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- 07:28am Jun 15, 2002 EST (#2538
I've been thinking, and resting, and it's nice to get up early,
drink some coffee, look at this forum, and see reasons to be
I had an interesting conversation with a CIA person last week --
and if what she said was really operational, I should be able to
call up some of the Senate and Congressional people who are trying
to salvage the skilled, honorable folks and good
technology involved with CRUSADER -- and make a suggestion on
how that technology might be used. I should be able to "get through
the system" in the way things are SUPPOSED to work in America --
without any concern about classification according to inheritance
Be fun to think about -- and actually fun to do. Might serve the
need of the people involved with the CRUSADER issue - be in the
national interest -- and assure me that I really CAN talk to people,
without harassment and classification troubles.
Seems to me that a lot of things might be getting better.
- 07:36am Jun 15, 2002 EST (#2539
I'd insist that I knew the REAL NAMES of the people I was dealing
with - so I could reasonably judge them along the trust-distrust
contiunuum where human beings actually have to interact
together. And, for some purposes, I'd like to meet fact to face -
for my comfort - and for theirs.
Don't know if my suggestion would be so good -- I think it would
be fun to make a breakthrough about getting mass into orbit (if not
earth orbit, moon orbit) - - and folks from "the old gun club" would
be able to figure out how to do it, if I'm right. I make plenty of
mistakes, of course, but I do try to check, and even if my musings
on this issue are "way off base" -- well, they might stimulate some
useful thoughts in the minds of people I talk to. That's how people
work, and how sociotechnical systems work, when people are dealing
with each other as people.
I'm also musing about "debriefing" in ways where the information
is fed, not to CIA, or DOD, but to some Senate and Congressional
committees. (Delusions of granduer maybe - but operationally doable
- if my security problems are as well dealt with as I'm told they
are -- I could maybe get a foundation to give a small grant to fund
Maybe I ought to go back to bed for a while -- I'm feeling
cheerful, and that can be dangerous. Seems to me that there are a
lot of good things that could happen, pretty gracefully, and that
there may be ways we can all be a lot safer.
I'm trying to figure out "what would Dwight D. Eisenhower want
done, given the mess that has occurred?"
Can't know, of course. But I'm sure he'd want to preserve
everything good, everything already working well, when changes were
- 07:44am Jun 15, 2002 EST (#2540
I very much appreciated last week's WEEK IN REVIEW , and
though I'm sure it didn't link directly to this thread, the pieces
did get the Phuds I was talking into a more receptive frame of mind,
and I appreciated that. It was all good, but I was especially
pleased with two pieces:
Scoring Points While Connecting the Dots By ALISON
Playing Know and Tell by JOHN SCHWARTZ http://www.nytimes.com/2002/06/09/weekinreview/09BOXA.html
I was really pleased with the grace of some of Schwartz'
"But Cassandra's curse was one of the most
ingenious of Greek myth.
"There she is, desperate to be understood, treated
as if she is mad or insensible, but actually cursed. The god
Apollo, in a twist, gave her the power to see the future but not
the ability to communicate it to others: nobody believed her
. . . .
"And then again last week — at the most
un-Cassandra-like forum of a Senate hearing — she stood her ground
through hour after hour of testimony. She presented a gentler,
more accommodating demeanor, but the message is still the same,
age-old yet urgent:
I've sometimes felt a little like Cassandra - and feel good, just
now, that people are opening their minds some, and there may be some
folks willing to listen, and check. NOT I hope, to trust in
the too-usual negligent sense, but to listen, and to judge. About a
few things, that matter in a few spots.
One spot bothers me especially. I've got concerns about our
nuclear controls. Think they are screwed up enough that they might
end the world. I'd feel better if I were more sure that my worries
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