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Jan 9, 2020 marks the 12th year since I began blogging about Russia in 2008, before expanding into broader geopolitical topics, HBD, and futurism within that same year.

Here is a graph of my pageviews across my websites during this period.

(I did not plot visits to my personal webpages akarlin.com and akarlin.ru for 2019-20 since they have largely been inactive legacy archives ever since I moved to UR in 2015, with diminishing numbers of pageviews over the years).

Since the sharp upwards spike of 2018, viewership has stalled, though it hides significant quarterly dips and rises, as you can see from this graph broken down by month:

I was highly preoccupied with personal/work-related matters in late 2019, hence the slump in the second half. Conversely, I was able to be much more productive this year, generating a record 381 posts. This should have translated into a record amount of visits and page views given The Unz Review’s expansion over the past few years, my own increasing profile (e.g. Twitter followers have doubled to 8,600 over the past two years, despite repeated purges) and the large amount of big habbenings this year.

But this was not to be. Google took strong exception to this site in mid-2020 and deranked it in Google searches. Google is a near monopolist in the Anglosphere search market, so that made me virtually invisible so far as search engine “discovery” went. Facebook banned us from the entire platform, making it impossible to share unz.com links even in private messages, as well as deleting all past posts and comments containing them. Considering my accurate and timely coverage of the coronavirus pandemic, it is likely that Sundar Pichai and Mark Zuckerberg have blood on their hands in so far as their interference meant that fewer people, including potential policy-makers, were denied viewership of these posts.

Anyhow, with Google searches and Facebook accounting for about 30% and 10% of my traffic, respectively, what should have been more than 2 million views this year resulted in only 1.5 million instead:

Items PWords Comms CWords Visits Views
2008 70 139,021 304 37,218
2009 72 254,052 867 152,868
2010 81 209,939 1,594 200,483
2011 75 152,706 3,159 406,353
2012 172 153,634 5,164 662,995
2013 167 132,173 1,986 259,421
2014 5 5,154 1,023 147,549
2015 130 156,592 5,504 664,553 128,326 382,574
2016 128 120,956 6,204 597,092 188,570 493,156
2017 262 190,137 17,326 1,808,417 237,477 791,675
2018 341 270,456 56,996 5,721,653 381,300 1,408,092
2019 284 244,409 40,200 4,198,868 336,314 1,221,668
2020 381 184,646 44,573 4,539,035 301,716 1,510,135

On a month to month basis, the decline in the second half was partially disguised by general intensified politicization surrounding BLM and the US elections. But unless there are many more powerful habbenings this year, this factor will recede into the background, while the restrictions from Google and Facebook will, presumably, stay on – and may be joined by additional ones from Twitter, which is now on a banning spree against pundits of both Right and Left that are not aligned with the woke neoliberal elite consensus.

As such, I do not expect any gains in viewership in 2021 for a fourth year running, though I don’t really expect significant losses either on account of continued organic growth.

 

***

Top Posts in 2020

This year did not really see individual “seminal” longreads along the lines of Katechon Hypothesis and The Geography of the Noosphere, though overall I think I did a good job accurately covering this year’s main developments.

(1) Corona:

No need for further commentary, since I devoted what is probably my single longest post this year to it.

Bad outcomes. Lucked out with vaccines. Needn’t have been so. Proof of “politics is the mindkiller.”

Curated list here: https://akarlin.com/archive/#CoronavirusCOVID-19

(2) BLM:

Most #BLM demands are based on lies… toxic lies that constitute long-term threats to the civilizational viability of not just the US but it’s vassal states.

Silver lining is that the US has been giving us ample cause to “socially distance” from them, both in summer and much more recently.

(3) Minsk Maidan

Predicted that Lukashenko would probably stay in power – but that this would not be an unambiguous boon for Russia, since Luka wants to hang onto power (being potato dictator of BSSR is cooler than retirement in Rostov). This has all played out as expected.

However, Russia cannot expect accomodation with the opposition – at least its dominant Tikhanovskaya wing. Their secret program was ultra-zmagarist form the start and I was the first to cover that in English.

(4) Karabakh War 2020

This graph should be recognizable to regulars by now. God favors the side with the drones, not the one with the democratists. Who would have thought.

(5) Notable Russia posts:

(6) Other posts:

(7) Quite a few “rare”/niche obituaries, thanks in part – certainly so in the case of Avdeev, possibly so in the case of Krylov – thanks to Corona-chan.

 

In other news, I also co-authored a couple of psychometrics-related papers:

You can download them via Sci-Hub. I explain how to use Sci-Hub (and other useful piracy tools) here: https://akarlin.com/piracy-guide/

I will try to blog soon about the second paper.

 

My classic article, probably my most read one ever – The Idiocy of the Average – was very kindly translated into Russian by Mikhail Lebedev. I also updated my classic Sputnik & Pogrom article on Russian IQ with new PISA data for Ukraine and Belarus, as well as military testing data for Russian regions.

 

***

Looking Forwards to 2021

I will start off with an extended organizational note on how to follow me and will finish up with my blogging plans for this year.

(1) FOLLOWING BLOG

  • You can follow me directly from The Unz Review front page (though only my three latest posts are displayed), or this archive link.
  • Front page of my personal website automatically has new posts: https://akarlin.com/
  • I repost most of my posts on Twitter (@akarlin88), the last major social network on which I remain active.

I don’t know how long I will survive on Twitter – after Facebook/Google, and a shadowban this summer, I gave my survival this year even chances. I am perhaps no longer as squarely in Jack’s crosshairs – the current wave of purges are targeting Qanon and the more “agitated” boomercons – but the overall level of censorship is likewise much higher, to the extent that NRx blogger spandrell is predicting that the Western social media sphere will go the way of China’s Weibo (i.e. with politicals purged, it becomes an apolitical platform for celebrities, hobbyists, corporate PR teams, etc).

For reasons I will go into in another post, there is limited utility to “getting on Gab” and the like. So, if it happens, I will likely vanish from Western social media (apart from a small private account on Twitter for observation purposes).

Despite the simplicity of the underlying idea – it’s really just an integrated blogging platform + mailing list + Patreon – Substack has driven a small renaissance in blogging from the second half of the year. So much so, that I will post a much needed update to my “blogroll” in the next few days. I will not be “blogging” there, but I do intend to use it to send (very) occasional important updates for those of you who are interested in keeping tabs on my work without checking in here often.

  • Use a blog reader such as Feedly or The Old Reader.

Pretty remarkable that, for all people’s complaints about the toxicity of social media, one of the simplest and most customizable been relegated to the sidelines. I am talking about the humble blog reader, which seems to have gone near extinct when Google nuked its Google Reader in 2013. But plenty of good alternatives exist – personally, I use Feedly, though I know that many people prefer Old Reader. If there are many significant numbers of individual blogs or columnists that you follow, a blog reader is extremely useful. I am happy that Substack is compatible with them.

  • My other social media sites:
    • YouTube – largely dormant, but I do aggregate podcasts/interviews I do (mostly they’re in Russian).
    • VK – largely dormant
  • As per above, I largely stopped using Facebook after they banned me from posting my own articles.
  • My Russian language website is at akarlin.ru

 

(2) REFERENCE MATERIALS

One issue that people have raised with me is how to best “introduce” me to new followers or access some article of mine deep in the Unz Review archives. This is explained in the sidebar of my blog and individual posts (below this photo of me in Nizhny Novgorod), but since it’s quite deep on any given page, many people understandably don’t notice it.

So I’ll take the opportunity to clarify how to navigate my past work/archives:

  • Best/current “intro” to my work can be accessed through my personal website akarlin.com – the front page is pretty intuitive, with hyperlinks to all relevant pages of interest.
  • The website also has a pretty comprehensive (and growing) links to my book/film/video game reviews; travel accounts and travel guides; and various other things that I occasionally update.
  • While Google has deranked my blog on The Unz Review, it obviously did not do the same to the flattering RationalWiki article about me. Wrt those for whom this is an issue – my response to it is here: https://akarlin.com/ratwiki/

 

(3) DONATIONS

I get an income stream from the very generous Ron Unz, so while I do appreciate reader donations, they are not currently necessary for me to keep writing and keep said writing freely available. This is a privilege, and one that many “public intellectuals” don’t enjoy. Furthermore, I am not poor by Russian standards, and I don’t want to feel like I’m exploiting my readers like some BLM or MAGA grifter. So again, please don’t feel obliged to contribute if you’re struggling yourself. In fact, I’d rather you not.

