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My remont is approaching its long-awaited end – and its most intensive and costly period. To compound matters, I have also been rather under the weather these past few days. Nothing serious, but in between that and shopping all day, that has left little energy for blogging.

This will soon pass, but for now, here’s a fresh new open thread.

***

Thankfully there’s not much in the way of Big News. These Syria events are going to happen from time to time anyway, so I don’t know if it’s worth getting too worked up over them. Putin sure isn’t. In any case, I have said more or less all that I have to say about the Syrian conflict. I lukewarmly support Russia’s intervention there, but this is tempered by my perception that Russia is ultimately only there at the sufferance of Israel, Turkey, and the US. They set the ultimate rules of the game there. There is only so much (which is not a lot) that Russia can do to push them around. And Syria’s 85 average national IQ isn’t going anywhere. Fuck ups every now and then are inevitable. Some of them will kill Russians. But that’s the price of placing your training arena in the middle of a real conflict. Russia would be stupid to forget that Syria is anything more than a training arena. Fortunately, Putin is a bit smarter than certain commenters.

***

* ABC: Leave no dark corner.

I’ll admit when I first heard of early Chinese “social credit” c.2014 I thought it was just another Sinophobic fantasy. The initial scheme by Sesame Credit seemed in line with what American banks practiced as a matter of course.

But now it really does seem like it was the prelude to a hitherto unseen kind of digital totalitarianism.

You have some Chinese people saying that this will be good at tackling the problems of low trust in Chinese society, but it strikes me as a sovok maozuo solution to maozuo problems.

Anyhow, their country – their choice… at least for now. Something that you can’t say about the US, which wants to shove neoliberalism.txt down the throats of everyone in the world.

***

peppers

In lighter, spicier news, we chopped up the peppers with garlic and tomatoes, blended them, added salt and vinegar, boiled and stirred the mixture, and bottled it up.

It’s pre-ddy good. Thanks for all the recipe suggestions.

I am doing my patriotic duty to radically hotten up Russian food ways in preparation for runaway global warming and the immanentization of Tropical Hyperborea. You may not like it, but this is what peak cuisine looks like.

I found an ostrich egg at a provincial shop. Apparently there is now an ostrich farm in Lipetsk oblast. Isn’t capitalism great? We need ostriches for the coming deserts. Very scenic.

In unrelated news, I discovered Portuguese green wine at a Metro store. Also quite by accident. Kuban steak is equal to any American steak. I am not into cheeses, but from what I’ve seen, there are fully serviceable Russian equivalents to all the major French sorts (there’s a great selection at Danilovsky Market).

Anyhow, I really am amused by /r/politics-level discourse that Russians are eating tree bark. But some people really seem to believe it.

***

I am glad that German_reader has rejoined us. Thorfinnsson is an on/off sort of guy. I hope Randal and Guillaume Tell are ok.

 
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  1. Based on your previous article, A Short History of the Third Millennium, what do you think it would take for the Age of Malthusian Industrialism to become a reality? Even with worldwide dysgenic trends, it might only take a single country to create a sustainable noosphere. Suppose that there is a single small country of a few million people that successfully manages to fend off dysgenic trends and uses embryo selection/CRISPR/artificial wombs to increase the intelligence of its populace, and ends up having an average IQ of, say, 200, acting as an island of progress in a sea of idiocracy. This single country might be able to henceforth dominate the rest of the world, and eventually bring forth a technological singularity. In order for Age of Malthusian Industrialism to happen, wouldn’t increasing IQs through these sorts of technologies have to fail everywhere?

    • Replies: @Daniel Chieh
    Some potentially negative news for CRISPR(reposted here).

    https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-06642-4

    Suppose that there is a single small country of a few million people that successfully manages to fend off dysgenic trends and uses embryo selection/CRISPR/artificial wombs to increase the intelligence of its populace, and ends up having an average IQ of, say, 200, acting as an island of progress in a sea of idiocracy.

     

    There's probably no hope that a seastead or equivalent is going to be able to avoid being zerg rushed/nuked or otherwise assailed in an destructive way by protagonists who, while not of the highest IQ, will be capable of effecting the assault. You probably need space travel to dodge that bullet.

    And realistically, disturbing as it might be, you'll probably get a government that's matching sperm to artificial wombs, and raising children in creches before you actually get to coordinate people to have children in such a fashion.
  2. Thorfinnsson has returned to save your souls from the terrible curse of poor quality products and bad investments. Happy to hear German_reader is back.

    Tesla is now officially being investigated by the Department of Justice, which is highly irregular (usually the SEC handles these things). Polish Perspective looking baggier by the day.

    That said, Polish Perspective deserves praise for his warnings on China. It seems like China actually really is–finally–in economic trouble. Capital is fleeing, there’s severe pressure on the RMB, the stock market is crumbling, and the Belt and Road Initiative appears to be turning into a fiasco. The Chinese also apparently didn’t take Trump seriously and were caught flat footed by the trade war.

    Travel Notes

    Had the interesting experience of meeting someone with a similar background to me, but a generation older. Grew up in New York of French parents. Fellow businessman. Not one of our guys politically, but polite enough to tolerate my bigoted outbursts. Karlin can perhaps relate since many of his formative years were spent in an Anglo country. I suspect our divided/weak national identities have made us more, rather than less, nationalistic. Orwell made this point in writing about the H-man.

    France has a massive plague of cyclists. Every tiny little village even in the middle of nowhere France has at least one restaurant that would be rated as excellent anywhere in America. The French, while not as stylish as Italians, are quite stylish. Meat and seafood counters at France are wonderful to explore, and now there are good steaks as well (imported from Down Under). Overall French civilization is admirable and impressive. France has appalling numbers of negroes milling around. They should be shot.

    We were originally to fly British Airways to India from the South of France (owing to my father’s bad habit of loyalty to institutions that don’t deserve it), which would’ve required going through the dreaded London Heathrow. Fortunately BA cancelled our flights. We then flew Swiss Air instead, which connected through Zurich. Swiss Air’s business class product isn’t quite as good as BA’s, but it’s perfectly serviceable. I had the pleasure of flying it first in 2014, after I was arrested at O’Hare and thus missed my Lufthansa flight (cattle class). Fortunately since I required medical treatment (cops gave me a black eye) they were required to book me on a new flight for free.

    The big advantages were a shorter trip and connecting through Zurich rather than Heathrow. Zurich’s airport lives up to all the stereotypes of the Swiss nation. Roomy, spacious, efficient, fast. Interestingly airport security in Switzerland is handled by the cantons. I have never seen such an arrangement in another country.

    India was India as usual. The Bombay international terminal is now quite nice, but there is only one first/business class lounge which is operated by the airport operator. It’s overcrowded and the bathrooms smell like piss (which bathrooms in India generally do). The resort we stayed at was very nice other than frequent (but brief) power outages. Unfortunately the beach was also strewn with garbage, but that didn’t stop enterprising Indian crabbers from hustling at 4am for their daily catch. Indian food as usual got old after about two days, though I did have a delightful fish dish which consisted of a whole fish coated in masala or whatever and grilled inside of a banana leaf.

    White God syndrome still at work in India. Visited a medieval fortress and a group of Indian mohammedan women clad in black burkas came up my father and I giggling like school girls and begged to take photos with us. Watch out Talha.

    Also my father is now reading the Unz Review and might see this. If you’re reading this don’t identify yourself or debate with me ffs.

    • Replies: @Hokie
    There is no such thing a "plague of cyclists". Either a country supports physical exercise and public transit, or it becomes a slovenly, obese country addicted to cars.
    , @Dmitry
    I remember you were visiting your grandparents in India.

    But seriously, I vote for you to write guest post about India. This is a country which is more interesting than most things on this site. I'm sometimes hearing it's the best country ever, and other times that it's the worst country in the world.

    My uncle was on holiday there once (maybe 20 years ago), and only thing he says when I asked him, was it worst and most unpleasant country in the world. On other hand, cousin of my mother is visiting India and Nepal, and loves it.
    , @Polish Perspective
    Yo thor.

    It seems like China actually really is–finally–in economic trouble. Capital is fleeing, there’s severe pressure on the RMB, the stock market is crumbling, and the Belt and Road Initiative appears to be turning into a fiasco.
     
    That's not my analysis though, my position is a bit more nuanced. I've been a skeptic on BRI for a long time and I've pointed out that Chinese growth is not similar to SK/Japan after 2011 in that it is far more reliant on debt, but I still think they will rise. Just not as rapidly/smoothly as SK did over a longer time horizon.

    I also don't think that the current trade tensions will truly faze them in any serious way. Exports only account for 18% of their GDP and the US share is just 4% of their GDP. A significant slowdown in US exports will only shave off maybe 0.5% to 0.7% of their GDP growth. Not nothing, but hardly an economic meltdown. Their debt position is of a far greater concern.


    Tesla is now officially being investigated by the Department of Justice

     

    Which will go nowhere.

    White God syndrome still at work in India. Visited a medieval fortress and a group of Indian mohammedan women clad in black burkas came up my father and I giggling like school girls and begged to take photos with us.
     
    Same in China. I was in Beijing a few years ago. It was insane how much attention you get, even now. Overall, It was surprising to me how few non-East Asians I saw, despite it being the capital. I think it boils down to the 'exotic factor'. Same reason why blacks or other minorities will be attractive in very homogenous places but after a certain threshold, their status will fall, often dramatically. Even in the US, despite constant propaganda in the US media, black men are selected against (as revealed by OKCupid's data before they faced too much backlash and stopped releasing it).

    You sort of wonder if there will be a similar effect for all the sexpats out there like Jeff Stryker and others who are very militant about diaspora life in SEA. Maybe money is another factor there, aside from just the exotic factor. Same is likely true in India and, to a lesser extent, perhaps even China.

    , @Talha
    Thanks for reporting, glad you’re back safe and sound.

    begged to take photos with us.
     
    Whoa!!! Niqabis??!! That is pretty whack!

    Since this is an open thread, a related issue (fairly hot off the press):
    https://assets-pewresearch-org.cdn.ampproject.org/ii/w1000/assets.pewresearch.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/1/2018/09/FT_18.09.12_westernEuropeMuslimDress_restrictions420px.png

    Also...This. Sucks. And. Ruins. Good. Memories.

    “EXCLUSIVE: Are Bert & Ernie a couple? We finally have an answer…”
    https://www.queerty.com/exclusive-bert-ernie-couple-finally-answer-20180916

    Peace.
    , @for-the-record
    after I was arrested at O’Hare and thus missed my Lufthansa flight (cattle class). Fortunately since I required medical treatment (cops gave me a black eye)

    Can you elaborate?
    , @Swedish Family

    France has appalling numbers of negroes milling around. They should be shot.
     
    How you enjoy any respectability on here, I can't get through my head. The "playful" facade fools no one. If it looks like a Nazi, swims like a Nazi, and quacks like a Nazi, then it probably is a Nazi.

    (And a ... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narcissistic_personality_disorder)
    , @Anonymous

    White God syndrome still at work in India. Visited a medieval fortress and a group of Indian mohammedan women clad in black burkas came up my father and I giggling like school girls and begged to take photos with us.
     
    Cool man, got any more made-up stories for us?
  3. I hope Randal

    There’s been no activity on his Disqus account since May; either he suddenly decided to be done with the net or, I’m afraid, something happened to him. Pretty depressing thought.
    I also wonder if Greasy_William has permanently left; iirc he mentioned he had trouble with the IRS. I hope he hasn’t been locked away for tax fraud.

  4. @Thorfinnsson
    Thorfinnsson has returned to save your souls from the terrible curse of poor quality products and bad investments. Happy to hear German_reader is back.

    Tesla is now officially being investigated by the Department of Justice, which is highly irregular (usually the SEC handles these things). Polish Perspective looking baggier by the day.

    That said, Polish Perspective deserves praise for his warnings on China. It seems like China actually really is--finally--in economic trouble. Capital is fleeing, there's severe pressure on the RMB, the stock market is crumbling, and the Belt and Road Initiative appears to be turning into a fiasco. The Chinese also apparently didn't take Trump seriously and were caught flat footed by the trade war.

    Travel Notes

    Had the interesting experience of meeting someone with a similar background to me, but a generation older. Grew up in New York of French parents. Fellow businessman. Not one of our guys politically, but polite enough to tolerate my bigoted outbursts. Karlin can perhaps relate since many of his formative years were spent in an Anglo country. I suspect our divided/weak national identities have made us more, rather than less, nationalistic. Orwell made this point in writing about the H-man.

    France has a massive plague of cyclists. Every tiny little village even in the middle of nowhere France has at least one restaurant that would be rated as excellent anywhere in America. The French, while not as stylish as Italians, are quite stylish. Meat and seafood counters at France are wonderful to explore, and now there are good steaks as well (imported from Down Under). Overall French civilization is admirable and impressive. France has appalling numbers of negroes milling around. They should be shot.

    We were originally to fly British Airways to India from the South of France (owing to my father's bad habit of loyalty to institutions that don't deserve it), which would've required going through the dreaded London Heathrow. Fortunately BA cancelled our flights. We then flew Swiss Air instead, which connected through Zurich. Swiss Air's business class product isn't quite as good as BA's, but it's perfectly serviceable. I had the pleasure of flying it first in 2014, after I was arrested at O'Hare and thus missed my Lufthansa flight (cattle class). Fortunately since I required medical treatment (cops gave me a black eye) they were required to book me on a new flight for free.

    The big advantages were a shorter trip and connecting through Zurich rather than Heathrow. Zurich's airport lives up to all the stereotypes of the Swiss nation. Roomy, spacious, efficient, fast. Interestingly airport security in Switzerland is handled by the cantons. I have never seen such an arrangement in another country.

    India was India as usual. The Bombay international terminal is now quite nice, but there is only one first/business class lounge which is operated by the airport operator. It's overcrowded and the bathrooms smell like piss (which bathrooms in India generally do). The resort we stayed at was very nice other than frequent (but brief) power outages. Unfortunately the beach was also strewn with garbage, but that didn't stop enterprising Indian crabbers from hustling at 4am for their daily catch. Indian food as usual got old after about two days, though I did have a delightful fish dish which consisted of a whole fish coated in masala or whatever and grilled inside of a banana leaf.

    White God syndrome still at work in India. Visited a medieval fortress and a group of Indian mohammedan women clad in black burkas came up my father and I giggling like school girls and begged to take photos with us. Watch out Talha.

    Also my father is now reading the Unz Review and might see this. If you're reading this don't identify yourself or debate with me ffs.

    There is no such thing a “plague of cyclists”. Either a country supports physical exercise and public transit, or it becomes a slovenly, obese country addicted to cars.

    • Replies: @Thorfinnsson
    How does it feel to be wrong?

    The issue with cyclists has little to do with their particular mode of transportation. Though it is an occasional issue, as they do interfere with motorists.

    The main problem with them is aesthetics. To be blunt--they look like fucking fags. I cycle to work most days, but I don't dress like a faggot. I wear pressed chinos, an OCBD, Allen Edmonds loafers, etc. Getting on a bicycle doesn't require me to dress like a homo-sexual, but many have this problem.
  5. @Hokie
    There is no such thing a "plague of cyclists". Either a country supports physical exercise and public transit, or it becomes a slovenly, obese country addicted to cars.

    How does it feel to be wrong?

    The issue with cyclists has little to do with their particular mode of transportation. Though it is an occasional issue, as they do interfere with motorists.

    The main problem with them is aesthetics. To be blunt–they look like fucking fags. I cycle to work most days, but I don’t dress like a faggot. I wear pressed chinos, an OCBD, Allen Edmonds loafers, etc. Getting on a bicycle doesn’t require me to dress like a homo-sexual, but many have this problem.

  6. @Thorfinnsson
    Thorfinnsson has returned to save your souls from the terrible curse of poor quality products and bad investments. Happy to hear German_reader is back.

    Tesla is now officially being investigated by the Department of Justice, which is highly irregular (usually the SEC handles these things). Polish Perspective looking baggier by the day.

    That said, Polish Perspective deserves praise for his warnings on China. It seems like China actually really is--finally--in economic trouble. Capital is fleeing, there's severe pressure on the RMB, the stock market is crumbling, and the Belt and Road Initiative appears to be turning into a fiasco. The Chinese also apparently didn't take Trump seriously and were caught flat footed by the trade war.

    Travel Notes

    Had the interesting experience of meeting someone with a similar background to me, but a generation older. Grew up in New York of French parents. Fellow businessman. Not one of our guys politically, but polite enough to tolerate my bigoted outbursts. Karlin can perhaps relate since many of his formative years were spent in an Anglo country. I suspect our divided/weak national identities have made us more, rather than less, nationalistic. Orwell made this point in writing about the H-man.

    France has a massive plague of cyclists. Every tiny little village even in the middle of nowhere France has at least one restaurant that would be rated as excellent anywhere in America. The French, while not as stylish as Italians, are quite stylish. Meat and seafood counters at France are wonderful to explore, and now there are good steaks as well (imported from Down Under). Overall French civilization is admirable and impressive. France has appalling numbers of negroes milling around. They should be shot.

    We were originally to fly British Airways to India from the South of France (owing to my father's bad habit of loyalty to institutions that don't deserve it), which would've required going through the dreaded London Heathrow. Fortunately BA cancelled our flights. We then flew Swiss Air instead, which connected through Zurich. Swiss Air's business class product isn't quite as good as BA's, but it's perfectly serviceable. I had the pleasure of flying it first in 2014, after I was arrested at O'Hare and thus missed my Lufthansa flight (cattle class). Fortunately since I required medical treatment (cops gave me a black eye) they were required to book me on a new flight for free.

    The big advantages were a shorter trip and connecting through Zurich rather than Heathrow. Zurich's airport lives up to all the stereotypes of the Swiss nation. Roomy, spacious, efficient, fast. Interestingly airport security in Switzerland is handled by the cantons. I have never seen such an arrangement in another country.

    India was India as usual. The Bombay international terminal is now quite nice, but there is only one first/business class lounge which is operated by the airport operator. It's overcrowded and the bathrooms smell like piss (which bathrooms in India generally do). The resort we stayed at was very nice other than frequent (but brief) power outages. Unfortunately the beach was also strewn with garbage, but that didn't stop enterprising Indian crabbers from hustling at 4am for their daily catch. Indian food as usual got old after about two days, though I did have a delightful fish dish which consisted of a whole fish coated in masala or whatever and grilled inside of a banana leaf.

    White God syndrome still at work in India. Visited a medieval fortress and a group of Indian mohammedan women clad in black burkas came up my father and I giggling like school girls and begged to take photos with us. Watch out Talha.

    Also my father is now reading the Unz Review and might see this. If you're reading this don't identify yourself or debate with me ffs.

    I remember you were visiting your grandparents in India.

    But seriously, I vote for you to write guest post about India. This is a country which is more interesting than most things on this site. I’m sometimes hearing it’s the best country ever, and other times that it’s the worst country in the world.

    My uncle was on holiday there once (maybe 20 years ago), and only thing he says when I asked him, was it worst and most unpleasant country in the world. On other hand, cousin of my mother is visiting India and Nepal, and loves it.

    • Replies: @AaronB
    India is both the worst and most unpleasant country in the world and the most fascinating.

    When I first visited in 2001, I wanted to immediately leave it seemed so horrible. Nothing prepared me for it. My vision of poverty was the Bronx. I didn't leave because it would have been too embarrassing to face my friends. I could not imagine spending 3 months there (my return flight was in 3 months).

    By the end if the trip I calmed down and had some pretty interesting experiences, but didn't think I'd ever really return.

    Back in the dull humdrum life of boring America, I couldn't get India out of my mind. Kept on thinking about how intense it all was. By the end if the year I was planning another trip to Asia, a much longer one this time taking in more countries.

    I never "really" returned to America.

    Since then I've been to India at least 10 times. It still a crazy place, but not quite as special as it was in 2001. I suppose that can be said about the whole world, as modernity advances.

    Mark Twain said after his world tour India was the only country worth visiting again, and Rudyard Kipling wanted to spend his whole life in Bombay.

    Second on Thor trip report.

    , @Yevardian
    If you want to read some 'colourful' anecdotes on India, I suggest Robert Lindsay's blog. The man appears to have an odd personal history and his writing style suggests personal instability (eg. an odd obsession with homosexuals hitting on him, self-declared genius), but he has some great guest-posts.

    https://robertlindsay.wordpress.com/category/raceethnicity/south-asians/east-indians/

    Here you will find some of the most vitriolic bile written about any race in the world. Unfortunately in my experience nearly everything seems correct, though I have only really dealt with Punjabis. Ironically, Robert Lindsay claims not to be 'racist'. He's in denial.

  7. I like how Karlin is posting photos of chilis, like it’s some rare cannabis.

    There is some uniquely weird culture of the blog, making it impossible for people ever to leave here, or find a substitute on other parts of the internet. Even Greasy will have to come back at some point.

    • Replies: @Thorfinnsson
    Aside from Karlin's top quality content, it's a matter of freedom. We post, and it gets immediately posted. Our comments aren't censored. Powerful recipe.

    Perhaps I should invite you all to my uncensored internet forum which has been running for nearly twenty years now.
    , @Anatoly Karlin
    We'll they're rather special chillies since we grew them ourselves, and the tomatoes. Even if I do say so myself.
    , @Daniel Chieh
    Our little patchwork of fond insanity.
  8. Grandparents?!

    I’m Swedish ffs. A blond God.

    But yes, you are right otherwise. Seems like I am inevitably being pushed in this direction.

    • Replies: @AP
    How do you like the aesthetics of this New Order album cover?

    https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61fSiBexPXL._SX522_.jpg

    First track is Wagner.
  9. @Dmitry
    I like how Karlin is posting photos of chilis, like it's some rare cannabis.

    There is some uniquely weird culture of the blog, making it impossible for people ever to leave here, or find a substitute on other parts of the internet. Even Greasy will have to come back at some point.

    Aside from Karlin’s top quality content, it’s a matter of freedom. We post, and it gets immediately posted. Our comments aren’t censored. Powerful recipe.

    Perhaps I should invite you all to my uncensored internet forum which has been running for nearly twenty years now.

    • Replies: @newanon
    I would love that.
    , @Pumblechook
    You have always strongly reminded me of a guy who used to post on the phora - he left it before I started posting (between 2010-11) his username was Thomas something and he was a high-powered, heavy-lifting high-IQ Swedish-American lawyer and an unapologetic WN (though an apologetic one would be a bit absurd...).

    Anyway, good travel notes on France and pretty similar to my own observations. I was at a wedding in the depths of Normandy last weekend (a village some 3 hours west of Paris by car but easily reachable by train and has thus become very popular with wealthy types from the western suburbs with enough cash to buy a weekend cottage) - no more than 1000 souls but a bakery the equal to anything I could find in London or New York, nothing but natives (even handing out wedding canapés) and of the many farmers visible in the fields, many of them under 40 with children helping.

    But this strong and healthy rural base of France makes the state of the cities even more of a shame - the serious cities with serious economies and serious culture which are 80%+ euro are not many - maybe Rennes, Nantes, Lille(though now it's probably below that) and the crown jewel Bordeaux. The last one is a beautiful city for those who haven't visited - a great base for exploring the wine country and also the underrated regions of Armagnac/cognac either side of it, magnificent architecture (it was a wealthy slaving city) and a centre stuffed with atmospheric pubs, bars and clubs - going out with my cousin in Bordeaux we always came back home with a girl! Even the local Arabs and blacks are a lot more chilled out - though many still find it hard to resist finding a good street corner to glare at natives from, they know deep down that they are lucky to live there!

  10. @Dmitry
    I remember you were visiting your grandparents in India.

    But seriously, I vote for you to write guest post about India. This is a country which is more interesting than most things on this site. I'm sometimes hearing it's the best country ever, and other times that it's the worst country in the world.

    My uncle was on holiday there once (maybe 20 years ago), and only thing he says when I asked him, was it worst and most unpleasant country in the world. On other hand, cousin of my mother is visiting India and Nepal, and loves it.

    India is both the worst and most unpleasant country in the world and the most fascinating.

    When I first visited in 2001, I wanted to immediately leave it seemed so horrible. Nothing prepared me for it. My vision of poverty was the Bronx. I didn’t leave because it would have been too embarrassing to face my friends. I could not imagine spending 3 months there (my return flight was in 3 months).

    By the end if the trip I calmed down and had some pretty interesting experiences, but didn’t think I’d ever really return.

    Back in the dull humdrum life of boring America, I couldn’t get India out of my mind. Kept on thinking about how intense it all was. By the end if the year I was planning another trip to Asia, a much longer one this time taking in more countries.

    I never “really” returned to America.

    Since then I’ve been to India at least 10 times. It still a crazy place, but not quite as special as it was in 2001. I suppose that can be said about the whole world, as modernity advances.

    Mark Twain said after his world tour India was the only country worth visiting again, and Rudyard Kipling wanted to spend his whole life in Bombay.

    Second on Thor trip report.

  11. @Dmitry
    I remember you were visiting your grandparents in India.

    But seriously, I vote for you to write guest post about India. This is a country which is more interesting than most things on this site. I'm sometimes hearing it's the best country ever, and other times that it's the worst country in the world.

    My uncle was on holiday there once (maybe 20 years ago), and only thing he says when I asked him, was it worst and most unpleasant country in the world. On other hand, cousin of my mother is visiting India and Nepal, and loves it.

    If you want to read some ‘colourful’ anecdotes on India, I suggest Robert Lindsay’s blog. The man appears to have an odd personal history and his writing style suggests personal instability (eg. an odd obsession with homosexuals hitting on him, self-declared genius), but he has some great guest-posts.

    https://robertlindsay.wordpress.com/category/raceethnicity/south-asians/east-indians/

    Here you will find some of the most vitriolic bile written about any race in the world. Unfortunately in my experience nearly everything seems correct, though I have only really dealt with Punjabis. Ironically, Robert Lindsay claims not to be ‘racist’. He’s in denial.

    • Replies: @Anatoly Karlin
    I have ok relations with Lindsay but his anti-India obsession is pretty weird.

    I have personally had very good relations with Indians, so that predisposes me to an Indophile direction.
  12. So I just watched the Ukrainian show “Servant of the People”, which is on Netflix in the USA. An amusing show worth watching. It’s in Russian with English subtitles. It has a accurate depiction of Kiev, where it is set and filmed.

    Fox bought the rights to it so there will be an American remake.

    It’s also on youtube:

  13. Are you all aware of the fact that Steve King quoted Molyneux in a tweet? You could have knocked me over with a feather.

    Molyneux is right. Hillary’s accusations exactly define her & her husband’s actions. Remember when she said “we have a sexual offender in the White House”? https://t.co/T4lveDvrsj— Steve King (@SteveKingIA) September 19, 2018

  14. @Dmitry
    I like how Karlin is posting photos of chilis, like it's some rare cannabis.

    There is some uniquely weird culture of the blog, making it impossible for people ever to leave here, or find a substitute on other parts of the internet. Even Greasy will have to come back at some point.

    We’ll they’re rather special chillies since we grew them ourselves, and the tomatoes. Even if I do say so myself.

  15. @Yevardian
    If you want to read some 'colourful' anecdotes on India, I suggest Robert Lindsay's blog. The man appears to have an odd personal history and his writing style suggests personal instability (eg. an odd obsession with homosexuals hitting on him, self-declared genius), but he has some great guest-posts.

    https://robertlindsay.wordpress.com/category/raceethnicity/south-asians/east-indians/

    Here you will find some of the most vitriolic bile written about any race in the world. Unfortunately in my experience nearly everything seems correct, though I have only really dealt with Punjabis. Ironically, Robert Lindsay claims not to be 'racist'. He's in denial.

    I have ok relations with Lindsay but his anti-India obsession is pretty weird.

    I have personally had very good relations with Indians, so that predisposes me to an Indophile direction.

    • Replies: @Daniel Chieh
    I read some of the blog.

    That's pretty intense, his opinions.
  16. @Thorfinnsson
    Grandparents?!

    I'm Swedish ffs. A blond God.

    But yes, you are right otherwise. Seems like I am inevitably being pushed in this direction.

    How do you like the aesthetics of this New Order album cover?

    First track is Wagner.

    • Replies: @Thorfinnsson
    Image doesn't load.

    That said New Order is the best New Wave band.

    I listen to Blue Monday every day when I brush my hair in the morning.
  17. @Thorfinnsson
    Thorfinnsson has returned to save your souls from the terrible curse of poor quality products and bad investments. Happy to hear German_reader is back.

    Tesla is now officially being investigated by the Department of Justice, which is highly irregular (usually the SEC handles these things). Polish Perspective looking baggier by the day.

    That said, Polish Perspective deserves praise for his warnings on China. It seems like China actually really is--finally--in economic trouble. Capital is fleeing, there's severe pressure on the RMB, the stock market is crumbling, and the Belt and Road Initiative appears to be turning into a fiasco. The Chinese also apparently didn't take Trump seriously and were caught flat footed by the trade war.

    Travel Notes

    Had the interesting experience of meeting someone with a similar background to me, but a generation older. Grew up in New York of French parents. Fellow businessman. Not one of our guys politically, but polite enough to tolerate my bigoted outbursts. Karlin can perhaps relate since many of his formative years were spent in an Anglo country. I suspect our divided/weak national identities have made us more, rather than less, nationalistic. Orwell made this point in writing about the H-man.

    France has a massive plague of cyclists. Every tiny little village even in the middle of nowhere France has at least one restaurant that would be rated as excellent anywhere in America. The French, while not as stylish as Italians, are quite stylish. Meat and seafood counters at France are wonderful to explore, and now there are good steaks as well (imported from Down Under). Overall French civilization is admirable and impressive. France has appalling numbers of negroes milling around. They should be shot.

    We were originally to fly British Airways to India from the South of France (owing to my father's bad habit of loyalty to institutions that don't deserve it), which would've required going through the dreaded London Heathrow. Fortunately BA cancelled our flights. We then flew Swiss Air instead, which connected through Zurich. Swiss Air's business class product isn't quite as good as BA's, but it's perfectly serviceable. I had the pleasure of flying it first in 2014, after I was arrested at O'Hare and thus missed my Lufthansa flight (cattle class). Fortunately since I required medical treatment (cops gave me a black eye) they were required to book me on a new flight for free.

    The big advantages were a shorter trip and connecting through Zurich rather than Heathrow. Zurich's airport lives up to all the stereotypes of the Swiss nation. Roomy, spacious, efficient, fast. Interestingly airport security in Switzerland is handled by the cantons. I have never seen such an arrangement in another country.

    India was India as usual. The Bombay international terminal is now quite nice, but there is only one first/business class lounge which is operated by the airport operator. It's overcrowded and the bathrooms smell like piss (which bathrooms in India generally do). The resort we stayed at was very nice other than frequent (but brief) power outages. Unfortunately the beach was also strewn with garbage, but that didn't stop enterprising Indian crabbers from hustling at 4am for their daily catch. Indian food as usual got old after about two days, though I did have a delightful fish dish which consisted of a whole fish coated in masala or whatever and grilled inside of a banana leaf.

    White God syndrome still at work in India. Visited a medieval fortress and a group of Indian mohammedan women clad in black burkas came up my father and I giggling like school girls and begged to take photos with us. Watch out Talha.

    Also my father is now reading the Unz Review and might see this. If you're reading this don't identify yourself or debate with me ffs.

    Yo thor.

    It seems like China actually really is–finally–in economic trouble. Capital is fleeing, there’s severe pressure on the RMB, the stock market is crumbling, and the Belt and Road Initiative appears to be turning into a fiasco.

    That’s not my analysis though, my position is a bit more nuanced. I’ve been a skeptic on BRI for a long time and I’ve pointed out that Chinese growth is not similar to SK/Japan after 2011 in that it is far more reliant on debt, but I still think they will rise. Just not as rapidly/smoothly as SK did over a longer time horizon.

    I also don’t think that the current trade tensions will truly faze them in any serious way. Exports only account for 18% of their GDP and the US share is just 4% of their GDP. A significant slowdown in US exports will only shave off maybe 0.5% to 0.7% of their GDP growth. Not nothing, but hardly an economic meltdown. Their debt position is of a far greater concern.

    Tesla is now officially being investigated by the Department of Justice

    Which will go nowhere.

    White God syndrome still at work in India. Visited a medieval fortress and a group of Indian mohammedan women clad in black burkas came up my father and I giggling like school girls and begged to take photos with us.

    Same in China. I was in Beijing a few years ago. It was insane how much attention you get, even now. Overall, It was surprising to me how few non-East Asians I saw, despite it being the capital. I think it boils down to the ‘exotic factor’. Same reason why blacks or other minorities will be attractive in very homogenous places but after a certain threshold, their status will fall, often dramatically. Even in the US, despite constant propaganda in the US media, black men are selected against (as revealed by OKCupid’s data before they faced too much backlash and stopped releasing it).

    You sort of wonder if there will be a similar effect for all the sexpats out there like Jeff Stryker and others who are very militant about diaspora life in SEA. Maybe money is another factor there, aside from just the exotic factor. Same is likely true in India and, to a lesser extent, perhaps even China.

    • Replies: @Hyperborean

    Same in China. I was in Beijing a few years ago. It was insane how much attention you get, even now. Overall, It was surprising to me how few non-East Asians I saw, despite it being the capital. I think it boils down to the ‘exotic factor’.
     
    I have noticed that they are a lot more blatant with foreigners who have some 'stereotypical' trait like being tall, blonde or fat.

    On another note, there are a lot of Africans in districts with universities, they are really rowdy and often travel in packs.

    I did see a group of young male Pakistanis in Manchuria once who looked like they were buying a lot of rubbish, but usually desi tourists travel in families.
    , @Thorfinnsson
    Agree on trade tensions, but a potential straw that breaks the camel's back situation.

    You can't possibly know that the DoJ investigations of Tesla will go nowhere, and to be fair neither can I. All we can do is wait and see. If nothing else the Tesla saga is interesting.

    Selection against black men exists but is lesser than selection against other non-whites. It was stronger before Kim K mainstreamed mudsharking. And there's a fraction of females who prefer black men.

    Money is always a factor. Even American white girls respond to money.
    , @anon
    China is interesting. This is important for reasons beyond pure economics:
    1. Crisis among middle class Chinese--collapse of PTP lending.
    2. Thick Face/Black Heart. This is more of an issue than the government. http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/KG18Ad02.html
    3. China's desire for same thing-- more self reliant. Want reform of state owned enterprises. Like Russia was helped in many ways by sanctions.

    There is no way there. won't be plenty of unintended consequences.
  18. @Thorfinnsson
    Thorfinnsson has returned to save your souls from the terrible curse of poor quality products and bad investments. Happy to hear German_reader is back.

    Tesla is now officially being investigated by the Department of Justice, which is highly irregular (usually the SEC handles these things). Polish Perspective looking baggier by the day.

    That said, Polish Perspective deserves praise for his warnings on China. It seems like China actually really is--finally--in economic trouble. Capital is fleeing, there's severe pressure on the RMB, the stock market is crumbling, and the Belt and Road Initiative appears to be turning into a fiasco. The Chinese also apparently didn't take Trump seriously and were caught flat footed by the trade war.

    Travel Notes

    Had the interesting experience of meeting someone with a similar background to me, but a generation older. Grew up in New York of French parents. Fellow businessman. Not one of our guys politically, but polite enough to tolerate my bigoted outbursts. Karlin can perhaps relate since many of his formative years were spent in an Anglo country. I suspect our divided/weak national identities have made us more, rather than less, nationalistic. Orwell made this point in writing about the H-man.

    France has a massive plague of cyclists. Every tiny little village even in the middle of nowhere France has at least one restaurant that would be rated as excellent anywhere in America. The French, while not as stylish as Italians, are quite stylish. Meat and seafood counters at France are wonderful to explore, and now there are good steaks as well (imported from Down Under). Overall French civilization is admirable and impressive. France has appalling numbers of negroes milling around. They should be shot.

    We were originally to fly British Airways to India from the South of France (owing to my father's bad habit of loyalty to institutions that don't deserve it), which would've required going through the dreaded London Heathrow. Fortunately BA cancelled our flights. We then flew Swiss Air instead, which connected through Zurich. Swiss Air's business class product isn't quite as good as BA's, but it's perfectly serviceable. I had the pleasure of flying it first in 2014, after I was arrested at O'Hare and thus missed my Lufthansa flight (cattle class). Fortunately since I required medical treatment (cops gave me a black eye) they were required to book me on a new flight for free.

    The big advantages were a shorter trip and connecting through Zurich rather than Heathrow. Zurich's airport lives up to all the stereotypes of the Swiss nation. Roomy, spacious, efficient, fast. Interestingly airport security in Switzerland is handled by the cantons. I have never seen such an arrangement in another country.

    India was India as usual. The Bombay international terminal is now quite nice, but there is only one first/business class lounge which is operated by the airport operator. It's overcrowded and the bathrooms smell like piss (which bathrooms in India generally do). The resort we stayed at was very nice other than frequent (but brief) power outages. Unfortunately the beach was also strewn with garbage, but that didn't stop enterprising Indian crabbers from hustling at 4am for their daily catch. Indian food as usual got old after about two days, though I did have a delightful fish dish which consisted of a whole fish coated in masala or whatever and grilled inside of a banana leaf.

    White God syndrome still at work in India. Visited a medieval fortress and a group of Indian mohammedan women clad in black burkas came up my father and I giggling like school girls and begged to take photos with us. Watch out Talha.

    Also my father is now reading the Unz Review and might see this. If you're reading this don't identify yourself or debate with me ffs.

    Thanks for reporting, glad you’re back safe and sound.

    begged to take photos with us.

    Whoa!!! Niqabis??!! That is pretty whack!

    Since this is an open thread, a related issue (fairly hot off the press):

    Also…This. Sucks. And. Ruins. Good. Memories.

    “EXCLUSIVE: Are Bert & Ernie a couple? We finally have an answer…”

    https://www.queerty.com/exclusive-bert-ernie-couple-finally-answer-20180916

    Peace.

    • Replies: @Hyperborean

    Also…This. Sucks. And. Ruins. Good. Memories.
     
    Is there anything retconning can't do?
    , @Kinez
    They should do a survey investigating men's attitudes on restricting women's ever more revealing clothing choices. Large European cities, east and west, give the impression of an open air whorehouse during the summer months. Men are also dressing much more vulgarly than they used to.
  19. @Talha
    Thanks for reporting, glad you’re back safe and sound.

    begged to take photos with us.
     
    Whoa!!! Niqabis??!! That is pretty whack!

    Since this is an open thread, a related issue (fairly hot off the press):
    https://assets-pewresearch-org.cdn.ampproject.org/ii/w1000/assets.pewresearch.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/1/2018/09/FT_18.09.12_westernEuropeMuslimDress_restrictions420px.png

    Also...This. Sucks. And. Ruins. Good. Memories.

    “EXCLUSIVE: Are Bert & Ernie a couple? We finally have an answer…”
    https://www.queerty.com/exclusive-bert-ernie-couple-finally-answer-20180916

    Peace.

    Also…This. Sucks. And. Ruins. Good. Memories.

    Is there anything retconning can’t do?

    • Replies: @Talha
    Next thing you know it’ll be these guys...

    https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/bananasinpyjamas/images/b/b3/Bananas_in_pyjamas.jpg

    “Well, you know, we couldn’t use dildos because of our target audience.. so we got creative...”

    Peace.
  20. Some good news out of Ukraine. And it shows – conclusively – why any comparison with Sub-Saharan Africa should be dismissed as lunacy.

    Ukraine has become the primary outsourcing market in Eastern Europe, according to Outsourcing Journal, and is top in Central and Eastern Europe by outsourcing volume. It’s the fifth largest IT services exporter [by value], according to consultancy PwC.

    “The industry has tripled over the last few years,” says Andrew Sorohan, team lead at Kiev-based VC firm UVentures. “We’ve got a young, highly skilled workforce working on projects in machine learning and big data analytics for clients like UBS, Uber, Google, Deutsche Bank, and Amazon.”

    Source

    In the last four years, according to PwC, the number of IT specialists has more than doubled, from just over 40,000 to nearly 92,000.

    In terms of available talent, Ukraine already outpaces its competitors in the region, including Poland and Hungary, and PwC believes the number of IT professionals will double again by 2020.

    Marvin Liao, a partner at the San Francisco-based venture capital fund 500 Startups who’s spent considerable time in Ukraine, believes that the conflict with Russia has had a significant impact on the country’s IT sector.

    “The natural leaning used to be towards the post-Soviet region, and for better or worse, since the war started, there’s been a massive shift to leaning towards the West.
    “More people are learning to speak English, they are much more Western leaning, and that has changed the orientation of the ecosystem.”

    Source

    There is now also a greater involvement of Israeli high tech firms, hiring Ukrainian outsourcing companies and the UA government wants to increase this.

    Incidentally, the newest human development index rankings were released a few days ago and Ukraine placed slightly below China but still ahead of Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Paraguay etc. I re-iterate my strong conviction that there is nothing stopping Ukraine from becoming a wealthy country from a strictly HBD perspective but that its failures must be seen from a primarily socio-political lens. This will not go down well with HBD essentialists/fundamentalists, but it is impossible to understand Ukraine’s trajectory post-1991 otherwise.

    • Replies: @neutral

    but it is impossible to understand Ukraine’s trajectory post-1991 otherwise
     
    Is there anything in their history that shows them as anything but a docile, compliant and unremarkable people? If this is their entire history then HBD is a factor here, it is in their genetics, and it cannot be excused with political reasons.
    , @Kinez
    I'm sure there are plenty of intelligent, capable and competent people in the Ukraine. Unfortunately, that's not sufficient for building a prosperous society. Institutions, (geo)politics, demographics, migration trends, the international environment etc all play a very important role. Otherwise, people's standard of living would already be equal to that in Russia or Poland.

    92,000 people working as IT specialists is of course much better than none, but for a country of (supposedly) 42 million it's a drop in the bucket. Per capita Ukrainian exports of goods and services were about four times lower than Bulgaria last year (~$5,400 vs ~$1,300)! It's not impossible that one day, in several decades, the situation will look completely different - but it will be a long road. In the meantime, people are leaving, the infrastructure is in an awful state, corruption continues unabated etc.

    , @Toronto Russian
    I don't know much about IT but I can tell something about Ukrainian artisans. They disproportionately dominate Etsy, even though their government artificially keeps them behind by banning Paypal. It's one of like 3 countries in the world where you're not allowed to receive money from abroad via Paypal (you have to pass it through a middleman company), and in Russian-language handmade forums there are constant complaints about that idiocy. Stuff Ukrainians sell usually shows amazing skill and effort. Just a couple examples:
    https://i.etsystatic.com/10349454/r/il/7b0d92/756563780/il_570xN.756563780_oel8.jpg
    https://www.etsy.com/shop/viktoriyasilk

    https://i.etsystatic.com/10791814/r/il/090b8a/746014409/il_570xN.746014409_j9gj.jpg
    https://www.etsy.com/shop/BeadedJewelryVirunia

    It's not an advertisement of my friends, I don't know these women personally - but definitely wouldn't mind if some of you supported them by buying.
  21. @Hyperborean

    Also…This. Sucks. And. Ruins. Good. Memories.
     
    Is there anything retconning can't do?

    Next thing you know it’ll be these guys…

    “Well, you know, we couldn’t use dildos because of our target audience.. so we got creative…”

    Peace.

    • LOL: Hyperborean
  22. @Polish Perspective
    Yo thor.

    It seems like China actually really is–finally–in economic trouble. Capital is fleeing, there’s severe pressure on the RMB, the stock market is crumbling, and the Belt and Road Initiative appears to be turning into a fiasco.
     
    That's not my analysis though, my position is a bit more nuanced. I've been a skeptic on BRI for a long time and I've pointed out that Chinese growth is not similar to SK/Japan after 2011 in that it is far more reliant on debt, but I still think they will rise. Just not as rapidly/smoothly as SK did over a longer time horizon.

    I also don't think that the current trade tensions will truly faze them in any serious way. Exports only account for 18% of their GDP and the US share is just 4% of their GDP. A significant slowdown in US exports will only shave off maybe 0.5% to 0.7% of their GDP growth. Not nothing, but hardly an economic meltdown. Their debt position is of a far greater concern.


    Tesla is now officially being investigated by the Department of Justice

     

    Which will go nowhere.

    White God syndrome still at work in India. Visited a medieval fortress and a group of Indian mohammedan women clad in black burkas came up my father and I giggling like school girls and begged to take photos with us.
     
    Same in China. I was in Beijing a few years ago. It was insane how much attention you get, even now. Overall, It was surprising to me how few non-East Asians I saw, despite it being the capital. I think it boils down to the 'exotic factor'. Same reason why blacks or other minorities will be attractive in very homogenous places but after a certain threshold, their status will fall, often dramatically. Even in the US, despite constant propaganda in the US media, black men are selected against (as revealed by OKCupid's data before they faced too much backlash and stopped releasing it).

    You sort of wonder if there will be a similar effect for all the sexpats out there like Jeff Stryker and others who are very militant about diaspora life in SEA. Maybe money is another factor there, aside from just the exotic factor. Same is likely true in India and, to a lesser extent, perhaps even China.

    Same in China. I was in Beijing a few years ago. It was insane how much attention you get, even now. Overall, It was surprising to me how few non-East Asians I saw, despite it being the capital. I think it boils down to the ‘exotic factor’.

    I have noticed that they are a lot more blatant with foreigners who have some ‘stereotypical’ trait like being tall, blonde or fat.

    On another note, there are a lot of Africans in districts with universities, they are really rowdy and often travel in packs.

    I did see a group of young male Pakistanis in Manchuria once who looked like they were buying a lot of rubbish, but usually desi tourists travel in families.

  23. @Anatoly Karlin
    I have ok relations with Lindsay but his anti-India obsession is pretty weird.

    I have personally had very good relations with Indians, so that predisposes me to an Indophile direction.

    I read some of the blog.

    That’s pretty intense, his opinions.

  24. Anonymous[266] • Disclaimer says:

    You need a woman who can cook. Anatoly, Russia and China are getting closer. The relationship is blossoming. You can do your part by finding a nice Chinese woman to settle down with. Do like Derb and find a lifetime of happiness with a tiger wife. And remember, to Chinese woman you’ll look like Ryan Gosling so you can punch way above your weight class with yellow women. Invite Daniel Chieh to your wedding. He can entertain your in-laws with interesting conversation.

    • Replies: @Daniel Chieh
    Like I said before, that's just so quaint when he has discussed the incredibly good news of iron wombs. And no genetic loss this time - the master race of Karlin clones is coming!
    , @Thorfinnsson
    Disgraceful and disgusting advice. You should be sent to a concentration camp.

