Working Title: “The World According to Doctrine” — Evil Recycles
This Book Is In Development
As my older brother lay dying of terminal cancer/COPD; he told his daughters: “I will not go gentle into that good night – I will fight,” and proceeded to live that statement day after day when doctors predicted he would be dead.
If there can only be one end; then it matters all the more how you face it – so I’m returning to the battlefield of human worth with a renewed commitment.
And . . . Oh, yes; I’ve been pulling my punches with the previous books – it’s time to go toe-to-toe with our evil times.
This book is an in-your-face challenge to those people who refuse to show their face:
And if they won’t come into the light – I’ll bring the light to them.
“In the wrong climate at the wrong time” – or “A climate change gone wrong” is how authorities will be describing the circumstances of the victims in our eco-unraveling civilization. The 2002 BBC series “The Weather” – gave a glimpse of our 2050 future; if we didn’t change our path — and twenty years later; the predictions for that date are even grimmer. Like a drunken driver telling you that everything is under control –government officials are “driving impaired” – under the influence of powerful lobbyists – and topped up with fossil fuels and eco-excuses — we’re racing with a “pedal to the rectal” to have all our asses killed.
Constructive eviction is a situation where the tenant’s use of the property is so severely hindered by something under the landlord’s control that a reasonable tenant has no choice but to leave. Rich and influential farming interests have taken such control of the rural community that, like Ireland under British rule, Lansing’s rural residents have become tenants on their own land – heavily taxed, without rights or representation – with all law and regulation in the hands of their corporate agribusiness “landlords.”
The same old, same old, same old: Download, print and mark the three identical windmills – a solution page is included – Free download at “ruraltompkins.com” [Rural Tompkins County – The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Credentials]
Whether they call it a “Perfect Storm” or a freak combination of events – Science is increasingly relying on the shotgun approach to replace the magic bullet. Just as any possible solution that fits their needs becomes “the” solution – shotgun science riddles the problem with possibilities that somehow become an aggregate probability — and are presented as a theoretical certainty; an explanation that has become the go-to scenario of authorities: It’s an approach that removes accountability from the table – our societal problems are due to “environment, heredity, profiling, opportunity, lack of funding, compromised policy making, bias, and every other ingredient they can toss onto the problem [no anchovies, please]. Ordinary people say; “I don’t know, it could be anything” – but scientists say: “I do know; it’s everything” — one small step for science: one big leap for equivocation.
“You can’t get blood from a turnip” – and who would try? But you can get money from people who have worked and saved for a lifetime – and our government has enacted new policies to extract as much as possible. In our disintegrating society; the new millennium has become a time of relentless acquisitiveness. The bottom of the barrel has risen to the top – and they’ll suck us dry to the very last drop.
“Lossy” technology strips out data regarded as either unnecessary or redundant to reduce data size for storing, handling, and transmitting content. The process is irreversible. This modern method of identifying and handling “disposable” material; has been eagerly adopted by New York’s policy makers: Unborn children, the elderly, and the rural population have been “stripped out” by a political doctrine of use and profit – and left defenseless in our New Normal frenzy of taking.
When it comes to rural Lansing – Census Blocks are used to implement a gerrymandering of Social Justice: the lower density of rural the population allows Census Blocks to be drawn so that they include both the multi-million-dollar lakefront residences of the Cornell elite; and poorest trailers in the rural hinterlands – in a methodology that “blends” them together to deny access to Social and Environmental Justice programs for the town’s marginalized and unrepresented rural poor.
Meteorologists are eager to predict the paths of destructive hurricanes – but when it comes to predicting the path that our climate driven world is taking — their utterances are strictly by the numbers. People have a right to be concerned by the ongoing announcements of findings that are many times bigger, quicker, and more serious than expected — history has shown that the more desperate the weather situation: the more likely our technological protections are to break down completely. So what plan do I think our government has prepared for its citizens during a climate change crisis? Martial Law.
Urban Colonialism, like many colonial forms of government, has no place for the native population. Once their initial usefulness is ended – their troublesome existence is eliminated through a series of repressive and marginalizing policies. Tompkins County’s rural communities are being rapidly destroyed by high taxes, no services, an unhealthy environment, and no representation – and in the County’s recent “vision for the future” — they don’t exist at all.
As the pollution levels rise higher and higher – influential polluters grab an ever greater share of the regulatory process. TDML is what these interests do when they don’t want to stop polluting. It gives them the legitimacy of regulations – without any of the bothersome restrictions. TDML: Totally Deceptive Meaningless Legislation
It’s a “two-fer” or in Criminal Justice vernacular: “running concurrently” – Plea bargaining is the catalyst to our burgeoning petty career criminal life-style: so much so that criminals are now characterized as “doing what they need to do” – and victims have been relabeled as “complainants.” Only the most violent of offences seem worth putting any effort into controlling; and plea bargaining follows the arrest – like sunshine follows the rain.
A financial expert once used this example: Two men; both working the same job, at the same pay, each buy a house. One man pays the only minimum monthly mortgage payment and puts the rest in the bank – the other uses all his additional money to pay off the principle. They both lose their jobs. The first man uses the money in the bank to continue paying his mortgage – the other loses his house: he thought the equity was in his house; it was in him. We live in a country where the government believes that spending money will fix everything: but when we run out of money — we’ll lose everything. Our country’s equity is in its people – not its policies — and there’s a pink slip coming in our pay packet.
Feeding scraps to beggars at the kitchen door; won’t make a dent on poverty – and cleaning up a few bits of plastic on one beach; does nothing to stop the avalanche of plastic on another. If you’re doing something for the planet; then feeling good about yourself should be far down the list. Spaceship earth is leaking like a sieve — and patching one hole won’t stop the whistle of our air into a cold and indifferent universe.
Whether we’re an accident of physics with biochemical trimmings; or spiritual beings – is there any basis for assuming we will still inhabit the earth in the distant future? Maybe that’s saying something.
The term “hardwired” is frequently used these days to deny accountability and responsibility – but hardwiring opens the possibility of re-wiring and programing. What is there to support this theory? Just look around: intolerance, violence, disregard of individual human worth – the opposite of everything that naturally makes us a community. It’s rewiring for a purpose. It’s programing; not by “nature,” or by “nurture” – but by another.
Science. Science. Science: If you say it over and over it gains a sense of importance. But say it a thousand times: and it still won’t make you happy.
When you don’t lead by example: it’s those whom you designate that clear the minefield. And when your power base is “quid pro quo” – your biggest risk is stopping the flow. That’s why politicians see our welfare in a special way: Business as usual – instead of taking care of business.
You can smell the fear. It’s not just the fear of reprisals – it’s the fear of not getting a place in the life boat. It’s a Doctrine so far above the law; that there is no law anymore. “Unaccountable, unapproachable, and unconcerned” describes the policy makers of our disposable society. In a world that’s unraveling on all fronts: the pandemic, climate change, drugs, overpopulation, adolescent violence, emerging technologies – only those worthy will find a place in the “ark” — shortly before it’s sucked into a black hole near Geneva.
They might as well put it on a billboard: Every policy is an affirmation of divisive and discriminatory power brokering – autocracy and acquisitiveness; cloaked in an “emperor’s new clothes” of fearful acquiescence. Like most of today’s fraudulent policies: they’re sold on their mechanisms; not their results – convincing an uneasy public that they need to give over all their freedoms to protect themselves from oppression. Then one day the policies disappear — and their freedoms along with them.
Scribbles and symbols and icons, Oh My. Download, print and mark the differences between these two pages of images – a solution page is included – Free download at “ruraltompkins.com” [Rural Tompkins County – The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Credentials]
Looking past the carefully quantitative scenarios of our weathered future – we can glimpse the plummeting quality of life it will bring. When whole sections of the earth become too hot, too draught afflicted, and too far under water for human habitation: how will we share what’s left. Post-apocalyptic movies depict a family doing anything to survive — what happens when it becomes a billion families? Our hot, greasy pan will be sizzling — just sprinkle the water and watch it dance!
Stone Monuments and all. Download, print and mark the differences between these two pages of images – a solution page is included – Free download at “ruraltompkins.com” [Rural Tompkins County – The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Credentials]
We live in a profit-driven-policy world; where Doctrine has replaced cause and effect in political and social decision making. In order to validate and legitimize unequitable and unrealistic “using and taking” – Academics and bureaucrats are creating categories for each of us — scouring away our individual worth; and then erasing our memories by “washing” them with doctrinal studies and reimagined facts. The ferment of their greed has wrecked our navigable society – and a fearful population crowds the shores in search of any salvageable fragments — until the unthinkable tsunami washes away everything.
That the leopard can’t change its spots is one reason why its hide is tacked up on walls. In a society where our differences define our treatment in government policies: spotting differences is a survival skill worth cultivating. Download, print and mark the differences between these two pages of images – a solution page is included – Free download at “ruraltompkins.com” [Rural Tompkins County – The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Credentials]
Download, print and mark the differences between these two pages of images – a solution page is included – Free download at “ruraltompkins.com” [Rural Tompkins County – The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Credentials]
So what if we’re supposed to be intelligent – when we become as extinct as any dinosaur. Maybe our technology will allow us to chronicle our demise; and preserve it and codify it so future extraterrestrials can learn about our civilization and its achievements – and how stupid we [are] were.
It’s always easiest to claim what people believe when they are no longer around to refute you. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that. That old law about ‘an eye for an eye’ leaves everybody blind. Forgiveness is not an occasional act: it is an attitude.” — Martin Luther King Jr If you would honor his life; then honor his beliefs – not the policies of those who make a mockery of his beliefs. Being much more of a sinner; I sometimes imagine him coming back and not just speaking out – but “bitch-slapping” those who claim that goodness can only be achieved through doing evil. “The time is always right to do what is right.”
It’s a “takers” society – and as the events, policies, and media hype swirl around us: there’s an erosion of individual worth and the “work ethic” – and all ethical conduct. Rewards come; not from the persistence of hard work – but from the persistence of a fox circling the henhouse. Life is not the opportunity to achieve – but the opportunity to take. The legitimacy of our government is no longer based on ethics; but on the profitability of its policies. Politicians and experts have swelled their egos to become the deciders: They are reshaping the world — and some people are just excess population. If you want to experience the futility of our future: attend a Public Hearing.
What fools we are! Our taxes pay for the lawyers that advise our local governments on how to legally minimize or eliminate public participation in the decision making process – and all the new regulatory programs enacted – like Form Based Codes and Nine-Point Plans – remove the public from any authority or oversight; even in the most radical and far reaching policy decisions. It’s hard to blame the public for being apathetic; when the sole result of attending public hearings is the legitimizing of decisions that are anything but public mandates. Publicly presenting your thought out and well-documented criticisms; to a Town Board that approves the policy within seconds of your speaking — is like voting in an election with only one candidate. The sound of one hand clapping? It’s meaningful public participation.
Radical re-zoning, ruthless reassessments, and rapacious taxes – clear a path for the luxury homes of Cornell’s patrician oligarchy. From their boats on the lake; the rural community can no longer see their summer memories – all they can see is money.
It was never unusual for billboard egos to hide tiny souls – but these days; it has become the usual. The exploding of the “New World Of Compassion” myth through the treatment of the elderly during the pandemic; did nothing to slow the flow of taking and using that these billboards camouflage — their owner’s sole contribution towards making a better world being: singing and dancing and presenting a “colorful” appearance. There’s a current media promotion of “Doing Anything To Protect My Family” – and while the actions include robbing, killing, drug dealing, and fraud — respecting the individual worth of others is not on the checklist. In extrapolating a “dogs in a pit” future: I can dimly glimpse the billboards of those who are pulling the strings of our puppet world – “Evil Recycles; But Stupidity Ends Up In The Garbage.” It’s Our Epitaph.
Today’s tyranny is so mealy mouthed and pussyfooting that you need to clarify what is actually being said in every policy statement they make. “Particularly” is not used to give emphasis – it’s used to give special status – to create a separate, exclusive category in the hierarchy of righteousness – while at the same time pretending that it is merely expressing a preference.
Science has increasingly viewed the universe from a human perspective – greed, vanity, and arrogance – and “fact-based” science has become the silent partner in a congress of regulatory fraud. Codifying profitable viewpoints to exclude debate and oversight is an important part of mainstream science in our disintegrating New Millennium world. But the slow dissolution of our lives isn’t my greatest fear – what happens when the shape a disastrous reality begins to appear through the scientific smokescreen? If what’s happening now is the result of their palliatives — what will their desperate solutions be like?
While the victims of murder have no opportunity or ability to lessen their condition – those who kill them can cut a deal to reduce, or even eliminate the consequences of their actions – and the victim’s family is not a party to the plea bargain and has no standing to prevent it. Giving the victims “the right to offer written input into whether a plea bargaining agreement is proper,” and “making a reasonable effort to provide them the opportunity to comment on the agreement terms”; is as meaningful an action as putting up your hand to stop a lethal bullet. Professional courtesy generally refers to the etiquette extended between members of the same profession. It’s a situation that places career criminals and career law enforcement on an equal footing. And the victims? You’re a victim: get over it!
There comes a time when you have to do something – even if you don’t know it. “Due diligence” is more than just a legal satisfaction: it’s the price of survival. Whether it’s “eternal vigilance is the price of liberty” or “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” – people speak of a hard won wisdom: that we need to take care of business – before the business gets out of hand. Preparing for the future used to part of the responsibility of adulthood; but in our adolescent society – the importance of immediacy is wrapped up in the testing of boundaries; not whether there’s food for tomorrow. There is a tsunami of problems that will inundate every shore – and no self-righteous obliviousness can ride that wave. If we are morphing into a society [and a world] that blames everything on the past; and won’t take responsibility for the future – the time we have left is slipping away.
The makers of modern social policies want you to associate them with beloved figures of equality and human worth – but not too close an association – not one that allows you to make a comparison. Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr, Mahatma Gandhi, and Mother Teresa all believed that the only way to a future of human worth and equality was by never discriminating against others – modern social policy makers claim that discriminating against others is the only path to that future. You can’t follow someone by marching in the opposite direction — but you can carry their likenesses — in the secure knowledge that they can’t speak out.
Truisms have become subordinated to doctrine in our society. It was a truism that repeatedly telling people not to think of “elephants” – would invariably cause them to think of elephants. But we are now told that “race, gender, and ethnicity” are the touchstone for every policy – and the mantra for every conversation – and by always made being aware of our differences — we will cease to think of them or count them of any importance. Like the old joke about the businessman who; “lost money on every sale; but made it up in volume” – our social policies graft together these two incompatible thoughts — and create a sideshow barker of salesmanship to appeal to our fears and prejudices. While the legitimacy of these policies is certainly questionable: The more basic question is: “Was slavery any less wrong when it was made legal?” Then ask yourself: “When individual human worth is denied; and people are treated as a commodity for use or disposal — is there any difference in the people who perpetrate the injustice: or in the source of their arguments?”
Human worth cannot be set aside, or postponed, or subordinated. Human worth is not a commodity to be packaged and portioned. It is indivisible by race, gender, and ethnicity. It cannot be regulated in a way that does not diminish it. It cannot be fenced by policy, or deconstructed by law. And those who seek to do so – are the enemies of all that make us human.
Agricultural farming practices are the biggest contributor of the Methane emissions that are “turbocharging” our planet’s Climate Change – but when the weather that these modern farming practices help create cuts into agricultural profits — we’re taxed to make up the difference. Agriculture is also the greatest polluter of our water and our waterways; and their use of fossil fuels is actually still increasing. Our government is trying to curb agricultural pollution by “voluntary programs” and “incentives” – decades of voluntary programs that have proved completely ineffective; and the incentives are limited to just pouring more tax dollars into Industrial Agriculture’s pockets. Could there be anything worse? Yes, there could – for those living in our country’s rural areas: where Industrial Agriculture is steamrollering a carpet of poverty, crime, toxic fumes, and impaired water over their communities – and nobody cares. It’s Urban Colonialism; bringing a self-serving “modern agriculture” to the backwards rural natives — profiting at any cost.
Another year to survive. Can you make it to the next Pandemic? Survival begins in your mind – so protect your behind and think ahead. Remember: only the tough will survive to live in a world that nobody wants to live in.
“Justice” is codified by those who make the laws – not those who are the victims — and they’re frequently a community apart. That’s why victims are tossed “closure” – like a barking dog a bone — to shut them up. Sheep with the teeth of a shark will stop the depredation of wolves better than a shepherd — especially an uncaring one.
Government has made great strides – in pretending it’s actually doing something. All of their “On this spot we will build” glowing rhetoric is good for selling; but the results confirm that selling and profiting are the sole concerns of their policy making. “Transparency,” “participation,” and “ethics” are stickers pasted on the sides of an impenetrable monolith – and our involvement is reduced to reading the proclamations of their “black box” decisions. While our politicians are “ongoing nowhere” — we’re “going nowhere” — and it’s nowhere we want to go.
Since when did our government get so predatory? Politicians and their conies are swollen with privilege and pillaging – deceptive and manipulative policies reach deep into the life savings of the hard-working poor – proclaiming it’s equitable to give to those who distain low-paying, dead-end jobs — by taking from those who worked them.
Tompkins County government brags about being Progressive – but when you question their decisions – they go silent – and feel no need to answer. They see themselves as rulers; not as representatives. This excerpt from the county’s Comp Plan is revealing: “The Tompkins County Comprehensive Plan presents a vision for the future of the community. It is based on a set of principles that reflect the values of the community as expressed by the County Legislature they have elected.” It’s a fancy-dancing way of say that they will make all the decisions – an interpretation that is supported in every page of their plan for how others should live. There’s no need to cook the books when you can’t be called to account. Theirs is the burden of rulership; ours is to carry their sedan chairs.
Our government doesn’t share – so everything they give you; they’ve taken from someone else; and plan on taking back. It’s a basic divide-and-conquer technique to manipulate one group of people by targeting another for hate – and then “cleaning up” whatever opposition is left. Do you really think that giving our government the power to discriminate against whoever they want, however they want, for as long as they want, in secret: is a wise thing?
Did I hear someone say; “What is truth?” It’s a pity to live in a time when people so often quibble at details to avoid dealing with the larger issue. I believe in the simple case that overrides the boundary conditions – so I believe that we can discuss “truth” and “lies” as human actions that directly affect people – without prejudice to the finer shades of their character. Why expose the truth; instead of just the lies, or the liars? For the same reason that people use constructive criticism: to build a path to something better.
Doctrine is like your mother – you are forgiven and protected within her embrace – no matter what you have done: so it’s not surprising that doctrine holders run from unpleasant historical facts and ethical prohibitions; to hide in a political doctrine whose teachings are unconditional and unjudgeable.
There’s corruption – and then, there’s collegiate corruption: the sort that’s wrapped in so many layers of studies, credentials, and pretty mission statements – that the essential ugliness is hidden from all but the most determined of searchers. And most people don’t want to search. The prevailing atmosphere of our “college-destination county” is fear. When a County Highway Director made public claims that were proven to be blatantly untrue – no one in the County’s Ethics Committee, the Ithaca Tompkins County Transportation Committee, the County Legislature, and no Lansing Town Board member, or any other Town or County official approached would comment on it, or even mention its occurrence. How’s that for an Ivy League University town that pretends to be a beacon of free thinking and equitable illumination? How’s that for a conspiracy of silence?
When the rich, Cornell-sponsored agribusinesses decided to take over north Lansing, NY for their sole benefit and profit: Cornell’s planner stated that the existing rural residents “didn’t deserve to live there” – and rather than this being denied – all of the Town of Lansing, Tompkins County, and Cornell officials continued to use this bias statement as the foundation for their every policy decision and regulatory agenda of the last 15 years. Tompkins County’s rural people are disposable; and in the County’s “vision of the future” Comprehensive Plan: they no longer exist — they’ve been disposed of.
Isn’t it better not to be robbed, beaten, raped, and killed? This is not an option available to those in the victim pool of our criminal justice system. Like today’s one-click companies; that can’t seem to deliver the right product to the right address to remain unbroken to do the job they claim it can do – the criminal justice system relies on a “customer service” approach to fix things that never should have happened in the first place. The victim’s only option is for them to try to apprehend the assailant to build a case to plea bargain down to a shortened jail term with early release on parole that is broken and obtain a ho-hum warrant while the assailant commits another crime or two before being apprehended and the whole futile process starts all over again. The criminal justice system has changed over the years: murders used to get the death penalty; then life in prison; then a few years in prison; then no prison because they are not accountable for their actions — but the outcome for the victims has remained the same: they’re dead, dead, dead, dead, dead.
The Town of Lansing is about to turn the rural community into an AG Zoning District for the sole benefit of a handful of rich farmers. Non-farming residents [the poor 95%] have had all their land uses removed except for having a house – this will force them to sell all other land to famers; or face the regressive tax burdens of AG structured assessments. The rural community have had no meaningful participation, representation, or respect from the unilateral planning authorities. This is how Progressive government works: the rich get richer – and the poor get stepped on . . . and demeaned . . . and disposed of
No wonder debate is dead – Doctrine is a revealed belief: there is no need for debate or thought. The insistence on facts brings denial, anger, and then . . . Facts may beat assertions — but fists can beat you senseless.
Everybody in the Criminal Justice System knows: it’s the victims that cause all the trouble – they’re the grit that fouls up the smooth running cycle of plea bargains and paroles, cause unnecessary paperwork, and drive up departmental statistics. So the victims are now “complainants” – and the criminals? They’re victims of complainants.
The dangers of Emerging Technologies are like the iceberg the Titanic hit – best avoided by foresight; only officially accounted for in hindsight — but the protocols are so good that we don’t need to carry lifeboats.
The farther from the bright urban center – the less your worth. In rural New York no one can hear you scream . . . it’s not important, anyway.
When did we change from believing that people were so important; we should form policies around them – to believing that policies are so important; we should form society around them? When did “important” change from the raison d'être for rights – to the raison d'être for restrictions? Lincoln believed that; “Important principles may, and must, be inflexible.” When did we begin to bend them to fit our desires?
Tompkins County policies are all about following the money – and their policy making is all about finding a usable lens that excuses it. The Town of Lansing’s AG Zoning District re-zones agricultural activities along the lake to Lakeshore residences: because those areas “are environmentally sensitive” and “potential problems related to steep slopes” [and because rich people want lakeshore houses] – but ignores mile after mile of equally steep slopes of unbuffered agricultural activity along nearby Salmon Creek: one of the major sources of agricultural pollution and impairment of the lake. Preservation of agriculture is so important that the AG Zoning District radically changes the zoning and allowed activities of a 200 year old rural community: leaving poor non-farming landowners no choice; but to sell out to the rich farming interests – or go under through a regressive tax structure. And behind it all is Cornell: making lenses for their friends. Tompkins County: where the rich get richer – and the poor get stepped on — all according to plan.
Non-farming rural residents in New York straddle a line between unborn children: who are not human beings by law – and farmers: who are preferred by law — they are a forced-to-admit-they-are-human classification that is demonized and disposable – the grit in the smoothly oiled Agricultural lobby. “A hate crime is a crime that is motivated in whole or substantial part by bias against certain personal characteristics.” Agricultural bias is documented in every policy statement they make, and every regressive zoning law they support – But according to New York State law, there must be an underlying crime in order for an incident to be classified as a hate crime — and if you are disposable: you can’t be a victim – so there can’t be a crime. In our uncaring society: the line between good and bad is licensable — and Agricultural Law is bought and paid for.
Slavery isn’t based on hate – it’s based on a denial of individual worth. A belief that people can be used as commodities. The same belief that fosters slavery – is the same belief that populates today’s legislation. Beware.
Rebranding isn’t just for changing the corporate image of an organization – it’s become a marketing strategy for every evil that has oppressed people throughout history. The idea behind this rebranding is to create a different identity for evil in the minds of the public: evil as a force for good. Rebranding may relabel evil by pasting “equitable” or “affirmative” on the same acts and attitudes that have destroyed everything they touched; or claim these acts are made from 100% “Greater Good” – as if the steps of evil will eventually lead us to a higher plane of existence. Rebranding is the tyrant’s tool: Denying the individual worth of human beings – and focusing on profit as the goal of all social interactions. Evil: Ride for the brand – and be the hide with the brand.
Agricultural interests always talk about regulations; because they never want to talk about the results. Agricultural regulations legitimize polluting by creating worthless standards that legally shield the polluters. The TDML [Total Daily Maximum Load] paradigm sets the maximum level of pollution possible before environmental disaster – and then requires polluters to “try” to meet it. Decades of Voluntary Guidelines and Nutrient Plans have proven worthless to curb Agriculture’s destruction of the environment – and the health of the rural communities they politically dominate. The Agricultural sector is the only sector in the US that is still increasing its polluting; and increasing it across the board – from use of fossil fuels, to methane emissions, to nutrient pollution of our water: they are the fuse for global destruction. The next time you see one of those “green” farm promotions; realize — it’s the polluting that you don’t see that will kill you.
The foundation of modern animal agriculture is a lot of manure: in both the literal and metaphorical sense. Industrial farming practices have same relation to traditional manure spreading as the BP oil spill to a grease spot. Modern farming is a destructive and greedy giant: leaving a toxic print on the rural landscape – a bully trying to sell the image of a much abused victim while getting more perks and privileges than any other interest group. Take a good look at the feet that our agricultural “progress” is standing on — a shitload of money.
The problem with Proverbs of Wisdom is that they are “broad spectrum” – and those who want to use one are in danger of being undone by another; or by many others. Today’s Doctrine forsakes the breadth of wisdom – and extracts and codifies the most useful parts of proverbs from around the world as societal regulations: a way of leveraging taxes and obligations – always taking instead of giving. There is nothing more foreign to the Doctrine of Entitlement; than the concept of “duty” to anyone but yourself — unless it’s “waiting on elders.” It may take a village to have a village idiot — but you can’t teach sense to a fool.
In the 60s: Liberals would judge everything by an Absolute measuring stick – “Absolutely this” and “Absolutely that” – until I began calling it the “Litany of Absolutes.” Today’s Progressives however; never met an absolute that couldn’t be trimmed, shaped, or forced into accommodating anything they wanted. Channeling Stalin, Pol Pot, Hitler, Mao — becoming Stalin, Pol Pot, Hitler, Mao. A power that forces our ends — Absolutely.
When the County Highway Director proclaimed a blatant untruth to block a through-truck regulation – and it was proven to be untrue – he never changed or retracted his statement — and not one member of the County Ethics Committee, the County Transportation Committee, or any Town or County official at any level would even mention it. There was just a wall of silence. And not one of them would speak on the reason for their silence. Why won’t any of them respond? Sometimes not saying – is the same as lying.
There’s nothing easier than making connections – and the closer to our being; the easier they are to make – that’s why we can make faces out of so many random elements. But with so many connections: what are the connections that ring the truest – that have practicality at their core? Yes, there is tremendous amount of gold in sea water: but Gold + Sea water + Investment is not a connection I would recommend to anybody. Our politicians want to choose what connections we make: and People + Laws = Political Power is the connection they see in every issue. What if chose our own connections? What a frightening and glorious thought: People + People = Community – how’s that for a connection.
Like the “Landfill Park” in The Mask – the public is always the recipient of that which is unsuitable for “people of influence and obligation” – a bureaucratic wrapping up of garbage for those “gift giving” publicity photos. So what does local government do with a dark and polluted bit of rural woods at the bottom of a steep valley? Make a gesture. It’s a gesture that rural people are familiar with.
A picture may be worth a thousand words – but there are some pictures that the public doesn’t see. Farmers are sometimes just referred to as the “rich people” in the poor rural communities. One dental technician told me that she knew the farmer crying for subsidies on television: he has a 40-ft yacht. “Farm Friendly” doesn’t begin to describe the deliberately biased and un-equitable treatment that exists in the rich farmer – poor unrepresented and disposable “non-farmer” rural communities. Agricultural Law protects farming; like beheadings protect a tyrant.
A few years ago: it would have made me cry – but now, I just shake my head and laugh: electric cars. Electric cars will make no meaningful difference. Electric cars are what you do along with meaningful changes — not instead of. Did you know that the Agricultural Sector in New York State and elsewhere is allowed any amount of open burning, and the unlimited use of smudge pots? And not only is Agriculture a significant user of fossil fuels – in states like New York: they are Fuel Tax Exempt – undercutting any regulatory attempts to curb their fossil fuel usage. Methane emissions are driving Climate Change – and the Agricultural Sector is the largest producer of methane in the US – and the only sector where emissions are still increasing. And the farming methods being promoted by the USDA and Land Grant Colleges are the largest emitters of methane of all farming methods. All the biggest producers are transitioning – from claiming Climate Change doesn’t exist: to claiming they’re doing something about it. Climate Change is here to stay – and it’s already too big to get out the door. Drive happy!
Ithaca is the place where everybody wants to live: because it’s the only place in the county where people have individual worth. While Ithaca rules the county – it never leads by example. Their plan to blanket rural Lansing with CAFOs is balanced by their own petition to the New York State Supreme Court: enumerating serious concerns about lack of CAFO and Agricultural regulation and oversight, lack of disclosure, and the possible effects of modern farming practices on their own residents and their own town’s environment. Lansing’s puppet government has expressed no concerns at all. Ithaca is Camelot: A castle community where people dump their slop on the unprotected commoners outside the walls – without a second thought. Where would you want to live?
Policy making in Tompkins County is a purely mechanical process: every outcome is decided before the issue is revealed. The round of comments, and meetings and surveys is only a meaningless backfill for an edifice whose foundations have already been laid. The “meeting” for a radical zoning change for the rural Lansing community is called an “Open House” – a PR phrase for an exclusionary paradigm shift that denied that same rural community any participation in its planning. When you connect all the dots — it’s a picture of money.
Politics is all about convenience – and there’s nothing more convenient than a vague and nebulous classification: Especially one with emotional leverage. How many communities have allowed housing complexes that will serve elderly residents – that turned out to be high-crime, felon and sex offender dumping grounds — with a scattering of elderly as perennial victims. The “Homeless” designation is the perfect heart-tugging catch-all to disguise the problems of drug addiction, violent crime, and under-the-radar serial killers passing through. Dumping your problems on someone else is more convenient than trying to solve them yourself – and more practical. It changes: “I’m no good for not solving them” to “you’re selfish if you don’t accept them.” The Cornell-Ithaca machine “allocates burdens” to the other towns in the county – while keeping all the benefits to themselves. It’s not that residents don’t understand what’s going on – it’s just that Tompkins County is not a representative government – and these days: it doesn’t even bother to hide it. When corruption reaches a level of blatant display and whispered stories — it’s past remediation.
When you’re only a passenger – there’s no guilt in throwing up your hands and shouting: “we’re all going to die!” — and having your arms broken by the airbag.
Too many cooks may spoil the broth – but too few rowers becalms the boat – in the middle of the channel – approaching the falls. Can you hear it? Puffing won’t fill the sails.
In Tompkins County: the colleges, corporations, politicians, and institutions work closely together to ensure that they catch every penny before it can trickle through their fingers. And a policy of denying mass transit and law enforcement to the poor rural communities puts that much more coin in their coffers.
“What’s good for the goose is good for the gander” – refers to a concept of gender equality that is no longer permissible in modern Doctrinal Society. Acceptable behavior is set forth in law at a higher level: by people who refuse to reveal what they are giving, what they are taking, and how they are weighting the scales – or to have their decisions questioned.
“Doing unto others . . .” is just an out of date homily in this time of naked greed. People who distain menial jobs; have no problem taking from those who work them. And “compassion” is just a tool to shame those who have it; into giving to those who use it. The only crimes left are not getting what you want — or someone not giving it to you.
Women always defend or excuse their sexist behavior. “Always sexist – always an excuse” is an amazingly accurate paradigm — but then, there’s no more room for truth in modern Doctrine than there is for gender equality.
You can knife five people to death at a party – and you’re not accountable. But if you have non-conforming beliefs – you’ve committed an unforgivable crime. We’ve moved from “saints and sinners” to “users and losers” – and the self-serving Doctrine that facilitates an endless taking has no place for ethical or religious restrictions. A greed-driven media goes out of its way to link religious beliefs with everything bad – and promote a guillotine-crowd of targeting haters. Welcome to a time where victims have been downgraded to complainants – and are just one politician away from a “not human beings” status. Embrace the feel-good conformity — and drive your electric car in climate change weather.
It’s a world of power – without accountability. Of authority – without oversight. Whether it’s the Girl Card, the Race Card, or the Official Card – it’s a game of bureaucracy that allows some players to play by a different set of rules. It’s a corruption that balances the books – and won’t allow any auditing. “If you want to know the end, look at the beginning.” – African Proverb It’s not going to end well.
It’s no longer change for change sake – it’s change for their sake. Every change in our changeable world is leveraged with behind-the-scenes levers: Your stocks go down – they profit. Your stocks go up – they profit. Every life, every death, every education, every disability, and every natural, unnatural, and financial disaster — is another opportunity to siphon off the cash. We’re living in a time of change: cha-ching.
Tompkins County is all about coincidences – but those days are about over: the strata of the New Society is clearly defined by Doctrine. There is no longer any reason to obscure the facts – just be more “important,” be “owed,” or “identified as a need” – and your ascension is a matter of public proclamation. As for Tompkins County’s poor, marginalized, and underserved rural people – Well, there can’t be a higher; unless there’s a lower — and those “Good-old boy, hillbilly, redneck, lily-whites” don’t deserve to live there, anyway.
Forget about the flooding of cities – and think about the floods of refugees. It’s Nano-bombs, not rising seas that will change the face of the planet. How ironic that emerging technologies; instead of saving us from the mistakes of old technologies, will deliver the coup de grâce. One world to grab in the tumult – and if they can’t have it: no one can.
I was speaking with someone who was blaming the attendees at the Climate Change Conference for the state of inaction. What will that person do? Nothing. In 2022: blaming someone else is enough. The doctrinal world is more “real” than the real world. While those “blameless” ones have been assured of their place in line – politicians know it take’s money and connections to get past the rope. Our childish population won’t need to hold their breath until they turn blue — it will be a naturally occurring phenomenon. So many lenses – so little lens cleaning.
What does analogy this add to the canon of “self-centeredness”? Possibly the notion that self-centeredness is never sufficient unto itself – it must reach out to take more. What happens when two “self-centers” collide? Will they become “we-centered”? If two black holes – emptying into other spaces – collide — will they be consumed with each other – and leave us alone? One mouth with two stomachs? The BOGO origin of parallel universes?
Sometimes it seems that the only problems politicians insist on curing are the result of the human condition – and they plan to cure them by removing our humanity and human worth. They remove argument and opinion by banning debate and defining only one correct viewpoint. They remove inefficiency in government by removing the people from every decision making process. They remove the pain of human interaction and human progress by putting barriers to every action and interaction: that only they can lift. If human beings can be “cured” from their humanity — wouldn’t that cure be worse than the disease?
I’ve tried to move things along – bring about a change in the treatment of the rural community documented in Tompkins County and Tammany Hall. I’ve sent emails, letters, and books – to authorities in government, college programs, newspapers, even to investigative media – with one result: nothing. No encouragement, no dismissiveness, no acknowledgement — no response of any kind. It’s rejection beyond rejection: it’s non-existence. Our whole structure of authority and oversight is not one of a functioning government – but of a gang. And all those who might be able to help: are involved, unwilling, or afraid. Maybe it’s a good thing that I’m not considered a threat – or I might end up as the victim of a “robbery gone bad.” You don’t think that could happen? Our lives are of no importance to our government – just ask them — and wait for their answer.