However, if you are substantially moneyed, and derive enjoyment, satisfaction, intellectual stimulation, or indeed monetary benefits from my blogging – e.g., my forewarnings on the global crash last February, or the advice to not bet on Trump or the Republicans in Georgia – then I do give you license to imagine me tipping a piggy bank towards you:

  1. Sponsor me on Patreon
  2. Bitcoin: 17tDufZUEK3DvQh3rY75F3xtVgxj4TzdtB
  3. Paypal donation
  4. Yandex Money via Yasobe (for ruble accounts)

This list of donation methods is kept updated on the sidebar, and on this page: https://akarlin.com/donations/

 

(4) PLANS FOR 2021

I have had an unfortunate habit of overpromising and under fulfilling in previous years, so I am going to tone down on my ambitions this time round, trading caution for completion:

  • Finish my long-promised book about Russia.
  • Maintain UR blog viewership at 1.5M (this will be an achievement in the context of Google/Facebook censorship cutting traffic by 40% relative to what it would be otherwise, not to mention crimping rate of potential growth).
  • Two papers, again (including a repackaging of Katechon Hypothesis into a journal).
  • List of essays that I commit to doing:
    • The long-promised Great Bifurcation (by January 25).
    • The equally long-promised impression of my Poland travels. (Hey, it also took me about a year to get round to writing up Romania).
    • Longread on US politics/society.
    • Translation of my Russian-language longread on Russian IQ (i.e. what I am most famous for in the Russosphere).

 

 
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  1. This is the current Open Thread, where anything goes – within reason.

    If you are new to my work, start here.

    Commenting rules. Please note that anonymous comments are not allowed.

  2. One thing I’ve seen mentioned on twitter recently that I don’t think you touched up on in your coverage is the idea that the US has prior knowledge that Azerbaijan would invade and tacitly supported it because of the gas pipeline(not sure why this would matter since it doesn’t go through the disputed area). Do you agree with that?

  3. Anatoly, here is some food for thought for you:

    DC police say Sicknick died from an unrelated health problem, but Belingcrap is going to “find the murderers”, just like they “identified” Navalny’s “poisoners”. lol

    • Replies: @Pericles
  4. Has orange man made any statements after being banned?

    • Replies: @Mikel
  5. There’s something poetic about rightoids being banned in massive numbers off social media platforms after being bootlickers of neoliberal oligarchs for years.

    Trump himself was a zealous defender of tech monopolies abroad. He was often bullying countries like India to open their markets wider and wider to help these firms. And now they backstabbed him. Such is the fate of rightoids! To be clear, I don’t support the censorship.

    There’s tons of hot air about “civil war” but this misdiagnoses the true psychological profile of your garden variety rightoid: he is a rule-follower authoritarian (with a small a). Such people are incapable of rebelling because their instinct is to “be normal” (i.e. to conform to the status quo).

    There’s been a steady stream of censorship over the past few years, but what have rightoids done? They have pleaded with the censors that they are not the extremists, only those to their right out, out of sheer cowardice. By contrast, there’s been much more support for those censored on the left by the left. And yes, censorship on the left is a real issue. It just doesn’t get as much attention in the popular consciousness.

    That is why nobody respects rightoids, not even rightoids themselves. This time won’t be different. They will crawl back into the tent, meekly whining like they always do but doing nothing.

    • Replies: @Pericles
    , @Passer by
    , @EldnahYm
  6. China’s next-gen J-20 stealth fighter jettisons Russian engine in favour of home-grown technology

    A military insider told the South China Morning Post Chinese aircraft engineers found their domestically built WS-10C, the modified version of the WS-10 engine, to be as good as the Russian AL-31F engines.

    “It’s impossible for China to rely on the Russian engine, because Russia asked China to purchase more Su-35 fighter jets in exchange for the AL-31F engine deals,” the insider, who requested anonymity, said.

    “The key problem is – except for its longer combat range advantage – the radar, navigation system and other electronic components on the Su-35s are inferior to Chinese aircraft like the J-16 strike fighter.”

    Yikes. The Chinese seem to be unhappy with the Comac deal as well.

  7. White boi cope will be overflowing in 2021.

    • LOL: Bashibuzuk
    • Replies: @Tor597
    , @songbird
  8. Is Corona deaths actually going down now in Russia? New cases and deaths are falling since late december according to the official data. It would be disastrous if the excess mortality of October and November continued several months into 2021.

    • Thanks: Father Coughlin
  9. Not Raul says:
    @Thulean Friend

    I wonder how much of the components of the J-16 are Western. China probably buys a lot of technology through front companies in third countries.

    • Replies: @Shortsword
    , @Wyatt
  10. Not Raul says:

    Thanks for all your hard work, AK.

  11. @Not Raul

    At best it contains Chinese derivatives of Western technology. But it’s just a Chinese Flanker variation so more likely Chinese derivatives of Russian technology made from reverse engineering their Russian Flankers.

    • Replies: @Not Raul
  12. Mikhail says: • Website

    For sure:

    • Thanks: RadicalCenter
    • Replies: @Not Raul
  13. @Thulean Friend

    The new Russian fighter jet engine is supposed to be big advancement. It’s also supposed to be very far in development and close to being ready for serial production. Let’s hope they aren’t just lying.

  14. Pericles says:
    @Felix Keverich

    DC police say Sicknick died from an unrelated health problem, but Belingcrap is going to “find the murderers”, just like they “identified” Navalny’s “poisoners”. lol

    What are the odds that traces of novichok will be found?

    • LOL: Gerard-Mandela
  15. Pericles says:
    @Thulean Friend

    There’s tons of hot air about “civil war” but this misdiagnoses the true psychological profile of your garden variety rightoid: he is a rule-follower authoritarian (with a small a). Such people are incapable of rebelling because their instinct is to “be normal” (i.e. to conform to the status quo).

    That’s why peacefully romping through the Capitol was so interesting.

  16. The decline of Western societies into leftist, anti-white shitholes seems to correlate closely with increasing enfranchisement of women over the decades. It’s a factor often overlooked by both sides I think. Women don’t seem to care about matters such as nation and immigration, in fact most of the people I hear screeching “racist!” at anything even vaguely civic nationalist seem to be big mouth women.

    A lot of women especially feminists (which most Western women identify as) are also brainwashed into thinking it’s in their interests to be in solidarity with third world immigrants and LGBT. I think it’s clear that the more female Western parliaments become, the less things like anti-mass immigration and conservatism are going to matter or be a relevant part of the decision making process.

    It’s interesting that the two most conservative white countries, Russia and Hungary, also have a low percentage of female politicians by European standards.

  17. Whats the difference between Karlin’s blog and Russian economy? One is stagnating since 2018, the other since 2014.

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
  18. Passer by says:

    The final craziness of the Trump tards: Pompeo desperately lashes out at Yemen, Cuba, Iran and China

    https://apnews.com/article/iran-diplomacy-cuba-china-terrorism-b7676766d21296147e3fff231f1c3e4c

    I’m warning Trump tards that trying to save the US Empire and behaving like rabid dogs will only lead to their destruction. Making yourself hated everywhere and by everyone, at home and abroad, will only fasten your demise.

    You will have to learn to cooperate with others and give up on imperial dreams or you will be destroyed.

    • Agree: RadicalCenter
    • Replies: @Kent Nationalist
  19. @Concerned citizen

    What do Karlin’s blog and the Russian economy have in common? Americans aren’t in much position to mock either one.

    (Even if he is wrong about the lethality of the COVID-19 virus and the propriety of a police state in response)

  20. Passer by says:
    @Thulean Friend

    Trump himself was a zealous defender of tech monopolies abroad.

    Trump bullied France too, on taxes for tech giants. He did that in the context of saving the US Empire and its tech giants.

    Basically US rightoids got triggerd massively that “we no longer have the biggest dick”, “we are no longer number 1” and started going crazy trying to save the US Empire, that will eat them later.

    They have really animalistic thinking of the type of “Murica! We have the biggest dick!”

    If they do not come back to their senses and start cooperating with others, they will be destroyed.

  21. @Europe Europa

    Good point, Europa. Women seem to be disproportionately represented among people who refuse to think about the COVID-19 virus’s actual lethality, and about what a proportionate response that does not result in mass poverty and a police state would look like.

    I have now been screamed and cursed at once for not wearing a mask on a bus, in LA last summer. The hysteric was a woman (roughly speaking, as she weighed more than I).

    Yesterday I walked to a grocery store in New Jersey. My son and I were wearing masks but not covering our noses. A woman glared and followed us and then physically got in our way of our cart. When she got our attention, she “ordered” me “cover your damn nose or I’ll call the police.” I responded, not too politely, with an inquiry about her epidemiological expertise, and asked whether she had read the World Health Org’s statement last year that masks should not be worn except if sick or treating sick people. She kept glaring and threatening to call the police. I said “I’ll take that as a no, but thanks for sharing your vast knowledge. Plus, you weren’t standing six feet away from us, which really really frightens me. Now mind your f——g business.” She did call security and we ended up walking right by her and them on the way to pay. Security did nothing, but I wouldn’t count on that always being the case given the hysteria and ignorance that prevail.

    Of course, to be fair, it’s not only women who are hysterics and bullies. Plenty of men seem to think that destroying normal life and erecting a police state is a suitable response to the virus — especially, I’ve noticed, men who don’t have a small business, an offline job, or children being harmed by the lockdown.

