He told me that, during the course of his reporting, he was struck by how technologically backward much of the Russian state’s security apparatus appeared—a nuance he said that he hasn’t often observed in American press coverage of the situation. Once, a source took Turovsky inside a cybersecurity facility run by the F.S.B., Russia’s main security service and the successor agency to the K.G.B. As he described it, “the F.S.B. officers had to give up their phones upon entering. There were no computers connected to the Internet—just one for each floor. To access it, they have to sign up in advance and get a key that was good for a certain amount of time.This is not technologically backward. It's simply good security practice. Airgaps. Russian spies and armed forces have always been extremely cautious about adopting new technology for the sake of newness. Our government and corporations have made themselves totally vulnerable to all sorts of cyberattacks because we obey Elon Musk and Eric Schmidt. Elon and Eric tell us that it's COOL to connect everything to the web, so we obey. Irrelevant language peeve: Aside from all politics and insanity, I can't read NYT because it insists on bizarre spelling conventions. It's not Eff Period Space Space Ess Period Space Space Bee Period Space Space. It's FSB, fuckheads. Standard acronym practice for 1. 0. 0. years. Who's technologically backward?
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.