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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 23, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE UrilBRIDGE HERAID Monday, November 23, 1970 Bruce Hutchison Football specialty The dramatic turnabout is a foot- ball specially. Until yesterday it scented to be" the lot of the Calgary Slampeders lo be on the losing end of lite turnabouts. Not many people would have been willing to wager confidently on a Cal- gary victory as the game drew to a close. The Stampeders appeared to be playing true to form when they lost the" ball on a fumble just as victory hail become a distinct possibility. Some sort of justice seerns to have been realized in the Calgary team coming through in the final seconds to win instead of losing as lias been the case so often. Perhaps now the Stampeders can make their specialty the big play that results in victory instead of loss. Television commentators suggested that the atrocious playing conditions in yesterday's game might give a big boost to the promoters of Edmon- ton's all-weather sports complex. But there are alternatives to having to play football games in blizzards. For one thing, the season for football could be started sooner and ended earlier. Another possibility would be to have playoffs between only the two top teams and advance the season end. It is somewhat ironic (hat so many Canadians, in this era of growing na- tionalism, can get so worked up at this time of year over a largely Amercian game in which American performers predominate! Some com- fort was provided, of course, in the fact that yesterday's hero, Larry Robinson, is a Canadian. Anyway, congratulations are in order for the Calgary Stampeders for winning the right of representing the West in what lias become a Canadian event the Grey Cup game. Go Stamps Go.' The silent people A great deal has been said in re- cent months about the restoration of calm in the Peoples' Republic of China, but there is one immense prov- ince and an autonomous republic which has not been heard from out- side the mainland for nearly a year. Szeclnvan. with a reported popula- tion of 80 million, and an area larger than the state of Texas, was last heard from by radio almost exactly a year ago. The world has heard nothing either, from the autonomous province of Tibet, taken over by force by the Chinese. The Dalai Lama, spir- itual leader of Tibetan Buddhists, fled the country in 1959 and is now living in Dharmsala, India. The Chi- nese supported Panchen Lama, who has been the spiritual leader of Tibetans, since the Dalai Lama's es- cape, disappeared a year ago and has not been heard from since. Early this Fall, a representative of the Dalai Lama told the UN that the sparse news from Tibet's capital Lhasa, told of public trials, tortures and execu- tions of the people. Both Szechwan and Tibet, remote from Peking's authority have a long history of resistance to oppression. It was to Chungking, the largest city in Szechwan, that Chiang Kai-shek retreated when the Japanese advance threatened to annihilate his forces. The suspicion is that large numbers of Tibetans who still resist Chinese oppression have been moved into Szechwan, and the Chinese are be- ing sent from Szechwan to replace them. It is an effective form of politi- cal and social genocide. In a recent, and rare interview with the associate dean of environmental studies at York University, the Dalai Lama said that he had a good "chain of communication" with Lhasa. He reported that young Tibetans who have been sent to China for political indoctrina t i o n and administrative training in the Chinese system, still resist Communism on their return to Tibet. This was particularly true dur- ing the cultural revolutions when monasteries were desecrated and the Buddhist way of life vilified. Indoctrination of the young, it seems, lias only' increased the resis- tance in this case. No one knows for sure, except those on the spot, what is going on in these landlocked populous lands. In this case, no news is bad news. There must be something going on that Peking does not want to expose to the world. One wonders what would have been the reply of the Chinese delegate to the UN if there were one when the Dalai Lama's ac- cusations were brought before the Assembly. This is another and very cogent reason for urging the inclu- sion of the Peoples' Republic into the UN a left handed one perhaps, but powerful just the same. Buchwald i WASHINGTON No one talks about It much but the United States of Ameri- ca has become hooked on bad news. It's gotten so bad that if people don't get their fix of bad news every day, they become anxious, neurotic and even suicidal. Dr. Felix Hamburger Is trying to treat people who have become addicted to bad news, and I visisted his clinic the other day. He told me, in his office, "Our studies indicate that 90 per cent of the population more than 12 years old has an abnormal craving for bad news. Tills compares to 20 years ago, when only 30 per cent was on the stuff." "How do you explain I asked. "Thanks to television, fast communica- tions and new rotary presses, bad news has become available to everyone. You can find it in any bar, on any school street comer, on your radio at home. All you have to do is buy a newspaper or read a magazine, and you'll get a dose of bad news. The worst part ot it is that the hu- man body builds up a tolerance to bad news, and people have to have larger and larger doses to supply their habit. "The pushers, everyone