“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!”
To the elite of Cornithaca County; the only wrongdoing is not getting what you want. Smiles, shouts, assurances and denunciations are only tools of the policy making that insures their continued profit. • In a county that is almost universally thought of as thoroughly corrupt and without any meaningful public participation, the elite launch “ethics” probes against people who oppose their plans. • • What do they do when they themselves are accused of misconduct? They refuse to do anything; they refuse to acknowledge the accusation, they refuse to investigate, they refuse to carry out their sworn duty under the law, they just refuse. They decide what they want to do, and that’s that. • • Their actions and arrogance demand something beyond “hypocritical” — that’s “Cornithaca County.”