The Dystopian is principally a blog that identifies news you can use--with a twist. I read several blogs of this type; one of the blogosphere's biggest assests is filtering news. The Dystopian does a good job--recent citations came from The Olympian (Olympia, WA) and Radio Free Europe. The blogger does a good job of balancing the biggest news of the day with interesting news you're unlikely to have encountered.
The coolest thing about the Dystopian, though, is its daily feature "Today in Dystopian History." I don't know where the blogger finds this stuff, but it's vast and comprehensive and fascinating. If for no other reason than this feature, it's worth a regular visit. As a blogger with the title "Notes on the Atrocities," I have to tip my hat to the Dystopian. (For the trenchant quote, I'll include a portion of today's entry.)
Today in Dystopian History: June 24
1763: With smallpox ravaging the soldiers under siege at Fort Pitt, Capt Simon Ecuyer tried to buy time by infecting local Indians; resident William Trent wrote: "[W]e gave them two Blankets and an Handkerchief out of the Small Pox Hospital. I hope it will have the desired effect."
1813: Thomas Jefferson wrote, on incurring national debt: "We may consider each generation as a distinct nation, with a right, by the will of its majority, to bind themselves, but none to bind the succeeding generation, more than the inhabitants of another country..."
1861: A Union soldier wrote to the Chelsea Telegraph: "[I]f you were to take the public buildings out of it, Washington would be no better than Saugus. Negroes are very plenty; there are about three thousand slaves in the city. The streets are very wide, but mostly unpaved...marched by the White House...Father Abe stood on the sidewalk, with his head uncovered; he is as tall as represented to be, and as homely as the artist makes him in his pictures. He looks care worn and sad..."
1863: Gen Robert E Lee led Confederate forces across the Potomac River, headed toward Pennsylvania.
1882: President Chester Arthur confirmed the sentence of black West Point graduate Lt Henry Flipper and ordered his dishonorable discharge.
1970: Senator Bob Dole sponsored an amendment to repeal the Gulf of Tonkin resolution.
1971: The first White House "enemies list" was circulated by the staff of presidential counsel Charles Colson.