Working Title: Tompkins County and Tammany Hall [I can’t seem to find any difference at all]
This Book Is In Development
A circumstantial case for further investigation and adjudication of government misconduct. All the incidents in this book are unresolved. The complete lack of any meaningful or substantive action on the part of authorities in Tompkins County and New York State was a driving force behind continued efforts to publish this book and get a positive resolution for the county’s marginalized rural community. My “closure” in writing these narratives was not the bureaucratic closing of a file; but the act of keeping those files open and exposed to public view — and, hopefully, public pressure. The circumstantial nature of these accusations is greatly strengthened by a singular lack of any contradictory evidence. Every incident I was able find has the same “earmarks” and points in the same direction. The sole basis for selection was the amount of documentation available through public records and my personal involvement. Any effective circumstantial case depends on the number of facts that support a single conclusion: I have sometimes sacrificed readability in an effort to present those facts. This is not a Detective Story, it’s not a “who-done-it”; it’s a “what-are-you-going-to-do-about-it?” In our government’s “vision” of society; there seems to be no room for public participation, approval, or oversight of its actions — we need to replace that vision, and that power, with ours.
The Town of Lansing is proposing a new Local Law – one that only applies to the “Rural/Agricultural Zone”; and further restricts the lives and activities of the town’s rural residents. • In today’s world of unabashed self-promotion; where the most repressive and discriminatory policies are marketed as the “Greater Good” — a dictatorship has crawled through the crumbling remains of our once representative government. How can you survive on the path to world-wide dissolution? Conforming won’t help you get a place in the lifeboat: you’re just clawing up the backs of those who are already drowning.
It’s an age where people don’t need to know what they’re talking about – only that it needs to conform to what they are supposed to say. When this book is finished and available; even with all the documentation – many people will see it as an attack on their beliefs – without reading it – and without thinking. It’s “fake” news, “fake” facts, “fake” something. • This unthinking mob of adolescent adults may be useful for politicians and corporations – but it’s a one-trick-pony where survival is concerned. They need to see a disaster movie screenplay where they are not selected as the designated survivors; because no one survives. • Today’s government policies read like a man who jumped off the roof of a hundred-story building and as he passed the 79th floor was heard to say: “All right, so far!” We’re falling to place most people can’t imagine; and are not being told about. Parachutes made from recycled plastic bottles will only give you a soft landing into a toxic sea, breathing unsupportable air. • I won’t live that long — but here’s a thought: maybe the building is only 50 floors . . . or twenty five. Think “fake” extinction.
In Tompkins County; it’s not just government above the people – it’s government against the people. Public participation is a smokescreen of meaningless ceremonies; and anyone who tries to pierce its obfuscations runs into a bulwark of bureaucratic defense. Bringing about change from the public sector is more than difficult; it’s practically impossible. If you don’t bring big money or power to the table – you can’t sit in on the game.
Environmental ethics used to mean making the right choices – today it’s just another sales mark. Picking up beer bottles on the beach. It’s too late for that. • If you voted to ban all fossil fuels, and made the next space station out of recycled plastic bottles – it would make no difference. • Environmental ethics is a choice — and when you let others make that choice for you; it’s their choice. In the future; if we’re forced to live in sealed cities: The elite will have the best of everything that’s left; and the poor will have . . . an answer to why we’re developing artificial intelligence?
This piece will probably fit in before the County and Town of Lansing plans are examined. • Since these plans have no public oversight, and almost no public readership; they have ballooned into a dumpster’s worth of poorly supported arguments and misrepresented problems – gaining importance through the sheer weight of their endlessly insistent claims. • It’s not a question of “Cui Bono”; because the players are unfazed by the spotlight – but “Can anything be done to save the community?” • Is there anything left but the rot?
“Rural Colonization” This insight bypasses the text of this essay; and takes a turn directly into the heart of Tompkins County’s “ag ghetto” policy: Two days ago, on the afternoon of September 20th; a Medevac copter landed on my front lawn. First responders picked this location because they remembered using it for another Medevac pickup only four years before. [A 15-year old boy was thrown onto the pavement while riding standing on the trunk of a car.] • Tompkins County has refused to enforce any traffic laws on our rural road that has become a playground for reckless games, illegal vehicles, impaired drivers, and “any speed you want” short-cutters — no matter what is happening. • I sent an email [with a photo of the victim being loaded into the copter] to my Town Board rep, the Town Supervisor, the County Sheriff, and two County Legislators: “This is the second time a Medevac Helicopter has landed on my lawn to transport a Lansingville road accident victim. Am I the only one who wants to stop this?” Two days later — silence is their only answer. • I can’t describe the sadness and anger I feel.
“All the f**king surveys – where do they all come from.” Frequently they come from “why”? Tompkins County government has no need for surveys – except as a calming measure – so residents can feel listened to. It’s the public parking outside the impenetrable walls of privilege and bureaucracy. Meaningless public participation is the logo on every self-serving agenda in the county – a smudged, fifth generation copy that reveals the Legislature’s lack of concern with its appearance or legibility – they just don’t care. Do you?
Even though it’s tempting to believe the County’s rhetoric that all local plans become the county plan – their every effort is exerted to ensure that the County’s plan becomes all local plans. To a hierarchical government that sees themselves as rulers and deciders – a foot in the door is only the first step to the head of the table.
This piece is one of a series that demonstrates the intent and the interests of the Tompkins County government through an examination of the 2015 County Comprehensive Plan: “Planning for our FUTURE”. • From the Plan’s Foreword [which this piece examines], to the County Legislature’s “Mission and Vision Statements” that bookend their Plan — their air of rulership is unmistakable: They decide everything – and this Comp Plan is a proclamation of those decisions.
Like the elite in any authoritarian social structure; Tompkins County uses the needs and fears of its citizens to control and direct their energy. • Coining new terms to make people believe they’re getting a new deal is as old a trick as targeting a group of people for suspicion and hate. • While Tompkins County may deny they are stacking the deck against the rural community; they won’t let anyone else touch the deck – or deal the cards.
The process of effecting change in Tompkins County policy decisions is like the law of diminishing returns – the more effort you make to move forward; the less real progress you make;. The “best” results are achieved by doing nothing, and believing their conscience stultifying patter — and since unabashed self-praise is so au courant; there are less and less people who “walk the walk.”
“More Info – Less Filling” A more satirical treatment of the ethical misconduct that saturates the fabric of Tompkins County — the Urban Colonialism of Cornell University has marginalized and destroyed the “native” rural culture throughout much of the state; and runs the county for the benefit of its corporate “bottom line” — The New Paradigm: “Squat . . . shit . . . move on.”
“The Map is not the Territory: The mapmakers are”. Tompkins County policy making is a puzzle with thousands of pieces; all the same size, the same shape, and imprinted with the same design. No matter how many pieces you put together; the picture never changes — it just gets bigger.
Tompkins County’s attack on the rural community goes far beyond a passive and stony gaze in the face of poverty and need – Ithaca’s expanding resettlement government uses a high maintenance, urban sprawl bedroom community policy to increase taxes beyond what the original residents can afford; while choking off services and bombarding the stubborn with iniquitous laws to speed up their “constructive eviction.”
“Everything’s transparent on the surface” is a good way to describe government in New York State; because every ethical and public “empowering” policy is no more than a screen for covering up their “quid pro quo” deal making agenda. Tompkins County’s overwhelmingly liberal government gains strength from an increasingly gerrymandered redistricting and the representation of a huge student population; who have no voice in policy and no knowledge what goes on in the county — everything comes from the elite urban center of Cornell’s “dog eat dog shit” bureaucracy.
Deadly Drift – Gone, but not forgotten – like a blight in the life of a tree – leaves a permanent mark in its growth. Every chapter in this book contains evidence that points in the same direction – evidence that cannot be refuted by facts – because there are no facts that contradict. • In these days: where “equitability” replaces equality, and any evil can be excused with the assurance of a greater goodness — our revered figures of human worth and equality are arranged like a jury of bobble heads: always nodding, but never allowed to speak. • And like the often cited “necessary evil,” or TDML’s “necessary” pollution; is the corruption and cronyism displayed in the pages of this book something that you’ve come to terms with? And if so; does that reflect your sophistication? Or your inhumanity?
Everyone I talk to in the rural community thinks that Tompkins County government is corrupt and biased, although many are afraid to speak out in public. There are those who believe that my herbicide spraying was in retaliation for my advocacy of Rural Social Justice. Urban Colonialism, like other colonial arguments, takes on a much darker form when its “greater good” rhetoric turns to on the ground boot heels in rural towns and villages. This book exposes only a part, but a part is enough to begin with. The rest is just the same — and it stretches farther than you would believe.
Everyone I talk to in the rural community thinks that Tompkins County government is corrupt and biased, although many are afraid to speak out in public. There are those who believe that my herbicide spraying was in retaliation for my advocacy of Rural Social Justice. • Urban Colonialism, like other colonial arguments, takes on a much darker form when its “greater good” rhetoric turns to on the ground boot heels in rural towns and villages. • This book exposes only a part, but a part is enough to begin with. The rest is just the same — and it stretches farther than you would believe.
Working Title: All Roads Lead to Cornithaca
This Book Is In Development
Biden’s social policies are in direct conflict with the principles and conduct of every revered figure of human compassion and worth that the world has ever known. His Doctrine holders have overturned the “melting pot” and installed a theocracy: “Everybody’s different; and should be treated differently — for the Greater Good — and WE will decide where and in what way that should be done.” I have no respect, and no trust, for a government that operates without principles, and in secret, and for an end only they can shape. All roads lead to Cornithaca . . . and down the drain. The proof is now in Cornithaca County. This book will help you keep on top of things until we reach bottom.
“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.”
There’s something to be said for not being the first: you can pick your space at the party, you know that the ice will hold your weight, and you aren’t the one they name a virus after – you can always learn from experience; especially if it’s someone else’s. • This remixed proverb is from “Cornithaca County.”
When New York’s elderly caused Cuomo trouble; they ceased to exist. • The suppression of Nursing Home deaths has progressively led to a non-reporting status of all Pandemic age-related demographics. Since only Race and Ethnicity are important; they are the sole determiner in State vaccination statistics. • Not only are the elderly doing the overwhelming majority of the dying; the pro forma “Sadly, we lost [today’s number] New Yorkers to the virus” announcement hasn’t changed one word — only the number of dead has changed. Since January 13th; more than 7,000 human beings have been added to the total — up a thousand since March. • Sadly, we still have the same Governor.
The miasma of fear is everywhere; but it’s not due to the Pandemic, that would be a relative comfort — it’s due to political dogma — and if their words don’t scare you enough to conform: there are always sticks and stones at hand. • It’s not surprising in a Doctrine that directly contradicts the lives and beliefs of every revered figure of human worth and equality. • How many of you are fearful to speak out? • Conforming won’t help you. It may spare you the whip — but not the abattoir.
Early Release could be described as an act of arrogance and dismissiveness: the arrogance to decide that they can judge the future behavior of criminals who have already displayed aberrant behavior and committed acts of violence, and the dismissiveness to treat the human beings who suffer from these acts as mere statistical phenomena. • Psychologists claim with “reasonable certainty” these acts will not be repeated, but in the light of a “replication crisis” in the psychological research that underpins these conclusions; what are the real odds? I would bet with a much more reasonable certainty that they won’t be apologizing to the victims if they’re wrong.
When the evidence is gathered and the suspect arrested; that’s their job. When the plea bargain is made and the sentence reduced; that’s their job. When the criminal is released back into the neighborhood; that’s their job. Being the next victim? That’s our job.
It’s an idea too big to write about; but the right size to think about.
With the modern Doctrine of privilege and hate; finding an off-the-shelf excuse for doing evil to others is easy — it’s finding an argument for doing good to others that’s impossible. • We’ve come to the Great Divide. • It’s the difference between those who believe in human worth; and those who believe in human use. • It’s a gulf you can’t straddle; and there’s no place to hide — so where do you stand on the Great Divide?
Maybe it’s time to change up the societal role of our elderly citizens. The mild, smiling, grandkid doting role got us no respect, compassion, or vaccine availability when the Pandemic hit. • With the current sense of entitlement; and with the easy and available COVID solution: it’s certain that many inheritances were hastened with human intervention — murder — but this media plum is nowhere to be found. • It’s not smart to play us. They did the lying; we did the dying. This last election taught the lesson that if you’re not confrontational: you’re nothing. It’s time to step out of your AARP boxes and shake up things again.
What used to be “Oh, God!” is now “Oh, yeah? So what.” • People have been educated to accept corruption as a normal part of society and government – to see pollution and the environment as a balancing act – and human death and suffering as quantifiable overhead. • This viewpoint is all very well for those who are nibbling our society to death; but what about the rest of us? • Just because you can’t end corruption, and pollution, and human suffering; doesn’t mean that any amount of it is acceptable. In the real world: A predator doesn’t leave after one bite — if they like it; they stick around for more. For all of it.
Nowadays “We’re all in this together” is merely a figure of speech. Every discussion, every media story, every video, every study, every job application, every school lesson, and every law places more importance on our differences than anything else. • Our togetherness is that of people waiting for plane, crossing a city street, or even that of dogs in a pit. • This bumper sticker stresses that being in the same place at the same time, and “the wrong place at the wrong time,” are equally good descriptions of today’s “togetherness.” It’s not a togetherness of compassion — it’s a togetherness of use.
Unlike jockeys in a real horse race; weather professionals jump from one weather model, to another one that seems to have a better chance of winning, and then back again — sometimes even straddling the field. • It’s all very scientific; but most of the accuracy comes after the event; not before. • 60 years ago; people watched the TV weatherman who had a proven record of accurate predictions. Today science has bedecked a self-righteous certitude with a fog of “complex” patterns and ever-fluctuating “chances of” — that leaves you looking at the weather outside your window an hour before it appears in their “updated” predictions. • So remember; the next time you’re caught with your excuses down: Don’t change your story — just update it.
You Know the right thing to do — so when someone tells you there’s a better, quicker, easier, or more correct way: watch out. “Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dee. An actor’s life for me!”
Does a uniform curriculum mean uniform thinking? Is an ideology something that our children are not being taught about — but are being taught to accept? • It’s surprising how little we know about what is taught in our public schools; let alone how and with what agenda it is being taught. • Policies are not just presented; they are being embedded in youthful minds. • When powerful unions and powerful interests get together; the result is never for the benefit of outsiders. • Try to find out the “what” and “why” of your child’s “public” education — and see how quickly you’re shut down.
There are many ways to hide government activities and wrongdoing besides a plain refusal to disclose information: selective disclosure, purposed government studies, substitution of information, claiming the need to “protect” someone or something, or just by making it too difficult to obtain. • Withholding the information that the people need to debate and decide issues, and denying them the ability to judge the merits of government policies, has become a basic political strategy for authorities who have come to see themselves as rulers and molders of society; rather than representatives. • And although governments may claim to a “greater good” by withholding information from the people; there is no evidence that this is true, or that it is the public good that requires this. • Demand Full Disclosure – Full Exposure of all government policies and statistics.
The scariest thing about corruption in New York is its acceptance. It’s the “sophisticated” view that so clearly overlays a landscape of self-interest and fear. • It’s frustrating to see how quickly and completely the county’s educated people distance themselves from any wrongdoing or partisan payoffs in their own community; immediately jumping to another place, another belief, or even another time; always denying the darkness — and yet fearful to stray from the herd. • “Corruption is always with us.” “They’re going to die soon anyway” “And I'm sure it wouldn't interest anybody - Outside of a small circle of friends” • The New York State of Corruption; it’s a place where even the investigations need to be investigated.
Did you ever wonder what a liberal community would be like with complete top-to-bottom control of government policy; and the ability to enact everything that their beliefs approve? • “Tompkins County and Tammany Hall” uses documented facts and incidents to create an undeniable circumstantial case for the future of our society; and the place of Government and the People. • In a society with the sort of moral compass that lands people a spot on American Greed: The only question is: is there any power on earth that can stop it? • [Excerpts from the book will be appearing in the coming months.]
With the undercurrent “cull the herd” attitude towards our dying elderly citizens; it would be a good time to look for a really practical solution for a healthy society. • All our world’s problems have one source: overpopulation. Even the pollution and global warming that are racing us to extinction are tied to this single fact. • Sterilize the young and it’s “problem solved” — simple, direct, and measurable results. A plan that would pay back every year; until we reach a stable, clean, healthy world with enough for everyone. • Stop this selfish reproduction; and pass a law for its reduction.
Get off the high ground: because your views directly contradict the lives and beliefs of every revered figure of human worth and equality. Get off the high ground: because goodness acts in the open; and you insist on secrecy. Get off the high ground: because you bend important principles 180 degrees and still claim you’re fulfilling them. • Get off the high ground; you ain’t all that — but you are all that that has oppressed people throughout history.
We can coexist; as long as we do what they want. As long as we say what they want. As long as we think what they want. For as long as they allow. • There is no compromise — it’s just that some things can’t be swallowed whole.
In Cornithaca County; I exposed the myths behind this modern Icon of Incorruptibility — debunking the popular view that Science is responsible, rational, reliable, selfless, and self-effacing. • When scientific studies rely on outside funding, and when, in some fields; more than a third of those studies cannot be replicated by impartial researchers — it doesn’t require a mathematician to add things up. • Science is the well-fed lap dog in the houses of the rich and powerful.
If you want to understand our government’s policies — just think like a 14-year old: A world of privilege without responsibility. A demand to have now at any cost; ignoring the future consequences. • A resentment and refusal to listen to advice. A rebellious attitude toward anyone and anything that restricts your behavior. • And a pattern of blaming everything on someone else — especially anyone outside the group. • Or you could read “Lord of the Flies.”
Keywords. Just as keywords help in search engine recognition; they can be used attach attributes to actions [whether or not they exist] — that is why every questionable government policy comes cloaked in words of righteousness. Equality. Equal. Equitable. • And yes, the double meaning is intended.
Where do your taxes go? Do you know? • In Tompkins County; the rural people pay the same county taxes as everyone else, but do not get any County bus service, Law enforcement patrols, Municipal water, Planning representation, or County outreach — and it’s the county’s urban residents; the ones who receive all of that, who are designated as “underserved” and given special attention. • This isn’t widely known — but then, we don’t get any media coverage either.
“Cronyism” is the Gold Standard of corruption. While following a money trail is difficult; the Quid Pro Quos and Future Expectations of cronyism are much more difficult to nail down as misconduct. • New York State requires that 3 of the 5 voting members of every oversight Soil and Water Conservation Committee be “farm” [one an active farmer, one from the Farm Bureau, and one from the Grange]: farming is the biggest polluter of the state’s lakes and waterways — is this “cronyism”? These Committees oppose fines and excuse even the largest agricultural spills; while constantly praising these farms for their commitment to Stewardship — is this “cronyism”? • There is always a point at which the logic and reasoning disappears, transparency is lost, and the power of the decision maker takes over — we need to make sure that these decisions are made for the right reasons.
We’re all in this together . . . but wouldn’t you rather be together somewhere else? • When you’re in a speeding vehicle with an impaired driver; maybe it’s better to jump out anywhere, then end up who-knows-where. Oh, Hell!
“Faster than a spending bureaucrat! More powerful than a lobby! Able to leap ethical barriers in a single bound! • (“Look! Up in the sky!” “It’s a Law!” “It’s a Mandate!” “It’s The Greater Good!”) • Yes, it’s The Greater Good… strange concept from an autocratic viewpoint, who came to our society with powers and abilities far beyond those given by the Constitution! The Greater Good… who can change the course of ethical guidelines, bend principles in his bare hands! And who, disguised as Equitable Policy, mild-mannered proponent for a Great Dictatorship, fights a never-ending battle against truth, justice, and the American people! • Is there a “kryptonite”? Yes, knowledge. Full Disclosure • Full Exposure of our government’s policies and statistics will change a Greater Good Dictatorship into a good for all democracy.
Life is more than just choices; it’s also about opportunities. Sometimes the opportunity comes when you’re out of choices; sometimes the choice carries an “opportunity cost”; and sometime the choice creates the opportunity itself. • I can’t say the choice of not going on to another bar was ever a bad one. The opportunity? Maybe just living to talk about it.
Nature abhors a vacuum — doesn’t everyone? There’s always the urge to fill in the blank space; even when you’re not requested to “insert image/comment/URL here.” But what constitutes a “blank space”? • Incomers define our rural fields and meadows as “vacant space” because they have not been defined and demarked as to usage. To them, these “blank spaces” are frightening; objects without labels —opportunities without a profit. • There is no neighborliness: instead, we’re now a “community,” and our community needs, running and bike trails, a dog park, sidewalks, a “town center,” a high-tax school system . . . a suburban pastiche of county club aspirations and sit-com sensibilities. Forcing on the original inhabitants things that they don’t want; at a price they can’t afford. • The natives either die off, are taxed out, or squeezed into low-level jobs and marginalized living. Pure Urban Colonialism.
Say it and forget it; stick it and regret it. Bumper stickers can say a lot of things, and can be put on for a lot of reasons, but there’s one thing they have in common; they’re difficult to take off.
Cornithaca is a place where rich non-profits decry the materialism of working people all the way to the bank; and “lip service” is another name for a convocation of policy makers. • It’s a place where non-conforming people and ideas are targeted in a servile media; while intellectual lemmings attack and attack with mindless ferocity. • In a county where “user-ism” has replaced activism; profiting in a very material way from public policy has become a way of life. • Their burden is the weight of rulership; ours is to carry their sedan chairs.
No concept could be scarier to today’s secular elite. The selective disclosure of information to legitimize elitist policy making is the stepping stone to their “greater good” dictatorship: a “Black Box” Bureaucracy of power and control. • I used to satirize this society by saying that the only rights left will be the right to be a victim and the right to be poor. This isn’t true — they’ll decide that as well.
If the last election and its aftermath has taught us anything; it’s that if you’re not confrontational; you’re nothing. • Those that were confrontational and violent are being showered with privileges and media promotion; those that were not are just fodder for the Sacrifice Grinder. • Use this generic bumper sticker as an attitude setting giveaway for your group’s confrontational launch. • Remember: “If you don’t make the list; you’ll never be missed.”
Today, in a word, is dull. The endless flashy parade of entitlement is no more than a freight train that holds you up at the crossing. • It’s time for old people to shrug off the soporific talk, talk, talk, advocacy that led to so many pandemic deaths; and get confrontational. • When you’ve done so much; it’s annoying to be treated as so little.
It’s hardly a problem in logic; but it’s a problem with our society. Not the self-serving lying — but the attitude that everything ends with you. • Compassion is no longer something that binds the community together; it’s something that flows from designated sources and institutions, and only to those who are considered worthy. • The “Us” of our current administration, like the “We” of previous royalty, does not refer to all; but to a single authority that rules all. • When told “we” have to make sacrifices; the first thought is not “what,” but “who?” • It was like that when you moved in — and will it be any better when you move out?
Power AND Control: that’s why authorities are authorizing Form Based Code Planning as their template for the future. Controlling behavior through controlling the environment is the sterile dream of Operant Conditioning and “Skinner Box” societies. • Form Based Code proponents are very much like their Code: intolerant of anything different, and gaining power from an intransigent authority. • You’re not some misplaced “square peg in a round hole”; there are no “square holes” — so you’ll just have to fit.
Urban Colonialism is not a term you’re likely to hear in our city-centric media; or from smug “form based” futurists. • Rural people are a backwards people whose lives [and lands] are being improved; because, like the natives in other colonizations: keeping their culture is not worth considering. • The deeper you look the more parallels you will find — but who cares?
TDML is one of those concepts that clearly points to the direction we are heading; it sets an acceptable level to act that should never be acceptable at all. • This is the perfect bureaucratic policy because it accepts inaction and paperwork as the solution to society’s ills. • We used to cringe at the dark logic of “10 to 20 million killed, tops” — Today that sort of thinking is standard government practice.
