“We’re in for a long stretch of lethargy and apathy in domestic policy,” said Andrey Kolesnikov, a senior associate at the Carnegie Moscow Center. “Putin likes to move armies and borders, but he’s not interested in the economy. He’s the only one who can make a decision, so no decision will be made.”Hmm. "The Economy." What does "The Economy" mean?
This year, Putin will probably use his keynote speech to deliver a politically neutral message to avoid further flaming tensions with the U.S. and its allies, the people said. He’ll also seek to reassure his compatriots that the worst of the fallout from sanctions and lower oil prices are over and that Russia has emerged stronger than before, they said. That kind of patriotic talk isn’t what business owners such as billionaire Roman Avdeev say they want to hear.Ah, now I see. "The Economy" is "what treasonous billionaires want to hear." Wouldn't it be nice if US/UK/EU had leaders who weren't interested in "The Economy"? Not gonna happen, but I can always daydream.
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.