Museum in Bovington.
- Unfortunately, I was not able to attend the London Conference on Intelligence in Aarhus, Denmark, as I had originally planned to. Fortunately, we have James Thompson here to tell us all about it anyway.
- I am going to be in Romania from June 1-June 11: Couple of days in Ploiesti, three in Transylvania, the rest in Bucharest. Why Romania? Friend’s wedding, otherwise it’s about 50th on my travel list.
ROGPR news – Kirill Nesterov’s latest video was so hardcore that YouTube banned it. Here it is (in Russian ofc):
We are also going to be launching a new website any day now.
* Alexander Mercouris: Netanyahu in Moscow for Victory Day: why did Putin invite him? MUST READ, especially for those who have been complaining about Putin bending over before Israel and calling me a “ziocuck” or whatever.
* Alexander Mercouris is blackpilled on Iran:
- WAR WITH IRAN: Inescapable logic of Donald Trump’s regime change policy
- The EU will not stand by Iran and the JCPOA. Here’s why.
* I was pessimistic about M5S/Lega Nord – in particular, European leftists, including ostensibly Russophile ones, have a habit of disappointing (see Syriza). But perhaps they really will be the first major exception. I also find their economic program, combining bold ideas such as a 15%/20% flat income tax and universal basic income, to be very interesting and potentially very revitalizing for an Italy that is widely regarded as being stifled by bureaucracy.
* Two months ago, I opined that the Alt Right is dead. I can now confirm that with high confidence, specifically with regards to its Spencerite wing, which originated the Alt Right as we know it, and which was most recently active under the banner of AltRight.com [now down for more than a month]. FWIW, my source also told me that Milo was more of a 14/88 Röhm type of fellow than the anti-SJW “dangerous faggot” he posed as in public a few months before Joseph Bernstein broke the story for Buzzfeed, so I pretty much trust him/her on this. But even if you don’t, the signs are all there anyway, e.g. (1) the brain drain from AltRight.com in its final months and (2) their blatantly disinterested attitude towards keeping the website up [say of them what you will, but the Daily Stormer experienced far worse harassment, and they were always back up within 48 hours]. I would henceforth advise nationalists not to get involved in that cluster.
As far as I’m concerned, BAP is now the Supreme Leader of the Alt Right. On to Tropical Hyperborea!
#HandsomeThursday reminder that Dugin is a NWO psyop to prevent youths of West from joining new Atlantis Legion, forge friendship with Russia, rule the broad Pacific together. pic.twitter.com/EaUt0WfLAh
— Bronze Age Pervert (@bronzeagemantis) May 10, 2018
* Scott Alexander: Can Things Be Both Popular and Silenced? One of the best essays on this topic.
Incidentally, my very first (non-intro) blog post was titled Reading Russia Right.
* Michael Kofman – The Collapsing Russian Defense Budget and Other Fairy Tales. Confirmation that reports a few weeks ago that it was going down by 20% were very much exaggerated.
* NBF on Russia’s new hypersonic glide weapons.
* China projects an increase in trade with Russia from around $100 billion last year to $200 billion next year. Much needed diversification. As I point out, Russia can live without China, and it can even live without the West, but it can’t live without either of them.
* Commenter Mitleser on Chinese media guidelines for writing about Russia: Use “USSR,” never “former USSR”; don’t call the people’s armed forces in Eastern Ukraine “separatists” or “pro-Russian forces.”
* Crimea has 5x fewer cars per capita than the Russian average. Results of two and a half decades of Ukrainian occupation.
* The Russian anti-sanctions laws which will penalize businesses for respecting American sanctions are on hold while the relevant Duma committees “consult” with representatives of the Russian business community. If they end up making exceptions for the big ones, which some Russian observers fear, then these laws might as well not exist and will probably become just another enabler of corporate raiding.
* Remember the police raid on Egor Prosvirnin in 2015, the chief editor of Sputnik & Pogrom? It now emerges that the organs originally wanted to charge him under Article 282 for… get this… for offending the Ukrainian people. In 2016.
In the end, the case was dropped at an early point. There are limits to absurdity, even in the Putlerreich.
I know that the Guardian is basically a meme newspaper these days, but still, the title is one of the most egregious in that it combines both a lie and a sordid assumption. The lie is that Sleboda is a pro-Kremlin apologist – to the contrary, he is more often its hawkish critic. The sordid assumption is that having blatantly pro-Kremlin apologists on is unacceptable for some reason. What’s the alternative – an echo chamber of kneejerk Russophobes? Come to think of it, that’s actually the correct assessment.
