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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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- 12:13am Jun 22, 2002 EST (#2661
"" She is disturbed by the apparent ease with which fundamental
rights, such as habeas corpus - the right to a court hearing before
prolonged detention - are being set aside in the name of an
emergency that may have no end ... http://www.guardian.co.uk/bush/story/0,7369,741882,00.html
... "The dry questions of law are important to our judicial system,
but in heated cases - from OJ to the Enron scandal - people don't
want to hear. Increasingly, I've turned to journalism, where I get a
huge response." She writes that "Americans suddenly seem willing to
embrace profiling based on looks and ethnicity, detention without
charges, searches without warrants, even torture and
assassinations." While she is heartened by legal challenges to such
steps, her aim is to stir wider debate.
- 04:12am Jun 22, 2002 EST (#2662
Polio - the world working together could eradicate by 2005
(excepting war zones)
The WHO's target date for a polio-free world is 2005. Massive
progress has been made. In 1988 there were 350,000 cases a year in
the world, but in 2001 just 480. The 125 countries in which polio
was endemic have dropped to 10: Afghanistan, Angola, Egypt,
Ethiopia, India, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia and Sudan.
But the last part is the hardest, because of the difficulties in
reaching children in remote areas or war zones
- 04:33am Jun 22, 2002 EST (#2663
The HERD ... lone individual sticks it out regarding her
belief/truth .. against the pressure of the herd mental-ity quentin87
"The Collapse of Enron (A Moderated Forum)" 6/20/02 5:52pm
- 04:59am Jun 22, 2002 EST (#2664
Frontline - ceo's
"The Economy (A Moderated Forum)" 6/21/02 4:09pm
- 07:55am Jun 22, 2002 EST (#2665
Woke up feeling rested, relaxed, hopeful. Things are going fine!
I was pleased with Washington Week In Review last night - -
and it seems to me that, in a lot of ways, problems and all, America
is working the way it is supposed to. Some things may get fixed, and
maybe fixed pretty well, all things considered. Don't want to
overuse a word, but it seems to me that many of the forces of
evil are in compromised, vulnerable positions -- and that's
But the postings by Lchic above are important, and wrenching.
Plenty to fix.
I'm concerned about the stability of some things - including our
nuclear arrangements - which look precarious and irresponsible to me
- - but maybe things are shaping up. There's some way to go.
What would happen if some member of the Bush administration, with
a name and reputation for all to see, took me on? I might get beat
up, of course. But maybe not . . . Sometimes, fantasies are fun to
think about - and working them through can even clarify how things
work, in ways that can be useful in practical cases. That's a reason
why stories can be important.
- 08:45am Jun 22, 2002 EST (#2666
OpEd pieces, too.
Sacrifice Is for Losers By FRANK
The problems of corporate responsibility, miltary responsibility,
international responsibility, and political responsibility are
similar and linked.
The things Eisenhower warned of in his FAREWELL ADDRESS of
January 17, 1961 http://www.geocities.com/~newgeneration/ikefw.htm
have happened. The subversive, cancerous patterns developed, after
much borrowing from Germany, to fight the Cold War have evolved, and
now diffused all through government, politics, and business. At the
same time, our nuclear controls have been left, almost untouched in
decisive ways, for thirty years, and we are in a new world. There
are things that need to be checked about those controls, lest
the world perish. And all over our society, there are problems that
American need to understand, and fix, with the world watching, and
checking. When we do, we'll be much better off, the world will be a
more beautiful place, and we'll almost all of us feel better about
ourselves, our country, and the world.
- 10:19am Jun 22, 2002 EST (#2667
Tom Daschle , the Senate Majority Leader , pledged to try
for workable patterns of discourse in A New Deal for a New Senate
There are great operational barriers standing in the way of my
being able to make effective contact with the Senate, for testimony,
or to ask that things be checked. But those barriers are getting
The switch between opposite states can happen fast. That happens
when minds change on juries. The states of "completely
encircled" and "completely unshackled" can differ by only
one step. Take that step, and switching occurs.
A lot of switching is like that. "Perfect defense" and "no
defense at all" are similar, in logical ways. It would be safer, and
better in every way, if we took steps to check, and stabilize, our
nuclear arrangements. That's something I've been arguing
passionately for since my September 25, 2000 all-day forum dialog
with "becq" - - who I thought at the time was Bill Clinton.
Now I think maybe I was wrong. Bill Clinton, even at his worst,
couldn't be so irresponsible as to refuse to check such a thing. Or
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