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Jul 15, 2023 11 tweets 2 min read
Yes. I have no evidence that this was the deeper source of the tensions, but I sure hope this factors into NATO's thinking and that they're making plans in the full understanding that this could happen. I worry that they may be in some kind of total denial: Maybe they're not. Maybe this is discussed at every step, but privately. But it's not beyond imagination that some kind of superstition, or fear of causing offense, prevents people from saying to Biden, "Whatever we do has to be Trump-proof."
Mar 23, 2023 4 tweets 1 min read
You will never convince me that these kids are on the street because they’re sincerely worried that they’ll be forced to toil until the age of 64. When you’re that young, you can’t even truly conceive that one day you’ll be 64. And the idea that *this* is the worry that keeps them up at night these days is risible. Have they not noticed that Vladimir Putin regularly threatens to nuke them?
Mar 14, 2023 4 tweets 1 min read
On invading Mexico:… I wrote this because I find the lack of debate about this spooky. I think the GOP is *seriously* talking about invading Mexico! I sometimes think I’ve been away from the US for so long that I’ve lost my feeling for US culture, because I just don’t get why some perfectly trivial controversies become absolute firestorms, with no one talking about anything else for days, whereas much more serious things--
Feb 25, 2023 4 tweets 1 min read
Tucker Carlson's Ukraine war anniversary episode is obscene-an unrelenting firehose of anti-Americanism, Russian propaganda, and grotesque lies about Ukraine. It leaves me slack-jawed that this was aired in America.
Why is the most-viewed host on American cable television serving an unremittingly hostile and genocidal foe of the United States?

This isn't subtle; it's Baghdad Bob level insane.
Feb 25, 2023 4 tweets 1 min read
It's deeply sinister that the West's central platform for sharing news and information is owned by a Putin apologist. Even Father Coughlin (or more aptly, Henry Ford) didn't have this kind of control over the arterials of public debate. This can't be trivialized. He and Tucker Carlson are overtly on the side of the most dangerous enemy of the West and of humanity since Hitler. Given the influence they have on public debate, this is *deeply* sinister.
Feb 13, 2023 6 tweets 2 min read
If you missed it in the newsletter, I want to point out a very good place to donate for earthquake victims in Syria. My friend @esi_zey is organizing it and I trust her implicitly:… She writes: "The difference between this and donating to Kızılay or Support to Life for example is that this is a relatively small project and we know exactly where the money is going ... so this might give people a bit more sense of having helped.
Feb 13, 2023 4 tweets 1 min read
I just scrolled through @BadVaccineTakes. I assume all of the examples are real. I don't know what percentage of our society is this nuts--perhaps it's not that large--but I wonder at what point this kind of batshittery dooms a technologically sophisticated society. They seem to be people who've reverted to a kind of premodern magical thinking. They're barely literate. I can't imagine any of them could hold down a job, beyond the menial. Are they all living on disability?
Feb 10, 2023 6 tweets 3 min read
It can't hurt. @MarkWarner, @DonBeyerVA, @timkaine @SenKaineTeam, @MarkWarnerVA, I vote in VA-08 and I'm outraged that @elonmusk has barred Ukraine from using Starlink to target Russian positions on the eve of another massive, murderous Russian onslaught.… Ukraine is out there, alone, defending all of us--including @elonmusk. Repelling Russia's invasion is our most urgent national security priority.

Musk is undermining *our* national security. He's taken billions and billions in federal subsidies.
Feb 8, 2023 4 tweets 2 min read
The first major earthquake in Turkey to happen in the age of the cellphone and Twitter. I wonder if the sight of this will finally prompt the country to *do* something about this. This is of course why they're throttling Twitter. And every leader in the world should get on the phone and say, "Your citizens need Twitter right now. Obviously *you* don't care about their lives, but the rest of the world does."
Feb 8, 2023 9 tweets 3 min read
The way the media reports on earthquakes could be a lot more constructive. Reporters don't seem to grasp the most important thing: It isn't the earthquake that kills people, it's the buildings. When an earthquake kills 11,000 people in a developed country like Turkey, it should be reported in language that reflects what it is: mass murder. Negligent homicide. Depraved heart murder. News agencies should *not* refrain from saying this:
Feb 7, 2023 4 tweets 1 min read
That was an impetuous thing to say; I shouldn't have written in anger. It won't be millions. Best estimates put it at 300,000 to 400,000. And the odds of it happening before 2030 are 64 percent. Those people are good as dead unless there's an emergency program to reinforce Istanbul's construction.

