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Michigan Daily
Edited and managed by Students at the
University of Michigan
Thursday, August 22, 1974
News Phone: 764-0552
Rocky's show: The Devil
and Mason Williams
SURELY THERE MUST have been an alternative to Nel-
son Rockefeller. The mildest word that can be used
to describe one's emotions at his selection to become our
newest Vice President is disappointment.
Nelson Rockefeller's is a face that is depressingly
familiar to people who have been following the political
scene for the last fifteen years. He has been one of the
more persistent of Republican politicians, having tried
for the GOP presidential nomination three times, in the
process picking up a reputation as the Richard Nixon of
the Republican left.
Rockefeller has been a militant moderate throughout
his career, a political stance that has allowed him to
come out on whatever side of an issue appeared to be the
most popular one. He both supported and opposed the
Vietnam War. depending on what stance seemed to be
the better vote-getter, and sometimes did both simul-
He has had two main qualifications for the Presi-
dency during his many tries for the office: one, he has
been, for longer than anyone cares to remember, the Gov-
ernor of New York. a nosition that has been traditionally
a springboard to higher office: and two, a seemingly lim-
itless supply of monev from the family fortune.
A S GOVERNOR OF NEW YORK, Rockefeller did as lit-
tle as nosihe. relving on his financial resources
and the inentitude of the New York Democrats to stay
in power. He continned the traditional Republican policy
of treating New York and the other cities of his realm
as colonies to be exnloited for the good of the suburbs
and rural districts.
As a man who tas everything, he has stayed immune
to blandishments of those who would buy influence, since
he has no need for their money. His fortune has also
allowed him to mont uresidential campaigns when no
one in their rieht mind would finance him.
Since Rockefeller has been a governor, he can claim
some exnertise in domestic affairs, however faulty the
claim may be. But his ignorance of foreign affairs is
abysmal, consistine of a few good-will trips abroad. When
forced to discuss issues, Rockefeller has always deflected
talk away from foreign affairs.
All in all, Nelson Rockefeller is about as qualified as
Johnnv Orr for the highest office in the land, Were he
the governor of a small state, and of modest means, he
would never have emerged from obscurity.
RUT ROCKEFELLER SHOULD NOT be disqualified for
the Vice Presidency on those grounds alone. Idiots
have occupied the Vice Presidency before, and doubtless
will do so again. It is on moral grounds that Nelson
Rockefeller should be rejected.
Though many have forgotten, it was not too long ago
that the inmates of Attica Prison staged a rebellion in
protest of the inhuman conditions they were forced to
endure. Hostages were taken, and a set of demands pre-
sented to the authorities Their official response was to
stage an armed assault on the prison during which 37
people, both inmates and hostages, were killed by police
Attica is an outpost of the New York State Correc-
tional system. And the man who ordered the assault on
Attica was Nelson Rockefeller.
Rockefeller may try to hide it beneath moderate
platitudes and inane campaign songs like Mason Wil-
liams' "Cinderellah Rockefellah", but the fact remains
that the Murderer of Attica has morally disqualified him-
self from any position of leadership, let alone the Presi-
dency. Congress should remember this when they vote on
confirmation. One Nixon is enough.

Summer Staff
Editorial Director
GORDON A TCHESON .. . . . . . ..... . ....... ... Night Editor
CHERYL PILATE ................... .......... .... Night Editor
JEFF SORENSEN .. . .................................... Night Editor
BARBARA CORNELL A........................ ....... Asst. Night Editor
DELLA DIPIETRO ........................,.......... Ass't. Night Editor
BILL HEENAN ......................................... Asst Night Editor
ANDREA LILLY ...................................... Asst. Night Editor
STEPHEN HERSH ..,... . . . ..Asst. Night Editor
DAVID WHITING......... ...,..........Asst. Night Editor
KEN FINK ............................. ................ Photographer
STEVE KAGAN .........Photographer

