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.
“What is the definition of the ‘Greater Good’? You rob one person and split with a friend? You kill one person and split with a friend? Your act needs to benefit at least three people?” • Once you move something from an area of prohibited acts; into an area of justifiable acts – you need to establish why and how they are justifiable – and that’s where the fancy dancing begins. While the policies are starkly outlined – their justifications are a blurry smokescreen of evasions and equivocations – with a shifting ground of “case-by-case” value judgements thrown in. • It’s a ‘greater good’ that for all oversight purposes; does not exist – it’s carried out in secret, the names of the perpetrators are secret, the names of the victims are secret, and access to the statistical social context is withheld. It’s an act of ‘good’ that is verified by self-interest and ratified in self-promotion. • Our social policies are a fairy tale with the weight of a ration book — a shipwrecked survivor on an unknown island in a state of complete denial.