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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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rshow55 - 01:46pm May 29, 2002 EST (#2421 of 2432) Delete Message

Stoking the South Asian Fire

At a time when the world is pleading for statesmanship, Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee of India and Gen. Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan have irresponsibly escalated threats of war.

and Russia, in close consultation with the US and other nations, is working to defuse them:

Indian and Pakistani leaders to attend Asian summit: MOSCOW, May 29: Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and President Pervez Musharraf will come to the scheduled June 3-5 meeting of the Conference for Cooperation and Confidence-Building in Asia, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. Both leaders had expressed an interest in the offer made by Russian President Vladimir Putin to mediate in talks to contain the crisis in the Indian province. But Vajpayee and Musharraf were reluctant to meet in person at the summit in Almaty, ministry spokesman Alexander Losyukov told the Interfax news agency. (AFP) (Posted @ 14:45 PDT)

Maybe some reasonable things are being done, and reasonable progress can be made. Looking at the "logic" of nukes - again and again - we may find safer ways to live.

lchic - 03:34pm May 29, 2002 EST (#2422 of 2432)



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rshowalt - 05:24pm May 29, 2002 EST (#2423 of 2432)

wow Lchic! You often show how POWERFUL web links can be.

Here's the key to a 350 year old problem with coupled physical circumstances that I was ASKED to find, under awkward circumstances -- and which I need TITLE to, now.

MD1567 rshow55 4/20/02 4:07pm

I'm not the genius Wolfram is -- I was ASKED to find this solution -- and now, with some things sorted out -- I think it may be useful.

And, looking at the news, I sometimes suspect that this thread is being useful, too.

lchic - 10:22pm May 29, 2002 EST (#2424 of 2432)


Here's an interesting quote from Chaplin who left the USA in the early Fifties re Hollywood Trials ...

    Man as an individual is a genius. But men in the mass form the Headless Monster, a great, brutish idiot that goes where prodded. Charles Chaplin
The brutish idiot being the USA publlic subjected to government propaganda!

lchic - 05:20am May 30, 2002 EST (#2425 of 2432)

Midcourse Missile Defense Tests

rshow55 - 01:04pm May 30, 2002 EST (#2426 of 2432) Delete Message

"Unlike in previous tests, MDA will not release specifics about the targets or countermeasures used in future tests of the Ground-based Midcourse system. The agency believes it has reached the point in the program where those details need to be kept confidential, according to Lehner."

Will they be so confidential that the Congress will be unable to make any determination at all about what makes sense? That's at least likely.

You need VERY special assumptions about the MD systems disclosed to date to make them systems that can reasonably be expected to work under plausible tactical circumstances.

rshow55 - 01:13pm May 30, 2002 EST (#2427 of 2432) Delete Message

MD84 rshow55 3/2/02 11:52am ... keys to much technical discussion on this thread, over two years time.

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