    • Replies: @Supply and Demand
  22. @RadicalCenter

    Well, in a rare case of female morality, she did the right thing. That woman clearly is more willing and able to uphold polite white society than you and your son are, considering you both were wearing your masks like negroes.

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
  23. Passer by says:

    On masks, i will give you a friendly advice again – salt your masks, especially if they are surgical masks. 3 studies now confirm that salting masks increases filtration efficiency and creates a self-disinfecting mask, killing the microorganisms falling on it. Salt coating is viable for at least 15 days.

    The inventors received award in Canada.

    Use 60 gr salt, 200 gr hot water, good mixing of solution, 2 hours bath per mask, overnight drying.

  24. Passer by says:
    @Kent Nationalist

    Yep, it seems that the fat retard Pompeo is desperate to offer himself as “The Neocon” for the next US election.

    God save poor US rightoids.

  25. Thanks for all your work Anatoly.

    I look forward to reading your take on the Great Bifurcation and the Katechon hypothesis. From my point of view your Katechon hypothesis is of outstanding interest.

    It also would be great to read your thoughts about the Great Reset pushed forward by Klaus Schwab and the Davos crowd. Who is really standing behind Klaus Schwab and how did he come to such prominence?

    • Agree: blatnoi
    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
  26. A123 says:

    Humor for the Open Thread.

    PEACE 😇
     

    • LOL: RadicalCenter
  27. An anti-vax cartoon from Julius Streicher’s Der Stürmer (February 1932)

    Title: Die Impfung (Vaccination)

    Caption: Es ist mir sonderbar zu Mut, denn Gift und Jud tut selten gut (I find it strange to have courage, because poison and Jew are rarely good for you)

    Text on blackboard: Aufforderung zur Impfung (Request for Vaccination)

    Very current.

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
  28. @Supply and Demand

    Oh that hurts.
    Your cogent medical analysis is much appreciated. Happy new year to all you sheeple.

    • Replies: @Supply and Demand
  29. @The Spirit of Enoch Powell

    Some vaccines are worth getting, some are not, based on an assessment of the gravity of the disease in question and the apparent likelihood and severity of side effects. By the way, it doesn’t exactly inspire confidence when legislators shield the corporations making the vaccines from liability.

    Whatever Nazis or Soviets or any other unpopular or evil groups thought about some vaccine, or vaccines generally, sheds no light on our current issue: should people be forced to get this vaccine? I say no, I would not force people to get it, whatever our family ultimately decides about getting one of these new vaccines.

    More broadly, we wouldn’t be wise to rely on the state of scientific understanding eighty years ago in making decisions about which vaccines to approve, which vaccines to mandate, and which vaccines to voluntarily take.

    • Replies: @Tor597
  30. New cover-up fears as Chinese officials delete critical data about the Wuhan lab with details of 300 studies vanishing – including all those carried out by virologist dubbed Batwoman

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9129681/New-cover-fears-Chinese-officials-delete-critical-data-Wuhan-lab.html

    Unfortunately it is the Daily Mail, which makes the allegations less credible.

  31. @Bashibuzuk

    Quite frustrated with AK’s support of the police-state response to the virus, but do appreciate his hard work, wide range of interests and studies, and sense of humor.

    • Replies: @Bashibuzuk
  32. @RadicalCenter

    Well this whole Corona Chan topic is far from being simple. A lot of ramifications. It is hard to find a balanced stance. There are arguments for both the lockdowns and against them. Anyway, I believe the coronavirus crisis is not a matter of public health, it is more of a tool for massive social engineering.

  33. Tor597 says:
    @Thulean Friend

    So, the implication of this is to say that white people originated in India.

    And that these white people then spread from India to everywhere else.

    Isn’t this what the Hindu Nationalists are saying?

  34. Tor597 says:
    @RadicalCenter

    I think the point is that people have been historically afraid to get vaccines because vaccines are centrally planned and administered.

    So how much you trust the vaccine depends on how much you trust your own government.

    The worst people in the world, the George Soros types, I’m sure have thought of using vaccines in one way or another to advance their nefarious schemes.

    There was a big scandal in Germany where the elites got different sets of vaccines than the common folk. The elite vaccines apparently did not have preservatives.

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
  35. Tor597 says:

    At this point, there are hospitals that are already getting their 2nd vaccine dose.

    So what do the stats at these hospitals tell us? Are infection rates from hospitals employees dropping dramatically?

    This seems to be the best way to see if the vaccine will actually have an effect on the population as a whole but I haven’t seen any discussion on this.

  36. Nodwink says:

    I won’t post anything here, but seems that if you joined Parler, the Feds have EVERYTHING. I am not exaggerating — hackers have scraped pretty much everything from the site, including deleted posts. This is all going to the FBI.

    ENJOY!

  37. mal says:

    Angela Merkel is preparing Navalny to board an armored train and head to Petrograd and make his revolutionary proclamations against Putin Provisional Government!

    https://www.ft.com/content/6146b352-6b40-48ef-b10b-a34ad585b91a

    😉

    Seriously though, it looks like there’s competition between Biden-Sobol axis and Merkel-Navalny axis.

    Germany disapproved of Twitter ban of Trump similar to Navalny, and Merkel is far from Trump fangirl.

    • LOL: JL
    • Replies: @Bashibuzuk
  38. songbird says:

    India faces two tests, currently:

    The first is that farming is shrinking as a percentage of GDP, weakening Indians’ ties to the land.

    The second is that the world’s most powerful and fawned upon Indian will soon be a half-negress (daughter of a single mom) and a whore who slept her way to the top, thus setting an example for the worst class of women. Probably some will have ten different children with ten different Africans, in the hope that one will be a Kamala or Obama.

    • LOL: Jatt Aryaa
  39. @mal

    I find Sobol more attractive than Navalny. She looks like a genuine “bitchy eyeglass wearing blondie”.

    [MORE]

    Perhaps Sobol could try wearing the attire of Liberty as painted by Eugène Delacroix ?

    She would be not bad as a Russian Marianne.

    And she should ask Kira Yarmush to join her.

    That would certainly increase the revolutionary zeal of Russian opposition.

    • Agree: mal
    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
  40. A123 says:

    More Humor for the Open thread.

    PEACE 😇
     

  41. songbird says:

    Seems to me the key to mitigating a lot of the excesses of modern liberalism would be to formalize and thus regulate the new liberal religion of worshiping blacks.

    What would be better? A daily but short ritual, like two-minutes-negrophilia (from 1984)? Or an annual but longer 24 hr no-holds-barred event, like “the Festival” (from Return of the Archons, Star Trek TOS)?

    Or is there a golden mean? Making it a weekly sabbath where progressives would have to go into the inner city and lick the boots of blacks and hand over all their money, and unlock their iphones?

    • Agree: Almost Missouri
  42. songbird says:

    Russia, SK, etc. must form anti-poz censorship boards for the protection of their youth, and they should adopt this wise old proverb as their motto:

    A tune is more lasting than the song of the birds, and a word more lasting than the wealth of the world.

  43. songbird says:
    @Thulean Friend

    Why cannot you accept your ancient, proto-Slav DNA, like the rest of us?

    • Replies: @Bashibuzuk
  44. Looks like there might indeed be an Impeachment against Trump before the Biden / Harris inauguration.

    https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/01/11/us/joe-biden-trump

    What for?

    To provoke violence that might then be justified to crush the populist and conservative right:

    https://news.yahoo.com/exclusive-fbi-warns-of-potential-boogaloo-violence-during-jan-17-rallies-170801569.html

    https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/11/politics/bowser-avoid-dc-biden-inauguration/index.html

    As I previoisly commented, the circus show at the Capitol was just the beginning.

  45. @songbird

    If ThuFri is really Swedish, then he/she most certainly has proto-Slav DNA through the Battle Axe culture, an offshoot of the Corded Ware Culture that has conquered Fenno-Scandia in the Chalcolithic.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_Axe_culture

    It had much more influence on the Scandinavian and Baltic gene-pool than the Varangian Rus had on the gene-pool of modern Russians.

    But if Thu/Fri is an Indian/Sri Lankan living in Sweden, then he/she might be Dravidian with no Corded Ware Culture genetic influence at all.

    • Replies: @songbird
  46. @ImmortalRationalist

    They would form a nice couple!

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
  47. Chinese girl colleague just informed me that she bought Bitcoin. A crash is imminent.

    • Agree: mal, Passer by
    • LOL: EldnahYm
  48. @Not Raul

    Agree.

    1)

    One issue that people have raised with me is how to best “introduce” me to new followers

    Repackage as, “He’s the English language Russia blogger that Google and Facebook don’t want you to read.” Jujitsu their attack using the Streisand Effect.

    2)
    Is Anatoly starting to lose touch with English? I notice more and more omitted words in his English posts, mostly conjugations of the verbs “to be”, “to have”, and “to do”.

