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.
“Tompkins County and Tammany Hall” is planned to be an all text book; so any pictures will have to appear in this book. • What you notice is the misrepresentation – but what you don’t see; is what’s behind it. And while you can see a number of trucks – it’s only a tiny fraction of the truck traffic roaring through our hamlet. One day I counted; ninety dump trucks from just one of the hauling companies pictured – it was a January day in Upstate New York. In the summer it can get much worse. • When we asked for a standard 4-Ton weight limit for thru-cutting trucks; the County Highway Department posted a 20-Ton limit – 5 times the posted weight of every other road. • And, yes – I did bring the Highway Director’s behavior to the attention of Tompkins County’s ethical oversight authorities: Their response was to completely ignore his actions. • As Tompkins County Legislators like to say; “the colleges define the community” — and it’s the County’s ethical conduct that defines the colleges. • “In rural New York no one can hear you scream.”
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