    As Weihan Zhang says, "No mix species grandparents cry am NOT ALLOW".
  25. @Anonymous
    You need a woman who can cook. Anatoly, Russia and China are getting closer. The relationship is blossoming. You can do your part by finding a nice Chinese woman to settle down with. Do like Derb and find a lifetime of happiness with a tiger wife. And remember, to Chinese woman you’ll look like Ryan Gosling so you can punch way above your weight class with yellow women. Invite Daniel Chieh to your wedding. He can entertain your in-laws with interesting conversation.

    Like I said before, that’s just so quaint when he has discussed the incredibly good news of iron wombs. And no genetic loss this time – the master race of Karlin clones is coming!

    • Replies: @reiner Tor
    Clones are vulnerable because of their uniformity. The Great Pestilence destroyed a third of the population in Europe, but if we were all clones, it’d have either destroyed nobody or the whole population. So while moderate hits are rarer with a good quality clone population, wipeouts are more common, and you only need one of them to destroy you for good.
  26. @Dmitry
    I like how Karlin is posting photos of chilis, like it's some rare cannabis.

    There is some uniquely weird culture of the blog, making it impossible for people ever to leave here, or find a substitute on other parts of the internet. Even Greasy will have to come back at some point.

    Our little patchwork of fond insanity.

  27. @ImmortalRationalist
    Based on your previous article, A Short History of the Third Millennium, what do you think it would take for the Age of Malthusian Industrialism to become a reality? Even with worldwide dysgenic trends, it might only take a single country to create a sustainable noosphere. Suppose that there is a single small country of a few million people that successfully manages to fend off dysgenic trends and uses embryo selection/CRISPR/artificial wombs to increase the intelligence of its populace, and ends up having an average IQ of, say, 200, acting as an island of progress in a sea of idiocracy. This single country might be able to henceforth dominate the rest of the world, and eventually bring forth a technological singularity. In order for Age of Malthusian Industrialism to happen, wouldn't increasing IQs through these sorts of technologies have to fail everywhere?

    Some potentially negative news for CRISPR(reposted here).

    https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-06642-4

    Suppose that there is a single small country of a few million people that successfully manages to fend off dysgenic trends and uses embryo selection/CRISPR/artificial wombs to increase the intelligence of its populace, and ends up having an average IQ of, say, 200, acting as an island of progress in a sea of idiocracy.

    There’s probably no hope that a seastead or equivalent is going to be able to avoid being zerg rushed/nuked or otherwise assailed in an destructive way by protagonists who, while not of the highest IQ, will be capable of effecting the assault. You probably need space travel to dodge that bullet.

    And realistically, disturbing as it might be, you’ll probably get a government that’s matching sperm to artificial wombs, and raising children in creches before you actually get to coordinate people to have children in such a fashion.

    • Replies: @Toronto Russian

    And realistically, disturbing as it might be, you’ll probably get a government that’s matching sperm to artificial wombs, and raising children in creches before you actually get to coordinate people to have children in such a fashion.
     
    Introduce the straight no-braces-needed teeth gene and add high IQ in the package. Parents will line up for that.
    , @Abelard Lindsey
    I'm not sure I agree with you on the prospects of seasteading. The world recognized the existence of Singapore in 1965. Various new countries (Eritria, South Sudan) are being created in Africa and other areas. A seastead would simply be a ocean-based Singapore 2, Singapore3, all the way to Singapore N. If the seastead is away from vital sealanes (e.g. South China Sea, etc.), I don't see why the rest of the world would object to its existence, especially considering that we would not be "taking any land from anyone" as is the case with certain existing countries of recent origin (wink, wink).

    The main barriers to seasteading are economic, mainly the currently high capital cost of creating it. This is currently about 10 times too expensive, by my estimate, to be practical. Automated fabrication and robotic assembly is necessary for cost-effective fabrication of seasteads.
  28. Trump’s ‘election Svengali’, Steve Bannon, trying to ‘unite nationalists’ in Europe, is showing unskilled naiveté about European politics, article in Politico here.

    For his new vehicle, ‘The Movement’, headquartered in Brussels, Steve Bannon has selected an organisation actually founded in 2017 and remaining headed by, a prominent but eccentric Belgian-Jewish politician and lawyer, Mischaël Modrikamen, quite tied to Israel … having an in-your-face Zionist as head of a ‘pan-European-nationalist movement’ is not exactly brilliant

    Tho certainly the European ‘right’ is mostly tied to Israel, its leaders typically doing the ‘wear a Jewish kippah head cover at the Jerusalem wailing wall’ submission routine … Europeans also tend to have a quiet residual intellectual soft spot for Palestine-Arafat etc, and cannot easily see a flying-to-Israel Jew as their ‘nationalist leader’ … Europeans won’t say much but they will tend to stay away from Bannon, as the Politico article hints they are inclined to do

    Bannon’s new ‘leader’, Modrikamen, is a central figure in Belgium’s Jewish community and in ties to Israel, and heads a small Belgian ‘People’s Party’ (‘Partipopulaire’) with one seat in Belgium’s national parliament, and which has ‘an implacable struggle against radical Islam’ as one of its key agenda items – video of Modrikamen below … Europeans will sense he is as much interested in Israeli agenda items as ‘European nationalism’

    Also listed amidst the direction of ‘The Movement’, is French politician Ms Laure Ferrari, who has been living in Nigel Farage’s posh Chelsea home, and can be seen doing a body-grind dance intimately with him at a party, in a funny video on the Sun website, also linked below … tho Farage has said the Sun & Daily Mail suggestion she is his lover, is “crackers”. Laure Ferrari had been a candidate for France’s right-wing ‘Arise France’ (Debout La France / Debout la République) party, and had been directing the IDDE euro-sceptic think tank, now seemingly wound down, after being the subject of some critical inquiries for allegedly dodgy political fund disbursements

    One quote amidst the articles on Nigel Farage and his ‘houseguest’ Laure Ferrari is a comment the Brexit leader made on Brussels philandering:

    “What happens in Brussels, stays in Brussels, and it needs to be that way.”
    - Nigel Farage

    ‘Nigel Farage grinds his French politician girlfriend Laure Ferrari on the dance floor at Brexit anniversary party’

    https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/3879002/nigel-farage-dances-girlfriend-laure-ferrari-brexit-party/

    Here is Steve Bannon’s organisational founder, Mischaël Modrikamen, speaking at the 2016 Leaders’ Summit in Jerusalem (11m15s):

  29. @Daniel Chieh
    Like I said before, that's just so quaint when he has discussed the incredibly good news of iron wombs. And no genetic loss this time - the master race of Karlin clones is coming!

    Clones are vulnerable because of their uniformity. The Great Pestilence destroyed a third of the population in Europe, but if we were all clones, it’d have either destroyed nobody or the whole population. So while moderate hits are rarer with a good quality clone population, wipeouts are more common, and you only need one of them to destroy you for good.

  30. My remont is approaching its long-awaited end

    Just a small question: this is at least the 2nd column in which you have used remont for what I would call “refurbishment” or “renovation”. Is this a Russian word taken from French, like мебель for “furniture”(although Fr. remonte doesn’t really have this sense)?

    • Replies: @Hyperborean

    Is this a Russian word taken from French, like мебель for “furniture”(although Fr. remonte doesn’t really have this sense)?

     

    Yes.

    https://en.m.wiktionary.org/wiki/%D1%80%D0%B5%D0%BC%D0%BE%D0%BD%D1%82
  31. Hehehe, In Polish internet slang people sometimes tend to miss the “ł” letter (the “w” as in “wind” sound) or replacing it with “u”, so instead of writing “mało” or “zło” they would write “mao” or “zuo”. Mao zuo. Mało zło. A ungrammatical, pidgin for “little evil” :D

    Wonder whether it would work the same in Russian :D

    • LOL: Anatoly Karlin
    • Replies: @Anatoly Karlin
    Unfortunately not.

    But that's hilarious!
    , @Hyperborean
    I've heard that in the past the Polish ł letter used to be pronounced like a regular l, is this correct?
    , @idemidov
    Hmm. Russian little children in their 3 or 4 years who cant pronounce "l" properly speaks wrong and exactly the same way — missing "l" or speaks "u" or "w" instead of.
    Like:
    "Maen'koe" instead of "malen'koe".
    "Zuo" instead of "zlo".
  32. @szopen
    Hehehe, In Polish internet slang people sometimes tend to miss the "ł" letter (the "w" as in "wind" sound) or replacing it with "u", so instead of writing "mało" or "zło" they would write "mao" or "zuo". Mao zuo. Mało zło. A ungrammatical, pidgin for "little evil" :D

    Wonder whether it would work the same in Russian :D

    Unfortunately not.

    But that’s hilarious!

  33. @for-the-record
    My remont is approaching its long-awaited end

    Just a small question: this is at least the 2nd column in which you have used remont for what I would call "refurbishment" or "renovation". Is this a Russian word taken from French, like мебель for "furniture"(although Fr. remonte doesn't really have this sense)?

    Is this a Russian word taken from French, like мебель for “furniture”(although Fr. remonte doesn’t really have this sense)?

    Yes.

    https://en.m.wiktionary.org/wiki/%D1%80%D0%B5%D0%BC%D0%BE%D0%BD%D1%82

  34. @szopen
    Hehehe, In Polish internet slang people sometimes tend to miss the "ł" letter (the "w" as in "wind" sound) or replacing it with "u", so instead of writing "mało" or "zło" they would write "mao" or "zuo". Mao zuo. Mało zło. A ungrammatical, pidgin for "little evil" :D

    Wonder whether it would work the same in Russian :D

    I’ve heard that in the past the Polish ł letter used to be pronounced like a regular l, is this correct?

    • Replies: @anonymous coward

    I’ve heard that in the past the Polish ł letter used to be pronounced like a regular l, is this correct?
     
    Probably. Pronouncing 'l' as 'w' is a common speech impediment in Russia.
  35. @AP
    How do you like the aesthetics of this New Order album cover?

    https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61fSiBexPXL._SX522_.jpg

    First track is Wagner.

    Image doesn’t load.

    That said New Order is the best New Wave band.

    I listen to Blue Monday every day when I brush my hair in the morning.

    • LOL: Tyrion 2
    • Replies: @Ali Choudhury
    My brother did the same when he was going through his American Psycho fandom phase.
  36. @Polish Perspective
    Yo thor.

    It seems like China actually really is–finally–in economic trouble. Capital is fleeing, there’s severe pressure on the RMB, the stock market is crumbling, and the Belt and Road Initiative appears to be turning into a fiasco.
     
    That's not my analysis though, my position is a bit more nuanced. I've been a skeptic on BRI for a long time and I've pointed out that Chinese growth is not similar to SK/Japan after 2011 in that it is far more reliant on debt, but I still think they will rise. Just not as rapidly/smoothly as SK did over a longer time horizon.

    I also don't think that the current trade tensions will truly faze them in any serious way. Exports only account for 18% of their GDP and the US share is just 4% of their GDP. A significant slowdown in US exports will only shave off maybe 0.5% to 0.7% of their GDP growth. Not nothing, but hardly an economic meltdown. Their debt position is of a far greater concern.


    Tesla is now officially being investigated by the Department of Justice

     

    Which will go nowhere.

    White God syndrome still at work in India. Visited a medieval fortress and a group of Indian mohammedan women clad in black burkas came up my father and I giggling like school girls and begged to take photos with us.
     
    Same in China. I was in Beijing a few years ago. It was insane how much attention you get, even now. Overall, It was surprising to me how few non-East Asians I saw, despite it being the capital. I think it boils down to the 'exotic factor'. Same reason why blacks or other minorities will be attractive in very homogenous places but after a certain threshold, their status will fall, often dramatically. Even in the US, despite constant propaganda in the US media, black men are selected against (as revealed by OKCupid's data before they faced too much backlash and stopped releasing it).

    You sort of wonder if there will be a similar effect for all the sexpats out there like Jeff Stryker and others who are very militant about diaspora life in SEA. Maybe money is another factor there, aside from just the exotic factor. Same is likely true in India and, to a lesser extent, perhaps even China.

    Agree on trade tensions, but a potential straw that breaks the camel’s back situation.

    You can’t possibly know that the DoJ investigations of Tesla will go nowhere, and to be fair neither can I. All we can do is wait and see. If nothing else the Tesla saga is interesting.

    Selection against black men exists but is lesser than selection against other non-whites. It was stronger before Kim K mainstreamed mudsharking. And there’s a fraction of females who prefer black men.

    Money is always a factor. Even American white girls respond to money.

    • Replies: @Neal
    Call me a conspiracy theorist but every time I heard Elon speak, I always thought of him as a spokesman for some major organization rather than an innovator. They not only selected him as a spokesman but also provided him with a strong braintrust that will guide him in his endeavors. People would say that he's genuine because of his background and he's not the smoothest in term of public speaking but, for me, that just make the fake more credible to the public.

    How much of his achievement that were credited to him are his actual work and how much are the result of a hidden braintrust, we really don't know. I supposed his original work on Paypal is truly his own and it reflects his true personality of an introvert. After that either he underwent a major metamorphosis or some organization recruited him to be their frontman. They got him a makeover and completely change his image. They gave him free publicity everywhere even going as far as naming him as the inspiration behind Ironman. If his name is a product, then someone must have spent a fortune in promoting it.

    His accomplishments are phenomenal. He can multitask like crazy in managing multiple companies such as Tesla, SpaceX, The Boring Company (As an aside, I feel like this is a veil attack on his SpaceX competitor: The Boeing Company on multiple levels - devaluing their brand and attacking it as a boring, unimaginative company. At least for me the name association stuck: Boeing Boring, Boeing Boring), and projects such as Hyperloop. Not only from a high level but even involved himself in solving low-level technical manufacturing stuffs from rocket design to manufacturing the Model 3. He seems to have more than 24 hours in a day compare to a normal person because his energy is incredible. Either he's truly a better modern day version of Nikolas Tesla or they are overselling their hand.

    I sense that he's not "real" but I do like him as the spokesman and I do like his mission. All the things that Elon does, I wholeheartedly agree with. They make America stronger while weakening everyone else from Venezuela, Saudi, to Russia, to China, and in some respect even Germany and Europe. If all of his visions come true, America will always be great.

    For this very reason, I don't buy Thorfinnsson's (yours) thesis and all your negativity.
    I won't short Elon. I go long on him.

    Then again I could be totally wrong and the guy is about to crash and burn (as evidences by all the latest crazy publicity stunts).



    =============================
    Either that or he's from the future (because he remembers being in this simulation before).
    You can outsmart even the smartest if you already know what the future has been.
    I know, this theory is even weirder than the conspiracy theory. So, I put the odd as less than 1%.
  37. @Anonymous
    You need a woman who can cook. Anatoly, Russia and China are getting closer. The relationship is blossoming. You can do your part by finding a nice Chinese woman to settle down with. Do like Derb and find a lifetime of happiness with a tiger wife. And remember, to Chinese woman you’ll look like Ryan Gosling so you can punch way above your weight class with yellow women. Invite Daniel Chieh to your wedding. He can entertain your in-laws with interesting conversation.

    Disgraceful and disgusting advice. You should be sent to a concentration camp.

    As Weihan Zhang says, “No mix species grandparents cry am NOT ALLOW”.

  38. @Polish Perspective
    Some good news out of Ukraine. And it shows - conclusively - why any comparison with Sub-Saharan Africa should be dismissed as lunacy.

    Ukraine has become the primary outsourcing market in Eastern Europe, according to Outsourcing Journal, and is top in Central and Eastern Europe by outsourcing volume. It’s the fifth largest IT services exporter [by value], according to consultancy PwC.

    “The industry has tripled over the last few years,” says Andrew Sorohan, team lead at Kiev-based VC firm UVentures. “We’ve got a young, highly skilled workforce working on projects in machine learning and big data analytics for clients like UBS, Uber, Google, Deutsche Bank, and Amazon.”
     

    Source

    In the last four years, according to PwC, the number of IT specialists has more than doubled, from just over 40,000 to nearly 92,000.

    In terms of available talent, Ukraine already outpaces its competitors in the region, including Poland and Hungary, and PwC believes the number of IT professionals will double again by 2020.

    Marvin Liao, a partner at the San Francisco-based venture capital fund 500 Startups who's spent considerable time in Ukraine, believes that the conflict with Russia has had a significant impact on the country's IT sector.

    "The natural leaning used to be towards the post-Soviet region, and for better or worse, since the war started, there's been a massive shift to leaning towards the West.
    "More people are learning to speak English, they are much more Western leaning, and that has changed the orientation of the ecosystem."
     

    Source

    There is now also a greater involvement of Israeli high tech firms, hiring Ukrainian outsourcing companies and the UA government wants to increase this.

    Incidentally, the newest human development index rankings were released a few days ago and Ukraine placed slightly below China but still ahead of Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Paraguay etc. I re-iterate my strong conviction that there is nothing stopping Ukraine from becoming a wealthy country from a strictly HBD perspective but that its failures must be seen from a primarily socio-political lens. This will not go down well with HBD essentialists/fundamentalists, but it is impossible to understand Ukraine's trajectory post-1991 otherwise.

    but it is impossible to understand Ukraine’s trajectory post-1991 otherwise

    Is there anything in their history that shows them as anything but a docile, compliant and unremarkable people? If this is their entire history then HBD is a factor here, it is in their genetics, and it cannot be excused with political reasons.

    • Replies: @anonymous coward
    There's really no such thing as a 'Ukrainian people'.

    Ukraine is a flat expanse of land right on the confluence of Western Europe, the Eurasian plain, Middle East and the Balkans.

    This explosive combination means it was always a contested, ruinous land. The people there are a mystery mix of various tribes who passed to and fro in between periods of depopulation.

    A powerful nation can take the place and hold the borders for a while, but often soon realizes it is not worth the trouble.

    Another period of depopulation and ruin is coming soon. It's just the circle of life in the place.
    , @AP

    docile, compliant and unremarkable people
     
    Frequent rebellion, anything but docile and compliant.
    , @notanon
    the Indo-Europeans started in what is now Ukraine

    being so far inland i expect they suffer from iodine deficiency which may not have mattered so much in the past when they had the horses and everyone was dumber.
  39. @Thorfinnsson
    Thorfinnsson has returned to save your souls from the terrible curse of poor quality products and bad investments. Happy to hear German_reader is back.

    Tesla is now officially being investigated by the Department of Justice, which is highly irregular (usually the SEC handles these things). Polish Perspective looking baggier by the day.

    That said, Polish Perspective deserves praise for his warnings on China. It seems like China actually really is--finally--in economic trouble. Capital is fleeing, there's severe pressure on the RMB, the stock market is crumbling, and the Belt and Road Initiative appears to be turning into a fiasco. The Chinese also apparently didn't take Trump seriously and were caught flat footed by the trade war.

    Travel Notes

    Had the interesting experience of meeting someone with a similar background to me, but a generation older. Grew up in New York of French parents. Fellow businessman. Not one of our guys politically, but polite enough to tolerate my bigoted outbursts. Karlin can perhaps relate since many of his formative years were spent in an Anglo country. I suspect our divided/weak national identities have made us more, rather than less, nationalistic. Orwell made this point in writing about the H-man.

    France has a massive plague of cyclists. Every tiny little village even in the middle of nowhere France has at least one restaurant that would be rated as excellent anywhere in America. The French, while not as stylish as Italians, are quite stylish. Meat and seafood counters at France are wonderful to explore, and now there are good steaks as well (imported from Down Under). Overall French civilization is admirable and impressive. France has appalling numbers of negroes milling around. They should be shot.

    We were originally to fly British Airways to India from the South of France (owing to my father's bad habit of loyalty to institutions that don't deserve it), which would've required going through the dreaded London Heathrow. Fortunately BA cancelled our flights. We then flew Swiss Air instead, which connected through Zurich. Swiss Air's business class product isn't quite as good as BA's, but it's perfectly serviceable. I had the pleasure of flying it first in 2014, after I was arrested at O'Hare and thus missed my Lufthansa flight (cattle class). Fortunately since I required medical treatment (cops gave me a black eye) they were required to book me on a new flight for free.

    The big advantages were a shorter trip and connecting through Zurich rather than Heathrow. Zurich's airport lives up to all the stereotypes of the Swiss nation. Roomy, spacious, efficient, fast. Interestingly airport security in Switzerland is handled by the cantons. I have never seen such an arrangement in another country.

    India was India as usual. The Bombay international terminal is now quite nice, but there is only one first/business class lounge which is operated by the airport operator. It's overcrowded and the bathrooms smell like piss (which bathrooms in India generally do). The resort we stayed at was very nice other than frequent (but brief) power outages. Unfortunately the beach was also strewn with garbage, but that didn't stop enterprising Indian crabbers from hustling at 4am for their daily catch. Indian food as usual got old after about two days, though I did have a delightful fish dish which consisted of a whole fish coated in masala or whatever and grilled inside of a banana leaf.

    White God syndrome still at work in India. Visited a medieval fortress and a group of Indian mohammedan women clad in black burkas came up my father and I giggling like school girls and begged to take photos with us. Watch out Talha.

    Also my father is now reading the Unz Review and might see this. If you're reading this don't identify yourself or debate with me ffs.

    after I was arrested at O’Hare and thus missed my Lufthansa flight (cattle class). Fortunately since I required medical treatment (cops gave me a black eye)

    Can you elaborate?

    • Replies: @Thorfinnsson
    Lots of flights were delayed owing to weather, so I went to the United lounge along with many other people.

    Around midnight they shut down the bar, but we didn't want it to close. So I went behind the bar and started serving everyone. About 45 minutes later the cops showed up. I tried to escape but was unable to.

    Woops.

    NBD as the cop didn't show up to court so the charges (disorderly conduct, resisting arrest) were dropped.
  40. @Hyperborean
    I've heard that in the past the Polish ł letter used to be pronounced like a regular l, is this correct?

    I’ve heard that in the past the Polish ł letter used to be pronounced like a regular l, is this correct?

    Probably. Pronouncing ‘l’ as ‘w’ is a common speech impediment in Russia.

  41. @neutral

    but it is impossible to understand Ukraine’s trajectory post-1991 otherwise
     
    Is there anything in their history that shows them as anything but a docile, compliant and unremarkable people? If this is their entire history then HBD is a factor here, it is in their genetics, and it cannot be excused with political reasons.

    There’s really no such thing as a ‘Ukrainian people’.

    Ukraine is a flat expanse of land right on the confluence of Western Europe, the Eurasian plain, Middle East and the Balkans.

    This explosive combination means it was always a contested, ruinous land. The people there are a mystery mix of various tribes who passed to and fro in between periods of depopulation.

    A powerful nation can take the place and hold the borders for a while, but often soon realizes it is not worth the trouble.

    Another period of depopulation and ruin is coming soon. It’s just the circle of life in the place.

  42. @szopen
    Hehehe, In Polish internet slang people sometimes tend to miss the "ł" letter (the "w" as in "wind" sound) or replacing it with "u", so instead of writing "mało" or "zło" they would write "mao" or "zuo". Mao zuo. Mało zło. A ungrammatical, pidgin for "little evil" :D

    Wonder whether it would work the same in Russian :D

    Hmm. Russian little children in their 3 or 4 years who cant pronounce “l” properly speaks wrong and exactly the same way — missing “l” or speaks “u” or “w” instead of.
    Like:
    “Maen’koe” instead of “malen’koe”.
    “Zuo” instead of “zlo”.

  43. @Thorfinnsson
    Aside from Karlin's top quality content, it's a matter of freedom. We post, and it gets immediately posted. Our comments aren't censored. Powerful recipe.

    Perhaps I should invite you all to my uncensored internet forum which has been running for nearly twenty years now.

    I would love that.

  44. Assuming that no silver bullet is found which magically raises human IQ in the foreseeable future, how should the government in developed countries deal with technological unemployment, government subsidized mass make work jobs?

    • Replies: @Daniel Chieh
    Universal Basic Income, most likely, possibly with a makework component. Technological unemployment is probably overstated, the human brain is capable of flexibility in a way machines aren't and therefore is actually more affordable for an entire range of work.

    Its why I joked once that the future will be silicon intelligences utilizing carbon-based intelligence for slaves, since there is a possibility that specialist roles will be mechanized, but low return variable input work will be humanized with large supply of cheap labor.
    , @notanon
    all industrial countries should completely halt immigration with very limited exceptions for the clearly exceptional and let the population decline till it's in balance with technology

    and in the interim a mixture of make work and universal basic income
  45. @Nznz
    Assuming that no silver bullet is found which magically raises human IQ in the foreseeable future, how should the government in developed countries deal with technological unemployment, government subsidized mass make work jobs?

    Universal Basic Income, most likely, possibly with a makework component. Technological unemployment is probably overstated, the human brain is capable of flexibility in a way machines aren’t and therefore is actually more affordable for an entire range of work.

    Its why I joked once that the future will be silicon intelligences utilizing carbon-based intelligence for slaves, since there is a possibility that specialist roles will be mechanized, but low return variable input work will be humanized with large supply of cheap labor.

    • Replies: @Talha

    future will be silicon intelligences utilizing carbon-based intelligence for slaves
     
    I thought they were going to use us as batteries, no?
    https://1zmiiq24oo5a7l1r624eayhp-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Matrix-battery-energy-1024x534.jpg

    Peace.
    , @iffen

    Universal Basic Income
     
    Yes
  46. @neutral

    but it is impossible to understand Ukraine’s trajectory post-1991 otherwise
     
    Is there anything in their history that shows them as anything but a docile, compliant and unremarkable people? If this is their entire history then HBD is a factor here, it is in their genetics, and it cannot be excused with political reasons.

    docile, compliant and unremarkable people

    Frequent rebellion, anything but docile and compliant.

  47. @Thorfinnsson
    Image doesn't load.

    That said New Order is the best New Wave band.

    I listen to Blue Monday every day when I brush my hair in the morning.

    My brother did the same when he was going through his American Psycho fandom phase.

  48. The USSR was mean and evil: it put its opponents into psychiatric institutions with bogus diagnoses. Fortunately, you have to fear no such things in the free and liberal European Union.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-09-20/marine-le-pen-must-undergo-psychiatric-evaluation-french-court-rules

    • Replies: @for-the-record
    When I read that today I had exactly the same thought.
    , @Mitleser
    We live in the USSR 2.0, fellow EUropean citizen.
  49. @reiner Tor
    The USSR was mean and evil: it put its opponents into psychiatric institutions with bogus diagnoses. Fortunately, you have to fear no such things in the free and liberal European Union.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-09-20/marine-le-pen-must-undergo-psychiatric-evaluation-french-court-rules

    When I read that today I had exactly the same thought.

  50. @Daniel Chieh
    Universal Basic Income, most likely, possibly with a makework component. Technological unemployment is probably overstated, the human brain is capable of flexibility in a way machines aren't and therefore is actually more affordable for an entire range of work.

    Its why I joked once that the future will be silicon intelligences utilizing carbon-based intelligence for slaves, since there is a possibility that specialist roles will be mechanized, but low return variable input work will be humanized with large supply of cheap labor.

    future will be silicon intelligences utilizing carbon-based intelligence for slaves

    I thought they were going to use us as batteries, no?

    Peace.

    • Replies: @Daniel Chieh
    Ludicrously inefficient. But I actually am contemplating a pretty cool idea very vaguely circling this for a story.
  51. UN medium-variant population projections for 2100:

    Nigeria 794 million

    Europe* 653 million

    * includes all of Russia, I believe.

    This of course understates the discrepancy, since a substantial proportion of European population will be non-European.

    https://esa.un.org/unpd/wpp/Publications/Files/WPP2017_KeyFindings.pdf

  52. @Talha

    future will be silicon intelligences utilizing carbon-based intelligence for slaves
     
    I thought they were going to use us as batteries, no?
    https://1zmiiq24oo5a7l1r624eayhp-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Matrix-battery-energy-1024x534.jpg

    Peace.

    Ludicrously inefficient. But I actually am contemplating a pretty cool idea very vaguely circling this for a story.

    • Replies: @Hyperborean
    You have mentioned you were an artist of a kind in the past. Are you a writer or do drawings or...?
    , @Talha

    Ludicrously inefficient.
     
    Totally agree. I remember when that was proposed in the movie I thought to myself - well, that's thinking outside the box - totally unrealistic, but I'll play along for fun.

    Humans are totally inefficient for labor. A few of us brothers got together for an event at the construction site of a new mosque. We moved thousands upon thousands of bricks around. It took us a couple of hours to do what a forklift could have done in a few minutes.

    Peace
    , @Anatoly Karlin
    Interesting fact:

    In the original Wachowski brothers screenplay, the machines were using human brains as wetware CPU to solve the problems that human intelligence is good at.

    So, about as realistic as AI dystopias get.

    But the faggots responsible for sales scotched the idea because they argued people wouldn't understand it, and replaced it with batteries.
  53. @Daniel Chieh
    Ludicrously inefficient. But I actually am contemplating a pretty cool idea very vaguely circling this for a story.

    You have mentioned you were an artist of a kind in the past. Are you a writer or do drawings or…?

    • Replies: @Daniel Chieh
    I'm primarily a writer, but I also do a little bit of digital art and drawing. I've mused about doing caricatures of some of the regulars here once, kind of what was done in Salo Forums(probably as close to a right-wing art group as I've ever found).
  54. @Hyperborean
    You have mentioned you were an artist of a kind in the past. Are you a writer or do drawings or...?

    I’m primarily a writer, but I also do a little bit of digital art and drawing. I’ve mused about doing caricatures of some of the regulars here once, kind of what was done in Salo Forums(probably as close to a right-wing art group as I’ve ever found).

    • Replies: @iffen
    I’ve mused about doing caricatures of some of the regulars here

    Don't forget the self-portrait.
  55. @for-the-record
    after I was arrested at O’Hare and thus missed my Lufthansa flight (cattle class). Fortunately since I required medical treatment (cops gave me a black eye)

    Can you elaborate?

    Lots of flights were delayed owing to weather, so I went to the United lounge along with many other people.

    Around midnight they shut down the bar, but we didn’t want it to close. So I went behind the bar and started serving everyone. About 45 minutes later the cops showed up. I tried to escape but was unable to.

    Woops.

    NBD as the cop didn’t show up to court so the charges (disorderly conduct, resisting arrest) were dropped.

  56. @Daniel Chieh
    Universal Basic Income, most likely, possibly with a makework component. Technological unemployment is probably overstated, the human brain is capable of flexibility in a way machines aren't and therefore is actually more affordable for an entire range of work.

    Its why I joked once that the future will be silicon intelligences utilizing carbon-based intelligence for slaves, since there is a possibility that specialist roles will be mechanized, but low return variable input work will be humanized with large supply of cheap labor.

    Universal Basic Income

    Yes

  57. @Daniel Chieh
    Ludicrously inefficient. But I actually am contemplating a pretty cool idea very vaguely circling this for a story.

    Ludicrously inefficient.

    Totally agree. I remember when that was proposed in the movie I thought to myself – well, that’s thinking outside the box – totally unrealistic, but I’ll play along for fun.

    Humans are totally inefficient for labor. A few of us brothers got together for an event at the construction site of a new mosque. We moved thousands upon thousands of bricks around. It took us a couple of hours to do what a forklift could have done in a few minutes.

    Peace

  58. @Talha
    Thanks for reporting, glad you’re back safe and sound.

    begged to take photos with us.
     
    Whoa!!! Niqabis??!! That is pretty whack!

    Since this is an open thread, a related issue (fairly hot off the press):
    https://assets-pewresearch-org.cdn.ampproject.org/ii/w1000/assets.pewresearch.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/1/2018/09/FT_18.09.12_westernEuropeMuslimDress_restrictions420px.png

    Also...This. Sucks. And. Ruins. Good. Memories.

    “EXCLUSIVE: Are Bert & Ernie a couple? We finally have an answer…”
    https://www.queerty.com/exclusive-bert-ernie-couple-finally-answer-20180916

    Peace.

    They should do a survey investigating men’s attitudes on restricting women’s ever more revealing clothing choices. Large European cities, east and west, give the impression of an open air whorehouse during the summer months. Men are also dressing much more vulgarly than they used to.

    • Replies: @Daniel Chieh
    We should go traditional with codpieces.

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/71/Giovanni_Battista_Moroni_009.jpg
    , @Talha
    I'd love to see that survey. I will generally avoid any college campus during summer time unless I have to go by necessity.

    Men are also dressing much more vulgarly than they used to.
     
    That too. Perhaps because fashion trends for men are also being set by homosexuals...?

    Peace.
  59. @Kinez
    They should do a survey investigating men's attitudes on restricting women's ever more revealing clothing choices. Large European cities, east and west, give the impression of an open air whorehouse during the summer months. Men are also dressing much more vulgarly than they used to.

    We should go traditional with codpieces.

    • Replies: @iffen
    Leave it to the monarchists.
  60. @Kinez
    They should do a survey investigating men's attitudes on restricting women's ever more revealing clothing choices. Large European cities, east and west, give the impression of an open air whorehouse during the summer months. Men are also dressing much more vulgarly than they used to.

    I’d love to see that survey. I will generally avoid any college campus during summer time unless I have to go by necessity.

    Men are also dressing much more vulgarly than they used to.

    That too. Perhaps because fashion trends for men are also being set by homosexuals…?

    Peace.

  61. @Polish Perspective
    Some good news out of Ukraine. And it shows - conclusively - why any comparison with Sub-Saharan Africa should be dismissed as lunacy.

    Ukraine has become the primary outsourcing market in Eastern Europe, according to Outsourcing Journal, and is top in Central and Eastern Europe by outsourcing volume. It’s the fifth largest IT services exporter [by value], according to consultancy PwC.

    “The industry has tripled over the last few years,” says Andrew Sorohan, team lead at Kiev-based VC firm UVentures. “We’ve got a young, highly skilled workforce working on projects in machine learning and big data analytics for clients like UBS, Uber, Google, Deutsche Bank, and Amazon.”
     

    Source

    In the last four years, according to PwC, the number of IT specialists has more than doubled, from just over 40,000 to nearly 92,000.

    In terms of available talent, Ukraine already outpaces its competitors in the region, including Poland and Hungary, and PwC believes the number of IT professionals will double again by 2020.

    Marvin Liao, a partner at the San Francisco-based venture capital fund 500 Startups who's spent considerable time in Ukraine, believes that the conflict with Russia has had a significant impact on the country's IT sector.

    "The natural leaning used to be towards the post-Soviet region, and for better or worse, since the war started, there's been a massive shift to leaning towards the West.
    "More people are learning to speak English, they are much more Western leaning, and that has changed the orientation of the ecosystem."
     

    Source

    There is now also a greater involvement of Israeli high tech firms, hiring Ukrainian outsourcing companies and the UA government wants to increase this.

    Incidentally, the newest human development index rankings were released a few days ago and Ukraine placed slightly below China but still ahead of Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Paraguay etc. I re-iterate my strong conviction that there is nothing stopping Ukraine from becoming a wealthy country from a strictly HBD perspective but that its failures must be seen from a primarily socio-political lens. This will not go down well with HBD essentialists/fundamentalists, but it is impossible to understand Ukraine's trajectory post-1991 otherwise.

    I’m sure there are plenty of intelligent, capable and competent people in the Ukraine. Unfortunately, that’s not sufficient for building a prosperous society. Institutions, (geo)politics, demographics, migration trends, the international environment etc all play a very important role. Otherwise, people’s standard of living would already be equal to that in Russia or Poland.

    92,000 people working as IT specialists is of course much better than none, but for a country of (supposedly) 42 million it’s a drop in the bucket. Per capita Ukrainian exports of goods and services were about four times lower than Bulgaria last year (~$5,400 vs ~$1,300)! It’s not impossible that one day, in several decades, the situation will look completely different – but it will be a long road. In the meantime, people are leaving, the infrastructure is in an awful state, corruption continues unabated etc.

  62. @Daniel Chieh
    I'm primarily a writer, but I also do a little bit of digital art and drawing. I've mused about doing caricatures of some of the regulars here once, kind of what was done in Salo Forums(probably as close to a right-wing art group as I've ever found).

    I’ve mused about doing caricatures of some of the regulars here

    Don’t forget the self-portrait.

    • LOL: Anatoly Karlin
  63. @Daniel Chieh
    We should go traditional with codpieces.

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/71/Giovanni_Battista_Moroni_009.jpg

    Leave it to the monarchists.

  64. @Thorfinnsson
    Thorfinnsson has returned to save your souls from the terrible curse of poor quality products and bad investments. Happy to hear German_reader is back.

    Tesla is now officially being investigated by the Department of Justice, which is highly irregular (usually the SEC handles these things). Polish Perspective looking baggier by the day.

    That said, Polish Perspective deserves praise for his warnings on China. It seems like China actually really is--finally--in economic trouble. Capital is fleeing, there's severe pressure on the RMB, the stock market is crumbling, and the Belt and Road Initiative appears to be turning into a fiasco. The Chinese also apparently didn't take Trump seriously and were caught flat footed by the trade war.

    Travel Notes

    Had the interesting experience of meeting someone with a similar background to me, but a generation older. Grew up in New York of French parents. Fellow businessman. Not one of our guys politically, but polite enough to tolerate my bigoted outbursts. Karlin can perhaps relate since many of his formative years were spent in an Anglo country. I suspect our divided/weak national identities have made us more, rather than less, nationalistic. Orwell made this point in writing about the H-man.

    France has a massive plague of cyclists. Every tiny little village even in the middle of nowhere France has at least one restaurant that would be rated as excellent anywhere in America. The French, while not as stylish as Italians, are quite stylish. Meat and seafood counters at France are wonderful to explore, and now there are good steaks as well (imported from Down Under). Overall French civilization is admirable and impressive. France has appalling numbers of negroes milling around. They should be shot.

    We were originally to fly British Airways to India from the South of France (owing to my father's bad habit of loyalty to institutions that don't deserve it), which would've required going through the dreaded London Heathrow. Fortunately BA cancelled our flights. We then flew Swiss Air instead, which connected through Zurich. Swiss Air's business class product isn't quite as good as BA's, but it's perfectly serviceable. I had the pleasure of flying it first in 2014, after I was arrested at O'Hare and thus missed my Lufthansa flight (cattle class). Fortunately since I required medical treatment (cops gave me a black eye) they were required to book me on a new flight for free.

    The big advantages were a shorter trip and connecting through Zurich rather than Heathrow. Zurich's airport lives up to all the stereotypes of the Swiss nation. Roomy, spacious, efficient, fast. Interestingly airport security in Switzerland is handled by the cantons. I have never seen such an arrangement in another country.

    India was India as usual. The Bombay international terminal is now quite nice, but there is only one first/business class lounge which is operated by the airport operator. It's overcrowded and the bathrooms smell like piss (which bathrooms in India generally do). The resort we stayed at was very nice other than frequent (but brief) power outages. Unfortunately the beach was also strewn with garbage, but that didn't stop enterprising Indian crabbers from hustling at 4am for their daily catch. Indian food as usual got old after about two days, though I did have a delightful fish dish which consisted of a whole fish coated in masala or whatever and grilled inside of a banana leaf.

    White God syndrome still at work in India. Visited a medieval fortress and a group of Indian mohammedan women clad in black burkas came up my father and I giggling like school girls and begged to take photos with us. Watch out Talha.

    Also my father is now reading the Unz Review and might see this. If you're reading this don't identify yourself or debate with me ffs.

    France has appalling numbers of negroes milling around. They should be shot.

    How you enjoy any respectability on here, I can’t get through my head. The “playful” facade fools no one. If it looks like a Nazi, swims like a Nazi, and quacks like a Nazi, then it probably is a Nazi.

    (And a … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narcissistic_personality_disorder)

    • Replies: @Daniel Chieh
    If you don't mind my asking, what is your approximate age range?
    , @Talha
    You have to be able to catch good-faith attempts at trolling on Internet forums. Too bad Greasy isn’t here, he was a fairly good extremist Jewish troller - would call all sorts of people subhuman while talking about their women being hot.

    Peace.
    , @DFH
    The Eternal Swede
    , @iffen
    If it looks like a Nazi, swims like a Nazi, and quacks like a Nazi, then it probably is a Nazi.

    You write this like it is a bad thing.

    Anyway, Thor can't be a Nazi, he has a sense of humor.

    , @Hyperborean
    We need men like Thorfinnsson around; he makes the rest of us look like respectable moderates.
    , @notanon

    If it looks like a Nazi, swims like a Nazi, and quacks like a Nazi, then it probably is a...
     
    fed.
    , @Max Payne
    He's not serious. Shooting them means wasting bullets. Clearly he meant "...drowned".
  65. @Swedish Family

    France has appalling numbers of negroes milling around. They should be shot.
     
    How you enjoy any respectability on here, I can't get through my head. The "playful" facade fools no one. If it looks like a Nazi, swims like a Nazi, and quacks like a Nazi, then it probably is a Nazi.

    (And a ... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narcissistic_personality_disorder)

    If you don’t mind my asking, what is your approximate age range?

    • Replies: @Swedish Family

    If you don’t mind my asking, what is your approximate age range?
     
    I'm in my mid-30s, just like Thorfinnsson, so it's not a generational thing.
  66. @Swedish Family

    France has appalling numbers of negroes milling around. They should be shot.
     
    How you enjoy any respectability on here, I can't get through my head. The "playful" facade fools no one. If it looks like a Nazi, swims like a Nazi, and quacks like a Nazi, then it probably is a Nazi.

    (And a ... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narcissistic_personality_disorder)

    You have to be able to catch good-faith attempts at trolling on Internet forums. Too bad Greasy isn’t here, he was a fairly good extremist Jewish troller – would call all sorts of people subhuman while talking about their women being hot.

    Peace.

    • Replies: @Swedish Family

    You have to be able to catch good-faith attempts at trolling on Internet forums. Too bad Greasy isn’t here, he was a fairly good extremist Jewish troller – would call all sorts of people subhuman while talking about their women being hot.

    Peace.
     
    Trolling can be that, sure, but this kind of dehumanizing speech is getting commoner here by the month -- it's pretty well background noise at this time -- along with Nazi apologism.

    And Nazi apologism does say something about a person. A commenter over at Sailer's blog, New Dealer, laid this out well a month ago:

    Hitler is the culture’s personification of evil, now, and long ago in the postwar years of my unlettered childhood. Later, as a young adult, I devoured mountains of political literature, from Ayn Rand to Karl Marx, including Mein Kampf. I was surprised to find that the text was not only evil but, to borrow an idea, banal. Mediocre, tedious, boring, inferior. And ever since I’ve known that anyone inspired by Hitler, seriously or ironically, is not just flirting with evil but is intellectually and spiritually stunted as well. That’s a good reason for people to try to read MK, I think.

    Reading the responses to Unz’s recent postings is educational as well. There are rational and debatable views, based on argument and evidence, about ethnocentricity, fair dealing, influence on foreign and immigration policies. But there is an atavistic racism from other commenters. The kind based on visceral revulsion, overgeneralization, dehumanization, and destructive malice. The kind we should all reject for the sake of social peace, but that has been dangerously trivialized by SJWs to win silly virtue points, for example by besmirching friendly people as Hitlerian for asking a new acquaintance where they are from. The actually irrational anti-Semites are obsessed, repetitive, tiresome, self-refuting; the “revisionists” are gales of pure nasty id clouded by capitalizations, obscure personal neologisms, and idiosyncratic epistemological principles. It’s probably best for a curious person to learn that on their own than it be forbidden fruit that one is only told about second-hand.

    Free speech needs to be defended, but Unz’s recent method of doing so “lacks elementary social skills” and is self-defeating. The meaning of a word or action is not just what one intends but also what others understand. To open a webpage full of heterodox views that headlines Mein Kampf has a social meaning, regardless of the poster’s intent. SJWs in bad faith constantly exploit the gap between personal intention and preposterously alleged social meaning in order to bully and dominate others. But whatever the eager amiability of your soul, if you tattoo your face with knives, dice, babes, and dripping blood, for some reason people will start staying away from you.
     
    http://www.unz.com/isteve/a-most-expected-backlash/
  67. Couple at centre of Novichok scare [PUTIN TRIED TO KILL ME] are suspected drug dealer and £4,000-a-night high-class escort

    The man at the centre of the latest Salisbury Novichok scare is a suspected pusher of cocaine, ecstasy, diazepam and ketamine.

    Alex King, 42, is charged with 12 counts of possession with intent to supply class A, B and C drugs and is on bail until his trial next year.

    King and Russian wife Anna Shapiro fell violently ill whilst dining in the Wiltshire town on Sunday but both have been discharged from hospital.

    The glamour model told friends recently that she was a “honeytrap spy” tasked with seducing men for Israeli spy agency Mossad.

    The Mirror can also reveal she is a high-class £4,000 a-night escort…

    Anna claims she and Alex were fleeing their Central London home via Salisbury to avoid being hit by Russian assassins, like ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/man-centre-novichok-scare-suspected-13275555?utm_term=Autofeed&utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1537399231

    • Replies: @The Big Red Scary
    Next scene: two chihuahuas of Russian gay rights activist living in exile in Salisbury die of Novichok poisoning in Putin-backed hate crime.

    Because the walruses weren't enough:

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/21/two-walruses-die-at-vladimir-putin-backed-oceanarium/
  68. @Swedish Family

    France has appalling numbers of negroes milling around. They should be shot.
     
    How you enjoy any respectability on here, I can't get through my head. The "playful" facade fools no one. If it looks like a Nazi, swims like a Nazi, and quacks like a Nazi, then it probably is a Nazi.

    (And a ... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narcissistic_personality_disorder)

    The Eternal Swede

  69. Worst case scenario would be Russia joining totalitarian Sinosphere, and Greater Visegrad joining totalitarian neoliberalism.txt. In this case, kiss European civilization goodbye for at least 3 generations. And have American troops in Gdansk face off PLA troops in St. Petersburg.

    This is probably what the globalists have up in their sleeves. Its up to Visegrad and Russia to resist joining neoliberalism.txt (and social and economic integration with America in this process), for the former, and Sinosphere (and social/economic integration with China, Golden Horde 2.0 with 21st century Chinese characteristics), respectively

    • Replies: @KA
    What choice does Russia has in todays world? The system is pervasive ( neoloberlaism fragmentation
    and social atomization ) and it touches everybody from US to Sweden and from Papua New Guiene to remote place in Chad . No one can escape . Unless Russia - China come up with new economic financial ideas, the resistance is doomed that includes military resistance as well. The delivery of the same polices through new BRICKS Asian Bank or Chinese Belt and Road will not change the problems common folks are facing .
  70. @Thorfinnsson
    Aside from Karlin's top quality content, it's a matter of freedom. We post, and it gets immediately posted. Our comments aren't censored. Powerful recipe.

    Perhaps I should invite you all to my uncensored internet forum which has been running for nearly twenty years now.

    You have always strongly reminded me of a guy who used to post on the phora – he left it before I started posting (between 2010-11) his username was Thomas something and he was a high-powered, heavy-lifting high-IQ Swedish-American lawyer and an unapologetic WN (though an apologetic one would be a bit absurd…).

