Sadness and anger were just some of the reactions from parents at the forum, and for most of the night, parents really wanted to address bullying. The forum came less than a week after a 13-year old committed suicide because her friends and family said she was bullied. "I guarantee you, I have resources I will bring down on the school if this does not stop!," one parent said emphatically. School workers said the meeting is to talk about the problem of teen suicide and to help grieving students at Garry. Psychologists were on hand to answer any questions from worried parents. When it came to discussing the issues facing their kids, Spokane's parents did not hold back. "You wanna prevent suicide, prevent bullying!" another parent said, drawing a large applause from other parents. "These kids are gonna kill themselves!"ON THE DOT. Let's go one more. You wanna prevent both suicide and bullying? 1. CRASH DOWN the all-destroying universe-murdering leftist lie that ALL HUMANS ARE IDENTICAL. Replace it with hard cold reality. Bullies and victims are NOT the same people. Teachers can tell the difference. Most importantly, YOU CAN'T BE ANYTHING YOU WANT. You can't choose to be male or female, you can't choose to be black or white, you can't choose to be smart or dumb, introvert or extrovert. You have a firm destiny, which should be obvious by now. If you are not popular, NOTHING YOU CAN DO will make you popular. Don't waste time and soul trying to get there. IT WON'T HAPPEN. You need to find your niche and sustain your soul in other ways. When you feel productive and useful, you're much less likely to be influenced and controlled by bullies. 2. SELF-DEFENSE. Quietly train the victims to use a few effective techniques, and encourage them to gang up on the bullies. Stopping a bully doesn't require a full beating or a shooting. It does require a SURPRISE. Self-defense is the hard part, not because the victims can't be trained, but because the fucking lead-brained school admins can't be trained. The official court system, at least in places like Spokane, has figured out the importance of self-defense after a costly defeat. The courts will respond rationally. School admins are incapable of rationality. Stopping them DOES require a full beating. Gangs of parents could do wonders. Kuhnian learning.
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.