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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. A123 says:

    Some humor to start the Open Thread….

    PEACE 😇

    • Agree: Hyperdupont, mal
    • Thanks: Voltarde
    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
  3. A123 says:

    On a more serious note the VOX party is securing its position as the leading Spanish Euro skeptic party. Especially in the Catalan region.

    The Catalan region political situation appears to be getting more unstable as the center has not held versus both:
    — Right Spanish Unionists — primarily VOX
    — Left Catalan Independence — 3 parties (?) ERC, JXC, CUP

    Do we have poster(s) better able to give a sense of what is actually happening on the ground?

    We can see the top level numbers over here, but that doesn’t automatically translate to enthusiasm and follow through. Despite the Left Independence count (win?) there seems to be a great deal of pro-Brussels squishiness that could sap any momentum.

    PEACE 😇

    • Replies: @Hyperborean
  4. What is the story behind the Catalonia thing? Is it that the Catalonians want to set themselves up as a Singapore-like city-state and the Spanish won’t let them? Or is there some other reason driving their desire for independence? I’ve heard that most Catalonians are more “left” (on economic policies) than the Spanish themselves, which makes the “Singapore II” desire less likely to me.

    There is always talk among “nomad capitalist” expat types about who’s going to be the “next Singapore”.

    • Replies: @Servant of Gla'aki
  5. I have a question related to Covid19 vaccination in Russia.
    Notwithstanding all the Western propaganda, the Sputnik V vaccine seems very safe and quite effective (and possibly the most effective vaccine against variants on the market right now).
    Russia could be boasting of this success and publicizing vaccination rates much higher than the EU which is lagging due to the inept vaccine procurement strategy of the European Commission. Yet I can’t find on Google any recent data on vaccination rates in Russia (just old Western media articles saying that Russian vaccination statistics are fake).
    The fact that Russia can export Sputnik V is a real PR success. But the vaccination of the Russian population would be even better.
    Macron says he wants to reserve millions of vaccines for Africa even though he cannot get vaccines for most of the French population. I expected better from Putin.

    • Replies: @melanf
  6. SafeNow says:

    “alien” is now prohibited in U,S, government language. It has been replaced by “non-citizen.” But the prefix “non” is itself pejorative. It is better, Joe snd Nancy, if you are listening, to borrow the parlance of student future doctors, and use “pre-citizen.” In any case, it is salutary to create a “void” (in Cuomo parlance) where “alien” used to be, thus reserving that word for any encounters that the new Mars rover might have.

    Speaking of which, the rover, named “perseverance,” is in danger of falling into that Law of the Universe that I call “the irony trap.” At the battle of Jutland, the first ship to be defeated was named “Indefatigable.” This is how the world works.

    • Replies: @Alfa158
  7. songbird says:

    Harry and Meghan have moved to America.

    No doubt in order to receive further training in dealing with blacks, before being shipped off to some newly formed kingdom in the interior of Africa. I am informed that the Queen’s ultimate goal is to fissure the Commonwealth and peal off the black countries under a new octoroon crown that will be friendly to Glencore.

    • Replies: @Not Raul
  8. @Abelard Lindsey

    What is the story behind the Catalonia thing?

    Spain is one of the strongest nation-states in the EU; the EU wants weak nation-states it can push around. Encouraging Catalonian (and Basque) nationalism is a way to weaken the Spanish state, and so increase the authority of the New USSR in Brussels. This is why you mainly see members of the Oligarchical-Left supporting such proposals.

    • Replies: @Shortsword
  9. 216 says: • Website

    The US Dissident Right is again beset with infighting.

    Proof that we need a Central Committee and Politburo to put a kibosh on personality cults.

  10. Mikhail says: • Website

    More Orwellian and bigoted anti-Russian BS:

    Some just don’t give up. This guy claims to have proof that the Russian government has kompromat on Trump:

    His “research assistant”:

    • Replies: @Shortsword
  11. melanf says:

    Yet I can’t find on Google any recent data on vaccination rates in Russia

    This data simply does not exist. There is data (incomplete and outdated) on vaccination in vaccination centers starting from December 5. But in addition, vaccination is carried out by different departments (the Ministry of Defense, Russian railways, etc.) and this data is simply unknown.

    The fact that Russia can export Sputnik V is a real PR success. But the vaccination of the Russian population would be even better.

    Now free vaccination is available to the majority of the population, and where there are failures, they are caused by logistics or incorrect distribution of the vaccine. The export of the vaccine does not affect this. Moreover, it seems that they export the Sputnik vaccine produced in other countries (South Korea, India, etc.).

    • Agree: Anatoly Karlin
    • Replies: @Shortsword
  12. @Mikhail

    How many books about this have been published? Feels like they just keep coming out.

    • Replies: @Mikhail
  13. @melanf

    You can find a lot of up to date news in local media. If you search for “thousands vaccinated” on Yandex and look in the news section you’ll find it. It looks like 2-3% of the population have been vaccinated. But the vaccination has been really slow up until recently. It seems that in most regions the majority have been vaccinated in the last two weeks.

    • Replies: @melanf
    , @Gerard-Mandela
  14. melanf says:

    You can find a lot of up to date news in local media.

    Here is this information (3 342 812 person is vaccinated with at least one dose of the vaccine)

    But this information is outdated for several days, and does not include those who were vaccinated not in vaccination centers but under other programs. Probably the real number of vaccinated in Russia is about 4 million.

    But the vaccination has been really slow up until recently. It seems that in most regions the majority have been vaccinated in the last two weeks.

    In Moscow, everyone is vaccinated without restrictions for 2.5 months, but out of 10 million adults in Moscow, about 800,000 are vaccinated. Oddly enough the export of the vaccine contributes to vaccination in Russia as it helps to break down psychological barriers

    • Replies: @Shortsword
  15. @melanf

    News that just came out about production:

    Mishustin: about 10 million doses of Sputnik V vaccine and 80 thousand doses of EpiVacCorona produced

    Golikova: Russia will produce 88 million doses of coronavirus vaccines by the end of the first half of the year

  16. @Servant of Gla'aki

    EU doesn’t like Catalonian separatism either. But they could handle it so they don’t make much noise about it. They are definitely not encouraging it though.

    • Agree: Not Raul
    • Replies: @Not Raul
  17. melanf says:

    My trip to the Crimea in January. I can advise everyone to go to the Crimea in winter

  18. Pericles says:
    @Mr. Hack

    White burglars, naturally.

    • Replies: @reiner Tor
    , @Mr. Hack
  19. Not Raul says:

    EU doesn’t like Catalonian separatism either. But they could handle it so they don’t make much noise about it. They are definitely not encouraging it though.

    It seems that the only people in Europe outside of Catalonia encouraging Catalonian separatism is certain Scottish nationalists.

    As you might expect, most of the large, national (as opposed to regional) political parties in Spain are against Scottish nationalism. They’re afraid of setting a dangerous precedent.

    There’s talk of Spain, France (wary of encouraging Corsican nationalism), and a few other countries vetoing Scotland’s entry in to the EU, if Scotland were to become independent.

    • Replies: @Hugo Silva
  20. Not Raul says:

    I am informed that the Queen’s ultimate goal is to fissure the Commonwealth and peal off the black countries under a new octoroon crown that will be friendly to Glencore.

    Maybe Lyndon Larouche was right about the Queen.

    • LOL: songbird
  21. If one mask isn’t good enough why aren’t the masks just thicker?

