It will be the centenary of the October Revolution in a couple of days – the original color revolution that finished off a great and rapidly modernizing empire and handed power to a gang of Russia-hating criminals.
To mark the occasion, the next two weeks I will be documenting the dismal failure of sovok across almost virtually all spheres of life. Obligatory trigger warning for commies.
* Not only a good intro to Bitcoin per se, but an original (so far as I know) way of thinking about it: https://blog.chain.com/a-letter-to-jamie-dimon-de89d417cb80
There’s a TL;DR version at the end.
Link to David Becker’s database: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B3c4TxciNeJZWUx5bzBWZ1BuMUk
The discussion is also worth reading.
* Heiner Rindermann has what appears to be a rather interesting book coming out on January 1, 2018: Cognitive Capitalism: Human Capital and the Wellbeing of Nations
Many interesting tidbits there but one table I liked is support for military government by left/right.
Mostly as you’d expect (right more supportive), with the understandable exception of Venezuela – and the less understandable exception of Hungary (unless you read hbd*chick).
* Emil Kirkegaard: About that blog: Italian IQs, Lynn IQs, brain size and doctors
* /r/gorgich: Cultural macroregions of Russia
* Daniel Treisman – 2017 – Democracy by mistake
How does democracy emerge from authoritarian rule?… In about two thirds, democratization occurred not because incumbent elites chose it but because, in trying to prevent it, they made mistakes that weakened their hold on power. Common mistakes include: calling elections or starting military conflicts, only to lose them; ignoring popular unrest and being overthrown; initiating limited reforms that get out of hand; and selecting a covert democrat as leader. These mistakes reflect well-known cognitive biases such as overconfidence and the illusion of control.
Leonid Bershidsky writes about it.
* 39% of French citizens spoke Occitan in 1860.
* A beautiful @WrathOfGnon thread about the superiority of medieval urbanism:
It is time for a thread on traditional urbanism, or town planning 13th century style. I will dispel some myths of modern dis-urbanism. pic.twitter.com/wUbkEuGy9a
— Wrath Of Gnon (@wrathofgnon) July 7, 2017
Attack on RT
Even some Russian oppositioners like Alexey Kovalev think it is ridiculously selective.
I was amused to see that Nina Khrushcheva was on there (not sure about the “useful” part, though).
Alexander Mercouris: Blackmail and the latest attack on RT
We took a similarly expansive approach to defining what qualifies as a Russian-linked account. Because there is no single characteristic that reliably determines geographic origin or affiliation, we relied on a number of criteria, including whether the account was created in Russia, whether the user registered the account with a Russian phone carrier or a Russian email address, whether the user’s display name contains Cyrillic characters, whether the user frequently Tweets in Russian, and whether the user has logged in from any Russian IP address, even a single time. We considered an account to be Russian-linked if it had even one of the relevant criteria.
Beware of the Cyrillic autocracy!
* Alexander Mercouris: Robert Mueller should resign
In other words instead of arriving its suspicions of Russian meddling in the Presidential election on its own investigations the FBI chose to rely on the work of two private contractors – CrowdStrike and Christopher Steele – both of whom were found and paid for by the DNC, and one of whom – Christopher Steele – was then passed on by the DNC to the FBI so that he could be paid by them as well.
That makes the FBI look more like an accomplice of the Democrats and the DNC than an impartial and objective police agency.
* Some stuff comes out further proving that DNC colluded with Hillary to give her the nomination.
Real Democrats: Donna Brazile was duped by Russia. Putin is God, etc.
* Latest video from Kirill Nesterov, chief editor of ROGPR podcast.
(It’s in Russian, but mostly just consists of translations of the most “powerful” Russia takes from Anglo Twitter).
* The insanity is not contained to the Left:
Powerful Takes on Manhattan Terror Attack
* Paul Robinson: Wall of Grief (Putin on Stalin)
* Patrick Armstrong: How I Became a Kremlin Troll
* Chechens organize a queue for the new iPhone in Moscow, selling the first position for R300,000 ($5,000). A few hundred Virgin Kreakls – their idea of “creativity” consisting of being the first person in their tusovka to get a new iPhone – wait in line for a several hours… only for a gang of Chechen Chads to push them aside at the last moment, snap up all the iPhones, and put them up for sale on Russia’s eBay within a few minutes.
Still a better love story than Twilight.
* Affirmative action Kremlinologist Terell Starr: “Ukrainians and black folk share common bonds when it comes to resisting supremacy, whether it is from “white people” in the U.S. or Russia.” Memetic response.
Meanwhile, in the actual Putlerreich…
* Moscow authorities want to install a monument to Islam Karimov in the city center, a Central Asian tinpot dictator who removed all of his country’s WW2 monuments.
What makes this even “better” is that the Uzbeks themselves are slowly doing away with Karimov’s legacy, with their new President inching towards liberal reform and criticizing his predecessor for abuses. So it fails even as geopolitical bootlicking.
Almost certainly pointless petition against this: https://www.change.org/p/владимир-путин-против-установки-в-москве-памятника-президенту-узбекистана-исламу-каримову
* Leader of Tatarstan implicitly threatens Putin with low vote numbers if Tatar language instruction in schools is made non-obligatory (“We made it so that all the electoral processes are done by the directors of our schools“).
The problems of relying on ethnic minority states-within-states to give you a 10% point bump in elections…
* Meanwhile, the son of a Tatar director of a military academy (who is also a member of the pseudoscience organization RAEN) was arrested in Tajikistan for joining ISIS for 2 years. Previously, after completing his PhD under his dad at said military academy (nepotism), he was made responsible for ensuring the security of military R&D communications, and had the appropriate high level security clearance for it. Said military academy to KP journalists requesting comment: “We won’t say anything, the director isn’t here, and we don’t know when he will be.”
* @tcjfs: Huntington argues the Confederate monuments to “the Blue & the Gray” were built thru 1920 to foster united American national reconciliation
Seems to parallel Soviet celebration of Victory Day: First Moscow May 9 parade after 1945 was in 1965; then 1985, 1990, became yearly event in 1995.
Remarkable cultural continuity: Great Wall on land 2,000 years ago, now a Great Wall in cyberspace and on the high seas.
* So Osama bin Laden was a gamer, like all the other great men of the 20th century.
BTW, Navalny is a console peasant, while proves he is not destined for greatness.
Only heard of the guy thanks to spandrell. Sounds like a big phenomenon.
* #ItsOkayToBeWhite is a brilliant strategy. /pol/ continues to deliver.
* Frances Lee: Why I’ve Started to Fear My Fellow Social Justice Activists
* John Derbyshire: Geezers Don’t Care! Marc Faber Defies AntiRacist Moral Panic
* Geoffrey Miller channels Taleb: To understand the present, read good books about our biological & cultural history, & sci fi about the future. ‘News’ is a distraction.
* Porn Addicted Bomb Nazi Mutilated Himself With An Axe. Exemplary commitment to nofap.
* Eliezer Yudkowsky’s struggle:
You unworthy fools! I memorized all cognitive biases. I am a genius who discovers all truth by brainpower alone.
Please help me stop eating. pic.twitter.com/Mys9Hk9RJ2
— akira (@0xa59a2d) October 25, 2017