Short rhyming poems for children. This book, like Cornithaca County, will contain a number of activities and games that children can participate in; or be used in lessons. Besides, rhymes are fun at all ages.
In the days before air bags; when strong chassis added to an out-of-the-car experience: everyone knew that shit happens — they just didn’t say “shit” in public. Now, with all the power of a flaking metallic, V-8 powered, pyroclastic cloud of an “aircraft carrier” [with 85,000 miles on the odometer] it’s time for Seniors to roar back. You don’t have to say “shit” to do shit.
The rhythm of the sticker message brings back a song from the 60s; and like the song; all we’re getting is “disrespect.” State and County vaccination data is only displayed in terms of “race” and “ethnicity” — and yet New York’s elderly is a minority group that comprises 85% of state’s COVID deaths —— why won’t they show age related data for deaths and vaccinations? Because they’re not supposed to. • Corruption doesn’t have to be about money; it can be about power — New York State’s corrupt power brokering relies on control of the people; and that requires a program of omission, revision, or suppression of all conflicting information. Wouldn’t you like to see the memos that instruct public employees to do this?
Corruption and evil do not grow and thrive in the light of disclosure and exposure — they scheme for non-disclosure and the reimagined righteousness of self-interest. • “Equitable” policy is a denial of human worth. It’s a proclamation by the rich and powerful that They will now decide who you are and what you can be. You disagree? Let’s debate it in the revealing light of Full Disclosure and Full Exposure: if there was nothing to hide; it wouldn’t be secret.
This series of bumper stickers will tie into a number of themes in the book. I use the COVID-19 pandemic as a social tool; an acid test that can reveal more by what it doesn’t affect then what it does. It reveals a glaring lack of compassion in a state whose governor places political doctrine and self-serving policy making above human worth. • In his daily executive updates; Cuomo always has a phrase — never featured; just a tag-line to a bunch of statistics. • “Sadly, we lost 57 New Yorkers to the virus.” “Sadly, we lost 61 New Yorkers to the virus.” “Sadly, we lost 49 New Yorkers to the virus.” New York’s unidentified elderly. • No more important than dripping faucet. An annoying background noise to the political agenda that eventually gets shut out by the brain. • I started to add them up. 6,047 since January 13th — 6,047 Human Beings. Maybe 6,100 by tomorrow. Drip . . . drip . . . drip . . .
This poem is dedicated to the Autocrats who run our lives, those who aspire to that position, and those live off the scraps. You don’t believe it? When’s the last time you were ever asked [or allowed] to have any meaningful participation in policy making?
Get it at my blog: “Rural Tompkins County – The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Credentials” [proctors-card-game-free-printable-download] • The download includes printable PROCTORS card game instructions and all card and color designs. A page of card backs is included for double-sided printing. OOPS: the original download was missing the #9 card - it's fixed now.
The three last card designs from the “Proctor” card game. Repression, suspicion, and corruption are integral parts of any authoritarian government; and an everyday occurrence in Cornithaca County.
Four more card designs from the “Proctor” card game – including Wild and Wild Draw Four card designs.
Here are four more card designs from the “Proctor” card game. The book will include pages for scanning/copying/printing every card in all four colors; with a card back page for double-sided fun.
Here are four card designs from the “Proctor” card game: it’s a shedding-type card game where the object is to dispose of all the non-conforming people.
All the insight is in the reader.
It’s not surprising how easily COVID posters can be converted to cautionary proclamations. The restrictions used for the eradication of a virus and the eradication of an idea are very much the same. • And a vaccine performs a similar function to indoctrination in building resistance to an outside influence. • Even the policies that emphasize isolating and tracking down the source share a common fear: loss of control. • “For the greater good” is the tyrant’s slogan of the new century. While the “good” is something that the people can decide among themselves, this “greater good” seems to require an overarching and overriding control — and the kind of authority that glories in it. • “Full Disclosure – Full Exposure” of government policies and statistics leads to thinking. Thinking leads to questioning; and questioning leads to freedom. • How much does your government like to be questioned?
“It’s not revenge; it’s Justice.” • In a time when the wildest performances adhere to convention as clingingly as the safest Salon painting; being different is more than just a target of repression — it’s the object of envy. • The “PROCTORS” Card Game lets you get back at those whose courage makes you feel small; and with some serious vicarious teeth. • It’s like a hanging in effigy; when you’re safe in the crowd. • • Coming Soon.
Big government only seems to be comfortable with big players. This “big” does not refer to its size, but to its scope and its partners: A small town government may aspire to “bigness” through its connection to larger powers; and the control this leverages in the lives of the residents. • Cornithaca’s government is an interlocking structure comprised of Institutions, Corporations, and Non-profits; with no meaningful participation by the people. • We are told we should be grateful that we are allowed to speak at public meetings, and live among such forward looking and benevolent guidance. We have no choice.
Scary? It depends on who’s calling. • Society is no longer about people: it’s about government. That’s why governments [and the people who control them] have been rolling up all power and decision making into one place. • Artificial Intelligence may replace you; but it can’t replace the greed and ambition that drive it . . . yet. Scary.
Whether it comes through experience, listening to stories, or just animal awareness — one of the best survival skills is knowing when it’s time to go. And not wasting any time doing it.
“Equitable” is actually a denial of human worth, and a proclamation that those in authority have the sole right to divide and decide the rights of others — even the right to live. • To the people who claim that there is a “greater justice”: if this justice can be apportioned by the dictates of the rich and powerful; how can you claim there is any justice at all?
Apps that direct you to sites that only reinforce what you already believe, automatic rejection of conflicting information as “Fake News” or “Fake Video,” all non-conforming thought condemned without debate — the pieces are all there — putting them together is just around the corner. • Build them a concentration camp; and they will come.
“Cornithaca County” uses the concept of “US” as a way for the Elite to move their burdens onto the backs of others. • Even though Ithaca is one of the most expensive cities in the country to live in; it retains its neighborhoods of would frame houses and surrounds itself with large tracts of “conservation spaces;” while pushing thousands of housing units into the meadows and fields of outlying rural communities and creating Urban “Nodes.” • The County’s latest Comprehensive Plan doesn’t mention “urban sprawl” once.
Bureaucracy’s no mystery - It’s unchanged throughout history - With power, privilege, and with wealth - It works to keep them for itself.
I remember a bartender telling me that most of his younger patrons didn’t even come in until after midnight. • That they planned to party into their forties, then get a high paying job with great benefits, and retire in a few years to luxury. • Too many cooks may spoil the broth; but too much dead weight will sink any ship. • What will the captain do when we get too low in the water?
Words are an age-old means of obfuscation and misrepresentation. From riddles to reasoning; words are the leaders in misleading. • Words are used to sell you on a policy or an idea “As Is” — never buy one without a thorough inspection. • The use of words to promote and to describe oppression is one the threads in this book.
“Bidenstein – Triple-pumped” is based on the Full Disclosure – Full Exposure concept of ethical and responsible government. Future writings will give examples of how completely and cleverly government constructs its disclosures to ensure that you will look, and think, no further. • Industrial Farming can claim “free range” by cutting openings in their sheds — sheds that the chickens raised within their multitudinous interiors under artificial light are terrified to use. • What sort of “free range” thinker are you?
Just because there’s a COVID-19 pandemic; it doesn’t mean that you can’t be run over by a car, or that polluters won’t increase their polluting. • Industrial Agriculture has smoothly moved from the untenable “stewards of the land” position; to a slightly threatening “we feed the world” declaration. • One Agricultural professor casually opined that the death and destruction in the rural community was just the price that has to be paid for maximizing food production. No doubt Cuomo would agree that this is an “equitable” solution. • It’s all part of Urban Colonialism.
Like the State’s ethnicity profiling; that demeaningly describes people by what they are not — the New York’s political profiling describes rural communities as; “not of any importance.” • And as the state’s city-centric elite increasingly find uses for rural land; an Urban Colonialist policy is used to marginalize and dispossess the native rural population. • If you don’t make the list; you’ll never be missed.
Some musical comedies don’t get old — especially with a story line of the common people rising against those who have unlawfully usurped power and are now fighting among themselves for ascendancy. • How would you advertise “Quake: The Musical”? With bulleted text, of course. Bloody brilliant.
“Equitable” is a bureaucratic term for “We’ll decide who is worthy of being helped.” If more than four-fifths of the state’s COVID deaths were among its vulnerable elderly; how can it “equitable” to deliberately reroute the vaccine to a much younger and healthier population? • Cuomo claims that this decision is guided by the historical plight of “underserved” communities in New York City: but ignores the needs of the state’s historically even more underserved rural communities. Would anyone allow an Urban Community to be told by municipal planners that they “don’t deserve to live there,” and to be excluded from any participation or importance in their own future? • This is the sort of policy making that happens routinely, unchecked and unreported, in rural New York State. • “Equitable” and “underserved” are part of a future that appears more like “Lord of the Flies” than a Peaceable Kingdom. • They are terms that define a government that searches; not for a greater compassion — but for a greater control.
This is a cautionary takeaway. Doctrine holders have been conditioned to react to any questioning or opposition with denial, entitlement, hate, and verbal/physical violence. • For some; violence is always the first choice. • Keep your lines of retreat clear. • Their doctrine fights the people’s right to think and to be free. They won’t debate but only hate all those who disagree.
It was in the late 50s when I ordered a civil war set from a comic book ad. There were an amazing number of pieces for the price; but the ad had drawings that showed the actual size, so I was reassured. A small cardboard box arrived. It contained the advertised number of pieces of the advertised size — in embossed, flat plastic with little feet to keep them from falling over. • It was my desire that had turned them into the unaffordable object of my dreams. • More than half-a-century later; politicians are presenting monolithic regulations like Form Based Codes as solutions to the complexities of human interaction. • The only truth behind these presentations is that government will gain considerably more power in deciding how people will live. That it will be used for our benefit is only the product of our dreams.
The best way to control the people is to have them control themselves. • Today’s society of privilege and hate uses both the carrot and the stick to make its donkeys carry the load: with a fear directed hate replacing all thought, and those privileged; climbing the backs of those who are drowning beneath them. • If you give up the protection of the individual against a government’s tyranny and oppression; then you give up that protection for all individuals — everyone. A “greater good” policy may be enacted against you, or your children. Actually, you can count on it. • Where are these “oppressors”? • They’re always here, fool!
Even though 84% of New York’s COVID deaths were aged 65 years and older, and its administration is being investigated for its handling of Nursing Homes during the pandemic; State and County governments still treat these vulnerable elderly residents as a demographic not worth bothering about, or even bothering to mention. • New York’s only “Vaccine Demographic Data” is displayed on their website by the percentage of “Race & Ethnicity” and categorized by “region”: without any population data to distinguish between New York City [42% of the state’s population], and the Southern Tier [2%] — there is no age related information disclosed for any of those vaccinated. • I searched 28 of Cuomo’s “NYS Coronavirus Updates” from 1/13 to 2/23 for “elderly” and “senior”: and the only found the mention of “senior residents” receiving vaccine; as part of a NYCHA vaccination program. • On February 20th; we received a mailing from the County’s Health Department telling the “over 65” population to get vaccinations; but stressing that they do not block or make appointments, they won’t put you on a waiting list, or give advance notice of clinic locations, and advising that you should “ask a trusted family member or friend to assist.” • The motto on the envelope read: “Aging Better, Together”
As we enter an age of Lies and Lubyankas: Conforming has never been such an important survival skill. Fortunately, there will be no lack of instruction . . . and instructors.
Patterns can reveal; but they can also be used to hide. Sometime the focus is kept narrow so that the larger pattern cannot be seen. • “Full Disclosure – Full Exposure” is a policy that has the promise of allowing the public examine all the factors that should be involved in any government decision making process. • This idea is not welcomed.
“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 • Have you ever noticed how the more dictatorial the government; the more beneficent the terms they use to describe their self-serving policies? • Today’s autocrats use the pretense of a “greater goodness” to cover the undeniable evil of their actions. And an insistence that they are leading us to a better place; to calm our uneasiness that their path leads in the opposite direction. • You don’t need anyone to tell you the right thing to do; but you need a government to tell you that it’s wrong to do it. • How many legs does an inequitable and unfair government policy have to stand on? Two. Yours.
The COVID vaccine is being distributed by New York State authorities with the same dismissive attitude that is a hallmark of their policy making toward the elderly and the unborn. • Age may be the demographic that defined the state’s COVID-19 fatalities; but it’s politics that defines who gets the vaccine. • A teacher who has already received the vaccine told me that he had been networked with the time vaccine appointments would be available, and on the dot used his smart phone and laptop together to grab a slot before they were gone in minutes. How can the county’s rural elderly; without prior notification, many without computers, good vision, and even the ability to move their fingers without pain, compete with that? • I have been unable to schedule a vaccine appointment for my mother, and called the County hot-line: I told them she was 97 years old, with heart disease, high blood-pressure and a pacemaker — they replied: “Everyone thinks they’re at risk.” • The sum-total of their help was to say: “Just keep trying.” • Now you know what happened with the Nursing Homes.
"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” • In rural New York; No one can hear your scream.
Can you spot the monster in this screenshot? • No, he’s having lunch with the Governor.
KOVID KRAZY: It’s like cabin fever in a motel.
“Social Distancing,” like any other of today’s social programs, is a formalization that does nothing to change people’s attitudes. Millennia after “The Sun and the Wind”: governments still rely on force and form as the builders of society. Even in the face of victory-defeating restrictions; these two boxers still only think of defeating each other. • "I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice." ~ Abraham Lincoln • It’s ironic that such a forward looking social outlook is the product of “old school” thinking.
Terms like “Urban Colonialism,” “Urban Colonization,” and “Urban Overclass” would be in common usage; if the victims were of any importance. • “Rural Social Justice” is an action without a Legislator; an idea without an ideology to call home. • The people of rural communities, and their cultural identity, is one subject that our “oh-so-correct” city-centric society provides for ridicule and denigration. • Just as our poverty, hopelessness and neglect is greater than that of a Media-coddled Urban Overclass: So is our capacity to demand change.
Why the “Legend of ATVs”? You might as well ask: “Why ride around on ATVs?” • Because. • • [A larger version of the graphic is viewable in my blog: “Rural Tompkins County — The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Credentials”]
Public Health officials announced that COVID-19 vaccinations for those over the age of 75 in rural New York “will move into an undetermined time.” • Even while the Attorney General’s office is investigating misconduct in the State’s treatment of nursing homes during the pandemic; the State keeps shuffling its most-at-risk population to the back of the vaccination line. • While New York’s power groups bat COVID causes and cures back and forth — its rural elderly are merely in the way.
In an old Monty Python sketch; a man was told that unfortunately he had chosen the “no-pay” insurance policy, which was a great deal if he never had to use it, but . . . • Our Criminal Justice System best fits the people who never have to rely on it — it works just great in no-crime areas.
Is permitting to mine underneath a lake a complex procedure? Not when the state and the county split the revenue. • Is mining a less than stable lake bed risky? Not when the mining company gives you verbal assurances. • What will happen if there’s a lake bed collapse? That’s a complex question. • Why did it happen? That’s simple.
“Power-ups” can instantly add to the life, armor, strength or score of a videogame player — but how does this apply to the games politicians have created? • Uttering a “shopping list” of cant phrases; politicians have blown apart the barriers that protected us from oppression, and designed a game where all differences can be treated differently. • These societal “power-ups” can add markedly to the wealth and perceived worth of those people who are designated; by their race, their gender, or by any categorization or profiling that politicians decide. • They make the rules. • Power-ups can be given — but they can also be taken away. • Maybe the rules will be changed to produce a game you have no chance of winning. • They’ll decide.
The Code of Form Based Living [like that of criminal organizations] uses the threat of punishment to keep its people in line. • This compliance to a rigid doctrine makes the actions of non-conforming individuals stand out like weeds in a gravel path. • All that’s left is suppression . . . or removal.
The essence of Form Base Codes is conforming to the rules — and those rules come from the top. • The activities behind Tompkins County’s policy making, like those behind the walls of Lubyanka; are unseen and not to be talked about. • There’s an authoritarian anxiety in the county that is palpable. • Pretend you’ve been turned . . . or you’ll be burned.
Form Based Codes are all about power and control — that’s why they’re so suitable for prisons and planned doctrinal living. • Doctrine holders always assume the right to question you. • In a formal interview; they can be much more insistent. • Does your Form Based Community have any buildings with sub-basements?
Evil recycles – it comes around again and again – the same content; remade. • Wouldn’t it be useful if government policies were labeled – “80% post corruption content” • [The remaining 20% is mostly fools.] • Recycling: it’s the same evil with a different face.
Old science fiction stories predicted a future where we wouldn’t need machines: our leaders are creating a future where they don’t need us. • In a society where human worth has been replaced with “someone has to take the hit;” Artificial Intelligence is a defensible tool to scrap people for cash. • Is this “face-off” unfair? • Machines don’t play fair — and neither do our leaders.
Evil does not play games; but it enjoys making you think it does.
Bug zappers work by giving the illusion of freedom and escape — and hiding the consequences: This is the same way elitist policy making works. • [I can’t say this will lead us to an early grave; because graves take land, land is worth something, and we’ve already served our purpose.]
TDML [Total Daily Maximum Load] sets the maximum amount of pollution bearable without serious consequences; and then tells polluters they should TRY to get below it. • In Tompkins County; one of the biggest polluters was tasked with studying and deciding what that maximum was — immediately following that; the NYSDEC announced the deletion of the Schedule of Compliance, and elimination of the just completed Cayuga Lake Water Quality Model Plan and Outfall Redesign schedules and conditions for that polluter. • If you make evil legal; you can hide your actions behind the law.
The government’s departments of assessment are much bigger these days: there’s so much more to decide — who you are, what you should think, what you can be. . . . They’re the judge. • The government’s bureaucracies are much more powerful these days . . .
Today’s brave new world is the one that terrified us in the 60’s: Technology, society, and education — all twisted to make us conform. • Our limited access information highways only lead to places that reinforce a single belief. The most popular product is everywhere on view. And people are famous for being famous. Your opinions are now delivered to you by using an app. • • Do you ever wonder why our world is so sick? • There’s so much more money and power in treating a sickness; than in curing it. None of our ills are accidental. • The current trend is for all professions to become one with the central control. • With Artificial Intelligence fully realized; they won’t need us anymore. • Now you can go back to your “hate bytes”
Being in “the wrong place at the wrong time” could describe living in Tompkins County in 2021. Mealy-mouth phrases flow like crocodile tears from the Corporate-Institutional coalition that rules over the people. • It’s going nation-wide — watch your back.
While it’s tempting to “fight fire with fire”; we should always look for a better way. • Abraham Lincoln said; “Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?” What a world of human worth and dignity that sentence contains. • Today we are celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and beliefs — or are we? Martin Luther King, Jr., along with every other revered leader in the fight for equality, believed that equality and human worth are an unconditional and inseparable part of every act towards another human being — while many of those leaders who use his name; betray this belief. • "The path is made by walking." – African Proverb • If you act to repress others; then that is the path that you make. It doesn’t get plainer than that.
Life is not a game — There’s no end to the corruption and tyranny of Cornithaca County.
In this story; you can see how the Highway Supervisor is playing us — Tompkins County’s bureaucrats and government officials actively work against the people to enforce their self-serving policies of Urban Colonialism.
Bureaucrats love to take big steps quietly, and planners love the power that an association with government gives them; so it’s not surprising that Form Based Codes represents a “love feast” that threatens to eat up what’s left of our individuality.
You can’t pull yourself up by your bootstraps; but today’s policy makers pretend that you can selectively repress and oppress on the basis of race and gender without doing harm. • Like a parent who argues that they only abuse their child rarely; so they should be judged on the majority of days: Their irrational rationalizing declares that you can isolate the cause from the effect; just by saying it is so. And that you can defend any evil action by minimizing the victim, and stressing the self-righteousness of your excuse. • Nothing so undercuts their paper-thin pretensions of a greater good, than a comparison with those that have fought in the cause of human worth. • It’s not surprising that today’s policies, so at odds with ethical behavior; are also at odds with the lives and beliefs of every respected figure of human dignity and equality we hold as examples: From Frederick Douglass to Martin Luther King, Jr.; and from Mother Teresa to Malcolm X: their belief was that equality was unconditional — for everyone, everywhere, and always. • You can’t follow someone in the opposite direction. • Today’s policy makers are not the inheritors that cause – they are its betrayers.
Mealy-mouth manipulation has risen to a tsunami of treachery in government policy making; so it’s time to coin some new words to describe the doctrinal dictatorship we live in. • In a county where legislators went to the state capital to block our town from access to the natural gas needed to attract businesses; for “environmental” concerns; and later approved the construction of a 2,000 student residential complex powered by natural gas in their own — the word “mealy-mouthed” just means “business as usual.”
Some of the mail I received last election. A number of these mailings don’t even promote an opposing candidate: just hate. • • What did I learn? • They have an awful lot of money from somewhere. • They don’t want to debate the issues. • They hate anyone that stands in their way. • • And when they take complete control: Cornithaca County.
Is nothing sacred? In the Revealed Church of Secular Self-interest; Doctrinal policies are. • With new programs and attitudes that directly contradict the lives and beliefs of every respected figure of human worth and equality; it’s time for Full Disclosure – Full Exposure of our government policies and statistics. • After all, if there was nothing to hide; it wouldn’t be secret.
It’s a new year; and time for a new book and some new definitions. • [And check out IdeaEnhancement.org for the Idea Enhancement Project’s free to use for anything images.]
As Cornithaca’s dictatorship becomes more and more emboldened; “The Greater Good” becomes the answer to every questioning of government policy making and ethical conduct; and it’s commonly accepted that the “greater good” is always for the benefit of those with the greater money and influence. • The County’s “daisy chain” of cronies not only hold all the positions of power; they populate all the committees that formulate policy and are responsible for its oversight. The politicians, bureaucrats, institutions, and corporations are in so tight together; that not a crumb of decision making power falls through to the people. • It’s in this milieu, in the aftermath of a hate-fueled winning election campaign, that this book is set. • Two books ago I was rejected; writing the last book I was warned; with this book . . .
“Cornithaca County” applies the cherished counselings of compassion and human worth to the thoughts and actions of today’s inflexible Doctrine — and the result? A Satirical – Teaching – Thinking – Investigative – Activity – Game – Puzzle – Poem – Essay – Troublesome – Inspiring – Non-Conforming – Ranting – Embarrassing – Inexcusable – book. “Bigotry: The Musical” songbook 5 board games; including “Users & Losers” and Farm-cheesi – The “Game of Flies” “Fake the Lake” – polluter card game “Pin the Tail on the Media” and “Undercover Party” games Fables, Mazes, Essays, Sing-a-longs, Posters, and much, much, more Color 8.5” x 11” 318 pages
“You’re Not Welcome Here.” This slogan of Ithaca’s hate gangs in the October 18 attack perfectly summarizes the County’s policy towards the rural community: You’re not welcome here. • The Cornell planner’s opinion: that Lansing’s rural residents “did not deserve” to live there, and the deliberate exclusion of rural residents from any participation by Town and County authorities, is only one of the many incidents of bias and intolerance that define the County’s agenda. • I spent a long time researching and writing “Cornithaca County” to “out” their policy of privilege and hate; only to find they’ve outed themselves. • The County’s attempts to minimize the story of this outrageous behavior towards peaceful demonstrators is proof of their approval and tacit complicity. In this intellectually dishonest University Town; media bias and cover-up is a part of the academic routine. See the video of the attack for a true story. • The Attackers: What sort of people are they? They felt good about themselves afterwards. • • I used to joke that the New Nazis would come claiming to hate Nazis — and then it happened. • Are you welcome here? • The County won’t want to answer that; but the hate gangs will let you know. • Be careful going to the polls.