If there’s anything we know about “Social Justice” – it’s that we don’t know anything. It’s carried out in secret and justified on the basis of restricted information and selective disclosures. Even the simplest inquiries are hindered by a forest of FOIL forms – breaking any straight forward request into a maze of bureaucratic roadblocks. There’s only one fact that our government can’t conceal – every program and policy they enact gives them more power and more control — and that’s what government is all about these days, isn’t it.
Politics and Science are supposed to make everything good in the real world — They haven’t. We are sheltering in a poisoned and deteriorating ecosystem – divided and isolated from each other – with the wolf clawing at the door — and all they can say is: “Disasters and predation are naturally occurring phenomena.” Science and Politics are the idealization of human practicality – and if they don’t work: they don’t work. Period. Following leaders like that gives you a place in history — written by those who didn’t.
The arc of using. Traditions are fields where the fruits of generations can be harvested. When one crop is consumed – they move to another field. “When the music changes, so does the dance.” – African Proverb
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It’s time to put traditional values and cautions into their proper sphere – the voice of experience. We learn by doing: and recount what works. It’s practical, and reasonable, to consider that tradition is the survival blueprint for society. Traditions are no more confining than the clothes that we wear to survive winter’s cold — and those who refuse to do so: merely prove their own foolishness. The only lasting effect of 50 years of government bias programs: is an all-powerful government – that can’t get the job done: First because there was not money enough; then because they were not powerful enough; and now because we are not worthy enough — enough is enough! Sawing the board that you’re sitting on is funny in cartoons – but disastrous in life. It’s time to stop our cartoon government before “That’s all folks!” is our epitaph.
“Proles” in George Orwell's "1984": are a social class that forms the lowest level of society. That’s us – conforming, categorized, and caught in the flow of an authoritarian restructuring of government. Long before we get there — comments like this will no longer be allowed. Nor the people that make them.
Persistence may overcome resistance – but why bother; when Big Brother can step in with a club. Having a mandate; is only second to having a child or a recognized disability for leveraging a better life. Does that sound unfeeling and unfair? As unfair as making people who worked a lifetime – still keep working into their 80s to survive? To paraphrase: “Work a lifetime in their shoes.”
Putting the finger on the scales means that you’re buying things on their terms. And when you’re paying with everything you own: how can that be ethical? Competing on an unlevel field is a common situation for rural people – but being excluded from our government’s “Equitable” policies; is like locking the gates. “The real tragedy of these small enclaves of marginality and poverty is that people are playing a game of life that has been structured in such a way that they are required to play but prevented from winning” – Janet Fitchen, “Poverty in Rural America”
It’s easy to be “diverse” – it’s all written out for you. Expressing your individuality is just following the script. You can choose anything you want – as long as it’s on the menu. It’s following the House Rules of the Adolescent Society. Life is simpler these days – but being yourself is more difficult — and more dangerous.
The Agenda is no longer hidden – the hate is no longer sugar coated. It’s in every “editorial decision” – in every script – it’s in the profiling used to cast every commercial and every drama – the basis of every “reality” based show and documentary – the underpinning of every social policy. It’s in your face with a shouting crowd that fills your doorway. Don’t question “what will it lead to” — just look at what it led to in the past.
It’s a corruption that can’t be talked about — a corruption that’s spread around – a corruption that always puts something in the pocket of those who could, and should, do something about it. How often these days; is the attitude of “there’s nothing I can do about it” – a cover for the quid pro quo corrupting of our Society? There’s no need to answer — we all know it.
The force that reduces us to automatons is no longer impersonal – it’s a gibbering, hate-filled monster. Doctrine is Everything: and those who do not conform must be punished; and used as an example. People and beliefs that are non-conforming are not subject to debate, dismissiveness, or even to exclusion: but have become the objects of mob injustice and violence — while those who incite the mob merely whisper in the background.
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The actions that authorities take to maintain and to regain their authority is always interesting. When the “replication crisis” uncovered the wide-spread existence of studies that could not be replicated [Replication is the peer-review basis of validation for studies and study results] – it was a serious blow to the mantle of authoritative power that psychology and social science studies have enrobed their results in – and to the politicians and special interests that manipulate that power. How can this authority be regained? First: control the situation – “deliberate misrepresentation and fraud are rare.” Second: control the public perception – “there is a ‘naturally occurring’ variation due to sampling size and content; that can produce widely differing study results.” Third: spin-doctor the mix – the “replication crisis” is not a scandal; it’s a good thing — it enhances our knowledge by showing that you need to take study results with “a grain of salt.” Results of studies can “widely differ” – but at the same time: any one of those results can be selected and cited by politicians and special interests as authoritative. And if you think they’ll tell you to “take them with a grain of salt” — you’re the sort of buyer they’re looking to sell to.
There are so many unanswered questions these days; because questioning is not welcomed. Not only does questioning slow up the legislative process – it raises doubts in the minds of citizens: doubts about the legislative agenda, doubts about the need for more government powers and prerogatives, doubts about the infallibility of experts. And those unanswered questions are likely to remain unanswered — because we are questioning a government that is no longer answerable to the people.
In “Tompkins County and Tammany Hall”: I documented the County Highway Director claiming to a Legislator: “I have researched the area and talked to highway officials in Lansing and they report there are no large through haul trucks utilizing Lansingville Road. What is using the road is as I thought, Agriculture Vehicles.” And in spite of many photographs that were submitted; showing tractor-trailers, cement mixers, gravel dump trucks, and semi-flatbeds carrying industrial equipment using that same road – he never changed that claim. When this conduct was brought to the attention of the County Ethics Advisory Board – their response never acknowledged it. When it was brought to the attention of the Ithaca-Tompkins County Transportation Council – they never acknowledged it. When I sent the book to Town, County, and State authorities – none of them would acknowledge his conduct [or even acknowledge receipt of the book.] No one would address it, and no one would talk about it — and as a consequence: they said everything we needed to know.
Martin Luther King, Jr. is under attack, Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln and Malcom X are under attack. Anyone who believes that equality and individual human worth are absolutes – and cannot be recast, revised, or revoked – is under attack. Everyone who believes that others are no less than themselves, and no less deserving than themselves – is being disrespected and dismissed by those who see a better world as the reflection of their own gain and satisfaction. Let’s debate it – and better than that — let’s see who wants to change it, what they want to do, and who they want to do it to: Full Disclosure – Full Exposure — whether they want it or not! If you feel conflicted by contemporary Social Programs – that’s the big step – now take the little step and come back to where we all belong — where everyone matters.
It’s not surprising that most Americans don’t know what’s going on in the Agricultural Sector – they’re not supposed to. You may know that methane emissions have the greatest short term effect on Climate Change: greater than the CO2 gasses produced by cars, trucks, and industry. What you may not know; is that Agriculture is the greatest contributor to methane emissions – and that the Agricultural Sector is the only sector where methane emissions are continuing to increase. And that the farming methods being promoted by the USDA and Agricultural Colleges are the biggest producers of methane of all farming methods. Or that our government is only using voluntary programs and incentives [paying them our tax money] to fight this pollution. To cut straight to the punch line: When all their activities that contribute to Climate Change affect their crops —government subsidies and funding pay out our tax money to ensure that our country’s corporate agribusinesses get every penny of profit they’re destroying our climate for. Are they fools for what they’re doing? Or are we fools for letting them do it?
Life is not “what you make it” – we’ve lost all control over what our life is; and what it will be. The circumstances of our existence are what the government decides – by gender, race, ethnicity, age, and any other useful handle. Don’t think of it as the loss of your freedom – think of it as practice for the unfolding dictatorship.
This hits home – because I was sprayed with a cloud of Roundup from an agricultural boom sprayer while mowing my lawn – and ended up dazed and vomiting all over myself and the bathroom in the early morning hours. The investigation of my complaint by the NYSDEC [documented in “Tompkins County and Tammany Hall”] did nothing to help their reputation for corruption in the rural community. Most rural families are too poor to move and powerless to use politicians; and when the mega-million dollar factory farms took over rural Lansing, NY – they owned us and everything in it. The only thing worse than the environmental racism of the rural blacks – is the environmental erasism of the rural whites — we have no help, no hope — and no worth.
Important corporations in Tompkins County: like Cargill and Cornell, receive tax cuts — while the rural areas receive cuts in services. Having basic services in rural areas, like Sheriff’s patrols, cut entirely; because they’re “too expensive” – is the definition of “unimportant” in Tompkins County’s Ivy-league-corporate planning – and it helps the bottom line – while the County’s rural tax assessments are the closest thing to Prince John since Robin Hood’s time.
Progressive thinking is always based on their own superiority – not the recognition of the worth of other people: and the foundation of their policy making is not having that superiority questioned – ever. The lie of Biden’s Social Policies is their claim to be the instrument of equitable treatment for all those who are poor, marginalized, and underserved. Tompkins County’s rural population, like rural communities throughout America, is the poorest, most marginalized, and underserved segment of the population — and is beaten, robbed, and disrespected in every trumpeted policy of its overwhelmingly Progressive government. When a lie is the basis – like the Emperor’s New Clothes: anyone who claims to see through it is labeled “unworthy.”
Some doctors claim that all human deaths can be ascribed to “heart failure” – and yet its causes are as varied as our interactions with each other and the world around us. If human emotions, drives and beliefs are naturally occurring aspects of the human condition – does that make murder “naturally occurring” as well? “Naturally occurring” has been the ethical loophole through which government authorities and their cronies has squeezed environmental wrongdoing for decades. The saltwater that is slowly creeping up the Mississippi River is just the latest disaster that our government labels as “naturally occurring” – Naturally occurring if your greed and arrogance count the results as less important than your profits. Unceasing human driven climate change has morphed into an alibi where anything that happens in nature is “natural” – leaving no culprit for adjudication. I won’t say the future is dark: because the disastrous outcome of our inaction is clearly illuminated in every choice we make. There may not be time to fix things — but there’s plenty of time left to blame. “Fiddling while Rome burns” is a naturally occurring phenomenon.
Blacks and women don’t include anyone else. The idea of single fathers, although there are many, as a pioneers breaking gender barriers is suppressed – and their children are characterized as growing up without a mother. The lack of men in gender skewed professions; like nursing – is dismissed with talk of public perceptions: the same perceptions; that when applied to women — are unconscionable and must be changed. And have you ever seen “white males” portrayed in traditional black cultural and neighborhood roles as the equal or even better or more skilled than those around them? Women and blacks are overwhelmingly portrayed as excelling in professional and authority roles — unable by race and gender to commit hate crimes, or discriminatory behavior – but always discriminated against — While “European-white-males” are profiled into every negative role: the fool or the scammer in TV commercials and the “bad guy” in every doctrinal-morality story – an original sin that can only be atoned for by sacrificing themselves. This is the ugly Nazism behind their new-world-change millennial rhetoric. Inclusion; like so many other finger-on-the-scales social policies – is merely a tool for self-serving and bigoted pressure groups. You have an excuse? But if you really believed in inclusion – why would you ever want to have one?
Progressives always set themselves above other people – assuming their right to question and judge everyone else on the basis of their own beliefs. This Holier-than-God attitude relies on themselves being unquestionably and unjudgably right. My investigations show Tompkins County’s braggingly Progressive government to be self-serving, bigoted, and oppressive; and riddled with misconduct and cronyism – but they refuse to disclose or debate anything: The hubris of their pride is only outweighed by their instinct for self-preservation.
In 2019: 69% of the human dog bite fatalities were from Pit Bulls, with an additional 7% from “mixed-breed” Pit Bulls. It’s not surprising that Pit Bulls are the most popular dog for criminals – they attack, rend, and even kill people – and usually with no jail time for the owners. When the Pit Bulls are destroyed; the owner gets new Pit Bulls. It’s like putting the blame on the murder weapon. The rise of Pit Bulls is a defining statistic in our Victim’s Fault society — as we move inexorably towards Colosseums, guillotining, and our final dissolution.
In our government’s protective reflex to swat away any annoyance, its first response is to “Discredit the Complainant” who is causing the trouble. When it comes to discrediting the facts that conflict with and undermine government policy making decisions; authorities can choose from a number of passive and proactive methods. A bureaucratic favorite is to present the public with background information that deliberately misrepresents, and even omits key facts; in order to validate their chosen course of action. If getting government authorities to admit the facts is difficult; getting them to accurately report a situation and make appropriate policy decisions is almost impossible. Not only do they occupy a “high ground” that allows them to cite everything from jobs to jurisprudence as an excuse; they can change the ground rules to suit their objectives. An important part of today’s regulatory process is how well it works to protect the interests of those who are regulated. Our government continually legislates ineffectual regulations; that effectively protect the wrongdoers.
“It is what it is” young thugs say dismissively – not worrying about what’s coming round the corner. It’s not that experts don’t know the disaster rolling towards us – they’re keeping quiet – and bidding for a place in the lifeboat.
What’s the biggest stumbling block to representative government? Silence. The first choice of politicians to address any unwelcome problem is silence. The second is to pass you on. The third it to blame someone else. The fourth is silence. The fifth is silence . . . Tompkins County politicians’ “vision of the future” is “based on a set of principles that reflect the values of the community as expressed by the County Legislature they have elected” – does that sound like representative government to you? Since Tompkins County residents overwhelming believe that their government is corrupt and there is no meaningful participation – they don’t either. The response of Tompkins County officials to their decisions is: Take it or leave it – there’s nothing you can do about it. And if you want to question, debate, disclose, or document issues — silence.
When a Tompkins County Department Director blatantly lied about existing conditions to avoid regulating influential corporations — nobody did anything. When the County Ethics Advisory Board was informed of this — they would not even acknowledge the incident. When I told residents that I was writing a book documenting the circumstantial case for widespread misconduct and corruption in Tompkins County — they frequently said: “It’s going to be a big book!” When I sent copies of the book to County officials — they would not even acknowledge they received it. When I sent copies of the book to University and College authorities and professors — none of them would acknowledge they received it. The County Code of Ethics declares: “Public officers and employees must observe a high degree of moral conduct to maintain public confidence” — while the overwhelming opinion of the public is that the County is corrupt. Everybody know which is correct.
We’re living in a time when every bigotry, hate, and cronyism that is turned away at the front door; is welcomed at the back door – and inequity is the only means our government will use to achieve “equality.” Politicians pretend that treating the needs and worth of some people as being more important; is somehow different from treating the needs and worth of other people as being less important. It’s not surprising that these “back door bigots” want to cloak everything in secrecy — they know that once they’re exposed: the train ride is over.
Uneasy are the minds of tyrants – and today’s Hate Gangs are the froth of that dark churning. When it’s your nature to destroy everything and everyone you hate and fear – it’s not in your nature to care. If you can’t have the world — no one can.
It’s almost comical how annoyed our public servants are with the public. The last fifty years has seen a steady erosion of public participation in government at every level. Each new policy and program enacted – streamlines the government process by eliminating the greatest obstacle to their smoothly running rulership — the people. An informed public are those who read the whole proclamation – and our electorate are more interested in voting self-interest; rather than self-rule. Clinging to the robes of the powerful won’t save you; and more surprisingly — it won’t save them.
Thirty-two sayings that I’m saying again. It’s up to the reader to decide if it’s worth it — duty is in the lie of the beholden.
How sure is sure? If one person doesn’t follow instructions – or only pretends to follow them — what can happen? With pandemics – with emerging technologies – with invasive species – with terrorists . . . How can you prevent everything from collapsing? That was a question. How can you prevent everything from collapsing? “No plan is an island.”
It’s a world that is driven by fear – even if it’s only the fear of not getting your share. Anxiety coats everything like volcanic dust – slogging and pushing through the day to reach yet another day. If only you could sit down and rest — but then the dust would cover you up – another lump in the dust — another dream undone.
It’s a Vision of the Future that’s already here. On every topic; they have an opinion – the same opinion – the same phrases – it’s what they’ve been taught. And if you contradict them – they get angry. OCD: Obsessive-Compulsive Doctrine – scrubbing over and over — till it’s down to the bone.
The Pandemic not only gave government greater powers – it let them shut out the public in many ways. And unless we force those doors back open: they will remain shut. It’s a government that continues to disrespect us in the coming elections – running hot button campaigns; and stirring in the hate and fear to a mindless frenzy. In the sunset of our society – all thoughts of human worth are submerged in a mad scramble to grab everything we can. We are dogs in a pit; who never stop to wonder who built it — or why.
Don’t worry – there’s no cause for anxiety. No matter what’s wrong; there are experts to tell you exactly what it is. Our modern Social-Political Society knows everything about its every problem — but doesn’t have a clue how to solve them.
A favorite technique that Doctrine holders use to support their beliefs is to create categories that fit those beliefs. The fact the first peoples to come to the Americas committed the same evil acts and atrocities as every subsequent group is suppressed by a “groupism” that denies historical fact – in favor of propagandizing. “First Nations” is a term that sets people apart and above other people — the perfect “Nazism” for the New School Nazis.
Contrary to the American Planning Association's Policy Guide on Smart Growth’s guideline of “refocusing a larger share of regional growth within central cities, urbanized areas” – Tompkins County planners are destroying the rural town of Lansing, NY by bulldozing it’s woods and meadows; and building thousands of new houses for Cornell’s workers along with affordable housing units for Ithaca’s unwanted poor, criminal, and substance addicted. The City of Ithaca is frequently listed as the best college town in America and is characterized by wood-frame houses and small shops. This artificially maintained “small town feel” city is also one of the most expensive cities in the country to live in – and is surrounded on three sides by the Town of Ithaca’s parks, preserves and many tree lined winding roads with small houses that only the rich can afford. Lansing’s rural/agricultural community has been fragmented and destroyed by an Ithaca urban sprawl bedroom community “mini-city” — with sewers, water, utilities, and Form Based Codes being added to insure its continued growth. Tompkins County’s “Best Planning Practices” are based on career longevity and cronyism — and Cornell calls all the shots.
To be worthy of “equitable” treatment; one must have the advantage of political recognition. Those people and groups who do not have this recognition are done down twice: rural people are done down because they are poor, marginalized, underserved, and unrepresented — and done down again because they are excluded from the government programs that would change this. In spite of documented need for a Rural Social Justice – not one step has been taken to politically recognize and address this need. It’s a black urban overclass that receives the advantages of Equity – and a white rural underclass that is dying from crime, drugs, and a policy of neglect – victims of Urban Colonialism and political cronyism. Categorizing and treating people differently is a defining feature of Progressive policy making — and kicking people when they’re down — an unreported abuse.
Poor honest workers can’t make ends meet – while those who won’t work always have enough to eat.
Just as their actions allow you to know what people are; even without knowing who they are – some actions are enough for an indictment of anyone who is willing to commit them — regardless of who they are. “Discrimination by race, gender, and ethnicity – denial of cultural heritage – negative stereotyping and profiling by race, gender, and ethnicity – denial of human worth through government policy” These are actions that are condemned by every revered figure of human worth and equality: and embraced by every member of Biden’s administration. What sort of people would do something like that?
Disasters and accountability are like oil and water in government circles – and it’s this same immiscibility that comes into play whenever we hear breakage in the next isle. “Unexpected,” “unforeseen,” and “unprecedented” are the much-used drop cloths that protect government’s oh-so-exposed ass from the results of their blunders. So the next time you’re blinded by the disastrous backsplash of government policies – realize that the bland, spotless façade of Big Brother is due to taking precautions at the crime scene — as they quickly assert their right to lead any investigation.
Let’s get real – The American Dream was about the opportunity to achieve a better life through your own efforts – but when you tell people that others are responsible for taking care of all their needs — where’s the incentive? “Welfare,” of course, means much more than just that segment of actions that our government labels as Welfare — I expect that our “Student Loans” financed more cars, apartments, and parties than educations — and only a fool or a knave would claim to have believed they would ever be paid back. If we had the same attitudes and policies in previous generations; there’d be nothing left for this generation to live off — instead; it’s a problem they’re leaving to their children . . . along with the debt.
Announcing the ordinary with extraordinary fanfare – Yesterday’s mediocrity; made over for a naïve generation: because the older generation would be yawning by now. Today’s battle of images has no more effect on the descending reality than closing your eyes — the same old disastrous response to approaching disaster.
The elderly are just the wrapper on Social Security’s package of benefits.
In today’s secular Doctrine of privilege and hate: Original Sin is a decided with categorized list – where the checked boxes are totaled up to decide your fate.
Goodness lives in actions – not excuses; that’s why our government is so desperate to hide the actions of their social policies; but so quick to claim the correctness of those same policies. All this hot air quickly floats government decisions out of the reach of the people. It’s time to bring them back to earth — where we are. Full Disclosure – Full Exposure of all government policies and statistics.
There’s the horror film’s: “Let’s split up so we can die separately” – and there’s believing the rhetoric of leaders who have everything to gain by lying to us. Watching both scripts unroll; you have the powerless feeling of knowing that something bad is going to happen – and being unable to alter the outcome. What is the most unpopular behavior in today’s political script? Questioning. Asking “Why?” And worse: to keep asking. “Why should we believe you?” “Why should we follow your leadership; when everything keeps getting worse?” “Why should we split up; when there’s strength in numbers?” It’s time stop the horror show; and think about our survival. It’s time to change the script.
We gave Nature the problem – Nature gave us the solution. If you look at it with an uncolored lens – the Pandemic, the recent natural disasters, the global rising of the oceans: are all making it a better, more sustainable world – by removing us.
Was the 2019 COVID-19 bad for you? What about future Pandemics that don’t discriminate by age? Pandemics that strike to the heart of a millennial age-driven smugness? Viruses like MVD’s hemorrhagic fever: that dare to not care who is there. Our runaway science – stirred into an already overcrowded and disintegrating world has had the World Health Organization uttering pandemic warnings for decades. In the aftermaths of increasingly common and globally disastrous Climate Change “events” – prevention of pandemics may be impossible – and the cure: “anyone’s guess.” Time to Google those kid-size hazmat suits.
They’re everywhere – their stupidity has changed the way we live – if they want to drive off a cliff — they could at least give us time to jump out.
Dumb and dumber isn’t two people – it’s the natural progression of drug taking. In honor of those brains cooking like a rotisserie chicken: here are a few jokes to help you keep in mind that those dumb-asses can get anyone killed.
“I don’t have any animal slaves.” Would this response surprise you and take you aback? Putting people on the defensive is a common Doctrinal trick to put Doctrine-holders in the position of “questioner” and authoritative judge. This is a very effective technique in most situations. Our current Social Policies segregate and combine people into groups – so people can unilaterally be treated differently and put into a guilty position that requires they prove their worthiness or admit fault. The most important point in Doctrinal policy making; is not to allow any unwelcome facts or disruptive interpretations – that’s why the need for secrecy is imperative. Black Box policy making. One Thought – One Taught – One Voice – One Choice. Tip: When Doctrine-holders begin to question you – turn the tables and question them instead.
What percentage of unborn children support abortion? If you could take a poll: I suspect the answer would be 0%. Politicians have created an election time poll to show that 78% of New Yorkers approve of abortions. If 78% of New Yorkers polled thought that their politicians were corrupt: would those politicians still run for office? What if a poll showed they thought those politicians should be executed? What if 78% of those polled thought that you should be executed? Evil is a road that goes down and never comes back up — and we’ve already lost sight of home.
I was talking to a neighbor today about the weather and the state of things – and he announced that his family had made plans for leaving New York State. Since the County removed rural sheriff’s patrols as being “too expensive” – He won’t even let his kids ride their bikes on Lansingville Road. “I’m planning on leaving” is a phrase that crops up in almost every conversation with younger families – while “I can’t afford to leave” is the sad statement of the elderly just trying to survive. The millionaire farmers who have taken over give criminals free rein; as long as they don’t cut into their profits – and our once neighborly and hard-working rural community has become a dumping ground of rentals for the county’s unwanted: an Ag Ghetto of drugs, poverty, and crime. New York policy makers are like someone who refuses to learn to swim — but when they start to drown — they pull down everyone around them while trying to keep their heads above water.
When New York Gov. Kathy Hochul bragged about a 140% increase in illegal gun seizures - she meant that if it was expressed it as a percentage of the illegal guns that are still out there: you would laugh in her face. And Hochul’s election timed announcement of a 12% decrease in gun violence does nothing to help the thousands of victims and their families. Politicians talk a lot of shit — It’s time to rub their faces in it. Full disclosure – Full exposure.
When Pride supporters; support race, gender, and ethnic bias programs – where does their righteousness come from?
“With eager feeding food doth choke the feeder.” We’re choking on evil – and our reimagined “race consciousness” Social Policy – is a Heinrich Himmler maneuver that will certainly kill us.
Humility is a no-show in today’s self-inflated society: where greed, ambition, and arrogance combine to make a name for people who would have had a very different name in the past. When the only crime is not getting what you want – victims are just collateral at the waterhole.
“We can share what we got of yours, 'cause we done shared all of mine” — Grateful Dead. “Jack Straw” While much is made of sharing out Social Security and the benefits of a lifetime of toil – we are living in a time that is notably lacking in togetherness and empathy. Once we pass the threshold of our giving; we reach a deserted plateau indifference – where even the cries of our COVID “die off” are sucked into non-existence. Our sharing is a Millennial Judgement – the expiation of some kind of Doctrinal “Original Sin” – a giving of tribute: a recognition of superiority. Maybe their sharing would reduce their perfection by some small amount – or acknowledgement of us would make them unclean. They won’t even share the time to try to understand.
The froth of unhappiness and discord that rises to the top of every issue is a product of the divisive politics of our time. Politicians use hate, fear, and envy to pry apart communities into voting blocks – more concerned with getting themselves elected; than the welfare of the electorate. Ruling over a society in turmoil only increases their chances acquiring more power and control. Divide and conquer is as old as ambition. The new millennium is so naïve: they believe they’re different. We’re making a history that will serve as a cautionary tale — if we live that long.
Unlike the 60’s – today’s social upheaval is not fueled by the recognition that everybody is deserving of human respect and worth — but by a self-serving denial of that truth. Our social policies are 180 degrees away from the beliefs of people like Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr — and are excused with the rhetoric that doing evil to some; will bring about good for all. It’s not a belief that builds and nurtures -– it’s a rioting mob that destroys; and uses the violence of that destruction to protect the looters and intimidate their victims. These New School Nazis have adopted all the old Nazi paradigms of “place by race” and reinterpreted historical postulates. The biggest irony could be – that all this mindless looting and hate filled taking is in the shadow of our extinction. There are no U-Hauls to Heaven – or to Hell . . . or to the event horizon. Welcome to the Future — this way to the Exit . . . for everybody.
What does “sustainability” mean? It’s too useful and too usable a word not to have been stretched out and fancied-up to cover everything possible. “Sustainable” sounds like a solution – even if it’s not. “Sustainable” is keeping to the same story – as long as the facts don’t come out. “Sustainable” is taking less fish – in a massive dying off. “Sustainable” is doing too little – until it’s too late.
Like children puzzling out words in a book and pretending they wrote it – today’s scientists seem unable to grasp the scope of what they are unleashing – or admit their inability to control or stop the process. Emerging technologies more dangerous that any nuclear proliferation are being put into the self-serving hands of politicians and corporations – and proclaimed to a rhetoric-reassured public. Scientists are betting the end of our existence against the achievement of fame, fortune, and the realization of their dreams – knowing that no matter how the cards fall — only they will ever collect. Alarmist? Scientists have discovered everything from microplastics in our blood to accelerating Climate Change. Are these recent discoveries? Or are they unable-to-keep-the-secret-any-longer admissions?
Why were unborn children declared to not to be human beings in New York State? Because it was a convenient way to bypass their legal protection. New York has become a place where every right; even your right to exist – has become conditional. Conditional upon the profit of those in power. Human use, not human worth, is their grounding ethic. It’s not surprising that in the instant of birth: these same children who are not human beings – become the most important human beings of all – follow the money. New York’s political gang-in-charge is washing their corrupt and conniving image clean with money, money, and money— but after Election Day; when the money stops flowing, and their media frenzy abates – they’ll be just as corrupt, and just as conniving. You can’t wash dirty politics clean with dirty money — you can only muddy the waters. And you can’t stop a victim from being a victim; by declaring them disposable. That’s true for unborn children, the elderly, and the growing list of victims in the New York State of disposables.
To give one party all the rights; and the other party only the responsibilities is not equitable – it’s not a partnership: it’s a fraud.
The back of the bus – the end of the string – by putting rural people last; they’re able to oppress by exclusion – we get less, or nothing: because there’s nothing left - someone measured wrong – it’s unexpected – there isn’t enough money – enough workers – enough government interest. They always run out of everything; by giving plenty to everyone else first. There are exceptions: the tax assessors are never too busy to give us the highest possible assessments. Tompkins County’s policies are forcing the same rural families that its roads were named after out of their homes. Does that mean that policies will be changed? Of course not — it means they’re working.
There are none so dumb; as those who will not think. No questioning, no debate, no critical thinking, NO dissent — today’s “acadumbic” institutions are not beacons of light: they’re towers of surveillance. If any unconforming concept, study, or proposal appears anywhere in our Society: its originators are shouted down to quiet them – and beaten down to punish them.
We all won’t survive – and those in the know; know it’s time to start throwing people off the back of the sleigh. Is there a moral in the troika and wolves story? It’s hard to tell. Maybe it’s that the people on the top are willing to sacrifice anybody. Or maybe it’s that in certain situations; no matter what you do — you can’t escape your fate. Unborn children, the elderly, and rural people are all disposable: and when you’re disposable – you can’t be a victim. Maybe we’re all disposable. Maybe we’re all victims. Maybe none of us will survive.
Security built on taking; is built on there being something to take. The shakiness of the post-COVID economy – that makes it easy to take – is a shakiness that taking will bring to collapse. It’s so easy to see the many ways that policy and behavior will lead to our destruction – but not to our survival. We embrace the mantra of the Adolescent Society: “Somebody had better do something” and “It’s your responsibility.” Please listen to the menu; because our options have changed.
Politicians are always finding new words for their actions – it’s only fair that we help them.
When everything you do is evil – how can you claim good will come from it? Our Social Policies are acts of discrimination, profiling, censorship, oppression, and secrecy — in the good sense: because the end justifies the means – for the Greater Good. Fifty years of Affirmative Action; and there’s still no end in sight for this policy of secrecy, bias – and no disclosure — a policy that has spawned a thousand evil iterations – and a million evil acts — for the Greater Good. You’re not killing people – you’re throwing them overboard to lighten the lifeboat – you’re doing it for the survival of everyone in an overloaded lifeboat. The Greater Good. “Shall we draw lots?” “It’s not THAT kind of Greater Good!”
“Great fleas have little fleas upon their backs to bite 'em, and little fleas have lesser fleas, and so ad infinitum.” The lines of this poem; derived from an earlier work of the Anglo-Irish satirist Jonathan Swift – so aptly describes the hierarchy of taking that delineates our Society. In a science fiction story; there is a descriptive passage of a planet with wildlife so mindlessly voracious: that one creature; while being eaten by a larger predator – still reached out to grab and begin eating a smaller prey itself. In the maelstrom of our Climate Change fueled apocalypse to come – “if you’ve got an itch scratch it; and if you’ve got an appetite feed it” has become the societal mantra — as we ride the dog-eat-dog wave to the shores of our destruction.
There is no “us” – and every difference carries a benefit – or a stigma. Try this little test: “Proud to be Black” – “Good.” “Proud to be Hispanic” – “Good.” “Proud to be a Woman” – “Good.” “Proud to be Gay” – “Good.” “Proud to be White” . . . “Proud to be Heterosexual” . . . “Proud to be a Man” . . .
Every time you ask; “what are you doing?” – they answer why they are doing it. Their Doctrine is like a maze in a fog that always leads you to one place: their decision. Ask once – and you’ll get an excuse – Ask twice – and you’ll get silence – Ask three times – and you’re a trouble-maker – Ask four times – and they’ll need to do something about you . . . “What?” “To make things Equitable.”
Being categorized by what you are not is widely agreed upon as being demeaning – so why does our government continue to use this ethnically biased term? Because they want to erase some cultural identities; while supporting and creating others. Recently, they’ve been trying to trick us with a palliative: pretending that not being required to check race, gender and ethnicity boxes – is the same as not having those boxes. We hear many arguments from people for preferential race, gender and ethnic policies – but no arguments for disclosing how often, how much, who, or how they’re decided. If there was nothing to hide; it wouldn’t be secret. And people who really believe in equality and human worth; would never compromise those beliefs.
Like a computer worm – today’s malware social policies replicate themselves in order to spread to every part of the country. Politicians use policy infected communities as a host to scan and infect other communities. When these new “worm-invaded” communities are controlled, the worm will continue to scan and infect other communities using these communities as hosts, and this behavior will continue — a malicious government program that replicates itself, automatically spreading throughout society. Political malware policies use recursive laws to copy themselves without host communities and distribute themselves by exponential growth, thus controlling and infecting more and more communities in a short time.
There is no “us” anymore – so it’s useful to see how we’ve been divided and treated differently. Raising some up to a higher level of respect and politeness – one that reflects a higher level of esteem – while demonizing others. [This issue will receive in-depth treatment in the book – including documented examples from the Media, a Check List and an all-too-revealing Sampling Questionnaire] In our hypocritical society of mealy-mouthed “equity” – the new social conventions embrace all the old patterns of bigotry and relative worth. A new “slavery”? Of course – we’re already indentured servants to an all-powerful autocracy – but they’ll call it something else — how about “Equitable Freedoms”?
When the going gets tough – the rich get going. Whether it’s war, taxes, or Climate Change: those who have the most – and the most to lose – know when it’s time to check out. Giving “there’s money in space exploration” a whole new meaning.
Being on top – means there’s a place for you at the bottom. And being placed on top – means you don’t have the power to decide. Giving up all safeguards for a promise – is the essence of a confidence trick. Your children? They won’t even know what they’ve lost — because you’ve given them up as well.
Before we started making such big footprints in the world – How we lived didn’t make such a big difference to the future — it does now. Old Man River doesn’t “just keep rolling along” – it can not only flood all along its nutrient polluted length — it can dry up. Not one of the governments or groups in the world is doing anything that will meaningfully change our path to disaster. It’s easy to look into the future at a changed world: but our own future is far more problematical. We’re in an overcrowded life-boat – with no hope of rescue — and no place to land.
It’s Doctrine that’s important – not people. In its church of revealed materialism: human use replaces not human worth – and all things can be solved by the application of elitist policy making. Psychiatrists are among the elite – and the welfare of their patients is more important to them than a few dead people. Today’s social policies display the same mad logic as General Buck Turgidson — and reflects the same madness in its makers.
“It’s a small world after all.” Climate Change is showing how small our world is – and how little regard we have for it. When you’re accelerating into a stone wall — letting up on the gas isn’t much of a solution. COVID was just the splatter: Wait till we get dumped in the fryer.
It’s your actions that define you – it’s the “acts of kindness” – not the talk of kindness excusing acts of cruelty. The modern insistence that an excuse can re-define the act: leaves us all the victims of those who oppress, lie, or discriminate for their own profit. If you call “negative”: “affirmative” – is an act any less repudiating?
