I have been a bit busy the past few days, but for now a new thread, in which you can discuss my 2v6 skirmish victory in Mount & Blade: Bannerlord, as well as other, invariably much less important topics.
Moscow installs Monument to the Courier, who made self-isolation possible (via Актуальная Россия). This is this week's Open Thread. As Steve Sailer just noted, this month has been record breaking for the website - despite a ~30-40% loss in traffic that we would otherwise have thanks to the Facebook ban and Google deranking. It was... Read More
Here's a map of how Russian citizens abroad voted. (Blue = yes; red = no; via @14ws) As with most expats, Russians abroad skew younger and more liberal, hence the orange/red throughout the West as well as China (e.g. expat heavy/more lib Shanghai expats vote NO, while more diplomat-dominated & vatnik Beijing and Harbin voted... Read More
As I keep saying, it's really cool how Russians took over America just by shitposting online and set it off on a widening gyre of insanity. This "Lincoln Project" seems to be the latest weird neocon/neolib NeverTrump symbiosis, with WaPo's George Conway and cuckservative figurehead Rick Wilson playing prominent roles in it. It seems a... 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
So the Russians have become the "state-forming people" of the Russian Federation following the completely unsurprising victory of YES. Putin also gets the option of running for two more 6 year terms come 2024. It also happens to be the case that this is very likely the most falsified election/referendum in modern Russian history, though... Read More
New monument to the Soviet soldiers who perished in the Battles of Rzhev (1942-43) during the Great Patriotic War. Putin and Lukashenko attended the opening ceremony in Rzhev yesterday. The lower half of the statue dissipates into a flock of cranes, referencing a famous song that is based on a poem by Dagestani writer Rasul... 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
Polish Presidential elections currently ongoing. Results of first round now 99%+ counted, with: Duda/PiS: 44% (normiecon) Trzaskowski/Civic Platform - 30% (lib) Hołownia - 14% (SJW) Kosak/Konfederacja - 7% (nationalists, in alliance with that Korwin meme person) Almost all Bosak voters should go to Duda, so he should win in the second round, but it will... Read More
Recent Levada poll asking 14-29 year old Russians and non-Russians how often they feel discriminated against. Non-Russians: 77% say never discriminated against. Also 78% of women say there were never discriminated against on account of their sex. This succinctly answers the question of whether there is racism and sexism in Russia. There isn't, so far... Read More
Yandex.Taxi is Russia's Uber. According to its terms of service, a driver can refuse a passenger a ride for any reason; he or she is deducted a fine and that's the end of the matter. But, like many laws and regulations, this apparently no longer applies to Black passengers. Drivers are obligated to give them... Read More
I am a very big supporter of PUTLER's powerful amendments to the Russian Constitution, and have vigorously shilled for them to my Russian followers. That said, in demographic terms, I am an exception. As a young(ish), university educated, self employed (sort of) person, I am in a decided minority amongst my "peer" group, if not... Read More
As I argued in my 2011 article on National Wealth and IQ at the Edge: American Exceptionalism, East Asian Mediocrity, the US is surprisingly wealthy for a country for a country of its national IQ, which is respectable but modest by developed country standards. There are many possible reasons for it, which I listed (e.g.... Read More
French blogger & philosopher Philippe Lemoine has a Twitter thread arguing for using real names online, which has excited some vigorous discussions and counter-arguments: My own two cents are that both approaches are fine, depending on personal circumstances. I don't regret "self-doxing" a few months after I started blogging in January 2008. I'm fine with... Read More
Hard to argue with this take. This Gallup poll from April shows 42% with a HS education or less as saying they have never worn a mask in the past week, vs. just 20% of those with college or postgrad degrees. It also certainly tallies with my observations here and would also tally with common... Read More
As of today, voting has started on the Putin amendments to the 1993 Russian Constitution, which was imposed on us under tank barrels and sponsored by the US State Department. As a result of the coronavirus, the voting will run from June 25 to July 1, with people being given the chance to vote from... 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.
