The food at the Koryo Korean Restaurant was actually rather good – I assume it must have improved considerably since Varlamov’s review from 2013.
The kimchi was properly fermented, as it ought to be (it has been about a year since I last had proper kimchi); the spicy duck soup was genuinely spicy; the cold noodles were superlative; the classic grilled meats were competitive with what you’d get at Korean eateries in the US. The one downside was the sashimi, which someone in our party insisted on ordering for some reason; the fish was almost frozen and the amount of wasabi offered was sufficient for just a couple of pieces. That said, I don’t blame them for that, it serves us right for kowtowing to the Jap aggressors.
However, the service was classically sovok – one dish was not the one we ordered (though it was delicious anyway), one guy’s beer took 40 minutes to arrive, the Nork qt’s waitressing us had minimal knowledge of Russian. Though one might take exception to this at any other establishment, I appreciated it as a nod to tradition – an immersion amplified by the DPRK patriotic songs blasting over from the no frills mirin bar.
And it all came out to just a bit more than to $140 for five people, including drinks ($28 per person; $22 without the lamentable sashimi). I would definitely go there again.
* So about North Korea. China has made its position pretty clear in The Global Times, especially by Chinese standards:
China should also make clear that if North Korea launches missiles that threaten US soil first and the US retaliates, China will stay neutral. If the US and South Korea carry out strikes and try to overthrow the North Korean regime and change the political pattern of the Korean Peninsula, China will prevent them from doing so.
A reminder that the Chinese don’t actually much like Kim Jong Un – he has blocked Chinese economic expansion in his country, and repressed pro-Chinese political factions (including members of his own family). However, they like the prospect of a collapsed DPRK and the extension of American influence to the Yalu even less.
* “Unite the Right” rally organized by some of the biggest names in the American Alt Right coming up today in Charlottesville, Virginia.
This has prompted Richard Spencer to finally make a manifesto of waht he sees as the core principles of the Alt Right:
In the latest instance of Silicon Valley corporations interfering with the de facto rights of Americans to express their political opinions, Airbnb has been preemptively deactivating the accounts of people it suspects of going to Charlottesville to participate in the rally (one wonders if there were any instances of “friendly fire” on Antifa). Those decisions are not subject to appeal, and will affect all future and duplicate accounts, in effect amounting to eternal excommunication by the high priests of the Cathedral.
Egor Kholmogorov commentary: “In this new world, if your politics aren’t approved of by the owners of Uber, or Airbnb, or food delivery services – you will have to walk by foot and remain hungry and stay at home.”
For my part, I feel ahead of the curve, having given Airbnb the finger half a year ago.
* Report by Andrzej Wilk at a Polish think-tank: The best army Ukraine has ever had.
Some observations from it:
- Claims that military spending in the Ukraine topped out at 2.5% in 2015-16, versus more commonly cited figures of 5%. This is sufficient just to pay for the extra costs of the ATO, with little left over for technical modernization.
- The mobilization system for calling up reservists was amped up, though 204,000 troops is considered to be its ceiling at present capacities.
- Notes that mobilization was least successful in the most nationalist far western Ukrainian provinces.
Another account by Vladimir Orlov, a Russian visiting the LDNR on the Colonel Cassad blog (h/t The Saker) is more pessimistic, noting a substantial improvement in the Ukrainian Army’s hi-tech inventory and reconaissance capabilities (going so far as triangulating mobile comms to pinpoint two Russians in the NAF and fielding a night vision equipped spec ops team to capture them).
* Leonid Bershidsky: Why Some U.S. Ex-Spies Don’t Buy the Russia Story
VIPS instead surmises that, after WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange announced on June 12, 2016 his intention to publish Hillary Clinton-related emails, the DNC rushed to fabricate evidence that it had been hacked by Russia to defuse any potential WikiLeaks disclosures. To this end, the theory goes, the DNC used the Guccifer 2.0 online persona to release mostly harmless DNC data. …
The former found that 1,976 MB of Guccifer’s files were copied from a DNC server on July 5 in just 87 seconds, implying a transfer rate of 22.6 megabytes per second — or, converted to a measure most people use, about 180 megabits per second, a speed not commonly available from U.S. internet providers. Downloading such files this quickly over the internet, especially over a VPN (most hackers would use one), would have been all but impossible because the network infrastructure through which the traffic would have to pass would further slow the traffic. However, as Forensicator has pointed out, the files could have been copied to a thumb drive — something only an insider could have done — at about that speed.
* FaceApp releases racial transformation feature, removes it after a day of getting harangued by blue checkmark American SJWs on Twitter. “Based Russia” send you its regards.
* Whole set of… whitepills (?) on the US.
Epic series of posts by Audacious Epigone on Generation Z(yklon):
- Gen Z is the West’s last great hope?
- Gen Z is the West’s last great hope!
- Generation Z(yklon)’s white guys favored Trump over Clinton by a 6-to-1 margin
- High school hypothetical electoral maps, 2016
- How Gen Z ‘voted’ relative to adults in 2016
Here is how the electoral map would look like if only whites of Generation Z were allowed to vote.
