SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane police are investigating the discovery of a body at the Shadle Park shopping complex Thursday evening. Police responded to the scene just before 7 p.m. and confirmed someone was deceased. At this time, the body has not been identified as male or female. Major Crimes units are investigating. The Spokane County Medical Examiner will perform an autopsy and identify the deceased person.What actual information do you get? Approximate location. That's all. Nothing else. How did he/she/ve/um die? Heart attack? Hit by car? Shot? Knifed? Beaten? Meteor strike? Snakebite? Suicide? In a store? In the parking lot? On the roof? In the street? Should we worry about the shooter/knifer/sworder/beater/meteor/snake? No answers. This is NOT news. It gives you the deceptive image of a decomposed unidentified body "discovered" in some obscure place. This is NEGATIVE INFORMATION, pushing you AWAY from the facts. Fake news BY DEFINITION. = = = = = Non-official REAL news, found AS ALWAYS on the Spokane-News facebook page, reported by actual people who were actually there. Short version: It was a drug overdose; man in car in parking lot; girlfriend tried to help; probably suicide. That's INFORMATION. Pure tragedy, another Deplorable tossed in the wastebasket by the Masters. Not a shooter on the loose.
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.