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Their engines are of two general types: steam and electrical. The electric engine is no real solution to the problem since the power to charge these batteries must be produced at a generating plant which produces the pollution instead of leaving it for the engine to produce. Also the electric engine emits significant amounts of ozone, a dangerous pollutant in its own right. The steam engines pioneered by William Lear seem to be the bright spot in the future of clean air. They are a vast improvement of the old Stanly Steamer type of engine which was actually quite a good engine. If the government was serious about pollution control, it would seem logical that it require the auto industry to research and develop an alternative to the interna] combustion engine. At present none of the big three car makers are doing any research in this area. They are, however, spending large sums to fight anti-trust suits over their production of emission-control devices. Presumably it would be tremendously expensive to re-tool the factories, so we're stuck with the ecologically obsolete engine as our only choice when buying a car. If everyone drove a car that got 30 miles to the gallon instead of 15, we could cut our automobile air pollution drastically and also help conserve our rapidly dwindling petroleum resources. (The oil companies, as self-appointed caretakes of a finite, non-renewable resource, would rather pump it all out today in preference of saving any of it for our grandchildren.) It is estimated by the Committee on Resources and Man of National Academy of Sciences that by the year 2010, forty years hence, 90% of the world's crude oil will have been used up. This is a conservative estimate and assures a diminished rate of use after 1980 due to scarcity. Perhaps if everyone bought a Volks-wagon for their next car instead of a domestic car, detroit might be convinced that it was to their advantage to develop and market a low-emission engine. With the $200.00 or so that each person saves (thereby fighting inflation) by not taking an ego trip on a gaudy pig, he could cure his inferiority complex with a good a-nalyst rather than feed it. Or, around the campus, one can ride a bicycle. The money saved on gas will pay for the bike, and the peddler will feel better for it, too. Pentagon doubles aide to Greece WASHINGTON. D.C. (LNS)-The Greek junta received $26 million worth of surplus military equipment from the Pentagon, above and beyond the $37 million already authorized by Congress for fiscal year 1969 it was learned today in a report leaked to Congressional circles here. This extra $26 million was granted in circumvention of the Congressional arms embargo imposed on Greece in 1967 as a response to the coup which overthrew the constitutional government of Prime Minister Papendreou and set up a right-wing military dictatorship in its place. The embargo, against "heavy" military items was never public ally defined and the flow of arms and equipment has continued at levels considerably above those approved by Congress under the military assistance program. The Administration, under pressure from the Defense Department, is considering cancelling the embargo altogether. Claiming that a Soviet build up in the eastern Mediterranean requires a more "solid" Greek regime, the Defense Department is pushing for total support for the Greek junta. The Defense Department puts Greece in the catagory of "forward defense countries" along with Taiwan, South Korea, and Turkey. All four of these nations share a similar background"they are all controlled by right wing military regimes which base their shaky existence on Defense Department "aid". Some Congressmen, once again faced by the fact that the Pentagon makes foreign policy without their "help", reacted indignantly to the revelation. Senator Stephen Young of Ohio introduced a resolution requiring the Pentagon to make "complete and prior disclosure of all proposed disposals of surplus weapons." He added that Nationalist China (Taiwan) and Greece were countries where the Pentagon, "through the surplus disposal program, have been secretly subsidizing at least two tyrannical dictatorships." Country Joe convicted WORCESTER, MASS (CPS)-Country Joe McDonald has been convicted of being a "lewd lascivious, and wanton person in speech and behavior" by a local court here. He was fined $500. The action in question occurred during a concert last year given by Country Joe and the Fish. As they usually do before one of their numbers, the Fish led the crowd in a spell-out of the word "F*U*C*K." Although numerous concert attendees testified they weren't offended and hadn't had their prurient interest aroused, the court was unimpressed. During the trial, a female spectator four-letter word which begins with "F". And the audience seem to enjoy it even more than saying, "FISH". As a matter of fact, the thing caught on so much that at several performances we would spell "FISH", but the audience would respond with the contested four-letter word, which begins with "F". A warrant was issued for my arrest (after the concert in Worcester"ed ). and I assume they did that because I am the leader of the group. But in actuality, everyone in that audience and the band participated in the act. Actually, maybe everyone who was there should be cited"I don't know. It is surprising to me that a time when all man's energy should be focused towards solving the important issues, like problems of war, poverty, unemployment and education, that the establishment tries to focus in on very small unimportant issues such as the length of people's hair and the words that they use. This whole issue is a nickel-dime issue, and just an excuse for the establishment to harass myself, the band and the audience in Worcester. I think it is pretty clear to all the audience that the older generation has disqualified itself from any right to super- was informed she couldn't wear pants in the courtroom. So she went to the restroom, took them