    3)

    while I do appreciate reader donations, they are not currently necessary for me to keep writing and keep said writing freely available. This is a privilege, and one that many “public intellectuals” don’t enjoy. Furthermore, I am not poor by Russian standards, and I don’t want to feel like I’m exploiting my readers like some BLM or MAGA grifter. So again, please don’t feel obliged to contribute if you’re struggling yourself. In fact, I’d rather you not.

    Very noble: an increasingly rare trait.

    • Replies: @Not Raul
  49. songbird says:
    @Bashibuzuk

    But if Thu/Fri is an Indian/Sri Lankan living in Sweden, then he/she might be Dravidian with no Corded Ware Culture genetic influence at all.

    I’m using the term “proto-Slav” in a loose way, not to denote Corded Ware, but in deference to AK’s blog, to specify the PIE Urheimet which I think will soon be located with precision inside Russia or the Ukraine.

    • Replies: @Bashibuzuk
  50. @songbird

    inside Russia or the Ukraine

    Both Yamnaya and CWC originated in modern day Russia.

    • Replies: @songbird
  51. songbird says:
    @Bashibuzuk

    Right, but my point is that even Dravidians have DNA derived from the Yamnaya. I don’t think that there are any in India who don’t have a drop of gopnik in them.

    So, TF, instead of deriding Russia, should purchase a tracksuit and practice squatting on the streets of Stockholm, while speaking Russian. It is only when he drinks tea that he should celebrate the English. Russians won the first round of the Great Game.

    • LOL: Bashibuzuk
    • Replies: @Bashibuzuk
  52. @RadicalCenter

    Mr. Center, I live in China. We haven’t needed masks since July. I’m not a mask sheeperson. You live in the 3rd world country.

  53. @songbird

    Swedish can’t squat. They would need years of practice before they attain the perfect gopnik style.

    (Notice the fingers, this guy is a real putzen)

    • Agree: songbird
    • LOL: Max Payne
  54. blatnoi says:

    I’ve been watching a really stupid thing that is really beneath this blog. A Russian New Year’s concert that they decided to do in Italian in the 80s Italian pop music style after a 90 second introduction in Russian. I ran across it by accident in Rod Dreher’s blog (which I don’t read that often anymore). I watched it at least two times already for some reason. Apparently the songs are popular Russian pop songs from 2020 translated into Italian. Anyways, enjoy.

    • Thanks: mal
    • Replies: @mal
  55. blatnoi says:

    This is a good summary of future trends of censorship in a Russian blog. It has a summary of a presentation by Pavel Durov (the CEO of Telegram). He says that if you want to be really anonymous, you have to use a burner simcard, never log into your Apple or Google account, and use your telephone in places where you don’t normally go. Also he says that Telegram is better, but the author of the blog says no messenger service is secure and that you have to choose which government reads your messages. He also predicts that censorship will accelerate after Biden is in power and no one is going to care about Russian laws fining youtube if they censor Russian content if they don’t care about that stuff in the USA. Also, Facebook can be banned easily in Russia, but not youtube apparently, for which no good alternatives exist.

    https://colonelcassad.livejournal.com/6468491.html

    • Replies: @A123
  56. Not Raul says:
    @Mikhail

    Sleboda has a point, G-d bless him.

  57. A123 says:
    @blatnoi

    He also predicts that censorship will accelerate after Biden is in power and no one is going to care about Russian laws fining youtube if they censor Russian content if they don’t care about that stuff in the USA.

    Führer Biden and Vice Führer Harris are 110%+ committed to the “Russia, Russia, Russia” narrative. Plus, they have no issues with hypocrisy.

    Expect brutal penalties for trivial (even fictional) infractions by Russia.

    Also, Facebook can be banned easily in Russia, but not youtube apparently, for which no good alternatives exist.

    Russia can easily replace YouTube. VK, Mail.Ru, and Ok.Ru offer video platforms. I am sure there are others. However, this would draw the wrath of YouTube’s owner…. Google. They are a participating owner in Quid Pro Joe’s Reich.
    ___

    Starting 20-Jan, Putin (and other national leaders) will have to deal with a highly conflicted, child sniffing, mental pygmy in possession of a huge arsenal of thermonuclear weapons. It is Brown Trouser time for the world.

    PEACE 😇

    • Agree: mal
    • Replies: @sudden death
  58. Ares and the Scythian Sword Cult from TheGreatSteppe

  59. • Replies: @Europe Europa
  60. @Tor597

    Can’t argue with any of that. I’d like to be able to trust so-called medical “authorities”, but when they are paid by governments or corporations that have lied to us, abused us, and worked to control and surveil us, it is unwise to do so lightly.

    • Agree: Tor597
  61. @Bashibuzuk

    Admittedly, her breasts do have a certain persuasive power, but her arguments and character do not measure up. That also explains bad dating decisions I made in the past, I think.

  62. @Bashibuzuk

    I saw a nice couple in #45.

    • LOL: Bashibuzuk
  63. Mikel says:
    @Shortsword

    Has orange man made any statements after being banned?

    How could we know?

  64. Mikel says:

    Republicans still have plenty of power at the state and local level. They could do quite a lot of harm to the tech giants that are unashamedly censoring them. For example, they could stop purchasing and using these tech giants’ products altogether.

    But of course they will not do it. I have already seen some Republicans in my state arguing that unregulated speech platforms could be worse than what we have. They are losers and thus deserve to keep losing.

    Speaking of which, did anyone really think that a slim Republican majority in the Senate would prevent an amnesty or a new green “deal”? Or that the final versions of these that we are going to get will be substantially different from the ones we would have with a Senate led by McConnell, Toomey, Romney et al? Come on.

  65. mal says:
    @blatnoi

    I thought it was great. And so did the Italians in the comments apparently. Little Big bringing back Dutch gabber techno dance from the 90’s was nice too – I remember buying cassette tapes with this stuff in St Petersburg growing up.

    • Replies: @blatnoi
  66. @Europe Europa

    Yawn, yet another male victim with little personal agency. All that goes wrong in the world is blamed on a group he doesn’t have success with.

    Buddy, your whining is worse than a Libtard lesbian on her period.

    Now, don’t make me embarrass you by putting forth the stats of who still has the primary levers of control in this world. They have d*cks….and some call them that.

    • Agree: Thulean Friend
    • Troll: sher singh
    • Replies: @Coconuts
  67. @Thulean Friend

    China has fast adopted the Su-35. There are 24 Su-35s in the PLA Air Force inventory.

  68. I admire the sculptor of this statue, soon to be erected in Budapest, for capturing the link between America and homosexuality/negrolatry.

    • Replies: @Bashibuzuk
  69. Tor597 says:

    So, is Mike Pompeo going to be our next President?

    Why else is he so spastically antagonizing the whole world right now calling out Russia, China, Cuba, Iran, Venezuela, Vietnam, the EU, etc etc. All the while courting Isreal like no other.

    Is he doing this to line up special interest donors and to signal fealty to the powers that be?

    Pompeo is probably the worst choice of anyone I can think of. But he also might be the only one who can capture MAGAtards and conventional Republicans at the same time.

    • Disagree: RadicalCenter
  70. @sher singh

    O’Dwyer was an Irishman, just so you know.

    • Replies: @songbird
  71. How do transhumanists, etc, plan to deal with the problem of language? Presumably the plan is to have one world language eventually?

    English is the most obvious candidate for “world language”, but of course that comes with an old world colonial stigma that I imagine many transhumanists and NWO globalists would want to avoid. So what is to be the language of the transhumanist NWO, Esperanto? Mandarin Chinese?

  72. Coconuts says:
    @The Real World

    Yawn, yet another male victim with little personal agency. All that goes wrong in the world is blamed on a group he doesn’t have success with.

    Now, don’t make me embarrass you by putting forth the stats of who still has the primary levers of control in this world. They have d*cks….and some call them that.

    Cope… and failure to address the point.

    • Replies: @The Real World
  73. Yevardian says:

    Do you rewrite any of the Russian language translations yourself? Is there any unique content there? I imagine a firm “no” to both, but just curious.

  74. @Europe Europa

    How do transhumanists, etc, plan to deal with the problem of language? Presumably the plan is to have one world language eventually?

    I do not see why this would be necessary, I suppose the people who would bring about this revolution in different linguistic zones would all speak English, but as for the people being ‘modified’, it would not really matter. Plus, super intelligent trans-humans would be able to pick up foreign languages with ease.

    • Replies: @Bashibuzuk
  75. @The Spirit of Enoch Powell

    All human languages are reducible:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Binary_code

    https://translate.google.com/intl/en/about/

    They will “speak in tongues ” through the grace of the AI.

  76. Svevlad says:
    @Europe Europa

    It’s because women are sheepish.

    Back when conservativism was the word of the day, women were ultra-conservatives. Now that being a liboid is “in”, they’re all liboid.

