Worth Reading 188

Palin’s Late Style: He Knows the Main Thing – An analysis of the latest piece by radical performance poet Sarah Palin.
Horizontal History – An interesting perspective on births, deaths, famous lives and how they overlap.
The audacious rescue plan that might have saved space shuttle Columbia – A mission that would have pushed NASA and the astronauts to the limit might have saved the seven astronauts on Columbia, if the damage to it had been spotted before re-entry.
How Not To Deal With Activists, Courtesy the Britain Stronger in Europe Campaign – Andrew Hickey writes a post I was thinking of, on the continuing problems the Britain Stronger In Europe campaign has with organisation and message.
The conspiracy theorists who have taken over Poland – Interesting look at the mindset and ideology behind the Law and Justice party, which has parallels in many parties in other countries.

Worth Reading 116: The star to every wandering bark

The dark power of fraternities – It’s been doing the rounds because of an interesting opening, but the meat of this article on the influence of fraternities within the US higher education system is interesting.
The True History of Libertarianism in America: A Phony Ideology to Promote a Corporate Agenda – “That is how libertarianism in America started: As an arm of big business lobbying.”
America: Not a small business country – “There is almost no measure on which America’s small business sector stands out from those of other advanced countries.”
The audacious rescue plan that might have saved space shuttle Columbia – It’s unlikely that it would have worked, but an interesting look at the work that would have been needed to launch an emergency rescue once it was realised Columbia couldn’t return to Earth.
The Luton Peace Riots (1919) – ‘Can you have a riot for peace?’ asks Jim Jepps. Probably not, but this is a bit of British history I’d never heard before.