When people ask you; “How are you doing?” – just say “Good” or “I’m doing OK” – because most people don’t want to hear your problems — the same thing is true of surveys. Our Town survey, like everything to do with policy and politics, comes from Cornell. The cold-call telephone questions were loaded, open for interpretation, and asked well in advance of public awareness of the issues they would be used for. When the agenda of the survey emerged – its authors quickly backpedaled in an angry Town meeting: claiming it was only a preliminary indication; and of no great importance — this same survey was later used as the sole determining mandate from the residents for the Town’s Comprehensive Plan and all future development. Surveys are used to provide an appearance of public legitimacy to the unilateral decision making of Cornell County planners. When residents claim that they are inadequate, biased, or deceptive – county officials merely defend the results; and make no changes, People may not make the right decisions — and surveys are an important step to prevent that.
“Equity: Where does it leave those who are left out?” There is no rural social justice – there is no such thing as Rural Social Justice in any government policy making. Rural communities are excluded from our national consciousness: a vacant space in everything from “Cost of Living” calculations to cultural identity. They are subordinated to political agendas, corporate profits, and agricultural pollution — bullied and deprived unseen in the shadow of a Black urban overclass. “The real tragedy of these small enclaves of marginality and poverty is that people are playing a game of life that has been structured in such a way that they are required to play but prevented from winning” wrote Janet Fitchen in her groundbreaking “Poverty in Rural America” – four decades later: nothing has been built on that ground — and the poverty, neglect and drugs have long since taken it back over.
Equity is portrayed as “some people needing a bigger ladder to pick apples from the tree” – but what happens when there is only one apple? Should they be given a cherry-picker? Equitable policies are always presented within the framework of a Peaceable Kingdom: where there is enough for all – but from a Government that covets all power — this paradigm of sharing is only a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
“The trick is to make even the stupidest dog jump through the hoop.” Our government uses every kind of psychological and emotional artifice of repetition and indoctrination to make us perform – and jump through the mists of uncertainty to a future worldly paradise. And if you’re unable or unwilling to do that — they’ll give you a little shove.
Even if you have the ethical “flexibility” to twist the principle of Equality into “unequally” – you still have to get around the continued existence of groups who are systematically denied this help. In Tompkins County: there are so many mass transit busses in the Cornell campus that it’s hard to drive a car around – and there are bus stops every few hundred feet in urban and suburban areas – but there are no buses serving rural county residents. Rural people are given the ‘separate-but-equal’ policy of requesting volunteer drivers [if available] in advance [and paying more] – for every trip. Rural areas have no sheriff’s patrols – you call in incidents; and they’ll come out and write a report. I’ve twice has medevac helicopters land in my front yard to airlift road accident victims – and we’re still unable to get law enforcement or speed limits on our lawless road. These are just two of the “equitable” policy solutions of Ivy League Progressives to the needs of the county’s poorest, most underserved and disadvantaged [and unrepresented] population. Progressives that can toss off these inequitable policies with a “difficult” or “no money” in a single sentence. They pretend that our rural communities, and our problems don’t exist – and create “equitable” policies to speed up the process. Equitabullshit!
The overclass is not the top – the overclass is only the top of what you can aspire to — the top is already taken. The scrambling for perks and power by those below keeps those on top where they are — and us where we are. Be the overclass – be the tool – be the fool.
Who decides what’s equitable? And how? And why? — Or more precisely: Who decides on who decides? And how? And why? Back when Science valued wisdom over technology – they used the analogy of a gorilla congress deciding to make the perfect gorilla: the congress would always decide on having greater specialization; to better do what gorillas had always done — they would never envision an unspecialized human being. The wisdom and compassion needed for “equitable” decision making is the same as would be needed for an enlightened and beneficent dictatorship. History has shown us the foolishness of installing such a “benign” rulership — and that even in the small chance of it happening: it was certain to be followed by a succession of tyrants.
You could say the NYSDOT response to our Town’s request for a speed reduction on Lansingville Road is the same as every other response we’ve received to our pleas for rural health, welfare, and inclusion: No. Why would the NYSDOT refuse to reduce the speed limit on Lansingville Road? The answer, I suspect, is the same as why the County Highway Director claims – in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary – that all the truck traffic on Lansingville Road is agricultural. The Ithaca-Tompkins County Transportation Council concluded: “the petition signed by residents and the letter of support of a speed reduction signed by the sheriff, and add our Traffic Count Report, which shows a marked increase in traffic along Lansingville Road in the past two years, as well as our Vehicle Crash Data Report, which includes the road segment of Lansingville Road from Rt.34B to Jerry Smith Road on its list of top 10 highest crash severity road segments between 2015 – 2019. These documents together seem to make a clear and simple case for the request.” The NYSDOT refusal was “Based on the existing roadside development, crash analysis, and test drives.” A bland and uninformative stone wall — the same stone wall that surrounds every rural community in New York State.
It’s an old evil that has worn many faces — Mao and Stalin were unsurpassed in butchering the innocent. Evil has no ideology: The seeds to do evil are in all of us – but most people don’t want to cultivate them. Watch out for those who do.
Is there really any difference? Denial of individual human worth is the platform that oppression, bigotry, slavery – and our Social Policies are built on. It’s a present to the People – wrapped up real fancy – with the note: “Do not open until I say so.” — the confidence game.
The essence of today’s social policies isn’t equality – it’s secrecy. You have no alternative to their story. “The dog snuck into the house and ate their homework; to get them in trouble.” Take it; or leave it – there’s nothing you can do about it.
Like the proverbial Summer Cold – it just hangs on and on; until you realize it’s not going away. It’s not the fear of COVID – it’s the knowledge that we’ve traded people who care and can’t help; for people who don’t care and won’t help. It’s the anxiety of being alone.
Is it the opening to another dimension? Or just a garbage disposal? Society is changing. Like a worm virus; always traveling; and always taking; always looking for more – until there’s nothing left to take – Then; the reasonable disposal of the useless husks. If they believed in an afterlife – they’d attach a string to pull us back for another taking — if there’s more to be had than in this life: They want that too. It’s the New Normal.
Victims from the Form Based Evil board game will reappear in the “New Normal” videogame. Also returning are a supporting cast of familiar faces – as Evil Recycles to collect a new harvest of users and losers. Play through to the End of Days level and collect a bonus — or not.
Fearful silence never stopped evil yet – and compliance never stopped the ax. If you believe that today’s oppressive policies will lead to a future of equality and human worth: why don’t you try a virtual debate with Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr, and Frederick Douglass. • Piling evil on top of evil won’t lead you to the gates of Heaven — only back to its source.
It’s so much more than weather disasters – it’s changing life on earth. From adding one more breeding cycle for rats in New York City; to reducing phytoplankton in the world’s oceans – the effects of Climate Change are everywhere — a multitude of changes; like the noise of a giant waterfall that blocks our hearing their cries of danger.
Evil not only recycles – it has traditions and ceremonies. Oppressors needs the oppressed to acknowledge their position – even an attempted “uprising” is an acknowledgement of a subservient position – and resistance reason to grind the heel with ever greater force. The kernel of their satisfaction is an emotional one: they get off on what they are doing — enthroned in that place that Evil likes best.
Mono-droids – no matter how relevant and pressing the issue in front of them – they refuse to focus on anything that does not support Doctrine [or undercut everything else] – it’s what they’ve been taught: If you step out of line; the big, bad world of non-conforming will get you. • Freedom starts in the mind – not at the gate.
Our policy makers have gotten us so used to treating problems in isolation – that we can’t see the bigger picture to save our lives. • The feeling of being without sin and blaming others won’t make our society whole – or promote meaningful solutions — but it’s an addiction we can’t seem to kick.
Pigs are good for finding truffles because they contain pig sex hormones – it incentivizes them. The same analogy holds true for our government and money – they eagerly sniff out the profit buried at the bottom of every issue and policy; and if there’s none there – they move on. • There’s no profit in helping the rural people in this country; and a great deal to be made by helping the people who exploit them. And there’s no profit in writing articles about rural issues; it would anger the people [advertisers] who exploit them. • Our government follows a policy of Urban Colonialism: Rural people are a disposable population – and when you’re disposable — you can’t be a victim.
It used to be that a barking dog signaled that something was wrong – these days: a barking dog is just the accompaniment to the jitter-bugging staccato of cellphone texts and white-noise background of television streaming. There’s no need for an attention span; because nothing receives your full attention. • Maybe it’s barking to be let in — maybe it’s barking because . . .
You could imagine – but there are probably some out there already. It makes some sense: HOAs profit the commonality – while government profits the elite.
As we slide down the un-leveled field towards the abattoir in our future – glimmers of the truth shine through the coarse mesh of deception we’re enveloped in. We don’t decide the path; we just obey the rider . . . and the spurs. • When you’re consumed with surviving — today is enough.
It’s not over – it’s just beginning. But who are the victims? The elderly are disposables; so they can’t be considered as victims. The unreported victims of the Pandemic are our freedoms – the freedom to choose – the freedom to decide – the freedom to be different. • Hearing lawyers talking about tossing out contracts due to COVID [we used to be told that contract law was the basis of our law] – they used the phrase: “somebody has to take the hit” — how far is this from our beliefs of human worth and freedom? • Somebody takes the hit so you can benefit – then you take the hit so they can benefit – and in the end; we all take the hit so those on top can benefit — because they can. • While we were on the COVID Carousel; they moved the exit – and we got off a few doors closer to Dictatorship. It’s said that the trick is to make even the stupidest dogs jump through the hoop — that’s why they use whips.
You feel it, don’t you? The need to do something against a coming catastrophe – something you should already have done. Like a wild animal sensing danger; but not knowing what it is – or which direction it’s coming from — high alert: tiring over time – so tired. . .
It’s as if the world is dribbling out between your fingers – and you can’t hold on to your dreams of building – of achieving. Maybe you’re not using the right measure of success – and maybe that’s not an accident. • In the 1960s: people were taking action to achieve a society of human worth – until the scaffolding began to be kicked apart underneath us; and we grabbed ahold of anything to survive. • Maybe everything that we’re now being told is important; is important to the profit of those who do the telling. • If you could live in a community where you did not fear your neighbor, where you could do things that you thought were worthwhile and at the same time realize who you could be, were people would band together to help those in need of help, and nobody would need to be alone — what more would you want? What accumulation of “things” would you need? • For the people who want to control us — that’s the scariest future of all.
As rural America dies – a strange new society emerges from the carcass: Government Modified Organizations [GMOs] have ushered in a cycle of drugs and dissolution to replace the old neighborliness and caring that existed – Creating a community with all the death and despair of the urban poor — but with none of the hope. In rural America no one can hear you scream.
The rural paradigm is no longer centered around places that help others – it’s centered around places that help you — just like everywhere else.
Talk about a “fusion” – and if not a popular creation; these unhealthy servings will be ladled out world-wide in the coming decades. The high ground of today will be the beach front of the future; but what will the property tax be like? — and the insurance!
There is no place too small and no one too poor to escape today’s frenzy of taking and using. In fact: the downtrodden and defenseless are the first targets of corrupt officials and their cronies – taking without restraint, and using their clout to skim the cream off any remediation or development. • One of the takers referred to my book: “Tompkins County and Tammany Hall” as a “lamentation” with a mocking smile. It’s an indictment — and the day of Rural Justice will bring a smile to the oppressed.
Evil recycles – and the same evil can take many forms: but evil cannot just exist – it must act. The small evil is the key that unlocks the door to a bigger evil. • The “lens” of evil is a lens of distortion. If you have three children; and always praise and recount the goodness of two of them – and use the third one as an example of everything bad: the evil would claim that this is to promote recognition of the worth of those two – disguising that evil with a coating of self-serving gain, and cloaking the action with secrecy. Another day: one of the remaining two children would be found unworthy – and then; the last child will fall. Evil does not share. • If you give a government the power to discriminate against whoever they want, whenever they want, for as long as they want, in secret — there is nothing that you receive in exchange that will not be taken from you.
Today’s social conscience has all the impact of a forgotten greeting card. While people complain about the evils of privilege and wealth; everything they do is calculated to put them there. TV commercials are all about the ascendency of prestige and material goods; and giving is done to validate the giver.
In a time when being a cult has itself earned cult status – and public images are used to manipulate public images: our Society orbits the real world; without ever coming into contact with it. • What’s in our future? People are famous for being people who were famous for being famous? Now that’s what I call a Legacy!
Discrimination, secrecy, censorship, profiling, stereotyping, and demonizing are not the actions of people or governments that believe in human worth and equality — and the more you question it; the more they possessively hug it to themselves. Disclosure and debate? Never. One thought – One taught – One voice – One choice — and enough mob mentality to fuel any action.
A day without rain is just a day without rain; but three months without rain is a drought. A historic storm is a disaster we can recover from – but put enough of them together. . . It’s a big world with only a small margin for our survival – and we’ve filled it up. With Climate Change eating the edges — what will people do to cling to what’s left?
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With all the adolescent horror of a newly discovered pimple – popular culture works to create a façade of conformity; and avoid any ridicule or criticism. Teeth, hair, skin, clothes, odors, attitudes and opinions, kids and dogs, must all mirror the merchandising they consume – and that consumes them. • In our Great Shallow world of “lots and lots of not very much”: celebrities grow to a size impossible without the support of their teaming acolytes; eating and defecating in the same wallow — like Fantasia dinosaurs on the eve of extinction.
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What are people actually doing about real-world problems? Nothing. We have reached a stage where the value of actions has been subordinated to excuses, and it’s more satisfying to blame others than to set an example yourself. If we continue to do nothing; things will still correct themselves – the way a car stops without brakes.
You could look at this as an indictment of the people who see more efficient autos as an excuse to drive more and leave the engine running. • Or of Agricultural policies that pay farmers for the damages done to their crops by the same climate change weather that they are major contributors to. • There are many other examples. It’s not surprising in a time when millennial families are constantly advertised as driving long distances, to out of the way places, in large-engine SUVs. Sustainability isn’t an electric car or a farm subsidy – it’s a way of surviving. • That’s not a living room on wheels you’re driving – it’s a mausoleum on wheels — and you seem to be in a big rush to find a parking spot.
Not all problems can be cured – so doesn’t it make sense to prevent the problem and avoid the use of dangerous poisons? Not to our government. • Politicians and Policy Makers are clearing the fields of our Society of all unwanted growth with wide-spectrum poisons – destroying the families, institutions, and religions that compete with the varieties they wish to grow. • Decades of experimentation and reformulation have led to the creation of GMOs [Government Modified Organizations] designed to be resistant to these poisons – and replace our non-conforming heritage society. To carry the analogy further; these “GMOs” do not have the ability to reproduce and survive on their own – but must be seeded, grown and harvested; generation after generation: in the forms and varieties chosen by those in charge. • “Sow the wind, reap the whirlwind” — and our government plans to profit from them both.
The New Normal is an Adolescent Society wallowing in entitlement. And those with the greatest sense of entitlement are its predators. That goes without saying; and these days – without much to hinder them either.
Morality is oppressive, and compassion is conditional upon the recipient: today’s doctrine is stripped down to the basics – privilege and hate – what’s in it for you; and who do you have it in for. • “It’s only a temporary condition – and it will all blow over” – I bet there were many Jews who counseled the same viewpoint.
We live in a world where an authoritative explanation is considered the same as a solution. We’re told that the recent “1,000-year floods” are due to climate change, and “what would normally be a small and consistent trickle of water over the course of the year, becomes a large bucket dumped all at once” – concluding that “we need to rethink everything about how we build where we build.” • Ya think? Don’t fix the climate change; fix the building codes? Maybe we should rethink everything again.
When Progressives have it all their own way – They have it all. • Tompkins County, NY has the highest percentage of student population of any county in the country – and while the students are partying: their “representatives” are using Party-partisan policies to crush the surrounding rural communities; and install a ruling collegiate overclass for the greater glory [and profit] of Cornell. The rural communities have nowhere to turn – when every authority turns to Cornell for their decision. All we can do is show the world how the poorest, most underserved, and marginalized segment of the population is being treated by a vainglorious Progressive government — but when you call Presidents by their first name; who would dare report it?
It’s not true that “the People are always the last to know” – sometimes the People never know.
“This is the way the world ends Not with a bang but a black hole”
Shamelessly self-promoting: science has become a platform for the destruction of humanity – a tool of the rich and powerful; selling a vaporware future to an anxious population. • In our unhappy world: Science keeps piling block on top of block; to make a bigger pile of blocks – with the singlemindedness of a Scrooge – never admitting the need for responsibility and accountability – and with no epiphany in sight. • Science has traded the adult wisdom of fallibility; for the adolescent; “Look what I can do!” Now what can they do to fix it?
These days: there is no such thing as a balanced argument. No time given to opposing views . . . and no mercy is given to those who hold them.
In our Standardized world: You no longer need to decide anything – the answers are placed right in front of you. Who would dare to demur? .They’re watching.
The biggest cause of death in fires is not panic – it’s lack of panic.
Our government is on hair-trigger alert to add to their power with every possible excuse – but no excuse is sufficient for them relinquish any of it. • We no longer have a dialog with our government; it’s a monolog of policies and precepts – with no meaningful participation or oversight by the people. Congress is not filled with our representatives – but our rulers. • The time left to change all that is running out: Congress is deftly juggling the disastrous fallout from their Climate Change Cronyism; and when they let the pieces drop – they’ll find out that they need to control everything.
Like the cheap insurance policy that refuses to pay out when you have an accident; the mirage of our government’s caring persona blinds us to a desert of bureaucracy and self-interest. You can distance yourself from the real-world consequences of a policy — until you need to use it.
How does our government deal with the victims of their policy making? The same way the Nazis did: by demonizing and dehumanizing them. They can only be one of two things: trash waiting for pickup – or litter.
If only they took ownership of the blame; the way they take ownership of our future.
Politicians talk about “leaving no one behind”; but if you don’t allow for individuality and human worth – you’re just moving boxes
It’s how people were taught to succeed – before they were taught that they couldn’t.
When your path is in the opposite direction from the one you know you should be on – maybe it’s time wonder if it leads to the same place — while there’s still time to go back.
Children are being taught life in processed, blended, easy-to-understand, and easy-to-swallow portions. But life isn’t easy to understand – and frequently not so easy to swallow. • Adults are responsible – and that responsibility brings a thoughtful acceptance of the need for freedom of thought and of action – real diversity. • At the same time as science has been moving from a classification by form; to a classification by behavior – government has been moving from a democracy of behavior; to a dictatorship of form — Form Based Evil.
It’s a privilege that comes at a price: paid for by others now – and by themselves later. What’s in it for those who do the “wiring”? Everything. • Mechanistic concepts of humanity are proliferating; especially those that promote human use over human worth. • Mechanistic science involves breaking down the universe into its component processes and parts – without knowing or ensuring that you have all the parts or understand the processes. It’s a “lossy” technique that throws out everything that is too complex or superficially unclear; in order to prove its thesis. • In our disintegrating world; swirling with ignorance, poverty, and famine – the trumpetings of science seem more like the unveiling of a golden throne, than a compassionate hand to the fallen.
Everyone praises those in authority in Tompkins County – if they want to keep their job. It’s a networking, quid pro quo hotbed; where the elite skim their lifestyle off the top. BMWs speed through our rural communities; looking around with the attitude of sightseers at an Animal Park — if we don’t wither away soon; they’ll have to use a stronger poison.
When you check government policies and regulations; you will find that everything they do seems aimed at gathering more power and control — but did you ever think; that everything they don’t do may have the same aim?
In the course of my activism; there were many instances where I appealed to State and Federal representatives for help on local rural issues — they invariably did nothing; claiming they had no jurisdiction or authority in the matter. • Only a fool or a knave would claim this: In today’s partisan-political world; they have considerable influence on the local and county deciders of their Party. • They did nothing to help because they didn’t want to.
Not only is this an analog for today’s un-usable government policy solutions – any history of how things could and did work in the past is suppressed. One Thought – One Taught – One Voice – One Choice.
The government push-back to transparency is as old as authority – Bureaucracy. It’s buried in transcripts, broken into sections, indexed esoterically, in part everywhere; and in whole nowhere — it’s a FOIL request for each document – a Black Box policy process where only the results are viewable. • When I enquired at the Town office about the status of our hamlet’s petition to NY State for a speed limit – I was told it would take six months to a year; and we would only know if they put up signs. • It’s government by the book; by Kafka.
“Sweetkins and Light” It conjures up images of cuteness, simplified pastel shapes, and kid-friendly xylophone melodies – images that hide the Lord of the Flies “kill the pig” underpinnings of today’s social doctrine. • Children are educated to conform to this doctrine; and they are all the more eager to do so – to avoid the fate of those who do not. • Their candy-colored future is no more than building sand castles against the rising tide.
As flooding gets worse – our government’s “hundred year flood” criteria bobs on the surface; constantly being revised to meet ever-higher levels of water – a damage control that substitutes reassurance for regulation. It’s as if the definition of “serious illness” had been changed from “bed-ridden” to “riding in a hearse.” • The USGS explanation doesn’t even mention Climate Change as a cause. And if you won’t even admit the problem – how far away are you from doing something to solve it? • Like those science fiction movies where authorities have only so many days to act before the public is aware of the oncoming cataclysm – the true magnitude of climate change and its fallout is racing towards us from the future.
People tend to distance themselves from victims – maybe they’re afraid it’s catching. Even those who are charged with the responsibility of protecting them; take a distant and clinical view. Let’s face it; victims have a pathetic image – and they’re the result of a problem that authorities don’t want to address. • Maybe that’s why those vigilante victim movies are so popular: because they’re victims — like so many of us.
“Domino Effect” Climate Change ripples are giving employment to those who help the moneyed move to higher ground in an ever-rising flood. Our politicians are still covering up for, and subsidizing, Climate Change polluters. And the Science that helped get us into this hole – is busying themselves with measuring just how deep the hole is; instead of finding a way to get us out. • How bad is it? “Astounding,” “Historic,” “Surprising,” “Unexpected.” [It would be smart to always be prepared for at least a week without power, water, heat, food, shelter, and medical attention.] • Those Climate Change ripples are from a Scientific viewpoint — they look like tsunamis to me.
When you’re disposable; there’s always a reason for not doing anything to help. It’s just another untold story – that is telling in its absence. • Authorities could have warned seniors that if they felt threatened; they should temporarily change their will and inform the beneficiaries – but that might cause problems: when you’re disposable; you’re not a victim. Shhhhhh . . .
It’s an observation I’ve made before; but every year seems to bring their intolerant autocracy more blatantly into the forefront of policy making – and their display of dismissive elitism cloaked with a greater snobbery. • In Tompkins County, New York; they actually proclaim their right to decide and “balance” “the burdens placed on individuals and businesses” as part of their “vision for the future of the community.” All rights of individuals are subordinated to the “greater community” – which in turn is subordinated to their “Plan.” • Can there be anything more dictatorial and oppressive than their vision? Yes, their actions. • • Read “Tompkins County and Tammany Hall” – free eBook download at Smashwords.com
In a time when people say; “I’d do anything for my kids,” and really mean; “I can use my kids to justify any act” – importance is a label that justifies overriding public participation and riding over the barriers that protect us from tyranny and technological abuse. Peel off the “important” label – and see what’s underneath.
They excuse it – and keep on doing whatever it is they want to do. Today’s dictatorship is more mealy mouthed; but no less immovable than any in history. Take it or leave it — there’s nothing you can do about it.
So many people want to be Authority Figures these days – flashing honors and credentials like patents of nobility. Or Messengers: racing from place to place – filled the importance of delivering the News; without the danger and drudgery of involvement. A society of elite people holding themselves above or outside of the oppression and evil of our times — with an eye on the lifeboat.
Outreach is important. The “If they want our help; they can come to us” attitude of our institutions leaves people to rot in place – or suffer until they are willing to take that big first step. Instead of making people ask: “Can you help me?” — We should be asking; “How can we help you?”
We work harder and harder to put aside crops that we cannot eat – for the glory of those who only count warehouses.
There is no room for the Big Picture – for us; it’s all filled with Doctrine.
Like the joke about losing money on every item sold; but making it up in volume – today's Social Justice policies have little connection to practicality – or reality. • I’m still waiting for an explanation of why it’s a good idea to give our government the power to discriminate against whoever they choose. It will probably be something like: “We lose rights for every citizen – but we make it up in . . . .”? I can’t imagine.
Crimestoppers? Case-solvers might be a better name for it – with everyone doing their part to solve the case – But stopping crime is not about process: it’s about results. • I remember being told by a coworker that when she replaced the carpet in her condo unit: the floor underneath was found to be covered with cigarette butts and unswept construction debris – the original carpet layers just rolled the carpet and pad over whatever was on the floor: just doing their part. • Maybe the problem is not a case of “falling through the cracks” but of being hidden under the Criminal Justice System carpet.
The squeaky wheel gets the disability payments.
It evades the issue; and puts you into a defensive position of having to explain yourself.
Of course they tell you to eat all you want – to fatten you up for the Feast.
“In rural NY no one can hear you scream.” • When we tried to stop the invasion of large gravel trucks and industrial tractor trailers racing through our rural backroads; by requesting a 4-ton weight limit for through-truck traffic – the County Highway Director claimed they didn’t even exist. And when we documented it with photographic proof – he suddenly put up 20-ton weight limit signs. • But that’s only the beginning of the conduct of officials and their legislative oversight: read “Tompkins County and Tammany Hall” – free eBook download on Smashwords.com and paperback on Amazon. • As they say: “You can’t make this shit up” — and in Tompkins County, NY; you don’t have to.
This is the graphic print version of “Society Survival Store” – the text version is on the previous posting.
It’s tough to communicate without feedback — and even tougher when you can’t know what is being received. I gain a considerable amount of quality time by not having a cellphone or viewing material on social media platforms – but I’m unsure about the quality of presentation – even of the low quality graphics I post. This page will be posted in two versions: This is the text version.
Like a distinction without a difference – there is no such thing as reasonable bigotry. The feeling of being “owed” is something that no one on earth is fit to adjudicate — it’s a feeling that has opened the door to much of the evil in history.
How can there be “us” when no brother or sister would treat you that way? How can there be “us” when it contradicts the beliefs of everyone who fought for equality and human worth for all? • Affirmative Action was not the door to a new beginning — it was the door to a new dictatorship. • Now that human worth is off the table; it’s time for the lovers of evil to feast.
“Made so conditional – as to void the volitional.” While staying healthy these days takes so much time that there’s no time left to enjoy it — and litigation ass-covering has reached the point of warning you measure the cooked temperature of each part of your frozen entre — Your only guarantee from the government is an unaccountable “doing the best they can.” • “A walk in the park” used to mean something that was very easy to accomplish — it still can be . . . but only if you follow the instructions.
I give you thoughts • That’s all I do • Their ending place • Is up to you
Don’t shoot the messenger: bribe, intimidate, or muzzle him [if he can’t be stopped from reaching his destination.] The scientific investigations currently underway are about as useful as a postmortem is to the victim — and as academic. There is no “shock value” left: 150,000 views and it’s just old news.
“Important principles may, and must, be inflexible.” — Abraham Lincoln. • Once again: It’s time to shine a light on those actions that hide in the shadows of shouted assertions. It’s time to stand up to the intimidation of unchecked bigotry, hate and greed – and rip down the mask that they hold up between themselves and those they lecture and oppress. • In direct contradiction of Lincoln: Everything today is conditional – and the condition is that it must benefit those who set the conditions. In New York State; unborn children are no longer human beings – it’s an attitude towards the principle of Human Worth that matches that of the most evil people in history. If unborn children are no longer human beings — who will they pick next? • Evil thrives in our shadow government. Full Disclosure and Full Exposure of all policies and statistics — and the evil they represent. • “Important principles may, and must, be inflexible.” – It’s the only barrier that can protect us from a growing evil.
Let’s not “quibble” the point away by claiming that “truth” is a philosophical concept; and accept the everyday usage: “Tell the truth.” • Doctrine is a useful tool for avoiding debate – because its “truths” are so frequently revealed and not built upon everyday experience and consistency. • The prevalence of the word “lens” is an avoidance of the word “viewpoint”– and the admission of a subjective judgement — “lens” implies a detached and scientific “truth” [although Science itself has subjective underpinnings.] • • The “Lie of Wikipedia” if you will; is the “doctrinal” structure that allows every article to use a different lens and present a different “truth.” The “Potato Famine” is presented in such a way as to minimize and deflect ethnic and religious oppression; and portray those “truths” as whining and irrational – Whereas the Wikipedia article on “Atlantic slave trade” uses a “lens” that selectively maximizes the role and guilt of “Europeans” in every possible way. • Both these “truths” are presented separately – each lens creating a different universe: with different elements and different laws, and even a different logic. • • The “truth” is that your beliefs don’t have to be proven or debated – but when you insist on making them Our beliefs, and Our truths — you damn well better.
The fear and apprehension is palpable these days – it’s not the world; because people have always faced disasters, and even wars, with heightened commitment and determination to act — it’s the tones of a new Nazism that reverberates back and forth across the nation – social policies fueled by privilege and hate — and eager to use rioting and targeted violence to intimidate. Biden’s Brownshirts: One Thought, One Taught, One Voice, One Choice — or else!
I remember Intellivison Burgertime creating a level of anxiety – the longer you survived; the more difficult the game and the more persistently you were chased — and when you lost; you had to start at the beginning and relive it all over again. • Arcade-style games were based on an emotional paradigm that emptied you of quarters as quickly and efficiently as possible. • A similar paradigm in our Criminal Justice System disposes of the victims and their families with the same speed and efficiency. The criminals themselves, however, have almost risen to a management position in that System – with “frequent felon” insider plea bargains sliding them out jail in the time it takes to inscribe a gravestone. • Victims are the grit in the mechanism of Justice. They are now called “complainants” – Why do we make so much trouble?
When government has no contact with the people – the noise of critical legislation is just the spinning of tires. Government’s “tell a pleasing story” messaging does nothing to change our course of inevitable death and disaster. • Government will need to step in to manage things like water distribution, economics, food, health, and housing. This means that the big players will get their cut — and the little people will get managed.
Which came first: the chicken or the egg? – Is that anything like “violence begets violence”? How about; “Fix the problem, not the blame.”
“What constitutes Fraud”: A material false statement, Victim reliance, and Damages. • In November, 2021; The White House Office of Domestic Climate Policy released the U.S Methane Emission Reduction report – “Critical and commonsense steps to cut pollution. It describes Methane as “a particularly destructive greenhouse gas” and that “one ton of methane in the atmosphere has about 80 times the warming impact of a ton of CO2.” • “A material false statement” – Agriculture is largest contributor to methane emissions at 38% of the total; but it’s not listed by name in the Emissions by Source “pie chart” and it’s pushed down to the bottom of the list [after oil and gas, landfills, and abandoned coal mines], and while Gas, Oil, and Landfills include their percentage of the total; Agriculture is just called “a major source.” Even though every other sector has reduced methane emissions – and only Agriculture continues to increase methane emissions –the Biden-Harris Administration is relying on “voluntary partnership efforts” and refusing to regulate agricultural pollution. This same report still claims that the Administration is using “all available tools” including “commonsense regulations” and “transparency and disclosure of actionable data.” • “Victim reliance” – We have nowhere else to turn. • “Damages” – We’re just warming up.
It’s not the light at the end of the “Climate change” tunnel – it’s the light that blinds us to where that tunnel is heading. It’s interesting and revealing that our disintegrating world is serving as the means to make exciting discoveries about those peoples and animals that have died in the past. • It’s a century that has given us the technology to be able to record and preserve the details of our own extinction — but not the wisdom to prevent it.
Today’s leaders aren’t “Movers and Shakers” – they’re Users and Takers — and those who spent a lifetime in honest labor and crime free innocence are their biggest targets. • What a contrast between our government’s “COVID Shrug” as the elderly die in their hundreds of thousands – and the week after week of night-and-day efforts by Congress to take all they can from those remaining. • There’s no love lost in their Social Doctrine of privilege and hate — because there was never any love to begin with.
“A spoonful of profit helps the genocide go down.” • You can sweeten the pot with other things than sugar – and some people will gobble it up. • It doesn’t have to be money; it can be power and position, wish fulfillment, legitimizing acts of hate and harm to others, or just a target for the belief that everything bad in your life is someone else’s fault. In other words: the opposite of everything that Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr., Frederick Douglass, Mother Teresa, Mahatma Gandhi, and Malcolm X believed in, and fought for. • • A spoonful of profit helps the Holocaust go down.
I used to joke about “the next Nazis claiming to hate Nazis” — and then it happened. Biden’s New School Nazis are a pussyfooting, mealy-mouthed iteration of the same evil — from their demonizing targeting; to their reimagined history of racial and ethnic purity. If they won’t come into the light; we’ll bring the light to them. Goodness doesn’t need to hide. Full Disclosure – Full Exposure of all government policies and actions.
“Black Market Profiteering” has a new meaning: the act or activity of using race and preferential racial policies to make an unreasonable profit on the sale of essential goods and services especially during times of social and economic upheaval. • • So far all these little pieces are just outlining the program – prep work for the operation: a dissection. Does Evil have a heart?
Many modern Studies aren’t intended clarify or educate – they’re intended to obfuscate. Today’s academic “replication crisis” investigations show that the results cited in many recent studies cannot be relied on; and many are just made up. • All of a sudden; “you can’t say for sure” – and every supporter and beneficiary blasts out this new report to the exclusion of reason or debate. • It can’t be a coincidence that so many studies have appeared to patch the holes in Doctrinal assertions – maybe they could do a study on that — or a Monty Python sketch. . .
“Cui bono: 1 : a principle that probable responsibility for an act or event lies with one having something to gain” • Government Policies are enacted to help particular entities and institutions – to the exclusion of everyone else. It’s not a government of the People — it’s a gang.
The Lie is that “it’s a little thing” – while in reality: it’s Everything. Today’s Social Policies are not a “correction”; they’re an oppression – a cage of unquestionable assumptions; a privileged bigotry raised to the level of Manifest Destiny. • Dare them to debate – and they will be afraid to. Demand full disclosure – and they will refuse to. So how can you make an informed decision? • This book will include printable “checklists” that can be used to gather reliable information for your own conclusions: A list of the acts that constitute Fraud under the law; with spaces to write comments – use one for each policy and pronouncement. A list of the most important beliefs and acts of historical leaders in the fight for human worth and equality; with spaces to write down those of today’s leaders, who claim to be carrying on that fight. [Will they coincide? Or contradict?] Lists of Questions to ask; that will reveal so much more than the responders intend to. • Don’t buy the lie: “Everything is a matter of opinion – except Doctrine” — expose it.
“A Clue-type game for a clueless Society” • • Download at: ruraltompkins.com [Rural Tompkins County – The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Credentials] • • Welcome to Form Based Evil. Your hope for the future, Public Participation, has met an untimely end – the victim of a foul Doctrine. To win back freedom; you must answer three questions: Where did it happen? How did it happen? And who should be held accountable? • Each player represents an iconic motive in a society gone wrong. Players need to move their tokens around the board and gather clues by entering different rooms. Every time they enter a new room; it’s another chance to get closer to the truth by using the process of elimination. • Printable game board, player tokens, cards, and more for this game are included [a page of card back images is also included.]