AE’s view is that, exposed to Alt Right propaganda, Generation Z has been throwing off the shackles of both progressivism and civic nationalism, and adopting American minority identity politics – which makes a sort of sense, since American whites are becoming a minority.
Based Julian Assange agrees with AE’s theory:
Whites are still over 60% of the voting population. As long as Democrats pander to identity politics the GOP will be able to herd whites into supporting it. It seems too late for the Democrats to disengage with identity politics. So GOP will continue to market itself (sotto voce) as the party of whites. Democrats will be out of most offices until whites lose their majority. That won’t be for a decade. Most countries that do not have a 70%+ super majority ethnic group have ethnicized electoral politics. For example Malaysia, where majority Malays correspond to whites in the US context. There is a risk for the Democrats that GOP will become like Barisan National in Malaysia and win the majority of offices for decades.
- Will they survive the university brainwashing machine? It sure ruined the millennials.
- To what extent are Generation Zyklon natural shitlords, as opposed to teens reacting against Establishment shitlibs?
The strange case of Utah is moderately disquieting; it is, of course, one of the very few places in the US where the orthodoxy of the fathers is still conservatism. (Though it could also be the McMuffins eating away at a monolithic Republican edifice).
* White Births A US Majority Again. (Trump is too late to explain that, but one does wonder to what extent both could be viewed as a recovery of White morale).
* Judson, Olivia – 2017 – The energy expansions of evolution:
The history of the life–Earth system can be divided into five ‘energetic’ epochs, each featuring the evolution of life forms that can exploit a new source of energy. These sources are: geochemical energy, sunlight, oxygen, flesh and fire.
The James Damore Affair
Depositing all the more significant links here for reference purposes:
- The Diversity Memo: Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber (has citations, which initial reprints maliciously omitted)
- Interview with Stefan Molyneux
- WSJ: Why I was Fired from Google
- Yonatan Zunger: So, about this Googler’s manifesto.
- Wired: Internal Messages Show Some Googlers Supported Fired Engineer’s Manifesto
- Comments of Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Vice President of Diversity, Integrity & Governance Danielle Brown.
- Quilette: The Google Memo: Four Scientists Respond
- Emil Kirkegaard: Women and computer science: a no-brainer
- Steve Sailer: The Trillion-Dollar Question
- Artir: Why so few women in CS: the Google memo is fundamentally right
- Scott Alexander: Contra Grant On Exaggerated Differences
- Lubos Motls: James Damore deserves $1 million in bonuses from Google
- Egor Kholmogorov: The Triumph of the Gender Sharikovs (translated at The Unz Review)
- Debra Soh: No, the Google manifesto isn’t sexist or anti-diversity. It’s science
- Vox Day: Attacking dissent at Google
- Heartiste: From Goolag Shitlackey To MAGA Shitlord: The Transformation Of James Damore
- iSteve commenter SimonsOtherRock: BTW, I am a Googler
Or, which Silicon Valley oligarch should you trust most to not squash you like a bug in our automated sharing economy future?
- Diana Fleischman: A handy graphic for understanding outrage at statements about average differences between groups.
- Julian Assange: “Identity politics 2.0 wars come to Google. Oh no. But mass spying is fine since its equal opportunity predation.”
- Julian Assange: “Censorship is for losers. @WikiLeaks is offering a job to fired Google engineer James Damore. “
- Tolerant Man: “These levels of irony shouldn’t be possible.”
- Jack Posobiec: “Google’s Diversity VP is a Hillary Clinton sycophant. No wonder James Damore was fired”
- AK: “MIT; Harvard; Princeton; FIDE Master in Chess (Elo 2300); top 15% percentile in physical fitness.” (I.e., not really a basement dwelling neckbeard).
- Steve Sailer: “E.g., Google must never again hire smart white men like James Damore, just dumb Conquistador-Americans like Alex Hidalgo.”
- Whyvert: “The liberal state supposed to be neutral? Not in realm of hostile-environment law: only anti-feminism never pro-feminism counts as hostile”
- Eiður Á. Möller: “Given how totalitarian Google has become both ideologically and technologically we need to demand separation of Search and State.”
Twitter Takes (SJWs)
- Many examples at this Breitbart report.
- Kelly Ellis: “I experienced this at Google, and was frustrated that they did nothing about rhetoric that was harming employees… It’s not just the rhetoric that’s the problem. What this employee said indicates discrimination and hostility. Google should fire him… LMAO I’m so glad I didn’t decide to return to Google. I would’ve flipped my shit. This gives me a new q to ask potential employers.”
- Girl Who: “Google women: this memo is sexist bc it says women are emotional. Also Google women: we’re too emotional about this memo to go to work.”
- /pol/: “Google is filled with employees who now feel emboldened to create public lists where anyone with “problematic” views can be flagged as such.”
- /pol/: “Google employee wrote a memo explaining how diversity of opinion was more important than just “diversity.” Leftists began to hunt him down.”