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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
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- 07:41am Jun 19, 2002 EST (#2621
That was a good thing for Condoleezza Rice to suggest -
and I admire her for doing so, and for letting the fact be released.
Woke up cheerful, but feeling a need to be careful. I'm thinking
that a very few simple things, not embarrassing, not expensive, not
difficult, would be good to do now. If some journalists could hear
some recordings -- one from last week, between me and the C.I.A. -
which NYT could get to if it wished -- and another that I'm guessing
exists of a meeting between me and a trusted officer of the
University of Wisconsin, Madison - - that could set things up for
some graceful, simple steps. I hope people don't think I'm being too
meticulous and slow - I'm afraid of making mistakes, and so I'm
trying to check my work, and only suggest things that are easy,
graceful, just, and full of the kinds of damping - the number of
controlled "chain breakers" - that make for learning, and good
adjustments, rather than unforseen and uncontrolled or
A lot of things in the news, these days, give me comfort. There
was a meeting of mayors in Madison that just shut down yesterday.
Thought of trying to talk to some people there - and thought better
of it. But it was quite a do - and in my opinion, a fine example,
among very many, of situations where the United States works well.
I sent a fax to an officer at the C.I.A., and at the same time,
sent the identity of that officer to some senior NYT people. That
officer and I have not conversed since - but a phone call between us
was almost certainly recorded. That conversation contains nothing at
all that can concievably justify classification. I think that
conversation also involved a sort of "voice stress analysis" -- a
sort of "lie detector test" over the telephone. It would be
interesting to see what the test showed, and on what basis. For the
record, during that conversation I was VERY disappointed, VERY
upset, VERY scared, and too busy being careful to bother about being
I hope reasonable people, with the good of the United States at
heart, are given a chance to hear it. And I hope they, to use
Schwartz's word ..
- 07:59am Jun 19, 2002 EST (#2622
Which Schwartz is that Showalter?
Here's one of the
Schwartz-name-clan - David Schwartz's classic "The Magic of
Thinking Big" book contents
... what would the world be like if everyone thought for
- 08:36am Jun 19, 2002 EST (#2623
It would be MUCH better, safer, and more comfortable -- but
people would have to adjust to the fact that, for reasons that can't
be changed, there are a lot of deceptions in the world, not all of
them necessary. The incidence of lies and false assumptions is maybe
20 times greater than people have been assuming. That's the
big "emperor's no clothes" point people have to admit to themselves
and to each other. About others. And about themselves.
I was referring to the John Schwartz who wrote Playing Know
And Tell http://www.nytimes.com/2002/06/09/weekinreview/09BOXA.html
. . Schwartz tells the story of Cassandra, and does so beautifully.
It is a story about people getting something exactly wrong, and not
hearing warnings that they are wrong. Schwartz's piece ends
- 08:41am Jun 19, 2002 EST (#2624
so it's the 'exactly wrong' situations that build to war
.... along with famine ... deaths ... refugees .... and uprooted
lives that may never again properly 'fall into place' outside the
original culture ..
- 08:46am Jun 19, 2002 EST (#2625
6/17/02 1:45pm ... MD2599 lchic
I meant just exactly what I said in MD2613 rshow55
6/18/02 12:41pm and feel that checking on this matter,
whether I happen to be right or wrong, ought to be morally
I'm off to cook breakfast. I'm listed in the Madison phone book,
and would be glad to talk to anybody who feels right about calling.
- 08:46am Jun 19, 2002 EST (#2626
Many Schwartz about .. here's Peter 1995
Our civilization is changing in these six months to a
year, right now. We have moved from the atomized disconnected
hierarchal civilization, to the networked interconnected
globalized civilization, literally in this year. It is
happening in 1995. We will look back 50 years from now and see
this was the critical moment of transformation."
Seven years on ....
- 08:48am Jun 19, 2002 EST (#2627
Lchic, I'll read it. Right now, I'm going to decompress just a
bit, and do some cooking.
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