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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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- 10:11am Apr 26, 2002 EST (#1785
Budget Deficit for '02 May Top $100 Billion - http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A51074-2002Apr25.html
The Empire Building in a hostil environment is a very costly
Who is going to pay the bill?
- 11:19am Apr 26, 2002 EST (#1786
Paradigms are shifting , and the world is looking at
problems that are soluble , with attention and honesty.
"Connecting the dots" -- getting facts collected in space and
time, so that people can understand them, and check their
understanding -- that will permit real progress.
Here are some references, to Paradigm Shift .... whose getting
there? ... on the MD board, where they have been useful, and
will continue to be. MD115 rshow55
3/2/02 6:33pm . . . MD116 rshow55
A significant part of my life story - life problem is set out in
Psychwar, Casablanca, and terror 273-278 http://talk.guardian.co.uk/WebX?14@@.ee7a163/289
especially 278 http://talk.guardian.co.uk/WebX?14@@.ee7a163/294
"Under the rules, such as they are, I'm not sure who I can talk
But if some things can be checked (and maybe some things can be)
there is a lot of room for hope.
To sort out problems, including problems of peace (and the
smaller related muddles of the missile defense boongoggle) people
have to face the truth, tell the truth, and avoid misinformation.
When right answers really count, they have to "connect the dots" (
4/4/02 7:54am ) so that patterns emerge -- and to check those
- 11:23am Apr 26, 2002 EST (#1787
Mix a little GU.com with NYT.com - NET the wider
US water shortages and Fires
- 11:29am Apr 26, 2002 EST (#1788
Washington channelled funds to groups that opposed Chavez - http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2002/04/25/1019441285250.html
- 11:34am Apr 26, 2002 EST (#1789
U.S., Russia Still Split Over Arms Cuts - http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-000029431apr25.story
"they are opposed to the deal because the United States
intends only to stockpile, and not destroy, its deactivated
- 11:39am Apr 26, 2002 EST (#1790
The Serbian Orthodox Church is charging the peacekeeping force
in Bosnia with violently desecrating church property in its search
for suspects wanted by the War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague. - http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=27377
- 02:57pm Apr 26, 2002 EST (#1791
In the middle east I think we're in the middle of "logics" that
rule out any humanly acceptable solutions -- logics that lead to
impasse, horror, and extermination. But as we stare at problems with
"no solution" under the rules that seem "natural" to us -- we're
also looking at problems that have workable solutions under other,
more fully human rules.
We have to do possible things. We have a much better chance of
finding them if we strip away the impossible approaches that may
present themselves. It isn't nearly as difficult as people think to
reject things as impossible, or too far fetched to be worth
resources, and to do that with confidence.
. Israel's Historic Miscalculation http://www.nytimes.com/2002/04/26/opinion/_26FRI1.html
If Prime Minister Ariel Sharon refuses to remove a single Jewish
settlement in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, he will leave
little hope for peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
In some fields (math and engineering, for instance) some of the
most powerful techniques are very easy. For instance, to solve for
N unknows, it is necessary (not sufficient) to have N
independent equations. And the solutions have to be mutually
consistent - - - if satisfying one condition or subset of conditions
rules out another, there is no solution.
It is a hopeful thing to know when there is no solution
according to a particular pattern. If we know that something is
impossible to do, we know we have to find a new pattern. That trades
a hopeless task for one that may be hopeful.
If we have the discipline to rule out impossible things, an
impossibly complicated, hopeless situation may become much simpler,
much more hopeful.
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