New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, December 2, 1980, Page 4

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

December 02, 1980

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 2, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas Opinions 1980 Claude Publisher George Runge 4A Joseph Harsch Reagans foreign problems easing Surprising as it may sound the chances are that Ronald Reagan will discover soon after taking office that his domestic problems will be more difficult than his foreign problems and by a wide campaigned on the assumption thjat Washington faces a mounting SOViet expansionism which will require sadden and heavy increases in defense spending which in turn would increase the difficulty of handling the American But right now the chances that the men in Moscow will do something new of a disturbing and threatening nature are course the situation in Poland might getout of hand and lead to military repression by Soviet armed But that is in itself a major reason why Moscow is too strained and stretched by existing commitments to be free to launch new One measure of Moscows troubles is the way the voting went in the United Nations the other day on the resolution calling for the withdrawal of Soviet troops from Moscow got the support of all those countries which have no Where Soviet troops are present a country votes with That accounts for all the East European countries under actual Soviet But which has managed so far to avoid the presence of Soviet troops on its actually ab stained from voting although a member of the Warsaw Outside Eastern Europe Moscow got the support of three important coun tries and Vietnam for the obvious reason that they are totally dependent on Moscow both for weapons and foreconomic They are heavily Add two Indian Ocean Madagascar and the Seychelles and Grenada in the Caribbean and Sao Tome and Principe off Africas west coast which voted for the Kremlin in payment for economic As for which has an increasingly un popular it depends on Moscow for its arms All together Moscow counted 22 countries voting its That included its own three Of the 19 others not a one was truly free to vote against the Soviet which long been pursuing a proSoviet foreign actually Algeria did the Libya did not which lives underthe Soviet shadow and hence under powerful pressure from showed remarkable courage by A lot of coun tries one normally expects to find on the Soviet side in a vote managed to keep aloof on that The number voting against Moscow was Seldom has Soviet diplomacy and influence been shown to be so threadbare as on that Another measure of Moscows present condition is the count of Soviet army divisions which are substantially committed and hence unavailable for new There are 46 divisions deployed along the Chinese frontier and pinned there by continuing tensions along that There are 24 divisions in the southern part of the of which about 10 are actually in Most of the others must be earmarked as a strategic reserve for that active There are 31 divisions in Eastern Europe sitting on top of East and Considering the restlessness of Poland none of these could with safety be moved away from present That makes a total of 101 divisions Which are occupied by Moscows un finished war in by restlessness in and by Moscows inability to get along with There are 173 divisions in the Soviet Hence more than half of its ground strength is This is perhaps not quite as serious for Moscow as the condition the was in during the Vietnam war when over half of total American armed strength sea and including strategic bom bers was tied down on the far side of the Yet it comes close to being the same thing in The has no current active operations which subtract from its available military Soviet forces are heavily committed on three Which means that when Reagan takes over from Carter he will hold the stronger hand in the great game of power The Soviets have more reason to want to negotiate with him than he has for wanting to negotiate with He can take his and play it And that in turn will be of some help to him when he faces his domestic problems but not by It only means that he does not have to start any massive military buildup at But will still need to make head way against and because that is what the voters expect of him above all And how does he do that The conventional Republican formula of the moment is tight fiscal and tax But that is precisely what Margaret Thatcher is trying in Britain and the result is a rising tide of unemployment and Can the Thatcher for mula actually be used in the Our viewpoint Ending excessive sports violence HR 7803 is a bill being proposed in Congress to control excessive If a professional player could get up to a year in prison and could be fined up to for engaging in excessive Since owners realize violence sells tickets they have not been willing to curb excessive the financial selfinterest of these people may prove the principal obstacle to enactment of a bill to regulate Aidan a professor of kinesiological studies at Texas Christian University and a specialist in says ice hockey and professional football are the main He observes that one professional ice hockey team advertises its games as War on He that in professional football the lure of bigmoney contracts and the tremendous financial rewards given to successful plays often lead to unneeded Violence has been carried to the Passage of HR 7803 is necessary not only to put a lid on but on excessive financial Virginia Payette The creativity pill If this column doesnt strike you as a literary its because my druggist Hasnt yet received his shipment of creativity pills and I cant afford a computer that will zing up my writing I plan to ask Santa for a double dose of both for And if you think Im kidding that just shows you havent been paying attention to the latest breakthroughs on the science They put a man on the didnt they Why not an Ernie Pyle behind every typewriter It was bound to Now that chemistry and computers control our it was only a matter of time before somebody came up with a pill that would make writers block Or a machine that would check out our spelling and right down to the last split they theyve done to science writer Gene Bylinsky is that Russian for theres a man who claims hg has developed a creativity pill that wjll sharpen our inspire us