* Max Seddon: Fak off as Sberbank fires analyst for provocation too far.
Incidentally, this follows a similar report on Rosneft, where criticism of Sechin was suppressed. This shows that market research of the kind that is standard in the West is basically impossible in Russia, at least so far as it concerns the state corporations run by Putin’s cronies. This is another Russia blackpill, but I have come to the conclusion that the “blackpilled” view that Gazprom and Rosneft are run for political insider contractors, not for shareholders nor even for Russia’s geopolitical interests, is basically correct.
* Head of state-owned VTB bank Andrey Kostin whines that US sanctions prevent him from enjoying skiing vacations in Colorado and his beloved city of New York. This must be all the more painful for him, since he had lobbies US Congressmen hard to avoid sanctioning him, citing the fact that VTB was “investing in the Ukraine and raising that country’s economy.”
It’s hilarious, really. Begging representatives of a foreign, hostile power not to sanction him because the state-owned bank he was in charge of was helping another hostile country… whining when the American masters turned a deaf year to him. But such is the quality of Russia’s governing cadres and “effective managers” in Year 18 of Putinism.
* At last, a serious debate on the JQ.
- Nathan Cofnas: Judaism as a Group Evolutionary Strategy: A Critical Analysis of Kevin MacDonald’s Theory
- Kevin McDonald: Reply to Nathan Cofnas
I have only skimmed through both articles. One reason is that the JQ just doesn’t interest me that much (I meant it when I said I hope not to have to write any more about it after this one mega-post). Another reason is that even skimming it, it was sufficient to see that even Cofnas critique is still far more qualitative than quantitative, with the result that the two interlocutors mostly seem to be talking past each other.
I am of the position that Emil Kirkegaard still has the single best roadmap for a resolution to the JQ.
* John Derbyshire: Fertility Collapse—Minorities Hardest Hit! Electing A New People Delayed? That said, as Cicerone points out, this stopped being true around 2016:
Using the same method as for the states, here are my TFR estimates [for 2017, with 2016 in brackets]:
Whites 1.67 (1.72)
Blacks 1.83 (1.83)
Asians 1.68 (1.75)
Hispanics 2.03 (2.09)
All dropping ex. Blacks, Hispanics now below replacement
* Next round of EU funding is going to revolve more around nebulous things such as adherence to “European values” as opposed to GDP per capita gaps. Commenter Polish Perspective has made many good comments about this.
* Audacious Epigone:
- Who loves their homelands most? (spoiler: Jews)
- Alt Right meetup in the Hater’s Ball: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, concluding thoughts. Wouldn’t it be cool if the Unz.com cluster could organize something like this sometime?
- Support for secession by state. I would note that White (former) Puritan New Englanders remain the core of the American nation, while states that were absorbed latest tend to be the most skeptical about the American project.
- US political dissolution a question of when and how, not if. Whites much more loyal to the American project than minorities.
* Estonia is making all its public transport free. This might actually work well in a low-diversity, high IQ country.
* I have no strong opinions on Israel vs. Palestine nor any desire to shill for one of them over the other, but I found this RAMZPAUL take funny and relevant:
2015 a Hungarian journalist tripped a migrant who was illegally entering the country. Neocons screamed that this was an example of 'hate' and 'fascism' in Hungary.
2018 Israel slaughters 58 unarmed Palestinians at the border. Neocons universally defend this action. pic.twitter.com/IYtT2NqT7H
— RAMZPAUL (@ramzpaul) May 15, 2018
* Interesting point from Jose Luis Ricon. Spain might be very pro-gay, but it’s not very gay about it.
Spanish usually tops the ranks in terms of being women, gay, and immigrant friendly. Idk why. At the same time,' dark jokes' (based on sex, race, etc) can be made without much trouble unlike in the UK or the US
— José Luis Ricón (Artir) (@ArtirKel) May 2, 2018
Science & Culture
* Yinon M. Bar-On, Rob Phillips, and Ron Milo (2018) – The biomass distribution on Earth
* Gwern: Nootropic effectiveness via SSC survey results. I was never deep into nootropics, but Modafinil seems accurate, even if inferior to plain ol’ Adderall (never tried that). Always thought aniracetam was overrated, but surprised that it was basically neutral (at best).
