"Scientists" jail you for questioning "science". Astrologers don't jail you for questioning astrology. MDs force you to follow orders by withholding life-sustaining prescriptions. (In any other context this would be called extortion.) Alternative doctors (naturopaths, chiropractors, etc) don't force you to do anything. Social "scientists" design and operate torture chambers. Psychics and faith healers don't. Non-smokers jail you for smoking in the wrong place, which is pretty much every place. Smokers don't jail you for not smoking. Bankers jail you for using cash. Goldbugs don't jail you for using debit cards. Globalists bomb you for questioning the Empire. Localists don't bomb you for being a globalist.= = = = = Yesterday I commented in detail on the "sonic attack" hate-hoax, more or less dismissing it but remaining objective because this is my proper area of expertise. Later ZH had a headline: This Is What Americans Heard During The Mysterious Cuban Sonic Attacks, And Why Experts Don't Buy It Yup, I'm an expert and I don't buy it. Some experts in acoustics and phonetics are in fact working for NSA and Apple and Google. Their jargon is easy to recognize in the NSA stuff released by Wikileaks, and their work is easy to see elsewhere. In terms of the pairings above, does that make me an astrologer? Yes. If an analogous title existed I'd happily use it. (Faith acoustician? Phonologer?) The important distinction in the pairings above is not the professional title but the willingness to serve power. The first group in each pair is willing to use their expertise or passion aggressively. The second group is not willing to serve power. They are defending people against power, lending their knowledge and skills to people who are just trying to live an ordinary life.
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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.