It was one of those jaw-dropping, beautiful spring mornings that make the Byron Shire locals bless their cotton kaftans and bikinis - and the visitors reassess their entire city lives.
The brisk southerly breeze polished the bay into a topaz gemstone, a humpback whale cavorted and waved a dorsal fin and her calf copied and a pod of dolphins frolicked nearby.
This scene is why the Byron Shire is the poster child for the green movement. It was the first Green council to be elected in the state in 2004...
After 14 years of solid growth across all political levels, the Greens suffered a serious and humiliating backlash in last weekend's council elections. .... But even in the hippie haven of Byron Shire, disillusioned Greens voters let their dissatisfaction be heard. The Greens' mayoral candidate Simon Richardson won, but they do not hold a mandate and the pro-business groups moved in with four seats to counter the anti-development tradition of the Greens.
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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.