As my older brother lay dying of terminal cancer/COPD; he told his daughters: “I will not go gentle into that good night – I will fight,” and proceeded to live that statement day after day when doctors predicted he would be dead. If there can only be one end; then it matters all the more how you face it – so I’m returning to the battlefield of human worth with a renewed commitment. And . . . Oh, yes; I’ve been pulling my punches with the previous books – it’s time to go toe-to-toe with our evil times. This book is an in-your-face challenge to those people who refuse to show their face: And if they won’t come into the light – I’ll bring the light to them.
If someone were to ask you to do something; if there were even the smallest chance of it injuring your child – you would say; “No, I won’t gamble with the life of my child.” But when technologies inherently risk all life on earth – you are willing to take that small chance; for a small benefit.
If words like “Extinction,” and “Apocalypse” are written too big for anything but videogames and movies: you need to step back a bit.
We now have the power to do incalculable things — and we have authorities who are eager to use that power.
Government isn’t impersonal; it’s personal. It’s a matter of life and death. . . January 15, 2022.
Tompkins County government is unresponsive to the petitions of its residents – but sometimes they open the door a crack to shine you on.
Here are a few apocryphal, but possible, bits of bureaucratic advice:
Cure cancer and become a famous benefactor; and use your influence to obtain an appointment with an official.
Start a national committee on your issue and get it all over the news – so local officials know you’re serious.
Get elected to County government – and change its policies from a minority seat.
Make a moving appeal in your voicemails – they could decide to call you back.
Be persistent – try again: maybe the 28th time is lucky.
The vast majority of Tompkins County residents believe that their government is corrupt; and that they have no meaningful participation.
“Residents don’t decide . . . Petitions hold no merit.” — Anonymous County Superintendent
Try, try, again.