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Monday morning Purim prep

by | Mar 6, 2023 | Mondays | 1 comment

Oh joy, it’s Monday again… said literally no one EVER. Hopefully your weekend was somewhat more eventful than mine – I spent most of it either asleep, or playing HALO, because I’ve been on antibiotics for the past 5 days, and I have another 5 to go. Whatever Nurgle-spawned plague I caught, turned out to be pretty damn virulent, but at least I don’t look like a Chaos mutant anymore – the medicines seem to be doing a decent job of clearing out the crap in my respiratory system.

So, essentially, last week for me was like a VERY LONG MONDAY. And I didn’t even have the benefit of a week-long Great Mondaydact Browser Killer to dull the (very real) pain.

But you do, now. So let’s get on with it.

This week’s theme comes to us from our good friend in Israel, The Male Brain, who reminds us all that tomorrow is Purim. Take it away, Dawn Pine:

Tuesday is Purim, the holiday based on the book of Esther. I can describe it as the Jewish version of Halloween combined with an Irish tradition of drinking wine till you can’t tell the difference between a good character and a bad one.

Summary to the book of Esther

(Source – Wikipedia and it is actually true this time)

The Book of Esther begins with a six-month (180-day) drinking feast given by King Ahasuerus of the Persian Empire for the army and Media and the satraps and princes of the 127 provinces of his kingdom, concluding with a seven-day drinking feast for the inhabitants of Shushan (Susa), rich and poor, and a separate drinking feast for the women organized by Queen Vashti in the pavilion of the royal courtyard.

At this feast, Ahasuerus gets thoroughly drunk, and at the prompting of his courtiers, orders his wife Vashti to display her beauty before the nobles and populace, wearing her royal crown. The rabbis of the Oral Torah interpret this to mean that he wanted her to wear only her royal crown, meaning that she would be naked. Her refusal prompts Ahasuerus to have her removed from her post. Ahasuerus then orders all young women to be presented to him, so he could choose a new queen to replace Vashti. One of these is Esther, who was orphaned at a young age and was being fostered by her first cousin Mordecai. She finds favor in the King’s eyes, and is made his new wife. Esther does not reveal her origins or that she is Jewish as Mordecai told her not to. 

Shortly afterwards, Mordecai discovers a plot by two palace guards Bigthan and Teresh to kill Ahasuerus. They are apprehended and hanged, and Mordecai’s service to the King is recorded in the daily record of the court.

Ahasuerus appoints Haman as his viceroy. Mordecai, who sits at the palace gates, falls into Haman’s disfavor as he refuses to bow down to him. Having found out that Mordecai is Jewish, Haman plans to kill not just Mordecai but the entire Jewish minority in the empire. Obtaining Ahasuerus’ permission and funds to execute this plan, he casts lots (“purim”) to choose the date on which to do this — the 14th of the month of Adar. When Mordecai finds out about the plans, he puts on sackcloth and ashes, a sign of mourning, publicly weeping and lamenting, and many other Jews in Shushan and other parts of Ahasuerus’ empire do likewise, with widespread penitence and fasting. Esther discovers what has transpired; there follows an exchange of messages between her and Mordecai, with Hatach, one of the palace servants, as the intermediary. Mordecai requests that she intercede with the King on behalf of the embattled Jews; she replies that nobody is allowed to approach the King, under penalty of death.

Mordecai warns her that she will not be any safer in the palace than any other Jew, says that if she keeps silent, salvation for the Jews will arrive from some other quarter but “you and your father’s house (family line) will perish,” and suggests that she was elevated to the position of queen to be of help in just such an emergency. Esther has a change of heart, says she will fast and pray for three days and will then approach the King to seek his help, despite the law against doing so, and “if I perish, I perish.” She also requests that Mordecai tell all Jews of Shushan to fast and pray for three days together with her. On the third day, she seeks an audience with Ahasuerus, during which she invites him to a feast in the company of Haman. During the feast, she asks them to attend a further feast the next evening. Meanwhile, Haman is again offended by Mordecai’s refusal to bow to him; egged on by his wife Zeresh and unidentified friends, he builds a gallows for Mordecai, with the intention to hang him there the very next day.

