The New Scramble for Africa, Is the West Turning Into China?, Pity the Poor Armenians, Worst US Bridges Getting Fixed?, Happy Nations and Heavy Metal Music
I wanted to post this one this past Friday, but I ran out of time. I was with my parents and extended family up in the village over the weekend, and had zero time in front of my laptop. Apologies.
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At least in Finland, the biggest heavy metal wave was in 00s (and featured locally a lot of stuff that didn’t get recognition abroad due to being in Finnish). It had receded considerably since then in public consciousness.
Great wrap up as always. The essay from NS Lyons was amazing.
Electric vehicles are not going to help the bridge situation.
You'll hear "China is just 10 years ahead of the west" all the time in relation to technocratic governance. Appears true!
Reminds me of a very interesting/frightening article about some Ukrainian state app where you can
-file a birth certificate
-register a business
-report russian troops
All from one app. It's backed by USAID and I believe a lot of the development is from Silicon Valley.
Feels like a test bed for US/Europe
Only commenting on the excellent taste Scandinavians have in music (reading all other links as homework)
🗨 Most obviously, nobody had developed even an embryonic version of the renewable energy supply chain which is the essential first step to turning non-renewable renewable energy-harvesting technologies (NRREHTs) into the envisioned “renewables” upon which the promised techno-psychotic future is to be built.
They're growing cotton in northern Niger?
Much as a remarkably massive accomplishment NS Lyons' monster read sure is, no exposition of managerial regime is complete without detour to Michael McConkey's excellent 'stack The Circulation of Elites --> thecirculationofelites.substack.com 👌 Warning: scholarly boulders ahead 😉
PS The Managerial Class on Trial <-- a book its author never tires of billing as 'must read!' (shriek requisite).
A great newsletter. Very timely.
The scramble for Africa will have predictable consequences. African oligarchs will get feted by the West just like the Gulf Arabs were in the 70s. The Arabs got to build diasporas across the West in return for oil. The African's will get to do the same. We can expect an acceleration in the Africanisation of the West. The synergies between woke ideology, Western rivalry with Russia and China and Africa's surging population will be a challenge.
You are rocking it productivity wise!
I’m going to make a prediction we 🇺🇸 make nice buddy again with China 🇨🇳 to rape Africa through Chinese 🇨🇳 as proxy.
The entire point of America’s noble postwar anti colonialism being to get the goodies for ourselves. We of course have the entire Western Hemisphere to ourselves.
Now if I knew no history and hadn’t seen the world (and not from the hotels and cafes) I’d feel bad.
China may do less harm to Africa culturally, in environmental terms 🤣🤣🤣🤣
Do you know what the Chinese did to their own to get the REE?
Chernobyl worst case (the water table) in slow motion.
Now the entire Eastern Hemisphere is hopelessly corrupt top to bottom so I don’t care.
Poisoned by your own greed.
The proper term is big bodied metal or thick metal for short ;)
“spot price’ approach” to buying gas. This is of course so scumbags can play the insider market .
At least the Eastern scumbags buy long term contracts (so do I for business and residential).
Armenia perhaps chose the worst possible path to go down after the first war. Without realizing it, the Armenians have decided to teach the world just how much damage pride can do.
The Drone war Azeri (Turk) vs Armenia was instructive. The Drones were highly effective at reconnaissance, target acquisition and even destruction IF and BECAUSE they were in an electronic warfare envelope projected in front of them- combined with outdated Armenian air defense. The Turks system worked marvelously IF paired with EW forward interference and THEN they could operate essentially freely.
The Russians I’m sure learned many lessons.
The Armenians mistakes were their own.