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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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- 01:33am Jun 14, 2002 EST (#2521
Was just curious Lou, was hoping to touch base with old friends,
since I moved out of that area back in 91. Nothing to do with missle
defense at all.
Seems like your family tree has long roots too, do you know if
any of the many Mazzas are related to you? My family is quite large
too, except the family doesn't talk about the side from Sicily, just
the one's from Naples. Gee I wonder what the family did to get
kicked off of the island and to stop talking to one another. Must be
something big, and I will have to wait till I die and find out the
facts on the other side, since the family is so closed-mouthed about
the subject. For now I leave that one alone. Any such BS in your
- 04:15am Jun 14, 2002 EST (#2522
Almarst2020 had this to say almarst2002
Got mAzzA out of bed!
- 04:21am Jun 14, 2002 EST (#2523
What a week for America .... Johnny Howard (Aussie PrimeMinister)
stopped off at the WhiteHouse to lick GWB's boots clean ... but no
.. GWB didn't give Aussies any concessions re Primary Industry
(Agri) trade --- but we're all the VERY BEST OF FRIENDS and that's
Mr Howard has denied he did not speak out strongly enough
against United States farm subsidies during his five-day trip.
Mr Howard raised the issue in his address to the US Congress
and in private talks with Mr Bush.
- 08:39am Jun 14, 2002 EST (#2524
My fast modem connection got cut off when I tried to post a
message -- and a message that I thought was entirely reasonable.
- 09:13am Jun 14, 2002 EST (#2525
Run virus check - new bug around
- 09:15am Jun 14, 2002 EST (#2526
World Food Summit branded a waste of time
17:45 13 April 02
NewScientist.com news service
Politicians today called the World Food Summit, which ended in
Rome, a waste of time. But scientists were quietly heralding at
least one positive development from the meeting at the headquarters
of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation.
The final hours saw the launch of a global fund, backed by the
World Bank, to preserve the planet's crop biodiversity. The fund
aims to raise a quarter of a billion dollars for a permanent
endowment to fund an existing cash-strapped network of the 16
international crop gene banks.
"The world's diversity of crop plants is one of the most
important tools we have to combat poverty and hunger," said Geoff
Hawtin, head of the International Plant Genetic Resources Institute,
which will oversee the project.
In recent years, the gene banks have cut back their collections
of rare crop varieties. Meanwhile thousands of traditional plant
varieties, many with unique traits that could be bred into modern
varieties, are being lost forever as farmers replace them with a
handful of modern varieties.
Backers of the project believe a revival of plant collecting and
traditional breeding could have more impact on future harvests than
any number of political declarations.
The summit, which otherwise agreed little, was boycotted by
Western leaders. "I'm not sending a minister because I don't expect
it to be an effective summit," Britain's overseas development
secretary Clare Short said from London.
And it ended in farce, with claims that the closing ceremony had
been brought forward two hours to allow its chairman, the Italian
president Silvio Berlusconi, to watch his country's World Cup match
with Mexico on TV.
The summit was held to assess progress on a target, made at a
similar meeting six years ago, to halve world hunger by 2015. It
heard that progress was slow. The world's hungry now number 815
million, just 3 per cent down on the 1996 figure.
At the meeting, developing nations called for an end to subsidies
on food production in the rich world. They claimed that the
subsidies are producing a flood of cheap produce on the
international market that is undermining their own farmers.
Rich nations, meanwhile, chided African governments in particular
for undermining local food production through corruption and
The presence of Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe at the
conference acted as a focus for these criticisms. His controversial
land reform policies are widely blamed for exacerbating the effects
of the current southern African drought.
- 09:33am Jun 14, 2002 EST (#2527
New World Order .. re World Cup ... it's only a game ...
Didn't realise that the USA has more folks in soccer clubs than
actually populations of Australia and NewZealand combined (26m
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