I suppose I should get another Open Thread going before people begin to think I got Mossaded (bearing in mind the topic of the previous post). Speaking of that, a recent poll found that 42% think he was murdered, vs. 29% who buy into the suicide theory. Is this the US general public’s most significant acceptance of a “conspiracy theory” (as defined by officialdom and Vox – “Russiagate” is also a conspiracy theory, but is not considered as such) in modern history?
I am noticing a major uptick in Sinophobic sentiments. They have been building up gradually, in connection with the Uyghur nonsense, but they have been turbocharged by the metastasizing Hong Kong protests. Chinese bots (or people considered to be such) have been getting mass deleted on Twitter. I wonder if this marks the point at which the China hysteria will overtake Russophrenia as the “Great Bifurcation” between the Blue Empire and the Sinosphere accelerates.
I am halfway through Janet Martin’s Medieval Russia, 980-1584. I will imminently have a lot of powerful takes come the review.
Just a heads up that I do not think I will be able to resume intensive blogging for yet another 2-3 days. Apologies for the hiatus.