“Cornithaca County” is a fictitious name for a real future. The first part of this book will contain stories, games, jokes, and activities that dissect the actions and intent of elitist policy making in the county. The second part will document actual incidents and issues that raise questions about the conduct of those who have been entrusted with the welfare of the public at large. At the end of the book, I will present a powerful circumstantial case — and a chilling denouement.
My bio should to start here:
“Early Sunday morning, June 4, 2017, I was sicker than I had ever been before. Too sick to even bend over, as I vomited all over the toilet, myself, and the bathroom floor — and I didn’t even care.”
This was the aftermath of being engulfed in a cloud of Roundup from a giant agricultural sprayer while I was mowing my lawn the previous afternoon.
The incident motivated me to write “You Know You Live near a Factory Farm When Your Kids Go Fishing with a Pool Skimmer” — a picture book with large print and cautionary captions. “Family Farm Fun” is the second book in the Factory Farm series.
At this same time I grew increasingly aware of the treatment that the rural community in the town was receiving, and began my blog on elitist policy making: Rural Tompkins County — The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Credentials.
As for right now, what should I do next?
I think I’ll go to my favorite pub. Maybe there’s someone there who hasn’t heard my story.
My brother says, “Good luck with that!”
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.