    Anyway, good travel notes on France and pretty similar to my own observations. I was at a wedding in the depths of Normandy last weekend (a village some 3 hours west of Paris by car but easily reachable by train and has thus become very popular with wealthy types from the western suburbs with enough cash to buy a weekend cottage) – no more than 1000 souls but a bakery the equal to anything I could find in London or New York, nothing but natives (even handing out wedding canapés) and of the many farmers visible in the fields, many of them under 40 with children helping.

    But this strong and healthy rural base of France makes the state of the cities even more of a shame – the serious cities with serious economies and serious culture which are 80%+ euro are not many – maybe Rennes, Nantes, Lille(though now it’s probably below that) and the crown jewel Bordeaux. The last one is a beautiful city for those who haven’t visited – a great base for exploring the wine country and also the underrated regions of Armagnac/cognac either side of it, magnificent architecture (it was a wealthy slaving city) and a centre stuffed with atmospheric pubs, bars and clubs – going out with my cousin in Bordeaux we always came back home with a girl! Even the local Arabs and blacks are a lot more chilled out – though many still find it hard to resist finding a good street corner to glare at natives from, they know deep down that they are lucky to live there!

    • Replies: @AquariusAnon
    I know that France as a whole is probably sitting just at 80% white. From the google street view I've seen of many of the cities, it just feels like a decaying, moribund country.

    Wonder how will France bottom out as. There's a pretty big chance chance that they'll be in their 6th republic very soon.
    , @Yevardian
    Bordeaux is full of Arabs these days. When you get mistaken for one it's quite unpleasant.
  71. @Pumblechook
    You have always strongly reminded me of a guy who used to post on the phora - he left it before I started posting (between 2010-11) his username was Thomas something and he was a high-powered, heavy-lifting high-IQ Swedish-American lawyer and an unapologetic WN (though an apologetic one would be a bit absurd...).

    Anyway, good travel notes on France and pretty similar to my own observations. I was at a wedding in the depths of Normandy last weekend (a village some 3 hours west of Paris by car but easily reachable by train and has thus become very popular with wealthy types from the western suburbs with enough cash to buy a weekend cottage) - no more than 1000 souls but a bakery the equal to anything I could find in London or New York, nothing but natives (even handing out wedding canapés) and of the many farmers visible in the fields, many of them under 40 with children helping.

    But this strong and healthy rural base of France makes the state of the cities even more of a shame - the serious cities with serious economies and serious culture which are 80%+ euro are not many - maybe Rennes, Nantes, Lille(though now it's probably below that) and the crown jewel Bordeaux. The last one is a beautiful city for those who haven't visited - a great base for exploring the wine country and also the underrated regions of Armagnac/cognac either side of it, magnificent architecture (it was a wealthy slaving city) and a centre stuffed with atmospheric pubs, bars and clubs - going out with my cousin in Bordeaux we always came back home with a girl! Even the local Arabs and blacks are a lot more chilled out - though many still find it hard to resist finding a good street corner to glare at natives from, they know deep down that they are lucky to live there!

    I know that France as a whole is probably sitting just at 80% white. From the google street view I’ve seen of many of the cities, it just feels like a decaying, moribund country.

    Wonder how will France bottom out as. There’s a pretty big chance chance that they’ll be in their 6th republic very soon.

    • Replies: @Pumblechook
    You really think so re: decaying cities? Apart from the banlieues I don't find that tonne the case.

    Whilst what I said about serious cities is true (although of course if you are living in good areas of Paris it is a dream city - I lived a year in a catholic middle-class quarter and you would never know you were 30 mins from utter shitholes) - the beauty of living in France is the choice of small/medium cities of great quality of life, beauty and history/culture - Tours, Dijon, Lorient, Amiens, Reims, Strasbourg, Orleans etc. I live in the UK and the city equivalents of the same size are places like Coventry, Stockport, Portsmouth, Hull etc - take a google map of those and get back to me!

    I think the truth is that France will do ok for a long time. Even 80% of euros is enough to keep things ticking over for a long time yet - and for sure, intermarriage allows the absorption of willing foreigners into the French ranks. On that side of my family I have three 2nd cousins with 1-2 grandparents from outside Europe but they pretty much look, act and feel French/euro. For me it's enough. the size of the place also means that unlike Germany, U.K. or Benelux, you can still escape the problems for now

    Italy is the best for this category of small cities though - Verona, Siena, Bergamo citta alta, Pescara, Perugia, Latina, whatever the list is endless.
    , @Dmitry
    French civilization was already declining from First World War.

    The final lowest point, was Hitler's invasion of France in several weeks, and walking parades of German soldiers along Champs-Elysees of Paris - which as a national humiliation, the confidence was never recovered from.

    I recommend to read a biography of man like Sartre, to see how strange 20th century history of France was, in any cultural and political level. And remembering that by time Sartre dies in 1980, he was already viewed "old fashioned", insufficiently radical, relic of history by intellectual circles.

    In terms of standards of living, industry and high economic development, France's high point was in a post-war epoch. But the high culture, was incredibly deep in nihilism and self-conflict at the same time already by the 1950s.

  72. @neutral

    but it is impossible to understand Ukraine’s trajectory post-1991 otherwise
     
    Is there anything in their history that shows them as anything but a docile, compliant and unremarkable people? If this is their entire history then HBD is a factor here, it is in their genetics, and it cannot be excused with political reasons.

    the Indo-Europeans started in what is now Ukraine

    being so far inland i expect they suffer from iodine deficiency which may not have mattered so much in the past when they had the horses and everyone was dumber.

    • Replies: @AP

    the Indo-Europeans started in what is now Ukraine
     
    What is now eastern Ukraine, southern Russia, and parts of Kazakhstan.

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/5a/IE_expansion.png

    being so far inland
     
    This region borders the Black and Caspian Seas.
  73. ” Syria’s 85 average national IQ isn’t going anywhere. Fuck ups every now and then are inevitable. Some of them will kill Russians”

    That is exactly what your Jewish boss has told you to offer as an explanation for the stupidities of Russian behaviors.

    Thanks for obliging the master.

    • Replies: @Daniel Chieh
    But how do you know that Unz's mind waves aren't making you post this as well?
  74. @Nznz
    Assuming that no silver bullet is found which magically raises human IQ in the foreseeable future, how should the government in developed countries deal with technological unemployment, government subsidized mass make work jobs?

    all industrial countries should completely halt immigration with very limited exceptions for the clearly exceptional and let the population decline till it’s in balance with technology

    and in the interim a mixture of make work and universal basic income

  75. @anon
    " Syria’s 85 average national IQ isn’t going anywhere. Fuck ups every now and then are inevitable. Some of them will kill Russians"

    That is exactly what your Jewish boss has told you to offer as an explanation for the stupidities of Russian behaviors.

    Thanks for obliging the master.

    But how do you know that Unz’s mind waves aren’t making you post this as well?

    • Replies: @Yevardian
    Speaking of which, I came across a link to this quite unfortunate email exchange between Mr. Unz and David Cole on Greg Cochran's blog:
    "Using his usual analytical methods, Ron has discovered that the Jews of Europe, during WWII, were sent off to live on a farm in the country."

    http://www.countercontempt.com/archives/5908

    I can't vouch for the veracity of it, but.

  76. @AquariusAnon
    I know that France as a whole is probably sitting just at 80% white. From the google street view I've seen of many of the cities, it just feels like a decaying, moribund country.

    Wonder how will France bottom out as. There's a pretty big chance chance that they'll be in their 6th republic very soon.

    You really think so re: decaying cities? Apart from the banlieues I don’t find that tonne the case.

    Whilst what I said about serious cities is true (although of course if you are living in good areas of Paris it is a dream city – I lived a year in a catholic middle-class quarter and you would never know you were 30 mins from utter shitholes) – the beauty of living in France is the choice of small/medium cities of great quality of life, beauty and history/culture – Tours, Dijon, Lorient, Amiens, Reims, Strasbourg, Orleans etc. I live in the UK and the city equivalents of the same size are places like Coventry, Stockport, Portsmouth, Hull etc – take a google map of those and get back to me!

    I think the truth is that France will do ok for a long time. Even 80% of euros is enough to keep things ticking over for a long time yet – and for sure, intermarriage allows the absorption of willing foreigners into the French ranks. On that side of my family I have three 2nd cousins with 1-2 grandparents from outside Europe but they pretty much look, act and feel French/euro. For me it’s enough. the size of the place also means that unlike Germany, U.K. or Benelux, you can still escape the problems for now

    Italy is the best for this category of small cities though – Verona, Siena, Bergamo citta alta, Pescara, Perugia, Latina, whatever the list is endless.

    • Agree: utu
    • Replies: @Ali Choudhury
    Portsmouth and Coventry were bombed to pieces during WW2 while most of France was spared that by surrendering early. There are plenty of great small towns and cities in the UK e.g. Stirling, Windsor, Solihull, Altrincham, Harrogate, Chester, Glossop, Durham, St Andrews, Bath etc.
    , @Matra
    Italy is the best for this category of small cities though – Verona, Siena, Bergamo citta alta, Pescara, Perugia, Latina, whatever the list is endless.

    Bergamo is full of Africans. Leave the train, enter the station, and immediately there are African eyes - all male, all fairly young - on you, both to your left and right. Push through the doors into the Marconi piazza or whatever it's called - across from the McDonald's - and there are more Africans, in groups, sitting about checking out everyone who leaves the station. On streets in the lower town there are Africans standing alone, sometimes one on each side of lonely streets, babbling away on their phones but watching everyone who passes. Looking for targets, maybe?

    On the way from Bologna to Bergamo I noticed at even rural stations that our train went right through without stopping large groups of Africans hanging about with no seeming purpose. Salvini has a lot of work to do before medium-sized towns in Italy are anywhere near as European as they are in central and eastern Europe.
  77. @AquariusAnon
    I know that France as a whole is probably sitting just at 80% white. From the google street view I've seen of many of the cities, it just feels like a decaying, moribund country.

    Wonder how will France bottom out as. There's a pretty big chance chance that they'll be in their 6th republic very soon.

    French civilization was already declining from First World War.

    The final lowest point, was Hitler’s invasion of France in several weeks, and walking parades of German soldiers along Champs-Elysees of Paris – which as a national humiliation, the confidence was never recovered from.

    I recommend to read a biography of man like Sartre, to see how strange 20th century history of France was, in any cultural and political level. And remembering that by time Sartre dies in 1980, he was already viewed “old fashioned”, insufficiently radical, relic of history by intellectual circles.

    In terms of standards of living, industry and high economic development, France’s high point was in a post-war epoch. But the high culture, was incredibly deep in nihilism and self-conflict at the same time already by the 1950s.

    • Replies: @Pumblechook
    It's easy to point towards the stereotype of the nihilist, over-intellectualised French philosophers and the sentiment of national decline (and to be honest, I often do so myself - but currently I feel like defending the French a little).

    But how do you explain then the popularity and rise to power in the latter half of the 20th century of de Gaulle, a man so obviously patriotic, with a strong sense of destiny and will to power? How can one explain the hawks of the Academie Francaise (who are part of the high culture sphere), who defend the French language from Anglo incursions? How can one square the obsession at top government levels of promoting natalist policy with a culture of nihilist defeat?

    Not saying I disagree entirely, but I don't think the French are these days particularly more nihilist than any other Westerners
    , @Anatoly Karlin
    Germany is obviously more defeatist, nihilist, etc. than France today. Though many here would agree that French (relative) vigor is often misdirected.
  78. @notanon
    the Indo-Europeans started in what is now Ukraine

    being so far inland i expect they suffer from iodine deficiency which may not have mattered so much in the past when they had the horses and everyone was dumber.

    the Indo-Europeans started in what is now Ukraine

    What is now eastern Ukraine, southern Russia, and parts of Kazakhstan.

    being so far inland

    This region borders the Black and Caspian Seas.

    • Replies: @Anon
    You just can't help but continue to spill your tribal poison. It's only a matter of time when you get what's coming.
    , @notanon

    What is now eastern Ukraine, southern Russia, and parts of Kazakhstan.
     
    right - from Ukraine to the southern Urals

    https://cdn.britannica.com/41/89941-004-0962A14F.gif

    This region borders the Black and Caspian Seas.
     
    yes you'd think so but

    https://www.unicef.org/ukraine/activities_11389.html

    National research conducted in 2003 by the Ministry of Health Care of Ukraine with support from UNICEF and USA Centre for Disease Control confirmed mild iodine deficiency in population in the whole territory of Ukraine. 80% of children are born and develop in conditions of iodine deficiency without consuming necessary amount of iodine with food.
     
    i was thinking it might be due to distance from the oceans (hence inland) but maybe it's something else, rainfall, wind direction? - either way it's a big problem in Ukraine.
  79. @AP

    the Indo-Europeans started in what is now Ukraine
     
    What is now eastern Ukraine, southern Russia, and parts of Kazakhstan.

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/5a/IE_expansion.png

    being so far inland
     
    This region borders the Black and Caspian Seas.

    You just can’t help but continue to spill your tribal poison. It’s only a matter of time when you get what’s coming.

  80. @Dmitry
    French civilization was already declining from First World War.

    The final lowest point, was Hitler's invasion of France in several weeks, and walking parades of German soldiers along Champs-Elysees of Paris - which as a national humiliation, the confidence was never recovered from.

    I recommend to read a biography of man like Sartre, to see how strange 20th century history of France was, in any cultural and political level. And remembering that by time Sartre dies in 1980, he was already viewed "old fashioned", insufficiently radical, relic of history by intellectual circles.

    In terms of standards of living, industry and high economic development, France's high point was in a post-war epoch. But the high culture, was incredibly deep in nihilism and self-conflict at the same time already by the 1950s.

    It’s easy to point towards the stereotype of the nihilist, over-intellectualised French philosophers and the sentiment of national decline (and to be honest, I often do so myself – but currently I feel like defending the French a little).

    But how do you explain then the popularity and rise to power in the latter half of the 20th century of de Gaulle, a man so obviously patriotic, with a strong sense of destiny and will to power? How can one explain the hawks of the Academie Francaise (who are part of the high culture sphere), who defend the French language from Anglo incursions? How can one square the obsession at top government levels of promoting natalist policy with a culture of nihilist defeat?

    Not saying I disagree entirely, but I don’t think the French are these days particularly more nihilist than any other Westerners

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
    What does it mean to be no more nihilist than other Westerners? The French are dying out.

    French people don't have children, and the number of French people is therefore declining. The rate of decline will accelerate as each cohort of women of childbearing age gets smaller, as in Germany, Sweden, England, Italy, etc.
  81. @Daniel Chieh
    Ludicrously inefficient. But I actually am contemplating a pretty cool idea very vaguely circling this for a story.

    Interesting fact:

    In the original Wachowski brothers screenplay, the machines were using human brains as wetware CPU to solve the problems that human intelligence is good at.

    So, about as realistic as AI dystopias get.

    But the faggots responsible for sales scotched the idea because they argued people wouldn’t understand it, and replaced it with batteries.

    • Replies: @Daniel Chieh

    In the original Wachowski brothers screenplay, the machines were using human brains as wetware CPU to solve the problems that human intelligence is good at.

     

    It would have been interesting as the simulation would literally have the humans "puzzle solving" life situations which would then be valid for the AI harvesters. But of course, low IQ has to prevail.
  82. @Polish Perspective
    Some good news out of Ukraine. And it shows - conclusively - why any comparison with Sub-Saharan Africa should be dismissed as lunacy.

    Ukraine has become the primary outsourcing market in Eastern Europe, according to Outsourcing Journal, and is top in Central and Eastern Europe by outsourcing volume. It’s the fifth largest IT services exporter [by value], according to consultancy PwC.

    “The industry has tripled over the last few years,” says Andrew Sorohan, team lead at Kiev-based VC firm UVentures. “We’ve got a young, highly skilled workforce working on projects in machine learning and big data analytics for clients like UBS, Uber, Google, Deutsche Bank, and Amazon.”
     

    Source

    In the last four years, according to PwC, the number of IT specialists has more than doubled, from just over 40,000 to nearly 92,000.

    In terms of available talent, Ukraine already outpaces its competitors in the region, including Poland and Hungary, and PwC believes the number of IT professionals will double again by 2020.

    Marvin Liao, a partner at the San Francisco-based venture capital fund 500 Startups who's spent considerable time in Ukraine, believes that the conflict with Russia has had a significant impact on the country's IT sector.

    "The natural leaning used to be towards the post-Soviet region, and for better or worse, since the war started, there's been a massive shift to leaning towards the West.
    "More people are learning to speak English, they are much more Western leaning, and that has changed the orientation of the ecosystem."
     

    Source

    There is now also a greater involvement of Israeli high tech firms, hiring Ukrainian outsourcing companies and the UA government wants to increase this.

    Incidentally, the newest human development index rankings were released a few days ago and Ukraine placed slightly below China but still ahead of Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Paraguay etc. I re-iterate my strong conviction that there is nothing stopping Ukraine from becoming a wealthy country from a strictly HBD perspective but that its failures must be seen from a primarily socio-political lens. This will not go down well with HBD essentialists/fundamentalists, but it is impossible to understand Ukraine's trajectory post-1991 otherwise.

    I don’t know much about IT but I can tell something about Ukrainian artisans. They disproportionately dominate Etsy, even though their government artificially keeps them behind by banning Paypal. It’s one of like 3 countries in the world where you’re not allowed to receive money from abroad via Paypal (you have to pass it through a middleman company), and in Russian-language handmade forums there are constant complaints about that idiocy. Stuff Ukrainians sell usually shows amazing skill and effort. Just a couple examples:

    https://www.etsy.com/shop/viktoriyasilk

    https://www.etsy.com/shop/BeadedJewelryVirunia

    It’s not an advertisement of my friends, I don’t know these women personally – but definitely wouldn’t mind if some of you supported them by buying.

    • Replies: @Dmitry
    Lol I don't we are the most likely demographic for buying Ukrainian embroidery.

    It's interesting though. With exchange rate, this kind of Etsy business is probably very viable

    This one https://www.etsy.com/shop/BeadedJewelryVirunia

    700 sales over 3 years. I guess just Etsy sales could receive them around a national average income?

  83. @Swedish Family

    France has appalling numbers of negroes milling around. They should be shot.
     
    How you enjoy any respectability on here, I can't get through my head. The "playful" facade fools no one. If it looks like a Nazi, swims like a Nazi, and quacks like a Nazi, then it probably is a Nazi.

    (And a ... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narcissistic_personality_disorder)

    If it looks like a Nazi, swims like a Nazi, and quacks like a Nazi, then it probably is a Nazi.

    You write this like it is a bad thing.

    Anyway, Thor can’t be a Nazi, he has a sense of humor.

    • Replies: @for-the-record
    Anyway, Thor can’t be a Nazi, he has a sense of humor.

    And Göring didn't?

    If I didn't have a sense of humor, how could I stand this trial now?
    [Nuremberg, 27 May 1946]
     
    Thor apparently comes from Swedish nobility; my one connection with Swedish nobility was playing tennis regularly in Geneva with a member of a Swedish noble family that had a rather unfortunate link to Göring. I'm sure Thor knows who they are.
  84. @Anatoly Karlin
    Interesting fact:

    In the original Wachowski brothers screenplay, the machines were using human brains as wetware CPU to solve the problems that human intelligence is good at.

    So, about as realistic as AI dystopias get.

    But the faggots responsible for sales scotched the idea because they argued people wouldn't understand it, and replaced it with batteries.

    In the original Wachowski brothers screenplay, the machines were using human brains as wetware CPU to solve the problems that human intelligence is good at.

    It would have been interesting as the simulation would literally have the humans “puzzle solving” life situations which would then be valid for the AI harvesters. But of course, low IQ has to prevail.

  85. @Dmitry
    French civilization was already declining from First World War.

    The final lowest point, was Hitler's invasion of France in several weeks, and walking parades of German soldiers along Champs-Elysees of Paris - which as a national humiliation, the confidence was never recovered from.

    I recommend to read a biography of man like Sartre, to see how strange 20th century history of France was, in any cultural and political level. And remembering that by time Sartre dies in 1980, he was already viewed "old fashioned", insufficiently radical, relic of history by intellectual circles.

    In terms of standards of living, industry and high economic development, France's high point was in a post-war epoch. But the high culture, was incredibly deep in nihilism and self-conflict at the same time already by the 1950s.

    Germany is obviously more defeatist, nihilist, etc. than France today. Though many here would agree that French (relative) vigor is often misdirected.

    • Replies: @iffen
    We don't seem to have any French commenters. Why do you suppose that is? Don't they care about saving humanity?
    , @Dmitry
    I'm not sure. But there are many different angles.

    For example, in France 35 hour working week. And industrial action to protest any attempt to reform labour market.

    I'm not sure Germany is perfect, but they can work 48 hours. They are not so famous for constant protesting.

    German philosophers and intellectual culture, seems less radical (again - this can be subjectively interpreted in different ways, as healthy or unhealthy).

    Even German modern art I don't dislike strongly - like Anselm Kiefer and Gerhard Richter. It's still a productive culture.

    Of the two countries, I think I would prefer to live in Germany for various reasons. (Actually German culture is still superficially attractive for me if I am honest).

  86. @Anatoly Karlin
    Germany is obviously more defeatist, nihilist, etc. than France today. Though many here would agree that French (relative) vigor is often misdirected.

    We don’t seem to have any French commenters. Why do you suppose that is? Don’t they care about saving humanity?

    • Replies: @Anatoly Karlin
    Guillaume Tell was great. I hope he's doing ok. Alt Right writer Guillaume Durocher comments from occasionally.

    There've been a few active French commenters here in the past, though none are active at the present time.
    , @DFH
    Probably has something to do with French not being very good at English, compared to other Euros outside of Southern Europe.
    , @Hyperborean

    We don’t seem to have any French commenters. Why do you suppose that is? Don’t they care about saving humanity?
     
    Most of them probably traffic French sites instead. There are some of them who will also do translations from English.

    http://grandfacho.com/articles-disponibles-en-francais-de-counter-currents-publishing/

    http://grandfacho.com/new-york-times-la-religion-de-la-blancheur-menace-la-paix-mondiale/

  87. Re-Ukrainian IQ.

    I originally guessed that it would be halfway between the Balkans and Russia, with a possibility that it was closer to the Balkan level. However, AP pointed out that the Ukrainian schoolchildren in the TIMSS results I based these guesstimates on were almost a year younger on average than Russians and Balkanites. Moreover, that recent study of Russian IQ shows historically Ukrainian heavy regions such as Stavropol, Krasnodar, and Primorye to only be a couple of IQ points behind the Russian average. So perhaps Ukrainian IQ is similar. A couple of IQ points behind Russia. Belorussia is probably similar to Russia. What paltry IQ tests have been carried out in Belorussia suggest that that is the case.

    Anyhow, both the Ukraine and Belorussia are participating in PISA 2018 for the first time. We’ll have a much better idea come December 2019.

  88. @iffen
    We don't seem to have any French commenters. Why do you suppose that is? Don't they care about saving humanity?

    Guillaume Tell was great. I hope he’s doing ok. Alt Right writer Guillaume Durocher comments from occasionally.

    There’ve been a few active French commenters here in the past, though none are active at the present time.

    • Replies: @for-the-record
    Guillaume Tell was great

    But he wasn't French.
  89. @Daniel Chieh
    If you don't mind my asking, what is your approximate age range?

    If you don’t mind my asking, what is your approximate age range?

    I’m in my mid-30s, just like Thorfinnsson, so it’s not a generational thing.

  90. @Talha
    You have to be able to catch good-faith attempts at trolling on Internet forums. Too bad Greasy isn’t here, he was a fairly good extremist Jewish troller - would call all sorts of people subhuman while talking about their women being hot.

    Peace.

    You have to be able to catch good-faith attempts at trolling on Internet forums. Too bad Greasy isn’t here, he was a fairly good extremist Jewish troller – would call all sorts of people subhuman while talking about their women being hot.

    Peace.

    Trolling can be that, sure, but this kind of dehumanizing speech is getting commoner here by the month — it’s pretty well background noise at this time — along with Nazi apologism.

    And Nazi apologism does say something about a person. A commenter over at Sailer’s blog, New Dealer, laid this out well a month ago:

    Hitler is the culture’s personification of evil, now, and long ago in the postwar years of my unlettered childhood. Later, as a young adult, I devoured mountains of political literature, from Ayn Rand to Karl Marx, including Mein Kampf. I was surprised to find that the text was not only evil but, to borrow an idea, banal. Mediocre, tedious, boring, inferior. And ever since I’ve known that anyone inspired by Hitler, seriously or ironically, is not just flirting with evil but is intellectually and spiritually stunted as well. That’s a good reason for people to try to read MK, I think.

    Reading the responses to Unz’s recent postings is educational as well. There are rational and debatable views, based on argument and evidence, about ethnocentricity, fair dealing, influence on foreign and immigration policies. But there is an atavistic racism from other commenters. The kind based on visceral revulsion, overgeneralization, dehumanization, and destructive malice. The kind we should all reject for the sake of social peace, but that has been dangerously trivialized by SJWs to win silly virtue points, for example by besmirching friendly people as Hitlerian for asking a new acquaintance where they are from. The actually irrational anti-Semites are obsessed, repetitive, tiresome, self-refuting; the “revisionists” are gales of pure nasty id clouded by capitalizations, obscure personal neologisms, and idiosyncratic epistemological principles. It’s probably best for a curious person to learn that on their own than it be forbidden fruit that one is only told about second-hand.

    Free speech needs to be defended, but Unz’s recent method of doing so “lacks elementary social skills” and is self-defeating. The meaning of a word or action is not just what one intends but also what others understand. To open a webpage full of heterodox views that headlines Mein Kampf has a social meaning, regardless of the poster’s intent. SJWs in bad faith constantly exploit the gap between personal intention and preposterously alleged social meaning in order to bully and dominate others. But whatever the eager amiability of your soul, if you tattoo your face with knives, dice, babes, and dripping blood, for some reason people will start staying away from you.

    http://www.unz.com/isteve/a-most-expected-backlash/

    • Agree: AaronB, Tyrion 2
    • Replies: @Thorfinnsson
    https://68.media.tumblr.com/26f46d0b6d3e5aac92468c67c72c4a92/tumblr_o4xl2iwhDg1rfd7lko1_400.gif
    , @Talha

    but this kind of dehumanizing speech is getting commoner here by the month
     
    OK - I cannot argue with this and the observations of that guy you quoted. I guess it doesn’t bother me as much for two reasons:
    1) I kind of consider myself as one of the out-group here so maybe I’m not so surprised by this kind of behavior (and even being at the receiving end) - I would go bonkers if I heard this kind of talk from Muslims- that would really piss me off!
    2) God will crush the racists in the end - the White to the Black - so there’s that...

    I see this more as a reflection of an extreme reaction to the push against Whites by the SJWs; my hope is that it will eventually die down and normalize once the pendulum starts swinging the other direction and Whites don’t feel under siege in the public sphere.

    Peace.
    , @utu

    Mein Kampf. I was surprised to find that the text was not only evil but, to borrow an idea, banal.
     
    I beg to differ. I do not think anybody even Hitler could top the banality of Sailer and Karlin who see the world as a string of numbers lined up on an axis. The world of Karlin and Sailer is one dimensional . Actually, on some occasions Hitler or whoever wrote his books have some good insights into the human nature and the workings of social forces.

    As far as the Mein Kampf and Hitler's Second Book I do not find them really evil. In 1920s people in Europe talked and thought like Hitler. There is nothing extraordinary in Hitler. Unless if talking about other races and group of people in objectifying and instrumental way is especially evil. But if we adopted the Kant's II Categorical Imperative as delineation between good and evil and extended it to the sin of talking then Karlin, Sailer and all the IQists here at UR would qualify as evil. Then there is more evil things said in one week on Karlin and Sailer blogs than in the whole of Mein Kampf.

    The person you cited (I looked his comments up) is an exceptionally pompous windbag who does virtue signaling all the time and signaling how smart he is like stating that some Jews told him he must be Jewish because gentiles do not come that smart.
  91. @Daniel Chieh
    Some potentially negative news for CRISPR(reposted here).

    https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-06642-4

    Suppose that there is a single small country of a few million people that successfully manages to fend off dysgenic trends and uses embryo selection/CRISPR/artificial wombs to increase the intelligence of its populace, and ends up having an average IQ of, say, 200, acting as an island of progress in a sea of idiocracy.

     

    There's probably no hope that a seastead or equivalent is going to be able to avoid being zerg rushed/nuked or otherwise assailed in an destructive way by protagonists who, while not of the highest IQ, will be capable of effecting the assault. You probably need space travel to dodge that bullet.

    And realistically, disturbing as it might be, you'll probably get a government that's matching sperm to artificial wombs, and raising children in creches before you actually get to coordinate people to have children in such a fashion.

    And realistically, disturbing as it might be, you’ll probably get a government that’s matching sperm to artificial wombs, and raising children in creches before you actually get to coordinate people to have children in such a fashion.

    Introduce the straight no-braces-needed teeth gene and add high IQ in the package. Parents will line up for that.

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
    Except that a very small percentage of parents are likely to be able to afford such genetic engineering. Most at least in the USA and Europe will be struggling to pay for food and housing, let alone good medical and dental care.
  92. @iffen
    If it looks like a Nazi, swims like a Nazi, and quacks like a Nazi, then it probably is a Nazi.

    You write this like it is a bad thing.

    Anyway, Thor can't be a Nazi, he has a sense of humor.

    Anyway, Thor can’t be a Nazi, he has a sense of humor.

    And Göring didn’t?

    If I didn’t have a sense of humor, how could I stand this trial now?
    [Nuremberg, 27 May 1946]

    Thor apparently comes from Swedish nobility; my one connection with Swedish nobility was playing tennis regularly in Geneva with a member of a Swedish noble family that had a rather unfortunate link to Göring. I’m sure Thor knows who they are.

    • Replies: @iffen
    Thor apparently comes from Swedish nobility


    I try not to hold that against him. For that matter, I do the same for some of the others that have problematic ancestry.
  93. @Anatoly Karlin
    Guillaume Tell was great. I hope he's doing ok. Alt Right writer Guillaume Durocher comments from occasionally.

    There've been a few active French commenters here in the past, though none are active at the present time.

    Guillaume Tell was great

    But he wasn’t French.

  94. @Thorfinnsson
    Thorfinnsson has returned to save your souls from the terrible curse of poor quality products and bad investments. Happy to hear German_reader is back.

    Tesla is now officially being investigated by the Department of Justice, which is highly irregular (usually the SEC handles these things). Polish Perspective looking baggier by the day.

    That said, Polish Perspective deserves praise for his warnings on China. It seems like China actually really is--finally--in economic trouble. Capital is fleeing, there's severe pressure on the RMB, the stock market is crumbling, and the Belt and Road Initiative appears to be turning into a fiasco. The Chinese also apparently didn't take Trump seriously and were caught flat footed by the trade war.

    Travel Notes

    Had the interesting experience of meeting someone with a similar background to me, but a generation older. Grew up in New York of French parents. Fellow businessman. Not one of our guys politically, but polite enough to tolerate my bigoted outbursts. Karlin can perhaps relate since many of his formative years were spent in an Anglo country. I suspect our divided/weak national identities have made us more, rather than less, nationalistic. Orwell made this point in writing about the H-man.

    France has a massive plague of cyclists. Every tiny little village even in the middle of nowhere France has at least one restaurant that would be rated as excellent anywhere in America. The French, while not as stylish as Italians, are quite stylish. Meat and seafood counters at France are wonderful to explore, and now there are good steaks as well (imported from Down Under). Overall French civilization is admirable and impressive. France has appalling numbers of negroes milling around. They should be shot.

    We were originally to fly British Airways to India from the South of France (owing to my father's bad habit of loyalty to institutions that don't deserve it), which would've required going through the dreaded London Heathrow. Fortunately BA cancelled our flights. We then flew Swiss Air instead, which connected through Zurich. Swiss Air's business class product isn't quite as good as BA's, but it's perfectly serviceable. I had the pleasure of flying it first in 2014, after I was arrested at O'Hare and thus missed my Lufthansa flight (cattle class). Fortunately since I required medical treatment (cops gave me a black eye) they were required to book me on a new flight for free.

    The big advantages were a shorter trip and connecting through Zurich rather than Heathrow. Zurich's airport lives up to all the stereotypes of the Swiss nation. Roomy, spacious, efficient, fast. Interestingly airport security in Switzerland is handled by the cantons. I have never seen such an arrangement in another country.

    India was India as usual. The Bombay international terminal is now quite nice, but there is only one first/business class lounge which is operated by the airport operator. It's overcrowded and the bathrooms smell like piss (which bathrooms in India generally do). The resort we stayed at was very nice other than frequent (but brief) power outages. Unfortunately the beach was also strewn with garbage, but that didn't stop enterprising Indian crabbers from hustling at 4am for their daily catch. Indian food as usual got old after about two days, though I did have a delightful fish dish which consisted of a whole fish coated in masala or whatever and grilled inside of a banana leaf.

    White God syndrome still at work in India. Visited a medieval fortress and a group of Indian mohammedan women clad in black burkas came up my father and I giggling like school girls and begged to take photos with us. Watch out Talha.

    Also my father is now reading the Unz Review and might see this. If you're reading this don't identify yourself or debate with me ffs.

    White God syndrome still at work in India. Visited a medieval fortress and a group of Indian mohammedan women clad in black burkas came up my father and I giggling like school girls and begged to take photos with us.

    Cool man, got any more made-up stories for us?

  95. @for-the-record
    Anyway, Thor can’t be a Nazi, he has a sense of humor.

    And Göring didn't?

    If I didn't have a sense of humor, how could I stand this trial now?
    [Nuremberg, 27 May 1946]
     
    Thor apparently comes from Swedish nobility; my one connection with Swedish nobility was playing tennis regularly in Geneva with a member of a Swedish noble family that had a rather unfortunate link to Göring. I'm sure Thor knows who they are.

    Thor apparently comes from Swedish nobility

    I try not to hold that against him. For that matter, I do the same for some of the others that have problematic ancestry.

  96. @for-the-record

    Couple at centre of Novichok scare [PUTIN TRIED TO KILL ME] are suspected drug dealer and £4,000-a-night high-class escort

    The man at the centre of the latest Salisbury Novichok scare is a suspected pusher of cocaine, ecstasy, diazepam and ketamine.

    Alex King, 42, is charged with 12 counts of possession with intent to supply class A, B and C drugs and is on bail until his trial next year.

    King and Russian wife Anna Shapiro fell violently ill whilst dining in the Wiltshire town on Sunday but both have been discharged from hospital.

    The glamour model told friends recently that she was a “honeytrap spy” tasked with seducing men for Israeli spy agency Mossad.

    The Mirror can also reveal she is a high-class £4,000 a-night escort...

    Anna claims she and Alex were fleeing their Central London home via Salisbury to avoid being hit by Russian assassins, like ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/man-centre-novichok-scare-suspected-13275555?utm_term=Autofeed&utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1537399231
     

    Next scene: two chihuahuas of Russian gay rights activist living in exile in Salisbury die of Novichok poisoning in Putin-backed hate crime.

    Because the walruses weren’t enough:

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/21/two-walruses-die-at-vladimir-putin-backed-oceanarium/

  97. @iffen
    We don't seem to have any French commenters. Why do you suppose that is? Don't they care about saving humanity?

    Probably has something to do with French not being very good at English, compared to other Euros outside of Southern Europe.

  98. @Toronto Russian
    I don't know much about IT but I can tell something about Ukrainian artisans. They disproportionately dominate Etsy, even though their government artificially keeps them behind by banning Paypal. It's one of like 3 countries in the world where you're not allowed to receive money from abroad via Paypal (you have to pass it through a middleman company), and in Russian-language handmade forums there are constant complaints about that idiocy. Stuff Ukrainians sell usually shows amazing skill and effort. Just a couple examples:
    https://i.etsystatic.com/10349454/r/il/7b0d92/756563780/il_570xN.756563780_oel8.jpg
    https://www.etsy.com/shop/viktoriyasilk

    https://i.etsystatic.com/10791814/r/il/090b8a/746014409/il_570xN.746014409_j9gj.jpg
    https://www.etsy.com/shop/BeadedJewelryVirunia

    It's not an advertisement of my friends, I don't know these women personally - but definitely wouldn't mind if some of you supported them by buying.

    Lol I don’t we are the most likely demographic for buying Ukrainian embroidery.

    It’s interesting though. With exchange rate, this kind of Etsy business is probably very viable

    This one https://www.etsy.com/shop/BeadedJewelryVirunia

    700 sales over 3 years. I guess just Etsy sales could receive them around a national average income?

  99. @Anatoly Karlin
    Germany is obviously more defeatist, nihilist, etc. than France today. Though many here would agree that French (relative) vigor is often misdirected.

    I’m not sure. But there are many different angles.

    For example, in France 35 hour working week. And industrial action to protest any attempt to reform labour market.

    I’m not sure Germany is perfect, but they can work 48 hours. They are not so famous for constant protesting.

    German philosophers and intellectual culture, seems less radical (again – this can be subjectively interpreted in different ways, as healthy or unhealthy).

    Even German modern art I don’t dislike strongly – like Anselm Kiefer and Gerhard Richter. It’s still a productive culture.

    Of the two countries, I think I would prefer to live in Germany for various reasons. (Actually German culture is still superficially attractive for me if I am honest).

    • Replies: @AaronB
    Germans write more seemingly spiritual works, but they take themselves and life very seriously indeed. This heavy ponderous quality betrays lack of profundity.

    Since the essence of spirituality is frivolity, and that is the most intelligent and profound attitude one can take to life (everything else is childish illusion), I would have to say the French are more spiritual and intelligent than Germans.

    The grim, heavy, seriousness of the Germans, the seriousness of their striving, used to infuriate poor Nietzsche - he saw it as the quintessence of stupidity, anti-spirituality, and a childish inability to see past illusion. The sad irony is that later, poor Nietzsche himself became way too serious with his ridiculous Superman idea.

    One of my main criticisms of this fine blog is that so many here lack what the French call esprit, and have that ponderous heavy German lack of humor. People here actually get angry at me :)

    So in short - vive La France.
  100. @Thorfinnsson
    Agree on trade tensions, but a potential straw that breaks the camel's back situation.

    You can't possibly know that the DoJ investigations of Tesla will go nowhere, and to be fair neither can I. All we can do is wait and see. If nothing else the Tesla saga is interesting.

    Selection against black men exists but is lesser than selection against other non-whites. It was stronger before Kim K mainstreamed mudsharking. And there's a fraction of females who prefer black men.

    Money is always a factor. Even American white girls respond to money.

    Call me a conspiracy theorist but every time I heard Elon speak, I always thought of him as a spokesman for some major organization rather than an innovator. They not only selected him as a spokesman but also provided him with a strong braintrust that will guide him in his endeavors. People would say that he’s genuine because of his background and he’s not the smoothest in term of public speaking but, for me, that just make the fake more credible to the public.

    How much of his achievement that were credited to him are his actual work and how much are the result of a hidden braintrust, we really don’t know. I supposed his original work on Paypal is truly his own and it reflects his true personality of an introvert. After that either he underwent a major metamorphosis or some organization recruited him to be their frontman. They got him a makeover and completely change his image. They gave him free publicity everywhere even going as far as naming him as the inspiration behind Ironman. If his name is a product, then someone must have spent a fortune in promoting it.

    His accomplishments are phenomenal. He can multitask like crazy in managing multiple companies such as Tesla, SpaceX, The Boring Company (As an aside, I feel like this is a veil attack on his SpaceX competitor: The Boeing Company on multiple levels – devaluing their brand and attacking it as a boring, unimaginative company. At least for me the name association stuck: Boeing Boring, Boeing Boring), and projects such as Hyperloop. Not only from a high level but even involved himself in solving low-level technical manufacturing stuffs from rocket design to manufacturing the Model 3. He seems to have more than 24 hours in a day compare to a normal person because his energy is incredible. Either he’s truly a better modern day version of Nikolas Tesla or they are overselling their hand.

    I sense that he’s not “real” but I do like him as the spokesman and I do like his mission. All the things that Elon does, I wholeheartedly agree with. They make America stronger while weakening everyone else from Venezuela, Saudi, to Russia, to China, and in some respect even Germany and Europe. If all of his visions come true, America will always be great.

    For this very reason, I don’t buy Thorfinnsson’s (yours) thesis and all your negativity.
    I won’t short Elon. I go long on him.

    Then again I could be totally wrong and the guy is about to crash and burn (as evidences by all the latest crazy publicity stunts).

    =============================
    Either that or he’s from the future (because he remembers being in this simulation before).
    You can outsmart even the smartest if you already know what the future has been.
    I know, this theory is even weirder than the conspiracy theory. So, I put the odd as less than 1%.

    • Replies: @Daniel Chieh
    Or, he could just be a combination of brilliant and brilliant bullshitter. That's an incredibly effective combination, though it usually leads to tears because very few such actors know when to stop.

    How familiar are you with Silicon Valley out of curiousity?
    , @Thorfinnsson
    Space X has a different CEO than Musk.

    The Boring Company has to date done more or less nothing. It "won" the bid to build a high speed rail link from the Chicago Loop to O'Hare. Said rail link will never be built (at least not by The Boring Company). Color me skeptical that Elon Musk will figure out how to dig a tunnel ten times faster than the Swiss can do it (remember the fully automated alien dreadnought with 20x linespeed?).

    Boeing is the most successful aerospace corporation in history and is once again outselling Airbus. The stock has doubled in price since 2017. Profits have doubled in five years. The Boeing 787 is the most revolutionary airliner since the Boeing 747 (long known to frequent flyers as The Queen of the Skies).

    In fact Boeing has a stunning list of aeronautical achievements:

    • Boeing Monomail--first cantilevered monocoque aluminum monoplane airliner
    • Boeing 247--first cantilevered monocoque aluminum monoplane airliner in commercial service
    • Boeing 314 Clipper--first transpacific flying boat
    • Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress--first four-engined heavy bomber
    • Boeing 307 Stratoliner--first transatlantic landplane airliner and first pressurized airliner
    • Boeing B-29--nuked Japan
    • Boeing B-52 (first intercontinental jet bomber)
    • Boeing 707--first successful jet airliner
    • Boeing 747--first jumbo jet and first wide-body airliner
    • Boeing 767--first twin-engine jet certified for transatlantic service
    • Boeing 777--first twin-engine jet with transpacific range
    • Boeing 787--first composite airliner

    And this is just Boeing. Boeing also acquired North American Rockwell (P-51 Mustang, XB-70 Valkyrie, B-1B Lancer) and McDonnell Douglas (as storied as Boeing until a generation ago).
  101. @Pumblechook
    It's easy to point towards the stereotype of the nihilist, over-intellectualised French philosophers and the sentiment of national decline (and to be honest, I often do so myself - but currently I feel like defending the French a little).

    But how do you explain then the popularity and rise to power in the latter half of the 20th century of de Gaulle, a man so obviously patriotic, with a strong sense of destiny and will to power? How can one explain the hawks of the Academie Francaise (who are part of the high culture sphere), who defend the French language from Anglo incursions? How can one square the obsession at top government levels of promoting natalist policy with a culture of nihilist defeat?

    Not saying I disagree entirely, but I don't think the French are these days particularly more nihilist than any other Westerners

    What does it mean to be no more nihilist than other Westerners? The French are dying out.

    French people don’t have children, and the number of French people is therefore declining. The rate of decline will accelerate as each cohort of women of childbearing age gets smaller, as in Germany, Sweden, England, Italy, etc.

    • Replies: @Pumblechook
    I don't argue it - but I just don't think the cliche of the nihilist French philosophe is particularly true or reflective of French national psyche more than others.

    But native French fertility hovers around 1.7 - the generational cohorts will become less small and more slowly than any other large Western European people, with only the English close behind.

    I closely follow birth rates across Europe (most nations are releasing stats on a monthly basis) and the situation is better than a few years before. Czech at 1.7, Slovaks/Hungarians/Poles over 1.5 for the first time since 1995, baltics around 1.7, Romanians the same. Russia is disappointing last 1-2 years but still hovers at 1.65
  102. @Swedish Family

    You have to be able to catch good-faith attempts at trolling on Internet forums. Too bad Greasy isn’t here, he was a fairly good extremist Jewish troller – would call all sorts of people subhuman while talking about their women being hot.

    Peace.
     
    Trolling can be that, sure, but this kind of dehumanizing speech is getting commoner here by the month -- it's pretty well background noise at this time -- along with Nazi apologism.

    And Nazi apologism does say something about a person. A commenter over at Sailer's blog, New Dealer, laid this out well a month ago:

    Hitler is the culture’s personification of evil, now, and long ago in the postwar years of my unlettered childhood. Later, as a young adult, I devoured mountains of political literature, from Ayn Rand to Karl Marx, including Mein Kampf. I was surprised to find that the text was not only evil but, to borrow an idea, banal. Mediocre, tedious, boring, inferior. And ever since I’ve known that anyone inspired by Hitler, seriously or ironically, is not just flirting with evil but is intellectually and spiritually stunted as well. That’s a good reason for people to try to read MK, I think.

    Reading the responses to Unz’s recent postings is educational as well. There are rational and debatable views, based on argument and evidence, about ethnocentricity, fair dealing, influence on foreign and immigration policies. But there is an atavistic racism from other commenters. The kind based on visceral revulsion, overgeneralization, dehumanization, and destructive malice. The kind we should all reject for the sake of social peace, but that has been dangerously trivialized by SJWs to win silly virtue points, for example by besmirching friendly people as Hitlerian for asking a new acquaintance where they are from. The actually irrational anti-Semites are obsessed, repetitive, tiresome, self-refuting; the “revisionists” are gales of pure nasty id clouded by capitalizations, obscure personal neologisms, and idiosyncratic epistemological principles. It’s probably best for a curious person to learn that on their own than it be forbidden fruit that one is only told about second-hand.

    Free speech needs to be defended, but Unz’s recent method of doing so “lacks elementary social skills” and is self-defeating. The meaning of a word or action is not just what one intends but also what others understand. To open a webpage full of heterodox views that headlines Mein Kampf has a social meaning, regardless of the poster’s intent. SJWs in bad faith constantly exploit the gap between personal intention and preposterously alleged social meaning in order to bully and dominate others. But whatever the eager amiability of your soul, if you tattoo your face with knives, dice, babes, and dripping blood, for some reason people will start staying away from you.
     
    http://www.unz.com/isteve/a-most-expected-backlash/

  103. @Toronto Russian

    And realistically, disturbing as it might be, you’ll probably get a government that’s matching sperm to artificial wombs, and raising children in creches before you actually get to coordinate people to have children in such a fashion.
     
    Introduce the straight no-braces-needed teeth gene and add high IQ in the package. Parents will line up for that.

