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This world is one big game of "Go"-- Black against White, Light against Darkness --and we all have a choice to make: Do we war FOR the Light?

...or against it?




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..::Thought for the Day::..

All beings tremble before violence. All fear death. All value their own lives. See yourself in other living beings. Then who can you hurt? What harm can you cause?"

--The Buddha

The questions are rhetorical, but they do have real life answers, like

Depends on whether one is Democrat or Republican-- especially under THIS president."



..::Haiku: Urban Survival::..

A white butterfly
Navigates a busy road
Between SUVs

--Gary,
AnimalWritings.com

Who is the butterfly? What the SUV? Fragile human lives dodging careening, mindless, heartless government?



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posted by ELAshley @ 3:15 PM, , links to this post





We found money for the marsh mouse, why not Babylon?

According to a NewsDaily article the U.S. through the U.S. Embassy in Iraq is giving $700,000 toward the rebuilding of Babylon.


Babylon's future written in its ruins
--By Khalid al-Ansary Posted
February 10, 2009

BABYLON, Iraq, Feb. 10, 2009 (Reuters) — For a site whose historical importance ranks with Egypt's Pyramids, the ancient Mesopotamian city of Babylon has suffered some rough treatment.

In recent times, U.S. troops and allied armies have parked tanks and weapons on the site in southern Iraq and used earth containing ancient fragments to fill their sandbags.

Looters ransacked its treasures, and before that Saddam Hussein "restored" parts of it using new bricks bearing his name and built a kitsch palace overlooking it.

Now officials hope Babylon can be revived and made ready for a rich future of tourism, with help from experts at the World Monuments Fund (WMF) and the U.S. embassy.

"The Future of Babylon" project launched last month seeks to "map the current conditions of Babylon and develop a master plan for its conservation, study and tourism," the WMF says.

"We don't know how long it will take to reopen to tourists," said Mariam Omran Musa, head of a government inspection team based at the site. "It depends on funds. I hope that Babylon can be reborn in a better image."


Then there's this piece from Joel Rosenberg who offers a biblical perspective...

U.S. To Help Rebuild City Of Babylon
--By Joel C. Rosenberg

Largely overlooked by the Western news media over the past few weeks was an enormously significant story. The government of Iraq is moving forward with plans to protect the archaeological remains of the ancient City of Babylon, in preparation for building a modern city of Babylon. The project, originally started by the late Saddam Hussein, is aimed eventually at attracting scores of "cultural tourists" from all over the world to see the glories of Mesopotamia's most famous city. What's more, the Obama Administration is contributing $700,000 towards "The Future of Babylon Project," through the State Department's budget.

[...]

In my non-fiction book, Epicenter 2.0, I wrote about the Bible prophecies in Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Revelation that indicate the ancient city of Babylon in Iraq will, in fact, be rebuilt in the "last days" of history and become the wealthiest and most powerful city on the face of the planet. I also cited my interview with Iraqi Finance Minister Ali Abdul Ameer Allawi who told me in 2006 at the peak of the insurgency,

Cultural, religious, archaeological, and biblical tourism is a big opportunity for Iraq. I think rebuilding Babylon is a wonderful idea, as long as it is not done at the expense of the antiquities themselves."

For many, I know the rebuilding of Babylon seemed like a far-fetched idea in the Bible. For many more, it seemed like a far-fetched idea in 2006, as well. But skeptics and cynics take note: now that the insurgency is dying down, the Shia-led government of Iraq is actually moving forward with this historic and prophetic project. They say Babylon will be "reborn." And they're right. It will be.


I'll add my own thoughts later, but it seems clear to me that at least ONE bible prophecy is in the process of being fulfilled.



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Charles Darwin took his first breath 200 hundred years ago today, February 12, 1809. Today, though his "theory" still plagues our schools and culture, according to a Gallup Poll fewer than 4 in ten believe in Evolution... just 39%.

Sadly interesting, 24% of those who attend church weekly believe Darwin's theory. They're willing to believe that 'nothing made everything.' Personally, I believe it's easier and more rational to believe God made everything out of nothing.



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