More SWPL in Moscow – this place was a car park/dump a few years ago.
My glorious NEETdom will (partially) end from the start of October. While I was never enthusiastic about getting a real job, this one happens to be centered around the intersection of Russian demographics, economics, and psychometrics. So it’s essentially a continuation of my existing hobbies, and attendance requirements are lax. This is perfectly synchronized with my blog’s content, so I don’t even expect content production here to suffer.
I am also contributing to a website that will help countervent censorship of the altsphere. It’s still in the beta phase, so I can’t say too much about it yet.
Remont (=renovation; but even all the expats call it a remont) is almost finished. Hopefully I can move into my apartment in a week’s time.
An alt right blogger recently recommended me Keybase. Quite a few of my acquaintances in the Alt Right are interested in censorship-resistant payment systems, and I will admit to having some curiosity as well; never know when it might come in handy. Anyone kind enough to give me the 101 on it?
As always, donations are appreciated – http://akarlin.com/donations/
* I haven’t been following the Kavanaugh affair closely enough to have any good opinions. FWIW PredictIt currently gives him a 60% chance of becoming SCOTUS judge, but it fluctuates wildly on the latest news.
Obviously the accusations are almost certainly false, and ludicrous to an almost “Rape on Campus” degree (though as Steve points out being wrong hasn’t stopped the Blue Checkmark mob).
The affair does seem to back observations that US society is becoming extremely polarized.
* Musk seems to be in a lot of trouble. Congrats Thorfinnsson.
* SAD. Nature: How DNA fends off a favourite gene-editing tool. Using CRISPR for certain genetic edits might be far harder than expected.
* Leonid Bershidsky: Russia’s Thugs May Be Too Much for Its Technocrats. Hard to deny this, given recent events. OTOH, I wonder if it’s even possible to run a “based” state without thugs.
* BLAST FROM THE PAST. Putin suggested to visiting German business in Saint-Petersburg in 1993 that Russia should spend some time as a regime modeled after that of Pinochet.
* Higher School of Economics study [in Russian]: Russia’s more religious (Orthodox) regions have similar fertility rates and divorce rates to the rest of Russia, but lower crime, and much lower HIV prevalence rates. (Being religion-hating liberals, the HSE people “predict” that those Russian regions may become “zones of social dysfunction,” like the Bible Belt in the US. I assume it’s because Negroes will settle those areas come Tropical Hyperborea.)
* My Twitter thread on Russian life expectancy and alcoholism in response to a question from WW2 historian Mark Harrison:
1/ There's just one overriding explanation: Vodka.
Vodka bingeing started soaring from the mid-1960s, and that, coupled with slow healthcare progress, plateaued Soviet life expectancy. https://t.co/mArkRdEqMU pic.twitter.com/1vzinhys8G
— ak (@akarlin88) September 28, 2018
* BLACKPILL. Audacious Epigone: Throwing November.
* SINOTRIUMPH: Godfree Roberts: Trade War III.
His Maoism is nonsense, and even his degree of Sinotriumph is too much even for me, but the comments on quotes on Chinese performance on PISA are real and important.
* AMEROTRIUMPH. Satyajit Das: How the U.S. Has Weaponized the Dollar
* Diversity Macht Frei: More “British Jews” in the IDF Than British Armed Forces.
I knew this was the case for Muslims (probably a good thing – British SSBNs don’t have PAL protections against unauthorized launch), but it’s interesting that it applies to Jews too.
* Greg Hood: Race is the Main Political Divide
Science & Culture
* X RISKS. Robin Hanson marks 20 years since he introduced The Great Filter to the world.
* DESTRUCTION OF THE CITIES. Matt Forney pens one of the best Bronze Age Mindset reviews for his literary project Terror House Magazine.
* Scott Alexander reviews The Black Swan. Book reviews lie on a power-law distribution?
* I noted the weak presence of Russia (and China) in PC video games.
But there’s a new free to play game on Steam made by Tencent called Ring of Elysium, which is a battle royale like PUBG/Fortnite. You start off an a mountain top and need to ski/paraglide your way down to a rescue helicopter in the middle of a post-apocalyptic blizzard, which picking off other skier-survivalists. This sounds like the best plot ever to me.
* Audacious Epigone: MGTOW vs. “How to get a girlfriend” in Google Searches
* Literally worse than Hitler!
* “Western Russophiles” in a nutshell.
* Reaching levels of multi-dimensional chess that shouldn’t even be possible!