“You made your bed; now die in it.” This updated expression more truly defines the unpleasant results of government policies world-wide; than all the official hand-outs people are scared not to believe — believe it. The recent heat wave in Europe is nothing compared the severity and frequency of climate change disasters coming in the next few years – tumbling into migration, starvation, poverty, global unrest – and “conflict.” • Our government is possessed of a megalomania that allows them to think that they can solve life-and-death problems by just repressing the little people, while still keeping their “business as usual” cronies flush and plush. Extinction-risking emerging technologies are the “magic bullets” offered by their scientific counterparts to make this happen. They’re gambling the world — but if they can’t have it; no one can.
Delayed gratification is wrong – ethics are repressive – empathy is Old School – don’t think about the future — it would take away your appetite. Best not to think at all; and get an expert to do it for you.
The possibilities are endless – mold them in the shape of your favorite anime characters – go sarcophagus; have your face replace the Pharos’s – your favorite car; to speed you on the way [maybe that’s how you got there in the first place] – Stackable and interlocking to create a whole family tree – and the franchise potential . . .
“A Clue type game for a clueless Society” Is it a “beat down at the puppet show?” or an “adjudication by stone the unbeliever” the “wrong-place-at-the-wrong-time in the green space” – or even an “organ harvest in the school room”? Ms. Green, Halfaman Yellow, Megalomania Magenta, Racial Red, Patrician Plum, and White-boy Blue are the characters – the game board is done – I’ll just finish the cards – and free download for fun.
“Reasonable,” “acceptable,” “equitable,” “necessary” — there are many descriptions for the acceptance of corruption, discrimination, cronyism and misconduct into our modern society. Everything moral is a gray area – and if someone else is doing it; you can too. Be a user; or be a loser. There’s no shame when you can shrug off the blame.
Elderly COVID deaths for inheritance – unreported and un-prevented. With 750,000 people over the age of 65 dying from the COVID virus, and the current entitlement mind-set in the country — do you really believe it’s not happening? Government and the media [and AARP] don’t want to upset them — isn’t that the same as animals in a slaughter house? The elderly have been targeted for use; until they’re all used up. Then it will be someone else’s turn . . .
Caring about people because they’re poor, disadvantaged, and underserved is no longer an acceptable reason – they must pass a demographic hurdle as well. Rural people are too “white,” too different, and too . . . well, rural – to be the objects of anything but urban ridicule, bigotry, and racist profiling. Rural communities across the country are being destroyed to fulfill the expansionist dreams of the New Urbanism: Urban Colonialism. Who’s Janet Fitchen? The answer to that; is the answer to many questions.
Discrimination: “the unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people or things, especially on the grounds of race, age, or sex.” If you publicly proclaim you don’t do something – and you do it in secret — it’s still lying – it’s still deception – it’s still fraud. If someone did that to you – you would know they can’t be trusted. When your government does that to you – you know they can’t be trusted either.
“In an Adolescent Society: Who do you pick for leaders?” It’s long been a question of responsibility vs self-interest in citizen voting – and when voters believe that responsibility is the duty other people have to take care of them – and accountability is the burden others must accept – what sort of leaders will they pick? Scammers, schemers, users, fat-cat corruptors, wannabe dictators . . . well, just look around.
Science glories in theories – that are more changeable than a Global Warming weather forecast. “That was then; this is now” certainty that comes without any accountability; it’s the perfect platform for political pronouncements. Modern Science is permanently tethered to money — follow the money/follow the Science.
It’s a world that’s run on appearances – a reflective surface that is bonded to a changeable, but inflexible, Doctrine – reinforced by a limited-access information highway – a straight line path to bookmarked/favorite/followed social media distribution points. Maybe appearances are all that matter; because anything deeper requires thought —
It all started in the 60’s – the people got above themselves and started to demand a quality of life; an existence of humanity and human worth – a validation of their life. Fast forward to the present: The people are clawing on the precipice of destruction. Life, art, culture, religion, and humanity, are no more than letters in an alphabet soup of bland distinctions. There is only one true and unique thing left for us to cling to: Doctrine. Did we get here by accident? – Duh!
There’s a thought that comes from experience; when things are going easy – it’s “too easy.” The millennial “be the change” is so prevalent; because it’s so ineffectual. I can’t think of a single actual change in the business-as-usual paradigm that all the singing, dancing, colorful costumes and cosmetics has made. The feeling of being on the verge of great things is the perfect environment for scam artists and manipulators of all sorts – from “get your song on the charts” promoters – to “lead you to a better world” politicians. If there is a change – It needs to be a change you can measure – more than that — it needs to be a change that fills the world around you.
Supporters and sycophants quickly distance themselves; and attribute this policy to “government” – as if a government that commits acts of bigotry, discrimination, and suppression, has legitimacy. And while it’s widely agreed that classifying people by what they are not, is demeaning – our government adamantly continues to retain this discriminatory policy. Irish immigrants [both voluntary and involuntary] have a history and culture that deserves to be respected; not suppressed and erased. They are lumped together, with a dismissive indifference, with those who long oppressed them for their ethnicity and religious beliefs — while having a much cleaner “pedigree” than those who hold themselves separate and special. It was Black Africans who enslaved the people; and Black Africans who sold them as a commodity – and Hispanics are the descendants of those who enslaved and oppressed the indigenous people of the Americas. “Social Justice” is a policy of discrimination; seen through a “lens” that denies our individual worth as human beings — a mirror of the “people are commodities” attitude of the slave masters of the past — and the future. Terms like “Non-Hispanic white” are a deliberate step in this realization.
“It’s for your benefit”; but not for your approval. That’s the way the New Dictatorship works. If you have read my book “Tompkins County and Tammany Hall” [free download on Smashwords.com]; you will know that in more than 10 years of attempts, at local, county, and state government levels – I was never able to open a crack in the decision-making door — or get a meaningful response to my documentation of misconduct by government officials. With every new policy or regulation; demand that your government officials clearly state what decision-making authority the public has – and where the power of the final decision resides. If they put you off, assure you of their intentions, or shut down — you have your answer.
Today’s policies are all about words, about labels, and especially about intimidation. Logic is useful in debate – but there’s no debate: questions are met with silence – leaving the questioner as an isolated target. In an Adolescent Society; nothing is more important than conforming – and no one wants to risk the consequences of adulthood. I’ll take care of the dog, I’ll fix global warming . . . “Somebody had better do something!”
Some people claim that the only use of history; is to learn from it — and if you suppress it, even a part of it: you are liable to make the same mistakes over and over. This is why there is so much scurrying in the background of academia – history is being erased and rewritten to conform to an overarching Doctrine — in every history book; and everywhere. This is why old people no longer portrayed as a source of history: If they told what they have experienced — young people might believe them. One Thought – One Taught – One Voice – One Choice — at any cost.
Looking at compassion quotes; they all have one thing in common; they are not conditional: they use words like “all,” “everyone,” “our,” “together.” Compassion does not see race, gender, or perceived worth. All our government and institutional policies have one thing in common — they lack compassion.
What’s “new” about it? The Pandemic brought out all the profiteering and prevaricating of every other war, famine and natural disaster. Business as usual. Spinning old sins around under a COVID shell is a game for taking in fools.
Lenses limit our field of view and magnify what we choose to look at. [No quibbling about types and properties of lenses to avoid dealing with the merits of the issue.] In the Edgar Alan Poe story “The Sphinx” – a distant “monster” seen through the window; turns out to be an insect crawling upon a spider thread, along the window-sash. The “lens” in this case; is the Cholera epidemic that pervades the author’s thoughts. “Lenses” built of fear and ignorance; can make a monster of anyone.
Whether it’s drugs or Doctrine or race – impairment is obscuring a reasonable and rational appreciation of how people need to live together. Impairment not only blinds us to others; it blinds us to the dangers of our actions. We may wake up to our regret – or we may not wake up at all.
Since government abuses and abrogates our rights already; maybe they can ratify something useful for a change. Current DNA collection laws disproportionately target the societal challenged — it’s time for a more equitable solution. Support “DNA is the way ™” – it’s Scientific: Believe It!
From the Federal definition of a gang: An association of three or more individuals whose members collectively identify themselves by adopting a group identity, and whose purpose in part is to engage in criminal activity. The association may also possess some of the following characteristics: 1. The members may employ rules for joining and operating within the association. 2. The members may meet on a recurring basis. 3. The association may seek to exercise control over a particular geographic location or region. 4. The association may have an identifiable structure.
What’s not clear about the phrase: “Out of control” — and how long will it be before politicians take the easy way out?
Our government uses every opportunity to grasp more power – and pretexts are their most effective tool for achieving that goal. At the center of every solution is the opportunity acquire greater power: the power to decide and control everything and everyone. Do you think this power will be used to help you? — Power does not work like that.
Our government has no ethics; and no legitimacy. It persuades by its arguments; not by its acts. There was a vacant lot in the neighborhood. One day a pile of discarded trash was noticed by the people living around it. Soon, it began to be filled with trash. You could say that’s human nature — or you could say that’s our government.
It’s a new world: you shouldn’t have to earn money or respect – just take it: you deserve it. There are only users and losers — so who do you want to be? Take everything you can – eat everything you can.
“You’re nobody ‘til somebody loves you . . .” and you’re nobody until you are designated as worthy of regard. The best part of Social Justice Policies; is the overarching power they give government to classify and treat people differently – very differently. Giving government power is the kernel of every new policy and regulation — and it’s the gold they wash our human worth away to find.
Tompkins County is in the forefront of our New Dictatorship autocracy – they insist that there is meaningful public participation; and in the face of pointed criticisms – merely continue to insist – never changing anything – never feeling the need to change anything – insisting and insisting — When the cat’s dead; stop stroking it – you’re not fooling anyone.
LGBTQIA+ support of bigoted government policies undermines any legitimacy to their claims of fighting for individual worth and choice. When you make a deal with the devil; you have the devil to pay — good luck with getting a discount.
As my older brother lay dying of terminal cancer/COPD; he told his daughters: “I will not go gentle into that good night – I will fight,” and proceeded to live that statement day after day when doctors predicted he would be dead. If there can only be one end; then it matters all the more how you face it – so I’m returning to the battlefield of human worth with a renewed commitment. And . . . Oh, yes; I’ve been pulling my punches with the previous books – it’s time to go toe-to-toe with our evil times. This book is an in-your-face challenge to those people who refuse to show their face: And if they won’t come into the light – I’ll bring the light to them.
Working Title: Idea Enhancement Project
This Book Is In Development
The Idea Enhancement Project is a visionary undertaking that explores the use of art as a practical tool for increasing innovative and creative thinking. This project is visionary, but not theoretical: the results must be practical; because the process itself is unknowable to the conscious mind.
The unconscious mind is often portrayed as a wild beast; an uncontrollable and destructive atavism. Artists and creative people know that this is untrue.
This process has too many “true” ways of looking at it to have an explanation that fits all viewpoints. One way I like to look at it is that art and ideas share the same level in your mind and can communicate and interact directly with each other.
Visualizing “qualitative thinking” as a nodule or an accretion of thoughts is a useful analogy; because it describes a way in which the results are presented to the thinker. There is no conscious effort involved.
Ideas form naturally; like a fruit – and harvesting them is like picking apples off a tree – this is both practical and useful.
The unconscious mind is an analog computer of unimaginable power and effortless processing — why not use it?
Participating in the Idea Enhancement Project is like going to an event – whether you get there by car, train, bus or by walking – you only need to bring along your willingness to be open to benefit from the experience. It’s my intention to have many “vehicles” for arriving at the destination – text and images – games, puzzles, riddles, and humor — bring yourself, and take away everything you can. There is no guarantee as to how helpful it will be; but there is no limit as to who can participate – and how much they can benefit.
This book has grown; not as a sequel; but from the same roots. It embodies my decision to be more confrontational – and my beliefs of human worth, and worth of creativity and independent thought. In some ways; this book gives graphical life to the documentary evidence set down in “Tompkins County and Tammany Hall”; but it also is more open to solution and love than a recounting of the past, even an impassioned one, can be. To those who say; “How dare you claim that we are doing evil” – I reply: “How dare you do what you are doing; and claim otherwise.” “All Roads Lead to Cornithaca”: another Satirical – Teaching – Thinking – Investigative – Activity – Game – Puzzle – Poem – Essay – Troublesome – Inspiring – Non-Conforming – Ranting – Embarrassing – Inexcusable – book.
Things are much simpler these days. Politicians used to have to pretend they didn’t know the harm they did to people — now they only have to pretend it’s unimportant.
What are the side-effects of ignorance? Bigotry, poverty, abuse, neglect; and like the disclosures in all those smile-filled drug commercials — it includes death.
Old age may not bring wisdom – but you certainly get to know what bullshit is. Nuff said.
The descendants of African slavers and slave sellers defend their ancestors as seeing people as legitimate “commodities” to be sold for profit. Likewise; they were also seen as commodities by the buyers - Legitimately bought and paid for. So it’s not surprising that “social justice” policies that directly contradict the beliefs of every fighter for equality; from Abraham Lincoln to Malcolm X – also deny any individual human worth; and act to segregate people as commodities for personal gain. Their supporters aren’t denouncing the precepts of slavery — they’re buying into them.
“Protocols” are just one more example of a proactive shield that protects government policy from accountability. One of the first stages in the Doctrinal absorption of society; is to protect all those who work for that Doctrine: “professionals,” hangers-on, bureaucrats, and especially those rich and powerful private “partners” and supporting Institutions. You cannot find a sector of people’s lives where “shit happens” is not an acceptable government response for the pain, poverty, and hopeless fear that so many in our country experience. I’ve heard murders described by authorities as “an armed robbery gone wrong” — and if they don’t kill anyone, or the wounds are just debilitating: is that “an armed robbery gone right”? If “Career Criminals” are given the dignity of a “career” – what are those who work a lifetime at low-paying, dead-end jobs given? “The wrong place at the wrong time.” Doctrine does not recognize human worth — just human use.
Like the Sorcerer’s Apprentice; modern science takes great pride in its knowledge of how to make things happen — without wisdom of learning how to make them stop. Our world is like a giant Jeopardy show; with scientists guessing at the answers – in a competition for fame, fortune, and the realization of a dream. And if they guess wrong, and it’s Game Over for all of us — at least they got their time in the spotlight.
It may be pointless bureaucratic chatter to you, but for them; it’s money in the bank – and traditional “Quid Pro Quo” politics. It may be wasting your time – but they’re being paid to waste your time: and the tip they’ll receive is to insure their career longevity. The real power of public meetings is in the ability of those in charge to delay and deflect important matters with unimportant questions, quibbles, and investigations – and postpone the vital issues that you came to hear and comment on for a month, or two, or six . . . until they can be short-circuited, reimagined, or reformulated. Unimportant matters are the grit in the wheels of public participation — a grit that’s never allowed in the smooth running machine of power.
It’s all about the process. Whether it’s “Flow charted” or “Templated” – if your ends are relegated to the completion of assigned tasks; you lose half your humanity. And if those tasks can only be undertaken by following pre-designed paths, and through pre-designed forms; you lose the other half. Work and play is what people do — Art is what people are.
In our authoritarian society; it’s all about force – whether it’s doctrinaire or regulatory, social or emotional: everything and everyone must be made to conform — or be destroyed.
Whether it’s wolves and sharks; or drug dealers and murders – the elite are ensuring right of predators to roam the communities of poor and undefended prey. Protected by privilege and law; they see human lives and suffering as only one part of a bigger picture — their bigger picture.
Is it a coincidence that we now have world destroying technologies at the same time we have technologists eager to play with them? And it gets worse . . . we have authorities willing to overlook any consequence — as long as they can solve desperate problems; while keeping business as usual. Black holes, Nano-technology, Gene splicing – “why not.” The human race has become a plaything for those in power; and as for the world — if they can’t have it; no one can.
Which category are you? Since that decision is made at a higher level – we’re all disposable; aren’t we?
In a time when actions are disguised with doctrine – and profiling stereotypes, and discriminatory policies are defended as tools of change – knowing what people are not doing and how they are not acting; is a way to pierce the smoke screen of self-righteous arrogance that hides their intent. If their actions directly contradict the lives and beliefs of everyone we respect as leaders in the fight for human worth and equality — knowing what they’re not; Is enough.
Even when admitting to the existence of Climate Change; politicians present the big picture — one that doesn’t include the people. • Global temperature changes are what they debate — death and destruction is what we get. • The climate in Congress is definitely chilly.
Just being self-righteous and blaming other people has never been enough to make a meaningful change in the world. As is exampled in the 2021 “White House Office of Domestic Climate Policy” report — a government that is still covering up for the polluters; is a long, long way from addressing an already desperate situation. An efficient electric train network for moving people and merchandise is a solution that can be achieved by upgrading and adding to the existing infrastructure. Don’t accept the “we will make a difference tomorrow” foot-dragging of powerful truck-car-union-fuel interests; there may still be a crack in the door: Today. Tomorrow: it will be shut.
Have you ever examined a government policy and found out that it doesn’t make sense? That’s because it doesn’t need to: the ‘reasons,’ ‘causes,’ ‘fact finding studies,’ ‘statistical tables,’ and ‘sociology’ are just backfill – a sales campaign that undercuts any legitimacy or benign intent. • Doctrine is Everything — and everything else is made up to support it.
When VCRs first crested popular entertainment; I used to wander through Blockbuster looking for a movie I wanted to watch. It might seem incredible, but movies that I made time for to watch on TV; were unappealing when I could choose my own time. It was the change in context – or maybe just having the power to choose. I have no interest in fame – but maybe that’s because the context has changed: it’s no longer based on accomplishment; just social media and marketing — just talking the talk. In a world with no answers and so many explanations; where COVID-19 was the only thing viral that made a lasting impact, what does this bumper sticker mean? You can choose — or move on to the next rack.
Is too much ever enough? – “that depends” is a reasonable answer; but since when have people been reasonable. In our rococo society; shameless self-promotion has turned into an in-your-face demand for appreciation – and like power; it’s an insatiable appetite. Vanity, vanity, vanity, vanity, vanity.
Like the receding rumble of a thunderstorm before the bolt that strikes your house; or the coffee that spills all over you because you tried to stop it from spilling — bumper stickers are back! Although the White House Office of Domestic Climate Policy [November 2021] report states; “one ton of methane in the atmosphere has about 80 times the warming impact of a ton of CO,” it removes Agriculture [the biggest contributor of methane] from its pie chart of “2019 U.S. Methane Emissions, By Source” – and breaks its contribution down into non-attributed pie sections — naming all the other sources; and leaving “Natural Gas and Petroleum Systems” as the largest and graphically enhanced culprit. Agriculture is moved down to Section D, after Coal Mining; even though it releases 5 ½ times the methane – and while stating: “methane is a super-pollutant that disproportionately impacts climate change in the near term” – agricultural regulations are replaced with a request for “Voluntary Partnership” and with “Incentive-based” government funding that is on the same level as stopping your automobile pollution by buying you a new electric car. Biden’s Global Warming remediation is business as usual with a smokescreen of race and ethnicity: When statistics and corruption come together — it’s a match made in Hell.
This book creates bumper stickers, road signs, advertisements, billboards, posters and re-imagined console and old school videogame screenshots that deconstruct the impenetrable façade of government and government policy making. Card and board games help promote thinking through interactive play. A unique activity book for hungry minds. 240 pages - Color Available at Amazon.com
Nothing so exemplifies the modern “greater good” fiction as Form Based Codes. It expresses the “community’s vision” – as decided upon by authorities. It replaces neighborly conversations with authoritarian regulations. And it imposes an all-controlling “New Urbanism” Colonialism on the ignorant and unthankful rural communities. New Urbanism Planners replace debate with declarations and people with projections – turning communities into cages for an ordered future. Their overarching principles are Efficiency, Authority, and Legality — Humanity has no place in their New Millennium mix. Form Based Codes channel Stalin and Mao in creating an invasive doctrine of order and force. It’s a planning so detailed — not even a Tardigrade could survive Transection.
Playing the odds is never a sure thing. When my high school alumni posted a 50th reunion – I was surprised that so many of my classmates were dead: that’s the reality behind the statistical façade. Human beings can only be fit into statistics as numbers, as units – but their reality is as human beings. The reality of life expectancy is that every last minute is important to someone; and no one is disposable on the altar of averages. For a government that has eschewed the teachings of every respected figure of human worth and equality – numbers don’t just represent people; numbers have replaced people. What’s the best way to beat the odds? Change the rules of the game: and bring back Humanity. What are the odds of that happening? Ask the last Tardigrade.
You can prove anything; provided your outlook is narrow enough. You can exclude anything provided your outlook is narrow enough. A limited access information highway leads only to extinction — that narrows down your choices.
“Equitability – the ‘bread and circuses’ of the New Millennium.” • When the cat’s dead – stop feeding it. When your car’s stolen – don’t detail it. When you’ve burned your bridges – don’t worry about the water rising. When you’ve given up all power – stop giving orders. • When you’ve helped the government usurp the power to discriminate against whoever they want, whenever they want, for as long as they want; in secret – what’s in it for you? Nothing but shame. If there’s not another term for “street stupid”; that will do.
“Agricultural Pollution: Since Voluntary Guidelines caused it – how can more Voluntary Guidelines cure it?” • Q: If Voluntary Guidelines have always proven worthless in preventing Agribusinesses from polluting to increase profits – why do we keep on affirming them? A: Because they’ve proven worthless in preventing Agribusinesses from polluting to increase profits. • Like a felon with five warrants – Agricultural polluters used the uproar and confusion of COVID to fade from the environmental scene — leaving their cronies to clean up the evidence. • Now that Algal blooms, the Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone, depletion of the aquafers, and the impairment of our lakes, and waterways have sunk below the level of public awareness – it will take great effort to raise them out of the political muck. • Think Global Warming should be the priority? Phasing out animal agriculture represents “our best and most immediate chance to reverse the trajectory of climate change,” according to a new model developed by scientists from Stanford and the University of California, Berkeley. • Would you like to bet that the increase in global warming from your fast-food burgers is greater than the decrease from using your electric car?
Force has always been the persuasion that works best for autocracies. Our government doesn’t create an environment that inspires a better society; it takes, it forces, it intimidates – our “Stalinized” government.
“Public participation is to government planning; like sawdust is to a cabinet maker – a byproduct of the process; having no place in the final design.” • Government policy is pre-decided behind closed doors; without any meaningful public participation — everybody knows that. The only question is: will we demand entry – or wait outside for a handout?
“The billionaires escape to space – We’re dead: all genders, age, and race.” • It’s a question of priorities – all the fancy dancin’ equitability won’t stop the downward spiral of our living earth. • We’re all concerned about getting a place at the Captain’s Table — while the Captain is concerned about getting a place in the lifeboat. • [And our current government policies that directly contradict those of the Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr., Frederick Douglass, Mother Teresa, Mahatma Gandhi, and Malcolm X; are unlikely to result in human worth and equality – no matter what happens.]
It’s an ill wind that doesn’t fill somebody’s sail – and boost the sales of those who take advantage of it. Today’s “replication crisis” landscape is just crying out for enterprising “landscapers” – Studies-to-Go isn’t the first — just the first to go public. It’s all happening in Cornithaca County.
Buy in; Buy local – advertise it so it sounds good, and looks good, and people will pretend it’s true so they don’t have to do anything. If you can be convinced that cleaning trash off a beach makes any meaningful difference – in the shadow of a tsunami of ecological disaster – then you can buy hard soda and party on. • Our deteriorating earth is stripping away the thin layers of our ‘good intentions’ – like house paint under a sandblaster — and this 5G social media cleaning-the-beach awareness makes sticking your head in the sand seem in-depth.
One writer’s garbage is another writer’s inspiration — and one picture can generate a landfill of language . . . or a single memory you can share.
Who-done-it or what-is-it? – This write a story image means as much as you want it to.
Excerpted from the satirical “Rabid Lemmings: The Musical” – these road signs evoke a state of mind that is not consistent with road safety; but is all too consistent with “I’m not taking my meds” drivers. • You’re not a victim; you’re a “complainant” – and if you persist: a “troublemaker.” Government has much more important things to worry about than people: policies.
This book will also have “Write a story” pages: this page is one example where the reader is urged to “Write a story using as many of the elements on this page as you wish.” And how many time have we wished coming up with a story was this easy?
“Building the future of human existence on the vagaries of human nature.” With emerging technologies; there is no safety margin – because we don’t know what is safe. There is no remediation – because we may all be extinct. And there is no responsibility – because holding a scientific theory accountable is like enforcing an unsigned contract. • The safety of Emerging Technologies is not “an exact science” – it’s a gamble — and we’re putting more and more of our chips on the table.
ZapJack combines the autocratic power of instant decision making with the human fallibility of being wrong. • The deck contains 44 cards: four “ZapJack” cards and forty mistakes. Print and cut out the playing cards – a page of card back images is included for double-sided printing. • Free Download at www.ruraltompkins.com – “Rural Tompkins County – The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Credentials.”
“Everyone’s disposable” – except those who decide. It’s a motto that openly hides the truth: If it’s not you – you may be next. There are no lives greater than the Greater Good – except those who decide. Like all predators: they go for the old, weak, and infirmed . . . first. The distant howling is getting closer.
It’s Social Science! It’s Documentary! It’s Socumentary!! Movie goers everywhere may remain unmoved by the incidents described in this wide-screen screamer – but watch out! With all the creeping COVID corruption you’ve swallowed — your next stimulus check may need to be with a defibrillator.
Saying Equitable and Equality are the same; is like saying robbery with violence and honest labor are the same because they’re both seeking money to support their families. It’s your actions that define you — not your excuses for those actions. The prevalence of excuses without any responsibility or accountability is a hallmark of our Adolescent Society.
Pricking more balloons than are at a memorials for victims who should never have been killed — a scenic overlook on the sick state of our society.
“Everything is doctrinaire in its own way . . .” Especially the commercials, and also the scripts, the casting, the direction . . .
Ramping up the satire from smiles; to “Is nothing sacred!” – these blurbs will cut deeper and deeper into the soft underbelly of today’s hypocritical doctrinaire media. Be warned.
We’re not out of the woods yet — but we’re on the highway. It’s a good time to remember where we’ve been.
Zero Population by 2050? You say; “No way!” So what. “It’s unthinkable!” Maybe we ought to think about it. • The Big New Idea: It’s the magic bullet scientific solution to clean up decades of missed opportunities and misconduct – what could be more appealing to politicians. • When will we find out? When it’s too late for scientists to fix their mistake; and too late for politicians to cover it up. Just enough time to wonder why you gave up cigarettes. [Thanks to the Bunny Rabbits font from GemFonts]
Human nature doesn’t change; and good advice is good advice.
It’s a sour satisfaction to wipe the smile off of bigotry and see the layers of evil beneath. The real satisfaction of calling it to account and ending that repression and cronyism will take the power of many. • As documented in “Tompkins County and Tammany Hall”; truth, reason, and the good of the people can gain no traction for change. It will take the power of public opinion and a responsible electorate to make a difference. • While it’s not too late; it’s already too late for some.
2022: The Post Ethical Society – It’s just a mechanism covered with human skins.
“2022: The elderly are no longer a deserving demographic.” — they’re hardly even a statistic. • Just as unborn children are no longer human beings under New York’s Progressive lawmaking; the state’s elderly have been shunted into a position of voiceless helplessness . . . and hopelessness — a caricature of fragility; under the synthetic smile of an indifferent bureaucracy. • While colleges clamor ever more loudly for aging alumni to give and bequeath: how many have reached out to help those alumni in their isolation and disconnection? • The Silence of the Virus – the voice of compassion stilled.
“2022: We’re running around and around an abattoir . . . with only one exit.” One thought – One taught – One voice – One choice — and only one exit. Conforming is no guarantee of survival – just a mindless blur of compliance. If you stop to look around; you may see them coming with the prods. • How have we gotten into this situation? Not by accident.
The strikethrough of “It’s your actions that define you” is indicative of recent changes in the moral climate in our country. With much scurrying in the background of our academic and intellectual landscape: moral precepts have been erased; and replaced. ANYTHING that conforms or furthers Doctrine is the new normal. • Scary times. Scary people.
Quote Remix: “With evil feeding food doth choke the feeder.” Evil is the ultimate User. You can’t grow fat by feeding on evil: evil grows fat by feeding on you. It will swallow you whole. From the outside — or from the inside.
“New Millennium Science: There’s bad news and there’s good news. The bad news is; we may all become extinct. The good news is; it will end discrimination.” • Our government has its priorities straight: inflexible Doctrine. Reality takes a back seat to Centrality — until it’s time for the reality check-out.
“Victims are NOT ‘the cost of doing business’ in society.” Once again; people are no more than the detritus of real world government planning — the “real world” of expediency; and the byproduct of an uncaring doctrine. • Our government will take away our most cherished rights for the “greater good” — and then toss that “greater good” away in favor of cost accounting. • In modern Society: There is nothing more than Government; and nothing less than the people.
“Entitlement: So those who distain low paying, dead-end jobs – can live off those who worked them.” I wish I could supply the respect due those who have worked a lifetime for little: because they don’t get any from Congress. • “People are meant to be used,” is the motto and guiding star of today’s government policy making.
“Congress: Their tornado of taking has reached F5 status.” The same attributions of “incredible damage” and “monsters” used to describe the effect of F5 tornados; could just as well apply to the frenzy of taking and using embodied in current government policies: “homes, and small businesses are swept away” could hardly be more apt.
“Entitlement: The truth is out – and Congress is locking the doors.” Bumper stickers are back! And what better way to raise the level of confrontation with those secretive deal-makers. • You don’t need to know who they are; to know what they are — and what they’re doing. If they won’t come into the light; we’ll bring it to them!
Lying is just another way to get what you want — and it’s a way that has seen a phenomenal growth in recent decades. With a government that cannot be questioned or held accountable — lying is the only form of public involvement left. • If you question their lies; they shut down. If you question anything; they shut down. If they feel like it; they shut down. What are you able to do about it? • In Tompkins County; the people just say that their government is corrupt and there is no meaningful participation — and go back to doing whatever they’re doing. • There may be a little cause and effect in this situation. • • • “Tompkins County and Tammany Hall” has been published and is available as a free ePub download on Smashwords.com; and as Kindle and in paperback on Amazon.com.
A friend of mine once picked up an ecosphere in a doctor’s waiting room, and thinking it was a snow globe; shook it vigorously — only to see the disaster that external forces can wreak on an isolated and internally balanced system. • It’s equally true that an isolated and balanced system can wreak havoc on anything external to that system – and particularly true of our “quid pro quo” government bureaucracy. Affordable housing programs are not acts of compassion and humanity; they’re acts of regulation and bureaucracy. • The weighty spinning of government is in a balance that is threatened by the willful externality of the public. Affordable housing is not about making a place for people: it’s about putting the people in their place — and keeping them there.
With “black box” Planning Flow; there’s nothing to trip you up – a few quick steps and “fait accompli” you’re done. • For a more detailed examination of how planning is approved in “Cornithaca” County: “Tompkins County and Tammany Hall” has been published as a free ePub download on Smashwords.com; and as Kindle and soon a paperback on Amazon.com.
There is no feature of expediency that is so marked as convenience. A box, or a bin; named or coded for ease of use – is more important than what it contains. Compartmentalization. It’s the bureaucratic lens that autocratic governments use. “One sees great things from the valley; only small things from the peak.” • We are a factory farm cow with number “17052” on an ear tag – we are “16D hot-dipped galvanized common nails”: milked or hammered as the case may be — but always coded for use.
A wide-screen, well lit, high-resolution view; of everything you can see with your face pressed against the window. • Nothing behind the scenes – nothing behind the camera – nothing behind their reasons for restricting your view — Your view ends there; but the world goes on, beyond.
Expediency is all about finding the easy way to get what you want – and that’s why today’s government is all about expediency: The expediency of not having public participation – the expediency of bypassing regulatory oversight – the expediency of shutting up troublemakers. • Removing everything, in fact, that makes us a democracy — but it’s expedient for them to keep calling it so.
“Addiction: It’s not the size of the waves – it’s the distance to the shore.” You can’t beat an addiction: you can only fight it — every day. And you have to win — every day. • No matter how hard it is not to start; it’s easier than stopping. That’s why anyone that goes in that door; never come out whole – and most never come out at all.
“Tompkins County: Rich, dark, evil – covered with a thin candy excuse.” Vibrant, reimagined, progressive – Yes. Compassionate, caring, giving – No. Tompkins County evinces all the New School next-gen networking and brand sloganizing savvy that moves people ahead today — while eschewing all the Old School ethics that caused people to stop by those who had fallen. • The silence of the COVID exploded the “caring” myth and exposed them for what they are: elite of the New Dictatorship.
“Cornithaca County is so corrupt: Their disclosure statements are blank pages.” Government corruption is prevalent in New York — so much so that just saying “government” is enough for most residents. And the ethics codes are so detailed in what they cover – so that they can be made to exclude everything they don’t detail. • But one place where details are notoriously lacking is in the state’s disclosure statements. The Ag Disclosure statement for prospective buyers in Agricultural Districts merely states “farming activities may include, but not be limited to, activities that cause noise, dust and odors” — failing to mention that these activities have locally necessitated the removal of eyelids and caused brain damage among their neighbors. Tompkins County Legislators called the County Board of Realtors and the Agriculture Committee the “stakeholders.” If they’re the stakeholders: what are the prospective buyers? Patsies. Victims. Fools.
It’s not that government policies to legalize marihuana won’t increase the chance that you or a loved one will be killed – it’s that drug impaired drivers will now face the same laws and penalties that alcohol impaired drivers have ignored for decades.
“Tompkins County speak: ‘We haven’t decided’ means they don’t want to give time for opposition.” It’s a given that when authorities list several options in their planning – it’s always the least popular/most repressive one they eventually choose. Is this a coincidence? No. The appearance of choice [and in particular: public choice] is an old dodge to make people feel less pressured – less at risk. And by keeping planning decisions up in the air; they undercut public opinion.
“Tompkins County: They don’t see people – only pawns.” Your importance is of the smallest size and least value – a thing to be used by others. In a seamless society of sameness – only the Elite have value. Only the Elite get a seat in the game.
Use it or Lose it. “Using” is like a computer worm; replicating and spreading itself through our society. Selfishness has become the “self-help” career jump-starter. • "Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness." — Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Tompkins County is a planned community: Their plan – your community.” Government is taking control to make the “best communities”: but even if it’s not for the best of your community; and they never intended it to be — they’re still taking control. Their planners and planning decisions are completely outside the approval and oversight of the people. • “Tompkins County and Tammany Hall” will detail and document the jaw-dropping truth behind this emerging dictatorship. • They refuse to be questioned, they refuse to be accountable, and they refuse to allow meaningful public participation in any government process — that’s Tompkins County today; and everywhere tomorrow.
“It was an unlevel playing field; but it was the same playing field – Now you can’t even get through the fence.” • The “unlevel” playing field presents a problem: you can still win. So level the playing field – into many levels — and they decide the outcome. What level did they put you on?
“The New Urbanism is entitlement for planners.” If you want to gather money and power – enable those richer and more powerful than you. That’s the main ingredient for success in today’s stratified bureaucracy. The New Urbanism and Form Based Codes are elitist mapmaking of a new territory — all that we had left of us. • Our communities; always growing and changing to meet the needs of those who lived in them — were “inefficient” – or more accurately; did not conform. Form Based Codes give planners the chance to create building block neighborhoods; and officials the power to control everything within them. • It’s a ground up paradigm of the new society: People are encouraged to make comments – and officials do whatever they please.