  22. @Pericles

    That was my first thought, too.

  23. @Shortsword

    There are better (and more expensive) masks. I guess it’s an attempt to get the benefits of those from the cheap shitty masks.

  24. Passer by says:

    You got better weather. Bridge was closed recently due to snow storms.

    All that snow should help with the water situation.

    • Replies: @melanf
  25. Passer by says:

    This is about surgical masks, who only have 20 % – 80 % filtration rate depending on particle size. Ordinary cloth masks have even lower filtration rate. Respirator masks have between 95 % and 99% filtration rate. Look for either N95 or FFP 2 / FFP 3 masks.

    Chinese masks KN95 have issues, one must personally check data for the model and the certificate, because there are some chinese “respirators” with only 30 % filtration rate. There is a US health authority page for chinese masks and its testing of various models.

    One good tip for masks is to salt your masks. According to 3 recent studies, salting masks increases filtration rate and creates a self-disinfecting mask.

    • Replies: @Shortsword
    , @Philip Owen
  26. @Passer by

    Obviously it can make a difference but I just think it’s funny that people are talking about “doublemasking”.

    • Replies: @Malenfant
    , @Blinky Bill
  27. @melanf

    Great shots!

    Also, what kind of birds are those?

    • Replies: @Blinky Bill
    , @melanf
  28. @A123

    The Catalan region political situation appears to be getting more unstable as the center has not held versus both:
    — Right Spanish Unionists — primarily VOX
    — Left Catalan Independence — 3 parties (?) ERC, JXC, CUP


    We can see the top level numbers over here, but that doesn’t automatically translate to enthusiasm and follow through. Despite the Left Independence count (win?) there seems to be a great deal of pro-Brussels squishiness that could sap any momentum.

    Don’t bother getting excited, Catalan “nationalists, like their Scottish counterparts, are deviant bien-pensant traitors whose hatred of their own region is only exceeded by their hatred of the rest of Spain.

    Also, seeing this through anti-EU perspective isn’t very useful since the separatists forcefully wish for Catalonia to (illegally) remain an EU state after separation.

    Their feelings aren’t reciprocated:

    “Let me be clear: Violence does not solve anything in politics. It is never an answer, never a solution. And it can never be used as a weapon or instrument,” European Commission First Vice President Frans Timmermans said last month. [October 2017]

    “None of us want to see violence in our societies,” he said. “However, it is a duty for any government to uphold the law, and this sometimes does require the proportionate use of force.”


    “If we let Catalonia become independent — but it’s not our business — others will do it, and I wouldn’t want that,” said European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, who heads the branch of the European bureaucracy charged with enforcing that member states live up to European rules, including human rights.

    “I don’t want a European Union comprised of 98 states in 15 years,” Juncker told students in Luxembourg in mid-October, adding that he had pressed Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy not to allow the situation to spiral out
    of control.

    European Council President Donald Tusk echoed that sentiment after Catalonia’s declaration of independence on Friday.

    “For E.U. nothing changes. Spain remains our only interlocutor. I hope the Spanish government favors force of argument, not argument of force,” Tusk wrote on Twitter.

    • Replies: @Mitleser
  29. @Shortsword

    Surprisingly, Germany was the first to come up with a more sensible solution.

    In Germany, the federal and state governments introduced measures last week [in January] making medical masks — identified as surgical masks or KN95 or FFP2 masks — mandatory in stores and on public transit. It also issued a recommendation that medical masks be worn whenever there is close or prolonged contact with other people, particularly in enclosed spaces.

    FFP2 is a European standard promising filtration similar to that of N95 or KN95 respirators.

    The government said that in light of the new coronavirus variants, medical masks “offer greater protection than normal cloth masks, which are not subject to any standards with regard to their effectiveness.”


    The German state of Bavaria had already introduced rules requiring FFP2 masks on transit and in shops. The federal government earlier announced it would distribute millions of FFP2 masks to people over 60 and those with chronic conditions.

    Austria put similar rules into effect on Monday, now requiring FFP2 masks or the equivalent in settings including transit, carpooling, businesses open to the public and indoor and outdoor markets. To ensure wide adoption of the new regulations, Austria said it would distribute 1.2 million free masks. Large supermarket chains will also hand out free masks in the first days of the new rules.

    France’s High Council for Public Health announced last Thursday that it is now recommending people wear surgical masks in public, on the basis that they offer better protection than fabric masks.

    “The recommendation that I make to the French people is to no longer use fabric masks,” said French Health Minister Olivier Véran, according to Reuters.

    Véran said industrially made masks are preferable. “Artisanal masks that one makes at home, with the best intentions in the world … do not necessarily offer all the necessary guarantees,” Véran told France Inter last week.

    The council now recommends that people wear Category 1 masks in public, rather than those from Category 2, which includes most cloth masks. Category 1 includes FFP2 masks, surgical masks and fabric masks that meet specific standards. Didier Lepelletier, co-president of the COVID-19 working group at the council, discouraged the general public from using FFP2 filter masks, though, warning that they are difficult to wear correctly, according to The Local France.

    France’s National Academy of Medicine questioned the wisdom of the move of recommending Category 1 masks, saying, “The effectiveness of ‘general public’ masks has never been faulted when they are correctly worn.”

    “Such a change in the recommendations concerning a practice with which the entire population had managed to become familiar risks creating misunderstanding and reviving doubts about the validity of the official recommendations,” the National Academy wrote.

    Perhaps here is part of the explanation, they have shortages of high-grade masks but don’t wish to emphasise it too much:

    In the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to recommend that the public use fabric masks, provided that they have at least two layers. The CDC discourages the public from using medical masks or N95 respirators, saying they should be conserved for health care workers. Nonmedical disposable masks are fine for the public to use, the CDC says.

  30. g2k says:

    Yanks should be grateful that their NPCs have gone down the road of mask fetishism. The official narrative from their counterparts in most of Europe is that the vaccines won’t change anything and that lockdowns and ridiculous criminally enforced social distancing will continue into 2022.

    In the UK, it might be possible,in six weeks time, to……. sit on a park bench without committing a criminal offense. This is with most over 60s vaxxed.

  31. Reads like a parody.

    These videos on the Belarusian protests have been complete jokes for many months. Usually it’s like twenty people just walking and waving the red and white flag. Really gives the impression it’s the same people filming the same video over and over again.

    The funniest ones are when they meet out in a forest. Great protest.

    • LOL: Blinky Bill
  32. melanf says:
    @Passer by

    You got better weather. Bridge was closed recently due to snow storms.

    For the first two days, everything was covered in snow. But mountain forests and waterfalls under the snow are even more interesting

  33. melanf says:
    @The Spirit of Enoch Powell

    rosy pelican – this is how they beg for fish

  34. Looks like US isn’t even trying to stop Nord Stream 2 now. As I understand it they didn’t really implement new sanctions at all. They only reaffirmed sanctions that were already in place.

    • Replies: @Mitleser
    , @AP
  35. songbird says:

    Why do East Asians bow (and many South or SE Asians), but it is not characteristic of Europeans?

    • Replies: @melanf
    , @songbird
  36. @Malenfant

    It’s really funny if you think about it from an anti-masker perspective. First Fauci says that masks do nothing. A couple of months later he says everybody needs to wear a mask. Half a year later he says it’s just common sense to wear two masks.

    • Replies: @AnonFromTN
  37. melanf says:

    Why do East Asians bow (and many South or SE Asians), but it is not characteristic of Europeans?

