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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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- 10:54pm Jul 17, 2001 EST (#7151
The British ambassador, Sir Christopher Meyer, will present Mr
Bush with a bust of Sir Winston Churchill, sculpted by Jacob Epstein
The bust is part of the government art collection, and it is
being given to Mr Bush as a personal loan for the duration of his
presidency. It is understood that the idea came from Mr Blair
The gesture shows the length to which he is prepared to go to
prove himself a faithful supporter of the man in the White House. No
previous US president has been given such a gift by a prime
minister, officials in Washington and London believe.
But his cosying up to Mr Bush is being watched with increasing
suspicion by Labour MPs and many of his official advisers.
In particular, his response to Mr Bush's determination to press
ahead with the missile defence project will be subjected to close
More than 250, mainly Labour, MPs have signed a Commons motion
expressing "grave doubts" about the project and urging the
government to explore other ways of reducing the perceived threat
from "rogue states".
The Foreign Office, deeply concerned about the impending end of
the anti-ballistic- missile treaty signed by Washington and Moscow
in 1972, has drafted a paper for the White House outlining other
ways of dealing with the proliferation of missiles.
It believes it is in Britain's interest to engage with the
so-called rogue states, in particular Iran, North Korea and Libya.
David Clark, an aide to Robin Cook when he was foreign secretary,
said yesterday that Labour's crude anti-Americanism of the 1980s had
been replaced by New Labour's "vulgar Atlanticism". http://www.guardian.co.uk/Archive/Article/0,4273,4222170,00.html
- 11:04pm Jul 17, 2001 EST (#7152
Computers (185), 3 containing important classified, information
(FBI) + firearms also missing .... Management of FBI to be reviewed
Germany - worker took PLUTONIUM home to his flat ... walking
though security he put it down on ledge at side, walked through,
then picked it up and took it home. Questions re security & the
guys' mental health.
- 11:08pm Jul 17, 2001 EST (#7153
Doomsday: Rebecca Johnson is executive director of the
Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy: commentary : http://www.guardian.co.uk/Archive/Article/0,4273,4222863,00.html
- 11:10pm Jul 17, 2001 EST (#7154
Plastic bullets - represent a disproportionate use of force.
Northern Ireland & crowd control.
- 11:14pm Jul 17, 2001 EST (#7155
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- 11:19pm Jul 17, 2001 EST (#7156
Of the eight men meeting in Genoa this week, one seized the
presidency of his country after losing the election.
Another is pursuing a genocidal war in an annexed republic. A
third is facing allegations of corruption. A fourth, the summit's
host, has been convicted of illegal party financing, bribery and
false accounting, while his righthand man is on trial for consorting
with the mafia.
Needless to say, the major theme of this week's summit is
"promoting democracy". .... .
The very existence of a global assembly could help to
resolve disputes: people often take up arms only because they have
no other means of being heard. I suspect, too, that the World Bank
and IMF, whose role is to police the debtors on behalf of the
creditor nations, would disappear almost immediately. http://www.guardian.co.uk/Archive/Article/0,4273,4222852,00.html
- 12:11am Jul 18, 2001 EST (#7157
Error Reduction Techniques: Health : Mistakes in hospitals
... can be reduced ... standardise process to reduce medical errors.
The high rate of mistakes are common - everywhere - Report (Stanford
+ CA) to reduce medErrors especially re common procedures. Equipment
- an investment in modern equipment - will reduce error, build-in
reminder systems, default of care systems.
HONESTY re error-reporting will help reduce them, many are
in-system ... if reported the system can be improved. Blaming person
rather than system has been commonplace. Errors therefore don't get
- 12:14am Jul 18, 2001 EST (#7158
GU Thread: see
- 04:53am Jul 18, 2001 EST (#7159
RIP - 'a woman who became so much more than she might have been'
- 05:24am Jul 18, 2001 EST (#7160
TEN: just as calculated!
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