"The Fat get fat and
the Thin get scurvy...
By ALAN MILLER to the total world granary, though limits on fer-
tilizer and technology available to producer na-
TiS YEAR, worldwide, 20 million people will ions kept outputs often disappointing.
starve to death, according to United Nations Bat increased demand, both from the growing
statistics. More than one-third of all people alive po,lation and the appetites of the wealthy
today suffer chronic malnutrition. Even with re- world's livestock, has wiped out these gains. The
ductions in infant mortality, 650 million of the billion people in the developed nations use as
one billion children in the hungry nations of the -pep leain to feed their livestock as the
world todaynwillfneverreach adulthood.asntth
world today will never reach adulthood. In the two billion in the low income nations use directly
words of a leading nutrition expert, "To all these as food. The food that today feeds 210 million
children, life is nothing more than a vigil o Americans would feel 1.5 billion at the consump-
death." . tion level of China.
Seventeen countries in Africa's Sahel area, A TYPICAL American consumes 2200 pounds
south of the Sahara desert, are devastated by a of grain each year, primarily in the form of beef
severe drought and consequent famine. A British and other meat products; the average Asian
Development Minister estimates five million peo- eats less than 400 pounds. The pattern is the same
ple in the Sahel face starvation; UN Secre- with other foods. One-third of the world's pop-
tary General Waldheim says that twice that num- ulation in the developed countries consumes two-
her will die. Chronic food shortages in India, thirds of the world's food supplies - including
Bangladesh, Indonesia, and scores of other coon- 80 per cent of the milk, meat, and eggs, and
tries are causing political and social unrest. Re- 75 per cent of all protein. The Netherlands in
cently, the governments of Niger and Ethiopia 1970 imported more milk solids to feed its veal
fell, with the drought a factor in both countries, that was imported by all the underdeveloped na-
WEST GERMAN Foreign Minister Scheel told tions put together.
the United Nations, "Things cannot go on like Although the output of the world's fisheries has
this. No one with a clear head and a feeling trebled since 1950, half of the marine harvest
heart should still be able to sleep calmly - . - is now used as fish meal to feed hogs, cattle
we are stumbling in the dark." and poultry in the developed nations.
But tragic 'as it is, famine is only the spotlight A report prepared for the United Nations Con-
on the stage of the world's food problem. Of ference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
more basic concern to the 2 billion "have nots" predicted that the "largest and poorest" develop-
is chronic hunger and starvation, and a contin- ing countries would suffer most from inflation,
uing competition for food supplies to be bought Ind a "serious deterioration in levels of food
with limited resources from richer nations. consumption" could result.
The poor nations also have to compete with the ON THE OTHER hand, the richer nations who
"haves". Sen. Hubert Humphrey (D-Minn.), in a dominate the world market system's pricing and
Senate speech this April, criticized, ". . . the distribution patterns fare quite well. Another re-
competition for food in the last two years be- cent UN study, by the Secretary General, sur-
tween the developed and relatively affluent coun- veyed 64 basic commodities of world trade.
tries . . . and the poor, developing countries." "On the whole," it concluded, "the prices of
"To speak only of the drought that is killing commodities that are exported mainly by the
human beings by the thousands in the African developing countries apparently rose less than
Sahelian regions," comments Algerian President those of primary commodities [exported by] de-
Boumedienne, "one might recall that in order veloped countries. This is especially striking in
to meet their wheat needs these regions would the case of foodstuffs."
have managed with one-twentieth the amount of Both long-range starvation and acute famine
wheat that the [developed] countries use each are less the result of inadequate food supplies
year to feed their cattle." than of mal-distribution of the globe's agricul-
THE REALITY of increasing global hunger ap- tural resources. In blunt terms, food is avail-
pears to be contradicted by progress in world able to those who have the means to buy it. In-
food production over the last 25 years. Cereal come, particularly in the present world inflation-
output, which provides 85 per cent of the protein ary spiral, determines who shall live and who
intake of most of the world's people, has in- shall die.

creased 73 per cent during this period, while
population rose "only" 495 per cent. New hy-
brid "miracle" grains and increased production
from the "Green Revolution" have added much

Alan Miller teaches in the College of Natural
Resources at the University of California, Berke-
ley. Copyright, Pacific News Service, 1974.

Letters to the Daily

To The Daily:
tncle July 23 about City Coun-
cil kiling this year's Blues and
Jazz Festival, I just had to
write you.
This city is really f--d! The
Republicans in City Council are
tryingtto kill all the cultural,
student, street-people oriented
activities that makes Ann Arbor
a cool place to live. First, they
try to kill the Free Concerts
by not funding them, and
charging a "police pra'ecsion
fee", when the real protection,
traffic direction, drug help,
cleanup, keeping order, etc., is
done by the Psychedelic Rang-
ers. These concerts draw peo-
pie from miles away; I knot-
I was picked up hitchhiking to
the concert by two dudes frim
Toledo; and the concerts pro-
vide entertainment for thrus-
ands every Sunday.
Next, they try to quash the
"Free" Art Fair, by forbidding
concerts on Wednesday a n d
Thursday because it would "dis-
turb the peace", and by, for
no apparent reason, closing the
fair 5 hours early on Saturday
-no music, no booths, no Lair.
Now it's the Blues and Jazz
Festival. Granted, trash is a
hassle, but the Rainbow Multi-
media (the Sponsors) offe'ed a
$5,0000 grant to assure the site
would be left clean.
NOT TO mention other things
the council has done to "bane-

fit" the city. Why is it that an
old, established restaurant takes
second place and a new res-
taurant with a little green in
his jeans gets top priority?
Why did Bicycle Jim's not e'ven
have to wait for a liquor li-
cense, while the Brown J a g
waited three years, and oher

restaurants are still waiting?
The things that make Ann
Arbor a nice place for students
and other young people are be-
ing suppressed by a messed tsp
Republican controlled C i t y
Council. Next election, KICK

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