    Except that a very small percentage of parents are likely to be able to afford such genetic engineering. Most at least in the USA and Europe will be struggling to pay for food and housing, let alone good medical and dental care.

  104. German philosophers and intellectual culture, seems less radical

    a writer said something to the effect that Germans are more indifferent wrt things like muhfreedom etc because unlike in France sh** just always worked.

  105. @Swedish Family

    You have to be able to catch good-faith attempts at trolling on Internet forums. Too bad Greasy isn’t here, he was a fairly good extremist Jewish troller – would call all sorts of people subhuman while talking about their women being hot.

    Peace.
     
    Trolling can be that, sure, but this kind of dehumanizing speech is getting commoner here by the month -- it's pretty well background noise at this time -- along with Nazi apologism.

    And Nazi apologism does say something about a person. A commenter over at Sailer's blog, New Dealer, laid this out well a month ago:

    Hitler is the culture’s personification of evil, now, and long ago in the postwar years of my unlettered childhood. Later, as a young adult, I devoured mountains of political literature, from Ayn Rand to Karl Marx, including Mein Kampf. I was surprised to find that the text was not only evil but, to borrow an idea, banal. Mediocre, tedious, boring, inferior. And ever since I’ve known that anyone inspired by Hitler, seriously or ironically, is not just flirting with evil but is intellectually and spiritually stunted as well. That’s a good reason for people to try to read MK, I think.

    Reading the responses to Unz’s recent postings is educational as well. There are rational and debatable views, based on argument and evidence, about ethnocentricity, fair dealing, influence on foreign and immigration policies. But there is an atavistic racism from other commenters. The kind based on visceral revulsion, overgeneralization, dehumanization, and destructive malice. The kind we should all reject for the sake of social peace, but that has been dangerously trivialized by SJWs to win silly virtue points, for example by besmirching friendly people as Hitlerian for asking a new acquaintance where they are from. The actually irrational anti-Semites are obsessed, repetitive, tiresome, self-refuting; the “revisionists” are gales of pure nasty id clouded by capitalizations, obscure personal neologisms, and idiosyncratic epistemological principles. It’s probably best for a curious person to learn that on their own than it be forbidden fruit that one is only told about second-hand.

    Free speech needs to be defended, but Unz’s recent method of doing so “lacks elementary social skills” and is self-defeating. The meaning of a word or action is not just what one intends but also what others understand. To open a webpage full of heterodox views that headlines Mein Kampf has a social meaning, regardless of the poster’s intent. SJWs in bad faith constantly exploit the gap between personal intention and preposterously alleged social meaning in order to bully and dominate others. But whatever the eager amiability of your soul, if you tattoo your face with knives, dice, babes, and dripping blood, for some reason people will start staying away from you.
     
    http://www.unz.com/isteve/a-most-expected-backlash/

    but this kind of dehumanizing speech is getting commoner here by the month

    OK – I cannot argue with this and the observations of that guy you quoted. I guess it doesn’t bother me as much for two reasons:
    1) I kind of consider myself as one of the out-group here so maybe I’m not so surprised by this kind of behavior (and even being at the receiving end) – I would go bonkers if I heard this kind of talk from Muslims- that would really piss me off!
    2) God will crush the racists in the end – the White to the Black – so there’s that…

    I see this more as a reflection of an extreme reaction to the push against Whites by the SJWs; my hope is that it will eventually die down and normalize once the pendulum starts swinging the other direction and Whites don’t feel under siege in the public sphere.

    Peace.

    • Replies: @AaronB
    Interesting, but not surprising, that you hold people here to a lower standard than your fellow Muslims. I guess I can understand that.

    Behavior of people here is understandable as an overreaction to anti-white sentiment, and Chinese people in the other thread to national humiliation etc.

    Lots if that going in these days, and you gotta cut people some slack.

    It would be nice though to see a genuinely superior reaction to these things though :) People who rose above the fray.

    But that would require high levels of frivolity, and the modern world simply doesn't produce those kinds of superior people.
    , @iffen
    I would go bonkers if I heard this kind of talk from Muslims

    I think that you should reconsider this view in light of your attempt to balance the demands of your faith with allegiance to ‘Murica. It doesn’t do your faith any good any more than it does our country.

    America doesn’t benefit from overt racism and its public expression any more than it benefits from the war on whites.

    But that doesn’t really cover us here in the comment section. Nobody’s watching or listening to us except maybe a few GRU people keeping an eye on AK.

  106. anon[228] • Disclaimer says:

    You should start writing for Weekly Standard and Ynet. Those are better places for you . Your ideas need to reach deplorables dregs of morons who inhabit the world of Breitbart ( of Tel Aviv ) who think in terms of IQ and see through the prism of the East European aspirations .

    The fascination with IQ shows the true East European animalism and lack of civility But also explains the relentless desires to join the Americanized world without succeeding towards contributing anything . Your entitlement to carve a niche for yourself in the thinking rational world of western civilization on the basis of looking white will not come to fruition . The focus on IQ will send your tribe and your family back to 1500 AD.

    • Replies: @Dmitry
    IQ test score studies are not very "East Europe".

    I think the main interest and publication in this topic, is from America, precisely.

    Karlin's historical destiny is probably to introduce this topic, or at least promote it more, in Russia.
    , @Daniel Chieh

    The focus on IQ will send your tribe and your family back to 1500 AD.
     
    Time travel is how Mecha-Karlin conquers the world.
  107. @Neal
    Call me a conspiracy theorist but every time I heard Elon speak, I always thought of him as a spokesman for some major organization rather than an innovator. They not only selected him as a spokesman but also provided him with a strong braintrust that will guide him in his endeavors. People would say that he's genuine because of his background and he's not the smoothest in term of public speaking but, for me, that just make the fake more credible to the public.

    How much of his achievement that were credited to him are his actual work and how much are the result of a hidden braintrust, we really don't know. I supposed his original work on Paypal is truly his own and it reflects his true personality of an introvert. After that either he underwent a major metamorphosis or some organization recruited him to be their frontman. They got him a makeover and completely change his image. They gave him free publicity everywhere even going as far as naming him as the inspiration behind Ironman. If his name is a product, then someone must have spent a fortune in promoting it.

    His accomplishments are phenomenal. He can multitask like crazy in managing multiple companies such as Tesla, SpaceX, The Boring Company (As an aside, I feel like this is a veil attack on his SpaceX competitor: The Boeing Company on multiple levels - devaluing their brand and attacking it as a boring, unimaginative company. At least for me the name association stuck: Boeing Boring, Boeing Boring), and projects such as Hyperloop. Not only from a high level but even involved himself in solving low-level technical manufacturing stuffs from rocket design to manufacturing the Model 3. He seems to have more than 24 hours in a day compare to a normal person because his energy is incredible. Either he's truly a better modern day version of Nikolas Tesla or they are overselling their hand.

    I sense that he's not "real" but I do like him as the spokesman and I do like his mission. All the things that Elon does, I wholeheartedly agree with. They make America stronger while weakening everyone else from Venezuela, Saudi, to Russia, to China, and in some respect even Germany and Europe. If all of his visions come true, America will always be great.

    For this very reason, I don't buy Thorfinnsson's (yours) thesis and all your negativity.
    I won't short Elon. I go long on him.

    Then again I could be totally wrong and the guy is about to crash and burn (as evidences by all the latest crazy publicity stunts).



    =============================
    Either that or he's from the future (because he remembers being in this simulation before).
    You can outsmart even the smartest if you already know what the future has been.
    I know, this theory is even weirder than the conspiracy theory. So, I put the odd as less than 1%.

    Or, he could just be a combination of brilliant and brilliant bullshitter. That’s an incredibly effective combination, though it usually leads to tears because very few such actors know when to stop.

    How familiar are you with Silicon Valley out of curiousity?

    • Replies: @Neal
    Brilliant?
    I can believe it if he can manage to master 1 area of expertise (software) but if you're telling me that he is so brilliant as to master multiple areas all at the same time (software, automotive, space, mass transportation, tunneling, etc...) then that's unbelievable. Truly, I don't think that he's the mastermind behind SpaceX. Of course, the question is if not him, who then? Would we be able to tell if we look at the ownership of SpaceX? And why would that person or persons stay silent and let Elon took all the credit?


    Brilliant bullshitter?
    What are his bullshit?

    I argued that his promises (affordable electric cars, lowering the cost of access to space, 5 years manned moon mission, Mars mission, etc...) are all achievable but those achievements are not due to his own effort.
    You argue that his existing achievements are real but his long term promises are fake - essentially vaporware. We won't get affordable electric cars, reusable rockets, moon mission, Mars mission, etc... We will get broken dreams.

    Already we disagree on what's possible and who's doing the actual work.


    As to Silicon Valley...
    Why do you ask? Do you have some inside knowledge about Silicon Valley that only the locals would know about? What are these insights? Are you implying that he's the male version of Elizabeth Holmes?


    Whatever it is, we won't have to wait long to find out. He has actual deadline to deliver.
    , @Anonymous
    The anti-Musk sentiment derives from envy. Musk is one of the few public figures and businessmen today who actually builds things. Most prominent businessmen today are media moguls, financiers, in software, logistics, etc. or just managing some large sclerotic bureaucracy. Most ordinary employees are in services. And most businessmen and MBAs who think they're hot stuff and Masters of the Universe are just paper pushers and glorified accountants. So when someone who actually builds things rises to prominence, it exposes people, both to themselves and to others, that they're just bean counters staring at Excel spreadsheets all day. It's emasculating.
  108. @Dmitry
    I'm not sure. But there are many different angles.

    For example, in France 35 hour working week. And industrial action to protest any attempt to reform labour market.

    I'm not sure Germany is perfect, but they can work 48 hours. They are not so famous for constant protesting.

    German philosophers and intellectual culture, seems less radical (again - this can be subjectively interpreted in different ways, as healthy or unhealthy).

    Even German modern art I don't dislike strongly - like Anselm Kiefer and Gerhard Richter. It's still a productive culture.

    Of the two countries, I think I would prefer to live in Germany for various reasons. (Actually German culture is still superficially attractive for me if I am honest).

    Germans write more seemingly spiritual works, but they take themselves and life very seriously indeed. This heavy ponderous quality betrays lack of profundity.

    Since the essence of spirituality is frivolity, and that is the most intelligent and profound attitude one can take to life (everything else is childish illusion), I would have to say the French are more spiritual and intelligent than Germans.

    The grim, heavy, seriousness of the Germans, the seriousness of their striving, used to infuriate poor Nietzsche – he saw it as the quintessence of stupidity, anti-spirituality, and a childish inability to see past illusion. The sad irony is that later, poor Nietzsche himself became way too serious with his ridiculous Superman idea.

    One of my main criticisms of this fine blog is that so many here lack what the French call esprit, and have that ponderous heavy German lack of humor. People here actually get angry at me :)

    So in short – vive La France.

    • Replies: @Dmitry
    In lifestyle, there is a strong distinction - and the lifestyle of Latin countries is obviously distinct.

    But I'm not sure this "Latin vs German" distinction is so strong in the intellectual and written sphere.

    It's not like e.g. Sartre's philosophical texts are so much "lighter", than some German-speaking contemporaries. And post-Sartre authors in France, become, often, even more difficult or heavy to read.

    French language, I do not know, and neither do I know German. But I try to read in Spanish. Generally, I find Spanish more "heavy and ponderous", polysyllabic language, than English.

    English actually feels like a quite light language, at least for foreigners. And with this understanding of sarcasm and full of sense of humour (it's also like this in Russian writing), which I guess might not be common in Latin languages.

  109. @Neal
    Call me a conspiracy theorist but every time I heard Elon speak, I always thought of him as a spokesman for some major organization rather than an innovator. They not only selected him as a spokesman but also provided him with a strong braintrust that will guide him in his endeavors. People would say that he's genuine because of his background and he's not the smoothest in term of public speaking but, for me, that just make the fake more credible to the public.

    How much of his achievement that were credited to him are his actual work and how much are the result of a hidden braintrust, we really don't know. I supposed his original work on Paypal is truly his own and it reflects his true personality of an introvert. After that either he underwent a major metamorphosis or some organization recruited him to be their frontman. They got him a makeover and completely change his image. They gave him free publicity everywhere even going as far as naming him as the inspiration behind Ironman. If his name is a product, then someone must have spent a fortune in promoting it.

    His accomplishments are phenomenal. He can multitask like crazy in managing multiple companies such as Tesla, SpaceX, The Boring Company (As an aside, I feel like this is a veil attack on his SpaceX competitor: The Boeing Company on multiple levels - devaluing their brand and attacking it as a boring, unimaginative company. At least for me the name association stuck: Boeing Boring, Boeing Boring), and projects such as Hyperloop. Not only from a high level but even involved himself in solving low-level technical manufacturing stuffs from rocket design to manufacturing the Model 3. He seems to have more than 24 hours in a day compare to a normal person because his energy is incredible. Either he's truly a better modern day version of Nikolas Tesla or they are overselling their hand.

    I sense that he's not "real" but I do like him as the spokesman and I do like his mission. All the things that Elon does, I wholeheartedly agree with. They make America stronger while weakening everyone else from Venezuela, Saudi, to Russia, to China, and in some respect even Germany and Europe. If all of his visions come true, America will always be great.

    For this very reason, I don't buy Thorfinnsson's (yours) thesis and all your negativity.
    I won't short Elon. I go long on him.

    Then again I could be totally wrong and the guy is about to crash and burn (as evidences by all the latest crazy publicity stunts).



    =============================
    Either that or he's from the future (because he remembers being in this simulation before).
    You can outsmart even the smartest if you already know what the future has been.
    I know, this theory is even weirder than the conspiracy theory. So, I put the odd as less than 1%.

    Space X has a different CEO than Musk.

    The Boring Company has to date done more or less nothing. It “won” the bid to build a high speed rail link from the Chicago Loop to O’Hare. Said rail link will never be built (at least not by The Boring Company). Color me skeptical that Elon Musk will figure out how to dig a tunnel ten times faster than the Swiss can do it (remember the fully automated alien dreadnought with 20x linespeed?).

    Boeing is the most successful aerospace corporation in history and is once again outselling Airbus. The stock has doubled in price since 2017. Profits have doubled in five years. The Boeing 787 is the most revolutionary airliner since the Boeing 747 (long known to frequent flyers as The Queen of the Skies).

    In fact Boeing has a stunning list of aeronautical achievements:

    • Boeing Monomail–first cantilevered monocoque aluminum monoplane airliner
    • Boeing 247–first cantilevered monocoque aluminum monoplane airliner in commercial service
    • Boeing 314 Clipper–first transpacific flying boat
    • Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress–first four-engined heavy bomber
    • Boeing 307 Stratoliner–first transatlantic landplane airliner and first pressurized airliner
    • Boeing B-29–nuked Japan
    • Boeing B-52 (first intercontinental jet bomber)
    • Boeing 707–first successful jet airliner
    • Boeing 747–first jumbo jet and first wide-body airliner
    • Boeing 767–first twin-engine jet certified for transatlantic service
    • Boeing 777–first twin-engine jet with transpacific range
    • Boeing 787–first composite airliner

    And this is just Boeing. Boeing also acquired North American Rockwell (P-51 Mustang, XB-70 Valkyrie, B-1B Lancer) and McDonnell Douglas (as storied as Boeing until a generation ago).

    • Replies: @Anatoly Karlin
    As I recall it is Herrenknecht AG which makes some ridiculous (75%?) of the world's big deep tunnel boring machines, and it's a German company based in the Rhineland.

    But I agree ofc, seems rather unlikely that Musk will make a quantum leap over the people who've been doing this for decades.

    PS. One thing I have mused about is the idea of atomic boring machines, though you'd need some serious cooling for that (pump in liquid nitrogen through an inbuilt heat exchanger?). If there's any way to radically improve boring productivity there I suspect it's somewhere along such lines.
    , @Dan Hayes
    Thorfinnsson:

    You have chronicled Boeing's spectacular historical achievements. But on a down note, Eamonn Fingleton in a 2014 Forbes article opined that Boeing had given Japan its wing-making secrets, long regarded as its crown jewels.

    A question. Was this just a one-off or was it symbolic of Boeing's eventual demise as a major entity? (BTW, Fingleton has apparently ceased being a UR contributor!)

    , @Neal
    I'm not sure why you went off on a tangent from Elon to Boeing. I've been a Boeing shareholder for a long long time so I already knew about the company. Aerospace is the only manufacturing area where the US still remain dominant. I knew way early on that Boeing's 787 point-to-point business model is superior to the Airbus 380 hub-and-spoke model (I meant who want to be herd like cattle squeezed onto a huge plane?). Boeing's success is not just because the 787 is a superior product (it is) but because it's part of a superior business model.
  110. @anon
    You should start writing for Weekly Standard and Ynet. Those are better places for you . Your ideas need to reach deplorables dregs of morons who inhabit the world of Breitbart ( of Tel Aviv ) who think in terms of IQ and see through the prism of the East European aspirations .

    The fascination with IQ shows the true East European animalism and lack of civility But also explains the relentless desires to join the Americanized world without succeeding towards contributing anything . Your entitlement to carve a niche for yourself in the thinking rational world of western civilization on the basis of looking white will not come to fruition . The focus on IQ will send your tribe and your family back to 1500 AD.

    IQ test score studies are not very “East Europe”.

    I think the main interest and publication in this topic, is from America, precisely.

    Karlin’s historical destiny is probably to introduce this topic, or at least promote it more, in Russia.

  111. @anon
    You should start writing for Weekly Standard and Ynet. Those are better places for you . Your ideas need to reach deplorables dregs of morons who inhabit the world of Breitbart ( of Tel Aviv ) who think in terms of IQ and see through the prism of the East European aspirations .

    The fascination with IQ shows the true East European animalism and lack of civility But also explains the relentless desires to join the Americanized world without succeeding towards contributing anything . Your entitlement to carve a niche for yourself in the thinking rational world of western civilization on the basis of looking white will not come to fruition . The focus on IQ will send your tribe and your family back to 1500 AD.

    The focus on IQ will send your tribe and your family back to 1500 AD.

    Time travel is how Mecha-Karlin conquers the world.

    • Replies: @DFH
    That was literally the plot of Empire Earth, except the nationalist ruler of Russia only had to send himself back in time after he had already conquered Earth and needed to defeat the robotic alter-ego he had created
  112. @Talha

    but this kind of dehumanizing speech is getting commoner here by the month
     
    OK - I cannot argue with this and the observations of that guy you quoted. I guess it doesn’t bother me as much for two reasons:
    1) I kind of consider myself as one of the out-group here so maybe I’m not so surprised by this kind of behavior (and even being at the receiving end) - I would go bonkers if I heard this kind of talk from Muslims- that would really piss me off!
    2) God will crush the racists in the end - the White to the Black - so there’s that...

    I see this more as a reflection of an extreme reaction to the push against Whites by the SJWs; my hope is that it will eventually die down and normalize once the pendulum starts swinging the other direction and Whites don’t feel under siege in the public sphere.

    Peace.

    Interesting, but not surprising, that you hold people here to a lower standard than your fellow Muslims. I guess I can understand that.

    Behavior of people here is understandable as an overreaction to anti-white sentiment, and Chinese people in the other thread to national humiliation etc.

    Lots if that going in these days, and you gotta cut people some slack.

    It would be nice though to see a genuinely superior reaction to these things though :) People who rose above the fray.

    But that would require high levels of frivolity, and the modern world simply doesn’t produce those kinds of superior people.

    • Replies: @iffen
    Exactly how many moonbeams in a jar have you carried home, AB?
    , @Talha

    you hold people here to a lower standard than your fellow Muslims.
     
    I’ve been to my non-Muslim friends’ houses and seen liquor in the their cabinets or fridges - it’s not a huge deal.

    Whenever I’ve come across the same in a Muslim house, I have a visceral reaction and it makes me want to puke.

    I think this is one way that perhaps the cognitive dissonance is mitigated for someone, as myself, that genuinely leans a bit on the liberal side (at heart) when one considers oneself to be justifiably part of an exclusionary in-group; holding one’s group to a higher standard and expectations than one holds the out-group.

    Peace.
    , @Silva
    https://www.nsfwcorp.com/dispatch/adam-gurowski/
  113. @AaronB
    Germans write more seemingly spiritual works, but they take themselves and life very seriously indeed. This heavy ponderous quality betrays lack of profundity.

    Since the essence of spirituality is frivolity, and that is the most intelligent and profound attitude one can take to life (everything else is childish illusion), I would have to say the French are more spiritual and intelligent than Germans.

    The grim, heavy, seriousness of the Germans, the seriousness of their striving, used to infuriate poor Nietzsche - he saw it as the quintessence of stupidity, anti-spirituality, and a childish inability to see past illusion. The sad irony is that later, poor Nietzsche himself became way too serious with his ridiculous Superman idea.

    One of my main criticisms of this fine blog is that so many here lack what the French call esprit, and have that ponderous heavy German lack of humor. People here actually get angry at me :)

    So in short - vive La France.

    In lifestyle, there is a strong distinction – and the lifestyle of Latin countries is obviously distinct.

    But I’m not sure this “Latin vs German” distinction is so strong in the intellectual and written sphere.

    It’s not like e.g. Sartre’s philosophical texts are so much “lighter”, than some German-speaking contemporaries. And post-Sartre authors in France, become, often, even more difficult or heavy to read.

    French language, I do not know, and neither do I know German. But I try to read in Spanish. Generally, I find Spanish more “heavy and ponderous”, polysyllabic language, than English.

    English actually feels like a quite light language, at least for foreigners. And with this understanding of sarcasm and full of sense of humour (it’s also like this in Russian writing), which I guess might not be common in Latin languages.

    • Replies: @AaronB
    The French Existentialists were influenced by German writers and were in some ways a symptom of the decline of French intellectual seriousness - they were no longer capable of frivolity. Although Camus had an elegant style.

    But if you read a writer like Mauppassant for example you will see a very different sendibility - one that is rarely found among German or English authors. Its inimitably French and achieves a sublime frivolity. He starts a book about aimlessly wandering the Med Sea on his small boat by saying he simply couldn't stand the sight of the Eiffel Tower. A German would "explain" things.

    Some Irish writers, like Wilde, come close, and strangely, some Scandinavian writers, like Knut Hamsun, remind me of this French esprit. Also Conrad, a Pole.

    These differences aren't racial, but civilizational - levels of profundity and penetration of the illusion of life rise and fall.
    , @RadicalCenter
    English IS, in large part, a Latinate language.

    On one hand, the most commonly used, basic words in English are mainly Germanic words. But the great bulk of the entire vocabulary of the English language comes from Latin, not Germanic roots. There is a good short video on hooktube.com on this topic, from "Paul" of LangFocus.

    I appreciate your impressions of English, though, and your comments generally.

  114. @Pumblechook
    You really think so re: decaying cities? Apart from the banlieues I don't find that tonne the case.

    Whilst what I said about serious cities is true (although of course if you are living in good areas of Paris it is a dream city - I lived a year in a catholic middle-class quarter and you would never know you were 30 mins from utter shitholes) - the beauty of living in France is the choice of small/medium cities of great quality of life, beauty and history/culture - Tours, Dijon, Lorient, Amiens, Reims, Strasbourg, Orleans etc. I live in the UK and the city equivalents of the same size are places like Coventry, Stockport, Portsmouth, Hull etc - take a google map of those and get back to me!

    I think the truth is that France will do ok for a long time. Even 80% of euros is enough to keep things ticking over for a long time yet - and for sure, intermarriage allows the absorption of willing foreigners into the French ranks. On that side of my family I have three 2nd cousins with 1-2 grandparents from outside Europe but they pretty much look, act and feel French/euro. For me it's enough. the size of the place also means that unlike Germany, U.K. or Benelux, you can still escape the problems for now

    Italy is the best for this category of small cities though - Verona, Siena, Bergamo citta alta, Pescara, Perugia, Latina, whatever the list is endless.

    Portsmouth and Coventry were bombed to pieces during WW2 while most of France was spared that by surrendering early. There are plenty of great small towns and cities in the UK e.g. Stirling, Windsor, Solihull, Altrincham, Harrogate, Chester, Glossop, Durham, St Andrews, Bath etc.

    • Replies: @utu
    More French were killed by British/American bombings of France than British died because of German bombings.

    Actually by looking at the numbers and using French data one may wonder whether the official numbers of Germans killed by British/American bombings of Germany might be deflated unless British/American raids on France were much more effective in killing civilians than raids over Germany.

    Coventry is a flag ship of British propaganda on German atrocities. 568 people were killed in Coventry.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bombing_of_France_during_World_War_II
    In all 1,570 French cities and towns were bombed by Anglo-American forces between June 1940 and May 1945. The total number of civilians killed was 68,778 men, women and children (including the 2,700 civilians killed in Royan)

    The cities that saw the most destruction were the following:

    Saint-Nazaire (Loire Atlantique): 100%
    Tilly-la-Campagne (Calvados): 96%
    Vire (Calvados): 95%
    Villers-Bocage (Calvados): 88%
    Le Havre (Seine-Maritime): 82%
    Saint-Lô (Manche): 77%
    Falaise (Calvados): 76%
    Lisieux (Calvados): 75%

     


     
    , @Pumblechook
    Yes of course - of those towns you list, I went to university in one and grew up 10 mins away from another. Uk indeed has a lot of such pleasant and bustling market towns.

    But these are towns and not cities of approx. 150-300k like the ones I mentioned. It is much more impressive for a city to retain charm and serious quality of life, as the possibility of mistakes being made greatly increases.

    In the UKs defence, I forgot Edinburgh, imo a world class small city
  115. @Dmitry
    In lifestyle, there is a strong distinction - and the lifestyle of Latin countries is obviously distinct.

    But I'm not sure this "Latin vs German" distinction is so strong in the intellectual and written sphere.

    It's not like e.g. Sartre's philosophical texts are so much "lighter", than some German-speaking contemporaries. And post-Sartre authors in France, become, often, even more difficult or heavy to read.

    French language, I do not know, and neither do I know German. But I try to read in Spanish. Generally, I find Spanish more "heavy and ponderous", polysyllabic language, than English.

    English actually feels like a quite light language, at least for foreigners. And with this understanding of sarcasm and full of sense of humour (it's also like this in Russian writing), which I guess might not be common in Latin languages.

    The French Existentialists were influenced by German writers and were in some ways a symptom of the decline of French intellectual seriousness – they were no longer capable of frivolity. Although Camus had an elegant style.

    But if you read a writer like Mauppassant for example you will see a very different sendibility – one that is rarely found among German or English authors. Its inimitably French and achieves a sublime frivolity. He starts a book about aimlessly wandering the Med Sea on his small boat by saying he simply couldn’t stand the sight of the Eiffel Tower. A German would “explain” things.

    Some Irish writers, like Wilde, come close, and strangely, some Scandinavian writers, like Knut Hamsun, remind me of this French esprit. Also Conrad, a Pole.

    These differences aren’t racial, but civilizational – levels of profundity and penetration of the illusion of life rise and fall.

    • Replies: @Dmitry
    Reflects elite culture of the writer probably, rather than intellectual attitude of average cattle in the country.

    Its inimitably French and achieves a sublime frivolity.
     
  116. @Talha

    but this kind of dehumanizing speech is getting commoner here by the month
     
    OK - I cannot argue with this and the observations of that guy you quoted. I guess it doesn’t bother me as much for two reasons:
    1) I kind of consider myself as one of the out-group here so maybe I’m not so surprised by this kind of behavior (and even being at the receiving end) - I would go bonkers if I heard this kind of talk from Muslims- that would really piss me off!
    2) God will crush the racists in the end - the White to the Black - so there’s that...

    I see this more as a reflection of an extreme reaction to the push against Whites by the SJWs; my hope is that it will eventually die down and normalize once the pendulum starts swinging the other direction and Whites don’t feel under siege in the public sphere.

    Peace.

    I would go bonkers if I heard this kind of talk from Muslims

    I think that you should reconsider this view in light of your attempt to balance the demands of your faith with allegiance to ‘Murica. It doesn’t do your faith any good any more than it does our country.

    America doesn’t benefit from overt racism and its public expression any more than it benefits from the war on whites.

    But that doesn’t really cover us here in the comment section. Nobody’s watching or listening to us except maybe a few GRU people keeping an eye on AK.

    • Replies: @Talha

    It doesn’t do your faith any good any more than it does our country.
     
    I agree here. I never said I found it acceptable, it isn’t - from either side. In fact, it’s considered a variation on the sin and rebellion of Iblis (Satan). When God asked him why he refused to bow before Adam (as) as he was commanded to do this was his response:
    “He said, ‘I am better than him. You have created me from fire and him from clay.’” (38:76)

    I’m hoping I can provide an example through my actions and words of an alternative approach of how one can save one’s people from the identitarian poz alliance without going in the opposite direction.

    At the end of the day, I consider this forum to be a bit like Mr. Karlin’s club house - he decides who gets let in. Who am I to judge? If it was mine, things would be different.

    Peace.
  117. @RadicalCenter
    What does it mean to be no more nihilist than other Westerners? The French are dying out.

    French people don't have children, and the number of French people is therefore declining. The rate of decline will accelerate as each cohort of women of childbearing age gets smaller, as in Germany, Sweden, England, Italy, etc.

    I don’t argue it – but I just don’t think the cliche of the nihilist French philosophe is particularly true or reflective of French national psyche more than others.

    But native French fertility hovers around 1.7 – the generational cohorts will become less small and more slowly than any other large Western European people, with only the English close behind.

    I closely follow birth rates across Europe (most nations are releasing stats on a monthly basis) and the situation is better than a few years before. Czech at 1.7, Slovaks/Hungarians/Poles over 1.5 for the first time since 1995, baltics around 1.7, Romanians the same. Russia is disappointing last 1-2 years but still hovers at 1.65

  118. @Ali Choudhury
    Portsmouth and Coventry were bombed to pieces during WW2 while most of France was spared that by surrendering early. There are plenty of great small towns and cities in the UK e.g. Stirling, Windsor, Solihull, Altrincham, Harrogate, Chester, Glossop, Durham, St Andrews, Bath etc.

    More French were killed by British/American bombings of France than British died because of German bombings.

    Actually by looking at the numbers and using French data one may wonder whether the official numbers of Germans killed by British/American bombings of Germany might be deflated unless British/American raids on France were much more effective in killing civilians than raids over Germany.

    Coventry is a flag ship of British propaganda on German atrocities. 568 people were killed in Coventry.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bombing_of_France_during_World_War_II
    In all 1,570 French cities and towns were bombed by Anglo-American forces between June 1940 and May 1945. The total number of civilians killed was 68,778 men, women and children (including the 2,700 civilians killed in Royan)

    The cities that saw the most destruction were the following:

    Saint-Nazaire (Loire Atlantique): 100%
    Tilly-la-Campagne (Calvados): 96%
    Vire (Calvados): 95%
    Villers-Bocage (Calvados): 88%
    Le Havre (Seine-Maritime): 82%
    Saint-Lô (Manche): 77%
    Falaise (Calvados): 76%
    Lisieux (Calvados): 75%

  119. @AaronB
    Interesting, but not surprising, that you hold people here to a lower standard than your fellow Muslims. I guess I can understand that.

    Behavior of people here is understandable as an overreaction to anti-white sentiment, and Chinese people in the other thread to national humiliation etc.

    Lots if that going in these days, and you gotta cut people some slack.

    It would be nice though to see a genuinely superior reaction to these things though :) People who rose above the fray.

    But that would require high levels of frivolity, and the modern world simply doesn't produce those kinds of superior people.

    Exactly how many moonbeams in a jar have you carried home, AB?

    • Replies: @AaronB
    Moonbeams in jars, iffen, would be a crime.
  120. @AaronB
    Interesting, but not surprising, that you hold people here to a lower standard than your fellow Muslims. I guess I can understand that.

    Behavior of people here is understandable as an overreaction to anti-white sentiment, and Chinese people in the other thread to national humiliation etc.

    Lots if that going in these days, and you gotta cut people some slack.

    It would be nice though to see a genuinely superior reaction to these things though :) People who rose above the fray.

    But that would require high levels of frivolity, and the modern world simply doesn't produce those kinds of superior people.

    you hold people here to a lower standard than your fellow Muslims.

    I’ve been to my non-Muslim friends’ houses and seen liquor in the their cabinets or fridges – it’s not a huge deal.

    Whenever I’ve come across the same in a Muslim house, I have a visceral reaction and it makes me want to puke.

    I think this is one way that perhaps the cognitive dissonance is mitigated for someone, as myself, that genuinely leans a bit on the liberal side (at heart) when one considers oneself to be justifiably part of an exclusionary in-group; holding one’s group to a higher standard and expectations than one holds the out-group.

    Peace.

    • Replies: @AaronB
    No, I'm not really criticizing. It's not so much "your group" as simply people who should know better, being exposed to Islam. And to the extent that it's your group, it's natural to care more.

    In theory, Judaism is supposed to work that way, in a perfect world. Perhaps it did, once.

    I similarly do not expect much from the serious people of the world :)
  121. @Ali Choudhury
    Portsmouth and Coventry were bombed to pieces during WW2 while most of France was spared that by surrendering early. There are plenty of great small towns and cities in the UK e.g. Stirling, Windsor, Solihull, Altrincham, Harrogate, Chester, Glossop, Durham, St Andrews, Bath etc.

    Yes of course – of those towns you list, I went to university in one and grew up 10 mins away from another. Uk indeed has a lot of such pleasant and bustling market towns.

    But these are towns and not cities of approx. 150-300k like the ones I mentioned. It is much more impressive for a city to retain charm and serious quality of life, as the possibility of mistakes being made greatly increases.

    In the UKs defence, I forgot Edinburgh, imo a world class small city

  122. @Talha

    you hold people here to a lower standard than your fellow Muslims.
     
    I’ve been to my non-Muslim friends’ houses and seen liquor in the their cabinets or fridges - it’s not a huge deal.

    Whenever I’ve come across the same in a Muslim house, I have a visceral reaction and it makes me want to puke.

    I think this is one way that perhaps the cognitive dissonance is mitigated for someone, as myself, that genuinely leans a bit on the liberal side (at heart) when one considers oneself to be justifiably part of an exclusionary in-group; holding one’s group to a higher standard and expectations than one holds the out-group.

    Peace.

    No, I’m not really criticizing. It’s not so much “your group” as simply people who should know better, being exposed to Islam. And to the extent that it’s your group, it’s natural to care more.

    In theory, Judaism is supposed to work that way, in a perfect world. Perhaps it did, once.

    I similarly do not expect much from the serious people of the world :)

  123. @iffen
    Exactly how many moonbeams in a jar have you carried home, AB?

    Moonbeams in jars, iffen, would be a crime.

    • Replies: @iffen
    Moonbeams in jars, iffen, would be a crime.


    And you claim to be spiritual. Pffftt!
  124. @iffen
    I would go bonkers if I heard this kind of talk from Muslims

    I think that you should reconsider this view in light of your attempt to balance the demands of your faith with allegiance to ‘Murica. It doesn’t do your faith any good any more than it does our country.

    America doesn’t benefit from overt racism and its public expression any more than it benefits from the war on whites.

    But that doesn’t really cover us here in the comment section. Nobody’s watching or listening to us except maybe a few GRU people keeping an eye on AK.

    It doesn’t do your faith any good any more than it does our country.

    I agree here. I never said I found it acceptable, it isn’t – from either side. In fact, it’s considered a variation on the sin and rebellion of Iblis (Satan). When God asked him why he refused to bow before Adam (as) as he was commanded to do this was his response:
    “He said, ‘I am better than him. You have created me from fire and him from clay.’” (38:76)

    I’m hoping I can provide an example through my actions and words of an alternative approach of how one can save one’s people from the identitarian poz alliance without going in the opposite direction.

    At the end of the day, I consider this forum to be a bit like Mr. Karlin’s club house – he decides who gets let in. Who am I to judge? If it was mine, things would be different.

    Peace.

    • Replies: @iffen
    That's not in my Bible.
  125. @Pumblechook
    You really think so re: decaying cities? Apart from the banlieues I don't find that tonne the case.

    Whilst what I said about serious cities is true (although of course if you are living in good areas of Paris it is a dream city - I lived a year in a catholic middle-class quarter and you would never know you were 30 mins from utter shitholes) - the beauty of living in France is the choice of small/medium cities of great quality of life, beauty and history/culture - Tours, Dijon, Lorient, Amiens, Reims, Strasbourg, Orleans etc. I live in the UK and the city equivalents of the same size are places like Coventry, Stockport, Portsmouth, Hull etc - take a google map of those and get back to me!

    I think the truth is that France will do ok for a long time. Even 80% of euros is enough to keep things ticking over for a long time yet - and for sure, intermarriage allows the absorption of willing foreigners into the French ranks. On that side of my family I have three 2nd cousins with 1-2 grandparents from outside Europe but they pretty much look, act and feel French/euro. For me it's enough. the size of the place also means that unlike Germany, U.K. or Benelux, you can still escape the problems for now

    Italy is the best for this category of small cities though - Verona, Siena, Bergamo citta alta, Pescara, Perugia, Latina, whatever the list is endless.

    Italy is the best for this category of small cities though – Verona, Siena, Bergamo citta alta, Pescara, Perugia, Latina, whatever the list is endless.

    Bergamo is full of Africans. Leave the train, enter the station, and immediately there are African eyes – all male, all fairly young – on you, both to your left and right. Push through the doors into the Marconi piazza or whatever it’s called – across from the McDonald’s – and there are more Africans, in groups, sitting about checking out everyone who leaves the station. On streets in the lower town there are Africans standing alone, sometimes one on each side of lonely streets, babbling away on their phones but watching everyone who passes. Looking for targets, maybe?

    On the way from Bologna to Bergamo I noticed at even rural stations that our train went right through without stopping large groups of Africans hanging about with no seeming purpose. Salvini has a lot of work to do before medium-sized towns in Italy are anywhere near as European as they are in central and eastern Europe.

    • Replies: @Pumblechook
    Fair enough, I was there last in 2010. And not only did I not see any blacks, I spent great evenings in a bar with what turned out to be the son of the local lega nord chieftain. So I have warm memories of the place.

    Brescia on the other hand...c'erano dappertutto neri
  126. @reiner Tor
    The USSR was mean and evil: it put its opponents into psychiatric institutions with bogus diagnoses. Fortunately, you have to fear no such things in the free and liberal European Union.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-09-20/marine-le-pen-must-undergo-psychiatric-evaluation-french-court-rules

    We live in the USSR 2.0, fellow EUropean citizen.

  127. @AaronB
    Moonbeams in jars, iffen, would be a crime.

    Moonbeams in jars, iffen, would be a crime.

    And you claim to be spiritual. Pffftt!

  128. @Talha

    It doesn’t do your faith any good any more than it does our country.
     
    I agree here. I never said I found it acceptable, it isn’t - from either side. In fact, it’s considered a variation on the sin and rebellion of Iblis (Satan). When God asked him why he refused to bow before Adam (as) as he was commanded to do this was his response:
    “He said, ‘I am better than him. You have created me from fire and him from clay.’” (38:76)

    I’m hoping I can provide an example through my actions and words of an alternative approach of how one can save one’s people from the identitarian poz alliance without going in the opposite direction.

    At the end of the day, I consider this forum to be a bit like Mr. Karlin’s club house - he decides who gets let in. Who am I to judge? If it was mine, things would be different.

    Peace.

    That’s not in my Bible.

    • Replies: @Talha
    I know, that’s why it’s in the Qur’an. ;)

    Peace.
  129. @Swedish Family

    You have to be able to catch good-faith attempts at trolling on Internet forums. Too bad Greasy isn’t here, he was a fairly good extremist Jewish troller – would call all sorts of people subhuman while talking about their women being hot.

    Peace.
     
    Trolling can be that, sure, but this kind of dehumanizing speech is getting commoner here by the month -- it's pretty well background noise at this time -- along with Nazi apologism.

    And Nazi apologism does say something about a person. A commenter over at Sailer's blog, New Dealer, laid this out well a month ago:

    Hitler is the culture’s personification of evil, now, and long ago in the postwar years of my unlettered childhood. Later, as a young adult, I devoured mountains of political literature, from Ayn Rand to Karl Marx, including Mein Kampf. I was surprised to find that the text was not only evil but, to borrow an idea, banal. Mediocre, tedious, boring, inferior. And ever since I’ve known that anyone inspired by Hitler, seriously or ironically, is not just flirting with evil but is intellectually and spiritually stunted as well. That’s a good reason for people to try to read MK, I think.

    Reading the responses to Unz’s recent postings is educational as well. There are rational and debatable views, based on argument and evidence, about ethnocentricity, fair dealing, influence on foreign and immigration policies. But there is an atavistic racism from other commenters. The kind based on visceral revulsion, overgeneralization, dehumanization, and destructive malice. The kind we should all reject for the sake of social peace, but that has been dangerously trivialized by SJWs to win silly virtue points, for example by besmirching friendly people as Hitlerian for asking a new acquaintance where they are from. The actually irrational anti-Semites are obsessed, repetitive, tiresome, self-refuting; the “revisionists” are gales of pure nasty id clouded by capitalizations, obscure personal neologisms, and idiosyncratic epistemological principles. It’s probably best for a curious person to learn that on their own than it be forbidden fruit that one is only told about second-hand.

    Free speech needs to be defended, but Unz’s recent method of doing so “lacks elementary social skills” and is self-defeating. The meaning of a word or action is not just what one intends but also what others understand. To open a webpage full of heterodox views that headlines Mein Kampf has a social meaning, regardless of the poster’s intent. SJWs in bad faith constantly exploit the gap between personal intention and preposterously alleged social meaning in order to bully and dominate others. But whatever the eager amiability of your soul, if you tattoo your face with knives, dice, babes, and dripping blood, for some reason people will start staying away from you.
     
    http://www.unz.com/isteve/a-most-expected-backlash/

    Mein Kampf. I was surprised to find that the text was not only evil but, to borrow an idea, banal.

    I beg to differ. I do not think anybody even Hitler could top the banality of Sailer and Karlin who see the world as a string of numbers lined up on an axis. The world of Karlin and Sailer is one dimensional . Actually, on some occasions Hitler or whoever wrote his books have some good insights into the human nature and the workings of social forces.

    As far as the Mein Kampf and Hitler’s Second Book I do not find them really evil. In 1920s people in Europe talked and thought like Hitler. There is nothing extraordinary in Hitler. Unless if talking about other races and group of people in objectifying and instrumental way is especially evil. But if we adopted the Kant’s II Categorical Imperative as delineation between good and evil and extended it to the sin of talking then Karlin, Sailer and all the IQists here at UR would qualify as evil. Then there is more evil things said in one week on Karlin and Sailer blogs than in the whole of Mein Kampf.

    The person you cited (I looked his comments up) is an exceptionally pompous windbag who does virtue signaling all the time and signaling how smart he is like stating that some Jews told him he must be Jewish because gentiles do not come that smart.

    • LOL: Anatoly Karlin
    • Replies: @iffen
    I don't know why AK lets you comment here.
    , @Swedish Family

    Actually, on some occasions Hitler or whoever wrote his books have some good insights into the human nature and the workings of social forces.
     
    To be sure. Orwell brought this up in his review of Mein Kampf (written in the spring of 1940, so he wasn't some Monday-morning quarterback).

    Suppose that Hitler’s programme could be put into effect. What he envisages, a hundred years hence, is a continuous state of 250 million Germans with plenty of ‘living room’ (i.e. stretching to Afghanistan or thereabouts), a horrible brainless empire in which, essentially, nothing ever happens except the training of young men for war and the endless breeding of fresh cannon-fodder. How was it that he was able to put this monstrous vision across? It is easy to say that at one stage of his career he was financed by the heavy industrialists, who saw in him the man who would smash the Socialists and Communists. They would not have backed him, however, if he had not talked a great movement into existence already. Again, the situation in Germany, with its seven million unemployed, was obviously favourable for demagogues. But Hitler could not have succeeded against his many rivals if it had not been for the attraction of his own personality, which one can feel even in the clumsy writing of Mein Kampf, and which is no doubt overwhelming when one hears his speeches…The fact is that there is something deeply appealing about him. One feels it again when one sees his photographs—and I recommend especially the photograph at the beginning of Hurst and Blackett’s edition, which shows Hitler in his early Brownshirt days. It is a pathetic, dog-like face, the face of a man suffering under intolerable wrongs. In a rather more manly way it reproduces the expression of innumerable pictures of Christ crucified, and there is little doubt that that is how Hitler sees himself. The initial, personal cause of his grievance against the universe can only be guessed at; but at any rate the grievance is here. He is the martyr, the victim, Prometheus chained to the rock, the self-sacrificing hero who fights single-handed against impossible odds. If he were killing a mouse he would know how to make it seem like a dragon. One feels, as with Napoleon, that he is fighting against destiny, that he can’t win, and yet that he somehow deserves to. The attraction of such a pose is of course enormous; half the films that one sees turn upon some such theme.

    Also he has grasped the falsity of the hedonistic attitude to life. Nearly all western thought since the last war, certainly all ‘progressive’ thought, has assumed tacitly that human beings desire nothing beyond ease, security and avoidance of pain. In such a view of life there is no room, for instance, for patriotism and the military virtues. The Socialist who finds his children playing with soldiers is usually upset, but he is never able to think of a substitute for the tin soldiers; tin pacifists somehow won’t do. Hitler, because in his own joyless mind he feels it with exceptional strength, knows that human beings don’t only want comfort, safety, short working-hours, hygiene, birth-control and, in general, common sense; they also, at least intermittently, want struggle and self-sacrifice, not to mention drums, flags and loyalty-parades. However they may be as economic theories, Fascism and Nazism are psychologically far sounder than any hedonistic conception of life. The same is probably true of Stalin’s militarised version of Socialism. All three of the great dictators have enhanced their power by imposing intolerable burdens on their peoples. Whereas Socialism, and even capitalism in a more grudging way, have said to people ‘I offer you a good time,’ Hitler has said to them ‘I offer you struggle, danger and death,’ and as a result a whole nation flings itself at his feet. Perhaps later on they will get sick of it and change their minds, as at the end of the last war. After a few years of slaughter and starvation ‘Greatest happiness of the greatest number’ is a good slogan, but at this moment ‘Better an end with horror than a horror without end’ is a winner. Now that we are fighting against the man who coined it, we ought not to underrate its emotional appeal.”
     
    https://bookmarks.reviews/george-orwells-1940-review-of-mein-kampf/
    , @ThreeCranes
    Agree.

    Hitler's Mein Kampf has more insight about international relations and political scheming than anything published by any American politician in living memory. He knew his enemies and had no illusions about their unscrupulousness. Leftoids just don't like being skewered. They don't want to take any responsibility for the historical fact that had it not been for the threat bolshevism posed to Europe, there wouldn't have been a Hitler. So they act as though he was an isolated phenomenon. You can always tell a bad faith argument; the proponents put on Angel wings and a halo.

