Its not the end, nor the beginning of the end, but it may be the end of the beginning.
Ottawa.— Adam Scotti 🇨🇦📷 (@AdamScotti) March 16, 2022
Here's some news from today:
I don’t think voters will ever really appreciate how the one guy that could defeat Trump was also the guy built for current situation. Putin thought he was stronger and the damage Trump caused was more fatal, and he might have been right with someone else in the White House.— Bob Sampson (@bobsalpha1) March 16, 2022
Ok, holy crap, game on!! In 9 hrs, President Z is speaking to the full US Congress, and then it looks like Biden will approve sending the terrifying Switchblade suicide drones to Ukraine which can see and kill tanks and ships from miles away. https://t.co/VssPBTQopc— EMPR.MEDIA (@EuromaidanPR) March 16, 2022
(Reuters) - NATO is set to tell its military commanders on Wednesday to draw up plans for new ways to deter Russia following Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, including more troops and missile defences in eastern Europe, officials and diplomats said.— Phil Stewart (@phildstewart) March 16, 2022
Places where U.S. has seen NO movement from Russia in Ukraine, per senior defense official:— Jack Detsch (@JackDetsch) March 15, 2022
• NO movement of MORE 🇷🇺 troops into 🇺🇦
• NO evidence of MORE 🇷🇺 supplies coming into 🇺🇦
• NO indications of Belarus joining fight
• NO updates on 40-mi 🇷🇺 convoy that "remains stuck"
Details remain blurry but reports suggest:— OSINT UK (@jon96179496) March 15, 2022
Ukraine launched its first major offensive of the war earlier in the day on all fronts (south, north, and east). Reports indicate that Russian forces have been pushed back, but we are waiting for more confirmation tomorrow.
JUST IN: UK military intelligence says so many Russian troops are dying by the Ukrainian resistance that it's likely struggling to conduct offensive operations and is seeking replacements...— Kevin Baron (@DefenseBaron) March 15, 2022
If you want some optimism from me. In Odesa Putin has already lost. He wanted destroy Ukrainian Odesa, but it has never been so united and so Ukrainian. From poets to developers, chefs to sailors,and museum workers. Jews, Greeks, Ukrainians. @RollingStone https://t.co/7KDvqrw4zX— Nataliya Gumenyuk (@ngumenyuk) March 15, 2022
Kyiv is not besieged.— Nolan Peterson (@nolanwpeterson) March 15, 2022
I’ve traveled the southern road arteries in and out of the city over the past few days and the roads are open and safe and filled with cars and trucks (flowing in both directions). Gas station lines are relatively normal too — life has adapted to wartime.
Some specific suburbs in the northwest have become brutal warzones (I had family living there who thank God have escaped) but it’s a huge metro of 4 million and much of it enjoys fairly normal life (never know if a missile will strike though)— Marc Chagall's Green Goat (@AstralPreobraz1) March 15, 2022
Some people are still obsessed with the No Fly Zone idea, which of course came up again when Zelenskyy made his address to Parliament today.
Are they getting fragged? Because there's no reason for a general to be directly participating in the siege of a city. https://t.co/J1e1iD0UH8— Markos Moulitsas (@markos) March 16, 2022
What does it all mean? Why is this war different?
