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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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- 08:37am Jun 15, 2002 EST (#2541
6/4/02 6:54am . . . MD2463 rshow55
Especially MD2465 lchic
Lies can paralyze, and can lead to disastrous decisions. An
excess of lies can stunt whole cultures, and that has happend. (For
one possible source, search incest, this thread.) To deal
with problems in the Middle East, and with islamic terrorism, we
have to deal with lies - attack lies - as Friedman has often said.
Including some on the surface and some deeper. That means we
have to deal with, and root out, some lies of our own.
Is the discourse between CIA and the rest of our culture very
much more reliable than the discourse in the Egyptian newspaper
piece that caught lchic's eye? Enough safer? I've come
to wonder - and with my concerns about nuclear controls, my thoughts
make me uneasy, and afraid - - though they keep me working.
Eisenhower's FAREWELL ADDRESS of January 17, 1961 http://www.geocities.com/~newgeneration/ikefw.htm
The things Eisenhower warned of have happened, and there are
problems that American need to understand, and fix, with the world
watching, and checking.
- 10:46am Jun 15, 2002 EST (#2542
Heard, hence no citation, that there are queries regarding a
shortage of Oxygen in the Ocean at varied depths, (the same
Sci-media-blast had concerns re arctic melt http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/sci/tech/newsid_2040000/2040532.stm
Showalter : lets hope former constraints untangle to enable your
intellectual capital and contributions to be applied in projects for
- 11:29am Jun 15, 2002 EST (#2543
Enron (judge's ruling) .. what seemed like 'common sense' is
- 12:14pm Jun 15, 2002 EST (#2544
Your story about Cornell reunion brings back soem of my fond
memories there. The smartest guy I ever met was a Cornell Phd
candidate in Solid Physics. We were roommates in 1987 and we made a
serious attmept (when we weren't drunk with beer or weren't horsing
around the cayuga lake) to develop and commercialize an automatic
DNA/RNA sequensor (about 15 years too early for commercial success,
i guess). He had also developed a portable digital compass on his
own...forgot what came out of it. I would love to get back in touch
with him like you did with your friends but I guess things will have
to happen in due time.
In the mean time, I would love to see you "unshackled" and do so
- 01:00pm Jun 15, 2002 EST (#2545
Get back in touch! Human warmth matters so much.
And there are plenty of ways that groups of people can not only
warm each other - but help each other, and check and check on each
other - - so you need your friends.
A big problem in this country, and in some ways a much
worse one because of the Cold War - is the ways we cut off
contact between people - in ways that are terribly dangerous
- in interesting ways not socially understood today.
My conversation with the CIA person was satisfactory in many ways
- but the most interesting part of it, by far, is how
important it was to them to cut me off from contact -
- how afraid of the consequences of contact they seemed to be.
At the level of logic, there are some interesting things about
that - which I'll talk about in a while, and which have BIG
consequences in our judgements of "certainty" and "safety." It is
much too easy for us to be "quite sure" of things that are
totally wrong - and set other people up to be misled, as well.
That was, and is, easily done at Cornell, a school I love. And at
every other American institution that I know, one way or another.
I've given the Provost and the Dean of Arts and
Sciences at Cornell permission to share information about me
widely - certainly to people in the press. Some folks might be
interested to look at my undergraduate transcript.
People who think our nuclear arrangements are stable and safe - -
or our diplomatic relations are stable -- are much more trusting
than they ought to be - in areas where they ought to know
People who "trust" press releases, with incomplete press
specifications, about "missile defense" matters are not only being
foolish -- they're making some effort, by now, to look away -- to
Manjumicha ,I may be making some real progress about
getting "completely unshackled" -- I'll know more after
making a few phone calls and inquiries this coming week, and
watching how things happen.
- 02:37pm Jun 15, 2002 EST (#2546
In the mean time, if I were you, I wouldn't beat myself up too
bad about a failed commercial venture or two. I mean the people who
invested in your previous venture seem like smart and serious
bunch....they knew what they were doing and the risk they were
taking. Soem they win, some they lose....course for the par.
Regarding your big picture ideas, I think the next step might be
to cut them into manageable, bite-size commercial "events" which can
be translated into % return (with risk premium) on invested
dollars.....the mixed language of greed and grandiose can cook up
some strong brew of change...and take us step closer to the
meanigful big picture changes that you advocated.
Translating my mumblings above into plain english...you should be
able to come up with a product or service that "dumb money" can
invest in and receive dumb returns....without necessarily hearing a
word about your backgrounds, visions, NYT forums, etc. That is my
humble opinion for today.
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