It is not too late. These lives can be saved.
Jan 22, 2023 8 tweets 3 min read… Listen to the Cosmopolicast with @VladDavidzon and @IlvesToomas as we discuss the war in Ukraine: Here are some of the topics we covered:

How Russia uses frozen enclaves to dominate the post-Soviet space;
The folly of “negotiating” with Russia;
Does the Biden Administration understand that a frozen conflict is victory for Russia?
Jan 20, 2023 5 tweets 2 min read
While I do think understanding the origins of Covid19 matters, and very much, I agree with the rest of the sentiment here: No matter where Covid19 came from, the risk of the leak of a dangerous pathogen is *extremely* high, and we're not doing enough to militate against it. See, e.g.:…
Jan 14, 2023 6 tweets 2 min read
It's important to understand how intimately involved the instigators of January 6 were in inciting the January 8 violence in Brazil. It didn't look so similar by coincidence.… Eduardo Bolsinaro participated in the so-called War Council on the eve of January 6, with Mike Lindell, Michael Flynn, Rudy Giuliani, and Sidney Powell. Th Bolsonaros then replicated the experiment in Brazil--
Jan 8, 2023 4 tweets 2 min read
Yesterday, after we published this article about the Pretoria peace agreement…, one of our readers expressed surprise that he'd read so little before about the conflict in Tigray. I think it's shocking how under-covered this story is, too But as I explained to him, this is why @cosmo_globalist exists: Serious foreign news coverage has all but disappeared from the Anglophone media. Here's our About page, where I explain why:
Jan 6, 2023 5 tweets 2 min read
The Age of Spectacle: If you missed it yesterday, this essay by Adam Garfinkle argues that the single most important thing to grasp, when trying to understand the political dysfunction we're seeing, is the rise of what he calls the Spectocracy:… Spectocracy, he argues, emerges from three distinct political and social trends, which he describes in the essay. Among them: the loss of deep literacy and the ubiquity of mediated images:
Jan 5, 2023 6 tweets 1 min read
I saw this and for a second, before I realized who was speaking, I thought this would be about the penetration of US social media companies by *foreign* intelligence agencies. No. They mean our own intel agencies. I think they need a review.
Tucker, when Americans cooperate with *American* intel agencies, that's good, actually. It's patriotic.
It's when you cooperate with *Russian* intel agencies that it's bad. That's unpatriotic.
Jan 5, 2023 5 tweets 2 min read
After publishing this survey by @FrencLindley of the situation in Ukraine and its strategic implications for the West (and the world), I received a letter from a (discerning) reader yesterday saying it was superb:… And that CG just keeps getting "better and better," and that we're providing something "unique." (I live for emails like that, so never hesitate.)
I thought this was a particularly notable essay too, which is why I begged @FrencLindley to let us run it.
Dec 23, 2022 6 tweets 2 min read
This, by @anneapplebaum, is a very effective piece, and with the exception of her speculation that Iran would by now have announced it had the Bomb, I think she's probably right about every consequence. (I don't think they'll ever announce that: My guess--though I'm not willing to assign a high probability to it--is that they'll always find it more advantageous to maintain a strategic ambiguity.) But apart from that, I think everything she writes is fully plausible, and more likely than any other scenario.
Dec 22, 2022 9 tweets 3 min read
It is an excellent article, @CathyYoung63, but the one I really want to read is one that explores the way these figures carefully synchronize their arguments and vocabulary with Russian-language state propaganda outlets. Obviously, they're arguments from those outlets. But *how* exactly is this happening? What's the mechanism? None of them read Russian, I presume, and I'd even presume that none of them, or few of them, have been formally recruited:
Dec 14, 2022 7 tweets 1 min read
When did it cease to be common for Americans to believe in witches?
I'm thumbing through my trusty copy of "Religion and the Decline of Magic," but it's not quite explaining what I want to understand. I guess my question is this:
If you polled Americans in, say, 1692, you'd probably find that nearly 100 percent of them believed in witchcraft. (Yes? Am I right about that, early modernists?)