Every bit of data showed a significant spike in serious infection in the week after vaccination. Every country experienced it. The data was overwhelming. All that was necessary was to ask people to self-isolate for 10 days after vaccination. After months of lockdowns, that wouldn’t be a big deal. To make an analogy with regular childhood vaccinations that pro-COVID-vaxxers so love, you are always told to take it easy the first few days after vaccination. Stay home, drink a lot of liquids, watch out for a bit of a fever. And it’s fine, everybody is used to it.

But it wasn’t done. To the contrary, some politicians insisted that people should go out in public immediately after vaccination. And this was never reversed. Many people were needlessly exposed to all sort of bad shit.

Cultural Differences

N and I went to see our accountant yesterday. The encounter looked like a joke about a Ukrainian and a Russian who walked into a bar. N tortured that poor woman for 1,5 hours, and in the end we didn’t manage to file taxes.

The conversation went as follows.

“What’s your income for X?”

Long pause. “How do you define income?”

“Well, income is the money that you received. How much income for X did you get this year?”

Long pause. “I have a question.” Long pause. A long convoluted question is then delivered.

The accountant answers the question. “Now. What is your income for X that you received this year?”

Long pause. “What exactly do you mean by received and by this year?”

At the end of the meeting, I leaned over to the accountant and said, “Do you see the cultural differences between Ukraine and Russia now?” “Oh, I do,” she said. “I really do.” I’m guessing she’s now looking for places to donate to Ukraine. Or a place that accepts refugees from Russian aggression before she has to meet us again next week.

At the beginning of our relationship, this took a whole learning curve for me to adapt.

“Do you love me?” I’d ask during a romantic moment.

A very long pause would follow until finally he’d ask, “Can you define love?”

P.S. Everybody I tell this story begins to worry about N’s life, so I want to clarify: I find all of this extremely endearing. I’m in love with the guy. He can’t sneeze without me going into raptures.

How It All Started

I want to share this video of the famous footage of the Ukrainian revolution of 2013. I want the people who are still attached to the narrative of “the CIA-sponsored regime change in Ukraine” to watch.

This is only a tiny part of the footage that doesn’t transmit even one 1% of how it really was. A true people’s revolution that brought democracy, change, real reform, and real freedom.

A few months later, Russia invaded. Once the reforms that began back then started to become obvious and massive, Russia invaded again. Anybody who knows anything about the region finds the narrative about CIA coups and NATO expansions to be ludicrous. The revolution was real and wonderful.

Turn up the sound because the music is good, too.

Eurovision Contender

Here’s a great new Ukrainian song mocking the “Ukrainian biolabs” fake:

A short resume of the song in English:

Foreign scientists created a virus that makes Ukrainian birds poop on Russia and make Russian women give birth to babies that all look like Stepan Bandera, the Ukrainian ultranationalist of the 1940s era, and can’t speak [bad word for the Russian language.] Be very afraid, bitches, because even mice in the fields hate [bad word for Russian people] with everything they have.

It’s a definite Eurovision contender. Watch the video, it’s all pretty self-explanatory. I’ve lost a close friend to the Ukrainian biolabs, but at least I’ve got the song to make me feel less lonely.


Remember that “brave Russian journalist” who raised an anti-war poster on the Russian news?

Here’s an update:

This is one of the simplest, most primitive psy-ops in existence. A fake dissident is created and then used to promote the official viewpoint to people who wouldn’t be taken in by the standard government propaganda.

For instance, in Russia there’s a “dissident TV channel” called Rain. Most people don’t know that it’s owned almost entirely by the natural gas oligarchy. This channel is allowed to sound like it’s anti-government to attract the small dissident minority. It still transmits the party line but in a smarter way than other channels. It’s the “yes, Putin is bad but” kind of stuff. People are attracted by the “bad Putin” part and swallow the rest without even noticing that they’ve been had.

Regional Economies

Again, this is all true. Many people don’t know that Ukraine started getting ahead in the standard of living because this is new. Ten or even 5 years ago, the situation was the exact opposite. There have been massive changes in the past few years. Enormous reforms have been conducted in Ukraine. The bureaucratic obstacles to starting and running a business, for example, were dramatically reduced. The tax burden on startups was seriously lowered. Enormous efforts were made to re-industrialize, and we all know how I feel about that. Roads, schools, and hospitals were built. Russia has done none of this. None of the enormous oil wealth went into improving the standard of living. Starting a business is still less profitable than not doing it.

Obviously, things in Ukraine were very far from ideal. But it’s undeniable that there was serious movement in the right direction. The thing about regional economies is that they are dynamic. We can’t learn a single thing about them and then hold on to that belief forever. What was true a decade ago no longer is.

Great Lent Recipes: Lentils and Roast Veg

I saw this recipe on TV yesterday and made it straight off the airplane today. It’s supposed to be vegan.

I cooked the lentils with my ubiquitous Polish mushroom bouillon cube and a cinnamon stick. After the lentils cooked, I folded spinach into them.

The sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts are roasted and go on top. You are supposed to mix some white miso paste, olive oil and maple syrup and coat the vegetables before roasting. But these are easily substitutable ingredients. The miso paste is salty, so if you don’t have it, just salt up the veg, and you are fine. Maple syrup is the sweet element, so use molasses or a bit of honey.

The original recipe calls for walnut pieces to go on top but I feel it’s too much and kind of fussy. I added dill though because I’m crazy about dill.

Turned out surprisingly delicious. N didn’t believe in the recipe and kept trying to make pelmeni to fall back on if it came out blah. But I’m happy to say that pelmeni proved unnecessary. The recipe came out great.

Liberalism and Words

And just like with Trump who got endlessly criticized for for his rhetoric but never for his actual failings (no wall, a weird dedication to Fauci, no pushback on BLM riots), Biden gets criticized for “strong talk” about Russia but not for his failure to send the promised weaponry, which starts to look like purposeful sabotage.

This is the cornerstone of out-of-control liberalism. Words are more important than reality. Words are reality. Trump is pro-wall because he says so, reality be damned. Biden is pro-Ukraine because he says so. Lia Thomas is a woman because – guess what! – he bloody says so. We’ve been so poisoned by this mentality that now nobody can get rid of it.

But he says so! It must be true if he says so!