“The conclusion seems inescapable: regardless of the “ism”; “Cornithaca County” is marching steadily towards an all-encompassing dictatorship. A secular theocracy.” • Four years of hate and manipulation are cresting in a toxic tsunami: whether through voting or violence — soon we’ll all be living in “Cornithaca County”: A government where an intransigent and dismissive; “greater good,” is the only response to protests of overtly repressive policies. A government whose marching banner of “justice” invariably covers up oppression, bigotry, and corruption. A government that can just refuse to enforce laws whenever they choose. A government of Doctrine. • “A word to the wise is sufficient.” But wisdom is “old school” — and Doctrine is everything.
It had to happen. The Blacklist. Oh, they won’t call it that; it will be for protection, or to prevent serious problems, or possible violence — but it’s a blacklist nonetheless. • Or, it may not be needed: schools may produce the conforming citizens of elitist dreams. Conform and be safe, and saved. • Why are things so precarious? In a universe that seeks equilibrium; who’s stirring things up?
Don’t you get tired of the messages of hate? On a day that commemorates a hate crime; we should look back a century and a half to Abraham Lincoln’s words: “Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?” • When people deal with people; they get wisdom: when people deal with governments; they get Doctrine. • Isn’t time we made the wiser choice?
Make your own Doctrine Flowcharts of community policies. While the actual government policies are predetermined, and the approval process ticks along unchecked; many meaningless branches are extended into the public arena: the questionnaires, the media enabled promotional articles, and of course, those public hearings where policy-maker-supplied “experts” reinforce the need for these changes and “a vision for the future” that’s as likely to happen as winning the Lottery. • • Cornell-supplied experts and County bureaucrats placed a “Berlin Wall” across the rural Town of Lansing: producing a document that claimed the Agricultural Sector would keep taxes low by preventing the “high cost of services” of residential development — and that the development of a “bedroom community” Residential Sector in the south would also lower taxes. The existing 200-year old rural community; had no place in this document. The plan was immediately approved without public oversight or participation.
There are so many new words being created; I wanted to make a few for my book. Doctrine Holders like to hide their actions in the shadow of large words with commonly accepted meanings: like “equality,” but I prefer to coin words that show both the root and the fruit.
Since my book has always argued for the beliefs of Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr., Frederick Douglass, Mahatma Gandhi, Malcolm X; in direct opposition to the actions and Doctrine of Cornithaca County . . . whose beliefs are they following? • Wouldn’t it be great if 2021 was the year of “Full disclosure – Full exposure” in our society? [Deep intake of breath from authorities.] • Everything in Cornithaca County points to one conclusion: the Elite want a dictatorship; run for their own personal benefit. There are no facts that disagree with that. And no act that supersedes it. • All the while they are sending up a smoke screen: attributing the evil that they do to those who oppose them — it’s like being demonized by demons.
From the Questionnaire: “It’s a truism that by constantly telling people not to think of something; you only ensure that they will do so. Politicians know this.” • Do you ever wonder why things don’t get better? Maybe they’re not supposed to. • Do you ever wonder what happened to: “Power to the People”? It was given to the government; and a powerful government is not about to give it back.
It’s hard to get more hypocritical than to carol “it’s your actions that define you” and then blatantly excuse your own hateful activities; or to mouth the inclusive “everyone” and “for the Greater Good” at the same time you are doing just the opposite. • In an upcoming piece; I will show how Doctrine Holders assume a moral high ground that does not exist to protect themselves from questioning — and how to bring them down to earth. • Be careful. Violence may be the last resort of the incompetent; but it’s the first resort of the bigot.
There can be anxiety in the darkness; but also in the light: What will it show? Who is directing it? . . . And why? • This book is nearly ready for publication. It shines a light of disclosure on institutions and bureaucracies that can ignore laws and rewrite regulations at their discretion. While no one has disputed the facts presented; many have disputed the wisdom of publishing them. • And with winter coming . . . will there be footsteps in the snow?
This last Undercover Party piece was first to the finish line. Today; claims that non-doctrinal statements, or “slurs,” made the suspect “snap” are enough to dismiss the victim and all-but-exonerate the perpetrator. In the future you may just disappear; and if you do reappear: will “you” still be you. The beliefs are there, the attitude is there — and the line that marks “the last” may already have been drawn.
This “lesson” is in spite of [or because of] the “you have to be carefully taught” piece. Analogies, like fables, are simple touchstones for day-to-day living — a simple compass that tells you the direction in which you are heading; and [sometimes] how to get back. It’s up to you to look out for the cliff. • I once saw an old milk bottle decorated with the Quote: “There is hardly anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and the people who consider price only are this man's lawful prey.” — John Ruskin. • It was a fired-on design. The milk was probably better for your longevity too.
This is not a satirical piece. I have been told by some parents that their kids are not only being taught exactly what to think; but which political candidates should be voted for. When exposed; these actions are simply excused and ignored. In Cornithaca County; the law is used to obstruct the participation of people in government and prevent any ethical accountability. • A number of parents Home School their children — but standing out from the sheep gets you noticed — and listed as non-participatory.
Signs of the times? Maybe by next year. History shows how quickly things can change in a dictatorship. • If things go wrong for you . . . you “put yourself in that situation.” [The phrases are already in place.] It’s not a hate crime; they just “snapped.” And they’ll distance the incident so fast no one will see you for the doctrine. • Then one day you’re gone; and nobody know where . . . but they all know better.
These days people use words like a kid uses excuses; flinging them out in the hope that they will do something helpful. We don’t decide things “together”; we are supposed to comply “together” with what the elite have decided. Sheep for the shearing — lambs to the slaughter. • Words are merely slogans. A New School “Jingoism”. “Love has no labels”? How about pedophile? “Love” IS a label; and it’s no guarantee of the contents.
This page is both an introduction and a conclusion. It introduces 33 pages of investigative and analytical articles; and it concludes the preparation of this section for publication. This is an insignificant fraction of the material I’ve researched and written concerning rural social justice, meaningful public participation, and government “shenanigans” in the county — in just checking the computer; there are 325 folders with 3,800 files that could have found their way into this book. • And every single one of them points in the same direction. How’s that for a circumstantial case? Then why can I get any action? Cornithaca County.
Every Silence Tells a Story. “Sewers of the Land” is an 8-page essay exposing the extent of the County’s agricultural cover-up. I am only posting a short excerpt from the end. • The county’s rural community is being systematically destroyed — but as Phil Ochs said: “And I'm sure it wouldn't interest anybody - Outside of a small circle of friends”.
This poster mirrors today’s black and white Doctrine on the gray background of half-truths and questionable actions that underpin it. • If you want a world based on hate; where “The only real crime is not getting what you want.” — Your dreams may be about to come true.
Corporate farms and corporate universities have a lot in common: They both hide their money-making agenda behind a façade of selfless good for the people. • There are no closer ties than our country’s “Land Grant” agricultural colleges and their multi-national Agribusiness contributors; and there is no partnership more dismissive of the health of environment and of our rural communities. • The “Case Closed!” speaks to the skewed “investigation” and blatant disregard for regulations of “Deadly Drift”; but there are many example of regulations enacted with legal loopholes already written in. • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit: “limiting the ability of ‘private attorneys general’ to bring suit until after compliance deadlines may be inadequate for ensuring the safety of our environment and for protecting citizens from serious injury. But that is the remedy that Congress has provided and to which we are bound.” • Congress is in no hurry to change that. We don’t matter.
The little farms and traditional farming families were just the patsy “poster children” for the big CAFOs. Farming is an occupation that speaks “corporate” these days. • Even large farms in Lansing with the latest farming practices are being pressured to sell to the biggest dairy farm in the state. • • A parting concern: CAFOs are an ideal environment for breeding a pandemic. Money not only talks; it seals lips.
The old “Stewards of the Land” (we make the world better) wheeze has been replaced by the darker “We Feed the World” (you need us to live) threat; but when the Ag Plan was being written; there was still a little shine left on it. • The “cows in a field with red barn” photos and Ag Days “Dairy Queen and her Court” stuff is for the incomers who wouldn’t know hydrogen sulfide from hydrogen peroxide; and see rural poverty as a quaint roadside view from their speeding BMW. • Local, county, and state authorities parrot sugary drivel like a visitor’s brochure; while media outlets regurgitate handouts. Are these Agribusinesses that important; or are we that unimportant? Both.
This long article [in three parts] shows how important elite policy making is to the big players in the county. Even though I wrote and distributed a report detailing the inaccuracies, misrepresentations, and untruths in this “Cornell Cooperative Concoction”; it was never questioned by any local or county authority; in fact, they had a hand in promoting it. • On a number of occasions, after I had spoken out; one of these authorities would ask me [with that practiced look of puzzlement] “What is it you want?” Every time I would answer: “I want the Ag Plan writer’s discriminatory assertion that “nobody but farmers deserve to live here” retracted, and for rural residents to have meaningful participation in planning the future of their own community.” Every time; there was no reply — only silence. • Many rural residents are afraid to speak out for fear of reprisals. Some are certain my herbicide spraying was payback for my unwelcome activism. • When elite policy making flows down to the rural poor; it plays hardball.
An important part of elitist policy making all decisions final. Policies made by Cornithaca’s elite; flow down invisibly until they are revealed to the masses by the County Legislature. There is no way of knowing exactly where they come from — just that our lives are being shaped “up there.” As in the “Non-disclosure Statement” article: County Legislators may go away saying one thing, and come back saying something very different. They’ve talked to someone(s). • Our County Legislators see a “need”; and implement a fully formed policy to fill that need. Government is that simple in Cornithaca County.
Just as there isn’t room for the full title in this “Bubble” format; this article will be divided into two parts. • Self-serving, deceptive, and bigoted policies don’t just litter the ground in Cornithaca County; it’s more like you have to wade through them [and if you trip they would fill every orifice.] • The Form Based Codes that the “County” is using for planning are not only an incredibly powerful tool for government control; they are unanswerable. This a Plan for everybody. Their Plan for everybody. A Plan made by and for the Elite to enforce “restrictions needed to protect or otherwise benefit the larger community.” • Form Based Codes slide in under the cover of “zoning” and rise to the position of “dictatorship.” Form Based Codes are not a new way of living: they’re as old as oppression. • See if the officials in your community are planning to use Form Based Codes — do you think they will use all that power with compassion and respect for human dignity and worth? Haw, haw, haw, haw.
Once again, you can see how the implementation this new society is just another form of colonizing — and for the same purposes: A source of wealth, raw materials, and cheap labor – a dumping ground for the unwanted and criminal in their own population – and an unconsidered people to squeeze dry of all worth - all for the exclusive benefit of the colonizers [and a useful distraction from problems at home.] • Ithaca always looked down on the rural residents of the surrounding towns and villages — they still do; but now they snap the whip.
This middle section of the article focuses on the fate of the rural community under the Plan’s “vision.” • Once the takeover of the surrounding towns was accomplished: The vested interests/nobility were given lands and position; with the understanding that they would acknowledge the leadership/sovereignty of the College Town through its County Legislature and the Plan. • Like the unborn who are no longer human beings, and the elderly who died in their thousands from COVUD-19 while state government shrugged its shoulders; New York’s rural residents are a troublesome segment of the population already marked for the chop. • In a county based on using and taking at the highest levels; the less-educated rural poor stand out like a starveling in a field of contented cash cows. • If we don’t “wither away”; there are other means.
This is from a cartoon series for the book that was never realized, but I thought I’d throw in one. It speaks for itself.
You know what they say about factory farms: “Familiarity breeds contempt; and flies.” • Here’s a few “zap and dirt nap” scenarios that makes play on words like playing in traffic. If you’ve never experienced it; you don’t know what you’re missing. • A factory farm has flies; and their rural neighbor flees. Bug out.
Another excerpt. If you’ve read the previous excerpts; you’re probably thinking: “Oh, another example of elitist policy making; can’t he write about something different.” There is no other kind of policy making in Cornithaca County. • I am trying to present a strong circumstantial case by showing the reader how all the facts point in the same direction. I could write about a hundred incidents that that support this argument; but it would be a waste of time: where could I go with it? • As I point out in my Deadly Drift story, even the laws don’t matter — they have the power and the friends to ignore or even rewrite them. • This book can be seen as a cautionary tale. As they used to say when I was in grade school: “A word to the wise is sufficient.” The “unwise” become characters in their own cautionary tales.
These are a couple of excerpts from one of the County Comp Plan articles. This Plan is a scary document that outlines how each aspect of our lives will be directed and controlled. It may be even scarier to learn how few people want to read it. • “To make a contented slave it is necessary to make a thoughtless one.” — Frederick Douglass • In a kind of natural selection; Cornithaca attracts those who are only concerned that their place in this new society is secure and defined. • It’s strange to think that it’s a University Town where the residents refuse to look at the corruption and oppression that goes on all around them. Maybe it’s what they’re being taught.
By the time readers of the book have gotten a few pages into Part2; the posters, games, and “humorous” pieces in Part 1 will be viewed in a different light. • These are no “A 2-page form to register a trailer!” type stories, but “The farm polluted our well, and I can’t afford to fix it or buy bottled water for our family!” situations. • And how do government agencies help them out? They tell them to mix bottled water and the polluted well water together to be able to afford it. It may be safe to drink [if you’re not too old, or too young, and don’t have medical conditions.] Or: Shut down the well for safety; so they have no water at all. • In New York City: this would be outrageous! In rural New York: it’s not even a story.
These are only three excerpts from a ten-year history of government doing nothing. • The New York State Soil and Water Conservation Committee is appointed by the Governor. Current 2020 Voting Members: Representative-At-Large for Farm Interests (Chairman), New York Farm Bureau representative, New York State Grange representative, Representative-At-Large for Urban, Suburban, and Rural Non-Farm Interests (a former farmer, currently Associate Director of an Agribusiness.) • In the New York State of Corruption: “You have to be in it to win it” — and the deeper you’re in; the more you win. • In every lake and waterway pollution remediation plan in NYS: All power is placed in the hands of farmers, politicians, and bureaucrats. Rural residents are unimportant and powerless. We don’t matter.
Government in Cornithaca County is inaccessible to its residents. The doors that lead to meaningful participation are merely a decoration. The actual decision making process takes place out of sight; and is revealed to the people as unalterable policy decisions. • Cornithaca County is the template for a secular religion: a stratified and compartmentalized society based on 200 years of bureaucratic materialism. • One thought, One taught • One voice, One choice . . . a shiny dictatorship with a dark underbelly.
Another short excerpt. By this second letter, I’m a known “troublemaker.” Faced with documented health issues from agricultural activities; authorities stonewalled with silence. • The injuries to neighbors cited included brain damage in one child and the surgical removal of eyelids in an adult. The farm was protected from this “nuisance suit” by a NYSDEC “shield” and Agricultural Law. • When I put the issue up to the County Legislators; they handed it over to the local Board of Realtors and the county’s Ag and Farm Protection Committee: and referred to those parties as the “stakeholders.” • • Once again the decision to take any action was left to the same people who were accused of the misconduct; and had the most to lose if any action on the complaint was taken. No “conflict of interest” concerns were ever expressed by any County Legislator. • The health and well-being of rural families was never mentioned: We don’t matter.
This is an excerpt from the beginning of the Deadly Drift report. The reality of Cornithaca’s “Ag Ghetto” make the satires of Part 1 seem like nothing more than an extrapolation; a projection of the future. • I tried to explore all avenues of remediation, and follow all the proper protocols, so that nothing could “fall through the cracks,” but it doesn’t matter. - The Law doesn’t matter. - The rural drug addiction doesn’t matter. - The poverty and lack of education doesn’t matter. - The health of the rural community doesn’t matter. • You have seen a lot of stories recently about injustice to Blacks; but none about the continuing injustice in our rural communities: We don’t matter. • • The fight for rural social justice is like throwing a stone into the abyss — In rural New York; No one can hear you scream.
Bureaucracy is like filter that has never been cleaned — and if you try to clean it or replace it; you’re told that you can’t without destroying the functioning of the machine. There are “no user serviceable parts” in our government’s workings. • This game embodies the futility and pointlessness of going through government channels in a bureaucracy where we pay its workers $50,000 to distribute $500; when it could be done with a $5 device: And career longevity is a gray road to a gray destination. Just follow the rules, and if you don’t get anywhere; at least you’re not getting anywhere bad.
Every one of these ideas had its own folder; with at least a Word doc rough description of how to work it up — some are even at the layout/artwork stage. All the ideas were thrown into a hopper; and I picked out whichever I felt like working on. The ideas were organized in several different ways, so I wouldn’t lose control of the project. • I would like to share two insights that took me many years to learn the hard way: 1. Always organize the project in your mind, and clear the workspace before starting. 2. Always put things in the first place you would look for them.
Government has more important things to do than deal with the people — that’s why Doctrine puts people on the “receiving only” end of elitist policy making. The career longevity message to bureaucrats and government employees is clear: “Pay attention to those above you; who cares if the people love you.” • Having to deal with other people’s problems interferes with the work-flow — and if they think they’ve got rid of you, and you come back: you’re labeled as a trouble maker.
There is more truth in these statements than is comfortable — in fact; they’re all true. • For example “. . . school taxes are used to promote more school taxes”: the school board uses a number of unethical and even illegal ways to grab all the money they can. While it’s illegal to use school funds to promote a school budget; weeks before the vote, a large color “bulletin” arrives; “explaining” the budget and including many faces of young school children for added leverage. The “official” notification this year was a 6”x 9” card arriving on June 4th; and announcing that all ballots needed to be received (not postmarked) by June 9th. The card omitted the amount of property tax increase. • Twice recently they have taxed funds to save for future expenses; the State Comptroller told them it was illegal and, instead of giving back to the taxpayers, they spent it all — effectively double-taxing for the expenses. • A large debt taken on for “needed” new school buses is paid down every year with taxes; and spent back up to the max again — while the taxpayers are told “there’s no new debt.” • Welcome to Cornithaca County.
Part 2 of the book will still have some bits and pieces like this poem. The poem speaks for itself.
There was an investigative television show about Doctor in Florida whose fake biopsy reports showed every skin blemish on his elderly patients to be cancerous, and require the most invasive [and most expensive] skin cancer surgery. The spouses who brought these patients were also talked into having biopsies that resulted in the discovery of even more cancers requiring this profitable surgery. When whistle blowers reported to Medicare the hundreds and hundreds of unnecessary, and very painful, surgical procedures they were being billed for: Medicare replied that as long as the operations were being performed; the doctor had a right to be paid. • This bears a striking similarity to Government’s role as the doctors of our society: they are constantly finding dangerous “ills” that need immediate surgery, and more governmental power, to eradicate. The more power they are given; the more ills they seem to find. • And who is playing the role of Medicare? That’s us, stupid. • In a universe run by cause and effect; such coincidences need to be viewed with suspicion.
Since my “Bubbles” can only display JPEGs, and I’m not sure how large they can be made in Social Media; I narrowed the text to allow for a larger view. • • Doctrine holders always take the moral high ground as a matter of right; judging and questioning others as to the worthiness of their actions and opinions — but if their own Doctrine is measured against the accepted standards of love, compassion, and humanity; the results give no reason for their doing so.
The humanity and wisdom expressed by the quotes in this book, and hopefully echoed in its activities and games, is a touchstone for human behavior that is hard to argue with. Every speaker points to an unconditional humanity: a golden rule that cannot be bent — only broken. • “Important principles may, and must, be inflexible.” — Abraham Lincoln • In one sense; this book compares the principles of these original speakers with those who today claim to be following in their footsteps. In this age of scams; are their pretentions no more than a cover?
This page is a kind of a bridge between the satire of Part 1 and the dark reality of Part 2; and is placed just before the “Bigotry: The Musical” piece that ends the first part of the book. • The second section of the book will include the real incidents and actions that gave rise to the questions outlined in Part 1– and a much better idea of how those questions should be answered.
In Cornithaca County’s Ag Ghetto: rich farmers, surrounded by rural white poverty, drug addiction, and joblessness; hire subsidized foreign labor and put up Black Lives Matter signs to emphasize their dismissive attitude. • • “Rural whites don’t matter” is the basis of the County’s rural policy. • This will be well documented in Part II of this book.
I turned down a trendy “Zoom” conference of writers; but I couldn’t resist the current “yard sign” craze. • Their lack of compassion for the more than 100,000 elderly dead in this country; makes the Pandemic a defining moment for the New Secular Religion. It’s no more than another tool that can be used to gain power and wealth. • Why this antagonism toward the old? Even if they haven’t gained wisdom; they’ve lived long enough to recognize bullshit when they hear it — and say so.
You’ve been warned.
The “Hog Farm Sing-a-long” replaced a page that I was always uncertain about. Every time I would look at it I would question whether it should be in the book. It was only after all the pages in Part 1 were put in a layout; ordered and numbered, that I decided to pull it and put this sing-a-long in that slot. • The 227 pages of material comprising Part 1 are ready for printing and proofing: a darker journey is about to begin.
A simple game about a difficult problem. Conforming is often the one calm spot in a turbulent, pressure filled situation. • People may conform because they want to be liked, or they because want to survive, and frequently because it appears to fit what they believe in. • Conforming is natural; that’s why it’s so important to think about what you are conforming to. Especially when it begins to change.
After reading the wisdom, humanity, and compassion expressed in so many quotes and proverbs; it’s hard to see why we listen to these politicians and media idols at all. • With writing my books, reading, and other activities; I’ve plowed through a lot of “stuff”; and one thing keeps repeating in the background: we are not living in, or moving toward, the kind of world that people want to live in. • When I look at the 1950s; I think “Yeah, we can fix that.” But when I look at 2020: I feel like we’re stuck in the mud in the middle of nowhere, the temperature is dropping, and it looks like snow. • It’s time to leave 2020 where it is, find shelter and warmth in some human habitation; and call to have it towed to the junkyard. • In the extras on the Lord of the Rings DVDs; the actors playing Hobbits in Hobbiton would say how much they envied the community lifestyle that their characters enjoyed. Maybe it’s not a return to the past; but a return to humanity and sanity that we need.
“There are old sailors, and there are bold sailors; but there are no old, bold sailors.” • I call these “old” sayings because they’ve been around a long time – but wisdom never grows old. And while people learn by doing, and experience is a very thorough teacher, learning from the experiences of others can save you much pain and regret . . . and more.
Have you noticed how many people monitor what you say in order to chastise you for non-conforming opinions? It’s a technique that’s often used these days to put others in their place — a lower one. • In the Revealed Church of Secular Self-interest; those who reveal it; have no belief in it. This presents a special danger: Even your belief won’t save you if they believe you have something they want.
In the year 2020 of the Mealy-Mouthed Millennium; in a frenzy of using and entitled self-worth; in the silence of the virus: what are the attributes of the perfect survivor? Someone with the compassion of a shark; the character of a talking doll; and the integrity of a sand castle — it’s scary that there are so many of them out there. • Sometimes I’m worried New York may pass Early Harvest laws before I get a chance to publish it as a satire. • These book descriptions speak for themselves. It’s a pity that history’s champions of human worth and freedom can’t return to do the same.
There’s more coming out of the Cornithaca County pipeline than effluent: games that you might want to wash your hands after playing — and not for the virus. • Cornithaca County’s College-town is flooded with profitable non-profits; it’s proof of their high level of education. • They’re cunning as weasels and slicker than snot; but compassionate humans is one thing they’re not.
This page contains a few of the hundreds of ideas that never made it into the pages of this book. There will be a few more “Cornithaca County Store” pages to house other ideas that I can’t bear to leave entirely out in the cold. • That the games listed here could be made is satirical — that they would be made; is scary.
Whether you see bullet holes in this image, or not: bigotry feeds on itself and it keeps repeating.
This page shows all fifteen musical numbers. I decided not to write a story synopsis; but hope that the readers will create stories of their own with the scenes and characters listed.
“This shit just got real!” I put this page first for that reason: The danger is real. • When you question the statements and beliefs of those who hold that only they are right and have the “right” to question; there is always a risk. Since Doctrine is everything; Doctrine can excuse anything — even violence. • Doctrine holders work in concert to suppress any non-conforming expression or belief: They don’t need to communicate — Their Doctrine Told Then So.
