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My very busy period has mostly come to an end so I should have more material soon. One of the best blogs on the Ukraine a few years ago was The Austere Insomniac (even if at least one commenter here will beg to differ). Good news! It's been resurrected: *** * Bolsonaro is now 90%... Read More
Kiev Pechersk Lavra. This is what Nicetas, Archbishop of Nicomedia, wrote in the 12th century about the Great Schism (1054) between Catholicism and Orthodoxy: Difference between then and now? A millennium ago, the Vicar of Christ presided over a flock that was about as demographically predominant within Christendom as the Russian Orthodox Church is within... Read More
Pakistani columnist Zaigham Khan writes: Today, Bangladesh radiates a very different image. Its GDP is growing at a whopping 7.1 percent, creating jobs, throwing up a vibrant middle class and reducing poverty. For six years in a row, Bangladesh’s GDP growth has remained greater than 6 percent and most economists expect this run to continue.... Read More
Most things in life are strongly g loaded, from obvious things such as socio-economic success and chess ability to less obvious ones such as an appreciation for Indian cuisine or quality terrorism. Assassinations are no different. Assassination quality seems to be a function of national IQ, plus the levels of remuneration and prestige with the... Read More
This is the conclusion of recent Higher School of Economics study on researcher salaries in Russia. Here are the details for Jan-Jun 2018: All workers in scientific organizations: 64,000 rubles ($1,000), up 40% y/y Researchers: 86,000 rubles ($1,300), up 70% y/y Academic staff: 94,000 rubles ($1,500), up 100% (!) y/y Average salary of all workers... Read More
I have often argued that Communism "froze" social attitudes in the socialist bloc relative to the West, which was strongly influenced by the US. Here's another recent article making this point: * Matthew Carl (2018) - The Effect of Communism on People’s Attitudes Toward Immigration In Russia, more education is also associated with marginally greater... Read More
Every so often I get so comment so good that it needs to be published as its own post (e.g. see Ethiopia). Well, here's one from a Brazilian, Alin: *** 1- Bolsonaro = Macri? No. Macri is a standard vintage neoliberal, Bolsonaro is an actual conservative. Macri just tried (and failed) to legalize abortion in... Read More
Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky: Kiev in 1905. I suppose that if superintelligence is developed soon, or the entire world melts together into a post-historical open borders dystopia/utopia, or some existential risk does as all in, then these considerations will become rather irrelevant. However, if the 21st century continues on a more or less "business as usual" path,... Read More
Bolsonaro's 46% is just shy of the 50% he needed to win the Brazilian Presidency, while Workers' Party candidate Haddad is at just 29%. While most or all of the rest of the candidates are against Bolsonaro, I still find it difficult to see Haddad winning with these numbers. PredictIt is giving Bolsonaro almost 80%... Read More
Today I was at the presentation of Alexander Zhuchkovsky's new book 85 Days in Slavyansk [buy]. The author is a Novorossiya activist and humanitarian help coordinator who is based long-term in the DNR. Many of the big names in Russian nationalism were there: On the far left is Egor Kholmogorov (see our translations of his... Read More
Polish Perspective comments: Just a nerdy sidenote. I’ve been accepted into the Geforce Now beta; Nvidia’s game streaming service. Streaming services are going to move into the video game space after conquering both music (Spotify) and TV (Netflix). So I was curious about how the experience would be. The basic premise is that most gamers... Read More
First, the US - along with other high IQ countries - is one of the very safest countries for young women in the world. Rape in civilized countries is an order of magnitude or two lower than in the Third World. College campuses, where people are generally brighter than average, can be expected to be... Read More
Although I hardly have the highest opinion about the competence of Russia's spy agencies, I thought this MUST be a fake when I saw it. Is there anyone who still uses TAXIS in Moscow in 2018? (apart from people over 60 who d0n't know there are better, more reliable services such as Yandex Taxi or... Read More
The "House of the White Crane" teahouse is in contention with Cafe Receptor for the SWPLiest establishment in Moscow. Anyhow, apologies for the lack of posting. But in between my new job, finding/acquiring the ten or so documents needed for paperwork for said job, some new contract work, and the end of my refurbishment/moving into... Read More
Hollywood Reporter: 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Negative Buzz Amplified by Russian Trolls, Study Finds It obviously has nothing at all to do with any issues hinted at by the discrepancy between its 4.5/10 user rating and 8.5
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... Read More
Alexandra Samuel asks the burning question of the day, Is Media Piracy a Form of White Privilege? After several paragraphs of word salad, we get a surprisingly concrete answer: But it's clear she would have been happier with a finding of structural racism: But the more complicated truth is that even if our offline characteristics... Read More
If you're interested in real time demographics updates, you could do worse than follow Cicerone1973. Every couple of months, he provides an update of the fertility situation in those countries that maintain up to date statistics (s0, mostly the developed world and ex-socialist bloc). Anyhow, something pretty weird is happening. Fertility is plummeting across pretty... Read More
