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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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- 07:58am Mar 24, 2001 EST (#1427
Watch out for 'Self regulated' Organisations! Self regulated
'institutions' not subject to 'inspection' can harbour abuse ... it
goes with the territory!
- 09:10am Mar 24, 2001 EST (#1428
Speaking, the PM of Sweeden said he was pleased to have spoken
with Putin at the summmit, and contrasted the light of today with
the years of fear and darkness associated with the USSR.
Interesting to note that the Stockholm EC meeting was out to
improve EC competitiveness ... to make EC more efficient. France
stopped the streamlining of Electrical Power supplies .. and
Spain-UK disagreed on a standard re civillian flight control. There
were concerns re Macedonia where 1/4 of population are Albanians who
don't have 'equal' access to higherEd and acceptance in employment!
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A Chinese spokesperson noted that China was no threat to the USA,
had a highnote in the voice when saying China had Nuclear
capability, but, went on to say China was 20years behind the USA.
Had concerns re the 1982 agreement that was supposed to wind-down
Tiawan military capability. Had concerns that Bush-the-younger has
set China up the 'Rouge' state of the moment.
- 09:56am Mar 24, 2001 EST (#1429
I'm having a fear problem just now. Because of some of my
training, I'm afraid of making mistakes - and when the fear is too
strong, I start losing focus in my eyes, and that means it is a good
time to go slowly -- to wait for more logical focus, and, often, for
more information. To think things through better.
Because when I move, I like to move with a pretty clear sense of
how the actions will work together -- in ways that can work well,
and with clean retreats, and accomodation of transitions at many key
steps. -- Like one needs to do in judo, and some affine physical
interactions that used to interest me, and, of course, like many
other things, too. I don't feel right unless the fear seems properly
calibrated. And I don't feel comfortable about that yet. So I have
to think some more - and take time to be comfortable.
It seems to me that there are real opportunites and reasons for
hope here -- and so, naturally, there are dangers as well, and fear
isn't far away.
But I don't think I'm as afraid as certain parties in CIA ought
to be. Because they have less room to maneuver than I do, and more
This morning I woke up worried about explaining a key aspect of
impasses between the US and Russia - wanting to explain some key
things about how illogical Americans are and also how they
Also, thinking about "conspiracies," and different views of them
between our two cultures.
- 09:59am Mar 24, 2001 EST (#1430
Naturally, I've been looking at some books . . . asking myself
not for books I'd like Putin to read, but short passages,
from books, that might be worth his time.
This morning I've been looking at
Finite Markov Chains by Kemeny and Snell
some LSA stuff, including some of my own,
Strategies for Change: Logical Incrementalism by James
Brian Quinn ... written in 1980
Frequency Analysis of English Usage: Lexicon and Grammar
by Frances and Kucera
The Social Life of Information by Brown and Duguid ... (a
book that may have helped destroy a company)
Fame in the 20th Century a book associated with the TV
series, by Clive James
How the West Grew Rich by Nathan Rosenberg and LE
CULTURAL LITERACY: What Every American Needs to Know
"Includes 5,000 essential names, phrases, dates, and concepts" by
Each of these books can be treacherously misleading, all are
incomplete, but all have ideas that can be useful in the right
I've been asking:
What common culture should every Russian know, for Russian
reasons, according to Russian standards?
What common culture do Russians need to know, for dealing with
How can these cultural patterns somehow come into focus, for the
socio-technical systems involved, in ways that preserve and enhance
the essential practical and aesthetic standards of these
distinct cultures ?
I'm still too afraid -- but it seems to me that some key things
about how illogical Americans are and also how they are
illogical can be explained, usefully, to responsible Russians,
and maybe to some Americans, too. It seems to me that, if this could
be done, that would open up some things.
One key things is that people, to work together, have to know
a lot and also, since common assumptions are assumed,
communication skills have to be good, and common assumpions and
logical sequences have to be checkable. This is necessary to avoid
misunderstanding that lower a so that complex cooperations
become more difficult, or even impossible.
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