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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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- 10:06pm May 16, 2002 EST (#2252
The world has alaways been 'connected', and reporting back via
stories, print, then multi-media has been done.
potential related to interconnectivity, the net, enables joint
Interesting that GI picked up on DataWarehouse a while
back on this thread .... and looking at Whitehouse 'warning'
revelations re 9/11 .... the obvious question to ask is
- How does the FBI store information and
- How cross reference?
- A simple database would surfice?
- What more need be said?!?
- 10:14pm May 16, 2002 EST (#2253
Holistic accounting should be implemented to improve the Nation
An interesting phenomena is the concept of 'payment' for work.
Raises the question what is work?
When labour queued to be put on for work, the photographer could
record the queue. People saw the need - en masse.
Today the labour queue has dissipated. People from individual
locations are working - at $0 per hour - yet working ... filling in
forms, creating CV's and chasing jobs - that too often don't exist.
Were the cost of labour of applying costed as work - then Nation
States might see waste in figures, determining to INVEST in their
Nations to design frameworks that generate jobs, and fairer
opportunity for all.
[Holistic Accounting ought also be used to improve the
lifechances of children in 'dirty war zones' of yesteryear who
'every 20 minutes' suffer the loss of body parts (legs) from
uncleared land mines! ]
- 10:59pm May 16, 2002 EST (#2254
Were the ideas currently being implemented via 'management' to
flow into National/International strategic thinking concepts .. then
the world might not look to vilify - rather to exemplify.
Questions re 'How best to do something', 'best practise', best
process, best application of human capital, continual upgrading and
re-training, continual education, ... with everybody 'thinking' and
'working' for incrementally improved outcomes.
- 11:38pm May 16, 2002 EST (#2255
An interesting exercise for the USA would be for regions/towns to
adopt an area/town/city out in the 'elsewhere' world that needs
special help. Then on a practical level people might 'see needs' and
'find solutions' that would assisit the disadvantaged by
incrementally improving their 'lot'. A practial problem solving
approach from a high-tech society to assist a struggling zone - a
good thought for a program - yes?!
- 07:30am May 17, 2002 EST (#2256
With things that people know now, and can do now, more
widely applied, the world could be much better, safer, and warmer.
Lchic's idea is a very good one!
- 07:41am May 17, 2002 EST (#2257
emotions matter, but exist in a practical context: Behind the
Here are some basic, universal relationships that we need to take
into account -- and that make our opportunities clear.
Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs: Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
by William G. Huitt Essay and Image: http://chiron.valdosta.edu/whuitt/col/regsys/maslow.html
Often enough - it is the simple things, and the simple questions
-- that matter most. And often, once the answers are found, they're
workably simple, too.
- 07:51am May 17, 2002 EST (#2258
We are looking for stable solutions, with acceptable (minimal)
risks to ourselves and others. We can't minimize our risks without
considering the needs of other people, long term -- because other
people are dangerous animals, as we are ourselves. MD668 rshow55
Sometimes questions are simple -- but sufficient answers are not.
For any specific missile defense program, these basic questions
Can it see the target?
Can it hit the target?
Can it hurt the target?
When it matter enough (for instance, in jury trials) ways have to
be found to say "here -- look for yourself."
The rules of evidence, and challenges of presentation, involved
in saying "here - - - look for yourself" are large -- but for
some purposes, there is no choice, if answers matter enough.
Why can't we find workable answers? For only a few kinds of
reasons. We can do much better than we have been doing. On
many kinds of problems of human concern.
Lchic's idea in lchic
5/16/02 11:38pm would be a wonderful, practical
- 03:53pm May 17, 2002 EST (#2259
Aussies have been very involved in getting our small northern
neighbor up and running .. and come Monday the world's newest
country has independence ..... but still needs world help to rebuild
EastTimor that was vindictively and completely burnt out.
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