Worth Reading 116: The star to every wandering bark

The dark power of fraternities – It’s been doing the rounds because of an interesting opening, but the meat of this article on the influence of fraternities within the US higher education system is interesting.
The True History of Libertarianism in America: A Phony Ideology to Promote a Corporate Agenda – “That is how libertarianism in America started: As an arm of big business lobbying.”
America: Not a small business country – “There is almost no measure on which America’s small business sector stands out from those of other advanced countries.”
The audacious rescue plan that might have saved space shuttle Columbia – It’s unlikely that it would have worked, but an interesting look at the work that would have been needed to launch an emergency rescue once it was realised Columbia couldn’t return to Earth.
The Luton Peace Riots (1919) – ‘Can you have a riot for peace?’ asks Jim Jepps. Probably not, but this is a bit of British history I’d never heard before.

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Worth Reading 47: Nothing to do with Star Trek

A Rocket To Nowhere – Setting out the case that the Space Shuttle programme has been a wasted opportunity. (via)
In the depths of some men’s minds – The Gaping Silence on some of the causes of the Norwegian mass-murder.
Western culture still very much there, say experts – The Daily Mash deadpans another direct hit. “The bus is filled with a variety of people. None of them try to undermine my values. They mostly just sit there.”
Bad Habits, Bad Days – Sophia McDougall on addiction and eating disorders (warning: “This post discusses addiction and eating disorders, particularly the dangerous appeal of the latter. If you are likely to be harmed by reading such content, please don’t read on.”)
Raised expectations – Brian Kellett dissects the latest piece of idiocy to emerge from the head of Liz Jones

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