  130. @iffen
    That's not in my Bible.

    I know, that’s why it’s in the Qur’an. ;)

    Peace.

  131. @utu

    Mein Kampf. I was surprised to find that the text was not only evil but, to borrow an idea, banal.
     
    I beg to differ. I do not think anybody even Hitler could top the banality of Sailer and Karlin who see the world as a string of numbers lined up on an axis. The world of Karlin and Sailer is one dimensional . Actually, on some occasions Hitler or whoever wrote his books have some good insights into the human nature and the workings of social forces.

    As far as the Mein Kampf and Hitler's Second Book I do not find them really evil. In 1920s people in Europe talked and thought like Hitler. There is nothing extraordinary in Hitler. Unless if talking about other races and group of people in objectifying and instrumental way is especially evil. But if we adopted the Kant's II Categorical Imperative as delineation between good and evil and extended it to the sin of talking then Karlin, Sailer and all the IQists here at UR would qualify as evil. Then there is more evil things said in one week on Karlin and Sailer blogs than in the whole of Mein Kampf.

    The person you cited (I looked his comments up) is an exceptionally pompous windbag who does virtue signaling all the time and signaling how smart he is like stating that some Jews told him he must be Jewish because gentiles do not come that smart.

    I don’t know why AK lets you comment here.

    • Replies: @Talha
    Frankly, I don’t know why he lets me comment here; he seems fairly open to publishing diverse views. That is a mark for him.

    Peace.
    , @utu
    Perhaps because just like Ron Unz he has high tolerance quotient and some perhaps misguided belief in freedom of expression. Ron Unz keeps you yet this is what he thinks of you:

    http://www.unz.com/runz/american-pravda-post-war-france-and-post-war-germany/#comment-2409710
    Since 2015, he’s been one of the most frequent commenters on this website, averaging a couple of thousand comments per year, but generally rather bland and mediocre. I think he claims to be some sort of Christian Zionist living in the Deep South, which may or may not be correct. He certainly does defend Israel an awful lot, and mostly supports the Official Narrative but from a conservative direction. Okay.

    So we have a very prolific, pro-Israel commenter, who generally defends the Official Narrative but does so from a rightwing perspective, and attempts to ridicule elements of this highly controversial article by pretending to have read extremely long books he very clearly hasn’t.

    Presumably, he’s supplementing his meager Social Security or Disability checks by doing some commenting work for the ADL or the SPLC or that sort of thing…
     

    , @Daniel Chieh
    No effort is pointless: it can always be held up as a bad example for others.
    , @ThreeCranes
    Screw you. Let people talk. They don't all agree with you, so freaking what? Who appointed you the gatekeeper of what is permissible?

    We're all a collection of different people inside. Different times bring out different moods. I don't even agree with myself half the time. Only by airing out our thoughts can we reflect and see that we too are sometimes idiots, sometimes geniuses.

  132. @iffen
    I don't know why AK lets you comment here.

    Frankly, I don’t know why he lets me comment here; he seems fairly open to publishing diverse views. That is a mark for him.

    Peace.

  133. @Thorfinnsson
    Space X has a different CEO than Musk.

    The Boring Company has to date done more or less nothing. It "won" the bid to build a high speed rail link from the Chicago Loop to O'Hare. Said rail link will never be built (at least not by The Boring Company). Color me skeptical that Elon Musk will figure out how to dig a tunnel ten times faster than the Swiss can do it (remember the fully automated alien dreadnought with 20x linespeed?).

    Boeing is the most successful aerospace corporation in history and is once again outselling Airbus. The stock has doubled in price since 2017. Profits have doubled in five years. The Boeing 787 is the most revolutionary airliner since the Boeing 747 (long known to frequent flyers as The Queen of the Skies).

    In fact Boeing has a stunning list of aeronautical achievements:

    • Boeing Monomail--first cantilevered monocoque aluminum monoplane airliner
    • Boeing 247--first cantilevered monocoque aluminum monoplane airliner in commercial service
    • Boeing 314 Clipper--first transpacific flying boat
    • Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress--first four-engined heavy bomber
    • Boeing 307 Stratoliner--first transatlantic landplane airliner and first pressurized airliner
    • Boeing B-29--nuked Japan
    • Boeing B-52 (first intercontinental jet bomber)
    • Boeing 707--first successful jet airliner
    • Boeing 747--first jumbo jet and first wide-body airliner
    • Boeing 767--first twin-engine jet certified for transatlantic service
    • Boeing 777--first twin-engine jet with transpacific range
    • Boeing 787--first composite airliner

    And this is just Boeing. Boeing also acquired North American Rockwell (P-51 Mustang, XB-70 Valkyrie, B-1B Lancer) and McDonnell Douglas (as storied as Boeing until a generation ago).

    As I recall it is Herrenknecht AG which makes some ridiculous (75%?) of the world’s big deep tunnel boring machines, and it’s a German company based in the Rhineland.

    But I agree ofc, seems rather unlikely that Musk will make a quantum leap over the people who’ve been doing this for decades.

    PS. One thing I have mused about is the idea of atomic boring machines, though you’d need some serious cooling for that (pump in liquid nitrogen through an inbuilt heat exchanger?). If there’s any way to radically improve boring productivity there I suspect it’s somewhere along such lines.

    • Replies: @Thorfinnsson
    I brought up the Swiss owing to the Gotthard Base Tunnel. The Boring Company presently relies on Herrenknecht machines like everyone else.

    The use of atomic bombs for tunneling might well be feasible, though you still need to remove material which is a problem. I suspect hydraulic fracturing techniques could be scaled up for tunneling as well.
    , @ThreeCranes
    "One thing I have mused about is the idea of atomic boring machines"

    You've got a good mind, Anatoly, but someone already beat you to this one:

    http://www.jumpingfrog.com/images/toys13/swift018b.jpg

    http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3187/3974925570_f931a63770_z.jpg

    http://www.tomswift.info/homepage/aearth.html
  134. @Swedish Family

    France has appalling numbers of negroes milling around. They should be shot.
     
    How you enjoy any respectability on here, I can't get through my head. The "playful" facade fools no one. If it looks like a Nazi, swims like a Nazi, and quacks like a Nazi, then it probably is a Nazi.

    (And a ... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narcissistic_personality_disorder)

    We need men like Thorfinnsson around; he makes the rest of us look like respectable moderates.

    • LOL: Talha
  135. @iffen
    I don't know why AK lets you comment here.

    Perhaps because just like Ron Unz he has high tolerance quotient and some perhaps misguided belief in freedom of expression. Ron Unz keeps you yet this is what he thinks of you:

    http://www.unz.com/runz/american-pravda-post-war-france-and-post-war-germany/#comment-2409710
    Since 2015, he’s been one of the most frequent commenters on this website, averaging a couple of thousand comments per year, but generally rather bland and mediocre. I think he claims to be some sort of Christian Zionist living in the Deep South, which may or may not be correct. He certainly does defend Israel an awful lot, and mostly supports the Official Narrative but from a conservative direction. Okay.

    So we have a very prolific, pro-Israel commenter, who generally defends the Official Narrative but does so from a rightwing perspective, and attempts to ridicule elements of this highly controversial article by pretending to have read extremely long books he very clearly hasn’t.

    Presumably, he’s supplementing his meager Social Security or Disability checks by doing some commenting work for the ADL or the SPLC or that sort of thing…

    • Replies: @iffen
    Like I give a f*** what you, R. Unz, and the horses you rode in on think of me.
  136. @Thorfinnsson
    Space X has a different CEO than Musk.

    The Boring Company has to date done more or less nothing. It "won" the bid to build a high speed rail link from the Chicago Loop to O'Hare. Said rail link will never be built (at least not by The Boring Company). Color me skeptical that Elon Musk will figure out how to dig a tunnel ten times faster than the Swiss can do it (remember the fully automated alien dreadnought with 20x linespeed?).

    Boeing is the most successful aerospace corporation in history and is once again outselling Airbus. The stock has doubled in price since 2017. Profits have doubled in five years. The Boeing 787 is the most revolutionary airliner since the Boeing 747 (long known to frequent flyers as The Queen of the Skies).

    In fact Boeing has a stunning list of aeronautical achievements:

    • Boeing Monomail--first cantilevered monocoque aluminum monoplane airliner
    • Boeing 247--first cantilevered monocoque aluminum monoplane airliner in commercial service
    • Boeing 314 Clipper--first transpacific flying boat
    • Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress--first four-engined heavy bomber
    • Boeing 307 Stratoliner--first transatlantic landplane airliner and first pressurized airliner
    • Boeing B-29--nuked Japan
    • Boeing B-52 (first intercontinental jet bomber)
    • Boeing 707--first successful jet airliner
    • Boeing 747--first jumbo jet and first wide-body airliner
    • Boeing 767--first twin-engine jet certified for transatlantic service
    • Boeing 777--first twin-engine jet with transpacific range
    • Boeing 787--first composite airliner

    And this is just Boeing. Boeing also acquired North American Rockwell (P-51 Mustang, XB-70 Valkyrie, B-1B Lancer) and McDonnell Douglas (as storied as Boeing until a generation ago).

    Thorfinnsson:

    You have chronicled Boeing’s spectacular historical achievements. But on a down note, Eamonn Fingleton in a 2014 Forbes article opined that Boeing had given Japan its wing-making secrets, long regarded as its crown jewels.

    A question. Was this just a one-off or was it symbolic of Boeing’s eventual demise as a major entity? (BTW, Fingleton has apparently ceased being a UR contributor!)

    • Replies: @Thorfinnsson
    Boeing has acknowledged that too much of the 787 was outsourced and that this was chiefly to blame for its unexpected delay in entering service. For the 777X program Boeing invested one billion dollars to produce the plane's carbon-composite wings and wing box (which for the 787 are produced by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Japan) in a new 27 acre factory in Washington.

    Additionally, while the 787 outsourcing was excessive (and not only to Japan), the selection of Japanese companies as tier one vendors to American aerospace manufacturers should be understood as part of an American industrial strategy to prevent Japan from entering the wide-body airliner and fighter markets (though the idiot Dave Obey screwed up the latter by preventing the F-22 from being sold to the Japanese).

    The Japanese repay us in turn by ensuring that Japanese airlines exclusively source from Boeing, something which was quite useful in the '00s when Boeing was asleep at the switch and Airbus overtook them. The Japanese are also keeping up their end of the bargain. They've entered the regional jet market, but are avoiding the big birds. These arrangements also involve technology transfer from Japan back to the United States (e.g. all Japanese technology developed for the FSX program was transferred to America).

    If the Europeans had been offered similar arrangements in the 1960s it's possible that Airbus never would've come to be. And then there would still be an independent McDonnell Douglas company producing airliners, and Lockheed Martin might still be in the airliner business.

    The future competition to Boeing (and Airbus) will come from the joint Russian-Chinese venture to enter the market.
  137. Russian joke:

    Putin walks through the Kremlin and encounters the ghost of Stalin. Stalin says, “I have two pieces of advice – kill your political opponents and paint the Kremlin blue !”

    Putin replies, “why blue?”

  138. @AquariusAnon
    Worst case scenario would be Russia joining totalitarian Sinosphere, and Greater Visegrad joining totalitarian neoliberalism.txt. In this case, kiss European civilization goodbye for at least 3 generations. And have American troops in Gdansk face off PLA troops in St. Petersburg.

    This is probably what the globalists have up in their sleeves. Its up to Visegrad and Russia to resist joining neoliberalism.txt (and social and economic integration with America in this process), for the former, and Sinosphere (and social/economic integration with China, Golden Horde 2.0 with 21st century Chinese characteristics), respectively

    What choice does Russia has in todays world? The system is pervasive ( neoloberlaism fragmentation
    and social atomization ) and it touches everybody from US to Sweden and from Papua New Guiene to remote place in Chad . No one can escape . Unless Russia – China come up with new economic financial ideas, the resistance is doomed that includes military resistance as well. The delivery of the same polices through new BRICKS Asian Bank or Chinese Belt and Road will not change the problems common folks are facing .

  139. @iffen
    We don't seem to have any French commenters. Why do you suppose that is? Don't they care about saving humanity?

    We don’t seem to have any French commenters. Why do you suppose that is? Don’t they care about saving humanity?

    Most of them probably traffic French sites instead. There are some of them who will also do translations from English.

    http://grandfacho.com/articles-disponibles-en-francais-de-counter-currents-publishing/

    http://grandfacho.com/new-york-times-la-religion-de-la-blancheur-menace-la-paix-mondiale/

  140. @utu
    Perhaps because just like Ron Unz he has high tolerance quotient and some perhaps misguided belief in freedom of expression. Ron Unz keeps you yet this is what he thinks of you:

    http://www.unz.com/runz/american-pravda-post-war-france-and-post-war-germany/#comment-2409710
    Since 2015, he’s been one of the most frequent commenters on this website, averaging a couple of thousand comments per year, but generally rather bland and mediocre. I think he claims to be some sort of Christian Zionist living in the Deep South, which may or may not be correct. He certainly does defend Israel an awful lot, and mostly supports the Official Narrative but from a conservative direction. Okay.

    So we have a very prolific, pro-Israel commenter, who generally defends the Official Narrative but does so from a rightwing perspective, and attempts to ridicule elements of this highly controversial article by pretending to have read extremely long books he very clearly hasn’t.

    Presumably, he’s supplementing his meager Social Security or Disability checks by doing some commenting work for the ADL or the SPLC or that sort of thing…
     

    Like I give a f*** what you, R. Unz, and the horses you rode in on think of me.

  141. @Dmitry
    In lifestyle, there is a strong distinction - and the lifestyle of Latin countries is obviously distinct.

    But I'm not sure this "Latin vs German" distinction is so strong in the intellectual and written sphere.

    It's not like e.g. Sartre's philosophical texts are so much "lighter", than some German-speaking contemporaries. And post-Sartre authors in France, become, often, even more difficult or heavy to read.

    French language, I do not know, and neither do I know German. But I try to read in Spanish. Generally, I find Spanish more "heavy and ponderous", polysyllabic language, than English.

    English actually feels like a quite light language, at least for foreigners. And with this understanding of sarcasm and full of sense of humour (it's also like this in Russian writing), which I guess might not be common in Latin languages.

    English IS, in large part, a Latinate language.

    On one hand, the most commonly used, basic words in English are mainly Germanic words. But the great bulk of the entire vocabulary of the English language comes from Latin, not Germanic roots. There is a good short video on hooktube.com on this topic, from “Paul” of LangFocus.

    I appreciate your impressions of English, though, and your comments generally.

    • Replies: @Dmitry
    A large part of vocabulary in English, is from Latin origin.

    But the grammar is really different. And English generally, seems more informal. (And of course, English people themselves, seem to write with a lot more jokes and humor).
    , @anonymous coward
    Your comment has 63 words, and of them I counted 14 of Latinate origin. So about 25%.

    English is not a Latinate language, it's a creole. So is, for that matter, Mandarin.

    (Yeah, I know that modern linguistics define "creole" as "a language spoken by brown people". Don't listen to them, they're idiots.)
  142. @AaronB
    The French Existentialists were influenced by German writers and were in some ways a symptom of the decline of French intellectual seriousness - they were no longer capable of frivolity. Although Camus had an elegant style.

    But if you read a writer like Mauppassant for example you will see a very different sendibility - one that is rarely found among German or English authors. Its inimitably French and achieves a sublime frivolity. He starts a book about aimlessly wandering the Med Sea on his small boat by saying he simply couldn't stand the sight of the Eiffel Tower. A German would "explain" things.

    Some Irish writers, like Wilde, come close, and strangely, some Scandinavian writers, like Knut Hamsun, remind me of this French esprit. Also Conrad, a Pole.

    These differences aren't racial, but civilizational - levels of profundity and penetration of the illusion of life rise and fall.

    Reflects elite culture of the writer probably, rather than intellectual attitude of average cattle in the country.

    Its inimitably French and achieves a sublime frivolity.

    • Replies: @iffen
    rather than intellectual attitude of average cattle in the country.

    Just as well, we don't write all that much anyway.
    , @AaronB
    Probably somewhat true - the relationship between an elite and the people is complex and often antagonistic, but not entirely independent.

    There is an amusing Japanese syndrome where young people come to Paris having imagined it as an exquisite fairy tale based on elite culture only to suffer a mental breakdown upon encountering actual French people and Parisian conditions.

    And for some strange reason Czech people these days are converting to Judaism and studying it in college - I remember a few years ago in Israel meeting these poor idealistic Czechs who were visiting Israel after studying Judaism in college and being stunned by how unintellectual and physical it was. They had expected Kafka
  143. @RadicalCenter
    English IS, in large part, a Latinate language.

    On one hand, the most commonly used, basic words in English are mainly Germanic words. But the great bulk of the entire vocabulary of the English language comes from Latin, not Germanic roots. There is a good short video on hooktube.com on this topic, from "Paul" of LangFocus.

    I appreciate your impressions of English, though, and your comments generally.

    A large part of vocabulary in English, is from Latin origin.

    But the grammar is really different. And English generally, seems more informal. (And of course, English people themselves, seem to write with a lot more jokes and humor).

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
    You're right on both counts.
  144. @Anatoly Karlin
    As I recall it is Herrenknecht AG which makes some ridiculous (75%?) of the world's big deep tunnel boring machines, and it's a German company based in the Rhineland.

    But I agree ofc, seems rather unlikely that Musk will make a quantum leap over the people who've been doing this for decades.

    PS. One thing I have mused about is the idea of atomic boring machines, though you'd need some serious cooling for that (pump in liquid nitrogen through an inbuilt heat exchanger?). If there's any way to radically improve boring productivity there I suspect it's somewhere along such lines.

    I brought up the Swiss owing to the Gotthard Base Tunnel. The Boring Company presently relies on Herrenknecht machines like everyone else.

    The use of atomic bombs for tunneling might well be feasible, though you still need to remove material which is a problem. I suspect hydraulic fracturing techniques could be scaled up for tunneling as well.

  145. Question to the Construction/Fitness Chads here

    I am looking to install a calisthenics unit at my apartment. Possibly to be followed by a weight bench in half a year, but not now.

    Which of these choices is best?

    (1) I don’t want to buy a horizonal/parallel bar combo machine that attaches directly to the wall.

    This model however hangs off hooks. Hang it up high, its a pull up machine. Hang it lower, and rotate 90 degrees, and you can do leg raises.

    Not much space to put it, but I’m thinking of placing it directly beneath the air conditioner. Pretty appropriate location.

    Disadvantage – takes up a bit of space. Also one guy into this stuff claims these complex units are liable to break catastrophically.

    (2) I like the idea of a Swedish wall (wall bar), but I don’t have the space for it in my main room. The walls on my balcony that are perpendicular to the windows are too soft for them; meanwhile, if I put them opposite the windows on my balcony, which has a solid concrete wall, I won’t have space to do leg raises from them, annulling one of their biggest features.

    (3) I can buy one of those selfstanding machines that have built in horizontal and parallel bars, and bars for pushups, and put it on the balcony parallel to the windows.

    Plenty of space in that direction, but I don’t like these self-standing machines. They tend to shake a bit. And some functions are only available at the back. My balcony is too narrow to be able to easily access the back.

    (4) Just an ordinary pull up bar at the entrance to my living room. Seems like a solid idea, even if a female friend says it will look like crap.

    (5) Adjustable horizontal bars, which can be folded up to save space.

    If I get them I’ll attach them to the concrete wall opposite the windows on my balcony. It will allow me to do those vertical pushups (how is that exercise called anyway?), but as I said, there’s no room on the balcony for leg raises. (The wall perpendicular to the windows can’t support those things either).

    Is it also possible to use these things as pull up bars? E.g., hang them not just at waist height, but 210 cm above as well. I see no reason why not but maybe I’m missing something.

    (6) Pull up bar with central support

    Classical pull up bars with two supports are too wide to fit on the concrete wall of my balcony. There’s only 80cm from the soft wall to the window between the main room and the balcony.

    However, I can also attach this specific pull up bar with central support 60cm-70cm along the concrete wall to the window. As above this will allow me to do pull ups on the balcony, but not just “inwards” ones like in 5, but the classic ones where the forearms face outwards.

    So my options are:

    (a) Buying (1) is cheap and will allow me to do all exercises including leg raises. But it occupies limited space in my main room and doesn’t look all that great tbh, and friend claims its not too reliable.

    (b) Selfstanding machine as in (3) is more expensive and will also allow me to do all exercises, and will make good use of the balcony. But having this beast in a narrow balcony will be awkward and I also plain don’t like them.

    (c) The balcony walls aren’t suited for supporting any of these structures, even Swedish walls (which mainly rest on the ground), because they are covered by 10cm worth of soft insulation.
    If you have any idea of how to make proper supporting walls out of them, then I’m all ears.
    In principle, shouldn’t it be possible to just create another wall out of concrete blocs (my balcony is solid concrete, it can support literal tons) and hammer the Swedish wall in?

    (d) 4 and 5, or 5 and 6, or 6 by itself. At least this will utilize the balcony somewhat. I still have no good use for it – and I have two of them.
    (The kitchen balcony is too small to be of any use for any of this).

    • Replies: @iffen
    Was this triggered by the commenter that called you fat?
    , @Dmitry
    I never had one of these.

    But personally I would have the one with a punching bag - so you can practice boxing as well. (maybe not convenient for apartment size though)

    , @Anatoly Karlin
    FWIW I'm currently trending strongly towards (d).

    In particular, the classic entryway pull-up bar (4) and perhaps the adjustable horizontal bar for the balcony (5).
    , @Daniel Chieh
    I'd go with 4 and 5. Pull-up exercises are excellent.
    , @AquariusAnon
    Just join a gym. A gym in a prole commie block area of Moscow that has heavy weightlifting/bodybuilding focus should have lots of like-minded dudes politically.

    They will likely not agree with Sinotriumph, yellow fever, Indian food, and transhumanism though.

    , @Daniel.I
    A bit of unsolicited advice.

    Instead of a bench, you might want to consider a power rack.

    Squats, shoulder presses and good mornings are FAR more useful than bench presses (which I've come to regard as an auxiliary exercise, definitely not a primary lift).

    EDIT - Another thing to keep in mind is that if you have poor shoulder mobility (which pretty much all desk jockeys do - not to mention plenty of actual athletes), bench presses and pull-ups will only make it worse.

    , @E
    Not about this specifically, but something else potentially useful that I learned from a guy I worked for who's quite fit...

    Buy a bicycle air pump (not a super-tiny portable one, but a regular that stands upright, with that upside-down T to put your feet on). Tie the hose in a knot to increase the resistance, and pump (with both hands). It's a surprisingly efficient way to work up a sweat quickly and feel good, is good back/shoulder exercise, and is small enough to be carried around to different places easily.

    The way it was told to me is that he once had to inflate some tires for his car, discovered that it was really good exercise, and spent the rest of the month inflating his car's tires then releasing the air, greatly confusing his neighbours. After a while, he realized that all he actually needed was a bicycle pump with a knot tied in the hose. He carried it around with him everywhere and did a quick workout whenever he felt the need.

    As for other sorts of exercise, are there no 24-hour gyms near where you live? Where I live, some of them (e.g. Fit4Less) cost as little as $10/month.

    , @ThreeCranes
    We call "vertical pushups", dips. That is, we call them "dips". They're a great workout. The deeper you go, the harder you work.

    Even Arnold said that most people would benefit most from pull ups, dips and sit ups rather than weights.

    Those look like some interesting options you've got there.

    If you need indoor aerobic work (as in the winter) then I recommend a set of bicycle rollers and, if you can afford it, a Concept 2 rowing ergometer (the world standard).

    Rollers, in my opinion, are better than those bicycle resistance trainers because rollers aren't as boring. You will develop good form from learning to balance on rollers. Resistance is just a matter of changing gears AND they are relatively flat and can be stored by leaning them upright against a wall. Cheap too. Eddy Merckx rode rollers, not a resistance trainer, to warm up.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BcHekNAfOo

    The Concept 2 represents a serious commitment but it is the Gold Standard. You will never outgrow it though it does take up a bit of room. It too can be stood up. Working out with one will make you very strong and fit.

    https://www.concept2.com/indoor-rowers/model-d
  146. @Dmitry
    Reflects elite culture of the writer probably, rather than intellectual attitude of average cattle in the country.

    Its inimitably French and achieves a sublime frivolity.
     

    rather than intellectual attitude of average cattle in the country.

    Just as well, we don’t write all that much anyway.

  147. @Dan Hayes
    Thorfinnsson:

    You have chronicled Boeing's spectacular historical achievements. But on a down note, Eamonn Fingleton in a 2014 Forbes article opined that Boeing had given Japan its wing-making secrets, long regarded as its crown jewels.

    A question. Was this just a one-off or was it symbolic of Boeing's eventual demise as a major entity? (BTW, Fingleton has apparently ceased being a UR contributor!)

    Boeing has acknowledged that too much of the 787 was outsourced and that this was chiefly to blame for its unexpected delay in entering service. For the 777X program Boeing invested one billion dollars to produce the plane’s carbon-composite wings and wing box (which for the 787 are produced by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Japan) in a new 27 acre factory in Washington.

    Additionally, while the 787 outsourcing was excessive (and not only to Japan), the selection of Japanese companies as tier one vendors to American aerospace manufacturers should be understood as part of an American industrial strategy to prevent Japan from entering the wide-body airliner and fighter markets (though the idiot Dave Obey screwed up the latter by preventing the F-22 from being sold to the Japanese).

    The Japanese repay us in turn by ensuring that Japanese airlines exclusively source from Boeing, something which was quite useful in the ’00s when Boeing was asleep at the switch and Airbus overtook them. The Japanese are also keeping up their end of the bargain. They’ve entered the regional jet market, but are avoiding the big birds. These arrangements also involve technology transfer from Japan back to the United States (e.g. all Japanese technology developed for the FSX program was transferred to America).

    If the Europeans had been offered similar arrangements in the 1960s it’s possible that Airbus never would’ve come to be. And then there would still be an independent McDonnell Douglas company producing airliners, and Lockheed Martin might still be in the airliner business.

    The future competition to Boeing (and Airbus) will come from the joint Russian-Chinese venture to enter the market.

    • Replies: @Dan Hayes
    Thorfinnsson:

    Thanks for your most informative response to my query.
  148. @Anatoly Karlin
    Question to the Construction/Fitness Chads here

    I am looking to install a calisthenics unit at my apartment. Possibly to be followed by a weight bench in half a year, but not now.

    Which of these choices is best?

    (1) I don't want to buy a horizonal/parallel bar combo machine that attaches directly to the wall.

    This model however hangs off hooks. Hang it up high, its a pull up machine. Hang it lower, and rotate 90 degrees, and you can do leg raises.

    http://domsport24.ru/image/cache/data/TOVAR/usilennyiy-turnik--brusya--press-8-v-1-razbornyiy/usilennyiy-turnik--brusya--press-8-v-1-razbornyiy-_2963_3-700x700.jpg

    Not much space to put it, but I'm thinking of placing it directly beneath the air conditioner. Pretty appropriate location.

    Disadvantage - takes up a bit of space. Also one guy into this stuff claims these complex units are liable to break catastrophically.

    (2) I like the idea of a Swedish wall (wall bar), but I don't have the space for it in my main room. The walls on my balcony that are perpendicular to the windows are too soft for them; meanwhile, if I put them opposite the windows on my balcony, which has a solid concrete wall, I won't have space to do leg raises from them, annulling one of their biggest features.

    (3) I can buy one of those selfstanding machines that have built in horizontal and parallel bars, and bars for pushups, and put it on the balcony parallel to the windows.

    https://www.tehnozal.ru/m/cache/7d/a1/7da107e320d5a843431959bba957d9b4.jpg

    Plenty of space in that direction, but I don't like these self-standing machines. They tend to shake a bit. And some functions are only available at the back. My balcony is too narrow to be able to easily access the back.

    (4) Just an ordinary pull up bar at the entrance to my living room. Seems like a solid idea, even if a female friend says it will look like crap.

    http://domsport24.ru/image/cache/data/TOVAR/nasten/proem/sf/BA-202-sf-280x280.jpg

    (5) Adjustable horizontal bars, which can be folded up to save space.

    http://borabo.ru/images/stories/virtuemart/product/brusya_skladnie_borabo_ru_8.jpg

    If I get them I'll attach them to the concrete wall opposite the windows on my balcony. It will allow me to do those vertical pushups (how is that exercise called anyway?), but as I said, there's no room on the balcony for leg raises. (The wall perpendicular to the windows can't support those things either).

    Is it also possible to use these things as pull up bars? E.g., hang them not just at waist height, but 210 cm above as well. I see no reason why not but maybe I'm missing something.

    (6) Pull up bar with central support

    http://borabo.ru/images/stories/virtuemart/product/turnok_na_kolonnu_borabo_ru_1.jpg

    Classical pull up bars with two supports are too wide to fit on the concrete wall of my balcony. There's only 80cm from the soft wall to the window between the main room and the balcony.

    However, I can also attach this specific pull up bar with central support 60cm-70cm along the concrete wall to the window. As above this will allow me to do pull ups on the balcony, but not just "inwards" ones like in 5, but the classic ones where the forearms face outwards.

    So my options are:

    (a) Buying (1) is cheap and will allow me to do all exercises including leg raises. But it occupies limited space in my main room and doesn't look all that great tbh, and friend claims its not too reliable.

    (b) Selfstanding machine as in (3) is more expensive and will also allow me to do all exercises, and will make good use of the balcony. But having this beast in a narrow balcony will be awkward and I also plain don't like them.

    (c) The balcony walls aren't suited for supporting any of these structures, even Swedish walls (which mainly rest on the ground), because they are covered by 10cm worth of soft insulation.
    If you have any idea of how to make proper supporting walls out of them, then I'm all ears.
    In principle, shouldn't it be possible to just create another wall out of concrete blocs (my balcony is solid concrete, it can support literal tons) and hammer the Swedish wall in?

    (d) 4 and 5, or 5 and 6, or 6 by itself. At least this will utilize the balcony somewhat. I still have no good use for it - and I have two of them.
    (The kitchen balcony is too small to be of any use for any of this).

    Was this triggered by the commenter that called you fat?

    • Replies: @Anatoly Karlin
    No. This has always been my plan for when I moved into my own apartment.

    I am actually not overly concerned about my current state of being overweight. Extremely rapid weight loss is trivial given the right approach. Reverting to keto/IMF/cold exposure program from mid-October, I expect to be back at optimal levels by early spring.
  149. @iffen
    Was this triggered by the commenter that called you fat?

    No. This has always been my plan for when I moved into my own apartment.

    I am actually not overly concerned about my current state of being overweight. Extremely rapid weight loss is trivial given the right approach. Reverting to keto/IMF/cold exposure program from mid-October, I expect to be back at optimal levels by early spring.

  150. @Dmitry
    Reflects elite culture of the writer probably, rather than intellectual attitude of average cattle in the country.

    Its inimitably French and achieves a sublime frivolity.
     

    Probably somewhat true – the relationship between an elite and the people is complex and often antagonistic, but not entirely independent.

    There is an amusing Japanese syndrome where young people come to Paris having imagined it as an exquisite fairy tale based on elite culture only to suffer a mental breakdown upon encountering actual French people and Parisian conditions.

    And for some strange reason Czech people these days are converting to Judaism and studying it in college – I remember a few years ago in Israel meeting these poor idealistic Czechs who were visiting Israel after studying Judaism in college and being stunned by how unintellectual and physical it was. They had expected Kafka

    • Replies: @Dmitry
    We discussed about the Japanese syndrome in Paris here before. I probably was the one who told you about this.

    I feel like this when I first visited Paris. I was about 8 years old, and the whole area of Paris were in was half Arab people.

    Even aside from the Muslim people (who I remember we were saying, were actually more friendly for us there than the real French) - I don't think the Japanese are reacting negatively to French cattle.

    French elite are just as snobby or rude, as French cattle. People are not more friendly in Deauville. I remember an old French woman who we rented a house from for a few days, and when we gave her back keys, she was shouting at us for no reason.

    I appreciated Paris more when I visited as a teenager. It is kind of spectacular piece of territory, if you explore it without preconception it should be like Disneyland or anything romantic.

    , @RadicalCenter
    Judaism is a racial supremacist ideology mixed with both profound, beautiful observations, practically useful rules for living, and absurdities.
  151. @Anatoly Karlin
    Question to the Construction/Fitness Chads here

    I am looking to install a calisthenics unit at my apartment. Possibly to be followed by a weight bench in half a year, but not now.

    Which of these choices is best?

    (1) I don't want to buy a horizonal/parallel bar combo machine that attaches directly to the wall.

    This model however hangs off hooks. Hang it up high, its a pull up machine. Hang it lower, and rotate 90 degrees, and you can do leg raises.

    http://domsport24.ru/image/cache/data/TOVAR/usilennyiy-turnik--brusya--press-8-v-1-razbornyiy/usilennyiy-turnik--brusya--press-8-v-1-razbornyiy-_2963_3-700x700.jpg

    Not much space to put it, but I'm thinking of placing it directly beneath the air conditioner. Pretty appropriate location.

    Disadvantage - takes up a bit of space. Also one guy into this stuff claims these complex units are liable to break catastrophically.

    (2) I like the idea of a Swedish wall (wall bar), but I don't have the space for it in my main room. The walls on my balcony that are perpendicular to the windows are too soft for them; meanwhile, if I put them opposite the windows on my balcony, which has a solid concrete wall, I won't have space to do leg raises from them, annulling one of their biggest features.

    (3) I can buy one of those selfstanding machines that have built in horizontal and parallel bars, and bars for pushups, and put it on the balcony parallel to the windows.

    https://www.tehnozal.ru/m/cache/7d/a1/7da107e320d5a843431959bba957d9b4.jpg

    Plenty of space in that direction, but I don't like these self-standing machines. They tend to shake a bit. And some functions are only available at the back. My balcony is too narrow to be able to easily access the back.

    (4) Just an ordinary pull up bar at the entrance to my living room. Seems like a solid idea, even if a female friend says it will look like crap.

    http://domsport24.ru/image/cache/data/TOVAR/nasten/proem/sf/BA-202-sf-280x280.jpg

    (5) Adjustable horizontal bars, which can be folded up to save space.

    http://borabo.ru/images/stories/virtuemart/product/brusya_skladnie_borabo_ru_8.jpg

    If I get them I'll attach them to the concrete wall opposite the windows on my balcony. It will allow me to do those vertical pushups (how is that exercise called anyway?), but as I said, there's no room on the balcony for leg raises. (The wall perpendicular to the windows can't support those things either).

    Is it also possible to use these things as pull up bars? E.g., hang them not just at waist height, but 210 cm above as well. I see no reason why not but maybe I'm missing something.

    (6) Pull up bar with central support

    http://borabo.ru/images/stories/virtuemart/product/turnok_na_kolonnu_borabo_ru_1.jpg

    Classical pull up bars with two supports are too wide to fit on the concrete wall of my balcony. There's only 80cm from the soft wall to the window between the main room and the balcony.

    However, I can also attach this specific pull up bar with central support 60cm-70cm along the concrete wall to the window. As above this will allow me to do pull ups on the balcony, but not just "inwards" ones like in 5, but the classic ones where the forearms face outwards.

    So my options are:

    (a) Buying (1) is cheap and will allow me to do all exercises including leg raises. But it occupies limited space in my main room and doesn't look all that great tbh, and friend claims its not too reliable.

    (b) Selfstanding machine as in (3) is more expensive and will also allow me to do all exercises, and will make good use of the balcony. But having this beast in a narrow balcony will be awkward and I also plain don't like them.

    (c) The balcony walls aren't suited for supporting any of these structures, even Swedish walls (which mainly rest on the ground), because they are covered by 10cm worth of soft insulation.
    If you have any idea of how to make proper supporting walls out of them, then I'm all ears.
    In principle, shouldn't it be possible to just create another wall out of concrete blocs (my balcony is solid concrete, it can support literal tons) and hammer the Swedish wall in?

    (d) 4 and 5, or 5 and 6, or 6 by itself. At least this will utilize the balcony somewhat. I still have no good use for it - and I have two of them.
    (The kitchen balcony is too small to be of any use for any of this).

    I never had one of these.

    But personally I would have the one with a punching bag – so you can practice boxing as well. (maybe not convenient for apartment size though)

    • Replies: @Anatoly Karlin
    I think punching bag is mainly for illustration purposes. Main point of those things is that you can attach all sorts of other things to them.

    My main concern is that my main room is crowded enough as it is (bed, sofa, coffee table, my office, bookshelves). Having the exercise station there too would be hardcore.

    Especially since I have yet to figure out what to do with either of the two balconies, both of which I had insulated.
  152. @Thorfinnsson
    Boeing has acknowledged that too much of the 787 was outsourced and that this was chiefly to blame for its unexpected delay in entering service. For the 777X program Boeing invested one billion dollars to produce the plane's carbon-composite wings and wing box (which for the 787 are produced by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Japan) in a new 27 acre factory in Washington.

    Additionally, while the 787 outsourcing was excessive (and not only to Japan), the selection of Japanese companies as tier one vendors to American aerospace manufacturers should be understood as part of an American industrial strategy to prevent Japan from entering the wide-body airliner and fighter markets (though the idiot Dave Obey screwed up the latter by preventing the F-22 from being sold to the Japanese).

    The Japanese repay us in turn by ensuring that Japanese airlines exclusively source from Boeing, something which was quite useful in the '00s when Boeing was asleep at the switch and Airbus overtook them. The Japanese are also keeping up their end of the bargain. They've entered the regional jet market, but are avoiding the big birds. These arrangements also involve technology transfer from Japan back to the United States (e.g. all Japanese technology developed for the FSX program was transferred to America).

    If the Europeans had been offered similar arrangements in the 1960s it's possible that Airbus never would've come to be. And then there would still be an independent McDonnell Douglas company producing airliners, and Lockheed Martin might still be in the airliner business.

    The future competition to Boeing (and Airbus) will come from the joint Russian-Chinese venture to enter the market.

    Thorfinnsson:

    Thanks for your most informative response to my query.

  153. @Dmitry
    A large part of vocabulary in English, is from Latin origin.

    But the grammar is really different. And English generally, seems more informal. (And of course, English people themselves, seem to write with a lot more jokes and humor).

    You’re right on both counts.

  154. @AaronB
    Probably somewhat true - the relationship between an elite and the people is complex and often antagonistic, but not entirely independent.

    There is an amusing Japanese syndrome where young people come to Paris having imagined it as an exquisite fairy tale based on elite culture only to suffer a mental breakdown upon encountering actual French people and Parisian conditions.

    And for some strange reason Czech people these days are converting to Judaism and studying it in college - I remember a few years ago in Israel meeting these poor idealistic Czechs who were visiting Israel after studying Judaism in college and being stunned by how unintellectual and physical it was. They had expected Kafka

    We discussed about the Japanese syndrome in Paris here before. I probably was the one who told you about this.

    I feel like this when I first visited Paris. I was about 8 years old, and the whole area of Paris were in was half Arab people.

    Even aside from the Muslim people (who I remember we were saying, were actually more friendly for us there than the real French) – I don’t think the Japanese are reacting negatively to French cattle.

    French elite are just as snobby or rude, as French cattle. People are not more friendly in Deauville. I remember an old French woman who we rented a house from for a few days, and when we gave her back keys, she was shouting at us for no reason.

    I appreciated Paris more when I visited as a teenager. It is kind of spectacular piece of territory, if you explore it without preconception it should be like Disneyland or anything romantic.

    • Replies: @AaronB
    I read about before I was on this site. Its well known phenomenon.

    The truth is nothing lives up to our fantasies or expectations, or at least, not in the ways we expect them to.

    I had fantasies about "spiritual" India before my first visit that were ludicrously out of touch with what the place is actually like. But in a completely different and unexpected way, I did eventually find something if what I was looking for there.

    Maybe the Japanese did too, with Paris. I like Paris and French culture, but Haussman criminally destroyed the charm of old Paris in my view. People raved about Paris in the 19th century because with its wide geometric boulevards and lighting, it was perhaps the first modern, rational city. But my tastes run to the gothic, the medieval, the crooked.
    , @Thumbhead
    As much as Dmitry wants to pose as a cosmopolitan Russian Jew, his repeated use of "cattle" to refer to common proles is really a glaring giveway. (It's a direct and bad translation of Russian "bydla".)
  155. @AaronB
    Probably somewhat true - the relationship between an elite and the people is complex and often antagonistic, but not entirely independent.

    There is an amusing Japanese syndrome where young people come to Paris having imagined it as an exquisite fairy tale based on elite culture only to suffer a mental breakdown upon encountering actual French people and Parisian conditions.

    And for some strange reason Czech people these days are converting to Judaism and studying it in college - I remember a few years ago in Israel meeting these poor idealistic Czechs who were visiting Israel after studying Judaism in college and being stunned by how unintellectual and physical it was. They had expected Kafka

    Judaism is a racial supremacist ideology mixed with both profound, beautiful observations, practically useful rules for living, and absurdities.

    • Replies: @iffen
    Judaism is a racial supremacist ideology

    Really. Is it the same as WN racial supremacist ideology?
    , @AaronB
    Sort of. There's some truth to that, but its complicated.

    Someone born Jewish can make the best of it and emphasize the beauty in it. But I think there are better spiritual traditions to convert to, if one is dissatisfied with modernity. But who knows - perhaps not for some people. Each religion seems uniquely adapted to specific mindsets.
  156. @RadicalCenter
    Judaism is a racial supremacist ideology mixed with both profound, beautiful observations, practically useful rules for living, and absurdities.

    Judaism is a racial supremacist ideology

    Really. Is it the same as WN racial supremacist ideology?

    • Replies: @neutral

    Really. Is it the same as WN racial supremacist ideology?
     
    Judaism celebrates its past genocidal acts against others as religious holidays, you ever come a across a white nationalist who does that?
    , @RadicalCenter
    Whatever complaints and anomosities I might have toward some people of other races, I wasn’t taught and don’t believe that they are donkeys who were specifically put here by God to serve us. Contrast the Jewish attitude.
  157. @Dmitry
    I never had one of these.

    But personally I would have the one with a punching bag - so you can practice boxing as well. (maybe not convenient for apartment size though)

    I think punching bag is mainly for illustration purposes. Main point of those things is that you can attach all sorts of other things to them.

    My main concern is that my main room is crowded enough as it is (bed, sofa, coffee table, my office, bookshelves). Having the exercise station there too would be hardcore.

    Especially since I have yet to figure out what to do with either of the two balconies, both of which I had insulated.

  158. Come on, Hitler was an incredibly dull monomaniac bore. His writing is almost unreadable. “Hitler’s Table Talk” makes him seem even duller and dumber, given his obsessive ranting about Czechs being racially Mongolian and why vegetarianism made the ancient Romans so powerful. He wasn’t any smarter than a /pol/ shitposter.

    Trevor-Roper correctly points out that Hitler’s unique genius was his extreme willpower, not his dull trashy 4chan-level ideas.

    • Replies: @neutral
    Let me guess, you have never read Mein Kampf but know its a bad book because you were told it was bad. Hitler had a great mind, he had the right instincts and right ideas on most things, if you are going to nitpick some trivialities like his views on vegetarianism then you are going to struggle to find any historical figure that passes your test.
    , @Hyperborean

    “Hitler’s Table Talk” makes him seem even duller and dumber, given his obsessive ranting about Czechs being racially Mongolian and why vegetarianism made the ancient Romans so powerful.
     
    But think about all the blonde Deep Ecology chicks!
  159. @Anatoly Karlin
    Question to the Construction/Fitness Chads here

    I am looking to install a calisthenics unit at my apartment. Possibly to be followed by a weight bench in half a year, but not now.

    Which of these choices is best?

    (1) I don't want to buy a horizonal/parallel bar combo machine that attaches directly to the wall.

    This model however hangs off hooks. Hang it up high, its a pull up machine. Hang it lower, and rotate 90 degrees, and you can do leg raises.

    http://domsport24.ru/image/cache/data/TOVAR/usilennyiy-turnik--brusya--press-8-v-1-razbornyiy/usilennyiy-turnik--brusya--press-8-v-1-razbornyiy-_2963_3-700x700.jpg

    Not much space to put it, but I'm thinking of placing it directly beneath the air conditioner. Pretty appropriate location.

    Disadvantage - takes up a bit of space. Also one guy into this stuff claims these complex units are liable to break catastrophically.

    (2) I like the idea of a Swedish wall (wall bar), but I don't have the space for it in my main room. The walls on my balcony that are perpendicular to the windows are too soft for them; meanwhile, if I put them opposite the windows on my balcony, which has a solid concrete wall, I won't have space to do leg raises from them, annulling one of their biggest features.

    (3) I can buy one of those selfstanding machines that have built in horizontal and parallel bars, and bars for pushups, and put it on the balcony parallel to the windows.

    https://www.tehnozal.ru/m/cache/7d/a1/7da107e320d5a843431959bba957d9b4.jpg

    Plenty of space in that direction, but I don't like these self-standing machines. They tend to shake a bit. And some functions are only available at the back. My balcony is too narrow to be able to easily access the back.

    (4) Just an ordinary pull up bar at the entrance to my living room. Seems like a solid idea, even if a female friend says it will look like crap.

    http://domsport24.ru/image/cache/data/TOVAR/nasten/proem/sf/BA-202-sf-280x280.jpg

    (5) Adjustable horizontal bars, which can be folded up to save space.

    http://borabo.ru/images/stories/virtuemart/product/brusya_skladnie_borabo_ru_8.jpg

    If I get them I'll attach them to the concrete wall opposite the windows on my balcony. It will allow me to do those vertical pushups (how is that exercise called anyway?), but as I said, there's no room on the balcony for leg raises. (The wall perpendicular to the windows can't support those things either).

    Is it also possible to use these things as pull up bars? E.g., hang them not just at waist height, but 210 cm above as well. I see no reason why not but maybe I'm missing something.

    (6) Pull up bar with central support

    http://borabo.ru/images/stories/virtuemart/product/turnok_na_kolonnu_borabo_ru_1.jpg

    Classical pull up bars with two supports are too wide to fit on the concrete wall of my balcony. There's only 80cm from the soft wall to the window between the main room and the balcony.

    However, I can also attach this specific pull up bar with central support 60cm-70cm along the concrete wall to the window. As above this will allow me to do pull ups on the balcony, but not just "inwards" ones like in 5, but the classic ones where the forearms face outwards.

    So my options are:

    (a) Buying (1) is cheap and will allow me to do all exercises including leg raises. But it occupies limited space in my main room and doesn't look all that great tbh, and friend claims its not too reliable.

    (b) Selfstanding machine as in (3) is more expensive and will also allow me to do all exercises, and will make good use of the balcony. But having this beast in a narrow balcony will be awkward and I also plain don't like them.

