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 [F] New York Times on the Web Forums  / Science  /

    Missile Defense

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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cantabb - 11:34am Nov 1, 2003 EST (# 16115 of 16228)

rshow55 - 10:53am Nov 1, 2003 EST (# 16114 of 16114)

More of your moralizing philosophy, still bound by cliches and platitudes....

If you look at lchic's postings, they consistently connect to interesting stuff - vital stuff. As they have for a long time ....... She made a timely, important and eternally important point with her reference in 16010

I did NOT know that (a la Johnny Carson). Did you, Bluestar ?

"Military Historians might Transpose (below) to thread etiquette... " In democratic America it was considered that during the course of a Ball equals - at least for the evening.

Takes 2 to tango !

For communication to actually work well - ... a convention of equality for the purpose of discourse is required.

How about clarity ?

"Equality" ? We're NOT talking to dogs and cats, are we ?

Internet Forum is already a great leveler. Putin, Clinton, Rice, Joe/Jane-6-Pack post here with total anonymity -- except for the "inquiring minds" who want to know, and fantasize about them !

Here, what is said is what counts ! And is treated the same. NOT who in real life (in the employ -- high up or low down the totem -- of NYT, CIA or other Govt. agencies) posts it.

And, another 'convention': NOT repeating oneself [taught to the kids....] !

Always the convention is fragile - but without it - real communication - and a full meeting of the minds that is actually agreed on by the parties - is impossible.

Conventions are NOT "fragile" -- May be a pick-and-choose convenience, for some, but not 'fragile'. Or, how else you could tell the 'unconventional' ?

If equality as a convention is not possible, people can either adress others as inferiors....- or the giving of order - under that circumstance. The

How about as universal 'you' ?

Being so limited, I'm resting and taking my time.

Good, you're resting. lchic ["beautiful' and a "World asset"] is HOLDING the fort for ya ! No worry.

I don't think I've ever posted a single thing on this thread that I couldn't, if asked, explain to my father and his acquaintenances. Not that I'd have to - not that they'd be interested. But I could. I wonder if others could take responsibility in the same way.

How about to the forum participants, who ARE interested enough and have asked you to explain yourself numeros times ?

I'm back to resting. I enjoyed the chance to catch up on the board.

Again, don't you worry your resting head, lchic has been on the job, working away as usual ...

Anyway, think about THIS: "Can [you] do a better job of finding truth?" [rshow tag-line]. Sure, you, as any one else, can, but have you ? Yet ?

bluestar23 - 12:11pm Nov 1, 2003 EST (# 16116 of 16228)

"Military Historians might Transpose (below) to thread etiquette... " In democratic America it was considered that during the course of a Ball equals - at least for the evening."

If "thread etiquette" was the criterion you would be gone long ago, Showalter...and we are not at a Revolutionary America fancy-dress Ball, if you hadn't noticed.....we are at a Talkforum, where everyone is already "equal"....

bluestar23 - 12:15pm Nov 1, 2003 EST (# 16117 of 16228)

Who's actuallly worse..? Showalter is insane, but lchic is not and therefore more responsible for her actions....and her posts are models of f..kwitted moronism, laced with meaningless references to leftwing politics, rambling idiocies....maybe worse than the Showalter...

bluestar23 - 12:23pm Nov 1, 2003 EST (# 16118 of 16228)


"She's both sophisticated and quite able to connect things to basics - said compactly and memorably. Many of the things she posts are timely and excellent - many other things timeless - and beautiful. Some issues are lastingly important."

Showalter the ultimate moron-cretin-lunatic....babbles about this spammer...who I caught spamming away when I checked the Forum @ 2 am or so...imagine "thinking" that cyberspace "posts" are "timeless", "eternal", "lastingly important"......

bluestar23 - 12:43pm Nov 1, 2003 EST (# 16119 of 16228)

North Korean Missile news....

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