    Do you mean a composite bow?

    This bow was widely used in Eastern Europe as a weapon of the noble class. In Western Europe, knights were not mounted archers, and it made no sense to arm simple infantry with such expensive weapons – usual longbows were enough for them

    • Replies: @songbird
  38. songbird says:

    Rather, I mean to bend the back in a gesture of respect and deference.

  39. @Shortsword

  40. Mitleser says:

    NS 2 is nearly completed (94%+).

    The German leftist newspaper Junge Welt reported that the German top atlanticist Norbert Röttgen changed his tune and is no longer demanding a termination of the project.
    Looks like he also good new orders.

    • Replies: @Passer by
  41. g2k says:

    Cryptos, in 2021 have gone beserk. Have been trading the things in an ultra conservative manner and I’m getting stupid roi.

  42. @Shortsword

    I read your post on the other thread here is part of my reply:

    Yes the numbers don’t include military, trial stage and medical personnel. The numbers vaccinated 10 days before were about 1.9 million Russians FULLY vaccinated ( 2 doses – so 3.8 million vaccinations). That’s very good, and of course not including the very sizable amounts given to those groups I mentioned. America and some other countries have either higher fully vaccinated by number or by proportion – but these numbers from Russia are very good.

    Many regions in Russia have required antibody tests before allowing people to be vaccinated – that’s why it’s irrelevant to look at the vaccines done and compare it to other countries. I think it’s 12-15% of the population have immunity or antibodies or whatever ( safe to say I don’t work in this field!), and in addition those who have already had the virus are not allowed to have the vaccine for several months. Antibody reasons are probably why Putin has not had the vaccine.

    Then there is the issue of vaccines produced, versus those produced vaccines being checked, delivered and passing all the requirements to be used. It looks like 60% of vaccines produced have been available to use when the numbers produced were 3 million, 5 million and 7 million.

    Also important is to forget the Soros funded pathetic BS – we have longer January holidays then most other countries – the first 3 weeks are very quiet and the government used that time to make sure production was increased, more available after the third week in January – a further reasons direct comparisons with other countries are not relevant – except to say that Russian vaccination program is doing great.

    My place Tatarstan and other great ( wealthy) regions like Tyumen have had lower vaccines delivered by proportion compared to some poorer regions like Kurgan

  43. songbird says:

    Here are some of my guesses, on Asians bowing but primarily not Europeans:

    It shows the WEIRDnesss of Euros. Some special tendency to egalitarianism, or else it is a purely cultural reflection of Christianity. (that bowing deeply would be worshiping a false god)

    Or: it has something to do with wet-rice agriculture. Maybe, the greater population it can support, led to more hierarchy. Or maybe, Asians are more domesticated and more willing to take their eyes off each other.

    • Replies: @Hyperborean
  44. china-russia-all-the-way says:

    PLA acknowledges 4 fatal casualties in Ladakh from the June 15 clash. Three soldiers and the battalion commander died. The regimental commander was seriously injured. No word on the number of any other non-fatal casualties.

    The number of fatal casualties is in line with a report on June 25 from the Economic Times in India.

    Indian forces deployed on the LAC have gathered from their local Chinese counterparts, posted on other sites, that at least two soldiers other than the commanding officer (CO), were killed in the June 15 clash at Galwan Valley.

    The question then is why are Indian fatal casualties higher? Indian Army acknowledged a total of 20 fatal casualties in two separate staggered statements. At first, the Indian Army announced 3 deaths and then a short while later in another statement announced an additional 17 soldiers had died due to “sub-zero temperatures”.

    17 Indian troops who were critically injured in the line of duty at the stand off location and exposed to sub-zero temperatures in the high altitude terrain have succumbed to their injuries, taking the total that were killed in action to 20.

    Could the 17 soldiers have died due to lack of helicopters for casualty evacuation? The ITBP, a paramilitary force that patrols the border with the Indian Army, complained in the media a few days before the clash about the inability to acquire any helicopters.

    New Delhi: The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), which is tackling the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) forces along with the Indian army at India’s Eastern border, has been seeking helicopters for itself for more than 20 years now, but hasn’t yet got them, mostly due to bureaucratic apathy that is not uncommon among the corridors of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

    • Replies: @songbird
  45. Mikhail says: • Website

    Craig Unger has written two such books. His most recent just came out. Unger’s “evidence” are documents that are presented as corrupt deals with former Soviets, suggesting that the Russian government has kompromat out on Trump. On par with trying to accuse someone of murder on the sole basis of corrupt biz deals. Never mind the numerous examples indicating that Trump hasn’t been a toad of the Russian government.

    • Replies: @Shortsword
    , @Mr. Hack
  46. songbird says:

    I’ve heard that the Chinese sometimes use clubs with nails driven into them because of the high altitude. I don’t know if that would be worse or better than rifles, with regards to fatalities. I’d guess more head injuries. Probably less amendable to improved medical techniques on the battlefield.

  47. @songbird

    It shows the WEIRDnesss of Euros. Some special tendency to egalitarianism, or else it is a purely cultural reflection of Christianity. (that bowing deeply would be worshiping a false god)

    It seems be a hierarchy/formality thing:

    While it’s hard to trace the history of a gesture, we know from written accounts there was a fair amount of bowing during colonial times. In the 16 and 1700s, Puritan ministers, parents, school teachers, tutors and dancing masters instructed men to bow to women, inferiors to bow to superiors, and equals of higher social rank to bow to each other.

    The practice began raising hackles during the Revolutionary period when some considered it a vestige of a less democratic society. Thomas Jefferson liked to shake hands instead of bowing. Bowing took a further hit during Andrew Jackson’s populist presidency in the 1830s. An English visitor at the time complained that the lack of bowing made it hard to figure out the social status of people he met.

    During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, bowing signified membership in so-called polite society. Edith Wharton’s characters bow to one another. And politeness maven Emily Post included a detailed section on bowing in her 1922 book “Etiquette.” By World War II, the bow was on its last legs, reserved mostly for debutant balls.

    It is still expected for the UK PMs:

    Though for women, curtseys look more elegant when they are wearing a full dress:*1au48wy*_ga*bmVMZDUyNDRCUDUtREtKc2s4enNGeTRoMkxFT2RGZXpzTzFVWS1Ya0tNOWZsZXAwOGpTQ3d3T01Mb0xvaU1nZg..

    • Agree: Daniel Chieh
    • Replies: @songbird
  48. @Not Raul

    Not going to happen, if Scotland follows the proper legal procedures to be recognized as an independent state no One is going to veto their entry in the European Union.

  49. @Mikhail

    There’s been hundreds of anti-Russian books published the last few years. Russiagate often being the main selling point. They’re basically all written by people paid by US government in some way. Usually people employed in some think tank.

    There’s typically not much overall consistency between the various theories presented in all these books. But the authors rarely care about that. They won’t call each other out on such issues. In fact, it’s often the opposite, the authors will often give warm reviews to other anti-Russian books even for books that present contradictory theories to the author’s. That just kind of shows you that there is little interest in presenting facts. The only thing that matters is Russia bad!

    • Replies: @Mikhail
  50. Mikhail says: • Website

    Twitter brings out the TWIT in s0me. The MSNBC house Republican Michael Steele has tweeted support for Unger’s most recent book. Let’s see how it’s received by CNN, WaPo, NYT, CNN, NPR et al.

  51. songbird says:

    That’s interesting about early colonial America.

