It’s always interesting to get a peek into Tankie’s alternate reality, so let’s check in this Saturday morning. For those of you who don’t know, the Tankers oppose American Imperialism (so far so good) but think only America can be imperialistic. It looks like that:
I’ve covered Tankies before TIMES and TIMES, and they are named after the leftists who defended the Soviet Union even after it used tanks to crush uprisings in Budapest and Prague. In modern times it looks like this:
They sure are upset with Nancy Pelosi these days.
Just i show up on a civilian plane while dozens of Chinese ships buzzed around, missiles flew over Taiwan, and all sea and airspace around the island was closed for “military exercises” – well, that’s US. this is “escalation”. Now, if you’re wondering, “well, at least this Tanky should care about the freedoms of the people of Hong Kong?” ha ha no
No one is defending Britain’s colonial past, the West has a rotten history in this regard. But remember, Tankie doesn’t fight back everything colonialism, only the western type. So it’s quite interesting that it was China that prevented Britain from Hong Kong’s transition to full democracy.
In the 1960s and 1970s, when Britain considered introducing direct elections, Communist China rejected the idea, attention Britain to “maintain the colonial status of Hong Kong”. Direct elections were later allowed, but only for a limited number of seats in the local legislature in 1991, with a countdown to Hong Kong’s return to China. The last British governor, Chris Patton, expanded the number of directly elected council seats, but an angry China saw this as a breach of the handover agreement and promptly replaced that legislature with an appointed one after resuming sovereignty.
If you’re all-in on China somehow being the ideal society, you should be able to brush off that pesky Uighur problem.
But hey, Tankies know what the real evils are:
If you’re wondering why Pelosi is ‘angry’ about her meeting with the Dalai Lama, she keeps calling him ‘s’bogus owner and terrorist.” You know, since he advocates Tibetan independence and has killed, let me do some math… I carry this… zero people in his vile quest for self-determination.
Tanks are very anti-Semitic.
They are also very anti-LGBT for some reason.
Imagine a bunch of things that never happened, and then imagine a bunch something else things that aren’t real and then SHUT UP about some unrelated thing! Yes, God knows what her thought process must look like.
Meanwhile, the US Senate voted to accept Finland and Sweden into NATO. This made Tankies sad.
Putin’s friend Glenn Greenwald was remorseful.
Honestly, I have no idea what he’s talking about. In the 1998 enlargement that brought Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic into NATO, liberal hard-liners. Barbara Boxer, Russ Feingold, Ted Kennedy, John Kerry, Carl Levin, Barb Mikulski and Patty Murray voted yes. (Interestingly, nine Republicans and 10 Democrats voted against, but they were overwhelmingly party-line conservative wing, such as Kent Conrad, Byron Dorgan and Dale Bumpers. Paul Wellstone and Ron Wyden also voted against it, so … it was complicated. But they certainly weren’t some mainstream liberal positions.
Anyway, that sums it up:
Remember when Ukraine needed NATO-caliber artillery because it was running out of Soviet-caliber ammunition? There is still a lot of old stuff showing up in videos.
No new updates to report from location in Ukraine. I’m sure the situation on the ground is anything but quiet, but the reduced version shows no movement.
Remember, we don’t know what “BTG” is. current strength.
Although the size of these BTGs is undetermined, we can get a general idea of their concentrations. Out of a total of 120 in the country, there are approximately 22 around Kherson, 27 between the eastern bank of the Dnieper River and Melitopol, and 17 south of Zaporozhye and Southern Donbass. That is, about half of the Russian forces are in the south. Only 17-20 remain around Raisin, which once hosted around 35-40 BTG. It’s interesting that Defmon estimates only 13-15 BTG around the city of Donetsk, as this is the only place where Russia is currently pushing hard.