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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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commondata - 05:57pm Nov 5, 2002 EST (# 5491 of 5495)

rshow55 11/5/02 5:14pm

... some Disney cartoons might be some useful common ground.

Fun factory, bland distorted consumerism, jeopardizing safety, racial stereotyping, 30 cents an hour, showing the power of footloose capital in a world hungry for work: is this The Magic of Disney?

We have to equip children to enjoy literature, train them to read and be critical and ask questions and above all give them a sense of pride in their rich cultural backgrounds and a respect for the cultural backgrounds of people around the world.

Transnational corporations have occupied the territory of childhood. We have to reverse that and be alert to the warning signs that international business is now trying to occupy the world of education.

I only note that Disney is a very American choice of common ground!

rshow55 - 06:10pm Nov 5, 2002 EST (# 5492 of 5495) Delete Message
Can we do a better job of finding truth? YES. Click "rshow55" for some things Lchic and I have done and worked for on this thread.

And the son of their maximum leader got caught trying to smuggle his kid into the Japanese Disneyland not long ago.

Common ground is where you find it.

Commondata - are you at the same address - and would you like an updated disk? The new one is sexier in some ways (it has some demo programs on polynomial processing, and some other things - plus more postings.) It will be sexier soon.

rshow55 - 06:22pm Nov 5, 2002 EST (# 5493 of 5495) Delete Message
Can we do a better job of finding truth? YES. Click "rshow55" for some things Lchic and I have done and worked for on this thread.

5462 mazza9 11/4/02 8:06pm asks:

How do you expect anyone to verify/connect the dots concerning you pronouncements?

Let me assume, based on response times and lags on this thread, that you are in contact with gisterme - - and assume, further, that gisterme is interested in this question.

Gisterme could, I believe, call up a man named Fred. He has met Fred, and Fred is married to M___ - a very big wheel in the Wisconsin Republican Party.

M_ _ _ hates me, but Fred will talk to me anyway, at length, or would if gisterme asked - - - because we used to be friends, and because he has over a million dollars to gain by getting some things sorted out.

My guess is that, after a little conversation, Fred and I might come to a solution that would be a very good solution for gisterme , everything considered.

After the midterms, some things are easier.

Just guessing, of course.

commondata - 06:40pm Nov 5, 2002 EST (# 5494 of 5495)

rshow55 11/5/02 6:10pm

Yeah, I'd like to have a look if you can afford the postage. The broken links on the last one drove me nuts; I wrote some code to rewire them but ... priorities, priorities ... didn't quite finish it. And a search facility, multiple threads and auto-updating would be, err, sexy - I expect you've done that.

rshow55 11/5/02 6:22pm

So Gisterme knows an old aquaintance of yours whose important wife - who hates you - can sort you out a million dollars? They do say, rshow, that simplicity can be beautiful.

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