The Guardian on September 23: Russian passport leak after Salisbury may reveal spy methods WaPo on September 24: All over Europe, suspected Russian spies are getting busted Just a complete coincidence I am sure. We all know that modern Russian spy agencies accept only the crème de la crème of Russian society. Only the very... Read More
VDNKh is best known for its eponymous Soviet-era exhibitions center (which features the famous worker and kolkhoz woman statue) and the Museum of Cosmonautics. While I recommend visiting both, I was more amused by the concentrated SWPL in the VDNKh, which is the area where I'll be working from October. As in the rest of... Read More
Recently released PEW opinion poll: A majority of Europeans favor taking in refugees, but most disapprove of EU’s handling of the issue What strikes me is how close the correlation is. Above a "safe point" of 70% pro-refugee sentiment, everyone is a globalist. Below a "critical point" of 60% pro-refugee sentiment, everyone is some sort... Read More
"London is always a good idea." Observed recently in a furniture shop. Presumably for those Russians who are not in the 600 or so who are both rich and Anglophile enough to send their children off to Hogwarts every year. Anyhow, Anglophilia is extremely prevalent in Russia. What's interesting is that it is if anything... Read More
From Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford. I am certainly not claiming that the ketogenic diet explained Mongol military success. But this would have given them a plain physical advantage over the rice-eating bugman conscript peasants. In addition to their other advantages, both physical (e.g. probably greater genotypic strength,... Read More
It appears evident that it was the Syrians who took down the Russian Il-20 surveillance plane. Russian MoD claims that Israelis misinformed Russia about the target of their strikes, whose fighters used the hapless Il-20 for cover. This would make it a combination of Arab incompetence and Jewish mendacity. A most stereotypical combination. Now Russia... Read More
Though they remain a solid majority, fewer and fewer Russians are getting their news from TV. . 2009 2013 2018 TV 94% 88% 73% Internet (journals, websites, etc) 9% 21% 37% Friends 26% 24% 18% Social networks 6% 14% 28% Radio 41% 16% 15% Newspapers 37% 20% 13% Journals 8% 4% 3% Other 0% 1%... Read More
WaPo: Why Russia is wooing South Africa’s white farmers Certainly, as I keep pointing out, this would come as a great surprise to Russian nationalists themselves. As one wit on Le Reddit put it: "Add to that the unease among some white South African Russian farmers as the country the Bolshevik government debates possible land... Read More
Is a correct stereotype. * Mitchell Langbert - Homogeneous: The Political Affiliations of Elite Liberal Arts College Faculty. Emil suggests that the discrepancy is so absurd that perhaps some profs avoid registering as Republicans to avoid their colleagues finding out, causing them to be uncounted. Engineers are the least leftist; economists are the least leftist... Read More
Linda Gottfredson anecdote about Arthur Jensen (h/t Emil): In my experience, normie/NPC contempt for Indian cooking is almost as great as for classical music. Now we know the reason why.
My remont is approaching its long-awaited end - and its most intensive and costly period. To compound matters, I have also been rather under the weather these past few days. Nothing serious, but in between that and shopping all day, that has left little energy for blogging. This will soon pass, but for now, here's... Read More
The Russian MOD seems to have agreed with the Americans that it was Syrian friendly fire. Probably this wouldn't have happened but for the recent Israeli bombings of Syria. Elijah Magnier says it was to Syria's and Iran's advantage. Glad to hear that! /s PS. In other news, the long-assault on Idlib has been indefinitely... Read More
Electoral fraud in Russia exists, and is quite prevalent, tilting Putin's and United Russia's results upwards of where "they should up" by up to 10% points since the mid-2000s. That said, Russian electoral fraud has generally not been banana republic tier for a couple of reasons: Electoral fraud usually happens in the counting stages, instead... Read More
The previous post featured a map of Russian IQ based on an online survey (n=238,619) for Russian men interested in serving as contract soldiers run by the Ministry of Defense. The data has recently been released by Konstantin Sugonyaev (see PDF). However, as was suggested by Sugonyaev at the start, it is also possible to... Read More
Konstantin Sugonyaev, Andrei Grigoriev and Richard Lynn (2018): A New Study of Differences in Intelligence in the Provinces and Regions of the Russian Federation and Their Demographic and Geographical Correlates [PDF] This is by far the largest survey of Russian IQ ever undertaken (n=238,619). The test was designed by the Ministry of Defense and is... Read More
I have more chilli peppers than I know what to do with (about 20 kg worth of it). Any ideas? My "Stupid People" post has been phenomenally successful, generating almost 1,000 comments and more visits than other post of mine at the UR since The Road to World War III this April. It also generated... Read More
Transcript here. On a more serious note, this is a PR disaster. Even Margarita Simonyan herself visibly realizes as the interview goes on. Their tourism story reaches levels of implausibility that should not even be possible: We are just heterosexual business partners - but no, we won't go into any details; our first sightseeing tour... Read More
