Good to find a place where Pluto is still a strong, independent planet.
Been a long time since we had a proper Open Thread. Reminder that all footballing discussions should go to the other Open Thread.
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RO-Poast (Romania) has been delayed due to issues beyond my control. I’ll almost certainly write it (if not publish it) within the next week. There will also be another Kholmogorov translation.
* Egor Kholmogorov: Reds Cannot Be Russia’s Main Heroes [in Russian]. Incidentally, this is going to be the next Kholmogorov translation on this blog.
* Russian civic society in action: “Liberast PR-manager of a French retail company was fired after producing fake news, trolling Russian patriots on her Facebook page” – Keverich. I view this as a very welcome example of Americanization.
* Comment: Polish Perspective on Russian interest rates.
* Glenn Greenwald (RT): I came to Russia to combat US’ toxic view on the country
* Moscow Times: 1 in 10 Russians Want to Emigrate — State Pollster. What this Finnish-owned liberal propaganda rag fails to note is that this is way below the world average, and a record low compared to previous years.
* usolt: How Moscow changed in the past 10 years [in Russian]. Mostly just photos, so you don’t have to understand the text. Basically looks a lot nicer, with most of the ads getting removed.
* Russian liberal Evgenia Chirikova is not too happy in emigration in Estonia, whines about them not providing enough language learning resources [in Russian].
* Kommersant: How the CPSU bought Lenin’s documents from around the world in exchange for Russian art [in Russian]. This pertains to my point about Sovietism being a religion, down to the collection of “holy relics.”
* Ukrainian SBU: Russia is behind the [far right] attacks on Gypsy camps [in Russian].
* R.O.G. Pogrom #6 — Categorizing Russophobic Myths [in Russian].
* Igor Strelkov writes a short history of the Wagner PMC [in Russian].
* Bloomberg: Poland Waters Down Its Holocaust Law to Placate Trump. Lame.
* Steve Sailer: Mexico’s Next Chapter
* Wikipedia: Ideological leanings of United States Supreme Court justices. See the infographics.
* Greg Hood: Aprés Ocasio-Cortez, le Deluge
* Comment: TheJester on US-Canadian attitudes.
* Global Times: China may reward families with more children next year: demographers. It’s funny how China is going from rigid One Child Policy to Russian/Hungarian-style pro-natalism within the space of no more than four years.
* Comment: Daniel Chieh on maozuo (Chinese analogue of sovoks).
* Comment: Thorfinnsson on Indian human capital.
* Sharp rise in Italians in favour of loosening gun control. Why are Italians becoming so damn based? Meanwhile, Tsipras signs deals to take back refugees from Germany. Lame.
Science & Culture
* Emil Kirkegaard:
- On Danish IQ
- Demolishing Malcolm Gladwell’s theory that IQ ceases to matter after 120
- Remember his article on national mental sports ability? Now a presentation.
* Robin Hanson: Today, Ems Seem Unnatural
* Comment: The Big Red Scary on education.
* Comment: Thorfinnsson on alternative history where Europeans don’t come to Mesoamerica.
* Comment: TheJester on modern day neo-Aztec cults.
* Leonid Bershidsky: Open-Plan Offices Are Making Us Less Social. Quelle surprise. Open borders a disaster for social cohesion, community in offices; walls encourage personal dialogue.
* Enopoletus Harding: Understanding and reconciling the two real GDP series in Maddison Project 2018. In short, as I suspected, the revision is worthless. E.g., “You can safely divide the Soviet Maddison 2018 real GDP #s by 2; its only evidence for having Soviet income that high pre-1955 is ONE dubious “historical income benchmark” from 1955. Literally, that’s how bad it is.”
* Greg Cochran reviews She Has Her Mother’s Laugh.
* Scott Alexander reviews Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century.
* Editor Claire Lehmann on Why Quillette is called Quillette
* Pumpkin Person: World Billionaires by Race
* NNT channels BAP:
Claire, you can't possibly learn abt ancient heroes (who were RISK TAKERS) from BS-prone, rent-seeking, low-IQ, library rats, in self-evaluating "peer" rings, who make their living from charities (or, worse, government salary).
Read the original texts.
— Nassim Nicholas Taleb (@nntaleb) July 7, 2018
* Twitter Traditionalists
I got 9/10 on the women, and 8/10 on the men. The Japs are really distinctive, they all have that distinct Abo tinge to them. The Chinese are daintier, have shiftier eyes – are easy to distinguish from Koreans – sturdier, steppe-ish, though it becomes trickier with Northern Chinese is trickier. All of my mistakes were confusing Koreans for Chinese (#3 with women; #5 and #9 with men), and vice versa.
* When you try to make a song to mock the Alt Right but actually recruit for it:
* Eliezer Yudkowsky reaching levels of autism previously though impossible:
You say your country can't handle lots of immigration? Maybe you're right. I also suspect your country is too stupid for that, if it believes haircuts should require licenses. But if you're not *horrified* by leaving behind so many sapients to suffer or die, you might be evil.
— Eliezer Yudkowsky (@ESYudkowsky) July 10, 2018
* Our translation of Kholmogorov’s article on Nicholas II provoked many powerful takes.
Sovok myths, best TLDR version yet?
Under Tsarism there would have been famines every five years until eternity, nobody would have even dreamed of free education and healthcare, and without industrialization, Hitler would have exterminated us all.
Jim Jatras’ RT of it provoked many:
This month marks the 100th anniversary of Bolshevik murder of Royal Martyrs Tsar Nicholas II & his family.
— Jim Jatras (@JimJatras) July 4, 2018
* Big if true!