    (c) The balcony walls aren't suited for supporting any of these structures, even Swedish walls (which mainly rest on the ground), because they are covered by 10cm worth of soft insulation.
    If you have any idea of how to make proper supporting walls out of them, then I'm all ears.
    In principle, shouldn't it be possible to just create another wall out of concrete blocs (my balcony is solid concrete, it can support literal tons) and hammer the Swedish wall in?

    (d) 4 and 5, or 5 and 6, or 6 by itself. At least this will utilize the balcony somewhat. I still have no good use for it - and I have two of them.
    (The kitchen balcony is too small to be of any use for any of this).

    FWIW I’m currently trending strongly towards (d).

    In particular, the classic entryway pull-up bar (4) and perhaps the adjustable horizontal bar for the balcony (5).

    • Replies: @reiner Tor
    Can you do proper pull-ups with (4)? I remember once trying it and the door frame prevented me from achieving full range of motion, which is quite important. So I wouldn’t choose (4) unless the door is tall enough to allow for a proper upper position.

    Of course (1) looks the best, but if it’s not reliable (I bet you there are reliable ones depending manufacturer etc., but sometimes it’s difficult to find, and not just in Russia), or you don’t have room for it, then you can buy the other ones.

    (4)+(5) looks attractive, because you can do dips and pull-ups, but dips are not nearly as important as pull-ups, so if I had to compromise, I’d go for (6) alone. But you wrote (5)+(6) was an option, too, so then it’s superior to (4)+(5), in my opinion.

    Ultimately, a lot depends on how and how much you will use your equipment. Even (4) is not totally useless.

    , @Yevardian
    Good to see you coming around to this. I'm not sure if it was Thorfinnsonn who said this, but one has no business representing any political ideology if they look like shit. But stop with the neoliberal horseshit, Russians experienced enough of that in 90's and aren't going to fall for that again.

    Most exercises can be done without specialised equipment, consistency is more the problem.
    , @Anonymous
    How many pull ups can you do?

    Do you jog? And of so are there places along your way you can do pull ups like a tree with branches or a park with horizontal bars?
  160. @Dmitry
    We discussed about the Japanese syndrome in Paris here before. I probably was the one who told you about this.

    I feel like this when I first visited Paris. I was about 8 years old, and the whole area of Paris were in was half Arab people.

    Even aside from the Muslim people (who I remember we were saying, were actually more friendly for us there than the real French) - I don't think the Japanese are reacting negatively to French cattle.

    French elite are just as snobby or rude, as French cattle. People are not more friendly in Deauville. I remember an old French woman who we rented a house from for a few days, and when we gave her back keys, she was shouting at us for no reason.

    I appreciated Paris more when I visited as a teenager. It is kind of spectacular piece of territory, if you explore it without preconception it should be like Disneyland or anything romantic.

    I read about before I was on this site. Its well known phenomenon.

    The truth is nothing lives up to our fantasies or expectations, or at least, not in the ways we expect them to.

    I had fantasies about “spiritual” India before my first visit that were ludicrously out of touch with what the place is actually like. But in a completely different and unexpected way, I did eventually find something if what I was looking for there.

    Maybe the Japanese did too, with Paris. I like Paris and French culture, but Haussman criminally destroyed the charm of old Paris in my view. People raved about Paris in the 19th century because with its wide geometric boulevards and lighting, it was perhaps the first modern, rational city. But my tastes run to the gothic, the medieval, the crooked.

  161. @RadicalCenter
    Judaism is a racial supremacist ideology mixed with both profound, beautiful observations, practically useful rules for living, and absurdities.

    Sort of. There’s some truth to that, but its complicated.

    Someone born Jewish can make the best of it and emphasize the beauty in it. But I think there are better spiritual traditions to convert to, if one is dissatisfied with modernity. But who knows – perhaps not for some people. Each religion seems uniquely adapted to specific mindsets.

  162. @Daniel Chieh

    The focus on IQ will send your tribe and your family back to 1500 AD.
     
    Time travel is how Mecha-Karlin conquers the world.

    That was literally the plot of Empire Earth, except the nationalist ruler of Russia only had to send himself back in time after he had already conquered Earth and needed to defeat the robotic alter-ego he had created

    • LOL: Daniel Chieh
  163. @AP

    the Indo-Europeans started in what is now Ukraine
     
    What is now eastern Ukraine, southern Russia, and parts of Kazakhstan.

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/5a/IE_expansion.png

    being so far inland
     
    This region borders the Black and Caspian Seas.

    What is now eastern Ukraine, southern Russia, and parts of Kazakhstan.

    right – from Ukraine to the southern Urals

    This region borders the Black and Caspian Seas.

    yes you’d think so but

    https://www.unicef.org/ukraine/activities_11389.html

    National research conducted in 2003 by the Ministry of Health Care of Ukraine with support from UNICEF and USA Centre for Disease Control confirmed mild iodine deficiency in population in the whole territory of Ukraine. 80% of children are born and develop in conditions of iodine deficiency without consuming necessary amount of iodine with food.

    i was thinking it might be due to distance from the oceans (hence inland) but maybe it’s something else, rainfall, wind direction? – either way it’s a big problem in Ukraine.

  164. @Swedish Family

    France has appalling numbers of negroes milling around. They should be shot.
     
    How you enjoy any respectability on here, I can't get through my head. The "playful" facade fools no one. If it looks like a Nazi, swims like a Nazi, and quacks like a Nazi, then it probably is a Nazi.

    (And a ... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narcissistic_personality_disorder)

    If it looks like a Nazi, swims like a Nazi, and quacks like a Nazi, then it probably is a…

    fed.

    • Agree: Rosie
  165. @Anatoly Karlin
    Question to the Construction/Fitness Chads here

    I am looking to install a calisthenics unit at my apartment. Possibly to be followed by a weight bench in half a year, but not now.

    Which of these choices is best?

    (1) I don't want to buy a horizonal/parallel bar combo machine that attaches directly to the wall.

    This model however hangs off hooks. Hang it up high, its a pull up machine. Hang it lower, and rotate 90 degrees, and you can do leg raises.

    http://domsport24.ru/image/cache/data/TOVAR/usilennyiy-turnik--brusya--press-8-v-1-razbornyiy/usilennyiy-turnik--brusya--press-8-v-1-razbornyiy-_2963_3-700x700.jpg

    Not much space to put it, but I'm thinking of placing it directly beneath the air conditioner. Pretty appropriate location.

    Disadvantage - takes up a bit of space. Also one guy into this stuff claims these complex units are liable to break catastrophically.

    (2) I like the idea of a Swedish wall (wall bar), but I don't have the space for it in my main room. The walls on my balcony that are perpendicular to the windows are too soft for them; meanwhile, if I put them opposite the windows on my balcony, which has a solid concrete wall, I won't have space to do leg raises from them, annulling one of their biggest features.

    (3) I can buy one of those selfstanding machines that have built in horizontal and parallel bars, and bars for pushups, and put it on the balcony parallel to the windows.

    https://www.tehnozal.ru/m/cache/7d/a1/7da107e320d5a843431959bba957d9b4.jpg

    Plenty of space in that direction, but I don't like these self-standing machines. They tend to shake a bit. And some functions are only available at the back. My balcony is too narrow to be able to easily access the back.

    (4) Just an ordinary pull up bar at the entrance to my living room. Seems like a solid idea, even if a female friend says it will look like crap.

    http://domsport24.ru/image/cache/data/TOVAR/nasten/proem/sf/BA-202-sf-280x280.jpg

    (5) Adjustable horizontal bars, which can be folded up to save space.

    http://borabo.ru/images/stories/virtuemart/product/brusya_skladnie_borabo_ru_8.jpg

    If I get them I'll attach them to the concrete wall opposite the windows on my balcony. It will allow me to do those vertical pushups (how is that exercise called anyway?), but as I said, there's no room on the balcony for leg raises. (The wall perpendicular to the windows can't support those things either).

    Is it also possible to use these things as pull up bars? E.g., hang them not just at waist height, but 210 cm above as well. I see no reason why not but maybe I'm missing something.

    (6) Pull up bar with central support

    http://borabo.ru/images/stories/virtuemart/product/turnok_na_kolonnu_borabo_ru_1.jpg

    Classical pull up bars with two supports are too wide to fit on the concrete wall of my balcony. There's only 80cm from the soft wall to the window between the main room and the balcony.

    However, I can also attach this specific pull up bar with central support 60cm-70cm along the concrete wall to the window. As above this will allow me to do pull ups on the balcony, but not just "inwards" ones like in 5, but the classic ones where the forearms face outwards.

    So my options are:

    (a) Buying (1) is cheap and will allow me to do all exercises including leg raises. But it occupies limited space in my main room and doesn't look all that great tbh, and friend claims its not too reliable.

    (b) Selfstanding machine as in (3) is more expensive and will also allow me to do all exercises, and will make good use of the balcony. But having this beast in a narrow balcony will be awkward and I also plain don't like them.

    (c) The balcony walls aren't suited for supporting any of these structures, even Swedish walls (which mainly rest on the ground), because they are covered by 10cm worth of soft insulation.
    If you have any idea of how to make proper supporting walls out of them, then I'm all ears.
    In principle, shouldn't it be possible to just create another wall out of concrete blocs (my balcony is solid concrete, it can support literal tons) and hammer the Swedish wall in?

    (d) 4 and 5, or 5 and 6, or 6 by itself. At least this will utilize the balcony somewhat. I still have no good use for it - and I have two of them.
    (The kitchen balcony is too small to be of any use for any of this).

    I’d go with 4 and 5. Pull-up exercises are excellent.

    • Agree: Anatoly Karlin
    • Replies: @reiner Tor
    In my experience (4) doesn’t allow for full range of motion.
  166. Proposal:

    Russia should grow the population of Caucasians and have more of them go to Moscow.

    Moscow has become too SWPL, and not hooligan enough. If Caucasians can be 30% of Moscow but with the precondition they disavow Islam and replace it with Money as their sole religion, they can really spice up Moscow by making it a haven of street racing, hooliganism, good music, world class nightlife, and plastic surgery hotties in 6 inch heels.

    Rich Anglophile SWPL Russians won’t even need to worship London in this case. They can have the sports cars, hooligans, and luxury stores in their own backyard.

    This should also spread to St. Petersburg. Need more Caucasian rap/house gangster hooligans and their plastic surgery babes there too.

    • Replies: @Hyperborean
    This piece of satire is a lot cleverer than your based brutalist architecture comments.
    , @Dmitry
    When blacks have an opportunity, they also like London.

    https://youtu.be/djIAgcCnFmE

  167. @Anatoly Karlin
    Question to the Construction/Fitness Chads here

    I am looking to install a calisthenics unit at my apartment. Possibly to be followed by a weight bench in half a year, but not now.

    Which of these choices is best?

    (1) I don't want to buy a horizonal/parallel bar combo machine that attaches directly to the wall.

    This model however hangs off hooks. Hang it up high, its a pull up machine. Hang it lower, and rotate 90 degrees, and you can do leg raises.

    http://domsport24.ru/image/cache/data/TOVAR/usilennyiy-turnik--brusya--press-8-v-1-razbornyiy/usilennyiy-turnik--brusya--press-8-v-1-razbornyiy-_2963_3-700x700.jpg

    Not much space to put it, but I'm thinking of placing it directly beneath the air conditioner. Pretty appropriate location.

    Disadvantage - takes up a bit of space. Also one guy into this stuff claims these complex units are liable to break catastrophically.

    (2) I like the idea of a Swedish wall (wall bar), but I don't have the space for it in my main room. The walls on my balcony that are perpendicular to the windows are too soft for them; meanwhile, if I put them opposite the windows on my balcony, which has a solid concrete wall, I won't have space to do leg raises from them, annulling one of their biggest features.

    (3) I can buy one of those selfstanding machines that have built in horizontal and parallel bars, and bars for pushups, and put it on the balcony parallel to the windows.

    https://www.tehnozal.ru/m/cache/7d/a1/7da107e320d5a843431959bba957d9b4.jpg

    Plenty of space in that direction, but I don't like these self-standing machines. They tend to shake a bit. And some functions are only available at the back. My balcony is too narrow to be able to easily access the back.

    (4) Just an ordinary pull up bar at the entrance to my living room. Seems like a solid idea, even if a female friend says it will look like crap.

    http://domsport24.ru/image/cache/data/TOVAR/nasten/proem/sf/BA-202-sf-280x280.jpg

    (5) Adjustable horizontal bars, which can be folded up to save space.

    http://borabo.ru/images/stories/virtuemart/product/brusya_skladnie_borabo_ru_8.jpg

    If I get them I'll attach them to the concrete wall opposite the windows on my balcony. It will allow me to do those vertical pushups (how is that exercise called anyway?), but as I said, there's no room on the balcony for leg raises. (The wall perpendicular to the windows can't support those things either).

    Is it also possible to use these things as pull up bars? E.g., hang them not just at waist height, but 210 cm above as well. I see no reason why not but maybe I'm missing something.

    (6) Pull up bar with central support

    http://borabo.ru/images/stories/virtuemart/product/turnok_na_kolonnu_borabo_ru_1.jpg

    Classical pull up bars with two supports are too wide to fit on the concrete wall of my balcony. There's only 80cm from the soft wall to the window between the main room and the balcony.

    However, I can also attach this specific pull up bar with central support 60cm-70cm along the concrete wall to the window. As above this will allow me to do pull ups on the balcony, but not just "inwards" ones like in 5, but the classic ones where the forearms face outwards.

    So my options are:

    (a) Buying (1) is cheap and will allow me to do all exercises including leg raises. But it occupies limited space in my main room and doesn't look all that great tbh, and friend claims its not too reliable.

    (b) Selfstanding machine as in (3) is more expensive and will also allow me to do all exercises, and will make good use of the balcony. But having this beast in a narrow balcony will be awkward and I also plain don't like them.

    (c) The balcony walls aren't suited for supporting any of these structures, even Swedish walls (which mainly rest on the ground), because they are covered by 10cm worth of soft insulation.
    If you have any idea of how to make proper supporting walls out of them, then I'm all ears.
    In principle, shouldn't it be possible to just create another wall out of concrete blocs (my balcony is solid concrete, it can support literal tons) and hammer the Swedish wall in?

    (d) 4 and 5, or 5 and 6, or 6 by itself. At least this will utilize the balcony somewhat. I still have no good use for it - and I have two of them.
    (The kitchen balcony is too small to be of any use for any of this).

    Just join a gym. A gym in a prole commie block area of Moscow that has heavy weightlifting/bodybuilding focus should have lots of like-minded dudes politically.

    They will likely not agree with Sinotriumph, yellow fever, Indian food, and transhumanism though.

    • Replies: @Daniel Chieh
    Transhumanism is the ultimate chad.
    , @Anatoly Karlin
    Gyms are for normiecucks.
  168. @AquariusAnon
    Just join a gym. A gym in a prole commie block area of Moscow that has heavy weightlifting/bodybuilding focus should have lots of like-minded dudes politically.

    They will likely not agree with Sinotriumph, yellow fever, Indian food, and transhumanism though.

    Transhumanism is the ultimate chad.

  169. @AquariusAnon
    Proposal:

    Russia should grow the population of Caucasians and have more of them go to Moscow.

    Moscow has become too SWPL, and not hooligan enough. If Caucasians can be 30% of Moscow but with the precondition they disavow Islam and replace it with Money as their sole religion, they can really spice up Moscow by making it a haven of street racing, hooliganism, good music, world class nightlife, and plastic surgery hotties in 6 inch heels.

    Rich Anglophile SWPL Russians won't even need to worship London in this case. They can have the sports cars, hooligans, and luxury stores in their own backyard.

    This should also spread to St. Petersburg. Need more Caucasian rap/house gangster hooligans and their plastic surgery babes there too.

    This piece of satire is a lot cleverer than your based brutalist architecture comments.

  170. @AquariusAnon
    Proposal:

    Russia should grow the population of Caucasians and have more of them go to Moscow.

    Moscow has become too SWPL, and not hooligan enough. If Caucasians can be 30% of Moscow but with the precondition they disavow Islam and replace it with Money as their sole religion, they can really spice up Moscow by making it a haven of street racing, hooliganism, good music, world class nightlife, and plastic surgery hotties in 6 inch heels.

    Rich Anglophile SWPL Russians won't even need to worship London in this case. They can have the sports cars, hooligans, and luxury stores in their own backyard.

    This should also spread to St. Petersburg. Need more Caucasian rap/house gangster hooligans and their plastic surgery babes there too.

    When blacks have an opportunity, they also like London.

    • Replies: @AquariusAnon
    Song too cringey m8.

    Timati 4 Mayor of Moscow, and have the Mercedes Benz logo be the new Moscow Coat of Arms.

    , @AquariusAnon
    Talking about Russian/Caucasian music, here are 2 of my favorite jams:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ct15n6_ppmY

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SoIW_k_e8s4
  171. @Dmitry
    When blacks have an opportunity, they also like London.

    https://youtu.be/djIAgcCnFmE

    Song too cringey m8.

    Timati 4 Mayor of Moscow, and have the Mercedes Benz logo be the new Moscow Coat of Arms.

    • Replies: @Dmitry
    On other topic, it's sad what has happened last week to Mac Miller.

    I'm disappointed Trump does not say anything.

    https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/297087613851017216

    https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/297098583457558528

    https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/297084584334589952

    https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/215522949518733313

    https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/284401034523189249
  172. @Dmitry
    When blacks have an opportunity, they also like London.

    https://youtu.be/djIAgcCnFmE

    Talking about Russian/Caucasian music, here are 2 of my favorite jams:

  173. And this dude of course, an Armenian immigrant to Rostov-on-Don:

    • Replies: @AP
    Don't forget Krematoriy, I saw them in Moscow in the late 90s, incredible show.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hKEFPWW5sA

    (not from the show I went to, it was in some casino)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trmrQbRxOz8
  174. @AquariusAnon
    And this dude of course, an Armenian immigrant to Rostov-on-Don:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufrZ6i3Bwss

    Don’t forget Krematoriy, I saw them in Moscow in the late 90s, incredible show.

    (not from the show I went to, it was in some casino)

  175. anon[218] • Disclaimer says:
    @Polish Perspective
    Yo thor.

    It seems like China actually really is–finally–in economic trouble. Capital is fleeing, there’s severe pressure on the RMB, the stock market is crumbling, and the Belt and Road Initiative appears to be turning into a fiasco.
     
    That's not my analysis though, my position is a bit more nuanced. I've been a skeptic on BRI for a long time and I've pointed out that Chinese growth is not similar to SK/Japan after 2011 in that it is far more reliant on debt, but I still think they will rise. Just not as rapidly/smoothly as SK did over a longer time horizon.

    I also don't think that the current trade tensions will truly faze them in any serious way. Exports only account for 18% of their GDP and the US share is just 4% of their GDP. A significant slowdown in US exports will only shave off maybe 0.5% to 0.7% of their GDP growth. Not nothing, but hardly an economic meltdown. Their debt position is of a far greater concern.


    Tesla is now officially being investigated by the Department of Justice

     

    Which will go nowhere.

    White God syndrome still at work in India. Visited a medieval fortress and a group of Indian mohammedan women clad in black burkas came up my father and I giggling like school girls and begged to take photos with us.
     
    Same in China. I was in Beijing a few years ago. It was insane how much attention you get, even now. Overall, It was surprising to me how few non-East Asians I saw, despite it being the capital. I think it boils down to the 'exotic factor'. Same reason why blacks or other minorities will be attractive in very homogenous places but after a certain threshold, their status will fall, often dramatically. Even in the US, despite constant propaganda in the US media, black men are selected against (as revealed by OKCupid's data before they faced too much backlash and stopped releasing it).

    You sort of wonder if there will be a similar effect for all the sexpats out there like Jeff Stryker and others who are very militant about diaspora life in SEA. Maybe money is another factor there, aside from just the exotic factor. Same is likely true in India and, to a lesser extent, perhaps even China.

    China is interesting. This is important for reasons beyond pure economics:
    1. Crisis among middle class Chinese–collapse of PTP lending.
    2. Thick Face/Black Heart. This is more of an issue than the government. http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/KG18Ad02.html
    3. China’s desire for same thing– more self reliant. Want reform of state owned enterprises. Like Russia was helped in many ways by sanctions.

    There is no way there. won’t be plenty of unintended consequences.

    • Replies: @Silva
    On the author of the http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/KG18Ad02.html article:

    "Born Jewish and married to a Muslim princess, Cohen addresses religious and civic groups on “Muhammad Cohen’s Jewish Identity” and is a global advisor to New Foundations for Peace, building bridges between Muhammads and Cohens."
  176. @Swedish Family

    France has appalling numbers of negroes milling around. They should be shot.
     
    How you enjoy any respectability on here, I can't get through my head. The "playful" facade fools no one. If it looks like a Nazi, swims like a Nazi, and quacks like a Nazi, then it probably is a Nazi.

    (And a ... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narcissistic_personality_disorder)

    He’s not serious. Shooting them means wasting bullets. Clearly he meant “…drowned”.

  177. @Daniel Chieh
    Or, he could just be a combination of brilliant and brilliant bullshitter. That's an incredibly effective combination, though it usually leads to tears because very few such actors know when to stop.

    How familiar are you with Silicon Valley out of curiousity?

    Brilliant?
    I can believe it if he can manage to master 1 area of expertise (software) but if you’re telling me that he is so brilliant as to master multiple areas all at the same time (software, automotive, space, mass transportation, tunneling, etc…) then that’s unbelievable. Truly, I don’t think that he’s the mastermind behind SpaceX. Of course, the question is if not him, who then? Would we be able to tell if we look at the ownership of SpaceX? And why would that person or persons stay silent and let Elon took all the credit?

    Brilliant bullshitter?
    What are his bullshit?

    I argued that his promises (affordable electric cars, lowering the cost of access to space, 5 years manned moon mission, Mars mission, etc…) are all achievable but those achievements are not due to his own effort.
    You argue that his existing achievements are real but his long term promises are fake – essentially vaporware. We won’t get affordable electric cars, reusable rockets, moon mission, Mars mission, etc… We will get broken dreams.

    Already we disagree on what’s possible and who’s doing the actual work.

    As to Silicon Valley…
    Why do you ask? Do you have some inside knowledge about Silicon Valley that only the locals would know about? What are these insights? Are you implying that he’s the male version of Elizabeth Holmes?

    Whatever it is, we won’t have to wait long to find out. He has actual deadline to deliver.

  178. @Pumblechook
    You have always strongly reminded me of a guy who used to post on the phora - he left it before I started posting (between 2010-11) his username was Thomas something and he was a high-powered, heavy-lifting high-IQ Swedish-American lawyer and an unapologetic WN (though an apologetic one would be a bit absurd...).

    Anyway, good travel notes on France and pretty similar to my own observations. I was at a wedding in the depths of Normandy last weekend (a village some 3 hours west of Paris by car but easily reachable by train and has thus become very popular with wealthy types from the western suburbs with enough cash to buy a weekend cottage) - no more than 1000 souls but a bakery the equal to anything I could find in London or New York, nothing but natives (even handing out wedding canapés) and of the many farmers visible in the fields, many of them under 40 with children helping.

    But this strong and healthy rural base of France makes the state of the cities even more of a shame - the serious cities with serious economies and serious culture which are 80%+ euro are not many - maybe Rennes, Nantes, Lille(though now it's probably below that) and the crown jewel Bordeaux. The last one is a beautiful city for those who haven't visited - a great base for exploring the wine country and also the underrated regions of Armagnac/cognac either side of it, magnificent architecture (it was a wealthy slaving city) and a centre stuffed with atmospheric pubs, bars and clubs - going out with my cousin in Bordeaux we always came back home with a girl! Even the local Arabs and blacks are a lot more chilled out - though many still find it hard to resist finding a good street corner to glare at natives from, they know deep down that they are lucky to live there!

    Bordeaux is full of Arabs these days. When you get mistaken for one it’s quite unpleasant.

  179. @Daniel Chieh
    But how do you know that Unz's mind waves aren't making you post this as well?

    Speaking of which, I came across a link to this quite unfortunate email exchange between Mr. Unz and David Cole on Greg Cochran’s blog:
    “Using his usual analytical methods, Ron has discovered that the Jews of Europe, during WWII, were sent off to live on a farm in the country.”

    http://www.countercontempt.com/archives/5908

    I can’t vouch for the veracity of it, but.

    • Replies: @for-the-record
    I can’t vouch for the veracity of it, but.

    Thanks for the reference, an interesting exchange, I have no doubt it's real (except obviously that Cole did not send his final contribution, which is there for all to read however).
  180. Anonymous[332] • Disclaimer says:

    Anatoly,

    Join a gym with weight machines and follow the routine Tim Ferriss did to gain 34 lbs of muscle in 4 weeks with just two 30-minute workouts per week, for a total of 4 hours of gym time over those 4 weeks. The routine is high intensity using machines rather than free weights.

    Since you have an experimentalist streak and also lots of other interests that take time, I think you might find high intensity training appealing compared to traditional high volume free weight training involving hours in the gym each week.

    See here:

    https://tim.blog/2007/04/29/from-geek-to-freak-how-i-gained-34-lbs-of-muscle-in-4-weeks/

    And Ferriss’ comment here:

    https://tim.blog/2007/04/29/from-geek-to-freak-how-i-gained-34-lbs-of-muscle-in-4-weeks/#comment-94869

    • Disagree: reiner Tor
  181. @Thorfinnsson
    Space X has a different CEO than Musk.

    The Boring Company has to date done more or less nothing. It "won" the bid to build a high speed rail link from the Chicago Loop to O'Hare. Said rail link will never be built (at least not by The Boring Company). Color me skeptical that Elon Musk will figure out how to dig a tunnel ten times faster than the Swiss can do it (remember the fully automated alien dreadnought with 20x linespeed?).

    Boeing is the most successful aerospace corporation in history and is once again outselling Airbus. The stock has doubled in price since 2017. Profits have doubled in five years. The Boeing 787 is the most revolutionary airliner since the Boeing 747 (long known to frequent flyers as The Queen of the Skies).

    In fact Boeing has a stunning list of aeronautical achievements:

    • Boeing Monomail--first cantilevered monocoque aluminum monoplane airliner
    • Boeing 247--first cantilevered monocoque aluminum monoplane airliner in commercial service
    • Boeing 314 Clipper--first transpacific flying boat
    • Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress--first four-engined heavy bomber
    • Boeing 307 Stratoliner--first transatlantic landplane airliner and first pressurized airliner
    • Boeing B-29--nuked Japan
    • Boeing B-52 (first intercontinental jet bomber)
    • Boeing 707--first successful jet airliner
    • Boeing 747--first jumbo jet and first wide-body airliner
    • Boeing 767--first twin-engine jet certified for transatlantic service
    • Boeing 777--first twin-engine jet with transpacific range
    • Boeing 787--first composite airliner

    And this is just Boeing. Boeing also acquired North American Rockwell (P-51 Mustang, XB-70 Valkyrie, B-1B Lancer) and McDonnell Douglas (as storied as Boeing until a generation ago).

    I’m not sure why you went off on a tangent from Elon to Boeing. I’ve been a Boeing shareholder for a long long time so I already knew about the company. Aerospace is the only manufacturing area where the US still remain dominant. I knew way early on that Boeing’s 787 point-to-point business model is superior to the Airbus 380 hub-and-spoke model (I meant who want to be herd like cattle squeezed onto a huge plane?). Boeing’s success is not just because the 787 is a superior product (it is) but because it’s part of a superior business model.

    • Replies: @reiner Tor

    Airbus 380 (who wants to be herd like cattle squeezed onto a huge plane?)
     
    The 787 is probably better than the A380, but it’s not because the A380 was uncomfortable, because it’s not. The huge airplane has the advantage of being spacious, the A380s I’ve flown on (cattle class only) were all among the most comfortable planes ever. (Qatar Airways, Emirates, Etihad, Singapore Airlines, and maybe another one I’ve forgotten.) I always travel cattle class, but I think business should depend more on the operator than on the plane manufacturer.
    , @Ali Choudhury
    Well, that and the A380 being conceived and built when oil prices were low.

    To be fair to Airbus, the A320neo has been very popular.
    , @Thorfinnsson
    You brought up Boeing which is why. I feel compelled to defend the honor of "traditional" manufacturing corporations in the automotive and aerospace industries because of all the ridiculous claims that Musk has made them obsolete. Like Boeing and Toyota are just clueless fools who can't compete against the almighty Silicon Valley.

    To be clear unlike many Tesla bears I am not a Musk hater. He truly is a brilliant, talented visionary who has shaken up and changed two of the world's flagship industries.

    Agree that the reason for the 787's success is that it serves a superior business model to what the A380 was intended for. A380 survives on serving the legacy "superconnector" business model using the Persian Gulf to bridge Europe and Asia (Turkey now trying to horn in on this at exactly the wrong time).

    I suspect Boeing just got lucky here honestly--they could've certainly done a 747X, and McDonnell Douglas was plotting an aircraft very similar to the A380 back in the 1990s.
  182. @Matra
    Italy is the best for this category of small cities though – Verona, Siena, Bergamo citta alta, Pescara, Perugia, Latina, whatever the list is endless.

    Bergamo is full of Africans. Leave the train, enter the station, and immediately there are African eyes - all male, all fairly young - on you, both to your left and right. Push through the doors into the Marconi piazza or whatever it's called - across from the McDonald's - and there are more Africans, in groups, sitting about checking out everyone who leaves the station. On streets in the lower town there are Africans standing alone, sometimes one on each side of lonely streets, babbling away on their phones but watching everyone who passes. Looking for targets, maybe?

    On the way from Bologna to Bergamo I noticed at even rural stations that our train went right through without stopping large groups of Africans hanging about with no seeming purpose. Salvini has a lot of work to do before medium-sized towns in Italy are anywhere near as European as they are in central and eastern Europe.

    Fair enough, I was there last in 2010. And not only did I not see any blacks, I spent great evenings in a bar with what turned out to be the son of the local lega nord chieftain. So I have warm memories of the place.

    Brescia on the other hand…c’erano dappertutto neri

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
    Frightening that the place has changed so much for the worse in those intervening eight years. But no longer surprising.
  183. Anonymous[292] • Disclaimer says:
    @Daniel Chieh
    Or, he could just be a combination of brilliant and brilliant bullshitter. That's an incredibly effective combination, though it usually leads to tears because very few such actors know when to stop.

    How familiar are you with Silicon Valley out of curiousity?

    The anti-Musk sentiment derives from envy. Musk is one of the few public figures and businessmen today who actually builds things. Most prominent businessmen today are media moguls, financiers, in software, logistics, etc. or just managing some large sclerotic bureaucracy. Most ordinary employees are in services. And most businessmen and MBAs who think they’re hot stuff and Masters of the Universe are just paper pushers and glorified accountants. So when someone who actually builds things rises to prominence, it exposes people, both to themselves and to others, that they’re just bean counters staring at Excel spreadsheets all day. It’s emasculating.

    • Replies: @anonymous coward

    Musk is one of the few public figures and businessmen today who actually builds things.
     
    Lol. Really? Name one thing he built.

    (The rescue ""submarine"" doesn't count.)
    , @Thorfinnsson
    Short case for Tesla remains the same whether or not Musk is CEO. No path to profitability in the world's most capital-intensive and competitive heavy industry. Decision to build the Model 3 doomed the enterprise. The company's inability to deliver reliable products and provide proper after sales service compounds the problem. Capital markets eventually abandon cash incinerators.

    A "traditional" CEO instead of Musk might've prevented unfortunate investigations by the SEC and Department of Justice admittedly.

    I won't deny that a fair number of Tesla bears personally do hate Elon Musk. That said it's somewhat common for bears to get emotionally invested.

    Musk deserves credit for upending two industries and reviving public companies as an entrepreneurial growth model. Tesla products, while flawed, are innovative and beloved by many customers.

    Last point--at the end of the day, the goal of a business enterprise is to deliver a profit. Elon Musk himself clearly cares about this since he awarded himself a compensation package theoretically worth $50 billion (lol).
  184. Chutzpah:

    U.S. sanctions China for buying Russian fighter jets, missiles

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration imposed sanctions on the Chinese military on Thursday for buying fighter jets and missile systems from Russia, in breach of a sweeping U.S. sanctions law punishing Moscow for meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.

    The U.S. State Department said it would immediately impose sanctions on China’s Equipment Development Department (EDD), the branch of the Chinese military responsible for weapons and equipment, and its director, Li Shangfu, for engaging in “significant transactions” with Rosoboronexport, Russia’s main arms exporter.

    The sanctions are related to China’s purchase of 10 SU-35 combat aircraft in 2017 and S-400 surface-to-air missile system-related equipment in 2018, the State Department said.

    https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-usa-russia-sanctions/u-s-sanctions-china-for-buying-russia-war-planes-missiles-idUKKCN1M02UM

  185. @Anatoly Karlin
    FWIW I'm currently trending strongly towards (d).

    In particular, the classic entryway pull-up bar (4) and perhaps the adjustable horizontal bar for the balcony (5).

    Can you do proper pull-ups with (4)? I remember once trying it and the door frame prevented me from achieving full range of motion, which is quite important. So I wouldn’t choose (4) unless the door is tall enough to allow for a proper upper position.

    Of course (1) looks the best, but if it’s not reliable (I bet you there are reliable ones depending manufacturer etc., but sometimes it’s difficult to find, and not just in Russia), or you don’t have room for it, then you can buy the other ones.

    (4)+(5) looks attractive, because you can do dips and pull-ups, but dips are not nearly as important as pull-ups, so if I had to compromise, I’d go for (6) alone. But you wrote (5)+(6) was an option, too, so then it’s superior to (4)+(5), in my opinion.

    Ultimately, a lot depends on how and how much you will use your equipment. Even (4) is not totally useless.

  186. @Daniel Chieh
    I'd go with 4 and 5. Pull-up exercises are excellent.

    In my experience (4) doesn’t allow for full range of motion.

  187. @RadicalCenter
    English IS, in large part, a Latinate language.

    On one hand, the most commonly used, basic words in English are mainly Germanic words. But the great bulk of the entire vocabulary of the English language comes from Latin, not Germanic roots. There is a good short video on hooktube.com on this topic, from "Paul" of LangFocus.

    I appreciate your impressions of English, though, and your comments generally.

    Your comment has 63 words, and of them I counted 14 of Latinate origin. So about 25%.

    English is not a Latinate language, it’s a creole. So is, for that matter, Mandarin.

    (Yeah, I know that modern linguistics define “creole” as “a language spoken by brown people”. Don’t listen to them, they’re idiots.)

    • Replies: @for-the-record
    Your comment has 63 words, and of them I counted 14 of Latinate origin. So about 25%.co

    Look at the nouns/adjectives and verbs of Latinate origin in your reply:

    comment, counted, Latinate, origin, %, Latinate, language, creole, matter, modern, linguistics, define, creole, language, people, idiots

     

    And one could also include mandarin as well, since English imported it from Portuguese.
    , @RadicalCenter
    If I endeavor to employ more complicated and putatively “sophisticated” verbiage, though, the sentence quickly becomes predominantly Latinate ;)
  188. @Neal
    I'm not sure why you went off on a tangent from Elon to Boeing. I've been a Boeing shareholder for a long long time so I already knew about the company. Aerospace is the only manufacturing area where the US still remain dominant. I knew way early on that Boeing's 787 point-to-point business model is superior to the Airbus 380 hub-and-spoke model (I meant who want to be herd like cattle squeezed onto a huge plane?). Boeing's success is not just because the 787 is a superior product (it is) but because it's part of a superior business model.

    Airbus 380 (who wants to be herd like cattle squeezed onto a huge plane?)

    The 787 is probably better than the A380, but it’s not because the A380 was uncomfortable, because it’s not. The huge airplane has the advantage of being spacious, the A380s I’ve flown on (cattle class only) were all among the most comfortable planes ever. (Qatar Airways, Emirates, Etihad, Singapore Airlines, and maybe another one I’ve forgotten.) I always travel cattle class, but I think business should depend more on the operator than on the plane manufacturer.

    • Replies: @Thorfinnsson
    I have yet to flow either since these types largely don't fly on transatlantic and North American routes.

    The 787 has higher air pressure (equivalent to 6,000 feet instead of 10,000) and humidity (35% instead of 5%) and thus is reported to be quite comfortable. But the A380, as you noted, is huge.

    Gulf/Asian operators use the A380 to provide super premium first class products not viable on smaller airliners. But I'm skeptical of the long-term viability of super premium first class (or any kind of first class at all) given that lay-flat beds are the default in long-haul business class now and the the growing trend of fractional ownership of private jets (e.g. NetJets, a Berkshire Hathaway company). Luftwaffe also offers its own private jet service with prices no different than first class on Gulf carriers.

    I am skeptical of the long-term viability of any of the Gulf "superconnector" carriers other than Emirates (since Dubai is itself a destination). Granted, they have some other advantages like non-union labor and a lower cost of capital.

    Current trend in carriers who still offer first class is to offer more services at the ground level. Dedicated concierge, luxury arrival lounges, limos, etc. Doesn't seen ground breaking to me. Business class already offers you shorter security lines and decent lounge access. Even cattle class passengers can get this for 50-100 Dollars.

    For those of you who haven't flown business class simply ask if you can purchase an upgrade at the airport. If seats are available they'll sell it to you for a reasonable price (I paid $600 to Air France for a transatlantic upgrade).
  189. @Anonymous
    The anti-Musk sentiment derives from envy. Musk is one of the few public figures and businessmen today who actually builds things. Most prominent businessmen today are media moguls, financiers, in software, logistics, etc. or just managing some large sclerotic bureaucracy. Most ordinary employees are in services. And most businessmen and MBAs who think they're hot stuff and Masters of the Universe are just paper pushers and glorified accountants. So when someone who actually builds things rises to prominence, it exposes people, both to themselves and to others, that they're just bean counters staring at Excel spreadsheets all day. It's emasculating.

    Musk is one of the few public figures and businessmen today who actually builds things.

    Lol. Really? Name one thing he built.

    (The rescue “”submarine”” doesn’t count.)

  190. @Anatoly Karlin
    Question to the Construction/Fitness Chads here

    I am looking to install a calisthenics unit at my apartment. Possibly to be followed by a weight bench in half a year, but not now.

    Which of these choices is best?

    (1) I don't want to buy a horizonal/parallel bar combo machine that attaches directly to the wall.

    This model however hangs off hooks. Hang it up high, its a pull up machine. Hang it lower, and rotate 90 degrees, and you can do leg raises.

    http://domsport24.ru/image/cache/data/TOVAR/usilennyiy-turnik--brusya--press-8-v-1-razbornyiy/usilennyiy-turnik--brusya--press-8-v-1-razbornyiy-_2963_3-700x700.jpg

    Not much space to put it, but I'm thinking of placing it directly beneath the air conditioner. Pretty appropriate location.

    Disadvantage - takes up a bit of space. Also one guy into this stuff claims these complex units are liable to break catastrophically.

    (2) I like the idea of a Swedish wall (wall bar), but I don't have the space for it in my main room. The walls on my balcony that are perpendicular to the windows are too soft for them; meanwhile, if I put them opposite the windows on my balcony, which has a solid concrete wall, I won't have space to do leg raises from them, annulling one of their biggest features.

    (3) I can buy one of those selfstanding machines that have built in horizontal and parallel bars, and bars for pushups, and put it on the balcony parallel to the windows.

    https://www.tehnozal.ru/m/cache/7d/a1/7da107e320d5a843431959bba957d9b4.jpg

    Plenty of space in that direction, but I don't like these self-standing machines. They tend to shake a bit. And some functions are only available at the back. My balcony is too narrow to be able to easily access the back.

    (4) Just an ordinary pull up bar at the entrance to my living room. Seems like a solid idea, even if a female friend says it will look like crap.

    http://domsport24.ru/image/cache/data/TOVAR/nasten/proem/sf/BA-202-sf-280x280.jpg

    (5) Adjustable horizontal bars, which can be folded up to save space.

    http://borabo.ru/images/stories/virtuemart/product/brusya_skladnie_borabo_ru_8.jpg

    If I get them I'll attach them to the concrete wall opposite the windows on my balcony. It will allow me to do those vertical pushups (how is that exercise called anyway?), but as I said, there's no room on the balcony for leg raises. (The wall perpendicular to the windows can't support those things either).

    Is it also possible to use these things as pull up bars? E.g., hang them not just at waist height, but 210 cm above as well. I see no reason why not but maybe I'm missing something.

    (6) Pull up bar with central support

    http://borabo.ru/images/stories/virtuemart/product/turnok_na_kolonnu_borabo_ru_1.jpg

    Classical pull up bars with two supports are too wide to fit on the concrete wall of my balcony. There's only 80cm from the soft wall to the window between the main room and the balcony.

    However, I can also attach this specific pull up bar with central support 60cm-70cm along the concrete wall to the window. As above this will allow me to do pull ups on the balcony, but not just "inwards" ones like in 5, but the classic ones where the forearms face outwards.

    So my options are:

    (a) Buying (1) is cheap and will allow me to do all exercises including leg raises. But it occupies limited space in my main room and doesn't look all that great tbh, and friend claims its not too reliable.

    (b) Selfstanding machine as in (3) is more expensive and will also allow me to do all exercises, and will make good use of the balcony. But having this beast in a narrow balcony will be awkward and I also plain don't like them.

    (c) The balcony walls aren't suited for supporting any of these structures, even Swedish walls (which mainly rest on the ground), because they are covered by 10cm worth of soft insulation.
    If you have any idea of how to make proper supporting walls out of them, then I'm all ears.
    In principle, shouldn't it be possible to just create another wall out of concrete blocs (my balcony is solid concrete, it can support literal tons) and hammer the Swedish wall in?

    (d) 4 and 5, or 5 and 6, or 6 by itself. At least this will utilize the balcony somewhat. I still have no good use for it - and I have two of them.
    (The kitchen balcony is too small to be of any use for any of this).

    A bit of unsolicited advice.

    Instead of a bench, you might want to consider a power rack.

    Squats, shoulder presses and good mornings are FAR more useful than bench presses (which I’ve come to regard as an auxiliary exercise, definitely not a primary lift).

    EDIT – Another thing to keep in mind is that if you have poor shoulder mobility (which pretty much all desk jockeys do – not to mention plenty of actual athletes), bench presses and pull-ups will only make it worse.

    • Replies: @reiner Tor
    I agree about the usefulness of the power rack vs. the bench, and I’d add that the bench press could be replaced with the floor press, which is a similar exercise using the same muscles (though of course different in a number of ways).

    bench presses and pull-ups will only make it worse.
     
    All exercises exacerbate mobility problems if you don’t stretch afterwards. The solution is to stretch your muscles after workouts, which has the additional benefit of shortening recovery time and improving your strength gains. You also need to do some mobility exercises. (Before or after your workouts, or in separate sessions, it doesn’t matter, the more you do the better, at least until some reasonable frequency like once a day is reached.)

    The pull-up is one of the most essential exercises, while you also need to do some kind of presses, and with bad shoulder mobility, the bench press and the floor press are good options. The military press needs to be added later, once mobility is improved.
  191. @Daniel.I
    A bit of unsolicited advice.

    Instead of a bench, you might want to consider a power rack.

    Squats, shoulder presses and good mornings are FAR more useful than bench presses (which I've come to regard as an auxiliary exercise, definitely not a primary lift).

    EDIT - Another thing to keep in mind is that if you have poor shoulder mobility (which pretty much all desk jockeys do - not to mention plenty of actual athletes), bench presses and pull-ups will only make it worse.

    I agree about the usefulness of the power rack vs. the bench, and I’d add that the bench press could be replaced with the floor press, which is a similar exercise using the same muscles (though of course different in a number of ways).

    bench presses and pull-ups will only make it worse.

    All exercises exacerbate mobility problems if you don’t stretch afterwards. The solution is to stretch your muscles after workouts, which has the additional benefit of shortening recovery time and improving your strength gains. You also need to do some mobility exercises. (Before or after your workouts, or in separate sessions, it doesn’t matter, the more you do the better, at least until some reasonable frequency like once a day is reached.)

    The pull-up is one of the most essential exercises, while you also need to do some kind of presses, and with bad shoulder mobility, the bench press and the floor press are good options. The military press needs to be added later, once mobility is improved.

    • Replies: @Daniel.I
    I do not agree.

    The best mobility builder I know of is the press in snatch.

    Snatch presses are the first thing one should do to fix posture problems.
    Along with barbell rows and wide-grip deadlifts.

    And I'm not saying that pull-ups are not good - I'm saying that good shoulder mobility is a pre-requisite.
  192. @Thumbhead
    Come on, Hitler was an incredibly dull monomaniac bore. His writing is almost unreadable. "Hitler's Table Talk" makes him seem even duller and dumber, given his obsessive ranting about Czechs being racially Mongolian and why vegetarianism made the ancient Romans so powerful. He wasn't any smarter than a /pol/ shitposter.

    Trevor-Roper correctly points out that Hitler's unique genius was his extreme willpower, not his dull trashy 4chan-level ideas.

    Let me guess, you have never read Mein Kampf but know its a bad book because you were told it was bad. Hitler had a great mind, he had the right instincts and right ideas on most things, if you are going to nitpick some trivialities like his views on vegetarianism then you are going to struggle to find any historical figure that passes your test.

    • Replies: @DFH

    Hitler had a great mind, he had the right instincts and right ideas on most things
     
    Shame he didn't have the 'right instinct' on knowing that it was time to stop with Czechoslovakia
    , @Anatoly Karlin
    I read Mein Kampf from cover to cover and can confirm it was a crap book. At least there's less meandering pontification in the Turner Diaries.

    The only mildly interesting part was Hitler's take on Russia's ethnogenesis.
    , @Thumbhead
    I've read Mein Kampf from cover to cover and it sucks. Hitler's writing is dull in the way of all ponderous Victorian political tracts, made even duller by his bizarre monomaniac obsessions. The purple prose and overwriting makes it almost unreadable. There's a rambling 14 pages about syphilis in the book's middle. Anyone who's read Mein Kampf knows it's an unreadable shitbook, unless you're a dimwitted WN. It's like thinking Marx was a great writer.

    Or maybe you agree with Hitler that the galaxy is really made of ice, that Croats are Teutonic, and that Czechs are mongoloids with Fu Manchu mustaches.

    (Dictators tend to be rambling bores - Lenin was also incredibly dull and pedantic, with awful literary tastes. The dreadful "Chto Delat" was his favorite book)
    , @Thorfinnsson
    Vegetarianism isn't really a trivial issue. It's objectively wrong nutritionally and offensive ethically (animals exist to serve us). And the H-man was an enthusiastic proponent of industrial seed oils, which have turned out to be a health disaster.

    In fairness much less was known in his time about the nutritional issues, but that still leaves the ethical dilemma of worshipping animals.
    , @utu
    David Irving who once claimed that he did not read Mein Kampf (which I found hard to believe) suggested that it was ghost written for Hitler. On the other hand he said more important book was Hitler's Second Book. I have decided to read last year.

