Monthly Archives: June 2016

An Intriguingly Plausible Theory of Cyclic Climate Change

For millions of years, Earth’s climate has been governed by cycles of long periods of increased glaciation followed by short “inter-glacial” periods of melting and warming. Presently, humans are enjoying a naturally warmer inter-glacial period, and have been able to … Continue reading

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The Myth of Syphilis

Syphilis is a “hot topic” in American and European medical news. Breathless reports of rising syphilis rates among homosexual populations titillate readers from Paris to New York — but these politically correct stories conspicuously neglect to report where syphilis is … Continue reading

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Discovering Peter Zeihan: When Heads Explode

Charles Hugh Smith Discovers Peter Zeihan Charles Hugh Smith is a blogger – author who is open-minded enough to acknowledge new ideas when they hit him on the head. Peter Zeihan is a geopolitical analyst who loads his arguments with … Continue reading

Posted in Coming Anarchy, Demographics, Everything You Think You Know Just Ain't So, geopolitics, Peter Zeihan | Tagged | 3 Comments

Trying to Finance a First Class Military with a Third Class Economy

In USD terms, Russia’s economy is smaller than Italy’s, smaller than Canada’s, smaller than Australia’s, smaller than California’s. None of those nations (or states in the case of California) attempts to build and maintain a world-bullying sized military, but it … Continue reading

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Humans Get Things Done When It’s Warmer Outside

The timeline begins at 4,000 BP and it shows steady cooling to the Little Ice Age (roughly 1250 to 1850 AD). It is easy to see that the Roman Warm Period was cooler (at least in Greenland) than the Minoan … Continue reading

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Not Work Safe

If You Thought the Internet Was Addictive Before, Take a Look at the Future Neuroscientists are concerned about the phenomenon of internet addiction, which has resulted in a number of deaths in Asia. The dopamine-fueled phenomenon of internet games, social … Continue reading

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Energy, Immigration, and Economic Suicides of Germany Exposed Fatal Flaws of Ill-Conceived EU

One of the fundamental rights of a nation-state is the right to national self-determination. This means that the citizens have the authority to create governments that follow their wishes. __ George Friedman Germany is at the heart of the nascent … Continue reading

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Boosting Power Supply Resilience: Islanding via Microgrid

Basic Microgrid Concepts First of all, microgrids have nothing to do with unreliable intermittent energy schemes such as big wind farms and industrial solar power arrays. Microgrids are about building robust resilience into larger power systems. They are also about … Continue reading

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Investors Revolted by Tesla Motors’ Plan to Acquire SolarCity

… a struggling SolarCity could be a burden on Tesla, which is also using up cash fast. Tesla’s free cash flow last year was a negative $2.2 billion. In theory, then, a combination of Tesla and SolarCity would have burned … Continue reading

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Moscow Can’t Maintain Economic Dominance in Central Asia

Russia Losing the “Great Game” to China The world is supposed to believe that Russia and China are chumming it up, signing mutual commitments left and right. But the underlying reality is that Russia is being pushed back from large … Continue reading

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ISIS Cyber Caliphate Operates Out of the Kremlin

According to German experts, the so-called Islamic State is unable to carry out complex hack attacks. According to Der Spiegel, the truth is that Kremlin’s hackers are behind the cyber-caliphate. __ Der Spiegel Claims Russia Responsible FSB, GRU, and SVR … Continue reading

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Universities Overproducing PhDs

Median Salaries and Employability of PhDs Falling A PhD isn’t what it used to be. Almost 40% of new recipients of PhDs are left with only stopgap jobs or job prospects. Taxi drivers and bartenders, for example, are becoming much … Continue reading

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Why Can’t China and Russia Innovate?

These days, China and Russia are more famous for stealing, pirating, and copying foreign technology than for meaningful homegrown innovation. Europe Can Innovate Over the past 6 centuries, Europe and its diaspora have been the global centre of innovation. European … Continue reading

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Noisy Nuclear Submarines of China, India, Russia Take to Sea

More Nations are Joining the Dangerous Cat and Mouse Game of Nuclear Missile Submarines The Chinese military is poised to send submarines armed with nuclear missiles into the Pacific Ocean for the first time, arguing that new US weapons systems … Continue reading

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US States vs Rest of World: 3 States w/ Larger Economies than Russia

US States Compete With Each Other, Not the Rest of the World Even now, as the federal government has become obese and overly intrusive, states still must compete with each other to attract and retain workers. States like California that … Continue reading

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Building a Positive Future Instead of Tearing it Down

We have discovered through hard trial and error that a society without a sense of larger purpose drifts into nihilism and despair. __ ColonyofCommodus To build a future, people must have a sense of purpose — “a larger purpose” than … Continue reading

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Anti-Ageing Interventions

A Few Biomarkers or “Mileposts” of Ageing It will be very difficult to measure the success of anti-ageing interventions without using a number of validated biomarkers that reflect the current state of ageing of the organism or person. Here are … Continue reading

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Demographic Change: The World You Think You Know is Being Overturned

Economic Foundations are Eroding Beneath Your Feet Young people have more dopamine, more testosterone, more vim and vigour. It is the natural life drives and ambitions of the young and middle-aged in high-IQ societies that drives the economic engines of … Continue reading

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Jumbled News Items

Human Brain Regeneration Using Adult Stem Cells The technique involves injecting stem cells through a borehole in the skull into regions of the brain that are known to control motor movements, and which have been damaged by stroke… these injected … Continue reading

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China and Russia on the Same Page: Geopolitical Risk

Revanchism in Russia and China Drives Out Investment and Threatens Economic Futures To understand the nature of such geopolitical risk, look no further than the debacle of revanchist Russia’s taking of the Crimea and large chunks of Eastern Ukraine at … Continue reading

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A Thoroughly Corrupt System of Rent-Seeking and Academic Lobotomy, with Some Alternatives

… the cost of university per student has risen by almost five times the rate of inflation since 1983, and graduate salaries have been flat for much of the past decade. Student debt has grown so large that it stops … Continue reading

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Russian Pharmaceutical Production and Sales Drop Amid Economic Crisis

Drug Production and Sales are Down; Abortions and Mortality are Up The manufacture and purchase of medicinal drugs are down sharply over the past two years, as spending priorities are shifted away from health care, over to more crucial issues … Continue reading

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