Dr. Priyamvada Gopal is (was) a Reader in "postcolonial literature" and "critical race studies" at Churchill College in the University of Cambridge. But then, a couple of days ago, she made a politically controversial and highly racially charged statement: She is no longer a Reader. Because the day afterwards, she was made a full Professor:... Read More
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
As I keep saying, the #BLM lunacy is transcontinental, spreading from the imperial center to the colonies. France renames a school from Colbert, the founder of dirigisme and one of the founders fathers of economic protectionism, whose reforms allowed the Sun King to achieve Napoleonic Wars-level mobilization rates and fight half of Europe... to Rosa... Read More
Soon after my shadowbanning on Twitter, I made some comments on this issue to Artyom Alexandrov, a journalist for a Russian news website: As I also told the journalist, Russia doesn't have any principled position on Internet freedom of speech - Roskomnadzor already blocks bookmakers (including predictions markets like PredictIt), some political websites (mostly nationalist),... Read More
I assume many of you are familiar with the NYT's (rumor has it it's Cade Metz) insistence/threat on doxing Scott Alexander in an upcoming article on the Slate Star Codex/LessWrong rationalist community. As a result, Scott Alexander has just deleted his blog [threads at /r/slatestarcodex, /r/TheMotte; see also Steve Sailer's roundup on The Unz Review].... Read More
The action, in which LGBT activists draped their rainbow flag over the Motherland statue in Kiev, is called "Mother Understands and Supports." Ukrainians are about as homophobic as Russians, according to polls. But the cargo cult is more important. The wars in the comments - or khokhlosrach, as they are known in our parts -... Read More
Probably quite representative sample of Russian Bioleninists c.2020 - speakers at some "No Borders Festival", an online event devoted to "dialogue with people who ran away from persecution and war", people who "suffered from xenophobia, racism, and anti-Semitism", as well as "bloggers, activists, human rights defenders, and migration experts." The "faces" on display are as... Read More
This is apparently the hottest temperature ever registered in the Arctic (100F ~= 38 Celsius). There's a good chance that 2020, an already very powerful year, will also become the hottest year on record (PredictIt now puts it at 50/50). And it's not even getting boosted by an El Nino, with very low levels of... Read More
Considering the type of people who take him seriously - hard right conservatives, Gog/Magog cultists, "Final Phase" conspiracy theorists, White Nationalists - it's pretty funny that this guy's complaints towards the USSR boiled down to them not letting him race mix with Indians.
The #BLM witch hunts have spawned what is probably the most intense orgy of "unpersonings" to date. As of the time of writing, two names that many of my readers being familiar with, MSU's Steve Hsu (genomics of IQ) and now GMU's Robin Hanson (libertarian economist/transhumanist), now in the SJW limelight. However, what I am... Read More
Here it is: Vladimir Putin: The Real Lessons of the 75th Anniversary of World War II It is a translation from the Russian on Rossiyskaya Gazeta. Summary from Bryan MacDonald at RT. It's TL;DR for me. But quick perusal, seems like a standard modern Russian attempt to reconcile the Soviet version of history, including battling... Read More
First time on Moscow Metro after couple of months on June 12 (Russia Day), within minutes have ascertained for myself (n=~50) that Corona will rage here until herd immunity. Mask wearing at ~60% (well short of the needed 80%), of which a quarter wear them opened up anyway. At this point - well, actually, as... Read More
Ol' Terrell J. Starr's... star... is shining bright! No doubt he deserves his six figure book deal, his struggles with elementary geography regardless. Because yes, Ukrainians now confirm, they were oppressed POC too. The face of the oppressed: Nor were Ukrainians the only othered POC in the former USSR. Why hello, fellow POC! Hello hello!... Read More
California is liberal, sure, but it is much more heterodox/"PC-totalitarian" than New England, where the Puritans of yore have merely put on problem glasses. California is more of a colorful playground for all sorts of eccentrics. Personally, I would characterize it as a nation-state sized coffee salon, even by American standards - just look at... Read More
