The damage stems from a decision two years ago by the state -- which had taken over the city's budget amid a financial emergency -- to save money by switching Flint's water supply from Lake Huron to the Flint River. It was billed as a temporary cost-saving measure until a new supply line to Lake Huron was ready. It turned out the river water was highly corrosive -- 19 times more corrosive than the water in Lake Huron ... the water was eroding the iron water mains, turning water brown. The corrosive water also sent lead into the water supply, because about half of the service lines to homes in Flint are made of lead.Gasoline price-shopping is possible because all gasoline has been manufactured to a single standard. That's simply not true of water. Didn't they even do a chemical analysis before making the switch? Jesus. Not exactly a new concept. 1920 Municipal Journal lists the corrosive compounds that can ruin iron pipe. Disclaimer: Polistra is not really puzzled by this choice. She agreed, for a NON-CHEAP price, to simulate puzzlement for the sake of the cartoon. And a graphic serendipity note: I didn't intend to use a half-dissolved fish in the bad water. The fish model is actually complete, but Poser 'chewed off' the front part in the render, thus making the point better than I intended.
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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.