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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
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- 11:21pm Jun 6, 2002 EST (#2477
Pity the SEARCH capability has gone away again.
Whistle-Blower Recounts Faults Inside the F.B.I. By DAVID
JOHNSTON and NEIL A. LEWIS http://www.nytimes.com/2002/06/07/politics/07INQU.html
Coleen Rowley told Senators on Thursday that the
F.B.I.'s bureaucracy discouraged innovation and punished agents
seeking to cut through layers of gatekeepers.
I have no records -- nothing but circumstantial evidence to
support what I say (though there are many ways to "collect the dots"
and "connect the dots" and many ways to check, if effort is
expended.) But I say again that my instructions from Bill Casey were
that I was not even to attempt a "direct approach" to CIA - since my
objective was to actually get something done. Casey told me, even
after my head blew, to keep working - that I was working on problems
of national importance. I was told that I would be watched, and that
if I put, properly encoded but conspicuously placed, information
saying I was making real progress - there would be a way to "bring
me in." I was astonished, after doing the work, and posting http://www.wisc.edu/rshowalt/pap2
- -- that it didn't happen. A Modified Equation for Neural
Conductance and Resonance http://xxx.lanl.gov/html/math-ph/9807015
But I had been told that I had to have reasoning that would "make it
through the system" -- and Steve Kline and I worked very hard,
within our geekish limitations, on polishing our reasoning.
(If only I'd known lchic at the time - we might have done
much better. She has an artistic-associative gift we knew
I was also told that, if nothing else worked, my only real chance
was to "come in through The New York Times ". I found out,
and have continued to find out, that the NYT also has its "layers of
gatekeepers." And has its gatekeeping procedures.
Even so, there have been times that I've thought that Bill Casey
gave me his best judgement.
Other times, it seems to me that Casey simply couldn't bring
himself to tell me that truth --- that there was no hope for me at
all - - and just wanted to keep me working.
bears careful reading, and seems to me to be ominous, but a clear
warning. How much more hopeful the world might be if people
asked "what matters" -- clearly and competently enough. The
stakes are so high that the question "what matters" matters for our
decency and survival.
People of literary interest might find this sermon moving - as I
do, and an aid to imagining, in human terms, the obligations and
challenges we now face.
WHEN THE FOUNDATIONS ARE SHAKING ..... by Dr James Slatton
. . . . River Road Church (Baptist) in Richmond, Va
......available in RealMedia, Quicktime, and Windows Media7 formats
People of secular inclinations might want to skip the first 9:27
of the sermon . Thereafter, it tells the story of a Russian colonel,
in the USSR's nuclear forces, who kept is head, and by doing so,
kept nuclear war from destroying us all.
This contrasts, I feel, with another kind of "gatekeeping" and
"logic keeping." - - - Not all Southern Baptists are the same MD158
Bush 2000 Adviser Offered To Use Clout to Help Enron By Joe
Stephens Washington Post Staff Writer Sunday, February 17, 2002
" Just before the last presidential election, Bush
campaign adviser Ralph Reed offered to help Enron Corp. deregulate
the electricity industry by working his "good friends" in
Washington and by mobilizing religious leaders and pro-family
groups . . . http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A22380-2002Feb16.html
I like the call for judgement in http://www.wisc.edu/rshowalt/sermon.html
- 01:30pm Jun 8, 2002 EST (#2478
Anyone care to place bets on what Japan's reaction would be to an
NMD-reactionary Chinese nuclear build-up programme?
- 03:48pm Jun 10, 2002 EST (#2479
Japan has the wherewithal to produce nuclear weapons. However,
they realize that being a island,nation with a high density
population there would be no future in a nuclear exchange. I suppose
they would jump on the NMD bandwagon real quick!
- 04:50pm Jun 11, 2002 EST (#2480
Hello! Hello! Hello!
Is anyone there? Is anyone there? Is anyone there?
Is that an echo echo echo?
- 06:05pm Jun 11, 2002 EST (#2481
"The world will note that the first atomic bomb was dropped on
Hiroshima, a military base," he said. "That was because we wished in
this first attack to avoid, insofar as possible, the killing of
civilians." - President Harry Truman, Aug. 6, 1945
- 06:24pm Jun 11, 2002 EST (#2482
PIPELINE POLITICS - http://www.worldpress.org/specials/pp/front.htm
"Central Asian oil is important. It is potentially important
to the United States, which consumes more energy than any other
country in the world and must import roughly half its oil. But it is
surely more important to Central Asia. It is in this context that we
consider the issue of oil and gas in Central Asia."
- 07:40pm Jun 11, 2002 EST (#2483
The Geopolitics of Oil in Central Asia - http://www.hri.org/MFA/thesis/winter98/geopolitics.html
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