That night, Ahasuerus suffers from insomnia, and when the court’s daily records are read to him to help him fall asleep, he learns of the services rendered by Mordecai in the earlier plot against his life. Ahasuerus asks whether anything was done for Mordecai and is told that he received no recognition for saving the King’s life. Just then, Haman appears, and King Ahasuerus asks him what should be done for the man that the King wishes to honor. Thinking that the King is referring to Haman himself, Haman says that the honoree should be dressed in the King’s royal robes and led around on the King’s royal horse. To Haman’s horror, the king instructs Haman to render such honors to Mordecai.

Later that evening, Ahasuerus and Haman attend Esther’s second banquet, at which she reveals that she is Jewish and that Haman is planning to exterminate her people, which includes her. Ahasuerus becomes enraged and instead orders Haman hanged on the gallows that Haman had prepared for Mordecai. The previous decree against the Jewish people could not be nullified, so the King allows Mordecai and Esther to write another decree as they wish. They decree that Jewish people may preemptively kill those thought to pose a lethal risk. As a result, on 13 Adar, 500 attackers and Haman’s 10 sons are killed in Shushan. Throughout the empire 75,000 of the Jewish peoples’ enemies are killed. On the 14th, another 300 are killed in Shushan. No spoils are taken.

Mordecai assumes the position of second in rank to Ahasuerus, and institutes an annual commemoration of the delivery of the Jewish people from annihilation.

How to Celebrate

  • Reading of the Megillah (book of Esther). This is done once on the eve of Purim (This year – Monday night) and then again on the following day.
  • Giving money gifts to at least two poor people.
  • Sending gifts of two kinds of food to at least one person. Preferred – sweets or sweet carbs, but basically anything goes. 
  • A festive Purim feast, which often includes wine or other intoxicating beverages.

If you were wondering where Halloween is on this holiday –  It is also customary for children (and adults, if they desire) to dress up in costumes.

Why to Dress Up

The reason to dress up are many, and I’ll list a few: 

  • In contrast to the overt miracles of the holidays of Passover, Chanukah and other Jewish holidays, the miracle of the holiday of Purim was disguised in natural events (God is not named in this book, which is a stark contrast to almost all other books of the bible).
  • Minimizing the embarrassment of the poor who go around collecting charity on this day (custom is also to give to anyone asking without questioning them on this specific day).
  • To commemorate the dressing up of Mordechai in King Ahasuerus’s royal garments.

Purim’s food is hamantaschen (or oznay Haman), three-cornered pastries bursting with poppy seeds or another sweet filling. But before the food one must first fast – The fast of Esther. On the day before Purim (or on the Thursday before, when Purim is on Sunday), it is customary to fast, commemorating Esther’s fasting and praying to G‑d that He save His people.

One last thing: Purim means “lots.” Like a lottery, which is not rational or predictable, Purim expresses that which is above nature and human understanding.

I feel for him
Her and all of the other maidens
Not quite what happened
Yep. That’s the holiday
Esther 6:10

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Dawn of Battle

The Male Brain continues with a lot of great material to distract us all this week. We start with a terrific video from Cracked about what would happen if aliens invaded and we took them to see Brandon:

SWNS shows us that sheep aren’t quite as stupid as we might have thought:

solid jj explains why Magneto is by far the greatest of all the X-Men:


Poli-ticking Off

Mark Dice


The dynamic duo over at Redacted examine the quite horrifying statistics about stillbirths in pregnant women related to the not-vaxx:


Jackson Hinkle examines Ray McGovern‘s testimony about the American Deep State attack on the Nord Stream project:

Let’s just cut straight to the chase – the USSA attacked an ally’s critical infrastructure, and in so doing, declared war on Europe.

Fascism didn’t die with the Nazis – it simply transplanted itself to America.


Дед Сварливый Говорит!

Grandpa Grumpuss grumps, grumpily, about the true meaning of autarky and how Russia understands it – while China still does not:


It’s All Greek To Us

The good gentlemen of The Duran are amused by the constant attempts to “prove” that Russia is running out of men, ammo, supplies, tanks, aircraft, and literally everything else – in spite of VAST amounts of evidence proving the exact opposite:


China Syndrome

China Uncensored investigates a rather odd trend in the PRC:


Digging to China unpacks the FBI’s conclusion – which all the “smart boyz” debunked as “conspiracy theory” a year ago – that the WuFlu came from a lab in China:


The Bald Truth

Brian Berletic of The New Atlas exposes the astonishing levels of self-delusion to which Western officials subject themselves with respect to Banderastan’s failures:


Semper Fi!

