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Worth Reading 159: You can’t checkout from here

Times Like These – Flying Rodent argues that we take the Times far too seriously – indeed, the fact that its habitual grovelling to power isn’t a national joke says a lot about us as a nation. A different cluetrain – Charles Stross…

Worth Reading 117: The missing of Roanoke

Richard Hofstadter and America’s New Wave of Anti-Intellectualism – Not just limited to America, of course. Robert Reich: “Paid-what-you’re-worth” is a toxic myth – “Fifty years ago, when General Motors was the largest employer in America, the typical GM worker got paid $35…

Worth Reading 95: Nailed to the door

About Teather’s “explanation” of voting against equality – Lee Griffin points out the problems with Sarah Teather’s reasons for voting against the same-sex marriage bill. The Other 11 Doctors – What if the Doctor had always been played by a woman? Damsel, Arise:…

Worth Reading 88: Like a rocket

The ‘scrounger’ myth is causing real suffering to many in society – New research reported by the LSE’s British Politics and Policy blog. Let’s call it failure – If you haven’t yet seen John Lanchester’s LRB piece on austerity, here’s your chance. Happy…

Worth Reading 75: I was your sorry ever after

Fear and loathing in Athens: the rise of Golden Dawn and the far right – I don’t know how much it’s emphasised for the story, or if it seems worse than it is because of the focus on one angle, but Greece sounds…

Worth Reading 56: Where did you go, Joe DiMaggio?

Or, how liquid democracy gets you the sack in the end. How The German Pirate Party’s Liquid Democracy Works – Sounds like an interesting way for members of an organisation to discuss things. And no need to get pre-approved for discussions by the…

Worth Reading 49: The reboot

Yes, yes, I’m doing these again. It’s almost like I’ve decided to try being a blogger again for a while, isn’t it? Stephen King: Tax Me, for F@%&’s Sake! – A wonderfully angry rant about what rich people get away with in American.…

2011 books: Catch up

Oops, haven’t written here for a while, and have also slipped behind on the regular reading too. Only three books finished in the few weeks since my last post, and they were: 30) A Storm of Swords by George RR Martin The longest…

Worth Reading 41: Lords, MPs and Elder Gods

But who will be eaten first? The House of Lords by numbers – interesting data on how many Lords of different parties have been appointed in the last few years. The Poisonous Drivel of Dr Denis MacShane MP – A Labour MP and…

The Trade of Queens by Charles Stross (2011 book #20)

Only time for a quick review of this one, the final book in Stross’ Merchant Princes series, which I found a bit disappointing. The series as a whole has been pretty interesting, but has suffered from a certain amount of narrative sprawl, as…

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