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Russian military leaders have expressed concern about US plans
for a national missile defense system. Will defense technology be
limited by possibilities for a strategic imbalance? Is this just SDI
all over again?
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- 11:54pm Mar 21, 2001 EST (#1289
A disturbing fact remains that even if we spend
billions...trillions, or whatever the cost of a missle defense
system may be....Perhaps the most wicked threat remains terrorist
nuclear activity...bombs and/or bio agents brought in to the states
by briefcase and what have you. That is a less visible, less
traceable and equally destructive threat. Solution? gosh i hope we
get working on some soon.
- 06:08am Mar 22, 2001 EST (#1290
This Canadian guy breezed by. His emphasis relates to
environmental disputes .. perhaps keeping MD green, not 'N-winter' -
fits into the environmental perspective. http://www.fletcher.tufts.edu/faculty/susskind.html
His approach re any dispute includes for party's to develop a
framework to work within that may contain:
a) appologise for past wrongs
b) voice concerns
engage in continual dialogue
d) break conflicit down into small
e) resolve small area and move to next
dialogue develop/make decisions
The reality is that the parties have to learn to live together
and get along after the dispute.
- 06:30am Mar 22, 2001 EST (#1291
"To the beauty
of the women gathered here this evening, which outshines the
natural splendors of the glade and dale.."
- 07:55am Mar 22, 2001 EST (#1292
Alex re: 'The English is not my first and not even the second
I admire people who take on the challenge of a second or third
language. Your English is quite good. The only way to improve it, or
any other language, is to try to live for a while within the culture
of the language, and use it as much as possible.
English is not an easy language because it is a composite of Olde
English, Middle English, Germanic, French, Latin; idioms from all
the English Speaking cultures; together with the newly developing
Some languages are as they read and sound, whereas english has an
alphabet of 26 letters, 43 phonetical combinationary sounds, but,
over 1000 sounds in all.
English has a vast vocabulary, and often concise structure as
compared to other languages ... one notes this re subtitled foreign
That the USA has english, along with the former UK-Commonwealth,
then the dominance re the internet, the language is premiere -
currently. The main thing with language is to 'enjoy' it.
- 08:10am Mar 22, 2001 EST (#1293
I've been up for about four hours, but just signed on ---- I was
going through some books, and thinking of limitations of diplomacy,
and new opportunities, in the new world of the internet.
I recall that Putin once suggested to other leaders that they
exchange email adresses, and sometime use them for direct contact.
The idea was not accepted. Still less would it be accepted for Putin
to email the citizens of another country. There would be suspicion.
Suppose, however, that it were done, for particular reasons, to
particular people, with copies invariably sent, in clear, to the
government of the country. So that there could be no secrecy - so
that everything as in clear. If the objective is truth
, and clear discussion, clear works. Suppose, in a similar way, that
phone calls were made, but with them taped, or directly connected,
via a "listen only connection" to people in the government in
question. So that there could be no secrecy.
NOW, HOW MUCH OF THE DIPLOMATIC APPARATUS FOR CONSTRAINING
INFORMATION FLOWS ACTUALLY STANDS UNDER THESE CONVENTIONS? With the
new technology, for purposes such as nuclear disarmament, how strong
are any barriers that are actually there?
I don't know that answer, in detail. But I believe it ought to be
considered. In general - what are the practical and moral objections
to communication, between people in different countries, in
They don't seem very substantial. Am I wrong?
- 08:11am Mar 22, 2001 EST (#1294
I've been looking at about 20 of my books, and thinking about
movies (including "The Music Man" --- "The Sound of Music" --- "West
Side Story" --- and "Best Little Whore House in Texas") but mostly
I've been thinking about a book by Paul H. Weaver -- a man with
plain connections to the right wing of American government circles
-- he taught poly sci at Harvard, was a writer and editor for
Fortune, and is a fellow of the Hoover Institution at Stanford . ...
(Around Stanford, a joke is that, no matter which side you look at
the Hoover Tower, it leans a little to the right.)
The book is NEWS AND THE CULTURE OF LYING: How Journalism
Really Works --- Free Press, 1994.
Inside the dust cover, there's this:
"News is in no way the reflection of reality it
claims to be. Nor haev even its most radical critics grasped its
true nature. News, Paul H. Weaver argues, is largely a fabrication
- a record of the joint performances by which journalists and
official sources foist a highly artificial sense of permanent
emergency on the public.
"The modern news genre has its origins in a
sweeping but little-understood revolution at the turn of the (20th
century) by figures like Joseph Pulitzer, Ivy Ledbetter Lee, and
Woodrow Wilson, who helped to gut the liberal traditions of
American democracy and replace them with a system of
constitutional oligarchy based on news, the public-relations
oriented corporation, and the activist presidency. The main
product and governing instrument of this new "emergency state" is
a "culture of lying," which has its sources in the hidden
institutional relationships that control the production of news.
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