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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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rshow55 - 05:48pm Apr 28, 2002 EST (#1839 of 1866) Delete Message

I just read Michael Moore's Stupid White Men , a #1 NYT Bestseller - -

recommended, and rightly recommended, by lchic . . .

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If some of the things Moore said in that book about nuclear weapons and disarmament were known , beyond question -- and technical issues related were known beyond question -- a great deal might focus. If these facts were focused and widely know, much would get better. But getting conventions estabilshed for closure on matters of fact is still a challenge.

For a while, I've been concerned about getting some of my own situation established -
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MD1238 rshow55 4/10/02 6:37pm ...

I've been asking "how to get some things things to closure?" Moore could help, if he could be interested. I'll be trying to contact him.

If I can get some things about my background checked, well enough to permit me to function - a lot seems possible, and cooperative players seem to be around.

rshow55 - 05:59pm Apr 28, 2002 EST (#1840 of 1866) Delete Message

MD1238 rshow55 4/10/02 6:40pm

Key challenges, key circumstances, and key questions.

To answer those questions - which could be done in the open literature -- and to do it to closure -- would be to do something new, and to establish patterns that could be useful for peace, and for other things, as well.

MD1239 rshow55 4/10/02 6:44pm

rshow55 - 06:07pm Apr 28, 2002 EST (#1841 of 1866) Delete Message

almarst2020 4/28/02 5:25pm on "don't know to WHERE to move" it is at least clear, looking at a map, that the settlers have to move -- and Friedman, for all he may be biased in spots, says it clearly.

If the situation could be laid out carefully in detail (and at some stages, that means connecting the relevant dots "all at once") a lot else might clarify, too.

mazza9 - 06:35pm Apr 28, 2002 EST (#1842 of 1866)
Louis Mazza


Why is the United States a "super power"? Why is the United States the "lone" super power today? Many of the postings at this forum have delved into and rehashed policies and politics of the 20th Century which have shaped today's wolrd. But they CANNOT, I repeat CANNOT, be replayed.

There is an outline for societal evolution which might work. The book is called "The Millenial Project - Colonizing the Galaxy in Eight Easy Steps" by Marshall T. Savage. Robert, you've voiced some interesting theories about energy, rsources and possibly the effects that might occur if certain policies were implemented, (your movie project?). The cover quote by Arthur C. Clark who wrote the introduction is, "I am completely awed and I don't awe easily..." Robert since your forte is math and technology this is probably a must read for you.


rshow55 - 06:43pm Apr 28, 2002 EST (#1843 of 1866) Delete Message

What's done is done - but the future is subject to choices.

Mazza, I may look at "The Millineal Project" - - - But I'm more interested in easy projects -- like figuring out logical structures that make dealmaking better - - - of sorting out relatively simple problems -- such as solving global warming on this planet, and getting the energy needs for human beings on this planet well handled.

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rshow55 - 06:54pm Apr 28, 2002 EST (#1844 of 1866) Delete Message

My eyes are giving out -- reading the great cites on this thread alone . . . and thanks, Mazza .

I'm also trying to sort out some other things - and having problems with complexity, and courage as well.
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