With Part I of Cornithaca County finishing up the last few pages; it’s time to begin “populating” Part II. • Part 1 was setting the table; Part II will carve the turkey: It will include Doctrine Identification Guides, surveys and probing questions, essays, investigative reports, and a Study with conclusions. • • I hope this book will be useful in identifying, in questioning, and in exposing today’s emerging Doctrine dictatorship; a theocracy in the worst sense of the word. It’s time to “out” the Dorian Grays of hate and oppression.
This reprint from Family Farm Fun shows how even the most blatant environmental transgressions are being hidden and minimized on a “conspiracy” level scale. • When Agriculture’s laughably ineffective “voluntary guidelines” and “nutrient plans” risk exposure; they divert attention with a dog-and-pony show. • The “9 Point Plan” and similar events are Industrial Agriculture’s answer to public outcry; and a way to avoid enacting any restrictions on polluting that would erode their profits. • Using studies and data gathering, committees and comments, updated “voluntary guidelines” and “nutrient plans,” and of course, the help of politicians and bureaucrats; a good 9 Point Plan can provide a 10 year respite in regulatory oversight of agricultural pollution. • Some impaired waterbodies are now undergoing their second “9 Point Plan” cycle. And not only can’t politicians seem to see this new “elephant in the room” — they can’t even smell the carcass of the last one.
It’s fitting that industrial agriculture has its own anthem; because its perceptions of this country are so very different from those originally expressed by the Katharine Lee Bates lyrics. • Theirs are not the traditional cattle “on the range” or in pasture; but walking bags of genetically modified meat grown in a soup of hormones, antibiotics, and not-to-be-advertised diets: to maximize the per pound profit. • If today’s consumers could see and taste a frozen TV dinner from the 50s; they would cry. • The aerial view in the background looks like an infestation . . . and maybe it is.
Rural opinions are not based on perceptions or media slants, but on actual incidents. So when the rural community calls the DEC the Department of Environmental Corruption and ridicules public health officials; there’s more than just resentment behind it. • Here is just one incident: A teacher at a school for disadvantaged children noticed that herbicide being sprayed on a nearby field was drifting across the children’s playground and over the recreational equipment. When she complained to the school administration, they refused to do anything; so she notified OSHA: the only result was that she nearly lost her job. • "None are so deaf as those who would not hear."
“Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” are just words to those who live under the boot of industrial farming. Corporate Agribusinesses fund and bully the politicians, control the agricultural colleges and the regulators, and through a combination of advertising dollars, threats, and litigation control the media as well. • As the upcoming Part 2 will show: even the law is no protection against these powerful interests. They have the power to make the law go away.
“You know you live in Cornithaca County, when the only rights left are the right to be a victim and the right to be poor.” This statement sums up what it’s like to be a rural resident in Cornithaca County. Rural people are considered so unimportant that they don’t even get a minimal share out of the wealth that its autocratic leaders gather from each new policy decision. Unfortunately; this survey can’t even be classed as satirical.
This test is almost like a cautionary tale. • What is its purpose? While these “government departments” might seem to be recruiting sick and aberrant individuals; they could be casting the net for those who enjoy “directing a ‘non-conforming’ play” or writing an “unapproved song.” • Evil is the master of misdirection.
A last song to finish off the “Bigotry: The Musical” collection. A sophisticated tune for an unsophisticated life.
This number from “Bigotry: The Musical” will slot in somewhere before the “My Doctrine Tells Me So” song.
Another song from “Bigotry: The Musical” — from a section where Doctrine is gaining a stranglehold on all aspects of life. That is I think it will be placed there; but I haven’t written the story yet. [I’m always ready to create in advance of categorizing.]
This musical number will probably come just before “Can You Keep a Secret?” in Act 1. • It’s an age of “pretending” as a tool for users. Political doctrine is now working for the immediate profit of some; while pretending to work for the long-term good of all. • Pretending it’s for “us.” • • Those to whom the death of a hundred-thousand elderly was no more than a reduction of an excess population [and a troublesome obstruction]; have now found a use for them as an issue to bash others. Hard-wired for hate: but pretending they care. • It’s a user’s world.
Bigotry: The Musical – “Can You Keep a Secret?” This piece is scheduled for the end of Act 1. You can tell from the tone of the lyrics that dark days lie ahead. • Cornithaca’s elite have run a “hate and fear” smear campaign for many elections; burying their own misconduct with the help of powerful corporate influence and a 4-year College Town memory.
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world” is the kind of selfless exhortation that Cornithaca’s elite see as dissolution. They lead by edict; not by example. “Make the changes that you wish to see in the world” is what people at their “level” do. • Their concept of “We” is a hierarchical one; with themselves at the top. They don’t assume the burdens of others; they distribute them “equitably” among the under classes. Theirs is the burden of rulership — ours is to carry their sedan chairs. • It’s not surprising that Cornithaca is effectively a dictatorship, and well on the road to actuality: with a doctrine like theirs; anything is possible.
Today’s Food Pyramid is celebrated as a monument to modern science; and a symbol of the enduring worth of its Pharos of Agriculture. • Turn the monument over and you’ll see the rural communities that have suffered under the hubris and greed of Big Ag and their scurrilous scriveners.
Another Family Farm Fun reprint revised with a color heading and a more offensive fly. I have a bug zapper indoors, and have noticed that doom comes in many forms: some flies fall buzzing on their back to get up and get zapped again, some get caught in the grid and start smoking, and some actually explode in fly parts. [If flies land on every surface in your house; how can exploding them be any greater a health issue.] I thought of doing a chart on this subject.
This song is planned to be the last musical piece in the 3rd Act. There are many grades of shadow in this musical. In the stage lights; everything casts a shadow — but it’s the actions, not the shapes, which will define them.
A two-page spread; this reprint has some of my favorite unrealized ideas. The “Ag Almanac” is my second choice; while “Don’t Step on My Blue Baby’s Shoes” holds on to the top of the charts. It would make a good t-shirt for the Factory Farm Music Festival. Or on a mug.
Another colored reprint. I enjoy writing rhymes. I enjoy drinking beer. But I don’t do both at the same time. I drink beer with people and write rhymes alone. I drink beer when I need to and write rhymes when I’m ______.
This page is a reprint from the “Family Farm Fun” book, with color added. I used the Bookshelf pages to list some of the ideas that were never brought to fruition. [I still liked them though.] • “Cornithaca County” has almost 700 folders already — most of which contain ideas that will never make it into the book in any form. A handful will be included in some new “bookshelf” pages. The content of the book is mild compared to some of what is being left out.
Another simple code with a difficult question. Doing the right thing is always simple; it’s making excuses for not doing it that’s complicated. The difficulty is that the difference between “simple” and “easy” can be the same as between “life” and “death.”
These coded texts pose the same questions as in my comments on “How many violations can you spot?” • While there is a solution to the code; there is no solution to the questions.
Is secrecy ethical? Is secrecy necessary? There are many reasons for secrecy; but are they all covered by the same reasoning? The best answer to a difficult question is to leave it open. It’s only when you close the door to questioning; that you open the door to oppression. • Cornithaca County’s “One thought, One taught – One voice, One choice” attitude is the essence of the oppression.
In these days of bashing for self-interest and self-profit — it’s time for some old-school bashing of those who profit at the expense of others. Cornithaca County has more corruption than you can shake a stick at . . . but give it a shot; you’ll feel better.
There’s a very simple [or maybe even stupid] answer to this page. Think outside the book . . . or look at the Solutions page [not included in this post.]
The brittle and harsh tone is meant to remove the comfort that would be natural in this setting. • Industrial agriculture is always unmoved and unchanged by the natural world, “like plastic bottles on the sea,” until, through its increasingly impervious influence; it changes the natural world itself. • It’s a world without beauty; permitted by an age without memory.
This singsong poem is a reprint of the end piece from Family Farm Fun. It’s the kind of repetitious word use that dispels fears. A rant that creates an obstruction, and reinforces the speaker’s beliefs against any threatening idea or thought. • The change in typeface is intended to slow the reader’s recognition and present the words like dropped stones.
In this CAFO version of the sing-a-long, the number keeps on increasing. 40,000 cow CAFOs already exist. Where will it end? 80,000 . . . 100,000? • Locally; the few remaining traditional farms and factory farms alike are being ploughed under as the biggest CAFO in New York State is continuing to spread like a shit stain across the rural landscape. It’s only a mile away.
I tried to keep what I loved about the flow of this great poem, and paint on some of what I hate about the flow of “nutrient” toxic waste. I think the addition of color effectively sets the mood for this reprint of the black and white version in Family Farm Fun.
This is the ninth song for “Bigotry: The Musical” so far. There are probably 6 or 7 more to complete the book. I’ve divided the songs into 3 acts and the plot line has become clearer: a rural couple are forced off their land by bureaucrats and are resettled into an urban world of subsidized poverty – jobless, powerless, and surrounded by criminals; they must try to survive the establishment of a secular theocracy.
As a kid; I looked through a book of sketches made by an army soldier in the South Pacific during WWII. Many of the drawings featured dead bodies; and the air around them was always filled with flies. • In rural Cornithaca County; flies, factory farms and death are certainties, but factory farms and death are never linked together. The high rural cancer rate is counted as a “lifestyle” issue.
A respirator that would once have been worn in a joke about barn odors; is now a life-saving protection from liquid manure off-gassing. • I remember an incident where a home exploded due to a natural gas leak. The leak was in a neighboring house; but the heavier-than-air gas flowed down into a lower level where it collected and ignited. • Factory Farms occupy a high ground of money, influence, and legal cronyism — so you know what flows downhill to their rural neighbors. • While I’m writing this; I keep hearing in the back of my mind: Jumping Jack Crack it’s a gas, gas, gas . . .
Knowing how to navigate your way through a maze of shadow-government regulatory shortcuts is sometimes just a matter of knowing the right people. Often, public oversight is seen as a stumbling block to the smooth functioning of established business-bureaucrat partnerships, and their special understandings. • This difficulty has been overcome in Cornithaca County, where the people have no meaningful representation in government, and the investigation of regulatory misconduct is handed over to the parties involved; for their sole adjudication. • They’re “so important” and they “define the county” are phrases that are frequently used by county government to elevate powerful interests above the everyday requirements of ethical and responsible action. • There is no ethical voice raised in opposition . . . they’ve taken care of that as well.
Farm-cheesi – The “Game of Flies” is adapted from the Indian cross and circle game Pachisi, and its many variations. The goal of the game is to move the maggots from the player’s carcass home to the center space where they become flies. • The 17” x 17” game board [pictured] is in four parts to be copied or scanned and printed - or cut out by utilizing two books. • You can also cut out maggots and attach them to the “Cornithacan” tokens from the book; achieving a sort of “African Queen” leach effect. • • Living around a factory farm; you have to do something with them — if only we could train them to synchronize in their swarming and blow back the toxic fumes.
Simple and graphic: this game shows how easily years of work and hope can just go “pop” when the big players decide you need to be sat on. • In Cornithaca County; the corporations, institutions, and politicians are so tight together; there’s no room left for the people. • A corporate plan for a large facility, powered by fossil fuel, was recently pushed through vocal public opposition with only a “Thanks for keeping us on our toes” response from politicians. • • How dismissive is that?
Form Based Code planning is a great idea . . . for those in authority. It allows for an autocratic control of planning to exclude or mandate any type of community development those in power desire. The “college town” is a city that preserves its downtown wood frame houses and tree lined streets as a “historical” necessity, and use will Form based planning to add green spaces, parks, and upscale shopping and restaurants to “one of the twenty most expensive cities in the country to live in.” • The same planning shows that “Affordable Housing” Nodes should be placed in rural towns; where “historical” has no cachet, and the woods and fields are bulldozed for tract homes, condos and apartments. It’s the “form based” place to dump their poor and homeless in affordable housing complexes, and place a drug treatment and outpatient facility at a safe distance. • The county’s mass transit buses, which are so thick around the college that people have difficulty driving cars, don’t enter the Ag ghetto; but if I walk 2 ½ miles to its border, and stand by pole at the side of a ditch, they pass by several times a day.
With the short life-spans of their antibiotic and hormone-filled cows; industrial dairies have a problem with unsalable carcasses. Disposal of dead cows and hogs in compost piles is now recommended over dragging them out in a field to rot. • It’s just a step to using the same method of disposal for their workers. Who’s to know — it may already be happening.
Where is the mercy in a “mercy killing” when you have created the situation that lead inevitably to that choice? • Where is the “love” in deciding who is worthy of receiving it? • Today’s doctrine releases us from the need to make the unselfish choices and take the compassionate actions that traditionally defined “humanity”: It only requires that we conform. • Human beings are parsed into different containers to meet different ends: one gender here; one gender there; one race for this perception; one race for that — all as instructed by the revealed doctrine of an unrevealed elite. • Where is the love? You might as well ask the chicks going to their disposal. It’s all about the using; love doesn’t make those kinds of choices.
Do you know what you’re breathing? It’s good to know. People often learn by doing; but sometimes the learning process is painful or even fatal. • I once had a professor begin a lecture with: “Sewage is purer than Ivory Snow.” This statement juxtaposed the advertised purity of the soap with the fact that sewage is 99.99% water. The purity of the air, the effects quantified by surveys and studied in laboratories, and the duration of exposure; all need to be judged in terms of human health. • Factory farms take a lot of the bad things from human industrialization; and put it all in one place — the rural community. If it was anywhere else they would be shut down.
Located at the intersection of Satire and Sensible; the Urban Dairy is a practical solution that has practically no chance of ever being implemented. The demographic defines the definition. The same factory farm “nutrients” that are sprayed within feet of rural children’s bedrooms, are defined as “toxic waste” if transported to an urban setting. • So the question of an Urban Dairy is more or less a judgement call – urban communities are worth more, and rural communities are worth less.
How to describe the indescribable? I’ll leave it up to your imagination. • A number of the items on the list are actually used by factory farms to fatten the animals you eat. Want to know what’s in that burger? “EEEWW!”
Factory farmers and their families are warned to wear respirators around manure lagoons to prevent injury and death. Authorities don’t consider the health risks to farmer’s neighbors of any importance. • Satellite Lagoons are promoted as being a cost saving alternative to carrying liquid manure to distant fields. Under Agricultural Law; factory farmers can buy land and build a “lagoon” containing millions of gallons of liquid manure within feet of a rural residence as a matter of right. This has become the new standard for factory farms. • There is no disclosure of this practice, or recourse under the law, to potential home buyers. Instead, they are blamed for being “unfamiliar with farming practices.” • In Cornithaca County; it’s the demographic, not the act, that defines accountability.
This reprint from the Family Farm Fun book adds color to the original black and white poster. • If you think this poster is scary; prospective buyers of rural property will never see any of this. The current Agricultural Disclosure Form only states “farming activities may include, but not limited to, activities that cause noise, dust and odors.” • All my efforts to have this decades-old form updated to include modern agricultural methods and activities, and court acknowledged injuries to local farm neighbors, met with a stone wall of silence from State authorities. • This issue and others will be documented and dissected in Part 2 of this book.
Television used to be an entertainment for promoting products, now it’s propaganda for promoting doctrine. Every edit, every description or plot, every “first responder” spot or college student, and every shmuck who can’t pick the correct toilet tissue or pays too much at the pharmacy; must conform to the doctrinal agenda. • Since it’s true in every case; it’s easy to prove — but they will never stop doing it. One Thought, One Taught – One Voice, One Choice. Scary.
A short poem. Take from it what you will.
This simple puzzle is intended as a change of pace so the reader can bring a refreshed attention to the book.
“Doctrine, Doctrine everywhere, and not a drop of love.” to paraphrase the poem. Cornithaca’s Elite have run a relentless hate and fear campaign since I can remember — and as to their love; any examination of the county’s poor and needy shows that it must have evaporated decades ago. • When I wrote to the local college where the noted Rural Sociologist Janet Fitchen taught and authored Poverty in Rural America, requesting their help in publicizing the county’s current rural poverty and neglect: The response I received was; “She lived in simpler times.” • A year ago, Cornithaca gave a quarter of a million dollar tax let-off to the largest privately owned corporation in the US. Why? The corporation said they needed it. • What’s complicated about that? • It’s OK: they’ll simply increase our taxes to make up the difference.
Early Harvest is an idea whose time has come in Cornithaca County. This week the Common Council voted to eliminate rental payments by tenants and place the burden on “people or entities who have greater resources to solve the issue." They themselves will, of course, be the ones to decide who those entities are, what resources will be needed, and what further issues need to be addressed. • It’s notable that the University, by far the richest and most powerful entity; one whose expansionist policies have driven out the original residents and turned their College Town into one of the twenty most expensive cities in the US to live in, is not one of the entities they have decided to burden. They will target the old, the poor, and those they can separate from the herd. • There’s not much sympathy that this issue can squeeze out of rural poor living three generations in an old wood frame house that they’re trying to keep in the face of ever-rising assessments and taxes: not for upscale urban renters having a hiccup in their six-figure salaries — but then they don’t write stories about the rural poor in Cornithaca County.
I have a couple of more songs to write before putting together a storyline and working on the interior of the “Bigotry” Paybill. • • It’s been months since I’ve been in the Pub; drinking pints with a pizza to die for. When it reopens, I think I’ll call myself “Doug the Beloved” and see how that plays . . .
As leaders in the New Religion; Cornithaca billboards may seem strange to people in many other parts of the country: but you had better get used to them . . . you had better! • There’s more to fear than the Yellowstone Supervolcano. “Not with a bang but a whimper.”
To put this page in proportion: Googling the CDC’s COVID-19 Provisional Death Counts for the US for the week of April 11-18: Aged 24 and under = 14, and Aged 65 and over = 12,818. This ongoing trend never even rated an emotional story in the College Town media. What is the big story? “Police brutality protest draws hundreds to downtown” • In Cornithaca’s “One thought-One Taught – One Voice-One Choice” dictatorship: Doctrine is everything. • It’s a doctrine of privilege and hate; and they never miss the chance to procure more of the first and loudly express the second. • For them; the tens of thousands of elderly who have died so disproportionately in New York is not even an issue. Their pretense of compassion is only skin deep: and they have a very thin skin. • There is no time for love in Cornithaca — they’re too busy hating everyone and everything that’s different.
Trying to put the fun into Bureaucracy is like trying to lift yourself up by your bootstraps: but I hope you will have fun completing this coloring page/puzzle. The type of fun, and the way you finish it; depends on you — and what could be more un-bureaucratic than that?
Which is the helpful bureaucrat? This puzzle contains a simple solution to a question that is often difficult and frustrating in everyday life. • Bureaucracy is a labyrinth that only grows over time. Without help; you can toil around a great circle of government employees [many of whom are out of the office, on vacation, or seemingly unreachable] to arrive back at the same desk you started at . . . and be sent on another journey. • In Cornithaca’s Kafkaesque environment; “Finding the Helpful Bureaucrat” is a puzzle that may have no solution.
One of the best ways to avoid indoctrination is through creative and imaginative thinking. The stasis imposed by Cornithaca County’s doctrine, which allows only one “correct” answer to any question; is shattered by independent thought. • The figurative elements in the coloring page can be used to create a story. I won’t impose the “doctrine” of saying the writer must use all of the elements; or even “as many as possible.” You could write any number of stories and use only one, or none. • Creative work is not an exercise — it’s a necessary and rewarding part of being a human being.
In an overwhelmingly partisan government: there is no need to compromise. It’s the perfect viewing conditions to see the future unfolding. Cornithaca County’s doctrine cleared landscape shows, not only the shape of our future; but the tools that are being used to shape it.
Easier than a pig roast and better than a backyard family barbecue — Burn Barrel Cremations are sweeping the rural sweepings of Cornithaca County! As one local flyer announced “We bring in the trailer; and it’s ash without failure.” Some vendor’s ovens are even sporting accessory racks; for that big grill-up send off. • For the ultimate in “green” disposals: recycle their ashes as burn barrel insulation!
This activity is essentially a color version of the “Misfortune Teller” in my Family Farm Fun book. My intention to revise the theme with “meaningful participation,” “transparency in government,” and similar legislative conundrums was less impactful than the reality of the rural original. • I remember these origami “fortune tellers” as a child; along with a freedom and community togetherness that today’s authorities pretend never existed. Everything is Doctrine: including everything your children are being taught. Home Schooling is the undoing of conformity and central authority.
Most ATV accidents come, not from dangerous situations; but from a refusal to realize the danger of the situation. The journey from “outlaw” to “out of luck” takes only a second: it’s as easy as falling off a log — or running into one. • In Cornithaca County’s Ag Ghetto; ATVs offer an alternative method of destruction to meth and bath salts. And as some of the parents drive around with small children in their laps or clinging to their waist; it’s a family moment as well.
Nothing sets the “Cornithacan” attitude apart more than their lack of empathy for others. The local Socialist party took to the College Town streets; urging the release of criminals to protect against COVID-19 in prisons; while being quietly unconcerned with the mounting death toll in a nursing home only a few miles away. • Give them a question of Doctrine, and they can parse righteousness to a screaming frenzy: but any question of compassion or human dignity is beside the point. • This is the present state of Cornithaca County — and the future everywhere?
In this new episode of the Cornithaca County television spin-off; It’s an “Ill windfall that does no good” as the usual users find more ways to profit from the Pandemic. • They’ll be singing “Out with the Old and in with the Cash” when “stimulus” checks take on a new meaning and bureaucrats wax fat on wholesale inheritance taxes.
This song (a satirical adaptation of the Song “People” from Funny Girl) is another of the pieces intended for “Bigotry: The Musical”. Although the musical will be in keeping with the Cornithaca County theme; I thought it would be more fun to write the music first, and worry about the plot later. • The ads in the Paybill will include sponsors like “Whole Human Replacement Parts” and “Do•Doctrine Nail Art,” as well as “Early Autumn” Organ Harvesting and other public service messages that will tie into body of the book. • The use of previously created and realized concepts as a leitmotif is a practical time-saver in the project; as well as adding coherence to the book as a whole.
So many words are being redefined: deliberately using expectations of the traditional meaning to hide a very different action. Independently thinking people need to create new words that better describe these actions, and shed a revealing light on this persuasive perfidy. • Cornithaca County’s “One thought, One taught, One voice, One choice” totalitarian government makes frequent use of “ideafication” for control and as a calming measure.
In this third “find the differences” activity I decided to focus on faces. Since human beings have an understandable predilection for gathering information from faces; it would be interesting to see if this helps or hinders the recognition of differences in these two pages. • The study of imagery as a means of promoting innovative and creative thinking is outside the Cornithaca County theme of the book. However, I plan to add a section on the Idea Enhancement Project’s work to provide a practical framework for achieving and using “qualitative” thinking.
There’s nothing good about crack; and there’s nothing funny about crack addicts. I picked crack because of the rhyme, but in the Ag Ghetto meth is more common, with a sprinkling of bath salt psychotics. • The county sheriff’s department doesn’t patrol the Ag Ghetto, and it’s become a magnet for the under-the-radar “animal life”: If you’ve got an itch; scratch it. If you’ve got an appetite; feed it. If you’ve got a pipe; smoke it. • They’ve become more active with the Coronavirus — animals can sense a weakness.
Whether it’s “An ounce of entitlement is worth a pound of work” or “It takes a village to pay for a child”: these are remixed proverbs with an edge — and over it. • If you need a sense of humor in life; you need two to handle all the advice you are given: one to accept it and a second to remix it. • So remember: “Life is like riding a bicycle. Once you fall off, you never forget.”
