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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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- 05:01pm May 9, 2002 EST (#2119
There's 'no such thing' - http://www.dictionary.com/search?q=nervous%20breakdown
- must have related to 'overload'.
- 05:06pm May 9, 2002 EST (#2120
Plotted to kill an Afghan Overlord this week ..
your former employer- employing their own logical
discresion, yet again --
who do they answer to?
- 05:18pm May 9, 2002 EST (#2121
"" ... Mr Arafat is "between the hammer and the anvil", said
a soap factory owner, Jihad Hamdan, 33. "If he condemns terror, his
people would not accept that. If he does not, America and Israel
will pressure him." http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=293511
.... Palestinian liberal intellectuals .. blame part of the
endemic corruption on the Oslo accords, overseen by the US, with
close involvement from the CIA. ""
- 05:25pm May 9, 2002 EST (#2122
5/9/02 12:56pm ... " I wouldn't worry too much about
investors who lost money."
5/9/02 9:34am . . includes this:
AEA was an effort to . . . . to demonstrate a new
engineering business structure generalizing Lockheed's "skunk
Generalizing that business structure so that is was more
flexible, and so that invention could be applied to
"reinvent" and optimize already ongoing industries and products, as
well as new ones, in ways where inventive approaches had not been
I downplayed that organizational risk, because I felt that, if we
could deliver up to a technical standard, we'd get the backing we'd
need through direct or indirect government assistance. I turned out
to be wrong - and it was a fatal mistake.
My investors knew they were gambling, and could lose all their
money. I told them that clearly. But they were involved with
risks that they didn't fully understand, and they trusted me, and
helped me, to an absolutely extraordinary extent. I've got
good reasons to be concerned about, care about, guilty about. the
investors who lost money. They were invested emotionally, not just
financially, some of them worked hard, and did special things
exactly because they trusted me, and what I told them of my
judgement. They felt that I'd betrayed them, and also felt the pain
of incomprehension -- some intensely. The financial losses, and for
some who'd helped me most, the losses of face and business stature,
were serious, were my fault, and I feel responsible. And should.
We learned a LOT about what certain kinds of breakthrough
engineering were going to take. And learned a lot about what WAS
possible. MD1152 rshow55
- 05:34pm May 9, 2002 EST (#2123
Bush replied, “I’m never going to tell my friend, the prime
minister (Sharon), what to do or how to handle his business.” http://www.economist.co.uk/agenda/displayStory.cfm?story_id=1119866
.. Bush administration is not pushing for a peace plan just now ..
(Bush said Palestine needs )“the rule of law, transparency, a
treasury that can battle corruption”
Don't they need an 'economy' to support a 'treasury' ?
Is BushSpeak confusing?
Does he means 'laws
are goldenish rules'
But isn't there need for a dollar-treasury
to make law?!
- 05:41pm May 9, 2002 EST (#2124
I see you have a problem with CIA sponsored operations in
Afganistan and in other places but, notwithstanding some egregious
screw-ups in the past, CIA must operate in a real world which is
full of bad people. The Afgan war lord that was targeted has been
trying to topple Kazai governemnt, kill US soliders and, plunge
Afganistan into another round of civil war that preceded Taliban
take-over in early 90s. He is not your regular guy on the street but
a ruthless killer and leader of bandits. Itis just too bad they
didn't get him.
- 05:43pm May 9, 2002 EST (#2125
CIA did not create the corruption in PLO. It has to deal with the
colorful characters as they come and it is not CIA's job to reform
any of those characters where their moms and dads and preachers (or
some other equivalent of it) failed to do so
- 05:56pm May 9, 2002 EST (#2126
It's important to get economies 'up' and 'running' then these
'bad guys' can turn their attention to 'regular white collar crime'
.. earning only a slap on the wrists re disapproval!
- 05:59pm May 9, 2002 EST (#2127
Mary-Bill-Poppins has put $50m to put micro-nutrients into the
foodstuffs of 'world-poor-children' which will make an 'enormous
differences' the their life chances.
Seems the macro application of worthwhile simple innovation can
do a lot to assist living/livability in the world.
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