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 like a country with some major problems right now.
Stephen becomes first councillor in the UK with Down’s Syndrome – Great story, and even better, the comments below are almost completely positive.
Light Entertainment – Andrew O’Hagan in the London Review of Books on the Savile scandal and the rather disturbinglight world of British light entertainment.
Conference accreditation: what do candidates think? – One for my Lib Dem readers here. Following on from Jennie’s questions to candidates, Andy Hinton polls candidates for the Federal Executive for their views on Conference accreditation.
Context is everything – Charles Stross looks at the reasons for and against protecting the environment. JUst how important are humans anyway?

And if you’re still here, why not watch this?

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Worth Reading 53: Scoring rules for bridge

It’s a little known fact that the Joker was originally known as the Scoremaster, until someone realised that was particularly silly, so they went for another extra card in the deck instead.

Greece: Trying to understand SYRIZA – Paul Mason provides some interesting background and context for the current political situation in Greece.
Meet the new boss – “Thus, in our fair city, we see a public manifestation of the petro-sheiks’ triumph over the leveraged buyout merchants.”
Top GOP Pollster to GOP: Reverse On Gay Issues – Andrew Sullivan with some fascinating internal Republican polling. I wonder if the same questions are being asked over here?
Seattle ‘supervillain’ Rex Velvet issues another warning video – Something rather silly going on in Seattle, though the video looks rather well produced, which makes me wonder if it’s all leading up to something. A new Starbucks flavour, perhaps?
Norway abolishes state sponsored Church of Norway – It appears that the Norwegian Parliament will be voting to disestablish their national church in the very near future.

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