Walked it back almost immediately.https://t.co/N9Kj7AfcJ8— Harry P (@HarrysNotes) March 16, 2022
...there used to be an international architecture — amoral, but mindfully-constructed — for managing the Cold War, and when it became obsolete in 1991 it was not replaced by anything well-thought out.Rather, a smug elite “Davos Consensus” ruled, which one might capture in a phrase by “all that remains now is for the rest of the world to become as smart as we are, and everyone will get rich”.Everyone did not get rich.Instead, a series of economic, military, climate, epidemiological, and income/wealth inequality-driven instabilities created massive global popular anxiety, which was exploited by nationalist populist demagogues with no commitment to the Enlightenment project, (Milosevic, Orban, Berlusconi, Putin, Modi, Bolsonero, Le Pen, Farage, Trump, among others).The Davos Consensus never deigned to notice the growing challenge, and at the same time undermined the West’s understanding of what it stood for. “Freedom” was right-wing nutter discourse, embarrassing in polite company. We talked instead about the importance getting rich.By 2016, everything had turned to shit, and we could not understand how things could possibly have gone this apocalyptically badly. The anti-democratic challenge from the discontents of reason seemed unstoppable, at times.Fast forward to “I need ammunition, not a ride!” That would be Zelenskyy reminding us of our heritage.Of the fact that liberty is, in fact, more important than getting rich.Showing us what liberty really means, what it is worth, and what it costs.That was the turning point. That’s why this war is different.Even the damn Germans would now prefer liberty to getting rich.Zelenskyy turned the war in Ukraine into the antidote for the intellectual toxicity of the Davos Consensus.He reminded us of our duties to our freedoms, and that “freedom” is not, in fact, a dirty word, however badly idiot truckers may abuse it.Supporting this war is not “warmongering”.Rather, it signifies a return to the best version of our Western selves. We owe Ukrainians, and Zelenskyy in particular, more than we can ever repay them.
And in other news, this happened:
LEGO Citizen Brick released a figure of @ZelenskyyUa and Molotov cocktails to raise money for #Ukraine. They fundraised $16540 for the @DirectRelief fund which specializes in rapid medical response.— zaborona_media (@zaborona_media) March 15, 2022
Who do you like? pic.twitter.com/xxMKJgrkCw
Read the whole thread for other Clooney - heat pump look-a-likes.
Dapper 2/ pic.twitter.com/waErcundE8— Mike Fell (@mikefsway) March 14, 2022
Twitter went nuts about the "half a giraffe" standard of measurement:
Asteroid half the size of a giraffe strikes Earth off the coast of Iceland https://t.co/x72diJ7q5Q— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) March 14, 2022
In America we'd use cows, but I guess giraffes are metric bovines.— Jeff Skrenes, Patron Saint of Lost Causes (@jskrenes) March 15, 2022
I'm uncomfortable with the concept of using parts of animals.— TotemRecall (@TotemMail) March 15, 2022
Was it the top half, bottom half, back half or front half of a giraffe ?
Personally I would have been happier if they used the international measure of multiples of sausage dogs or for smaller objects hamsters 👍😂
The dividing line between an asteroid and a meteor is measured in Giraffes. Over half a Giraffe is an asteroid. This one just made it.— Bizarro Trump (@BizarroTrump10) March 14, 2022
The National Review writes:
Today the group chat has been using animals as measurements in light of the half a giraffe meteor and today I learned that a group of giraffes is called a Tower.— Erica America (@MrsMeSeeks) March 15, 2022
I have no use for this knowledge at the current time so I am sharing in case someone else does.
Since when, exactly, did we measure asteroids in giraffes? I’m no astronomer, but “a giraffe” seems to be an extremely odd way of measuring any item that is not, in fact, a giraffe.Back in 1999, NASA lost a $125 million Mars orbiter because, as the Los Angeles Times reported it, “spacecraft engineers failed to convert from English to metric measurements when exchanging vital data before the craft was launched.”One can only imagine how much worse this problem would have been had zoo animals been the standard. “Sorry, sir. It was an elementary mistake, really. The Florida lab uses alligators, but here in Maryland we’re still measuring with crabs, and so, when the orbiter finally got into position, it ended up hitting the atmosphere at the wrong angle by between two-thirds and three-quarters of a lemur.”
And finally, this -- go Hillary!
🤔 6 or 7 washing machines...is that more or less than half a giraffe? https://t.co/aQVHrX4BdJ— Tattooed Mummy (@Tattooed_Mummy) March 15, 2022
It is indeed an honour to have been sanctioned by Russia on the exact same day as you Secretary Clinton!— Anthony Housefather (@AHousefather) March 16, 2022