“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!”
10 billion tons of water — you’re under the lake,
How much undercutting can the rock supports take? • That trickle of water
is nobody’s trick,
So drop your tools now, and get out of there quick! ••
This maze is simple enough for a very young child to solve. It can also be colored, and figures and fish added for fun. •
What is the real risk? — the mining company is funded by a high risk hedge fund and won’t show their geologist’s reports, while Cornithaca County and the state split 99% of the mining lease and tax income.
The rural town where all the mine shafts are located, and that gets all the salt truck traffic receives chump change, and is bypassed on all decision making.