January 11, 1955

SOCIALIST UNREALISM: Moscow, 3 – By the year 2000, the citizens of the Soviet Union will have lifespans of 150 years without any loss or graying of their hair. There will be no smoke or dust in the towns; factories will be operated by robots, while the Antarctic will have been conquered and the Soviet Union will be swept by a wave of prosperity. These are the predictions of Russian scientists made within the framework of research published under the title «This is What Will Happen in 2000.» LIBERAL REALISM: London, 4 – Two Scottish women have been remanded for breaking the windows of No. 10 Downing Street (the home of Prime Minister Winston Churchill) by hurling pieces of coke at them. They have been referred for psychiatric and neurological testing. The police inspector who arrested them told the judge that the two women were destitute and had been desperate. They broke the windows at the prime minister’s residence in Downing Street as well as others at the office of his special adviser «simply because they were fed up.» There do not appear to have been motives of a political nature behind the act.

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