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The opening ceremony for the Great Unification Day festivities on December 1, 2022 in my hometown.
Sorry for the out of tune voice. In my defense, I was still battling the flu noticeable in the previous video.

A few seconds in this video are taken from here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upN8KCZQTkE and from here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFNNffHNYp0

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Here we are again with another session with Miguel. As always, we take on the hard controversies in a calm and nuanced manner.

For this episode (the longest of the series) we go into the details of the Midterms and the birds' eye view of the general political trends, including the culture wars.
Then we go more serious and spend a lot of time on the wartime politics of the Intermarium. We discuss the details of what's been going on in Poland and Ukraine (with side-details from Romania as well) and then tackle the phenomenon of wartime corruption and money laundering - a topic that both the Right and the Left treated it irrationally. The phenomenon is real, but it's not the only thing going on.

Then we go to the issue of censorship on the Internet and the fundamentals of the Internet's infrastructure and, since one can't discuss that without getting into Linux, the last hour of the show is dedicated to the fundamental problems that are plaguing the FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) ecosystem.

Miguel is a current Linux developer and I am a former developer and a Linux user for 23 years. We tried hard not to get too much into technicalities because the idea is to cut through FOSS' elitism.

Hope you enjoy it!

Table of Contents:
00:00 - Beginning
01:17 - On the Midterms and the political timeline
46:25 - On Poland
01:42:54 - On Ukraine
03:13:55 - On the fundamentals of Internet infrastructure
03:44:27 - On Linux and FOSS

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LGBT-ism is now a marginal cult. That's fantastic news for most individual gay people - but terrifying news for the institutionalized apparatus around LGBT-ism.

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Just on the eve of the Midterms, let's look into something that I call "the fuzzy sets theory as applied to body politics".

Broadly speaking, the body politic is comprised of three sets: A, B and C. All three sets believe in some change of some form - and routinely they even agree on the change necessary. But they will necessarily disagree on how to get there.

Every 10 years, the composition of set C changes through political realignment. While the proportions remain roughly the same, the people in them are not the same. People change from set A to B or from B to C or from C to either A or B all the time. But roughly every 10 years, this becomes more visible.

And every 40 years or so, the routine realignment is so profound that they then bring profound changes with them. The last profound realignment occurred in 1980. We're due for a new one.

Let's explore.

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Clark, T.D., Larson, J.M., Mordeson, J.N., Potter, J.D., Wierman, M.J. (2008). Applying Fuzzy Set Theory to Comparative Politics. In: Applying Fuzzy Mathematics to Formal Models in Comparative Politics. Studies in Fuzziness and Soft Computing, vol 225. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-77461-7_1

Ideologiile viitorului se despart acum: faci parte din Mulțimea A, B sau C? Prima întrebare care separă apele: Stăm în case sau repornim economia? - https://republica.ro/ideologiile-viitorului-se-despart-acum-faci-parte-din-multimea-a-b-sau-c-prima-intrebare-care-separa-apele

Understanding the Societal Standard - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnEj2aqbn5s

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The experts are not your friend. They never have been. If you understand that, it's time to both help your fellow man to understand it and also to fight until it's broadly understood institutionally. Public health is inherently untrustworthy and everything they say should be presumed wrong and likely a lie until proven otherwise beyond reasonable doubt through sources and means that are explicitly not governmental.

Ultimately, it's government science that has to be deligitimized, first and foremost. 99% of scientists agree with whomever funds them. The rest of 1% lose their funding.

But how to do that if you don't have power? Well, as it turns out, individuals and small groups can project a lot more power than they're being led to believe.

Let's explore.

Links:
Amendă de 90.000 de lei pentru construirea unui brad de Crăciun alcătuit din 19.000 de doze de vaccin - https://www.digi24.ro/stiri/actualitate/social/amenda-de-90-000-data-de-garda-de-mediu-pentru-construirea-unui-brad-de-craciun-alcatuit-din-19-000-de-doze-de-vaccin-1765365

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Covid-pass protestors try to storm Romanian parliament - https://euobserver.com/health-and-society/153888

The legal case against RT-PCR tests - https://youtu.be/OaKkW-P6VQE

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One of the most famous quotes by Dr. Thomas Sowell goes like this: "It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong."

And yet this is exactly what we permitted to the so-called medical profession - and particularly the so-called public health - for the last 103-104 years.

