Not a very eventful week. But I think the upcoming one will be more productive, and speaking of blogging in particular, with a couple of longreads.
TIL I learned am a US-based Orthodox zealot.
Moderation note: I am tired of Gerard2’s scatalogy-laced attacks on AP clogging up every second thread. AP, please stop replying to him. Gerard2, just ignore AP, since he “triggers” you so much. I don’t know if you realize it from the side, but it’s you comes off as a troglodyte in those “debates”, not AP or Mr. Hack. I have started deleting these comments and may move up to a ban if you don’t desist. Which would be a shame as some of your contributions are good.
Notable posts since the last Open Thread.
- Russia’s 13 Plans for 2019-2024
- Intellectual Production in the Byzantine Empire
- 96% of Kuril Islanders Oppose Joining Japan
- Human Capital in Early Modern Poland and Russia
- Scott Alexander does away with the Culture Wars threads
- So basically American SJWism is strong it can bully a liberal, bisexual Jew from hosting a politics forum just because he thinks Charles Murray might have something legitimate to say.
- *powerful comment* Thorfinnsson on US financial power
- Greg Cochran on why he was sure that Iraq wasn’t working towards an atomic bomb in 2002 (TLDR: not smart enough).
- Kenneth Rapoza: Could Russia Be Subject To Venezuela-Style Sanctions?
- Jon Hellevig on Russia’s roads
- Update on my post about Radio Liberty’s allegation Russian trolls are spreading measles in Europe… Paul Robinson points out that not only is anti-vax a Western phenomenon, but actual Russian bots have more pro-vax messages than anti-vax ones.
- Hungary offers Russian bank diplomatic status, complete with immunity. Ominous title, no? Except for the minor matter of all the context it fails to provide: “This Russian bank is neither Russian not a bank. IIB is not a bank (in the sense of holding a regulated banking licence) but an international development agency and receives exactly the same privileges as all others IDA in the EU. In addition, it has 9 members in it: Bulgaria, Cuba, Czech Rep, Hungary, Mongolia, Romania, Russia, Slovakia & Vietnam. One of these nine countries is Russia. The five EU member states hold 50.16% (i.e: the majority), Russia only holds 40.03%. Why is it described as “Russian” bank?“
- Russia’s Black Market Totaled 20% of GDP in 2018 – Reports. I.e., down from ~40% during the 2000s.
- Svidomy Ukrainian journalists experiences a quality zrada.
- *powerful comment* Polish Perspective on the Chinese economy
- Kenneth Rapoza: Dear China, Get Ready For 25% Tariffs
- Steve Sailer: Fake Noose!
- Guillaume Durocher: In Face of Yellow-Vest Critics, France Moves to Criminalize Anti-Zionism
Science & Culture
- Emil Kirkegaard: Paige-Harden, Turkheimer and the psychometric left
- Emil Kirkegaard posts a poll on whether embryo selection/genetic engineering for polygenic human traits would work (current results: 66% geneticists say yes, 86% of his followers say yes.
- Incidentally, the next edition of Rindermann/Becker/Coyle’s surveys of psychometrists will have a question just on this.
- AP on aristocratic vs. Communist elites.
- Neoreactionary Bruce Laliberte embraces “the trans vector” as it coincides with “the trend to greater autonomy of the individual and freedom from state forces.”