Saturday, August 16, 2014
  Plus ca change.... sometimes.



A 1962 version of Polistra, listening to the NBC program Monitor from New Year's Day '62.

What is she hearing? Pretty much the same events as today, but told from an exactly opposite official position. Nice evidence of the 1989 Switchover, the transfer of Sovietism from Russia to America.

1962:

We are able to bring you a prediction by a famous Italian scientist. He predicts that a new glacial age may come about in 10000 years, and among the cities that may be buried under 1000 feet of ice are London, Moscow and Chicago. And here you are, worried about the snow in your driveway. (Note the newsman's healthy dismissive tone toward the "scientist".)

2014:

Antarctica May Lift Sea Level Faster in Threat to Megacities

1962:

Commerce Secretary Luther Hodges says that the national economy improved by 3% last year, and hopes to see a 4% increase in 1962. Hodges foresees no tax cuts, and urges caution on increases in wages and prices. The President's leading tax proposal for next year is a tax credit to increase industry spending on new plants and equipment. (New plants and equipment in the US? What a strange and incomprehensible concept!)

2014:

"Not just Argentina: 11 countries near bankruptcy"

1962:

DNC chairman John Daley predicts the '62 congressional elections will be a test of political strength between Democrats and what he calls "right wing extremists" of the Republican party. He accuses the Republicans of forming a new political axis with what he calls the "reckless radicals of the far right".

2014:

DNC chairman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz says "Speaker Boehner is gravely mistaken if he thinks this will placate the swell of impeachment talk in his ranks. The far right of the Republican Party has not been swayed by rejection at the ballot box, scared by their fool's errand in shutting down the government, or chastened by jeopardizing the full faith and credit of the nation."

1962:

In the middle east, an attempt by Arab rightists, supported by Army backers, to seize power in Lebanon, was put down today in Beirut.

Reports reaching Baghdad say Kurdish tribesmen in northern Iraq have renewed their rebellion against Iraq's president Hassan. Hassan called the uprising suspicious in view of the tense situation over his claims to the oil-rich sheikdom of Kuwait.


2014:

Same problems but now we're on a different side, at least temporarily.

"E.U. Foreign Ministers Back Military Support for Kurds in Northern Iraq."

1962:

Britain has been hard hit by blizzards which covered the island in deep snow and paralyzed all transport. Drifts up to six feet blocked roads, airports were shut down, and trains ran late or not at all. A cold winter continues to plague much of this country east of the Rockies. A new flow of Canadian air fed new snowfalls in the Great lakes area.

2014:

No direct equivalent. In 1962 weather was non-political. It was simply weather, not a sign of the coming Ice Age that the idiot "scientists" believed then. Now every single weather event is a sign of the coming Flood Age that today's idiot "scientists" believe in.

1962:

College students joined by a few adults picketed the White House today to open a 24 hour vigil and fast in support of disarmament and against nuclear tests. Participants are from the Student Peace Union and Peace Action Center.

2014:

Students are no longer protesting against Federal policies, even though the government is still making aggressive war against innocent countries all over the world. Why? Because the current President counts as one of their own for some unspeakably stupid reason. Instead, the students are mindlessly obeying Al Sharpton:

"Protesters outside chanted slogans – No Justice, No Peace and We Want Answers – and some carried signs that read Stop Police Terrorism and Disarm The Police."

Disarm the police. In other words, allow Vibrant criminals to rule the cities.

Idiots. You think you're rebels, but you're running in precise unison with the government:

"U.S. Justice Department spokeswoman Dena Iverson said Sunday that Attorney General Eric Holder had instructed attorneys in the department’s civil rights division to monitor developments."

1962:

War in the Congo is heating up. UN forces are attempting to bring peace, but so far with little success.

2014:

Congo’s wars over the last two decades have cost over five million lives.

Well, it's nice to know that the UN finally succeeded in its real mission. Raw bloody chaos everywhere.

1962:

East German Communist leader Walter Ulbricht calls closing the Berlin border a "great victory in the fight for peace."

2014:

"The World Health Organization announced Monday that it is urging countries affected by Ebola to conduct exit screening at international airports, seaports and land crossings."

Or,

"Mexican Children Nabbed Crossing Border Try Again and Again"

Or,

"Ukraine refugee convoy hit by rockets, says military"

Biggest item of all. I was just as happy as everyone else when the Berlin wall went down in '89. I was WRONG. We were all wrong. Ulbricht was RIGHT. If you want PEACE AND HEALTH, you need BORDERS. Strong borders. Walls with machine guns in some places. This is Nature's way. Every cell and organ and organism and hive and city has strong well-defended borders, allowing only desirable things to enter and allowing only waste to exit. Without borders you get chaos, poverty and Ebola.

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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.

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