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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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lunarchick - 01:04pm Nov 11, 2002 EST (# 5584 of 5590)

"FanWing", which offers a completely different approach to the perennial challenge facing aeronautics engineers how to generate maximum "lift" or upward force, from a wing.

    In conventional propeller-driven aircraft, the propeller pulls the aircraft forward. In a jet, the propeller pushes the aircraft, driving air over the wing to generate lift. In a helicopter, the lifting surface itself (the rotor blade) is rotated.
    But the FanWing puts a propeller, in the form of rotating fan blades, over the entire surface of the wing. They turn like the blades of a lawnmower to drive air directly over the wing, maximising the lift available while avoiding the safety problems of helicopters, where rotor failure is always a risk.
    The FanWing has the potential to generate remarkable amounts of lift.
    pilot-less | uses : fire-fighting crop-dusting spying

lunarchick - 01:07pm Nov 11, 2002 EST (# 5585 of 5590)

China - level of unemployment in urban areas is admitted to be 'double' that previously stated ..... names still 'listed' with former employers as 'employed'.

fudging figures

rshow55 - 01:54pm Nov 11, 2002 EST (# 5586 of 5590) 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.

If, after so much effort to avert war - this is the final answer - the current Iraqi regime is doomed - and deserves to be.

Lawmakers in Baghdad Meet on Response to U.N. Resolution By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Filed at 12:08 p.m. ET

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- A top lawmaker told an emergency session of Parliament Monday that the Iraqi leadership should reject a tough, new U.N. resolution governing weapons inspections.

``The committee advises ... the rejection of Security Council Resolution 1441 and to not agree to it,'' Salim al-Koubaisi, head of the foreign relations committee, told lawmakers in the rubber-stamp Parliament.

Few in the world consider that committee advice independent of Saddam.

I hope the Iraqi government reconsiders. Other responses, for example Iraq States Its Case by MOHAMMED ALDOURI have been more sensible. That passage says "you don't have to trust us - - you can check us." Now, people should be able to.

I hope the Iraqi government reconsiders.

almarst2002 - 02:50pm Nov 11, 2002 EST (# 5587 of 5590)

"I hope the Iraqi government reconsiders. "

The appetite as French used to say, come with the meal.

The more and the easier the US gets by force without paying the price, the more it will demand the next time around. Now its a time to remember the Munich.

lunarchick - 05:26pm Nov 11, 2002 EST (# 5588 of 5590)

Munich ?

Hitler-de or Sports-RU-via-de?

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