tifgreater literary heights and shift our bfains into enabling us to eiSank out 10 years of work in 10 jn his new Mood Bylinsky quotes an unnamed biochemist who says creativity is surprisingly easy to He conducted this controlled and reports that the subjects who took the pill not only wrote more than those on a placebo they wrote it faster and If this is it will liberate hundreds of us inkstained wretches who spend our days wrestling with blank sheets of paper that dont want to be written Hankering for a Pulitzer Pop a plug in the typewriter and peck It may not happen The biochemist says he cant find a way to market his Leaving us to wonder why he doesnt just swallow one of his own pills and create a But the computer that corrects copy is here right Its the creation of a group of linguistic experts from the Writers and what it does is and even the writing quality of any kind of manuscript its programmed You can be sure it would holler over ending a sentence with a The folks from the Writers Work with the help of the Computing Science Research Center at the Bell laboratories in have dreamed up 23 different programs to keep writers on their Punch in proofr sic and it rattles off five different proofreading Ask it to check your spelling and it automatically compares every word to a dictionary stored in its elec tronic Hit the prose key and it really goes to work on your It can be most critical of rambling ten dollar words and flights of rhetoric that force a reader to untangle your sen tences to decipher what youre trying to Properly a command of double will head you off at the printout for repeated use of words or Ask it for a diction reading and youll get a lesson in simple writing and a lecture about how the noninflated finish is preferable to bring to a This computer hisses disapproval at phrases like in order reminding you that to is sneers at very unique and little booklet and at this point in when you really get carried it sputters out a peremptory What it cant do is make what you Until they can program that into its bubble youre on your And lets all start praying for the creativity Jack Anderson Snooping made legal The secret tapping of the telephones of innocent Americans supposedly came to a crashing halt with reform legislation which was enacted five years But it A loophole in the designed to give the Good Guys a break in the continuous game of espionage with the permits Uncle Sams spooks to listen in on any phone conversations the Kremlins agents have As a thousands of phone calls to and from government businessmen and other Americans have been clandestinely recorded by both and Soviet And thanks to the this eavesdropping by the American that is was perfectly It was also totally The codenamed Project has been traced to the early days of the Carter in telligence sources told my associate Dale Van And one of the unwitting targets was President Carters good friend and attorney Griffin For reasons that make sense to the convoluted reasoning of the espionage the government has done little to stop the Russians electronic monitoring of phone calls in this Since the bugging has been done from the Soviet Embassy in the Russian consulate in San two of their offices in New York and several other secret The CIA wanted to crack the New York The reason is that two thirds of all longdistance calls travel by and much of that traffic is beamed through transmitting towers in New The Russians simply renjt a hotel room and tap into one of the towers sophisticated They use a scanning device to zero in on the few hundred phone numbers theyre interested in government officials privy to state business executives discussing confidential perhaps the mistress of an important man who would then be susceptible to the CIA just didnt have the electronic expertise to horn in on the Russian After trying for months with no they finally turned to the National Security Agency for For the NSA which in Project reconstructed messages from the acoustical tape of someone typing the monitoring was like shooting fish in a Within a week the agencys wizards were tapping the Russians radio monitors and hearing everything they One early result was a surprise The NSA tapped the Soviets tapping At torney General who was overheard discussing classified information on an unsecured Bell was quickly in though the leak was more of a joke than a serious in Bells Thousands of phone calls by hundreds of individuals were subjected to Project Aquariums double long after the furor over Watergateera domestic surveillance had But intelligence sources say the project never turned up so much as a nugget of significant The most the NSA monitors learned was the identities of Americans who excite the Russians interest which in most cases is never seen the need for that kind of said one CIA Footoote To its the NSA resisted Bells efforts to get hold of its He particularly wanted any that might have shed some light on the Koreagate In a showdown at the White the president ordered the NSA director to inform Bell if any of the taped conversations had relevance to the The director said none But some experts are concerned that the loophole allowing federal tapping of innocent citizens so long as the Russians tap them first could be used as a means of returning to the bad old days of indiscriminate domestic snooping that was discredited by the Watergate Diplomatic digest Laughter in Foggy Bottom Some secretaries in the State Departments Bast Asian evidently bored by the recurrent talk of drastic budget prepared an of ficiallooking memo on their supply needs for the coming It innocently with desk but then excalated to house a 25inch TV with Home Box Office capability for the reception an avocadocolor no frost refrigerator and last but not six Cartier crystal stem vases to be filled weekly with longstem roses by the secretaries The memo was circulated among the who enjoyed a wellmodulated chuckle over their afternoon out in the diplomatic Ambassador Morton Abramowitz and his have been drawing high praise for their teamwork in The country has been all but overwhelmed by thousands of Laotian and Cambodian and the American Embassy is doing its best to help the Thais copeAt one Ira Ahramowitz and other embassy wives tore up their own sheets and pillowcases to make bandages for the needy ;

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