I wasn't always like that. Before 1918, there were far more checks and balances on these things. It is, indeed, a very recent phenomenon that society allows "experts" to essentially experiment on large groups of people and then pay no penalty for being wrong.

There are few reasons for this. But the most important reason for why this is possible is because far too many plebs have awarded legitimacy to these charlatans for far too long.

A shift in mentality is needed. "Experts" and Science™ and "expert medical advice" is, fundamentally speaking, illegitimate. And the faster more people recognize this, the faster our civilization moves into a better direction.

Let's explore.

Links:
The Pandemic Is Political - https://www.forbes.com/2009/10/16/swine-flu-world-health-organization-pandemic-opinions-contributors-michael-fumento.html

Swine flu: Mexico braces for unprecedented lockdown - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2009/apr/30/swine-flu-mexico-government-lockdown

The Smallpox Riots of 1894 - https://www.marquette.edu/cgi-bin/cuap/db.cgi?uid=default&ID=5982&view=Search&mh=1

Leicester and the Anti-Vaccination Movement - 1853-1889 - https://www.le.ac.uk/lahs/downloads/1967-68/1967-68%20(43)%2035-44%20Ross.pdf

Lessons from the History of Quarantine, from Plague to Influenza A - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3559034/

People, Not Science, Decide When a Pandemic Is Over - https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/people-not-science-decide-when-a-pandemic-is-over1/

How Venice handled a Covid-like outbreak of bubonic plague 400 years ago - https://www.h..

German MEP and supreme schmuck Guido Reil said Romania is a wild west in the middle of Europe. So let's review Germany and Romania comparatively for a very short while, shall we?

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As time goes on, previously marginal(ized) cultural positions are gaining prominence and currently central(ized) ones are suffering hits. Where are we in this process?

We went to Vee's conspiratorial location to learn more from someone who follows these things closely. And while we're at it, we also took the questions from the FA community without letting Vee know in advance. So we get the off-the-cuff/unscripted responses. We discuss furries, the Romanian Orthodox Church, opinions on guns in Romania and much more.

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Table of contents:
00:00 - Beginning
01:25 - Announcements
04:14 - Oberlin finally loses in court
29:13 - Consistent conservative gains on education
50:17 - Kansas governor is awaiting for her reckoning
57:49 - Montana Health Department finally embraces science
01:06:18 - Technooptimism strikes in Denver
01:22:26 - Railroad strike in the US?
01:43:36 - Everything about the Russia-Ukraine war
03:12:57 - Corruption in Europe's health services continues to grow
03:36:13 - Death of Queen Elisabeth II
03:51:30 - New definition of sexual harassment
04:03:10 - France now has a recognized right-wing education institution
04:19:01 - The right wing bloc wins the election in Sweden
04:33:37 - Wishful thinking at the level of Brussels
05:10:20 - Nigeria loses top Africa oil producer because of looting
05:21:22 - Tigrayan forces accept ceasefire in a AU-led negotiation
05:30:36 - South Africa power cuts may not end in a year
05:54:52 - Armenia effectively left alone
06:11:28 - The commonsensical energy policy of India just got published
06:30:04 - Japan eyes more nuclear plants
06:47:17 - Chinese biopharma stocks slump after being targeted by Biden admin
06:56:49 - Xinjiang runs out of food under prolonged lockdown
07:19:14 - King Charles III will feature on Aussie coins; Republican sentiment ignored
07:27:35 - Aussie homeowners soon to be impacted by hike in interest rate
07:46:50 - Republican sentiment postponed in New Zealand
07:53:42 - Scrapping of masks hoped to encourage school attendance
08:04:04 - Food prices in NZ increase at fastest annual rate in over a decade

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Books and field research are the key to gathering more knowledge. So I bought a pile of books to go through in order for y'all to get a more thorough featured series.

Some final considerations from the field as I'm preparing for a long trip back to Europe.

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Kyrgyzstan is the only democracy in Central Asia, but is that necessarily a good thing? The country can best be described as "functional random" as it's neither wholly dysfunctional (like, say, Tadjikistan) nor an overbearing autocracy like Turkmenistan.

Some preliminary reflections as I'm waiting for the data from the government and preparing to read a book.

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Just 700m to 1km from the city center. A walk from Jibek Jolu (Silk Road) Avenue, through Gogol Street, Frunze Street, Sultan Ibraimov, Chuyska Avenue then back to the Silk Roud through the Erkidikh Boulevard.

