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  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    "What is it that you're trying to do/ask specifically? The purpose of the exercise is to test the theory and see if it holds to arguments. Preferably, graphically so. Is there any weak reasoning, unclear factors, or century-old dogmas. What...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    "By the opposite logic, which anti-communists always apply, we should write off all of these 6.5 millions as victims of Syrian regime, because somebody forgot to tell the "historians" about migration." If the records from the neighboring countries did not...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    I think I can claim that I called it: retirees moving from Blue States such as New York, California, and Illinois are going to counteract the growing minority population in some red states. First there was the Wapo article which...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    Just like Germany and France in WWI maintained a constant population throughout the war years, Ukraine maintained a slightly-declining population throughout the famine years....
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    "Now, let me be specifically clear in this. There's no mention of gathered data. No sign of any complex statistics. No links to any archives. It is a approximation of a number, that was subtracted off hypothetical number, which doesn't...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    This is an article about Tulsi Gabbbard, who is one of the Democratic candidates running. If she wins, she'd be the first Hindu President. On the other hand, she backs Modi's BJP, Assad, and probably Putin? https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/11/06/what-does-tulsi-gabbard-believe Here is an...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    In other news, the Female labor force participation rate (LFPR) is back to its 2000 high. However, the fact that the male LFPR has not recovered means that the gap is the lowest its been in US history. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-01-13/millennial-women-are-pouring-into-jobs-fueling-u-s-labor-gains?srnd=premium This...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    "There was a lot of political blowback when this was first voiced in the 1980s, but apparently many people in the Dakotas are starting to realize that it's a practical solution (although they still seem to prefer fracking and other...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    "Where those local Brit administrators who did their best to relieve the conditions, were the ones who got promotions & “gongs” & good publicity." Yes, and some who probably made the famines worse for whatever reason, and might have been...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    "#801, 803, yes, of course we're wrong. We're often deliberately wrong. Raving incoherent nonsense is part camouflage in certain places." Haha. SURE. **Rolls eyes** If believing that helps you sleep better at night......
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    No problem, glad to help. I don't think your numbers suggest that the famine didn't happen, and 8 million can also be reasonable. Here, I'll show you Population of Japan: 1940: 73 million 1950: 83 million So, the population grew...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    SR, here is some good evidence that the 1930s Ukraine famine was not the result of "well-intentioned mistakes": Lenin's handling of a similar famine in the 1920s. Lenin was open in asking the international community for help. A relief effort...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    You're neglecting other events which conspired to create the Dust Bowl 1. The spread of tractors caused a consolidation of farms, which pushed the losers onto more marginal lands. Any farmer who couldn't afford a tractor and the acreage to...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    "No, only the most iconic pictures of US Americans pleading for food under advertisements evar: Ok, fucking LOL." You can see similar lines of homeless people today in cities such as New York, London, or Sydney. This isn't a sign...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    "The solution is looking for parameters that are not directly connected to the situation, but can still count as evidence. But who is going to do that? I don't know. Maybe just do something like this: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:US_Census_Population_Graph_from_1790.svg I see here...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    "It was a fuck-up, as evidenced by the recovery when the Borits handed it over/back to the locals in late '43 ...." The Ukrainian famine also ended within a year or two, and the region recovered as well. I think...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    Did you even read the stackexchange link? They specifically mention that malnutrition DID NOT lead to surplus deaths. In fact, life expectancy improved for the population. "From 1929 to 1933, in the darkest years of the great depression when people...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    "And yes it was a British Management Fuck-Up of monumental proportions." I am glad SR called you out on this, though!...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    To change the conversation a bit to an area mostly ignored on this blog, here are two developments in India https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2019-01-11/india-s-citizenship-law-favoring-non-muslims-changes-its-identity?srnd=opinion "The new law amends the religion-blind Citizenship Act written in the early years of Indian independence “to facilitate acquisition...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    I'm sorry, what Western European or American famines are you talking about? I'm looking at the Wikipedia article on the list of famines. The only Western European famines I see between 1900 and 1939 was 1 in Spain in 1904...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    I found these two factoids: "In a recent interview, World Bank chief executive officer Kristalina Georgieva delivered a remarkable statistic: In the world’s wealthiest countries, human capital generates nearly 70 percent of gross domestic product; in the poorest nations, it...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    So let me turn the question: which regions do you think have not experienced a reduction in poverty? From our conversations, you believe that poverty has fallen in Europe, the Americas, East Asia, and Southeast Asia. So, you believe that...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    In an unrelated story, Bitcoin celebrated its 10-year anniversary on January 3....
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    It's not just coyotes and raccoons. Most city animals are eating better and becoming smarter. https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/08/cities-animal-intelligence-fishing-cats/567538/...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    Nursing homes for developed world citizens in developing countries are much better than domestic ones. Perhaps that represents the future (at least until the developing world catches up with us further)?...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    I don't know if Charlie would prefer us to have a separate thread to post our predictions for 2019, or if we can use this one?...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    Charlie, I wonder if we could get a thread with your predictions for 2019?...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    You're working survivor bias. While such loads can be carried by bicycle, it either requires the user to be athletically capable of balancing those loads, or you get a high number of fatalities and/or debilitating injuries such as paralysis from...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    For other good news, Germany's renewable sector provided 40% of electricity last year, higher than coal's 38%. I know that Germany's situation would have been even better had they not shut down the nukes, but this is still good news....
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    The answer is that extreme poverty has declined as a percentage of the population in all regions. With the exception of Sub-Saharan Africa, it's also declined in absolute terms in all regions. In 2015, 56% of all people living in...
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