The Philippine government says it has reached a preliminary peace deal with the nation's largest Muslim rebel group in the country's south, intended to end a decades-long separatist insurgency that has killed more than 120,000 people. President Benigno Aquino said in a nationally-televised announcement Sunday that the deal with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front – or MILF – creates a new Muslim semi-autonomous region called “Bangsamoro” to replace an existing one he called a “failed experiment.”Aside from the wonderful pun material (Wanna bang more MILFs? Travel to Bangsamoro!) this could set an important precedent. Increased sovereignty for distinct cultures is the solution to many problems. Mushing everyone together is one of Stalin's favorite subjugation gambits. = = = = = Stalin's favorite mush recipe, translated into Western versions by Comrade Saul Alinsky, Comrade Betty Friedan, Comrade M L King, Comrade Earl Warren, et al: 1. Define one group as Victim and another group as Oppressor. 2. Tenderize both groups first with years of propaganda enforcing these definitions. 3. Find a situation where the Victims will be guaranteed to fail, and mix them in with the Oppressors. Stir enthusiastically. Season with frequent reminders that everyone is equal, therefore the failure is caused by the evil Oppressors, not the inadequate Victims. 4. Seal the pan and cook with laws forbidding expression of the truth. 5. Stand back while the mixture rises, bubbles and explodes. 6. Rescue the Victims with perpetual governmental privileges. This will give you a private army, ready to riot on your command. It will also enrage the Oppressors, but because the Oppressors were chosen for their law-abiding tendencies they will not revolt en masse. Instead, their rage will give you an obvious reason to "protect" the Victims even more. = = = = = This Philippine agreement is the first OFFICIAL attempt to unplug the blender since the breakup of Yugoslavia. Gives hope to other hopelessly mushed countries.
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.