A draft U.S. Department of Interior rule says roughly 5,000 wolves in the Northern Rockies and Great Lakes are enough to prevent the species' extinction. It says having gray wolves elsewhere - such as the West Coast, parts of New England and the Southern Rockies - is unnecessary for their survival. The rule would give control of wolves to state wildlife agencies, which wildlife advocates warn could effectively halt the species' expansion.I don't know if this marks a broader change of attitude, but at least in this one case Interior has returned to the actual meaning of 'species'. Until now, the ESA defined any little population in any little location as a 'species', even when the same animal was wildly abundant elsewhere. Until now, the feds were explicitly committed to wiping out humanity. This marks their first hesitant reversal from total genocide.
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.