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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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- 09:45pm Apr 21, 2002 EST (#1636
Dark Victory - http://www.time.com/time/sampler/article/0,8599,232440,00.html
"How did the Republic turn into the Empire? ... and how does a
democracy become a dictatorship? It isn't that the Empire conquered
the Republic, it's that the Empire is the Republic."
- 09:52pm Apr 21, 2002 EST (#1637
WASHINGTON -- Operating under new powers to combat terrorism,
law enforcement agencies are making unprecedented demands on the
telecommunications industry to provide information on subscribers -
- 10:07pm Apr 21, 2002 EST (#1638
America used Islamists to arm the Bosnian Muslims - http://www.guardian.co.uk/yugo/article/0,2763,688327,00.html
The Srebrenica report reveals the Pentagon's role in a dirty
- 10:13pm Apr 21, 2002 EST (#1639
The pretence of peacemaking - http://www.guardian.co.uk/elsewhere/journalist/story/0,7792,686417,00.html
- 10:24pm Apr 21, 2002 EST (#1640
Two models of capitalism, Anglo-Saxon and European, are on
offer - and we've made the wrong choice - http://www.guardian.co.uk/Columnists/Column/0,5673,688478,00.html
- 11:09pm Apr 21, 2002 EST (#1641
Venezuela coup linked to Bush team - http://www.observer.co.uk/worldview/story/0,11581,688152,00.html
Specialists in the 'dirty wars' of the Eighties encouraged the
plotters who tried to topple President Chavez
It's gard to teach OLD DOG the new triks;)
- 11:13pm Apr 21, 2002 EST (#1642
the lawless approach President Bush is taking to international
affairs is making it even more difficult to defeat terrorism. - http://www.observer.co.uk/worldview/story/0,11581,688193,00.html
- 11:21pm Apr 21, 2002 EST (#1643
Comment from around the world on the Powell peace mission and
the Middle East crisis, the coup that wasn't in Venezuela and
whether humanity, like history, is coming to an end. - http://www.observer.co.uk/worldview/story/0,11581,688194,00.html
- 11:31pm Apr 21, 2002 EST (#1644
Imperialism may be out, but aggressive wars and colonial
protectorates are back - http://www.observer.co.uk/worldview/story/0,11581,684308,00.html
- 01:09am Apr 22, 2002 EST (#1645
USA - Missiles - Transparency --- really?!! NO! Not
Extremely good references above. It seems there is 'thinking'
happening regarding the current sanguine quagmire in
Generally - the electorate know and understand domestic affairs
via their hip pocket nerve or personal cash liquidity wrt
their costs for living, incomings and expenditures.
International affairs - people don't understand. Too many foreign
countries with unfamiliar sounding names run by lists of
everchanging people. Too much propaganda labelling various groupings
in politics good/bad-corrupt. Too many media reporters who don't
understand what they are commenting on - or - who follow the bias of
A framework has to be developed to more easily assit people in
their thinking and understanding.
All people in the world in all countries have to be assigned a
'value'. People who live within a poor economy can't be discounted
as of less worth and value than those within a rich economy. People
in rich economies have to have checks and balances that can be
exerted on their leadership that monitor and evaluate actions and
The Observer http://www.observer.co.uk/0,6903,,00.html
is in 'thinking mode' this week with good in-depth thoughtful
Dan Plesch's article (above) is taking a good hard look at the
Bush foreign policy.
To my mind there is a real problem with the American
'Presidential' system, where one person hops (like Skippy) from
nowhere imparticular - but with strong financial backing - assembles
a team of 'no-ones imparticular' ... and that's it, these become the
most powerful and influential people in the whole-wide-word ...
no-credentials imparticular ... no-positive philosophy necessarily
... and bam wham caput --- the whole darn world is fighting and in
chaos - people are weeping and wailing, and the Funeral business is
"Don't make sense - Do it?"
Time that USA Congress got it's act together and started to
FUNCTION in the way it was intended!
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Alex has his framework for understanding >> Dan's your man
- oil http://www.observer.co.uk/comment/story/0,6903,564525,00.html
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