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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 - 08:02pm Nov 4, 2003 EST (# 16538 of 16548)

rshow55 - 07:42pm Nov 4, 2003 EST (# 16536 of 16536)

... I was expecting this board to be archived this morning - had my mind adjusted to that. Found that a pleasant prospect. A clean way for me to move on

A reprieve for you and lchic !

Good you feel that it offers you a "clean way" "to move on"! Wish you and your 'world asset' lots of luck.

Hope you learned something here, at least in the last 6 weeks !

cantabb - 08:09pm Nov 4, 2003 EST (# 16539 of 16548)

bluestar23 - 07:57pm Nov 4, 2003 EST (# 16537 of 16538)

Don't forget, bluestar, that you are contributing to the "CORPUS" -- largest ever in the world.

I know all this will re-surface again and again, somewhere you least expect it. I wouldn't be surprised if I saw my name 'written on the subway walls'.

bbbuck - 08:25pm Nov 4, 2003 EST (# 16540 of 16548)

show55 has been posting the same 100 cycle posts since I've been here.

What planet are you from? clown.

But at least he gives you a reason to exist. Or at least your presence on this board.

You'll need some fresh meat, cnttub.

jorian319 - 08:29pm Nov 4, 2003 EST (# 16541 of 16548)

How many people know how high the frequency of "the most common things" is - not just in language - but in most things people do?

Everyone who is not comatose. Another interesting fact is that the older one gets, the more common the Most Common Things become. This is mathematically provable by considering that when one starts out as a newborn, having done nothing, one doesn't do common things for a while. Everything is New. For a while, exploration into new things continues and the MCT ratio climbs steeply, then continues to climb, but less and less steeply through life as more Things become common to us. Finally, if one lives an infinite amount of time and does everything infinitely ad nauseum, Everything will be tied for Most Common Thing (at infinite repetitions) and that's all we'd do, 100% of the time.

So what?

when there are basic facts and relations that should be platitudes - because they are of very wide application - yet those fact and relations are not widely known - it can be useful to work those things out.

Vaguely discernable through the fog of that post is some kind of platitude about the platitudinous nature of platitudes. Substitute the word "luck" for "platitudes" and you get:

"basic facts and relations that should be luck - because they are of very wide application - yet those fact and relations are not widely known - it can be useful to work those things out."

"Working out" luck would be Very Useful. (esp for gamblers)

Good luck.

cantabb - 08:36pm Nov 4, 2003 EST (# 16542 of 16548)

bbbuck - 08:25pm Nov 4, 2003 EST (# 16540 of 16541)

You'll need some fresh meat, cnttub.

Lot of it around, if you know what I mean.

cantabb - 08:48pm Nov 4, 2003 EST (# 16543 of 16548)

As this thread is about to be shut down, I still do NOT have an answer to the questions I have been asking rshow/lchic for the past 6 weeks :

(i) What do they (rshow and lchic) think they had been working on here for the past 3 years, co-ordinated with (almost) daily calls during this time ?

(ii) What they think they accomplished vis-a-vis the claims they have repeatedly made (re: saving lives, world peace and stability, and conflict resolution, etc) ?

My understanding from their responses over this period: (i) Nothing specific, (ii) Absolutely nothing.

bluestar23 - 09:15pm Nov 4, 2003 EST (# 16544 of 16548)

Jorian: HA!...Perfect....

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