BBC Scotland faced a fresh barrage of criticism over its referendum coverage from protesters who gathered outside the broadcaster’s Glasgow headquarters this weekend. Over 300 protesters, made up of both pro-independence and pro-Union Better Together campaign supporters congregated outside the Pacific Quay offices for the second time this month on Sunday. Both sets of protestors pointed to the BBC’s “unhealthy bias” in its referendum coverage.Of course I didn't need to search hard for this. Every day brings new complaints, all of them perfectly valid. BBC has a 100% bias on every single issue. It always favors the fashionable views of the super-rich. In modern times this fashionable view is several light-years to the left of Marx and Mao; in earlier times the fashionable view was Nazi. In all times it's tyrannical, firmly devoted to starving and whipping the poor. American broadcasters mainly share the same bias, but the crucial difference is that American broadcasters aren't forcibly taking our money for the privilege of listening. We constantly complain, but our complaints aren't really valid. We aren't the victims of fraud. We aren't paying a tremendous license fee and getting shit in return. We're getting shit for free, which is a fair bargain. = = = = = Next morning: Beautiful example of this steadiness. My bedtime OTR playlist happened to end with an episode of NBC's "Monitor" program from 1962. As I woke up, they were featuring the integration controversy, in which nine tyrants decided that black students in Alabama needed to get an inferior education in the same places where white students were getting an inferior education, instead of getting an inferior education in places where the faculty understood their needs better. Monitor was playing a clip of Gov Wallace shouting: "The people of Alabama will not be subjected to judicial tyranny by a nine-man autarchy that has departed from every precept of law and reason and honor." His description of the autarchy was precisely correct; his defiance was extremely short-lived. Satan brought in tanks and troops. Satan won. NBC's satanspawn lasciviously licked his filthy devillips over Satan's latest victory. After I washed up and started the coffeepot, I turned on BBC (in the present, of course). BBC's satanspawn was cheerfully interviewing a dyke and "her" "wife", lasciviously licking his filthy devillips over Satan's latest victory. Satan loves centralized authority. Centralized authority loves Satan. All distinctions, all souls, all purposes, must be extinguished. All humans are identical passive grains of sand.
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.