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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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- 08:06pm Mar 13, 2002 EST (#485
The Chicken laid the egg ... thinking lays the words :)
In a focusing cycle - it doesn't really matter much where you
start -- if the sequence can focus -- then it makes sense to start
There needs to be some discussion! (RS) So if the nuclear
matter is a knotted ball of string that really has a beginning and
end; a top and bottom; a process with consequences; is a fiasco with
costs ... then where to start.
Interesting to note that military strategists see dead folks as
mere statistics .. whereas .. the readers of National Geographic
from 17 years ago saw an orphaned child on the cover .. a girl with
green eyes .. and forever after wondered ..
What happened to that orphaned child?
Did she survive the war in Afghanistan? Those green eyes
touched hearts and minds .. which acknowledged 'ownership' of her
She survied in minds as a person with needs .. a daughter .. a
lost child ... one who needed support .. a child for whom there was
Seems that amongst military planners and strategists the human
statistics don't even have a question mark hung over them!
- 08:10pm Mar 13, 2002 EST (#486
"She's really emblematic of the Afghan spirit," he said,
adding that an education fund had been set up by National
Geographic for young Afghan girls. see
- 08:25pm Mar 13, 2002 EST (#487
The idea that these things are real, that they deal with
people is vital. And a key to reasonable weights - -
Good thinking makes for good words and ideas -- like
"connecting the dots" . . that people can understand.
Facts and ideas, combined together in space and time let people
"connect the dots", as Erica Goode explains in Finding
Answers In Secret Plots http://www.nytimes.com/2002/03/10/weekinreview/10GOOD.html
3/11/02 12:13pm (note images)
Could human conclusions be wrong? That's less and less likely
with more and more checked "dots" - - with clear connections.
3/11/02 12:29pm comments on Goode's piece, and "connects some
And the first line of the Advertorial http://www.tompaine.com/op_ads/opad.cfm/ID/5241
is a sentence that refers explicitly to a "secret plot":
" "This certainly has the appearance of a
MD 439 almarst-2001
3/13/02 12:47pm ...
We need to touch minds and hearts -- Dickens idea of "a
disciplined heart" is something we could use here.
- 08:36pm Mar 13, 2002 EST (#488
Inscription in Russian is a saying by Koz'ma Prutkov and reads
"While throwing pebbles in the pond, ponder on the rings
produced thereby; otherwise such throwing will be but a pointless
"Mirrors should reflect a little before throwing back
- 08:52pm Mar 13, 2002 EST (#489
We're talking about a very serious situation here . . . people
are paying attention, and the rather careful folks who write
editorials for the TIMES were pretty emphatic on stakes closely
related to these questions ... America as Nuclear Rogue http://www.nytimes.com/2002/03/12/opinion/_12TUE1.html
Was the uncovering of the Enron situation a "predictable
situation?" At the start, it looked like enronation would triumph --
after all, obfuscation and lies carried that organization a very
Then things changed. http://www.nytimes.com/2002/01/14/business/_ENRON-PRIMER.html
- 08:53pm Mar 13, 2002 EST (#490
"amongst military planners and strategists the human
statistics don't even have a question mark hung over them!"
Well, there was a last year interview in one of the newspapers,
as far as I recall, of an American General who lost his son in an
auto catastrophy. When asked about his grievance he said that having
three other children still alive, his loss was quite acceptable in
military terms at just a 25%!
And I don't believe he is a such a rare exception. Is it a result
of a "natural selection" or of the culture and military "education"
- I don't know. Regardless, just a fiew days ago here I expressed my
feelings as I see:
The Army in general as an Evil, however a necessary
one. The most undemocratic and freedom-less structure burning
the huge amounts of a nation's resources. The worst kind of an
The Professional Army as a breeding place for development
and advancement of the people who willingly accepted such an
environment as their way of life, of the following categories:
Careere opportunists, indifferent to the meaning of their
Brain-washed (or -less), ignorant, macho-driven individuals,
if not stright sado-masochists.
Real patriots ready to sucrifice their lives for their
nation. A rare species found mostly in a countries struggling
for their physical survival.
The USA Professional Army - see above, without the last
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