Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 12, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
Loosening up from proletarian monotony Friday, Mny 12, 1972 THE LETH3RIDOE HERALD 27 ON THE HOOF Agriculture Minister H. A. (Bud) Olson examines a calf which was transferred as an embryo from ihe wo nb of one cow into the womb of a foster mother. The technique was developed by the department of agriculture at its animal disease research inslitue in Hull, Quebec. The department hopes the technique con be used to increase the number of offspring from genetically superior cows. Clipping service offered by Information Canada OTTAWA (CP) Canada apparently is ready to launch a new electronic-driven news monitoring service for a supply clienls wilh about clip- pings a day. There will also be less expen- sive services, al and a year. An "internal working docu- distributed by Informa- tion Canada to other govern- ment departments, outlines the row automated information monitoring service which will use "the most advanced meth- ods in optical character read- ing, radio, television, magnetic recording, electrochemistry, mi- crofilming, cybernetics, laser and related fields." The program obviously is a far cry from the standard news- paper clipping services. FAST AND DIRECT "Two hours after publication the summarized contents of al- most all Canadian daily news- papers dealing with federal gov- ernment affairs nnd other devel opments if national interest will he on microfilm. Through fac- simile transmission a complete copy of any item included in tho summary regularly supplied to clienls will bo available in minutes from any field monitor- ing station. "Audio facsimile o[ radio and TV reports can be re transmit- ted to a client by telephone 30 minutes after a request has been received." The working document says the automated information mon- itoring service, to be known as AIMS, will combine "an effcc-1 live learn of cross-country ob- servers with an Ollawa-bascd staff nf specialists lo service members of Pnrlknnenf and subscribing government depart- ments, agencies, commissions nnd corporations wilh special- ized in audio, video and print tailored lo individual needs." This apparenlly is I be fcconrt phapn of Information Cnnndn's development. Vi'lion it ivns founded yc.'irs apo. ils .'in- nouncerl plans were In loll n.i- nfldiajis about government. an- tivilies and mtoiviiatirm from across if'o 'Me hands of government. MEETING NOW Information Canada officials now are meeting information of- ficers of government depart- ments lo explain Iho proposrd new monitoring service rmd 'o gather information on the exat-l needs of prospective riicnl.s, Tho. working dorumc'iit says Ihe objective cif AIMS ''is lo systematically survey press, radio nnd TV for news content, editorial content, lellcrs lo the rdilor, special columns, nnd public nffnirs programs on topics of national infeiT.st or pcrtniiiiiig lo nnv fcflcrnl pov- c r n m c n t personality, policy, program or fuiu'lion." There seems lo be lillle. Mini the AIMS program, wilh its cen- tral computer system, can't do. Two hours after newspapers, TV and radio stations produce items, they will be in the na- tional monitoring centre in Ot- tawa in abstract form. The pro- gram eventually will include all daily newspapers, along with and selected maga- a day, Information weeklies zincs. Twice Canada will furnish clienls vilh an alphabelical compilalion of all abslracled items, a list of all subjects covered and a statisti- cal report on the main slories carried in lhat period. This sta- lislical report will include the origin of news items, the fre- quency of use, and the five major stories carried coast to coast. Chinese face the perils of liberalism SINGAPORE The harsh an on rcvolulionary art and lit-1 lo enable "all people In Iho days ui uunitii uuimy uu: cul- uiutuiv, uiuiiuiciiL amuumic worlt' tural revolution, when a hero- ine of the long march and wife of a Chinese Marshal could be pilloried as a "bourgeois reac- lionary" by the Red guards for keeping chrysanthemums in two ornamental pols, are part of the long past in Peking today. China is loosening up, liber- alising life itself from prim, pro- letarian monotony. Revolution is no longer interpreted as a popular urge to "eat dishes with the same flavour, wear clothes with the same style, dress the hair in the same man- ner." There should be a greater variety nf things to eat, rules the official Press, "simple and elegant" new "good-looking" style clothes, hair styles. Cultoned-up Mao jackets may be the rage in New York, but Chinese officials going abroad are beginning lo lake lo city suits. Like an old lag narrowing his eyes in the sharp sunlight as the gates close on his last prison sentence, the wary Chi- nese finds himself once more facing the temptations of limit- ed freedom lhat could trap him into earning his next. INTELLECTUAL HIT The peril is particularly acute for the inlellectual. He is no longer safely confined to mem- orising the thoughts of Mao. If he takes a calculated risk he can read classics like Ihe hilar- ious and irreverent Chinese pil- grim's progress ihp.l Arthur Waley Iranslated for the west as MONKEY, cr DREAM OF THE RED CHAMBER, the great 