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Rusglish is a spontaneous way of making yourself understood in a country that wants to get rid of the Russian but still hasn't learned enough English to replace Russian as the language of business.

O'zbekiston is a place to come back into.

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Islom Karimov, the first president of O'zbekiston (and an autocrat Lukashenko-style, only worse) built a personality cult that resembles Ceaușescu, Kim Il Sung or Turkmembashi.

Karimov has become a good communist and the legacy of his personality cult is slowly being torn apart and not being replaced with anything else. The Uzbek way of doing this can teach us lessons for other countries that will soon be in the same position.

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One year ago, you sent us to Moldova to go very deep into the country's politics and report on the snap elections due to be held on July 11, 2021.

The snap elections were won by the Action and Solidarity Party - an allegedly pro-Western party tethered at the time to the popularity of the newly elected president.

A year later, the winner is polling at less than half of what it got in July 2021; the country is significantly poorer than it was just a year ago and most of their top points on their agenda are far from being delivered and likely will not be delivered at all.

To make things worse, if elections were to be held next Sunday, the pro-Russian communists would win outright and, together with the pro-Russian oligarchic party, they could amend the Constitution any way they see fit.

Some of that is natural (all democratically-elected regimes erode while in power) but quite a lot of it is a string of unforced errors by the victors. When your big victories on policy are a tax on lottery tickets, gender neutral pronouns on public positions and pissing off the second largest city through a botched counter-campaign... that's your fault - not the fault of Russia or anyone else, really.

At the same time, the current Regime has managed to get Moldova on the list of candidate states for the European Union - which, to many of those who voted for them, is a big win. But even that happened at least in part as a result of circumstance. Without the escalation of hostilities in Ukraine, the Action and Solidarity power would not have been able to deliver.

On corruption, the progress is not slow - it's outright non-existent. And on developing the country... the practices are virtually unchanged: dubious contracts with companies associated with the Putin regime. And it's not me saying that - it's exactly the organizations that worked tirelessly i..

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Sandwiched between Ukraine and Moldova on a tiny strip of land mostly on the left bank of Dniester, ruled by a Russian-backed oligarchy, unrecognized by anyone, poverty-stricken and hemorrhaging people consistently.

That's Transnistria today. Why does it still exist? And how is the local leadership pulling it off amid consistent pressure?

Let's explore!

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If you lose your passport here, you are effectively a stateless person. There are no embassies or consulates, there is no one to complain to. Because this place doesn't exist.

If you are a local with some sense, you have at least one more passport (preferably two). If you have enough sense, you left this place a long time ago - like half of the population already did.

If you're too young to have ever been to the Soviet Union, a visit here may show you some things - such as state-of-the-art recently-renovated and very well maintained Soviet monuments, hammers and sickles everywhere (including on the so-called national flag), Lada and Moskvich Militsiya cars, a Supreme Soviet that is still called like that today and plenty of non-Russians LARPing as Russians... this place has them all.

Oh, and just like the USSR,... no picture! Even touristy areas are subjected to draconian videotaping and photography restrictions.

This place LARPs as a country and it's more or less owned by a corporation called SHERRIFF. Everything is Sheriff - the local phone company, all of the supermarkets worth entering into, all currency exchanges, even the local football squad. This season, European Champions - Real Madrid - lost four times the whole season: against Chelsea, Manchester City, Paris Saint Germain and... Sheriff Tiraspol.

What's not owned by Sheriff, looks like the 1980s USSR. Empty stores, sub-standard merch (if there is any), or has already gone bankrupt.

Welcome to the Priednestrovian Moldovan Republic! Let's explore!

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Almost 40 years ago, as the boss of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev came up with three ideas, all three widely popular in the West, though not so much in the USSR itself. His three ideas were: transparency, reconstruction and acceleration. Two of them were so popular in the West that everyone remembers them to this day by their Russian name: гласность и перестройка.

This resulted in widely popular independence movements allover the USSR. Some of them quite peaceful and widely televised in the West - such as those in the Baltic states. Others a bit more bloody - like the one in Georgia... but... it also resulted in a war in Moldova.

As a result of that war, the separatist Transnistrian republic emerged. So in this episode we'll focus on history and how Transnistria is seen from the outside (specifically from it's western so-called border) in the present.

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