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More amazing than the "silver bullet" C&C module for the SecDef is the E-4B fleet....

Interesting site as well.

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What happens when knowledge of God, or Jesus, so freely given to individuals and their societies is forgotten?

Ravi answers. 

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Army paratroopers receive a mission and safety brief at Qayyarah West Airfield, Iraq, Feb. 17, 2017, before moving out to Hamam al-Alil. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jason Hull

500 US military personnel are moving toward direct involvement, near the battle for Mosul, Iraq, to assist Iraqi Sunni and Shiite forces against ISIS. 

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The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson transits the Philippine Sea, Feb. 14, 2017. The Carl Vinson Strike Group is deployed to the Western Pacific as part of the U.S. Pacific Fleet-led initiative to extend the command-and-control functions of U.S. 3rd Fleet. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Kurtis A. Hatcher

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Two pilots assigned to the 96th Expeditionary Bomber Squadron takeoff to execute air operations to support Operation Inherent Resolve, Feb. 13, 2017. The B-52 Stratofortress enables vital kinetic capability for the Air Force and is engaged in the fight against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria terrorists. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jordan Castelan

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Secularization and secular "isms" are real and defining for us, if not Islam, Eastern mysticism, or liberal Christian "moralistic therapeutic deism." This is the first chapter[?] of Ravi Zacharias' new book!

"To wit, Antony Flew and A. N. Wilson, two prominent thinkers who climbed the tree of atheism to great renown, only to concede that its trunk is hollow and its branches, deadly. The unanswered questions made Flew question the philosophy. An Easter Sunday walk to church with his family where he observed the followers of Jesus and heard the truth claims of their resurrected Lord made the difference for Wilson, the difference between life and death, sub­stance and hollowness, purpose and meaninglessness, love and hate, living a lie or living by the truth.

The chapters to come show the difference between Jesus and secular “isms” in the why of life itself. Our first comparison will be a deeper exploration of atheism—the general “ism” underlying all other secular worldviews. Then we proceed chapter by chapter to confront the secular gods that guide our neighbors and our nation. So far we have glimpsed only the tip of the iceberg. Let’s see where the differences really take us."

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"Meet Ötzi"
amateur[?] commentary by thathowyougetants

"In 1991, two German hikers in the Alps stumbled across this fella defrosting out of glacial ice. He turned out to be a metaphorical time machine. The insight he gave on how men lived 5000+ years ago is incredible. We know everything from the last two meals he ate to how he likely died - probably in a fight to the death right at the spot he was found in '91. This is no solider - more likely a mountain shepherd, which makes his death SO intriguing.. who did he run into on the mountain pass that day, and died attempting to fend off? Ötzi the Iceman probably died from the blood loss from an arrow to his shoulder. Ötzi's body has been preserved by the ice, but his unusual environment had an effect on what we can tell about him. Fortunately, the bodies of two soldiers found nearby, killed at the battle of San Matteo in 1918, have provided an excellent reference as to the predictability of the preservation process.

Here's what we know:

- Ötzi was aged about 45 when he died, was about 5'5" tall and weighed 135lbs

- He spent his childhood in the village of Feldthurns, but later lived 50 kilometres north.

- shortly before he died, Ötzi ate two meals, one of chamois meat, the other was red deer and herb bread. His first meal was eaten in a mid-altitude conifer forest in spring.

- Ötzi's job is thought to be either a copper smelter (based on copper and arsenic traces found in his hair) or a shepherd (based on analysis of the pelvis, femur and tibia, showing he was accustomed to long walks over mountainous terrain - not characteristic of copper age Europeans).

- Ötzi's clothing is sophisticated and purpose-made, using several different types of leather and skilled craftsmanship. This included a cloak, belt, leggings, loincloth, bearskin cap with chin strap, and waterproof shoes.

- his tools included a flint-bladed knife, a quiver of 14 arrows with stabilising fins, a knife/arrow sharpener, an unfinished longbow almost 2 metres long, two birch-bark baskets, an axe and a complex fire lighting kit. The axe head is 99.7% pure copper.

- Ötzi has 61 tattoos made using fire ash. He is the oldest tattooed mummy ever found.

- Full DNA sequencing has shown he was lactose intolerant, had Lymes disease, was most closely related to Corsicans and Sardinians, and is related to 19 present day Tyrolean men!

Poor Ötzi obviously ran into the wrong people that day, and received an arrow to the shoulder and a deep cut to the thumb which reached the bone. The arrowhead is still inside him, and his coat has a matching hole.. makes you think how hard that arrow flew. He has bruising and cuts to the hands, wrists, chest, and a cerebral trauma caused by a hard blow to the head. Incredibly, the DNA of FOUR other people has been found on Ötzi's gear.. one person's DNA from his coat, one from his knife, and two people's DNA from the same arrow. This has lead to speculation that he shot two people with the same arrow and retrieved it both times.

Either way it sounds like quite a struggle that day in the Alps, and one that our friend Ötzi didn't survive."


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Dr. Mohler shows how theology defines culture, this morning, on The Briefing. That is, worldview, epistemological assumptions, that are true or false, conscious or subconscious, pre-define politics, religion, norms, laws, individuals, and societies.

Theology is the systematic, reasoned, study of God.

In this case, Bali is a Hindu majority region of majority Muslim Indonesia. Islam became dominant in Indonesia from the 13th to 16th century. Muslims are nearly 90% of people there. In fact, Indonesia is a the most populous Islamic country with 200 million Muslims, followed by Pakistan, India Bangladesh, and Egypt. India's 147 million Muslims are 14% of total Indian population.

Hindu synthesis, beginning in 15th century BCE in South Asia, is 30 centuries older than Islam in Indonesia. Hindu views, like reincarnation and shamans influence Bali culture.

Syncretism certainly applies too, the blending of theology, with religious or mystical ideas, like Animism.

Animism is the belief that objects, places, and animals possess spiritual value.

Syncretism also impacts American culture by the combining of Christian and sub-christian dogmas, like Hindu karma and yoga. Karma is a cruel or impersonal absolute form of moralistic behaviorism. Yoga is some form of binding, spiritually speaking.
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