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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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- 10:15am Apr 6, 2002 EST (#1144
– perhaps for the last time - real peace and normal relations,
and the public is listening to the silly ranting of politicians
and commentators, who ridicule the offer and cheer Sharon on, at
the start of a bloody campaign worse than any one before?
History remembers the few, who warned the people of the
disaster that is bound to follow if they listen to the Zealots.
History will remember us, the few who are warning the people now
of the disaster that will befall all of us, if we follow Sharon
and his gang.
Let's hope that our voices will be heard in time, so that we
can start on a new road.
If Arafat is murdered, it will be the moment of no return.
Uri Avnery has closely followed the career of Ariel Sharon for
four decades. Over the years, he has written three extensive
essays about him, two (in 1973 and 1981) with his cooperation.
- 10:15am Apr 6, 2002 EST (#1145
4/6/02 9:32am - - - working on an answer! I think it is pretty
4/5/02 10:54pm . . . working on an answer -- an early investor,
much involved, was the Johns Hopkins University -- and if the NYT
wanted to get details - the Mayor of NY is well connected. Back in a
- 10:35am Apr 6, 2002 EST (#1146
Bush has committed America to ending it. Is he too late? http://www.economist.com/agenda/displayStory.cfm?story_id=1075866
Bridges and doormats :
Mr Blair may find bridge-building
- 10:44am Apr 6, 2002 EST (#1147
Henry Clay Wilson, who died in 1990, led a group of
three conspirators in the shooting death of King.
"It wasn't a racist thing. He thought Martin Luther King was
connected with communism, and he wanted to get him out of the way,"
Wilson said of his father.
"He kept saying it was the patriotic thing to do. He said he had
to save the country," http://www.dawn.com/2002/04/06/int9.htm
Psychology - associative :-
Question - how could a connection
between King and communism have got into Clay's mind?
but not necessarily 'right' solutions :-
Question - if
investigators looked for 'truth' then why set up Ray?
- 10:52am Apr 6, 2002 EST (#1148
Warriors and EU-nuchs http://www.economist.com/agenda/displayStory.cfm?Story_id=1021330
- 11:33am Apr 6, 2002 EST (#1149
While I'm working, I feel like posting these references.
3/18/02 11:51am :
Decision making/tree, expert systems ... often a
decision is common sense .. when a framework is required then:
. . . . (references):
We are special animals -- and capable, often
enough, of unbelievable brutality, duplicity, and ugliness.
We'd be safer if we were clearer about that.
Still, just now, I feel like posting some
beautiful things from museums and artistic sites, mostly Russian,
collected by lunarchic last year.
We need to remember both the ugliness, the danger,
and the good -- and do
. . . . . (many beautiful links).
4/3/02 9:16pm is a very important posting. If what
almarst says is correct, the US is doing some things
. . . . . .
We need to make peace. Real peace, that is stable. . .
4/3/02 11:01am :
At the beginning of the 20th century, people made
"good" arguments that war was becoming obsolete -- for what seemed
"good reasons" - that have proven grotesquely wrong. Are those
same "good reasons" -- along with a relatively few new insights,
and new technical capacities, more reasonable now? Yes, they are
Maybe, from where we are, not even all that hard. The problems do
involve, more than anything else, problems of communication and
decision making when emotions run high, ideas differ, and
circumstances are complex. We all know something about situations
like that. There are some points, that are technical and
logical, that need to be understood better than they are.
Responding to recent questions by almarst and
manjumicha can be done, to a large extent, on the web. But
one can go only so far in that format - and there are times where
there is no substitute for conversation, and other times no
substitute for conversation face to face.
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