April is the cruelest month. April is the foolest month. Oso Strong! Oso Strong! Oso Stupid! Let's build our houses at the base of a cliff, even after the cliff has already collapsed several times. Even after competent Geologists have warned us that it's going to collapse again. We're STRONG! We're STUPID! And now that the cliff has collapsed again, just as the Competent Geologists said it would, and splattered us all into meaningless goo, Let's build our houses EVEN CLOSER to the base of a cliff! Let's put them RIGHT AT THE BOTTOM! No, let's undercut the cliff by a few hundred feet or so, then prop it up with some recycled GREEN rotten 2 x 4s, then put the houses UNDER the propped-up part._______////// By gosh and golly, oops I mean By Goddess And Gaia, That'll show old Nature who's boss! We dare you and double-dare you to send that cliff tumbling down on us NOW! Oso Strong! Oso Stupid! Oh so stupid!This was A poem. Written By me.
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.