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I just finished updating my Unz Review custom blogroll, along with an expanded set of “inspirational” quotes.

Here it is:

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ANATOLY KARLIN joined the Unz Review in January 2015 to blog about Russia, geopolitics, HBD/psychometrics, and futurism.

For a comprehensive overview of my past and present projects, as well as links to my current social media accounts, please visit my website akarlin.com.

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Blogroll

This is not so much meant to be comprehensive as to illustrate the themes and individual thinkers whom I follow and am inspired by.

I do not bother including any MSM outlets, since I’m sure they can do just fine without my publicity. Most of my “front page” news I get via /r/worldnews, /r/russia, and RCW.

Especially important, useful, and regularly updated resources are marked by an asterix, while blogs that appear to gone dormant appear at the end in italics. And while I try to keep these things objective, if you include me in your blogroll that does vastly increase the chances that I’ll reciprocate.

Politics

Politics & Geopolitics

Russosphere

Library

HBD & Psychometrics

History & Economics

Philosophy & Futurism

 

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Inspiring Quotes

Politics

He who does not love his mother more than other mothers and his country more than other countries, loves neither his mother nor his country. – Charles de Gaule (on validity of nationalism).

When will Russia get an idea for which one can live for and create for? Galina Dmitrievna, – for our children, our grandchildren, for our Motherland, Russia, it always was, is, and will be worth living for and creating for. What else is there? However we might try to come up with a national idea, it has to be said directly: There is nothing closer to someone than his family, his close ones, and his own country. – Vladimir Putin (on uselessness of ideology).

There is no left or right, only nationalists and globalists. – Marine Le Pen.

After communists, most of all I hate anti-communists. – Sergei Dovlatov.

Whoever speaks of Europe is wrong. Europe is a geographical expression. – Bismarck (answer to the “Is Russia Europe or Asia?” debates).

I am an atheist, but an Orthodox atheist! – Alexander Lukashenko.

He said to them, “But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one. – Luke 22:36, NIV (they don’t teach this kind of Christianity nowadays).

Everyone who isn’t us is an enemy. – Cersei Lannister (clannishness defined in 7 words).

Don’t trust these three: The woman, the Turk, and the teetotaler. – Based Peter the Great.

Science & Futurism

Intelligence is what you need when you don’t know what to do. – Carl Bereiter.

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) expressed it tersely when he heard a noted historian pro­ claim that it was by virtue of their very different gifts that Caesar became a great commander, Shakespeare a great poet, and Newton a great scientist. Dr. Johnson replied, ‘ ‘No, it is only that one man has more mind than another; he may direct it differently, or prefer this study to that. Sir, the man who has vigor may walk to the North as well as to the South, to the East as well as to the West.” – Arthur Jensen, The g Factor (its most poetic elucidation?).

I often say that when you can measure what you are speaking about, and express it in numbers, you know something about it; but when you cannot express it in numbers, your knowledge is of a meagre and unsatisfactory kind; it may be the beginning of knowledge, but you have scarcely, in your thoughts, advanced to the stage of science, whatever the matter may be. – Lord Kelvin (on the necessity of quantification).

Personally, I’ve been hearing all my life about the Serious Philosophical Issues posed by life extension, and my attitude has always been that I’m willing to grapple with those issues for as many centuries as it takes. – Patrick Hayden (on life extension).

There are two kinds of scientific progress: the methodical experimentation and categorization which gradually extend the boundaries of knowledge, and the revolutionary leap of genius which redefines and transcends those boundaries. Acknowledging our debt to the former, we yearn, nonetheless, for the latter. – Academician Prokhor Zakharov (Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri).

The Orks are the pinnacle of creation. For them, the great struggle is won. They have evolved a society which knows no stress or angst. Who are we to judge them? We Eldar who have failed, or the Humans, on the road to ruin in their turn? And why? Because we sought answers to questions that an Ork wouldn’t even bother to ask! We see a culture that is strong and despise it as crude. – Uthan the Perverse (Warhammer 40K)

The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the light into the peace and safety of a new dark age. – H.P. Lovecraft (the ultimately fate of the noosphere?).

 
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  1. Thanks for including my little blog!

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  2. Andrei Martyanov [AKA "SmoothieX12"] says: • Website     Show CommentNext New Comment

    Anatoly, I was pleasantly surprised to find my little tiny bloggy in the list. Greatly appreciated.

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  3. A few short notes:

    * Your left cheek looks swollen for some reason. You must be an expert.

    * Chateau Heartiste is a Politics & Geopolitics blog now? Wow.

    * The Oil Drum? Weren’t they the people who kept harping on peak oil and predicted rising prices till forever? No wonder this blog went dormant.

    * Love Dovlatov’s quote. My attitude exactly.

    * Clannishness. You keep using that word, I do not think it means what you think it means.

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    * Your left cheek looks swollen for some reason. You must be an expert.
     
    Yes, using badly drawn avatars seems to be in style amongst pundits nowadays.

    * Chateau Heartiste is a Politics & Geopolitics blog now? Wow.
     
    I'm not going to be creating a "Game" category with a population of one.

    * The Oil Drum? Weren’t they the people who kept harping on peak oil and predicted rising prices till forever? No wonder this blog went dormant.
     