Maj. Scott Ritter


Warrior’s Rage

Col. Douglas Macgregor


Meeting of Minds

Mike Krupa hosted a fascinating roundtable with Grandpa Grumpuss, Larry Johnson, and Mike Mihajlovic – the latter fought against NATO in the Serbian War in 1999 as an air defence officer, and figured out how to shoot down the F-117 – in a discussion about


Righteous Rantery

PJW points out the obvious fact that conspiracy theories are just spoiler alerts:


The inimitable, irrepressible Katie Hopkins explains why St. Reagan of the Right really was, in fact, RIGHT:


Bad Medicine

Dr. John Campbell looks at the actual data about masks, and concludes what the rest of us did a long time ago – they don’t bloody WORK:


Dr. Suneel Dhand unpacks a rather biased study on artificial sweeteners and their links to heart attacks and strokes – but he points out at the end that this artificial shit is NOT GOOD FOR YOU, even if the studies on them are biased as hell:


Warriors of Faith

Tha Dizzle and his good buddy The Apostate Prophet analyse The Crazy Christ’s message to Moose-Limbs everywhere:


Dr. Jay Smith from PfanderFilms points out a very glaring problem with the historical accounts about Mecca:


Al-Fadi from CIRA International did an excellent livestream with Lloyd de Jongh about the problems and contradictions of shariah law:


Dr. Frank Turek talks to Dr. Michael Brown about the best ways to help doubting Christians with their problems:

Doubters who leave the faith would be well advised to consider two things.

First, they should look at what Hebrews 6 has to say about apostasy, and the dangers associated therein.

Second, they should ask themselves whether they have actually examined the evidence behind their faith.

From what I have seen, blind faith is in and of itself very easy to demolish and destroy – which is why it is not actually that hard to convince reasonable Muslims to abandon the sheer idiocy of Izzlam.

But, when you come to the faith through reason, evidence, and hard questioning of the available facts, then it is MUCH harder to shake off the conviction that Jesus Christ is the Son of the Living God, that He came to Earth as a man, that He lived to preach the Gospel of that same Living God, that He died for our sins, and that He rose again from the dead.

Reason leads to faith – and faith is not antithetical to reason, at all.


Manly Men of Manliness

Terrence Popp maps out precisely how much bovine faecal matter you have to take before you become a grumpy old git, like him (and yours truly):


Joker from Better Bachelor points out the real dangers of civilisation collapse, using Sefrica as a case study:


Burn Paedowood to the Ground

Midnight’s Edge dissects the results of the latest M-She-U Pound Sand movie:


Overlord Dicktor Van Doomcock is absolutely thrilled to bits at the cancellation of the worst venereal disease on TV:


Gary from Nerdrotic is amused by Amazog’s reaction to the utter collapse of their DEM RANGZ O’ POWAH!!! narrative, because Warner is looking into the possibility of diving back into The Master’s work:


Ryan Kinel notes the House of the Devil Mouse simply cannot win for losing – its latest “reboot” of a classic film looks like it is going to be absolute shit:


And speaking of which, The Drinker reviews the same trailer – the original book was written by a man from his homeland, after all:


Reading Too Much Into Things

Your “Science is F***ING WEIRD” moment of the week is from The Male Brain, and relates to that story from last week about the oldest galaxies ever found – which shouldn’t exist the way they do:

In a new study, an international team of astrophysicists has discovered several mysterious objects hiding in images from the James Webb Space Telescope: six potential galaxies that emerged so early in the universe’s history and are so massive they should not be possible under current cosmological theory.

Each of the candidate galaxies may have existed at the dawn of the universe roughly 500 to 700 million years after the Big Bang, or more than 13 billion years ago. They’re also gigantic, containing almost as many stars as the modern-day Milky Way Galaxy.

“It’s bananas,” said Erica Nelson, co-author of the new research and assistant professor of astrophysics at the University of Colorado Boulder. “You just don’t expect the early universe to be able to organize itself that quickly. These galaxies should not have had time to form.”
        
Nelson and her colleagues, including first author Ivo Labbé of the Swinburne University of Technology in Australia, published their results Feb. 22 in the journal Nature.

