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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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- 04:32pm Nov 9, 2002 EST (#
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50 years of H-Bombs ..... and the USA will 'take' some
peacemakers out of bunkers ... to put into their 'different'
NASA - skylab - funding reductions USA/RU as these nations
find 'better' uses for their cash.
China the next big thing - will need almost 2000 airplanes
annually to satisfy travel demand.
- 04:39pm Nov 9, 2002 EST (#
5561 of 5574)
"" Throughout Europe and in Washington last month, anti-war
and anti-globalisation demonstrators have stood side-by-side
to deplore U.S. support for Israel and the threat of war on
The Florence forum is due to culminate in a march against
U.S. policy on Iraq, with 150,000 people expected to attend.
But Lichbach and others wonder if the anti-globalisers can
survive once the anti-warmongering is over.
"I'm sure an anti-globalisation movement revolving around
social justice issues will be around in five years' time, but
the causes they espouse will change and shape," Lichbach said.
"It's not a single group with a dominant force within it.
It's not a protest movement in any conventional sense... The
strength of the movement is its diverse rainbow coalition."
- 06:40pm Nov 9, 2002 EST (#
5562 of 5574)
"Quae cum ita sunt" Caesar's Gallic
An article in the Dallas Morning News recounted some advice
that the outgoing premier of China has presented. "Jiang tells
China to welcome private business." This was delivered to the
Communist Party Congress as he takes leave of his office,
kinda like Washington's farewell address). While it is not an
outright repudiation of Communism, it certainly espouses a
limited form of Capitalism. Guess what? Capitalism wins and
communism, (which contains the seeds of its
Now we need to invite China to join the International Space
Station Partnership. They have a vibrant aerospace program and
a scientific acumen which will contribute to space
exploration. Next invite India to join and you have 60% of the
world population participating in a peaceful manner. Then,
maybe, we can beat those swords into starships!!
- 07:45pm Nov 9, 2002 EST (#
5563 of 5574)
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.
We need to beat our swords into a number of other things -
there are a lot of needs to be met - and interesting things to
do - enough so that we should be able to arrange
comfortable transitions for the makers of swords, and
the users of swords - and that has to mean - comfortable for
them . As well as for others.
Benchmarks of all kinds are important lunarchick
11/9/02 4:10pm - - and I'm thinking about a number of
I know a really important question - again and again - it
is "how do we get this done politely - as gracefully as
realistically possible -- for the people involved? "
A very good person to consult about checklists on that
issue - a very important issue - might be Judith Martin -
Miss Manners .
With so much at stake, and so much invested - we need to
find ways to get things to work this time.
- 08:04pm Nov 9, 2002 EST (#
5564 of 5574)
Ms Manners - is the revised edition :)
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