There comes a time in a scam, when the scam is revealed; a time in politics when the Dictator is announced — a time in every manipulative deception when the perpetrators know they are beyond justice; beyond questioning — this is that time in Tompkins County. • Most people in Tompkins County don’t believe – so why don’t they speak out? • It’s a time when that is not wise.
“Tompkins County: It’s not local government – it’s a franchise.” • Just like a business franchise – In Government Format Franchising; the franchisor provides to the franchisee not just its political rhetoric, policies and services, but an entire system for operating government. The franchisee generally receives customized surveys and planning development support, operating manuals, training, conforming standards, media control, a marketing strategy and expert advisory support from the franchisor. • It’s not about thinking — it’s about “branding”: brand visibility, brand loyalty, brand conformity — an ever-changing menu of reimagined sameness; from the same source.
A simple game for “brainstorming” government strategy. The schisms and arguments between players mimic the daily bureaucratic and political infighting of our would-be and be leaders. • The addition of alcohol quickly brings out the characters of those who will rule – and those who die in hotel rooms.
COEXIST with Crime? Not a good idea. You think you’re getting along with criminals — and they just haven’t gotten around to you yet.
It’s bad enough to become extinct when you have no chance to avoid it. But when the roof is falling on your head and you blame gravity — you’re too clueless for a clue-filled universe. • Things are bad and they are getting worse. And if we don’t wake up; they’re going to get much, much worse. And much, much, much, much, much, much worse. • Somewhere; there’s a “much” with our extinction written on it. And it can’t get much worse than that.
“Not doing will be our undoing.” So you’re committed to sustainability. That’s nice. And then? Gold stars won’t get you anywhere with fixing the environment. The target is that dot in the distance — and you have to catch up to it before you can slow it down. Strip down to meaningful actions; and leave the mirror behind. “A stern chase is a long chase.”
2022 – Using the word “underserved” can be a trademark infringement. Everybody’s in the race to merchandize righteousness — and what better tool for personal gain — it’s the “virtual reality” that obscures a conflicting reality: wisdom.
Like the Monty Python sketch where the insured’s “no pay” insurance was a great deal – if he never had to use it — our new world, “be the change” advertisement was a smug Peaceable Kingdom paradigm – until the Pandemic – until the predators sensed an injured prey. • It wasn’t just the media noise of the pandemic that should have caught our attention — it was the silence and emptiness where our humanity used to be. How far have we moved from the “caring and sharing” 1960s to a “using and abusing” 2020s? And if we keep traveling around our spinning world – will we meet up with that time again?
“Freedom – It’s not ‘rent-to-own’ – it’s only rented.” It’s been endlessly repeated in stories and in life — if you give up your responsibilities; you’ll give up your rights. Government was a burden – now it’s a Boss. • Will they tell us how we can change that? Or just tell us not to worry. • When one door closes; another door opens – it’s a good description of an abattoir.
“2022 – Bigots as usual.” Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr., Frederick Douglass, Mother Teresa, Mahatma Gandhi — The farther away we get – the smaller their voices become: “Following in their footsteps” – “working for the same thing” – “working for a change” – “getting what we’re owed” – “they deserve to be punished”. . . “In the future, there will be fewer but better Russians.” — Joseph Stalin
“The road to hell is paved with good intentions – but the slide to hell is greased with bad ones.” It’s not just about the destination; it’s about being able to stop and check out the view . . . and take another look at your map.
“Devil take the hindmost: don’t look back.” It’s a good survival policy for today’s society. “Whew! That was close . . . I better stop daydreaming and pick up the pace.”
“Tompkins County: The only transparency is the thinness of their excuses.” It’s filling in the form without accountability for what you write. It’s giving an answer . . . without answering the question. It’s the throng that cheers the dictator; because someone might report that you weren’t there – or didn’t cheer. The reasons for their policy decisions carry the weight of no alternative. Who cares what you believe.
“Stop pretending you care.” Some bumper stickers have more right to be on bumpers than others. Wouldn’t you like those behind you to see what you so often would like to say? In this world of shameless preening and self-promotion; the pretense of caring is one of the most insulting poses.
“The Shroud of Policy” Religious beliefs must be open to examination and proof – but secular beliefs are too sacred for dispute. • Aren’t you tired of people just “saying” – and demanding unquestioning acceptance of their policy decisions? Materialistic beliefs are amenable to materialistic examination. • When they put lead into one end of their black box; and take out gold from the other end: it’s called fraud. When they put lead into one end of their black box and take out nothing from the other end: it’s called “policy.” • O.K. That didn’t work. So then they bring out another black box . . .
“Bobble-head Bigots: Nodding at nothing.” It could be that they’re nodding in empty agreement; but I believe it’s in agreement to keep something hidden — and not for our sakes. • Now is a time of assertions, of attitude, of arrogance, of bigotry; but it’s not a time of questioning . . . they could be nodding in agreement not to publish what happened to you.
Public Government Meetings: “Closed due to COVID – and something else later.” There is nothing that so defines bureaucratic flexibility as the ability to use anything as an excuse – except possibly their ability to get away with it — let’s see you try to use “I’m understaffed,” for not paying your property taxes on time. • And nothing that so defines politicians as their desire to embrace more power. • That’s why COVID was a windfall event in the Darwinian playing field of politics – every disruption is a chance for corruption. • The COVID ban on public meetings streamlined the whole acquisition and approval process – and it’s a perk they don’t intend to give up.
“Tompkins County: Destroying everything that enables rural communities – enabling everything that destroys rural communities.” Rural residents don’t need to see written confirmation from authorities — they see it everywhere around them. County policy of denying representation, remediation, and even basic law enforcement to rural communities [Tompkins County refuses to provide more than one deputy sheriff to police two rural towns] – and their constant tax and assessment increases on poor rural property owners is driving out those who were the community’s foundation – and leaving a vacuum to suck in the drug dealers, law breakers and unwanted. • A recent “Adult Entertainment Ordinance” was enacted to limit all sexual businesses to the town’s rural and agricultural zones [where the families are unprotected and more isolated] “to promote the health, safety, morals and general welfare of the citizens of the Town.” • There’s much more . . . but you get the picture.
Petitions are a democratic tool for meaningful participation in policy making; but in Tompkins County; there is no meaningful participation – because it’s not a democracy. • “Petitions hold no merit.” — Unnamed county superintendent • Like those lesser-born of the past; laboring under royalty and at the mercy of repressive autocracies — the validity of residents’ requests is entirely dependent upon the approval of those in charge; those at the top. • Tompkins County’s Elite have it all their own way — they’re used to having it all their own way. And with the “representative” power of 40,000 uninvolved student transients, and Legislative districting out of Gerrymandering 101: it’s not likely to change. • They decide. For you . . . and for themselves. Everything. Always. It’s a drug.
Trusting the judgement of someone who has Fame, Fortune, and the realization of a dream in the balance can come at a price. • “Nanotechnology” proponents refute the doomsday scenario of The Extinction of All Life On Earth with: “the danger of gray goo is far less likely than originally thought” – and “such dangers lie too far in the future to be of concern to regulators” – or the “more realistic threats associated with knowledge-enabled nanoterrorism” — none of which sounds like, “it can’t happen” or “impossible.” • While the loss of human life from the “unexpected consequences” of emerging technologies falls under the “shit happens” umbrella of scientific progress – scientists do labor under one constant fear — loss of funding. • In an ever degrading and irremediable biosphere; Our technological morality play reads like the script of a horror movie: And no matter how much you shout at the screen — they never learn.
“Grand entry egos – and back door ethics.” This pretty well sums up the attitude going around today. • Their “equitable” façade hides the entrance to a back room of bigotry and bias. A secret that everybody knows; but no one speaks of. If you want to be vilified at the Celebration of Themselves; just quote Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., or Frederick Douglass.
The New Urbanism is Urban Colonialism; and their “vibrant” urban centers require that rural lands be used for food production, recreation, and the unwanted. • They’re bringing civilization to the rural natives by destroying their cultural matrix and setting them adrift in an elitist society that has no use for them; except as consumables. • In Tompkins County’s Cornell led planning “vision” of the future — the county’s rural communities will no longer exist.
“Government: They’re playing a game of taking and giving – that will end by their taking it all.” • While our government won’t take ownership of their mistakes or their responsibilities — they want to take ownership of everything else. All roads lead to Cornithaca — and to the new Reich.
Simple Solution 1: “Randomly sterilize 50% of the world’s population.” In a world filled with simple solutions born of illogical precepts — any logical solution that undercuts the foundations of self-interest and gain is unacceptable. After all, what reason could be great enough to enact equitable, across-the-board policies that would end so much of the pain, suffering, and death in the world? It’s ridiculous; don’t you realize what a negative effect this would have on corporations, and non-profits – and on governments whose power and privilege are based on manipulating want and need.
“Farm Harm” is a game where you are constantly moving forward, and moving backward; but never getting anywhere — like the mothers in “Ikiru”: passing from one section to another and ending up back where you started. That’s if you use the Bureaucrat’s Rules – if you change the rules; you can change the outcome.
“No one left behind.” Except the elderly, those living in rural areas, and anyone of the wrong race, gender, or ethnicity. Like the “people beloved” titles of dictators; the titles of our government’s policies, and policy actions, are a mockery of human freedom and worth — a lie that remains unexposed out of fear. • The most blatant discriminatory actions are carried out while claiming that “discrimination is against the law” – and with a “diversity” that speaks, not to ethnic mix; but to ethnic purity. • It used to be said that an elephant was a mouse “built to government specifications” — it can now be said that our government’s social policies are: “discrimination in pursuit of a goal – that would have already been reached if they had not enacted those policies.”
“You’re not playing the System; the System is playing you.” Like all good hustlers – politicians coax their marks into wagering it all – and then they run the table. • You’ve given them the power: so they can give you what they promised – or not. It’s their choice. Is there a term for “street stupid”?
“Form Based Codes are for Authority. Behavior Based Codes are for Humanity. Which one will Politicians choose?” Do you need to ask? They’ve already shown us their choice. • We are living in a society that is at odds with our knowledge of humanity and dignity. Everything that is natural in human interaction and community can only be achieved through the permission and intervention of Authority. • Those who support the power to discriminate against any of us; are those remove the freedom from all of us.
“Honesty may be the best policy – But it was never enacted by Congress.” With all the transparency of a transparent liar – our government leaders say whatever it takes to get their plans approved. • While every court show warns of the dangers of cosigning a loan – Congressional leaders forge our names on every credit acquisition scheme they can think of — and lead us by throwing the first stone. . . and getting in the first lifeboat.
“You live and you learn. You learn and you live.” There’s more than a symmetry to this pair – there’s a utility: Learning means survival. So it’s important to learn from your living; and not just from what you are taught. Although, “A little learning is a dangerous thing.” Learning that a flame can burn; may stop you from learning that a flame can give warmth and illumination. • What does this mean? No matter what you’re given, and no matter what you’ve learned – you can still fuck things up. That’s us.
“You can’t heal the wound until you stop the infection. Discrimination is the infection.” You might as well pull yourself up by your bootstraps; as end discrimination by a policy of discrimination — so what’s in it for government? Unstoppable power and privilege. • The evilly sharp wedge of the “greater good” excuse has prized open the door – leaving society unprotected to this New Millennium Predation. Gender, Race, and Ethnicity has become the all-important reason and aim of everything – a doctrine of profit, privilege and hate. • The end may not justify the means: but the means, more often than not, preordains the end.
“Slaves & Drugs: It’s not just those who buy them; it’s those who supply them.” Many of today’s policy decisions are presented with isolated “facts” to obfuscate the actual historical situation. Full Disclosure - Full Exposure of all government policies and statistics is the only “level field” that will ensure our freedom.
Lossy Government strips out whatever it regards as either unnecessary or redundant – it is capable of reaching decisions without help. People have become the objects of government; not the participants.
“2022: ‘Equality’ isn’t bona fide – it’s stratified.” One proof that we are living in an adolescent society is the prevalence of excuses. • They are “reasons” without the backing of facts; or the clarity of debate. • They are adjudications that suppress one side of the argument. • And more simply: they are actions and ideas that directly contradict the lives and beliefs of every respected figure of human worth and equality. • If you don’t believe me; believe them — and not the evil that is done in their name.
2022: “Can’t find workers” — When the early eighties want ads read: “Machinist wanted – 5 years experience” – my skills as an artist only qualified me for temporary, entry level employment; and it was up to me to make something of the opportunity. These days; politicians discourage the “work ethic” – so they can make something of the opportunity.
“Don’t fix the problem – embrace the opportunity” is a fitting motto for today’s autocratic government: every problem is used as an excuse to take money, power, everything – and spin-doctor it all clean afterward. • Debate is a thing of the past — we are living in a time of edicts, pronouncements, and authorities — of silent conforming to an unquestionable threat. We’re like rabbits: frozen to immobility in the sights of a rifle. What are the odds of surviving?
We’re all disposable — and the more conforming we are; the more easily disposed of. Doctrine does not recognize people as of primary importance: There is no longer an inflexible standard of human worth to protect us from oppression. • Of course we’re disposable: There is not one new policy or regulation that does not add to the power and control of those who crave power and control. • We are a society of adolescents: we want; but we don’t know what — we demand respect; but we don’t care to earn it — we give up power; to avoid responsibility — and we embrace an inflexible group doctrine; to avoid thinking or acting alone. • We are running in an abattoir of our own making — we are the guards of our own prison. • We’ve told them something is wrong — now someone had better fix it. Someone had better.
“You think you get no respect . . .” How bad are things? The comparisons are always with the worst happenings; never the best. The People have been whipsawed between Power and Policy until they are ground into a “gray goo” of nutrients. “No it’s not” has become the universal response to our suffering. And like a pantomime comedy: every time our leaders come and bend down to pick us up; they kick us out of reach with their clumsy locomotion. • “How bad are things?” There may be no one left to be told how much better off they are.
“Reimagining Integrity – Don’t give up your principles: reimagine them!” • There’s a workaround for everything. Just as there is a greater good than good – there is an integrity that is more than a mere adherence to basic principles: a greater integrity. • The History Channel is premiering a new series on Abraham Lincoln: Would anybody like to bet that Lincoln won’t be “reimagined” into supporting things that he never would have agreed to if he were still alive? • How about you, Nietzsche?
“Who is the slave owner?” Africa: the Old World birthplace of slavery? Hispanics: descendants of New World slave-masters? • Certainly; the Irish immigrants have less ties to slavery than the people who continue to benefit from it. Start the debate. • Today’s dictatorial doctrine is the product of hate and gain; not history. Their arguments rely on the assumption that their premise is the only possible one – and that their conclusions Must be accepted. • The fragile underpinnings of their “Pseudo-sense” fake logic can’t stand the light of public inspection. Everything is kept in the dark; so we can’t find the threads that will cause it all to unravel. • If they won’t come into the light — we’ll bring it to them.
They’re cunning as weasels And slicker’n snot But compassionate humans Is one thing they’re not. • Tompkins County – the grayness is built in – there is no right or wrong; just a flat gray — and the flat refusal to see any other solution; but the one that is most profitable to the policy makers. • It’s emblematic that the gray fog of their excuses and justifications – hides the cold and unyielding gray of their immovable Doctrine. • A heartless gray – a gray of the change; the new chapter – and the closer one gets to the source; the greater the influence of its corruption.
“An equation has two sides . . . Our Social Policies have one” – the dangers of mathematics and the dangers of government – both systems only need to be self-consistent to maximize their utility – and what’s more self-consistent than a dictatorship? • Mathematically speaking; the only “equals” left is: “conforming = survival.”
We live in a time when Justice is so important; we put a finger on the scales – when Equality is so important; we dispense it selectively – and when Accountability is so important; we act in secret and refuse to keep record of those actions. • Can there be any greater Justice than justice for all – always? And can there be any “greater good” – than not giving our government the power to make that decision for us?
“Love my race; love my racism.” [A bumper sticker for our times] • You had better bring more than an over-the-top arrogance to the table; if you want to overturn the wisdom of human history, the safeguards of our freedom, and the stability of common ground.
Tompkins County appears so often in this book; because it is so often what affects my life – and because its causes and effects are both ubiquitous and accessible – although “in your face” would probably be a better description. • Tompkins County is important because of its overwhelmingly Progressive government and policy agenda – in a Liberal dominated county – in a Liberal dominated state — it’s the perfect laboratory to study the reality behind their “Vision” – a dictatorship for the benefit of the Elite. • It is uniformly agreed upon by Tompkins County residents – regardless of political affiliation – that their government is corrupt and that here is no meaningful public participation: everything and everyone who does not conform is at risk to be eliminated. • As I quoted last February: “The real tragedy of these small enclaves of marginality and poverty is that people are playing a game of life that has been structured in such a way that they are required to play but prevented from winning.” — Janet Fitchen, Poverty in Rural America • It’s the only playing field left open to rural residents in Tompkins County.
Their story isn’t “the dog ate my homework” – it’s “the dog snuck into the house and ate my homework to get me into trouble.” • Tompkins County authorities defend themselves from criticism with the most outrageous concoctions – heavily laced with Doctrine – and dismissively tossed to the public on a “take it or leave it – but you can’t do anything about it” basis.
“What is the definition of the ‘Greater Good’? You rob one person and split with a friend? You kill one person and split with a friend? Your act needs to benefit at least three people?” • Once you move something from an area of prohibited acts; into an area of justifiable acts – you need to establish why and how they are justifiable – and that’s where the fancy dancing begins. While the policies are starkly outlined – their justifications are a blurry smokescreen of evasions and equivocations – with a shifting ground of “case-by-case” value judgements thrown in. • It’s a ‘greater good’ that for all oversight purposes; does not exist – it’s carried out in secret, the names of the perpetrators are secret, the names of the victims are secret, and access to the statistical social context is withheld. It’s an act of ‘good’ that is verified by self-interest and ratified in self-promotion. • Our social policies are a fairy tale with the weight of a ration book — a shipwrecked survivor on an unknown island in a state of complete denial.
You wouldn’t let stockbrokers, just because they knew more about stocks than you: decide what level of risk you should take – especially if their gain played a major role in the decision. So why do we let scientists and politicians who have everything to gain from the risk; gamble with our lives – and all life on earth? • What sort of guarantees do they provide? That if we become extinct – we’ll get our money back? • One 50’s science fiction movie offered $50,000 to the first person who could prove that the monster “IT” was not on Mars – that’s the sort of bet that corporations and technologists like to rely on: For many decades; the difficulties in proving that profitable new scientific developments and applications were actually harmful to people and the environment has taken a mountain of facts – and years of fighting regulatory backpedaling. • The biggest contributor to the Chernobyl disaster was not human error – it was human nature. [Here’s a sure bet] If emerging technologies create an earth-threatening event; what is the first thing scientists will do? Try to cover it up. • Isn’t it time to demand that the burden of proof be reversed — before Science makes their final mistake – our final mistake?
When everybody is the same; no one is indispensable – except those who do the dispensing. • Like the bricks in a wall: the “people units” of a Family are Conforming building parts of a Conforming society – surrounded and held together by Doctrine. Designed by Policy. And indistinguishable in any way more personal than a demographic. • Form Based communities; with Form Based education and recreation; are the “box ticking” goals assigned to all local authorities. • The designs are perfect – the fault lies with the bricks. • Be careful.
It’s been said; “You can prove anything; provided your viewpoint is narrow enough” – and today’s educational “lens” rivals that of a microscope for displaying particular minutiae – at the expense of everything else. • Standardized testing – standardized curriculums – standardized opinions – standardized thinking. Everything and everyone must be made to conform . . . or be destroyed. • Every grain of sand on the beach may be different – but not one of them is a popsicle stick. Or even an artist.
“Social Policy 2022: They talk the talk; and walk in the opposite direction.” • If there is any area of impenetrability in our “transparent” government; it’s the area of government authored social policy and policy making. This “black box” of machinations hides every real-world action and consequence — even the degree of their success is no more than a “hand out” – with no contextual or statistical means of public oversight. • Race, gender and ethnicity have risen on a tide of political “patty-cake” to the level of nobility – a right of birth – a treason to contradict or question. • Today’s “liberal” Progressives are everything that Liberals of the 60’s claimed to hate and despise – turning the absolute rights of the People; to “absolutely not.” Killing for peace. Purging for the Peaceable Kingdom. • Like Global Warming and Agricultural Pollution; the true state of our country’s social fabric is covered up through direct government intervention and “black box” activities. • Washington fiddles while the ship of state sinks. We’re told to keep calm and ride out the storm and everything will turn out for the best – for everyone. • It’s all part of the plan; that’s kept in the “black box.”
“Social Policy 2022: You don’t feel it in your heart – you feel it in their hate.” Like the “practical jokes” that are not jokes; but are evidence of a desire to hurt – there is a dark undercurrent in popular culture today. • Behind what has become polemic of discriminatory bias and accusatory arrogance; intolerance and bigotry preen and strut – fatuously declaiming what they are “owed.” • The brittle construct of judgmental “equality” has shattered; revealing an ugly landscape of greed, self-indulgence, and hate. • In “The Lossy Society – Old Folks” graphic; you can see the shadowy word; “shoes” – over the physicality of Nazi hate. • “Are these the shadows of the things that Will be, or are they shadows of things that May be, only?" • Scrooge had an epiphany — there is little evidence that we will.
In the “Lossy Society” – all regulatory tools and policy making profit those who are in charge – and those who desperately cling to them. • People Units are sorted into compartments and processed as needed – with the Elite as the end beneficiaries. The bigger the problem or perceived need; the more compartments are processed. No one is indispensable; except those who do the dispensing. • 2022 will be a time of great need . . . What’s your compartment?
“Social Policy 2022: It’s a ‘greater good’ – that fails every test of goodness.” There is no love. There is no compassion. There is no human worth. That is why they hide their actions and their victims – and are only willing to talk about their good “intentions.” • And if the “road to Hell is paved with good intentions” – maybe we should take the time to look; and see how far along we are. • Where is the “greater good” in a government that assumes the power to discriminate against whoever they want; whenever they want; for as long as they want; in secrecy? • Is there a single area of society where the ‘greater good’ puppet show has not become script for propagandizing oppression? • We have come down the road so far – that evidence of the most blatant bias is met with a dismissive unconcern. Evil is a tireless driver; and our leaders have taken a back seat — eagerly anticipating the final destination.
“Rural Social Justice? It fell through the crooks.” In a time when so many people see others as objects to use – those left undefended in our society are at the mercy of all. • In fifteen years of efforts to bring Rural Social Justice to Tompkins County: I was unable to get one person in authority at the local, county, or state level to represent, support, or help the rural community – or to make even the slightest change in the existing policy-making bias and misconduct. • Who is worse off than our marginalized urban poor? People who aren’t even worth helping.
Public Meetings are closed – and will they ever open? If you were an autocratic Doctrine holder; who coupled “public participation” with “troublemakers” – what would you do? • You would enter a “new era” of government — coupled with old era totalitarianism.
There is similar, much alike, and identical. “Lenses” can be used to select a set of things that are “similar” and “much alike” – but “identical” transcends these subjective judgements. • “Made with” and “made from” on a product may seem similar in the eyes of to a consumer; but are quite dissimilar through the legal “lens” of regulators. • It’s tough to keep your bearings on the “slippery slope” of words, meaning, and intent that comprise [and compromise] today’s social policies — so the best procedure is to compare their words and actions with those figures of equality, compassion, and human worth we most respect. • When you hear phrases like; “fighting for the same thing” – watch out – it means that those beliefs and actions have been adulterated — and there is no telling with what; and how much of it is inert . . . or toxic.
While it’s simple to follow the arrows; it’s confusing to have so many arrows to follow. The old truism; “the best way to make a million dollars is to write a book about how to do it, and sell a million copies” – has been carried to extremes in today’s advice giving landscape. • Political advice, social advice, health advice, financial advice, cooking advice — all vying for your attention [and money] — and all adding up to more than a lifetime of reading, comparing, preparing, and consuming. • The conclusion is self-evident: if you don’t have some of your own arrows to follow – you’ll never find your way home.
There is a knowledge you can only acquire when you don’t spend all your time with machines and plodding categorizations. • Our society is not the glue that hold us together – it’s the bars that keep us apart. When you think in terms of “people”; everything is understandable – there is no human convention in place or time that does not answer to our desire to find our place in the world; both within us and without. • Stop bending under the ceiling of those who would limit our growth to their understandings of use and control — it’s time to stand up and stretch. • There is no limit to the imagination that has not been placed there for that purpose.
With more twists, turns, and dead ends than modern governance: these policy projecting pieces of rope could be used to replicate resident’s paths in our Kafkaesque bureaucracy. It’s as difficult [and as useful] as tracing skate-marks in the ice – but I hope it’s perceptually invigorating and fun.
These three activity pages are meant to engage the mind and “cleanse the palate”: “Spot the 5 sharks,” “Knots,” and “Spot the 5 frogmen.” I will have a number of graphical fun pages, as well as games, puzzles, mazes, and riddles throughout the book. Black and white does not mean “without color” – and these pages present some of the special strengths that black and white line art is noted for.
“Is there anybody approving the use of irreversible consequence technologies; who does not plan to profit from them? • Bumpers are intended to protect us from serious harm in the event of a collision – but this bumper sticker argues for a more proactive solution: not having a fatal accident. • In the movie “Forbidden Planet”: Krell Super-Science gave the inhabitants of that planet the power to do anything their minds could imagine — but when they slept, and their conscious minds were no longer in control — that power resulted in their extinction. • Are we poised on the same precipice? • We are gambling the future of all life on earth; on the assurances of people who have fame, fortune, the realization of a dream, and great political ambition in the balance — and with no way to reverse the damage or make restitution. • All the equational delusions and statistical status quos are beside the point. I may not have studied science and politics — but I have studied scientists and politicians. And “deep shit” – is deep shit.
End of Days? A little stocktaking might be appropriate. It’s tough to quibble your way out of death. And complaints about bed bugs and mold will certainly fall on deaf ears — no matter what kind of afterlife we get. • We’re in for Big Changes. BIG CHANGES. Why aren’t you being told this? Get Real. It would cause problems. And there are responsibilities. And they’ll justify those actions in their memoirs – from the space colony. • We are living in a point of history where there is no “everybody” – just “everybody else” — and everybody is someone else’s “everybody else.” • Maybe I should start smoking again? I can give it up when I give everything up. Or everything else.
Environmental Merchandising serves a need – the need to sell products. Most people are happy just to have the stigma removed [or at least the appearance of it] and will buy without looking too hard for the unvarnished truth. A Ramen Noodle cup with “35% Less Sodium!” still has more salt than the Dead Sea – and slowing down the destabilizing increase means less than little in our runaway environmental system. • How good is our corporate environmental stewardship these days? In a word: Pathetic, Minimal, or in a word I prefer: Disastrous.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have some reinforcing “Burma Shave” style road signs back on our highways? Like the “eatery” exit signs — food for thought.
“You have to remove my heart to save my life? I’d like a second opinion.” Not only are today’s social policies radical; they’re radically irrational – and it would be smart to get a second opinion from some trusted sources: • Abraham Lincoln: “Important principles may, and must, be inflexible.” • Frederick Douglass: “Right is of no sex, Truth is of no color” • I think I’ll go with them. • What about the “Greater Good”? • “How many legs does a dog have if you call his tail a leg? Four. Saying that a tail is a leg doesn't make it a leg.” — Abraham Lincoln
“Men are from Mars. Women are from Venus. Scientists are from Pluto. Is it even a planet?” These days: people they don’t ask; “What is your sign?” – They ask: “What is your category?” And those who create the categories have great power — the new alchemists who will reconstitute the perfect society from base metals of discrimination and oppression. • The power of Doctrine to put people in their place . . . from now on.
Stories, stories, stories – it’s the stories that hold sway today; and reality is cut to fit the narrative. But where do these stories come from? • One way to find out is to search the “target,” instead of the story. A story is repeated widely; but the originators have a more substantial agenda than mere maliciousness: They like to include a support structure for their tale – and are usually high in the search engine rankings. • And sometimes you can tell the maker’s label by just the cut of the cloth.
Secrets. Government is run by secrets. We could speculate; but maybe that’s what we’re supposed to do. Making up answers is a cloud that best hides secrets.
It’s all in the packaging. You can always sell the appearances – if the contents don’t matter. • When people are famous for being famous – does being famous for your achievements mean you’re successful? • 2022: The year when people are willing to do anything – for not all that much. • The ethics? They come off with the wrapper.
It’s not a foreign language — so stop relying on the subtitles to learn what’s going on.
“It depends on how you see the world.” There used to be a morality question: “If you could press a button; and kill a million people on the other side of the world; and get a million dollars – would you do it?” • This simple “yes/no” scenario would be met today with equivocation: “It’s only about 1/8000th of the world’s population – 0.013%.” or “There are too many people anyway” or [maybe even more dismissive] “A million dollars isn’t worth that much today.” • It seems that the only objection to making a deal with the Devil: is not getting the best deal possible. • If in the setting of Science; People don’t have much importance – why are we letting Science decide our future? • Science and politics are what people do; Art is what people are — maybe we should remember that.
Since government policies are created for the benefit of government; and not the people – the resulting deaths and other non-functional defects merely require a patch to keep the policy machinery rolling. • Enacting an expensive policy is argued on the basis of the welfare of the people; while a policy designed for the welfare of the people is rejected on the basis of its expense. • And our government’s need for secrecy cites your right to privacy much more forcefully than it defends your right to live. • If you want to change that “you don’t know politics” smile politicians keep in stock – just suggest/demand that their policies be radically changed – or entirely done away with!
They make Reality shows about subsistence living; but if they made one about substance living – it would be as interesting as watching paint dry, and as stupid as pushing paperclips into an electric outlet. And you’d need to keep replacing the cast: They don’t live many seasons – once you subtract the rehabs.
“Tompkins County’s Rural Policy: Constructive Eviction.” Under the cover of “We” and “Us” – with a Greater Good “lens” – Tompkins County has unleashed a series of policies to destroy the troublesome rural community. • The Town of Lansing was broken up and divided into Town and Village by the rural community’s refusal to accede to collegiate control — but a world-class Ivy League corporation cannot be gainsaid: and through urban sprawl, voting loopholes, and unilateral planning decisions; Lansing Town government was taken over and made to conform. • Lansing’s rural community is entirely unrepresented in this government, with no services except their own volunteer fire department – and the County has cut back rural law enforcement to one deputy for two towns. • High tax assessments are forcing the original rural residents out; and the community’s character has changed from “blue collar” families to a “drug dollar” Ag Ghetto. • In rural Lansing’s future; all that will be left are factory farms, foreign workers, felons . . . and fools.
“The Change” is projected big on a paper-thin world of self-promotion; but if we walk through that projection into a world of reality – what do we see? Nothing. • There is no rising tide of anything good. There is no atmosphere that is positive and loving: It’s an atmosphere of hate and recrimination – and a repressive feeling of fear and apprehension. • “I’m not bad people; it’s people that made me bad.” “I don’t need to work; I just haven’t been paid what I’m owed.” • Once we’re done blaming others; there is no meaningful action — and once we’ve taken everything; and there is nothing left to take . . . it’s time to turn the page on this Society. That will be “the change.”
“Social Policy in 2022: Bigotry and piggery – joined at the hip.” Our social policies are not selfless actions; but filled to overflowing with a sense of self and self-interest. • Keeping in mind that our leaders are not “movers and shakers,” but users and takers; gives a clearer perception of the “why” in back of policy making. Our social policies are designed to “line the pockets” of those who carry them out, and those who are the beneficiaries – and bigotry is the oil that it all slides on. It’s an elitist “black box” that conceals the construction, the actions, and even the results of the process — there is no public oversight: we have to take them at their word. • It’s this same commitment to self-interest that has led to the current batch of distancing descriptors. For example: “Lens” has replaced “viewpoint” in elitist lexicon – a viewpoint is inextricably attached to a person; while a lens implies an outside and less personal view. It’s the “lens” that is responsible – not the person who uses that view. Tricky.
It’s not a time of building; it’s a time of cycling: the COVID cases ebb and flow, we go out and come back home, and crime endlessly cycles through our bureaucracy like hunters through the woods. • Deer me. I was going to add a fourth choice for the game: “Victim” – but since the victim is always the victim: it would always be the wrong shape at the wrong time — a Form Based thumbs down.
“Tompkins County and Tammany Hall” is planned to be an all text book; so any pictures will have to appear in this book. • What you notice is the misrepresentation – but what you don’t see; is what’s behind it. And while you can see a number of trucks – it’s only a tiny fraction of the truck traffic roaring through our hamlet. One day I counted; ninety dump trucks from just one of the hauling companies pictured – it was a January day in Upstate New York. In the summer it can get much worse. • When we asked for a standard 4-Ton weight limit for thru-cutting trucks; the County Highway Department posted a 20-Ton limit – 5 times the posted weight of every other road. • And, yes – I did bring the Highway Director’s behavior to the attention of Tompkins County’s ethical oversight authorities: Their response was to completely ignore his actions. • As Tompkins County Legislators like to say; “the colleges define the community” — and it’s the County’s ethical conduct that defines the colleges. • “In rural New York no one can hear you scream.”
A neighbor of mine once said: “I’m the only one around here that works.” There was a lot of truth in that. • Our government not only takes from the present, and takes from the future – but with their attack on Social Security: they want to take form the past as well. • Our economy is just a scam: a ‘take gold from seawater’ scheme that will leave us all rich – if we started out even richer. • My neighbor is retiring now: and watching everything he worked for being sucked down into a sinkhole of government policy. • Our government needs to escape the scene of their crimes; “Tell the workers to ‘row harder!’”
Compassion is just another piece of “we are the change” vaporware. The only rising tide our elderly felt during the Pandemic; left them struggling to keep their heads above water – or not. • Our “Better Nature” has become a fold-out brochure – no more than a media promo spot – a marketing tool. And not to be confused with “truth in advertising.” • The elderly are “Victims” — and in our stratified future: you can’t change your label. • Only our government can do that – or not.
Tompkins County is a government that believes it has the right to “balance the burdens” on residents as they choose – and responds to accusations of hubris and evidence of dictatorial policy making by just claiming that they are not. • They and their cronies are never at fault; it’s always someone else’s fault — and probably your fault — and they always need more money, and more power, and more control to get us out of this trouble. • Tompkins County: the views of some forced on everyone — at a cost.
“In Biden’s Society: Everyone will be treated the same – disposable.” If the lowest common denominator is non-existence; our government is pressing all Human worth and dignity into a vast plane of nothingness. • Their assertions of “equality” are only hypocritical lip-service: after establishing that the promotion of certain social actions are “more important” than principles or rights; our government then proceeded to add corporations, unions, and race, gender, and ethnicity, along with powerful special interests to this “more important” constellation that will guide us to the Promised Land. • Importance has become the mark of the new nobility - a coat of arms ensuring constant profit “without let or hindrance” by ethics or legitimacy. • Everyone WILL be treated the same – it’s just that some of us are no longer “everyone” — they’re “Important.”
It’s the same scam you see everywhere today: We’re all together [so we’re part of the same community] – but we’re categorized differently [so we don’t get the same treatment.] It’s a world of users and losers. • Rural people whose families have lived there for five generations; are marginalized by a high-tax, urban sprawl bedroom community – whose transient [and more affluent] families only plan to maximize their benefits and then move. • Tompkins County policy making exemplifies the kind of diversity that results in concentration camps. We’re all in this together . . . just different sides of the fence.
