COGNIZANT Post Pt 2: Walking From Condo Land To Homeless Camps

by Travis Mateer

Today’s FIRST post about being “Cognizant” indicated a second post would be necessary to encompass the scope of yesterday’s walkabout, so HERE IT IS!

Also, I waited until AFTER giving public comment at the Public Art Committee to post this because I wanted to include my perspective on this committee, and here’s my perspective: BORING! I mean, 15 minutes nearly killed me, especially the part about the forms being used for the meeting minutes and how the forms still have former Mayor Engen’s name on them, who is dead. Don’t worry, some is on this, and it will be fixed, eventually.

My comment was about money and narrative control and how I opposed the money coming from Cognizant and Bloomberg Philanthropies. I tried leaving this meeting after my brief comment, but the woman running the meeting stopped me to let me know it’s the STAFF of Cognizant, not the company itself, providing the money, to which I asked the following question: who pays the staff?

This all might be entertaining if the societal collapse we are seeing wasn’t so dire. But hey, it’s springtime in Montana now, and the sun is nice, and who am I to complain?

Tomorrow’s post will answer that question, especially as it pertains to a hero narrative forming in Mineral County. So stay tuned, and enjoy the sunshine because I know I won’t be!

About Travis Mateer

I'm an artist and citizen journalist living and writing in Montana. You can contact me here: willskink at yahoo dot com
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