The city of Coeur d’Alene is going to try a low-cost way to make walkers more visible. The idea: having them carry brightly colored flags. ... Officials say it’s a model that has reduced crashes in other cities. The way it works is people will have the option to pick up a flag and carry it across the street. Then they can dump it back in a canister that will be attached to a street sign.First, teenage dickheads will steal all the flags. Second, the walkers who are most vulnerable (young kids or semi-senile oldsters like me) won't remember to pick up the flags. Third, SUV drivers are not unaware, they're murderous. A silly-looking flag-waving pedestrian is just begging to get flattened. "Here I am! Come and get it! Can't miss!" Much better idea: Arm pedestrians with AK-47s and give them absolute unpunishable authority to kill any driver who threatens them. After a few thousand SUV drivers die, the survivors might dimly perceive that whomping a walker is no fun.
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.