Worth Reading 190: Approximately me, in centimetres

The UK scores worst in electoral integrity in Western Europe. Here’s why – Good analysis by Democratic Audit of all the flaws in the UK’s electoral processes.
It’s Confederate Heritage Month! Day 1 – For as long as I’ve been blogging, David Neiwert’s Orcinus has chronicled the dark underbelly of the American Right. This is an excellent post (with images that some may find disturbing) of the history of lynching in the American South.
Tories & Communists – Chris Dillow on the connection: “Conservatism and Communism have much in common. Both support inequalities of power which deny autonomy and self-determination to workers.”
The girl who stole my book – How an out of print crime novel was plagiarised to become an Amazon bestseller.
An Evil Genius – How social media makes it easy to be in the presence of something you hate. “Every dipshit, almost everywhere in the world, can now speak where they can be heard. It’d probably be a good idea for us to work out how to deal with that, sooner rather than later.”

Worth Reading 94: Banning philosophers

“The Bradford Earthquake”: How Bradford West was won – Excellent report by Lewis Baston for Democratic Audit on the by-election that sent George Galloway back to Parliament. Essential reading for anyone interested in British politics.
Nicholas Stern: ‘I got it wrong on climate change – it’s far, far worse’ – so, can we begin the official panic yet?
It Takes Planning, Caution to Avoid Being ‘It’ – What happens when you keep playing a game of tag for years after you left school.
‘Only a Phase’: How Diplomats Misjudged Hitler’s Rise – A look at some of the communications ambassadors to Germany were sending back to their governments in 1933.
For 40 Years, This Russian Family Was Cut Off From All Human Contact, Unaware of World War II – Fascinating tale of a Russian family who fled to the taiga to avoid Stalinist purges of the religious, then remained in complete isolation for forty years.