Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 13, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE UTHBRIDGE HERALD Wednesday, 13, 1972- Anlhony Wcsitdl Hearts of hamburger A funny thing happened at London's Gatwick' airport the other day. A party of 100 American tourists tmabla to get home because their chartered flight was cancelled, staked them- selves out in the airport lounge. They said they had no money for food, none- for hotel accommodation and certainly none to spend on a sched- uled flight home. A delegation from the stranded group appealed to the U.S. embassy for help but the American diplomats in London didn't liave a farthing available. The British, embarrassed at the prospect of starving Ameri- cans on English soil, issued social se- curity vouchers to cover the emer- gency. It wasn't the government's gener- osity that caused criticism in the British press. After all, they reasoned, the cost was only around What really rankled was that diplomatic representatives of the richest coun- try on earth, were unable to deal with a relatively minor emergency involving their own countrymen. British consular officials are author- ized to act on their own initiative in such circumstances. They find beds, food, and so on, during the time it takes to solve the problem. Canadian consular officials do the same. The British allow consular or em- bassy officials in cases of "extreme distress" to provide transportation home for stranded nationals. When such an individual lands in Britain, he surrenders his passport, which is returned to him when his debt is paid. Canadian officials cannot issue re- turn tickets to stranded travellers without permission from Ottawa, which in most cases presents few dif- ficulties. The Americans got home eventual- ly, thanks to an independent British airline which figured the publicity was worth it. Prior to their depar- ture they were housed and fed on the avails of hamburger. No doubt altruism in the form of hamburgers will pay off too. Raise the flag in praise of Wimpy's the meat patty with real heart! Discouraging results A depressing little news item came over the wire the other day. It announced the adjournment of the 1972 session of the 25-nation Gen- eva Disarmament Conference, "with no new arms control measures." First convened in 1962 with seven- teen member nations, ostensibly all eager for disarmament, the Confer- ence has been meeting now for ten years, and sadly this is by no means the first annual session in which little or nothing tangible has been accomplished. If memory serves correctly, it took the conferees sev- eral years to find acceptable diction for a disappointingly mild statement on nuclear weapons, the endorsation of which said little more than that the signatories generally disapprov- ed the proliferation of nuclear arms. It took not quite so long to agree that at least the ocean floor should lie free of weapons of mass destruc- tion. Back in 1968, having finally gone as far as the member nations seem- ed inclined to go on the matter of nuclear weapons, the Conference turned to chemical and biological warfare. It is still there, and with results for the first four years de- liberations as set out in the opening paragraph above. It is not our intention to berate those who are earnestly, doggedly pressing for disarmament. Rather, we would praise them for perserver- ing in the face of almost hopelessly discouraging intransigence on the part of a few powerful nations, in- cluding some who are participants in the Conference. But surely no responsible person or institution can pretend to be pleas- ed by the progress being made, or by the results to date. Passion for big things Libya's President Muammar Qad- dafi has come flat out in praise of the Arab heroes (in his view) for their splendid handiwork at Munich. This lends credence to charges that a substantial chunk of Libya's two bil- lion a year oil revenue goes to the cause dearest to his heart, a cause which has little to do with the wel- fare of poverty stricken Libyans. He is a militant nationalist, who wants most of all to organize a pan-Arab offensive to crush Israel by any means. Support for the Black Septem- ber movement is one of those means. A Western diplomat in Tripoli is reported as saying that Qaddafi has "a romantic view1 of the world." He might have added that the Lib- yan leaders's conception of romance is a good deal like that of Adolf Hitler's. It's called megalomania, which the Oxford dictionary defines as an "insanity of self exaltation, a passion for big things." ANDY RUSSELL King of mountain shies PEW tilings one can observe in the wilds can so adequately describe freedom and complete mastery of its ele- ment like a