    • Replies: @Yevardian
  77. Svevlad says:
    @Europe Europa

    Probably a conlang that functions like a combination of Ithkuil, aUI and Lojban. Absolutely precise and unambiguous, with more fundamental concepts being simple one-sound words and the more abstract ones being more complex. Every possible vowel and consonant used, etc etc. Basically a language tuned to be “perfect”.

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
  78. I wouldn’t even call it good news, because it was LONG OVERDUE. Still, I’m pleased that this old Jew is finally gone.

    • Agree: Tor597
  79. mal says:

    Он был великолепен— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 12, 2021

    Ukrainians are making a mess of Elon Musks’ twitter feed because Musk responded to Roscosmos tweet celebrating Korolev.

  80. Jan 9, 2020 marks the 12th year since I began blogging about Russia in 2008

    No wonder your blog has been doing so well Karlin. January 9th is Republika Srpska Day for every year ever since 1992.

    Although a bit late, I wish you, all Serbs, and anyone else interested a happy Republika Srpska Day!

    • Thanks: AltanBakshi
  81. blatnoi says:
    @mal

    Ah, I thought it was some weird Slavic gopnik dance or something, since they were dressed sort of that way. Thanks for the info. I was a kid in the 90s too, but I was a big nerd who studied languages and played video games, and was not aware of a lot of popular culture. Techno I just missed completely.

    • Replies: @A123
  82. Considering the massive youth unemployment in Spain and Italy, are they today worse countries to grow up in than the V4 countries?

  83. @Coconuts

    Oops, here’s another one. ^^^

    I did address the point; he’s wrong. The evidence is obvious by noticing who has the primary power positions and that would not be females. Do you always require repetition?

    Throughout world history most large scale destruction has been caused by those who possess testosterone, not estrogen. That is clear.

    • Replies: @Coconuts
  84. A123 says:
    @blatnoi

    Techno has evolved and developed subgenres. Vocal Trance can be quite good.

    PEACE 😇

    • Thanks: mal
    • Replies: @blatnoi
  85. The “Eternal Anglo” meme makes no sense to me, the idea that English people have similar stereotypical characteristics to Jews as in being malevolent racial and cultural supremacists and globalist masterminds.

    You only have to look at how England is run and how the elites have flooded England with third world immigrants for decades to dispel any illusion that England is some sort of Israel. The reality is the English are probably the most deracinated white ethnicity there is, far from Jewish ethno-centrism.

    The “Eternal Anglo” meme seems like typical case of Jewish misinformation and misdirection in reality, I’m sure it’s very beneficial for them to have their stereotypical negative characteristics transposed onto English people.

  86. People of Telegram, is it a usable alternative to Twitter? What channels do you recommend?

  87. songbird says:
    @Europe Europa

    The problem with English is that it has been thoroughly pozzed. Does this represent some special weakness of the language, or can it be reduced to historical factors? Such as the industrial revolution, emancipation of the Jews, or the foundation of America. Regardless…

    It seems to me that there are only three options:
    1.) burn out the poz with heavy censorship and other mechanisms, such as exiling the top 5% of pozzed people to Africa
    2.) gradually get the pozzed to speak another dialect, by paying influencers to introduce new words, and drop old ones, then transform the dialect into another language, so they have no purchase on civilized society
    3.) create a language that is grammatically immune to poz. (Though I am not sure how to do it.) I’d guess gendered nouns and clever ideograms might be a start. Ideograms have their weaknesses – they make literacy difficult. Maybe, that’s a strength? But if people were smarter maybe it would not matter. I have read that the Chinese ideogram for trouble derives from two women under one roof.

  88. @Europe Europa

    Esperanto is trad and lindy.

    But I don’t think we focus much on that. Mechanical telepathy can overrule the need for language.

  89. songbird says:
    @Europe Europa

    May have been confused with General Dyer, though. Seems the takeaway is don’t sell guns to Indians in England.

    BTW, as I understand it, the peak historical estimate for India’s population is actually based on taking Indian sources uncritically. It’s commonly understood that ancient military estimates are generally bunk. With this in mind, I must change the calculations I’ve made about what percentage of Indians are alive today due to Europeans, up from 93% to 97%, or even 98%.

    You would think they would at least have a holiday to celebrate Europeans or put up a giant statue to us, but all we get is jokers like Sidiq Khan and Kamala Harris fomenting black worship and Indian invasion.

  90. @Daniel Chieh

    Speaking of music, I never understood why purely instrumental pieces faded from the limelight. EDM/Trance music is the only genre that has a substantial share of purely melodic music left. It’s one of the things I appreciate with classical music the most, but you can extend it to more modern music as well.

    • Replies: @Europe Europa
  91. @songbird

    https://mobile.twitter.com/Musashi_Nair/status/1343108710512521217?s=20

    Thank Indians for being able to count that high.

    • Replies: @songbird
  92. A profound lack of self-awareness, or just trolling?

    • Replies: @A123
    , @Daniel Chieh
  93. @Thulean Friend

    Celeb culture? Popular musicians these days are usually expected to be “celebs” and “personalities”, and I guess there’s a lot less scope for that with purely instrumental tracks.

    It was largely all the Simon Cowell fronted talent shows that were responsible for the merging of music culture and celeb/reality TV culture I’d say.

  94. @songbird

    Imagine if they had 2-7% of their current population density?

    That would mean 8.22-29.77 inhabitants per square kilometre. This is similar to Russia at the lower end and Estonia at the higher end.

    Bombay 1950

    • Agree: songbird
  95. A123 says:
    @The Spirit of Enoch Powell

    Twitter does not want to stop authoritarian censorship.

    They want to be the only authority that wields the power to censor.

    Twitter = Ferengi

    PEACE 😇

  96. EldnahYm says:
    @Thulean Friend

    Hard to find fault with this post. Your description of the “rightoid” as a “rule-follower authoritarian” is similar to how I describe conservatives: dumb conformists. I can only make one addition:

    I think there is a larger historical context for behavior on the right. When you describe lack of support for the censored on the right, this is part of another trend: During the post WW2 era, there has been a complete separation between the far right and establishment conservatism. On the left that was not the case to the same extent. Social democratic parties were influenced by, and in different ways, pressured by, Communists and other fellow travelers. This was true even while the mainstream parties had to prove their anti-Communist credentials etc. In academia new fusions of liberalism and Communism(using both labels loosely) emerged. But on the right the tendency has been almost the opposite, in hostile circumstances conservatives have to prove that they’re not secretly Nazis and far right ideas really have no place at all in academia. I don’t believe only right wing psychological profiles can explain this state of affairs, incentives must also play a role.

    • Agree: Thulean Friend
    • Replies: @Thulean Friend
  97. (didnt watch yet)

    https://www.manglacharan.com/post/bhagauti-astotar-translation


    [MORE]

    ਸਦਾ ਦਾਹਨੇ ਦਾਸ ਕੇ ਦਾਨ ਦੀਜੈ ॥ ਗੁਰੂ ਸ਼ਾਹ ਗੋਬਿੰਦ ਕੀ ਰੱਖ ਕੀਜੈ ॥
    Always bless your servant with the blessing of being in their right hand ! The King Guru Gobind [Singh] keeps Your presence !

  98. EldnahYm says:
    @The Spirit of Enoch Powell

    Islam turns women into fat inbreds.

    • Replies: @Coconuts
    , @songbird
  99. Coconuts says:
    @The Real World

    I did address the point; he’s wrong. The evidence is obvious by noticing who has the primary power positions and that would not be females. Do you always require repetition?

    Why did you repost the same whataboutery again?

    The general idea Europe Europa put forward was that there is a close correlation between rising political power and activism of women and the rise of progressivism, identity politics, mass immigration and demographic change in favour of non-white groups in Western countries. Secondarily, that women seem to constitute some of the most doctrinaire and intense SJWs. The conclusion was that if this correlation holds up over time anti-immigration and conservatism in general will be increasingly marginalised in politics.

    The existence of this correlation, and any potential causal effects, is not dependent on women occupying all (or even a majority) of the top political positions in Western countries. Or on how sexually successful anyone who notices the correlation is with women.

    Another poster has already mentioned that up until the 1960s and the invention of the pill women tended to be more conservative and more religious than men.

    • Replies: @The Real World
  100. Coconuts says:
    @EldnahYm

    They do literally tend to inbreed but I used to see a reasonable number of slim ones, especially little Bengali women. They may have grown in size as they got older.

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
  101. Yevardian says:
    @Svevlad

    Not really important, but for some reason the English meaning of ‘sheepish’ means ‘shy, bashful, timid’, not ‘conformist’.

    • Replies: @A123
    , @RadicalCenter
  102. A123 says:
    @Yevardian

    English is quite awkward at times. Sheeple is a much better word than sheepish.

    SHEEPLE — Definitions

    from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

    noun / plural / People who are meekly submissive or easily swayed.

    from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

    noun / derogatory slang / People who unquestioningly accept as true whatever their political leaders say or who adopt popular opinion as their own without scrutiny.

