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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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- 04:13pm Mar 27, 2002 EST (#879
"My God, what have we done?" The words of Captain Robert Lewis
record the horror and awe of the Enola Gay's crew as they witnessed
the birth of the atomic age. - http://news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/story.jsp?story=278483
- 04:19pm Mar 27, 2002 EST (#880
Bush pushes for US-Russia treaty on nuclear cuts - http://news.independent.co.uk/world/russia/story.jsp?story=274271
"The President evaded comment on whether smaller weapons would
increase the threat of a nuclear exchange. "My interest is to reduce
the threat of nuclear war. We're a peaceful nation," he said. "
The peaceful nation???
Che child points to the remaining of Greeck sculpure with no
head, legs and hands named "The Victor" and asks: "I wonder how the
"Defeated" must look like?"
- 04:25pm Mar 27, 2002 EST (#881
The issue of slavery was settled in the United States 140 years
ago. Denzel Washington won his first academy award for his role in
the movie"Glory" which was Hollywood's take on the 52nd
Massachsettes and the Civil War. Morgan Freeman admonishes Denzel
for his hateful disdain for the "whities". He informs Denzell that
he has buried many white soldiers who were fighting for Black
freedom. The telling scene is when Denzel's character is buried
alongside the white commander after their fruitless attack on the
fort. In that instance, the blood debt was acknowledged.
Look up Paul Robeson on the Internet. Here is a son of a slave
who was a Phi Beta Kappa, All American Football Player, a lawyer and
the first Black Actor to play the lead role of Othello. this was all
done before 1930!!! Did he need reparations? Nope! Did he need
affirmative action? Nope! He made his way in the world through the
application of his intellect and hard work!
- 08:23pm Mar 27, 2002 EST (#882
"My God, what have we done?" The words of Captain
Robert Lewis record the horror and awe of the Enola Gay's crew as
they witnessed the birth of the atomic age. Interesting to
note how this guy's 'imagination' clicked in as hindsight ... at
this point he worked out there were 'people' below!
What happens to human imagination, empathy, tolerance,
understanding .... and the rest .... when the military types believe
they have the solution in their store cupboard.
I noted in the Guardian how the death of a child who had been
under 'care' watch has been traced back to poor communication -- the
DOCTOR should have taken MORE pro-active responsibility. http://society.guardian.co.uk/children/story/0,1074,674844,00.html
And on parenting to physically attack children is thought wrong
Brings up this thought, if PROFESSIONALS are seen as agents of
positive progressive goodness - moving society along ... then should
we not have expectations of PEACE rather than WAR from military
And where there's the opposite of PEACE shouldn't they
eventually be held personaly responsible for failing in their
- 08:28pm Mar 27, 2002 EST (#883
Robert Fiske (MEast) http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/
- 08:43pm Mar 27, 2002 EST (#884
Army Secretary Defends Timing of His Sale of Enron Stock By JAMES
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