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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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rshowalter - 05:56pm Mar 24, 2001 EST (#1457 of 1463) Delete Message
Robert Showalter

Perhaps an incremental approach dealing with the details of A PERFECT TEST CASE set out by NYT reporter Nina Bernstein would be most beautiful of all. rshowalter 3/24/01 7:40am

But there are likely to be MANY beautiful possibilities, and people of good faith willing to pursue them.

lunarchick - 06:23pm Mar 24, 2001 EST (#1458 of 1463)

Noted the ref to ER, MT, Putin. ER might have more commonality with the later than with MT.

Russia was in VR's range of influence, as was Germany pre WWI. Which made it all the more difficult to understand why and how the breakdowns that lead to WW difficulties arose.

There will be a lot of Russian artefacts dusted daily by ER from old associations of Great Uncles. ER's former Master of The Arts has close associations with Russia during the cold war - while Pinewood churned out OO7 for consumption by the British masses. On this basis of reciprocity I would think that ER would be pleased to assist Russia home and into the EC fold.

The logic of royal celebrity is how to do the 'most' in a synergetic helpful manner, activating and involving others, yet providing a pivotal focus.

Were ER to learn to appreciate the possible targeting of a royal corgi by an MD factor, she would come actively engaged in lessening this threat. Additionally, she might beseech and command of a descendant of a former GIII subject to hot-link her site forthwith!

lunarchick - 06:35pm Mar 24, 2001 EST (#1459 of 1463)

May be detracting here, but, two factors come to mind. One is the matching of provision for daycare of children with demand. This is done best by Scandianvian Countries .. who in turn are secure to produce a 'replacement' population. Elsewhere daycare provision is lower, in the UK only 15% .. resulting in wimmin deferring children and and ultimately not having them. In some countries the demand for wimmin to hold down jobs (with out care assistance) leads to children moving into 'care'.

The reality is that the provision of care from foster families is 'an act of love' in that the allowances do not accommodate the special need$ such children bring with them.

The crisis of 'any care at all' requirements is becoming the factor .... it may result from the failure of governments generally to 'care' for the people and their needs within its own system.

With regards to 'Religious' organisations taking on a civic and indoctrinational role .. rather than civic bodies being equipt to the task .. in the USA -- my guess is that such indoctrinated children might later employ lawyers to sue with regards to the 'invasion' and 'religious-psycho-positioning' of their minds.

Where do ethics end and religions start, what are the boundaries between secular/civic and 'religious' ?

lunarchick - 06:38pm Mar 24, 2001 EST (#1460 of 1463)

I might add that here there is a shortage of 'carers' and 'foster families' ... and many children who are wards of the State are in a continual state of flux with neither a settled living stituation nor identity.

rshowalter - 07:30pm Mar 24, 2001 EST (#1461 of 1463) Delete Message
Robert Showalter

Forthwith !

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    Negotiations and social-political-economic contacts involving "status exchange" are not well handled by Russia, and this means that Russia is continuously outmaneauvered, and excluded from complex cooperations, where status exchange functions are involved. This can mean exclusion from the mainstream of European life, whenever adversaries choose it to mean that.

    The Queen's role may be "purely ceremonial" -- purely concerned with issues of status. But these issues matter, the Queen is a very able, hardworking person, and if Putin and his staff had command of the usages needed to speak comfortably and productively to the Queen and her staff, they'd have skills that could be important in innumerable ways of use to their state and the cause of peace.


    the Queen and the Prime Minister

    The Queen's influence is mainly informal. She has a right and a duty to express her views on government matters to the Prime Minister at their weekly audiences, but these meetings - and all communications between the Monarch and her Government - remain strictly confidential. Having expressed her views, The Queen abides by the advice of her Ministers.

    the Queen and Privy Council

    There are 400 Privy Councillors, consisting of all members of the Cabinet, a number of middle-ranking government ministers, leaders of the opposition parties in both Houses of Parliament, senior judges and some appointments from the Commonwealth.

    the Queen and the law/judiciary

    the Queen and the Armed Services

    The monarch is Head of the Armed Forces and it is the monarch alone who can declare war and peace. . . . . . The monarch's powers today cannot be exercised except upon the advice of responsible Ministers.

    When the British serving military reminds itself that it is in service of the Queen, it is saying something that matters a great deal, to all involved.

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