Sisters

    A man is driving down a deserted stretch of highway when he notices a sign out of the corner of his eye. It says, ‘Sisters of Mercy House of Prostitution 15 mi.’

    He thinks it was just a figment of his imagination and drives on without a second thought.

    Soon, he sees another sign that says, 'Sisters of Mercy House of Prostitution 8 mi’ and realizes that these signs are for real.

    When he drives past a third sign saying, 'Sisters of Mercy House of Prostitution Next Right’ his curiosity gets the better of him and he pulls into the drive.

    On the far side of the parking lot is a somber stone building with a small sign next to the door saying, 'Sisters of Mercy’.

    He climbs the steps and rings the bell.

    The door is answered by a nun in a long black habit who asks, 'What may we do for you, my son?’

    'He answers, 'I saw your signs along the highway and was interested in possibly doing business.

    “Very well, my son. Please follow me.’

    He is led through many winding passages and is soon quite disoriented.

    The nun stops at a closed door and tells the man, 'Please knock on this door.

    He does as he is told and this door is answered by another nun in a long habit and holding a tin cup.

    This nun instructs, 'Please place $50 in the cup, then go through the large wooden door at the end of this hallway.’

    He gets $50 out of his wallet and places it in the second nun’s cup.

    He then trots eagerly down the hall and slips through the door, pulling it shut behind him.

    As the door locks behind him, he finds himself back in the parking lot facing another small sign.

    The sign says ‘Go in Peace. You Have Just Been Screwed by the Sisters of Mercy.’

    [ID: A pink tinted graphic poster. We see two red hands holding a camera, taking the picture of a white rabbit smiling. Their face is splattered with red. They're raising their left hand as if they were taking an oat, while their right hand, out of the camera's frame focus, is crossing fingers. It's not the only thing the camera is not framing: the bunny is standing in a pool of blood, a baseball bat drenched in blood at their feet, with a couple of ripped teeth laying around. The poster cheerfully says: "it's just ketchup! I swear!" End ID.]

    gunsandfireandshit

    Thanks YouTube this seems really normal

    walklikethedead

    Okay, so I took the time to watch the video in its entirety, and it’s actually well-done, informative, and the host himself is Jewish. My impression going in was that it was PROBABLY going to be a deconstruction of antisemitic tropes and such, paired with an actual explanation for why Jewish people as a demographic DO actually perform at an above-average level economically compared to most other groups, statistically speaking, and… yep, that’s exactly what it is. 🤷‍♂️

    For instance, he goes into detail about how easily the biggest reason for the above-average success of Jews in general is their emphasis and value of education as a people, and delves into how the stereotype of Jews being heavily involved in banking and financing literally arose from antisemitic laws and such in the middle ages, wherein Jewish people were barred from most jobs and what industry there was… but WERE allowed to run banks, keep books and ledgers, and lend money, because it’s something they happened to be very good at… again, due to the high value placed on education, as compared to most other peoples in Europe at the same time. There’s a lot more points he touches on, of course, but it’s too much for me to get into here.

    Anyway, TL;DR - It’s actually an interesting, informative video, hosted by a Jewish man, but maybe could’ve been titled better, because especially in these times, it’s understandable that someone could see a video like this come up and be suspicious as to what the content/motivations are going to be.

    walklikethedead

    Just as another example of the actual intent behind this channel, here’s another video from them that goes into a lot of detail about the differences between the two largest Jewish diaspora populations; Ashkenazi and Sephardi.

    In this video alone, there’s so much that I honestly never knew about Jewish history and culture, such as the fact that there’s a language called “Ladino,” which is a mixture of Hebrew and Spanish, in the same way that Yiddish is a mixture of Hebrew and German. Did you know this? I absolutely did not.

    Again, I get why the title and thumbnail of the original video could raise eyebrows, but Unpacked is actually a channel dedicated to educating people about Jewish history, culture, religion, food and other points of interest.

    gunsandfireandshit

    So they’re doing counterprogramming and taking advantage of the sorts of video titles and thumbnails that people click on YouTube? Cool.

    [ID: A cartoonish white bunny in a real life photograph background, under bright light. They are looking at the camera with a little smile and a blank expression. The shadow casted by the bunny is some severly warped version of the actual bunny, tentacles and tendrils devouring the bunny's actual shape, and somehow has pin sized gleaming eyes despite being a shadow on the concrete floor. The two white dots stare at you. End ID.]

    just-haunter-thoughts

    So.

    Y'all know that one meme of the tank being dumped off the ship saying "I go kill submarine for the motherland"?

    If not, here it is:

    The origins behind this image are utterly fascinating.

    This is not a soviet built tank despite what the meme implies, it is actually a chinese built tank, a T-69-2 to be more specific.

    What you don't see in the image are the further 24 tanks that are also on the barge about to dropped into the water as well.

    These tanks are being dropped in on personal orders by Queen Sirikit, the queen mother of thailand.

    No, for those worried, this was not them discarding old unusable tanks, at least in this instance. Rather, each of these tanks have selected and prepared to make an artificial reef. Rather than melt them down for scrap, in 2010 there were pushed into the water off the gulf of siam to create a home for hundreds of sea creatures. All the internals are gutted, including the engine and transmission, don't worry.

    If you looks a little closer into the image, you'll see that all the hatches are open or removed, probably to make room for sea life.

    If you want anymore info, I'd suggest checking out ConeOfArc over on youtube, he has a lot more on this and many more fascinating subjects such as the origins behind the panzer of the lake.

    Y'all find this as cool as I do, right? Like, this shit is just so damn cool. As a wee bit of a tank nerd, it does make me sad that these are being dumped never to be seen again, but at least their still being used for something rather than being turned into tin cans.

    trans-ratatouille

    Call that a fish tank