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    Missile Defense

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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lchic - 09:02pm Oct 20, 2002 EST (# 5090 of 5113)
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Empathy (2)

1942 10/21 diary entry of Donald Friend
(later official Australian WWII war artist)

On the Nazi enemy ......

"" I can't accept it.

How can one kill personally and passionately a creature who is so much the victim of calculated, aggressive conditioning?

Certainly, his extermination (or conversion) is an obvious necessity, but I do not understand how a thinking creature could do it in hot blood.

As I see it, these enemies must be exterminated but not as human creatures knowingly possessed of an evil will, but as a horde deluded with an antisocial creed and therefore dangerous.

But to talk that passionate unthinking way about it -- or worse to believe that way -- is to deny all our claim to civilisation.

I am willing to kill - but with regret.

I am not willing to hate, since there is no person to hate, but only a force of mad belief behind thos millions of persons whom we fight.

    I can't think why I should be bothered to wrangle with myself on this subject; the fact is, I am somewhat shickered and it is too early to go t bed and too late to go the pricutes or the camp concert.
Diaries of Donald Friend v1 (Australian National Library)

lchic - 09:05pm Oct 20, 2002 EST (# 5091 of 5113)
~~~~ It got understood and exposed ~~~~

Empathy (3)

Moderate Muslim leaders ask Sydney Islamic youth to remove 'sensitive' materials from their site - they (YOUTH) don't comply

lchic - 09:11pm Oct 20, 2002 EST (# 5092 of 5113)
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Empathy (4)

Pretty aged around 20, Bali's Jane Doe's last 30 hours of life saw her adopted by a Perth Couple who help tend her needs. Body XOX is still 'unclaimed'.

lchic - 09:16pm Oct 20, 2002 EST (# 5093 of 5113)
~~~~ It got understood and exposed ~~~~

Empathy (5)

Tom Keneally (Op-ED NYT) paraphrased

One thing we can do to honour the dead is to address the root causes of what went wrong, and to develop better and more sensitive policies.

We need to understand why perpertrators would consider the world so unjust that they would be prepared to do this ... and what are the sources of terrorist cosmologies.

lchic - 09:21pm Oct 20, 2002 EST (# 5094 of 5113)
~~~~ It got understood and exposed ~~~~

Empathy (6) brain

"" Neuroscientists searching for roots of empathy find brain regions involved in learning by imitation

    In a pair of pioneering studies, a French and American team of social-cognitive neuroscientists have identified a network of brain regions that are involved in human imitation and specific brain areas that enable a person to distinguish the self from others.

Empathy - test [6]

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