We have traveled back in time. We are living under a government with all the powers and privileges of royalty, of dictators . . . of secret police. • Well; aren’t we living “under” a government that has those powers? Haven’t “we” given that government the power to collectively and selectively oppress us? However they want. As long as they want. In secret. • And doesn’t the use of this power permeate their every policy and attitude. • We are blinded by the vision of what we are owed by others – not what we owe to everybody. The vision of an adolescent. “Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dee” We’re off to the Island of Empowerment. • Rise of the Evil Ones. They have great needs — work harder.
Like MSG or Microplastics – it’s a part of our diet: Hate. • It’s a fog that clings, glistens on the skin; and hides in its own shadow. • In a world without love and compassion – there is nothing but hate to fill the emptiness. • For a better world: would you hate those to blame, or fill it with love? • The future is a place of choices — many choices; many futures.
The complacency of not thinking; is only surpassed by the dangers. • The stories of people who believe they will retain authority; while giving up responsibility – show how often this myth has been sadly revealed as wishful thinking. • It’s only by accepting the responsibility of thinking; that we can remain free of oppression — and that requires access to everyone’s ideas. • The comfort of intellectual complacency; is only one plot away from the silence of the grave.
You don’t need anyone to tell you the right thing to do – that’s why we need “underwriters” to convince us to do otherwise. • I frequently think of the Moody Blues lyric; “How one thought can live provide the others die” – and how it encapsulates our modern “One Thought” Doctrine: where the action of endlessly “underwriting” one way of thinking; is paired with unceasing attempts to destroy every other. • In Authoritarian governments like ours: Everybody talks about oppression, but nobody does anything about it — not if they know what’s good for them. It’s a Victim’s Fault society; and the victims “put themselves at risk” by being “in the wrong place at the wrong time.” • A strangely disclaiming statement from a government that has gained its power through claiming it can fix everything. But a little “underwriting” can fix that too.
This graphic is like looking across an intersection; towards the policy making documented in “Tompkins County and Tammany Hall.” • The actual survey questions are just as manipulative, although they are crafted more subtly in the Town of Lansing Survey – and the Town’s Comprehensive Plan is demonstrably written by Cornell; through its parts and partisans – and Town authorities did turn their backs on any meaningful participation, review, or approval by the town’s residents. • The violence? Well, there are some rural people who believe I was sprayed with Roundup and poisoned because of my Rural Social Justice activities. • The facts? There is no one in authority left to go to – no one left to trust. That’s a fact.
It happened again. Mr. “Hope-a-dope.” We were told; “You already have my support there” by our County representative; and “You’ll need the signatures of people on the road” – which we did – but when we finished our part: he refused to acknowledge or respond to any of our communications. • We were fools to believe. The only question is whether we were just tricked into wasting time and energy to weaken our resolve — or whether they needed the time to put something over behind the scenes. • Asking for the government’s help in Tompkins County; merely gives advance warning of a problem that needs to be covered up, or a public action that needs to be quashed.
It’s hard to tell whether people don’t attend public hearings because they don’t think that it’s important – or they do know that it’s not important – or they’re just apathetic. But there is one thing that is certain: There is no meaningful public participation in Tompkins County. • While citizens can sign up to speak their opinions for two-minutes; local authorities don’t take two-seconds to reach a decision afterwards. It’s as meaningful a government participation as reading a magazine in a municipal waiting room. • Local governments in Tompkins County treat the opinions of residents like fast food containers – they look for the first place to dispose of them without being seen.
When you read those articles that discuss the advantages and disadvantages of new technology, and the risks inherent in low-probability, high-impact outcomes from emerging technologies: there is one important factor that never seems to be included — the benefit to scientists. • With the prospect of fame, fortune, and the realization of a dream in the balance; these scientists are the last people you can expect to give an impartial and unbiased opinion; and yet they are frequently the decision makers in our “should we risk it” scenario building. • Human nature is not something that only operates outside the boundaries of Science. And the Scientific Method demands that they be allowed to experiment to the end limits of their instrumentality – and beyond. Even if it’s the End of the World — They were the ones who brought it about. Megalomaniacs and Doomsday devices operate all the more freely behind today’s Selfless Science façade. • Not with a bang but a Nobel Prize winning obsession.
“Tompkins County: Creating rural communities where drugs, crime and poverty can thrive.” • “Policy Appropriate” mottos would be a great help in raising public awareness of the ongoing destruction of rural Tompkins County. • It’s not the self-serving evil of Urban Colonialism that sets it apart – it’s the repressiveness of its policies. • And if Cornell isn’t responsible – why is it always at the center of the web?
In a British sit-com – an employee is helped to simulate illness with a bit of soap for his mouth, and an onion to put under his arm. When it doesn’t work; he gives back the onion and is told he should have peeled it first. “You didn’t tell me” he says. “Well it’s common sense ain’t it” he’s told “nobody puts an onion under their arm without peeling it first.” That’s how I feel about Artificial Intelligence. • When my land-line deteriorated into a loud hum and a hash of static; I shouted through the noise to a computer for a service appointment – and then two computer follow-up calls to confirm that I still wanted the appointment – and nobody showed up. So I went through it all again. And again. In an online “chat”; I was told that all the appointment “tickets” had been somehow erased; received assurances – nobody showed up. I made more attempts – at least 8 frustrating hours. • Then one day; the hum and static suddenly stopped – a technician called and said he had fixed a problem that he found on the line – he was never informed of a complaint. • The hum in the line has started up again — should I try to make an appointment?
“It’s nice to have a goal.” I read an article about “Global Warming” influenced weather of 2021 that ended by saying: we have the technologies in place to end our destructive activities – all we need to do is “scale them up.” But isn’t that the whole problem? • We help others – all we need to do is scale it up. We have love – all we need to do is scale it up. We’ve climbed hills – all we need to do is scale it up. • Maybe it would be more practical to scale things down: to scale down hate, and corruption, and greed, and indifference – to have a goal. • “Zero Compassion by 2050” does have one strong point — it’s doable.
“It may be groundbreaking; but is it marketable?” It’s not what you do – but how you market it that’s important. The groundbreaking idea may not be yours; but if you market it quicker, better, or to a wider market – it will become yours in the minds of the many. • On the other hand; an idea that is not marketable is unlikely to get any traction these days – “Responsibility” is the duty that other people have to take care of You; or the accountability they have to You for their actions — the idea that You have to pick up any burdens that are not for your own benefit, or that You have a fault that has not been made by someone or something else; is outmoded and unmarketable. • What used to be Society and Community; has turned into a self-serving “Celebration of Our Lives” paradigm. • When you are perfect; it’s everyone else who must change — maybe that’s why people don’t make those New Year’s Resolutions anymore: there’s no market for humility.
As you can see in this “Rise of the Evil Ones” graphic: if we don’t clean up government; they’ll clean us up. It’s not so big a step from an unresponsive government; to one that responds in ways that may terrify us. Some people just won’t conform . . .
It’s time to make predictions for the coming year; and I think that “Evil out in the open” is a pretty good one. For fans of the “slowly raise the water temperature and boil the frog” paradigm: the substance of our social policies directly contradicts the lives and beliefs of everyone we were once taught to believe in and respect – and Liberals of today have become everything that Liberals in the 1960s claimed to detest and despise. We have created a living evil; cloaked in human skins: and it will soon throw off the disguise. • All roads lead to Cornithaca: and all the roads to a future of Human worth, independence, and yes, goodness; have been closed. What will it take to open them again?
Hardwiring reduces flexibility – but it greatly increases the reliability, and ease of replacement. The “hater” can become the “hated” with just the flip of the switch. • That is why governments love hardwiring – whether it’s Form Based Codes, or a new regulatory statute: we supply the power, and they supply the control. • Our Societal Abattoir is funneled by “Social Justice” — and the only way out is through their knives.
“Dare to Debate” – of course I mean a real debate – not a dog-and-pony-show showcase for pre-decided election blurbs. The kind of debate that makes you think, and discuss, and decide together – not stand on both edges of a chasm; throwing packages of hate at each other: where every fact is a barb intended to hurt – not an understanding intended to heal. • Maybe you could have public meetings for debate and reconciliation at the local and neighborhood level. How could this be a waste of time? Aren’t people all we really have in this life? • Debate the issues in a public forum? What a radical idea! Next they’ll be having the people participating in government!
Using small facts to obscure a larger issue has been around for ages – but modern technology has turned a drizzle into a deluge. • The word processor changed the book world: churning out sequels as fast as fingers could type – with salability as the constant goal. Books blossomed in size – 350, 400, 500 pages – published as fast as stamped foil covers could be produced: “Another ‘!!!’ novel in the ‘$$$’ series.” The best sellers became almost the entire book market. • Equally overwhelming changes were overtaking the world of research and statistics – historical and scientific “facts” received pride of place because they were endlessly cited and repeated – not because of any verifiable roots. • The best place to hide unpleasant facts; is with a sea of conforming facts – a SEO flood that will saturate popularity driven searches: muddying the waters against all but the most diligent research — and who these days takes the trouble to do diligent research to inform their opinions? • Tompkins County uses these facts as barriers to separate the people from the reality of the issues that most affect their lives. What is the perceived reality? That their government is corrupt — they haven’t stopped the people from looking through the bars. Not yet.
“Chernobyl wasn’t an accident: It was a safety test.” Leaving aside other interpretations: If the reactions of authorities to the Chernobyl disaster is a test of our future safety – How safe are we? • Let’s look at the “fallout” — in spite of the willful disregard, and deliberate subordination of safety; to monetary, political, and personal agendas – both before and after the “incident”: nuclear proponents insist on labeling it an “accident” – implying that on one is to blame. • The very fact that such a thing can happen; shows that it can happen again — unless you can change human nature. • Some scientists now believe they should contemplate the possible risks from advancing a technology: “wherein slight permutations of initial conditions can lead to unforeseen and profoundly negative downstream effects, for which the technologist and the new technology's proponents must be held accountable.” • In their worst-case scenario: all life on earth may be extinguished; but someone will be held accountable afterward? — Is that the best that science logic can do?
“Everything in Science is clear cut: Until you get to their mistakes.” Like just about everything nowadays; Science is shamelessly self-promoting – which makes “spin-doctoring” part of the Scientific Method. • The defects in their “Creators of the Universe” persona are patched with “unexpected,” “complicated,” and “unforeseen” modeling tools — using human lives as the material. • And the credit grabbing “science” and “scientist” word choices; quickly change into a generalized “us,” “we” or “people” whenever mistakes appear as outliers on the bell-shaped profile of Scientific Progress.
Doctrine is everything – Everything is Doctrine. The advertisements and text on this page; merely make a more overt display of the hate self-interest that lies just below the surface of almost everything you see and touch these days. Sometime soon – they’ll just pull off the tarp, open up the box, and raise the curtains on the Final Show . . . the End of Days.
“You can’t make a dictatorship; without breaking bones” – and “page 3” makes no bones about indoctrinating the public to do it for them. • Giving up your children for school and activities – is still giving up your children. Few parents have any idea of the conforming patterns and attitudes that are being taught to their children. • The COVID Pandemic showed a remarkable lack of compassion for the elderly victims; and marked lack of interest by our government and media. • Maybe the real diversity today resides in the many different pathways we are racing along toward our dissolution: Social, Political, Scientific, Environmental – way too much arrogance and greed, and way too little humility and compassion. • There has been a popular culture of “Post-Apocalyptic” visions — but what are the odds of there being a “Post”? Less every day we wait.
A target — like many others in today’s Doctrinal Demagoguery. It’s interesting that the “One Thought” doctrine holders have aggressively claimed to have debunked the “No Irish need apply” belief – only to have their own claim debunked through a simple internet research of period reference material. In addition to the negative “No Irish” declaration – a number of want ads preferred to use a “Protestant only” affirmative – like an early form of today’s discriminatory “Affirmative” techniques. • You could write a book on the number of truisms that are no longer spoken of, the wisdom turned to face the wall, the back-door bigotry that has been given the run of the house. • The ongoing academic “replication crisis” finds that more than a third of the studies in some fields cannot even be reproduced by independent researchers: many are due to contemporary incompetence; but a growing number of studies are deliberately made up to support a political agenda. • There’s a pretty good chance that the “study” Doctrine holders are citing is just a lie they want you to buy — damaged goods; selling damaged goods.
The names have been changed to “THEM!” to protect the innocent. Names? If you can only think of one; then you are ripe to be one of the mob. • The form is based on the 1954 movie pressbook – with the “kitchen sink” Type Direction that adds an element of exploitation publicity fun to the graphics. I know my graphic senses will be itching to redesign the “paste in the blank space” pre-press, board style; but it’s nostalgic too. • How many remember “mechanicals”? I worked for a magazine that was too cheap to pay for proofreading the Galleys – so I had to correct it on the drawing board with a razor blade and a T-square: but then; my current budget only allows for Photoshop CS5 – when InDesign would be more fine.
What is Science Fiction? If I were to go by the billboards and TV spots; the threats of global warming, drug addiction, and violent crime are nothing compared to the evils of tobacco — if you’re not robbed, killed, or struck down by an unprecedentedly large hailstone on your way to buy a pack of cigarettes. • The victim is the lie that you’ve gotten away with. The victim is only a walk-on part. The victim is only the wrapper; the criminal is the candy, the product. • People used to gasp at the irrational logic of “no more than ten to twenty million killed, tops”: welcome to 2022 . . . and the future.
Saying corruption is cosmopolitan is like saying “may you live in interesting times” – it mellows with distance: a lot of distance. Corruption is dangerous because it attacks the foundations of ethics like a virus; replicating and replacing precepts with profit. While you could argue that a little corruption can make doing some good possible; it makes “goodness” impossible. Corruption is not selfless; and the easy answer is all too often the handle end of a knife. Would you kill this person to save this one? Would you destroy one person to profit another one? Would you kill a million people to profit this one? Corruption always has the same easy answer: “As long as I’m the one.”
Urban Colonialism is the tentacle of our City-centric government: rural America is the patsy of urban policy making, and the cesspit of urban waste. Our country’s rural “Ag Ghettos” are decaying communities; lorded over by corporate agribusinesses wielding an absolute political power and entitlement. Communities that stood for centuries; through drought, depression and war – are being crushed by corrupt regulations and Agricultural Law: forced on them by a New Urbanism that sees rural America solely as a source of their food, and their recreation. • Urban Colonialism is the same authoritarian and arrogant model as every other colonialist paradigm: a policy of oppression, marginalization, and use – under the umbrella of “bringing civilization to the natives.” • If you want to see everything that’s wrong with our country; don’t look to the cities – look to the poverty, drug, crime, and ignorance that has eaten up rural America – the destruction of a people that are so unimportant — they’re not even worth thinking about.
Ethics is not the rule – ethics is only a tool in Tompkins County. When the overwhelming belief of Tompkins County residents is that their government is corrupt and that they have no meaningful participation or oversight in that government’s policy and decision making process — there is something Wrong with that government. And when that same government proclaims that they have made every effort to involve the public, and refuse change or do anything to address that belief – that belief is corroborated. • A legal definition of ethics states: “law and ethics are far from co-extensive. . . In much that the law does it is not simply codifying ethical norms.” And when the laws can’t be bent to serve the rich and powerful . . . Well, you know what the residents believe.
Another article bemoaning parolees released into the community; and telling the “other side” of the story — but that’s just what they’re not doing: the other side of the story is about the victims, the victim’s family, and the victim’s friends. • The people living in neighborhoods that have been picked for the “formerly incarcerated” to “re-enter” don’t have the same detached viewpoint as reporters who see predatory behavior from the outside; debating sociology and the circle of life concepts; while driving through a game park with the windows rolled up. • The figures of recidivism they quote; all too often stand for the additional deaths of children, of fathers and mothers, sisters and brothers – and for the pain of loss and injury that can only be dealt with; never disposed of. • You’ve probably heard of the term “fake news” – maybe we need to add “fake justice.”
We’re living in a time of “remakes” – but also a time of revisions. Rather than debating their disconnect from the principles and people we most respect and revere; Doctrine holders try to coopt and corrupt those principles, and our memories, by claiming they have the same aims; and the same views — but you can’t follow somebody by walking in the opposite direction. • Claiming that you are following Martin Luther King, Jr’s path to “Justice” through discriminatory and racist policies, carried out in secret; is an insult to his life and his fight for human freedom and individual worth. • Lincoln’s belief that: “Important principles may, and must, be inflexible” directly contradicts modern Doctrine’s teachings: that principles can be twisted, bent upon themselves, and broken in the service of that Doctrine. It’s interesting to see how the doctrinaire History Channel avoids and “revises” Lincoln’s beliefs.
Order and Form are the great levelers of Government — putting government above the People. Putting everyone in their place; and keeping them there: is basic to modern Doctrine. • The “Information Cul-de-sac” funnels people; through “preferences,” “favorites,” “search engine rankings,” and “links” – into the same dead end of uncontested views and hate-mongering: constantly reinforcing a hierarchy of thought and action. • People, places, beliefs, and even facts; are keyed to a hate-reflex through group pressure and operant conditioning. Cellphones send “pleasure-of-conforming” messages like rats in a Pavlovian experiment. • The Non-conforming are “sanitized.”
Institutionalizing disaster. We don’t learn from our mistakes; we incorporate them. The New Normal is all about normalizing the results of disastrous choices – the cost of doing business as usual. You could call it “Sanitizing Satan”: the righteous evil of our times. • And it’s not just the usual suspects: the corporations, the special interests, the “rich” – our government plays political “patty cake” with wrongdoers; while sanitizing the issue and their own refusal to protect the people and the environment. Here’s how NOAA cleverly sanitizes the unabated and unchecked Agricultural pollution that feeds and maintains the ”Dead Zone” in the Gulf of Mexico: • “It begins innocently enough. Farmers use fertilizers to increase the output of their crops so that we can have more food on our tables and more food to sell to the rest of the world.” • Even if it began “innocently enough” – it’s been continued and increased knowingly for decades. “Farmers use fertilizers” “so that we can have more food on the table” – It’s our fault; they did it for us – “food to sell to the rest of the world” they’re helping the Economy, and feeding the world. A great job of sanitizing in 35 words.
Dr. Frankenstein has gone mainstream – nothing can stand in the way of Science; there are no ethical or moral boundaries; no value of human life or real concern for repercussions that will stop it. Science has taken a cue from the “One Thought” Doctrine of today; and written their own mantra: “I can; therefor I will.” • When the extinction of the human race is in the balance – what can you weigh it against? And how could you trust anyone that thinks that they can? • Even if we tried to stop the progress of our runaway adolescence – the breaking distance extends far into the future; and we’ve still got our foot on the gas pedal. • Gray Goo may be a low order of probability — but we seem obsessed with rolling the dice.
A not-very-good monster movie from the 50s – became the monster that has eaten our future. “We’ll pay it as soon as our tax refund comes in.” We’ve chopped up the house to keep the fire pit going . . . and it’s starting to rain. While we get further behind every year; we’re going to close the gap? Don’t count on the politicians — it would be easier to stop the Tectonic plates from sliding.
“Keep watching the sky!” The Pandemics aren’t over – this is just the beginning. We’re throwing genetic material around with the gleeful thoughtlessness of a lunch-room food fight . . . and with the same lack of concern for missing the target. Oceans of antibiotic-resistant pathogens are spilled, dumped, sprayed, and injected into the environment by the billions of gallons from the cesspits of factory farms – where genetically modified pigs and chickens are packed by their thousands in sheds – the perfect environment for genetic reassortment, recombination and mutation. • Can you do anything? Yes – don’t be a “circle of blame” statistic; make sure you keep stocked up on masks, gloves and sanitizers; food and water and cleaning products, flashlights and batteries, towels and toilet paper [you remember that last time?]; keep your car gassed, your deadbolts locked, your gun loaded, and your guest list restricted — and keep watching the sky!
People may not “re-ingest” plastic containers, as I suggested in another piece, but they seem able to swallow any policy or marketing idea that suits their own convenience. • Nothing that is being done will have any meaningful impact on the actual problem — reality has proven extremely resistant to the policies and efforts that have been applied. • The reality is that people are unwilling to make the choices that have to be made – and with so many extinction causing routes and vehicles: will it be “Fire and Ice,” or “Not with a bang but a whimper”? “Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dee.”
People may not “re-ingest” plastic containers, as I suggested in another piece, but they seem able to swallow any policy or marketing idea that suits their own convenience. • Nothing that is being done will have any meaningful impact on the actual problem — reality has proven extremely resistant to the policies and efforts that have been applied. • The reality is that people are unwilling to make the choices that have to be made – and with so many extinction causing routes and vehicles: will it be “Fire and Ice,” or “Not with a bang but a whimper”? “Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dee.”
“Muddying the waters – with no intention of cleaning them.” My upcoming book: “Tompkins County and Tammany Hall” will document and expose the actions of the NYSDEC at some length – so I will speak to a recent development in New York State: the passing of an Environmental Rights Amendment that declares: “Each person shall have the right to clean air and water, and a healthful environment.” Agricultural groups, the biggest polluters of the state’s lakes and waterways, [and political overlords of the state’s poor rural communities] strongly opposed this Amendment. • The New York State Farm Bureau President made the kind of statement to voters that could only be made when there is no one to challenge it. Hot buttons like “vague Green Amendment,” and “protect family farms from nuisance lawsuits” were freely used – but there’s a world of rural pain and suffering behind the “Berlin Wall” agricultural media: when the toxic fumes of farming practices cause brain damage in one neighboring child, and required the removal of eyelids of an elderly man: “right-to-farm” laws protected the farmer from this “nuisance lawsuit.” That’s just one glimpse behind the wall — a wall the Environmental Rights Amendment threatens to tear down.
“Global Destruction is what we get.” Global warming is always portrayed as something that will change your life; but not something that will end it. Science’s pride of always “leading us forward” leaves no room for the humility of stocktaking. • People often quote: “A little knowledge is a dangerous thing” – but the original saying was; “A little learning is a dangerous thing” — and with all their knowledge; “science” seems to have learned little from the disastrous miscalculations and unintended consequences of their past actions. • From “The Discovery of Global Warming”: “1986 Meltdown of reactor at Chernobyl (Soviet Union) cripples plans to replace fossil fuels with nuclear power” and “2011 Reaction to nuclear reactor disaster at Fukushima (Japan) ends hopes for a renaissance of nuclear power” – the dismissiveness of the loss of human life and million-year environmental recovery shown in this scientific historical viewpoint is only overshadowed by the certain repetition that the use of existing and future reactors would bring. How can “New and improved” protocols help? New and improved protocols were in place at Chernobyl and Fukushima — they’re plugging holes that are only discovered when they leak. Disastrously. • “Global Warming” may require more than sunscreen – you may need a submarine.
“Inspired by Scientific Fact!” It’s a new deal in the fight against Global Warming – but the big players have already been shuffled to the bottom of the deck. • A psychologist once told me that doctors were taught arrogance at school. Now, all our “professionals” seem to have caught the bug. They have the pride of a child who feels in control because he or she has gotten the machine to move: without worrying about how to stop it. • The roles that government, business and, science have taken on for themselves is the same recipe used to plot monster and horror stories throughout the millennia — power, pride, greed, and victims. • Proponents of genetically modified and manipulated organisms, nano-technology, artificial intelligence, and more are bursting the unguarded safeguards of reason and caution. They’re itching to make their toys run – and have no idea how to stop them. • As our ability to start things far outstrips our understanding; and our power to effect change becomes world-class – the coming fall; may be the end for all.
“When the times are tough; it’s TS to the little people” is a dictum that suits Tompkins County to a “T”. It’s a county that’s connected at the highest levels; and friends don’t let friends cut profits. • Being at the forefront of political doctrine means that using and taking is the foundation of their policy making. The County’s proclamations proudly announce the burdens and restrictions that are needed to ransom a great and “vibrant” future: All the serfs can do is duck their heads and bow their backs under the load. • In a different world; authorities would embrace compassion and human worth — today; they only embrace each other.
“Generalize your arguments to distance the facts.” Distancing has become a popular way to avoid any facts that conflict with established beliefs. Distancing the unpleasant fact to another place, another time, or another context; not only moves it to a more comfortable distance and dilutes its importance — it allows you to step into a righteous generalization; and aggressively return – mending the broken threads of Doctrine and belief. • “It’s for the good of the Universe.” You can’t get a greater, or a more distant good than that.
There is big push these days to have “workarounds” for every principle that protects us from government tyranny and oppression. Inflexible principles are not for the benefit of government; they’re for the benefit of the people. • The use of the distinction “greater;” puts the power in the hands of those who will make the decision – to the disadvantage of those who will not. • To put it simply: It would be for the greatest good of the people; not to have the legislative concept of “Greater Good.” • It’s “fool’s gold” for those blinded by their own greed.
“You can’t save a leaking boat by lightening the load.” This statement can be seen as interesting on three levels. First; as an exhortation for appropriate action: it’s the leak that needs to be fixed to stop the boat from leaking. Second; as a social analogy: you cannot solve social problems by merely sacrificing people. And third; the Millennial/scientifical “quibble”: “You can save it by lightening the load; to raise the leak above the waterline.” • The legitimacy of a larger meaning or non-conforming idea can discredited by reducing it to the level of a children’s science activity, nitpicking the grammar, disputing the applicability, or calling it “fake.” • It’s been said that you can prove anything if your viewpoint is narrow enough – but it can also can be said of disproving anything. Larger ideas of human worth, belief and interaction are just too big to fit through grate of today’s Doctrinal teachings. • Their “lightened” boat may not leak; but it’s not going anywhere – becalmed in a sameness that has no direction.
“It’s the puppets who are in the shadows.” In Tompkins County; it’s a question that’s very much in people’s minds: “Who are the puppets?” • Some residents would say all of them. While this isn’t true; it would be a bad gamble to trust to chance. • Who is it “safe” to go to? • The helpful and cheerful rural personnel are being pushed out: replaced by those who resent public interference in their workday and workplace. Residents are only entitled to government. To be governed. To be helpless. • The people make no decisions – and the puppet show never stops.
Corruption rides on the coattails of “importance.” Because, like so many things in our “Us is not everybody” society, it begs the question: What, or Who, is important? Or rhetorically: More important. • It’s a question that Tompkins County officials push to the forefront – and are quick to supply an answer: It’s not the people. Corporations are important. Institutions are important. Vested Interests are important. Their Political Doctrine is important. And most important of all: themselves. • Isn’t this the definition of political corruption? It’s OK – ethics aren’t important.
Work produces a more basic reality – a reality that interacts with the physical world. Whether you call it entropy, or deterioration, or just the bit that is lost in the process; you can’t go on for long without replacing what is so surely and continuously lost. Even in theory: shuffling things around results in unavoidable loss. • Distributing money is like distributing energy; it requires that the item first be produced – through work. • Some people will tell you that no one needs to row – that you can just let the current take you there; but when you hear the falls ahead – you realize they’re talking from the safety of the riverbank. “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.” And anyone who tells you differently – probably has you on their menu.
For those like myself; who think that it is ethics that gives a government legitimacy – there’s none to be found these days. It’s a game of “give” and “take” in which our government will end up by taking all. • And it’s not just expediency in the little things; but in the basics – a foundation built on expediency is all about selling; not security. It’s about buying on credit; without a thought for those who will have to pay in the future – or what the final cost will turn out to be. • In a society brought up to ask “who?” not “what?”: when they’re told that sacrifices must be made – and to see everything in terms of how it can be used to personal advantage – “expediency” is a lie; then use of force; then desperation.
I deny that beer had anything to do with it. I was drinking a few beers, and thinking about the “microplastics” we eat; and the plastic pollution problem – and I had an idea: Why don’t we eat all that plastic. • A little number crunching showed that 7.7 billion humans could consume all the plastic produced by eating only 3 1/2 ounces per person, per day – so I roughed out a campaign: First was to expand the recycling behavior canon by adding the “Ingest” category logo that you see – “Reduce, Reuse, Ingest, Recycle” [Maybe it would be better to call it “re-ingest.”] • Next came some catchy promo phrases: “Put your plastic where your mouth is.” “Actions speak louder than burps.” And of course: “You are what you eat.” • They used to say: “You have to eat a peck of dirt before you die.” – But now we can say: “You have to eat three tons of plastic before you die.” • As we enter the post-logic era of prioritization – eating our waste; means less waste: “It’s all our shit anyway.” • And now that I think about it – it is a Global problem; and it was Imported beer.
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Not saying is considered transparency.” Deception and misrepresentation are so much the norm in County policy announcements; that their not saying is a relief — but it’s a long way from open government. In fact, the County’s not saying is their “go to” tool for those situations where assumptions are more useful than lies.
“They use tardigrades for air quality testing.” Like using a plastic canary in a mine – having the right safety testing procedures can eliminate nitpicking slowdowns and causes for action. • In Tompkins County; the most common word authorities use to describe big corporations and big institutions is “important.” They’re important for the economy; they’re important for jobs; they’re important for attracting other businesses; they’re important; they’re important; they’re important – and the County’s policies always recognize that importance. • In Tompkins County; one word authorities never use to describe the people is “important” – and the County’s policies . . .
Can this happen in your town? It’s a parent’s worst nightmare! [Well, one of them – your kids playing lawn Jarts with unmedicated friends is right up there.] What if your children are unable to do anything for themselves? What if “taking care of your parents” meant giving them the COVID virus as soon as it was available? • What is they made “Return to the Village of the Damned Idiots”? – Hideous Brain Eating Zombies searching for where it is located.
Increase the density of the rat population – and they go crazy. It’s a myth – they say. So what’s our excuse? In a world so Doctrine-ordered; maybe our craziness is ordered too. Form Based Craziness. Maybe the craziness is so we can’t see what’s going on. Or maybe the craziness is to stop us from living comfortably together. Craziness gives a great power; but without sure control. Will the craziness destroy us? It’s not brinkmanship – it’s a pattern of abuse: If they can’t have the world . . . then no one can.
“Form Based Code” advocates always postulate the best of all worlds for their own plans; and the worst for everyone else’s. This follows the modern technique where one side of an argument also presents the case for the opposition – invariably to their detriment. [A real debate, like real public participation, is considered a dangerous throwback.] • These planners use the same arguments as dictators have always used: decision making by citizens is inefficient and contains too many varied and conflicting viewpoints for a properly directed society. And their vision of everybody rowing together under one authority does not preclude the use of galley slaves. • Like architectural drawings; where the buildings come first and the people are thrown in in later – Form Based Codes are all about power of codes; not the lives of people. Their vision is not about making people happy – it’s about making people conform. • In a time when the public has no meaningful say in policy making – it’s beyond foolish to increase the scope of government policy making power.
Got me again. Even though I wrote about the bureaucratic trick of referring you to another department – another bureaucrat, and another and another — I requested the support that was promised with petition signatures: and received nothing – no response to my emails at all. It took waiting a couple of days to sink in. • The Holidays are a dangerous time for citizens; the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Years are the season for sliding in unwanted decisions and developments – while the opposition is busy elsewhere. Ho, Ho, Holy Cow! What was that resolution!? I thought that was tabled until January!
Too much turkey, and you won’t be climbing many of those ladders. A full stomach can make you content – not to worry about where the next meal is coming from – not to worry where the money for this meal is coming from. Where do all those government payments come from? The future. • So sit back, loosen your belt, and watch the game: it’s a race between global warming, over population, pandemic pathogens, and crashing debt. • That’s OK – we can make it all better with a combination Artificial Intelligence and GMO Nanotechnology . . . Oops.
Balance yourself on the pipes to find a way across the bed of hot Prohibitions – but even following the pipes can’t prevent you from being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Today’s Doctrine monitors, not only your actions, but your thoughts — and the looks of anxiety and fear are everywhere in Cornithaca County. One Thought – One Taught – One Voice – One Choice.
“If Wisdom is extinct; how far behind are we?” In thinking back; all the cautions of arrogance, and the counselling of Wisdom have disappeared – all the governors that stop runaway pride and hubris have been removed. • Our social policies directly contradict the lives and beliefs of every notable figure of human worth and equality. • Our scientists eschew the advice of unpredictable and disastrous worldwide consequences; by covering their asses with unaccountability. • Our activists bond with the same forms and institutions as those whom they decry; in competition, rather than in opposition. • The “gadfly” is now considered a disruptive force – a noise in the “lossy” one-voice rhetoric of today’s authoritative elite. • Young people are media-fed on attractive lies; growing unnaturally, like 6 month old chickens that are bigger than an adult of the last century – and for the same purpose: money. • Everything that contradicts and competes with today’s Doctrine of Using has been relegated and erased — and that includes the wisdom and humanity of millennia. • • We’re calling on science to drive us ever faster from the scene of our crimes — but in one global world; we’re only racing more quickly to meet it as we come full circle.
The form based conventions and convocations of Thanksgiving are everything that Form Based Codes are not – they’re all about people. And when there’s no room left for food and drink; there’s room on the couch for a snooze.
No matter how much you reduce your expectations in the workplace; you have to keep lowering the bar. • It was an older woman working the grocery store checkout yesterday who told me about the “five workers” scenario – and she wasn’t happy. For her; it meant an unending line of unhappy customers. • The lie that they’re only hurting the company is refuted by the curses of those who have to carry the extra load – those who work for the same disparaged wages; are those who suffer the most. I know this from experience. • Not paying for auto insurance doesn’t hurt the insurance companies; it’s just added to the amount others have to pay – you’re climbing on the backs of those already struggling to keep their heads above water. • Today’s “Workless Ethic” crew blame the lack of a motor; while refusing to help the rowers. They’re shooting at a paper target; when they know that the bullets are going into the homes in back of it . . . and they really don’t care. • If you want to get the lowdown on low-pay shirkers — just ask low-pay workers.
According to the new ABCs: “Authority, Bureaucracy, Conformity” — citizens should wait for the proper experts to get them out of any difficulty; praising them for their salvation, or dismissing the victims as being “in the wrong place at the wrong time.” • Citizens coming upon an emergency should call 911, text a friend to call 911, or post it on Facebook . . . while our “Bread and Circuses” Media tosses another sanitized tidbit into their scheduling abyss.
“Everybody must get stoned” Bob Dylan sang; and certainly, today’s societal climate favors gang violence against those who don’t conform – with the hate disappearing back into “normalcy” as quickly as it appears. • “Well, they'll stone you and say that it's the end - Then they'll stone you and then they'll come back again” A lesson learned: there is no end to the constraints of conformity – and no constancy will guarantee your safety. [If you are wondering why the bloodstains are the same in all these images: Form Based Evil is unchanging.]
Yes, we certainly have tax collectors; and tax assessors — and they each ramp up the taxes in turn – while pointing to the other. • The assessment department claims that they are saving us money by keeping the number of employees down – but gather many times the amount of that “savings” from the blanket assessments their reduced size “forces” them use. • Representatives do nothing; can’t do anything; won’t do anything to help rural taxpayers — they just explain “why” this is happening; and feel content. It’s like a doctor diagnosing a gunshot wound without worrying about treating it – rural representatives seem to feel no need to actually help the people they “represent” – they have “larger issues” [more important people] to be concerned with. • In a meeting of unhappy rural taxpayers; the head of the assessment department announced that next year they would reassess homeowners on the other side of the county – Really? I wonder what he’ll be telling them . . .