    I recall reading something about a dress code among the Puritans (or I believe it was the Puritans.) That even though they sort of frowned on a lot of things, women of high class were allowed, I believe, to wear gold jewelry, even if they had fallen on bad times, or lost their fortune. But lower class women were not allowed to wear such things, at all and would be punished for it.

    And I believe some theorize that Quakers popularized the handshake.

    But, it still kind of begs the question, why is there more hierarchy in the East? Or, why has it persisted longer?

    BTW, it is also notable how Easterners bow very deeply sometimes for trivial things, like an apology or for a small error, and to people who aren’t nobles.

    I guess in Japan, in was common for Samurai to kill peasants who offended them into what we would consider recent times – one killed some Englishman who didn’t dismount or move his horse aside. And I guess it would make sense that Japanese culture would have carried over to Korea. But I wonder about China?

  52. Mr. Hack says:

    All of the great burglar/heist films from the past (and there were plenty of them) starred white/European movie stars. Must have been an early manifestation of ANTIFA propaganda tactics: 🙂

    Discarding Cary Grant’s magnificent Mediterranean sun tan, he and Grace Kelly are as white as rice pudding: Alfred Hitchcock’s very entertaining “To Catch a Thief”.

    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
    , @Pericles
  53. Mr. Hack says:
    @Mr. Hack

    More “Whitey’s” getting into the act:


  54. @Shortsword

    First Fauci says that masks do nothing. A couple of months later he says everybody needs to wear a mask. Half a year later he says it’s just common sense to wear two masks.

    If Fauci is a scientist, I am the Pope. LOL.

  55. Mr. Hack says:

    Sure, nobody really knows for sure (except Kremlin insiders), but would it really be that hard to believe that such kompromat exists? Trump was never known to be a choir boy in the first place, and his extra curricular sexual proclivities were especially well known before he was president. Nah, impossible! 🙂

    But think, what if the Russians had been smart enough to snap a few incriminating photos, just think how handy they’d come in for any future negotiating purposes. But then again, it’s just not possible, outside the parameters of what the FSB does….

    • Replies: @Mikhail
    , @Anatoly Karlin
  56. AP says:

    As predicted, with Trump gone Nordstream2 goes through. Yet US leftist media claimed that Trump was Putin’s puppet.

    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
  57. songbird says:

    I think I could design a country that progressives would really love.

    For example, part of the national costume would be a sash, like the Boy Scouts wear, where they could sew on different ribbons and badges in order to signal. And on the sash, there would be some sort of RFID or QR code that would link to a personal website, maintained at state expense, with space for additional virtue signals.

    And, of course, they would be forced to miscegenate with blacks, sort of like in Paraguay or Haiti. Free testing for STDs, while paternity tests would be banned.

  58. @Passer by

    The return of armor and shields for melee combat. Pikes next?

    • Replies: @Passer by
    , @Blinky Bill
  59. Passer by says:

    It is called cold winter.

    Could have something to do with the failure of Germany’s renewable power generation this winter (it supplied just between 0 and 3 % of electricity in this January for Berlin-Brandenburg region) and thus the record amounts of russian gas being bought by the EU.

    • Replies: @Mitleser
  60. Mikhail says: • Website
    @Mr. Hack

    Sure, nobody really knows for sure (except Kremlin insiders), but would it really be that hard to believe that such kompromat exists? Trump was never known to be a choir boy in the first place, and his extra curricular sexual proclivities were especially well known before he was president. Nah, impossible! 🙂

    But think, what if the Russians had been smart enough to snap a few incriminating photos, just think how handy they’d come in for any future negotiating purposes. But then again, it’s just not possible, outside the parameters of what the FSB does…

    Given how Trump’s admin carried on, why didn’t they use such against him, if it exists?

    • Replies: @AnonFromTN
    , @Mr. Hack
  61. @Mikhail

    Given how Trump’s admin carried on, why didn’t they use such against him

    For the simple reason that Russia does not have good blackmail material on Trump. He may be dumb, but not that dumb.

    Alzheimer Joe is protected in a different way: he can’t get it up even if he wanted to.

  62. songbird says:
    @Passer by

    That is quite interesting how the video doesn’t seem to mention India directly. I wonder if that is the typical form of official statements about border clashes.

    • Replies: @Daniel Chieh
  63. Mitleser says:
    @Passer by

    This is not limited to Germany.

    Natural gas seemed to have saved Texas from the worst-case scenario.

  64. @songbird

    As the article noted, it’s an effort at de-escalation to not name the enemy.

    • Replies: @songbird
    , @songbird
  65. songbird says:
    @Daniel Chieh

    Right, but I’m wondering if it prescriptive or postscriptive. I.e. have they ever named India after a border clash, in recent times (like Deng era)? Would they name Japan or the Philippines? Or just the area?

    One thing that I find fascinating about China is how, in movies they don’t seem to allow any state-level baddies, except for WW2-era Japan, or maybe some colonial stuff.

    Perhaps, tied into this, I used to also be fascinated how later communist regimes (Eastern Europe, China) seem to promote international conferences in their news media, beyond any reasonable public interest. Imagine lengthy tables put end to end and many potted plants, with delegates from many worthless countries invited to give lengthy speeches about worthless topics, and it being given a lot of time.

    • Replies: @Daniel Chieh
  66. Mr. Hack says:

    Maybe they did, in an indirect sort of way. It was odd, that contrary to all American foreign policy, up until Trump’s arrival, was hostile towards Russia, but all of a sudden Trump had exhibited a fawning attitude towards it, like a forlorn child. Just having an inkling of suspicion of such kompromat was enough to keep Trump a big fan of Russia and old boy Putler too.

    You must be right though, even Deep State never believed any of the “PeeGate” BS.

    • Replies: @Mikhail
  67. Rosie says:

    Help a sister out. Can someone explain to me what it is that’s going on between Andrew Anglin’s ears?

    He has determined that, since Kim Kardashian filed for a divorce from Kanye West, she must think he’s “not good enough” for her because “female hypergamy.” She did when she married him, of course, and had four children with him, but now that she is seven years older and has four kids, she apparently thinks she can do better, even though he is a fabulously wealthy superstar.

    Given that this is absurd, one might think that something else might be going on, like, I don’t know, he’s not nice to her anymore. Is there any scenario that wouldn’t confirm Anglin’s bias about “female hypergamy”? Or is it just an article of faith to which every thing that happens in the real world, however unlikely under this theory, must be reconciled?

    Of course, I don’t really care about Kim Kardashian for all sorts of reasons. I would just like some insight into Andrew Anglin’s reasoning processes.

  68. Mr. Hack says:
    @Blinky Bill

    The Grim Reaper always seems to win (in this life anyway). 🙁

  69. songbird says:
    @Daniel Chieh

    I guess it’s probably specific to the recent outbreak. Since the Global Times is controlled CCP and would presumably be knowledgeable about their policy.

    Though, I wonder if they would act similarly if there were a few fatalities exchanged with Japan, as it has no nukes.

  70. china-russia-all-the-way says:

    Indians have the media advantage and are able to get its side out. But you can assume in the boundary area whatever China does, India also does.

    “When Qi Fabao, a regimental commander, brought a few soldiers to negotiate with the Indian troops in June, he was “violently attacked with steel pipes, clubs and stones”, state television CCTV said.”

    • Agree: songbird
  71. songbird says:
    @Blinky Bill

    If energy shields ever come along that prevent ballistics, like in the movie Dune, then I presume Chinese and Indians will have the advantage on us. Probably having developed vibrational swords, in the meantime.

