Cover Ups - a graphic manipulation and pseudo-poem by T Newfields
Kris:  If you look at anything closely enough, invariably some degree of shit will appear.

Ted:   Why bother doing that? If we look outwards, sufferin' seemz inevitable.

Tim:   Don't be so damn cosmetic err concerned 'bout looks. The truth is dat
       life 's a battle, & battles argh seldim purrtee. Wake up, stand fer yer beliefs,
       & recognise yer opponent is quite likely doing deh same. . . 
	
COVER UPS

Just as people use disinfectants
to mask unpleasant smells
so do politicians employ rhetoric
to mask many of their ills
 
Despite repeated cover ups
truth ekes out over time -
lies are short-term expedients
it's hard to white-wash all grime.

In our age of global cover ups
and publicly financed lies
foul deeds are given fair names
but fragments of truth
somehow survive. / surface from time to time
Terri: Do you get the idea that something is being covered up?
Ted: Absolutely. Covering up is a great American tradition. It happens all the time without us even being aware of it.
Terri: Hmm. Without transparency how can there be democracy?
Ted: Don't be naive – democracy only works if participants have approximately equal power and also adequately informed.
Those conditions rarely, if ever, exist.