LEVIATHAN (2014) Rating: 2/5 Finally watched this major Cannes hit, and understood why it was so popular with the "professional" critics, if not quite as much with normies (Metacritic: 92% vs. 73%; Rotten Tomatoes: 98% vs. 80%). No redeeming characters. Main "hero" is a boorish, highly unlikable, impulsive, and violent alcoholic. His wife is... 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
Temperatures in the European Arctic have soared above 32C this past week: Immediate benefits: Russians can go swimming and sunning in the Baltics or even the White Sea. A couple more degrees, and it might become competitive with southern resorts during summer. Climate Reanalyzer: Temperature anomalies on August 1, 2018. In 2010, the Baltica became... Read More
The vast bulk of the Syrian (and not so Syrian) immigrants to the EU have been making their way through the "sluice" countries of the Med such as Greece and Italy. Germany has joined Sweden Yes! in the level of its enthusiastic affirmativeness, while the Visegrad countries are locked in a surly and impotent position... 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.