Talk, talk, talk: in one chapter of the upcoming “Tompkins County and Tammany Hall” – I deconstructed one of their “goodness and togetherness” policy statements to arrive at the following core description: “This plan is based on values that reflect the principles of the County’s Legislature. In serving this agenda; We will choose the burdens to place on individuals and businesses, and decide which individuals to restrict in their choice of where and how they can live.” • Not only does it reveal the authoritarian bones in their body of policy making — it showed a mocking and dismissive humor in the way that it was clothed.
Tompkins County’s elitist clique doesn’t need the public as a source of legitimacy; just a source of funds and goods. Like the bandits in Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai” – they see the surrounding communities as a means of comfortable living; just due for just force. An air of intimidation hangs over every County policy making decision. • What sort of people are these gang members? In a county where the people overwhelmingly believe that the government is corrupt and self-serving — County leaders publicly declare their unbroken service to the people and their commitment to public participation. It’s a measure of their power – and their hypocrisy.
We all know it – modern regulations protect wrongdoers from accountability. Psychiatrists release patients into the community who do unthinkable things – but neither they, nor their patients are held accountable. Scientists who can’t even introduce existing species into a different ecosystem without disaster – can follow protocols and release Genetically Modified Organisms into the land, air, and water without any comeback for the harm they do. Polluters make use of a Swiss army knife” of sweetheart deal-making: Voluntary Guidelines, TDMLs, Best Practices, Permit Shields, and a marriage of toothless regulations, best-friend investigating, and zero-fine adjudications. • Protocols are important because they cut people out of the loop – and cutting out any meaningful citizen participation is what today’s quid-pro-quo government is all about.
Every grain of sand is different; but they’re all grains of sand. • Diversity was defined as “the quality or state of having many different forms, types, ideas, etc.” But in our government’s “Diversity” – forms and types are all regulated, conforming, and limited – and there can only be one thought. In the diversity of the natural world; our government is a monoculture. • Henry Ford said, "Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants, so long as it is black." • This is what our government would call: “freedom of choice.”
“Exposed!” It could be the headline for a Pandemic story that can’t be written. Compassion is no longer a human feeling; it’s a marketing tool. Say “pandemic” and “compassion” together and a picture of a smiling health care worker or first responder appears. Victims are no more than an object — the messy collateral of societal policies and problems. • The elderly did the dying; and there was silence instead of crying. Instead: the Media lamented that kids had to stay at home and play Xbox and text each other; rather than visit their friends and play Xbox and text each other. Our elderly are looked on as an object of the past – put on a display shelf – and minimally cared for to retain their catalog value. They’re a piggy bank waiting to be smashed open — so don’t live too long and disappoint the kids. • Somewhere in our money-changing maze; bureaucrats are gleefully rubbing their hands together and thinking of all the Social Security payments they can keep. But that’s another story . . .
The same phrase; the same viewpoint; the same hate; the same target: over and over – dulling the mind into obedience. Everything else is secret. EVERYTHING is Doctrine. One Thought – One Taught – One Voice – One Choice. • But this is not the end: the end is coming because their Doctrine is unable to handle any emergency. And pushing back the decisions; is just stacking up the disasters.
Form Based Codes are the way out? Just like a fly zapper: the blue skies of freedom hide a grid of death within. Form Based Codes bring the power and streamlined approval process of a dictatorship; to one of the last remaining areas of publicly participatory government — no wonder politicians and planners are eager to close zoning’s loophole of liberty. It’s the difference between doing what you want; and doing what they want. A 50 foot leash is still a leash – and they can retract it whenever they want – to a chokehold.
There’s “when you die; all the lights in the universe got out” and then; there’s “End of Days.” Greed, famine, and pandemics come together in a feeding frenzy of evildoing — but what will you be doing? This piece will present a number of different activities to help pass the time in God’s waiting room: from “Max your credit cards” [for early adopters] and “No Place to Hide” – spot the silly survivalists [they’ll be dead before they reach the first “sell by” date]; to the decadent thrill of “Open Burning” – “burn leaves and brush openly; with pride – burn your house; or your neighbor’s house.” So much to do – so little time. Which activities will make the cut? — that’s what End of Days is all about — you could “Dig your own grave” – but you’ve already done that. . . “Next!”
When there is only one belief; there is no need to look any further. Tompkins County’s doctrine pure don’t try to understand anything different; because it cannot be important – and it’s wrong. When there is only one belief; self-examination is unnecessary. When there is only one belief; there can only be believers. The Urban Colonialism of “New Urbanism” supporters sees only one form of living; spreading from one central seat of power – everyone and everything must conform – or be discarded. We’ve seen this kind of thinking before . . .
There are no fundamentals in government anymore; no foundation of human worth or meaningful participation: Just excuses that this new house will be sturdy enough to shelter us all – and road we are taking will lead us there in the end. How long will it be before people start to question: “when will we get there?” How long before they dare?
Pages from the upcoming book as printable downloads on my WordPress site: Rural Tompkins County – The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Credentials [ https://www.ruraltompkins.com/downloads/ ] • “Process of Elimination” Card Deck – “Standard” 52 card ATV Hazards themed deck. Print and cut out the playing cards – a page of card back images is included for double-sided printing. • “Road Trip” Board Game – In this reimagined version of the “Handy Land” board game: You battle Urban Colonialism in a hopeless attempt to control the rising flood of thru-cutting industrial traffic. The game is won by reaching the goal of “Home Sale” and escape. Printable game board, player tokens, and cards for this “Candyland” style game are included. • “Hate Maggots” Game – Printable spinner and Hate Maggot “memory” cards. • “Escape from Corruption” Board Game – Every printable [and unprintable] thing you need to Escape from Corruption. • “Proctors” Card Game – Be the first to rid your Doctrine Block of Non-conforming citizens and score 500 Privilege Points. These points can be used to offset Demerits, call Adjudication on your enemies, and increase your Block status. Print and cut out the playing cards of this “Uno” style game – a page of card back images is included for double-sided printing.
This Warning is REAL. The Hate Gangs are real. This poster is reprinted for public awareness: it could save your life. • Forgiveness has no part in The Revealed Church of Secular Self-interest: it’s a Doctrine of privilege and hate. • Its members benefit from hate; they relieve repressed urges and envy through acts of hate; all those who oppose them or refuse them become targets of that hate. • Theirs is the sort of hate that feeds upon itself; cannibalizing each other if there is no other victim in view. And those who fear it the most; are those who are trapped within its ever-narrowing maze.
“The fruits of their labor” is horribly Old School – 2021 isn’t about planting; it’s about harvesting – acquiring. The world isn’t a vineyard; it’s a product – it’s marketing. We have lost the connection with growing and making; and so have lost our deep connection to the real world of cause and effect. We live in a shallow adolescent world of cliques, and fads, and images – shrugging off the future. 2021 is all on the surface — and the problems run deep.
I’m working with a minor official to make a difference in rural Tompkins County – and I haven’t heard from her in a while; so I sent an email this morning. There has been no reply. Helpful officials see things differently after an initial favorable response. Dictators see threats everywhere.
There are promises that are meant to be kept . . . and there are promises that aren’t. And Biden’s “net zero 2050” has all the earmarks of unfulfilment – I’ll do my homework/clean my room/take out the dog/trash “later.” • Much later. Biden will probably be dead, and probably out of office – so it’s a safe bet to write an I.O.U. on. And there will be three decades of global warming/sea rising/population depleting/pandemic spreading disasters to distract the voters. • Considering that not one of the government’s environmental programs has had any teeth; or any impact – corporations will jump on board the marketing-profiting bandwagon. • “I lied before, but now I’m telling the truth, and I’ll pay you back with interest . . . and . . . can I just borrow a little more until payday – in 2050.” • I remember hearing an activist in the 60s saying: “If you see a pipe pouring out pollution; stop it up.” I used to think that was a radical solution — now I think that it’s too late.
Form Based Thinking does not lead by example; it leads by regulation; by Law; by forcing people to conform; by intimidation. Form Based Thinking sees gender and race as a way of compartmentalizing actions – in a way that directly contradicts every ethical and humanitarian precept. • Form Based Thinking is the thinking of the powerful: If you can divide people into the forms you choose; and regulate the attributes of those forms – you can ensure your position and power. • Form Based Thinking does no see humanity; it sees order — it’s diversity from a single viewpoint. Nobody is left behind . . . and nobody can leave their compartment.
In a world of users: someone’s always trying to get a handle on you. In New York State: Where lawmakers have declared that unborn children are not Human Beings — the same lawmakers declare that it’s compassion that shapes their policies. Our government is not about human worth: It’s all about the bottom line — and you can’t get any lower than their bottom line.
The entitlement – the virus – over half-a-million elderly deaths – and no news stories? Don’t create any harmful anxiety — they might change their wills.
Fifty years after 1971: and people don’t worry about what they think – they worry about what they believe. If you think for yourself: you’re probably counselled by past experience. But if you’re counting on the warnings of people who do your thinking for you — you’ve got a problem: they can always get another you.
You have to look a little deeper than the surface; if you want to heal the surface of the earth. For too many years I have followed the billboard-sized butts of behemoth SUVs with environmental stickers. “Be the Change” has inspired no rising tide of responsibility. And their environmental efforts amount to no more than electing someone else who claims that they will do something about it. “Environmental” is an established marketing segment. We keep borrowing — and the bill collector is coming.
The most important criteria for government experts and contractors is how well they work with the government. Our taxes pay for the Town lawyers who defend the government from the encroachment of the public into the policy and decision making process. Always and everywhere; the minimum possible legal participation is the maximum allowed to the people. • Everywhere in Tompkins County: self-serving policies and draconian regulations are enacted – without the involvement or oversight of the people — while contracted experts gain career longevity by showering the residents with carefully worded misrepresentations and intellectually dishonest paradigms. • At Town and County policy “hearings”; the public is informed that they can’t ask questions, and should be grateful they can sign up to speak for two minutes; because they don’t have that legal right. • County Authorities [and their cronies] don’t worry that a thoroughly cowed and conforming public will burn down their money-changing halls and establish a radical form of society: representative government.
Abraham Lincoln said: “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” Tompkins County government is overwhelmingly liberal and Progressive: so it is the ideal place to study the character of its adherents — While the universal opinion of area residents is that County government is corrupt and there is no meaningful public participation; authorities continue to do as they please. There are no rules – only tools. The character: Self-serving, Authoritarian and Corrupt. Tompkins County is leading the way to our “Lies and Lubyankas” future.
Abraham Lincoln said: “How many legs does a dog have if you call his tail a leg? Four. Saying that a tail is a leg doesn't make it a leg.” — but today’s self-serving society gives legitimacy to assertions of “goodness” that spring from greed, the love of power, and hate: Backing up excuses that wouldn’t fool a child; with an intimidation that would convince almost anybody.
It takes a special kind of liar to portray a collegiate world of environmental nurturing, ethical policy-making, and public participation — when they know that everyone believes the opposite: and it takes an influential plutocracy to avoid the consequences. Tompkins County: submit to the power – or else.
Just as manufacturers create molds to define shape their product; Form Based Codes allow politicians and bureaucrats to define the shape of the community that residents must conform to. Form Based Code proponents spend a lot of time trashing previous Zoning processes; but they are reticent in revealing their own: Form Based Codes give unprecedented and unarguable power into the hands of authorities – PERIOD. There is no other certainty. There is no guarantee of public meaningful participation, there is no practical way to change or prevent any Form Based Codes that are handed down. The “streamlined development approval process” ensures that there is no way for the public to block any development that authorities want. • Form Base Codes are a tool of the “New Urbanism” – a manifesto of Urban Colonialism – a city-centric mono-viewpoint that architects have offered to gain a place in the power structure. • Form and Conform meet in Form Based Code regulations – first, the streets outside you home – then, the rooms inside your home – then, the thoughts inside your head — is there a limit to “form based” regulations? Is there a limit to the craving for power?
The college experience in Tompkins County used to be characterized as “Centrally located; in the middle of nowhere” – now it’s “Centrally located; in themselves.” So many college students, staff, and alumni are wrapped up in being the “destination” of the future – they’re unable to wrap their heads around anything else. • Being in the middle of nowhere not only eliminates the competition; it throttles any opposition: there is only one source quoted for all information and explanation. • The metropolitan seas may offer a greater variety and number of opportunities; but the Tompkins County puddle offers the opportunity to be an absolute ruler — and for many people here – that’s the destination that attracts them most.
“The names have been changed to pass for individuality.” If you were to search for any common name for anything on the internet; you would probably find it was being used to brand a company. [Just as businesses used to put “AAA” before their name to be placed first in the Yellow Pages listings.] Many parents however; seek to change up the common name commonality by changing the spelling of their child’s name – I admit that “Brandiiiiiii” has a certain uniqueness; but that is no guarantee of individuality. • In marketing a “NEW” product – today’s entrepreneurs have embraced the idea that by changing the spelling of a product; they may convince an increasingly conforming public that they are being unconventional [if not actually individual.] • Let’s take “beer” for a makeover: Lyte beer, LiiiT beer, Lytisha beer, Lyyte beer; or maybe Beeyr, Beyre, or Beeeeerrrrr [a “growler”] • I’ve had commonly labeled “beers” that are more than just individual – they’re unforgettable . . . terrible. Is individuality good? Does the protruding nail get hammered? [Is that another beeyr drinking reference?]
Tompkins County’s policies are legal: sort of — the sort of legality that lets people get away with things – the “fine print,” the meeting the “minimum” requirements, the deceptive phraseology, the shameless assertion, the credentialed cronyism, the “in-house” decision making, the agenda-filled survey, the “loophole,” the gerrymander — it’s actions without ethics; it’s law without legitimacy – but it’s all swept under the rug. • In a college county with a four-year memory: a couple of graduations and a friendly newspaper is all it takes.
“Tompkins County Legislators: They make their mark – you toe the line.” Government guidelines are simple in Tompkins County: “Shut up, pay your taxes, and do what you’re told.” — and there’s nothing you can do to change any of it. Even if you talk; they never listen – they know that you have no power; no one can “upset their applecart.” The tax breaks all go the big corporations that run the county. And new laws and regulations are constantly being passed to repress the rural community and drive out the ones who haven’t already been forced out by high taxes. You can still hunt deer to help feed you family: but you can’t hunt up the cash they demand to support their luxury school system. Tax assessors are the only County outreach most rural people ever see.
“Old School – New School – Gat Tattoo School” Losing control on the learning curve.
It’s bad enough to be a piece on the board in a political game; but with a dictatorship – it’s game over. In Tompkins County; the people have no human worth — they’re just a material that’s used to cast the “selfie-statues” of the elite — a humanity that their impaired “vision” can’t see.
Peel back the skin of today’s cosmetic world; and all the problems are still there. They go too deep to build a world of electric cars and ecological shoes on. People are selling their products, they’re selling their policies, their selling their image – but they aren’t selling the dirty job of responsible living and thankless effort that makes you an adult — it’s up to you.
People are tired of being victims of the overflow from our societal cesspits. If it’s so hard to live without victimizing other people – how can so many people manage to do it? • Our prison policy is like rehabilitating an alcoholic by locking them in a bar with other alcoholics; who force liquor down their throat. Forcing criminals to adapt to a criminal society and then compassionately releasing them back into the community is the sort of ill-logic that breeds in our hot-house bureaucracy. Isn’t it time to open the doors and let the reality in?
Oh well . . . There’s no vaccine for COVID Crazy.
Just as the bereaved are sometimes put in the position of comforting those who are uncomfortable talking to them – victims can be put in the position of justifying their own “victimology” – even if they’re already deceased. • But then; they play such a small part in the Criminal Justice System – do they really need to?
“Tompkins County is so stratified: You can’t just kneel – You have to grovel.” It’s not just that the County’s policy-making elite think so much of themselves; it’s that they think so little of everyone else. Their pretensions can be laughed at – but their pronouncements must be feared. A fool with a gun; has a gun.
When it comes to Agricultural Pollution; New York State isn’t doing the same old worthless things – they’re doing a new version of the same old worthless things. As our lakes and waterways become increasingly impaired; State authorities do a handshaking-dance with powerful Agribusiness interests in a dog-and-pony show of endless data-deflecting studies. Voluntary guidelines and regulations with less teeth than a Gummy Bear – stewarded by agriculture controlled committees with a no-fault/no-fine manure spill mandate. • Is anything changing? Yes, the pollution is getting worse — and the corruption is getting “grandfathered”.
“Put the poor urban blacks and the poor rural whites together – somewhere else.” The County Comp Plan calls it “balance the burdens” – but it’s another name for the County’s policy to move everything and everyone they don’t want in Ithaca – somewhere else. • When a drug rehab center marred their vibrant downtown – they found a better home for it in another municipality. Necessary public works in Ithaca’s “jungle” displaced the homeless; but they were found new housing – elsewhere. The County’s urban housing authority merged with rural providers and absentee landlords turned rural homes into subsidized housing apartments for the urban unwanted — and since agriculture is the only rural activity and land use that the County considers of any importance – those people [and their problems] effectively disappeared. Clever. And there are other words for it . . .
1521: “He was fated to die” – 2021: “He was in the wrong place; at the wrong time.” What’s changed? In one way; nothing. But in another way; everything: in 1521 “fate” was a way of coping with something that couldn’t be changed – in 2021 the “wrong place/wrong time” is an excuse for writing off human lives as bureaucratic overhead. In 2021 being murdered in a “robbery gone wrong” is almost considered dying of “natural causes.” In 2021’s society: everyone has a place; and they’re kept in it — even victims.
“Only a fool would assume they won’t abuse their power.” Don’t we know it. It seems like wisdom has become old fashioned – with so many cautionary tales about people who expect to retain power while renouncing their authority; and those who give over their authority for the promise of thoughtless ease – it’s surprising that today’s uber-naive demand that their government act responsively; when they’ve already given up the power to demand anything.
“Form Based Codes: If you think they’re not authoritarian; Try to get them changed.” Form Based Codes have the following attributes: • 1. They give government a much greater regulatory power over where and how people are allowed to live. • 2. Developers get a “streamlined” approval process. • 3. Most descriptions of the advantages of form-based codes are only statements without any actual proof. • • Are Form Based Codes right for your community? Do you wear a sign on your back that says “Kick me!”?
“Times Change • But for the better?” The Adolescent Society is all pride and prevarications – so when they tell you they’re doing this so that things will be better in the future – they are only thinking about what they want now. “If you buy me a dog; I’ll take care of it.” Maturity and responsibility are Adult traits. • “Ethnic mix” was for everybody — today’s “Ethnic purity” is a proud doctrine of privilege and hate – argued for a future that is only an excuse; not a goal. • Everybody I respect; from Abraham Lincoln to Frederick Douglass, from Mother Teresa to Malcolm X: believed that the Only way to achieve a future of human worth and equality was by never practicing discrimination. • They weren’t fools. Human nature hasn’t changed; and these were smart people; people who heard a lifetime of arguments and pronouncements telling them that they should turn from that path – even if only a little bit, or just for a while – and they refused. • Does this mean you are walking on a different path? Yes, and if you think you’re heading to the same destination – just look who you’re on that path with. And clean up your room.
“1. Replace the bureaucrats with computers 2. Unplug” Like those products that change a clinging, gummy mess into an ash that can just be wiped off – this two-step process changes the form of the mess; to enable a quick and simple clean-up. “1. Replace the politicians . . .”
“Scientific protocols: Don’t protect us from harm – They protect scientists from accountability.” An important part of today’s regulatory process is how well it works to protect the interests of those who are regulated. We are a country filled with ineffectual environmental regulations; that effectively protect the polluters. Methods that “sustainably catch” the one kind of fish; while they are devastating to another. The slippery-sliding codes of “USDA Organic.” “Voluntary guidelines” and “Best” practices – best for who? Science’s disastrous history of the importation and introduction of already existing species; has in no way reduced their willingness to create and release new organisms of unknown potentialities and repercussions. So don’t look at it as putting your fingers in a grinder — look at it as getting a free multi-articulating myoelectric prosthetic hand. The road to hell is paved with good credentials.
Why? Because I like to write poetry; and because this book is about thinking, and doing, and creating. Society is what people do – Art is what people are.
Cornell is a closed system. They act on; instead of interacting with those around them. We are the materials that they use to create their “vision” — and remake our lives. All roads lead to Ithaca [or Cornithaca] – there is no other way. One Thought – One Taught — One Voice – One Choice: and none of them are ours.
COVID-20.21 The old folks did the dying; but ethnicity did the crying. They were “going to die soon anyway” – “it’s culling the herd” – “it’s the nursing homes” – “they’re wallets” – “it’s due to pre-existing conditions” – it’s politics without ethics or compassion; anything to minimize it and rationalize it — it’s not who dies; it’s what you’re worth in our eyes. • Need vaccine? Fill out the form. Are you an Easter Islander? No? Then just mark “white.” Check the box if you’re “someone who has a sexual fetish for dolls that were made between 1903 and 1908” – it’s good to see we have our priorities straight; as we’re spinning down the YouTubes to an all-chomping reality that doesn’t give a shit.
“Tompkins County: A college destination with the sort of moral compass that lands people a spot on American Greed.” If you lived here you would know. It’s become filled with the sort of people who see making a better world, and making things better for themselves as the same thing. People whose sense of entitlement takes a cut off the top – to the cheers of an imagined appreciative audience. Autocratic Rulers in a crumbling democracy. Laughable in their denials – deadly in their acts.
While “A cat can look at a king” – staring is not recommended. In so many ways; looking too fixedly, too openly, or for too long can drain nine lives quicker than a casino can drain your bank balance. • Not staring means not being noticed – it means putting more attention to what you’re stepping into than where you want to go – it means not getting too clear a look at what you don’t want to see; or shouldn’t. • When we mainly get by in life by not looking at anything or anyone too closely [including ourselves] – doing things “with your eyes wide open” may not be as smart as it sounds.
“Tompkins County steps on their fingers.” There is nothing accidental about the fallout from the County’s policies – or the people who it falls on. The strength of the circumstantial case is in the unanimity of the evidence – like iron filings in a magnetic field; they fall into a pattern that reveals the force that works upon them – unmistakably. • Being in the wrong place at the wrong time? Yes, rural Tompkins County for the past twenty years.
Just as you can’t follow someone by walking in the opposite direction – you can’t achieve a greater good any other way than by adding more goodness. This is why Lincoln said; “Important principles may, and must, be inflexible.” – You can only break them by trying to twist them into another shape. It’s a broken world of broken principles; and they both need to be fixed. Now. Now or never. • And if you don’t hear the clock ticking — it’s because time has already run out.
Tompkins County’s city-centric elite don’t have opinions – They utter pronouncements. They feel comfortable in deciding how everyone should live – and they would feel comfortable in using force to ensure those decisions are carried out. Of course there are perks that come with that responsibility: money, power, and the satisfaction of making people conform. To be their kind of Masters — others must be less — much less.
Hypocritical? Of course – but there’s a workaround. In Tompkins County there’s a workaround for every self-serving act – if you’re important enough. And what profit-loving Agribusiness owner doesn’t love foreign “guest” workers — they live in owner supplied housing, available 24/7 – they work really hard [or they will be sent out of the country] – they don’t report violations [or they will be sent out of the country] – their pay is subsidized through State taxes - and as an added plus to the local economy – they send their money out of the country. • What do these owners say about the unemployed families down the road? They’re “lazy, shiftless, thieving, red-neck, racist, trailer trash . . .” Bigoted? Of course – but if you’re important enough . . . • So employ foreign, and tell everyone to “buy local” — profiting twice is “Tompkins County nice.”
Just like in other colonial enterprises: Urban Colonialism creates special opportunities for interests tied to the central power. And just like the Hudson’s Bay Company – that was incorporated by royal charter and functioned as a de facto government – Tompkins County’s power elite were gifted with large chunks of rural land, and “incorporated” as the “preferred land use” – with regulatory rights and privileges that overrode those of the marginalized natives.
“Urban Colonialism – Bringing Civilization to the natives” I don’t know if you could rightly call this; “blowing off steam” – but taking a break from my “Tompkins County and Tammany Hall” book is at least a “calming measure.” It’s a break from the “rural bashing” and ‘land use’ covetousness that fills the Tompkins County Comprehensive Plan – a plan to annex all the rural land in the county; and expunge the rural communities that have lived in harmony with the landscape and its natural rhythms for more than two centuries. Their Plan outlines policies to turbocharge the colonial bedroom communities into mini-cities, drive out the rural natives with high taxes and repressive land use regulations, and use the land for urban food and recreational needs. Their “vision” of the world is a mirror; in which they only see themselves.
It’s a distinction without a difference. Shocking? Look around. • It’s like the story about the frog: If it’s put in boiling water; it jumps out – but if it’s put in cool water, and you gradually increase the temperature – you can boil it to death. • If you took a snapshot of today – hate targeting people by race, gender, and age – repressive measures by an increasingly authoritarian government – how would you match it up in history? • Concentration camps and Gulags? They’re just a few years away. You can say; “No it’s not.” — but where is your evidence? Where is the social underpinning of love and human worth? Love and compassion would never do what is being done — only hate. • It’s your actions that define you – not your ideological excuses.
There may be nothing new under the sun; but there’s a new name for it. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a reverse look-up table for modern policies and social theories – a way to see how many times over the millennia the same goods have been repackaged and sold as a “new” solution to human social behavior and interaction – and their cost in human lives and misery. • So many of today’s grandiose social ideas come with a grandiose sense of importance – the kind of importance that leads to totalitarian oppression. Full disclosure and full exposure of all government policies and statistics would turn the tables; politicians – instead of saying what we should do – would have to answer for what they did — and that might make all the difference.
“We’re all in this together” Said the Predator to the Victim. Politicians talk about “Our Elderly”; the way Factory Farmers talk about “our cows” — proud about how much they can be milked; before they’re slaughtered for the remaining profit. It’s all about turning the corner on the circle of life.
“We’re all in this together” Said the Centurion to the Galley slaves. Politicians love to talk about “us” – and avoid breaking it down to “you.” In the words of the Grateful Dead: “We can share what we got of yours ‘cause we done shared all of mine” — And I don’t mean your money – I mean the attitude that you’re better than other people – that you can judge others because of who you are; and who they are – the deep self-satisfied feeling that comes from being owed something because of your race, gender or ethnicity . . . that’ll do to start with — Wooooo — I’m feeling better already. Don’t burst the bubble.
Not only do the colleges “define the county” – they have an exclusive right to do so. There is not a single policy or government committee that does not strengthen their power and fill their coffers. It’s intellectual dishonesty at the service of a corporate agenda that defines the colleges; that define the county.
Tompkins County is a functional dictatorship — everyone agrees that there is no meaningful public participation in government. Therefore; the views and interests of those in charge become the rules for everyone. Everyone else, that is.
It’s not just that evil will fill an unfilled space — it’s that evil needs something to work upon — and someone to do it. Evil needs a physical manifestation. Evil exists. • The myth isn’t what primitive people believed — the myth is what you believe about primitive people.
“The Will of the People is in probate.” . . . and the Legislators have appointed themselves Executors. In a county whose “vision for the future of the community is based on a set of principles that reflect the values of the community as expressed by the County Legislature” – there’s no doubt about where the “vision” and all the decisions are coming from.
“As those who are blinded by gold.” Sometimes blindness is not being able to see – and sometimes it’s not being able to see anything else. Regard for the things that money can’t buy is not just for those who don’t have it: it’s for all those who realize what a poor substitute money is. Most people find that out sooner or later. Sooner is better.
“Nobody noes.” Tompkins County’s rural community is unrepresented and unimportant — and in the County’s most recent Comprehensive Plan “vision of the future” – they don’t even exist. Like so many native cultures under colonial rule: they are “withering away” in poverty, neglect, and oppression.
“A big frog in a small pond in a draught.” How does it take you? Is it the only water? Or has it dried up? Is it pride in a dying/drying pond? How will the frog act? Toward others? – do they have everything? Or nothing?
“Even the billboards have a flipside.” Even he biggest and most public of announcements has a self-serving backside – in fact, in a county where compassion is not seen as a good way of living; but a way to make a good living — it’s the backside that generates the smiling faced façade and extravagant claims.¬ The corruption isn’t built in; it’s built upon.
“9-1-1 calls go to voice mail.” It’s not a stretch; it’s just a further step down the path that the County is already traveling: Due to COVID-reduced revenues; Tompkins County decided to cut back on services; not politicians, and not giveaways to corporations – but since their lock-step legislature always votes the same – why not double or triple up on the “representation” and use the money that we’re paying to unnecessary legislators for the safety of the community. I’m sure there would be a lot of public support for this solution — that is; if the public had any meaningful participation in County government.
Shut off all the noise, and what do you feel? Nothing. There is no rising tide. No compassion. No goodness. No hope. Just endless repetition – indoctrination – rote: “We are the future” – and? “It’s your generation who ruined the world” – and . . . what? • It’s all “when are we going to get there?” to an uncaring Doctrine. A road trip without a ‘rest stop’ or a motel.
“Their Code of Ethics is fill in the blanks.” Cornithaca County’s ethical oversight is like a temporary spare — it’s used to distance participants from the scandal until permanent repairs can be made. There is no clear-cut case of misconduct that cannot be side-stepped or misunderstood into non-action. And if you persist; they just stonewall.
Let’s face it: when “entitlement” started getting bad press; it started using disguises — it’s “tradition,” it’s “compassion,” it’s a “safety net,” it’s what you’re “owed” – it’s all about you. You can’t balance the scales of justice with nothing on the other side.
“Is like cleaning the storm drain in the shadow of a tsunami.” Government policy is all about talking big; and getting tough with the little people. Expect to see “Global Warming” Taxes — that will be used to pay off the big polluters. [They’re called “incentives.”] • It’s not panic that causes the most deaths in house fires — it’s lack of panic.
“It’s considered sophisticated.” There’s nothing like exposure to the victims of crime to take the shine off of evil. Acceptance of harm to others as a proof of your worldly experience and understanding; is as empty as corruption itself. If all is corrupt — then all is emptiness.
Tompkins County: The students have no idea of what’s happening in the county; but County authorities and corporations have a good idea of how to use that ignorance – the power of representation to run the county like a private club; without any accountability. Tompkins County’s stratified community puts all power into the hands of its urban elite — and all burdens on the backs of the rural poor. It’s like having 40,000 convention guests; whose biggest concern is – “Is the ice machine working?”
“Sustainability: Having the same standard of living as your parents.” As much as this may inform the modern social conscience – it equally informs those who are teaching it to our children – we can’t move into the future; if you’re trapping them in the past. A rich “standard of living” is a poor substitute for quality of life.
An extinction expression that shows we are [or were] creatures of habit. We won’t go down fighting; we’ll go down blaming. Nothing shows the adolescent nature of today’s social structure better than the belief that other people are responsible for fixing everything — they had better . . . or they’ll be sorry!
“Fly me to the moon; earth’s rolling dead among the stars – we’ll destroy it all, including Jupiter and Mars.” • Maybe the current trend isn’t about space exploitation — maybe they’re abandoning ship.
New York refuses to disclose the serious health and financial risks of living near “modern farming methods”; or the risk of those “methods” moving in next to you. • New York refuses to disclose the extent of Agricultural pollution or meaningfully regulate its sources – while at the same time requiring the 3 of the 5 voting members of all “soil and water conservation committees” be from Agriculture. • New York refuses to disclose the externalized costs of Agriculture; bragging of their economic and tax benefits, while keeping quiet about programs like the Farmer’s School Tax Credit; that pays back Agricultural entities for 50 to 100 percent of their school taxes through levying additional state taxes on the residents. • “Urban Colonialism” paints a deliberately deceptive picture of modern Agriculture; while urban and suburban populations allow themselves to be convinced and placated – “it’s our food and it’s only those people who are complaining – they shouldn’t be living there anyway.”
It's an ill wind that blows no corporation any good. In fact, in Tompkins County; every wind is used to fill their sails . . . and coffers. Even though Cargill’s salt mine continued to mine and sell road salt throughout the Pandemic, and the County’s new budget included significant property tax increases and budgetary cuts; the County Legislators continued to implement Cargill’s $640,000 tax abatement plan. • COVID may have meant cutting back on basic services in the county; but friends don’t let friends cut back on corporate profits.
“But you certainly learn to recognize bullshit.” And you certainly learn what not to do. Maybe it’s time to listen . . . and learn what today’s politicians are so scared of.
Democracy is not about taking, and it’s not about using — that’s why Democracy, along with reciprocity, is a concept that has no place in modern doctrine. • Modern doctrine is not a dialogue; it’s a monologue — and harmony requires more than one voice. It’s not about love and equality; it’s about hate and entitlement. • The alien race in Forbidden Planet became extinct because their unconscious minds were able to express any thought or desire with unstoppable power. • The “If you’ve got an itch; scratch it – if you’ve got an appetite; feed it” attitude that underlays today’s new world, sugar coated image is just as dangerous. • There are some experts who think that humans may be extinct by the end of the century — we seem to be on a pretty direct road. If you stick your head in the sand; you’re exposing your ass.
It’s not just the Digital World that’s flat — today’s “0/1” right/wrong thinking destroys all debate, and creates enemies. If we want to advance our society; we need to go back to the wisdom of previous Presidents: “I don’t like that man. I’m going to have to get to know him better.” — Abraham Lincoln
“It’s a self-fulfilling sophistry.” In Tompkins County; every policy argument becomes true; because everything is controlled by the same people. It’s no surprise to residents that the fox not only guards the hen house; but also investigates the disappearances, and rules them to be “runaways.” • Tompkins County and Tammany Hall will examine the origins and credibility of the term “rural sprawl” and why it immediately replaced all mention of “urban sprawl” at every level of County planning and policy making — and its use in carving up rural towns for commercial exploitation.
“There are no problems – only trouble makers.” When you have a dictatorship; everybody agrees — or else. And when the colleges that “define the county” are intellectually dishonest — you have the kind of oppression that permeates every thought and act. • The county’s “independent” bookstores are not independent enough to allow non-conforming books on their shelves. And exposing an issue, even a serious one, that differs from those officially pronounced; is rejected by the local media on the grounds it “would confuse our readers.” People don’t smile much: not from being serious minded — but from being afraid. • Form Based Codes create neighborhoods – and prisons: they’re created by the same people; and for the same purpose. • How do you get to be a “trouble maker”? Speak out. While you can.
“The politicians elect the voters.” It’s not such a reach as it seems – by controlling the community’s environment; politicians attract and select those who will fit into their template of society. Form Based Codes, lock-step bureaucracy, and intransigent, hand-picked policy making ensures that no opposition larger than an individual can be sustained.
There is no one like a politician or bureaucrat for sidestepping the obvious. If every lake that is surrounded by agricultural activity is impaired; they will find an impaired lake without agriculture; and use that to claim, “We don’t know what’s causing the impairment of our water bodies.” • Cause and effect cease to have any meaning in the political decision making process — and not by accident. • The elderly in New York aren’t dying because of equitable paddy cake and bureaucratic indifference — they’re dying from “COVID-19”; and they’re not categorized as “elderly” — but as “New Yorkers” — thereby removing both the identity of the victims, and the reason for their deaths. . . and not by accident.
Free download on my WordPress blog: ruraltompkins.com – [Rural Tompkins County – The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Credentials] – See “Downloads” on the menu. • Print and cut out this card deck – a page of card back images is included for double-sided printing. • Insight: I wasted good beer drinking time putting this “Download” page in the site. It’s like jumping onto a moving platform, from the shifting sands of a landslide, while blindfolded. Oops – what was that that went by? – I’m trapped in the “learn new: use once” time-wasting technical paradigm.