from govern- ment officials to newspapermen, know this, and vast sums of money are beteg made now from bad news." "But why don't they pass legislation out- lawing bad I said. "Because Americans have built up an Insatiable appetite for anything that will' depress them. You cut off the bad news supply in this country and everyone will go into As we were talking, a nurse ran into the room. "Buctor, Doctor, come right away, Mc- Cauiey is going berserk." We ran the hall into the ward. Two male attendants were holding Mc- Caulcy's arms. "Doc, give me a he was crying. "Please Doc, just one little shot of bad news." Dr. Hamburger said sternly, "McCauley, when you came here you asked us to cure you. You said you wouldn't take any more bad news, that you had had it. We can't cure you if you keep asking for it." "But I didn't know what it would be like to do without bad news, I can't stand it, Doc. Please, let me have a couple of pages of Time magazine, an Agnew speech, anything, Doc." "That's what you said yesterday, Mc- Cauley. We let you watch! the 6 o'clock TV news. If we keep giving in, you'll never lack the habit." "Doc, a headline. Just give rne a head- line. Any headline. I promise, tomorrow I won't ask for any more." Dr. Hamburger studied McCauley's chart at the end of the bed. "All he said to the nurse, "give him the country's un- employment figures for October." The nurse went to the medicine cabinet and took out a newspaper clipping and let MeCauley read it. He started to relax; he didn't fight the attendants any more. Greedily, he took in every word. "Oh, my! Oh, he cried. "It feels so good." We left McCauley reading and re-reading the clipping. "As you can said Dr. Hamburger, "we rion't have as much success as we'd like to. The trouble in thus country is that if we Just had to deal with the problem of genuine bad news, we would be all right. But, obviously, there is not enough genuine bad news to go around, so the dealers have been manufacturing synthetic bad news and mixing it the genuine stuff. Most Americans have become so de- pendent ou bad news that they can't tell the difference between the two." "What's Ihe "The synclhclic bad news can really give someone a bad trip. Bad news has a mysterious chemical reaction, and anyone who becomes exposed lo enough of it can become bad news himself." (Toronto Telegram News Service) They ivill likely starve By Dong Walker I'JAVIi Elforrt Is having a turn at trying lo cook (or himself and his sons Larry ami Leslie. The head cook of the. Elford household, Joyce, is in St. Michael's Hospital. Having once been sentenced to several months of cooking for our brixxl, I was interested to compare notes, volun- locral Hie information that one of (heir hoys had said (here had only been two good meals in Hie Klford house in two or three weeks' time! "It's a funny said Dave, musing on the difficulty of finding acceptable food, "that whatever 'K1 hoys were brought up on .seems lo have gone out of existence." No pat solutions to man's frustrations COME three centuries ago, after the great fire of Lon- don, someone asked a busy stone mason what he was doing. "I'm helping Sir Chris- topher the mason said, "io I'uilu a cathedral." Recent- ly Time magazine put a simi- lar question to a striker at the General Motors plant in Tarry- town, N.Y. "Do you know what I the striker replied. "I fix seven bolts. Seven bolls! Day in and day out, the same seven holts. What do I think, about? Raquel Welch." Doubtless Miss Welch is a fascinating subject for men to think about while they earn a livelihood but there are other subjects perhaps equally im- portant. Among them is the dif- ference of mind between Wren's stone mason and Gen- eral Motors' bolt fixer. By every material standard the mason was a desperately poor man and yet, somehow, reasonably content. He was fixing a stona but that work was inci dental to another, larger work. Not merely the chiseled stone but some part of the mason would go into the cathedral, before men had discovered that God was dead. The mason, In short, was more than one of Wren's hired laborers. He was the partner of the great architect in a joint work, enjoyed by both. And both were thinking about a mighty symbol in stone, not about Miss Welch, or her pre- decessors. Anyhow, the mason took sa- tisfaction in his own special craft, the completed product of his hands, as Wren took satis- faction in the concepts of his mind that soon soared up, all over London, in shapes even more sublime and permanent than those of a movie actress. The GM assembly-line work- er has no such rewards. He has only high wages and plenty of lesiure to escape the horror of daytime reality in the fantasies of television or, as Lenin would say, the latest opium for the people. Unfortunately, accord- ing lo Time's survey of the average f-Hory worker's mind, the opium doesn't work very well. It may soothe the mind with western fairy talcs, the legeral- vy of cowboys and Indians, and feed the bitter-sweet nostalgia that aches in every red-blooded American, including, by his own confession, the nation's contemporary president. At the same time, however, the worker sees, several times an hour, the cunmnr; commer- cials and they assure him that every American, red-blooded or anaemic, owns or should own by natural right, a second or third new automobile, an airplane ticket to Europe and a Roman bath tub with golden plumbing. Alas, he cannot buy them, though he h well paid for fix- ing an endless, stupefying suc- cession of suveu bolts, as awful as the seven deadly sins. Con- vinced by the pictures on the screen that most Americans, except himself, already possess these luxuries, or would pos- sess them if the economic sys- tem were fixed as efficiently as the bolls, the worker is na- turally envious, frustrated and sometimes violent. Strange thoughts surge under the hard hat of his daily job, along with the pulsating image of Miss Welch. Those thoughts, and many others, have interesting effects on North American so- ciety in what we loosely call a revolution. Whatever comes of the revo- lution we must surely recog- nize as its primary factor the impact of .the machine which was originally guaranteed to liberate man but has started to erect a new prison around his mind while his body has more freedom than eve'.'