Magnetic reconnection occurs when magnetic fields connect, disconnect and reconfigure explosively, releasing bursts of energy that can reach the order of billions of megatons of trinitrotoluene (commonly known as TNT). These explosions can send particles surging through space near the speed of light.Well, I'm fucking glad to receive the brand new and exciting information that trinitrotoluene is commonly known as TNT. EVERYBODY ALREADY KNOWS THIS, and everybody who might read a science article has a general sense of megatons in the context of nuclear bombs. It's as old and familiar as grams or kilometers. YOU DON'T FUCKING NEED TO TELL US THIS. But what I DIDN'T know, and STILL DON'T KNOW after reading this crap, is whether your magnetic reconnections are a known and real phenomenon or a schizy delusion. If they're as big as you say, it seems like we should have experienced them, and you should be able to point to some event in Earth's long history that was probably caused by these things.
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.