To this day, my most popular blog post ever by number of blog comments is Top 10 Most Powerful Countries In 2011, in which I tried to tally the power rating (Comprehensive National Power, as the Chinese would call it) of the world's Great Powers. It was rather unscientific, there being no particular method by... Read More
One constant theme in the immigration "debate" is that the world of Mutti Merkel and Sweden Yes! are just too stupid and/or WEIRD (capitalized) to get that it probably isn't such a great idea to import millions of 80 IQ Third Worlders with a penchant for cultural enrichment. In fantasyland, they will help pay European... Read More
Fresh from helping wreck American cities, George Soros now offers his very valuable thoughts on European immigration policy. This comes to around €1,250 per migrant, monthly. That is higher than the average salary in 14 of the EU's 28 member states (and that's not accounting for the fact that at least some of the migrants... Read More
As Russian fighters begin their baptism of fire in Syria, it is worth pointing out there are at least three separate wars going on here. And they're all quite distinct. (1) The Actual War Once again I urge people to familiarize themselves with a map of the Syrian conflict (e.g. here). All of Assad's most... Read More
One of the more frustrating misconceptions Westerners have about Russia - including even many of the more well meaning ones - is that Putin is some kind of nationalist. He is not. Nor was he ever. It appeared he might be sort of leaning in that direction in the heady days after Crimea's return into... Read More
Effective altruism (EA) is the fairly simple idea that in charitable giving as in financial investment, you should aim to put your money where it would do the most good - be it earning the highest returns, or helping the maximum number of people. It is a laudable enough goal, though the ideas behind it... Read More
Would be an alternative and rather more relevant headline versus "One in five Syrians say Islamic State is a good thing, poll says,", which is meant to shock the nativist ill-informed and divert the conversation from the US' uncompromising and ruinous drive for regime change to the politically safer (for an American audience) topic of... Read More
So 2015 will almost certainly set a new global temperature record. In so doing, it will also discredit the last lingering skeptic arguments that the 2010s "pause" in global warming somehow negates thermodynamics and a century of observations. Which does bring a new sense of relevance and perhaps urgency to Emil Kirkegaard's recent post on... Read More
Greenpeace meets Wolverines in this new Norwegian TV series. Much as Russians would appreciate this, are there really no other hotbutton issues in Norway worthy of being explored in TV series and documentaries?
This has the potential to end up as an exceedingly embarassing post in retrospect, much like the confident blusterings of Wall Street bigwigs in 2007 or 1929 convinced the boom would never end. Still, I guess someone has to stick their neck out. (1) Booms tend to precede busts. But... what boom? Most of the... Read More
A couple weeks ago, Steve Sailer wrote about how homicide rates have sharply spiked in Baltimore this year relative to 2014 ever since #BlackLivesMatter became a thing. But apparently it's not just Baltimore. Homicide rates have been spiking in quite a few cities in the first half of this year. I summarize the data in... 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.