golden eagle. These big birds are the living picture of wonderful adapta- tion to their surroundings. They nest high among the crags where rough and rocky cliffs and minarets overlook vast stretches of rugged mountain wilderness, and travel the sky road on wings that measure seven feet or more from Up to lip. Although the bald eagle sometimes has a wider span of wings, the golden is the largest and heav- iest of North American predatory birds. Bert Riggall and I were once climbing Beehive Peak away up near the head of the Oldman River on the Contincotal Div- ide. Within a few minutes of the crest, feet above seal level, we saw a big golden eagle peel off the edge of a cloud high overhead to come in a sizzling dive down past us wilh the wind roaring in its pinion feathers. It shot past us with wings half closed like a Javelin at a speed close to one hundred fifty miles per hour. Away down in the valley below it struck something on the ground. Through our bin- oculars we could see it tearing something among some down logs near timberline. Later, when we had climbed back down to our horses, I rode to the place and found a scattering of blue grouse feathers all that remained of a big cock it had killed. Few birds have belter protective coloring than a grouse, or more built-in ability to make use of it. The quality of eyes re- quired to spot this kind of prey at such range can belong only to an eagle. The golden eagle is circum-polar in its range, variations of the species being found around the world in the northern hemis- phere. At some time in its past history it has credited with carrying away small children. Though highly unlikely, maybe some young shepherdess left her newborn baby laying on top of a rock while she rounded up straying sheep where it was picked up by an eagle, and so a folk- tale began. Normally, an eagle cannot lilt more than tix or seven pounds and fly away with it. Newsmen's role in an election campaign QTTAWA There was a me- morable occasion d u r ing Ihe 1568 election when the Lib- oral planners took advantage of the fact that there is a hour lime difference across Canada to squeeze that many extra hours of campaigning into the day, making it in effect a 281i hour day. They started Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau off in New- foundland bright and early in the morning, flew him to Mon- treal for the afternoon, hustled him on to Winnipeg to announce lu's farm policy at a special press conference and delivered him in Penticton, B.C. for a tour of the town before the sun went down in the evening. We reporters travelling with Trudeau were so tired and dis- gruntled by the time we reach- ed Penticton that we insisted that our bus driver ignore the Prime Minister's cavalcade and lake us straight to our hotel. I recall another day during the 1965 campaign when the re- porters covering John Diefen- baker were persuaded to dis- embark from his comfortable campaign train at a stop just outside Saskatoon, one cool, fall evening. We thought we were covering a local rally, and by the timo we discovered that in fact we were going to spend five hours on a school bus to make a swing through the metropolis of Wadena, Sask., the train was already moving out of the lion and we couldn't run fast enough with our bags to catch it. Those who made the trip awarded each' other the Wade- na wound stripe. Diefenba- ker didn't need it because he slept most ot the way stretch- ed out in the back of a station wagon and was fit and refresh- ed ths next day when most oE us were sore and growly. It's days like this that news- men remember when they gos- sip about past election cam- paigns, because most of tlie time spent travelling with the national political leaders is just a blur. One 15-hour day merges into next, wilh each night spent in a strange hotel in a different town. One speech is much like another, one rally in a shop- ping plaza tells it all, whether it is in Toronto or Montreal or Vancouver. As the weeks go by and fa- tigue increases, the chartered jet or the private rail coach be- comes a second home, a fam- iliar retreat from the real world (lashing by. Camaraderie I once saw an eagle strike and kill a full grown jackrabbit, but it could not get it off the ground. While I watched a coyote streaked in to hi-jack the rabbit. A few minules later I fell heir to Oie rabbit when I shot the coyote for its pelt. That rabbit weighed exactly nine pounds. Another time I saw a golden eagle strike and kill one of my mother's tame geese, but was un- able to fly away with it, though it tried. I'drove the eagle off and we enjoyed an unplanned goose dinner. Ordinarily, the eagle's prey is ptarmigan, grouse, hares and groundsquirrcls the latter