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Sad but not atypical libertarian story: Glenn Greenwald has been censored by The Intercept, the media outlet he co-founded, after Russiagate neolibs and SJWs took it over and essentially turned it into a Mother Jones clone. He has now departed for Substack. My only surprise at this point is that it hasn't happened sooner. Although... Read More
RT: Could they be blocked? Russia refuses to grant extension to Facebook & Twitter over demand to store citizens’ data inside country In related news: (1) Twitter has gone from labeling Russian (and Chinese) state news channels "state affiliated media" (while failing to extend the same standards to Western state-owned outlets such as RFERL, or... Read More
At any rate, the paper in question was published in The Lancet, which isn't exactly the most obscure medical journal. Logunov, Denis Y., Inna V. Dolzhikova, Olga V. Zubkova, Amir I. Tukhvatullin, Dmitry V. Shcheblyakov, Alina S. Dzharullaeva, Daria M. Grousova, et al. 2020. “Safety and Immunogenicity of an rAd26 and rAd5 Vector-Based Heterologous Prime-Boost... Read More
So a couple of months back, the publisher and developer of the "Call of Duty" US military propaganda video game franchise Activision/Infinity Ward were pushing the Black Lives Matter like any other good Woke Capitalist. But it seems the children have now had their fun, and - as in the UK, where the authorities suddenly... Read More
Along with Sputnik and some others. Which is fair enough, except that the following don't also get the same treatment: BBC Voice of America RFERL France 24 Deutsche Welle Al Jazeera (!) Al Arabiya TRT The @Russia account is labeled, but not the @Ukraine one. However, it does include a bunch of Chinese media outlets:... Read More
The wages of relying on hostile foreigners for your IT infrastructure: Tsargrad TV has been permanently kicked off YouTube. This isn't just some random blogger or streamer - it's an accredited Russian media organization with its own TV channel, a central office in central Moscow, and as of yesterday, around a million subscribers on YouTube.... Read More
Sure, it's something that people want to signal they support. That is because it is a prestigious view, and higher IQ people with correspondingly higher levels of social discernment realize that, and act accordingly. But only so long as you stay within the reservation, as Glenn Greenwald's revelation about the Harper's letter demonstrates: I do... Read More
BLM/Antifa is pretty useful to the elites for diverting buntive energies into woke signaling over nationalist populism and class war, but they do have to be reined in whenever they do start going off the reservation. You can rant as much as you like about how Trump is a goddamn cheeto and Putler's puppet, but... Read More
That the Alt Right/nationalists are again being shoahed across the Internet is nothing new: YouTube: Stefan Molyneux; NPI/Radix; AmRen; Richard Spencer; David Duke Reddit: Some 2,000 subs, including /r/HBD, the few remaining more "intellectual" nationalist subs that had evaded a ban to this day, and a bunch of vaguely transgressive joke/meme subs. Nor that it... Read More
This week's open thread. UR commenter Atavisionary says that we are now apparently "soft banned" on Reddit as well (click to see thread): We are rapidly becoming one of the most persecuted websites in the entire world, and quite possibly in all of history.
It's not just brats denouncing their "regressive" parents to popular acclaim on Twatter and Plebbit. We are now seeing case after case of people getting fired from work on the basis of political quasi-crimes (e.g. racist or more often "racist" statements) committed by their spouses or relatives. One mob has succeeded in getting a Lebanese... Read More
Over the past ~5 years, there have been intermittent debates amongst the HBD crowd as to what will come first. Widespread HBD acceptance, due to the "free market of ideas" leading to a kind of "enlightened" radical centrist utopia in which liberal-left goodie-goodness is anchored in a benign paternalism borne of HBD realism (i.e. what... Read More
So it's Russia Independence Day today: *** In other news, I have been shadowbanned on Twitter. This basically means that I am invisible on the platform to anybody who doesn't follow me there (that is, all of Twitter minus ~7,000 people), and even they will see my poasts much less frequently. I am attaching the... Read More
Propaganda: The FTFY version (h/t Bryan MacDonald): *** Would indeed be pretty strange for the Ukraine to do it for free, since it has received a grand total of $1.2 million in Corona-related aid, which is basically an insult even relative to Ukraine's economy. I suppose even Ukrainian West-worship has its limits. Incidentally, on that... Read More
The world's most prominent "anti-science" movements are dominated by Americans: Religious nutjob anti-vaxxers Neo-Lysenkoist SJWs Climate change deniers But never mind! As Obama and the New York Times inform us, it is PUTLER! who is behind this. What can he not do? The allegation that Russia is behind anti-vaxxism is especially hilarious given that the... Read More
Yesterday, Western journalists were like: This referred to the original state news agency RIA article, which stated that Boris Johnson was hospitalized and would be put under a ventilator. And earlier today, the British government were like: Business Insider: Boris Johnson's spokesman accuses Russia of spreading 'disinformation' after Russian state media claims the prime minister... Read More
