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Tuesday, January 27, 1981

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The Michigan Daily

A Sears catalog for the lunatic:

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If you have any ideas about joining the luna-
tic fringe, I've got just the catalog you need.
Heralding itself as "an important source for
anarchists, survivalists, iconoclasts, self-
liberators, mercenaries, investigators, self-
actualizers, libertarians, drop-outs, and
researchers," the Loompanics Unlimited Book
Catalog, Main 1980 Edition is chock full o'
books and manuals you will never find in the
Graduate Library.
A GLANCE AT the index of 500 titles is like
taking a trip from the ridiculous to the sublime
and back again. Left, right, or center;
psychotic, neurotic, or just plain old paranoid
schizophrenic-this catalog has something for
everyone.

Witticisms
By Howard Witt

read! From the first flush of conspiracy to the
day you are inaugurated, you enjoy and learn
from every page."'
THERE IS A little historical plug: "Remem-
ber: Coup d' Etat is more common and more
successful than free elections."
And a little appeal to the fed-up-and-not-
going-to-take-it-anymore mentality: "Anyone'
who travels overseas should understand this
book-it could save your life! (Unless you fan-
cy being held prisoner in the U.S. Embassy in
some godforsaken savage country by a mob of
'students' old enough to have tenure.)"
Lest you think I am making all of this up, let
me assure you that this catalog is the real Mc-
Coy (and woe to those poor Hatfields if they
don't have their own copy). Loompanics
Unlimited operates out of Mason, Michigan;
I'm sure they would be happy to send you a
copy of their compendium if you write them at
P.O. Box 264, Mason, Michigan, 48854.
THERE IS A short "Notice: To All Concer-
ned" at the beginning of this 150-page
newsprint inventory explaining that "certain of
the books and papers in this catalog deal with
activities and devices which would be in
violation of various Federal, State, and local
laws if actually carried out or constructed .. .
We are not responsible for, nor do we assume
liability for, damages resulting from the use of
information in this catalog."
A wise disclaimer. Loompanics might find it-
self with an irate Shah or ousted banana
republic dictator on its hands if it's not careful.
Books on wiretapping, forgery, counter-
feiting, auto theft, fake IDs, marked cards, con
games, and lock picking can be had for under
$10 each.
Guides on brainwashing, behavior
modification, and torture are also available.
IF YOU'RE DETERMINED to be a self-
employed entrepreneur, 132 Ways to Earn a
Living Without Working (For Someone Else)
will show you how to pursue the American
Dream. Suggestions for starting your own
religion, prospecting for gold, modeling for

fringe
photographers and artists, and "manufak-
turing small wooden products" (don't ask me;
that's what it says) are featured for "the
housewife, the student, the corporate dropout,
and the softcore unemployed."
I think I saw a copy of this one over at Carder
Planning and Placement last week.
Then there's my favorite: How to Outsmart-
Your Landlord/How to Outsmart Your Tenant.
(That's one book,' mind you.) The author,
Stuart J. Faber ("A Landlord, A Tenant, And A
Lawyer"), is rumored to be working on his
second book, How to Get Drunk and Stay Sober.
You can even order a copy of The Hoax of the
Twentieth Century, Northwestern Prof. Arthur
Butz' conclusive research effort that proves the
Holocaust is a myth.
AMD THEN THERE are books you might not
expect to find in this catalog of guerrilla war-
fare manuals and schemes to outfox Big
Brother. There are such legitimate tomes as
the Physicians' Desk Reference and Gray's
Anatomy. How To Use the Freedom of Infor-
mation Act and On Method Acting (the former
for finding out other people's secrets, the latter
for concealing your own) are available.
There's even a little mail-order philosophy:
Zen Without Zen Masters and three Timothy
Leary bestsellers, Exo-Psychology,
Neuropolitics, and The Intelligence Agents.
I just bought one of the Loompanics books
(that name seems to be an interesting com-
bination of "lampooning" and "looming
panic") the other day. It's called Techniques of
Harassment, Volume 2-you use it to.get even .
with people.
I'm just on the part about getting even with
pesky juveniles who torment you.
You pay other, bigger juveniles to beat them
up.
Howard Witt is the co-editor of the
Daily's Opinion page. His column appears
every Tuesday.

Sure, you can find the essentials no soldier of
fortune should be without: Nuclear Survival
(including "Rule of Thumb Methods of Com-
puting Radiation Dose Rates");
Assassination: Theory and Practice; Spike and
Chain: Japanese Fighting Arts; How To Kill
(Volumes 1-4); Boxing's Dirty Tricks; Special
Forces Combat Firing Techniques; and the
CIA Field Expedient Incendiary Manual.
But there's much, much more. How about a
do-it-yourself guide to overthrowing a gover-
nment? Coup d' Etat: A Practical Handbook
contains everything you need to know about
ousting that freely-elected ruler you always
hated and installing your very own. "All
through the work," the Loompanics Catalog
explains, "the author uses a first-person
narrative, assuming that you and he are going
to kick over the old regime. It's an exhilarating

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Edited and managed by students at The University of Michigan
Vol. XCI, No. 100 420 Maynard St.
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Editorials represent a majority opinion of the Daily's Editorial Board

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7

I Feiffer

A return to 'vital interests'

AFTER LESS than a week in office,
the Reagan administration has
apparently already begun to redirect
American foreign policy. And, in
keeping with much of the philosophy
Reagan espoused during his campaign
and transition period, the redirection is
actually a reversal of recent progress.
The Reagan reversal was
manifested last week in the resum-
ption of military aid to the civilian-
military junta in El Salvador. U.S. aid
toEl Salvador, in the midst of a vicious
civil war, wassuspended after eviden-
ce suggested that the U.S.-supported
junta might have been responsible for
the murder of three American nuns
and an American social worker last
month. The Carter administration then
insisted that aid would not be resumed
unless a full investigation of the mur-
ders proved that the government was
not involved in the killings. No in-
vestigation has yet been conducted into
the murders.

