Rediscovering the Russian Imperial traditions.
Bliny on sour dough of buckwheat flour and sour dairy, served with sour cream, salmon, and red caviar at the apartment of a Finn whose family maintained the Imperial traditions.
I will be departing for Romania very early tomorrow. Any last tips/recs? I’ll be two days in Ploiesti for two days, in Transylvania for three (castles & hiking), and in Bucharest for five.
Before anyone asks, I am traveling to the wedding of one of my best friends (who also happens to be a recognizable name amongst Alt Right intellectuals). So no, I’m not going just because I have nothing else to do with my money, which is unfortunately rather limited.
But reminder that you can help change that: http://akarlin.com/donations/
* Alexander Mercouris: Italy’s crisis and the crisis of democracy in Europe (best take on Italy)
In related news, gap between Italian and German bond yields widest since 2013:
* Ron Unz: Why The American Conservative Purged Its Own Publisher. I outlaid some of my thoughts in the comments. Found little surprising about it, though its good to be reminded not and then of the depths of cuckservative mendacity.
Based Portugal. SWEDEN YES!
* Gregory Hood: Steve Bannon: Quit Boosting Martin Luther King. Will cuckservatives take this advice? A rhetorical question.
* Jonathan Anomaly – 2008 – Defending eugenics
* Audacious Epigone: Hear, O Israel. Generation Zyklon much less Israelophilic than the boomers. So are the Latin immigrants.
The Epigone in the comments:
One of my first experiences with the ADL was a report they put out in the early 2000s highlighting the high levels of ‘anti-semitism’ among foreign-born settlers in the US from Latin America. But even in the very report there was no anti-immigration sentiment expressed–they just need more education!
* Longtime readers will now I am positive on Ethiopia (relative to Africa in general).
Tyler Cowen was there and has some comments: Will Ethiopia be the next China?
Ethiopia also had a relatively mature nation-state quite early, with the Aksumite Kingdom dating from the first century A.D. Subsequent regimes, through medieval times and beyond, exercised a fair amount of power. Most important, today’s Ethiopians see their country as a direct extension of these earlier political units. Some influential Ethiopians will claim to trace their lineage all the way to King Solomon of biblical times.
In other words, the process of organized, national-level governance has been underway for a long time. It was this relative strength of Ethiopian governance that allowed the territory to fend off colonialism, a rare achievement. It is also why, when you travel around the country, a lot of the basic cuisine doesn’t change much: Dishes are seen as national and not regional…
Like many Iranians, they think of themselves as a civilization and not just a country. They very self-consciously separate themselves from the broader strands of African history and culture. And, as in China, they hold an ideological belief that their country is destined to be great again.
My impression is that Ethiopians have less Afrocentric svidomism than e.g. Nigerians.
* The history of the world every year:
* Update on the Babchenko story (for those not following the comments): He’s alive. Whole thing was a setup.
Could have been a Ukrainian provocation to undermine Russia’s World Cup that went awry. But perhaps it’s far more banal. The proposed killer (who went straight to the SBU) was a Ukrainian nationalist and Right Sector member. The contractor was the owner of a weapons factory who supplied the ATO. It would be hilarious if this was actually a straight out corporate raid.
* Double standards (Western journalist reactions to real assassination of Oles Buzina vs. fake assassination of Babchenko):
I am sick and tired of double standards. I am going to do something which will likely get me banned on Twitter "for abuse".
I am going to highlight the double standards of propagandists calling themselves journalists.
Babchenko murder vs Buzina murder. Thread follows. RT plz
— Ruslana Boshirova (@ValLisitsa) May 29, 2018
* On this note, interesting account from KP journalist Dmitry Steshin: D uring a Facebook debate with him while Steshin was in Slavyansk, Babchenko asked him for his location so that he could better target the artillery on him.
That said, Babchenko is – if this is true – someone who has actively tried to get other journalists killed.
* Map of where Russians pay by card (green), or withdraw money from their cards (red). The usual north/south division. Crimea is probably redder than it should be due to some combination of the legacy of Ukrainian backwardness and Western sanctions.
* Commenter Polish Perspective on the Swedish nationalist scene
* Looks like Japan is going to start mass labor importation. Under the nationalist Abe no less.
Foreign workers will be allowed to stay in Japan for five years under a new framework that covers five industries — agriculture, construction, lodging, nursing and shipbuilding.
* Food (in)security in 2017:
Here's a tease from the upcoming book.
It's where everyone's calories come from.
Populations in yellow/orange/red are heavily dependent upon intl commerce for foodstuffs. Unless they can source from friendly neighbors or partner with a major naval power, they'll face famine. pic.twitter.com/9m0T0DD7LQ
— Peter Zeihan (@PeterZeihan) May 23, 2018
* The insanity of Maoist economics:
Here's what I mean when I say Soviet central planning was sane relative to Maoist economics. pic.twitter.com/vnbIHZlgR7
— ak (@akarlin88) May 13, 2018
* Map of Internet penetration in Europe, via /r/europe. Italy can into Eastern Europe. Poland was beginning to do better on these sorts of maps.
* Analysts need to be made to predict things, publicly.
The CIA ought to record all its analysts' predictions, make them all be quantitative (probabilities), compare against #Superforecasters for same questions, and publish public summary comparative accuracy rates. Get other US intelligence agencies to do the same. https://t.co/BepVzSbTwB
— Randall Parker (@futurepundit) May 28, 2018
* Irish abortion referendum: Very few differences by geography, income, etc.; cardinal differences by age cohort.
Science & Culture
* Why does Elon Musk have to become sympathetic only when he’s (possibly) on the verge of ruin? Anyhow, I fully support this journalist ratings website. RateMyJourno.
Who do you think *owns* the press? Hello.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 27, 2018
* Another week, another GWAS on IQ.
Gail Davies, Max Lam, […]Ian J. Deary (2008) – Study of 300,486 individuals identifies 148 independent genetic loci influencing general cognitive function
* Berezin, Alexander (2008) – “First in, last out” solution to the Fermi Paradox
No present observations suggest a technologically advanced extraterrestrial intelligence (ETI) has spread through the galaxy. However, under commonplace assumptions about galactic civilization formation and expansion, this absence of observation is highly unlikely. This improbability constitutes the Fermi Paradox. In this paper, I argue that the Paradox has a trivial solution, requiring no controversial assumptions, which is rarely suggested or discussed. However, that solution would be hard to accept, as it predicts a future for our own civilization that is even worse than extinction.
* More on Russian origins of the Great Pyramids:
1. People spend unhealthy amounts of time speculating how pyramids were made 2. Signs point local populace couldn’t do it without OUTSIDE help. 3. пирамида is the same as pyramid. It all has signs of Russian interference/influence. Hello? https://t.co/ihvUDvSy88
* I didn’t ask for this.
— Deus Ex (@DeusEx) May 29, 2018
* Good political science take:
Every Saturday morning you are challenged by stronk Swede to contest of rope-tug. If you lose you must remain SUBORDINATE for the coming week!
(this is only form of govt I believe in btw, and also in positions like intel, hierarchy to be sorted by chess match, etc.) pic.twitter.com/kMwsRIC9od
— Bronze Age Pervert (@bronzeagemantis) May 26, 2018
* Boris N. takes a brief break from his boycott of the Internet.