This book has grown; not as a sequel; but from the same roots. It embodies my decision to be more confrontational – and my beliefs of human worth, and worth of creativity and independent thought.
In some ways; this book gives graphical life to the documentary evidence set down in “Tompkins County and Tammany Hall”; but it also is more open to solution and love than a recounting of the past, even an impassioned one, can be.
To those who say; “How dare you claim that we are doing evil” – I reply: “How dare you do what you are doing; and claim otherwise.”
“All Roads Lead to Cornithaca”: another Satirical – Teaching – Thinking – Investigative – Activity – Game – Puzzle – Poem – Essay – Troublesome – Inspiring – Non-Conforming – Ranting – Embarrassing – Inexcusable – book.
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.
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.”