    I suspect that is indeed what happened. They underestimated the magnitude of change in technology. That said, it's an interesting theory, and a lot of non-peak related material that remains valid.

    * Clannishness. You keep using that word, I do not think it means what you think it means.
     
    That's just a condensed version of the "I and My Brother Against My Cousin" saying amongst the Arabs, which is commonly viewed as embodying the essence of clannishness.
  4. @inertial
    A few short notes:

    * Your left cheek looks swollen for some reason. You must be an expert.

    * Chateau Heartiste is a Politics & Geopolitics blog now? Wow.

    * The Oil Drum? Weren't they the people who kept harping on peak oil and predicted rising prices till forever? No wonder this blog went dormant.

    * Love Dovlatov's quote. My attitude exactly.

    * Clannishness. You keep using that word, I do not think it means what you think it means.

    * Your left cheek looks swollen for some reason. You must be an expert.

    Yes, using badly drawn avatars seems to be in style amongst pundits nowadays.

    * Chateau Heartiste is a Politics & Geopolitics blog now? Wow.

    I’m not going to be creating a “Game” category with a population of one.

    * The Oil Drum? Weren’t they the people who kept harping on peak oil and predicted rising prices till forever? No wonder this blog went dormant.

    I suspect that is indeed what happened. They underestimated the magnitude of change in technology. That said, it’s an interesting theory, and a lot of non-peak related material that remains valid.

    * Clannishness. You keep using that word, I do not think it means what you think it means.

    That’s just a condensed version of the “I and My Brother Against My Cousin” saying amongst the Arabs, which is commonly viewed as embodying the essence of clannishness.

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  5. Yes, using badly drawn avatars seems to be in style amongst pundits nowadays.

    This was an allusion to Kozma Prutkov. Your fullness is one-sided.

    I’m not going to be creating a “Game” category with a population of one.

    HBD & Psychometrics?

    BTW, I wasn’t sarcastic. I haven’t read CH in some years, but back when I did there was an occasional political diatribe in between dating tips. And the frequency of that seemed to be increasing. I was wondering if he hasn’t switched to that full time. This would make sense. The proprietor of the blog must be pushing 50 by now. At some point in a not so distant future he will be forced to rethink the topic of the blog.

    That’s just a condensed version of the “I and My Brother Against My Cousin” saying amongst the Arabs, which is commonly viewed as embodying the essence of clannishness.

    I agree with the Arab saying but not Cersei’s.

    Doesn’t clannishness require, you know, clans? My understanding is that this term applies to society organized around clans, i.e. big extended families with assorted hangers-on. Clan McX on the hill over here is feuding with Clan McY on that hill down yonder, but next year they will ally against Clan McZ from beyond the river. Something like that.

    You (and JayMan, HBD Chick, etc.) seem to understand clannishness as a behavior of a minority group who holds itself apart from the majority, whose members keep to themselves, help their own, and so on. But that describes the behavior of every single minority group who is not about to be assimilated in the next generation. Always and everywhere. I guess you can say that they behave as a separate clan, but that does not necessarily make them clannish by themselves.

    For example, take American expats in places like China or Japan. Do they keep to themselves? Do they hold themselves apart, socialize mostly among themselves, etc.? Of course they do! They often don’t even speak the local language. So, does this make America a clannish society?

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    If there was no independent country called America, it would.
  6. @inertial

    Yes, using badly drawn avatars seems to be in style amongst pundits nowadays.
     
    This was an allusion to Kozma Prutkov. Your fullness is one-sided.

    I’m not going to be creating a “Game” category with a population of one.
     
    HBD & Psychometrics?

    BTW, I wasn't sarcastic. I haven't read CH in some years, but back when I did there was an occasional political diatribe in between dating tips. And the frequency of that seemed to be increasing. I was wondering if he hasn't switched to that full time. This would make sense. The proprietor of the blog must be pushing 50 by now. At some point in a not so distant future he will be forced to rethink the topic of the blog.

    That’s just a condensed version of the “I and My Brother Against My Cousin” saying amongst the Arabs, which is commonly viewed as embodying the essence of clannishness.
     
    I agree with the Arab saying but not Cersei's.

    Doesn't clannishness require, you know, clans? My understanding is that this term applies to society organized around clans, i.e. big extended families with assorted hangers-on. Clan McX on the hill over here is feuding with Clan McY on that hill down yonder, but next year they will ally against Clan McZ from beyond the river. Something like that.

    You (and JayMan, HBD Chick, etc.) seem to understand clannishness as a behavior of a minority group who holds itself apart from the majority, whose members keep to themselves, help their own, and so on. But that describes the behavior of every single minority group who is not about to be assimilated in the next generation. Always and everywhere. I guess you can say that they behave as a separate clan, but that does not necessarily make them clannish by themselves.

    For example, take American expats in places like China or Japan. Do they keep to themselves? Do they hold themselves apart, socialize mostly among themselves, etc.? Of course they do! They often don't even speak the local language. So, does this make America a clannish society?

    If there was no independent country called America, it would.

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  7. I would also suggest the Sic Semper Tyrannis blog

    http://turcopolier.typepad.com

    It’s the blog of retired Green Beret Colonel W.Patrick Lang with occasional contributions from others such as Patrick Bahzad (ex French Army).

    It’s not a prolific blog but well worth reading on military/political developments in Syria from an anti-neocon perspective.

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