being the most common. Occasional- ly one learns how to strike big game such as goats and sheep on a narrow ledge along a cliff face, knocking the animal off into space and thus killing it, Many the time I have seen eagles planing along at low level hunting their most common prey, the ground squirrel, by making use of folds in the ground to approach. One time in Alaska we located a golden eagle's nest, and by exercising some fancy climbing lo- cated a movie camera within a hundred feet of it. The nest was a huge affair built of sticks and obviously several years old. It was built on the top of a pinnacle mid had one fledgeling half grown young one in It. From our precarious perch in a natural blind we could see into the nest and also down across a vast stretch of tundra flats on the head of the Thoroughfare River. There we watched the parent birds hunt and kill ground squirrels. But in spile of spending many hours in the blind, the eagles were aware of us and refused to land in the nest while we were there. They compromised by shooting down froru above and behind us, hidden by the mountain until right over our heads, and tossing their prey to the fledgeling. We saw them do this several times and their accuracy was good for they never missed. All we got for our trouble was considerable footage of blue sky where eagles had recently been, for there was no way we could anticipate their ar- rival. We marvelled at their speed and agility on (he wing, but were completely frustrated. "Yuh never know he could just bear-ly develops among the newsmen who are sharing the work and the tun, the political excite- ment and the free liquor lliat flows everywhere, and tho sense of being privileged spec- tators of great events. So what does it matter how reporters fare and feel? It matters to the extent that what Trudeau and Robert Stan- field and David Lewis say dur- ing this campaign will be rath- er less important than how they are reported. During six or seven weeks of campaigning, they will have a larger au- dience, but the candidate will be in control of the medium and their message only during a few-time broadcasts or paid for advertising spots. For most of the campaign, they will be in the hands of journalists. Television and radio news- men will clip 30 seconds or a minute from a meeting that may run an hour or two hours. Newspaper reporters will sum- marize what they consider in- teresting and important, which may be quite different from what the candidate intended to convey. By the end of the campaign, the images that the voters have of Trudeau, Stanfield, Lewis and the rest will have been formed very largely by the me- dia by those newsmen hur- tling between Newfoundland and British Columbia, with side tri ps to Wadena, typing their stories on their knees or dictat- ing them over an airport tele- phone wlille keeping an eye on the jet warming up for the next hop, tired, disorientated, re- mote from the real world and developing their own collective view of what the election is all about and how the candidates are shaping up. The system, I suspect, pro- duces curious distortions of the democratic process. The press did not invent Trudeaumania in the last election, as is some- times alleged, but those of us who travelled with' the Prima Minister in 1968 came to look upon him as a winner and this surely influenced the way in which we wroie about his cam- paign, the camaraderie aboard the plane, allowed little time or encouragement for reflective, independent judgment. The collective view aboard the Robert Stanfield plane was that he was a loser, and that af- fected not only the reporters, but the Conservative leader himself and his staff. Flying home to Halifax at the end o! the campaign, when the press could do him no more good or liarm, Slanfield had a couple of drinks and came out from be- liiiicl his reserve to let the re- porters know how ho felt about them, revealing for the first time the sharpness of his wit. In his campaign, the roles may be reversed; Stanfield's rela- tions with the press are better than Trudeau's. A case can be made that dur- ing the 1865 election the press deprived Prime Minister Lester Pearson of the majority he was seeking by raising an entirely phony issue in the last days of the campaign. Visiting a Liberal candi- date's committee room in To> ronto, Pearson made a few off- the-cuff remarks in which he urged the volunteers to get out and elect their man because If the Liberals didn't get a ma- jority there would be another election within a year or so. And who wanted another election, asked Pearson in a voice filled with pain and pro- test. But it did not come out that way in the flat prose of a news service report. Pearson says