On March 25, TASS reported that Russia send 15 military aircraft to deliver specialist and equipment to help Italy in the fight against its coronavirus epidemic. This included 600 ventilators. Although Russia's ventilator situation is pretty good by international standards, it still represents an investment of over 10% of Moscow's ventilator stock of 5,000 units... Read More
At least according to something called the "2019 Global Health Security Index", which claims that: The US, which had, until recently, tested 100x fewer people per capita than Italy. The UK, whose game plan - at least until a couple of days ago - was to let most of its population get infected to make... Read More
OK'ing the Russian Occupation Government from the 52nd floor of Federation Tower. *** More notable posts since the last Open Thread in case you missed any of them. Book Review: Arthur K. Kroeber - China's Economy Navalny's "Smart Vote" Won the Moscow Opposition Just 3 Seats (Out of 45) *** A Second Interstellar Object Has... Read More
It has been a while since I last had an Open Thread with proper links, so... this one is going to be big. And the next one is going to be pretty big as well. Barring last minute changes, I will be touring the KrioRus cryonics facilities tomorrow. KrioRus is the Russian equivalent of Alcor,... Read More
Reddit has just quarantined The_Donald, the single biggest Trump support forum on the Internet. The_Donald played a critical role in the 2016 elections, helping generate a lot of the memetic momentum that propelled Trump to the Presidency. Considering his narrow margin of victory, it's entirely possible that Trump would have been stumped without The_Donald. True,... Read More
So apparently the US decided to step up its sanctions on the evil mullahs and gas killing animal Assad by banning the popular multiplayer video game League of Legends in those countries. Anyhow, apart from illustrating the schizophrenia of the USG - do they expect gamers to rise up against those regimes and do what... Read More
Russian citizen Oleg Tishchenko to face charges in US for buying fighter jet manuals to use in a flight simulation game DCS World after extradition from Georgia. It appears that Eagle Dynamics has kicked their employee to the dogs, claiming that Tishchenko was acting in a "purely private context and for his own personal interests."... Read More
This translates to nine months plus the nine months already served, which is the full length of time that the prosecution asked for (probation office asked for 12 months). Here is how this stacks up against old FARA prosecutions: 18 months is very fair and proportionate. /s As I noted at that time: "Consequently, if... Read More
(Foreign-owned) Moscow Times: Russia Will Be One-Third Muslim in 15 Years, Chief Mufti Predicts I hope my readers are well acquainted enough with my reporting on Russian demographics to identify this for the BS this is. But if not, here is a refresher: Russia Becoming *More* Russian From Russia to Russabia? Not Anytime Soon
A German writes about Russians in the NYT: Now it's not that he is necessarily wrong. There is surely some genetic component to corruption proclivities, and it is certainly plausible that it is significantly higher in Russia (or Italy) than in North-West Europe. But what is hilarious is that this comes from the employer of... Read More
Ooh, scary. dis gon b gud
A few months ago Ron Unz, suggested I write an article about Bill Browder and the Magnitsky Act. I said I would think about it, but that I was not the most qualified person for the job. I have never investigated this affair deeply myself, so unless I was to spend a few days if... Read More
Come to think of it, the Huawei Affair - an entirely transparent power play against China, as Jeffrey Sachs convincingly shows - is returning the world to the medieval era of hostage taking. It's been a long way building up to it. Still, Meng Wenzhou is a much bigger fish than the victims of previous... Read More
This is what the journalist Oleg Kashin said a few days ago in a discussion at Echo of Moscow, one of Russia's premier liberal media outlets. Echo of Moscow journalist Evgenia Albats was not too happy with this: Kashin is of course entirely, objectively right about all this, as conclusively demonstrated by Neo-Nazi white supremacists... Read More
Government erred in claiming accused Russian spy Maria Butina offered to trade sex for political access The entire case is one big error, as I pointed out mere hours after Butina's arrest. Ironically, the Americans are prosecuting a Russian citizen who has helped spread American values in - or in the current rhetoric, exerted "foreign... Read More
AK: This is a guest post from a friend of mine who... let's just say has spent a lot of time in both Russia and the United States. I can personally vouch for almost of all of these observations. *** Scholars variously assign responsibility for the political demise of the Soviet Union to different world... Read More
One persistent thing I have noticed in this recent saga is the refusal to believe that there is any civil society in Russia that is even marginally independent of Putler and ROG. Clarification: While there are genuine pro-"democracy" (pro-LGBT, pro-Ukrainian, etc.) organizations in Russia, which are of course viciously repressed, there are certainly no such... Read More
So Tommy Robinson is getting sent to prison for 13 months for standing outside a courtroom where a grooming case trial is proceeding and talking about said grooming case. Or, more specifically, breaking the conditions of a suspended sentence, which he had in turn gotten for reporting on another grooming case, which barred him from... Read More
Freedom in the World 2018 is out now: "Democracy in Crisis." This makes the deep state neocon goons who run that outfit very sad. My prediction from 2017: Last minute misgivings aside, this has indeed happened. While FH still thinks Civil Rights in the US are at 1/7 (where 1 is best and 7 is... Read More
