Olympic National Park is planning to build public observation areas at the site of the former Glines Canyon Dam so the public can learn about ongoing efforts to restore the Elwha River. ... work on the observation areas would start this fall.On the egregiously rare occasions when we kill a murderer, we invite "observers" to be somewhere near the execution, but we draw the curtains at the moment of death. Nobody gets to see justice being done. Observing the execution of a country is different. We pay $300 million to kill a clean energy-producing dam so we can get more of our power from dirty coal. Then we proudly spend extra millions to insure that everyone can see the Death of a Nation in glorious Technicolor. Ethics.
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.