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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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- 04:41pm May 22, 2002 EST (#2352
Beautiful references on human thinking, and machine
thinking - with tools, gathered by lchic http://talk.guardian.co.uk/WebX?14@@.ee7726f/681
Note search keys. Much of the searching (in the internal logic of
the search engines) uses latent semantic analysis. But the more
condensed logic forms and database forms - also involve the
need for openness -- MANY possibilities - - so very many that no one
can reasonably restrict "need to know" in a large system without
making the system MUCH stupider - - - as many disasters at
CIA and FBI over the years illustrate.
On the other hand, for fraud - - hiding things, and
restricting the "collection of the dots" so that people "connect the
dots" in ways that give wrong answers - - restrictions are tailor
We've built a "culture of lying."
To "clean up" something important enough, and specific, in public
- would do great service to the country -- both with respect to the
thing cleaned up - and because the procedures demonstrated could
clean up much else.
The idea of an "engineer's court" - much discussed on this thread
- - could be used to clean up very many things that concerned
President Eisenhower - that ought to concern all patriotic
Americans, and that people all over the world ought to care about.
It is one thing to say - - "the cold war is over" -- but to
actually make the cold war over, and get past its distortions
some facts need to be faced - clearly --- so that everybody can see.
This can be done, and should be done, in the open literature.
A significant number of issues, arguments, and answers are on
this thread already - though they need to be organized,
supplemented, and disputed - to a level where they could be
"presented before a jury." By jury standards -- "beyond a
reasonable doubt" an enormous fraction of what is now touted
and heavily funded as "missile defense" is not worth doing. That can
be shown. Shown in public. It should be.
I should be free to do that -- or there should be clear
reasons why I'm prohibited from doing so. There was a good deal
of discourse on the security issues involved on this thread before
March, and that discourse is on the record.
- 04:46pm May 22, 2002 EST (#2353
5/22/02 4:39pm . . I have a feeling, sometimes, that after all
this work - - there could be a lot of good coming. . . . . Sometimes
it has been a nightmare -- but just a few times, I've felt
Wow! This is just the sort of thing Casey hoped
might be accomplished -- with things coming into focus, and things
getting sorted out.
Some days, lately, I've felt that way.
- 04:50pm May 22, 2002 EST (#2354
Innate abilities enable some to soar higher than others, and as
leaders, they contribute to human advancement.
- 04:59pm May 22, 2002 EST (#2355
Here's looking at you babe!
- 05:02pm May 22, 2002 EST (#2356
IT UK Parliament - Evidence Gathering
The public is to get a formal say in the legislative process
for the first time tomorrow when a parliamentary committee takes
evidence over the internet.
The experiment is being carried out as part of the
pre-legislative scrutiny of the communications bill, with the
intention of ironing out flaws in the draft legislation before its
formal passage through parliament.
- 05:06pm May 22, 2002 EST (#2357
Bush in Europe
When he signs the three-page Treaty of Moscow at the Kremlin on
May 24th, it will be his fifth get-together with Vladimir Putin in
less than 12 months. Mr Bush will spend three days in Russia, but
less than a day each in mainland Europe’s two largest economies,
Germany and France, whose leaders he will be meeting for the first
time on home soil. With Mr Putin, Mr Bush has “looked into the man’s
soul”; by contrast, he has difficulty even looking Gerhard Schröder
and Jacques Chirac in the eye.
- 05:10pm May 22, 2002 EST (#2358
An important step! http://politics.guardian.co.uk/openup/story/0,11872,720255,00.html
Sensible procedures and mediation to start with -- and patterns that
can grow with experience.
. . .
5/22/02 4:50pm . . . I've got a problem with title to my
If the government can't, or won't, acknowledge the past, and make
an arrangement that permits me to function -- I ought to own myself
and what I know - own my own human capital - - free of encumberances
of a national security law that hasn't been able to decently fit my
So I might have a chance to make a living -- and a chance to make
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