  72. @Rosie

    Kim Kardashian’s Ex-Boyfriends And Husbands Before Kanye West

    Kim Kardashian and Damon Thomas. …
    Kim Kardashian and Ray J. …
    Kim Kardashian and Nick Lachey. …
    Kim Kardashian and Nick Cannon. …
    Kim Kardashian and Reggie Bush. …
    Kim Kardashian and Miles Austin. …
    Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries.

    • Replies: @Rosie
  73. Mr. Hack says:

    It wasn’t as if the Russians had the Germans tightly grasped by the throat.

  74. Mikhail says: • Website
    @Mr. Hack

    Trump ran on a maverick foreign policy that included seeking better relations with Russia. He consulted with Kissinger who has suggested such for Machiavellian reasons. As prez however, Trump drifted away from that. Hence, no reason to believe the Russian government has damaging kompromat on Trump.

  75. Rosie says:
    @Blinky Bill

    Kanye’s old flames:

    Alexis Phifer (engaged)
    Sessiliee Lopez
    Amber Rose
    Selida Ebanks
    Melody Thornton
    Chanel Iman
    Virginia Maury

    Now that we know way more than we ever wanted to about the romantic histories of these people, I ask again:

    Why does Andrew Anglin believe that Kim filed for divorce from Kanye at age 40 because she has all of a sudden decided he’s not good enough for her after marrying him and bearing him four children over seven years?

    I’ll go ahead and offer my own conjecture:

    Men like Andrew Anglin are psychopaths who do not fall in love like ordinary people do. Therefore, the only relevant question to him and his psychopathic fan boys concerning women is…”Is she good enough for me?”

    Because he doesn’t realize that he has a screw loose, he projects his own cynicism about relationships onto normal people, a subset of humanity that may or may not include Kim Kardashian.

  76. Alfa158 says:

    Pre-citizen is still too negative for Nancy Pelosi. I’ve seen video where she uses the term “undocumented citizens”.

  77. Max Payne says:

    It’s because it’s all bullshit. Tuberculosis eat your heart out.
    Everyone wants to be a gay Japanese cartoon character apparently.

    I am reminded of the 239th Rule of Acquisition: “Never be afraid to mislabel a product.”

    I guess the level of hysteria was the same after 9/11. I was astonished how fast Americans found it acceptable for a big black guy name Jamal working for the TSA to finger bang your toddler in the name of counter-terrorism.

    Probably gonna linger for the same period (2001 to 2008 were the height of this hysteria, so we’re looking at 5 more years at a minimum of this masking illiteracy).

    I just wish plebs would focus their attention towards mosquitoes and how fast they spread disease and viruses. Maybe we can reintroduce DDT, a chemical that worked beautifully but was banned by blubbering vaginas (the ancestors of mask-retards today). If America didn’t rain a jizz-shower of DDT like a special type of moron we’d still have this wonderful product in the West instead of illegal importation or half-cocked synthesis.

    Because you know… that’s what governments do. Stand in a man’s way.

  78. A123 says:

    More Humor for the Open Thread.

    PEACE 😇

    • Agree: mal
    • Thanks: Mr. Hack
  79. @Rosie

    He’s flat wrong about Bezos to begin with. Bezos got the user-friendliest divorce in the history of the universe. So probably no need to read past that.

  80. Pericles says:
    @Mr. Hack

    Lol, the old heist movies were great. I’m sure those two are nowadays raiding Minneapolis suburbs, jacking cars, buying sneakers, weed and rims. In favor of your point, kind of, the one burglar I have caught was a pale white (EE of some sort).

    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
  81. There’s a short Eliot Higgins (Bellingcat founder) interview on The Guardian. Interviewed by Luke Harding. He says he’s talking to production companies about creating a tv-series. LOL!

    • LOL: Mikhail

    Russia and the UAE to create a joint venture to develop a supersonic business jet

    There was some news about this in 2019. Still early project stage without much information. Will be interesting if it’s not cancelled.

  83. Mr. Hack says:

    I’ve been a city boy all of my life, big cities too, and have had few if any problems dealing with “people of color”. My skin tone is similar to Cary Grant’s, and I tan up easily, perhaps they think that I’m one of their own (Mexicans at least). I’ve had the pleasure of working with some pretty high IQ blacks too, no problem…all of this race stuff is nonsense, on both sides of the equation. “All lives matter” is my motto.

    • Thanks: Blinky Bill
    • Replies: @silviosilver
    , @AnonFromTN
  84. @songbird

    One thing that I find fascinating about China is how, in movies they don’t seem to allow any state-level baddies, except for WW2-era Japan, or maybe some colonial stuff.

    I mean, its ultimately the same reason why Bond movies tended not to name Russia per se as the enemy, but rather independent criminal organizations, due to various political pressures that may be seeking to negotiate with the state in question.

    A major domestic consideration of the CCP is to reign in “extremists patriots” who want to push endlessly for war, which make up a meaningful percentage of the population. The CCP may not be a democracy, but they’re still concerned with the opinions of the population, especially for those who are avowed and actively patriotic, but are a more than slightly nuts.

    This has led to a lot of mocking jokes of the CCP wanting people to be “not too much patriotic, not too little patriotic” but it should be understandable that the CCP doesn’t want people to go around beating up “hostile foreigners” and foreign businesses.

    Though, I wonder if they would act similarly if there were a few fatalities exchanged with Japan, as it has no nukes.

    Probably less so with Japan. Part of this is the understanding that ultimately, the Chinese and the Japanese “understand” each other, insofar as there’s expected levels of escalation for the tit and tat, even if the escalation has no hard limit.

    On the other hand, India is more seen as a murky black box that’s too alien to understand(and few Chinese policymakers particularly concern themselves to do so), so there’s more incentive to deescalate within reason, since its not seen as being predictable what level of escalation can rise from it.

    China tends to be vocal when it wants to make a lot of noise but not yet engage in hostilities, but much more subdued right before the Rubicon moments. Chinese intervention in the Korean War, for example, was also preceded by subtle rather than explicit warnings.

    • Thanks: songbird
  85. @Rosie

    Arguably the bigger question is why Anglin is still living rent free in your head.

    (I browsed the Daily Stormer more or less regularly a few years ago for the edgy racial humor. But it’s long sunk into humorless Christian fundamentalism, “here is how Trump can still win”, Qanon idiocy, and some tired, at this point quite formulaic, denunciations of how the Jews are behind it all).

    • Agree: Daniel Chieh
    • Replies: @Daniel Chieh
  86. @Anatoly Karlin

    I wonder if she confused him for you. After all, you both share an initial and weev is in the Ukraine, which is part of Russia.

    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
  87. Mr. Hack says:
    @Daniel Chieh

    “the Ukraine” a part of Russia? Is this what they’re still printing in the Beijing Daily? 🙂

    • Replies: @Daniel Chieh
    , @Blinky Bill
  88. @Mr. Hack

    Your predictability is part of your charm.

    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
  89. Mr. Hack says:
    @Daniel Chieh

    Just trying to help you catch-up with your current events circa 1991! 🙂

  90. @Mr. Hack

    Chinese Man critiques BBC disinformation campaign. Classic British Strategy, using an Indian to spread lies about Chinese Culture.


