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Here it is: Coronacast with Anatoly Karlin: Episode II

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Russian Unz Review blogger Anatoly Karlin returns to talk about the recent stats and political implications of the coronavirus pandemic. (Note updates have occurred since recording of show). Check out Anatoly’s updates on the pandemic on Twitter.


Why the US is still in the early stages, despite being number one in cases
Comparisons of different nations’ Case Fatality Rates, and dangers of the rates increasing as ICUs are overwhelmed
Effective precautions including the use of surgical masks and using AI to locate those who break quarantine
Where there are exponential growth rates and where there is stabilization
Correctly Estimating Coronavirus Infections
How the US was behind in testing but is now starting to catch up
The underestimated death rates(Corona Deaths In Italy 5x Higher Than Official Numbers?)
The nonsensical theory that the majority is already infected
Scenarios depending on what actions we take
Why we should not count on warm weather to slow the spread
Chinese, Russian Corona Aid Is 80% Useless (Says CIA?)
How world flights are at a standstill with the exception of the US
China closing its borders to prevent reinfection from elsewhere
The US’s focus on China’s role to cover up for its own incompetence
China Stakes Out the Post-Corona World
The inevitability of a recession which could be made worse with loosened quarantines
Why Trump will probably ignore promise to re-open the economy
Trump’s missed chance to reinvent himself with a UBI rather than the current bailout and one time rebate
The divide between the red and blue tribes over handling the pandemic
How there is no consistency in ideological patterns in how foreign governments have handled the pandemic
The irony over inter-generational narratives between conservatives and the anti-Trump dissident right
The political positions vindicated(nationalism plus left economics)
How the initial wave of the pandemic primarily impacted the wealthy then later spread to lower income areas
Why policy and social behavior is more important than the urban/suburban divide
Anatoly’s further observations on Moscow and Russia’s handling of the pandemic

Anatoly Karlin is a transhumanist interested in psychometrics, life extension, UBI, crypto/network states, X risks, and ushering in the Biosingularity.


Inventor of Idiot’s Limbo, the Katechon Hypothesis, and Elite Human Capital.


Apart from writing booksreviewstravel writing, and sundry blogging, I Tweet at @powerfultakes and run a Substack newsletter.


  1. Please keep off topic posts to the current Open Thread.

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  2. Daniel.I says

    Tell us Tolik, who’s paying you to stir up panic ?

  3. Felix Keverich says

    US looks completely and utterly hopeless! Hospital staff work without protective equipment. This nurse was actually forbidden by the management from wearing her own N95 mask. She had to quit her job to save her life.

  4. Mr. Hack says

    Clicking on the podcast portal I encounter this message:

    There has been a critical error on your website.

    Learn more about debugging in WordPress.

    Clicking further, I get some weird 37 step process that I need to perform to get back on the right track?

    Is this directed towards my own personal computer, or is this warning made to all who try and access the contents? Thanks!

  5. Mr. Hack says

    Forget about it. On my third try I got through all of the tollways! Will give the podcast a listen.

  6. Daniel Chieh says

    Putler, of course.

    But it can be you, too:

  7. Unfortunate. She should have continued going in her n95 mask, gotten fired for it, then sued the crap out of management.

  8. mcohen says:
    March 26, 2020 at 9:15 am GMT
    the 3 rocks are flying through space and will flash light on the earths inhabitants.a bright light unlike anything seen before and then we shall all ask.
    who are we that walk as kings and devour all the gifts of life.

    • Replies: @Daniel Chieh

    Daniel Chieh says:
    March 26, 2020 at 12:12 pm GMT
    This is 2020.

    • Replies: @mcohen

    Hi Daniel my brother.for you.Let us pray.

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