* CORE. Richard Hanania – Freedom House, Woke Imperialists. Traditionally, Freedom House just penalized countries for not hewing to American geopolitical interests (e.g. see What I Learned from Freedom House…). Now, it’s transitioned to also penalizing them for opposing liberal/Woke positions, such as Poland’s opposition to “LGBT and gender ideology”, while the “connection between how many genders a government acknowledges and its level of democracy is never explained.” But I would say this is a good thing, since it just works to discredit Freedom House as an authoritative source on “freedom” outside the Core West.
Hanania also beginning a habit of making political predictions. (He has a good record of being correct). His main prediction is that 2024 will probably be Biden vs. Trump. At this point, I agree. I always though fantasies about Biden’s dementia were more rightoid cope than reality, and I underestimated the extent to which MAGA’ism isn’t really an ideology as such but a personality cult centered around the man which his eviction from social media did little to deflate.
* Robert Stark – New Pluralist Vision for California. Our podcaster is looking to go into California politics with an “Alt Left” style program focusing around UBI and anti-Woke signaling.
* XENOS. Robin Hanson – Parsing Pictures of Mars Muck. Probably the strongest possible case for the “pro-life” interpretation of the recent fungi-like images from Mars. (Not convinced, but appreciate Hanson for thinking it through).
* SJW. Larry Sanger – Wikipedia Is Badly Biased. Not really a secret, e.g. see Emil Kirkegaard’s comments on the SJW mafia there that patrol HBD/IQ articles, the censorship of Steve Sailer’s article to prevent positive mentions such as the expert survey that identified him as the most accurate journalist on IQ. Still, the criticism carries more weight when it comes from Wikipedia’s co-founder.
* Scott Alexander – Book Review: Arabian Nights… “is a book about love, wonder, magic, and morality. About genies, ape-people, and rhinoceroses who run around with elephants impaled on their horns. About how to use indexical uncertainty to hack the simulation running the universe to return the outcome you want. But most of all, it’s a book about how your wife is cheating on you with a black man.” I actually read it as a schoolkid, but don’t remember any of the stuff about the interracial cuckoldry, which is apparently one of the biggest themes in it (Steve Sailer IIRC once noted the same thing). Must have been one of those gay PC-13 abridged versions.
* Ron Unz – “The Truth” and “The Whole Truth” About the Origins of Covid-19. I think this is the latest update that contains links to all his main works on the topic.
* Vitalik Buterin donated $1B worth of Shiba Inu (a satire on Doge Coin, which was in turn the original memecoin) to an Indian Corona charity, the anti-ageing Methuselah Foundation, and a couple of other organizations. There was a tradition amongst these memecoin creators to lock liquidity in Buterin’s wallet, on the not unreasonable assumption he would never do anything about it. Ended up getting rugged, LOL.
* N.S. Lyons – Are we in a 500 Year Religious Revolution? I haven’t actually read this, but I saw it mentioned on Twitter as a good article.
* Insomniac Resurrected finds this gem by @KyivPride calling for a mobilization of the LGBT community in Donbass, “or in other words, let’s make Donbass queer!” The note that its sponsored by USAID “From the American People” is the cherry on the pudding. Not that I oppose such cultural exchanges, it’s pretty funny to imagine the seethe from Azov about this.