    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
  91. blatnoi says:

    I think a few open threads ago there was a rundown on the financing of the, er… operation and the author, Anatoly, mentioned that he’s well off now and gets paid by Roy Unz as well, so if you don’t feel like wasting money that you can’t spare, you should stop the Patreon contribution.

    Well, that was what I got out of it. I actually do have money to spare just from my job’s salary and leading a boring these days, though I admit I should probably get into investing, but my lack of experience in it and lack of time is a severe handicap. Plus I’m not based in the US anymore and getting an international brokerage account in my current country with access to all the fun stocks is a real pain. Any helpful information on how I can read up on investing for someone who doesn’t know much? I would only put up money I’m not afraid to lose. Maybe 10K or something even smaller.

    The real question was that the Patreon said that if I’m a contributor, I get a free, personally signed book about the Dark Lord of the Kremlin, and if I stop contributing, would my name still be on the free book list? I was thinking of transferring my monthly contribution to the Gray Mirror Substack (apparently to another rich person, but one who has a paywall), but don’t want to lose dibs on the book.

    Then again, if the Great Bifurcation post comes out before the end of March, I will probably continue the Patreon thing, even though the host might be richer than me by now, and will probably still pay for the Gray Mirror.

  92. Mr. Hack says:
    @Blinky Bill

    I see your point. Uncle Roger can’t seem to accept any new innovative cooking techniques, kind of like Daniel Chieh’s inability to accept the Ukraine not being a “part of Russia“. 🙂

    Maybe a good sprinkiling of MSG* over Ukraine could help Daniel be more accepting of Ukraine (no the necessary)? Hilarious stuff! 🙂

    *”it makes everything better”

  93. Anatoly, this is related to a theme you have talked about, the pernicious effects of the west’s rot infiltrating Russian youth
    The daily beast is one of the most russophobic outfits, and the prevelance of:

    “Some of them identified as feminists, vegan activists, dancers, musicians, and aspiring lawyers. They seemed to march to the beat of a different drum, sharing a set of universal values that differed from that of their parents and grandparents. It was like they were visitors from another planet.”

    Is up for debate. But it’s very worrying indeed.

    • Replies: @Passer by
  94. In case you do not have three hours to invest and are curious, I have watched the three free episodes of Adam Curtis’ new TV show Can’t Get You Out of My Head.

    It is repetitive and if you are familiar with Curtis’ schtick, it is familiar.

    One new to me thing is he showed the display at Soyuz 1 cosmonaut Vladimir Komorov’s open casket state funeral and played a recording of CIA transmitted Komorov’s last words (screams). Not safe for lunch. A google image search for Komorov fetches the image that Curtis displayed. It resembles a molybdomancy product. Google image search for molybdomancy is more fun!

  95. Mitleser says:

    Compared to Basques, Catalan separatists seem fake and gay.

    General Francisco Franco’s 1939-75 dictatorship was then a time of repression with the public use of their distinct languages banned.

    But it was in the Basque region that the response was more radical.

    ETA, set up in 1959, is blamed for the deaths of at least 829 people to 2010 in its campaign of bombings and shootings to achieve independence.

    In Catalonia, nationalist group Terre Lliure set up in 1978 and which like ETA was Marxist, carried out only one killing. It disbanded in 1991.

    Oyarzabal, the Basque senator, said “there is no terrorism” in Catalonia but he likened the region’s separatist drive to a “coup d’etat”.

    Catalans reject outright any suggestion their struggle can be compared to that of the Basques.

    Joan Tarda, a lawmaker for Catalonia separatist party the Republican Left, said any comparison with the years of violence in the Basque Country “is an insult to intelligence and it trivialises terrorism”.

    “We opted for an enormous act of civil disobedience. But we will not deviate from our civic and peaceful method,” he added.

  96. Passer by says:

    But in this moment—after Navalny’s latest poisoning attempt, recovery, return from Germany and hasty sentencing in Moscow—he is the one who is uniting Russia’s opposition.

    Navalny did not unite Russia’s opposition. Otherwise you would see something much more massive going on. He caused infighting too. His antics in the court were not seen as helpful by his allies.

    Some liberals even started criticising the West, sensing that the mood is not supportive of him.

  97. New drone footage from the Orion drone.

    It’s better than anything I’ve seen before from Russia. Airstrikes previously shown has typically been low quality video with bad stabilization.

    It’s not as good as the L3Harris Wescam system that’s used by many Western defense manufacturers and on the Turkish drones. It uses some kind of postprocessing which gives a very clear image. For comparison here is footage using a Wescam camera for surveillance during a protest in United States in November 2020.

    Here is also some footage from ZALA Aero drones. It’s a company owned by Kalashnikov that produces surveillance drones and loitering ammunition.

    • Thanks: AltanBakshi, mal
  98. @Mr. Hack

    all of this race stuff is nonsense, on both sides of the equation.

    You are a complete, total and utter fucking idiot, that is now abundantly clear.

    One of the great pities of life is that the price of idiocy this enormous is not invariably immense personal suffering.

    I know it’s harsh – and contradictory to the spirit of the forum – but it simply has to be said.

    • Disagree: Blinky Bill
    • Replies: @Blinky Bill
    , @Mr. Hack
  99. @silviosilver

    Minnesota nice is a cultural stereotype applied to the behavior of people from Minnesota implying residents are unusually courteous, reserved, mild-mannered. The phrase also implies polite friendliness, an aversion to open confrontation, a tendency toward understatement, a disinclination to make a direct fuss or stand out, apparent emotional restraint, and self-deprecation.

    • Thanks: Mr. Hack
  100. Apparently the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine is being boycotted in Germany and France in favour of Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines. So much so that hundreds of thousands of vials of it remain unused in both countries and the government in both countries is having to reinforce that people will not get a choice of vaccine.

    What is all this about? Petty nationalism and anti-English/anti-Brexit sentiment or more to it?

    • Replies: @Kent Nationalist
  101. @Europe Europa

    It also has the more conventional mechanism compared to the other vaccines, so you would think natural scepticism would be about the others

    • Replies: @Europe Europa
  102. Mr. Hack says:

    Look, I was writing about my own personal experiences. Even though that I think that the ability of the different races to get along is possible, this doesn’t mean that I support all of the ill thought out mechanisms that the left has in store to accomplish this process. I’m a firm supporter of more stringent border controls, and am against Biden opening up the floodgates again. I thought that the BLM/Floyd marches were a travesty and highlighted the left’s latest hypocrisy in only trying to punish the latest breach of security at the capital. The new sensitivity training that will resume within corporate America is another useless folly of the left. School curriculums, Oi! And on and on…When the left finally realizes that it will take a change of men’s’ hearts to better race relations, and not force-feed the masses with their sterile propaganda, real change will become possible. What’s clouding your heart with hate and darkness Quicksilver?

  103. @Kent Nationalist

    My interpretation is that Germany and France have a big anti-vax problem, so the media and government are trying to co-opt the anti-vax argument and portray it as a psuedo-nationalist/anti-Brexit one than a scientific one.

    They’re trying to make it “Europe vs Perfidious Albion” rather than “Europe vs vaccines/big pharma”.

  104. @Mr. Hack

    all of this race stuff is nonsense, on both sides of the equation

    Have to agree: that’s my experience. I’ve seen smart and dumb, hard-working and lazy people of every color. Did not notice any correlations. Freebies make people disgusting, lazy and racist. Freebies spoil people of all colors.

    I tan up easily

    That’s Ukrainian genes (possibly Turkish admixture). After a week in Peru highlands (Cusco and its environs, Machupicchu) I became almost the same color as locals.