    Mein Kampf has occasionally excellent insight and foresights. Like the one about the creation of the Jewish state where he sees the future state as the place where Jewish criminals will fine refuge but it will not be the preferred place for Jews to live.

    In the Second Book he predicts what will become of Germany and Germans if they do not achieve dominance. That the racial superiority of Germans will not amount to much and Germany will end up as a mediocre nation like Switzerland or Holland who have also racially superior populations yet are mediocre.

    He talks about what IQist and HBDers would be interested in. When comparing English and Germans he thinks that the standard deviation of English is narrower meaning that they do not have as many inferior elements as Germans do.

    Hitler's exceptional reverence towards the English is striking and astonishing. It reminds me of similar reverence by IQers and HBDers towards the Jews. Hitler thought he was reasonable to ask for Germany more Lebensraum and that England would be reasonable to recognize it and will acquiesce. That's why he treaty them in kid gloves. The IQers and HBDesr like Sailer or Murray or Derbyshire recognize the supremacy of the Jews and only humbly ask their superiors to let them express anti-Black and anti-Hispanic sentiments and stop immigration. They make the same mistake that Hitler made. Jew will not acquiesce to their appeals.
  193. @neutral
    Let me guess, you have never read Mein Kampf but know its a bad book because you were told it was bad. Hitler had a great mind, he had the right instincts and right ideas on most things, if you are going to nitpick some trivialities like his views on vegetarianism then you are going to struggle to find any historical figure that passes your test.

    Hitler had a great mind, he had the right instincts and right ideas on most things

    Shame he didn’t have the ‘right instinct’ on knowing that it was time to stop with Czechoslovakia

    • Agree: reiner Tor
    • Replies: @notanon
    how much of that was based on expansionism and how much based on a fear/belief that the Soviets would attack if/when they were strong enough?
    , @Thorfinnsson
    According to David Irving the H-man's visit to the Luftwaffe's technical research center in July, 1939 convinced him to press for maximalist demands on Poland rather than to pursue a more limited revision which had traditionally been supported by Britain and America.

    Of course, there was also the problem that after devouring the rump of Czechoslovakia Britain no longer believed he was negotiating in good faith and was determined to go to war (as was America). And Germany was approaching bankruptcy.

    Then there's the matter that not going after Poland would've left Germany dangerously dependent on the Soviet Union while Britain and America used their vast resources to build up superior forces.

    Reality is Germany had a weak hand to play and decided to bet the farm on one big gamble to become a continental superpower. The alternatives to this were European integration or becoming a prosperous American satellite. Both were pursued by Weimar Germany, but didn't succeed owing to French (reparations) and American (debt repayment) demands.

    In the end these alternatives were pursued successfully by postwar Germany, made possible by America not insisting on making a profit (as it did in the 1920s) and restraining the French . The situation of Germany and Europe today more or less vindicates the apocalyptic prophecies of the German extreme right from the interwar period. Western Europe is now an American vassal under the domination of "Jewish" plutocracy or whatever.
  194. @Thumbhead
    Come on, Hitler was an incredibly dull monomaniac bore. His writing is almost unreadable. "Hitler's Table Talk" makes him seem even duller and dumber, given his obsessive ranting about Czechs being racially Mongolian and why vegetarianism made the ancient Romans so powerful. He wasn't any smarter than a /pol/ shitposter.

    Trevor-Roper correctly points out that Hitler's unique genius was his extreme willpower, not his dull trashy 4chan-level ideas.

    “Hitler’s Table Talk” makes him seem even duller and dumber, given his obsessive ranting about Czechs being racially Mongolian and why vegetarianism made the ancient Romans so powerful.

    But think about all the blonde Deep Ecology chicks!

  195. @Anatoly Karlin
    Question to the Construction/Fitness Chads here

    I am looking to install a calisthenics unit at my apartment. Possibly to be followed by a weight bench in half a year, but not now.

    Which of these choices is best?

    (1) I don't want to buy a horizonal/parallel bar combo machine that attaches directly to the wall.

    This model however hangs off hooks. Hang it up high, its a pull up machine. Hang it lower, and rotate 90 degrees, and you can do leg raises.

    http://domsport24.ru/image/cache/data/TOVAR/usilennyiy-turnik--brusya--press-8-v-1-razbornyiy/usilennyiy-turnik--brusya--press-8-v-1-razbornyiy-_2963_3-700x700.jpg

    Not much space to put it, but I'm thinking of placing it directly beneath the air conditioner. Pretty appropriate location.

    Disadvantage - takes up a bit of space. Also one guy into this stuff claims these complex units are liable to break catastrophically.

    (2) I like the idea of a Swedish wall (wall bar), but I don't have the space for it in my main room. The walls on my balcony that are perpendicular to the windows are too soft for them; meanwhile, if I put them opposite the windows on my balcony, which has a solid concrete wall, I won't have space to do leg raises from them, annulling one of their biggest features.

    (3) I can buy one of those selfstanding machines that have built in horizontal and parallel bars, and bars for pushups, and put it on the balcony parallel to the windows.

    https://www.tehnozal.ru/m/cache/7d/a1/7da107e320d5a843431959bba957d9b4.jpg

    Plenty of space in that direction, but I don't like these self-standing machines. They tend to shake a bit. And some functions are only available at the back. My balcony is too narrow to be able to easily access the back.

    (4) Just an ordinary pull up bar at the entrance to my living room. Seems like a solid idea, even if a female friend says it will look like crap.

    http://domsport24.ru/image/cache/data/TOVAR/nasten/proem/sf/BA-202-sf-280x280.jpg

    (5) Adjustable horizontal bars, which can be folded up to save space.

    http://borabo.ru/images/stories/virtuemart/product/brusya_skladnie_borabo_ru_8.jpg

    If I get them I'll attach them to the concrete wall opposite the windows on my balcony. It will allow me to do those vertical pushups (how is that exercise called anyway?), but as I said, there's no room on the balcony for leg raises. (The wall perpendicular to the windows can't support those things either).

    Is it also possible to use these things as pull up bars? E.g., hang them not just at waist height, but 210 cm above as well. I see no reason why not but maybe I'm missing something.

    (6) Pull up bar with central support

    http://borabo.ru/images/stories/virtuemart/product/turnok_na_kolonnu_borabo_ru_1.jpg

    Classical pull up bars with two supports are too wide to fit on the concrete wall of my balcony. There's only 80cm from the soft wall to the window between the main room and the balcony.

    However, I can also attach this specific pull up bar with central support 60cm-70cm along the concrete wall to the window. As above this will allow me to do pull ups on the balcony, but not just "inwards" ones like in 5, but the classic ones where the forearms face outwards.

    So my options are:

    (a) Buying (1) is cheap and will allow me to do all exercises including leg raises. But it occupies limited space in my main room and doesn't look all that great tbh, and friend claims its not too reliable.

    (b) Selfstanding machine as in (3) is more expensive and will also allow me to do all exercises, and will make good use of the balcony. But having this beast in a narrow balcony will be awkward and I also plain don't like them.

    (c) The balcony walls aren't suited for supporting any of these structures, even Swedish walls (which mainly rest on the ground), because they are covered by 10cm worth of soft insulation.
    If you have any idea of how to make proper supporting walls out of them, then I'm all ears.
    In principle, shouldn't it be possible to just create another wall out of concrete blocs (my balcony is solid concrete, it can support literal tons) and hammer the Swedish wall in?

    (d) 4 and 5, or 5 and 6, or 6 by itself. At least this will utilize the balcony somewhat. I still have no good use for it - and I have two of them.
    (The kitchen balcony is too small to be of any use for any of this).

    Not about this specifically, but something else potentially useful that I learned from a guy I worked for who’s quite fit…

    Buy a bicycle air pump (not a super-tiny portable one, but a regular that stands upright, with that upside-down T to put your feet on). Tie the hose in a knot to increase the resistance, and pump (with both hands). It’s a surprisingly efficient way to work up a sweat quickly and feel good, is good back/shoulder exercise, and is small enough to be carried around to different places easily.

    The way it was told to me is that he once had to inflate some tires for his car, discovered that it was really good exercise, and spent the rest of the month inflating his car’s tires then releasing the air, greatly confusing his neighbours. After a while, he realized that all he actually needed was a bicycle pump with a knot tied in the hose. He carried it around with him everywhere and did a quick workout whenever he felt the need.

    As for other sorts of exercise, are there no 24-hour gyms near where you live? Where I live, some of them (e.g. Fit4Less) cost as little as $10/month.

  196. @Neal
    I'm not sure why you went off on a tangent from Elon to Boeing. I've been a Boeing shareholder for a long long time so I already knew about the company. Aerospace is the only manufacturing area where the US still remain dominant. I knew way early on that Boeing's 787 point-to-point business model is superior to the Airbus 380 hub-and-spoke model (I meant who want to be herd like cattle squeezed onto a huge plane?). Boeing's success is not just because the 787 is a superior product (it is) but because it's part of a superior business model.

    Well, that and the A380 being conceived and built when oil prices were low.

    To be fair to Airbus, the A320neo has been very popular.

    • Replies: @LondonBob
    Apparently some Boeing executive read that peak oil book and so cutting fuel cost for the 787 was prioritised. Of course they then managed to push the envelope on design.

    Does Boeing still have a big R&D centre in Russia?
  197. @reiner Tor
    I agree about the usefulness of the power rack vs. the bench, and I’d add that the bench press could be replaced with the floor press, which is a similar exercise using the same muscles (though of course different in a number of ways).

    bench presses and pull-ups will only make it worse.
     
    All exercises exacerbate mobility problems if you don’t stretch afterwards. The solution is to stretch your muscles after workouts, which has the additional benefit of shortening recovery time and improving your strength gains. You also need to do some mobility exercises. (Before or after your workouts, or in separate sessions, it doesn’t matter, the more you do the better, at least until some reasonable frequency like once a day is reached.)

    The pull-up is one of the most essential exercises, while you also need to do some kind of presses, and with bad shoulder mobility, the bench press and the floor press are good options. The military press needs to be added later, once mobility is improved.

    I do not agree.

    The best mobility builder I know of is the press in snatch.

    Snatch presses are the first thing one should do to fix posture problems.
    Along with barbell rows and wide-grip deadlifts.

    And I’m not saying that pull-ups are not good – I’m saying that good shoulder mobility is a pre-requisite.

  198. @neutral
    Let me guess, you have never read Mein Kampf but know its a bad book because you were told it was bad. Hitler had a great mind, he had the right instincts and right ideas on most things, if you are going to nitpick some trivialities like his views on vegetarianism then you are going to struggle to find any historical figure that passes your test.

    I read Mein Kampf from cover to cover and can confirm it was a crap book. At least there’s less meandering pontification in the Turner Diaries.

    The only mildly interesting part was Hitler’s take on Russia’s ethnogenesis.

    • Replies: @Thorfinnsson
    Zweites Buch is a lot better. He learned a lot in four years.

    That said not really that noteworthy either except that it's by the H-man. Fits well within the main currents of the post-Bismarck German right. As far back as the 1890s German thinkers were musing about German troops on the Volga. And even Bismarck believed the 20th century was America's to lose.

    Gustav Stresemann, usually portrayed as a good guy in modern German historiography, was an enthusiastic proponent of the Tirpitz program, unrestricted u-boat warfare, annexing Belgium, etc.
    , @Thumbhead
    Hitler's take on Russian ethnogenesis wasn't unique at all - the idea that Russia's ruling strata were more "Nordic" than the dumb prole masses wasn't an uncommon view among European and American racialist types at the time. Madison Grant had a similar view that the Bolshevik revolution was a racial catastrophe. Hitler was definitely more anti-Russian than the rest of the eugenicist crowd, but his ideas were dumb extrapolations of theories that were already there.
    , @Yevardian
    It's a pretty dull work, though not as unreadable as people claim. It is at least readable and clearly written, unlike say Marx or any modern French 'philosopher'.
    'Hitler's Table Talk' compiled by Martin Bormann is much more interesting.
  199. @Ali Choudhury
    Well, that and the A380 being conceived and built when oil prices were low.

    To be fair to Airbus, the A320neo has been very popular.

    Apparently some Boeing executive read that peak oil book and so cutting fuel cost for the 787 was prioritised. Of course they then managed to push the envelope on design.

    Does Boeing still have a big R&D centre in Russia?

  200. @DFH

    Hitler had a great mind, he had the right instincts and right ideas on most things
     
    Shame he didn't have the 'right instinct' on knowing that it was time to stop with Czechoslovakia

    how much of that was based on expansionism and how much based on a fear/belief that the Soviets would attack if/when they were strong enough?

  201. @Yevardian
    Speaking of which, I came across a link to this quite unfortunate email exchange between Mr. Unz and David Cole on Greg Cochran's blog:
    "Using his usual analytical methods, Ron has discovered that the Jews of Europe, during WWII, were sent off to live on a farm in the country."

    http://www.countercontempt.com/archives/5908

    I can't vouch for the veracity of it, but.

    I can’t vouch for the veracity of it, but.

    Thanks for the reference, an interesting exchange, I have no doubt it’s real (except obviously that Cole did not send his final contribution, which is there for all to read however).

    • Replies: @utu
    It's real. Being over the top full ad hominem is Cole's style. He preferred to vent the steam and get angry instead of trying to present his arguments cogently to Ron Unz.

    Cole has a really nasty personality and likes to boast of his own meanness. Guy has no scruples when it comes to working towards one of his political/career goals. If he did not trip on his own legs because of his Holocaust shenanigans he could have been successful party operative for the under the radar operations like Roger Stone or Linda Trip. If you want somebody's reputation destroyed go hire David Cole.
  202. @iffen
    Judaism is a racial supremacist ideology

    Really. Is it the same as WN racial supremacist ideology?

    Really. Is it the same as WN racial supremacist ideology?

    Judaism celebrates its past genocidal acts against others as religious holidays, you ever come a across a white nationalist who does that?

    • Agree: RadicalCenter
    • Replies: @iffen
    you ever come a across a white nationalist who does that?


    No, but afaik they don't have anything to commemorate.
  203. @anonymous coward
    Your comment has 63 words, and of them I counted 14 of Latinate origin. So about 25%.

    English is not a Latinate language, it's a creole. So is, for that matter, Mandarin.

    (Yeah, I know that modern linguistics define "creole" as "a language spoken by brown people". Don't listen to them, they're idiots.)

    Your comment has 63 words, and of them I counted 14 of Latinate origin. So about 25%.co

    Look at the nouns/adjectives and verbs of Latinate origin in your reply:

    comment, counted, Latinate, origin, %, Latinate, language, creole, matter, modern, linguistics, define, creole, language, people, idiots

    And one could also include mandarin as well, since English imported it from Portuguese.

  204. @akarlin88
    On the ground, I feel Russian economic recovery is accelerating. Cafes, restaurants packed again – need to make reservations (empty when I arrived in late 2016). Yandex Taxi rides are ce

    side effect of sanctions preventing foreign corporations using Russia for cheap labor?

    one of the things common to all the rust belt towns is how small a percentage of the total economy was made up by the manufacturing element – most of the economy was the factory workers giving their wages to the bakers, butchers and barbers and the butchers giving that money to the barbers and bakers etc i.e. the *same money* circling round inside the local economy – so the most important part of economics isn’t the money-in-money-out part (MIMO) it’s maximizing the velocity of money inside the economy.

    (the MIMO part is necessary to kick-start the process but once the plates are all spinning it’s a relatively small percentage of the total prosperity)

    it would be funny if the sanctions on Russia disproved neoliberal economics

    #

    which might imply all a national-minded industrial economy needed to worry about was bringing in enough money to pay for their raw materials (and that both USA and China could have a middle class economy and both be better off if they could leash the cheap labor lobby)

    • Replies: @Thorfinnsson
    Neoliberalism is an ideological term rather than an economic one. And neoliberalism has largely been proved correct on, say, SOEs. Look at the dismal performance of most SOEs everywhere, including in Russia and China. Russia also followed the neoliberal playbook to suppress inflation--unqualified success.

    They're are completely wrong on trade however. Comparative advantage applies only to fixed factors of production, and the efficiency gains of international trade are much smaller than economists expected and don't even exist for larger markets.

    This has been quantified in some areas. E.g. Britain found that its per unit airliner production costs were about 10-20% higher than American manufacturers owing to shorter production runs. Airbus solved that. Scaling beyond that would provide no efficiency gains.

    Offshoring effectively did nothing to improve efficiency and simply had a re-distributive effect. Woops.

    Neoliberalism is also very wrong about money/finance, though red diaper baby blockheads like Michael Hudson are even more wrong.
    , @utu

    one of the things common to all the rust belt towns is how small a percentage of the total economy was made up by the manufacturing element – most of the economy was the factory workers giving their wages to the bakers, butchers and barbers and the butchers giving that money to the barbers and bakers etc
     
    Good point, yet all the money circulating came originally from the steel mill wages which were funded by out of town money, i.e., steel mill selling its products. Then that money slowly were sipped off out of town by bakers having to by flower and butchers having to by meat out of town. You could not make the plates spinning with phony money that had no purchasing power outside of the town unless you start growing your own wheat and raising your own pigs and cows within the two economy.
  205. @AaronB
    Interesting, but not surprising, that you hold people here to a lower standard than your fellow Muslims. I guess I can understand that.

    Behavior of people here is understandable as an overreaction to anti-white sentiment, and Chinese people in the other thread to national humiliation etc.

    Lots if that going in these days, and you gotta cut people some slack.

    It would be nice though to see a genuinely superior reaction to these things though :) People who rose above the fray.

    But that would require high levels of frivolity, and the modern world simply doesn't produce those kinds of superior people.
    • Replies: @Hyperborean
    But Gurowski doesn't rise above the fray, he merely exchanges one set of emotional connections for another set.

    Also:

    ''England in 1861 was a hardcore reactionary power, the most evil, far-right country in Europe, and getting our ideas from there meant we were tapping a tainted source.''

    ???

    , @AaronB
    Thanks, an interesting character for sure.

    I like he says looking at his contemporaries, he understands why honest men headed to the hills and deserts when the Roman empire was collapsing.

    He also has a very good grasp of reality - he rightly mocks all the "clever" strategists and understands that that the decisive element in winning is sheer force -i.e sheer, brutal will power, inelegant and brutal, is the decisive element.

    This is what so many don't understand about the current Jews dominance - the decisive element here isn't the clever strategies of the Jews, but the massive willpower differential between Jews and rather easy going whites, who just don't care as much.

    However, I'm not a fan of caring - caring eventually ends in nihilism.
  206. @Silva
    https://www.nsfwcorp.com/dispatch/adam-gurowski/

    But Gurowski doesn’t rise above the fray, he merely exchanges one set of emotional connections for another set.

    Also:

    ”England in 1861 was a hardcore reactionary power, the most evil, far-right country in Europe, and getting our ideas from there meant we were tapping a tainted source.”

    ???

    • Replies: @DFH
    John Dolan is a crazy anti-Anglo taig.
  207. @Hyperborean
    But Gurowski doesn't rise above the fray, he merely exchanges one set of emotional connections for another set.

    Also:

    ''England in 1861 was a hardcore reactionary power, the most evil, far-right country in Europe, and getting our ideas from there meant we were tapping a tainted source.''

    ???

    John Dolan is a crazy anti-Anglo taig.

  208. @anon
    China is interesting. This is important for reasons beyond pure economics:
    1. Crisis among middle class Chinese--collapse of PTP lending.
    2. Thick Face/Black Heart. This is more of an issue than the government. http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/KG18Ad02.html
    3. China's desire for same thing-- more self reliant. Want reform of state owned enterprises. Like Russia was helped in many ways by sanctions.

    There is no way there. won't be plenty of unintended consequences.

    On the author of the http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/KG18Ad02.html article:

    “Born Jewish and married to a Muslim princess, Cohen addresses religious and civic groups on “Muhammad Cohen’s Jewish Identity” and is a global advisor to New Foundations for Peace, building bridges between Muhammads and Cohens.”

  209. @neutral

    Really. Is it the same as WN racial supremacist ideology?
     
    Judaism celebrates its past genocidal acts against others as religious holidays, you ever come a across a white nationalist who does that?

    you ever come a across a white nationalist who does that?

    No, but afaik they don’t have anything to commemorate.

    • Replies: @notanon
    nations tend to commemorate what they perceive as defensive victories against what they perceive as an existential threat e.g. Trafalgar, Teutoberg forest, Poitiers etc

    like

    "hey dudes these Seleucid conquerors are being too tolerant and people are assimilating - we need to massacre some of them to provoke a reaction"
    a little later
    "we did it, yay us"
    time rolls on
    "hey dudes these Roman conquerors are being too tolerant and people are assimilating - we need to massacre some of them to provoke a reaction"
    a little later
    "holy f**k we overdid it!"
  210. @iffen
    Judaism is a racial supremacist ideology

    Really. Is it the same as WN racial supremacist ideology?

    Whatever complaints and anomosities I might have toward some people of other races, I wasn’t taught and don’t believe that they are donkeys who were specifically put here by God to serve us. Contrast the Jewish attitude.

    • Replies: @iffen
    Contrast the Jewish attitude.

    Few Jews believe this.

    FWIW, I know some Evangelicals who still believe that blacks bear the mark of Cain.
  211. China

    seems to me when you have a 2nd world nation that is capable of being 1st world but was previously held back by something or other there’s an almost unlimited scope for high return investment upgrading their economy however as it gets closer to 1st world status eventually those upgrade opportunities will start to dry up but (cos human nature) the investors won’t want to believe the times of exceptionally high returns are coming to an end and so they will continue to invest eventually creating some kind of asset bubble which will burst causing a downturn for some amount of time.

    i don’t know if China is near that point yet but it seems inevitable that it will go through that phase eventually – although on its own i don’t think it will turn out to be more than a speed bump but given the scale of the potential asset bubble it might be a speed bump that lasts a decade or two.

    • Replies: @Thorfinnsson
    The return on investment (to investors, not the economy) is typically quite poor as well as investors overpay for growth stories. Return on invested capital in China is poor. Situation was similar in the previous East Asian growth stories.

    Land values tend to rise sharply, and since capital markets aren't well developed in emerging economies that comes to constitute most of the wealth and speculative activity. Eventually you get a crash and a banking panic. Or several.

    Economy then reforms and continues to grow at a slower rate.

    Japan had the good luck that this didn't happen to them until they already converged. South Korea had it happen prior to their full convergence, though they have recovered decently.
  212. @iffen
    you ever come a across a white nationalist who does that?


    No, but afaik they don't have anything to commemorate.

    nations tend to commemorate what they perceive as defensive victories against what they perceive as an existential threat e.g. Trafalgar, Teutoberg forest, Poitiers etc

    like

    “hey dudes these Seleucid conquerors are being too tolerant and people are assimilating – we need to massacre some of them to provoke a reaction”
    a little later
    “we did it, yay us”
    time rolls on
    “hey dudes these Roman conquerors are being too tolerant and people are assimilating – we need to massacre some of them to provoke a reaction”
    a little later
    “holy f**k we overdid it!”

  213. @RadicalCenter
    Whatever complaints and anomosities I might have toward some people of other races, I wasn’t taught and don’t believe that they are donkeys who were specifically put here by God to serve us. Contrast the Jewish attitude.

    Contrast the Jewish attitude.

    Few Jews believe this.

    FWIW, I know some Evangelicals who still believe that blacks bear the mark of Cain.

  214. @Neal
    I'm not sure why you went off on a tangent from Elon to Boeing. I've been a Boeing shareholder for a long long time so I already knew about the company. Aerospace is the only manufacturing area where the US still remain dominant. I knew way early on that Boeing's 787 point-to-point business model is superior to the Airbus 380 hub-and-spoke model (I meant who want to be herd like cattle squeezed onto a huge plane?). Boeing's success is not just because the 787 is a superior product (it is) but because it's part of a superior business model.

    You brought up Boeing which is why. I feel compelled to defend the honor of “traditional” manufacturing corporations in the automotive and aerospace industries because of all the ridiculous claims that Musk has made them obsolete. Like Boeing and Toyota are just clueless fools who can’t compete against the almighty Silicon Valley.

    To be clear unlike many Tesla bears I am not a Musk hater. He truly is a brilliant, talented visionary who has shaken up and changed two of the world’s flagship industries.

    Agree that the reason for the 787′s success is that it serves a superior business model to what the A380 was intended for. A380 survives on serving the legacy “superconnector” business model using the Persian Gulf to bridge Europe and Asia (Turkey now trying to horn in on this at exactly the wrong time).

    I suspect Boeing just got lucky here honestly–they could’ve certainly done a 747X, and McDonnell Douglas was plotting an aircraft very similar to the A380 back in the 1990s.

  215. @Pumblechook
    Fair enough, I was there last in 2010. And not only did I not see any blacks, I spent great evenings in a bar with what turned out to be the son of the local lega nord chieftain. So I have warm memories of the place.

    Brescia on the other hand...c'erano dappertutto neri

    Frightening that the place has changed so much for the worse in those intervening eight years. But no longer surprising.

  216. @anonymous coward
    Your comment has 63 words, and of them I counted 14 of Latinate origin. So about 25%.

    English is not a Latinate language, it's a creole. So is, for that matter, Mandarin.

    (Yeah, I know that modern linguistics define "creole" as "a language spoken by brown people". Don't listen to them, they're idiots.)

    If I endeavor to employ more complicated and putatively “sophisticated” verbiage, though, the sentence quickly becomes predominantly Latinate ;)

  217. @Anonymous
    The anti-Musk sentiment derives from envy. Musk is one of the few public figures and businessmen today who actually builds things. Most prominent businessmen today are media moguls, financiers, in software, logistics, etc. or just managing some large sclerotic bureaucracy. Most ordinary employees are in services. And most businessmen and MBAs who think they're hot stuff and Masters of the Universe are just paper pushers and glorified accountants. So when someone who actually builds things rises to prominence, it exposes people, both to themselves and to others, that they're just bean counters staring at Excel spreadsheets all day. It's emasculating.

    Short case for Tesla remains the same whether or not Musk is CEO. No path to profitability in the world’s most capital-intensive and competitive heavy industry. Decision to build the Model 3 doomed the enterprise. The company’s inability to deliver reliable products and provide proper after sales service compounds the problem. Capital markets eventually abandon cash incinerators.

    A “traditional” CEO instead of Musk might’ve prevented unfortunate investigations by the SEC and Department of Justice admittedly.

    I won’t deny that a fair number of Tesla bears personally do hate Elon Musk. That said it’s somewhat common for bears to get emotionally invested.

    Musk deserves credit for upending two industries and reviving public companies as an entrepreneurial growth model. Tesla products, while flawed, are innovative and beloved by many customers.

    Last point–at the end of the day, the goal of a business enterprise is to deliver a profit. Elon Musk himself clearly cares about this since he awarded himself a compensation package theoretically worth $50 billion (lol).

  218. @neutral
    Let me guess, you have never read Mein Kampf but know its a bad book because you were told it was bad. Hitler had a great mind, he had the right instincts and right ideas on most things, if you are going to nitpick some trivialities like his views on vegetarianism then you are going to struggle to find any historical figure that passes your test.

    I’ve read Mein Kampf from cover to cover and it sucks. Hitler’s writing is dull in the way of all ponderous Victorian political tracts, made even duller by his bizarre monomaniac obsessions. The purple prose and overwriting makes it almost unreadable. There’s a rambling 14 pages about syphilis in the book’s middle. Anyone who’s read Mein Kampf knows it’s an unreadable shitbook, unless you’re a dimwitted WN. It’s like thinking Marx was a great writer.

    Or maybe you agree with Hitler that the galaxy is really made of ice, that Croats are Teutonic, and that Czechs are mongoloids with Fu Manchu mustaches.

    (Dictators tend to be rambling bores – Lenin was also incredibly dull and pedantic, with awful literary tastes. The dreadful “Chto Delat” was his favorite book)

  219. @reiner Tor

    Airbus 380 (who wants to be herd like cattle squeezed onto a huge plane?)
     
    The 787 is probably better than the A380, but it’s not because the A380 was uncomfortable, because it’s not. The huge airplane has the advantage of being spacious, the A380s I’ve flown on (cattle class only) were all among the most comfortable planes ever. (Qatar Airways, Emirates, Etihad, Singapore Airlines, and maybe another one I’ve forgotten.) I always travel cattle class, but I think business should depend more on the operator than on the plane manufacturer.

    I have yet to flow either since these types largely don’t fly on transatlantic and North American routes.

    The 787 has higher air pressure (equivalent to 6,000 feet instead of 10,000) and humidity (35% instead of 5%) and thus is reported to be quite comfortable. But the A380, as you noted, is huge.

    Gulf/Asian operators use the A380 to provide super premium first class products not viable on smaller airliners. But I’m skeptical of the long-term viability of super premium first class (or any kind of first class at all) given that lay-flat beds are the default in long-haul business class now and the the growing trend of fractional ownership of private jets (e.g. NetJets, a Berkshire Hathaway company). Luftwaffe also offers its own private jet service with prices no different than first class on Gulf carriers.

    I am skeptical of the long-term viability of any of the Gulf “superconnector” carriers other than Emirates (since Dubai is itself a destination). Granted, they have some other advantages like non-union labor and a lower cost of capital.

    Current trend in carriers who still offer first class is to offer more services at the ground level. Dedicated concierge, luxury arrival lounges, limos, etc. Doesn’t seen ground breaking to me. Business class already offers you shorter security lines and decent lounge access. Even cattle class passengers can get this for 50-100 Dollars.

    For those of you who haven’t flown business class simply ask if you can purchase an upgrade at the airport. If seats are available they’ll sell it to you for a reasonable price (I paid $600 to Air France for a transatlantic upgrade).

  220. @DFH

    Hitler had a great mind, he had the right instincts and right ideas on most things
     
    Shame he didn't have the 'right instinct' on knowing that it was time to stop with Czechoslovakia

    According to David Irving the H-man’s visit to the Luftwaffe’s technical research center in July, 1939 convinced him to press for maximalist demands on Poland rather than to pursue a more limited revision which had traditionally been supported by Britain and America.

    Of course, there was also the problem that after devouring the rump of Czechoslovakia Britain no longer believed he was negotiating in good faith and was determined to go to war (as was America). And Germany was approaching bankruptcy.

    Then there’s the matter that not going after Poland would’ve left Germany dangerously dependent on the Soviet Union while Britain and America used their vast resources to build up superior forces.

    Reality is Germany had a weak hand to play and decided to bet the farm on one big gamble to become a continental superpower. The alternatives to this were European integration or becoming a prosperous American satellite. Both were pursued by Weimar Germany, but didn’t succeed owing to French (reparations) and American (debt repayment) demands.

    In the end these alternatives were pursued successfully by postwar Germany, made possible by America not insisting on making a profit (as it did in the 1920s) and restraining the French . The situation of Germany and Europe today more or less vindicates the apocalyptic prophecies of the German extreme right from the interwar period. Western Europe is now an American vassal under the domination of “Jewish” plutocracy or whatever.

    • Replies: @Thumbhead
    Germany always had a weak hand to play, Nazism or not.

    The Allies had continent-sized landmasses and endless resources, while the Axis were extremely limited physically. There's no way the Axis could've matched that manpower and industrial output. WW2 was decided centuries ago, when Anglo-Saxons and Eastern Slavs conquered and settled two whole continents. Due to historical circumstances and just plain luck, the USA expanded between two oceans and dominated a hemisphere, while the sad old Krauts were still squabbling over duchies and margravates and mini-principalities by the Baltic.

    Hitler's generalplan ost was his way of correcting that and making Germany a continental superstate as fast as possible. Too bad the Russians weren't nomadic stone-age savages, though.
  221. @neutral
    Let me guess, you have never read Mein Kampf but know its a bad book because you were told it was bad. Hitler had a great mind, he had the right instincts and right ideas on most things, if you are going to nitpick some trivialities like his views on vegetarianism then you are going to struggle to find any historical figure that passes your test.

    Vegetarianism isn’t really a trivial issue. It’s objectively wrong nutritionally and offensive ethically (animals exist to serve us). And the H-man was an enthusiastic proponent of industrial seed oils, which have turned out to be a health disaster.

    In fairness much less was known in his time about the nutritional issues, but that still leaves the ethical dilemma of worshipping animals.

    • Replies: @Talha
    The H-Man was a vegetarian??!! What the hell??!! And he wanted to rule the Germans??!!

    Peace.
    , @neutral
    Nutrition is like politics, there are a ton of different theories and many people are absolutely convinced that their way of eating things is the truth. I have observed many vegetarians that were healthy and productive, so I cannot buy the idea that it is incorrect.
    , @Mr. Hack
    Why trash the H man? From how you describe yourself, you would have been his perfect poster child for the pure Aryan master race. Aren't you the one who is a proponent of a 'Greater Germany', even sacrificing your beloved Sweden to this project?

    As for 'worshipping animals', you probably own a German Sheppard (or some other similar breed of dog) . I bet that you wouldn't consider slaughtering the beast in order to provide fresh meat for your beloved schnitzel, eh? :-)

  222. @Anatoly Karlin
    I read Mein Kampf from cover to cover and can confirm it was a crap book. At least there's less meandering pontification in the Turner Diaries.

    The only mildly interesting part was Hitler's take on Russia's ethnogenesis.

    Zweites Buch is a lot better. He learned a lot in four years.

    That said not really that noteworthy either except that it’s by the H-man. Fits well within the main currents of the post-Bismarck German right. As far back as the 1890s German thinkers were musing about German troops on the Volga. And even Bismarck believed the 20th century was America’s to lose.

    Gustav Stresemann, usually portrayed as a good guy in modern German historiography, was an enthusiastic proponent of the Tirpitz program, unrestricted u-boat warfare, annexing Belgium, etc.

  223. @Thorfinnsson
    Vegetarianism isn't really a trivial issue. It's objectively wrong nutritionally and offensive ethically (animals exist to serve us). And the H-man was an enthusiastic proponent of industrial seed oils, which have turned out to be a health disaster.

    In fairness much less was known in his time about the nutritional issues, but that still leaves the ethical dilemma of worshipping animals.

    The H-Man was a vegetarian??!! What the hell??!! And he wanted to rule the Germans??!!

    Peace.

  224. @notanon

    @akarlin88
    On the ground, I feel Russian economic recovery is accelerating. Cafes, restaurants packed again - need to make reservations (empty when I arrived in late 2016). Yandex Taxi rides are ce
     
    side effect of sanctions preventing foreign corporations using Russia for cheap labor?

    one of the things common to all the rust belt towns is how small a percentage of the total economy was made up by the manufacturing element - most of the economy was the factory workers giving their wages to the bakers, butchers and barbers and the butchers giving that money to the barbers and bakers etc i.e. the *same money* circling round inside the local economy - so the most important part of economics isn't the money-in-money-out part (MIMO) it's maximizing the velocity of money inside the economy.

    (the MIMO part is necessary to kick-start the process but once the plates are all spinning it's a relatively small percentage of the total prosperity)

    https://youtu.be/k44uoVm0lPI?t=246

    it would be funny if the sanctions on Russia disproved neoliberal economics

    #

    which might imply all a national-minded industrial economy needed to worry about was bringing in enough money to pay for their raw materials (and that both USA and China could have a middle class economy and both be better off if they could leash the cheap labor lobby)

    Neoliberalism is an ideological term rather than an economic one. And neoliberalism has largely been proved correct on, say, SOEs. Look at the dismal performance of most SOEs everywhere, including in Russia and China. Russia also followed the neoliberal playbook to suppress inflation–unqualified success.

    They’re are completely wrong on trade however. Comparative advantage applies only to fixed factors of production, and the efficiency gains of international trade are much smaller than economists expected and don’t even exist for larger markets.

    This has been quantified in some areas. E.g. Britain found that its per unit airliner production costs were about 10-20% higher than American manufacturers owing to shorter production runs. Airbus solved that. Scaling beyond that would provide no efficiency gains.

    Offshoring effectively did nothing to improve efficiency and simply had a re-distributive effect. Woops.

    Neoliberalism is also very wrong about money/finance, though red diaper baby blockheads like Michael Hudson are even more wrong.

    • Replies: @notanon

    And neoliberalism has largely been proved correct on, say, SOEs.
     
    as you say "comparative advantage" nowadays mostly boils down to cheaper labor and SOEs were partly (if unconsciously) connected to the problem of how do industrial countries maintain prosperity when labor is so much cheaper elsewhere - and yes they were a very inefficient way of trying to solve the problem.

    my contention is the neoliberal approach has only worked so far cos "there's a lot of ruin in a nation" i.e. the ex-industrial nations had a lot of fat to burn and the neoliberal pursuit of lowest possible wages will eventually lead to a global crash through lack of demand - mass production capitalism requires a middle class to buy all the stuff.

    (that's not to say SOEs were a good idea - they were a kind of very inefficient (cos accidental) form of make work + universal basic income scheme)
  225. @notanon
    China

    seems to me when you have a 2nd world nation that is capable of being 1st world but was previously held back by something or other there's an almost unlimited scope for high return investment upgrading their economy however as it gets closer to 1st world status eventually those upgrade opportunities will start to dry up but (cos human nature) the investors won't want to believe the times of exceptionally high returns are coming to an end and so they will continue to invest eventually creating some kind of asset bubble which will burst causing a downturn for some amount of time.

    i don't know if China is near that point yet but it seems inevitable that it will go through that phase eventually - although on its own i don't think it will turn out to be more than a speed bump but given the scale of the potential asset bubble it might be a speed bump that lasts a decade or two.

    The return on investment (to investors, not the economy) is typically quite poor as well as investors overpay for growth stories. Return on invested capital in China is poor. Situation was similar in the previous East Asian growth stories.

    Land values tend to rise sharply, and since capital markets aren’t well developed in emerging economies that comes to constitute most of the wealth and speculative activity. Eventually you get a crash and a banking panic. Or several.

    Economy then reforms and continues to grow at a slower rate.

    Japan had the good luck that this didn’t happen to them until they already converged. South Korea had it happen prior to their full convergence, though they have recovered decently.

    • Replies: @notanon

    Return on invested capital in China is poor.
     
    higher or lower than the alternatives?
  226. @iffen
    I don't know why AK lets you comment here.

    No effort is pointless: it can always be held up as a bad example for others.

    • Replies: @iffen
    it can always be held up as a bad example for others


    No doubt and I agree completely, but isn't there some sort of limit on how many bad examples are needed?
  227. On Airlines:

    Its not the airplanes that matter the most, but how the airline configures them. Any airline that does 3-4-3 in their 777s make their plans uncomfortable af, but 3-3-3 is easily one of the most comfortable economy classes ever. I’m a big fan of Airbus A350s though. Very comfortable. The CRJs obviously are terrible, especially the 50-seat CRJ-200s. Even a 1 hour 45 min flight on it was torture.

    The Gulf airlines won’t become obsolete unless the Indian carriers really step up their game. I do see them being down to 3, with Turkish Airlines, Emirates, and Qatar Airways playing second (third) fiddle.

    For Europe to China connections, Aeroflot can really cash out on that, provided that blackpilled EU sanctions don’t take place, and some reset with Russian relations happen (If the US REALLY decides to take on China Cold War bipolar world-style, this might be the only option they have). I know LOT Polish Airlines is trying to get OBOR funds to build a huge airport 45 km from Warsaw to compete with that. The Polish plan is dumb though, as that airport has to be 25 km from Warsaw at the very max, must be close enough for people to take taxis directly from the airport to the city without destroying their wallets. If Chopin doesn’t close, that airport is gonna be moot anyways.

    • Replies: @Thorfinnsson
    No shortage of direct flights from Europe and even America to India now.

    What exactly is the value proposition of Gulf carriers on Indian routes? Coolie labor? I suppose that makes some sense.

    Indians carriers are undercapitalized and cash strapped to the point where portions of their fleets are grounded for lack of spares--including the government owned Air India. Problem not likely to improve any time given the recent rout of the Rupee and ongoing capital flight from the emerging markets (more like submerging).

    45km from the city is fine provided a dedicated heavy rail link is provided. London Gatwick is about that distance and is one of the busiest in Europe. Granted, London is also a much larger destination than Warsaw and there are also many more British tourists flying overseas (and foreigners resident in Britain) than Polish ones.
    , @Matra
    I know LOT Polish Airlines is trying to get OBOR funds to build a huge airport 45 km from Warsaw to compete with that. The Polish plan is dumb though, as that airport has to be 25 km from Warsaw at the very max, must be close enough for people to take taxis directly from the airport to the city without destroying their wallets.

    It's hard to believe the Poles are actually serious about this. They are looking for Asian (presumably Chinese) financing and, of course, EU funds despite being in a big dispute with the same EU at present. Warsaw has some geographic advantages over already existing Western European hubs but it's hard to see Poland pushing out the already established more eastern hubs as so many of them - Gulf states, Turkey - are backed by almost unlimited state resources. And what happens if they spend an absolute fortune building it then completely fall out with Russia and lose overflight rights? It seems very risky all-round with not that good a chance of succeeding. Perhaps they are not serious and it's just some political stunt to gain prestige before the next election.
    , @Ali Choudhury
    I reckon the Turkish carriers will do well with the big new hub airport in Istanbul which replaces Ataturk in October. That one is currently coping with twice its operational capacity of 30m passengers per year.

    Istanbul is a genuine tourist destination in its own right and the country gets twice the annual tourists the plastic Arab Disneyland that is Dubai attracts. That being helped by no restrictions on alcohol and much more congenial weather all year round. Being at the doorstep of Europe also means passengers from India, Asia, Africa etc. should be able to easily continue their journeys to their European destinations via a low cost carrier and get there within 2 to 4 hours. Unlike Dubai\Doha\Abu Dhabi etc. where the onward journey to Europe is 6 to 7 hours long and a more draining journey overall.
  228. @Daniel Chieh
    No effort is pointless: it can always be held up as a bad example for others.

    it can always be held up as a bad example for others

    No doubt and I agree completely, but isn’t there some sort of limit on how many bad examples are needed?

  229. @AquariusAnon
    On Airlines:

    Its not the airplanes that matter the most, but how the airline configures them. Any airline that does 3-4-3 in their 777s make their plans uncomfortable af, but 3-3-3 is easily one of the most comfortable economy classes ever. I'm a big fan of Airbus A350s though. Very comfortable. The CRJs obviously are terrible, especially the 50-seat CRJ-200s. Even a 1 hour 45 min flight on it was torture.

    The Gulf airlines won't become obsolete unless the Indian carriers really step up their game. I do see them being down to 3, with Turkish Airlines, Emirates, and Qatar Airways playing second (third) fiddle.

    For Europe to China connections, Aeroflot can really cash out on that, provided that blackpilled EU sanctions don't take place, and some reset with Russian relations happen (If the US REALLY decides to take on China Cold War bipolar world-style, this might be the only option they have). I know LOT Polish Airlines is trying to get OBOR funds to build a huge airport 45 km from Warsaw to compete with that. The Polish plan is dumb though, as that airport has to be 25 km from Warsaw at the very max, must be close enough for people to take taxis directly from the airport to the city without destroying their wallets. If Chopin doesn't close, that airport is gonna be moot anyways.

    No shortage of direct flights from Europe and even America to India now.

    What exactly is the value proposition of Gulf carriers on Indian routes? Coolie labor? I suppose that makes some sense.

    Indians carriers are undercapitalized and cash strapped to the point where portions of their fleets are grounded for lack of spares–including the government owned Air India. Problem not likely to improve any time given the recent rout of the Rupee and ongoing capital flight from the emerging markets (more like submerging).

    45km from the city is fine provided a dedicated heavy rail link is provided. London Gatwick is about that distance and is one of the busiest in Europe. Granted, London is also a much larger destination than Warsaw and there are also many more British tourists flying overseas (and foreigners resident in Britain) than Polish ones.

  230. @Thorfinnsson
    The return on investment (to investors, not the economy) is typically quite poor as well as investors overpay for growth stories. Return on invested capital in China is poor. Situation was similar in the previous East Asian growth stories.

    Land values tend to rise sharply, and since capital markets aren't well developed in emerging economies that comes to constitute most of the wealth and speculative activity. Eventually you get a crash and a banking panic. Or several.

    Economy then reforms and continues to grow at a slower rate.

    Japan had the good luck that this didn't happen to them until they already converged. South Korea had it happen prior to their full convergence, though they have recovered decently.

    Return on invested capital in China is poor.

    higher or lower than the alternatives?

  231. @Thorfinnsson
    Neoliberalism is an ideological term rather than an economic one. And neoliberalism has largely been proved correct on, say, SOEs. Look at the dismal performance of most SOEs everywhere, including in Russia and China. Russia also followed the neoliberal playbook to suppress inflation--unqualified success.

    They're are completely wrong on trade however. Comparative advantage applies only to fixed factors of production, and the efficiency gains of international trade are much smaller than economists expected and don't even exist for larger markets.

    This has been quantified in some areas. E.g. Britain found that its per unit airliner production costs were about 10-20% higher than American manufacturers owing to shorter production runs. Airbus solved that. Scaling beyond that would provide no efficiency gains.

    Offshoring effectively did nothing to improve efficiency and simply had a re-distributive effect. Woops.

    Neoliberalism is also very wrong about money/finance, though red diaper baby blockheads like Michael Hudson are even more wrong.

    And neoliberalism has largely been proved correct on, say, SOEs.

    as you say “comparative advantage” nowadays mostly boils down to cheaper labor and SOEs were partly (if unconsciously) connected to the problem of how do industrial countries maintain prosperity when labor is so much cheaper elsewhere – and yes they were a very inefficient way of trying to solve the problem.

    my contention is the neoliberal approach has only worked so far cos “there’s a lot of ruin in a nation” i.e. the ex-industrial nations had a lot of fat to burn and the neoliberal pursuit of lowest possible wages will eventually lead to a global crash through lack of demand – mass production capitalism requires a middle class to buy all the stuff.

    (that’s not to say SOEs were a good idea – they were a kind of very inefficient (cos accidental) form of make work + universal basic income scheme)

  232. Interesting that China is basically doing what we suggested in countering US sanctions, lowering tariffs for everyone else.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-09-20/latest-trade-war-escalation-china-will-cut-tariffs-imported-goods

    Iraq has joined the Russia/Iran/China axis.

    https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2018/09/18/two-major-middle-east-projects-afoot-gaining-mass-they-may-collide-before-long.html

    US economic indicators continue to deteriorate.

    http://moneymovesmarkets.com/journal/2018/9/21/us-corporate-money-slowing-business-investment-to-disappoint.html

    Israel has shot themselves in the foot following the shoot down.

  233. @AquariusAnon
    On Airlines:

    Its not the airplanes that matter the most, but how the airline configures them. Any airline that does 3-4-3 in their 777s make their plans uncomfortable af, but 3-3-3 is easily one of the most comfortable economy classes ever. I'm a big fan of Airbus A350s though. Very comfortable. The CRJs obviously are terrible, especially the 50-seat CRJ-200s. Even a 1 hour 45 min flight on it was torture.

