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Sunday, March 29, 2020

Why do we celebrate Easter?

Why do we celebrate Easter?
Where did Easter come from?
What day is Easter?
What do Easter bunnies have to do with Easter?
Why do Easter bunnies lay eggs?
What is Passover?


You dont have to be high to contemplate these questions.  Easter has as much to do with Jesus as Christmas does.  Catholicism veiled pagan worship in Christianity. It is like when Scooby Doo and the gang finally catch the ghost that has been haunting the town. When they pull off the sheet, they find the town mayor. What a twist!  Lets see if we can uncover some answers.

Lets define Easter, on a very basic level, as we know it today to give ourselves a baseline.  Jesus died on the cross for our sins and was the final sacrifice. He rose from the dead and ascended into heaven.
Passover was the original basis for the holiday so lets take a look at that as well.  The Jews celebrate Passover.  Passover occurred when the Jews were in Egypt, just before the Exodus, and the Lord was to kill the first born of every household except those who put the blood of the sacrifice over the door in a specified way.  If the blood was present then the first born would be spared.  Jews were to "observe" Passover every year "forever".  The basic idea is the blood of the sacrifice would spare the house of those who believed it enough to do it.  Their faith in the word of the Lord saved them.  This eventually lead to animal sacrifices, but animal sacrifices were a temporary fix until an unblemished sacrifice would come.  Jesus'(perfect sacrifice) blood(the final sacrifice) would be sufficient to cover our sins and spare us Gods wrath for that sin.

This is by all accounts a religious event.  How it is represented through symbolism is where things get sketchy.  Whenever you have a holiday of any sort you dont understand just search the date and "pagan" and it will give you a good starting point. So, What are the pagan holidays associated with the vernal(spring) equinox?


Easter is the English spelling Ostara which is the vernal equinox.  German(where we get most of our Christmas traditions) immigrants brought their pagan traditions from Europe, and they were incorporated into the religious holidays of Catholic sun worship. Kids would build a nest out of their hats, and if they were good then the Easter bunny would leave them colored eggs the next day.  Easter was placed near Passover to distract from the event that Jesus said should be practiced.

How did the date get settled?
Jewish Passover is celebrated based on the Lunar cycles.  The days change but the lunar cycle doesnt.  It helps if you understand that time doesnt exist.  Passover is calculated 15 days after the first full moon after the vernal equinox.  Passover can occur on any day and is specifically tied to the phases of the moon.  Also, Jewish days start at night, thus a sunrise would have little significance to Jesus.
Remember this, ALL dates in the calendar are created by the Vatican and have a pagan origin shrouded in Christianity to blur the two ideals. In this case, 325AD at the Council of Nicaea the Vatican decreed that Easter would be celebrated on the first SUNDAY after the full moon on or after the vernal equinox(~March 21). 

Vatican Flag

Why would Jesus want to celebrate on a SUNDAY when he clearly promotes the Sabbath(7th day)?  The Vatican claims it has the power to change times and laws because it claims to have power over heaven, earth and the underworld(three crowns in the flag) and temporal power and spiritual power (two keys on its flag).
The dates(not the moon cycles; cant alter those) were altered by the Vatican starting in 1582(it took a while for everyone else to catch on.) when they switched to the Gregorian calendar(named after pope Gregory) which is what is used today.  Typically, the celebration is kicked off with a sunrise service(Catholic sun worship).  Jesus rose at night which is when the Jewish day begins.
Notice how the Vatican use the events in Christianity to force a celebration based on their pagan traditions centered around the vernal equinox which is a important day for pagans. 



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Thursday, March 19, 2020

Battle Belt / War Belt setup



A "battle belt" and a "war belt" are the same thing.  They are a way of shifting gear(weight) off of your chest kit which focuses pressure on the shoulders and moving it to the hips.  The concept appears to be an evolution of the "duty belt" from policing to war fighting mixed with a dash of Batmans utility belt.  The military used "Load Bearing Equipment"(LBE) for decades which included gear on a belt, but there wasnt a good way to attach pouches to various pieces of equipment until 1997 when the US Army's Natick Labs invented the MOLLE system.  Molle didnt take off until 2001 when the Army had the funds to start replacing pretty much all of their Vietnam era gear.  By 2003 MOLLE would be on all newly issued vests.  Civilian gear makers would eventually start making gear that would adhere to the standard and the market today is dominated by the system.
It is hard to tell when the first battle belt came to being, but it was done most likely by request from someone tired of rigging up attachments to their belt.

This will be a budget build.  The battle belt will be basic and various things can be added or subtracted for individual use.  The key to making effective kit is keeping it simple and light.  The less clutter on the belt the more comfortable and usable it will be. This build will focus around a rifle build, but will also include some sidearm options that can be added later.

The first piece is the belt.  Any belt will do, but you want something that can be easily buckled.  You can always get a belt later if needed if you have a normal belt currently.


The next piece is the battle belt.  This is the slim version.  You dont need a lot of vertical molle.  A slim belt will help with agility and comfort in the long term.