    • Agree: Mr. Hack
    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
  105. songbird says:

    Your daily dose of HBD: (from The Brendan Voyage, an attempt to recreate St. Brendan’s fabled voyage by crossing the Atlantic in a leather boat)

    We began with the easier work, piecing together the oxhides that covered the central segment of the hull, joinung each hide as if stitching together a quilt. Neighbors and friends came from my village to help us, and we learned that it was knack rather than brute strength that mattered in driving a good stitch. Some people had a true feeling for the work, other’s hadn’t. Our best recruit was a mere slip of a girl with less muscular strength than anyone else, but she left a neat, firm line that joined the hides as if they had been welded together.

    Incidentally, I think these guys were probably the craziest of the men who have attempted to recreate mythic or ancient journeys. No keel or real shelter on a boat like that. The leader wanted to put two masts on it, and found his “proof” that such craft existed in a medieval illustration from the part of the account where they land on a sleeping whale, after mistaking it for an island, and start a fire on its back.

  106. Is this trolling? This will never be remotely competitive to air cargo in terms of fuel consumption. It will never be as reusable and as safe either. At best it’s an interesting fantasy for very fast global military and emergency transport.

    • Replies: @Anatoly Karlin
  107. Mr. Hack says:

    I grew up in a blue collar neighborhood that was 99.98% white. The only “colored” kids that I ever saw were a part of the first wave of black kids bused into my high school back in the 70’s. I thought that the whole process was stupid back then, and still do. Trying to force feed love and respect through artificial means doesn’t work, these are attributes that need to be earned. Later in life, through my work experiences, I came into contact with many co-workers of color that were hard working and good intelligent people. This was more of an organic process and paid much greater dividends with me.

    As far as “Ukrainian genes” are concerned, I’ve come across many very fair skinned blonde and blue eyed types that don’t take well to the sun (my mother was one of these, although strangely enough she did tan quite well). Ukrainians seem to be wide amalgamation of genes and genotypes, IMHO.

    Do you visit Peru often? It sounds like a very interesting country. The closest I’ve been there was Costa Rica. I was supposed to visit last year, don’t know if I will this year yet (thanks to the virus, of course). I’m way overdo for a Costa Rican vacation (I really like Costa Rica). 🙂

    • Replies: @AnonFromTN
    , @Mikhail
  108. @Mr. Hack

    Do you visit Peru often? It sounds like a very interesting country.

    I was there once, tried to cover it all: a week in Cusco and highlands, a week in Iquitos and Amazonia (including jungle lodge, a place where they rescue Amazonian manatees, monkey island, and butterfly farm), and a week in Lima. In Lima we stayed in Miraflores, which is a wealthier part and remarkably safe, but went to several other places. We discovered that instead of underground, in Lima they have special buses that run on dedicated lanes. We also traveled to Palomino islands to swim with sea lions – a remarkable experience. The water is cold, but the company provided wet suits (and mandatory life jackets). Females and young are very curious creatures, swim right up to you, pop up within a foot of your face, and look at you. They clearly see tourists as a free entertainment. There were surprisingly few Americans in Peru, lots of tourists from what they call “paises hermanos” (brotherly countries, i.e., the rest of Latin America), and quite a few Europeans.

    Never was in Costa Rica. Out of the whole Latin America, we were only in Argentina (Buenos Aires and Patagonia), Mexico (Mexico City and pyramids), and Peru. What surprised me in Mexico City was that it has more bookstores than the whole US. Never thought Latinos read a lot. Now I know better. BTW, contrary to American propaganda, central Mexico City is safer than most American cities.

    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
  109. Mikhail says: • Website
    @Mr. Hack

    If the busing didn’t happen, integration (including fairer housing) would arguably not be as well achieved. I say this as someone who isn’t so on board with job hiring, based primarily on sex and race, while acknowledging past and some present discriminating aspects on that score. A matter of pluses and minuses.

    Yeah my old man was very fair and would get quite red in the sun, unlike my mom, who has Mediterranean roots. On that particular, I’m sort of in between, though closer to dad.

    • Replies: @Mr. Hack
  110. Mr. Hack says:

    I once visited Mexico city and even wrote about it here quite extensively at this blog. I packed quite a bit in a 24 hour period. It was a stopover to CR. Wow, what an interesting experience! I took the extremely crowded subway from the airport to the nicer part of town that includes the zoo and many very interesting museums. The Museum Antropologia is worth a stay in this large city, all by itself (but there’s a lot more to see than that).

    I’ve been through a bit of the San Jose city area too in CR, including some of its more plebian areas too. When it comes to CR, I’ve stayed at at 5* resorts and visited inner city homes and neighborhoods too. I enjoy seeing all sides of the human equation and accompanying lifestyles too. 🙂

  111. @Shortsword

    Sounds like Tesla bear cope c.2019.

    • Replies: @songbird
    , @Shortsword
    , @blatnoi
  112. Mr. Hack says:

    The problem is that most of the whites just picked up and moved out of these inner city neighborhoods to the suburbs. In Minneapolis, most people don’t realize that the old North Side was once the domain of the Jewish community. They all, pretty much moved out an moved into the first ring of suburbs called St. Louis Park. Today, its affectionately referred to as “St. Jewish Park”.

    As far as the old Northside neighborhood is concerned, my parents used to be friendly with a Jewish family originally from Besarrabia. We used to visit them and vice versa. Lots of great memories tied up with visiting Bill and Bella. Bill even took me to my first baseball game – America, it’s a great country, let’s keep it that way!

    • Thanks: Blinky Bill
  113. songbird says:
    @Anatoly Karlin

    I will say that Brian Wang was right, the minute Musk starts dropping tungsten rods on the headquarters of the rest of the Fortune 500.

    • LOL: Anatoly Karlin
  114. @Anatoly Karlin

    So there’s more fuel costs. Okay. What part is going to be cheaper to make up for it? The only thing that comes to mind is no pilots. Still irrelevant since large cargo drones is something that actually will happen and it will probably happen this decade.

    Tesla hasn’t accomplished anything magical. Making the best EV isn’t magic. I’m sure a publicly traded SpaceX could blow up to hundreds of billions that but still won’t allow them to replace air cargo.

    • Replies: @Anatoly Karlin
  115. blatnoi says:
    @Anatoly Karlin

    No, it’s actually a very good argument. It’s why we don’t use helicopters to commute except for boutique things like CEOs or medical patients. And sending cargo by rocket would be another order of magnitude removed from air and sea cargo for economics and logistics reasons, than helicopters are from cars.

    • Agree: Shortsword, Mitleser
  116. @Shortsword

    Air cargo is likewise much more expensive than ship transport, but it has major use case regardless where speed is of the essence and/or where mass per unit of value is modest.

    Space transport will probably not replace air cargo, but it will cut a chunk out of it.

    Cost of a transatlantic flight lasting half a day is $500+ for budget and up to $10k luxury. With 100 passengers, a $2 million Starship flight will be $20k. Many business people will opt for that.

    Space tourism will be big. Currently costs $20 million, will go down to $20k. At that price, even I might eventually be able to afford that.

    But the 100 passengers refers to the Mars version. This is crew + food, amenities, etc. to last them the multiple months of their trip. I haven’t seen numbers on how many a no frills passenger version of Starship would carry. If they can pack in 500, costs go down to $4k. In inflation adjusted terms, I would guess that’s cheaper than Concorde. Concorde was 3 hours trans-Atlantic. Starship is 30 mins trans-Atlantic.