“The taxpayers aren’t the stakeholders.” Tompkins County has one of the highest median property taxes in the United States – but the formula used to determine the property tax on any one property is so complicated; that it’s not possible to condense it to a simple tax rate. • When the simple is made complicated; there’s always a reason. • In the rural northeast part of the county – there is only one Sheriff’s deputy for two towns – so if there’s criminal activity; just give them a call and they’ll come and write a report – and in the new budget, the County is making additional cuts in the number of deputies. • The problem is not that the rural towns in the county don’t have police departments; it’s that Ithaca and its suburbs do — and they don’t want to budget money for the needs of anyone else; especially people they don’t want living there. • While the formula for determining the property tax may be complicated; the formula for determining County services is simple: RURAL = LESS.
“’Passing the buck’ is welcomed.” These days; when the meanings of so many words and statements have become twisted and subverted in a mocking, “in-group” way: This piece changes “buckshot” to “bills” –guns to money becomes “robbery” — and what better definition of corruption?
A chapter in “Tompkins County and Tammany Hall” will deal with the ongoing attempts to get traffic management on the rural roads running through our hamlet. • When we tried to get the County to stop the flood of aggressive and lawbreaking industrial trucks short-cutting through Lansingville [by posting a 4-ton weight limit for non-local deliveries] – they first claimed there weren’t any – then posted a 20-ton weight limit. • We emailed every County Legislator; trying to find out who was responsible for this decision; but no one would respond.
The voters of Tompkins County have no say in the running of the county. Zoning Codes and decisions were based on the “visions” and “reimaginings” of Comprehensive Plans; themselves created without meaningful public participation or oversight. • This closed door decision making has been granted the respectability of legislation with Form Based Codes. • The defining characteristic of Form Based Codes is the power it gives government authorities to decide what people are allowed to do — and what they MUST do. • People can fight zoning decisions; but they can’t fight Form Based Codes. Fait accompli.
There are no real public meetings in Tompkins County – no meaningful public participation in the decision making process. In the rare instances where questions from the public are allowed – they are deflected with irrelevant, partial or unresponsive answers. • There is never any discussion or deliberation – the voting follows without a minute’s pause – exactly as planned – for the benefit of the county’s rich and powerful interests. • They’re not even called “meetings” they’re called “hearings” – it’s an event where members of the public can sign in, and talk for 2-minutes [timed] – to a group of authorities who have already made up their minds and are merely waiting for you to stop talking. People who don’t attend are labeled as “not wishing to participate.” • It’s the kind of government that’s sweeping the country — and sweeping away anything that stands in its path.
One of a series of punch lines. They will probably appear as a page in the book, rather than in the bumper sticker format. Writing these “humorous” pieces relieves a little of the tension I build up while working on the “Tompkins County and Tammany Hall” book — and the growing feeling that it’s too late for change — as we move from a functional dictatorship to a factual dictatorship.
I thought of a number of things to say; but I don’t think I could make the point any clearer.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – not exactly the place you would expect to find Evil – but then, while waste breaks the conservation circle; evil is always coming back around – evil is composed of 100% post evil actions; but also 100% post good intentions – and every empty container for good can be filled with evil for reuse. • Evil is everywhere — even the recycle bins.
Seek and you will find – You will find inevitably what you are looking for if you go about it in the right way. Politicians know the truth of this – You will always find enough work to mandate a new bureaucracy; even if you have to create it. • I had a number of learning disabilities in school; but I didn’t know it — my papers would come back with “careless” in big letters. I thought they were just problems to overcome and move forward. It was no big deal. Many problems in life are just part of the fine print. • Not everything comes out of the same box. Not everything comes out of a box. Not everything.
Being owed the right to do bad has always been one of the strangest aspects of entitlement. These days it’s gone mainstream. • Liberals embracing profiling and discrimination have become everything they once claimed to despise. The “60’s child” was about loving and giving; today it’s all about hating and taking. • Our leaders have become the very beast that they claimed to be protecting us from . . . and it’s hungry.
How do you take it? Some people will associate with “gray areas” – in which it is difficult to judge what is right and what is wrong. • [Ironically; these are same people who embrace divisive and incisive solutions – clear cut solutions that can cut principles in half, and denude the human landscape of centuries of societal growth.] • Or maybe it’s the gray steps of a treadmill – the gray corridors of our Kafkaesque-Soviet bureaucracy – the gray of hopelessness that crowds our streets — because many people are preparing for a winter that will outlast all preparations – “Not with a bang but a whimper.” • Maybe it’s the gray of a fog: that hides an unimaginable future. Maybe.
Tompkins County’s pretense of transparent government is as thin as the smile on a billboard. Its inner workings are as opaque to citizen oversight; as its intransigent decision making is to citizen opinion. • Impassive faces and utterances of sound Doctrine echo the fears of the oppressed – while downcast eyes and conformity are the price of economic survival. • If you think this is melodramatic: then why are people scared to speak out?
Love is for everyone — so it’s a good thing for today’s bigots that hate is all around. Not a straight forward in-your-face hate; but a mealy-mouthed, pussyfooting hate – the kind of hate that whispers in your ear; what you deserve, what you are owed. A hate that can be used. A hate that can be targeted – against this one, and that one. The kind of hate that gives up all for its desires. A hate held too close and secret to think about. • And when you find [as is always true in these tales] that you didn’t get what you thought you had bargained for; it’s too late — Your hate can’t touch them; for you have given them all power — the power to teach your children . . . to hate you. • Then you wake from this dream: to a world of love and compassion. [That’s my dream.]
The “Equitable” label exists as a convenient and practical way to mask the political agendas and payoffs that riddle our government’s every policy. • Cuomo’s talk of equitable distribution of COVID vaccines went hand-in-hand with New York State’s reporting of vaccinations by race and ethnicity only. It was only in March of 2021 that age based data began to be revealed. • Did this mask the diverting of vaccines from the state’s elderly to a less at risk, but more important political demographic during those months? What do you think? • My letter to the NYS Dept. of Health requesting the age based vaccination data for previous months went unacknowledged.
“Justice” is a word that politicians and bigots both love; because it gives them so much wiggle room. • You can take Martin Luther King Jr.’s belief that the only road to equality was by never practicing discrimination; turn it 180 degrees, so that the only road to equality is through a policy of discrimination; and claim on his birthday that you are honoring his life’s fight for “Justice.” • Today’s “Justice” is bigger than the people — but too small to embrace their dreams.
At the same time they denounce other people for their actions; today’s elitist policy makers only “talk the talk” and “talk the talk” — all the while insisting that it’s their excuses that validate their acts. • Like the joke: “We lose money on every piece we sell; but we make it up in volume” — these bigots claim that all their evil actions will add up to good in the end. Really? • Then why won’t they let us check their math?
There are many tricks that a City-centric social system can use to reimagine all the surrounding land for their own use and profit. The Urban Colonialism paradigm presents a top to the bottom, centrally controlled structure for urban gain. • The next time their “experts” come to address issues in your rural town or village; remember where they are coming from — and who will ultimately benefit from their solutions. • Even the Consumer Price Index is based solely on Urban consumers and workers – there is no “us.”
In Tompkins County; Legislators don’t represent the people: they represent themselves. Elections are seen as a validation of their personal viewpoints, and a mandate to make their beliefs the basis of all policy and law. And in a county where it is widely accepted that there is no meaningful participation or government oversight by the citizens; you can imagine what a dog-and-pony-show these elections are.
The Urban Colonialism Road Trip game mirrors the efforts made to establish thru-cutting truck weight limits and traffic enforcement in a rural hamlet already overrun with reckless and lawless industrial and commuting traffic. • The actual documented story that will appear in “Tompkins County and Tammany Hall” is, frankly, unbelievable: after two years of efforts to bring traffic management to our rural roads — we have been unable to even find out who makes these decisions. • • FREE Downloadable game pages on my blog: www.ruraltompkins.com – Rural Tompkins County – The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Credentials.
New School Nazis? Yes, and it can be demonstrated, but here’s a simple analogy: You have three children, but you only praise two of them; you tell everyone that you meet how smart, caring, and wonderful they are. The third child is recounted very differently: stories about him show how he must be instructed and corrected by his other two siblings, and focus on his shortcomings and bad behavior. Does this action lead to a perception of equitable worth? Or negative stereotyping? • Make this simple experiment: Take television commercials [or TV shows, or books, or reporting, or conversation — it’s everywhere] and divide them into categories by race, gender, ethnicity, and belief: then note the differences in how people are profiled in each category. • New School Nazis? Proof 1: These actions deliberately create negative and discriminatory stereotypes. Proof 2: A refusal to change these actions — always defending and excusing them as permissible behavior. Proof 3: [You don’t want to know; but I’m afraid you will find out] Violence — they can bash you with their hate; but they can’t shame you with their love, because they don’t have it in them. Love would never make the choices they do.
Who really decides Tompkins County policies? You would probably need a Congressional Committee to find out. Repeatedly sending documentary videos of the reckless and outrageous actions of thru-cutting traffic to County had no effect on their decision to forbid Sheriff’s Department patrols in rural areas. Even attempts to find out what rural residents needed to do and who we needed to talk to post traffic regulating signs met with a stone wall of silence. The only response [from an undisclosed county authority] was: • “Residents don’t decide where signs are placed. Petitions hold no merit. • Roads are posted for other reasons. • • Good luck” • All doors to rural representation are closed — and all decisions are made behind them.
In Lansing, Tompkins County, NY; only the Rural areas are zoned for Adult “cabarets,” Massage parlors, sex toy stores and all other Adult businesses — an area where the residences are frequently isolated, and there are no street lights or Sheriff’s patrols: this recent special ordinance was enacted “to promote the health, safety, morals and general welfare of the citizens of the Town of Lansing.” • Rural houses are bought by absentee landlords, and turned into subsidized housing where the County can dump the unwanted poor, homeless and addicted from around the colleges to “balance the burdens.” • Rural families that have lived in the county so long; that the roads they live on are named after them are leaving.
Free Download on my blog: Rural Tompkins County – The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Credentials [ www.ruraltompkins.com ] Game on.
It’s not a knock on recycling; it’s a knock on “glossy thinking” — the kind of thinking that glosses over the difficulties. • While recycling is a worthwhile concept; re-using is preferable. The original plastic milk carriers had many generations of re-use because they were constructed for every-day use. Today’s flimsier store reproductions crack and break and are usually thrown out instead of recycled; the original carriers were scavenged whenever they were spotted. A plastic tub pickle container may be too thin and permanently branded to inspire re-use — but double the thickness, and use easily removable branding, and they would have a long life for plants, projects, or a multi-use container. • There should be a preference to use materials that are the least harmful if they are not recycled, and the least environmentally harmful/energy wasteful to manufacture and recycle. Glass would be preferred material. • Isn’t something made of 50% Recycled Materials with 100% of the material produced being recycled; better than made of 100% Recycled Materials with 50% of the material produced being recycled. Human nature prefers easy — if people have to drive 15 miles to recycle a couple of flashlight batteries; how likely are they to end up in the garbage instead? • Ran out of space, but words are 100% recyclable.
Pride is one of the best handles that users can grab a hold of to lead you around by the nose. Pride, even more than respect needs to be earned by your actions. The price of your Pride was to support and promote government social policies of race and gender bias. • You can’t compartmentalize bigotry: like PCBs; the smallest part can pollute the biggest body. That’s why every revered figure of human worth and equality was unalterably opposed to any discriminatory policy for any reason. • Your Pride is being used as another tool to destroy anything that may oppose their rise to power: and to bring another area of human belief and activity under their control. When you are no longer needed; and booted out into the cold; don’t cry that you were betrayed — for it was your pride that has betrayed us all.
A seventh song for “Rabid Lemmings: The Musical” – I say “God Damn the Tax Assessor Man.”
With entitlement; how you get something is always subordinated to your need for it.
Short term thinking; long term denial. • There is a disconnection between actions and consequences that is frightening. • “Opportunity” used to mean that you could get a job and prove what you could do; now it means starting at management level with great pay and benefits, and no experience. • I can do business at the touch of a button — and spend hours fixing the fuck-ups. And then I’m asked to fill out a customer satisfaction survey.
I first began to notice cell phones in the videotape rental stores; people would read out loud from an empty tape case, wait a moment, then their eyes would glaze and they would wander off. The same behavior started popping up in grocery stores; like a kind of wandering question and answer game show. People sitting alone in restaurants would feel compelled to describe what they were eating, and every detail of the table décor, to avid listeners who may themselves be sitting in other restaurants and describing their own dining experience. • The culmination, if you can call it that, took place in a doctor’s waiting room — where a middle aged woman took a cell phone out of her purse and screamed a long repetitive conversation to a deaf relative. • Over the years; I have been engulfed in the frisson of vocal public dramas, and have more than once overheard parts of conversations that made me wish I could have overheard more — but I have never heard an interesting cell phone conversation. • Where are we going with this? That’s the question in the poem, isn’t it?
Words like “justice” and “equitable” are very subjective in meaning; and can be used to support actions that “equal” and “ethical” would never condone; but words that can directly manipulate others have taken over the spotlight in our dog and pony show. • “Using” is probably the most important concept behind social rhetoric today — because using always puts the user in control and at the center of any action. Therefore “old school” concepts that are “loaded” with connotations and are historically tied to our views of ourselves and our humanity are a perfect tool for using; by threatening damage to someone’s self-image.
Today’s leaders don’t lead by giving; they lead by taking. And they don’t lead by forgiving: they lead by hating. You can’t walk in the opposite direction from the great social leaders of the past; without your actions doing the same. All you can do is put on a mask of pretense, and lash out at anyone who tries to remove it.
A game with a storied the past — and a story for the future. Does it work for survival? Does it work for the survivors?
After many emails to County authorities with no acknowledgement of my question: “what requirements the residents of other local roads fulfilled to get approval for their “4 Ton” weight limit for non-local traffic”; I received the following response: “Residents don’t decide where signs are placed. Petitions hold no merit. Roads are posted for other reasons.” • This is an excellent example of Black Box Bureaucracy: even when Tompkins County authorities are willing to respond; there is nothing to get ahold of — not only is there no meaningful public participation in the decision making process; there is no disclosure of why these decisions are made, or even who is making them. • What are the “other reasons” behind their decision that roads in some areas have a 4-Ton limit, and rural roads like Lansingville Road get a 20-Ton limit? Is it that we’re not golfing partners? Or because we didn’t make a big campaign contribution? Or maybe it’s just that we’re rural and have no place in their “vision” of a future society. • The role of Tompkins County government in the continued thru-cutting of large industrial trucks on rural roads will be fully documented and exposed in “Tompkins County and Tammany Hall.”
There is a certain animal cunning in the survival tactics that authorities employ to protect their acts of corruption and misconduct from exposure; but they follow predictable pathways, and leave recognizable tracks. • One of their most common tactics is exemplified the progression in these signs. The first two steps: “Discredit the Witness” and “Discredit the Facts”; need no explanation. The third step; “Discredit the Context,” is the deliberate attempt to minimize and trivialize the incident or issue; they will claim that it’s been exaggerated to obtain money, or notoriety, that it’s a political attack, and more recently; to use scams like TDML to convince the public that everything is now under control, and there is no need to investigate or take further action. • If inquiries persist; authorities pull together to create an inescapable maze of “in-house” adjudications: by conducting investigations that ignore all pertinent material, handing the issue back to the group accused of the misconduct for a self-investigation, or falling back on the legality of a permit or a regulation that has been formulated for just this sort of eventuality — thereby effectively “caulking” all the cracks. • “Tompkins County and Tammany Hall” may be able to document and expose corruption — but that doesn’t mean anything will be done about it.
Corruption is sophisticated, corruption is the “Wild West” — it’s cool, it’s a tool, if you’re upstanding up you’re a fool. • Ethics committees are only for show; they’re a calming measure for the public. It’s not just that they’re useless in promoting an ethical government — every complaint gives a warning to those involved that it’s time to cover up and put on an act of innocence. • Corruption, like bias in government policies, is considered a means to an end — and no more subject to ethical review than the self-serving results it achieves. • Corruption is the cost of doing business. It’s the cost of keeping your job. • Corruption on the quiet.
Judging by outward appearances is a sure road to intolerance; but judging by a brief association or an isolated opinion can be just as misleading. • There’s more to people than a first page, or a first chapter. Often the automatic categorizing as “enemy” or even “friend” is all that’s needed to shut down further exploration of what that person really is. • Abraham Lincoln said, “I don’t like that man. I’m going to have to get to know him better.” If only we could make wisdom a law — or act like it was.
It’s not the world we want; that politicians are offering. Time and again over the years; people have clearly spoken of the world we want. Not the larger world of rules and rulers; but the smaller world of needs and accommodations — and human compassion. Maybe the best way to bring about world peace; is to make a world of peaceful communities.
You might think that these signs are acknowledging a government by the people — but you’d be wrong: It’s the acknowledgement of a subservient population to an all-embracing theocracy — The Revealed Church of Secular Self-interest. • Don’t tell me you still think there’s any meaningful public participation in government?!
Did “we” decide to have a government policy of discrimination on the basis of race, gender, and ethnicity? Sure, the same way “we” decided on a policy of slavery. Both decisions sprang from the same source – evil.
It’s everywhere. The Queen Bee of the New Society. In these days of unabashed arrogance and corruption – don’t pay attention to those bogus “replication crisis” studies; listen for this simple telltale giveaway: their manner of speech. In conversation do they say: “Ladies and men”? – putting themselves at a higher politeness level and revealing a sexist bias. Or do they even say “Ladies and guys” – putting themselves two levels above. Don’t be smiled off with the “sexist smile” - This should be corrected. Sauce for the gander is sauce for the goose.
All the talk of “it’s your actions that define you” is just talk. And it’s more talk that’s used to cover all those actions and empty claims: loud talk, aggressive and threatening talk. • That’s because we’re living in a world of adolescents — because there is no need, and very little pressure to grow up. And there’s always somebody in the background waiting to make some money and grab some power by encouraging it. • Responsibility has come to mean that other people have to take care of you — and they will; until it’s time for the shearing . . . or the “bleat” “it’s not fair” “bleat” silence.
Sometimes, you end up in a place where you can’t get help. Maybe it’s your fault; but you still need help. • Cornithaca County is too busy remaking the world to worry about the people living in it — Compassion and empathy are left to the spell checker. You can see the signs all over.
Like “Rural Social Justice” – What? – the plight of rural communities across the county, and their victimization by “City-centric” corporate and government policies, is unreported and unremarked. This is not by accident.
When an Industrial Farming business moved into a nearby town, and its farming practices seriously injured neighbors [including brain damage in one child and an infection that necessitated the removal of all the eyelids in an adult] they were legally protected from any wrongdoing by an agricultural “Permit Shield.” • Anything that would expose a threat to health, or reveal the subordinate position neighboring rural families are put into as the result of Agricultural Law is NEVER disclosed to prospective buyers or the general public. New York State’s fraudulent Ag Disclosure statement is a tool of Urban Colonialism. • The conduct surrounding the formulation and use of this “Ag Disclosure” statement is one of the topics that receives documented exposure in the upcoming “Tompkins County and Tammany Hall” book.
The very concept of using experience, knowledge, and good judgment as a basis for decision making has been suppressed by today’s authority figures: it might give people the idea of questioning the motives, and the competence, of those same authorities. Wisdom has been relegated to the sphere of family and social relationships; and used as a mouthpiece for the “gentler” side of dictatorial thinking. Do you think it wise to give up our protection from tyranny; so that our government has the power to overturn any human right that blocks their will? Using your experience, knowledge, and good judgment; do you think they’re going to give it back?
What can I say in a brief text about such a large subject? It’s not satirical, for one thing; and it presents the kernels of privileged beliefs that flesh out New York State’s Urban Colonialist policy making — bringing their civilization to the rural natives. “We’re all in this together” said the Centurion to the galley slaves. "Please, sir, I want some more."
The number of recent pieces on corruption is spillover from my work on “Tompkins County and Tammany Hall [I can’t seem to find any difference at all]” — I am currently sorting through more than 2,000 documents, letters and emails, and setting up timelines for a number of incidents. This will be a text and free download book. I would much rather be downing beers, than “downing” politicians and bureaucrats; and this has given a sharper edge to my delineations. After this is posted; it’s time for an Einbecher Pils to refresh me while I’m choosing what to pour next — something from Asia? . . . Scandinavia? . . . Probably both.
“Love knows no gender” — of course it does — Pride activists are staunch supporters of government policies that have carried out ethnic, gender and race discrimination in secret for more than five decades. “The path is made by walking” — maybe “Hypocrisy and bigotry know no gender, or race” and “Self-love knows no bounds” would be more appropriate. Goodness doesn’t need to hide, and Love would never make those choices. “Important principles may, and must, be inflexible.” — Abraham Lincoln. The “lapdog” choice: where’s the Pride in that?
Who says road signs are out of date? It’s always good to know what you’re heading into. These rhyming signs are placed at intervals along the road to convey a complete message, a la Burma Shave. That’s the signpost up ahead – your next stop, Cornithaca County!
Tompkins County government authorities are always telling us how important corporations are; and never saying how important the people are. In many places the people say; “we need to eliminate corruption.” In Tompkins County, the people say; “yeah, it’s corrupt” — and look over their shoulder for fear of losing their job. Corruption is the cost of doing business; and frequently the profit.
Is nothing sacred!? Charity, like Compassion, was always considered to be an unconditional act. Today, Charity often comes with conditions, overheads, and product and personality tie-ins. Charity is big business. And unlike the old proverb: “Charity sees the need, not the cause” — today’s charities are quick to define who has cause to be a recipient. Unsurprisingly, this cause extends to the charities themselves; with as much as 80% of the contributions going to “prime the pump” in-house.
Quid Pro Quo, Cronyism, Misconduct, Bigotry, Censorship, Self-serving Policy Making, and Greed are just a part of business as usual for Tompkins County’s Elite. When you add all that corruption to an arrogant Urban Colonialist attitude — their “bringing civilization to the rural natives” policies; more closely resemble an invasion.
Cornithaca is proof that there is more money in helping people than there is for helping people. Non-profits are big business. And if you can’t get into that parade; there are charitable tie-ins for marketing your products and for pimping out your events.
The Greater Good, like Bigfoot, is a claim requiring more proof than anecdotal corroboration. “Greater good” policy making insists that a government is greater than the people it serves — and where’s the good in that.
It takes more than one voice to harmonize.
A sixth song for “Rabid Lemmings: The Musical” – A sophisticated tune for grace under pressure: and there’s a lot of pressure these days.
A fifth song for “Rabid Lemmings: The Musical” — The doctrine of the schoolroom in one generation will be the doctrine of government in the next.
A fourth song for “Rabid Lemmings: The Musical” — the story will go wherever the music and lyrics lead me.
A third song for “Rabid Lemmings: The Musical” — I was inspired by changing the oil — if only we could change our leaders that easily.
When a car chase/gun fight on one of the local roads caused a higher number of complaints than usual; the County made an announcement: One: There are only a “few bad characters.” Two: Their department was too small. And Three: It would be too expensive for the County to do anything about it. • Just the sort of response you would expect from a County Sheriff’s Dept. that will only show up in rural areas when it’s called, write a report, and leave. • Tompkins County’s “Ag Ghetto” policies, like other ghettos in other places, is one of containment. It’s a tool that Urban Colonialism uses to marginalize the rural natives. • Another tool? High rural property taxes — my neighbor just received a 10% increase in his County assessment: it takes an important amount of money to serve the important areas of Tompkins County.
Another song for the “Rabid Lemmings” musical. Now it’s time to kick back, watch a movie, and have a few beers — “Pint of lager, please, Mary – Right you are, my love.”
First song for the musical — and yes, it does have some lemmings in it. It’s a Victim’s Fault world.
Cornithaca County featured the 15 tune “Bigotry: The Musical” songbook. Now, it’s time for “Rabid Lemmings: The Musical” . . . Fear travels by word of mouth.
After repeated complaints about hundreds of thru-cutting dump trucks to County representatives; requesting a 4 TON weight limit on our rural road; the County Highway Director stated “I have researched the area and talked to highway officials in Lansing and they report there are no large through haul trucks utilizing Lansingville Road.” • Photos documenting this truck traffic was sent with no response. Suddenly signs appeared stating a limit of “20 TONS” — a weight limit that would ensure continued road usage by these thru-cutting trucks, and five times the 4 TON weight limit of every other local road. • A complaint letter sent to the Deputy County Administrator resulted in a response that completely ignored the Highway Director’s false claims and strange behavior; saying that the Director “posted the road at 20 tons to limit through traffic of large trucks”. A follow up email urging the County to address the facts of the complaint was ignored. • From there on; County authorities stonewalled and refused to comment or acknowledge any communication. • • The full story will be recounted in the upcoming expose: “Tompkins County and Tammany Hall [I can’t seem to find any difference at all]”
“Escape form Corruption” Board Game Download FREE Printable download on my Blog: “Rural Tompkins County: The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Credentials” • This board game borrows material from an upcoming book with the working title: “Tompkins County and Tammany Hall [I can’t seem to find any difference at all]”. • This book will present the strongest possible circumstantial case through documented actions, polices, and statements — all pointing in the same direction.
It’s interesting and revealing that our government policy makers have so many ways to make you less, and so many reasons why they should do this. It was absolutely wrong to discriminate for any reason; now it’s absolutely right to discriminate whenever, and for whatever reason they decide — we were always told America was a “melting pot” of race, gender and culture; now they’ve reversed themselves and punitively profile people in all those ways — there used to be a belief in the innate worth of every human being; now our worth is decided by how will profit an arrogant and self-serving bigotry [covered up with a secretive and unquestionable “greater good.”] • This is not some little thing — no matter how hypocritical and blatantly bigoted their statements and policies; they adamantly refuse to change anything. • When they’re done with their self-love feast; you’re next on the menu. And if you don’t stand up for yourselves; you’re just fast-food wrappers on the side of the highway.
Nothing could be less characteristic of today’s social policy and its adherents than the advice contained in this phrase. Rather than trying to be a living example their claims, and abjuring bigoted and discriminatory actions; they insist their right [by virtue of their race, gender, ethnicity] to perform acts of bigotry and discrimination [by race, gender, and ethnicity] — thereby double dipping into the very evil that they tar their victims with; while hiding the hypocrisy of their own actions behind censored news, fiddled statistics, and a smokescreen of self-righteous anger and secrecy.
A cryptic bumper sticker that’s intentionally thought provoking.
The urgency of the action is in large part dependent upon the consequences: if you don’t take precautions against the weather and only get wet; that’s one thing — if you die; that’s another matter. • While many countries believe that efforts should be undertaken to prove an action or process is safe beforehand; in America, we are frequently in the position of having to prove something is unsafe after the fact. • And with powerful, rich, and well-connected interests: that can take a lot of proving.
Some problems just don’t go away. Some systems don’t heal themselves after injury. • The TDML attitude says; “I can leave my car engine running because it’s more efficient”; but a more sensible attitude would be to make use of that efficiency to further reduce the carbon footprint. The world may not return to its previous state; but it may recover more quickly. Or we could just wait . . . with the engine running.
An example of how a small fact can be used to obscure a larger one. Authorities know that presenting facts as “truths” is the best way to have people buy into their policies. • “It begins innocently enough. Farmers use fertilizers to increase the output of their crops so that we can have more food on our tables and more food to sell to the rest of the world. But it is this agricultural runoff combined with urban runoff that brings excessive amounts of nutrients into waterways that feed the Mississippi River and starts a chain of events in the Gulf that turns deadly.” • In the book; I will deconstruct this government handout. It’s amazing how many misrepresentations are dovetailed into these few sentences — a beautiful piece of work.
Just a reminder: You can make more money by using disasters; than by preventing or remediating them. COVID-19 grabbed the headlines; but smart investors know that there are always profitable opportunities in our downward spiraling world. • Ocean-rise investments in real estate is a “global warming-proof” way to ensure you can comfortably live out your natural life in our unnatural society.
Corruption: “An act done with an intent to give some advantage inconsistent with official duty and the rights of others.” • This legal definition is entirely consistent the actions and policies of Tompkins County government. • Although they are public servants; it is no longer the people who are served; the growth and profitability of corporations and institutions is now considered more important to the welfare of Tompkins County — the people have been moved to a secondary position. • Oversight committees short-circuit investigations and ethics complaints are regarded as an annoying interference. • 200 years of Collegiate bureaucratic inbreeding has gone county-wide; and the results are Machiavellian.
Poverty may be more than color; but public policy isn’t. Unfortunately, there aren’t enough blacks living in rural New York for the community to be worth caring about. • Even the pretense of equal worth has been replaced by an openly dismissive “somebody has to take the hit” philosophy, and disguised with an over the top ladling of “the greater good.” • After all; when “somebody” has to take the hit — it’s always a campaign decision.
How does Tompkins County save money? By denying public services to the county’s rural poor. • Public transportation is stopped miles away from those farthest from doctors, medication and groceries. And the drugs and crime that poverty produce are handled by a Sheriff’s department that only come when they’re called, write a report, and leave. • The County does maintain one presence; its Assessors are constantly raising rural valuations to enable higher taxes — and rural families living on roads named for them are forced to leave and make room for urban sprawl developments and corporate cronies.
A “what’s that?” bumper sticker. Rural Social Justice is the Social Justice that hasn’t happened yet; and if Urban Colonialism continues to hold its grip — it never will. • Urban Colonialism, “characteristic of, or constituting control by a city over a rural area or people,” is the de facto policy in New York State. As urban authorities co-opt increasing amounts the state’s rural land for their food, recreation, infrastructure needs [and as an “out of sight” dumping ground]; they act as if they are “bringing civilization to the natives.” • Rural residents are ungrateful obstructive, and ignorant people, who won’t accept their place in a City-centric social order. Rural communities are resettled, restructured, and the natives are marginalized, driven out, or destroyed. • In Tompkins County’s most recent Comprehensive Plan: there is no rural community — just a scattering of “urban nodes” in a landscape that supplies food, raw materials, and low-level labor to a “vibrant urban center” — can you get more colonial than that?
There has never been a long-term study made to evaluate the effects of factory farming methods on the rural community. Such a study would not be welcome. How many rural babies have died because of nitrates in their drinking water? Nobody knows. Autopsies are rarely performed on infants. • If you’re a poor rural family, and a factory farm pollutes your well; what happens? Nothing. That’s your problem. Authorities advise spending a few thousand dollars on a reverse osmosis system or buying bottled water; but that is all they will give: the advice. What can you do? Where can you go? That’s your problem. • Agriculture-funded politicians and colleges are dismissive of the conditions that rural families are forced to endure; they can afford to be — or rather, they can’t afford not to be. Just follow the money.
Rural Tompkins County is a place where residents need to be vigilant when they hang out their wash. Giant agricultural boom-sprayers spray herbicides that drift across the landscape like a toxic fog — coating the toys that children play with, and the sheets they sleep on with glyphosate and other chemicals. • How can Agribusinesses get away with this? Because the regulations aren’t enforced — that’s what friends in high places are for.
“If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change.” – Mahatma Gandhi • The concepts of being “owed” something and “those people” is foreign to the beliefs of every respected figure of human worth and equality — so when they all point to the same path; why are you walking in the opposite direction? • Without “anybody”: there can be no “everyone.” • Our government; like all confidence tricksters; plays on fear and greed to convince you that by giving up some; you will receive more. But when you’re doing something that you’ve been told is “good”; and everybody we consider good denounces it: what are the odds?
Life in an Ag Ghetto is like life around Chernobyl: it may look unchanged to those quickly driving by; but the poison is deep in everything — and sometimes it comes to the surface. • There’s not much biodiversity in all those thousands upon thousands of acres of Tompkins County farmland — because nothing is allowed to get in the way of the bottom line; and that includes the rural residents. • Factory farms are whole-hearted supporters of Urban Colonialist policies. The concept of food production as an overriding activity increases profits and flattens any opposition. Cornell Cooperative Extension informed the “non-farming” families in rural Lansing that they “didn’t deserve to live there,” and the most blatant environmental misconduct or health debilitating activity is treated with a blind eye or a wrist-slap. • So the next time you check a label in the grocery store; remember — there’s a little bit of a rural family ground up in there as well.
Unfortunately; this statement is both true and untrue: we can learn from accident and adversity; but the type of learning may not be good for ourselves or others — and sometimes we seem to learn nothing; which presents its own set of problems. • Luckily, life is a continuous and continuously adjusting process — otherwise the bruises would never go away.
It’s the sort of future that needs the past destroyed: the records of repeated failure for the same policies, the echoes of history in their acts of discrimination and suppression, the accusing voices of those who fought for human worth and equality. • They not only try to destroy the past by suppressing it, but also by overwriting it. What children are taught in schools is not an accurate representation of the past; it’s a version created to deny the legitimacy of anything that does not conform [or cannot be presented as conforming] to their Doctrine. • Abraham Lincoln said, “How many legs does a dog have if you call his tail a leg? Four. Saying that a tail is a leg doesn't make it a leg.” Calling their acts of hate and discrimination “justice” does not make them just. And destroying a thing; does not destroy the memory of it.
Sometimes it seems that there are no more cautionary tales because our decisions are no longer important. • A reimagined Government has allowed authorities to distance themselves from accountability and expectation by adopting fatalistic precepts like: “the wrong place at the wrong time.” • When a recent car chase/gun fight upset local residents; the Sheriff’s Department answered with: the number of officers [we’re too small], their non-local presence [it’s too expensive], the level of criminality [there are just a few bad characters]. • They’re too busy protecting the assets of those with money to protect the asses of those without. If we want to be safe, and not a story, it’s up to us. • “Right and wrong are awful narrow - Ain’t we got guns? - Took a wrong turn, where’s the arrow - We ain’t got none - They’ve cut patrols back - But the income tax won’t be any smaller - When I’m played out, I’ll be laid out - Ain’t we got guns?” — from Bigotry: The Musical, “Cornithaca County”
I have a cousin who would always say “don’t force it; get a bigger hammer” — if there was a big rusted bolt on the silo unloader; and all you had was a quarter-inch socket wrench — just put a three-foot pipe over the wrench handle. • Today’s super-powerful government is the “bigger hammer.” It’s the assistance that overcomes any resistance. • Don’t waste time with discussion or with debating your intentions. Things move much quicker if you don’t have to convince the public, or your neighbors. Just grab a mandate, an entitlement, or an equitability; and smash them into submission. You don’t need a good reason to play a “greater good” card; just a good friend on the committee who will deal you the right hand.
I have always thought that “preparing for the worst” was a very passive approach — why tarp the furniture if you can repair the roof? • Abraham Lincoln said: “Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?” How’s that for a repair job.
Conventions are there for a reason — survival. And while it may seem counterintuitive to some; they promote the survival of the individual. Conventions serve one of our most important needs: they let us know what we can each expect. • “Climate is what we expect. Weather is what we get.” Conventions help us achieve a stable “climate” of individual human interaction. Is there anything beyond conventions? Yes, maturity. And beyond that is wisdom. • Is there anything beyond wisdom? Give me a break — I’m still working on conventions. • Another remixed proverb from “Cornithaca County.”
There’s more than longing; there’s belonging — and needing to be with someone can turn into being with someone else. It’s perfectly sensible human behavior: but since when has that mattered? • This is another remixed proverb from “Cornithaca County.”