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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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- 01:45pm Apr 1, 2001 EST (#1865
3/22/01 8:11am quotes the dustcover of NEWS AND THE CULTURE
OF LYING: How Journalism Really Works --- Free Press, 1994. by
Paul H. Weaver , a man with strong conservative connections.
" 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.
That revolution was based on usages that relied on limitations of
human memory, and limitations on the human ability to handle
complexity. With the internet, those limits can be radically
extended, and the techniqus of the "culture of lying" can be placed
under new, powerful, and entertaining pressure, in the public
Not only would this change be in the public interest. It would be
Yea, it would be fun !
- 01:50pm Apr 1, 2001 EST (#1866
The Base of Mathematics and Physics has already gone. The Age of
Science is ending soon. A new Kingdom is coming here now. Deatils
- 02:14pm Apr 1, 2001 EST (#1867
The Russians have done many, many ugly things, and have many
faults. Faults American's don't have, and some they do. Americans
have done many, many ugly things, and have many faults. Faults
Russians don't have, and some they do.
Even so, as I've said before, rshowalter
3/27/01 3:27pm I personally would like a chance to apologize for
the actions of my country toward Russia since WWII - but when I say
that, I'm speaking for myself, not for others.
I was once at a lunch, in Madison, with some distinguished
Russian educators. I proposed a toast, thanking the Russian people,
whose sacrifices in the Great Patriotic War may well have given me,
and others of my American generation, a chance to be born. That
toast came from my heart. I personally think the conflict between
our coutries has been a great human tragedy. But I can only speak
for my own feelings here, not for my country.
- 02:15pm Apr 1, 2001 EST (#1868
Truth is important to prosperity to safety, and to mental health.
And truth can also be more entertaining than lies, which are
I was entertained by today's b WEEK IN REVIEW and its top story .
. . . . Not So Fast: Suddenly, Bush's Smooth Ride Turns Bumpy
by ADAM CLYMER http://www.nytimes.com/2001/04/01/weekinreview/01CLYM.html
"President Bush's sudden difficulties coincide with the shocking
discovery that he is a conservative Republican."
Clymer's piece includes this reference to a scene in
Casablanca which has entered the literate western european
" The dawning of that perception has its comic
moments, as when abortion rights advocates, environmentalists,
even labor, take turns in proclaiming, like Captain Renault in
Casablanca, that they are "shocked, shocked to find that there is
conservatism going on in here." "
I've relied on the Casablanca story and movie, and
especially that scene with Captain Renault, in a discussion of the
background of our nuclear impasses, and the psychological warfare
that has been involved, and continues to do damage.
I feel that we need to apply "the Golden Rule" to people as they
are. It we did, the world would be delivered from nuclear
destruction. And many of the ugliest aspects of our human condition
in the world might be adressable, by the people involved, as they
actually are, from where they are, step by step.
I feel that if Psychwarfare, Casablanca -- and terror ....
Gaurdian TALK http://talk.guardian.co.uk/WebX?14@@.ee7a163/0
could be discussed, along with the movie, by Russians and Americans
together, communication that might make us all safer, and happier,
and richer, might come. Especially entries #13- #23 http://talk.guardian.co.uk/WebX?14@@.ee7a163/12
It would help us all get in touch with our pasts, and shed lies,
so that we could move, more comfortably and safely into our future.
- 02:15pm Apr 1, 2001 EST (#1869
I believe that everybody concerned about matters of defense, and
especially nuclear deployments, should consider carefully, and
remember, the concerns about the “military-industrial complex” set
out in the FAREWELL ADDRESS of President Dwight D. Eisenhower
January 17, 1961. http://www.geocities.com/~newgeneration/ikefw.htm
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