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Technology has always found its greatest consumer in a nation's
war and defense efforts. Since the last attempts at a "Star Wars"
defense system, has technology changed considerably enough to make
the latest Missile Defense initiatives more successful? Can such an
application of science be successful? Is a militarized space
inevitable, necessary or impossible?
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- 04:34pm Mar 2, 2002 EST (#107
3/2/02 4:23pm the internet offers new possibilities of resolving
all sorts of frictions involved in the areas you so perceptively
Sometimes, the internet, with its multiple ways of presenting
material, can span cultures.
Sometimes, when things are "right before the eyes" and direct
comparison is easy and repeated, the "will to make sense" outweighs
prejudices, or biases of National Will.
The internet relaxes old constraints of timing .
It can sometimes substitute to some degree for the richness of
face-to-face discourse (though never completely).
The multiple and simultaneous approaches the internet permits
give many approaches that may appeal to different mental
The clarity if the internet, and minds working on the internet,
can illustrate things, and provide understanding, logical and
But no matter how you try, it is always difficult to deal with
personal agendas working against when the stakes are
A challenge is to find win-win approaches. Often they're possible
-- and the bigger the mess, the more likely it may be that they are
- 04:38pm Mar 2, 2002 EST (#108
3/2/02 4:32pm . . . they might be able to think of other uses
for that 3 billion dollars. The US Space Telescope project -- a
beautiful contribution to human knowledge - has cost less than 3
billion dollars so far, as I remember.
What a lot of negotiation, and clarification - you could get
for 3 billion dollars!
- 04:54pm Mar 2, 2002 EST (#109
Australia bought f18's from 'the west' (USA) .. they don't 'fire'
... won't until 2004 ... the contractor who was to do the upgrade on
the second-hand 'copters has business troubles ...
Much of the USA 'discarded' equipment is high priced -
A challenge for upgraders - the second-hand subs were a
- 05:02pm Mar 2, 2002 EST (#110
3/2/02 4:29pm . . we need some new understanding , too
--- and I'm speaking in analytical terms, not emotional terms,
though emotion counts, too.
People have thought hard, and tried hard, to achieve nuclear
disarmament -- thought they were making a lot of headway -- and
gotten things wrong. For reasons that haven't seemed to make
sense to anybody involved.
We're dealing with some profoundly irrational forces here - - and
we don't understand them well enough to get them in line, as yet.
Nukes make no sense whatsoever in military terms -- and people
have been paralyzed. We've made some progress, but some things are
I'm not sure all that much is missing any more - - things may be
It seems to me that we need some force -- devoted to getting some
facts straight, and explained -- and that after a point sensible
things might flow fairly quickly.
I think Ted Turner actually thought, when he backed Rehearsing
, that that one TV show would do it. The fact that the program
"laid an egg" as completely as it did -- is
We've got barriers to perception here. The kind that only some
force, and understanding, and journalism, can solve.
- 05:15pm Mar 2, 2002 EST (#111
At the close of the BAFTA awards (UK film) the host impressed
upon us that STORIES are important. Stories change the world.
Film makers tell Stories. Everyone should believe and practice the
art of Story Telling because STORIES can CHANGE the world - for
- 05:17pm Mar 2, 2002 EST (#112
Do the missiliers think that most Americans have forgotten
that they remain in missile silos on alert?
"They have. I'm sure they have," another missilier responds.
"They have forgotten. There's a lot of Americans that don't
realize we're still pulling alerts 24/7. Every single day we're
down there defending this country." From the rehearsing
doomsday link above.
- 05:24pm Mar 2, 2002 EST (#113
So, if it's important to keep on telling stories, then it's
important to keep on telling this same doomsday story - until the
message gets 'home'.
When the message really gets across .....
How to make the message 'really get across'
How to make people 'own' the message ...
Take on personal responsibility for 'the message' ..
To the point of them wanting to RESOLVE the problem
Perhaps people believe they put others in power to clean up
If so why don't they ask what's being done about missiles and why
- 05:26pm Mar 2, 2002 EST (#114
Is this where media commnicators assume an ethical role?
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