Worth Reading 154: Out of sonnets

Atomic – Flying Rodent proposes a new direction for the military. “I put it to you that the track record of unusable weapons has proven beyond doubt to be vastly superior to the performance of the ones that we actually can deploy.”
18 Scientists On What They Actually Think About Climate Change – Yes, it’s Buzzfeed, but it’s interesting.
Why we don’t have electronic voting – A simple explainer of the myriad problems that need to be solved before it could happen.
9 questions about Saudi Arabia you were too embarrassed to ask – Sure there’s something we can all learn from this.
How To Tell If You Are In A Soft Science Fiction Novel – “There are Core people and there are Rim people. Core people wear silver, gender-neutral clothing and love fascism and artificial light. Rim people wear floor-length WWII-era trench coats and love modified libertarianism. These are the only two kinds of people. Plus there’s one ocean planet full of mermaids.”

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Worth Reading 100: Under the command of Lucius Vorenus

And after a few years of link collection, we get to the first major milestone:

Marches of Folly – Paul Krugman on how groupthink helped make the case for war in Iraq, and is doing the same for austerity.
How We Learned to Set Aside Our Moral Qualms and Love the Bomb – Some frankly frightening research from the US on how willing people are to use nuclear weapons.
7 Reasons Why You Should Stop Bitching About People On Benefits – Perfectly explained.
CHRONICLES OF MANSPLAINING: Professor Feminism and the Deleted Comments of Doom – It’s somewhat amusing to see how idiotic some men can get, but also depressingly sad to realise that we live in a society that encourages this. (And as a request, if I’m ever mansplaining something to you, please point it out to me)
Twenty-one tips to make your book better, for new writers – Advice from Sophia McDougall

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Worth Reading 76: Independence Year

Andrew Gilligan and Matthew Brown – Continuing the story of the PCC candidate linked to American neocons I linked to last week, here’s the tale of how a Daily Telegraph journalist based a story entirely on the proclamations of a fantasist.
Jill Dando, John Yates and Operation Oxborough – Was Jill Dando’s privacy being invaded before she was murdered, and who was responsible?
The Disappearance of the Colonists on LV-426 is Something God Intended to Happen – “Life is what’s important to me. The lives we can save, right here and now. The little, baby alien lives. I believe they begin the moment the egg reacts to the heat of the nearby host and the implanter life form hatches.”
Thank you Vasili Arkhipov, the man who stopped nuclear war – Fifty years ago, a Russian submarine captain made a decision not to fire a nuclear torpedo. Thanks to him and others, the place where I live isn’t part of the East Anglian Fallout Zone.
Will the United States or the United Kingdom play a role in supporting any Israeli military strike against Iran in the six months following the 2012 US presidential election? – A somewhat reassuring brief from Open Briefing, arguing that the US and UK won’t be backing any Israeli action in the short term. I’ve been following Open Briefing for a while, and it has some interesting reports and briefings, so I would recommend it.

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