Spokane Police are investigating an incident where a pedestrian was hit by a City of Spokane vehicle early Tuesday morning. Police said they received a report around 7:00 a.m. of a vehicle/pedestrian incident with injuries near the intersection of S. Geiger Blvd and S. Lewis st. Authorities said preliminary investigation indicates a City of Spokane Wastewater Management vehicle was pulling into the area and ran over a pile of debris, blankets, clothing, cardboard, and other items near the side of the road. Police said a female was sleeping in the pile of debris and was struck by the vehicle. The woman was transported to the hospital where she later died from her injuries. The Medical Examiner later identified her as Stephanie Meier (also known as Stephanie Bender).Can't blame the city truck. The driver was simply following common sense. From the picture it's clear that the pile of stuff didn't look like an 'encampment' that might include a transient. It just looked like a pile of stuff. But I can blame the national system that bloats the Chosen with infinite amounts of abstract wealth, while allowing Stephanie Meier to become a pile of stuff. This is the result of rule by math. Living stuff and non-living stuff are identical in the minds of the Master Race. Just stuff, not part of our simulations and equations.
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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.