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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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- 10:49pm Mar 23, 2002 EST (#795
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 http://www.nytimes.com/2002/03/24/international/asia/24KORE.html
- 11:17pm Mar 23, 2002 EST (#796
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
- 11:29pm Mar 23, 2002 EST (#797
Who tells truth
Who tell lies
- 11:53pm Mar 23, 2002 EST (#798
- 12:15am Mar 24, 2002 EST (#799
Maybe this is the kind of humane treatment that you espouse:
- 01:09am Mar 24, 2002 EST (#800
Colour 'sense' gives new perspective
John Cole, Durham, NC -- The Herald-Sun
- 07:36am Mar 24, 2002 EST (#801
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
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 !
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- 07:38am Mar 24, 2002 EST (#802
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 www.breakingranks.net.
- 07:49am Mar 24, 2002 EST (#803
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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