There are 2 popular types of quick draw magazine retention systems. The taco and sleeve(speed)
The taco system appears to be more durable(pictured below).


I would also add a dump pouch. A dump pouch is a pouch that is collapsed and can expand to hold partial mags for later use.  There are many different kinds, but you will want an collapsible storage solution in the range.  They super cheap.

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The next piece you need is an IFAK(Individual First Aid Kit) because you are working with weapons.  An IFAK doesnt have to be large.  It just needs to stop the bleeding from a wound.  There is no point in carrying a lot of gear you do not know how to properly use.  Having that extra gear in a bag is fine if you know people that can use it.  If you have one then use it. If not here are a few pieces to get you started.

Pouch I like the rip-away design because the pouch is typically placed at the back because it is not frequently accessed, but when you need it it is easier to have in front of you.


A pouch isnt super useful unless you have stuff in it.  Remember, this is a starting point, and you can add what you need as you grow.  Here is a good budget friendly starter kit.  The key here is it has a tourniquet. Learn to use it!   Add an optional Israeli bandage.


As for the sidearm these are just suggestions and are dependent on the the situation and users preference.

Safariland Mid-ride This will give you enough drop to clear the molle portion for a quick and clean draw. I do not advise drop legs because they tend to flop when running.  If your sidearm moves then if can affect your draw.

Quick Lock system If you have multiple sidearms you switch out this would make the swapping much easier.


The actual holster will vary based on your sidearm. From there you can either do a friction kydex holster or a locking system like Safarilands ALS.  The options depend on the application. When in doubt use the combat option.


If you are going for pure speed then a quality(ability to adjust tension) kydex holster is the way to go.
If you are looking at a more combat oriented role then the ALS Safariland offers is a solid choice. 

You will also need magazines for your sidearm.  Once again I would go with the taco for durability.


I hope this helped you on your search for effective gear.  If there is anything you think should be added then comment on the FB page or here.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

What is time?

This is cringe worthy and a meme. :D

No, not the useless magazine.
What is time then?
Does time exist?
How long has time existed?


Spoiler Alert: Time DOESNT exist; it is an illusion.  Time is like temperature.  Humans have developed instruments to measure it, but temperature doesnt exist; it is an illusion.  Get it?  Did I just wreck Einsteins theory of relativity?


We put a lot of emphasis on time because we are mortal.  We have a finite TIME to get things done.  But everyone's time is different.  If my time was broken up into sections it wouldnt match your time.  This was an issue in history because time was based on a kings life, but time was different in every kingdom.  Until the Seleucid's began counting time on a continual basis.  Ancient time is hard to synchronize because of that issue.  Would we emphasize time if we were immortal?

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How do we measure time?
Time is largely measured by rotations around a star we call the sun.   One rotation around the sun is called a year.  We break up those years with celestial events like equinoxes and solstices.  A year is broken down and broken down and broken down until TODAY we have seconds that are measured by electricity passing through a piece of quartz.  How many seconds were there before electricity?  When did a minute start to be a thing?
As we advanced in technology time gained smaller and smaller segments and time was more and more important on a smaller scale.  How mad do you get when you have to wait in line at a drive-thru for 5 WHOLE MINUTES?

I cant prove this to you any further, and it cant really be disproven either.  Time is just a crutch us mortals use to attempt to understand the things we will never be able to...


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Saturday, February 8, 2020

Why is the coronavirus so deadly inside China?


The coronavirus 2019-nCoV is much more deadly in China than it is outside of China.  I have a theory as to why that is.  The 2019-nCoV is a respiratory virus that can cause pneumonia and lung damage.  China has unhealthy air quality in many of its cities.  The air quality in China contributes greatly to the respiratory virus' death rate.  The virus will spread based on hygiene and how contagious it is, but death will be contributed to the health of the individual and their lungs. Living in a city with bad air lowers your health and weakens your lungs. 



Is the virus more deadly in China than outside of China?
There have been 2 deaths outside of China(Philippines, Hong Kong[another ailment present also HK is in the moderate range]) and 34 recoveries out of 28 affected countries.
While inside China the virus has the most kills in the outbreak province of Hubei("unhealthy for sensitive people"/ "unhealthy" air quality).
If this theory is correct then as the virus spreads north around Beijing expect an uptick in deaths concentrating there. The air around Beijing is largely in the "very unhealthy" range.

 

Air Quality
China has horrible air quality and some of the most polluted cities on Earth.  The air quality in many cities in China has the effect of heavy smoking. Air pollution in the cities is said to significantly shorten life spans.  The World Bank estimates that 400,000 Chinese have died prematurely to air pollution.

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BBC(2017)


Vice Part 1(2012):
Vice Part 2(2012):


What is China doing about it?(This is full on propaganda)


If we look back at another CoV outbreak known as SARS back in 2003 then we see a smaller scale outbreak.  Death rates from SARS should be lower because Hong Kong has a much better air quality than that of Hubei and Hebei provinces.

Sources:
Virus data source
Air Quality Map
SARS research
2019-nCoV Timeline

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