According to my CMP index, China should currently outclass India by a factor of more than three (figures for after 2015 are based on projections but this index don't change cardinally over the course of a few years). That's almost comparable to the fivefold differential between Pakistan and India. Both countries are effectively islands relative... 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
Shows zero signs of letting up, according to Twitter demographer Cicerone: "Birth data for the first months of 2020: Slight recovery or flatline in Western Europe, Easternmost Europe continues its sharp decline, Hungary stronk, South Korea ever more doomed." My observations: Uzbekistan now has as many births as France & 50% of Russia's. South Korea... Read More
Kneeling before the #BlackLivesMatter cult seems to be acquiring something of a "voluntary-compulsory" character in the West (a Soviet era oxymoron signifying something that is voluntary in theory, but compulsory in practice, if you know what's good for you). Sure, you don't have to kneel. But if you don't kneel, you might draw the righteous... Read More
This month's "Coronacast" with Robert Stark and Dain Fitzgerald: Robert Stark is joined with Moscow based Unz Review columnist Anatoly Karlin and Bay Area based blogger Dain Fitzgerald who has written for Spliced Today, Rachel Haywire’s Trigger Warning, and The American Spectator. Follow Anatoly and Dain on Twitter. Topics: Going back to Anatoly’s initial predictions... Read More
RT: Speeding car FLIPS OVER amid clashes between Chechen and Arab gangs in Dijon, France (VIDEOS) According to the Chechens, the Algerians started it by beating up a 16 year old boy at a shisha bar. The Chechens then called in reinforcements from all over France. Anyhow, my bet is on the Chechens. It will... Read More
When I was in Saint-Petersburg last November I briefly met a friend of a guy called Nikita Slavin. He had a cool project involving mapping out the age of 55,000 buildings in Saint-Petersburg. TLDR, Saint-Petersburg is really the city of Nicholas II - an absolute majority of buildings in the center were built during the... 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
These SJWs started cropping up on the Internet around 2010. By the mid 2010s, a phenomenon I had previously thought was confined to the Internet exploded onto university campuses. Since then, many of them have graduated and have began their march through the rest of the institutions. This dynamic of Old Libs getting challenged -... Read More
Racists, Russians, gamers, and now Karens are America's most persecuted minority. So if you tick four of those boxes, you can be sure that the Man will really be out for you. So far as I know, this is the first time in history that Valve - the parent company of Steam, the world's most... Read More
I unironically support #ShutDownSTEM, technological dominance is a dangerous thing in the hands of woke millenarian regimes, at this point it'd sooner be safer even with explicit theocracies like Iran.
Huge meta-study (n=172) concludes chance of transmission falls from 17.4% to 3.1% when wearing face masks: Physical distancing was also very important. Eye protection, less so. Chu, Derek K., Elie A. Akl, Stephanie Duda, Karla Solo, Sally Yaacoub, Holger J. Schünemann, and COVID-19 Systematic Urgent Review Group Effort (SURGE) study authors. 2020. “Physical Distancing, Face... Read More
Zach Goldberg, eminent scholar of the Great Awokening, writes: However, as with all political religions, failure to immanentize just means that the faithful weren't praying hard enough. So double down.
Here's a map of Fentanyl Floyd protests in Eurasia with more than 100 members (h/t Jack Posobiec): As I pointed out, in epidemiological terms, we may consider English language knowledge and pro-Western geopolitical orientation to be the main "vectors" through which American cults such as #BLM spreads. Few surprises. Perhaps more in Italy than I... Read More
Some Ukrainian fact-checker website - these are a dime a dozen, sustained by the usual Western NGO/Atlantic Council money - has been spreading the take that Antifa is a "hierarchical" Russian organization that has been propeling the George Floyd riots. Isn't it embarrassing when your hirelings don't get the memo that Antifa are actually the... Read More
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.