another election unless Liberals get majority. It could be construed as a threat, and it was by the Conserva- tives and NDP. The newsmen covering Pear- son were flying from Toronto to the west coast and were out of touch with their offices as a storm of reaction, comment and criticism rose around the report of the innocent remark in Toronto. By the time they landed In Vancouver late that night, un- aware that anything had hap- pened, the so-called Pearson threat was a full-blown nation- al issue, and it made headlines for the rest of the campaign. So is history made, or at least nudged. Who knows what phony Is- sues may spring tip to in- fluence this campaign, or what moods will develop among the tired, travelling reporters who have to try to make sense out of a rush of faces and facts and places and crowds and speech- es and rumors. But this time around, I don't plan to go to Newfoundland or Winnipeg or Wadena or Pentic- ton to try to find the truth. I'm going to stay at homo and see what, it looks like from this perspective. (Toronto Star service) Bruce Hutchison Philosophy behind Social Credit anything but dead A FTEE its defeat in British Columbia, Premier Longh- ccd of Alberta was quoted as saying that Social Credit liad finally died throughout West- ern Canada. In an electoral sense this may well be true. In a sense more important than elections it certainly is not true. For the only significant idea in Social Credit is not only alive and healthy but growing everywhere, in all political par- ties. Mr. Lougheed will live to regret his premature funeral oration. When the late Major C. H. Douglas visited British Colum- bia some 40 years ago he could not have imagined that here, of all places, his wonderful new invention would bring a then unknown man, W. A. C. Ben- nett, to office and 20 years of power. He could not imagine, either, that Mr. Bennett, using Its label, would regard the whole Douglas theory with pri- vate contempt and substitute a theory of his own, with ex- traordinary results, good and bad. Yet so it turned out, until the so-called Social Credit gov- ernment was succeeded by a government of so-called social- ism. When three of its four gov- ernments are now socialist, at least in label, we can safely forget the myth that Western Canada stands on the right wing of politics, struggling despcr- alely against a left-wing gov- ernment at Ottawa. And when tin; West produced all the suc- cessful movements of radical- ism the Progressive party, the several farmer govern- ments, the CCF and Social Cre- dit there never was much in the myth anyhow. But there was, and is, a lot in Social Cre- dit, even if it has died as a party. Major Douglas, who seemed to me an earnest, rather smug gentleman, had solved, or so he supposed, the economic riddle of the ages by strict en- gineering methods. A Scottish engineer, he built on paper a Just Society before Pierre Trudeau reached high school. With slide-rule and logarithims he achieved his ultimate tri- umph by proving that there was never enough money, or credit, in the public's hands to buy the products of modern in- dustry and called his great dis- covery the A plus B Theorem. That fact established, he pro- posed the simple remedy creating sufficient credit through the banking system. In those days of unnecessary de- pression he was quite right about the need for more pub- lic purchasing power, and the existing governments, econo- mists and business managers who denounced him were quite wrong, not to say crazy. To be sure, Major Douglas was also wrong in assuming that the output of goods usually exceeded the money required to buy them, since tho opposite had occurred throughout his- tory. Besides, his neat blueprint for the management of credit and society entire was soon proved fallacious, even in his own mathematical terms. While his Social Credit could easily be discredited by any mathematician, his demand for more money in circulation was sponsored by more respectable economists, including the fa- mous Maynard Keynes. Start- ing with Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal, the first clumsy Keynesian break-through, the theory that inflation could cure all human without doing any harm, became the doctrine of every democratic govern- ment in the world. Major Douglas had thus erred In detail. His plan to regulate society without any regulation was impossible. His brave dream faded at last even in Al- Kangeroo killer By Don Oakley, NBA Service ADD the kangaroo to the list of animals facing extinc- tion at the hand of man. And it's largely the fault of the United States (as what isn't these Or so claims Marian Newman, Washington co-ordinator of The Fund for Animals, Inc. The United States, she