Good things come to those who wait! I haven’t been idle. I wrote a ~12,000 word mega-longread on a novel solution to the Fermi Paradox. It is probably my most K-selected text yet. t’s ready to go and I was actually planning to post it today, but a couple of people were kind enough to offer to read and comment on it before publication, so I am postponing it to next week instead.
In the meantime, I’ll soon have a review of The Joker, and a couple of other things.
As an experiment, I decided to ban “Anon” and “Anonymous” commenters. Creating a commenting profile here is extremely trivial, and unsurprisingly, people who can’t be bothered even with that tend to be low-effort contributors in general. Just get a handle already (email doesn’t even have to be real).
I was surprised to learn that a plurality of my followers opted for a 4 day workweek (43%) vs. an UBI of $1,000/month (30%); while only 7% support a $15/hr minimum wage. Another 21% wanted none of these.
- NYT: Eat Less Red Meat, Scientists Said. Now Some Believe That Was Bad Advice.
- Nutritionists wrong again (as they were with salt, eggs, and pretty much everything else)… Who could have imagined?
- Johnston, Bradley C., Dena Zeraatkar, Mi Ah Han, Robin W. M. Vernooij, Claudia Valli, Regina El Dib, Catherine Marshall, et al. 2019. “Unprocessed Red Meat and Processed Meat Consumption: Dietary Guideline Recommendations From the Nutritional Recommendations (NutriRECS) Consortium.” Annals of Internal Medicine, October.
- *lol* Noah Carl: How to Write an Academic Petition
- *irony* James Flynn: My Book Defending Free Speech Has Been Pulled
The big development in the post-Soviet world has been renewed talk about something called the Steinmeier Formula (aka a plan for implementing Minsk II at last). I don’t know why people are fussed about it – the svidomy are going on about zrada (betrayal), while Russians nationalists are again talking of Putinsliv (their version of betrayal). Reality is, the kremlins have had one pretty consistent goal since ~August 2014; to shove the LDNR back into Ukraine, but while retaining de facto control. This is just the latest round in that saga. But Zelensky has already helpfully made it clear Minsk II won’t be fulfilled (e.g. no amnesty), plus the svidomy protesters are out in force again, so I doubt it will go beyond window dressing. It’s all pretty old and we’ve seen it multiple times before so didn’t feel like posting about it.
- Yury Meshkov, first & last President of Crimea, died on September 29. He won 73% of the vote in 1994 running on a platform of reuniting with Russia. RIP.
- Gabuev: Russia helping China build early-warning system for detection of missile attacks
- Bloomberg: Future of Genetically Modified Babies May Lie in Putin’s Hands
- Ben Aris: Russia’s nuclear power exports are booming
- Bryan MacDonald on MK.ru’s interview with Russian Def Min Shoygu.
- @PyotrNemets translates Dmitry Bobrov’s article on the successes & failures of Russian nationalists from 1991-2005
- Ukrainian Embassies still obsessed with getting foreigners to call their capital Kyiv.
- The Russian state statistics service website has had a massive overhaul. Need to get used to the new format. https://www.gks.ru/
- *blast from the past* Scott Alexander on his experiences treating patients in Haiti (is this how he got redpilled on HBD?)
- For all his faults, I consider Chirac to have been the last French President. RIP.
- John Derbyshire: My Return to China—After 18 Years
- Audacious Epigone: Neocold Warriors
- *sinotriumph* NBF: China to build 1000 kph maglev trains
- *amerotriumph* NBF: Age of Steel Spaceliners
- *poll* PEW: People around the globe are divided in their opinions of China
- North Korea launches SLBM.
- Scott Aaronson: Scott’s Supreme Quantum Supremacy FAQ!
- Robin Hanson: Dreamtime Social Games
- Emil Kirkegaard has been productive:
- Max Tegmark reviews AI pioneer Stuart Russell’s new book Human Compatible
- Benford, James. 2019. “Looking for Lurkers: Co-Orbiters as SETI Observables.” AJS; American Journal of Sociology 158 (4): 150.
- Science Alert on the Alcubierre Drive (h/t Daniel Chieh)
- 40,000-year-old bracelet made by extinct human species found
- Andy Matuschak and Michael Nielsen: How can we develop transformative tools for thought? (h/t Daniel Chieh)
- @Chadliban: “That time a European dueled a Samurai during the Russo Japanese war (thread)“
- Spotted Toad: “Russia on the anxious Eve of Revolution, “crawling with prophets, soothsayers and itinerant preachers”- from Yuri Slezkine’s House of Government“
- Noah Carl: Why I’m fighting back against the academic mob killing free speeches on our campuses: Cambridge scientist sacked for publishing ‘racist’ research reveals he is suing the university
- Guillaume Durocher:
- Brandon Adamson published book The Rats of Nationalism:
- “A speculative odyssey into the challenges contemporary political dissidents face from subversive infiltration and psychological manipulation on social media. Though primaily focused on the nationalist community, the ideas and revelations dealt with in this book should be of interest to authentic activists from any corner of the political compass.“
- You can now be fined up to $250,000 if you call someone an ‘illegal alien’ in New York City
- Steve reviews The Joker
- Daily Stormer writes about the Russia as future Tropical Hyperborea meme
- My affiliations… crypto PNAC member