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AdSense became unusable
Publish: Wed 30 Mar 2022 - 7:16 PM
Website: The Reference Frame
Twitter: @lumidek
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For several months, I have been getting direct censorship requests from Google AdSense. In recent days, the frequency increased to "several articles to be censored" per day. Sometimes they are articles about the climate, sometimes the blog entries seem completely random, innocent articles. On top of that, even if the content of the article is completely deleted and replaced with "the text was deleted", and I submit the pages for verification, I am still getting "it is still scandalous, heretical blah blah" and "must fix". There are clearly some braindead, fanatical terrorists operating within Google who are responsible for this absolute abuse of the tools and for their full-blown assault against the Western civilization. It seems unlikely that the problem may be fixed before these terrorists are neutralized. So please be aware that I am unlikely to ever get any income from the ads again. I urge everyone to deal with Google just like you deal with any other terrorist organization. I vaguely plan to delete the website completely – the conditions have become unbearable. Meanwhile, I will largely stop attempts to react to the harassment. Employees of Google which is a set apparently including Leonard Susskind must be considered to be co-responsible for this unforgivable terror.

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A West-compatible Russian nation needs to be established, supported
Publish: Tue 29 Mar 2022 - 8:48 AM
Website: The Reference Frame
Twitter: @lumidek
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During the weekend, thousands of Russians and Belorusians were demonstrating in Prague (a gallery, another one), despite the fact that these people could get up to ~15 years in jail in Russia. We also saw a video recorded by brave RU+Belarus students of the Masaryk University in Brno, Czechia. Some of the banners shown at the rally were standard, we could see a Putler morphing picture (a compromise of Hitler and Putin), funny cartoons of Putin and Lukashenko, and unflattering comments about the president. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); A new omnipresent Russian anti-war symbol is the white-blue-white flag which differs from the Russian flag by replacing the red strip at the bottom with another white one. Some banners in Prague explained the meaning of this replacement very nicely: the red strip is the blood (and also violence and strength) and the anti-war demonstrators don't really want to see it any longer because it has led to bad implications. Don't confuse white-blue-white with white-red-white, the historical flag of Belarus. The current flag of Belarus is composed of red-red-green strips (2:1) with a decorative pattern along the pole. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Russians are generally sanctioned and harassed by the West but we simply need to start to discriminate. There are millions of Russians who are just like us, who haven't killed anybody, who haven't even started fires around Chernobyl and who didn't...

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Ukrainian refugees may be a net economic benefit
Publish: Sun 27 Mar 2022 - 8:17 PM
Website: The Reference Frame
Twitter: @lumidek
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Just like emigrants from the Soviet bloc used to be a net plus for the West during the Cold War On March 10th, I was comparing the fake Muslim refugees of 2015 to the real Ukrainian ones of 2022. The fake ones were mostly male; men of young productive age; foxy; optimizing a trip to the wealthiest places of Europe; planning to get amounts comparable to German salaries; planning not to work etc. The real refugees are mostly kids or women; people covering all ages; people who are satisfied with any safe place, as refugees should be; persons demanding amounts that are really close to a minimum needed to live; people planning to work if it is possible. "Dřou fest" (They Slave Away), a Czech Heavy Pochondriac's parody of "Go West" by the Pet Shop Boys. The details don't work too well, the lyrics display a lesser degree of admiration for the Ukrainian nation than what we consider adequate now, but it's an old and witty song about hard workers from Kiev who move to the West. You know that I've agreed with the Czech expresident Václav Klaus', whom I know in person, in something like 98% of statements he has made since late 1989. OK, one of the recent statements he made in the context of the refugees is that the total costs of the refugee situation will exceed the total costs of the Covid-19 restrictions by orders of magnitude. I may be wrong but I think that this statement will be proven to be completely detached from reality. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle ||...

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What to do with rubles, Bitcoin for Russian oil, gas
Publish: Fri 25 Mar 2022 - 9:32 AM
Website: The Reference Frame
Twitter: @lumidek
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One of the twists in the war is the Russian decision to switch to new currencies needed to buy the Russian fossil fuels: Unfriendly countries: need to pay in rubles (Gazprom was given 4 days by Putin to switch) Friendly countries: may pay in their currencies or... the Bitcoin (this is a new rule) There are two immediate reactions. One says that Putin is an evil genius and this new rule (which is violating previous contracts and that's why the Germans and Poles are simply saying "no" to the change) is intended to bring some extra advantages to Russia and disadvantages to the "unfriendly countries". The other reaction, and that is one I choose, says that there is no evidence that Putin is particularly competent (and there is increasing evidence that he is just a lame and clueless Soviet apparatchik who could only become this powerful because much of his electorate is extremely undemanding; and obsessively willing to destroy any domestic opposition) and it is likely that this rule will be another self-inflicted injury. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); If you start by assuming that this attempt to revise the payment method is a clever trick (from Russia's viewpoint), you immediately continue by rationalizing it. It must be smart, your assumption says... so why is it smart? Well, it may be smart if the outcome is to cancel the U.S. dollars (and, to a much lesser extent, the Euros) as the currencies used in the trading with the fossil fuels. Putin will...

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Russians cannot rule themselves
Publish: Tue 22 Mar 2022 - 8:10 AM
Website: The Reference Frame
Twitter: @lumidek
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In most of our Western countries, freedom and self-governance are often painted as completely universal values that are appropriate for everyone. But even the comparison between the opinions in several countries or in their partisan camps shows that the views aren't quite universal. Nations' and parties' opinions sometimes differ by the extent, quantitatively. Sometimes, they differ qualitatively. Catherine the Great was both power-thirsty and a sex addict. As the adjective indicates, she was actually great at both. In the U.S., it is a pretty much bipartisan consensus that slavery was one of the most terrible systems since the Big Bang. But you know, here in Czechia, it is completely normal for mainstream folks not to share this idea at all. My history teacher and class teacher at the elementary school, Mrs Marie Šilpochová, taught us lots of things and she had strong opinions. She loved the ancient Greece and Rome and told us lots of stories about them. One of the related opinions we often heard was that the transition from slavery to feudalism was a giant step backwards. It is not hard to agree if you just look at the quasi-modern Greek and Roman civilization around 0 AD; and compare it with the uncivilized mess a thousand years later. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Under slavery, mankind has built lots of things. Neither Rome nor the U.S. could have become superpowers without slavery simply because lots of work was needed. Slavery may be...

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