In Case You Thought Nationalities Weren’t Made Up

If you ever thought that nationalities existed as a point of fact like species, created by genetics, instead of made up from whole cloth (that would be “constructed” in modern cargo-cult scientistic lingo…), I give you this headline from BBC News: Stalin comes third in poll to find greatest Russian.

Stalin was Georgian. They don’t even use the same alphabet. And arguably he was trying to create a new nationality called “Soviet.” It doesn’t even fit their conception of being “Russian” very well…it isn’t like “American,” something you can become by subscribing to a set of ideas (unless you’re Sarah Palin or her supporters, in which case it means you’re a white person from a town where books are frowned upon).


I have, in my career, been told many times that something will be easy; just use Plesk. Not once has it solved a problem for me. Unless that problem is, “What is something I can waste my time with until the guy at the other end discovers that ‘Plesk’ is not spelled S-S-H?”

Plesk makes easy things almost easy, hard things harder, and useful things impossible.