    Many, many businesspeople would take that deal I suspect.

    • Replies: @Shortsword
  117. @Passer by

    The KN95’s I had certificated reached 99.5% filtration efficiency. They all do now. It’s cheaper to use the same non wovens for everything. Salt filtration is how masks are tested. SARS2 is a puny thing. Whiskey or soap will do the trick too. At that point mask wearing starts to make sense. Otherwise most people most of the put themselves in most danger wearing a mask. Crowded public transport the main exception.

  118. Mikhail says: • Website

    Artemi Panarin Follow-up

    Re: &

    Pretty rich for a NY Post writer to call another venue tabloid. Notwithstanding, a pretty good piece by Western mass media standards.

    The below USA Today article is flawed, along with numerous others. The one following it below is more objective.

    The alleged incident took place in Latvia, which isn’t a part of Russia. An individual not associated with the Russian government is making the assault claim on Panarin. Panarin has been a supporter of Alexey Navalny, who is on record for making bigoted comments. Panarin himself made such a comment, followed by an apology

    Contrary to the below USA Today article and other pieces like it, numerous relatively well known critics of the Russian government live outside that country, as some close family relations of theirs remain inside Russia. To date, I don’t know of any evidence of discriminating government action taken against the aforementioned family members.

    The situation with Panarin is somewhat (stress somewhat) on par with Kyrie Irving, who took time off from the Brooklyn Nets for reasons having to do with social issues. Panarin is a very good hockey player. His stated political views leave something to be desired.

    I sense that some Russian media outlet will be willing to let him respond at length to the accusation against him.

    Perhaps Panarin is looking for an acceptable reason to take time off.

  119. @Anatoly Karlin

    Those prices are basically based around very aspirational goals of the Starship construction cost only being the material used and the launch cost only being the fuel. Now try using the same reasoning for other methods of transport too. You want to remove all other costs? You’ll have a much easier time doing that with air cargo. Don’t apply techno-utopian dream logic to rockets without doing the same to airplanes.

    • Replies: @Anatoly Karlin
  120. I find it odd how white nationalists portray white people as being extremely meek and passive, as a race of victims basically so helpless that they couldn’t possibly fight back themselves or get themselves out of their predicament.

    I don’t really like this mythology the right have created of the weak, pacifistic white race. It suggests whites have no agency or ability to fight and therefore are at the mercy of the Jews/elites and their black and Muslim foot soldiers and can only appeal to their better nature.

  121. @Shortsword

    $1M is the fuel costs, the other $1M is for operational costs. Amortizing the R&D should actually add on an almost negligible negligible sum.

    Anyhow, I’m not making any strong claims, it probably won’t go anywhere fast if Starlink fails. Just a note not to be too surprised if SpaceX valuation soars into the trillions and kicks all competitors to the curb, including Roscosmos (whose lunch it is already taking away).

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  122. @Anatoly Karlin

    $1M or $2M, who cares. Fuel will remain a relatively small fraction of the operating cost. Elon Musk uses the marketing strategy of selling dreams. If Elon Musk started being realistic people would get bored. It’s okay to undershoot wild promises if you make some progress along the way and stay in the lead.

    There’s room for reduction in costs in space launches but Starship (or anything with equivalent payload) is never going to have launch costs close to $2M. Luckily Starship only needs to be in the 10s of millions to dominate the competition. But Elon can’t say that because that would kill the redditors dreams of an affordable Mars ticket.

    You can make up any number with muh mass production and muh amortized costs and by simply not accounting for many important issues.

    Tesla boss Elon Musk admits car quality flaws, says mass production is “hell”

  123. These materials may have been obtained through hacking

    Has Twitter used this warning before?

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  124. Protests in Kiev because right sector member got imprisoned. These people probably just want disorder and chaos.

  125. @Shortsword

    Not that I recall.

    Certainly it would never appear on an equivalent Bellingcat expose.


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    , @Shortsword
  126. A123 says:

    From the world of auto sport.

    AC/DC and V8 Supercars are teaming up this season. The first races are this weekend.


    PEACE 😇


  127. @Anatoly Karlin

    Did you tweet automatically get the warning as soon as you posted it?

    • Replies: @Anatoly Karlin
  128. @Anatoly Karlin

    It does look like it’s a first. But what’s the point? Is it supposed to be incriminating against Russia? If anything it just legitimizes the leaks ― makes it harder to just call it all fabricated Russian disinformation.

  129. @Mr. Hack

    Hard to say. A lot of the pieces in the puzzle fell into place when I realized the Germans were more financially invested into NS2 than Russia.

    This is more “restoring relations with European allies” as opposed to “not being tough on Russia” territory IMO.

  130. Oil price is now higher than average 2019 levels. How high will it go?

  131. • Replies: @Bashibuzuk
  132. @Shortsword

    Amnesty has long been a bunch of anti-semites. Now it chose Navalny as its target.

    He was so cute as a baby. He looks more like his father’s Ukrainian side of the family.

  133. Strabo, the Greek historian wrote: “Generally speaking, the men who have written on the affairs of India were a set of liars…Of this we became the more convinced whilst writing the history of Alexander.”

    Russia’s Marshal Gregory Zhukov on the Macedonian invasion of India in 326 BCE

  134. The Persians told him how their greatest king, Cyrus, who had conquered much of the civilised world, had been killed in a battle with Indian soldiers.

    Cyrus the Great was killed by the Massagetae who had nothing to do with “Indian soldiers “.

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  135. @Bashibuzuk

    I think NW Indians consider Turan to be part of them; and, Indians soldiers were mercenaries all over

    Or just pajeet larping :shrug:

    NW is closer to Turan anyway.

    Some Brahmin posted it in a Telegram, same Brahmin thinks a 2″ dagger is a deadly weapon. :shrug:

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  136. @sher singh

    Turan to be part of them

    Turan was Scythian. Later on the Turanian Kushans conquered NW India and ruled it for three hundred years.

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  137. @Bashibuzuk


    You’re forgetting we’re both Indian & Persian in NW, fully Aryan.

    We don’t draw hard borders,

    Slav arguing about Greeks & Scythians..
    German arguing about Balts & Latins..

    Find your own heritage. 😀

    • Replies: @Bashibuzuk
  138. @sher singh

    You are right about the Arian part, but Zoroastrian Persians thought that Hindu Devas were demons. They split already in Turan. Did you know about the Arkaim Sintashta culture and the Bactria Margiana culture? Both were Aryan.

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  139. @Bashibuzuk

    Indians & Persians get along well to this day;

    LOL. Reality exists outside textbooks, people didn’t take the Ree Zoroastrian is completely seperate stuff that seriously.

    You even had competing mono v poly theist schools of thought.

    Also, wouldn’t preclude Indian merchants & mercenaries from expanding.

    When u say India u think Maghadh

    We think Sapta Sindhu

    We don’t worry what “was” Aryan.

    Khalsa makes all Aryan

    • Replies: @AltanBakshi
  140. Turkey condemns coup attempt in Armenia


  141. Narendra Modi has renamed the world’s largest cricket stadium after himself

  142. @sher singh

    “Khalsa makes all Aryan”

    Dharma makes all Aryan

    Haha Bashibuzuk doesnt know what he is writing! Its written in Holy Avesta itself that Hapta Hindu or Sapta Sindhu is one of the Aryan Lands created by Ahura Mazda.

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