In light of recent news, now is perhaps a good time to remind ourselves of perhaps the most succinct and information dense explanation of why Assad is less bad than the "moderate rebels." Via Nicholas Nassim Taleb:
One of the main thrusts of the Maidanist Ukrainian and Western information campaign against Russia during the Ukrainian conflict has beeen the allegation that the NAF (Novorossiyan Armed Forces) were mostly manned by Russian citizens or even the Russian military. This is not to say that there haven't been voices of dissent. For instance, Prof.... Read More
Long live the European court, the most humane court in the world! /s That is why seven times as many Croat and more than ten times as many Albanian war crimes suspects, in percentage terms relative to Serbs, were acquitted by the Hague Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, with Radovan Karadzic being just its... Read More
To be sure, Trump is no affable geezer like Bernie. That said, he has nothing on Hillary Clinton. Note that this was a completely non-violent and even non-verbal protest in contrast to the BLM titushki hired by Soros to disrupt Trump's rallies. On Feb. 15, 2011, McGovern attended Clinton’s GWU speech, deciding on the spur... Read More
In the past few days there has been a sort of alt-singularity as Putin and Trump exchanged compliments, as one might think befits mature heads of powerful states (one actual, one potential). Naturally, one of these men has been taking a lot of heat for it from all the empty suit punditry and the Cuck-in-Chief... Read More
A Cruel French Lesson, by Egor Kholmogorov appeared in the November 14 issue of Komsomolskaya Pravda, one of the leading Russian dailies. It outlines what is pretty much the standard right-wing conservative Russian position on the #ParisAttacks. Some context: After the terrorist strikes, many outspoken Russian liberals rushed to wrap their digital selves in the... Read More
Charlie Hebdo had a hearty response to the terrorist downing of KGL9268: "The dangers of low-cost Russian airlines," "I should have taken Air Cocaine," "Daesh: Russian aviation intensifies the bombing." So drôle! When challenged on Russian condemnations of their humor: Of course, as traditi
Apologies for the tabloidy title. This is an otherwise serious post. It is well known that higher rates of cousin marriages - especially the father's brother's daughter (FBD) type that is common in the Arab Muslim world - tends to increase clannishness and depress IQs. It is often discussed in HBD circles. The main focus... Read More
Source: Wikipedia. Click to enlarge. I admit to not having been following the Syrian Civil War anywhere near as closely the war in the Donbass. But with recent rumors of stepped up Russian involvement now being confirmed by videos - and even talk of China possibly sending troops (crazy, but a year ago you'd have... Read More
In Western popular culture, and to be honest most of the rest of the world, Kazakhstan is most commonly associated with Borat and his putative homeland of slapstick provincial troglodytes. And following Nursultan Nazarbayev's 98% win in the recent elections, and his reaction to it... ... the casual observer might feel that it has some... Read More
It has the world's highest number of guns per unit of GDP, a population fast outgrowing the land's carrying capacity, is riven by ethnic and religious divisions, and its cities look something like the Counter-Strike map de_dust. Otherwise, I don't know much about Yemen. So I will not wax knowledgeable about it except insofar as... Read More
Russian Opposition Journalist Andrey Babitsky Discovers Western Freedom of Speech
Andrey Babitsky was the quintessential Russian democratic journalist. A correspondent for the US government funded Radio Liberty/Radio Free Europe (RFERL) since 1989, his star began to shine at the start of the Second Chechen War in 1999, when he was embedded amongst the rebel fighters in Grozny. He took a harshly anti-Russian line, writing the... Read More
I do swear this is my last post on Auschwitz this year. But the followup to Putin's disinvitation is too juicy to resist writing about. Following in the Polish footsteps, Ukrainian PM Arseny Yatsenyuk has literally claimed that it was the Ukrainians, in particular soldiers from Zhytomyr and Lvov, who liberated Auschwitz. Here is a... Read More
RIA Novosti, Russia's main state-run news agency, is going to be dissolved. So is Voice of Russia, a publication that I've written for, and Rossiyskaya Gazeta and its Russia Beyond the Headlines project*. They are to be merged into a new organization confusingly called Rossiya Segodnya ("Russia Today"), which is NOT the same as the... Read More
As far as I understand, Michael D. Weiss is one of those neocons who loves Guantanamo but has a special soft spot in his heart for those Muslims who happen to be fighting Russia or some other state that the US doesn't like much. When he isn't chumming it up with his jihadist pals in... Read More
Anatoly Karlin
About Anatoly Karlin

I am a blogger, thinker, and businessman in the SF Bay Area. I’m originally from Russia, spent many years in Britain, and studied at U.C. Berkeley.

One of my tenets is that ideologies tend to suck. As such, I hesitate about attaching labels to myself. That said, if it’s really necessary, I suppose “liberal-conservative neoreactionary” would be close enough.

Though I consider myself part of the Orthodox Church, my philosophy and spiritual views are more influenced by digital physics, Gnosticism, and Russian cosmism than anything specifically Judeo-Christian.