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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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- 12:24pm Mar 17, 2002 EST (#638
UK non-ethical investments - arms trade - pensions http://www.observer.co.uk/politics/story/0,6903,668941,00.html
Campaigners say the holdings in arms companies - in
the pension funds of at least 50 councils, charities and dozens of
educational institutions - are hypocritical.
'These are organisations that are meant to be promoting social
good and social welfare yet are making money from companies
involved in weapons manufacture,' said Richard Bingley of the
Campaign Against the Arms Trade. 'That cannot be right.'
The Government is already facing criticism from campaigners
after new figures revealed that the value of British arms sales to
Africa will more than quadruple by next year. This year more than
£200m of business is expected with African nations, up from £52m
Other bodies holding BAe shares include pension funds for most
of London's local councils, many other local authorities across
Britain, universities including Edinburgh and Birmingham, several
unions and the Trades Union Congress (TUC).
The London Borough of Lambeth, Unison, the public sector
union, and the National Trust of Scotland, who between them hold
nearly 800,000 BAe shares, said last week they would look at their
- 12:33pm Mar 17, 2002 EST (#639
Better Late Than . . . By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
A good one.
If only Mr. Friedman could show more consitency and integrity...
Stiil, it is Better Late Than ...
- 12:45pm Mar 17, 2002 EST (#640
How to cut down on chicken imports .. http://www.observer.co.uk/foodmonthly/story/0,9950,662799,00.html
... turns them vegetarian :) FAST!
How to grow vegetables in cold climates seems of more
significance than how to put 'lead' into your neighbour.
Travellers riding the rails into Mongolia note the premium
placed on vegetables .... leave the compartment for a moment ..
returning to find it filled with vegies ... the real 'gold' of
- 01:04pm Mar 17, 2002 EST (#641
If we were more clear about our animal natures - we could
do a lot of things better. Sometimes, it is critical to remember how
important it is to see things for ourselves.
- 01:09pm Mar 17, 2002 EST (#642
Here is VERY good thing:
SENATORS INSIST ON ROLE IN ATOMIC ARMS DEALS by Thom
Especially good if the Senators are actually informed
about the things that matter. The questions set out in MD634 rshow55
3/17/02 9:04am .. might help, because they can be treated
completely in the open literature - and inform a great deal.
In the past, Senators have NOT been informed on absolutely key
issues - so that the substance of "advice and consent" has been
lacking, even when the form was there.
I agree with former Senator Bob Kerrey in ARMED TO EXCESS
that "The risk of a nuclear attack (or accident) still poses the
greatest single threat to our survival."
But Senators and Congressmen have been held in near-total
ignorance about key issues -- including the viscerally important
facts that would strike anyone looking at some key maps - even from
a distance. (see Kerrey).
As of now, it seems to be only a "small" political issue that the
technical missile defense programs the Bush administration is
committed to can't work tactically. If leaders of other nations
WANTED this issue to be considered more seriously -- they could get
it to be. -- If they made it an issue. The issue ought to be vital
to the credibility of a great deal. Credibility, in this context, is
a vital matter in every reasonable sense - - and the people in the
Senate, when they are paying attention - can be responsible and
sophisticated to very high standards.
- 01:18pm Mar 17, 2002 EST (#643
read the above as - at last Senators start to do THEIR JOB
after a half century vacation!
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