Illustration Friday: Sprout
There are some awesomely cool ruins, just out of camera shot...
A year ago, I played a game where I tried to answer everyone's questions (here & here.) I'd love to play that again, with a slight variation. I'd like everyone to give me a question, or a blogging topic you'd like to see me rant about.
I'll start it off:
Last week, with just a few days warning, 165 public school bus routes (not children- 165 ENTIRE ROUTES) were slashed in New York City. Imagine that. Children as young as five were given Metro Cards and their parents were told they had to take public transportation. Mayor Mike Bloomberg has admitted that the change was handled very badly and shouldn't have been done in the middle of winter- but tough doodies, we're stuck with it. The city needs to slash $5 million from the school budget, and this is where they've decided to do it. Other children were re-routed, making some wait as early as 5:45 am for a bus. Some are told to change buses in mid route, crossing six-lane avenues in the process.
Now, in reality, the government doesn't expect five-year-olds to take public transportation, nor do they expect them to spend the entire morning & afternoon on the bus. They're just telling the parents- without coming out and telling them- that transportation to and from school is suddenly their responsibility. What if they work? How the hell are they expected to get their kids too and from school? This change doesn't affect Joe, but what if it did? What if next year they decide to pull the same routine? I don't understand how the mayor & the governor let this happen, and how they have basically said that the victims of their penny pinching are simply screwed. What the hell do we pay the highest taxes in the country for? Obviously, our politicians simply do not care- not about the students or their families. I understand that Sen. Hillary Clinton is too busy campaigning for president to care about her constituents, but what's Sen. Chuck Schumer's excuse? Where are the lawyers, itching for a class-action suit?
If there is one thing that disgusts me about this country, it's how education seems to be the lowest of our priorities. A passage from Robert Anton Wilson & Robert Shea's Illuminatus Trilogy come to mind:
"What would you think of a man who not only kept an arsenal in his home, but was collecting at enormous financial sacrifice a second arsenal to protect the first one? What would you say if this man so frightened his neighbors that they in turn were collecting weapons to protect themselves from him? What if this man spent ten times as much money on his expensive weapons as he did on the education of his children? What if one of his children criticized his hobby and he called that child a traitor and a bum and disowned it? And he took another child who had obeyed him faithfully and armed that child and sent it out into the world to attack neighbors? What would you say about a man who introduces poisons into the water he drinks and the air he breathes? What if this man not only is feuding with the people on his block but involves himself in the quarrels of others in distant parts of the city and even in the suburbs? Such a man would clearly be a paranoid schizophrenic, Mr. Flanagan, with homicidal tendencies. This is the man who should be on trial, though under our modern, enlightened system of jurisprudence we would attempt to cure and rehabilitate him rather than merely punish.
"Speaking as a judge," he continued, "I dismiss this case on several grounds. The State is clinically insane as a corporate entity and is absolutely unfit to arrest, try and incarcerate those who disagree with its policies."
Chew on that little nugget for a while.