off, and reappeared with her coat covering nothing but panties from the waist down. That time the marshals let her in. McDonald is appealing the sentence. STATEMENT BY COUNTRY JOE MCDONALD on the occasion of being charged (under a 1783 statute)*, with being "a lewd, lascivious and wanton person in speech and behavior." Charges preferred by the District Attorney of Worcester County, Massachuestts, March 18,1970. I would like to explain to you exactly what it is that we are being charged with doing. At a certain point in the set, usually towards the end of the show, we do a song which is a protest against the war in Vietnam It's a very popular song among the underground. Almost everyone in the underground knows the song, and before we do it, we spell a word. We used to spell FISH"we used to say, "Give me an *F""the audience would say, "F"; we used to say, "Give me an T""the audience would say, "I"' "Give me an 'S"'-the audience would say'S'; Give me an 'H"'-the audience would say "H", and then someone would yell,' "What does that spell?""and they would say, "FISH"', and then we would play the song, which is called "I Feel Like I'm Fixing to Die Rag". We got tired of spelling fish, and at one point we started spelling out another vise the activities of young people, or to supervise the activities of rock-and-roll bands and youngsters when they do something together. Rock bands like ours are perfectly capable of leading a gathering of teenagers at our concerts, and the audience is perfectly able to take care of itself. Down on the plantation BIRMINGHAM, Ala (LNS)-There is only one fourth grade history textbook recommended for use in Alabama public schools. It goes like this: "Now we come to one of the happiest ways of life in Alabama before the Wars between the States. This is life as it was lived on the big plantations. ... The owners raised thousands of bales of cotton on the big plantations with Negro slaves to help with the work.... As you ride up beside the Negroes in the field they stop working long enough to look up, tip their hats and say, 'Good morning, Master John.' You like the friendly way they speak and smile; they show bright rows of white teeth. " 'How's it coming, Sam?' your father asks one of the old Negroes, 'Fine, marse Tom, jes fine. We got more cotton than we can pick.' Then Sam chuckles to himself and goes back to picking fast as he can." Had enough? So have a small group of blue-tail fly/3 black parents in Alabama who have startled school officials by lodging a complaint against the racist text. New paper for Louisville A new bi-weekly, The Louisville Free Press, is scheduled to hit the streets May 7. The Free Press is intended to become more than just a newspaper. Gary Hume, who is organizing the paper, says he hopes the Free Press will be able to generate such community-oriented programs as rock festivals, 24-hour child care centers, a free breakfast program, an emergency relief, fund and summer activities for underprivileged kids. To accomplish these ends the Freep will be registered as a nonprofit corporation with the "profits" being used to organize these programs. "The logical extension of the underground newspaper is to be an action group for the community," Gary says. Actually, however, he rejects the term "underground" because "the 'underground' is no longer a sub-culture"it has become a counter-culture." The Free Press will attempt to operate on that basis in the fullest sense. One of the paper's specific aims will be to broaden the acceptance of the counter-culture. "The counter-culture needs newspapers acceptable to the average student," Gary says. The paper already is pretty well together, but is still looking for more workers. You can contact the paper at its office at 1438 South First St or call 636-1773. Being Black at the Gridiron Club By ROGER WILKTNS WASHINGTON (CPS)-The guests (at the Gridiron Club Banquet) are generally grateful and gracious. But the event's importance is beyond the structure of graciousness because it shows the most powerful elements of the nation's daily press and all elements of the nation's government locked in a symbiotic embrace. The rich and the powerful in jest tell many truths about themselves and their country. I don't feel very gracious about what they told me... One think quickly became clear about those faces. Apart from Walter Washington"who, I suppose, as Mayor had to be invited"mine was the only face in a crowd of some 500 that was not white. There were no Indians, there were no Puerto Ricans, there were no Mexican--Americans. There were just the Major and me... But it was not the people so much who shaped the evening. It was the humor amidst that pervasive whiteness about what was going on in this country these days that gave the evening its form and substance. There wery many jokes about the "Southern strategy." White people have funny senses of humor. Some of them found something to laugh about in the Southern strategy. Black people don't think its funny at all. That strategy hits men where they live"in their hopes for themselves and their dreams for their children. We find it sinister and frightening.. There was a joke about amendments to the constitution (so what if we rescind the First Amendment, there'll still be 25 left), and about repression (you stop bugging me, I'll stop bugging you), and there were warm, almost admiring jokes about the lady who despises "liberal Communists" and thinks something like the Russian Revolution occurred in Washington on November 15. There was applause"explosive and prolonged"for Judge Clement Haynsworth and Julius Hoffman (the largest hands of the evening by my reckoning)... And when it came to the end the President and Vice President of the United States, in an act they had consciously worked up, put on a Mr. Bones routine about the Southern Strategy with the biggest boffo coming as the Vice President affected a deep Southern accent. And then they played their duets, the President playing his songs, the Vice President playing "Dixie," the whole