Is the Ukrainian front about to crumble?

2023-02-03

A major development seems to be underway on the Ukrainian side of the slow-moving frontline. For months now the only reason the Ukrainians have been able to hold their own against the Russians is because their access, via mobile internet, to NATO satellite data and analytical information has been allowing their artillery and rocket systems to precisely target Russian equipment and troops. This forced the Russians to act quickly: roll to a position, fire a salvo ata Ukrainian target and scoot away before that position can be targeted. The data feed is provided by Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite internet terminals, some 20000 of them, spread out across the entire 1000km frontline. As often happens, and as I pointed out in my 2017 book Shrinking the Technosphere, often the most efficient and cost-effective form of technology is counter-technology: cheap but effective devices that turn very expensive, advanced technology into a useless heap of junk. This is precisely what is happening now thanks to the efforts of brilliant young Russian engineers and scientists working at the Sestroretsk military factory.

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Global Warming on Earth and Other Planets

2023-01-27

Earth’s climate is changing quite rapidly, and many people have allowed themselves to be convinced that this is due to something called “anthropogenic global warming” and that the culprit is carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels, farming, land clearing and other human activities. This isn’t so much a theory as a hypothesis—an unproven one. It is based on computer models, and the problem with those is that they generally show what people who pay for the research want them to show; if not, they pay somebody else to get the results they want.

And the reason these particular results were desirable was because they could be used to justify giant money-making schemes, such as taxing carbon emitters, trading carbon credits and, of course, building out wind and solar generation capacity that is expensive, intermittent, unreliable, short-lived and compromises the integrity of electric grids. Promulgating this hypothesis as a God-given truth also made it possible to riddle many people with guilt, causing them to voluntarily curtail their energy consumption, in turn allowing the rich to continue to get richer even as energy availability in the formerly rich countries starts to decline. Al Gore, Clinton’s VP and great big climate alarmist, grew obscenely rich by exploiting climate hysteria. He was last seen at the Davos conference spouting more of his climate alarmism; luckily, few people in the world still listen to him.

But now comes an important piece of news that blows up the anthropogenic climate change hypothesis clear out of the water: it is not just our globe that’s warming but also all the other globes in the solar system. What?! Well, yes, the evidence is in, and it is most puzzling. Nobody knows what the cause is, but the effect is definitely measurable and significant.

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More Weapons for the Ukrainians as a Way to Peace

2023-01-22

“Weapons are the way to peace,” quoth NATO secretary general Stoltenberg at the Davos conference, advocating for more weapons to be sent to the rapidly failing Nazi dictatorship in Kiev. Those who know and love old Jens probably heard this and clapped their hands in joy—”Yay, more weapons!”—whereas I, having long ago concluded that he is a cross between a Doltenberg and a Stultenberg, was loathe to admit that for once he spoke the absolute, unadulterated truth: funneling all of NATO’s weapons (except the nuclear ones, of course) to the hapless Ukrainians would be most conducive to not just ridding the world of these terrible weapons but also eliminating the remnants of Ukrainian Nazis and whatever foreign mercenaries and NATO special forces are embedded in their midst.

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The West vs. the rest: it’s divorce time!

2023-01-22

I interrupt our regularly scheduled programming to bring you a newsflash from the Davos conference that is currently underway. More than 2700 participants are on hand, with nary a single Russian, or a Chinese, or an Iranian, and although delegations from Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates are present, their numbers are nowhere near those of their delegations in previous years—in short, this is an economic forum for, of and by the West.

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The Last Crusade, Part III

2023-01-22

The current, ongoing crusade against Russia, in which the combined West is using the Ukraine’s living corpse as a battering ram against it, is a very odd one: instead of losing territory and population, as would be expected in the course of any regular, normal crusade, Russia is gaining lands and people—by the million! These are lands it had lost in the aftermath of the failed Bolshevik experiment. Along the way, Russia is ridding itself of economic dependence on the hostile nations to its west. This crusade is also odd because, unlike all previous crusades against Russia, Napoleon and Hitler included, which were launched by European nations, this one features the United States as its centerpiece, and the United States is on a different continent entirely.

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The Christmas Truce that was not to be

2023-01-09

Four days ago, on January 4, Putin announced a Christmas Truce in the Ukrainian conflict. Orthodox Christmas is held on January 7th, according to the Julian calendar, in effect since the year 45BC rather than the more commonly used and the more astronomically accurate the Gregorian calendar introduced 1582 by Pope Gregory XIII. The slippage between them is now 13 days, but it is in the nature of Orthodoxy to not change no matter what, especially what the Pope says. Putin made the decision to announce the truth based on a request by Patriarch Kirill, head of the Russian Orthodox church. Most Russians thought that this was a dumb idea, thinking that this would just give the Ukrainians an opportunity to regroup and resupply. The question is, was it really dumb, or was it actually quite clever? Let’s take a closer look…

The Last Crusade, Part II

2022-12-30

We are, most of us unwittingly, bearing witness to a momentous development: the end of the thousand-year Drang nach Osten—the relentless eastward march of the reanimated corpse of the Western Roman Empire, with the Pope as its symbolic head and Vatican as its symbolic capital—known as the Crusades. Of these, the Southern Crusades are far better known in the West, while the Northern Crusades, launched in 1147, are far less widely known. But they were kept going the longest—until February 22, 2022—because, unlike China, India and just about every other non-Western country, Russia has never surrendered to anyone.