There is a concerted effort to suppress the wrong being done to New York’s rural lands and communities; but when you have collected and documented the facts, and sent them to the people and agencies responsible for the health and well-being of the community: it’s ignored. What do you do next? Write a book? • • Living on the road to Drug Land: I’ve seen a marked increase in traffic, especially among the young. Without even the distraction of school activities, they’ve turned to “partying” full time, and the kind of fun that got one boy killed on the road outside my house a couple of years ago. • A county that is backing a “cultural shift” to “transform” the College Town’s industrial waterfront to a boat landing “full of restaurants, parks, shopping, and more” doesn’t waste money on patrolling an Ag Ghetto full of rural poor — they just spend enough to keep the problems contained.
An activity page with Factory Farm attitude. In a way, it’s too late to satire their destruction of the natural world; because they’ve already shed the “Stewards of the Land” skin and put on the mantle of “The Important People Who Feed the World.” • I had a feeling that this was coming last year when I met an Ag Professor returning from India: He responded to the issue of rural health and reduced life expectancy by stating it was “a sacrifice that was necessary to fight world hunger.” • This fits in with the Cornithaca concept of disposable people: Other people. Different people. Lesser people.
Another visual wake-up call. Have fun. • Larger images and downloadable files can be found on my blog: Rural Tompkins County – The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Credentials.
This is not a test – it’s for fun. There are a fairly large number of differences of varying subtlety and perceptual camouflage. You can’t sleepwalk your way through this one. • Larger images and downloadable files can be found on my blog: Rural Tompkins County – The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Credentials.
Who needs nuclear radiation! Science, Industry, and Politics are the recombinant trio behind so many horrors of the imagination and horrors unimaginable. • Are we heading for a GMO “THEM!”? Keep a large stock of exclamation points on hand! • Add your own lines to this page — and plenty of retro color . . . BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE!
In Cornithaca County; the Elite take a dismissive attitude towards the victims of corruption because it’s themselves that so often benefit from it. “Corruption will always be with us" is a self-serving excuse that is often repeated, while the Fox Guarding the Hen House has almost achieved the status of unwritten law. Mudslinging “ethics” probes are only a threat to those who won’t play ball. • There is one benefit to this swirling current of power and greed: it’s so brazen that it’s easy to see. Unfortunately, the only good the Elite care about is their own: a good meal, a good salary, and a good retirement.
On this and other pages; there’s space for coloring and writing your own thoughts. Perfect for a post-apocalyptic collaboration. [You’ll have to fight over the crayons, though.] • • I once wrote in an application: I’ve no skills to fill my resume. No credentials or honors that weigh. And no previous year Saw my writing appear In a journal, I hope that’s OK? • I didn’t get the job. I guess would have been ashamed if I did. I guess.
Larger size images can be viewed on my blog: Rural Tompkins County — The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Credentials.
Rural America is the “handy” dumping ground for the unwanted and dangerous by-products of our society. Unreported and unrepresented; rural communities have become a dispossessed and marginal population that is ridiculed by a city-centric urban media. • In this scarier version of the children’s confection favorite: Your children are dropped off at the Ag Ghetto border, and must make their long way home safely. • The copyable book pages will include a 15” square game board in four parts, and all the color and special game cards needs for the game.
This second group of remixed proverbs are skewed even more towards humor and satire; and push the reader to view things from a different angle; or in a different way. For a healthy intelligence: Rote won’t float the boat. • The definition of insanity is thinking the same thing over and over, and thinking the same thing over and over.
These remixed proverbs are intended to shake up the rote repetition and involve the reader in thinking about the true beauty of human perception and wisdom that classic proverbs embody. At the same time, I would like the reader to use that expanded awareness to view things from a different angle; or in a different way.
“It’s your excuses that define you.” That should be the touchstone for “action distancing” in the New Millennium Normal. You’re not doing something bad to someone; you’re making a better life for yourself [or more hypocritically: “your family/gender/race/everyone”]. • “You’re owed it” is a well that never runs dry — as long as you keep filling it. • Interestingly, every famous icon of human compassion, dignity, and equality is uncompromisingly opposed to discriminatory action in any form. This is a common thread from Confucius to Lincoln to Frederick Douglass to Martin Luther King Jr. to Mother Teresa . . . Or you can stand with those who excuse their actions and oppression: Hitler, Stalin, Mao . . . So maybe your excuses can define you after all.
I was originally going to have several answers to this riddle and additional text; but I decided to leave more room for coloring — and thinking.
The government tandem tractor trailer with a difference: One part health center – One part organ harvester — coming to a municipal parking lot near you. No need to sugar coat the invitation; it’s your duty. And they know where you live.
These three pages [including the corrected first page] complete the game instructions and adds copyable scorecards.
These are the four pages of designs for the 106 cards used in the game; along with a guide card and the card back. • • The most disturbing aspect of these waterway remediation plans is their lack of accountability. The people involved in formulating them have nothing to lose if they are proven ineffective; and a great deal to lose by opposing the powerful interests that continue to pollute and profit. These interests in turn, can answer resident’s concerns with the “we are following all the regulations and guidelines” excuse while continuing to pollute without abatement. • As well as being worthless as a tool for remediation; regulators remove any possible effectiveness by postponing, eliminating, offsetting, and not enforcing the actions and regulations that these plans do have. • Rather than a flow of righteous concern and oversight for the world we live in; these plans will only siphon tax dollars to pay for the incentives, tax breaks and subsidies that will provide the sum total of actual benefit. • These are not plans that will fix our lakes — these are plans that are made when you don’t want to make a plan that will fix our lakes.
Description of the game: “As scrutiny of our failing lakes becomes unavoidable; powerful interests are taking control of the investigation and remediation process. Fake the Lake takes a somewhat satirical look at the conspiracy that is destroying our children’s future for their own short term gain. • You are one of up to 3 players attempting maximize your allowable pollution while dealing with regulatory and culpability hazards you encounter along the way. There are 106 cards, including hazards, pollution levels, remedies, and four immunity cards.” • The book will include complete instructions, and copy-able scoring pads and cards [including a card back design.] • • Yesterday, while the Coronavirus Pandemic is devastating New York; state regulators announced that they were giving the best connected of the lake pollution “players” a permit that deleted the schedule of compliance for Total Phosphorus, and eliminated the schedules and conditions of the recently completed Lake Water Quality Plan. The timing of this deregulation was either very bad — or very good. Smart corporations know how to take advantage of the downturns as well as the upturns. • How is government using the Pandemic where you live?
The “twist” in this case is the political remix given to the quotes. The nicest thing about a remix is that you start with something that is already of known quality — this is the reason there are series that are spun off of a successful movie based on an earlier “prequel” TV show with the characters from a trio of hit movies from the previous decade [It’s also easier to get backing – “If it ain’t broke; remake it.”] • The same technique can be observed in politics: remix what has proven successful in the past at gaining votes and backing. • • The producers of one reality show about logging asked the owner to have more equipment breakdowns and dangerous situations to make it more exciting for viewers. How much reality is there in today’s “reality”? • How much equality is there in today’s “equality”? • You can always go back to the well as long as someone keeps filling it. What’s the reality of this action?
Abraham Lincoln is like a friend who always gives you good advice. It’s not just the humanity and wisdom of what he says; I feel that every word comes from the heart. It’s a rare gift in any time or place.
I took these ten Benjamin Franklin quotes and used them to illustrate both the universality of human behavior and their usefulness as a touchstone in understanding politics. • Politics is all about people – Numbers in politics are always an afterthought; used to convince a public brought up on the pseudoscience of pie charts and percentages. [That the same basic data can be used to support widely differing conclusions is common knowledge, and usage, among corporate report writers.] • Like the Mark Twain quotes; once again, there is an insight into human nature that overrides the “issues” that are used to distract us. • Since human nature is universal and unchanging: why does our bureaucracy continue to get more complicated? Why indeed.
These Mark Twain quotes are very much to the point and worth thinking about; and coloring and doodling are good ways to let the mind wander into some productive thinking territory. • • I’ve decided to add pieces and maybe a section the book to results of research into the use of visual imagery to promote creative and innovative thought. This “qualitative thinking” is based on my belief that art and ideas occupy the same area of the mind; and that the most productive thinking can be done “in situ.” • Work on the Idea Enhancement Project has been pushed to the back while I’ve been writing these books, and this will give me a chance to share the results so far and keep moving forward.
Prisons punish criminals . . . No, prisons rehabilitate criminals . . . no, wait . . . we don’t really know what the intentions of our criminal justice system is. It seems, however, to be much more comfortable with acts of criminals than their victims. • Victims are “in the wrong place at the wrong time” or “put themselves” into that situation. • Our justice system is a long term caregiver for felons; but it “shines on” the victims and their families with a “plea bargain – closure” two-step. • Criminals can turn themselves around and start with a clean slate; but the pain is never erased for the families, friends, relatives, and children of their victims. • Our criminal justice system is not the custodian of our society; it’s just a bureaucratic machine covered in human skins. • • • Cornithaca County’s University Town is refusing to delay displacing people in a homeless encampment — after all, you can’t mount a protest is you’re banned from forming a group. • How is your government using the Coronavirus for their benefit?
I hope to fill out the book more; maybe in a book review or “newsletter.” A travel section listing venues like the “Dead Zone Aquapark –The safe family play destination.” “No prey. No predators. No problems.” Sea Rising Maps for land investments in the new seashore. Articles on Climate-proofing Your Home, and The Climate Change Diet – What Food Items Will Survive or science tidbits like Canada: The New Tornado Alley and GMO on the Grow.
The solution to “The New Society” riddle. • People can solve riddles and people learn new things; but it’s easier not to — people can control government; but it’s easier to let government do the driving and go along for the ride. • That’s one reason I’m so fond of fables as a learning tool; they can give the knowledge without having to experience the situation. • What about people who don’t even learn from experience? Why do people in a horror movie always split up? [Even when you tell them not to.]
This version of the classic riddle is intended to involve children with thinking about government [a much older and more difficult riddle.] • The solution to the first riddle will be posted tomorrow.
These bureaucrat icons will bring a rueful smile to those who have bumped up against the monolithic government while trying to bring about change. • Dealing with people as much as they do; the seasoned bureaucrat or politician can call on a wide range of body language to spice up their flat statements of refusal and dismissal. • These gestures could be combined into a Japanese Folk Dance or a Bon Odori dance for some Bureaucratic or Doctrinal Festival.
In the 60s, when the fines for industrial pollution were so small that the polluters never even paused; our government vowed to change all that. They did — they removed the laws. • Nowadays, with Industrial Agriculture polluting the all groundwater that they haven’t sucked dry; what advice does our government give to the rural poor? Mix bottled water with your well water to bring it below the maximum health limit levels. Thanks! • The bottom line is [if they still use “bottom line”] that if you don’t take responsibility for your family’s health, no one will. In their “wrong place at the wrong time” – “fall through the cracks” way; Authorities have more important things to worry about than the people.
It doesn’t exist. It doesn’t exist. If this was a conspiracy movie; I would have had an accident and bad things would be happening to everyone who saw this document. • But it doesn’t exist.
It’s not that far from being given the cold shoulder to being kept on ice. The Elite are always worried about keeping their mound of worldly goods and their position on the dais; and their Doctrine of privilege and hate goes a long way towards addressing those fears. • Using the lowest motives has always had the highest success rate in authoritarian societies; so a self-policing Doctrine that targets a particular group as being the cause of all suffering and misfortune is the ideal tool for distraction and control. • With the “Brain and Circuses” [Indoctrination and Recreation] curriculum established in schools; adults are persuaded they’re too “busy” with life’s struggle to stop and think — that’s a job for the Experts. • The beauty of the competitive “dog-in-a-pit” approach is that the dogs never wonder about who built the pit and Why? • Form Based Code Living is where Satire meets Science Fiction meets “That’s why we never heard from him!” whispers — it’s an intersection that’s just up ahead in Cornithaca County. • • Weren’t you just wondering what the Experts say?
A simple maze that can be solved by young children. The “Easy Maze” Series is an activity book feature intended to involve even the youngest readers. • A school bus ride can be a scary experience.
Form Based Code planning is the most authoritarian and self-serving method of zoning this side of an imperial palace — everything is ordered for the benefit of those with power and influence. • Cornithaca County’s only city and seat of power is using Form Based Codes to make their “vibrant” community a place of “historic districts,” “parks,” “walkability,” and “single-family homes and row houses” while the same Codes allow building tracts of multi-family housing and a large urban sprawl bedroom-community in rural greenspaces by calling it a “Node.” • They are getting a new marina; while we are getting a drug rehab center. • Their city is one of the country’s 20 most expensive to live in; so we get the affordable housing mandates. • There are so many buses at their University that it’s difficult to drive a car around; while I would have to walk two-and-a-half miles and stand at the side of a ditch to wait for one of the few that travel the periphery. • • Form Based Codes don’t help the needy; they just build walls to keep them out.
You could use this as a coloring page, but there’s not much space for coloring; or anything else. Some of the most devastating examples of invasive species are also examples of deliberately introduced species. I found it interesting that some authorities downplay the problem with statements like: “‘invasive’ is a loaded word and harm is difficult to define” and that “Most introduced species do not become invasive” — this is the same as arguing that you don’t usually beat or abuse your kids or that nuclear power plants don’t usually have problems like Chernobyl; the severity of the result should override the frequency of the occurrence as a factor. Human suffering is important.
Forbidden Planners – On an ancient world depopulated by Form Based Code planning: space explorers discover a Bureaucrat searching for the secret of ultimate power! • • Planners of the Apes – Scientists ignore warnings of over-specialization and create a genetically perfect human for each task — but as global warming continues to accelerate change; a static society crumbles on the brink of extinction! • • The Beast from 20,000 Fandoms – Pop Personalities incite their followers to a world-wide binge of political violence! Mass cell-phone radiation fries brains as the total of “likes” goes astronomical. Is This The End? • • The Amazing Colossal Mandate – Exposure to doctrine results in a government Mandate that continues to increase in size out of all proportion to the society around it. Outstripping state and federal guidelines; it grows angry and confused — destroying the community it was meant to help! • • Creature from the Frack Lagoon – Gas is escaping from a crack in earth; and Industry scents a profit — but WHAT HORROR will they unleash FROM BELOW? • • Monolithic Monsters – Mammoth Skyscrapers of Doctrine thundering across the Earth . . . crushing ALL that stand in their path!
People argue that ideas for significantly reducing bureaucracy are simplistic; but won’t admit that their own arguments are equally simplistic. • Narrow-view arguments “externalize” costs and benefits that are important factors in making a balanced decision. Industrial Agriculture likes to point to the cheap price of food in the stores, but that [not even counting environmental and human costs] is only a fraction of what the public is paying for that food — there are investment tax credits, school tax credits, electricity cost reduction, gas tax elimination, school tax credits that can return 100% of their tax from state tax revenues, and a host of subsidies, giveaways, and incentives, that are hidden from casual view. A “Flat Tax” could free up a significant portion of the 75,000 IRS workers [and who knows how many tax preparers, lawyers, etc.] for other careers that would be of much more value to society; this is an “opportunity cost” that Flat Tax opponents don’t like to deal with. Or how about the benefits from not forcing the public to navigate the tax form bureaucracy? There would certainly be an upswing in productivity. • Any societal debate that doesn’t include all the costs and benefits, and doesn’t put the welfare of people as the most important factor, is closing the door to our future.
You cannot do what laws forbid you cannot do that thing • You can’t do that with all the changes changes always bring • You can’t do that you’ll rock the boat upset the status quo • Not doing things is all we’re taught and learning never grow
This story highlights how the focus of a government or charitable institution can switch from the welfare of the recipients to the welfare of the program itself. After all, the program is where the time and money, and reputations are committed. It’s an actual story of the effectiveness of a school breakfast program somewhere. [And maybe many-wheres.] • Programs and charities become vested with goodness; cloaking themselves with the same moral protections as the people that are supposed to be helping — the perfect environment for bureaucracy, inefficiency, and waste. • Our government and our institutions would be much more effective if they saw themselves as self-dissolving servants of our welfare; rather than enthroning themselves as administrators. • Modern technology may be used to reduce the paperwork, but not the work. It’s like inventing the internal combustion engine; and using it to circulate air among the galley slaves. • Why do we spend $100,000 to pay someone to distribute $1,000, when it could be done with a $10 chip?
This series will examine the dictionary meanings and the common perceptions of certain words and phrases, and show how they can be used to hide the intentions and actions of powerful political and corporate interests from the public. • 50 years ago; the idea of “killing for peace” was used to ridicule war. Today, it doesn’t seem ridiculous to imagine a government program called “Future Love” or “Affirmative Love” that would kill to achieve “Love.” • Pluto was redefined to no longer being a planet; and the individual you has been redefined as a fill-in-the-box – put-in-the-box person [“person” is added because you are “respected”]. What’s in the future? More control means smaller boxes. • It’s ironic that while Biology is turning from physical characteristics to the actions of organisms as a means of classification; government is turning from people’s actions [the only workable structuring for a free society] to a policy characterized by physical characteristics. • You know they “love” you — and just maybe they’ll “love” you to death.
The tiles in this image form a repeating pattern where the Green crosses never touch sides, the Magenta crosses seldom touch sides, the Blue crosses usually touch sides, and the Yellow crosses almost always touch sides: explain this pattern in terms of inclusion, exclusion, and loss of identity.
As Cornithaca County steamrollers its way into ever more blatant displays of dictatorial and doctrinal hubris; the use of “meaningful participation erasers” is a bureaucratic given for every public policy enacted. • Their theocracy [The Revealed Church of Secular Self-interest] empowers the elite to hand down policy from the highest possible level: themselves [soon to be capitalized.] And unlike the Divine Right of Kings, they don’t share their authority; even with God. • There is an uneasiness that can actually be felt. There is no job security. People who have differing opinions are lashed out at and defiled in public. Scary stuff. • • Is this just over the top rhetoric? What do you see? Maybe there’s no “post” to go with apocalyptic. Extinction is just as natural as evolution.
In a world that no longer recognizes human or individual worth; “due process” is no longer needed. All that’s required are Judges, and those who will be judged. • • In Cornithaca County and throughout the whole State: fetuses of any age are no longer human. It’s the Law. • • Who’s next? The elderly, the infirmed, the deficient, the troublemakers; it’s just a matter of time . . . and Doctrine — all the big steps have already been taken.
I like to recommend the movie Ikiru to people for its portrayal of bureaucracy in Japan in the early 1950s; the same as here and now, and everywhere at every time — I would recommend it for many reasons; it’s a great movie. • • Bureaucracy’s no mystery - It’s unchanged throughout history - With power, privilege, and with wealth - It works to keep them for itself.
Like any testing, meaningfully involving yourself in government policy requires being prepared. Not just prepared with the facts and information, but being prepared to use them in a constructive and meaningful way. What are your plans? • Having a vision can give you the resolve for the long haul. • • If my more conventional attempts had worked; I wouldn’t be writing this book. And if I could have handed the job off to someone else; this book would never have been started. • • • Coronavirus? When our governor banned gatherings of 500 people or more; a little chill went down my spine. I wonder how many people felt the same uneasiness.
I live in an Ag Ghetto. I call it an Ag Ghetto because the local policy is one of containment: contain the poverty, contain the crime, contain the drugs. The deputies patrol the borders of the Ag Zone and only enter when called, write a report, and leave. A kid was tossed onto the road outside my house while playing a game where they stand on the truck of a car as it drives around. It’s the sort of games they allow kids to play in the Ag Ghetto. He landed on his head. He died. • • The Ag Zone is no Old MacDonald’s Farm; it more like “Fire Down Below”: people use the land as a dumping ground, buy off the residents futures with next to nothing, while telling them they’re lucky to get anything at all — and the residents know who calls the shots at the sheriff’s dept. and the regulatory offices.
Getting “public servants” to see eye-to-eye with the public on policy decisions goes beyond logic, and into the world of politics. Even with a groundswell of public support; committees, experts, and agenda filled studies can be used to load the deck and leave the public on the sidelines. No one can divert a flood of voter concern into a thousand rivulets of fast-drying intentions better than an experienced politician. • • With Cornithaca County’s large college population and their 4-year memory; the sands of time are turned into a veritable sponge for false promises and self-serving policies. The legacy of this year’s biggest event is, a few months later, merely the mention that it was last year’s biggest event, and within another year almost forgotten. • • Politicians know that the students are ephemeral, but the powerful interests are always there.
It’s never a good idea to use government and municipal handouts as the sole source of fact gathering; they always put themselves in the best light possible — even if they have to smash a few light bulbs to keep us in the dark. • In Cornithaca County, it’s laid on thick: our town’s new Comprehensive Plan states that the factory farm agriculture in the north of town prevents development and keeps taxes lower, and that extensively developing the south of the town with condos and apartments is good because that will lower taxes as well. They refuse to explain or correct this conundrum. • This new Comp Plan document is over 300 pages long, and is stored at the County level as images only; it can no longer be searched by the public for words and phrases.
I had publicly spoken out, written letters and argued for responsive, participatory government and rural justice for years before this incident [that some of my neighbors thought was no accident] and still do; but somehow I was changed — there was a glowing ember inside me that never goes out. • • This book is not a monument to be viewed from the outside, it’s meant to invite people inside, to involve and challenge them; any pieces in the book are pieces to be built on and to move ahead. • • Cornithaca County. I just put that in because.
The fight to retain human dignity and worth is being lost every time someone sighs because corruption, greed, and deceit will always be with us, and checks their phone for tonight’s party. It’s a battle where it seems that every time you type in a letter, they hit the “backspace” button, and it’s a burden you can’t push off on somebody else. • If you end up in a fast moving river; you can stand against the current, struggle to move against the current, or just relax and end up wherever the current takes you — but if the same person who brought you there won’t show you the map . . .
Cornithaca County’s elite and their corporate and institutional partners never worry where their next perk or profit is coming from: they just announce, “The County needs . . .” and create the program or pass the legislation to make it happen. • The lesser functionaries and businesses run along behind this well-connected combine of perpetual profit; fighting over whatever scraps are tossed to them. • • While Cornithaca County’s functional dictatorship continuously mocks the concept of any meaningful participation in government; residents in other areas may still have a chance to regain a government of “public servants,” rather than a government that sees the public as the servants.
If there is any bi-partisan agreement in this country, it’s the importance of “Big Ag” [a conglomerate of corporate Agribusinesses, Industrial Farms, the “Food industry,” and Politicians]. • It’s not surprising that a group with that much money and power [coupled with a “City-centric” media and a government policy that claims to eschew race, gender, and national origin in their forward looking society, and yet uses them as the basis of every decision and piece of legislation] is able to suppress what is being done to rural families in our country. • It’s also not surprising that in Cornithaca County, a place so Liberal that their feet scarcely touch the land they hold dominion over; their mouths overflow with a dismissive contempt — reviling the rural community as “hillbillies,” “good old boys,” “trailer trash,” “ignorant,” “bigoted,” and “Lily Whites,” without ever having met or spoken with one. • This bigotry will be exposed, and well documented, in Part 2 of Cornithaca County. • • Does changing the target, change the act? If so, where does that thinking come from?
“It hasn’t happened yet” is probably the best description of this poster. If you have spoken at any length with, or read the ideas of these Doctrine holders; you have probably realized that they will not admit to any doubt or allow others to live in a manner that conflicts with that Doctrine. Differing beliefs are wrong and must be immediately corrected: by persuasion, accusations, intimidation, or even physical force. • • “Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear.” — Harry S. Truman
The Minister of Education had brought new teachers and ideas to the schools in the kingdom, and done such a good job that the King told him to name his reward. • The Minister asked just for a few grains of rice in the following manner: pointing to a chessboard he said, “Put a single grain of rice on the first chess square and double it on every consequent one.” • The King laughed and readily agreed • Then the Minister continued: “Oh my King, that reward would add up to an impossible sum, far greater than all the rice your kingdom could produce in many centuries!” • The King quickly realized he would be unable to fulfill his promise; and was so angered at being tricked that he proclaimed: “None of my people shall rest until they have completed this task!” • • Moral: Rationality is a virtue of the weak. • • What’s so scary about fables? The same thing that’s scary about wisdom; it shows up the pretentions of the self-serving and the fool. • Cornithaca County seeks to suppress the lessons of history and the rationality of wisdom, and substitute their new paradigm: “Doctrine = Wisdom.”