* Scandal in IQ research – many instances of self-plagiarism from Robert Sternberg. Not a crisis by any means, he was neither a particularly notable nor a controversial researcher.
* Version 1.3 of David Becker’s world IQ database is coming out soon. James Thompson got a preview peek at the LCI 2018, who also has an update on sex IQ differences and the neurobiology of intelligence.
* Robin Hanson on how to maximize the chances of future people actually reviving you from cryonics sleep.
* Steve Sailer on a recent Pinker paper on the optimal age to learn a new language. Stereotypes are correct – the younger, the better.
* Commenter Thorfinnsson on how US Civil War II could break out.
* IQ researcher Stuart Ritchie threw away a job application from someone who cited their own IQ on the CV. But is that a good idea in academia?
* unawareness of social norms
* non-conformism, which is important for true innovation (what academia is supposed to foster), as opposed to office plankton jobs
* sense of humor – after all, presumably applying for IQ researcher position? https://t.co/jrFrUegBew
— ak (@akarlin88) May 23, 2018
* Commenter Daniel Chieh: Hanzi as an implicit barrier against the Poz?
It is my opinion that the language does indeed gradually shape thought. For example, something “logical” such as the word for “good” is 好 is of course 女(woman, thus breasts in symbol) and 子(child, or son: oversized head to body of an infant). And its a “good” that a woman is with her child, symbolically a “family” and “family” is therefore good.
Not only do the words then imply certain normative standards(and implicitly rejects postmodern construction), but it is also the form of recognition creates what Nisbett calls a “dialectic” form of reading which constantly monitors for context. I know a few friends who grew up in Asia or spent a lot of time there; eventually they basically acquire this form of thinking and become averse with the more normal context-less Western grasp of language and the world.
I also feel, as I said, that this is often “pre-modern” and is probably not conducive to innovative thought specifically due to the normative values implicit. Nonetheless, in this age of hyperreality and postmodernism with a lot of its attendant ugliness, its interesting to see how this appears to serve as a weak, below-the-horizon Chesterson Fence.
* Carl Zha Twitter thread on the history of the qipao. Hilariously, given the SJW outrage over its “appropriation”, it’s more Western than Chinese!
In 1920s Republican China, bourgeois young women started to demand equality of sexes. One way was to adopt men’s originally Manchu based 1 piece robe. Shanghai tailor modified it to body hugging Western cut. Viola Modern Cheongsam/qipao is born! Zhouxun, Shanghai movie star 11/ pic.twitter.com/cGS8b0RIdF
— Carl Zha (@CarlZha) April 30, 2018
* The most powerful take yet?
Incidentally, Joaquin Flores is one of the head honchos at the grandiloquently named Center for Syncretic Studies, a Duginist outfit.
So this is what Duginism boils down to. They pay a Mexican Marxist weirdo larping as a Russian agent in Serbia to talk about the Saker’s involvement with the “Latin American junta scene”
* From SPLC-certified anti-Semite to Jew-loving neocon cockroach.
See also Double Horseshoe Theory in action (this is “B) Stalinism is not true Marxism, and that’s awesome.” PS. Khodorkovsky is likely D. I am C.)
* I run the most multicultural blog:
* Greasy had some very strong opinions on this topic:
* Everybody let’s welcome James Thompson to the RationalWiki club!
* Is Charles Bausman actually serving the Jew masters?
* Pumpkin Person: The most pro-Jewish President of all time? (unironically good take)
* Washington Times: Sarah Palin praises WikiLeak’s Julian Assange; ‘He’s all about freedom’. I have always rather liked her.
* This is what MAGA is all about now:
Iranian people DM me all the time and tell me that they wish America would bomb their country to help topple their murderous regime
— Jacob Wohl (@JacobAWohl) May 1, 2018
* Fuck Russia:
PS. Just how neoliberal do you have to be to work yourself up into a lather about Bernie Sanders of all people?
* Eric Garland forgetting to take his meds again:
Russia should be kicked off the UN Security Council, uninvited from global events, massive VISA requirements for any citizen visits. https://t.co/YxAnj5WqmC
— Eric Garland (@ericgarland) May 21, 2018
* Analytic vs. Continental Philosophy:
* Another reason to be aggressively pro-gun. The alternative is unrestrained Poz.