JK Rowling has been subjected to obscene online abuse after becoming the pro-UK campaign's biggest donor by giving £1 million. The Harry Potter author was variously labelled a "specky bitch", a "Union cow bag" and a "disgrace" in social media posts from fervent nationalists. One Edinburgh-based charity is being investigated by regulators after calling Rowling a "bitch" in a message sent from its official Twitter account.Attempting to buy an election is WONDERFUL! HOLY! ANGELIC! if you are of the Noble Classes. Complaining about an attempt to buy an election is HORRIBLE! EVIL! VOLDEMORT! if you are an Untouchable. Everything is okay if you are Noble. Nothing is okay if you are Untouchable. If you are Noble, you can steal, cheat and kill without limit and without punishment. If you are Untouchable, every breath is provisional and probational. This is called Die-Versity, boys and girls. Oops, I can't say that. I must say "This is called Die-Versity, Agenders and Androgynes and Androgynouses and Bigenders and Cises and Cisgenders and Cis Females and Cis Males and Cis Mans and Cis Womans and Cisgender Females and Cisgender Males and Cisgender Mans and Cisgender Womans and Female-to-Males and FTMs and Gender Fluids and Gender Nonconformings and Gender Questionings and Gender Variants and Genderqueers and Intersexs and Male to Females and MTFs and Neithers and Neutrois and Non-binarys and Others and Pangenders and Transes and Trans*es and Trans Females and Trans* Females and Trans Males and Trans* Males and Trans Mans and Trans* Mans and Trans Persons and Trans* Persons and Trans Womans and Trans* Womans and Transfeminines and Transgenders and Transgender Females and Transgender Males and Transgender Mans and Transgender Persons and Transgender Womans and Transmasculines and Transsexuals and Transsexual Females and Transsexual Males and Transsexual Mans and Transsexual Persons and Transsexual Womans and Two-Spirits." Oops, I can't say that. I've covered the Gender axis, but I haven't covered the newest form of Die-Versity, which is the Liveliness axis. I must also say "This is called Die-Versity, Formerly Living Persons and Insufficiently Vivified Individuals and Adherents of the Oxygen-Free Lifestyle and Persons of Rigor."
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.