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

Ted:   Why bother doing that? If we look outwards, suffering is inevitable.

Tim:   Don't be so damn cosmetic or concerned 'bout looks. The truth is that
       life is a battle, and battles are seldom pretty. Wake up, stand up for your beliefs,
       & acknowledge that yourr opponent is likely doing the same. . . 

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

In our age of global cover ups
and publicly financed lies
foul deeds are given fair names
but fragments of truth
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.