When you control all the Institutions, all the Bureaucracies, all the Lawmakers, all the Experts in the county, and are connected through the highest reaches of State and Federal power; you do whatever you want. • The College Town was looking for a community to take over and remake for their own benefit, and they did. • • Oh, and they write the history as well.
In a single-source-of-truth, “lossy” society; “outliers” are always fair game. An outlier is a person or thing that is markedly different or detached from the others in a particular group, class, or category. How does Cornithaca County deal with outliers? The answer is simple: Outliers hold anomalous values, they’re a source of disruption and discontent, so just delete them. • They may start with people of a different race, gender, national origin or belief — but they won’t stop there.
In a county where lock-step legislators rule on the basis of doctrinal code; you don’t think that your child’s education would be any different. [If you think about their education at all beyond hearing: “It’s the Best!”] • Imagine even art being taught as a group activity, where your ideas need to be approved by everyone in the group, or you cannot contribute to the picture. In Cornithaca County it’s called “collaboration” — in history it’s called “oppression.”
It’s more than just lab coats; there seems to be an aura of “otherness” that pervades scientific experimentation. It’s as if their actions have the same natural inevitability as gravity, and are divorced from the human sphere of care and compassion. • Their view from the scientific heights delights in portraying people as insignificant and ephemeral, but it’s only people that give Science any meaning. • Science is not in the service of the Universe, it’s in the service of people.
As Artificial Intelligence looms larger and larger, overshadowing humanity, there is one clear result — nothing is being done to protect us. The actuality of human displacement has been met, not with protections or retraining programs, but with indifference and vague assurances of new jobs in the future. There’s not even a mention of what country those jobs will be in. • • There is an old joke in which a corporate “tycoon” vacationing in a small fishing village instructs a skilled fisherman on the steps he can take to become rich so he can retire and enjoy life. The fisherman responds by asking “Why? I’m doing that right now.” • We could have a simpler and much more fulfilling life with all the latest technology, but then where would the “tycoons” be? • • The once independent rural community I live in has been taken over by an affluent suburban pastiche of incomers. They recently pushed through a 300 page Comprehensive Plan whose most influential writer stated that she didn’t think the rural people “deserved to live there.” • There won’t be any “fishing villages” in their Cornithaca County!
It’s a common occurrence in satire to question whether something is actually satirical or not. Since the Cornithaca County book is intended to challenge the reader, I have tried not to give even that solid ground. Some parts are obviously outrageous and others quite “sensible.” It’s easy today to only connect with the people and sites that reinforce your beliefs and not be exposed to different ways of viewing the world. Thinking and learning can be uncomfortable, but there’s a comfort in realizing you are part of a larger world than you ever knew existed. • • A larger image of the advertisement can be viewed on my blog: Rural Tompkins County – The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Credentials.
Have you ever gotten those large, bulging envelopes from charitable fund raisers and wondered who is paying for all the printed enclosures, the cards, address labels, pens, t-shirts, ornaments, personalized note pads and attention-getters they contain? • Do you wait in a long line at the only open check-out counter, only to be publicly questioned about your charitable intentions so the store’s owners can brag about how generous they are? • • Non-profits are increasingly using aggressive and psychologically manipulative means to enrich themselves; and why not? — Since they are “good” by definition; every act is cleansed. Cornithaca County’s Corporate-Educational-Non-profit- Bureaucrat-Conglomerate is more that “good” by their own definition; they’re “better.” • And if you’re “better,” what acts can’t you justify?
Another structured lesson for students. Government authorities have traditionally claimed to aim at perfection and have fallen far short. You can imagine how far short they’ve fallen when they only strive to reach adequacy — or you could take a look around and not have to imagine. • • You know you live in Cornithaca County when they don’t fix the problem, just change the definition.
Since learning of my Family Farm Fun book being used for home schooling in Agricultural Pollution and Rural Justice topics, I decided to consciously add structured lessons to the content of this book. I hope that they will encourage the imaginative and creative thought that has [except for lip service] been removed from the classroom. • • Is this an example of the Lossy Society?
Like the “Stone Monuments” Maze, this maze is just for fun and has no connection to the Cornithaca County agenda of the book. It’s one of the places set aside for the reader to relax. The solution has been added to this image. In this book, as in the Family Farm Fun book, the solutions to all the puzzles and mazes will be given in the back.
In a time of “doing good by definition,” it’s important to look behind the bureaucratic billboards and see what their “vision of the future” is actually like. Non-profits are defined as “good” [even if 80% of the donations are siphoned off before they trickle down to the needy] and so is “Science.” • • Why is it that so many professions that deal in cold hard cash and cold hard facts are now cloaking themselves in compassion and concern? • The answer is revealed in Cornithaca County.
Every new advancement seems to promise freedom, and deliver conformity. In Cornithaca County, everyone is busy — busy conforming. • • When computer programs for publishing were first becoming popular commercially, designers were be able to tell which program was used for a publication because each one “channeled” the design into a recognizable form. • • The channeling of today’s devices and apps can be just as controlling, and more insidious, than any totalitarian government. • • Take some time to examine what’s happening to you — if you’re not too busy.
Is Science right? • • When the practice is as simple as giving someone food, Science creates Industrial Farming; releasing Genetically Modified Organisms and Cancer causing pesticides in a doomed-to-failure “I’m bigger than you!” race with overpopulation — while at the same time destroying the arable land, polluting the fishable waters, and accelerating global warming seasonal changes that are decimating the crops much of the world has relied upon for thousands of years. • • The real question may be: “Is Science rational?”
In Cornithaca County; the “puppet show” never stops, and the theme is usually Public Participation. The elite conduct public surveys on the county’s “needs” — needs that have already been decided before the survey questions were ever were made up. • The survey results gain legitimacy from a list of “interested parties” [although who they are or how to get on this list is a mystery] and school children [under the guidance of their teacher/authority figure]. While the children are too young by law to be entrusted with mature decision making, their teacher can instruct them on how they should decide the county’s future policies. Input from the county’s adult taxpaying residents is not actively solicited. • • While the areas of policy involved may differ — every decision gives Cornithaca County’s elite more power, more money, and more control over the lives of others.
You can’t achieve Cornithaca’s “One Thought – One Taught” goal without an all-pervading redoctrinated bureaucracy of information and education; what may surprise readers is how ubiquitous this bureaucracy has become. •• When you start to examine all the communications around you, the link between redoctrination and indoctrination will become clear. • Rural people are always objects of ridicule and portrayed as the “bad guys” in Cornithaca County — what’s happening in your community?
For Cornithaca’s secular doctrine holders, everything is reimagined in their own self-interest; so it’s not surprising that all the negative mud-throwing is directed at other people’s beliefs. • • Since any belief about religion is a religious belief, and since their secular “holier than God” attitude is just as morally arrogant as any “holier than thou” one; this page discloses the kind of doctrine deflating headlines that you should [but never will] see in newspapers.
These three “Mythbuster” spots accurately convey the “tone” of modern social-psychiatric thinking; focusing on and sympathizing with the actions of the perpetrators, and trivializing their victims. • • What’s the difference to the safety of the community between a bi-polar with a history of violence who is not prescribed medication, and one who does not take the medication they are prescribed? • None. It’s all about accountability and doctrine, the victims are merely collateral damage.
Cornithaca’s elite easily speak words that mean nothing, and have great difficulty with those that do mean something. Speaking the following phrase may be possible for residents; getting the facts from these Twisted Tompkins Tongue Twisters is not. • • Sue’s shrewd strewn sheepskin shaped shuffling snowshoes slowed slipshod sleuths’ swift sniff sifting Siberians so sore sheriffs’ shots slurried snow spall spoiled spruces.
“Obsessive Compulsive Doctrine” poster, and follow-up poster. • “Is this OCD? Just because someone annoys you, it doesn’t mean that you have Obsessive Compulsive Doctrine. It’s much more than being irritated by opinions that conflict with your beliefs. Don’t trivialize OCD.” •• These are the first two Cornithaca County "OCD" posters in the series. The risk to our safety is increasing.
The progression of angry facial expressions is based on the pain assessment charts found in medical treatment rooms. The top of the picture shows the enlarged chart with the whole page being shown on the bottom. • Anger is an important factor in the ascendance of doctrine in Cornithaca County. Many people I talk to are afraid to express themselves publicly because of the anger that is directed to them by an ideologically controlled mob. These “doctrine holders” don’t persuade by their love, they control through their hate. This behavior matches the early pattern of the worst tyrannies in history. • The page ends with a quote from Frederick Douglass: “To make a contented slave it is necessary to make a thoughtless one.” • • Unthinking anger and hate are the great doctrinal cleansers of Cornithaca County.
When Cornithaca County’s cleverest get into trouble — they look for patsies. The College Town always looked down their noses at their rural neighbors and had nothing to do with them, until their arrogance got them into serious troubles; then using their money, power and Ivy League influence, they reimagined the county as a way to dump all those troubles on their neighbors instead. • Just one example: Their planners created the myth of “rural sprawl” and pushed through the development of ugly urban-sprawl bedroom communities in the green spaces of neighboring towns in order to “combat” this horror. It’s enough to make a cat laugh, and rural residents weep. • • In the “county’s” most recent comprehensive plan, the College Town is said to “define” the county’s future, and the rural community no longer exists.
To the elite of Cornithaca County; the only wrongdoing is not getting what you want. Smiles, shouts, assurances and denunciations are only tools of the policy making that insures their continued profit. • In a county that is almost universally thought of as thoroughly corrupt and without any meaningful public participation, the elite launch “ethics” probes against people who oppose their plans. • • What do they do when they themselves are accused of misconduct? They refuse to do anything; they refuse to acknowledge the accusation, they refuse to investigate, they refuse to carry out their sworn duty under the law, they just refuse. They decide what they want to do, and that’s that. • • Their actions and arrogance demand something beyond “hypocritical” — that’s “Cornithaca County.”
In the 1960’s Liberals were constantly using the adverb “absolutely” in defining the rights and freedoms of citizens. They realized that there can be no protection from rights and freedoms that have been compromised. Today’s New Religion politicians have come 180 degrees from that belief, and work to destroy anything that can obstruct the spread of their controlling secular doctrine. Their “rights” and “entitlements” are gifts with no responsibilities attached, but there is an expiration date — the day they take control.
“A new law brings new hope to those waiting for replacement organs. Physician-assisted Organ Harvesting (PAOH) legislation has opened the door to a better future for our community. Early Harvest is a humane solution that balances the maintenance of the elderly with the continued care of our at-risk younger population. Physicians know when the time is right, so don’t be afraid of the change. • It’s your doctor’s choice . . . and it’s your duty.” •• Is this a satire? With abortions and assisted suicides already bookending the population, the rest is just filling in. The “Rights” of the individual are only tools, used by the elite of Cornithaca County for their own benefit: They have no independent existence, and may be changed without notice. • Of course there will have to be exemptions to the law for those who are important . . .
This two-page maze is unusual in that it has no connection to the Cornithaca County theme of the book. It’s one of the places set aside for relaxing — giving the reader a chance to enjoy the engravings on the face of the stone tiles without analysis.
The Victim’s Fault of “being in the wrong place at the wrong time” could very well refer to Cornithaca County in 2020: where the elite of Revealed Church of Secular Self-interest believe that goodness is not a way of life, but a way to make a very good living. • In a county that practices outreach as a way take, not to give, the poor rural families are being forced out by high property taxes and repressive municipal codes while its government concerns itself with creating a template for How People Must Live. • Cornithaca County is a New Religion dictatorship, and as its full extent is revealed, you may be frightened to see how much of it is already being put into place where you live. •• You know you live in a Cornithaca County: When the public can’t ask questions at a public meeting. •• One Thought • One Taught • One Voice • One Choice.
People in Cornithaca County will climb anything to look down their noses at others, and what better way than working in a non-profit — they’re recession proof and smug in an “I’ve got a giving sticker on my BMW” way. • And whether you see it as pirated giving or the big dog gets the prize; today’s biggest non-profits have become so powerful and venerated, they seem more important than the causes they wave. A perfect match for Cornithaca’s “vibrant community” façade.
If you grew up watching and loving science fiction B-movies, I hope this poster brings back memories. Just as in many of those films, atomic bombs were discovered to cause monstrous mutations, politicians and bureaucrats have taken the crack that Affirmative Action put in our protections and blasted it into a life threatening fissure — Cornithaca County residents have no meaningful participation in its “monolithic” government, and no protection from its all-inclusive policy decisions. • As this corporate-political “vision” of how everyone must live expands it control, local governments that have been taken over are now instituting “ethics” probes that reimagine the 50’s Congressional witch hunts. •• If you remember those old movies, you’ll remember that things did not always end well. • You know you live in Cornithaca County: When you’re told not to write this book.
This is a revision of the “Pin the Tail on the Legislator” game in the Family Farm Fun book, in color, with a little more bite, and just clean satirical fun. [I have a number of pieces on media shortcomings planned — they are truly deserving of our lack of respect.] • You know you live in Cornithaca County: When “journalistic integrity” is an oxymoron. • After I sent documentation of rural social injustice to the local newspaper a few years ago, and urged them to write about this issue, I was told it would “confuse” their readers — an odd comment for a University Town newspaper. It’s the same town where the cooperatively owned, “independent bookstore” refused to even consign the Family Farm Fun book.
This simple 2-page board game satirizes a place where the community has country club aspirations and sitcom sensibilities, and the cultural festivals are filled with people stuffing their faces and listening to free music. In Cornithaca County, it’s all beneath the surface [and sometimes in the cookery.] • It’s a game that even your young children can play — just don’t buy them anything from the food tents.
Here are some other thoughts on non-profits: • Fundraisers act as if there is an endless sea of giving. The greater likelihood is that there is a limited pool of giving, and the more non-profits with highly paid fundraisers and staffing, and expensive administration and fundraising programs are successful, the more of that limited pool is used for “overhead.” This leads to a cycle where those who distribute the highest percentage of the funding they receive to the needy are increasingly disadvantaged in raising those funds. Historically, 100% of charitable contributions were distributed locally, by non-paid volunteers, to those in the community whose needs were known — charities are changing from a way of living, to way of making a living. • Should a Food Pantry that raises much more funding than it needs, bank the excess? • Should two charitable organizations with the same mission, and overlapping outreach, merge together and reduce costs for the benefit of the needy? • How long and how much money should the search for a cure consume before it becomes sensible to apply that funding to a more successful area? • Do people who make large salaries working for non-profits have any more inner goodness than those in other occupations?
The runoff that spews from industrial farms, Is kept off the news to suppress the alarms. • You’d better be careful of touching those HABs! • So round up your poodles, rottweilers and labs. •• Another maze that is simple enough for a very young child to solve. The rhymes can be used as the basis for home schooling or a classroom assignment. • Time for another “9 Point Plan”?!
10 billion tons of water — you’re under the lake, How much undercutting can the rock supports take? • That trickle of water is nobody’s trick, So drop your tools now, and get out of there quick! •• This maze is simple enough for a very young child to solve. It can also be colored, and figures and fish added for fun. • What is the real risk? — the mining company is funded by a high risk hedge fund and won’t show their geologist’s reports, while Cornithaca County and the state split 99% of the mining lease and tax income. The rural town where all the mine shafts are located, and that gets all the salt truck traffic receives chump change, and is bypassed on all decision making.
Here are three more of the Predacious Paper-Pusher sign boards that will appear throughout the book. If you can’t read the signage on the image: • The “Terrordoctrine” – This predator-from-above swoops down on its prey whenever they utter the wrong words. Although it is only a bureaucratic form, and without creditable substance, the Terrordoctrine is known to have inflicted career ending injuries to low-level employees. • The “Praying Mandate” – Holding the pose of goodness and vulnerability, this New Millennium predator will eat anything, including other mandates. After an initial “we’re all family” mating ritual, the female mandate swallows up the male mandate, leaving only one gender – the “Single Mandate.” • The “Not-for-profish” – Introduced as a means to equitably distribute the nutrients for societal well-being, its ravenous appetite and prolific breeding tactics have devastated the social ecosystem, leaving the at risk population marginalized and with little to sustain themselves. •• The humorous presentation belies the actual seriousness of the situation in Cornithaca County. The second part of this book will present incidents and issues of misconduct that show, even though a citizen has “dotted all the i’s,” and persisted through a discouraging bureaucratic accountability pass-a-round, that in the end the government will do nothing because — they don’t want to.
Here are a couple of the Predacious Paper-Pusher sign boards that will appear throughout the book. The “Bureaucrack” was used in the Users and Losers game pages. • If you can’t read the signage on the image: The “Bureaucrack”- Unnoticed among the clutter of forms and layered departments of public office, lurks the Bureaucrack. Just one phrase or legislative revision can open up a family swallowing crevasse where the unwary who “fall through the cracks” are never seen again. • The “Edugator” - Closely related to the Legisgator, the Edugator has an insatiable appetite. It lurks among the youngest pupils and its cries mimic the voices of needy children – “It’s not the educational costs you can see that kill you.” • In Cornithaca County schools; some teachers not only tell their students what to think, but who to vote for. It’s true. A County where the residents have no meaningful participation in government, has no need to bother with ethical considerations. [You wouldn’t believe what they do to get the school budgets passed.]
Definition of bigocrit•• 1 : a person who puts on a false appearance of virtue or good will, but who regards or treats the members of a group (such as a white male or non-Hispanic group) with hatred and intolerance• 2 : a person who acts in contradiction to his or her oath of office and is obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudice. — Holding up high moral, ethical, and social standards to mask self-serving and intolerant actions is the mark of a bigocrit.
These 6-pages from the book can be copied [or scanned and printed] and cut out to make a playable board game based on the classic “Snakes and Ladders.” The ladders are climbed by “using” the virtues of others, and players are pushed down the chutes when they in turn are used through the vices of others. • There is no great or hidden message, only a cautionary theme for today’s social interactions. As one of the pages states: “You know you live in Cornithaca County: When it’s better to start a non-profit to feed the poor, than to feed the poor.” — Users come in many guises. •• A larger image of the gamer is viewable in my blog: “Rural Tompkins County – The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Credentials”
This is another of the songs I’ve roughed in for the musical. I haven’t worked out a story line, but it will fun to see what can be “constructed” with the pieces. First, I’ll need to make an “armature” for the musical, next the pieces can be attached in various ways, and a few coherent ideas will emerge — then process will be repeated to refine the vision. There is also the visual Paybill vernacular to fulfill as well. Projects with both verbal and non-verbal facets are uniquely satisfying creatively.
This page presents a poster from a group opposing the Safe Act II legislation that would ban the possession of kitchen knives by citizens. The fight for control of the kitchen is on — and you thought changing the family menu was a problem. Only in Cornithaca County. A larger image of the poster is viewable in my blog: “Rural Tompkins County – The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Credentials”
This page presents a poster promoting new state legislation (Safe Act II) enacted to ban the possession of kitchen knives by citizens. There will be a second poster opposing this new legislation. Fear and Smear is commonly used in Cornithaca County to create anxiety and keep the residents off balance. The cumulative effect of all this new legislation is to gain complete control of every aspect of daily living. If you think this is farfetched, you don’t really know Cornithaca County. A larger image of the poster is viewable in my blog: “Rural Tompkins County – The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Credentials”
Bigotry: The Musical – This is the first time the term “New Religion” has been mentioned in the book’s preview. I think of it as Cornithaca County’s “Revealed Church of Secular Self-interest” and the Three Laws of Doctrine: 1.) Doctrine is everything. 2.) All doctrine is handed down from the elite. 3.) All doctrine is subject to change without notice. • The lyrics of the songs and excerpts of dialog will appear throughout the book [as will spin-offs: games, puzzles, etc. based on the musical.] — Other planned musical numbers include: “People Who Use People,” “You Probably Think this World is about You,” “I’d Like to Fill the World with Kids,” “Ain’t We Got Guns,” and “Let’s Call the Whole Vote Off. •• A larger image of this book page is viewable on my blog: “Rural Tompkins County – The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Credentials”
Players compete to fool the public while allowing the biggest polluters to continue their “business as usual” destruction of the environment. • Write in your cronies and write off the community — while your career hangs in the balance of the next 9-Point Plan — Crony Committees • Polluter Friendly Oversight • Voluntary Guidelines • Camouflaged Statistics • Allowable Pollution • No Meaningful Public Participation • Minimized Dangers. •• A larger preview of this page is viewable in my blog: “Rural Tompkins County – The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Credentials”
In Cornithaca County there were two very different towns. The rural town wanted to bring in a gas line so that businesses could locate there and help shore up their town’s dwindling tax base. But the County Legislature, most of whom lived in the other town, cried that this would be destructive to the environment, and even went to the state capitol so that it was prevented. • Then the other town, a University Town where most of the County Legislature lived, approved a project that included a three-quarters of a million square foot, 2,000 bed student dormitory powered by natural gas and would require 26 acres of disturbed land. The County Legislature was silent. •• It’s not what you do, it’s who you are. And who you know. ••• Pure Cornithaca County.
At a planning conference there was a Lecturer who greatly impressed the attendees with his slide show of Form-Based Code Planning. He finished off with a vision for the County that was so breathtaking that the spectators stood up and applauded. But a Citizen who stood at the back shouted: "Call that sales pitch a plan! Nothing like it. You give me till tomorrow and I’ll show you what that plan is really based on." The audience laughed, but next day, sure enough, the Citizen appeared on the stage, and putting his presentation on the screen, so undercut the Lecturer’s “vision” that the attendees cat-called and booed to make him stop. "You fools!" he cried, "See what you have been applauding," and pointed to the many flaws that were exposed by his logical analysis, but he was shouted off the stage. •• Moral: Bureaucrats would rather commit to a boondoggle than be shown up as fools. • If the Citizen was truly wise he would have known that. ••• Form-based codes are part of the New Urbanism and represent an urban viewpoint. Cornithaca County uses form-based codes in rural towns to expand their power base and drive out the existing rural community.
Once upon a time there was a Food Pantry Administrator who used to deposit all the grant money into a special bank account; and every week he used to log in and gloat over the balance. A thief, who was aware of this account, stole the password and emptied the account. When the Administrator next came to gloat over his balance, he found nothing but the empty account. He tore his hair, and raised such an outcry that all the volunteers came around him, and he told them how he used to log in to check the account every week. "Did you ever take any of it out?" asked one of them. • "Of course not," said he, "I only logged in to look at the balance." • "Then log in again and look at the empty account," said the volunteer; "it will do the hungry just as much good." •• Charitable gifts undisposed might as well not exist.
After a dispute had arisen between two groups of people, one group came to some Politicians and asked for their help to legislate against the other group. The Politicians agreed, but said: "If you desire this legislation, you must permit us to place some restrictions on the rights of all citizens, so that we may pass these laws, and allow us to decide where and how this should be done so that we may keep everyone upon the path to a better society." The group agreed to the conditions, and the Politicians soon put these restrictions and laws in place. When with the aid of this legislation that group had won out against the other, they said to the Politicians: "Now, remove those restrictions and give us back our rights." • "Not so fast, friends," said the Politicians. "Now that we have these powers, we prefer to keep things as they are at present." • If you allow a government to abrogate rights for your own purposes, they will abrogate rights for theirs. •• In Cornithaca County, everything is controlled by a corporate-institutional bureaucracy. There is no meaningful public participation in government.
