Ministers unveiled plans on September 6 to double the size of home extensions that can be built without planning permission, to 6m (19ft) beyond the back wall of a semi-detached house, or 8m (26ft) in the case of a detached house. The relaxation in the rules, for a fixed three year period, is designed to stimulate construction activity. But delegates lined up to criticise the plans....This level of microcontrol by the national level has been present for a long time in Britain; it's not just a modern envirowacko thing. Our envirowackos would love to impose such precisely measured tyranny on everyone at once, but they can't. ** Typo, but turns out to be a real and beautifully appropriate word, so I'll leave it there.
Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.