The suspension of military aid to El
Salvador in December was part of a
long overdue policy adopted by the
Carter administration to link economic
and military aid with the protection of
human rights. Although this policy was
not consistently applied, the
theory was a good one-that America
not support militarily or economically
any country that violates the basic
rights of its people. This policy was a
great step forward for American
foreign policy, the history of which has
been stained with the support of
repressive regimes from that of Cuba's
Batista to that of the Shah of Iran. This
progressive policy, however, appears
to have been tossed aside, as
America's corporate and national
"vital interests" replace human rights
and liberty at the top of the State
Department's criteria for foreign aid.
The Reagan administration should
discontinue all aid to El Salvador
unless it is clearly established that the
junta is the legitimate government of
the people.

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LETTERS TO THE DAILY:
'Greeks'should attack global

To the Daily:
As last week was the fraternity
rush week and this week is the
sororities' membership drive I
think itan important time to pass
on a personal message to these
kelly green boys and girls, and
anyone else who finds his or her
"Greek experience" not pastoral.
Today, January 25, many
problems remain unsolved. Half
the town is being screwed by a
handful of landlords- whose
monopoly has taken away the
basic right to fair housing;

nationally, the country is going
financially and morally
bankrupt, pouring $200 million a
year into national "defense;"
severe malnutrition remains a
way of life for much of the third
world, which has had its valuable
farm lands squandered by large
corporations in order to grow
carnations, cucumbers, and cof-
fee for an overfed first world.
Even here in Ann Arbor many
persons lack basic nutritional
necessities. And 35 miles east of
us in Detroit lies as great a crisis

in urban suffering as exists
anywhere in the country.
Undeterred, the Greek system
continues to define philanthropy
in safe, clean terms of blood
drives and running races to raise
money for the heart association.
The problems before us are
very complicated and require not
the lasses-faire, Adam Smith

problems:
economics of Reagan's men but
rather sacrifice by all. I ask you:
"Greeks," then, to come out of
your houses and realize the fan=,
tastic potential of 40 brothers
and/or sisters working in concert
and getting with the survival
program of the eighties.
-Phil Deschaine
Senior in English Literature
January 25

Stressing conservation

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Needed. A tough CIA

To the Daily:
Re R. J. Smith's column in the
Daily on January 20; today the 14
month ordeal of 52 Americans
imprisoned in Iran has mer-
cifully come to an end. There is a
very strong argument to be made
that these men and women and
their families, might never have
had to suffer through this ordeal
had our CIA been operating at the
level of strength it did prior to the
early 70s. In addition, eight
Americans who died in an
Iranian desert might be alive
today had it not been for the
severe and self-defeating restric-
tions placed on the CIA as a result
of the Church Committee
hea rinas -The subsequen t

necessary for the defense of our-
selves and our country. I submit
that if one accepts the necessity
of such an agency, then one must
support, rather than fear (as
Smith does), its revitalization.
I'm not claiming that there
have been no "abuses" in the
history of the CIA. However, I
also don't believe that any of
these so-called abuses have
stemmed from anything other
than what was deemed to be in
our national interest at the time.
The problem, then, is in deter-
mining just what is in the
national interest, and not what
actions the agency should be
allowed to take in support of that
i ar

To the Daily:
On a recent trip back to
Michigan, I was amazed at the
widespread waste of energy. This
in the state which most depends
on abundant and cheap energy
supplies for survival. The
freeways were packed with
speeding cars, football games
were followed by hundreds of
idling cars waiting to get out of
town, and supermarkets still had
excessive lighting and open
freezers.
Much of the energy used in this
country could be conserved
without noticeable changes in
lifestyles. The Daily could help
considerably by educating the
public as to energy conserving
practices. This education could
be implemented in several ways.
A simple "energy tips" column
could be started using hints from
readers or other sources such as
gnvernment n hlicatinns.

most of the energy waste in
Michigan and the rest of the
country is caused by the business
community. Such waste will con-
tinue until the business com-
munity is convinced that energy
conservation is profitable.
This change in attitude can be
accomplished through several
means, including legislation. All
that is really needed, however, is
for the customer base to organize
against waste.
What I would like to see is a:
group, such as PIRGIM, perform. *
energy surveys on local super-
markets and shopping centers.
The Daily, through editorial
stands, could, and should,
promote efficient businesses and
criticize inefficient ones. Even on
a local scale, such efforts could
result in the savings of megawat-
ts of electricity and the oil needed
to produce it.
-teve.eMire a

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