    The Gulf airlines won't become obsolete unless the Indian carriers really step up their game. I do see them being down to 3, with Turkish Airlines, Emirates, and Qatar Airways playing second (third) fiddle.

    For Europe to China connections, Aeroflot can really cash out on that, provided that blackpilled EU sanctions don't take place, and some reset with Russian relations happen (If the US REALLY decides to take on China Cold War bipolar world-style, this might be the only option they have). I know LOT Polish Airlines is trying to get OBOR funds to build a huge airport 45 km from Warsaw to compete with that. The Polish plan is dumb though, as that airport has to be 25 km from Warsaw at the very max, must be close enough for people to take taxis directly from the airport to the city without destroying their wallets. If Chopin doesn't close, that airport is gonna be moot anyways.

    I know LOT Polish Airlines is trying to get OBOR funds to build a huge airport 45 km from Warsaw to compete with that. The Polish plan is dumb though, as that airport has to be 25 km from Warsaw at the very max, must be close enough for people to take taxis directly from the airport to the city without destroying their wallets.

    It’s hard to believe the Poles are actually serious about this. They are looking for Asian (presumably Chinese) financing and, of course, EU funds despite being in a big dispute with the same EU at present. Warsaw has some geographic advantages over already existing Western European hubs but it’s hard to see Poland pushing out the already established more eastern hubs as so many of them – Gulf states, Turkey – are backed by almost unlimited state resources. And what happens if they spend an absolute fortune building it then completely fall out with Russia and lose overflight rights? It seems very risky all-round with not that good a chance of succeeding. Perhaps they are not serious and it’s just some political stunt to gain prestige before the next election.

  234. @AquariusAnon
    On Airlines:

    Its not the airplanes that matter the most, but how the airline configures them. Any airline that does 3-4-3 in their 777s make their plans uncomfortable af, but 3-3-3 is easily one of the most comfortable economy classes ever. I'm a big fan of Airbus A350s though. Very comfortable. The CRJs obviously are terrible, especially the 50-seat CRJ-200s. Even a 1 hour 45 min flight on it was torture.

    The Gulf airlines won't become obsolete unless the Indian carriers really step up their game. I do see them being down to 3, with Turkish Airlines, Emirates, and Qatar Airways playing second (third) fiddle.

    For Europe to China connections, Aeroflot can really cash out on that, provided that blackpilled EU sanctions don't take place, and some reset with Russian relations happen (If the US REALLY decides to take on China Cold War bipolar world-style, this might be the only option they have). I know LOT Polish Airlines is trying to get OBOR funds to build a huge airport 45 km from Warsaw to compete with that. The Polish plan is dumb though, as that airport has to be 25 km from Warsaw at the very max, must be close enough for people to take taxis directly from the airport to the city without destroying their wallets. If Chopin doesn't close, that airport is gonna be moot anyways.

    I reckon the Turkish carriers will do well with the big new hub airport in Istanbul which replaces Ataturk in October. That one is currently coping with twice its operational capacity of 30m passengers per year.

    Istanbul is a genuine tourist destination in its own right and the country gets twice the annual tourists the plastic Arab Disneyland that is Dubai attracts. That being helped by no restrictions on alcohol and much more congenial weather all year round. Being at the doorstep of Europe also means passengers from India, Asia, Africa etc. should be able to easily continue their journeys to their European destinations via a low cost carrier and get there within 2 to 4 hours. Unlike Dubai\Doha\Abu Dhabi etc. where the onward journey to Europe is 6 to 7 hours long and a more draining journey overall.

  235. @Dmitry
    We discussed about the Japanese syndrome in Paris here before. I probably was the one who told you about this.

    I feel like this when I first visited Paris. I was about 8 years old, and the whole area of Paris were in was half Arab people.

    Even aside from the Muslim people (who I remember we were saying, were actually more friendly for us there than the real French) - I don't think the Japanese are reacting negatively to French cattle.

    French elite are just as snobby or rude, as French cattle. People are not more friendly in Deauville. I remember an old French woman who we rented a house from for a few days, and when we gave her back keys, she was shouting at us for no reason.

    I appreciated Paris more when I visited as a teenager. It is kind of spectacular piece of territory, if you explore it without preconception it should be like Disneyland or anything romantic.

    As much as Dmitry wants to pose as a cosmopolitan Russian Jew, his repeated use of “cattle” to refer to common proles is really a glaring giveway. (It’s a direct and bad translation of Russian “bydla”.)

    • Agree: utu
  236. @Thorfinnsson
    According to David Irving the H-man's visit to the Luftwaffe's technical research center in July, 1939 convinced him to press for maximalist demands on Poland rather than to pursue a more limited revision which had traditionally been supported by Britain and America.

    Of course, there was also the problem that after devouring the rump of Czechoslovakia Britain no longer believed he was negotiating in good faith and was determined to go to war (as was America). And Germany was approaching bankruptcy.

    Then there's the matter that not going after Poland would've left Germany dangerously dependent on the Soviet Union while Britain and America used their vast resources to build up superior forces.

    Reality is Germany had a weak hand to play and decided to bet the farm on one big gamble to become a continental superpower. The alternatives to this were European integration or becoming a prosperous American satellite. Both were pursued by Weimar Germany, but didn't succeed owing to French (reparations) and American (debt repayment) demands.

    In the end these alternatives were pursued successfully by postwar Germany, made possible by America not insisting on making a profit (as it did in the 1920s) and restraining the French . The situation of Germany and Europe today more or less vindicates the apocalyptic prophecies of the German extreme right from the interwar period. Western Europe is now an American vassal under the domination of "Jewish" plutocracy or whatever.

    Germany always had a weak hand to play, Nazism or not.

    The Allies had continent-sized landmasses and endless resources, while the Axis were extremely limited physically. There’s no way the Axis could’ve matched that manpower and industrial output. WW2 was decided centuries ago, when Anglo-Saxons and Eastern Slavs conquered and settled two whole continents. Due to historical circumstances and just plain luck, the USA expanded between two oceans and dominated a hemisphere, while the sad old Krauts were still squabbling over duchies and margravates and mini-principalities by the Baltic.

    Hitler’s generalplan ost was his way of correcting that and making Germany a continental superstate as fast as possible. Too bad the Russians weren’t nomadic stone-age savages, though.

    • Replies: @DFH

    when Anglo-Saxons and Eastern Slavs conquered and settled two whole continents
     
    Russians and Anglos are really the big winners of the last 500 years in terms of Lebensraum and (relative) population expansion, and French and Germans the losers. Germans lost their settlements in Eastern Europe and are still losting ground to Italians in the South Tyrol (obviously overshadowed by white genocide affecting all of Western Europe, but still)
  237. The moment there is even an inkling of warming ties between Moscow and DC, Ukraine will be thrown to the wolves, through massive pressure by the jewish lobby in media and political circles. The only other ‘option’ is to prostate oneself like Western Europe but that is virtually suicide in the long run at any rate.

    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
    Nah, I doubt it. Ukraine will always remain a prize worth keeping in the Western camp, if for no other reason than to hold it over the egomaniacal Ruskies. Besides, if Ukraine were ever to scrap its western orientation and join the Asiatic Northern Union, the West would then really have something to fear. Brzezinski was right about Ukraine's importance on the Eurasian chessboard.
    , @DFH
    Yasha Levine and Ames are not really typical of US Jewry, certainly not the elements that have power. It's not like they care about 'anti-semitism' when they are supporting Muslim groups for strategic reasons.
  238. @Anatoly Karlin
    I read Mein Kampf from cover to cover and can confirm it was a crap book. At least there's less meandering pontification in the Turner Diaries.

    The only mildly interesting part was Hitler's take on Russia's ethnogenesis.

    Hitler’s take on Russian ethnogenesis wasn’t unique at all – the idea that Russia’s ruling strata were more “Nordic” than the dumb prole masses wasn’t an uncommon view among European and American racialist types at the time. Madison Grant had a similar view that the Bolshevik revolution was a racial catastrophe. Hitler was definitely more anti-Russian than the rest of the eugenicist crowd, but his ideas were dumb extrapolations of theories that were already there.

    • Replies: @Anatoly Karlin
    Sure, I know that wasn't original to him either, just that it was the most interesting part of the book (for me).
  239. @Thorfinnsson
    Vegetarianism isn't really a trivial issue. It's objectively wrong nutritionally and offensive ethically (animals exist to serve us). And the H-man was an enthusiastic proponent of industrial seed oils, which have turned out to be a health disaster.

    In fairness much less was known in his time about the nutritional issues, but that still leaves the ethical dilemma of worshipping animals.

    Nutrition is like politics, there are a ton of different theories and many people are absolutely convinced that their way of eating things is the truth. I have observed many vegetarians that were healthy and productive, so I cannot buy the idea that it is incorrect.

  240. @Thorfinnsson
    Vegetarianism isn't really a trivial issue. It's objectively wrong nutritionally and offensive ethically (animals exist to serve us). And the H-man was an enthusiastic proponent of industrial seed oils, which have turned out to be a health disaster.

    In fairness much less was known in his time about the nutritional issues, but that still leaves the ethical dilemma of worshipping animals.

    Why trash the H man? From how you describe yourself, you would have been his perfect poster child for the pure Aryan master race. Aren’t you the one who is a proponent of a ‘Greater Germany’, even sacrificing your beloved Sweden to this project?

    As for ‘worshipping animals’, you probably own a German Sheppard (or some other similar breed of dog) . I bet that you wouldn’t consider slaughtering the beast in order to provide fresh meat for your beloved schnitzel, eh? :-)

    • Replies: @AP

    As for ‘worshipping animals’, you probably own a German Sheppard (or some other similar breed of dog) . I bet that you wouldn’t consider slaughtering the beast in order to provide fresh meat for your beloved schnitzel, eh?
     
    There is a difference between worshipping animals and viewing them as being equal to humans, and respecting one's allies or friends.

    Which reminds me of pork. Some people will make the strange argument that because pigs are as intelligent as dogs, killing a dog and eating it is no different from killing a pig and eating it, and that disgust at Chinese practices is some sort unfair cultural prejudice by Westerners. But dogs, unlike pigs, were made for service and help, as friends. This is reflected in various attributes and behaviors (dogs will instinctively go to humans for help when hurt, other usually animals seek solitude; dogs are more sensitive to human emotion than more intelligent creatures such s chimps are; etc.). For this reason, eating dogs is a betrayal and demonstration of lack of honor, and it is perverse, using dogs for something they are not designed for. It is something a degenerate would do.*

    *Obviously an exception can be made in rare circumstances, such as starvation, when these servants and friends make the ultimate sacrifice
  241. @Thulean Friend
    The moment there is even an inkling of warming ties between Moscow and DC, Ukraine will be thrown to the wolves, through massive pressure by the jewish lobby in media and political circles. The only other 'option' is to prostate oneself like Western Europe but that is virtually suicide in the long run at any rate.

    https://i.imgur.com/S0cNIOn.jpg

    Nah, I doubt it. Ukraine will always remain a prize worth keeping in the Western camp, if for no other reason than to hold it over the egomaniacal Ruskies. Besides, if Ukraine were ever to scrap its western orientation and join the Asiatic Northern Union, the West would then really have something to fear. Brzezinski was right about Ukraine’s importance on the Eurasian chessboard.

  242. @Thulean Friend
    The moment there is even an inkling of warming ties between Moscow and DC, Ukraine will be thrown to the wolves, through massive pressure by the jewish lobby in media and political circles. The only other 'option' is to prostate oneself like Western Europe but that is virtually suicide in the long run at any rate.

    https://i.imgur.com/S0cNIOn.jpg

    Yasha Levine and Ames are not really typical of US Jewry, certainly not the elements that have power. It’s not like they care about ‘anti-semitism’ when they are supporting Muslim groups for strategic reasons.

    • Replies: @Thulean Friend
    Ames maybe isn't (didn't even know he was a yid), but Yasha definitely is. Sperging about 'muh democracy' while spending very little time on Israel. His reaction to Israel's new national law was like that of a disappointed mother. If Germany had done something similar he'd be clamoring for sanctions. At the very least strident demands to cut off Germany from the Western alliance. No such demands for Israel. Ethnic loyalty always weighs heavier for these "proponents of democracy".

    Ukraine is only tolerated insofar as it is useful against Russia. Once/when there is a thaw, it will be thrown to the wolves.


    It’s not like they care about ‘anti-semitism’ when they are supporting Muslim groups for strategic reasons.
     
    Most muslims don't dislike jews, but they heavily dislike Israel. There is a huge difference. And even among radical muslims, many have found willing jewish sponsors. Even ISIS apologised to their Zionist sponsors after mistakenly attacking israeli targets.

    Martin Gilbert - arguably the most influential Jewish historian in the UK in the postwar era together with Simon Schama - wrote an entire book on historical muslim and jewish relations and came to the conclusion that jews had it better among muslims seen over long periods of time. This is also true when you consider that jews lived among muslims for thousands of years without much conflict (compared to Europé). We shouldn't be surprised by this. They are very similar to each other in mentality. The main difference really only lies in intellect. In the US, most jews are more conconcered about White nationalists than they are of muslims. Even in Europe, many jewish groups collaborate with muslim groups. Those who think there will be a jewish-white alliance are deluded.


    A lot of people really believe the rhetoric of "muh muslim anti-semitism" when in reality, most of it is concentrated to grievances on Israel(and the colonisation of arab land it necessitated), which world jewry considers to be anti-jewish, but that is a conflation.

  243. @notanon

    @akarlin88
    On the ground, I feel Russian economic recovery is accelerating. Cafes, restaurants packed again - need to make reservations (empty when I arrived in late 2016). Yandex Taxi rides are ce
     
    side effect of sanctions preventing foreign corporations using Russia for cheap labor?

    one of the things common to all the rust belt towns is how small a percentage of the total economy was made up by the manufacturing element - most of the economy was the factory workers giving their wages to the bakers, butchers and barbers and the butchers giving that money to the barbers and bakers etc i.e. the *same money* circling round inside the local economy - so the most important part of economics isn't the money-in-money-out part (MIMO) it's maximizing the velocity of money inside the economy.

    (the MIMO part is necessary to kick-start the process but once the plates are all spinning it's a relatively small percentage of the total prosperity)

    https://youtu.be/k44uoVm0lPI?t=246

    it would be funny if the sanctions on Russia disproved neoliberal economics

    #

    which might imply all a national-minded industrial economy needed to worry about was bringing in enough money to pay for their raw materials (and that both USA and China could have a middle class economy and both be better off if they could leash the cheap labor lobby)

    one of the things common to all the rust belt towns is how small a percentage of the total economy was made up by the manufacturing element – most of the economy was the factory workers giving their wages to the bakers, butchers and barbers and the butchers giving that money to the barbers and bakers etc

    Good point, yet all the money circulating came originally from the steel mill wages which were funded by out of town money, i.e., steel mill selling its products. Then that money slowly were sipped off out of town by bakers having to by flower and butchers having to by meat out of town. You could not make the plates spinning with phony money that had no purchasing power outside of the town unless you start growing your own wheat and raising your own pigs and cows within the two economy.

    • Replies: @notanon

    yet all the money circulating came originally from the steel mill wages
     
    yes, the money-in-money-out part of the system needs to be *either* in balance or positive - that is a necessary condition - my point is once that condition is met then the majority of prosperity within the system comes from the internal velocity of money.
  244. @for-the-record
    I can’t vouch for the veracity of it, but.

    Thanks for the reference, an interesting exchange, I have no doubt it's real (except obviously that Cole did not send his final contribution, which is there for all to read however).

    It’s real. Being over the top full ad hominem is Cole’s style. He preferred to vent the steam and get angry instead of trying to present his arguments cogently to Ron Unz.

    Cole has a really nasty personality and likes to boast of his own meanness. Guy has no scruples when it comes to working towards one of his political/career goals. If he did not trip on his own legs because of his Holocaust shenanigans he could have been successful party operative for the under the radar operations like Roger Stone or Linda Trip. If you want somebody’s reputation destroyed go hire David Cole.

  245. @Thumbhead
    Hitler's take on Russian ethnogenesis wasn't unique at all - the idea that Russia's ruling strata were more "Nordic" than the dumb prole masses wasn't an uncommon view among European and American racialist types at the time. Madison Grant had a similar view that the Bolshevik revolution was a racial catastrophe. Hitler was definitely more anti-Russian than the rest of the eugenicist crowd, but his ideas were dumb extrapolations of theories that were already there.

    Sure, I know that wasn’t original to him either, just that it was the most interesting part of the book (for me).

  246. @AquariusAnon
    Just join a gym. A gym in a prole commie block area of Moscow that has heavy weightlifting/bodybuilding focus should have lots of like-minded dudes politically.

    They will likely not agree with Sinotriumph, yellow fever, Indian food, and transhumanism though.

    Gyms are for normiecucks.

    • Replies: @Daniel.I
    If you think this is what normiecucks do at the gym, you have a rather expansive definition of them.
    , @Yevardian
    Nothing wrong with going to a gym if it isn't playing cancerous pop-music and filled with Indians working out in designer jeans imo.
    , @Dmitry
    Isn't the most important thing to do aerobic exercise? Not that you need gym for this.

    Even a couple minutes with skipping rope, each day, can make you fit.
  247. @Anatoly Karlin
    Gyms are for normiecucks.

    If you think this is what normiecucks do at the gym, you have a rather expansive definition of them.

    • Replies: @Anatoly Karlin
    Point is that going to a gym is a chore. Which is totally fine, but I'm not interested in adding more chores to my life.
  248. @Thumbhead
    Germany always had a weak hand to play, Nazism or not.

    The Allies had continent-sized landmasses and endless resources, while the Axis were extremely limited physically. There's no way the Axis could've matched that manpower and industrial output. WW2 was decided centuries ago, when Anglo-Saxons and Eastern Slavs conquered and settled two whole continents. Due to historical circumstances and just plain luck, the USA expanded between two oceans and dominated a hemisphere, while the sad old Krauts were still squabbling over duchies and margravates and mini-principalities by the Baltic.

    Hitler's generalplan ost was his way of correcting that and making Germany a continental superstate as fast as possible. Too bad the Russians weren't nomadic stone-age savages, though.

    when Anglo-Saxons and Eastern Slavs conquered and settled two whole continents

    Russians and Anglos are really the big winners of the last 500 years in terms of Lebensraum and (relative) population expansion, and French and Germans the losers. Germans lost their settlements in Eastern Europe and are still losting ground to Italians in the South Tyrol (obviously overshadowed by white genocide affecting all of Western Europe, but still)

    • Replies: @Spisarevski

    Germans lost their settlements in Eastern Europe and are still losting ground to Italians in the South Tyrol
     
    Not to mention all the tens of millions of Germans in America that were assimilated in Anglo culture.

    https://i.imgur.com/rIFIUA2.jpg
  249. @neutral
    Let me guess, you have never read Mein Kampf but know its a bad book because you were told it was bad. Hitler had a great mind, he had the right instincts and right ideas on most things, if you are going to nitpick some trivialities like his views on vegetarianism then you are going to struggle to find any historical figure that passes your test.

    David Irving who once claimed that he did not read Mein Kampf (which I found hard to believe) suggested that it was ghost written for Hitler. On the other hand he said more important book was Hitler’s Second Book. I have decided to read last year.

    Mein Kampf has occasionally excellent insight and foresights. Like the one about the creation of the Jewish state where he sees the future state as the place where Jewish criminals will fine refuge but it will not be the preferred place for Jews to live.

    In the Second Book he predicts what will become of Germany and Germans if they do not achieve dominance. That the racial superiority of Germans will not amount to much and Germany will end up as a mediocre nation like Switzerland or Holland who have also racially superior populations yet are mediocre.

    He talks about what IQist and HBDers would be interested in. When comparing English and Germans he thinks that the standard deviation of English is narrower meaning that they do not have as many inferior elements as Germans do.

    Hitler’s exceptional reverence towards the English is striking and astonishing. It reminds me of similar reverence by IQers and HBDers towards the Jews. Hitler thought he was reasonable to ask for Germany more Lebensraum and that England would be reasonable to recognize it and will acquiesce. That’s why he treaty them in kid gloves. The IQers and HBDesr like Sailer or Murray or Derbyshire recognize the supremacy of the Jews and only humbly ask their superiors to let them express anti-Black and anti-Hispanic sentiments and stop immigration. They make the same mistake that Hitler made. Jew will not acquiesce to their appeals.

    • Replies: @DFH

    Hitler thought he was reasonable to ask for Germany more Lebensraum and that England would be reasonable to recognize it and will acquiesce
     
    Poor little Hitler, unreasonably stopped by perfidious Albion from ethnically cleansing or subjugating millions of other Europeans
    , @Matra
    Hitler’s exceptional reverence towards the English is striking and astonishing.

    Even more astonishing was his ignorance of basic British interests and the country's foreign policy going back to William III. (Actually, even before the Dutch king, when the Spanish were the main threat, there are examples of England pursuing a balance of power foreign policy). There is no excuse for Hitler's misunderstanding of the British.

    Hitler, like so many right wingers both before and since him, was too provincial to succeed. His French supporters, particularly those who put their necks on the line, were often filled with rage over mistakes they put down to his provincialism. Maybe it is baked in cake but right wing nationalists - be they of the imperialist or isolationist kind - just seem to have trouble understanding anyone other than their own people.
    , @Thumbhead
    Hitler's extreme Anglophilia was indeed a childish HBD-nerd admiration, and as usual, wasn't reciprocated.

    In "Hitler's Table Talk", the main thing he admires about the Brits is their alpha attitude of mastery over the lesser races and nations. He wants the Germans to have this slaveowner attitude to the Russians and Ukrainians, but concludes that the present-day Germans are a bunch of bleeding-heart libcucks who probably won't be up for the ubermensch task.

    He really had a squalid, shitty, 4chan-level mind. Why, oh why, won't Britain let him ethnically cleanse Europe in peace?
    , @notanon
    HBD is a lot more than just IQ - although i agree it doesn't always seem that way

    imo the key elements in relative western success over the last few centuries are:

    1) average IQ above a necessary minimum

    2) a tipping point percentage of people willing to chip in for public goods for maximum synergy

    where imo (2) came out of cold weather adaptation magnified over time by selective pressure from Christianity.
  250. @DFH

    when Anglo-Saxons and Eastern Slavs conquered and settled two whole continents
     
    Russians and Anglos are really the big winners of the last 500 years in terms of Lebensraum and (relative) population expansion, and French and Germans the losers. Germans lost their settlements in Eastern Europe and are still losting ground to Italians in the South Tyrol (obviously overshadowed by white genocide affecting all of Western Europe, but still)

    Germans lost their settlements in Eastern Europe and are still losting ground to Italians in the South Tyrol

    Not to mention all the tens of millions of Germans in America that were assimilated in Anglo culture.

  251. @Daniel.I
    If you think this is what normiecucks do at the gym, you have a rather expansive definition of them.

    Point is that going to a gym is a chore. Which is totally fine, but I’m not interested in adding more chores to my life.

    • Replies: @AaronB
    Very much in keeping with the spirit of frivolity, Karlin.

    This Chad philosophy is excellent as far as it goes - the problem is it does not go far enough. It see through so much nonsense - but take other things too seriously.

    Viewed from a certain height, Chad is merely another cuck. He cares - he works out.

    But this Chad philosophy is the beginning of spirituality - so must be encouraged as a baby step.
    , @Mr. Hack
    So why add all of these contraptions to your new digs, to clutter things up? I remember reading a piece from your old blog (before you became an alt-right superstar) where you outlined your exercise program, built around push-ups and all manner of resistance exercises? It sounded good then, why not now? (it might be useful for others including myself, and I wouldn't mind rereading it).
    , @Mikhail
    Not if it's a quality gym, close to home, with great hours and not too much of a crowd.

    The US is quite contradictory on this score. More than ever, it has more fitness options than ever, with the population on the whole getting puffier.

    Besides the gym, there's also the matter of using one's surroundings for either power walk and/or runs, as well as getting some home fitness items. In the US, dumbbells can be bought at a dollar a pound.
    , @Daniel.I
    Everything in life is a chore, so it comes down to cost vs benefit.

    You might find that stuff like explosive olympic lifts are really cool and challenging to do (I know I do).

    Of course, you might not - but you'll never know until you try.
  252. @utu
    David Irving who once claimed that he did not read Mein Kampf (which I found hard to believe) suggested that it was ghost written for Hitler. On the other hand he said more important book was Hitler's Second Book. I have decided to read last year.

    Mein Kampf has occasionally excellent insight and foresights. Like the one about the creation of the Jewish state where he sees the future state as the place where Jewish criminals will fine refuge but it will not be the preferred place for Jews to live.

    In the Second Book he predicts what will become of Germany and Germans if they do not achieve dominance. That the racial superiority of Germans will not amount to much and Germany will end up as a mediocre nation like Switzerland or Holland who have also racially superior populations yet are mediocre.

    He talks about what IQist and HBDers would be interested in. When comparing English and Germans he thinks that the standard deviation of English is narrower meaning that they do not have as many inferior elements as Germans do.

    Hitler's exceptional reverence towards the English is striking and astonishing. It reminds me of similar reverence by IQers and HBDers towards the Jews. Hitler thought he was reasonable to ask for Germany more Lebensraum and that England would be reasonable to recognize it and will acquiesce. That's why he treaty them in kid gloves. The IQers and HBDesr like Sailer or Murray or Derbyshire recognize the supremacy of the Jews and only humbly ask their superiors to let them express anti-Black and anti-Hispanic sentiments and stop immigration. They make the same mistake that Hitler made. Jew will not acquiesce to their appeals.

    Hitler thought he was reasonable to ask for Germany more Lebensraum and that England would be reasonable to recognize it and will acquiesce

    Poor little Hitler, unreasonably stopped by perfidious Albion from ethnically cleansing or subjugating millions of other Europeans

    • Replies: @notanon
    discussing the rise of Fascism in the 1930s without reference to what the Bolsheviks did in the 1920s makes no sense.
  253. @Anatoly Karlin
    Point is that going to a gym is a chore. Which is totally fine, but I'm not interested in adding more chores to my life.

    Very much in keeping with the spirit of frivolity, Karlin.

    This Chad philosophy is excellent as far as it goes – the problem is it does not go far enough. It see through so much nonsense – but take other things too seriously.

    Viewed from a certain height, Chad is merely another cuck. He cares – he works out.

    But this Chad philosophy is the beginning of spirituality – so must be encouraged as a baby step.

  254. @Silva
    https://www.nsfwcorp.com/dispatch/adam-gurowski/

    Thanks, an interesting character for sure.

    I like he says looking at his contemporaries, he understands why honest men headed to the hills and deserts when the Roman empire was collapsing.

    He also has a very good grasp of reality – he rightly mocks all the “clever” strategists and understands that that the decisive element in winning is sheer force -i.e sheer, brutal will power, inelegant and brutal, is the decisive element.

    This is what so many don’t understand about the current Jews dominance – the decisive element here isn’t the clever strategies of the Jews, but the massive willpower differential between Jews and rather easy going whites, who just don’t care as much.

    However, I’m not a fan of caring – caring eventually ends in nihilism.

    • Replies: @Yevardian

    However, I’m not a fan of caring – caring eventually ends in nihilism.
     
    Brah. That isn't even make sense by your standards.
  255. @utu
    David Irving who once claimed that he did not read Mein Kampf (which I found hard to believe) suggested that it was ghost written for Hitler. On the other hand he said more important book was Hitler's Second Book. I have decided to read last year.

    Mein Kampf has occasionally excellent insight and foresights. Like the one about the creation of the Jewish state where he sees the future state as the place where Jewish criminals will fine refuge but it will not be the preferred place for Jews to live.

    In the Second Book he predicts what will become of Germany and Germans if they do not achieve dominance. That the racial superiority of Germans will not amount to much and Germany will end up as a mediocre nation like Switzerland or Holland who have also racially superior populations yet are mediocre.

    He talks about what IQist and HBDers would be interested in. When comparing English and Germans he thinks that the standard deviation of English is narrower meaning that they do not have as many inferior elements as Germans do.

    Hitler's exceptional reverence towards the English is striking and astonishing. It reminds me of similar reverence by IQers and HBDers towards the Jews. Hitler thought he was reasonable to ask for Germany more Lebensraum and that England would be reasonable to recognize it and will acquiesce. That's why he treaty them in kid gloves. The IQers and HBDesr like Sailer or Murray or Derbyshire recognize the supremacy of the Jews and only humbly ask their superiors to let them express anti-Black and anti-Hispanic sentiments and stop immigration. They make the same mistake that Hitler made. Jew will not acquiesce to their appeals.

    Hitler’s exceptional reverence towards the English is striking and astonishing.

    Even more astonishing was his ignorance of basic British interests and the country’s foreign policy going back to William III. (Actually, even before the Dutch king, when the Spanish were the main threat, there are examples of England pursuing a balance of power foreign policy). There is no excuse for Hitler’s misunderstanding of the British.

    Hitler, like so many right wingers both before and since him, was too provincial to succeed. His French supporters, particularly those who put their necks on the line, were often filled with rage over mistakes they put down to his provincialism. Maybe it is baked in cake but right wing nationalists – be they of the imperialist or isolationist kind – just seem to have trouble understanding anyone other than their own people.

    • Replies: @ThreeCranes
    "Hitler, like so many right wingers both before and since him, was too provincial to succeed. "

    Now that hits the nail on the head.
  256. @Anatoly Karlin
    FWIW I'm currently trending strongly towards (d).

    In particular, the classic entryway pull-up bar (4) and perhaps the adjustable horizontal bar for the balcony (5).

    Good to see you coming around to this. I’m not sure if it was Thorfinnsonn who said this, but one has no business representing any political ideology if they look like shit. But stop with the neoliberal horseshit, Russians experienced enough of that in 90′s and aren’t going to fall for that again.

    Most exercises can be done without specialised equipment, consistency is more the problem.

  257. @Anatoly Karlin
    I read Mein Kampf from cover to cover and can confirm it was a crap book. At least there's less meandering pontification in the Turner Diaries.

    The only mildly interesting part was Hitler's take on Russia's ethnogenesis.

    It’s a pretty dull work, though not as unreadable as people claim. It is at least readable and clearly written, unlike say Marx or any modern French ‘philosopher’.
    ‘Hitler’s Table Talk’ compiled by Martin Bormann is much more interesting.

  258. @Anatoly Karlin
    Gyms are for normiecucks.

    Nothing wrong with going to a gym if it isn’t playing cancerous pop-music and filled with Indians working out in designer jeans imo.

  259. @Mr. Hack
    Why trash the H man? From how you describe yourself, you would have been his perfect poster child for the pure Aryan master race. Aren't you the one who is a proponent of a 'Greater Germany', even sacrificing your beloved Sweden to this project?

    As for 'worshipping animals', you probably own a German Sheppard (or some other similar breed of dog) . I bet that you wouldn't consider slaughtering the beast in order to provide fresh meat for your beloved schnitzel, eh? :-)

    As for ‘worshipping animals’, you probably own a German Sheppard (or some other similar breed of dog) . I bet that you wouldn’t consider slaughtering the beast in order to provide fresh meat for your beloved schnitzel, eh?

    There is a difference between worshipping animals and viewing them as being equal to humans, and respecting one’s allies or friends.

    Which reminds me of pork. Some people will make the strange argument that because pigs are as intelligent as dogs, killing a dog and eating it is no different from killing a pig and eating it, and that disgust at Chinese practices is some sort unfair cultural prejudice by Westerners. But dogs, unlike pigs, were made for service and help, as friends. This is reflected in various attributes and behaviors (dogs will instinctively go to humans for help when hurt, other usually animals seek solitude; dogs are more sensitive to human emotion than more intelligent creatures such s chimps are; etc.). For this reason, eating dogs is a betrayal and demonstration of lack of honor, and it is perverse, using dogs for something they are not designed for. It is something a degenerate would do.*

    *Obviously an exception can be made in rare circumstances, such as starvation, when these servants and friends make the ultimate sacrifice

    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
    I agree with your sentiments on this issue. I was only addressing Thorfinnsson's point in castigating all, it seems. who forego eating meat of being guilty of an 'ethical dilemma of worshipping animals'. Apparently, some Chinese don't share in your own cultural taboos. My point really was to emphasize that every individual has his/her own scale in evaluating what is correct nutritionally and ethically when formulating a diet. I'm sure that even Thorfinnsson has a code that he follows regarding the consumption of meat products. Peter's vision recorded in the New Testament is sufficient for my own purposes:

    According to the Acts of the Apostles, chapter 10, Saint Peter had a vision of a vessel (Greek: σκεῦός, skeuos; "a certain vessel descending upon him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners") full of animals being lowered from heaven (Acts 10:11). A voice from heaven told Peter to kill and eat, but since the vessel (or sheet, ὀθόνη, othonē) contained unclean animals, Peter declined. The command was repeated two more times, along with the voice saying, "What God hath made clean, that call not thou common" (verse 15) and then the vessel was taken back to heaven (verse 16).

    At this point in the narrative, messengers sent from Cornelius the Centurion arrive and urge Peter to go with them. He does so, and mentions the vision as he speaks to Cornelius, saying "God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean" (Acts 10:28). Peter related the vision again in Acts 11:4-9.
     
    As for eating meat vs vegetarianism:

    One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. Romans 14.1-23

     

    , @Anonymous
    Dogs will eat their owners quite readily when they can:

    https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/jmbx78/dogs-love-eating-human-faces

    Eating dogs is not incompatible with their design as tools. Swiss farmers, who as farmers are closer to the tradition of using dogs as tools than most people today, also have a tradition of eating dogs:

    https://www.newsweek.com/not-just-christmas-swiss-urged-stop-eating-cats-and-dogs-287378

    Founder and president of the group Tomi Tomek told the BBC that 3% of Swiss people eat cat or dog meat, 80% of them being farmers. The Lucerne, Appenzell, Jura and Bern areas are the main culprits.

    “One woman gave me a recipe for cooking newborn cat,” Tomek said. “I went to the police, a veterinarian and the government and they all told me that there was no law against it.” She was told to write a petition and try to get a politician to support her. She’s now rallied five to her cause.

    Cat meat even features prominently on Christmas menus in some parts of Switzerland, Tomek said, while dog meat is also used to make sausages. “It is an old tradition in Switzerland to eat dog meat like sausages and use dog fat for rheumatism,” she said. “They eat cats because they taste like rabbits.” They are apparently prepared in the same way and best served with white wine and garlic.

    “Farmers will eat their cats and dogs when they have too many, says Tomek. “I told them to sterilize the animals but they said it was too costly and it made a good meal.”
     
    , @Anatoly Karlin
    From a point of view of honor, that's correct.

    From a point of view based on minimizing suffering (e.g. effective altruism), assuming that intelligence is correlated with the capacity for suffering, then eating pork is approximately equivalent to eating dogmeat.

    Of course in practice it might be reasonable to combine the two. For instance, eating chimpanzee or gorilla (in non-survival situations) seems decidedly bad.
  260. Another example of American agreement-incapableness

    • Replies: @AquariusAnon
    It is because the US is represented at the UN by an Indian woman with (miraculously) severe TDS.

    As you can see, Indian women are extremely unhinged if given any sort of power, on top of neoliberalism.txt brainwashing. There's a reason why people in the West try their best to avoid Indian bosses.
  261. @AP

    As for ‘worshipping animals’, you probably own a German Sheppard (or some other similar breed of dog) . I bet that you wouldn’t consider slaughtering the beast in order to provide fresh meat for your beloved schnitzel, eh?
     
    There is a difference between worshipping animals and viewing them as being equal to humans, and respecting one's allies or friends.

    Which reminds me of pork. Some people will make the strange argument that because pigs are as intelligent as dogs, killing a dog and eating it is no different from killing a pig and eating it, and that disgust at Chinese practices is some sort unfair cultural prejudice by Westerners. But dogs, unlike pigs, were made for service and help, as friends. This is reflected in various attributes and behaviors (dogs will instinctively go to humans for help when hurt, other usually animals seek solitude; dogs are more sensitive to human emotion than more intelligent creatures such s chimps are; etc.). For this reason, eating dogs is a betrayal and demonstration of lack of honor, and it is perverse, using dogs for something they are not designed for. It is something a degenerate would do.*

    *Obviously an exception can be made in rare circumstances, such as starvation, when these servants and friends make the ultimate sacrifice

    I agree with your sentiments on this issue. I was only addressing Thorfinnsson’s point in castigating all, it seems. who forego eating meat of being guilty of an ‘ethical dilemma of worshipping animals’. Apparently, some Chinese don’t share in your own cultural taboos. My point really was to emphasize that every individual has his/her own scale in evaluating what is correct nutritionally and ethically when formulating a diet. I’m sure that even Thorfinnsson has a code that he follows regarding the consumption of meat products. Peter’s vision recorded in the New Testament is sufficient for my own purposes:

    According to the Acts of the Apostles, chapter 10, Saint Peter had a vision of a vessel (Greek: σκεῦός, skeuos; “a certain vessel descending upon him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners”) full of animals being lowered from heaven (Acts 10:11). A voice from heaven told Peter to kill and eat, but since the vessel (or sheet, ὀθόνη, othonē) contained unclean animals, Peter declined. The command was repeated two more times, along with the voice saying, “What God hath made clean, that call not thou common” (verse 15) and then the vessel was taken back to heaven (verse 16).

    At this point in the narrative, messengers sent from Cornelius the Centurion arrive and urge Peter to go with them. He does so, and mentions the vision as he speaks to Cornelius, saying “God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean” (Acts 10:28). Peter related the vision again in Acts 11:4-9.

    As for eating meat vs vegetarianism:

    One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. Romans 14.1-23

    • Replies: @utu

    One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. Romans 14.1-23
     
    I like it however what does "the weak person" mean? Isn't it a judgment or is it poor translation?
  262. @Mr. Hack
    I agree with your sentiments on this issue. I was only addressing Thorfinnsson's point in castigating all, it seems. who forego eating meat of being guilty of an 'ethical dilemma of worshipping animals'. Apparently, some Chinese don't share in your own cultural taboos. My point really was to emphasize that every individual has his/her own scale in evaluating what is correct nutritionally and ethically when formulating a diet. I'm sure that even Thorfinnsson has a code that he follows regarding the consumption of meat products. Peter's vision recorded in the New Testament is sufficient for my own purposes:

    According to the Acts of the Apostles, chapter 10, Saint Peter had a vision of a vessel (Greek: σκεῦός, skeuos; "a certain vessel descending upon him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners") full of animals being lowered from heaven (Acts 10:11). A voice from heaven told Peter to kill and eat, but since the vessel (or sheet, ὀθόνη, othonē) contained unclean animals, Peter declined. The command was repeated two more times, along with the voice saying, "What God hath made clean, that call not thou common" (verse 15) and then the vessel was taken back to heaven (verse 16).

    At this point in the narrative, messengers sent from Cornelius the Centurion arrive and urge Peter to go with them. He does so, and mentions the vision as he speaks to Cornelius, saying "God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean" (Acts 10:28). Peter related the vision again in Acts 11:4-9.
     
    As for eating meat vs vegetarianism:

    One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. Romans 14.1-23

     

    One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. Romans 14.1-23

    I like it however what does “the weak person” mean? Isn’t it a judgment or is it poor translation?

    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
    I suspect that the adjective 'weak' in this instance refers to the physical strength that accrues to somebody who eats meat, for its high protein value. The inference being, that if you don't eat meat you are considered weaker than somebody who does. I don't know how true that is today, with all manner of high protein products available that are plant based. For the record, I'm not a vegetarian and I do eat meat.*

    *I'm looking forward to a fillet mignon that I've pre-ordered at a wedding I'll be attending in a couple of weeks at a swanky resort. I passed up a salmon and also a vegetarian dish. :-)

  263. @utu
    David Irving who once claimed that he did not read Mein Kampf (which I found hard to believe) suggested that it was ghost written for Hitler. On the other hand he said more important book was Hitler's Second Book. I have decided to read last year.

    Mein Kampf has occasionally excellent insight and foresights. Like the one about the creation of the Jewish state where he sees the future state as the place where Jewish criminals will fine refuge but it will not be the preferred place for Jews to live.

    In the Second Book he predicts what will become of Germany and Germans if they do not achieve dominance. That the racial superiority of Germans will not amount to much and Germany will end up as a mediocre nation like Switzerland or Holland who have also racially superior populations yet are mediocre.

    He talks about what IQist and HBDers would be interested in. When comparing English and Germans he thinks that the standard deviation of English is narrower meaning that they do not have as many inferior elements as Germans do.

    Hitler's exceptional reverence towards the English is striking and astonishing. It reminds me of similar reverence by IQers and HBDers towards the Jews. Hitler thought he was reasonable to ask for Germany more Lebensraum and that England would be reasonable to recognize it and will acquiesce. That's why he treaty them in kid gloves. The IQers and HBDesr like Sailer or Murray or Derbyshire recognize the supremacy of the Jews and only humbly ask their superiors to let them express anti-Black and anti-Hispanic sentiments and stop immigration. They make the same mistake that Hitler made. Jew will not acquiesce to their appeals.

    Hitler’s extreme Anglophilia was indeed a childish HBD-nerd admiration, and as usual, wasn’t reciprocated.

    In “Hitler’s Table Talk”, the main thing he admires about the Brits is their alpha attitude of mastery over the lesser races and nations. He wants the Germans to have this slaveowner attitude to the Russians and Ukrainians, but concludes that the present-day Germans are a bunch of bleeding-heart libcucks who probably won’t be up for the ubermensch task.

    He really had a squalid, shitty, 4chan-level mind. Why, oh why, won’t Britain let him ethnically cleanse Europe in peace?

    • Replies: @notanon

    Why, oh why, won’t Britain let him ethnically cleanse Europe in peace?
     
    why oh why didn't the Western powers take out the Bolsheviks when they invaded Poland in the 1920s - that would have prevented the whole thing
  264. @utu

    One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. Romans 14.1-23
     
    I like it however what does "the weak person" mean? Isn't it a judgment or is it poor translation?

    I suspect that the adjective ‘weak’ in this instance refers to the physical strength that accrues to somebody who eats meat, for its high protein value. The inference being, that if you don’t eat meat you are considered weaker than somebody who does. I don’t know how true that is today, with all manner of high protein products available that are plant based. For the record, I’m not a vegetarian and I do eat meat.*

    *I’m looking forward to a fillet mignon that I’ve pre-ordered at a wedding I’ll be attending in a couple of weeks at a swanky resort. I passed up a salmon and also a vegetarian dish. :-)

    • Replies: @Mikhail
    Farm raised salmon is a no-no according to many, if not most nutritionists. Given the pollution in the ocean (like crushed micro plastic), the more natural kind of salmon can be a crap shoot.

    Shame because it makes for an otherwise healthy and tasty meal.
  265. @Anatoly Karlin
    Gyms are for normiecucks.

    Isn’t the most important thing to do aerobic exercise? Not that you need gym for this.

    Even a couple minutes with skipping rope, each day, can make you fit.

    • Replies: @Mikhail
    Yes, with a well rounded program of power, speed, strength and flexibility exercises being the most ideal.

    In US gyms, there's a trend of juice heads who won't do any cardio, because they just want to get big. These folks typically don't look healthy. On the other hand, look at the kick boxers, MMA/UFC fighters and traditional boxers who on the whole look more healthily ripped via a regimen of power exercises and cardio.
    , @Anatoly Karlin
    No.
  266. Anonymous[370] • Disclaimer says:
    @AP

    As for ‘worshipping animals’, you probably own a German Sheppard (or some other similar breed of dog) . I bet that you wouldn’t consider slaughtering the beast in order to provide fresh meat for your beloved schnitzel, eh?
     
    There is a difference between worshipping animals and viewing them as being equal to humans, and respecting one's allies or friends.

    Which reminds me of pork. Some people will make the strange argument that because pigs are as intelligent as dogs, killing a dog and eating it is no different from killing a pig and eating it, and that disgust at Chinese practices is some sort unfair cultural prejudice by Westerners. But dogs, unlike pigs, were made for service and help, as friends. This is reflected in various attributes and behaviors (dogs will instinctively go to humans for help when hurt, other usually animals seek solitude; dogs are more sensitive to human emotion than more intelligent creatures such s chimps are; etc.). For this reason, eating dogs is a betrayal and demonstration of lack of honor, and it is perverse, using dogs for something they are not designed for. It is something a degenerate would do.*

    *Obviously an exception can be made in rare circumstances, such as starvation, when these servants and friends make the ultimate sacrifice

    Dogs will eat their owners quite readily when they can:

    https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/jmbx78/dogs-love-eating-human-faces

    Eating dogs is not incompatible with their design as tools. Swiss farmers, who as farmers are closer to the tradition of using dogs as tools than most people today, also have a tradition of eating dogs:

    https://www.newsweek.com/not-just-christmas-swiss-urged-stop-eating-cats-and-dogs-287378

    Founder and president of the group Tomi Tomek told the BBC that 3% of Swiss people eat cat or dog meat, 80% of them being farmers. The Lucerne, Appenzell, Jura and Bern areas are the main culprits.

    “One woman gave me a recipe for cooking newborn cat,” Tomek said. “I went to the police, a veterinarian and the government and they all told me that there was no law against it.” She was told to write a petition and try to get a politician to support her. She’s now rallied five to her cause.

    Cat meat even features prominently on Christmas menus in some parts of Switzerland, Tomek said, while dog meat is also used to make sausages. “It is an old tradition in Switzerland to eat dog meat like sausages and use dog fat for rheumatism,” she said. “They eat cats because they taste like rabbits.” They are apparently prepared in the same way and best served with white wine and garlic.

    “Farmers will eat their cats and dogs when they have too many, says Tomek. “I told them to sterilize the animals but they said it was too costly and it made a good meal.”

    • Replies: @AP

    Dogs will eat their owners quite readily when they can:

    https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/jmbx78/dogs-love-eating-human-faces
     
    Interesting. I've heard from people who deal with such situations that dogs will not eat their owners, but cats will.

    At any rate, these are people who have already died.

    I did not realize that there were pockets of dog-eating degenerates in Switzerland.
    , @AP
    I read more about this. Apparently, a small number of dogs will eat their owners' faces after their owners die. They will do this even if they have normal food available. The pattern of eating is very different from normal scavenging, when dogs (or wolves) avoid faces and go for more-nutritious organs in the torso first.

    The given explanation is that they lick the owner's face more and more frantically in order to wake him up, eventually biting the face, drawing blood, and triggering an eating instinct. So in a strange way, loyalty/love is involved.
    , @Pericles

    Dogs will eat their owners quite readily when they can: [Vice article]

     

    Citing Vice will eventually lead you to think that humans will eat shit when they can. So ... skip Vice.