Worth Reading 149: Cato gets his wish, and dies

Low oil prices – a threat to the dollar – Some interesting speculation from Jim Bliss on the longer-term implications of the falling oil price and crashing rouble.
Ayn Rand Reviews Children’s Movies – Something for the family that hates each other.
Ayn Rand helped the FBI investigate whether ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ was commie propaganda – This one isn’t a spoof, but you’d be forgiven for thinking it was.
Inadvertent Algorithmic Cruelty – The problematic consequences of social media creating automatic content.
Right to own – Why aren’t capital unions treated the same way as labour unions?

Worth Reading 144: A gross intrusion

Bernie Ecclestone’s fixation with TV is Formula 1’s undoing – Duncan Stephen explains why F1 is failing to adapt to the modern world.
6 point guide to spotting a potential defector – Dr Alan Wyburn-Powell’s research has found six characteristics present in MPs who switch parties.
Oil at 80 dollars – Jim Bliss puts forward the theory that lower oil prices are Saudi Arabia’s way of launching economic war with Iran.
An Open Letter to Ched Evans about your ‘Supporters’ -Brilliant stuff on how a young woman’s life is being ruined again by idiots claiming to be looking for justice.
All Dressed Up For Mars And Nowhere To Go – Why the supposed Mars One colonization mission seems unlikely to ever get off the Earth.

Worth Reading 141: Hide this number

An election that UKIP should have won? – Matthew Goodwin looks at the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner election and questions why they didn’t win it.
Lez Miserable – A personal account of how every public high-profile coming out helps to make the world a better place. “Of course, it is getting easier almost by the day for (especially) a certain kind of white, middle-class person to come out. But let’s be very clear; that doesn’t make it easy.”
On the Party Presidential Elections, and why I still haven’t sent off my ballot – Jennie Rigg sums up my dilemma in the current Lib Dem elections.
This Is How ISIS Smuggles Oil – How the black market works to get it across the Syria-Turkey border.
Don’t mock Norman Baker – he accomplished more than most ministers do in a lifetime – Ian Dunt points out what many people (including some in Baker’s own party) don’t want to acknowledge. “And therein lies the key to media treatment of politicians: Look vaguely presentable and don’t rock the boat – they’ll treat you like a sage. But fight for radical policy and they consider you an embarrassment.”