Wei Geisheing (2013). Aerial Shanghai by Crane Operator 2. Let's take the standard assumption that national power consists of three main elements: Economic, military, and cultural ("soft"). Why can we be confident that China is on its way to superpowerdom? China has already overtaken the US in terms of GDP (PPP) in the mid-2010s at... Read More
As their budgets have equalized with those of blockbuster movies, video games have likewise become a notable source of cultural influence. Meme phrases such as "the cake is a lie" (Portal), "war, war never changes" (Fallout), and "I used to be an adventurer like you, then I took an arrow in the knee" (TES5: Skyrim)... Read More
Is this the Most Powerful Take yet on Russiagate? Anyhow, it's fascinating to see the Russia Truther/neoliberalism.txt convergence with J.R. Nyquist's "Final Phase" theories, in which the USSR faked its own collapse as part of a deception operation to destroy the West. Proponents of this theory usually subscribe to the eschatological interpretation that Russia is... Read More
Roosh V: Amazon Has Banned 9 Of My Books Without Explanation Is it just me, or is neoliberalism.txt really going on a rampage these past few days? (Just the other day, Sam Hyde's subreddit /r/milliondollarextreme was shut down; a few days before that, @jack finally purged Alex Jones from Twitter). Anyhow, I am aware that... Read More
There's been some discussion in the previous thread over whether or not Russian religiosity has increased since the end of the USSR, when for obvious reasons people weren't polled on these questions. It's quite obvious to me that religiosity has increased. 1. Personal observations: Church services in provincial Russia 15 years ago - almost all... Read More
So the Russian Ministry of Defense is going to build a Cathedral of the Armed Forces at the Patriot Park in Kubinka, a town near Moscow which also hosts the country's premier tank museum. It is supposed to become a "spiritual and educational center for soldiers, Orthodox priests, and Russian citizens." I think Russia is... Read More
Sarah Manavis (New Statesman): How architecture-themed Twitter accounts became a magnet for white nationalism Another account floating around in the architectural Twitter orbit is Wrath of Gnon. A self-described traditionalist, it is the account that was posting quotes from Leon Krier, Roger Scruton, and Theodore Dalrymple liked by ArchitectureRevival. These were posted alongside standard architecture... Read More
1. There were no more than 2,000-3,000 people protesting in Moscow about the raising of the retirement age (at most). This is the definition of "storm in a teacup." 2. Navalny bandwagoning on this issue is particularly implausible, since he is an economic neoliberal. Which, to be sure, is one of the exceeding few good... Read More
Government erred in claiming accused Russian spy Maria Butina offered to trade sex for political access The entire case is one big error, as I pointed out mere hours after Butina's arrest. Ironically, the Americans are prosecuting a Russian citizen who has helped spread American values in - or in the current rhetoric, exerted "foreign... Read More
On September 9, Moscow is electing its Mayor. The undoubted winner will be Sergey Sobyanin, who is poised to achieve about 70% of the vote. The main "challenger" is KDPR candidate Vadim Kumin, who is slated to do at least twice better than LDPR candidate Mikhail Degtyarev. There are two factors favoring him. First, there... Read More
In a recent post scriptum to one of his articles, Israel Shamir mentioned the trial of a Holocaust denier in Russia, a professor at Perm University called Roman Yushkov. Yushkov's "crime" was to approvingly repost a 2005 article by Anton Blagin, which is pretty much what it says on the tin: "Jews! Return Germans their... Read More
Some data on this topic. 1. Via Egor Kholmogorov's eponymous article for Komsomolskaya Pravda, source given as "Sovetskaya Rossiya 1992", according to which the RSFSR and Belarus were the only net donors. 2. Orlowski, Lucjan T. - 1995 - Direct transfers between the former Soviet Union central budget and the republics: Past evidence and current... Read More
So one of my commenters keeps urging me to write something about the Skripal case, even hinting at a conspiracy to keep "bad news" from Unz.com denizens. I was going to briefly mention in my weekly Open Thread, but not anything more, because I don't see this news are either important or unexpected. But given... Read More
Main Brazilian challenger for the Presidency "Trump of the Tropics" (© Thorfinnsson) Jair Bolsonaro has been stabbed by a Communist activist. He is said to be in a serious but stable condition. I assume his chances of winning have skyrocketed, assuming he survives. If not, the Army may intervene (his VP is a general). I... Read More
Vox Day speculates: * Major Premise: A very large quantity of Jews were killed in the 1936 to 1945 time frame. * Minor Premise: The meticulously bureaucratic Germans, for whom historians possess a tremendous quantity of historical documents related to the WWII era, do not appear to have kept any records of any of the... Read More
Anatoly Karlin
About Anatoly Karlin

I am a blogger, thinker, and businessman in the SF Bay Area. I’m originally from Russia, spent many years in Britain, and studied at U.C. Berkeley.

One of my tenets is that ideologies tend to suck. As such, I hesitate about attaching labels to myself. That said, if it’s really necessary, I suppose “liberal-conservative neoreactionary” would be close enough.

Though I consider myself part of the Orthodox Church, my philosophy and spiritual views are more influenced by digital physics, Gnosticism, and Russian cosmism than anything specifically Judeo-Christian.