18th-century sociological novel whose controversial Marxist in- terpretation provcked a major purge in 1955, or the first new Chinese translation for nearly SO years of Thomas Huxley's Evo- lution And Ethics. The establishment itself Is calling nol only for readable works that will popularise his- tory and science, but for popu- lar edilions of Ihe Communist operas so ferociously ediled by the implacable Madame Mao in Ihe sixlies. The arts are still weapons of Communist propo- ganda, "culture" as conceived by Mao, who believes in using "the pen in attack, the gun for defence." The stage must still reflect Ihe Party plattorm and Madame Mao's "model plays" must still be taken as shining examples by all. Neverthless, new false horizons beckon. On Ihe eve of Ihe 30th anni- versary of Ihe Chairman's his- loric pronouncements in Yen- UlUdUlCtlL have been encouraged not world to exert their slrength In Ihe full, saw millions publicly humiliated, thrown out of w pcnct to adapt these model operas creative and posit i v and "sent down to the local popular art form, lo pool their thoughls lo expiale to be "daring" enough lo from each olher or duce new plays, drawing media of free discussion necessary on ancient order lo accelerate the has been said lhal Ihe and even foreign literature. of socialism." Mao China Ihe only one is officially reported lhat that all polemics must recognises when he staged "a lolal of 100 within the world by uttering this menlal works of creative framework of Marxism, word in mixed during the Hupeh Arts thai if olher ideas a deity with 800 million in March Ihe debate "we are of souls, and the CLASS lhat this is oi no in Peking But how far can they go? He was confidenl now placate it is official press and radio has logic must far loo many of Ihem the same lime bitterly was not ready, and distrustful. those "class enemies" in the accelerating from their provinces who have angry dissent that the cultural and "maliciously upon the Chinese urgerrily needed today Madame Mao's approved Party from those educate the young, and ras by slipping in feudal taken him at his word tossed oul o[ Iheir disguised as modem to say and write bul urgently needed aries and by introducing thoughl. His reaction to administer the eois Iwisls lo the plot, long relayed. Within have in many cases mental love scenes, dubious China had been from returning to H ties and other odious a "rectification had proved politically revolulionary gimmicks and an and made them the misguided aim of Ihe state council to vicious the show entertaining. new legislation now writers and whom the snake has once to "labor custody" saw almost everything avoids the tall t h indiscreet among the been set in print M Chinese say, and Ihere of China found reviled, condemned something almost sinister fulfilling a variety of to ashes are l m stmstful minds about t h tasks from according to Honan stress laid last month in university lavatories in that "cultural aclivity vincial China on the neced to hauling timber in difficult and let "a hundred flowers reform camps in the to and a hundred schools thought contend" as they had bitlen, the canny cautious attilude is the Hupeh tried to avoid the as "poisonous" and Mao first used this old but he was trick of the nese saying in May 1956. rough political class." Proletarian he introduced a new policy the early sixties the "must never stand intellectual freedom in China claimed many more for fear of making order, as he said for ideological But Chinese who are They the real thing. Coca-CoU ind Coke are rendered Irade marks which ider.lify tioning, and the cultural rev- horted lo write popular ridenllf. ic works remember what hap- pened in the sixties to those who h i n t c A that technology might be as Importanl as tht thought of Mao. They see them- selves accused in their turn day of "b.king a slavish alti- lude laivards Ihe foreign philos- ophies" of a mechanised west, and in some cases they have slopped reading lechnical works allogelher, just to be on thi safe side with the Maoists. the man who ia asked to write popular history remembers hapless colleagues who were damned as revision- ists for "dishing up a series of so-called history books lauding emperors, kings and generals." Novelists remember other elists who were axes for their "reactionary novels dissemi- nating the bourgeois style of liv- ing" and dramatists remember Wu Han who "used the past to satirise the present" in a nlay about an imperial mandarin dismissed from office by an un- just emperor. This piece was taken lo be a personal attack on Map, and the author earned distinction of being Uie first victim of the cultural rev- lUtion. The irony of it all is that the new power-holders under their effective and pragmatic leader, Premier Chou En-lai are almost certainly quile slraight for- ward in Iheir desire to alise the arts as well as the clothes, hair-slyles and Ihe na- lional menu of China within limits lhat Socialism permils. Here's your HOTor Itj T1 Engineering Beauty and function get together at your Dodge HQ. Dodge Monaco and Polara for '72, identical in size, both ride on the big 122" wheelbase, but slightly different in appointments. 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