A town in Germany is erecting an enormous wall to separate its residents from refugees housed at a local migrant camp. The controversial 4-meter (13.1ft) barrier will stand higher than the Berlin Wall. Located in the Munich suburb of Neuperlach Sud, the stone wall is aimed at dividing the town’s families from around 160 unaccompanied child refugees who are set to move into a nearby shelter currently under construction.January news:
The mayor of Germany's long divided capital invoked the memory of the Berlin Wall on Friday to condemn US President Donald Trump's proposed border wall with Mexico. The state's press department issued a dramatic plea from Michael Müller referencing the city's infamous Cold War era divide. "We Berliners know best how much suffering was caused by the division of an entire continent with barbed wire and concrete," he wrote.Doubling the chutzpah: The Berlin wall was INSIDE A COUNTRY, which is historically unusual. The new Munich wall, like the Berlin wall, is INSIDE A COUNTRY. Those two walls are strictly comparable. Trump's wall is BETWEEN COUNTRIES, which is standard procedure. A few countries manage to do without serious border controls, but most borders are blocked and fortified to various degrees. The US-Mexico border has always been blocked and controlled in some places; Trump is only trying to increase its coverage and effectiveness.
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.