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Friday, Octobers, 1934
Those crazy guys at the Pentagon
have come up with another fresh
They were just wondering what they
could do with some of that extra money
President Reagan has been shuffling their
way. You can only take up so much slack
with $7,000 coffee makers it's under
standable. The military has spent a lot of money
investigating the possibility of "Star Wars"
defense. Now they're on to something
Jules Verne would love; "Nukes in the
Center of the Earth."
The Air Force wants the project, cleverly
titled a "Secure Reserve Force," so that
just in case our missiles in planes, silos
ana submarines are destroyed by a pre
emptive mega strike, we could still bomb
the heck out of the Russians.
They've spent $10 million researching
the project, and they plan to spend an
other $10 million this year. And they are
asking Congress for $20 million in 1986
for yet more research.
The plan is extraordinarily stupid, even
for the Air Force. It goes like this: In order
to supplement our nuclear armaments,
the Air Force would build an underground
base in the desert. It would be a 400-mile
network of subways 2,500 to 3,500 feet
below the surface. The base could survive
up to a year after a nuclear war.
Last Sunday, Carl Sagan had another
article in Parade magazine about the dan
gers of Nuclear Winter. The international
community of scientists have agreed that
even 1 percent of the world's nuclear
stockpile exploding would cause a nuclear
winter a global dust storm that would
lower the earth s temperature and block
out the sun long enough to decimate civil
ization, and possibly life as we know it.
If the Soviets could stop even one-half
of the missiles and bombs we have now,
the world still would be destroyed. The
Soviets could not destroy even half of our
nukes. We have enough on submarines
alone to hit every major Soviet city.
It's ridiculous to make more nuclear
weapons. Even if the Soviets had twice as
many as we do, we still have the same
advantage. Their attack would guarantee
their own destruction. Well always have
enough bombs to destroy the world it
doesn't matter if they hit Soviet soil
It's criminally stupid to drain the econ
omy researching a project that is not
needed. It would be even worse to spend
the $50 billion the Air Force estimates it
would cost. We are as strong as well ever
need to be. "Peace through strength," one
common justification for such madness,
has tp be one of the most asinine plati
tudes ever uttered. It sounds hauntingly
like "War is Peace."
What we need is "Peace through Sanity."
We need a freeze, then we need mutually
verifiable reduction of weapons.
Write your congressman and let him
know you're not one of the complacent
who will allow the pointless build-up to
and all practicing homosexuals should be gists." In part, the preamble says psy-
required to register and their movements chologists should strive for the preser-
should be tracked " vation and protection of tundamental
TheAPAdroppcdCameronforviolating human rights," and that psychologists
the preamble to the professional organi- should "respect the dignity and ftorth of
zation's "Ethical Principals of Psycholo- the individual
Kudos to the American Psychological
Association for dropping Lincoln psycholo
gist Paul Cameron from their ranks.
Cameron was in the news recently for
his comments about homosexuals. In a
speech in Maine, Cameron said homo
sexual men should be registered to avoid
a "modern-day plague" of AIDS. He said,
"Homosexual meeting areas should be
closed, gay baths and public parks taken
over by homosexuals should be closed
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Culture Center's renovation disguises more than buildin
hile driving down North painted on it, half-finished. .
1 6th Street the other dav.
At first I saw notnmg wrong
with the "renovation," which many
of you might determine is a good
thing. But upon realizing what
building it was, I was forced to
think further about the event.
Nothing is simple where the Cul
ture Center is concerned.
I noticed a very interest
ing sight there was a new-
looking building on the east side
of the street. I soon realized that
it was an old building with a new bol, covering up the ethnic pride
coat of paint and a catchy design symbols that were formerly on
Four things about this occur
rence bothered me: (1) it was
painted with a homogenized sym-
the building that made jt unique;
(2) it appears that the adminis
tration thinks the current Cul
ture Center will be around long
enough to warrant a new coat of
paint; (3) it appears the adminis
tration thinks the students have
forgotten that this is a temporary
site, no matter how cosmetically
appealing the outside may be; (4)
it makes a structure of question
able stability (according to a
physical plant report) look OK.
Let's consider each of my ap
Apprehension number one may
seem to be a minor one to most
people. What does it matter what's
on the outside of a building?
While a suggestion to have the
building painted may have been
to boost morale and promote a
new image for the center, it seems
there is an underlying, uncons
cious message. Painting over the
symbols may give new students
the impression that they should
be "just plain students, blending
in," the way the building does
The painting over a mural
that was but one way of exempli
fying the nature of the reaffir
mance within symbolizes a
deeper message: if you must be
"ethnic," do it under wraps, where
it can't distract others. If non
users of the center didnt know
what it wtis for before, they defi
nitely w on't be able to tell by look
ing at it now.
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