Friday, October 20, 2017

Ancient Memories: Till Time's Last Tatra Sand

Anne Applebaum, Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine.  “As Dolot remembered it, the presence of the Soviet state in his village in the 1920s had been minimal.”  And “Initially, collectivization was supposed to be voluntary.”  And “When their potatoes were gone…people began to go to the Russian villages and to exchange their clothing for food.”

“The Unsplash Awards was created to recognize the powerful impact Unsplash contributors have made through their generosity and artistry. We’ve created 13 photography categories to feature their work.

Pilhov Porn

Cold River Amerikan Story: Architectural Digest

HOLY SLAVIC LIKE ALLITERATION - This gem by the excellent Eric Boehm at MEdia Dragon's Reason – Loosening Looney Licensing Laws Likely to Lift Labor Force

ANDREW FERGUSON: The Ruling Classless. “Like her fellow revolutionaries, Quinn was at first mistaken for an anti-elitist, striking a blow against the hypocrisy and pretension of the old order. She was nothing of the sort. She just favored a different kind of elite—one whose ranks were filled with people like her. By the time the Watergate scandal had laid waste to the capital, the city’s aristocracy had been remade by journalists for journalists, along with the politicians that 
journalists found appealing. John Kerry, Gary Hart, and Ted Kennedy were early favorites.”

HARVEY SILVERGLATE: How Robert Mueller Tried To Entrap Me
FROM MICKEY KAUS, A 2003 FLASHBACK: Twilight of the Pricks? “Have you noticed that a number of powerful public figures with reputations for being … well, schmucks, have gotten their comeuppance lately? Howell Raines, Andrew Cuomo, Gray Davis. I don’t know Trent Lott, but you might be able to add him to the list. Is this a trend? [You have three examples, it’s a trend–ed] … Why is this happening? It’s certainly not just the Internet–the Internet seems to have had little to do with the Cuomo and Davis dramas. My guess is it has something to do with a) the freer flow of information out from inner circles of celebrity and power to the general population (which the Internet helps) so that when a Big Schmuck yells at somebody on the phone or in his office, citizens in Peoria are likely to know this gossip the next week; and b) the increased willingness of reporters to rebelliously act on this sort of information, the way reporters are even now making sure that Cuomo’s the loser in his marital split. … Larger issues! 1) Will this fundamentally change the Darwinian equation for success in Hollywood, New York, and D.C., to something closer to (or even nicer than) the game-theoretical ‘tit-for-tat’ posture, which says you need to be nice to people until they’re nasty to you? 2) Who’s next? … Harvey?

WELL, THIS IS DISTURBING: Nearly a third of Japanese people are entering their 30s without any sexual experience

INSTITUTIONAL MISANDRY: “Men at Yale are bad in bed because they are bad at listening to women.” Count yourself lucky, sister — if they did listen to you, they probably wouldn’t want to have sex with you at all

Master of dragons' genetic code scoops nation's top science prize

Professor Jenny Graves may not be a mother of dragons, but she is the master of their genetic code. She analyses bearded dragons' genetic blueprint, or genome, and studies how, at higher temperatures, male eggs, with male genes, develop into females

It’s time to put ‘Austria First’; says its new (and very young) leaderUnherd. “The prospect of a centre-right alliance combining smaller, business-friendly economic measures with a nationalistic ‘Austria First’ cultural policy may frighten cosmopolitan elites in Brussels, London and other capitals of influence throughout the world but it is what nearly 60% of Austria chose today.”

DER SPIEGEL: Mr. President, since entering office in May, you have made significant waves around the world. The German philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, who you read during your university studies, once described Napoleon Bonaparte as “the Weltgeist (“world spirit”) on horseback.” Do you believe that a single person can, in fact, steer history?

An Irrational Choice: Behavioural Economist wins Nobel Prize

A round–up of reactions to behavioral economist Richard Thaler’s selection for the so-called Nobel Prize for Economics.
Trust within the diamond trade is eroding