A woman and a man were discussing the relative positions of women and men in society. The woman contended that she and her sisters were more deserving than men by reason of their greater worth. "Come now with me," she cried, "and I will soon prove that I am right." So she took him into the public meeting hall and showed him a new mural depicting women’s greatness in all things. • "That is all very well," said the man, "but proves nothing, for it was a woman who painted that mural." • We can easily represent things as we wish them to be. •• This fable is changed very little from “The Lion and the Statue.” I have reversed some fables, twisted them, and made some ambivalent, and mixed things up, to remove the reader’s comfort zone and provoke thought. For the same reasons, thoughts of the most respected “icons” in the history of social development will be printed at the bottom of some pages in this book, as a benchmark against which current social theories can be measured.
The Sun of Illumination and the Wind of Doctrine were disputing which was the stronger. Suddenly they saw a citizen coming down the road, and the Sun said: "I see a way to decide our dispute. Whichever of us can cause that citizen to shed his rights and beliefs shall be regarded as the stronger. I’ll begin." • So the Wind diminished and hid itself, and the Sun began to shine a persuasive illumination upon the citizen. But although he shined brighter and ever brighter, the citizen held up his rights and beliefs as a shield between them, till at last the Sun had to give up in despair. • Then the Wind came out and blew a relentless gale of denunciations upon the citizen, who was soon too battered and dazed to hold onto anything. • Moral: Force can be more useful than persuasion in establishing a new social system. • • Investigative material and previews of the book are viewable in my blog: “Rural Tompkins County – The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Credentials”
As in the first group, these sayings are an iteration that is used like an armature to give structure to the satirical pieces in part one of Cornithaca County, an armature constructed from the investigations and conclusions contained in the second part of the book. Large type was used on the page to increase visibility. Investigative material and previews of the book are viewable in my blog: “Rural Tompkins County – The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Credentials”
“You Know You Live In . . .” sayings follow the same style of iteration as the “You Know You Live Near . . .” captions in my factory farming picture book. It’s a simple way to set the stage for the satirical pieces in the first part of the Cornithaca County book while connecting to the investigations in the second part. Large type was used on the page to increase visibility. Investigative material and previews of the book are viewable in my blog: “Rural Tompkins County – The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Credentials”
Limericks are a great way to explore the vagaries of the human condition, and also a great way to teach kids about poetry. More than just rhyming, limericks combine the brevity of flash fiction with the need to hold all the elements in balance until a proper “mix” is achieved. Limericks are short and, usually in the last line, to the point. Large type was used on the page to increase visibility. Investigative material and previews of the book are viewable in my blog: “Rural Tompkins County – The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Credentials”
A larger image of this book page is viewable on my blog: “Rural Tompkins County – The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Credentials” — Bigotry: The Musical - The lyrics of the songs and excerpts of dialog will appear throughout the book [as will spin-offs: games, puzzles, etc. based on the musical.] — Planned musical numbers include: “Oh, What a Beautiful Doctrine,” “People Who Use People,” “You Probably Think this World is about You,” “I’d Like to Fill the World with Kids,” “Ain’t We Got Guns,” and “Let’s Call the Whole Vote Off.”
A larger image of this book page is viewable on my blog: “Rural Tompkins County – The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Credentials” — Bigotry: The Musical - The lyrics of the songs and excerpts of dialog will appear throughout the book [as will spin-offs: games, puzzles, etc. based on the musical.] — Planned musical numbers include: “Oh, What a Beautiful Doctrine,” “People Who Use People,” “You Probably Think this World is about You,” “I’d Like to Fill the World with Kids,” “Ain’t We Got Guns,” and “Let’s Call the Whole Vote Off.”
A larger image of this book page is viewable on my blog: “Rural Tompkins County – The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Credentials” — Bigotry: The Musical - The lyrics of the songs and excerpts of dialog will appear throughout the book [as will spin-offs: games, puzzles, etc. based on the musical.] — Planned musical numbers include: “Oh, What a Beautiful Doctrine,” “People Who Use People,” “You Probably Think this World is about You,” “I’d Like to Fill the World with Kids,” “Ain’t We Got Guns,” and “Let’s Call the Whole Vote Off.”
This is the cover of the theatre magazine that will showcase the cast, scenes and musical numbers, a synopsis of the story, and [of course] the advertiser’s pages. The lyrics of the songs and excerpts of dialog will appear throughout the book [as will spin-offs: games, puzzles, etc. based on the musical.] Planned musical numbers include: “Oh, What a Beautiful Doctrine,” “People Who Use People,” “You Probably Think this World is about You,” “I’d Like to Fill the World with Kids,” “Ain’t We Got Guns,” and “Let’s Call the Whole Vote Off.”
A Dog looking out for its afternoon nap jumped into the Manger of an Ox and lay there cozily upon the straw. But soon the Ox, returning from a day’s hard work, came up to the Manger and wanted to eat some of the straw. The Dog in a rage, being awakened from its slumber, stood up and barked at the Ox, and whenever it came near attempted to bite it. At last the Ox gave up and went away, and the dog went back to sleep. Moral: Aggression wins possession.
One hot summer's day a Fox was strolling through an orchard till he came to a bunch of Grapes just ripening on a vine which had been trained over a lofty branch. "Just the thing to quench my thirst," quoth he. Drawing back a few paces, he took a run and a jump, and just missed the bunch. Turning round again with a One, Two, Three, he jumped up, but with no greater success. Again and again he tried after the tempting morsel, but at last had to give it up, and walked away with a snarl, saying: "I’ll teach him to put something I want out of reach." The fox brought a suit against the owner, arguing that his not being able to reach the fruit was substantially limiting compared to an average person in the general population. He won the case. The owner of the orchard was ordered to cut down the trees and train the vines to a height that the fox could reach. He went out of business. Moral: You can use “fairness” laws to demand an unfair outcome.
A University Town sent out word to the planners of all the neighboring towns in the county, saying that it had decided on best way to unify the county and distribute the burdens and benefits among its peoples. All the planners hurried to the conference. The University Town spoke forcefully: “These are complicated and difficult questions, and I am more knowledgeable than any of you. You should give me the authority to write the comprehensive plans for all of your towns.” The visiting planners, flattered at the offer [and happy to be relieved of the work] returned home and convinced the others it was in their best interest to do this. Then the University Town called another conference and revealed their Plan for sharing the benefits: “One part is for me in my capacity as the University Town that Defines the County; the second is mine as the Acknowledged Leader Who Writes the Plans; another share comes to me through my Redistricting of the County Legislature, and the last share, well, as for that, which of you dares risk their career by opposing Me?” "Humph," grumbled one planner, walking away with his tail between his legs, and thinking of what excuses he could make, "You may share the burdens of the great, but you will not share the benefits."
Kap•Put gets its name from the word “kaput,” meaning “utterly finished” or “destroyed.” Players compete to mine as much salt as possible from under the lake without creating a catastrophic breach in the lakebed. The players insert all the sticks into the game tube and then place all the community’s marbles on top of them. One by one every player points the connecting tunnel towards their mine and removes a stick hoping that all the marbles stay on the top. Every marble that falls through displaces water along the tunnel and into the player’s mine – When their mine is filled, that player is out of the game, and must move to another community . . . whoever has the least disastrous flooding at the end of the game is the winner.
Why is Artificial Intelligence so scary? Because it works so completely to the advantage of those who have the most money and power . . . and want more. While Artificial Intelligence may be problematical in the workplace, it’s the perfect vehicle for oppression and control. Many of the people who hold at-risk “low-level” jobs face challenges and conditions on a daily basis that lie far beyond the statistical-averaging tools of AI’s apologists. There are real world reasons why “upskilling” is not a possible option. You might as well tell a dishwasher who is “AI’ed” out of a job to get one as a school superintendent or a stockbroker, and then then claim it’s their fault for not following your advice. We’re living in the days of such fatuous expertise. More importantly, even though “AI Erosion” is already underway, there are no “upskilling” programs available for these workers, or being planned.
In Rural America the biggest threat to the health and well-being of the community is the same activity that once strengthened and nurtured it — farming. Industrial farming is rolling the dice against a dystopian future of environmental meltdown, antibiotic-resistant pathogens, and genetically modified organisms in a race to quickly amass wealth. Using a simple picture-book style, and the buoyancy of humor, this book navigates the flood of destructive farming practices that have already engulfed the rural community, and are spreading.
Working Title: Family Farm Fun
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This book has already been published (see below.) Due to the pictorial nature of this book, these Book Bubbles cannot be extracted from the epub file format needed to upload an existing book.
This sing-a-long from the book was posted before, but now might be a good time to post it again — it’s something to sing while you watch the news or purchase pandemic palliatives in the stores.
With the public outcry over the industrial farming practice of dumping live male chicks into a grinder, the Poultry Public Perception Panel is promoting the "Hatch and Release" method as a more humane solution. A cushion of air wafts the chicks up the pipe to the release point, where they are free to go wherever they wish. To avoid waste, those that fall to the receiving area below are respectfully collected and put into a grinder.
A coloring book with an industrial farming twist — 50 scenes of natural beauty you can color however you want. Don't worry about staying within the guidelines, they're only voluntary.
Teach your child toilet cleanliness with this washable vinyl book of factory farm "poop-up" scenes. Each scene portrays a different potty training cleanliness issue with admonitions in large print such as: Antibiotic-resistant bacteria lagoon — "Wash hands" and Manure spill — "Wipe yourself" The book's colorful graphics explain both industrial farming and potty training in child-friendly terms. The "poop-ups" are fun and some are plain hilarious!
One good joke deserves another, and agricultural nutrient plans are about as useful "as a screen door in a submarine." Try out some of these nutrient plan jokes at your next barbecue [when the wind changes]: Q: "How many nutrient plans does it take to screw in a light bulb?" A: "Forget it, they're useless." Q: "What's brown and aqua and smells like bleach in a toilet?" A: "A nutrient spill in your swimming pool." Q: "What did the nutrient plan say to the impaired lake?" A: "It's only a plan." Q: "Why is a nutrient plan like a politician?" A: "They both make promises they know they won't fulfill." Nutrient Plans are the only solution for agricultural pollution that factory farmers and politicians offer to the rural community. This 35 page book overflowing with derisive humor shows how much respect the rural community has for them.
Kids: Your parents trust their well water because it's been pure and healthy for generations, but times have changed. Help keep your family safe with The Child's Water Testing Picture Book. Follow the simple instructions and diagrams to collect your well water samples, then bring them to a laboratory for testing. It's best to test weekly, or even daily during the Spill Season. Remember the Law: "Home owners with their own wells are solely responsible for the quality and safety of their water." So if you die, it's your fault. With frequent enough testing, it's comforting to know that your family will probably, in most cases, be OK.
"What's the record for herbicide drift on a windy day?" and "How far can a toxic gas plume travel?" The Ag Almanac answers these and many other agricultural questions in a refreshingly straightforward way. The statistics section includes such items as a year-by-year government subsidy flow-meter, and a size comparison of the Dead Zone to various states. And the Almanac's long-term weather predictions are based, not on global warming trends, or climate change scenarios, but on a simple-to-understand mix of government influence and career longevity. This book is an indispensable source for measuring our lack of stewardship.
Children under seven can have hours of fun trying to find the Inspector in a variety of factory farm settings — animal mortality dumps, slurry runs, medical waste piles, spoilage trailers, manure pits, the owner's suite, and more. Every page has a different setting, but only one has the Inspector. . .can you find her?
Young Jason B. would come to the nurse's office every morning with severe asthma symptoms — even though he taped up the windows and door to his bedroom at night. See his struggle through a nurse's eyes, as she fights to help him escape an Ag Ghetto of fish kills, fumes, and factory farms. Share their triumph as he graduates with honors and wins a scholarship to a college in the state capitol, where factory farm "nutrients" are banned as "toxic waste."
From Blow flies to Bureaucrats, factory farms represent an "invasive species" subsector that is overturning the ecological balance of rural America. Tradition meets perdition in this book, as a "harmful farm-full" of villains are transformed into Japanese art. "Money-driven policy making and corruption have always been with us, but the Factory Farm Origami Book provides some new folds on an old wrinkle," joked Dr. E. Steward, just hours before his tragic accident.
"Ag up" your water cooler chat with this informative flash card set. Did you know that "100 Year Storms" occur several times each year? Or that a "Family Farm" is a multi-national corporation where the majority of stock is owned by one family? Just follow the instructions, and in a matter of days you'll be understanding what the "rich people" mean when they say: "I'll get the hog farm expansion approval before the next 100year storm." and "If the governor can't push back those regulations for our family farms, he won't be in office come next election." Even if you're a party of the third part, liven up your party with authentic Ag Slang Flash Cards
An author's argument for acceptance of the new paradigm. "After years of being limited to 'old school' organic products, thanks to the USDA's leadership, consumers are now able to choose from a wide range of agricultural offerings, all with the trusted 'organic' label. Industrial farming has done an incredible job of expanding the organic market, and I'm proud they picked me to write this book!" —AW, Cooperative Extension Agricultural Writer
This book is the recognized authority on those cult collectible "authorities." Price guides for plastic, ceramic and stamped metal bobble heads. Page after page of die-cut "punch and paste" multi-cultural paper-pushers, nodding approval at all levels of government. Printed diagrams and instructions to create your own "paper-works." Add to this an annotated history of factory farm bureaucracy, with a giant 3,500page appendix of equivocations and runarounds, and you have a book that's as hard to pick up as it is to put down.
Words and music from Spillboard's Top 100 Industrial Farming Songs of All Time — featuring: "Killing Me Softly With His Shit," "Spray-drops Keep Fallin' on My Head," "Hey Rube," "Imagine No More CAFOs," "As Slime Goes By," "Ruined River," "Another Well Bites The Dust," "I Want To Own Your Land," "You Blight Up My Life," "Don't Step on My Blue Baby's Shoes," and 90 more classic dystopian farming tunes.
I’ve got a friend, he’s a regulator pal Fifteen years is his rationale He wants to retire and I think he shall Fifteen years is the rationale If he makes trouble he won’t last a day No more perks or government pay And every permit pushing pimp I know From Albany to Buffalo Chorus: Down low, everybody down Down low, there’s an honest man in town And you'll always get a favor And you'll always know your pal Cause a quid pro quo’s the only bureaucratic rationale There’s my friend Al, today we’re sure in luck Fifteen years is his rationale And when in Rome, all Romans take a buck Fifteen years is the rationale One more tip and back we'll go A fistful of permits to spread and grow And every permit pushing pimp I know From Albany to Buffalo Chorus: Down low, everybody down Down low, there’s an honest man in town And you'll always get a favor And you'll always know your pal Cause a quid pro quo’s the only bureaucratic rationale
This big farm, had a plan Grabbing everything they can With an Ag-Gag bag of swag Factory Farming wins This is how it all begins This big farm, had swine flu Now the neighbors have it too With an Ag-Gag bag of swag Nuisance Laws will rule Empty desks inside your school This big farm, stuffed with cows More than rational thought allows All the drugs the law allows With an Ag-Gag bag of swag Resistome lagoon We’ll all be in deep shit soon This big farm, filled with hens Live their lives in foot-square pens With an Ag-Gag bag of swag Breeding something new Reassorting HP flu This big farm, they have clout More than all the poor without With an Ag-Gag bag of swag “Leave those farms alone!” Two dead sisters in your home This big farm, they don’t care Spreading virus in the air With an Ag-Gag bag of swag Body bags are filled Burn the piles of all those killed This big farm, made that germ Greed and power never learn With an Ag-Gag bag of swag Politicians lie It’s too late, we’re gonna die This big farm, they did well Profits in a year from Hell With an Ag-Gag bag of swag Flowers for your friends This is how the story ends
Unlike the original poem, the barren waste in this poem is not the eraser of hubris, but the result of it. Industrial agriculture would no more dare to openly debate their methods, than they would allow a rigorous accounting of the true costs of the “cheap” goods they produce. They are not only killing the natural world and depleting our natural resources, they are covering up the true reason for their “improved” methods and materials — they are losing the ability to sustain food production — and are now locked in a disastrous death-grip with a sickened planet.
Now that the pieces are all put together, will a true picture of the nutrient pollution in our lake be announced to the public? Not if the agricultural lobby can help it. HABs – if corporate agribusinesses can focus the public’s attention on something new, then maybe the public will forget about the decades of unchecked and unregulated agricultural runoff that has already impaired lake waters and choked the shallows with algae and aquatic weeds. Promoting HABs gives them a chance to reset the clock and start doing nothing all over again. The NYSDEC HABs Program Guide proclaims that they are “implementing planned actions that can control impacts from nonpoint sources” and reduce the phosphorus loading of Cayuga Lake Further reading shows that their plan is to target and regulate septic systems (1%), and rely on voluntary guidelines and education reduce Agriculture’s (82%) impact. This plan is just a repackaging of the same worthless policies that have facilitated the increase of agricultural pollution for more than thirty years. The NYSDEC HABs reports [some of which are 125 pages in length] contain so many equivocations, distortions, misrepresentations, and complications that the reader is left with the impression of an insoluble problem, bravely faced and fought. Implementing regulations to stop agricultural pollution is never mentioned, even as a possibility.
Do the protocols surrounding the introduction of Genetically Modified Organisms guarantee our safety? Of course not. They only guarantee the “hold harmless” status of the corporations and the scientists that produce them. And while their failures might be unfortunate for the public, they would result in new career opportunities for the scientific community — studying the effects of the problems they’ve created.
This game is a great stress reliever for any rural get together. When your own representatives refuse to represent you, you’re cut off from government in an especially insulting way. Just mentioning this game’s name brings a smile to the faces of rural residents [and a few choice comments.] When you live close to the bone in a rural home, disrespecting those in a position of trust may be your only option to express outrage at their betrayal. Kiss MY Ass! Lickspittle Legislator!
This card game is a version of the classic Pyramid solitaire. It was fun making up the cards for the Factory Farm deck picture. The four suits are Farmers, Cash, Discharge Pipes, and DEC, and all the face cards have the features of “Mr. Factory Farm” [introduced in You Know You Live near a Factory Farm When Your Kids Go Fishing with a Pool Skimmer.] A number of the games, puzzles, etc. that were planned, were never included in this book. Using Photoshop CS5 for all the art and page layouts is time consuming and I needed to end this book project. In a future posting, I will describe some of the pages that were left unfinished when the 100 page goal was reached.
Another children’s party game with an industrial farming twist. Agricultural colleges, agribusinesses, and politicians are so tight together that there’s no room for criticism, but there’s always room for profit. Money is not the only kind of payment — sometimes it’s just career longevity, public recognition, or a coveted post.
Of course it’s simplistic, I didn’t even factor in the corruption. The important point is that politicians and the agribusiness lobby don’t expect you to add up the true costs of industrial agriculture. Just as they’ve drained the aquifers and deprived future generations of water, industrial farming has run up huge debts that they don’t intend to pay. And their political cronies have tricked us into co-signing the loan, so we’re stuck making all the payments. [You’ve probably seen that in those court shows, and wondered how stupid those people were.] If these agribusinesses are such an economic asset, why can’t they pay off their own debts, and clean up their own messes? The rural poor have to, why shouldn’t the rural rich?
I tried to write this poem from a child’s point of view — one of seeing, but not understanding — of having knowledge of what they should do, but not the context that impels it. Even their parents only have a knowledge of what is readily apparent to the senses, and none of the underlying causes and long term effects. Authorities never inform rural residents of the dangers that modern farming methods presents to their families. And they never do anything to help. Whether it’s against the law or injurious to health is unimportant, they just refuse to do it.
A not-so-simple maze for a not-so-simple question: How you decide on the risks of rBGH versus No rBGH without deciding on the quality of the information you receive to make that decision? When an early paper arguing strongly for the benefits and safety of rBGH milk was distributed by the manufacturer, and came into question for not being peer reviewed and for being riddled with inaccurate and misleading claims, one of its authors responded, “It’s only a scientific paper.” One way to decide is to answer another question: Is it OK to feed your family food if it has not yet been proven unsafe – or – it’s Not OK to feed your family food until it has been proven safe? It’s only your health.
Asbestos companies? Out of business. Rust Belt workers? Unemployed. Factory Farmers? Welcome to Hog Heaven. With flooding from “100 year storms” occurring several times a year, large scale pollution from giant hog manure lagoons is destroying the environment, polluting rural wells, and spreading. But, unlike other industries, they can’t be shut down. They need to be bought out, with taxpayer’s money. Industrial hog farms profit from polluting, and then they profit from selling — and guess who pays for the cleanup?
There just had to be a Hog Farm Sing-a-long in the book. Nothing connects the bucolic rural past to the future’s industrial farming dystopia better than the hog. When the tide finally turned in the last century, and factories became accountable for some the destruction they caused, that greed went underground, and popped up as Agriculture, complete with all the arrogance toward the community and the environment that they displayed as factory towns and coal mines. But now they had learned the power of public perception and a wholesome image There was also a new sense of power. As the agriculture industrialists know: If you don’t have a new car you cry, if you don’t have food you die. Agriculture is an industry that is exempt from meaningful regulation in this country, and it’s located in areas that are kept free of urban reporting. Follow this thread and you’ll realize that it’s like a living portrayal of the saying “give them enough rope and they’ll hang themselves” — and us along with them
The third cover artwork and new Farm Harm book title were very different from my original Factory Farm Fun concept, but I thought I had hit the bullseye. The publisher suggested changing the title to Family Farm Fun, allowing them to provide the cover artwork, and writing a new preface. This is the book that’s available today. I still have a box of the old books with the original cover, and I’m still not sure . . .
At the top is the cover artwork that I planned to use with the book. The original title was Factory Farm Fun Book. The publisher did not think it would market properly, so I created the revised cover artwork you see below. [This did not go over very well, and they thought the title was no help either.] There is always a problem as an author and an artist as to whether your vision is someone else’s vision — how well do you communicate your story? I made a third version so that we would be on the same page . . .
When there is no avoiding the issue, industrial agriculture hides its guilt by camouflaging it — with a little help from their friends. This piece shows one way agribusinesses [that are responsible for more than four times the nutrient pollution as every other source combined] are being reduced to just another source in a list by people that the public trusts to inform. The Iowa Farm Bureau answers their own question: “Where do the increased nutrient levels come from?” by squeezing Agriculture in between Fertilizers from Golf Courses and Lawn Treatment. In light of this answer, it may be ironic [or informative] to learn that Agriculture produces 90% of the state’s nutrient runoff, and that in 2018, after 5 years of voluntary agricultural programs, their runoff had actually increased.
Ag-gag laws and physical obstructions are only two of the barriers that are used to protect industrial farming methods — farming promotion messages, food corporation ads, land grant colleges, politicians, bureaucrats, and media handouts, all take their turn in persuading the American people that agricultural pollution and animal mistreatment is accidental, rare, unforeseen, blown out of proportion, misunderstood, naturally occurring, and misreported for profit, thereby minimizing and deflecting any possible image of wrongdoing. How many people look past that?
It’s a sociologically interesting phenomena that as industrial farming has dramatically changed the environment that our rural population lives in, their pastimes have also changed. With the “old swimming hole” posted because of agricultural waste and runoff, rural children have not only learned to make do, but to make don’t. Fish Skimming has replaced traditional activities in rivers and ponds with what has become an Ag-ghetto classic. In today’s factory farm landscape, where you can catch more fish with a pool skimmer than a pole, it’s “better than trolling a landfill for body parts.”
This children’s game is a powerful teaching tool on the topic of agricultural pollution. Using milk crates to stand on better represents the dangers of manure spills and overflowing hog lagoons — not a gradual slide but a dramatic drop-off into the widespread destruction of an ecosystem. After the game, students can study some of the biggest agricultural catastrophes of the past decades, and what is not being done to prevent a repetition. With one player representing agricultural expansion and the other representing agricultural profits, no matter who wins the game this time, our country will be the loser.
Regulators can put a lot of faces on the same refusal to act. Industrial farms are permitted to whatever is profitable, and their failures to follow regulations and their continued polluting activities are minimized and excused. Rural residents are treated as enemies, with their every fact discounted and their victimization ignored. In the face of overwhelming evidence, regulators still refuse to regulate these farms and fall back on the same kind of voluntary guidelines that have proven worthless for decades. It’s a puppet show that makes for damn poor stewardship, but a good line dance.