    Usage examples:

    — All Registered Democrats are Sheeple
    — Only mindless Sheeple voted for the mentally ill Biden

    The most powerful illustration of Sheeple herding to the polls: “Vote Blue! No Matter Who!

    The terms Sheeple and Leftoid are more are less freely interchangeable. It takes the mentality of Sheeple to accept SJW Globalism. Everyone who wants to keep their job realizes that the incoming Blue Coup administration will be an Epic Disaster for the nation.

    PEACE 😇

  103. The daily number of COVID deaths in the UK is now nearly the same as the US despite having about 20% of the population.

    What is going so wrong in this country, population density?

    • Replies: @Dmitry
  104. songbird says:
    @EldnahYm

    Islam turns women into fat inbreds.

    Surely, it is their metabolism and modern living that makes them fat?

  105. songbird says:
    @Jatt Aryaa

    Thank Indians for being able to count that high.

    Probably Indians needed to add up the tax revenue that they collected from sex workers, so they asked the descendants of the Bactrian Greeks to devise new methods for counting.

    Actually, there’s a lot of evidence about Archimedes, including the fact that Cicero wrote about his tomb which included a depiction of a sphere and cylinder.

    It is a pity that Archimedes has not been popularized more. Some of the defenses he devised would make for excellent battle scenes in a movie, if only these state subsidies for films were used to depict history and culture and not make these pozzed movies, like the one where the Red Baron denounces borders.

    • Replies: @sher singh
  106. @songbird

    Yes, clearly white people did everything even when it’s clear they didn’t.

    Germanics have no history, and that’s why they try to steal that of other’s.

    The future where you are crushed between vengeful non-whites, celts & slavs will be hilarious. 🙂

  107. @sher singh

    Funny how you list the Celts as oppressed people here, considering earlier on you were celebrating the murder of a Celt called O’Dwyer by a Sikh.

    • Replies: @sher singh
    , @sher singh
  108. Dmitry says:

    In relation to the pandemic, the authorities in Russia have simply gone into a liberal attitude. It’s surprising that the anti-quarantine activists in the West, are not “celebrating” (incorrectly) Russian health policy at the moment.

    Currently life is better economically and socially, in Russia than in most European countries, as there is a lack of lockdown policies.

    There is a prioritization of the economy and political popularity, over anti-pandemic measures. But if you compare to just a very months ago, there is no logical coherency.

    For example, the church has probably the oldest participating “fangroup”, which is to say the people who are vulnerable from coronavirus and should stay inside until vaccinated. Yet in Christmas this month, the churched allowed old parishioners indoors for services (and this is not some hi-tech building with HEPA filters installed – old parishioners are breathing the same air as each other over hours).

    Meanwhile, it was just in August, in Novosibirsk, where youth were outdoor disco, in fresh air (so low risk of transmission) and the police were fining them for lack of social distance (not for noise pollution and bad dancing, which would be justifiable, but because of coronavirus). Rationally -little epidemic risk from girls dancing on an automobile.

    And yet the authorities

    A few months later in the second wave, and now the indoor discos are currently open. So when the pandemic becomes worse in the winter, the indoor disco (where there is transmission risk) areopen.

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
  109. Dmitry says:
    @Europe Europa

    There is a more infectious mutation that began in a Southern region of England.

    We see a possible effect of this in Ireland now, as the English mutation is starting to become prevalent there. At best, Ireland are low in testing capacity (but rises of the last few days in Ireland, seems to be some additional evidence of the increased infectiousness of the English mutation).

    COVID deaths in the UK is now nearly the same as the US

    You will have to look at excess deaths, (which requires waiting a couple months), rather than daily reported deaths, as different countries have different “methods” for coding the deaths.

  110. @Europe Europa

    Can they both not be oppressed while also producing tyrants themselves?

    Does your one track mind lead to victory or relentless persecution by the very people you claim to rep.

    https://mobile.twitter.com/Kharagket/status/1323276245631705089

  111. blatnoi says:
    @A123

    Thanks. It’s not really my type of music. At least not for now. Although I do listen to techno often enough when writing papers because it helps to concentrate. However, I think having words would distract me. Still, it’s good to learn about this culturally important stuff in case I ever get to travel again.

  112. @EldnahYm

    During the post WW2 era, there has been a complete separation between the far right and establishment conservatism. On the left that was not the case to the same extent. Social democratic parties were influenced by, and in different ways, pressured by, Communists and other fellow travelers. This was true even while the mainstream parties had to prove their anti-Communist credentials etc. In academia new fusions of liberalism and Communism(using both labels loosely) emerged. But on the right the tendency has been almost the opposite, in hostile circumstances conservatives have to prove that they’re not secretly Nazis and far right ideas really have no place at all in academia. I don’t believe only right wing psychological profiles can explain this state of affairs, incentives must also play a role.

    I agree with a lot of this, but I also have some quibbles. While I would historically buy your analysis, I think this dynamic has changed in recent years. Certainly, the anti-war left which was still active during the Bush era all but collapsed during the Obama years.

    Really, since BLM took hold, we’ve seen the rise of a “radlib” culture that puts a major premium on identity issues over class/economic interests and the traditional anti-imperialist focus on the left.

    What shocked me was when even Jacobin magainze (!) supported some of the coups in Latin America lately, or at least sought to deflect blame from US imperialist meddling. Antifa has become the enforcers of the neoliberal oligarchy, whether they accept that or not.

    There is some pushback occuring, primarily by the likes of Max Blumenthal and the folks at the Grayzone. Hell, even civil libertarians like Glenn Greenwald is adding to the fire by attacking the democrats for being blindly obedient to the CIA. But these voices are still very marginal and under harsh attacks. Glenn has, amusingly for a Jewish man, been routinely accused of being a white supremacist and a fascist. That should tell you a lot about the tone of the debate.

    The neoliberal oligarchy has understood that identity politics works on the left just as effectively as it does on the right. White working-class rightoids are willing to make stupid alliances with self-promoting blowhards like Trump, motivated by petty racism in many cases. Aspiring white middle-class radlibs are willing to throw away any pretention of economic justice as they get ginned up by the media to fight against an imminent “fascist takeover”.

    It’s a very cynical, but also highly clever, game that they are playing. And the plebs on both sides of the aisle are falling for it, hook, line and sinker.

    P.S. While many in universities are marxists, they quickly tend to abandon those ideas once they leave because there’s no incentives for it in the work force. This also shows that the much-hyped “marxist infiltration” that rightoids harp about is the typical rigthoid bloviating nonsense. It has very little real-life consequences. The social policies pushed is not by marxists but by neoliberals. But rightoids are too stupid to understand that.

    • Agree: mal, dfordoom
  113. @Thulean Friend

    There is some pushback occuring, primarily by the likes of Max Blumenthal and the folks at the Grayzone.

    So on the left the only ones providing oppositional journalism are tankies. Not a good sign.

  114. Coconuts says:
    @sher singh

    The future where you are crushed between vengeful non-whites, celts & slavs will be hilarious.

    In the real world this is not a thing though. Germanics and Nordics are the most pro non-white of all the white European peoples, the negrolatry religion mainly exists within this group. Lots of the progressive and left wing Germanics (not so) secretly want to be non-white. Likely if they are crushed or squashed they will basically have crushed themselves.

  115. Percentage employment in agriculture: https://ourworldindata.org/employment-in-agriculture

    Are these numbers really correct? China 17%, Ukraine 15%, Kazakhstan 18% (41% in 1991), Serbia 19%, Romania 22% (36% in 1991), Poland 10% (23% in 1991), Georgia 41%, Azerbaijan 37%, Armenia 34%.

    Looks exceptionally high and the numbers in 1991 for some post-communist countries look unbelievably high. Georgia and Azerbaijan stand as from the rest and supposedly have higher percent in agriculture today than in 1991.

    • Replies: @Bashibuzuk
  116. @Coconuts

    I deny that I have lost any hair or gotten fat. Rather, I am becoming follicularly-challenged and experiencing non-vertical growth.

    • Agree: Bashibuzuk
  117. @Shortsword

    Georgia and Azerbaijan stand as from the rest and supposedly have higher percent in agriculture today than in 1991.

    A lot of heavy industry has been lost. Soviets built factories, with Soviets gone and factories closed, these charming countries returned to their roots: grapes, pomegranates… The climate is good, the earth is fertile…

  118. @Kent Nationalist

    This artifact sums up the Western cultural situation just fine. Is it 3D printed?

  119. @Svevlad

    Wow, you have studied this more than most of the rest of us have! I had to look up all of those terms in your first sentence:

    Ithkuil, http://www.ithkuil.net

    AUI, https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/AUI_(constructed_language)

    In the near future, at least — because it becomes even harder to predict or “guesstimate” the farther into the future we look — a simplified version of English seems more likely. Specifically, we would spell words the way they sound and stop having two sets of rules on how to spell, pronounce, decline, and conjugate words. We would correct for the fact that our language’s vocabulary and rules come from two different language groups, Germanic and Latinate (through Norman pre-French or whatever it is called).