The latest finds aren’t the earliest galaxies observed by James Webb, which launched in December 2021 and is the most powerful telescope ever sent into space. Last year, another team of scientists spotted four galaxies that likely coalesced from gas around 350 million years after the Big Bang. Those objects, however, were downright shrimpy compared to the new galaxies, containing many times less mass from stars.

The researchers still need more data to confirm that these galaxies are as big as they look, and date as far back in time. Their preliminary observations, however, offer a tantalizing taste of how James Webb could rewrite astronomy textbooks.

“Another possibility is that these things are a different kind of weird object, such as faint quasars, which would be just as interesting,” Nelson said.

As TMB said when he sent over the story – “humility is required when dealing with the Universe”.


Your long read of the week is by Big Serge, about the movement by the Russian military away from the Battalion Tactical Group (BTG), and back toward the old Soviet-era divisional structure – a change made necessary by the intensive demands of the SMO:

In very simple terms, the Russian BTG’s were really formed due to a chronic shortage of troops that could potentially constitute most brigades. Now, this isn’t a problem solely inherent to the Russian forces. Truth is, most militaries in the world can’t really fill all their brigades completely to their absolute ‘on paper’ 100% composition. Even in Ukraine today, both sides commonly operate brigades that are 40-60% constituted.

So, in the post-Soviet era, when the Russian armed forces had been particularly gutted by budget cuts, the BTG formula allowed a system by which a brigade could be scaled down into a smaller maneuver unit that had 100% “readiness”, and was stocked with fully trained, professional (non-conscripted) soldiers.

Russia needed a basic, self-sufficient unit which could have all the same maneuvering and asset capabilities as a brigade, but have complete, guaranteed readiness, so they began to structure the armed forces around these BTG’s. Also, in an era of more centralized corruption and lackluster command chains / OODA loops, it was better to use a unit structure which retained its own inherent capabilities. For instance, why rely on having to phone in the central anti-air command to notify them you need help shooting down an enemy plane/UAV, in an era where such cross-unit communications were not exceptionally streamlined or efficient, when you can just have the air defense yourself under your own roof. Same goes for artillery, etc.

In floundering around this BTG concept, most ‘analysts’ gabble on about the wrong things, but omit the key central precept behind its formation: that of ‘high combat readiness’. This translates into full manpower constitution, assured training of the unit (as opposed to having part of the unit be lesser trained conscripts, or some mishmash), and professional contract troops. In short, BTG’s were something done more out of temporary necessity than some far-flung or deeply engraved doctrinal shift or re-conceptualization.

[…]

1. Russia, at this current phase of the conflict, is not trying to use large maneuver warfare to seek the enemy’s ‘operational rear’(due to lack of committed forces, thus far. If all the new mobiks come into play soon, then that could change). They are utilizing these new tactics only locally for the purpose of dislodging one echelon at a time, which they’re doing successfully in most cases. They’re not trying to route the entire operational theater with the type of massive WW2-level German maneuvers the stodgy-minded Major General appears conceptually stuck on.

They’re using this tactic to break down the AFU’s local defenses piecemeal, with very small forces. Normally, against a truly ‘peer-level’ threat, you could argue that wouldn’t work due to the much more resilient and agile ability to re-plug any locally breached gaps by way of powerful C3 coordination, organization, training/ability of forces, and most importantly—actual extant reserve forces positioned for this task.

But the problem is, the AFU in many ways lacks a lot of these things. So such local breaching tactics work on them because their depleted and ragtag forces often don’t have the morale or ability to agilely respond in a way a true peer-level opponent would.

Just think back to the dozens of videos—such as this Bakhmut one in particular—which showcases AFU commanders desperately pleading to round up a group of spent, suicidal soldiers, to go plug an important line that has been breached somewhere at the front nearby. You see, with depleted and devastated forces like this, there’s high chance they won’t make it to the line in time to ‘plug’ anything. Thus, Russia’s tactics could work just fine as they are without requiring the mandate of massive operational encirclements.

2. Once again he anchors his position on known fallacies: Russian forces are destroyed, equipment is low, etc.—thus they can’t possibly make this work. This is all patently false, but of course he wouldn’t know it from the echochamber he undoubtedly subsists on.

