All sorts of link-based goodness for you.

Atos: A Privatised Service Provider In A Post-Satire World – Chris Coltrane on what is actually happening behind the mask of cutting DLA ‘fraud’.
Doctor Who Bechdel test – Some very interesting results here, though I’m sure most people won’t be surprised to learn that the number of episodes passing has dropped dramatically since 2010.
The Political Awakening of a Republican: ‘I Had Viewed Whole Swaths of the Country and the World as Second-Class People’ – Fascinating account of one person’s awakening to what American political culture conceals, though there’s an irony in that he only got exposed to the facts because of the privileged position he’d attained ignoring them.
We Are Now One Year Away From Global Riots, Complex Systems Theorists Say – I’ve seen other data showing a link between recent rising food prices and civil disorder (it’s likely it was a major driving factor in the Arab Spring) and this is worrying.
Can Labour *do* pluralist politics? – AC MacGregor on the latest outbreak Labour tribalism. Against the Greens this time, though.

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Greens, conservatives, drugs, proboscis monkeys and liquid democracy. How’s that mix suit you?

Don’t vote Green until they drop the anti-science zealotry – Tom Chivers explains, yet again, why GM crops are not the horrible bogeyman that some like to portray them as.
You don’t have to be a leftie to think Beecroft is wrong – Flip Chart Fairy Tales explains how conservatism can support models of capitalism other than the most rapacious ones.
Take it from an ex-addict, outlawing drugs does not work – “When society hates and fears you, criminal conviction means little.”
Declan Ganley and the need for nuance – Nosemonkey returns to blogging with an interesting perspective.
Liquid Democracy: The Future Of #ldconf – Spineless Liberal looks at the Liquid Feedback system I linked to in an earlier post and suggests a use for it here. I can hear the ‘ooh, that’s far too much change for my liking’ objections already. After all, why use something efficient when you can waste people’s time with a meeting?

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Rocket-powered octopi all the way down…

Space Stasis – Fascinating Slate article from Neal Stephenson on all the factors that had to come together to make rocketry so important
Caroline Lucas’ U-turn on taxes – It seems that Ten O’Clock Live stumbled on an exclusive as Caroline Lucas radically rewrote Green Party policy on air. Unfortunately, they were too busy coming up with the great satire of calling Harry Cole a journalist to notice
Tree octopus exposes internet illiteracy – In the spirit of this article, I would like to point out that you all owe me £100
Cracking the Scratch Lottery Code – “People often assume that I must be some extremely moral person because I didn’t take advantage of the lottery,” he says. “I can assure you that that’s not the case. I’d simply done the math and concluded that beating the game wasn’t worth my time.”
Evidence supporting your NHS reforms? What evidence, Mr Lansley? – I think I’m approximately the 9,836th person to link to this approvingly today, but if you haven’t read it from any of the 9,835 other links, here it is.

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