    Spanish is not out of the question. It could become at least as widely known and used as English in the USA, certainly in most of the (temporarily) independent statelets that may secede or emerge from our four most populous States (particularly #1 California and #2 Texas, but also #3 Florida and #4 New York).

    On the other hand, the USA is likely to decline in absolute terms economically, militarily, and culturally, not just relative to other major powers and cultures, and possibly outright collapse. In such a scenario it would ostensibly be less important which languages people speak here. Moreover, is there any substantial sustained immigration of Spanish-speakers into Europe or some other continent outside the Americas? If not, it would be harder for Spanish to take hold as a lingua franca.

    Mandarin is not a good candidate. Most of our children are learning it, but there is a reason why we were advised by native-speakers that it is especially important to learn Mandarin at a really young age. The tones are miserable and both the tones and characters are unnecessarily complicated and inefficient.

    • Replies: @Europe Europa
  120. @Yevardian

    You’re right. The proper adjective would be “sheep-like”, and I am fond of A123’s “sheeple’’ as the noun form.

  121. @Coconuts

    More nonsense.

    The intentional emphasis towards ‘progressivism’ in West has been engineered, funded and deployed for decades now by mostly males. Sure, there have been plenty of useful idiot females (and males) recruited to assist the cause but, only a deeply in-denial person doesn’t grasp where the power resides in that massive effort.

    Take the psychotic old men at the helm out of the equation and the problem goes away.

    The plan was implemented decades ago and was brilliantly explained to us back in the 1980s.

    • Replies: @Shortsword
  122. @The Real World

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  123. @Dmitry

    Glad to hear it, and good for Russians. That is another reason why it seems tempting to apply for residency in Russia, as difficult as the adjustment would be for an American of my age.

    Presumably Russia doesn’t share the US delusion that they can ruthlessly crush economic and social activity for a prolonged period and make up for the loss of jobs and tax revenue by simply printing-and-borrowing their way through the “pandemic.” They can’t rack up massive debt with (temporary) impunity, because they don’t have the world’s reserve currency (nor will the US, soon enough, but that is a topic for another day).

    As for Russia’s approach to the exaggerated “pandemic” lacking “logical coherence” or consistency over time: there is nothing wrong with ceasing to do what one never should have done in the first place. I pray that Russians have the sense and principle not to lockdown again, and that our rulers here in the USA can be made to end our lockdowns (dubious).

    • Replies: @Passer by
  124. @RadicalCenter

    The tones are miserable and both the tones and characters are unnecessarily complicated and inefficient.

    I’ve read claims that Mandarin is gradually losing its tonal system, due largely to the number of polysyllabic words that have no homophones so therefore no practical need for the tonal system.

    Apparently the actual number of true homophones in Mandarin is not that high, which is why the “ma1 ma2 ma3 ma4” example gets used all the time. I’ve also read that there are regional dialects of Mandarin that only distinguish three or even two tones.

    Perhaps creating a sort of global lingua franca version of Mandarin without the tonal system that is easy for non-natives to learn is not that far-fetched an idea?

    • Replies: @Kent Nationalist
  125. mal says:
    @Thulean Friend

    We don’t always agree on things but that was an excellent post.

    White working-class rightoids are willing to make stupid alliances with self-promoting blowhards like Trump, motivated by petty racism in many cases.

    In my experience, affluent liberals are smarter about their petty racism. Instead of yelling “Boo Mexican rapists!” at the top of their lungs, liberals demand “Good Schools”, and high taxes. Nothing cleanses your neighborhood from blacks and other poor minorities like high property taxes that fund your school district.

    Anyway, white working class rightoids have serious problems right now. They are getting culled by opioid overdoses and thats not good. BLM-antifa white liberals may burn down black neighborhoods (damages from the summer riots run in the $billions last I saw), but at least culturally, corporate oligarchy made blacks and minorities into token champions. So thats something. White poors have nothing to look forward to, hence the drug deaths.

    Well we can’t have that right now because we need to grow nominal GDP and inflation in order to stabilize debt to GDP ratio and that means we need those rightoids in Walmart buying stuff. They can’t shop if they are dead. While they are not the brightest light bulbs out there, beggars can’t be choosers and all that. Their complaints about life passing them by are not unfounded, and we need to do something about that, at least so they stop dropping dead and do their duty and help maintain consumption growth.

  126. @Thulean Friend

    Agree with all of this, with the quibble that there’s no reason that a Jewish person can’t support a fascist economic/social system. Not Greenwald, but an ethnic or religious Jew could be a fascist.

    Moreover, millions of Jews appear to be racial supremacists; it’s just that think that their own race(s) — for the Ashkenazim, an often roughly equal mix of white European (mostly Italian) and Semitic/“middle eastern”, whether they admit it or not, and straight up Semitic for the Sepphardim — is favored or should rule others rather than Europeans doing so.

    • Replies: @dfordoom
  127. songbird says:

    Liberals should also be required to make Hajj to Lagos, where they will circle Ajegunle, Nigeria’s biggest slum, seven times, in a counter-clockwise direction, while chanting “black is beautiful.” They shall also have to drink from the river that runs through it, and complete sundry other rituals, such as picking up seven metric tons of garbage from the streets, and trying to sort it in order to recycle it.

    • Replies: @TheTotallyAnonymous
  128. China truly is the future of the world 🙂

  129. @songbird

    Here’s an extremely tragic thing I didn’t know about at all and I think many more people in the world would do well to be aware of:

    https://www.chroniclesmagazine.org/blog/the-silent-jihad-in-nigeria/

    As a side note, perhaps maybe I shouldn’t cite this author and his blog/website source here given all the repression and censorship underway (in order not to harm his wellbeing and that of the website), although maybe it would be better to just stop using the internet altogether to not risk anything (for personal and other reasons of course).

    • Replies: @songbird
  130. songbird says:
    @sher singh

    Yes, clearly white people did everything even when it’s clear they didn’t.

    By that time, I assume the Bactrians were at least part Iranian, perhaps even a tiny bit Indian.

    The future where you are crushed between vengeful non-whites, celts & slavs will be hilarious.

    Ah, so that is why all the Niggers are in Ireland – to use it as a temporary staging area to crush England! Excellent! You board the invasion ships first; in stormy weather, I understand the journey time across the Irish Sea is precisely the same as the time it takes to drop people off by the mouth of the Niger, so don’t get suspicious, if there is a small delay.

    • LOL: Daniel Chieh
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  131. songbird says:
    @TheTotallyAnonymous

    A lot of people in the Third World complain about how borders were drawn. In a way, I am sympathetic because I think parts of the world had the idea of a nation-state forced on them before they were really ready for it.

    But Nigeria is the one that to me seems like a really crazy construction. I think that it would probably be better, if it were split along religious lines, not even considering tribal affiliations.

    Of course, it is urbanizing so maybe that will change things eventually.

    • Thanks: TheTotallyAnonymous
  132. Passer by says:

    Ha ha.

    Trump Tard, US imperialist and rabid dog Pompeo banned from Europe.

    I really like how Trump tards thought that imperialism and kissing the arse of the Empire would save them.

    You should have dismantled the Empire when you had the chance.

  133. @Europe Europa

    Apparently the actual number of true homophones in Mandarin is not that high

    You are returning back to your old tradition of saying things which are patently incorrect.

    There are 400 possible syllables, and four tones of each for an absolute maximum of 1600. But there are about 7000 Chinese characters and 2500 in common usage.

    • Replies: @Europe Europa
  134. nickels says:

    Russia looking a lot more fun than the US these days:

    https://rumble.com/vcqgkn-capitol-dystopia.html

  135. Passer by says:
    @RadicalCenter

    That is another reason why it seems tempting to apply for residency in Russia, as difficult as the adjustment would be for an American of my age.

    For interesting storries of american dissidents in Russia, you can look here

    https://halfreeman.wordpress.com/

    https://www.youtube.com/c/JohnMarkDougan-BadVolf/videos

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
  136. @songbird

    You probably unironically believe this too.

    Just an update of Greeks made India that Brits pushed before moving onto the Aryan invasion stuff.

    Eh, https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_genocide_conspiracy_theory

    👏

  137. A strong reason to be optimistic about India in the long run. Tribalism may not run as deep as many assumed, which is a necessity for an impartial judicial system. It still remains terribly underfunded though, but that is a less intractable problem to solve.

    • Replies: @Jatt Aryaa
  138. @Thulean Friend

    Why are white men studying India, and then white men like you commenting on it?

    There’s the bias,

    • Replies: @Europe Europa
  139. @Kent Nationalist

    To be honest my knowledge of Mandarin is limited to basic stuff, I wouldn’t profess to be any sort of expert on Chinese phonology and how equivalent tones work across dialects but I have read a few times that tones are less important in Mandarin than in say Cantonese, mainly because Mandarin has many more polysyllabic words than Cantonese does, so there is less chance of ambiguity in Mandarin from an incorrect tone.