says, imports between and a million kangaroo pells yearly which are processed into sad- dles, riding boots, furniture up- holstery, whips and other such commodities. In addition, millions of dol- lars worth of kangaroo prod- ucts are brought back by American tourists, and Ameri- can hunters visiting Australia are permitted to shoot kangar- oos in almost unlimited num- bers. One U.S. pet food manu- facturer canned pounds of kangaroo meat in Australia as an experiment. Secretary of Ihe Interior Rogers Morton could immedi- ately remove a major economic incentive for the killing of these animals by placing them on the Endangered Species List, which would ban further imports, says Newman. No doubt the secretary could do this, and no doubt it have a strikingly beneficial re- sult, at least from the kangar- oos' viewpoint. But who Is it that permits American companies to import hundreds of thousands of kan- garoo skins? Who permits hunt- ers to slaughter Ihe poor beasts? Last we heard, Australia had a sovereign government wilh the power to pass laws, a government which is almost passionately protective of others of its unique animal species, like the little koala bear. If Australia considers the kangaroo to be a pest, there isn't much Americans may be able lo do about it. Skin game Ottawa Citizen T'VEN wilh nude female forms around, in the mov- ies and magazines ami on the beaches, male attention is still most attracted by scantily-clad females. So a store in Birmingham, Alabama, announced that the first female who walked into the store in the nude would bo given a free TV set. Lo, before long, Sanguinetta Williams rushed into the store with nothing on. She won the color TV set, hut Hie store own- ers weren't liappy. Sanguinetta Williams is 16 months old, bevla and British Columbia, where only the name and leg- end of Social Credit remained under orthodox conservative governments. Nevertheless, the cure-all of abundant money has also re- mained long after Major Doug- las is forgotten. It is embedded so deeply In all parties and, more importantly, in the pub- lic's subconscious mind, that the defeat of two Social Credit governments does not alter it in the least, If anyone doubts this fact, let him consider the federal el- ection now under way. Where is the party or leader willing to question the basis ot the Doug- las theory? What politician of any stature is ready to admit that perhaps unlimited money will not solve every problem after all? Who is bold enough to say that a nation cannot keep raising Its production costs without raising its prices? And who will confess the final truth that no party in Canada yet knows how to tame the two- headed monster of inflation and unemployment without using direct controls which all part- ies indignantly reject? Looking Through The Herald 1922 Preparations are now under way for the Taber school fair which is to be held at the Barnwell schoolhouse. 1032 Arriving at Lcth- bridge by car on Monday eve- ning, the llth Earl of Egmont and his bride who was Anne Oeraldine Augusta, daughter of Dr. D. G. Moodie of Calgary have been guests at the Mar- quis Hotel. Social Credit, of course, Is not responsible for the monster. Parties much more powerful, and economists much more dis- tinguished than Major Douglas, Tinleashed it in the first place, and Keynes, the most distin- quished of them all, realized before his death why his pan- acea had gone wrong. It had gone wrong not because it was unsound but because no govern- ment had the courage to force it according to his plan to apply the economic brakes when necessary, in- stead of the accelerator. Keynes, as a genius, under- stood economics, but he over- estimated both the politicians and the people. In bad times the people were patient, far too patient, and heroic. In good times they demand more wealth than they produce and the politicians guarantee to de- liver R. Such Is the nature o( tilt present Canadian election and If Social Credit has died as a political force ils original notion the notion of easy an- swers to hard questions still flourishes, wilh no personal credit to Major Douglas. (Herald Special bureau) backward A pretty American singer Mary Ellen Hughes, stage name Marilyn Wil- liams, is "tvowing" British desert fighters and winning their praise for 'her courage under fire. 1052 Lethbridge music lov- ers will have the opportunity on Thursday of hearing the famous Cabin Boys Quartette of Portland, Ore. at the Lclh- bridge Collegiate Institute audi- torium. The Lcthlnimic Herald 501 7th St. S., Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD LTD., Proprietors and Publisher! Published 1905-1054, by Hon. W. A. 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