. The man, not the machine, should be blamed, of course, but in considering this most ob- vious of all (.lie psychological facts we must also recognize that the fixer of the seven bolls lias got lite mere physical and economic facts wildly confused. For in truth the total produc- tive machine of North Ameri- ca, wondrous and efficient as it is, cannot yet provide that fairy-tale standard of living displayed on the screen in every home tonight Expectations thus aroused are mathematically impossible at the moment and will remain impossible even when the ma- chine is greatly enlarged and finally perfected to the point where the worker fixes, say, only three bolts, or one, with his wages doubled or quad- rupled. Or if ths worker finally gets seven cars and every phy- sical thing that he can desire it will be at the cost of exhaust- ing the raw materials of the earth required for this purpose and his sons, or grandsons, will get much less. When some heretics ventured lo suggest, long ago, that the North American standard of living had been falling, though official proved the op- posite, such notions were re- garded, if regarded at all, as impractical and the heretics as ignorant of economies. Today, however, economists of the' bet- ter sort are secretly asking themselves whether their sci- ence, once perfected, can solva man's real problems after all, the problems of the seven bolls. As usual, the politicians are the last to catch with the rebellion against the bolts ivy- cause their profession, by its nature, seldom invest any- thing original but absorbs other men's ideas like a sponge and proclaims them as its own. Yet the practical politicians are learning quite fast these days that most of their practical solutions are absurdly imprac- tical when the man, not the machine, is the true object of the current revolutionary exer- cise. The trouble, In a word, is that the Wth century stone ma- son could help Wren build a cathedral in honor of God, but no assembly-line worker sup- poses, in his wildest Imagin- ings, that he helps General Mo- tors build an automobile in honor of the GNP. Instead-, he fixes seven deadly bolts, strikes for more pay, wins it and feels just as poor as be- fore. So he must be, through forces beyond" his control, as long as he can find no satisfac- tion in the work ot his hands, his mind and his heart. (Herald Special Service) An upcoming tourist attraction the changing of the picket on Citadel Hill Joseph Kraft Developments in the Middle East after Nasser WASHINGTON The hero- worshippers who equated the death of Col. Nasser with everything going smash in the Near East should take a sec- ond look. For the area as a whole is doing a slow un-burn. The internal political condi- tions for a partial settlement between Israel and the Arab states arc on the way lo being realized. And the reason is the absence of the disturbing per- sonality who used to dominate the area. While he lived, Col. Nasser disturbed the Near East in two ways. At home, his dreams of greatness required that the Egyptians be constantly wound Elbow room vital By Don Oakley, NEA Service TVO MAN is an island, wrote x John Donne in the century. No man can live in total isolation from his fellows, unaffected by what happens to the rest of humankind. The words are as true today as they were three centuries ago. But modern thinkers are discovering that a certain amount of insularity, of indivi- dual elbow room, is necessary for social health. One of them, anthropologist Edward T. Hall of Northwest- ern University, contends that just as human beings must have food, water and shelter, they require a certain amount of space in which to conduct their daily lives. He believes that the lack of that space may be a root cause of the social disorders in our crowded cities. An article in the autumn is- sue of Horizon magazine exam- ines Hall's arguments. Each organism, he says, "no matter how simple or complex, has around it a sacred bubble of space, a bit of mobile terri- toriality which only a few oilier organisms are allowed lo pene- trate and then only for short periods of time." The size and impenetrability of (lie bubble may vary Irom individual to individual ami from culture to culture. Bui something happens when the bubbles overlap in mir stress- ful and crowded urban centres. Sitjs Hall, "If a man's bubble is crushed, or denied, or pushed out of shape, ho suffers virtual- ly as much damage as though his body was crushed or dented or pushed out of shape." Recent studies indicate that there is a "physiological densi- ty control factor" in certain animals. For example, the periodic mass suicides of Scandinavian lemmings have been inter- preted as the direct result of stress caused by overcrowd- ing. Human