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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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lunarchick - 11:59am Nov 19, 2002 EST (# 5967 of 5975)


    ""Public debt and auditing of public finances. Apart from levying taxes to finance public expenditure, the government can also borrow money. Especially in the 1970s and since reunification, the federal and state finance ministers – despite drastic economy measures – have been drawing increasingly on the capital markets. In 1999, the country’s total public debt came to a record DM 2.291 billion, or almost DM 27,907 per inhabitant. In 1999, federal new indebtedness totaled DM 51.3 billion. The longer-term goal of Government financial policy is to achieve a balanced budget by the year 2006 and without any new borrowing requirement. After 2006, Government indebtedness must be gradually reduced. This is the most important contribution financial policy can make to solidarity across the generations.
    Auditing of federal and state administration of public finances in Germany has been assigned to the Federal Court of Audit and the 16 state courts of audit. This is in keeping with Germany’s federal structure and the constitutional principle that the Federation and the states shall be autonomous and mutually independent in their budget management.
    As an independent body of government auditing, the Federal Court of Audit examines the accounts of the Federation and determines whether public finances have been properly and efficiently administered.
    It submits an annual report of its audit findings to the Federal Government as well as to the Bundestag and the Bundesrat. This report is also used by Parliament to approve the accounts for preceding years.
    The Federal Court of Audit has furthermore been given the task of making recommendations on the basis of its audit findings and of advising the bodies under audit and Parliament.

lunarchick - 12:04pm Nov 19, 2002 EST (# 5968 of 5975)

rshow55 - 01:12pm Nov 19, 2002 EST (# 5969 of 5975) 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 you want a sense of how good the NYT Missile Defense thread is -- sample lchic's work ! - (search lchic, and lunarchick) - - . You'll find a wealth of thoughtful, wide-ranging citations.

I think she's the most valuable mind I've ever encountered.

Search lchic on other NYT threads and on the Guardian Talk threads, too. You'll be impressed.

Lunarchick and I are partners on the NYT Missile Defense thread - and she is much the better half !^0@40679d@.f28e622/7418

rshow55 - 01:12pm Nov 19, 2002 EST (# 5970 of 5975) 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.

The notion of disciplined beauty would be useful to a number of staffed organizations, in NATO, Iraq, and elsewhere, now.
5438-5441 rshow55 11/1/02 12:00pm

"transparency" is an interesting search on this thread, as well.

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