Senator Charles Schumer of New York is calling on the cruise ship industry to adopt a ‘‘bill of rights’’ to guarantee passengers certain protections while aboard their ships. .... He’ll ask industry leaders to voluntarily adopt the guidelines including guarantees that ships have sanitary conditions, back-up power, and medical staff. Schumer’s plan would also include the right to a full refund if a trip is abruptly canceled due to mechanical problems. The senator is also calling on the secretary of state to negotiate with countries that host cruise ships to adopt the bill of rights.It's hard to imagine a more perfectly unnecessary law. Cruises are voluntary and expensive activities for rich shitheads, and (for once!) the media has done an excellent job of pointing out the hazards. If you're rich enough and asshole enough to buy a cruise, you also have a 59357.9-megafoot 1080XPRT-NN355-tI9b-super-ultra-turbo-plasma television, or whatever this week's biggest and best asshole entertainment might be. If you've turned on your 59357.9-megafoot 1080XPRT-NN355-tI9b-super-ultra-turbo-plasma television for even one second in the last few months, you've heard about the troubles on cruise ships. If you still decide to take a cruise after that, you deserve to die, and your death will vastly improve the human race.
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.