“Increasing scientific and public understanding of the causes of false memory is an important goal, particularly in light of some of the more negative consequences associated with the phenomenon, including faulty eyewitness accounts and the controversies surrounding false memories of traumatic childhood events."Police have known for 200 years that eyewitnesses disagree about everything. Recent "studies" were nothing new. This is why police have always used eyewitness accounts as hints and suggestions, making it easier to locate PHYSICAL EVIDENCE without searching the whole universe. False memories of traumatic experiences are not spontaneous. They are implanted and reinforced by bad prosecutors and bad social workers. Again no science involved or needed. When you see a lawyer or social worker "helping" a witness to develop a story, you know the process is corrupt. = = = = = ** Example: There's been some recent discussion about Ramen packages replacing cigarettes as the currency of prisons. At first I judged this story as dubious. Didn't sound right. One fact was missing from the story, and I was filling in an obsolete fact from memory. Missing fact, found after further looking: Modern low-security prisons generally have electric outlets and allow microwave ovens in cells. When I was in the walls, the only source of hot water was a cart that rolled down the range once per morning and once per evening. If you wanted to make instant coffee or cocoa, you put your cup through the bars. If the rangeboy had any water left, he'd pour a little in your cup.
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.