overcrowding and urban disorders ars not new phenomena. The tenements of ancient Rome teemed as thick- ly as those of modern Harlem. But a greater, and growing, percentage of the population is now concentrated in cities than ever in history. The findings of the behavior- al scientists suggest that our slum-replacing, high rise hous- ing projects, which promote the ever-greater piling up of human beings, may not be a panacea for the old-new problems of so- cial disorganization, crimes of violence and breakdown of fam- ily tics. They suggest, at the very least, a close, hard look at urban renewal plans that ignore the "human bubble" factor. So they say I think his rhetoric is the best thing about him it's his ideas that disturb nie. Eugene McCarthy, commenting on Vive Presi- dent Spiro Agncw. tip lo a pitch of nationalistic fervor. The claims staked for Egypt inevitably set other Arab re- gimes agog. To sustain their own leadership and power, they were obliged to out-Nasser Nasser. But now Egypt is clearly easing off. The austerity mea- sures introduced after the six- day war to keep the populace on its toes have been ended. The blackout is over, and prices on consumer goods have been cut. The regime itself is speaking out in calmer accents. Prime Minister Mahmoud Fawzi, for instance, recently gave to the semi-official daily Al Ahram an interview that stressed the needs of the "or- dinary man" the text, in fact, used the Italian phrase, "uomp qtialquenque" as against, one assumes, the re- quirements of the hero. "We Mr, Fawzi said, "exert tremendous effort on the do- mestic side before things start looking up for us abroad." Koughly the same message is carried by the Egyptian de- cision to start negotiations for a confederation with Libya and the Sudan. Col. Nasser had long held off Libyan pressure for the tripartite scheme on the ground that it could achieve nothing real. The acceptance of the scheme now suggcsls that Egypt's new president Anwar al Sadat, is prepared to settle for the shadow rather than the substance of the domination Ms predecessor sought. With Egypt not forcing the nationalistic pace, other Arab regimes can also lay off a lit- tle. In Jordan, King Hussein lias felt able to install a dis- tinctly moderate, p r e-Western government tinder a new prinio minister, Wasfi Tell. Syria has curbed the far-out extremist leadership previously used to contest Cairo's claims to lead the Arab revolution. That is Ihe real meaning of the decision by the military slrong man, Hafex al-Assad, In place under house arrest the noisy radical firebrands, Pre- mier Nurredin al-Altassl and Maj.-Gen. Salah al-Jadid. And if the trend keeps up, Iraq should also see a weakening of the extreme ideological na- tionalists. With the underlying political push in the Arab mov- ing towards moderation, the Is- raelis can at least think se- riously about talking peace un- der .the auspices of the Uni- ted Nations mediator, Gunnar Jarring. There lies the logic of the recent dovish comment by Defence Minister Moshe Dayan that "tire war must be ended and there is only one way to do il: open the dialogue with the adversary and participate in the Jarring talks." It is true that the defence minister's remarks were some- what unsaid in a formal state- ment by the whole Israeli cabi- net. Now nobody seems to have a clear notion of what the Is- raelis have in mind. But Gen. Dayan is expected in Wasliing- ton the second week in Decem- ber. And the talks hers should at least yield a sense o! how far the Israelis are pre- pared to go in the matter of withdrawing troops as part of the general settlement. It is also true that dry leaves for burning still abound in tha Near East, The merest incident could touch off a return to the incendiary politics of the re- cent past. But Col. Nasser's passing has worked to deflate illusions and foster adjustment to realities. In that context, a settlement of ths Arab-Israeli dispute, however far off it may be, is for the first time in years something more than a gleam in the eye of the Secre- tary of State. (Field Enterprises, Inc.) Looking backward THROUGH TUB HERALD 1920 Bowling promises to take a larger part in winter sprfs this year than for some time. Three leagues will soon be organized at the Dominion AUeys and the YMCA besides those already running. July 1 next, Ca- nadians may be barred from Ihe U.S. as immigrants for a period of five years because of unemployment conditions. Netherlands lega- tion said Germany is making "careful imitations" of Brit- ish bombs, dropping them on Holland and then producing fragments as "proof" that the Royal Air Force was to blame. 1950 Prairie grain move- ment to the Lafcchead is lag- ging far behind oilier years and I960 will be down as one of the worst years since 1928 for storing damp grain. Low, a member of the Social Credit party since ils sweep in and national party leader for the past lli years, is stepping out of public life. The LetMmckje Herald 504 7th St. S., Lcthbridgc, Alberta LETUBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publishers Published 1005-1954, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Second Class Mali Rscjisfrallcrt No. 0012 Member of The Canadian Prtss srsd Canadian Daily Newspapsr Publishers' Association and the Audit of Circulations Cl-GO W. MOWERS, Editor and Publistier THOMAS H. ADAMS, General Manager JOS BALLA WILLIAM HAY Managing Editor Associate. Editor ROY F. MILES DOUGLAS K. WALKER AdverHsinci Manager Ediforriil Page Edilor "IHE HERAID SERVES THE SOUTH" ;