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 [F] New York Times on the Web Forums  / Science  /

    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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gisterme - 01:22am Oct 23, 2002 EST (# 5123 of 5143)

lchic 10/19/02 7:23pm

"...The functioning of a world LAW body - with an ability to stop chaos, to stop monsters, to stop disputes blowing out is paramount..."

Sounds great. But what's to prevent such a body from becoming a monster in itself? Both Hitler and Stalin had the power to stop chaos and did so within their realms prior to WWII. Only problem was that the order so imposed in those places was worse than the chaos. Hmmm.

lchic - 01:43am Oct 23, 2002 EST (# 5124 of 5143)
~~~~ It got understood and exposed ~~~~

There needs to be a check-list of standards against which muddleheaded wombats can check their past their present and envisage a future.

The new report on the Arab world is a base document for comparisons, and planning growth.

The technology, methodology, and processes are there for the taking. The work's been done. It can be adopted, adapted, and used.

gisterme - 01:46am Oct 23, 2002 EST (# 5125 of 5143)

lchic 10/21/02 1:08am

"...For a better world - CUT to TRUTH!..."

Lchic, you can't recognize the truth even when you're swimming in it. It seems that the truth is just not in you. Unless a thing is just exactly what you want to hear, unless it agrees completely with your idealistic imagninations, you assume that it must be untruth. Now that's sad.

lchic - 01:54am Oct 23, 2002 EST (# 5126 of 5143)
~~~~ It got understood and exposed ~~~~

There's an opportunity to develop a standardised International award for studies relating to :

    an understanding of compartive systems
    appreciating that all economies are mixed
    understanding where governments can LEAD
    appreciation of individual rights
    ..... each is a 'stakeholder/shareholder in the nation/world
    a need to put value on 'real' leadership
    appreciation of the need for empathy within
    .... negotiation and diplomacy
    Ever revised and expanding visions as to how
    .... people can be enhanced in their functioning

lchic - 01:55am Oct 23, 2002 EST (# 5127 of 5143)
~~~~ It got understood and exposed ~~~~

CUT TO TRUTH in the sense that wading through lies uses resources that might be better employed.

lchic - 02:05am Oct 23, 2002 EST (# 5128 of 5143)
~~~~ It got understood and exposed ~~~~

Asia has the 'loss of face' culture that can be hid behind when there's a failure to cut to truth. Yet when these guys do get to truth and tackle problems with insight they seem a happier and more purposeful crowd.

Sometimes the veil of lies is hiding 'bad practices and greed' that don't advantage the majority of the population.

gisterme - 02:06am Oct 23, 2002 EST (# 5129 of 5143)

lchic 10/23/02 1:55am

"...CUT TO TRUTH in the sense that wading through lies uses resources that might be better employed..."

You think you're wading through lies even when you're not. Some might call that paranoia. I can see how it would be tiring...there would just seem to be no end... :-)

kalter.rauch - 02:06am Oct 23, 2002 EST (# 5130 of 5143)
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wrcooper 10/22/02 1:02pm

I don't necessarily buy into the alien invasion idea either.....even though I'm ever alert "anomalies", shall we say?!?!?

I just tossed that out to throw lchic for a loop...seeing as how she's a chronic conspiracy addict.

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