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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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lchic - 06:03am Apr 13, 2002 EST (#1327 of 1330)

Gisterme - read out - aloud, the wording on the label of the bottle you're drinking from .. TURPS ?! It's rotting your brain ... your comments 3.32am indicate you didn't read the 'Bond' article.

The collection of information will turn the USA into an Orwellian 'Big Brother .. is watching YOU-YOU-YOU' Nation .. but as it says in the article, it will have little effect on advanced knowledge re international intruders as the reference says (posted) ... quote ...
""terrorists don't fit a consistent profile:
you're looking for a needle in a haystack,
but the color and the shape of the needle keep changing

I don't use Data Mining, I reference.
Data Mining is a more specific term with an Intra-House and Inter-Organization co-relationship:

    data mining
    An information extraction activity whose goal is to discover hidden facts contained in databases. Using a combination of machine learning, statistical analysis, modeling techniques and database technology, data mining finds patterns and subtle relationships in data and infers rules that allow the prediction of future results. Typical applications include market segmentation, customer profiling, fraud detection, evaluation of retail promotions, and credit risk analysis.
I'd link data-mining to Enterprise Systems - as per the reference in the Bond Article see wording Oracle's business model and if you're into data-dancing then 'Learn about Oracle Partners'.

My 'Idol' as I state above is Robert FISK .. he's an icon .. writes straight from the heart .. and he's pretty disappointed in the New York Times - so the international reputation of this paper is being 'reduced to pulp' because those 'hacks' he specifically refers to don't pedal truth! Fisk is a wonderful British National Treasure .. the USA equiv would have to be ... 'Mike Moore' ?! If there's a MikeMoore ref to the Greater Palestine challenge - do post it!

GI asks :
'What would the CIA be doing these days if it weren't monitoring terroritsts? '
.. the answer would have to be 'real jobs'!

GI speaks of :
'loyal Americans'
.. my complaint is that the leadership demands ignorant loyalty - rather than 'informed' loyalty! Informed people make better decisions - isn't that what's meant by an 'informed readership' ?!

Why would I quote: 'try another tack'
when this very one
pins you to the e-Wall!

Go back to your bottle -- Sweet Dreams!

lchic - 06:19am Apr 13, 2002 EST (#1328 of 1330)

President Bush went eyeball to eyeball with Mr Sharon and blinked,2763,683678,00.html

Next time

Bush must not be first to blink,2763,683678,00.html

Shows Bush doesn't know how to reign-in his Frankenstein!

lchic - 06:36am Apr 13, 2002 EST (#1329 of 1330)

"" I stumbled on an ITV programme with Trevor McDonald interviewing President George Bush. Bush was super-confident, truculent, full of himself. He answered some questions monosyllabically, leaving Trevor gasping for a follow-up. Bush obviously felt top man. Trevor is black, George a white Southerner. I was half expecting George to call Trevor "boy", as in "look here, boy". Bush kept talking about "evil". Terrorism was "evil". Terrorists were "evil". That, he implied, explained everything.

What made these people evil? He didnít venture an explanation. If the Arabs are more evil than the Jews - why? Is it about genes? Are Arabs more evil than Gentiles? Are the peoples of the world to be divided into evil and good based on presumed inferior and superior genes? Has George been reading Mein Kampf and replacing Jews with Arabs as the major scapegoats?

An intelligent, 16-year-old Palestinian girl, with no known connections to a political organisation, walks into a public place in an Israeli town and blows herself up, and also those around her. George Bush calls her evil. Letís surmise, and we wonít be far out, that her grandparents were forcefully evicted from their homes to make way for the State of Israel. They became refugees living in a camp. Her parents were refugees. She is a refugee. Her cousins are refugees.

United Nations resolutions calling for Israelís return to the borders of 1957 and the establishment of an independent Palestinian homeland have never been implemented. America has built up the Israeli army into the best equipped and the strongest in the region. President Bush rants on about Iraqís suspected weapons of mass destruction, or its possible acquisition of such weapons, and completely ignores the established fact that Israel has well in excess of a hundred nuclear warheads.

The young girl sees male schoolchildren take to the streets to fight the Israeli army with stones. She sees young Israeli soldiers reply with bullets. She watches young men that we call terrorists but she calls freedom fighters take to the streets with rifles against Israeli tanks and aircraft that rain down rockets. She sees them die.

One day she goes to the people who can dress her with concealed explosives, walks into Israel, and blows herself up.

George Bush calls her evil. I call him an ignorant, insensitive bum.

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