Probably the most significant news is that yesterday the long-discussed Ukraine offensive began. There were several troop and tank movements in the Donetsk
“Russia’s defence ministry released video of what it said showed several Ukrainian armoured vehicles in a field blowing up after being hit.
Russian forces killed 250 Ukrainian troops as well as destroying 16 tanks, three infantry fighting vehicles and 21 armoured combat vehicles, the ministry said.”
Currently the Ukrainians have not released any statements with their take on the fighting. From what I read the Ukrainian forces involved included about sixty tanks, 3,000 men, artillery and other armored vehicles.
This is still just a small fraction of the forces available for this offensive but it seems clear this wasn’t a feint. It’s act one. It will be evolving over the next days and weeks and it will be gut-wrenching for all involved.
The Z-Man had an interesting post today about the evolving perspective on the dissident right about what the struggle with the Left actually entails. Instead of the resistance of the Right to slow down the Left’s never-ending push to produce a heaven on earth he posits that the dissidents are aiming to eliminate ideology as the engine of human social advancement. What’s being rejected is basically the Enlightenment project that gave birth to liberal democracy in the West. In its place would be a pragmatic program based on the limitations of human society. No more heaven on earth. Just earth.
Pretty thought provoking stuff.
I’ve been hearing a lot of buzz about a horror movie (if that’s the genre) called Nefarious. Apparently it’s a death row prisoner being interviewed by a psychiatrist to see if he’s sane enough to be executed. The twist is that the prisoner claims to be possessed by a demon who wants the execution to proceed so he can escape to a new body from which he can continue his mayhem. It’s still in the theater so they want twenty bucks to stream it at home. Well! I must be getting old. I remember when twenty bucks was actual money. I remember as a kid I once found a twenty dollar bill and I thought I was rich. So anyway I’m stalling until it comes down in price. It looks pretty good in the trailer. The producers aren’t mainstream Hollywood types. They’re on the religious side of things. So that makes it even more interesting to me. Maybe I’ll spring for the twenty bucks. I’ll probably still be able to eat that week. And supporting alternatives to woke corporations like the Hollywood studios is almost a religious obligation. So I guess I’ll fork over the quatloos.