    Not that I’m suggesting it’s possible to speak decent Mandarin while totally ignoring the tones, just that perhaps over time it’s possible that Mandarin could evolve into a non-tonal, or at least more minimally tonal language if it started to be widely spoken by non-natives?

    It’s interesting that about 60% of Japanese and Korean words derive from Chinese and yet they are pronounced without the original tones. Obviously Japanese and Korean are structurally completely different languages to Chinese so it’s not a direct comparison, but it does prove that many Chinese words can still be distinguished without the tones.

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
  140. @Jatt Aryaa

    I wish more Indians stated their views on whites openly like you do, then maybe less British people would naively believe that Indians, especially Sikhs, are their friends and allies and repatriation of your kind back to where you belong would become a viable possibility.

    Unfortunately most Sikhs are dishonest and like the natives to believe they’re as British as “fish and chips” despite wearing a turban.

    • Replies: @Jatt Aryaa
  141. dfordoom says: • Website
    @RadicalCenter

    Agree with all of this, with the quibble that there’s no reason that a Jewish person can’t support a fascist economic/social system.

    I believe there were quite a few Jews among the Italian Fascists in Mussolini’s day.

    • Replies: @Bashibuzuk
  142. @Europe Europa

    What views? I’m simply anti colonialism & anti white supremacy which most Brits are.

    I think people like you (wignats) should more openly state their views on wiping out POC.

    You could get the medication & help you need।।

    ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂਜੀਕਾਖਾਲਸਾ।।ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂਜੀਕੀਫਤਿਹ।।

    • Replies: @Coconuts
  143. @A123

    Starting 20-Jan, Putin (and other national leaders) will have to deal with a highly conflicted, child sniffing, mental pygmy in possession of a huge arsenal of thermonuclear weapons.

    As if child boy belly kisser would have any problems with a sniffer, lol 🙂

    • Agree: Bashibuzuk
    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
  144. @Shortsword

    Thanks, interesting.

    But, it must be noted that that guy, Kearney, did not disprove or diminish what Bezmenov stated. I would much love to hear someone articulate how America has not descended down the very path he described so clearly decades ago.

  145. Some promising news about the lacking ADE ability of SARS-CoV-2:

    Vaccines are essential to control the spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) and to protect the vulnerable population. However, one safety concern of vaccination is the possible development of antibody-dependent enhancement (ADE) of SARS-CoV-2 infection. The potential infection of Fc receptor bearing cells such as macrophages, would support continued virus replication and inflammatory responses, and thereby potentially worsen the clinical outcome of COVID-19. Here we demonstrate that SARS-CoV-2 and SARS-CoV-1 neither infect human monocyte-derived macrophages nor induce inflammatory cytokines in these cells, in sharp contrast to Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) coronavirus and the common cold human coronavirus 229E. Furthermore, serum from convalescent COVID-19 patients neither induced enhancement of SARS-CoV-2 infection nor innate immune response in human macrophages. These results support the view that ADE may not be involved in the immunopathological processes associated with COVID-19, however, more studies are necessary to understand the potential contribution of antibodies-virus complexes with other cells expressing FcR receptors.

    https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.12.22.423940v1

    • Thanks: Bashibuzuk
  146. @Passer by

    Thank you for the wordpress link. Right up my alley.

    Our eldest daughter hopes to start learning Russian later this year. In the event that she attends a year or more of college in Russia someday, we are laying the groundwork. We have been living in southern California for about a decade, though, and are largely ruined for real cold weather. As beautiful as Saint Petersburg would be, say, visiting in winter or even moving there to be with her and maybe one of the other kids, brrrr…….

    Would it be wrong to play a quiet recording under her bed at night for subliminal effect, you know, flowing water mixed with “university of so-chi, so-chi, sohhhhhhhh-cheeeeee……”

  147. @Europe Europa

    That is an excellent point. Hadn’t thought of that. Would seem to be a jarring change for native mandarin speakers, but then again, their government would have no qualms forcing the issue. How would kids learning the tone-free Mandarin communicate with their elders, though, during the long transition?

    The Chinese need to eliminate the dang tones even more than the germans need to stop having three words for ‘The” for no good reason. “Der, die, das” is the bane of my existence when I try to chat a little with a German speaker; I sound alright until then, remembering a decently complex vocabulary and presenting a good accent given the long lack of practice …. and then der, die, das, and I sound like a wetback.

    Mandarin just too hard if you’re not a youngster. I guess the easier route would be to just stay in the usa when we retire and buy Rosetta Stone: Spanglish.

  148. @sudden death

    Now now, kissing baby knees and toddler tummies is the high point in many of my days. Then again, they are my OWN babies and toddlers.

    Not sure how I would feel if ol’ Uncle Vlad* kissed our kid’s tummy at a public event (and I suppose it wouldn’t be wise to tell him, either).

    *I seem to remember that the affectionate nickname for Vladimir should be Volodya? But that’s too long, dude. We Americans naturally wanna just shorten the name to Vlad and be done with it already 😉

  149. @RadicalCenter

    I seem to remember that the affectionate nickname for Vladimir should be Volodya? But that’s too long, dude. We Americans naturally wanna just shorten the name to Vlad and be done with it already

    Try Vova.
    For some reason, Vlad is the short solely for Vladislav – probably has everything to do with Wladislaws “Vlad” Dracul III.
    For Vladimir it’s Vova.

  150. @RadicalCenter

    Not sure how I would feel if ol’ Uncle Vlad* kissed our kid’s tummy at a public event (and I suppose it wouldn’t be wise to tell him, either).

    The boy did not seem to mind…

    Russia’s Izvestia newspaper, which later found Nikita, reported that he had refused to wash after the kiss.

    “I just liked him [Mr Putin] and he liked me very much. I want to be president myself,” the boy was quoted by the daily as saying.

    Putin later recalled

    “He seemed to me very independent, very serious, but at the same time a boy is always vulnerable. He was very sweet. I’ll be honest, I felt an urge to squeeze him like a kitten and that led to the gesture that I made. There was nothing behind it really,” Putin said, smiling.

  151. Coconuts says:
    @Jatt Aryaa

    What views? I’m simply anti colonialism & anti white supremacy which most Brits are.

    From what I can tell most white Brits at least would find no problem in two white people discussing India or some aspect of Indian society.

    • Replies: @Jatt Aryaa
  152. Mikel says:

    The official number of COVID-19 deaths in the world is going to hit the 2 million mark sometime today, less than a year after AK predicted that the epidemic would cause millions of deaths and a cratered world economy.

    Congratulations to AK for what looked like a tremendously bold prediction at the time.

    • Thanks: Anatoly Karlin
  153. @Coconuts

    That’s ok they can be educated on how they’re racist.

    https://libjournal.uncg.edu/ijcp/article/viewFile/249/116

    Once you’ve accepted a bit of leftism you’ve accepted it all, a La Jim.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/11/uk-more-nostalgic-for-empire-than-other-ex-colonial-powers

    White Brits discussing how to fix India via westernization is racist and colonialist.

    I know you hang out with boomers, but young women will have you arrested for such views.

    • Replies: @Coconuts
  154. Coconuts says:
    @Jatt Aryaa

    That Guardian article seems to confirm what I was saying, most white Brits would not see any issue with two white people talking about India, if they wanted to. Though the only white Brits I can think of who actually want to talk about subjects like this are Guardian readers complaining about the BJP and Hindu nationalism.

    I know you hang out with boomers, but young women will have you arrested for such views.

    I am too old for this stuff myself.

    • Replies: @Europe Europa
    , @Jatt Aryaa
  155. @Coconuts

    That Guardian article seems to confirm what I was saying, most white Brits would not see any issue with two white people talking about India, if they wanted to. Though the only white Brits I can think of who actually want to talk about subjects like this are Guardian readers complaining about the BJP and Hindu nationalism.

    I’ve noticed that right wing types in Britain sometimes praise India (and China) for their perceived tough policies against Muslims, especially since Modi has been in power.

  156. I have to laugh how right wing English people attack Muslim expansionism, and say things like Anatolia was stolen from the Greeks, or Kosovo/Albania was stolen from the Serbs, considering there are many in the world who would accuse the English of the same things.

    The Irish say NI was stolen from them by the English, and have waged a bloody terrorist war to get it back, yet the irony of that seems to be lost on most of the English right. The English right should be careful about spuriously supporting irredentist claims around the world because if irredentism actually became a thing the English would not fare well.

    • Agree: Bashibuzuk
  157. @Coconuts

    One, you old people reply too slow for this trolling to be fun.

    Two, https://www.unz.com/comments/all/?commenterfilter=Vivek

    I think you’re too normie in your political tendencies to even understand half my points.

    “The weak do not deserve my takes”

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