The gauntlet was thrown down in 1252, when Alexander Nevsky accepted an official document, called yarlyk, from Khan Batyj of the Golden Horde (part of the Mongolian Empire), allowing him to reign as the Grand Prince of Kiev (and thus the ruler of all of Russia), rather than ask for a blessing from the Pope in Rome, as was required of all Western kings. To these Western potentates, their claim to be ordained by God was based on approval by His head office at the Vatican; to the Russians, the Pope was just some heretic usurper. The religious distinction played itself out over time, but the notion that there is an exclusive club of Western nations who deserve to wield authority over the rest of the world has remained to this day.

There followed a series of onslaughts on Russia spanning many centuries, all stemming from the same simple principle: that which the West cannot control must be destroyed. The Germans and the Swedes kept on attacking it until 1709. Then the French attacked again in 1812; and then the Germans in 1941. The Americans were poised to attack in March of 2022, via their Ukrainian/NATO proxies, but were preempted by Russia’s Special Military Operation. Thus, the last Crusade has been aborted and further attempts seem unlikely, since, at this point, there is no question of destroying that which the West cannot control, and not just Russia but also much of the rest of the world. Even tiny North Korea can stand up to the collective West and wag a finger in its face. The thousand-year show is nearly over.

Over the previous centuries, every time after Russia expelled yet another crusader, some other Western nations would take the lead and attempt to march on Moscow: it was the Germans (as the Teutonic Knights, then the Swedes, the Poles, then some more Swedes, then the French under Napoleon, then the Germans under Hitler, and now the Americans (disguised as some hapless, clueless Ukrainians) under Biden. (Yes, the last act of this drama is most definitely a farce.) But who could possibly rise up as the next crusader du Jour? Nobody! There isn’t anyone left in the West to continue the project.

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The Last Crusade, Part I

2022-12-21

There is a marked divergence of opinion on ways to characterize the military action currently unfolding in what remains of the former Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic: is it a Russian special military operation to demilitarize and denazify the former Ukraine, or is it an unprovoked Russian invasion leading up to World War III, a nuclear exchange and the end of the world as we know it (TEOTWAKI for short)? Perhaps it’s a little of each; or perhaps it’s none of the above…

And is Russia winning or is the Ukraine losing? On the one hand, Russia just officially expanded its sovereign territory by a hundred thousand square kilometers and a few million citizens and has launched on a massive building spree, fixing up its new territories, which are a bit run down after decades of late Soviet and post-Soviet neglect followed by nine years of Ukrainian shelling. That would indicate that Russia is winning.

On the other hand, the US just promised to give the Ukrainians some Patriot air defense batteries (or not; details vary). Are these the same Patriot batteries that failed so embarrassingly over Saudi Arabia when they couldn’t shoot down ancient Soviet SCUD missiles fired by the Yemenis? And are these the same Patriot batteries whose operators, in Poland, recently failed to see incoming Ukrainian missiles (which were also of venerable Soviet vintage) and only learned of them later from news reports? Never mind that! They cost $1 billion per launcher and $3 million per rocket, so they must be good for Raytheon, and what’s good for Raytheon is good for America, or something like that. So what if they don’t stand a chance against any of the Russian state-of-the-art weapons? Don’t be negative!

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The Goldilocks War

2022-12-15

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[La Guerre de Boucles d’Or]

Are you happy with the way the war in the former Ukraine is going? Most people aren’t—for one reason or another. Some people hate the fact that there is a war there at all, while others love it but hate the fact that it hasn’t been won yet, by one side or the other. Bounteous quantities of both of these kinds of haters are found on both sides of the new Iron Curtain that is hastily being built across Eurasia between the collective West and the collective East. This seems reasonable; after all, hating war is standard procedure for most people (war is hell, don’t you know!) and by extension a small war is better than a big one and a short war is better than a long one. And also such reasoning is banal, trite, platitudinous, vapid, predictable, unimaginative and… bromidic (according to the English Thesaurus).

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The Non-reciprocity of Victimhood and Occult Logic

2022-11-21

Let’s analyze the following statement: “Ukrainians cannot be Nazis because their president is a Jew.” That, on the face of it, is nonsensical. But if you try to pry some logic out of it, you inevitably end up with “A Jew cannot be a Nazi” and “If your president cannot be a Nazi, then neither can you.” While the latter statement allows for some wiggle room—well, some Ukrainians might be Nazis, but not all of them—the former statement seems more like a rule of logic. The key ingredient here is the Holocaust, during which Jews were victims of Nazis. If Jews were victims of Nazis then Jews cannot be Nazis, right? Why?

Never mind why, this is just an abstract rule. So what if over 150000 Jews (technically called “Mischlinge,” or half-breeds) served in the Wehrmacht (a safe place for Jews at the time), quite a few of them quite bravely, with hundreds of them earning the Iron Cross and 20 of them earning the highest decoration of the Third Reich—the Knight’s Cross (Ritterkreuz)? A rather famous example, endlessly lionized as a “perfect German soldier” in the Nazi press, was the tall, blond, blue-eyed, heroic-looking Werner Goldberg, whose father was Jewish. So, as a matter of fact, Jews certainly could be and were Nazis. Clearly, this is not a reality-based rule; but then what is it?

To find out the answer, click here.