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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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- 10:19am Apr 15, 2002 EST (#1370
At least right wing nuts are right. Left wing nuts are just nuts!
- 11:42am Apr 15, 2002 EST (#1371
BIG GOVERNMENT BLOWOUT: NEW BUDGET LEVELS HIGHEST SINCE 1960S
And the trouble is not that budget is big. The trouble is that
fraud and waste is so much bigger.
Gues who is going to pay ... with MONEY and
- 03:00pm Apr 15, 2002 EST (#1372
And where is the biggest waste fraud and abuse? The "social"
programs! Social Security payments to "illegals" and dead people.
Medicare fraud and abuse running as high as 20% of annual payments.
Of course, there is the welfare abuse. Unforutnately, where the
welfare queen reigned supreme we now have the corporate welfare
queens who recieve much from the biggest pimps of all. Did I say
pimp? Excuse me! I meant Congresspimps! I wouldn't want to give
plain,ordinary, hard working pimps a bad name!
- 04:08pm Apr 15, 2002 EST (#1373
Actually, in the 60s, the "Great Society" taxes where at least
aimed to somthing this nation terribly needed.
Now a huge part will get into the pockets of arms manufacturers
and dealers. And on "Great Empire" building project.
Between "Great Society" and "Great Empire" I still prefere the
- 04:54pm Apr 15, 2002 EST (#1374
4/4/02 7:54am includes this:
MD1019 almarst-2001 4/2/02 11:27pm quotes All Roads Lead to
D.C. by EMILY EAKIN reprinted in the International Herald
Tribune from http://www.nytimes.com/2002/03/31/weekinreview/31EAKI.html
" Today, America is no mere superpower or hegemon but a
full-blown empire in the Roman and British sense" Almarst has been
asking "why so much American military power?" - - on this thread
since March a year ago. Questions of "why?" and "in whose interest"
are vital, in the old sense of "matters of life and death" because
some of the easy answers, that Americans have been comfortable with,
aren't working in America's interest, and aren't pleasing the other
governments in the world.
Some things about American politics, and patterns are ugly in a
technical sense -- disproportionate - not able to bear public
examination. Paul Krugman has been asking some crucial questions.
The Smoke Machine By PAUL KRUGMAN http://www.nytimes.com/2002/03/29/opinion/29KRUG.html
Connect the Dots By PAUL KRUGMAN http://www.nytimes.com/2002/04/02/opinion/02KRUG.html
If you read Eakin's fine piece All Roads Lead to D.C. http://www.nytimes.com/2002/03/31/weekinreview/31EAKI.html
and then connect it to the distinguished pieces in this week's
Week In Review -- what a contrast. Our expenditures on "Empire"
aren't buying us much influence (or much defense).
- 05:34pm Apr 15, 2002 EST (#1375
I've been otherwise engaged the last few days, but I do want to
say that I thought this Sunday's Week In Review http://www.nytimes.com/pages/weekinreview/index.html
section was especially distinguished -- and felt that, if only more
people had the insights set out in this section -- the world would
run much better.
We're worried about weapons of mass destruction, and have reason
to be, because animal patterns, savage patterns, are still too often
in control. I think we may be living through a time when these
passions are coming into better control -- in large part because of
great journalism. I was impressed, and warmed, by the following
Week In Review articles.
GUNS OF APRIL When Savage Passions Set a Trap for the
World by R. W. APPLE Jr. http://www.nytimes.com/2002/04/14/weekinreview/14APPL.html
August 1914: Falling Into the Trap . . . http://www.nytimes.com/2002/04/14/weekinreview/14TUCH.html
and How Two Nations Escaped It http://www.nytimes.com/2002/04/14/weekinreview/14WHIT.html
A Terrible Yearning for War and Peace By JAMES BENNET http://www.nytimes.com/2002/04/14/weekinreview/14BENN.html
For Allies, 'I Do' Becomes 'Hey, Want to Dance?' By
CHRISTOPHER MARQUIS http://www.nytimes.com/2002/04/14/weekinreview/14MARQ.html
Once upon a time, the United States felt it had to
marry its allies — pledge fidelity and build an understanding that
would last. Not so in the war on terror.
Blame the Monkeys An open letter to all humans from --
S.I.M.I.A.N. -- Society for Improving the Monkey Image And
Could peace break out? That gets more likely, and hopes of a
stable peace get more realistic -- because of fine journalism like
I was also warmed by the last page of the Week in Review
-- "The New York Times Wins Seven Pulitzer Prizes" --
with a list of the 88 Pulitzers the Times has won -- a page I'll
keep a long time.
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