What I’ll give him is that we must wait and see. For now the AFU continues to retain a numerical superiority over Russian forces, as the vast majority of Russian mobilized still haven’t been committed to battle. When they are, then we can truly see and judge whether Russia will attempt to take this new ‘doctrine’ (for lack of a better word) to the expected next level of ‘operational breakthrough’.


Linkage is good for you:

And some more from Dawn Pine:


MUH RUSHIAN KAHLOOOOOZHUN!!!

The Neo-Tsar‘s supposed personal philosopher – he is nothing of the sort – did a long interview with RT, in which Aleksandr Dugin explained the dawning of the multipolar, Eurasian-centred world:

Dugin’s daughter, the lovely and vivacious Darya Dugina, died in a Ukrainian terrorist attack in Moscow last year. It was a horrific event, and you can see the terrible toll it has taken on him. He looks like a broken man – yet he is still defiant, he still stands strong against GloboHomoPaedoSatanism.


Those Who Fail To Learn From History…

History lessons of the week:


HALO Nation

HALO Wars is nearly 14 years old now, and it deserves a lot more recognition than it gets:

And now let’s watch slayergod Remy aka Mint Blitz do his thing, while rhapsodising about the possibility of the Flood appearing in HI:


Learning at the Master’s Feet

Nerd of the Rings explains the role of Mandos, the harbinger of doom:


Bring on the Grimdark

PancreasNoWork explains, in a HALOHammer episode, why the Flood would completely own the WH40K universe:


That’s Not Gone Well…

Wazzocks gonna wazzock:

I really can’t blame him for that – I’ve been to, and watched, cricket matches, and NOTHING EVER HAPPENS for hours in the long-form Test match version of the game. Which is why cricketists now play much shorter, 20-over, versions of the game – and that is wildly popular all over the world.


Kitchen Nightmares with the Angry Scot:


Comedy hour:


Meme Warfare

Boy, did SHE age off a cliff… (Men over a certain age know exactly who that is)
See also: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Haiti…
Sadly, Sam Elliott is in fact a Daemoncrat

Animal Planet

Your aminules are adorkable moment of the week:

And also your animals are absolute DICKS moment of the week, to balance things out:

And finally, your “Meanwhile, in Russia” moment of the week:


The Lords of Steel

Gym beast props this week go to the legend, John Haack:

He straight-up lifted 830lbs the way I pick up 225!!!!!

Ass-Kicking of the Eight Limbs


They See Me Rollin’…


Just Bleed!

UFC 285 was an amazing, extremely stacked card with some truly epic fights – and one of my favourite fighters, Valentina “Bullet” Shevchenko, lost her belt after making a very rare, but very dumb, mistake:


Palate Cleansers

Shuffle Off

Jump-Starts

Gingervitis Injections


Livin’ in the Land of the Metal Gods

Also Einstein: “I fear that someday people will post my pic on the Internet with bogus made-up quotations in Comic Sans font”
MEHR POWERWOLF, BITTE!

Rock Out With Your Glock Out


Hot Totty

Right, after much messing around, here is your Instathot for the day. This is Rashel Kolaneci, age 25 from Albania. She is a model, blogger, and TV presenter, who apparently is famous in both her native country and elsewhere in the Balkan world. (Don’t ask me – I don’t have a clue about these things.)

She is almost certainly very plastic – but, on the plus side, she quite likes guns. And, if you go all the way down to the beginning of her account, she enjoys kickboxing and trains (or perhaps, trained) actively in some form of MMA.

OK, that’s all, back to work, ya lazy gits.

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1 Comment

  1. Robert W

    One of my favorite ‘it’s all part of the plan’ moments in the bible culminates in the book of Ester and the day of Purim.

    Item 1: Amalakites attack Israel in the exodus from Egypt. Yahweh says when you get to them, they are under the ban, destroy them completely, even the loot.
    Item 2: King Agag of the Amalakites does battle with Saul, who can’t bring himself to destroy all of their goods and keeps the high-value stuff to pay his bros. Samuel gets mad, strips the king anointing from Saul, and kills King Agag himself.
    Item 3: Haman the Agagite (of King Agag of the Amalekites) orchestrates the wholesale slaughter and destruction of the Jews. Then blocked and completely upended and his nation was destroyed by the completely unpredictable and divinely orchestrated ascendant queen Esther.

    Yahweh knew. He gets his man in the end.

    Can you imagine the hysterics about Air Japan if the Banana Vegan was black? Clown world is a riot.

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