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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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- 01:50pm Jun 20, 2002 EST (#2642
I sometimes suspect that there are people who read this thread -
and in Ithaca, I came across a few who I'm sure had done so.
It is easy enough to post here.
If anyone has a coherent reason why I'm being either
unreasonable, unfair, unpatriotic, or unnecessarily difficult -- I'd
like to hear about it.
- 04:52pm Jun 20, 2002 EST (#2643
Finding a trash bin in which to deposit the
left-over paper cone is the usually the most gratifying part of the
entire cotton candy expreience http://www.envirocom.com.au/logan/images/jwl.ht1.gif
- 07:05pm Jun 20, 2002 EST (#2644
6/20/02 4:05am includes this:
You consistently refer to "issues" that can be
soved, "problems" that don't seem too difficult to solve, ones you
can't solve alone...but, you just as consistently fail to mention
just what those might be.
Perhaps I haven't been responsive enough to that question, but
here are some points related to problems I think I could help solve,
if permitted. http://talk.guardian.co.uk/WebX?14@@.ee7a163/294
Tomorrow, I'll make a list, on the assumption that I'll be able,
one way or another, to resolve questions about title to my my
work in ways that are functional. With credentials that are
workable, in the world as it is.
I continue to think that my concerns, and the reasonable concerns
of the other parties in interest could be well served if the U.S.
government agreed to do what Bill Casey promised me and the AEA
investors, or something equivalent in the ways that matter.
Credentialling, properly done, might be enough for me as an
individual, but it would leave a blazing injustice to the AEA
investors unadressed - something I'd like to avoid - and that I
think the federal government ought to want to avoid. ,
Major parties in interest, I believe, include the academic
community, the University of Wisconsin, and especially people in the
neurosciences, in early education, and in the applied parts of
mathematics and engineering. I think, by now, that The New York
Times is a party in interest, too.
I think people concerned about the survival of the world are a
party of interest also - - there are things I'd like to know had
been adequately checked.
There's been some progress.
- 09:27pm Jun 20, 2002 EST (#2645
Interesting how The Speed of Change has been a major issue
regarding human resource readiness for the past decade ... yet the
speed of change resultant from ineffective process and ineffectual
leaderships at National and Environmental levels is seen more as an
'Act of God'.
- 09:38pm Jun 20, 2002 EST (#2646
The messes are not "acts of God" -- they are "acts of Man."
Man can fix them. Man has to.
Suppose God couldn't?
Think of the mechanics of the situation - count the miracles
required, if there are many miracles at all.
People have to solve their own problems, if the problems
are to be solved at all.
Doesn't look so difficult to me. But sometimes I worry. These
days, it is a tiresome show.
What if God got tired of the show?
Do things really have to be so ugly?
How about some good judgement? That's that last word in a sermon
I like a lot -- just the last minute or so is worth hearing ... http://www.wisc.edu/rshowalt/sermon.html
We have Arbor Day. Labor Day. President's day. Mother's day.
What about judgement day?
We could celebrate it every year - to commemorate the elimination
of nuclear weapons.
Nice to think about, seems to me.
- 09:48pm Jun 20, 2002 EST (#2647
All generalizations are false.
There is no god.
- 09:55pm Jun 20, 2002 EST (#2648
Judgement or 'criteria referenced' self-assessments of progress?
- 10:00pm Jun 20, 2002 EST (#2649
Maybe not, but I'm knocking off, having a beer, and eating
- 03:52am Jun 21, 2002 EST (#2650
Tomorrow is another day ...
- 04:19am Jun 21, 2002 EST (#2651
TT from yesterdays GU
Tomorrow is more than 'just' another day .. it's the day of
the year that was of special concern to Shakespearian dreaming!
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