To a factory farmer, hogs represent “folding money,” so what better way to represent a hog that by folding paper. While hogs lack the cognitive ability to follow the diagrams, you should have no trouble, but if nobody’s looking over your shoulder, just throw away the mistakes until you get one that’s perfect to display. The hog-face patterned paper gives it a decorative touch for your desk top. Warning: Don’t get caught with an origami hog in each hand making sounds and doing hog things.
What’s the last thing you would think of doing when you come upon a water body choked with stinking, rotting fish? Scoop up a double handful and “chow down.” The Fish Kill Crunch children’s party game sanitizes this vision by substituting cookies. Children can gobble up the cookies to clean their stretch of the river and win, but it’s never gone for good — they’ll make more. Should you show photos of fish kills before or after the game? That’s up to you. Maybe just putting a rotting fish in the Feely Bag, and leaving it to their imagination is more than enough.
Industrial farming is known, but not widely known, for its ability to externalize its costs. For example: School Tax Credits allow farmers to pay the taxes needed to placate a powerful teachers union, and in return are paid 50-100% of that back from additional taxes levied on an unknowing public. The next time you are told how important industrial farming is economically, ask yourself: How can promoting an industrial model that requires subsidies and tax breaks at every point to remain viable benefit us economically? It’s not just the money: Modern industrial farming methods are draining aquifers of increasingly valuable fresh water [that took tens of thousands of years to fill] to produce the agricultural products it sells to foreign countries for chump change. As we ship out our country’s valuable natural resources of fertile land and clean fresh water in the form of agricultural products, what do we receive for our children in return? Just the rich getting richer.
Classic bingo gets an industrial farming makeover 70 factory farm “icons” and cards for eight players. You’ve never been so happy hear someone call “Persistent cough” or “Reduced life expectancy.” Win at bingo and lose at life with Rural Destruction Bingo.
This sort-of-satirical survey explores the reality behind those beautiful, saturated images of crops, livestock, and farming families that are the staple of commercials and Ag promo spots, and asks the question: In an Ag-Gag industry that judges a disclosure of factory farm activities as “bio-terrorism” and a jailable offence — How forthcoming are agricultural sources? Assuming that an anonymous survey would elicit a candid response, what questions would you ask?
Color me camouflaged. The NYSDEC led committee on Harmful Agal Blooms claims that since they found a waterbody with agal blooms where agriculture was not the primary source of phosphorous loading, then they can’t conclude that agriculture is a primary cause. That’s like saying: since there’s a patient whose lung cancer was not caused by tobacco use, then you can’t claim that tobacco use is a primary cause of lung cancer. You already know what the recommendations to reduce agricultural nutrient pollution will be — voluntary guidelines, education, nutrient plans = business as usual. [They’ll save the regulatory crackdown for residential septic systems.]
Since all land grant agricultural colleges seem to send the same message, I’ll quote from the PennStateExtension article “Nitrates in Drinking Water”: After throwing dust about the sources and severity of the methemoglobinemia or “blue-baby syndrome” problem, the article outlines possible types of remediation: “With agricultural nitrate leaching, often you may have no control of the nitrate source.” While banned from any access to municipal water, rural families have no protection under the law for their only source of drinking water — their wells. Here are PSU’s well water treatment solutions: “ion exchange can be expensive and requires maintenance” “Reverse osmosis is expensive. Added to the equipment costs are the high energy costs for operation.” “Distillation uses much energy and produces heat which taxes air conditioners in the summer months. Energy costs are about 30 cents per gallon produced.” Since bottled water is also very expensive, PSU recommends that mixing it with the polluted well water to make it less toxic to drink will save money. However they admit that “blended water still may not be safe for infants.” PSU ends their article by stating: “Though nitrates concern many Pennsylvania residents, proper testing will confirm the problem and adequate treatment will eliminate it.” How’s that for a slap in the face of poor rural families.
Whether it’s used as a coloring page, an aphorism, or a pattern, this rural sampler puts the science back into social science. It’s not just a motto to live by, it’s the motto we are living by — in no uncertain terms.
Copy and cutout the design in the book, and fold as shown, and this traditional children’s origami can reveal your fortune — or for those in the Ag ghetto, misfortune. The only thing unluckier than seeing a factory farm, is seeing one from your bedroom window, and since you can’t make a silk purse from a hog lagoon, forget the “tall dark man” stuff and get ready for some old school company town depression. Get together with a couple of friends and have some fun hearing what the Misfortune Teller says about your future. It’s not that it isn’t real, it’s just that it isn’t real likely you live there.
Doing the right thing is always simple, it’s making excuses for not doing it that’s complicated. We have had decades of Voluntary Guidelines and Nutrient Plans, TMDLs and Target Dates, Soil and Water Conservation Committees and Regional Task Forces, and every do-nothing dog and pony show bureaucratic folderol they could hold a press conference on . . . and none of them have proven good for anything except to push regulatory solutions into the future while agribusinesses continue polluting and maximizing profits. Solving this maze is as simple as finding a solution to nutrient pollution. If you want to end the pollution, stop the polluting.
Serious and satirical, this aptitude test is intended to challenge participants to think about how much what they enjoy doing has a part in what they will become. In a time where a victim’s fault paradigm of “the wrong place at the wrong time” and “a _______ gone wrong” is used to patch the holes in our society, and “closure” is a term best fitted to bureaucratic files, an aptitude test still maintains the link between actions and the people who perform them.
These signs are becoming increasingly common around waterbodies with agricultural runoff — as it’s more politically expedient to restrict the usage, rather than the polluters. As one local politician said, “Farming is as important as any lake.” [And it makes bigger campaign contributions too.] Tell your kids to use the red crayon. Red for danger.
Unfortunately, industry handouts are the only basis for almost all the agricultural “reporting” done by media outlets in this country. The agricultural lobby is probably the most powerful lobby in America, comprised of not only multi-national food giants, but also some of the world’s biggest pharmaceutical and chemical corporations. With the kind of power that caused Obama do a 180 on his pledge of agricultural regulations, and the political unimportance of the rural poor, it’s not surprising that theirs is the only voice most people ever hear. I thought of making these billboards with graffiti, but how much more satisfying it would be to see them being forthright for a change.
A graphic reminder of the many dangerous substances, gases, and pathogens associated with liquid manure. Not only is liquid manure spread over millions of acres of land where it seeps into the soil and groundwater, and runs off into our streams, rivers and lakes — it’s an all-pervasive part of the rural environment. Factory farmers like to pretend that liquid manure is just manure, but do a search on some of these components and you’ll realize why there are no long term studies on the health of factory farm neighbors.
This two-page spread on respirators is entirely factual and its recommendations are no more than prudent. The only thing over the top is the effort being made to deny it. I have documentation showing that those who have been entrusted with the welfare of the public at large are allowing injury to rural residents by permitting agricultural activities without oversight or enforcement of regulations, and are deliberately withholding disclosure of the special risks and restrictions incurred by prospective buyers of property in an Agricultural District. This documentation will be included in my next book: Cornithaca County.
Traditional hopscotch rules and layouts are overlaid with a pattern of sorrow for the death and destruction of rural families and communities. Hopscotch is a game that can be played by the poor, without any sports equipment, playing fields, or car pools. And since this is a game for and by children, it avoids the “killer instinct” so prized by the rich and ambitious, and so familiar to the rural poor of our country.
Unlike the “100 Bottles of Beer” it’s based on, this sing-a-long recounts an ever-increasing number of Genetically Modified milk cows in an ever-expanding [and increasingly profitable] factory farm. Long before they get to “nine hundred and ninety-nine thousand, nine hundred and ninety GMO Cows” you’ll be screaming “This is my stop!” And since industrial farming externalizes so many of their costs with government subsidies and tax credits, you really don’t want to know how much you are actually paying for a gallon of their genetically modified milk.
This two-page maze uses an obstacle course of composting cows. The industrial farming practice of confining cow in sheds, continuous feeding them antibiotics, hormones, and anything else that lowers corporate maintenance and boosts milk production reduces their “natural” lifespan from 17 years to 5 years – and with factory farms stuffing their sheds with up to 30,000 cows per farm, they produce a lot of carcasses. The modern cost-cutting way is to dump them in piles and call it “composting.” But, with only the outside of mounds and the seepage visible, who knows what’s really inside. Maybe there could be a horror movie where some GMO carcasses are transformed into monsters – zombie cows? Moojo? Cows on the Plane?
This poem was a lot of fun to write. The rhythm is meant to be read or spoken with an increasing beat, like a motor starting slowly and picking up speed. The vehemence should increase with the speed to almost a froth — until collapsing in the final line. A political tradition of attack and no facts. A fitting bookend.
Industrial farmers call on farming traditions, closeness to Nature, and their contributions to the health and well-being of society in creating their updated “mid-century” image. And yet their sensitivity to any negative comment or environmentally protective regulation shows that this construction is paper thin. It’s only a step to burst through the screen and see the reality this anthem embodies.
You need to follow both the letters and the numbers to complete this page. After you connect the dots in the book, hold the page up to a window and a chilling picture is revealed. I had more ambitious [and more complicated] ideas, but had to scrap them due to the time they would have required. Any pages that were started and could not be completed in a timely fashion were dropped. Limiting the scope of this project to black & white, at least a page a day, and 100 pages, actually increased my comfort zone and kept my destination in view.
This simple board game requires no strategy or complex rules, so it’s easy for small children to play. If dice are not available, a spinner can be made using the supplied artwork. The escape theme and factory farm hazards provide the right amount of thrill for the imagination of younger children.
I just couldn’t get all my favorite book ideas into two pages, so I added a third. While many of the ideas that were roughed out were never realized in Family Farm Fun, I planned a 100 page cut-off and kept pretty close. For my next book, Cornithaca County, I already have almost 400 idea folders, so there’ll be plenty left over to fill the Bookshelf pages [and for other uses.]
This is the facing page to the previous Factory Farm Bookshelf page posted. It presents more ideas for books that I would like to have had the time to write. The Ag Almanac in particular is a book that could cut industrial agriculture deeper than deep plowing cut the prairie.
I don’t know what to call the use that I made of this famous poem. It wasn’t recycled because so much of the original structure remains. It wasn’t repurposed because love of nature is at the core of both. Probably “redecorated” would be a better description: Twisting the strands of reverie to make a net that captures the darker side our false stewardship. In these days of acceptable pollution and understandable destruction of the natural world, no amount of academic assurances can ameliorate the pain of seeing what is being done.
It was a pleasure to write these limericks. I use the verbal structuring of limericks and other short poems to “cleanse my pallet” between sessions of non-verbal artwork. They also give me the opportunity to make observations about the situations that people find themselves in and how they behave. I have published two books of poetry: “As a Poet, I have a Confession” – a small selection of light and dark pieces, and “Please Take Care when You Utter a Curse” – 100 limericks. Both these books can be downloaded for free at a number of online outlets, including Smashwords.com. “An activity book from Nantucket . . .”
It may be Election-day, but un-elected officials can wield great power and have little public accountability. Regulators can weather political storms and still succumb to the strong undercurrents of a bureaucratic sea. What is corruption and what is quid pro quo? It may just be a question of survival.
Another easy-to-solve maze and coloring page for younger children. And another chance to make a rhythm and rhyme couplet for me. You rarely can see a herbicide drift, but I can attest that you’ll know when you’ve been in one.
I have always felt this poem to be so on target that I pinned a doodle on it and let fly with an arrow of my own. Today’s industrial agriculture has championed the concept of acceptable amounts of pollution and used “naturally occurring” as a smoke screen to misrepresent the real dangers of their actions. One agricultural college professor I spoke with recently took the position that the sickness and death of rural families is a small and necessary price to ensure that industrial farming has ability to feed the hungry around the world. His ivory tower must have a dungeon.
The phrase “8,000 square miles” refers to the size of the “Dead Zone” of hypoxic waters in the Gulf of Mexico that is created by nutrient pollution. You are one of up to 3 players attempting to pollute a specific square mileage while dealing with regulatory hazards you encounter along the way. There are 106 cards, including hazards, a variety of Dead Zone areas, remedies, and four immunity cards. To curb runoff and reduce nutrient pollution flowing into the Mississippi River, Iowa introduced a voluntary Nutrient Reduction Strategy for agriculture. In 2018, after 5 years of this program, nutrient runoff had actually increased. Agriculture produces 90% of Iowa’s nitrogen runoff. Other states are introducing similar voluntary programs. The book includes complete instructions, and copy-able scoring pads and cards [including a card back design.]
Every fish kill has a story, but you never hear the fish’s side of it — now, as they break the plane, and move on to another plane of existence, you are there! I still don’t know why I made this page, but I still like it.
Turning Big Ag’s omnipresent public image upside down reveals a reality you won’t read about in any newspaper.
Closely modeled on agricultural guidelines for cheaply disposing of animal carcasses, this instructional handout gives a nod to both corporate farming attitudes, and the unreported deaths of those who work on them.
This page is from a spread describing the fun activities that can be brought to your town when you host an industrial farming festival. There’s no better way to educate your kids about everyday life in today’s Ag Ghetto.
The Farm-cheesi pages in the book include the game rules, maggot tokens, and a board in four parts that can be copied and assembled as shown. The object is to move your maggots on a life journey from the carcass to become an egg-laying adult. If using real maggots for tokens, they should be frozen and then colored with markers or dipped in food coloring to represent the different players. The use of live maggots is not recommended as they may move to another space illegally. WARNING: Microwaving maggots can cause them to explode.
Many nursery rhymes are known for containing a darker message below the surface — with these industrial farming rhymes, the poison has spilled into plain view. Which way would you choose to handle it?
More difficult than the “Easy Maze” puzzles, this bureaucratic maze mirrors the real life frustration of activists who struggle just to reach the “hearing” stage — knowing that behind closed doors the decision is all power and politics. It’s as frustrating as an old Dos game that locks up every time you hit the Boss level.
This booklist gave me a chance to use some of the ideas that were outlined, but never fully developed. I enjoyed creating the “Spillboard’s Top 100” song titles the most, especially “Don’t Step on My Blue Baby’s Shoes” — I can almost hear the lyrics.
Writing this page of book/author jokes brought back memories of high-humor in grade school. Humor has the ability to leap the wall of obfuscations and directly address the issue. It was very much a juggling act to keep the pieces in the air until a book title and author’s name finally came together.
This poster is entirely truthful. For those of us who live in an "Ag Ghetto," there is no one to turn to for the protection of our families — and no government agency that is willing to speak out in our behalf.
I don't know whether it's better to touch what you can't see and guess, or touch what you can see and guess, but in this case it's best not to touch it at all. One in a series of Factory Farm Party games for kids.
I counted them several times to make sure they're correct. [I hope so. I was always having my papers marked with "careless" when I was in school, but now I tell people it's a learning disability.] The solution is in the back of the book.
I always liked activity books as a kid. They were an inch thick and made of a slightly yellowish newsprint that you only see in some big art pads today. A large part of the fun was the variety of ways they provided to entertain yourself and your friends. That's something I have tried to bring to this book — there are even a number of games for your child's next Factory Farm Party!
OK, I know it's sick, but I had to put it in. [A lot of others didn't make it past the chuckle.]
I thought the third one would be the hardest, but I've been told it's the easiest. Try them with a dry mouth.
A young child should have no difficulty with this maze, but there are solutions for all the puzzles and mazes in the back of the book. This could also be used as an additional coloring page.
The industrial farming "maze" from a societal viewpoint.
Both the World Health Organization and the CDC have grave concerns about industrial farming's misuse of antibiotics and the creation of antimicrobial resistant pathogens . . . why aren't we?
View industrial farming from the inside of a corn maze, and all you see is the corn. But view it from a different perspective . . .
Is the urban dairy a satirical poke at the "dump it in the country" agenda, or a practical proposal? Even as I was writing it, I couldn't decide.
My cousins and I could never get enough television Creature Features and Saturday matinee monster movies. I had fun using the same "science and hubris" vernacular to create these snapshots of the monsters we are unleashing through our reliance on industrial farming methods.
Working Title: You Know You Live near a Factory Farm When Your Kids Go Fishing with a Pool Skimmer
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This book has already been published (see below.) Due to the pictorial nature of this book, these Book Bubbles cannot be extracted from the epub file format needed to upload an existing book.
Concerns about conflict of interest and ethics have no place in the agricultural decision making process. Whenever issues of agricultural pollution go public, or large manure spills hit the headlines, the Soil and Water Conservation Committee becomes omnipresent, appearing at every conference and quoted in every article — but what is this committee? The name causes people to think that their commitment is to the protection of our natural resources, but this is not the case — their commitment is to the protection of agriculture’s image, and its interests. By New York State law, three out of the Committee’s five voting members have to be farm: One from the Farm Bureau, one from the Grange, and one Representative-At-Large for Farm Interests. And as an influential component of every task force responsible for cleaning up our lakes and waterways, they make sure that no goals are set, and no regulatory steps are taken that restrict the profitability of industrial farming in New York. You can’t judge a committee by its cover story.
They just don’t want to hear it. Voice mailboxes make it easy for government employees to avoid taking action on agricultural complaints — just “leave a message,” and wait for a callback . . . Or you could try another employee and leave a message, and wait for a callback . . . Then, if you decide call the clerk’s office, they put you through to a voice mailbox where you “leave a message,” and wait for a callback . . . [Do they really expect us to know our party’s extension?] Finally, when you get a callback, they say can’t do anything to help and pass you on to another department . . . with a voice mailbox . . . where you can “leave a message. . .”
Don’t do this at home! That being said, factory farm pollution seems to permeate everything in the neighborhood. The prevailing winds sweep up the valley past the fifteen years old CAFO next door, with it big metal cow sheds and multi-million gallon open cesspit, directly at my house. Anybody who says that liquid manure is just cow manure in a liquid form is lying. Not only is it filled with the hormones, antibiotics and antibiotic resistant bacteria that are a byproduct of factory farm methods, it’s fermented in giant open air pits for months, resulting in a number of deadly toxic gasses. These gasses have caused so many deaths, that farm workers are urged to wear gas masks when working around these pits. While the deadly gasses these pits generate, like Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S), can travel for miles without dissipating by an effect known a pluming, no admission of this, or long terms studies on the health of rural neighbors have ever been made.
Goodbye to red barns and cows in the pasture, when you live around an industrial farming dairy operation you see . . . an aberration. While any natural meadow would be filled with animals, birds, butterflies and insects, thousands of acres of factory farm fields seem empty of all life except genetically modified crops, herbicide modified weeds, antibiotic modified pathogens, and of course, blowflies. Rural America has moved from the natural world of farming to the unnatural world of industrial farming, and it’s fitting that all that’s left to survive and thrive is this age-old symbol of death and decay.
In New York State, as in many others, state and local government doesn’t attack the source of agricultural pollution, they attack the source of the complaint. If residents on and around the lakes are outraged at the situation, authorities gather “feedback,” and then exclude them from any further participation. If the people demand immediate action, authorities hold public meetings and seminars to explain how more data and studies [that will take years to perform and evaluate] are needed to get to the bottom of this complex situation. If residents complain that agricultural pollution is destroying their lake, authorities talk about how this kind of pollution is “natural occurring,” while carefully avoiding how much is unnaturally occurring. If the public has a clear perception of the role agricultural nutrient pollution in a lake’s impairment, authorities confuse the issue by substituting other culprits. New York bureaucrats are currently promoting zebra mussels in this way as a distraction. Mark Twain popularized the saying “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damn lies, and statistics.” — This is an excellent description of our government’s agricultural pollution cover up.
Q: Where do flies go in the winter? A: To your house [if you live near a factory farm.] While the illustration is evocative of summer months, blow flies have become a year-round pestilence in rural America. In northern states, even in the winter, when the wind is in the right direction, factory farms open their shed doors and exhaust an extra big helping of flies. When the snow flies, there are still blow flies for factory farm neighbors.
While the action pictured here is part of a growing reality in our rural communities, real estate disclosure forms refuse to inform prospective buyers of these agricultural methods, and the health risks and abrogated rights of property owners in an Agricultural District. When I wrote a letter urging authorities to “update the New York State Agricultural District Disclosure Form and Notice to ensure that prospective buyers understand the financial and health risks of living in an Agricultural District so that they are in a position to make an informed decision” none of those county and state representatives and health officials, even acknowledged receipt.
Even though they admit that agriculture is responsible for more than four times the nutrient pollution in Cayuga Lake as all other sources combined, New York State regulators claim they don’t know what is causing the Lake’s impairment and algal blooms. When they’re not stonewalling agricultural pollution questions, local, county, and state agencies are making public statements fully as ridiculous as the one on this page.
Nothing highlights the destructive nature of industrial farming better than the effect it has had on our water. As the wells that are the only sources of water for the rural community are polluted through factory farm seepage and run off, politicians and bureaucrats claim that they can’t be tested because it would be a “violation” of the resident’s rights. It’s enough to make a cat laugh. The only two rights left to the rural community are the right to be poor, and the right to be a victim.
I created this image to commemorate the time I was sprayed with Roundup while I was mowing my lawn. Later that night I stood in the middle of the bathroom completely out of it, vomiting all over myself, the floor and the toilet. Even though the wind was gusting to 23 mph and the application took place in a sensitive area with rural families living nearby on three sides, the NYSDEC refused to issue more than a warning. Why? Because they didn’t want to.
Scary for Halloween: How old sitcom theme songs come back to haunt you. While the music is still playing in your head, imagine an industrial farming version of this classic TV show — Your mind will be overflowing with plot ideas like a hog lagoon in a hurricane.
Industrial farmers are ever-vigilant in their efforts to keep a wholesome image. In the unreported media gulf between urban newspapers and “Ag ghetto” trailers, theirs is the only voice. And they never stop trash-talking the rural community. In an age that pretends to enlightened social justice, the “hillbilly,” “trailer trash,” “good-ole-boy” is a target that is fair game to all . . . because they’re “racist” and “ignorant” and “backwards” and “uneducated” and you really don’t know anything about them. They’re people who live independently with almost no money, and no representation at all. You won’t see them golfing at your country club, but you might meet a rich factory farm owner — telling “redneck” jokes.
You know you live near a factory farm, when manure comes out of the tap Whenever I read articles and handouts concerning industrial farming “accidents” [like the dozens of giant above-ground hog lagoons overflowing after Hurricane Florence] I check them against my 4-step agricultural cover up list: 1. Discredit the witnesses/complainants 2. Discredit the facts 3. Discredit the situation 4. Hide behind laws and regulations It’s particularly useful to look at comments from agricultural colleges and universities. These colleges frequently brag about their close industry ties, or “partnerships,” and receive much, if not most of their funding from industry sources. Land grant agricultural colleges are directly under the authority of the USDA, which in turn is under the political control of agricultural interests. Dismissive and obstructive statements are also issued by government departments — where playing ball is frequently the key to promotion and career longevity.
Factory farms create a toxic environment that can dramatically raise the incidence of cancer in the nearby community. Airborne drifts of Roundup and other pesticides are common. The farming lobby claims it’s the rural “lifestyle” that is the cause. Is living near a factory farm a lifestyle?
Spreading and spraying liquid manure onto a snow-covered field just before a predicted rain or a thaw is a favorite way for industrial farmers to get rid of it. Run off from the frozen slopes quickly gathers at the lowest point — a stream or a pond, or a neighbor’s yard. If caught, they’ll only get a warning, so this has become a common practice around factory farms.
Learn about the plight of industrial farming with this satirical social justice activity book with games, mazes, sing-a-longs, poems, coloring pages, stories, and more — all to do with industrial farming from a rural point of view. You’ll laugh through each page and ponder the underlying causes of our country’s dangerous factory farming habits. If you enjoyed documentaries like Super Size Me, What the Health? and Cowspiracy, then you’ll find Family Farm Fun an entertaining and enlightening add-on to the growing facts surrounding our food and the environment.
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