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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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rshow55 - 10:49pm Mar 23, 2002 EST (#795 of 809) Delete Message

If we're concerned with our own security (not just power politics) isn't this good news?

North Korea's Other Axis: With Moscow By JAMES BROOKE

lchic - 11:17pm Mar 23, 2002 EST (#796 of 809)

Interesting thought : the leaders of Russia and NK both spent a considerable time in Germany.

The post war culture of Germany has been one that has a person - 'humaine' perspective. If the environment of conversation is walled in by modern german words/concepts .. that are derived from their new stance post WWII political thinking ... then it can be hoped that 'people' and their needs will shine through (especially thinking of NK here --- there seems to be conflict between the way the system is run and the way it ought to be run).

The over-riding need is to improve the arteries (rail/pipeline) that facilitate trade .... who gets to use the energy flows - who buys?

lchic - 11:29pm Mar 23, 2002 EST (#797 of 809)

Who tells truth
Who tell lies,6903,673170,00.html

lchic - 11:53pm Mar 23, 2002 EST (#798 of 809)

mazza9 - 12:15am Mar 24, 2002 EST (#799 of 809)
Louis Mazza


Maybe this is the kind of humane treatment that you espouse:

Axis of Evil


lchic - 01:09am Mar 24, 2002 EST (#800 of 809)

Colour 'sense' gives new perspective

    John Cole, Durham, NC -- The Herald-Sun

lchic - 07:36am Mar 24, 2002 EST (#801 of 809)

mAzzA Read lchic 3/23/02 11:17pm where the hope is for improvement for the peoples of NK ( re mazza9 3/24/02 12:15am ) who as film documentaries note are allocated the essentials of life according to status - those without work starve along with their children. As Showalter has pointed out there are pathalogical problems with NK related to failure of closure WWII.

The same happened re Germany WWI.

There are problems re the failure to close the cold war and take down those NUKES.

I hear Am Lawyers forsee the USA turning into a dictortorial police state and want Bush impeached - because they value democractic freedoms !

    see: New Dimensions is an independent, listener supported world broadcasting network based in California, U.S.A. It presents views from a range of traditions and cultures, and aims to impart practical knowledge and perennial wisdom.

lchic - 07:38am Mar 24, 2002 EST (#802 of 809)

Robert Fuller - The Ecology of Power.

    What makes power tick and how does it become entrenched and abused? Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely, so the saying goes.
    What lies beneath power? Understanding the nature of power can help us move towards a world of freedom, justice and economic equity for all.
    In this dialogue, Robert Fuller points to a hidden form of discrimination that everyone knows but no one sees, discrimination based on rank.
    Fuller is a physicist, former president of Oberlin College, Peacemaker and, above all a devoted educator. His writings have appeared in The Utne Reader, Harvard Magazine, Whole Earth Review and In Context. He is the author of Breaking Ranks: In Pursuit of Individual Dignity at
    New Dimensions No 2896

lchic - 07:49am Mar 24, 2002 EST (#803 of 809)

    David: WHERE DO YOU SEE the arms race going?
    Robert: I was running around the track one sunny day, and I saw right behind me, connected to my own feet, my shadow. No matter how fast I ran, my shadow kept up with me, and it occurred to me that that was the metaphor for the arms race - a race with one's own shadow.
    David: What is it that causes psychotectonic shifts to occur?
    Robert: We can transcend a condition like illiteracy or slavery when we can thoroughly imagine and know how to produce another condition that's manifestly preferable.

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