Sleight of Hand, or, How Everything played on television is bought and paid for at some point by somebody and so none of it can be neutral really because by gum if your story is encouraging folks to negatively interact with my multinational corporation then I don’t really want it run on any of the seventy-four networks that I own now do I?

There are stories
every so often
of men of some repute perpetrating
activities of some high measure
with a bit of money spent here
and pomp applied here
and circumstance ignored
or embraced or talked up or
so on or so forth so that
the meek and bewildered
keep their eyes wide
at all that money
and all that pomp
and fail to fathom that
circumstances here are
just not the same in China,
the oil in their rivers, though,
will reach our seas eventually

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