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Fifth Estate # 105, May 14-27, 1970

Answer to last issue’s quiz: The designer of the nationally known Willow Run bomber plant was Charles Lindberg, former Warren-Forest resident and grandson of John C. Lodge, of X-way fame…

Rumors of the week: The J.L. Hudson Co. will announce after this Xmas that it will abandon its downtown Detroit store due to lagging sales. The last day of business will be after Xmas of 1971 (of course)…

GM stockholders meeting may not take place in Detroit due to an advance number of bomb threats (now, who would want to do a thing like that?)…

For all you wine drinkers with a conscience out there, some of the California grape growers have finally signed contracts with the pickers. Gallo, Christian Brothers and Paul Masson are using union grapes for their wines, Italian Swiss Colony does not. As of now we don’t have any information on Cask wines, makers of the real stuff like Thunderbird…

Like it sez elsewhere in the paper, the dope that state legislators received in the mail April 30th was mailed in Wayne State University College of (Higher) Education envelopes…

Oh, you lucky blues freeks. The Ann Arbor Blues Festival will happen again this year, August 7, 8, 9. Keep watch for more info…

Fruehauf, target of a white-collar strike (led mostly by women) has been fined $100 (big deal) for advertising for new employees without specifying that they would be replacements for the striking workers. Where else would the pigs advertise but in the Detroit Noose? The workers are still on strike…

Whatever happened to the Community Fund that Russ Gibb was setting up? Even with all the current attention given to the, ah, exploiters in our communities, Unc has sort of faded into the background. How come, and what’s he up to now?…

Dean of Wayne’s School of Biznuts sent a letter to the President of the Dow Chemical Company, reassuring him that he “was not critical of /Dow’s/ manufacture of napalm.” Dean Reynolds went on to say that “pouring mercury into Lake St. Clair is something else altogether… Casually poisoning customers would seem a short-sighted business practice.” Reynolds (who used flamethrowers in WWII and does not feel he is in a good moral position to object to napalm) asked his director of placement to discourage graduates from taking positions with Dow…

It’s not Detroit, but the Chevron Oil Company has been cited on 900 counts for willfully violating government regulations aimed at preventing pollution from oil wells drilled at sea off the Louisiana coast. They could end up paying $1.8 million in fines…

Michigan lawyers raised their fees. If you’re busted, try to get ahold of a Legal Aid lawyer—they try to work for the people (of which you’re one)…

Oakland County Prosecutor Tom Plunkett is seeking drastic revision of narcotics laws, contending they are “cruel and hypocritical.”

He wants to have the emphasis shifted to “rehabilitating” all us dope-smoking crazies…

Even though the Detroit Noose has tried to co-opt their way into the youth culture by using people like alleged Yippies Cheryl McCall and Don Russell (at $75 a shot), it seems that they plan to discontinue their dying (and disgusting) Other Section.

Another Amerikkan artifact bites the dust By this Fall, New York city may have a DAILY underground newspaper. Initial budget: approximately $2.4 million…

Wayne County Community College teachers’ union is about to blow the whistle on administrative irregularities at the newly formed school. Seems administrators have wasted $160,000 in eight months on a Big Brother program designed to keep a constant check on the faculty. And most of the “instructors,” while the students are paying for a college education, have never taught a college course before, and are usually junior high and high school teachers under pressure from the administration to make sure that most of these 10,000 inner-city students are passed…

This from the Burning River Oracle: If you don’t already know that imperialism’s days are numbered, dig this information from University of Alaska geophysicist David Stone, as reported in the Florida underground newspaper Amazing Grace: If at a given moment, China’s 750 million people jumped simultaneously from 6-1/2 foot platforms, that would constitute a “geophysical weapon.” With proper timing and arrangement of people, the resulting ground wave could be aimed at the Pacific Coast of the U.S. and would possess the energy of a very large earthquake. You know what Huey said about the power of the people. KEEP JUMPING FOLKS!!

Thanks to the Gotchpuller and Cathy and Lycidas.

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