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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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- 06:29pm Jun 22, 2002 EST (#2684
I think I could be a military asset in the fight against terror,
as well. I think it is stupid for the government to isolate me as
- 07:27pm Jun 22, 2002 EST (#2685
Good that you enjoyed the movie Showalter
Of it Charles Taylor commented:
The 'differences' between peoples are small not
Monsoon Wedding is going
to be a big art-house hit because it's one of those movies that
reassures audiences that people in other countries are just like
- 08:39pm Jun 22, 2002 EST (#2686
Talked to another phud day before yesterday - - and he said,
obviously repeating a conversation he'd had with another phud, that
"paranoid schitzophrenia is characterised by
construction of ornate scenarios that cannot be checked....."
or some other such claptrap. It was delivered over the phone in
such a way that I think anybody perceptive could have told it was a
dump from a previous conversation.
How much checkable material can anybody want?
More? Well, sure. Ask.
Face to face, we could get closure on a great deal -- I'm not
asking anybody to trust me, just to understand enough so that
checking is really possible.
When I met with the phuds at Cornell, there was something very
interesting -- something that surprised me a lot. No one even
mentioned the "Ishmael hypothesis" -- though they'd read my stuff.
Why on earth not?
Fact is, they didn't.
I think I deserve, by now, to be checked - - - in ways
The Cold War has so perverted our culture that, far too often,
checking is forbidden.
This is something that has to be changed, and something that
people in other nation states ought to insist that we change.
. . .
I had a nice, vigorous, sweaty walk, and I'm on beer #1 - and
knocking off for the day.
- 09:04pm Jun 22, 2002 EST (#2687
But did notice this fine, interesting story.
Former Officials Say Enron Hid Gains During Crisis in
California By DAVID BARBOZA http://www.nytimes.com/2002/06/23/business/23ENRO.html
HOUSTON, June 22 — The Enron Corporation used
undisclosed reserves to keep as much as $1.5 billion in trading
profits off its books during the California energy crisis,
according to six former managers and executives who handled or
reviewed the accounts.
4/28/02 5:48pm MD1888 rshow55
Bush and Cheeney have been very close to the Enron
corporation. They are comfortable with predators because, much too
often, in much too many ways, they are predators.
Nation states all over the world should be following what is
To trust George Bush or his administration, in light of the
facts, ought to be considered treasonous stupidity. Things
should be checked.
If that were done, the world would be much safer, and more
prosperous. Some real peace should be possible
The George Bushes, father and son, should be ashamed , and
sensible Americans should be ashamed of them.
6/17/02 7:14am ....
The Bad Old Days at the F.B.I. http://www.nytimes.com/2002/06/16/opinion/16SUN2.html
bears careful reading.
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
- 10:37pm Jun 22, 2002 EST (#2688
Interesting audio-progam here regarding our Prime Minister,
Sycophantic Johnno; what's wrong with our foreign policy; and why we
shouldn't be linked-in to a FAILING USA Foreign Policy
Senator Robert Hill's support this week for President Bush's
"first strike" against terrorism policy poses again the question
of Australia's foreign policy stance. Christian Reus-Smit and
Darryl Jarvis discuss the issue with Terry Lane on this week's
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