* Putin-Biden summit in Geneva. No surprises to the upside or the downside (if you credited the theory that Biden wants to curtail the breakdown of US-Russian relations to slow down its drifting alliance with China). $150M in weapons aid to Ukraine canceled, on top of the dropping of sanctions against German companies involved in NS2 construction. Putin says that Biden is not demented after all. Ted Cruz and Nikki Haley are very sad.
* Biden: “How would it be if the United States were viewed by the rest of the world as interfering with the elections directly of other countries and everybody knew it? What would it be like if we engaged in activities that he engaged in? It diminishes the standing of a country.” What would it be like?
* RUSSIAGATE IS ETERNAL.
Republicans are just Maddow but dumber. I couldn’t imagine a more contemptible political movement. pic.twitter.com/16vF82auIj
— Richard Hanania (@RichardHanania) June 16, 2021
* Also congrats to Hanania on his first Tucker Carlson appearance.
* Paul Robinson (RT): With vaccines widely available in Russia, dying of Covid-19 has become optional. So why are so many intent on making that choice? Basically comports with my thesis that this is an anti-vaxxer problem, not a supply one, and in fact links to my post saying that “saying from corona in Russia has long been optional” (although noting that it is a “rather insensitive way of putting it”). Perhaps – but were those people sensitive about inconveniencing my life? Moscow is in a lockdown again thanks to them. Meanwhile, some Russians paying 10-20k rubles for fake vaccination certificates.
* One nice thing about Corona is that people built up nice financial cushions during the pandemic and this gives them leverage over employers who now want them back in the office. Many of them are giving their boss the finger. This is GOOD for both worker welfare & wider economic efficiency. Now imagine UBI, pumping that cushion, indefinitely.
* Will the Afghan government even last until the US completes its withdrawal?
* Robin Hanson and Bryan Caplan make a bet on seeing aliens within their lifetimes.
* Smithsonian: Tracing Alaska’s Russian Heritage (h/t AP)
* Peter Frost: Getting the message
* Steve Sailer: Last Men Standing: Charles Murray vs. Ibram X. Kendi
* Where will Bitcoin go? My guess is that we’ll have a double peak this year (as in this video). But it’s impossible to be sure, of course. I think a multi-year bear market is highly unlikely.
* Razib Khan writes about SJW infiltration in Nigeria.