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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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- 07:53pm May 12, 2002 EST (#2174
Did do more today on gisterme's technical questions, as I
said I would in rshow55
5/11/02 8:39pm . But mostly I got sidetrackecked on
economic-organizational questions, stimulated by these wonderful,
important, thought provoking pieces.
With Markets Flawed, Enron's Tactics May Live On By JOSEPH
The Long Boom Shows Its Ugly Side By DAVID LEONHARDT http://www.nytimes.com/2002/05/12/weekinreview/12LEON.html
Does Energy Deregulation Still Make Sense? By ALEX
Suppose (just as a thought experiment) that we knew for certain,
next year, that an essentially infinite source of pressurized
hydrogen were available, at equatorial ocean sources, for a price
per energy equivalent (as hydrogen - far from markets) of $10/
barrel. (or some other price) after scaling to very large
production. ( 1% of the world's energy consumption would be very
large scale production.)
That resource would be worthless without more. Big investments
would be required - in the "best of all worlds" what would those
investments cost? Would the amortized cost, per barrel equivalent,
permit a reasonable return? Gisterme raises engineering
questions related to that question -
I've been sidetracked with other questions - that apply to the
less than perfect world we live in. One question is "who would pay?"
Another question is -- what would the innovation do to the value of
current assets? Could holders of assets that might be
devalued stop the development?
They might. If you read the articles linked just above, you can
see that they might.
Some pretty careful negotiations might have to be involved. A
leader like Putin might be indispensible to make such a deal
More on gisterme's engineering problems tomorrow.
One thing that's clear is that, no matter how it was done, phase
in of the new source would take many years - and prodigious amounts
of both investment and good engineering. But there seem to be
many ways of tackling the engineering challenges involved -
and nothing like the impossible tolerances of "missile defense" seem
to be involved.
- 10:00pm May 12, 2002 EST (#2175
- 10:13pm May 12, 2002 EST (#2176
American ABC have taken to looking at the fate of
Palestinian/RefugeeCamp MEast children - the fourth generation of
Stateless-refugee kids afforded poor provision and no world status
as expressed through passport ownership.
Wondering why the USA has been so lob-sided wrt the MEast ...
does it boil down to the fact that
the powerbrokers who put-in politicians
are the pipers who call the tune ?!?
The money buys the loyalty of the politician
post funding the election of the same
The politician is then 'owned'
The 'power' may also sway the media
via ownership of the same
Only 6% of the US population is Jewish - and if they have the
same wisdom and intelligence as those elsewhere then the approval
rating for current Israeli tactics would only be 50% ... bring it
down to 3% of the American-Jewish populations who are staunch Sharon
As MikeMoore might rationalise - 97% of the US population aren't
$10million per day to Israel, sanctioned by 3% of the US
population - is hard to justify!!
- 10:17pm May 12, 2002 EST (#2177
Carter made it to Cuba - Castro in a suit looks more
American than either Sharon or Arafat!
A question for the USA and Cuba is
Has a succession plan been
put in place - post demise of Castro?
If not -- think back to Tito!
Wonder if young Etien has entered 'Presidential School' yet?
Just floating a rubber duckie here :)
- 10:18pm May 12, 2002 EST (#2178
Africa - Geldof
- 10:35pm May 12, 2002 EST (#2179
UK funding : conflict of Interest? No! *?
- 01:25am May 13, 2002 EST (#2180
"Missiles used only in passing are major worry."
My reference is to words used in passing, lchic not missiles,
thank God. Get a grip. No wonder you seem so confused most of the
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