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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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- 05:54pm Jul 16, 2001 EST (#7094
"...This will show that the NEWnews is OLDnews - so why are
you putting out as if there's a new point of info when there
Not news to me...it's just that it should be news to Robert since
he's been claiming there's a need for miracles to make this
happen...and thanks for the acknowledgement that hitting a rocket
with a rocket isn't really so new or impossible. :-)
- 05:54pm Jul 16, 2001 EST (#7095
Trends. exist. . .. sometimes, after a technology
is already rather mature -- big advances become -- far fetched.
- 06:00pm Jul 16, 2001 EST (#7096
gisterme, I've agreed that "smart rock" approaches can
work, at some level, for simple enough cases. You should read the
NATIONAL MISSILE DEFENSE DEPLOYMENT READINESS REVIEW 10 August
2000 . . . . http://www.house.gov/reform/min/pdf/nmdcoylerep.pdf
and look at the many details that are being finessed --
just to see how far from satisfactory the situation is --
even for the "smart rock" approach.
The lasar approaches can't work at all.
- 07:37pm Jul 16, 2001 EST (#7097
Dawn's citation in MD7091lunarchick
7/16/01 5:48pm links to a wonderful body of distinguished
work -- both of print and web journalism.
Does Starwars work? - The Guardian http://www.guardianunlimited.co.uk/bush/flash/0,7365,434805,00.html
Worth some time! Lots of impressive links -- sometimes
several stages deep in good stuff.
What I'd add is that the "does it work?" questions are
often quantitative as well as qualitative questions --
questions not only of words and pictures --- not only "of
what" -- but also detailed questions involving issues of "how
When the quantitative questions come into
focus -- and that can happen on the basis of information in the
open literature -- then current and proposed programs of missile
defense become enormously more far fetched - - and more
For other distinguished pieces of interactive web
journalism, see other Guardian-Observer Interactive Guides. http://www.guardian.co.uk/interactive
New York Times ---there's work to respect and even envy
referenced here, done at the Guardian-Observer !
- 07:52pm Jul 16, 2001 EST (#7098
In "Beauty" http://www.everreader.com/beauty.htm
Mark Anderson quotes Heisenberg's definition of beauty in
the exact sciences:
" Beauty is the proper conformity of the parts to
one another and to the whole."
Things can be beautiful in terms of some assumptions, and ugly in
terms of others. It matters what is true -- it matters how things
fit together to form whole pictures.
This administration seems to have a genius for getting
committed to ideas that lead to ugly, disporportionate outcomes,
again and again. In large measure because they make assumptions,
that they will not question, and will not check -- that don't fit
the case when checked in detail.
But corruption, at a number of levels, seems to be an issue, too.
7/13/01 9:59am .... MD6998 rshowalter
7/13/01 10:03am .... MD7000 rshowalter
When irrational decisions, against the national interest of the
United States and other nations, are made -- it is worth remembering
how wonderfully well former military and political leaders can be
compensated, in organizations like the Carlyle Group .
The potential for impropriety surely exists. And the patterns
shown in Elder Bush in Big G.O.P. Cast Toiling for Top Equity
Firm by LESLIE WAYNE March 5, 2001 http://www.nytimes.com/2001/03/05/politics/05CARL.html?pagewanted=all
The administration is advocating, against a prepoderance of
evidence, a program that will waste many tens of billions of
dollars, and make the world a more dangerous place, but that will
probably enrich key members of this administration, including George
W. Bush, personally.
I've offered to help check a number of things -- based on
information in the open literature. This program, considered as a
defense of the United States, is a shuck, in Menken's phrase
" As devoid of merit as a herringfish is of
The technical issues that are decisive are open literature issues
and can be checked.
Sometimes, the truth helps, and gives great power to free
institutions, and to individuals who are right.
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