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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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- 10:05pm Jun 23, 2002 EST (#2697
Saw "The Bourne Identity" and then went out and had a good
mexican dinner, feeling entertained, and relaxed. My wife enjoyed
it, too. (She's been more relaxed, and generally felt better, since
she talked to the CIA and decided that maybe, eventually, some
things will be worked out.) All the same, looking at "The Bourne
Identity", I wondered whether I'd had something to do with the
production -- not anything I've done recently - - but a few things
from 30 years ago - repressed, misinterpreted, and reinterpreted as
Some folks thought I had "special powers" back then. I must admit
I interrogated some Marines in guarded installations a bit roughly,
in a few instances - but never without prior authorization. I'd
thought they'd forget what happened. Maybe not quite. And so
distorted ideas might have gotten started, and grown in the
This is no kidding. There are errors in our controls. We need
to learn about them, and get to be very much better about making
Lest we die, and the world die. I worry about that, and think I
have very good authority for doing so. My own experience, much
It would be nice to make it easier for kids to learn to read, and
repair people who have been injured - and go through life unable to
read, and terribly ashamed. Know how to fix them - fixed a nice girl
like that once - she worked hard, and we were both very proud. It
would be nice to do a lot of things that could readily be
done, if people would only check, and recognize that, often enough,
they get things exactly grotesquely wrong - - in many
ways - including some ways on show in "The Bourne Identity."
It would be fun, and might be useful too, to talk to Damon (not
only a good actor, but a good writer) to the person in charge of
casting the show, to the Industrial Light and Magic folks. I found
myself, watching the show, thinking the fight scences were awkward
and boring - but liking the car stunts - even the dynamically or
psychologically impossible ones. Wish I'd been able to watch that
movie with an old friend of the past - John Clark, longtime Vice
President of Automotive Research at Southwest Research Institute of
San Antonio, Texas, and a man who has saved many lives - by
writing Emergency High Speed Driving Techniques a text that
used to be much used by cops and ambulance drivers (and that cut
mortality among them). We'd have had some laughs, and done some
crying - and worked out interesting things to say to the stunt
drivers, and the Industrial Light and Magic folks.
We need to learn to make peace. No surprise about that. CIA is
out of hand - and that isn't any secret -- some things need to be
fixed. And can be.
For me, this is job #1. There are some control issues, with
respect to nukes, that ought to be checked, lest the world end.
If they were checked, people would be scared, and they'd do the
sensible thing - take the damn things down - or at least - enough of
them so the world would survive.
If Putin, and some other responsible leaders would ask for
me to be decently debriefed and used, it might do some good. Maybe
things are going pretty well. But sometimes, it seems to me that
people are so stupid that the world isn't going to make it.
Playing Know and Tell by John Schwartz http://www.nytimes.com/2002/06/09/weekinreview/09BOXA.html
ends with this:
" Listen. "
- 10:33pm Jun 23, 2002 EST (#2698
It will be interesting to see if the South Koreans moving into
the football semi-finals has any effect on their Northern Half. They
are so JUBILANT in the south that their pleasure and joy must be
seeping into the closedState-north.
Senegal in Africa too are ultra proud of their Quarterfinal
In sport the 'New World' are seeing themselves as 'equals' with
the old world sporting powers.
Dowd has interesting comment re Bush :
"" Mr. Bush once told a friend that he was a gym rat because he
was afraid that his inner fat boy might come out. Why doesn't he
ever worry about the emergence of his inner brain boy?
The American Concept of President has been reduced to the 'rich
boy' on the block taking the trophy - regardless of his never
showing any interest in the workings of the world - prior.
Other systems might either take an established politician from
the people's house ... or ... use the Office as a figurehead --- the
real business being thrashed out in the Houses of the PEOPLE!
That Americans don't understand foreign policy, that there is a
'shadow' government within administration, and that America is so
out of kilter with the world --- suggests that the USA should
completely rethink the role of the President and Whitehouse ...
reducing it to being a servant of the people not visa versa!
- 10:37pm Jun 23, 2002 EST (#2699
"Science News Poetry" 2/14/01 7:18am
Clear's safer! Lies are dangerous.
That even when you try
To communicate "in
It ain't easy
might be interesting, for some, to keep reading, up to "pretty
How much straighter can we possibly be as people?
Some things need to be fixed. And lchic
6/23/02 10:33pm makes points that are well taken.
- 10:40pm Jun 23, 2002 EST (#2700
If we get scared then have sense enough to take a good
look (not turn away) we can get organized about a few
things, get some key things fixed and go on safely
What's so hard? People should face their fear enough to get to
sane answers. Individually, and helping each other.
Out for tonight.
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