That same month, the Republic of Ireland’s Standards in Public Office began to examine whether the funding violated Irish law, according to the newspaper The Irish Catholic, which cited documents released under a freedom of information act request. Irish law forbids campaign groups accepting more than 100 Euro in donations from foreign sources that could be used for domestic political purposes. By November 2016, the Standards in Public Office threatened to report the campaign to Ireland’s national police if it did not turn over the relevant documents. The Abortion Rights Campaign then agreed to provide the documents while protesting the way the law was being applied. The Abortion Rights Campaign agreed to return the grant, but it reiterated its disagreement with the officials’ interpretation of the law.Important point: The Irish government has a specific policy aimed at Sorosian NGOs, and it enforces the policy. So Ireland joins (appropriately) the green side of the map. Convective thought after examining the movement of the map.... Globalism's advertising has always emphasized that poor countries need globalism more than rich countries. Supposedly poor countries need the technology and investment that they can't manage on their own. Reality is opposite. Poor countries are realizing that globalism is killing their culture and people and skills and economy. Rich countries are the beneficiaries, so they're fighting to keep globalism. This is parallel to the Electoral College, which supposedly gives more power to small states but actually puts the whole election in a few big states. See earlier discussion of leverage.
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.