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    Missile Defense

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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lchic - 12:39am Jun 3, 2002 EST (#2444 of 2453)

Quote from W. Edwards Deming:

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lchic - 05:39am Jun 3, 2002 EST (#2445 of 2453)

The new document, "U.S. Climate Action Report 2002," strongly concludes that no matter what is done to cut emissions in the future, nothing can be done about the environmental consequences of several decades' worth of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases already in the atmosphere.

lchic - 05:42am Jun 3, 2002 EST (#2446 of 2453)

Henry Kissinger, who was responsible for US foreign policy for most of the 1970s, has been appointed European adviser to Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst in the latest hiring of a Washington grandee by a US private equity firm.

lchic - 05:57am Jun 3, 2002 EST (#2447 of 2453)

The Economist has many articles of interest this week

Australian arrested by Israel while trying to discourage their vandalism We're shackled. We've got leg chains on and we've got chains on our wrists. We've been detained now for the past 22 hours and we had to force them to supply us water and food and that was through the British Embassy. It's concerning us the way we're treated, we're treated like ..

lchic - 06:22am Jun 3, 2002 EST (#2448 of 2453)

""".... Mere equations, he(Wolfram) observes, cannot capture such complexity, whereas simple computational rules can. To the obvious objection that systems that are superficially similar might have radically different structural features, he answers thatcellular automata can still be useful models, even if the underlying mechanisms of natural phenomena are totally different.

This reply is not convincing. In existing science, the equations of a good theory are taken to represent physical reality because they can be used to make predictions. Chaotic cellular automata cannot. No doubt Mr Wolfram would say it is unfair to judge his new science by the standards of the old. But allowing that would mean abandoning the Galileo test: science's explanatory power and authority stem from its ability to make testable predictions. Otherwise theory is nothing more than post-hoc speculation. ....
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lchic - 06:37am Jun 3, 2002 EST (#2449 of 2453)

"" The effort to get the nuclear rivals to the negotiating table gets underway in Kazakhstan later today. All the while the two sides' troops continue to trade artillery across their disputed Kashmir border. ..... Religious get killed, the children get killed, the men get killed and in the process of this firing that goes on the

terrorists are smuggled into our territory

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